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Small Room Remodeling Ideas

Small Room Remodeling Ideas – The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Restoration and Remodeling.

Small Room Remodeling Ideas

Small Room Remodeling Ideas


Small room remodeling ideas

With efficient storage solutions and enviable interior design concepts, the appropriate small bedroom ideas may transform a little cramped area into a must-see getaway. Even the most basic of box rooms may be converted into a cozy little bedroom, and careful furniture placement can make it into a multi-functional space as well, adding valuable study and storage areas.

To maximize the possibilities of a tiny bedroom, careful planning and a dash of imagination are all that is required. Consider these small bedroom and single bedroom ideas before you start decorating.

Rethink the design.

Rethinking the standard layout of a small bedroom is always beneficial. Arrange the furnishings to make you feel more at ease. Place the majority of the furniture on one wall, preferably the one you see the least when you’re in it, to avoid the space seeming cramped.

Use creative multipurpose objects, such as a sideboard that also functions as a dressing table, to minimize the quantity of furnishings in a small bedroom to a minimal.

Make use of any difficult corners for storage.

When space is limited, creative storage solutions are necessary. The proprietors of this little attic bedroom idea fashioned bespoke built-in cabinets out of an uncomfortable recess space in a tight position. Using an otherwise vacant space for hidden storage avoids clutter from intruding on a place that is already constrained.

In a tiny bedroom, any visible products will make the space appear crammed – and hence much smaller – so keep things hidden.

Construct storage around the bed.

Bespoke wardrobes are the most effective solution to maximize your bedroom storage space. Building wardrobes on both sides of the bed helps to create a frame that keeps the attention on that one wall. By removing any obstructions, this frees up a lot of space on the remaining walls. Instead, hang artwork or mirrors on the other walls.

By adding storage above the bed, you may make greater use of the space, but be cautious not to make the design appear dated – or claustrophobic with too much going on.

Consider your surface options.

Use reflective surfaces to create the optical illusion of continuing space to double the feel of a small bedroom. Who hasn’t strolled into a pub and mistakenly though it was double the size, only to find out it was just a smart use of mirrors? To make the small bedroom look larger than it is, mirrored closets, a reflecting shining wall covering, and mirrored bedside tables are employed.

Don’t worry if employing all three is too much; the same rules apply when only one of these items is employed. Consider where you can best put reflecting surfaces when building your compact bedroom arrangement.

With some imaginative decoration, you may create a sense of more space.

Paint is an excellent solution for a multitude of decorating problems. A splash of color may not only enliven a space and make it feel more inviting, but it can also be used to solve greater aesthetic problems, such as making small spaces appear larger. Consider this little bedroom paint proposal, where a color combination has helped to create a border and, as a result, a new perspective for the walls. It’s an optical illusion of sorts.

Use your headboard as storage as well.

If you’re short on space, go for a headboard like this one, which features a storage gap as well as a surface area for storing stuff. This means you can get rid of those bulky bedside tables since you’ll have a place to put your nightly reading. If you want to go the additional mile, add wall lighting as well.

Install the lighting on the wall.

In a compact bedroom, wall-mounted lighting can help to free up much-needed surface space. To improve the arrangement, use the wall to precisely place the task lights.

Vertical storage takes things to the next level.

Ladder storage is a terrific method to have the benefits of wall shelves while having the freedom to move it when you need to. This one is ideal for this small bedroom, but it would also work well in a bathroom or a small sitting area.

Not to mention the storage options for beneath mattresses to keep anything hidden – just make sure it’s hidden at all times. To create a sense of space, keep as much as possible off the floor; look up at the ceiling to remind yourself of the amount of floorspace available in the room. After you remodel, make sure to get assistance of companies like Denver Colorado’s Bed Bug Experts to get rid of any bugs, etc.

And, of course, make sure the area is comfortable; whether large or little, this is the most crucial factor to consider when developing a bedroom layout.

5 Realistic Ways to Get Organized Before Buying a New Home

5 Realistic Ways to Get Organized Before Buying a New Home – The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Restoration and Remodeling.

Buying a New Home

5 Realistic Ways to Get Organized Before Buying a New Home

While buying a home can be exciting, it can also quickly become overwhelming, especially in the current state of the housing market. The way to combat this stressful time is by being prepared and organized. Knowing what to expect before buying a home will help you stay on track with your budget and have a positive outlook on a rather daunting process. This article will help you get organized and feel prepared before buying a new home.


