Design Considerations for Pest Control

Whenever doing a home remodeling project, it can be helpful to plan ahead to minimize the impact of pests on your residence. Natural pest control consists of removing entry points, and eliminating food sources and spaces that promote infestations.

Here are some examples of things that can be taken into consideration to make your next home remodel as unfriendly to pests as possible.

Baseboard: In the design process, use straight baseboard rather than cove baseboard materials. Cove is characterized by a outward flare at the bottom of the board near the floor. The problem with cove is the outward flare provides a space for pests to live. Also, the adhesives used to install cove base may provide nourishment for cockroaches. Use baseboard that does not have gaps and install them using nails or screws.

Carpet: Wet, damp, or moist carpet can provide a happy home to a variaty of pests, including cockroaches and fleas. The mold that commonly grows on wet carpet is a food source for these pests. Thus, avoid installing carpet in damp basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and entryways.

Doors: Human entraces to our homes are also one of the preferred entrances for pests. Here are some tips for doors and doorways for natural pest control. First use solid core doors if possible as they do not have hollow areas inside where pests could live. Also, make sure all doors close and seal properly. When possible, use automatic door sweeps, which automatically seal against the floor. If automatic door sweeps are not practical for the situation, bristle sweeps are better than rubber or plastic. And remember, all exterior doors should have self-closing mechanisms to ensure they close and close tightly. Additionally, weather stripping exterior doors can add yet another layer of protection to your home.

Built-In Furniture: Many houses have a variety of permanently built-in furniture, like desks, entertainment centers, book cases, cabinets, seating, and even bed frames. All of these can provide homes for bedbugs, and it’s often difficult or impossible to inspect them. If at all possible, from a pest control perspective, avoid all built-in furniture in your design. Or at the very least, provide access so they can be properly inspected.

Countertops: Bathroom and kitchen countertops are a common hiding place for many pests. The best option is to have a one-piece countertop with an attached backsplash. In all cases, countertops should be sealed along their edges with an elastomeric sealant.

Tub and Shower Enclosures: Bathroom moisture can cause many pest problems, and bathrooms with multiple piece tub and shower enclosures are prone to more problems. Moisture can seep between the various panels. It is highly preferrable to use one-piece tub and show enclosures when possible. All bathrooms should have a fan, and ideally, the fan should automatically turn on if moisture reaches certain levels.

Building Materials: The building materials you choose for your home remodeling project can go a long way toward providing natural pest control. For example, brick, concrete, stone, metal and hard plastic are all termite-resistant. Similarly, brick, stone, and metal can be resistant to rodents, depending on the thickness of the materials used.

Ease of Inspection: The simple fact is, pests will find a way to enter your home and cause problems. Creating a design that makes inspection easier is therefore a critical design consideration. Avoid creating spaces that are inaccessible for an inspector. This can be accomplished by making sure false ceilings and crawl spaces are large enough for a human to enter. When it is impossible to provide such space, still create access points that allow remote inspection.

If you take these factors into consideration during you design process, you dramatically enhance your home from a pest control perspective. Take the time up front to avoid problems later.

This is a guest article from Crazylegs Pest Control, a San Francisco-based exterminator that has a nation-wide presence. Check out their website here http://crazylegspestcontrol.com and see if they have a branch office near you (Crazylegs Pest Control Services by State).

Tricks That’ll Make People Envy You For Your Small Apartment

If you live in a small apartment – be it by necessity or choice – we’ll make sure you’re using the space to its full extent while living comfortably. Because small spaces are neglected in the high rolling lifestyle, it’s easy to oversee the benefits of living in a small home. Following these simple tips will make you realize that size doesn’t mean everything.

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Let’s be honest here. The set of clicks that got you this far mean that you’re looking for ways to enhance your living space. If your windows have a smaller frame, choose a light and neutral color palette for the walls. Try taking advantage of natural light, because this will open your space significantly.

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Choosing furniture that is slightly lifted due to the nature of raised legs will make it appear as if the room is lighter and more spacious. Also, make an effort to match your drapes with your walls, because blending in will make it seem like one textured surface, which in turn gives the impression of a larger room.  Even thought you have drapes, leave the windows uncovered to bring in light and give a sense of depth. Getting rugs and fabrics with small print can even make a doll house look large.

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One of the dirtiest, yet most effective tricks of interior design is to add lots of mirrors to a small space, to make it look exponentially bigger! Using this alone can make a lot of difference, but avoid it if you’re prone to getting scared by your own shadow. Another clever trick is to use plain colors, because unification will visually expand any small area. By painting your ceiling with a bright and popping color, it will create a focal point that will give an impression of a higher ceiling.

Added functionality of your small home

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By following everything written above, your friends and colleagues will envy you for having such a cozy, yet seemingly spacious apartment. You’ll achieve a warm, yet larger look of your beloved home.

The Right Way To Decorate The Kids’ Room

We have to face the facts that the kids’ room isn’t just a place to sleep in. It is a place where kids study, play, relax and store their books, toys and clothes.

