Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting

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Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting

Hi! I'm AJ and I have an unusual hobby. I love abseiling down buildings - legally, of course. It is a growing tourist activity and I have been lucky enough to try it in many parts of the world. When you are on top of a building and then making your descent, you really have time to admire the overall construction and materials used. It is actually mind-boggling to think about the builders and machines who have put together such amazing architecture. I've been reading quite a few books lately about construction techniques and I'm quite in awe of the science involved. I hope that you find the science behind construction as fascinating as I do. Thank you for your time.

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Easy, Inexpensive Home Renovations That Make a Big Difference

Usually, home renovations can cost a lot of money, but if you want to update your home without spending a lot of money, that's possible as well. For dramatic changes without a dramatic effect on your wallet, check out these ideas. 

Add Colour or Light

A bit of colour can really change your home. Consider painting your walls, adding wallpaper, or even putting vinyl stickers on your walls. If you're not up for painting whole walls, remove all your baseboards and the wood that frames doorways and paint them white. This small renovation can add lightness and levity to your entire home.

Update Exterior Accents

Rather than focusing on the inside, look for ways that you can update the outside of your home. You don't have to paint the whole thing or do any other major renovations. Instead, you can update exterior accents. Simply, paint the front door as well as any trim wood on your home.

Refresh Your Cabinets

Whether you're doing renovations to sell your home or to improve it for you personally, you may want to start with the kitchen. As most kitchens are lined with cabinets, updating the cabinets can make a big difference. Consider painting cabinet doors and adding new hardware. To create a different look, remove some of your cabinet doors and go for the appeal of open shelving.

Add a Backsplash

While you're in the kitchen, you may want to add a backsplash. You can pay a renovation expert a lot of money to put in an expensive backsplash, but you can also make your own in a variety of ways. Rather than putting on expensive tiles, try peel-and-stick vinyl for the walls of your kitchen around your cabinets or put on a layer of magnetic paint or a similar metallic design that's functional as well as beautiful.

Open the Space

If you're really feeling daring, grab the sledgehammer and open up your space. You can remove non-load bearing walls and create a whole new feel in your home. If there's a support beam in the wall, you just need to make sure not to hit that whilst you're working.

Change the Floors

In a lot of cases, people in older homes have flooring that is covering beautiful natural floors. If you think that's the situation in your home, you may want to pull up that flooring and polish the wood underneath. If you already have a wood floor, stripping and sealing it can breathe new life into your home.