Spring will be here in a few short months and now is the time to think about home improvement ideas and projects, which can make you home more beautiful, save you on energy costs, and add to the resale value of your house and property. Today, you will learn a some helpful suggestions on how LED Track Lighting, Insulating your attic, using Stamped Concrete, and a combination of these and other techniques, you can DIY to make the interior/exterior of your house and property look like a Beverly Hills mansion. When you are done, you will see with what a little innovative thinking can do to change the inside and outside of your home that is simple and economical as well.
LED Track Lighting
LEDs aren’t just for blinking little toys any more. They have evolved in to an energy saving lighting system that soon will replace both incandescent and Fluorescent lighting entirely due to their low energy usage and the fact they can last for years.
Putting track lighting in your kitchen, living room, basement Rec-Room/Entertainment center or den makes perfect sense as they make the perfect replacement lighting. With a Miter Saw you can cut the tracks to angle the way you want to reach the areas you want the light to illuminate. LEDs can not only light the room in question, but LED track lights can be positioned to exactly where you want them, which makes them great when you are working on paperwork, reading, or on a computer to eliminate screen glare and eyestrain.
Incandescent lighting over a year’s time will cost you almost $350 per bulb. While for $85 dollars over the same period you can use LED lighting and have the same amount of light and not have to replace the bulbs near as often as an LED will last 50,000 hours to an incandescent lights paltry 1200 hours.
You can see you get great saving and beautiful and long lasting light as well that may make the incandescent bulb as well as the CFL extinct in the next few years. In addition, they have a much lower CO2 emission footprint, which may entitle you to federal tax credits.
Spray Foam Insulate Your Attic and between walls
Right now its winter and is you have an attic and even though it’s insulated. You are still losing heat and raising your heating costs. Instead, why not try using spray foam insulation, which when applied across your attics floor and from the floor to the roof along the walls traps the heat inside your home in winter and the AC’s cooling in summer. Spray Foam Insulation takes a little more care in applying but it is on the Fed’s list of approved methods of insulating your home that will earn you cash back on your taxes. Since the foam fireproof as well, if you lay it down between the walls in your home. You make each room into a separate fire retardant compartment, which can help contain a fire if one should break out in your home. So, you save on your energy costs but protect your family as well. This is a win-win in anyone’s book.
Would you like to have a marble drive way or sidewalk?
Perhaps you would like an ornate cobblestone sidewalk leading across your lawn. Well you can do that and much more. It wouldn’t be real of course but the only way to tell is to break off a piece with a hammer. This is just some of the advantages of stamped concrete sidewalk. It matches the look and feel of more exotic surfaces, such as granite, marble, and others at a fraction of the cost. That you can not only let you imagination run wild and have a driveway done in any style or imagine you can envision. You can also have your concrete patio or in ground pool done over with stamped concrete to make it a one of a kind work of art. The secret is in the texturizing, coloring and sealing after the concrete is poured. The pattern is stamped in to the concrete and after it is harden is indistinguishable from more expensive surfaces. You can have a look and feel of those Hollywood driveways and walkways you see on TV. However it wouldn’t set you back near as much. You can now customize your home to make your lifestyle and image.
Let’s turn our attention to the Kitchen
Your kitchen is probably laid with tile of some kind or another. If not you may have Linoleum tiles or sheeting laid down over a plywood base. Let’s change that by laying down a laminated tile floor in any pattern you can imagine. Again you can match almost any surface and pattern known to man. The modular design of the framework to support this type of floor can be applied over your existing floor. It is quick and doesn’t require much more that the tools you already probably have in your workshop. Using a Miter Saw you can cut the framing you need precisely as well the tiles to fit your dream kitchen. However, laminate tile installation kits are inexpensive to get the tools that make the work easier. You can add even more beauty by installing a hanging ceiling with recessed lighting to make your ceiling and floor match the color and pattern scheme you have decided to go with.
You can finish the walls of your new kitchen with either a laminate or ceramic wall tiles that if your add 3-6 inches frame between the original wall and your new wall, you can add a layer of Spray Foam Insulation this insulates and beautifies all in one stroke. You can see with a Miter Saw, a few hand tools, and a laminate installation tools you can completely change your kitchen’s look and feel. The better your home is insulated the more you save on your energy bill and the more tax credits Uncle Sam will send your way. This makes this ideal solution if you are renovating an older house and you want the best look and feel possible at a reasonable price. Today you seen some DIY ways you can improve your house for energy efficiency, beautify the exterior/interior, as well as light up each room using LED technology. While trying to do this all at once could be a daunting task, taken one-step at a time however, you can change your home from ordinary to extraordinary. With a little ingenuity and some of the new building materials, techniques, tools like a Miter Saw, and some helpful suggestions from this article. You can create your dream house today.