Remember back in the day when we had “around the house” clothes, work clothes, party clothes and “Sunday…” clothes? Well, coming from that generation, I never thought of dressing up in high heels like … Read More
I am not a chef, not trying to be a chef, don’t want a cooking show and to tell the truth, I never thought I would enjoy spending time in the kitchen. It all started when Hub got sick. I’ve told the story before. We decided we should maintain control over most of what we eat and the only way to do that is to buy it and cook it yourself. On top of that, Hub doesn’t eat much at all. If it weren’t for the rip-off of eating out on Christmas day, I would not have minded making reservations somewhere. Eating out is fun and easy but do we REALLY know what we are eating, no matter how much it costs?
I was shocked to find out how many people actually struggle with how and what to discard, so they live with unnecessary clutter. They are also leaving what could be a boatload of money on the table.
When people remodel or renovate, they tend to do it based on one of two things. Either they do it for their own reasons – they want it to look nicer, be more functional or efficient. Or do they it based on trends in housing. Either way, each type of remodel has its own benefits, as well as disadvantages. In this article, we will be speaking about the types of people that remodel for trends alone. The article below will discuss the Home renovation or remodel and design features that are still popular in 2017.
Entry Door Replacements
An entry door replacement is not only a trendy thing to do, but it’s also the project that costs the least amount of money and yet has a pretty high return on investment. It only costs between $400 and $850 to replace your old door with a trendier material like steel and yet you can see anywhere between a 73% and 102% recoup on your investment.
Over the past few years, a bathroom remodel was a trendy way to update your home and it’s no different in 2017. In fact, this is one of the top remodeling projects across the nation. This is a space that tends to have a lot of traffic – you tend to use it at least 2 times a day every day, and it’s also one of two rooms which are a selling point for a home, the other being the kitchen. Most bathroom remodels, from new flooring to paint on the walls, to lesser additions like new vanities, cabinets, and mirrors on the walls, cost around $51,000. But, the recoup on investment is around 60% which is actually pretty fantastic. Consider these figures:
If you invest $20,000 in your bathroom you can expect to retrieve at least $12,000
If you invest $40,000 in your bathroom you can expect to retrieve at least $24,000
If you invest a minimum of $10,000 in your bathroom you can expect to get back at least $6000
and so on and so forth.
Minor Kitchen Remodeling
The kitchen is the one space that really sells a home. I know even for me the kitchen is always the one room I want to see first. Does it have the equipment you want? Is the flooring aesthetically pleasing but also functional? Does it have enough countertop, cabinet, and drawer space (craftables.com) or may be the space for a cutting board? Is it open to the rest of the house or closed off? Does it have durable materials for things like the floor, countertops, and island? Your floor related questions can be answered at foundationfloors.com. Other of the mentioned, are the things that people think about when they come into your kitchen. If you want to sell your home, upgrade the kitchen. A minor kitchen remodel doesn’t cost much either, it’s only around $20,000 and you can see between a 74% and 83% return on investment.
Major Kitchen Remodeling
Most homeowners that are doing a major kitchen remodel are spending roughly $20,000 or more in their kitchens. This includes things like; countertops, cabinets, flooring, lighting, under cabinet lighting, islands, storage and more. People that spend $20,000 on their kitchen are still seeing an ROI at around 65% though! When doing a major kitchen remodel for $20,000 or more you really want to look into trendy, aesthetically pleasing and durable materials for your kitchen. Laminate or bamboo is a really nice wood for kitchens. A suitable advice here would be to suggest visiting tilemarkets.com to make sure that you covered all the aspects before going ahead with your kitchen remodel. On the other hand, marble, granite, and slate are really good options for countertops.
Adding On A Deck
People that live in the Northern and Midwestern states try to be outdoors as much as they can once the weather starts to get warmer so it shouldn’t be a big surprise that it’s quite trendy (and useful) to include a deck in your remodeling projects. When you build on a deck, you can expect to pay around $6000 for a new deck and you can also expect to get a return on investment at around 80% – it has to be a wood deck, though. Of course, this cost and the ROI will vary.
If you live in a relatively older home, doing all of these extra projects is all good and fine, but you also might find that if you aren’t updating your windows, it’s all for naught. The window market has changed significantly over the years. Replacing old, wooden, or non-efficiency windows and replacing them with energy efficient windows can definitely make a difference in how quickly your home sells. In 2015 a study was done on homeowners and those that were selling their homes and did replace their windows, versus those who were selling and did not replace their old windows. Those that did replace their old windows easily saw a return on investment at around 75% of the total cost of the windows. That’s a pretty high number to just ignore. ©
by Lisa McNair ® comments welcome at email@example.com
Wes Richards is a veteran journalist and broadcast producer whose blog “Wessays” is published three times a week at wessays.blogspot.com Richards is also a frequent contributor at www.highheelshotflashes.com
Turn on the lights by flipping up a switch. Turn them off using the same switch only flipping it down, right?
Well, mostly right.
But in modern times, we are faced with a complication. Some stuff you have to turn off by turning on the ON switch.
Like your computer. You shut it off by pushing the “Start button,” which is not really a button at all, but a picture that says “Start.” Only after pushing the start button (for something that’s already started, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see the “Start button,”) can you turn it off.
