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How To Lay A Laminate Floor

The laminate floor is an attractive and also hard wearing choice that’s both practical and also quite easy to install. So, let’s take a look at how to install a laminate floor.

Acclimatise

Wood expands and shrinks and so you should introduce it to the home before you lay the floor. Ideally leave the flooring stacked up and uncovered for 2-3 days in the room it will be laid. This allows air to circulate and for it to expand or shrink to an appropriate size. You should have around 10% more wood than the area of the floor in the room for waste reasons.

Subfloor Preparation

The subfloor needs to be clean of dirt and debris and if a new concrete floor it will need to be cured. If there is base moulding this will need to be removed with a pry bar and hammer.

Vapour Barrier

The vapour barrier should be laid from the longest wall of the room across one row at a time. Depending on the manufacturer you should join the barrier through either overlapping or just butting rows beside each other – this varies so read the directions given.

Door Jambs

You will need to trim the door jambs and this can be done by laying a piece of wood against the door. Use this as a guide. You should be able to slide the new flooring beneath the area. Flat saws are idea for cutting the jambs; just ensure that they are parallel to the subfloor as this ensures that the floor and jamb look their best.

Install the First Row

Once again start with the longest wall and lay the planks with the grove facing the wall along it. Be sure to place a spacer between the plank and the wall – around 1cm is enough – place them once every foot along the all side. These allow the floor to breath and expand and ensure there is no warping of the wood. This will be covered with moulding, so there will be no problems later on.

Install the Rest of the Floor

You can now install the rest of the floor by tapping the tongue into the groove row by row – ensure they fit well together. To create an attractive look you should try and stagger the joints when flooring. If the floor is laid row after row it looks unattractive.

The Final Plank

The last plank needs trimming and how much can be measured by marking it. This can be achieved by placing a plank over the last plank and then another on top of that until it sits against the spacers. Then draw a line along the plank below as this will mark the gap. You should then rip cut the plank along these lines and install them.

Thresholds

Last but not least, you need to install the thresholds where floor ends near an open door. These come in a variety of sizes depending on the floor’s height. Finally, remove the spacers and install the base moulding in the gap.

You should now have an attractive wooden floor that compliments your room.

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Alternatives For Heating Your Household

Heating the household has become a paramount concern in these days of limited fuel supplies and environmental awareness. Fortunately, this also means there are more ideas and initiatives out there than ever before, so read on to transform your home and your outlook on heating.

Alternative Heating Ideas

Solar heating is probably the most obvious alternative to traditional means but there are different approaches to it. Passive solar heating is just about maximising the position of your house in relation to the sun; opening the curtains only on south-facing windows during winter, planting trees to shade the house from stronger summer sun, investing in concrete or tile floors which retain more heat.

These measures may be costly to implement if it means reviewing the layout of your home and produce only minimal savings on fuel. Active solar heating may be more worthwhile, as the installation of thermal panels to heat water, along with heat pumps and storage tanks can allow you to use an entire alternative system for the home and save on plumbing and heating supplies long-term.

Insulation is another big step you could take to reduce your energy bills and one that is extremely effective. Some people even use recycled forms such as old paper or thick, tough clothing to make their own. There is a price tag attached to both the above solar solutions as well as cavity wall and loft insulation, but check out government incentives to see if it’s a viable investment.

New Household Habits

Draughts are a big problem when maintaining temperature levels but there are easy ways to combat them. With window frames, silicon sealant works perfectly to keep the weather out. For moveable things like doors you can employ weather stripping around the edges or even make your own from old household fabrics.

Lowering the thermostat by just a degree will help your home become more efficient and you can even program it to switch to a lower level at night. Tips like wearing more layers of clothing in winter and using extra blankets may sound obvious but a surprising number of people don’t alter their approach in different seasons, which ultimately leads to energy waste.

Heating is about conserving and just changing a few habits can make a huge impact on both your costs and the environment. Remember to investigate saving money on lighting and appliances as well and you could be a more energy efficient household within weeks.

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Bathroom Remodeling: A Few Things You Should Know

Why Remodel Your Bathroom?

A bathroom doesn’t need to suffer from serious problems like leaky fixtures, stained floors, or a broken down bathtub to be a candidate for remodeling. A bathroom is a perfect room to renovate for multiple reasons which includes making the bathroom more comfortable, relieving it of cramped conditions, adding storage space, or for aesthetic reasons. In addition, enhancing the appearance and functioning of your bathroom will positively increase your home’s value.

Fixing up your bathroom doesn’t have to be a costly project. With proper planning and the proper choice of materials, a bathroom remodeling can be as low as a few hundred dollars. Even making small improvements to your bathroom, such as putting in heated tiling, a new bathtub, changing the colors of the walls,  or redesigning the commode can turn that old, lifeless room into an attractive, inviting place.

