Make Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Home Design Ideas, How To's | 0 comments

You’ve put time and effort into making your house the dream home you’ve always wanted- but have you planned for if you’re ever wheelchair-bound? Using a wheelchair doesn’t mean you have to leave your home and live in an assisted-living community; in fact, with just a few modifications, you can make your home wheelchair-accessible so you can continue to live there comfortably and safely. Here’s a list of suggestions to improve your home so that it’s wheelchair accessible, room by room:

    • Bedroom: Install an overhang lift or manual trapeze to get in and out of bed safely.
    • Bathroom: Install a bath tub lift and a commode lift, as well as grab bars next to the toilet and shower/bathtub.
    • Basement/attic: Install a stair lift to move safely between floors.
    • Outdoors/porch: Install an outdoor stair lift or a portable ramp to access your front door.
    • Kitchen: Check that cabinet and countertop heights are within arms’ reach from a wheelchair, and leave 27” of clearance between the floor and the underside of the table. Also, clear a space of 30”x48” at each seating location.
    • Garage: A two-car garage guarantees that you have room to maneuver between your home and your vehicle.

Here’s an infographic on how you can make your home wheelchair accessible.

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You can also improve your home’s accessibility by clearing your pathways and making them wide enough for mobility scooters, rollators, and/or wheelchairs. In general, hallways should be 36” wide and doorways should be 32” wide to accommodate these mobility vehicles; also, the minimum clear space for a 180 degree turn is 36” in all directions.

Also, keep your home well-lit to decrease the risk of slipping and falling throughout the day or night. Light controls must be easy to reach and use. Finally, install several phones and alert systems throughout your home so that in case of an emergency, you’ll be able to get help quickly. It’s especially important to have a phone next to your bed and in the bathroom (near the toilet or shower).

You’ve probably taken on many home improvement projects over the years, but making your home wheelchair accessible is the most important thing you can to do make sure you’re able to age in your own home. With these guidelines, you’ll be able to modify your home so that it continues to fit your needs.

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How to Remove Concrete Stains

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Care Tips, How To's | 0 comments

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One practical option for your flooring material is concrete. There are modern concrete flooring designs in different colors and textures that complement your interiors. This material is considered to be cost-effective because of its durability and low maintenance features. But just like any floor they can be subjected to stains and scratches. Not to worry though as there are ways to remove concrete stains on your floors.

The garage, basement, and outdoor walkways are more prone to stains compared to indoor concrete flooring. Oil and grease, rust, molds, mildew, and old paint are common culprits in staining the flooring. These stains are easier to remove when they are still fresh. One can tackle oil and grease stains using water and dish soap. Just cover fresh spill with absorbent material like towels or cat litter to remove oil or grease, and then spray water and soap on the affected area. Scrub the stained area with the use of a nylon scrub brush until you are able to work up a thick lather. Never use brushes with wire bristles to remove concrete stains as they may cause more damage to your floors. Rinse the soap with warm water after scrubbing. Strong cleansing solutions may be used for removing stubborn stains. Cleansers with Trisodium Phospate or TSP are recommended for hard to remove oil and grease stains.

Rust is another stain culprit that homeowners often encounter. There are homemade and commercial options for removing rust stains on your concrete. Vinegar or lemon juice is quite effective in stain removal. Pour a sufficient amount to cover the affected area and let it sit on the surface for a few minutes to help loosen the stain. Scrub surface with nylon brush until stain is removed. Acid solutions may be required for the removal of difficult stains. Cleansers with oxalic acid work well in removing rust stains.

Other culprits are molds, mildew, paint, and other chemicals that can stain your concrete floor. Each type of stain would require a different treatment option. It doesn’t hurt to have specially formulated cleansers around to help remove concrete stains in the house. The best way to protect concrete floors from stains is to have them properly sealed and treated with a coat of wax once in a while.

