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How to Add Newness to Victorian Style Furniture?

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

We all have Victorian style furniture at home and though the style does not have a substitute but at times they start looking so old that we begin to think about disposing them off. Remember that Victorian age is known for its style and beauty so never give up on anything that belongs to that period. If your ‘chest of drawers’ looks old, try to renew it by painting it. Here is how you can do it:

You need: Chest of drawers; coarse sandpaper; fine sandpaper; paint stripper, if needed; tack cloth; paint brushes; latex primer; latex paint (two colors, your choice); water-based polyurethane; miter box; wood molding, pencil; 1” x 6” pine, length equal to top back edge of the chest (backsplash); wood glue; galvanized finishing nails; decorative wood drawer pulls.

To Do:

Remove all hardware. Clean chest with a damp cloth. If chest is completely painted, paint over, or strip existing paint with stripper before painting. To remove old, flaking paint, sand patches with coarse sandpaper until areas is smooth to the touch. Finish with fine sandpaper over same area until satisfied with smoothness of chest surface. Dust off with the tack cloth.

Painting Chest:

Prime. (You may need two coats.) Let dry. Paint at least two coats of lighter shades of latex paint, drying between coats.

Preparing Molding: using the miter box, measure/cut strips of molding to create borders on each drawer, approximately 1 1/2” in from all sides of drawer. Prime/ paint molding with the darker shade of the latex paint; let dry.

Adding Molding: With pencil, lightly transfer molding measurements to drawers, so molding lines up correctly. Then apply wood glue to the back of each piece as you go, brushing on a narrow strip and smoothing it over the back. (don’t over-apply glue or it will ooze out, causing molding to slide out of place.) Glue successive piece of molding to front of chest. Let dry.

Adding Backsplash: Prime/paint pine boards same as chest. Nails, to top back edge of chest.

Preparing Drawer Pulls: Prime/paint drawer pulls same as molding strips.

Affixing Drawer Pulls: Glue on or drill holes, then screw pulls to drawers.

Finishing Chest: touch up pencil or scuff marks with paint; let dry. Apply at least two coats of polyurethane, letting dry between applications.

Finding The Right Cabinet Hardware Style For Your Kitchen

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

You have made an important decision to remodel your kitchen and make it functional and inviting for friends and family. Now it is up to you to decide exactly what kind of look do you want and the type of cabinet hardware that will fit your style? Are you wanting one that is traditional, country, or contemporary (Modern, Retro Modern)? You will most likely find that the right style for you will probably be the one that will harmonize with the design of your house from the inside and out. If you have architecture which is classical, a formal look may be the right choice for you. Country styles seem to suit people who enjoy a casual and relaxed lifestyle. The contemporary, modern and retro modern look and design will be a good choice if you like clean lines, minimalistic layouts and a minimum amount of accessorizing.

A Traditional Kitchen

When you have chosen the look you what for you kitchen or bathroom, you will find that the cabinets and the cabinet hardware set the stage. In traditional kitchens and bathrooms, where the ambiance is elegant, gracious, and just a little bit formal, you will find cabinets are most commonly crafted of rich, gleaming woods, usually cherry or mahogany or any wood stained to resemble them. Ivory, or white painted cabinets are another frequent choice, but the key to the cabinets is a rich, glossy finish and the look of fine furniture. For the cabinet door style, choose a raised panel design and such architectural details as crown moldings and other millwork. One of the reasons for the popularity of the traditional kitchen is its gracious style its timelessness and the fact that it is unaffected by design trends that come and go. There are so many finish styles of cabinet hardware drawer pulls that can match the traditional kitchen or bathroom. Some of our most favorites are: Oil Rubbed Bronze drawer pulls, Antique Bronze drawer pulls, Weathered Brass, Rustic Brass, and Wrought Iron drawer pulls.

A Country Kitchen

Some kitchen designers and other industry experts in the cabinet field theorize that we love the country look because it recalls all of the warmth of grandmas kitchen. The county kitchen conjures up so many romantic notions of the keeping rooms of old, or simply links us to what we believe was a simpler, gentler time. Whatever the reason is that we love the country kitchen, this is one of the most popular styles, and and gives such a great opportunity for personal expression. The country kitchen is informal and relaxed, and it is a good choice for a casual lifestyle. Because the look of wear and tear is so desirable in the country kitchen, it suits busy families and active kitchens, too. It is best to build your country kitchen around wood cabinets in a natural stain, a weathered or bleached finish, or a even add cheerful paint color such as deep red. Neither elegance nor sleekness (as most commonly seen in the contemporary style) is the goal; so mismatched cabinets, freestanding unfitted pieces, or open shelves filled with dishes are the norm. There are many offshoots of this basic look – English country, cottage, Victorian, and arts and crafts, to name a few. If you are the country kitchen type, one of these variations is sure to please you.

