Category: House and Home

Are You Ready for the Winter Heating Blues?

Each year I say I’m going to get my house more energy efficient for winter, but I end up procrastinating and do nothing. Then when I open my heating bills I want to cry. This year I am going to make my house more efficient so I can stop dreading the heating bill. I have a 55 year old house that comes with the original windows and doors which can get drafty. I did take down my doors to re-stain them, and filled in all the tiny hairline cracks. We had a nice cold front but I couldn’t feel any wind coming through like usual. Here is what I’m doing this weekend.

1) I am hanging thermal lined curtains in my living room. I eventually want them in the bedrooms we sleep in.

2) Installing door sweeps for all three doors.

3) Installing foam weather stripping for the windows. I also will caulk around the outside window casings and door frames.

4) I made a door draft guard for all three doors. We only use one of them on a regular basis. I will only put it in front of the door at night.

I spent under $200 for everything including the curtains. That was my biggest expense since I needed 8 panels for my living room. I didn’t want to use caulk on the window sills since we live in a warmer climate. Our winters aren’t very harsh so there are days I want to be able to open the windows to let in any nice air. That’s another reason why we didn’t want to put plastic wrap on the windows. I should be able to save at least 20% off my heating bill just doing these simple steps.

There are lots of ways to winterize your house. I don’t have to wrap or insulate pipes since we don’t get hard freezes and most of the time it’s only a day or two at a time. I don’t have a furnace or boiler so I don’t need to clean it out or make sure it’s in good working condition. I have a forced air natural gas heater so it’s minimal maintenance. Our attic is already well insulated, and we don’t have basements in Louisiana. You need to consider your winterizing needs which will depend on how cold your area gets. There is a lot of great information on the internet. I hope I gave you a few tips to consider so you don’t cry when you open your heating bills this winter.

Another Remodeling Project Completed

I’m remodeling our house using cash only and no credit. It’s taking us longer but it’s more satisfying knowing that each completed project is paid for upfront. I won’t have to worry about making monthly payments on them for the next five years. I completed our kitchen project last fall, but I don’t think I ever posted the pictures on this blog. We spent around $800 which included getting the ceiling cracks fixed and painted, new light fixtures, and painting the walls. It was an amazing transformation, and it was an inexpensive project. I’m still not completely finished since I still need a new kitchen floor. I also want to add a wall and base cabinet next to the stove which will give me a nice area for prep work when cooking. I can also store all my spices, baking staples, and some cookware plus my kitchen knives. By adding that one set of cabinets, then I will have more cabinet space again.

My other remodeling project we completed a couple of weeks ago was my utility room. It also had deep cracks in the ceiling and down one wall. You would never know there were ever any cracks. It looks fabulous and got a great deal for the amount of work done. I’m extremely happy and another inexpensive remodel. She not only fixed the cracks, caulked everything, painted the ceiling plus my walls. She even pulled out the washer and dryer and painted behind them plus my old wooden door. Everything looks so clean and new. I’m definitely going to use this company when it’s time to paint my house. Our next project is converting the porch into a carport. We should be able to start it either next week or the following week. Of course the worst part of remodeling is waiting on the contractors.

Stylish Faucets

It seems that home decor as the same stylish trends that you see in fashion. What was fashionable twenty years ago always comes back in some form either on the runway or in the decorator store. I have noticed, on many of the home decorating shows, that French Country farm sinks and faucets are all the rage. I find it even more amusing how big of a price tag comes with a style that is already in my kitchen when I moved in.

House Decorating Ideas

I admit that I’ve been bitten by the decorating bug. My favorite channel to watch is HGTV. I have gotten some really creative ideas on decorating my house. Since I’m not very savvy, then I take all the extra help I can get. I’m so glad when I came across this great website called Inviting Home. You can get inspiration from their picture gallery, and they have a wide variety of products you can purchase. This is a great site for the professionals as well as the novices.

I’ve been doing a good bit of remodeling inside the house that I can’t for spring to hit the outside. I worked on my porch last year so I need to concentrate on the rest of the house. I want to have it painted and put in new screens on my windows. I think putting in new nice decorative shutters will finish the look. I really like the look of the panel ones which I think it will make them easier to clean than the slats. The color I really like is the Garnet.

The other great thing about decorating is you can use something you wouldn’t in an unique way. You could use a pair of shutters to make a headboard. Or you can use a smaller set of decorative shutters on a wall with a mirror in the middle and a shelf underneath for a window look. Then add some decorative hardware for a finished look. There are many ways to decorate your home so check out this great site today.

Invest in Quality Tools

This may not be very frugal unless you buy the tools on sale like I do. Some people are lucky enough to find people selling their tools at yard sales or in the paper. Buying used out the paper isn’t always cheaper than buying new ones on sale. We purchased a nice set of air tools for $200 that came with a hard case to keep everything inside neatly. We received a brad nailer, framing nail gun, angle nailer, and a staple gun. We used the staple gun to put up our screens on the porch. We were quoted $350 for the same job that we did ourselves. That was just for labor and didn’t include materials. We saved $150, and now have a great set of tools that will last us for many years. We have several projects planned for this year using our new tools.

Kitchen Lighting

I’m planning on doing a big kitchen remodel next year. I want to replace the floors, new paint job, and install new lighting fixtures. I want to put a nice pendant fixture right above the kitchen table. I really like the look of them. I also want to install recessed lights. I was considering track lights, but I really think the recessed will look nicer. I will post pictures once it’s complete.

Create a Masterpiece with Glass Tiles

Are you planning to use glass mosaics, stone mosaics or glass and marble tile on your next remodel? Many people are using them for bathrooms, floors, kitchen backsplashes, and even swimming pools. You need to check out the Glass Tile Store for the best selection and prices available. They offer these tiles below wholesale, and they can ship to all states. You can also buy a sample to see how it will look in your home. They ship the sample for free. If you are looking for a bigger discount, then check out their closeout area. You can’t go wrong when shopping here.