Prepare Your Finances

Inevitably one of the most important factors to buying a home is money. A great way to start is by researching how much house can I afford? This is based on your income, current debt, and funds available for a down payment. It’s important to understand your debt-to-income ratio going into the homebuying process. Knowing how much of a mortgage you can afford will help you narrow your search. Once you have this figured out, you can filter your search to areas that are within your budget. To keep your finances in order, create a folder with copies of all of your necessary financial documents. Remember, the amount you are approved for is not what you have to spend. You may be able to find homes that fit your criteria and come in under budget! If you plan on buying a home that is going to require renovations or remodeling keep that financial estimate in mind also.


Make a List of Wants Vs. Needs

Once you have narrowed down what you can afford and multiple areas to search, make a list of what you are looking for in a home. To make it efficient, create an excel document with two separate tabs. One for things you must have in your new home, and another for things you would like to have but are not necessary. Print this chart and keep it in a home-buying folder with all of your information and notes related to purchasing your home. A couple of topics to consider include having a fenced-in yard, how many bedrooms and bathrooms are on your Wishlist, and what kitchen floor plan or size would be best for your family. On top of that, considering local school districts and what else you want in a neighborhood is important.


Create a Moving Timeline

Your moving timeline will depend on if this is your first home or if you are selling your current home. If you are currently renting, you will need to plan your move based on when your lease ends. Remember to give your landlord the proper notice that you will be moving out and the expected date.

If you are waiting to sell your home before buying a new one this timing can be a little trickier. Make sure to work with your realtor on the specifics of when you want to be in your new home. Your realtor can then try and plan out your closing date accordingly so that there is as little overlap as possible between selling your current home and moving into your new one. Another important to-do list item is reserving a moving company if you will need assistance with packing or transporting your belongings.


Search for Furniture and Appliances

The fun part of moving, especially if this is your first home, is buying new furniture and decorations to make your new space feel warm and welcoming. You will also need to know what appliances come with your new home so you can plan what you need to additionally purchase or replace. For warm-weather areas replacing or updating the AC unit is something to consider.

For furniture, if you are trying to stick to a budget check out second-hand stores, antique shops, or discount stores for a variety of affordable options. Also, make a list of what you need right when you move in versus what you could get after settling in. If you will be buying new appliances you might want to consider a home warranty. Investing in a home warranty can give you peace of mind that your new appliances are covered if something goes wrong, and save you money down the road by avoiding costly repairs. Since your new home is truly yours you can decorate it however you want and make any cosmetic updates including changing the paint colors.


Settle Into Your New Place  

Buying a home and moving are big accomplishments. After such a stressful and lengthy process, you are apt to feel burnt out. Being organized helps the process run smoothly and allows you to enjoy your new place once you are able to move in. One of the main things to remember is to take your time unpacking and really get to know your new space. You will have to make sure electricity is turned on and make an appointment for cable to be set up. Utilize this checklist to be sure not to forget anything you should be doing right after moving in, and remember to enjoy your new home!

10 Tips to Keep your Kitchen Clean and Evergreen

10 Tips to Keep your Kitchen Clean and Evergreen –  The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Restoration and Remodeling.


Kitchen Clean

10 Tips to Keep your Kitchen Clean and Evergreen


The kitchen is an integral part of a family home, and it undergoes the most wear and tear over time. Kitchen waste and ample use of water accelerate corrosion, discoloration, and deterioration. It is extremely important to maintain cleanliness and good hygiene in the kitchen, as it is the place where your food is typically stored and prepared. A dirty kitchen propagates germs and infections; not to mention, it is unsightly and diminishes the value of your real estate. Follow these ten tips to keep your kitchen in pristine condition:

1. De-clutter the surfaces

The best kind of kitchen is a clean and organized one. If you don’t put stuff back in their right spots, the place will turn into a huge mess pretty quickly. You won’t be able to find items the next time around, which will add to the frenzy and confusion. You might break things, misplace them, or spoil them.

2. Wash/clean stuff after use

If you let the dishes pile up for days on end, and don’t clean up your equipment right after use, grease and bad odor will follow. It will become difficult to clean it up later, and shall probably leave stains; you will need a lot more water and energy too.

3. Wipe and sanitize daily

Do not forget to wipe and sanitize your kitchen counters and floors daily by the end of the day. This will remove contaminants and dirt that accumulate and create problems over time. You will be welcomed by a fresh and tidy kitchen the next day.

4. Don’t let Waste and Spills sit

If you drop or spill something in the kitchen, try to clean it up immediately. Lubricants on the floor can cause slip and fall accidents, whereas food items may attract pests and micro-organisms. Keep all surfaces dry as much as possible.

5. Line your Bins

Most of the kitchen waste is organic waste, which rots and decomposes quickly. Lining your waste bins with biodegradable plastic bags will ensure that none of the waste adheres to the walls or bottom. They are easy to remove and you won’t have to worry about remnants.