A Contemporary Kitchen

The contemporary or modern design and style had its origins at the end of the nineteenth century. This era is when artist, architects, painters and designers rebelled against the cluttered design sensibility that prevailed throughout the most of the Victorian era. Their rebellion manifested in simplicity and the use of natural materials such as wood, metal and other uncut materials. As the contemporary look and feel evolved, it continued to emphasize natural materials but sooner or later became more and more streamlined and sophisticated. Between the 1970’s and 1980’s, when newly emerging technology was imparting the culture, a high tech look was starting to pop up in many kitchens. These designs fancied sleek and hard edges. This look was extremely articulated in the neutral tones of stainless steel, stone, and glass. The kitchens of this era looked almost like laboratories or doctors offices. Although contemporary or modern style of those days remains pared down for the most part, this style has started to make a significant comeback in our day and age.

Can the Queen Anne Style Translate Into a Patio Dining Set?

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

A patio dining set is the ultimate summer accessory, and like a piece of clothing it can convey many looks. Some are modern, some old-fashioned and they are made from many different materials, like wicker, resin and wood. The Queen Anne style of design is often used in traditional Amish woodworking, and is actually an offshoot of the William and Mary style, but also closely resembles much of the traditional Oriental aesthetic.

It refers back to Queen Anne, the ruler of England from 1702-1714, and embodies a refined and graceful appearance.

In general, the characteristics of a Queen Anne patio set and other items of furniture are as follows: a fiddle-shaped backrest, batwing shaped drawer pulls (in dressers, cabinets, etc.) and cabriole legs that end in a claw or block shape. The resulting look is one of old-world elegance and luxury.

Legs and Feet

The cabriole style legs of these seats are carved with elaborate detailing, with a curved knee and ending in those old-fashioned looking feet you often see in old bathtubs. Among the carvings are the acanthus leaf and seashell motifs. The foot itself takes a number of forms. The ball and claw is a carved claw foot grasping a ball; the block is flat-surfaced; the bun is rounded but flatter than a ball; the Drake is a simply carved animal paw; finally, the pad is a simple, carved foot.

Frame

The seat of a Queen Anne chair is rounded or features a horseshoe shape, with a curved or serpentine front.

The arms of these chairs are curved slightly outward, while the backrest, a fiddle-shape with a central splat, is either left plain or upholstered. For outdoor use, what you think of upholstery would actually be detachable waterproof cushions, less elegant, but much more practical for care and cleaning.

Cushion Fabric

For use indoors, or even in a sunroom, you can go with the delicate and beautiful fabrics for which Queen Anne style is best known. These include chintz, velvet, damask, tapestry, needlepoint and crewel. Once again, for outdoor use, any of these materials are wrong for the job. The cushions for a patio dining set need to be made from durable, waterproof materials like Sunbrella, which is resistant to tears, fades and stains.

Wood

The Queen Anne style is almost exclusively made from wood, as it was originally. The woods used were many and varied by region and use. They included the following: ash, cherry, black walnut, maple and elm. Although some of these are usable outdoors, many of the softer woods are not hearty enough to withstand the elements. Look for sturdier hardwoods like teak, cedar and cypress for use in your patio dining set. Whatever the wood, make sure it is covered with a lacquer, oil varnish or wax. In addition to regular cleaning, the wood will most likely need to be re-oiled every couple of years.

How To Choose And Install Kitchen Hardware To Enhance Design

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Kitchen hardware creates the finishing touch to your cabinetry and the entire space in general. Even though it could be the very last thing you get to think about, it can greatly influence the feel and the look of the kitchen as a whole. The hardware choices you make for your kitchen cabinets and how you have it installed can determine the experience you have when using the kitchen. This is especially considering that you will be touching the hardware most times during the day and functionality should therefore play a great role.