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Pest Removal and Prevention

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Care Tips, How To's | 0 comments

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Keeping the home free of pests can be worrisome for some people. People live in climates that are more likely to have particular pests. For instance, those who live close to wooded-areas may encounter a higher number of squirrels taking up residence in the attic; while people in drier climates may have more field mice frequenting the garage. One thing is for sure: Proper home cleaning and maintenance is the best defense against pests. Once pests take up residence in a home, they are hard to get rid of, and they are more likely to attract other pests due to the odor caused by their urine and fecal matter they leave behind.

Bed bugs are especially problematic. Bed bugs are difficult to see. They hide in the crevices of mattresses and pillows. They keep out of site and venture out at night time to bite humans and animals. They are difficult to find—even with a flashlight. People find out they have bed bugs after they wake up with numerous itchy bites. Bed bugs can be difficult to kill as well. Despite numerous washings of bedding, bed bugs are hard to get rid of. The number one way people end up with bed bugs is by bringing them back after going on a trip. The best and cleanest of hotels often have bed bugs, and the bed bugs hitch a ride in luggage to the visitors’ homes. It’s best to use products designed on ridding of the problem. For instance, visit this site for ideas on products that help prevent the issue: http://www.bedbug.com/bed-bug-home-protection-smart-buy.html.

Cockroaches are another pest problem. The cleanest of homes can have them. Any place that they are likely to frequent—from the neighborhood to the right conditions—can cause a home to have them. Laying down bait and making efforts to seal off their entry points is a good way to avoid the problem. Cockroaches like damp, cool places with a supply of food. Keep the kitchen, restrooms and the garage area clean and dry. Try to wipe down countertops frequently. It’s a good idea to use an anti-bacterial solution as well to get rid of any germs cockroaches track through the home. Contacting a professional can help to take care of the problem as well.

Pests can cause sickness and allergies. Although allergies are less problematic, they can make the body feel ill and make the body more susceptible to sickness. It’s important for each home occupant to live in an environment that is without pests for optimal health.

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Downsizing Your Home: What To Do With Your Excess Furniture

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Home Furniture, How To's | 0 comments

Downsizing! Whether you’re moving into a new life phase, getting rid of the past or making a fresh start, there’s always the dilemma on what to do with your excess furniture. Having trouble deciding on what to do with your excess furniture? Check out these ideas to help with downsizing.

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Pack It Into The Garage

Of course, the first place many think of to put excess furniture is in the garage. Why not – it’s close and it’s free. The problem many face when storing excess furniture in the garage is we tend to store too much. That antique or heirloom furniture often becomes something to store things on, in or around. Creepy crawlies love making homes in old draws, mould creeps in and before you know it, that beautiful furniture that you were hoping to keep for the kids has been scratched, rotted or infested.

Put It Into Storage

Without a doubt, storage comes at a cost. You’re paying for someone else to give you more space. A good storage facility will be mould and pest free, will ensure that old furniture does not have other peoples stuff stacked on it and will still give you easy access to your goods, if need be. Some storage companies such as http://www.yourlocalmovers.com.au/ will even come and collect everything you need to store. Look into the storage options in your area – you might even be amazed at how cost-effective it is!

Give It To The Kids

We all started out with second hand or used furniture, right? Your kids aren’t going to want your furniture. Not yet anyway. Why? Because that heavily stained chipboard table will look terrible in your kids townhouse, that’s why. The only time it is really appropriate to palm off excess furniture to the kids is if they need it AND they ask for it. Your kids aren’t going to want a bulk ‘donation’ of your old stuff.

Give It To Charity

We’ve all given a dodgy barbeque or brown couch to charity, but what about that furniture that is just that bit too good to turf? With most things in your home, furniture has a certain sentimental value. That couch you used to snuggle up on to watch the Saturday night movie. The table you spent many evenings eating around. That bed you spent many hours… sleeping in! Giving to charity is a great way to give things you truly don’t need or want anymore – but things with a special memory?

