Creating a Man Cave The Whole Family Will Love

Frank
February 26, 2017
posh man cave

posh man caveBuilding your Man Cave.

The man cave—the one room in a home that men, mostly husbands, can call their own.

Is there a way to incorporate the idea of a man cave while still pleasing the other family members?

Of course, it just takes some creativity and effort to make this room appealing to everyone.

Ø Theme. If you’re a fan of a certain sports teams you consider decorating the room with memorabilia; sports items like bats, balls or jerseys; or just choose your favorite team’s colors. Others may choose to build the room around a pool table or bar area. Or others a western theme with saddles from Charlotte’s Saddlery and cactus plants.

The room doesn’t have to have a theme at all of course. But it’s more fun to have one.

Remember, the man cave will be a recreation and entertainment room, so think about what items you need to make this room the most desirable location in the house.

Ø Seating. Another consideration is the amount of space required to hold the family. Large couches are western theme man cavegreat for watching television, and if you have a game table, consider investing in a few extra folding chairs, for when you have additional guests.

Bar stools are another convenient piece that won’t take up too much space. Or build a few simple wooded benches around the walls.

Ø Comfort. While the man cave should look great, more importantly it should be comfortable. This isn’t the place for fussy furniture that guests are afraid of ruining. Choose furniture that is comfortable and encourages people to relax.

Ø Maintenance. You want your man cave to be a room that is easy to enjoy. Choose a type of flooring that you can quickly sweep, or run over with a vacuum, instead of one that requires constant care. Tile works great for this.

If it’s going to be more of a party room, then remember there will be plenty of spills and maybe even a dropped cigarette or two, so make sure the floor can stand up to the abuse.

If your tables are susceptible to scratches or water rings, cover with a tablecloth or provide coasters for guests.

Finally, try not to have too many breakables scattered around, you don’t want to constantly worry.

posh man caveØ Décor. Decorating might be the most enjoyable part of the process.

Since you’ve already determined the theme you have some idea the type of décor you will need to flush out that idea.

As mentioned before, don’t overcrowd the room with too many knickknacks, they may detract from the overall appearance of the room.

Creating a man cave is often a process that occurs over time. There is a lot to consider, especially if you have an ideal image in your head of what atmosphere you want to portray.

If things aren’t perfect at first, don’t fret. You’ll figure out what is missing and what changes you need to put in place to make your man cave everyone’s favorite room of the house.

Update Your Kitchen for Your Grandmother

Frank
January 15, 2017

cooking with elderlyAnyone who is lucky enough to live to be really old will eventually need to embrace the fact that they may need a little help doing things around the house that were once effortless. Turning a thoughtful eye to the home, an elderly person can find ways to make their home function just as well for them now as it did decades earlier.

One of the most problematic rooms for an elderly person to negotiate is the kitchen. When mobility is restricted, tasks that used to be simple become all but impossible.

Here are some adjustments that can be made in a kitchen so that it remains functional for an older person as their ability to access the highs and lows of the room becomes more and more limited.

Compensating for Limited Mobility

One of the most common occurrences as people age, even if they are still active and healthy, is that their range of mobility diminishes. So reaching the top and bottom shelves in kitchen cabinets can become difficult or impossible.

Of course these shelves could remain empty, but there are also ways that they can still be used and accessed even by an elderly person with constricted mobility.

Adding a pull down mechanism to cabinet shelving allows even a person confined to a wheelchair to reach heights that would normally not be accessible to them. Adding this type of mechanism to kitchen cabinets also helps seniors avoid serious falls, because they are not overreaching to retrieve a item from a high shelf.

Side Open Doors

When replacing appliances, look for doors that open sideways so that they are lighter and easier to maneuver. Another thing to consider is where the knobs or control panel is on an appliance. Making sure that all knobs and temperature controls are placed at the front of the appliance is much safer for an elderly person than having the controls located at the back of an appliance.

For example, locating the knobs on the front of a stove top saves an older person from reaching across hot burners and risking a dangerous burn to turn the appliance off. Keep the kitchen colorful and inviting by hanging a collection of wall decor, such as Celtic wall crosses or wine bottle art, on the wall over the stove.