As such, it’s important to decorate the room in such a way that will feel magical while providing comfort and safety.

Know what your child wants

The first step towards the correct décor is picking the right color scheme of the room. This will add to your certainty of picking the right furniture for the children’s room. It is important to communicate with the child and ask what color they prefer. Consulting them on the tone of the room with make them feel involved, which will make them more connected to the room. Deciding to opt for wallpaper instead of paint can be tricky. It all depends on the theme of the wallpaper pattern and if it will hold the child’s interest in the future. Choose wisely if you don’t want to go through the hassle of stripping your newly colored the walls.

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If you’re thinking about getting a carpet, the answer is always yes. Picking the right pattern can hide stains, and it can function as a cushion if the young one falls. In addition, carpets provide additional warmth.

Furniture that will suit your children the most

After your ceiling, floor and wall pattern is chosen, it’s time to pick the right furniture that will suit your children the most.  It’s important to know how much space you’re working with and how your child will adapt to that space as it grows up. While themed beds like racecars and dragon’s nests may look tempting now, a simple bed will undoubtedly go well throughout the various stages of childhood. Beds with built in desks and storage are a great solution to saving space. The same goes for loft beds that make it easy for older kids to study beneath. Also, investing in an adjustable desk can be a perfect solution for a “one size fits all” desk set-up.

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Throughout the entire process of modeling the kids’ room, it’s important to think a few years ahead. Anything you choose must be able to fit in with various stages of your child’s progress. Picking natural finishes such as metallic and wood are a great choice because the way they blend in with most color schemes. With that in mind, don’t overdo it and make the room boring and stale. Remember to keep a playful theme to awaken your child’s creativity.

How To Make Any Guest Room Feel Like Home

The saying “There’s no place like home” didn’t pop out no-where. If you ever slept over as a guest, chances are you slept in the guest room. Whether or not you were intrigued by the room strongly depends house-owner took any of these steps towards decorating the guest room.

Make the room feel as relaxed as their stay

It’s highly advised to paint the walls with a calm and soothing color. Something neutral like white, cream or beige is a good choice that’ll ease the mind of your guest. Try avoiding warm and vibrant colors like red or terracotta because of the energizing effects it might have on your guests. It’s essential for your guests to feel serene while visiting your home.

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Being in someone’s home, most people will do everything to avoid ruining the host’s property. Even small things like leaving water rings may be stressful. By using a glass top on the night stand. This can be easily avoided, with the added benefit of implementing glass into the room.

Ready in the morning with ease of mind

By adding a mirror in your guest room, you’ll see to it that your guest can get ready in the morning with ease of mind. Mirrors are also a great way to reflect the light in the room. Because the guest room is a place your guest will sleep in. It’s advised to set the tone of the room as you would your own bedroom. This means the lighting situation should rely on nightlights and lamps instead of centered ceiling lighting.

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Functionality goes without saying, so make sure to have a dresser in the room. This is a great place to store extra sheets in. Different people have different temperature preferences, so it’s important to stock up on extra blankets in case your guest gets cold. The same can be said for pillows, because different people have different headrest adjustments. Keeping the extra pillows lying on the bed can have multiple functionality advantages that will increase the quality of your guests stay. A well rested guest is a happy guest.

Hope this helped you get insight on the thought process behind a successful stay as a guest. Always have in mind the way you’d like to be greeted in someone’s home.

Easiest Way To A Successful Remodeling Project

Remodeling has never been easy. It’s a difficult task that takes an immense amount of preparation and careful planning. Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. With so many things to look out for it can make it like an unbearable task. But you’ll be fine as long as you follow these easy steps to a successful remodeling project.

Know what you want and the way you want it

Get a plan, because every good project starts off with one. This is significantly more important if you’re on a budget or you got your hands dirty with pesky structural changes. Plans take time and careful consideration, so remember to take it slowly. Try to take everything into account when remodeling and reassure your thoughts with any partners you have. Two heads are better than one!

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When you get a clear sight of plans for the future of the project, do your research. Look around the internet what worked for other people and that will most likely work for you too. If you don’t trust the input of strangers on the internet, then consult a professional. Ask around about good designers and contractors that had a hand in homes that look appealing to you.

Most of the changes you’ll make are long-term or will be here a while, so think trice, measure twice and cut once. It’s mandatory to put necessities before luxuries. Having a sink in your bathroom is more important than a tub that can bathe a whole football team at once. Knowing what you need will put what you want into perspective and it will give you a better look at the scales of each house department. Have in mind how many people are going to circulate through your home, and adjust to that number accordingly.

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Make sure to surround yourself with colors and shapes that suit you and your family. Remodeling is a big investment and you don’t want to feel uncomfortable in your own home. Make your surrounding colors have an inviting feel to them and fill your house with nature elements. Also, make sure to implement the right ratio of wood, glass and metal elements so that these elements don’t feel out of place with the theme of the house.