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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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Add Square Footage with a Finished Basement

February 11, 2015 1:51 am

(BPT) - Making the most of your basement doesn't have to mean costly contractors and expensive remodeling scenarios. Several easy DIY projects (with the aid of the right tools) can help you gain precious square footage. Ready to get started? Give these projects a try:

Build walls.
Use 2-by-4s to mark where the walls will stand and place studs 16 inches apart. Then nail the panels to the wall where the edges meet the studs and cover the seams with drywall tape. Once the walls are up, mud the seams and areas where nail pops appear. A drywall saw or power saw will help you shape your drywall perfectly, but if you don't own one, simply rent it. Don't forget to add drywall stands to your rental list.

Freshen up your floor.
If your basement is completely unfinished, you probably have cold, concrete floors. How you improve them is up to you, but if you want a polished, marbled look, rent concrete floor finishing equipment. If you’d rather have the appearance of hardwood, laminate flooring panels are inexpensive and easy to install. If you want the feel of carpet beneath your feet, don't forget to add the pad first.

Eliminate odors.
Dehumidifiers can help eliminate musty or stale odors in your basement. You can purchase one at your local home goods store and when you get it home, try to place it near the washtub sink if your basement has one. This will allow you to drain right into the sink and save you from having to empty the dehumidifier regularly.

Install a sump pump.

Don’t let water damage ruin all your hard work. A sump pump can protect against flooding issues. Most new homes have a location marked for a sump pump; it will look like a small well. Follow the water pipes in your home and you can find it. Once you do, purchase a sump pump from your local hardware store and install.

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Homeowners Favor Contemporary, Shaker-Style Kitchens

February 10, 2015 1:48 am

According to the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), contemporary is the watchword for kitchen design. More than half of designers expect to do more contemporary kitchens this year, running a close second behind transitional, or shaker-style, kitchens (40 percent) in terms of popularity.

Several designers also noted the rise in industrial chic, while others cited momentum for mid-century modern designs.

Traditional design ended 2014 as the fourth most popular kitchen style, although a quarter of designers will do fewer traditional kitchens in 2015. While decreasing in popularity, it remains a dominant kitchen style, with 63 percent of designers reporting that they did at least one traditional kitchen in 2014.

White is the most common color scheme for kitchens, followed by gray. About a third of respondents did black or blue kitchens in 2014, with about 20 percent expecting to do more kitchens in those colors. Almost 40 percent did kitchens in green tones in 2014.

Clearly passé are country/rustic, Tuscan and Provincial looks with distressed finishes, as well as color schemes in reds, bronzes, and terra cottas.

Solutions to make life easier in the kitchen are also slated for 2015. Pullouts and rollouts for kitchen cabinets were specified by more than 90 percent of NKBA respondents in 2014. Several designers report that they install multiples of appliances—most notably two dishwashers—in the same kitchen. About two-thirds of kitchens now have desks or home office areas, as well as flat-screen televisions and docking/charging stations.

Half of all NKBA designers specified an outdoor kitchen in 2014, up seven percentage points from 2013, a statistically significant increase.

Source: NKBA

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