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How to Make Small Spaces Look & Feel Bigger

This year, we enjoyed working on a small live-in office, with about 700 square feet of space. Naturally, we wondered why anyone would willingly move into a space so small, but over time we’ve learned to appreciate the many advantages of a smaller home.

In addition to this, we’ve witnessed how design and decor can make a big difference in a tiny home. So if you also have a small space, or want to maximize the large space you already have, here are four tips to make a small space look and feel much bigger.

1. Keep it Light & Neutral

Lighter colors help to open up spaces, while darker colors make rooms feel small. While many young adults, pet owners, and families balk at the idea of a white room, it’s one of the easiest ways to make a space feel larger than it really is.

However, white isn’t the only timeless neutral. You can also try light grays, tans, and beige to keep the room light and airy. Try to incorporate the color scheme into the entire room – floors, walls, furniture, curtains, bed linen.

2. Use Solid Colors

Bright colors and loud patterns can be a great way to brighten up a room and add some daring and creative flair. Unfortunately, the downside is that it makes rooms look more packed, and therefore smaller.

Solid colors convey the kind of “empty space” we can all remember from that new notebook feel in school. And the good news is, there is no reason to lose your spunk when you use solid colors.

Simply throw in an accent pillow or rug in a different color, and you’ll instantly add some character to the room.

3. Maximize Storage

Storage is the holy grail of small spaces. So when it comes to buying furniture, keep in mind that if it doesn’t provide storage, it’s essentially just taking up (and wasting) space.

Beds, coffee tables, and even standing lamps now come with drawers and shelves for storage. Even staircases often have built-in libraries.

However, not all storage is created equal. Storing things that are still viewable when you walk into the room can still make a room look busy.

You can use panels and even curtains to keep stored goodies hidden, until you need to use them. Prioritizing drawers over shelves are another great way to keep your personal belongings in a private location.

4. Outside

Most tiny homes, especially in the city, will not have awesome backyards to make use of. However, if you have a backyard, making the best of the outdoor space is a great way to add some square-footage to your home.

Just adding a grill, some seats and proper lighting is enough for you to move some activities outside when the weather welcomes it. Work on your laptop, watch a few movies, read a book, work on your tan, or have breakfast.

The economy and its effect on millennials in 2017, along with the minimalist lifestyle and tiny home craze, have all encouraged many Americans to downsize to smaller homes. If you’re new to the game, don’t worry. With these tips, you can make your tiny apartment feel more like home in no time.

If you live in the Atlanta area and would like to utilize our building and construction services, give us a call at 678-983-5516. You can also reach us by email at is2072@yahoo.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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How to Prepare for a Snowpocalypse

Stay safe!

Alexis Chateau

The weather reports are in and the snow is coming down. The Starks were right: Winter is coming…andAtlanta is about to suffer the consequences southern style.

Ask anyone about the havoc snow wreaks in the south, and you’ll hear some of the most horrifically amusing stories: from befriending truckers to get warmth, to watching high maintenance chicks take two hours to cross a parking lot in high heeled shoes.

And then there are those stories we don’t hear: like how Fido and Whiskers were worried sick at home, while their owners played sitting ducks on the highway.

If you’re like me, you have a pet or two and will probably be at work this Friday and maybe even over the weekend.So for those of us whose shows must go on in spite of theimpending doom of southern snow, here’s how to ensure you, Fido, and Whiskers make it out…

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10 Safety Tips for Weathering a Hurricane

You can never be too prepared for a strong storm, especially storms mirroring the likes of Hurricanes Matthew, Andrew, Katrina, and Sandy. These hurricanes caused massive damage to coastal states, and continued to wreak havoc inland. Strong winds coupled with heavy rains felled trees, flooded entire neighborhoods, and caused massive landslides.

Yet, so many of us tend to ignore storm warnings and may prepare halfheartedly or not at all. This puts not just ourselves in danger, but also our loved ones. As natives of Jamaica – the lucky island that Matthew only skirted past this year – we’ve had our fair share of dealings with hurricanes, and have weathered them all safely.

So here are five tips to help you prepare yourself, your family, and your home for the next big storm.

1. Weather it Out in a Group

Even a Category 1 hurricane can feel like a Hurricane Sandy, if you choose to weather it alone. Couples and groups are also more likely to think and act calmly and rationally, since two heads (or more) are better than one.