6. Deep Clean at least once a Week

Whenever you have time over the weekend, take out an hour and engage in some deep cleaning. Bring out the detergent or an industrial cleaner to nicely scrub your kitchen surfaces. This will effectively remove any residues of grease, dirt, and filth that remain hidden to the naked eye.

7. Never ignore leaks

If you notice a leaky faucet or pipe, do not leave it be until it propagates into a disaster. Call in a plumber or handyman as soon as possible. Refrain from DIY hacks and quick fixes. If you don’t pay attention to the leak, it may cause greater damage to the plumbing and sanitation system.

8. Do not delay repairs

Anything that seems to be malfunctioning or out of place should be taken care of immediately. Whether it’s an electrical appliance, nozzle/knob, or something else, have it repaired or replaced before it’s too late; same goes for cracks, breakage, and leaks.

9. Laminate Wooden Surfaces

Most people go for the conventional wooden cabinets and flooring, though they might not be the best choice for a kitchen that is constantly exposed to moisture. If you want to protect your wood based structures, you may do so by coating the surfaces with laminate material.

10. Ensure Proper Ventilation

Blocking the airways of a kitchen is as bad as committing a criminal offense. Make sure to open the windows or turn on your exhaust for proper ventilation. This will promote circulation of fresh air and eliminate excess air moisture. If you have a chimney, get it serviced on a regular basis.


10 Tips to Keep your Kitchen Clean and Evergreen

7 Typical Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them

7 Typical Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them – The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Restoration and Remodeling.

Garage Door Problems

7 Typical Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them


The garage door has evolved over the years from a manually-operated wooden door that was often too heavy to conveniently open and close. Nowadays, garage doors come in almost all varieties: steel, wood, glass, fiberglass, and aluminum. Most of these doors are opened through a remote control or an app on your mobile phone that you can use even if you are on the other side of the world.

Modern garage doors are also equipped with several high-tech features, such as backup power when blackouts happen and an insulation system. Nevertheless, even if they are modern and have highly-advanced technology, they will still require proper care and maintenance.

Additionally, garage door repair should be the primary solution the minute you realize something is wrong with the door. However, it is also vital for you to know how to identify garage door problems so you can apply the proper action for the situation.


Signs That Say Your Garage Door Needs Repair


1.  Your garage door is unusually noisy.

When your garage door makes loud noises, don’t waste any time and immediately check out what is causing the noise. The volume of the noise shouldn’t matter because even the softest noise is an indication that there can be problems with your garage door.

The first thing you should check is the track’s nuts and bolts. If any of them are loose, these can cause the door to become noisy, especially if they move up or down. If this is what you are experiencing, ensure that you tighten these nuts and bolts. Once done, check if it still makes noises. If it still does, check if the track is off the line. If it is, this may be what is causing all the noise.

Another possible problem would be the need for lubrication. Lubricate the garage door’s springs and rollers, or have them changed if the problem persists.

It is also possible that the problem isn’t with the door itself but with the loose belt of the opener unit. Once this is determined, tighten the unit right away. Have it replaced immediately if the problem isn’t resolved after the tightening.

2.  Your garage door does not fully close.

Garage doors have something that looks like a camera lens. These are called photo eyes, and these should be the first thing you should check if your garage door does not completely or fully close. These “eyes” are actually sensors, and if they are dirty or something gets in their way, they won’t function properly. Check them to make sure that nothing is obstructing their way, or wipe off dirt using a glass cleaner and soft, clean, dry cloth,

Ensure as well that the photo eyes are properly aligned.

3. Your garage door has gaps.

Garage door gaps are caused by constant use (wear and tear). If you do not contact your garage door specialist right away, this can cause serious problems, such as water buildup.

This may also be caused by a cable or spring that has snapped. If this is the case, the cable or spring should be replaced immediately.

4. Your garage remote is not functioning properly.

Your garage door is not working. No matter what you do, it doesn’t budge. Have you tried checking the remote? It might need a new set of batteries, especially if you haven’t replaced them since you started using the door.

You should also check the antenna and ensure that it is working properly. Lastly, your remote may just be out of range, so move closer to your garage door and try opening it again.

5. You hear your garage door’s motor running, but after a few seconds, the door still would not open.

If a storm recently hit your area or if you have had power interruptions quite recently, you can experience this problem with your garage door. If your garage door’s motor is running but doesn’t open, it may be that the door’s disconnect switch was engaged, which means the garage door can be opened manually if there is a storm, power outage, and other similar situations. Sometimes, you may forget to disconnect the switch after the power comes back on.