Another advantage of renovating a bathroom, especially a smaller one like the ones in NYC is that with proper use of lighting and mirrors, you can make a cramped, smaller looking bathroom appear to be larger and more spacious allowing for a much more aesthetic experience.

Another benefit to renovating your bathroom is that when going through the remodeling process, you may discover previously undetected plumbing or structural issues, allowing you to save money in the long run had those problems not been found in time.

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Were you aware that heated tiles exist? Just imagine walking onto your bathroom tiles, barefoot, in the cold winter months or stepping out of the shower and stepping onto the soothing warmth of tiles radiating heat onto your feet. Not only will these special tiles help keep you cozy and comfortable, but they’ll also add value to your home.

Remodeling your bathroom can be done with eco-friendly materials such as recycled glass countertops and tiles, using toilets that conserve water, and applying paint that contains non-toxic, natural ingredients; these materials will not only make for a more efficient, ‘greener’ bathroom, but can also be done inexpensively.

 

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Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

One of the toughest hurdles of living in Manhattan is that there isn’t a whole lot of space which can pose a design challenge in creating a functional and stunning kitchen. Luckily, Multi Construction Company is full of ideas and inspiration to help you with remodeling your kitchen in NYC, even if you have a limited budget and building restrictions. You’ll find that there are many options, all of which are scaleable, for creating or transforming your kitchen into something that you can enjoy.

Here are a couple of kitchen remodeling NYC tips:

Smaller and compact appliances. You’ll find that newer appliances are becoming more compact allowing for small kitchen design to be made easier. You’ll also find that appliances such as microwaves or toaster ovens can be hung underneath cabinets, helping you save counter space.

Make use of the center of your kitchen. An island that’s in the center of the kitchen can be a great way of both providing extra storage as well as allowing you to have additional counter space to prep food or eat at.

Use pot racks. Pot racks are great, because they can be used for creating a fun atmosphere while being quite functional. With a pot rack, you can hang up your pots and pans, thereby freeing up some cabinet space. They can also be used for decorative purposes, adding charm and character to your kitchen. Some even come with lighting fixtures!

Use of lighting. You’ll want to layer your lighting so that you both create an illusion of more space and at the same time have something that’s pleasing to the eye. You can use under the counter or under the cabinet lighting to help with creating the illusion of more space.  Think of using chandeliers or candlestick-type wall sconces or some other type of decorative lighting fixture to make your kitchen look more appealing.

Storage really matters. Look at installing deeper counters that can accommodate additional appliances and help with maximizing work space. Make sure that you take advantage of  organization tools for under the counter and inside cabinets. Items can be hung on the inside of cabinet doors; for example get a spice rack to hang on the inside of your cabinet door to free up the space inside. Make sure to utilize space on top of your cabinets, counters and refrigerator. Think about installing shelves on the wall where you can display your plates and utensils.

Feel daunted by the entire kitchen remodeling process? Rest assured, when you work with Multi Construction Company, we’ll make sure to take care of all of your needs and create a beautiful kitchen that you’ll enjoy cooking and eating in!

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Tips For Taking Care Of Your Roof All Year

Here are a few tips from your friendly Brooklyn roofer to help with keeping your roof in good condition:

1. Clean off debris -   Make sure to sweep off objects like leaves, twigs and small branches when can cause deterioration to your roof’s structure and increase the chance of leaks due to water pooling, which ends up putting stress onto your roof. Make sure when you’re sweeping that you don’t use too much pressure as you may end up damaging or removing the protective coating.

2. Clean the gutters. When leaves and other debris collects in your gutters, the rainwater-collection system becomes clogged and you can get runoff spills to the side. This can lead to all sorts of damage, including damage to your siding, flooding in your basement, interior paint damage and it can lead to rot and infestations of wood-destroying insects.

You should make sure to clean your gutters at least once in the fall and once in the spring. You can easily do this yourself by getting a pair of gloves and getting all the much out or you can hire a general contractor that specializes in roofing maintenance and repair to do the job for you.

3. If you have a chimney, make sure to inspect the mortar and repair any damage.

4. Cut back branches from trees that either touch or hang over the roof – You’ll want to prune any branches hanging over your home, especially before winter which will help with reducing the chances of a broken branch causing damage. Also, by pruning back the limbs of the tree, you cut back on debris which prevents your drain spouts from being clogged and from pooling water (see tip #1). In addition, you also keep squirrels and other animals away from your home.

5. If you believe you have serious damage you should consider hiring a roofing contractor.