Choosing the hardware

The budget should be amongst the things that guide you to kitchen cabinet hardware or furniture hardware that you need. Truth is the market has plenty of options in terms of the materials used in making the hardware and this can determine the prices of the pieces you are interested in. Solid, strong metal knobs for instance, are heavier and durable but can be a little expensive compared to plastic ones. Look at your budget but at the same time give attention to the functionality and value you get.

Choose a hardware style that befit your kitchen. You can use pulls on all items in the kitchen if you are more into a modern contemporary look or use pulls for drawers and knobs for the doors for your traditional kitchen. When looking at the options, also consider factors such as functionality of the hardware you choose on things such as tall wall cabinets or pantry cabinets. The looks do matter, but they should not compromise functionality of the hardware. With so many options readily available, you will definitely find something that works for your style preferences.

The finish cannot be ignored when looking at your kitchen hardware. The rest of the items in the kitchen can guide you in choosing the best finishes such as the metals on major appliances you have, fixtures faucets and sink among other items. The hardware finish will work best when it coordinates with the rest of the items or you can also settle for striking contrasts that make your space unique.

Installing the hardware

Ensure you have the right tools to make the installations or have a professional handle it for you. Poor installation will not only lead to poorly functioning hardware but can lead to damages.

Choose a hardware location that best serves the needs you have and you are most comfortable with. Hardware installed across the flat line of the center panel can work best for raised center panel cabinetry doors whereas flat center panel cabinetry doors gives you freedom to place the hardware anywhere at the top or bottom.

Use at least two knobs for larger drawers to make drawing easy and swift for you. You can determine how many knobs to use by the size of the drawer but they should be more than two because then one becomes useless.

Flipping Real Estate or Flipping Paper?

July 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Flipping real estate properties is not for everybody but it is the fastest way to make a buck in the real estate business. Most everybody has heard of someone buying a “run down” house for a good price well below market value, fixing it up and selling it at a fair market price. Flipping a “fixer-upper” is definitely one way to turn a reasonably quick profit. I know some people who do it this way but they are more into the contractor and renovation business than they are of the investor mindset.

Some of these “fixer-upper” properties are in need of extensive repair and will involve electrical work, carpentry work, etc. If the investor gets involved and does some or all of this work then there could be enough profit there but if the investor farms out the required labour, profits could get eaten up quickly. For these types of flipping real estate investments, the purchase price needs to be at a huge discount and normally would be found somewhere in the foreclosure stage.

For the person that is in the mindset of investing rather than being in the renovation business then flipping real estate will only involve flipping the paper contract of the property without even taking possession of it. You can flip by entering an agreement to buy a property then sell the contract to another investor before close of escrow.

Using this technique won’t even require you to put your name on the title. Profits will generally be less than the fixer-upper investor but involves much less work and the whole process is much quicker. A fixer-upper investor would not be happy in making a profit of a few thousand dollars for a few months work on renovations but an investor that can just flip a contract for a few hours or days work would be.

Avoid disclosure of your profits to the new buyer by using a double closing.
After making a sweet deal and flipping a contract involving a juicy profit you may not want all these details to be revealed to your buyer. The solution is a double closing, transferring the property to you initially and then reselling immediately at the same lawyer’s office just an hour later to your buyer.

Three Things You Should Never Say to Your Real Estate Agent

June 6, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, a real estate agent makes you feel like you have a supportive and knowledgeable friend. It’s important to tell them all the important details about the property you are selling. If you are looking to buy a home, then you should be able to communicate all the features that you consider high priorities. Still, some people say things that are potentially offensive to a real estate agent. Avoid these common mistakes.

“But I looked up the property values online, and… ”
There are many great online tools for comparing neighborhoods and trends, but nothing currently available online compares to the experience of an informed real estate agent. Property values can be ballpark estimates or based on sales from decades ago. By all means, do the research and share your impressions of different neighborhoods with your realtor, but make sure that you respect their experience and training. Don’t assume the results you got from a search engine will trump the advice realtors are trying to convey regarding the local market.

“Your job must be so much fun!”
Viewing and touring new properties all day may seem like a lot of fun, but there is also a lot of paperwork and other training that goes into becoming a real estate agent. Saying that anyone’s job is “fun” tends to imply that the job would be easy for the speaker. One doesn’t typically refer to the work of airline pilots or astronauts as “fun,” since it’s acknowledged that a lot of training is necessary. Since some homeowners can sell their home without an agency, some people underestimate the amount of work involved.