6. Your garage door makes a high-pitched sound.

A high-pitched sound similar to scraping comes from your garage door as it goes up and down is a sign that there is something wrong with the tracks and rollers. You can clean the tracks yourself, but you have to ensure that you check each track from one end to the other. Remove any debris from the tracks and check out its overhead parts. Ensure that there are no loose tracks – and tighten the bolts if necessary.

Call your garage door service specialist if you want to make sure that all loose parts are tightened, and the necessary repairs are properly done.

7. Your door shakes or vibrates.

There is nothing cool about garage doors that shake or vibrate. Even the slightest shaking or vibration can indicate problems with the rollers and tracks or opener. They have to be regularly cleaned and well-maintained to prevent debris from gathering around them.

Get in touch with your garage door specialist if the problem persists after a thorough cleaning.


The list above enumerates the most common problems your garage door may have. The best thing to do to prevent such situations from happening to you is to have your garage door regularly cleaned and maintained.

Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner? The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Restoration and Remodeling.


Air Conditioner

Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?


Let’s face it; most of us like holding on to things for as long as we can and only replace them when they can no longer serve their purpose or get damaged beyond repair. But while this practice is often a good way to save money and cut on unnecessary spending, it’s not always practical especially when it comes to your air home conditioner.

It can be difficult to decide whether or not to get rid of an outdated air conditioner, so you need to know what exactly to look out for. If your any of these signs or characteristics apply to your current unit, it could be time for an AC replacement:


1. Too Old 

Is your air conditioner more than ten years old? You may want to seriously think about an upgrade. After a decade (or more) of cooling your home, your AC unit will start to show signs of wear and tear more often.

Most manufacturer warranties are only valid for five to ten years, which means that if your unit is too old, you will have to pay for all types of repairs out-of-pocket. In this case, it would be wiser and more cost-effective to invest in a new air conditioner with a valid warranty and much better features.


2. Outdated Refrigerant

Freon is being phased out in favor of ozone-friendly refrigerants in most countries, resulting in a drastic increase in Freon prices worldwide.

If your AC unit is still running on R-22 Freon, it would make a lot of sense to make the switch to an updated model. Your wallet and the environment will both benefit from an air conditioner that uses an eco-friendly refrigerant.


3. Strange Noises

Are you hearing weird noises coming from your air conditioner? Any grinding, rattling, pounding, or similar sounds that aren’t normally heard in your house? These noises could be the result of a blockage caused by the accumulation of dust and debris or, worse, a faulty motor or compressor.

Most of the time, all it takes to fix a noisy air conditioner is a call to your local AC repair company. However, if your air conditioner has been around for at almost ten year, these noises could be a sign of a much bigger problem and it may be best for you to replace the unit instead of repair.


4. Foul Smells

Your air conditioner is supposed to make your home feel relaxing and comfortable, not make it smell bad. If your AC is emitting strange odors, then there’s definitely a problem and you’ve got to have it diagnosed immediately.

Some of the common causes of foul AC smells are burnt wire and the presence of mold in the air ducts. These problems are generally fixable, but if they keep coming back, you may need to have the entire system checked or replace your AC unit to solve the issue for good.


5. High Energy Bills


The air conditioning system consumes the most energy in most households. This means that even the smallest inefficiencies can have a substantial impact on your home’s energy usage.

Air conditioners become less efficient as they get older. As their components acquire dirt and wear out over time, AC units have to work harder and use more power to achieve the same cooling level. That being said, if you have noticed an unusual spike in your electric bill over the past months, it may be because of your aging air conditioner. You’ll be saving money by investing in a new unit with excellent energy-saving features.


6. Poor Cooling Efficiency


Does the room still feel a little hot or humid even with the air conditioner turned on? It’s either your AC’s overworked or the wrong size for the space. A unit that’s too small or too worn out will not be able to cool a room efficiently and use more power in the process.

If your air conditioner is no longer serving its purpose well, it’s time for you to get a new one. An AC professional can help you choose the right unit for your space and cooling needs.


7. Frequent Breakdowns


Have you been calling a professional service too frequently to repair your malfunctioning air conditioner? Then it’s definitely – DEFINITELY – time to replace your old AC unit.

The cost of maintaining and repairing an old air conditioner could easily exceed the price of a new AC unit in the long run. Replacing a worn out AC will save you the trouble of having to call for air conditioning repair every few months, and all the costs and hassles that come with a faulty AC unit.


About the Author

Rachel Watson is the Senior Content Editor of New AC Unit. Aside from heading the company’s content marketing strategies, she writes articles about how to stay fit and energy-efficient home living.


Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?