Those things you really ought to keep. Downsizing your home can often mean a change in life stage. The kids have left, maybe you’ve re-partnered and have excess furniture. Maybe it’s just time to update or upgrade. What have you done when you’ve downsized? Have you found any of these tips helpful, or would you do things differently? Leave your ideas in the comments, below.

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Making Time to Repaint Your Home

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in How To's | 0 comments

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All of us are very busy. We have work demands, family concerns, and everyday mundane tasks. At night, before we lay down to sleep, sometimes we still have time to check out mails or watch the late night news just to unwind. Or you are so dead tired that when your back hits the bed, you are already a goner.

And most of the time, repainting your home is the last item on your home to-do list. Perhaps your wife has been bugging you to do it. Perhaps you have already bought the materials like paint, brushes, thinner, roller, and all that stuff. The problem is, your supplies have been sitting in their original boxes from the hardware store in your garage because up until now you have not made time to repaint your home.

Well, you are not alone. Many people could not find the time to do it because once you start it, you should continue until you finish at least the area that you have decided to paint for a single session.

There are many considerations to this. For one, you need to move your stuff. Second, you need make sure that your strokes and coating are the same for you to come up with a smooth finish.

Now, one thought that should get you doing with your repainting project—do it one step at a time.

While we all have activities to do, it is best that you decide on what weekend of the month you are going to delegate to painting and stick to it. Schedule the areas of the house that you need to do, such as living room first, the bedroom, the kitchen, or the fence. You may take one day to move the items out of that room and remove the old paint. Then the following day, you can do the actual painting.

Before you know it, in six months, you have probably done the whole house instead of just procrastinating about it for the whole year. Remember, nobody achieves a goal overnight. But you can do it one step at a time. Or in the case of repainting your home, you can do this one room at a time.

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A Quick Look at Some Historical Secret Doors

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We have seen many films with homes having secret doors. Even the White Palace is known to have these hidden doors and and we have heard stories and intriguing secrets to go with it. Sure many are curious about those secrets, including me but have you ever wondered how secret passages started? How these doors were used in ancient times and during the century? Find out in this infographic of the history of unseen passages.

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Eco-Friendly Home Organizational Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Green Goods, green living, Home Design Ideas, Home Essentials | 0 comments

One way you can alleviate stress in your life is to get rid of the junk inside of your home. Keep clutter at bay with these eco-friendly home organizational tools.

Bamboo Bathroom Décor

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A bamboo bath and vanity set can help improve the décor in your bathroom and provide you with more storage space for all of your beauty and health products. In addition to a bamboo vanity set, you can use other bamboo bathroom accessories such as a hand towel tray, wastebasket, and a soap dispenser to organize and spruce up your bathroom. Bamboo bathroom accessories and storage products are very appealing, and they hold up well in areas like the bathroom, where humidity is high.

Bamboo Storage Bins and Carts

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Bamboo storage bins are perfect for those smaller items that you want to keep grouped together but do not want to dedicate any of your precious counter and cabinet space for. Bamboo storage bins can be used as drawers on desks and tables or alone as décor. Carts are ideal for small kitchens and bathrooms where there may not be a lot of space to move around in. Carts can be used for storage or additional workspace. When they are not in use, roll them into a corner to keep them out of the way.

Shelves and Hooks

The use of shelves can open up a room and add some much-needed space since they can be placed practically anywhere. Consider adding a variety of shelving to the den, kitchen, bathroom, and garage areas to gain the maximum amount of storage capacity and utility for your space. Shelves can also add an extra touch to the décor in any room. Hooks, meanwhile, can be used in entryways, bathrooms, and anywhere in the home where there is not enough space to hang coats, towels, or other articles of clothing. You can also use hooks to hang up your pots and pans if your kitchen does not have much cabinet space.

It is not necessary for you to spend money on renovations to declutter your home. Discover additional eco-friendly organization changes to keep your home clutter-free while doing your part to save the environment.

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