“I don’t want to sell my property to anyone who is [insert race, gender, or religion].”
The dynamics of neighborhoods sometimes change over time, and some ethnic groups congregate in different parts of town in many cities. There are a lot of different factors that go into the way a population distributes itself across an urban area, and some patterns are established over long periods of time. People who have lived in one neighborhood may feel resentment toward newcomers of a different demographic, but it is not okay to ask a realtor to participate in discrimination. In the wake of the national Civil Rights Movement, equal housing legislation passed into law at the end of the 1960s. Your agent will show the property to any buyers who might be in the right financial market to make the purchase.

Corporate Real Estate Occupiers Are Aggressive on Expanding Offices in India

May 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Recently, a popular property consultant firm conducted a research on mid-sized corporate real estate occupiers during the period June – July 2015, and gathered the responses of leading corporate firms headquartered in India and overseas. The research report says that, corporate real estate occupiers seem to be very aggressive in occupying office spaces across India.

Basically, the survey pointed to the choice of work space being progressively driven by the three main objectives; they are Talent (availability and cost), Infrastructure (social and physical) and Real Estate options. It has to be noted that the survey respondents included the corporates based across different industries and the representatives of typical Indian office space occupiers.

Below mentioned are a few key findings of the research:

  • The corporate occupiers in India are more likely to adopt the workplace strategies. The survey also revealed that the occupiers are being very efficient and are more inclined to adopt the efficient strategies, with most of the corporates mainly preferring to adopt open space workstation formats.
  • The leading corporate space occupiers continued to occupy the core locations and central business districts of major cities. The study also explored the preferences of the respondents across various occupation options, and the result indicated that, almost about 75% of the respondents preferred to lease, pre-lease or purchase the space within the prime locations of the cities.
  • IT/ITeS companies are planning to expand their operations across major cities in the southern part. The respondents of other key sectors like ecommerce firms, health care and others preferred Mumbai and Delhi NCR for their future expansions.
  • Office space occupiers across the leading industry segments were asked to chart out the direction in which they want to expand their office over the next two years. The results indicated that, most of the IT/ITeS firms (almost about 70%) of the respondents are more likely to expand their operations in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai, while the ecommerce and media firms chose to expand in Mumbai and Delhi NCR in the next two years.

Flipping Real Estate or Flipping Paper?

April 14, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Flipping land properties is not for everyone but rather it is the quickest approach to make a buck in the land business. Most everyone has known about somebody purchasing a “rundown” house at a decent cost well beneath market esteem, setting it up and offering it at an equitable cost. Flipping a “fixer-upper” is certainly one approach to turn a sensibly brisk benefit. I know a few people who do it along these lines yet they are more into the contractual worker and remodel business than they are of the financial specialist attitude.

Some of these “fixer-upper” properties need broad repair and will include electrical work, carpentry work, and so forth. On the off chance that the speculator gets included and does a few or the greater part of this work then there could be sufficient benefit there however in the event that the financial specialist cultivates out the required work, benefits could get eaten up rapidly. For these sorts of flipping land speculations, the price tag should be at an immense markdown and ordinarily would be discovered some place in the abandonment organize.

For the individual that is in the mentality of putting as opposed to being in the redesign business then flipping land will just include flipping the paper contract of the property without claiming it. You can flip by entering a consent to purchase a property then pitch the agreement to another financial specialist before close of escrow.

Utilizing this procedure won’t oblige you to put your name on the title. Benefits will for the most part be not as much as the fixer-upper financial specialist yet includes significantly less work and the entire procedure is considerably snappier. A fixer-upper financial specialist would not be glad in making a benefit of a couple of thousand dollars for a couple of months work on remodels yet a speculator that can simply flip an agreement for a couple of hours or days work would be.

Keep away from divulgence of your benefits to the new purchaser by utilizing a twofold shutting.

In the wake of making a sweet arrangement and flipping an agreement including a succulent benefit you may not need every one of these subtle elements to be uncovered to your purchaser. The arrangement is a twofold shutting, exchanging the property to you at first and after that exchanging promptly at a similar legal counselor’s office only a hour later to your purchaser.

