Started Like This

Just last week, I decided to use my savings to put up the awning type in the laundry area. It has been like years that I am planning to put one up but I always out of budget so last December, I tried to save up and was able to come up with an amount, I planned to just withdraw it on May but I realized summer is fast approaching and it would be so hot in our laundry area, my sister already have a hard time doing the laundry there how much more during summer. So I withdraw it and hired someone to do it and its worth it, sister is so happy with it, she doesn’t have to suffer anymore under the dreading heat of the sun.

It started like this:

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Designing a More Environmentally Friendly Kitchen

Concern for the health of the environment is not a new concept, but it is one that is taking hold when it comes to remodeling existing homes. Below are a few ideas for adding a few environmentally friendly features to your kitchen space.

Incorporate Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is healthier and uses less electricity than artificial lighting. Consider adding skylights, when possible and adding wider windows. LED lighting uses less energy and provides better light, if it is not possible to increase natural lighting in your kitchen space.

Create Better Air Ventilation

Indoor air is considered to be twice as polluted as outside air. It is essential to find ways to bring fresh air into your kitchen. Incorporate some type of ventilation system that will offer a good air exchange when updating your kitchen.

Use Energy Star Appliances

Energy Star appliances have been tested and rated to use much less energy than other contemporary models. Saving energy is one of the best ways to help the environment. Energy Star rated appliances come in many styles and run as efficiently and powerfully as any other.

Avoid Stains, Paints and Products That Emit Toxins

Cupboards, countertops and flooring can all be coated or created with products that emit toxic substances, such as formaldehyde. Seek out products that are environmentally friendly and will not push out toxic substances that can be harmful to you, your family and pets.

Avoid Building a Kitchen Island

Rather than having a kitchen island built, try taking an old stand or dresser and place it on rollers. You can cover it with cutting board material and have the perfect kitchen island. It saves an older piece of furniture from ending up in the landfill. You will get the extra counter space and storage you need and feel great about it.

Re-purpose As many Items As Possible

Why buy brand new decor from the store when you can find used items for re-purposing? You can have a lot of fun exploring flea markets and thrift stores to find the right items for storage or decoration. You might even be fortunate enough to find older copper-bottom pans with original patina. It will be an attractive display item that your friends and family will love.

Contact professional kitchen remodelers like and get a free quote on creating the perfect environmentally friendly kitchen.

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Finance Your Home Renovation Wisely

I have so many plans to upgrade this house but the only problem is we don’t have enough budgets. I tried so hard saving some bucks but unfortunately I failed. I withdraw some few days ago and I was not able to deposit some money last payroll I had.

What about you guys how do you finance your home renovation?

Well, I was able to check some tips for us to successfully finance if you have plans to do a home renovation.

It is great if you have cash so you don’t have loan some money to support the renovation. It is not recommended to do a mutual fund withdrawal because it will draw more or even charge you a high interest that you can ever imagine. You have to think yet the loss of compound interest plus the penalties for early withdrawal. You may realize that getting a loan is cheaper than a mutual fund.

Another option is with plastic but there are pros and cons to use credit card when you finance a home renovation, there is no interest yes but not always. You will just surprise when the statement arrives, the interest is more way too much than you expected. But the advantage of this is you can just use the credit limit that you have in your credit card. It would be more likely if you have enough credit limits to cover your finances for home renovation. You don’t have to wait anymore for loan approval because you can just withdraw it in your credit card or buy materials using the credit card. It is absolutely so easy.

The most straightforward to finance a renovation is through bank loan, especially if you need a large amount of money. Installment payment can be withdrawn from your savings account, it could be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly if your budget would allow you, and a weekly payment can be arranged. High interest can be saved if you pay it weekly than arranged with monthly. Interests for monthly payment can be so high that you might not be able to afford.

On the other hand, for you to support the home renovation, first thing is to plan ahead, you must know the cost, the labor fee, materials that should be needed for the renovation. In that way, you will not be out of budget and some important expenses cannot be affected with the home renovation.


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Most Mistakes That We Do When We Plan For Home Renovation

When we do renovations at home, we always tend to budget it all even the materials that we are buying and what do you expect if you will buy cheap materials, they also tend to give up few month after. So why would you put your home at stake for the cheap materials you bought. You’re in a tight budget yes, but then if you can’t afford it then save for it so when the time comes for renovation, everything will be fine and you don’t have to risk your home for those cheap materials.

Do not measure it yourself, of course measuring something in the house require a formula that I am not even expert of, I am not good in Math and if you are like me. Get some help!

Plan, do not just go to the battle without any plan, make it is well set so when you start your renovation, the result is with according to what you have imagine, especially the designs and styles otherwise after everything is done, you will find yourself in a deep hole, not knowing what to do or how to get out without making a mess of what you have started and done.

Use the correct tools, do not just mend yourself of what is available to your house, get or buy something appropriate tool based on the project you are working on. When your tool is wrong, everything will fall apart and instead of saving something up, it will end up ruining your budget.


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