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Basement Turned Crafts Area

A good crafts person such as yourself needs a room where you can place, design, and create your own masterpiece. Since you need that extra area, here is where the basement comes in. From a dark and gloomy space, you can transform it into your very own crafts room. Don’t know how to do it? Just follow the directions indicated.

Create Your Own Crafts Room:

1. Every crafts man needs an appropriately sized work table. This is where you will draw, cut, paste, sew, paint, or change any design, layout, and crafts that you have in mind. A wooden table is preferred by people who want to go for a cozier appeal, but if you always deal with the saw, or materials of the same kind then it is highly recommended to get a metal table instead.

2. When people design a crafts room, they often overlook the sink. This is essential, because more often than not, crafts projects tend to be messy, especially if your children always join in on the fun. When there is a sink, everything is made easier because you do not have to leave the room to clean your materials.

3. A dirty and messy room does not spark creativity; it only puts you through chaos. Organize your crafts area by using drawers, labeled boxes, transparent canisters, or even shelving if you are into wooden crafts or grander and bigger projects. You can mount some of your equipments in the wall to save space.

4. As crafts are synonymous with creativity and an artistic mind, do not forgo the decoration and design of the place. Paint the walls, hang your creations, put colorful materials, anything that will satisfy your creative streak. As long as it inspires you for your work, then go for it.

Gone are the days when the basement is used as a place to hide your skeletons and things that you never want to see again. So go ahead and transform your basement into something better and more functional. You will enjoy and get to utilize the place, while getting the area that you and crafts deserve.

Questions to Ask the Contractor

Before remodleing your home, it’s a good idea to get a few quotes from different contractors before settling on one company to do the job. When you talk to a home remodeling contractor, there are a few things you should find out. Make sure the company is licensed to do the job. Ask about the number of people who will be working with the contractor so that you know how many people will be in your home at one time.

When you have a few contractors in mind, you can narrow them down to one or two by askng a few detailed questions. Get a quote from the company, and find out if that quote will change if there is more work to be done than first expected. Ask if you can provide the materials so that the estimate isn’t as high as it would be if the contractor purchased the supplies. While you ask questions, listen to how the contractor responds. If he sounds like he’s reading from a book, then he probably isn’t putting a lot of thought into what he’s doing. Some contractors will itemize the job, which is important if you are looking at a large remodeling project. Finalize the contract with the estimate in writing and the details of how long it will take to get the work done.

Tips to Increase Home Security

With the rising incidence of crime including burglary, your home may be the next target by burglars and other criminals to break into. There are steps that you can take in order to increase the security measures inside and outside your house. One is by making the design of your house exterior less inviting to burglars. How do you do this? One is by making sure that you’re light fixtures outside your house covers the entire area around it at night.

Most burglary happens during the night. Burglars operate under the cover of darkness so they won’t get spotted easily. By putting up sufficient lighting around your home, it can minimize the chances of your home becoming the next target. You can also have a fence and a gate set up around your house if you have enough space and budget for the costs.

The next thing that you need to do is to make sure that you have sturdy locks and have the old ones replaced if you’ve moved into a new house. It is imperative that you change locks after buying a new house since you don’t know who else have keys to it. Since the common entry points are doors and windows, make sure that each of these entrances are provided with sturdy locks. Don’t leave them open when you’re out or while you sleep.

Of course, adding motion sensors, alarms and surveillance cameras to your home can make it even safer. Surveillance cameras allow you to monitor the surroundings of your home for suspicious characters lurking about. Motion sensors and alarms on the other hand, can help notify neighbors and the authorities of a possible break-in in your home.