The old saying that there is safety in numbers applies here, too. While it doesn’t give anyone an edge over a determined storm, it does help people to feel more secure, thus reducing panic.

2. Prepare for an Outage

Everyone knows that heavy wind can bring down power lines. If there are no heavy winds associated with a storm in your area, this can no longer seem like a concern. But do you know what else can fell trees? Landslides – often caused by heavy rainfall – and lightning. This makes a power outage possible in any storm.

Prepare for an outage by stocking up on flashlights, batteries, and candles. If you have a back-up generator for your home, ensure it has enough gas to keep it going until the lights are back on. Remember to educate children on how to stay safe while using candles and lanterns, to reduce the risk of fire.

If lines are down outside, stay indoors, or at the very least, avoid puddles and streams of water. Water carries electricity, and one well-placed line could mean electrocution.

3. Stock up on the Right Food

The amazing thing about a gas stove is that even in the case of a power outage, you can still enjoy a hot meal. The same goes for a grill, so if you have one, be sure to keep it inside during the storm.

Even if these are options, remember to stock up on water. You should also buy dry and canned foods with long shelf lives, and no need for refrigeration. Be sure to eat the perishable items first, and to save the actual hurricane food items for last. Some people may also choose to cook all their perishable items and refreeze them before the hurricane.

4. Fill the Bathtubs

Unfortunately, some homes only have showers, but if you have bathtubs, be sure to fill them up. Water mains often break or burst during storms, and can lead to dry taps for days or weeks. Full bathtubs can provide water for bathing, and flushing toilets. Keep plastic tubs and buckets on hand to make this easier.

Be sure to give the bathtubs a good clean before filling them up. Try to use natural solutions, like vinegar, and to rinse thoroughly. If you intend to use the water for drinking or cooking, then remember to boil it first.

5. Bar Windows & Doors

Very few Georgia homes have hurricane shutters. However, if you have them and you live in or near the path of a storm, be sure to put them up. They will make your home dark. But better a dark home, than a flooded and wind-tossed one, when the windows break.

Home owners can also create make-shift shutters by nailing pieces of wood or even sheet-rock over the windows. If this isn’t an option, then at least tape the windows well, so should the glass break, the shattering is minimal. If there is glass on doors leading to the outside, these should be covered up as well.

 5. Trim Trees

Trees are great for the environment, and even your home. They provide shelter for animals, and shade during the summer months to keep the house nice and cool. However, during a storm, trees become dangerous. Try to trim trees that are near or hanging over the house.

One felled tree, or branch, could mean thousands of dollars worth of roof damage, and may tear walls down with it. If possible, cut the tree down altogether and replant a smaller one away from the house.

6. Park Indoors

One of the worst non-living casualties in any storm is cars. They become destroyed by flying debris, and floodwaters. Some may even get swept away in a sea of other cars. So if you have a garage, park inside.

A lot of people tend to use the garage for storage and park in the driveway, but when a storm’s on the way, it might be time to clear out all that junk and park what’s likely one of your most expensive assets inside. Be sure to use a garage door brace to help secure it against the storm.

7. Protect Valuable Documents

Cars aren’t the only valuables in the house. There are also valuable documents like passports, birth certificates, SSN cards, drivers licenses, and contracts. Place these in waterproof bags and store them in heavy containers or furniture that might not be easily blown away, like a chest of drawers, a wooden chest, or between a box spring and a mattress.

If you don’t have access to waterproof bags, then use zip lock bags and keep them as high off the floor as possible.

8. Secure the Roof

In Jamaica, a common practice for home owners with flat roofs was to place large concrete blocks on the roofs to help weigh it down. Many Jamaicans will tell you this has worked for them countless times. In America, roof clips serve the same purpose in a more systematic way.

This goes without saying, but roof leaks should also be fixed. What produces only a trickle in the attic on any other day, could flood a room or two during a hurricane, and weaken the roof’s overall structural integrity.

9. Get Insurance

Waiting until a bad hurricane is creeping up the coast is a bad time to get insurance. Some companies may hike up the cost knowing that people are desperate and willing to pay higher amounts. But for homes in the direct path of a hurricane, better expensive insurance than none at all.

Family members should also prepare with life and health insurance, in case of injury or death.

