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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Ceilings: Leave the Popcorn to the Movies

October 5, 2015 1:48 am

(BPT) – Popcorn ceilings haven't represented stylish home design since disco was on the radio, but they've certainly stuck around. Whether you’re updating your home before putting it on the market or simply amping up aesthetics, revamping a popcorn ceiling is a worthwhile investment.

“Ceilings really do make a greater impact than people realize,” says Mark Clement, general contractor and blogger on MyFixItUpLife. “The right choice can help a room soar - but you probably won't get that effect with a popcorn ceiling. New ceilings are a great update, and with today's options, they're incredibly easy to install yourself.”

But before your grab your scraper, Clement offers a few words of caution.

“To remove a popcorn ceiling, you have to really be committed to the task. You can certainly do it yourself, but be forewarned that it can create a gigantic mess. You'll want to consider all of your options carefully, from removing to simply covering it up, based on your time and budget. Patience is also a factor!”

Keep in mind that water stains, cracks and other issues on your popcorn ceiling can make it difficult to simply paint over. At best, you'll be soaking your ceiling with water (and possibly your walls along the way) before scraping the resulting slop off with a drywall knife. At worst, the water won't get through all of your layers of paint, and you'll be breaking out the heavy machinery to sand or scrape through it all, kicking up dust. It's doable, but it's a lengthy process and not for the faint of heart.

You can avoid a DIY headache by installing a new ceiling over the existing one. Manufacturers like Armstrong Ceilings have many options: wood planks, metal tiles or patterned panels. How-to videos show how easy it is to install a new ceiling in as little as a day.

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Rent Burden to Rise over 10 Percent by 2025

October 5, 2015 1:48 am

It’s fast becoming more favorable to buy than rent. According to recent research out of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, along with Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., the number of households spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent is expected to rise more than 10 percent by 2025. The largest increases are expected among older adults, Hispanics and single-person households.

“Our analysis shows that even in the unlikely event that income growth greatly outpaces rent gains, the number of severely cost-burdened renters will remain near current record levels,” says Christopher Herbert, managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The research projects the number of severely burdened households aged 65 to 74 and those aged 75 and older will swell to 1.2 million, a 42.1 percent increase. The number of Hispanic households with severe renter burdens will rise to 3.4 million, a 27.3 percent increase. The number of severely burdened single-person households will jump to 5.7 million, a 12.0 percent increase.

The research calls for action on the dwindling supply of affordable housing, urging policymakers to consider enhanced levels of support for rental housing across a range of income levels.

Source: Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies

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