Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall into your DFW home to-do list

Fall into your DFW home to-do list

The leaves and the weather don’t need to be the only things to change this season. As the cooler temperatures send you indoors, start adding home improvement projects to your to-do list.
Why now? Many Keller, Southlake, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and other DFW homeowners are looking to add functionality to their homes. Here are a few project ideas to get your home feeling and looking fabulous.

From boring to bold baths
The bathroom tops most renovation project lists - likely since it's one room in the house that’s used every day. If your bathroom is boring, basic or just outdated, it could be time to make a change - even on a budget. Faucets are a simple and affordable way to instantly renew the look and functionality of your bath. North Texas has plenty of local Home Depot's, where DFW homeowners can find transitionally styled faucets with a soft-modern look and water-saving benefits to offer the best of form and function and give you a beautiful bath in no time. These products can be a significant upgrade and you’ll save time cleaning, too, as it helps resist water spots and fingerprints.

Weather the winter wisely
No one in the DFW area wants to spend money on high energy bills, but according to reports, approximately one-third of a home's total heat loss usually occurs through windows and doors that aren’t insulated properly. Don’t throw money out your windows; updates such as weather stripping can keep out cool air while keeping the needed warm air in.  And don’t stop there; simple tasks, such as replacing worn-out caulk, insulating your outlets, and prepping your windows with plastic cling for the winter months can significantly reduce your heating and cooling bills.

Quick and convenient kitchen upgrade
Cool weather means less barbecuing and more indoor cooking. As the entertaining hub and family gathering place, it’s no wonder the kitchen is another popular renovation project. What are DFW homeowners looking to update? Many want a new kitchen faucet. From prep to clean-up, the kitchen faucet is a major workhorse - and a focal point - in the kitchen. So, if you’re living with a builder basic, an upgrade could be needed. Pulldown faucets are a popular choice for many. Not only will it add a heightened aesthetic and functionality with a Spot Resist Stainless finish, but some new faucets feature a Reflex system, that self-retracts and securely docks to provide smooth operation and easy movement, offering a more convenient kitchen experience. In addition, other faucet features to look for are; Microban antimicrobial protection - built-in to the faucet finish - to help inhibit the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

Get fired up
Nothing feels better on a cold night than getting cozy by a fire, but be sure your fireplace is prepped for the season. For a wood-burning fireplace, inspect the chimney for nests or cracks. Next, be sure to clean it thoroughly to remove creosote, which is unburned fuel, to prevent unwanted fires. For gas-burning fireplaces, be sure the airways of the pilot and main burners are working properly and the blower is clean. Finally, be sure you have working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, as well as an operational fire extinguisher nearby. Soon you’ll (safely) enjoy the warm glow during cold winter days.

Focus on fixtures and fans
As the days get shorter and there’s less natural light, you may notice your fixtures a lot more. For added illumination and energy savings, update incandescent bulbs with brighter, energy-saving bulbs which use about 75 percent less energy and last 10 to 25 times longer. Next, focus on your ceiling fans. Start by cleaning the blades with a gentle detergent and switch the blades to rotate clockwise. Changing this setting pushes warm air down into the room, making it feel warmer while saving a significant amount on heating costs. Check off your home improvement to-do list with these simple changes. Your DFW home will look and feel fabulous, and be more efficient, as the cooler weather approaches.

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