10. Evacuate

No one likes to leave their home and possessions behind during a storm, but better to lose the house, than you and your family with it. If there is a need to evacuate, government officials usually issue a warning and designate safe storm shelters residents can occupy to weather the storm. Do not wait until the last minute to heed the warnings, as roads may become dangerous and impassable.

Some people may also choose to skip town, until the storm passes. While it’s definitely not easy to enjoy yourself knowing family, friends, and personal property may be in danger, this might be a great time for a road-trip and some well-needed travel and vacation time.

With nearly two months left of the hurricane season that brought us Hurricane Matthew, it’s important to pay close attention to storm warnings. Better to be too prepared, than under-prepared. Stay safe!

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5 Thoughts We’ve all Had of Our Upstairs Neighbors

Tired of creaky boards overhead in your home, and noise transfer from room to room and floor to floor? This isn’t just an apartment problem. In fact, it can mean it’s time for renovation and repairs.

We renovate homes in the greater Atlanta area, and especially around Lithonia. Give us a call. You’ll be happy you did. In the meantime…

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7 Cheap Home Improvements to Increase your Property Value

Check out these seven affordable ways to increase the value of your home. Some of these are simple DIY tricks, but if you’re looking for more professional results, then call in the experts.

I.S. Enterprise Construction serves the Atlanta, Lithonia, and all surrounding areas in Georgia.

Mortgages 101

home_improvementWhether you’re looking to sell today, tomorrow, or in five years, an increased property value will benefit you as a homeowner and seller.  It doesn’t take a huge budget to increase the value of your home. Below are 7 simple, cheap things you can do to make your property worth more.
1. Pull out those paint cans
A freshly painted room looks fantastic to everyone.  A gallon of paint (depending on the brand) will only set you back $30-$40 bucks, so get out your tarps and tape and get to work!
2. Plant low maintenance shrubs and easy landscaping features
This will help save you, the owner, time and increase the curb appeal of your property to potential buyers.
3. Remove the popcorn ceilings
Popcorn ceilings date a home.  As long as you aren’t dealing with asbestos you can get a solution from your local hardware store that…

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How to Reduce your Energy Bill with Window Film

Ava Sipple shows college students how to lower their energy bill by applying window film in their student apartment or dorm.

COLLEGE MATE

One of the main perks students look forward to in college is moving out on their own, and starting new lives as adults. But once they’ve made the big jump, most realize that living on their own is expensive. And it’s not just the rent that racks up the bills, but also utilities.

Even when dorm fees cover utilities, high energy bills for the university can hike up dorm fees for everyone the following semester or year. In spite of this, student apartments and dorms are terrible at energy efficiency. That often means deciding between high energy bills, and sweating a river or shivering under a blanket.

Most student apartments use traditional radiators placed under windows, which leads to a great loss of heat or cold via the windows, even with double glazing. While triple glazing is becoming more and more common, it is still pricy to install and may feel like too much to…

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10 Best-Selling Paint Colors around the World

At I.S. Enterprise Construction, one of the main tasks we carry out for both residences and commercial buildings is painting. This is usually inevitable after ripping out walls, or updating the exterior of an old building. But sometimes, a new paint job is all you need to brighten up a dull room, add some character, and start a whole new design.

But what colors should you choose? Well, you could start with what everyone else is choosing. Here are ten of the best selling paint colors around the world.

Cosmic Blue

Palladian Blue

Aura Interior

Tucsan Tan

French Canvas

 

Island Orange

Wythe Blue

White Dove

Positive Red

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Choosing a Fence Builder

Great advice on how to find professionals to fence your yard.

fabiangonzalezsite

When buying/selling or just investing back into your property, the fence is normally on the bottom of the list, but it is always important to ensure that you don’t just go with the cheapest price, even when it is somethig simple like a wooden fence.

Lines, structure even material is important, as you can see from the picture above a perfectly string lined fence even when as simple as a timber fence can look great, one of the features that most fence builders will ignore is the base, the base is key to the presentation of the fence, in this pictue it may be easily ignored, but this builder has ensured that any gaps are taken care of, perfectly cut sleepers along the base tidies it all up.

Research 

So how do you find a good fence builder and avoid the dangers of basing a decision on price –…

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Storage Secrets

Check out this storage secret.

Clarke Kent Plumbing

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