Then, there are those lights that can be operated from more than one switch – like those that light a staircase, for example.
Turn on by flipping up a switch. Use the stairs, and once at the other end, turn off the light by flipping the second switch to “on.” So, now you have two switches in the on position, but the lights are off. In order to turn the lights back on, you have to flip the nearest switch to “off.” This turns on the light.
Somehow, these switches never go back to the original positions, which is that both of them are “off” and so is the light.
There’s no consistency in the locations of hot and cold water taps, either. This comes from the same general school of engineering. And it’s especially true of those single knob faucets where one device controls both the hot and cold water.
Do you turn it clockwise or counterclockwise for hot? Varies. Even varies among sinks and tubs in the same house. Most are unmarked (putting “C” and “H” on one of those elegant faucets would be so gauche. So, you burn or freeze as the faucet maker or installation plumber decides.
Many cell phones are turned on by pressing and holding the “off” button, which is a real button you can actually push.
Some ATM machines have similar quirks. For example, once you get onto the “withdrawal” screen, they want you to confirm whatever decision you’re making by pushing one of a column of buttons (real buttons, not “Start button” buttons.)
They have arrows leading from words toward the buttons. Invariably, the arrows fall between the location of the actual buttons and you have to figure out whether the machine means the button that’s higher than the arrow or the one that’s lower.
Equally invariable, you pick the wrong one and have to start over.
We are very lucky that these things haven’t become more popular.
Let’s say you’re tooling along the RFK Triboro Bridge, and come to the toll booth. The machine “reads” your “EZ Pass,” and the gate comes down, blocking your way. That wouldn’t work.
Suppose you turned on a stovetop burner and that extinguished the pilot light? THAT wouldn’t work too well, either.
How would you like a telephone that rang all the time except when someone was calling?
Or a blog that required a password to stop reading.
I’m Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ®
Please address comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
© WJR 2017
Remember back in the day when we had “around the house” clothes, work clothes, party clothes and “Sunday…” clothes? Well, coming from that generation, I never thought of dressing up in high heels like Donna Reed, just to go to the grocery store. There are clothes for that (so I thought) and the shoes are almost always flat.
Another memory is the time when our elders were not only respected but their advice was taken as law. That culture is fading as the younger generation does its own thing with little or no advice from those who still put a stamp on it.
Listen up! This so-called “boomer” has some advice straight from a recent experience.
Lately I’ve been going to the gym early morning, then I’ll do a few chores….all before 7AM. On a particular day, I went to the gym later so the few chores would take place as soon as the department stores opened. I was not only dressed like the gym, wearing shoes that screamed “Security I’m suspicious, please follow me!!” , but I also had on no makeup and very old gym-like clothes. Let the tragic comedy begin!!!
The chores that day were to replace my makeup with fresher and better products. In my quest for the best in 2017, I searched reviews for the top ten products in every category of makeup, based on my own criteria. This was going to be the year to wear a healthier and not so heavy foundation. I was prepared for the fact that this new supply would come with a price tag. I also wanted a mascara that doesn’t run and a liner that is relatively organic. All the cheap old stuff had already been tossed.
The store had just opened so there were hardly any customers. That was perfect because I walked straight to the “high end” designer makeup where there were three women behind the counter talking. As I approached, I said “Good morning”. One woman spoke, then she ducked down under the counter. The other two women scattered after nodding at me. All of a sudden the area was void of sales people. I walked to another counter because the associates on the first floor of the department store can usually help with any brand. All of a sudden, no one was visible except two people who were now helping customers at another counter. I kept walking to the back of the cosmetics department where I finally saw one woman smiling at me from behind the counter of a brand I didn’t recognize. She offered to help.
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I showed her my list and she had me walk with her back to the counter where I had seen the disappearing sales women. She found the pricey foundation and the liner I wanted when all of a sudden, the ducking associate re-appeared with her opinion that the shade was wrong for me. When the nice lady told her we would try it first, the “hide and go seek” associate made an ugly face behind her back. (Where were you when I needed you, I thought). Back at the nice lady’s counter, we tested everything, found what I needed and I even bought some modern lip color from her brand.
People see the book cover only. Strangers think “what they see is what they get” and they saw me as a waste of time, looking like the old days of wearing “run around” clothes or worse, a suspicious person. The end story to this is that I went back one day to get something else from the nice lady, but this time I was ready.
I was almost accosted by the same ladies who ran away from me when they thought I looked like a questionable person. This time, without remembering me they saw a customer who probably wouldn’t be a waste of their time. Truthfully, they probably saw what they thought was mega “Hip Hop” cash. They were wrong again. I proceeded to the back counter to say hello to the nice lady and to show her my new face, but she was gone. She had quit and moved on to a bigger and better job, something we discussed while she was testing product on my face.
Folks, the moral of this story is…shed the “run around” “doing chores” clothing. From this day forward, if you see me in the Supermarket dressed like this, there is a method to the madness. I may not be able to walk the aisles in total comfort, As I always say, but I will be cute when I leave my house to see other people because people judge and why shouldn’t they? What you see may not always be what you get, but it is what it is.
By Dianne Thompson© comments welcome at email@example.com