Faucet Control Levers

For elderly people suffering from arthritis, their ability to grip can be severely diminished making it hard to turn a faucet on and off. Replace faucets with lever controls for easier operation. This type of faucet can easily be turned on and off just by bumping the lever.

Wheelchair Retrofit

The biggest changes are required when making the kitchen wheelchair accessible. However, if an elderly person is wheelchair bound, making these retrofits to a kitchen can make the difference between them being self sufficient or dependent on someone else.

Essentially the counters, appliances and sinks need to be brought down to a seated height. Installing a shallower basin lets a wheelchair fit easily under the sink, and repositioning tree branch wall decor so that it can be appreciated from a seated position offers a nice finishing touch for the room’s design. For an idea on plans click here.

While some of the changes to a kitchen can be very expensive, others are quite affordable. Assess the situation and determine where the challenges lie for an elderly person who is fighting to maintain their self sufficiency.

10 Easy to Apply and Low Cost Decoration Tips

Frank
January 13, 2017

10 interior design tipsDecoration ideas which will quickly change the way your house looks without spending a fortune.

Here you can find some of the decoration tips that I used to renovate my own place. I didn’t have a big budget but still with a little bit of creative thinking I managed to make my home look like a place where I want to be the most. These simple ideas might work for you too.

1) Use your imagination on the walls

It is not so hard to reflect your style on your walls by painting one wall in a different color, using decorative pattern designs, using wallpaper or decorative stickers. You can buy some colored self adhesive paper for example and cut out the shapes you like from them to put on your walls, which will give you the cheapest decorative stickers ever.

2)Organize

There are plenty of ideas of organizing your home on the Internet. Getting rid of the mess around will not only give you a clearer view of your house but also an opportunity to use the newly opened space effectively.

3)Change the places of your furnitureinterior design

This might give a brand new look to your room, without even spending a penny. Examine each room in your house and see if each furniture is placed just at the most effective spot. You might even move some furniture from one room to another or give some away that are not functional any more.

4)Paint your furniture

Some of your furniture might look worn out or maybe they simply do not match the color scale in your mind while you are renovating your house. Painting them might be a good solution if they are in good shape or you don’t want to spend money on new ones.

5)Decorate your furniture with stickers:

If you have a plain white lamp shade for example you can decorate the hat with self adhesive decorative stickers. I tried it and my lamp shade gained a complete new and original look. It is like I changed the lamp shade. You can find different stickers I think in do-it-yourself stores. I myself bought my stickers from a do-it-yourself store.

6)Explore multifunctional furniture

Some examples which are in my own house: A bathroom cupboard with mirror covers, a sofa which can also be a bed or wooden steps which you can also use in the entrance to sit and tie your shoes. Multifunctional furniture will save you money and room.

7)Change the curtains

If you do not choose the most expensive fabric you can renew your curtains according to your own taste. It is important to find the right color and patterns to suit the style of your furniture. You can search the Internet for tips on combining colors and patterns.

plants in interior design8)Sprinkle some green here and there

Plants of all kind give your home a warmer atmosphere. You can even hang them on walls or on the ceiling for a change. You can use live or imitation ones. You can use glass pots or colorful ceramic or plastic ones. There are millions of alternative flower pots with different colors, shapes or patterns so why not use them as decorative objects.

9)Magic of candles and pillows

Candles and pillows might be really chic decorative objects when chosen carefully. You can find a lot of of low cost, colorful alternatives which will suit the your style. They will immediately change the atmosphere of your place and will especially be good to add some color to your decoration. You can simply change them with new ones when you are bored of them.

10)Use pictures or different objects on the walls

It is important to choose objects that reflect you and your style. Filling your walls with loads of different pictures and frames of different sizes and shapes is really trendy but I think this will not satisfy you at all so try to be a bit more creative here.

You can use your family pictures, a painting that your child made, different patterns and pictures that you found on the Internet to be framed, mirrors, flower pots, objects that you loved and bought during a trip to your dream country and so on. Wall hangings are also a great way to cover a duct bank or protruding wires or other wall problems. Alternatives are limitless.