Home Improvement Planning and Tips

Every house starts to wear a worn out look after some time and needs to be taken care of. The interior gets tiring and people would enjoy a fresh look. Renovation would make the house look good and the residents would feel recharged. Home improvement projects need not cost much. It can be done within a short time and by spending little money. List out all the areas which need attention usually the bath and the kitchen are the most worn out sections of any house by improving their look, big part of the home improvement project is completed.

Kitchen can be improved by repainting the cabinets and changing the handles and knobs if no remodeling is planned. As far as bathroom goes the mirrors and the glass in the bathroom become foggy and dull which can be cleaned to regain the sparkle by spraying a combination of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. The faucets and the sink in the bathroom may be changed or cleaned thoroughly. Finally, the toilet basin has to be cleaned with suitable solvents to give it a new look. There are many products available for the purpose. Sometimes ingredients available in the kitchen can do the job very well. Some white vinegar can do the magic.

Home improvement projects can be daunting but with a few tips it can turn into a pleasurable experience. It is always to decide on a few points before jumping into any project. What and where is the improvement required to make the living space comfortable. Next, the issue of the budget arises as one can end up spending lot more than what is necessary and beyond the capability. The resultant look should be pre-determined so that one is not swayed away from the original plan.

The steps that have to be followed for improved house are:

Repairs which were long pending. Consider starting from the roof down to the basement. Check all the plumbing and electrical lines and the appliances. Insulation of the attic. Leave nothing unattended.
Once all the repair work is complete, consider remodeling of sections which are absolutely necessary. Remodeling of the kitchen or the bath room can be done to give the house a new look. The new look would enhance the value of the house. Remodeling has to add extra space or optimal utilization of space or glamorize the house.
Making additions to the house depending on the requirement of the family can be done as a home improvement project. One can add a deck or a storage shed in the yard. Any addition to the existing structure has to be done after a lot of consideration as it may devalue the house.
Home improvement project can be taken up to make the house energy efficient. Proper insulation of the house can help in reducing the energy bill. It is a long term investment with good returns. It keeps the house warm at the same time cuts down the bill of the electricity.

Home improvement is done for the happiness of the family and to retain the value of the house.

The Things to Consider Before and After Laser Eye Surgery

While Maria wanted to undergo laser eye surgery because she was hell bent on improving her looks by discarding her spectacles, Peter was simply bored by the procedure of pushing glasses back up the bridge of his nose for thirty years of his life! So both of them, husband and wife, decided to undergo laser eye surgery. They were determined to equip themselves with all necessary information regarding their duties before and after the surgery and came to me for help. They thanked me for that information after they have recovered. Below is what I had taught them. Consult this guide; it will come to great help if you are also considering a laser eye surgery.

Before Surgery

If you have already taken the decision of undergoing laser surgery, first get your eyes evaluated by a doctor to know whether you make a good candidate at all. In case you wear contact lenses, stop wearing them at least two to three weeks before the consultation to get the right measurements.

Inform the doctor about all your medical history and the medications you are currently on, and the medicines you are allergic to.

After the initial examination is over, the doctor will let you know whether you are good candidate and what you should expect before, during and after the surgery. At this stage, you also ask the doctor questions to clear al your doubts and queries.

On the day before surgery, stop applying the cosmetics like creams, lotions, makeup or perfumes, as the residue of these cosmetics increase the chances of infection. Doctors generally ask to keep the eyelashes clean by scrubbing for a period of time.

An important thing is to arrange for a companion who would accompany you or drive you back to your home after the surgery is over. This is because, after surgery you will be under nerve soothing medication, that will impair your driving ability and also your vision may be slightly blurred just after the surgery.

After surgery

Immediately after the surgery the common sensation that most people experience is an itchy feeling, as if something has gone inside your eyes. The patients tend to rub their eyes in reflex, but be careful not to rub them. Your vision may be slightly hazy and your eyes may water. In some rare cases patients feel pain in their eyes. You may also experience sensitivity to light but that only lasts a matter of a few days. If things do not improve within a week, consult the doctor. You have to revisit your doctor within forty eight hours and the doctor will remove the eye shield, in addition to testing your vision. For at least six months, you have to see the doctor at regular intervals.

At this stage you will be prescribed eye drops to prevent infections. For some time you have to keep away from putting on make up and also refrain from swimming and hot baths.

It is a matter of three to six months for your vision to stabilize after surgery. The most important point to remember is if you notice any unusual symptoms, go to the doctor without any delay, otherwise it may lead to loss of vision.

What to Expect Before and After Hip Replacement Surgery

For all orthopedic surgeries, it is important to keep good lines of communication with your doctor, so you know what is happening. The procedure could be the best treatment for you to continue a happy and productive lifestyle. However, knowing what should happen before and after is key to a successful outcome. Education is the best first step to a successful hip replacement surgery.

Before all orthopedic surgeries, it is important to have clearance by your primary care physician. To be certain no issues could prevent a successful operation, a thorough set of tests and evaluations will be performed. Your primary doctor can also provide you with necessary medical records and operating notes from prior surgeries that could help the surgeon. It is wise to make an appointment with someone from the surgical office to help you understand all of the benefits and risks, as well as what you will be expected to do after to help with a speedy recovery. Also, be sure to verify that everything will be covered by your insurance company.

Some orthopedic surgeries require that you give blood donations prior to the operation, in case it is needed. Your surgeon’s office will provide that information, along with a list of medications that you should begin taking or stop taking in order to prepare your body. It is important to give the doctor a complete list of what you are taking, including prescription medications, over the counter options, and vitamins or supplements. All medical professionals involved need as much information as they can get in order to make the best decisions to help you.