There is a downside here and that is a twofold arrangement of shutting costs so you would need to measure it out to check whether it’s justified, despite all the trouble to your specific circumstance or not. Advance, you can utilize a title insurance agency for the real closings. For the issuance of the title protection arrangement, the title insurance agency will set up the end reports and close the exchange more often than not without an expansion charge.

Why Using Social Media Marketing for Real Estate

April 4, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Your potential clients are using social media. Why aren’t you there networking with them? Now that you have an online presence through your website, you might think your web marketing plan is complete and you don’t need SMM – but think again. Agents who are neglecting SMM miss out on lucrative listings, and they lose the chance to connect with potential buyers who are seeking their dream home.

What is social media marketing for real estate?

You, personally, probably use social media every day. You just don’t know it. And, that’s why it hasn’t been working to your marketing advantage. You read and commented other people’s blogs. You use Facebook to keep up with your family and old friends. You tweet on Twitter to say witty things. You’ve watched many videos on YouTube. And, you’re a true fan of blogs. So, time to use SMM for real estate!

Social media marketing for real estate Choices

Here is a short list of just a few available choices of the popular SMM.

  1. Blog for Your Brand – share relevant content with your target market
  2. Facebook Business Page – make “friends” that are interested in your brand, product or services
  3. Twitter Business Account – Share your expertise by tweeting to your online “followers”
  4. LinkedIn – networking for businesses, including B2B
  5. YouTube – market your commercials online for free

Social media marketing for real estate Blog Content

A blog, which is short for “web log”, is an online journal for your SMM campaign. It’s your company’s opportunity to introduce your brand by marketing your niche. Your business blog lets your target housing market get to know you, who you are and what you do through SMM

Get more clients with social media marketing for real estate

Are you looking for ways to gain more clients? Of course, you are! All experts, brokers and agents have a passion for making money. Informative content is what gives you that extra edge in the market. When you provide free, relevant, useful information to your target market, you become an expert in their eyes.

When sellers are ready to put their homes on the market, they will turn to a real estate expert – the agent or the broker who is professional and able to market their homes. Even banks selling REOs use SMM for content to help them connect to qualified agents to provide them with commercial services. Content helps to connect yourself with your readers and turn your followers into actual clients.

Donald Trump and His Possible Impacts on Real Estate

March 4, 2017 Posted by kyu7

It has been three days since Republican bet Donald Trump shockingly won the US presidential elections. Months before his astounding win, there have been many speculations on how his policies would affect every industry in the United States, its neighboring countries and even the world.

To many real estate men, his win will likely bring a roller coaster of changes considering that he is restrictive on his policies on businesses, investments, and international trade. Given the policy uncertainties that will likely exist within Trump’s administrations, some real estate companies have their assumptions on how the government will deal with mortgages.

Yet, on the other end, some sees his ascent to the highest seat of US government as a time to refocus on communities. Trump had been so vocal on the important role that community colleges play in shaping the economy. These community colleges produce the skilled workers needed by various industries like real estate. The welders, plumbers, electricians, brick workers, and masons are just some of the skilled persons that community colleges produce. If colleges of this type will be given more help, then the real estate industry will benefit by being supplied of enough numbers of skilled workers needed without having to look for outside talents.

If this policy pushes through, it is not impossible to see more community colleges being established within the next four years. And if this happens, there are other establishments which can sprout in communities. They can help in strengthening the local real estate industry.

The real estate industry also waits for Trump’s take on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Considering the past faults of these entities to taxpayers, the government may consider their elimination. However, the government must consider very well on how these institutions will create a crisis scenario given that mortgage lending for fixed terms can become more expensive than what it is today. These institutions, despite their past faults, have already rebounded in favour of taxpayers due to the efficiency of their new leaderships.

The newly elected president was also very vocal during his campaigns on how the United States should only be for Americans. In news, incidents of racism seem higher than it were before. There are fears that immigrations will be more restrictive and that immigrants the subject of restrictions when it comes to home buying. If these were true, real estate investments will be directly affected.

President Trump has a span of four years to regain the confidence of majority of Americans that he can make America great again. He has those four long years to prove those who voted in his favor that they were just right for choosing him as the 45th president. He has those four long years to disprove those who favoured his opponent that he really has what it takes as the greater president than their choice. Let us see come January 20, 2017 on how a well-identified real estate person will serve the industry that reaped in billions of dollars for him in decades. Let us see how he’ll serve United States.