Exterior Siding Options

Exterior Siding Options

Exterior Siding Options A very important decision when designing a new house is deciding on what materials to use for the exterior.  There are so many materials to choose from; brick, stucco, fiber cement, and metal just to name a few.  Deciding on a material to side your house is kind of like choosing clothing to wear. When choosing what to wear, we go with clothes that fit our location or the weather.  We most certainly would not choose to wear flip flops in Michigan’s winter.  But we also think about what fashion statement we want to make with our clothing, too.  And how much money we have to spend also helps in determining what we purchase to wear. But, we cannot change the siding materials on our house as easily as we can our clothes!  Therefore, most of us choose a material and stick with it.  We are not planning on repainting, restaining or anything of that nature.  We will choose something that will look as good on day one as it does twenty years down the road.  So when you are choosing a siding material, you should choose something that will go the distance for you and your home.      Horizontal Lap Siding Probably the most universal choice in siding material would be horizontal lap siding.  This type of siding comes in a variety of finishes such as wood, aluminum, vinyl or fiber cement.  It also comes in a wide range of colors so you are sure to find a finish that is you.  It also looks great on a colonial or traditional style homes as...
Small Bathroom = Big Ideas

Small Bathroom = Big Ideas

Small Bathroom = Big Ideas The bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house.  And just because it’s small, doesn’t mean that it has to appear small.  There are various ways in which to make your bathroom look bigger than it actually is.  Here are a few tips and guidelines. Everything the Same Tone Keep everything in the room the same tone as much as you can.  For example, if you have dark walls and light tile your room will be chopped up visually making it appear smaller.  But if you do want some contrast, limit it to an item such as a low cabinet or a light fixture.  This allows the item to stand out as a feature and everything else will fade into the backdrop. Ceiling and Walls If your ceiling is angled or has oddly shaped low areas, you should paint them all the same color.  By making this one unified color, the unusual shapes seem to disappear causing the space to look larger.  The amount of transitions and intersecting planes are diminished creating a cleaner and more expansive space in the top of the room. Mirrors Don’t be afraid of mirrors!  When it comes to mirrors, you have several options in your bathroom.  Here are a few tips on how to make your bathroom appear larger using mirrors:         Give your bathroom that grand feeling by installing a mirror that reaches the ceiling.  Whether trimmed in wood or tile, a spacious mirror that has lighting above or hanging in front of it will double the impact of the lights and allow the space to grow....
Grilling 101

Grilling 101

Grilling 101 One of the best things about summer is outdoor grilling.  Gathering of friends, food and drinks make for an unforgettable time.  And just imagine all of those healthy dishes you can produce with very little cleanup!  But what if you’ve never cooked on a grill before or had very little luck.  Then what?  Take a look at the following tips on grilling and start planning your summertime gathering. Charcoal vs. Gas One of the age old questions is whether using a charcoal grill or a gas grill is the best option.  Let’s face it; each type of grill has its perks!  While grilling with gas is quick and convenient, nothing produces the smokiness of charcoal.  So how do you choose?  Let’s break it down.         Gas Grills – These grills run on propane and have an ignition setting to help regulate the amount of heat produced.  This makes cooking on a gas grill very convenient as well as much cleaner.         Charcoal Grill – Charcoal is used to produce the heat that your food will cook on and therefore harder to get started and the heat cannot be regulated.  The taste of the food that is produced will be smokier and richer in flavor.  But, carbon monoxide and soot make charcoal grilling messier. Basic Grilling Techniques Some people limit themselves on what they cook on a grill.  But the thing is you can cook almost anything on one.  From grilling meat, to veggies, to fruit and even French toast, you can cook nearly anything on a grill!  Think of it as your outdoor oven.  So here are some basic...