Shawna Pickett. Floor. December 10th , 2017.
Got land? Before you spend too much time browsing floor plan possibilities, you need to know where that home will be built. Not all floor plan designs are suited for all building sites. For instance, a walk-out basement typically requires a home being built on a slope or recessed into a hillside. Additionally, some plans are designed to take advantage of the home’s location relative to sunlight so even if you already own your land, you will want to know where and how your home will be positioned on your property. Once you have an idea of where those logs will be stacked it’s time to figure out what that stack needs to look like.
Your starter home is often your first step toward financial security because whether you stay in the home for many years and renovate it to meet your needs or roll over its equity into a larger home in the future. In either case, the floor plan of the home is a key factor in your comfort while living there and the value and desirability of the home when it finally comes time to sell it. Developing an ideal floor plan for a starter home is not a complicated process, but it does require identifying some basic needs that you cannot do without. The ideal floor plan for your family may be different than someone else’s starter floor plan, and here are a few ways to judge what is right for your particular starter home.
One of the best tips about using a basement for additional living space is to raise the ceiling. Adding an extra foot (or more) in the height of your basement ceiling is much less expensive than adding an additional floor or expanding the overall floor plan, and the added height will eliminate that closed-in feeling you get with so many basements. Adding or enlarging dormers is another way of capturing space from a second story or loft that is framed by a sloping roof line. You will be surprised how a well-positioned dormer can make a small loft appear much larger and provide vertical walls to accept seating, bookcases or tables that usually will not work with a conventional knee wall.
Another step to follow would be the use of a wood sealant. This sealant protects your hardwood floor by making it water resistant, thus making the floor easy to maintain and clean. It is of utmost importance to treat the wood before any sealing can take place. You need to put at least five coats of wood vanish for protection. If these recommendations are respected, you will find that there will be no need to worry about the floor for a long period of time. It is true that research will help you get better knowledge of how hardwood floors can be cared for. However, you want to ensure that the manufacturer’s instructions are respected to the letter.
Finally, find a suitable grout to glue your tiles to the floor and fill in the spaces between tiles. You want to find something that is sturdy and that won’t crumble or allow your tiles to slide or pop off the floor. Also consider the color of the grout, choosing something that will match the tiles and other items in your room, while looking good and not becoming too dirty or fading over the years. With a little planning and shopping around, you are likely to find the perfect tile floor. The fact that tile has been used for centuries is a testament to the durability, beauty, and versatility of tile flooring.
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