Adjustments to make the home a better environment for recovery is also important before orthopedic surgeries. Trip hazards should be dealt with, such as area rugs and electrical cords. Extra furniture should be moved to make room for walking aids. Handrails can be installed in the bathroom and near steps. And all personal items should be placed within easy reach from the bed or chair.

Depending on the type of hip replacement surgery, the doctor will use local or general anesthesia. Sometimes metal, plastic, or ceramic parts are inserted into the thigh bone, replacing the natural ball that creates the pivoting joint there. Often, the hip socket in the pelvic bone is resurfaced, to make it smooth again. Cartilage damage can also be repaired with joint material.

Directly after orthopedic surgeries, you can expect to stay in the hospital until the doctor feels you are ready to leave, which could be a few days, or up to a week. An IV will be used in the beginning, and nausea or constipation is common. Due to being bedridden, a catheter will likely be used, along with a compression pump to help with circulation. After a day or so, you should be able to get out of bed with help. A physical therapist will begin teaching you how to walk and move again. You will learn what types of movements to do, as well as what types to avoid.

Once discharged from the hospital, common sense dictates that a friend or family member be available to take you home. Someone will need to be with you for a while, due to limited mobility and medications. Watch your wound site for redness or drainage and monitor your temperature, to be sure there is no infection. You will likely need help performing basic daily tasks for a period of time. Your physical therapy will continue and pushing yourself to regain flexibility, endurance, and strength is encouraged. Because of a better working joint, most patients experience an improved quality of life.

Remember to check with your doctor before starting any treatment or medical remedy.

Creating Curb Appeal – Before and After Photos of Home Improvements

Do you love watching others creating curb appeal from dated yards or from old houses? Have you ever seen the before and after photos/renderings in home improvement magazines? Have you ever wished you could have a new design makeover done for your home?

I enjoy seeing what a place looks like and what it can become. I imagine it gives home owners hope that their place can look fresh and new again…a place they can be proud to come home to.

With the different homes I’ve owned, I can never resist making them the best they can be. I’m sure if you enjoy home improvement magazines like I do, you’ve probably seen these (before & after) images. I like to think of them as a (problem before) and a (design solution after).

It’s a results oriented approach that I like. These before & after pictures speak to me in a way that a single rendering by itself can’t quite do.

Maybe it’s because it shows a starting point to know how and why the new design came to be what it is. It’s similar to a behind the scenes look at the design process. People love to see how things are made.

The rendering becomes a visual plan to work from…a blueprint of where you want to go. You might choose to take on your home improvement all at once or you can take your time and do a little each year. You can work at your own pace as you have the time and the money.

At least you know where you’re going. Without a plan like this it becomes more challenging to know where to start. Often it feels a little overwhelming so you never begin.

2 examples of where these before & after images have been published are “Cottage Living Magazine” (which is now out of print I’m sorry to say) and “This Old House Magazine.”

I appreciate the homeowner’s letters being included so we can read what their concerns were at the time. It also gives us insight into why the home design solution was designed the way it was.

Quite often coming up with a design solution leads to other interesting elements that will also improve the over all appearance.

I like to see the list of products used to complete the finished look. Showing a picture of the product or material along with a place to find it makes it convenient for the interested homeowner who wants to take on their own before and after home improvement project.

Before and After Pictures With Fitness Measurements Are Worth A Thousand Words

In a recent article I suggested that you immediately take some pictures and fitness measurements. If you’re not already doing so, I suggest that you start taking these photos and fitness measurements once per week. It’s easy for us not to notice a whole lot of improvement on a week to week basis, but over time these before and after pictures and fitness measurements will tell an amazing story of your progression.

Here’s what you should do each week:

Take front, back and side photos of yourself in your chonies. Be sure to clearly label the dates.
Weigh yourself. (first thing in the morning)
Take body fat measurements. You can purchase a skin fold tester or visit your local gym.
Take measurements – Around your waist, chest, arms, neck and legs(thighs and calves). I like to keep my neck, biceps and calves around the same size.

Since most of us have a scale, measuring tape and a camera, it’s easy to do these things weekly. With that being said, the majority of people aren’t that familiar with body fat measurements. The body fat measurement is damn near your most important measurement.

The scale and the measuring tape only tell part of the story.

If you crash diet and start losing muscle, the scale and the measuring tape are going to encourage you. They’ll tell you that you weigh less and that you’ll be able to slip into smaller clothes. But the problem is, these measurements don’t tell you when you’re actually getting smaller and flabbier.

I’ve mentioned the term “skinny fat” back in an earlier article. People that are “skinny fat” may be smaller than they were before, but they still carry a lot of body fat. You’ve seen them, flabby with no shape, looking like jello.

YOU don’t want to be skinny fat. That’s why you’re on this site. Skinny fat people are not attractive with their clothes off and from I’ve seen, typically unmotivated which is super whack.

Here are the four common ways to measure body fat, along with which ones you want to use and which to avoid…

Avoid the body fat calculator. This is where you enter your height, weight and other measurements into an online calculator. Forget about this, because it’s not accurate.
Avoid the body fat scale. This is like a regular weight scale, except it’s supposed to measure body fat. Just like the calculator, this tends to not be accurate, so I’d avoid it.
Use bodyfat calipers. This is a good, fast option that you can use at home. Just buy a pair of body fat calipers and read the instructions. If you prefer, you can have a professional (such as a fitness trainer or doctor) measure using body fat calipers. Either way is fine, as long as the measurements are done the same way each time.
Use hydrostatic testing. This costs more money, but it is the most accurate way to measure your body fat. For money saving purposes, you may want to do this once now and once later on to check your progress. For in between tests, you can stick with the calipers.