If you enjoy entertaining often, you might want to entertain the idea of unleashing your creative prowess and add a custom home bar to your home. The bar should be installed where you would want to be doing most of your hosting. Usually that is next to the kitchen, but it also could be located in a home theater, recreation room, basement, great room, home office, home library or even in your outdoor room. Whatever space in your home works best for your needs, be sure that you tie it into the overall style of your home and design the space to meet your most frequent entertaining needs. Depending on the size of your home, a tiny unit can be squeezed into an empty corner, a larger-than-life bar takes over a whole room which can work as a real party starter. Just add swizzle sticks, a fabulous music system and a menu selection of tasty cocktails and mocktails.
Here are some inspirational ideas to help you get started on the planning and designing your own bar. If you are looking for an idea of a basement transformation into a home pub, have a look at this fascinating article, Incredible makeover of basement turned home pub. If you are still looking for ideas, have a look at our past article on designing your outdoor spaces for entertaining, 70 Awesomely clever ideas for outdoor kitchen designs.
The home bar has become one of the quintessential bonus rooms in homes today. And while men and women alike are planning and adapting these spaces, it’s common to see a masculine influence in their designs. Rich wood, TVs, leather-backed chairs, pool tables and cigar porches are popular features of the modern-day home bar.
An empty corner can be easily converted into a well-equipped bar like this one in Atlanta — ideal for occasional cocktail nights, dinner parties or even work functions. It means that guests can help themselves without interrupting the cook in the nearby kitchen.
This home bar is located in an historic barn in Newtown Square, Philadelphia. The bar is comprised of a re-purposed oak wood water cistern that was adaptively reused, part of a larger space that incorporates a large media room. The countertop is soapstone.
The rest of this house is bright and white with pops of color, so the owners of this space wanted something darker and moodier. The husband showed designer Kristen Peck a photo of a pub and said, “I want the same feel.”
While the husband and wife agreed on the aesthetics, the husband’s preferences drove many of the selections, such as tin ceilings and knotty alder cabinetry. There’s also a copper sink, a dishwasher, a microwave, LED rope lighting, a TV and a natural quartzite floor.
Highlights of this sumptuous scheme include a stunning Manhattan style bar, which comes with a black lizard effect leather floor, a 3 meters facetted mirrored bar.
Contractor Bob Michels turned a storage space above his home garage into an enviable pub with great views. His wife had picked out the carpets and wall colors in the main house, but this space was all his. The room has a pool table, in-floor heating and beautiful custom cabinets.
This homeowner’s business takes him to London frequently. Every time he’s there, he stops off at his favorite pub. He loved the atmosphere so much that he re-created it in his New York state home.
A retired professional baseball player transformed the two-bedroom casita on the property of his Arizona vacation home into this bar space for storing his sports collectibles. The rest of the house is done in a Venetian style, so he wanted something that was more his speed. The African-chic aesthetic features bamboo walls and animal prints for a summery feel.
The owner, a lifelong bachelor in Las Vegas, had full say in everything that went into the space. Signed guitars, jerseys and other collectibles adorn the walls. There are multiple TVs for sports and even doors that lead out to a courtyard for cigar sessions. Designer Michael Macaluso picked the deep wine-reddish wall color to complement the wood bar, which is alder with a medium stain, and the walnut floor. He added an animal print and embossed leather too. “As a male designer, it wasn’t hard to come up with everything in here,” Macaluso says.The designer says when building a home bar, it’s important to determine how much space you’ll actually need and use. “A pool table takes up a lot of room,” he says. “So unless you’re going to use it a lot, don’t get one. People want slot machines, hockey games, then they realize they have nowhere to sit.”Macaluso estimates that a space like this would cost about $100,000 for the cosmetics — furniture, custom cabinets, floors, detailed wood ceiling, custom cabinets, top-of-the-line TVs, audio system, wine rack.
Works for: Wine buffs. A corner bar is a great option for wine connoisseurs. A glass-fronted shelving unit is a must-have — as we all know, different types of wine require different types of glasses. As a bonus, the burgundy-colored glasses in this Los Angeles bar add real impact to the floor-to-ceiling cabinet.
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When you are decorating, or redecorating your home, the possibilities are endless! It may seem scary at first – what if you make a major decorating mistake and end up with a room where nothing matches and you end up with an unflattering space? What if you spend hours and hours of time and hundreds of dollars and absolutely hate what you’ve done and all of the choices you’ve made? You can take comfort in the fact that there is one selection you can make that you can’t go wrong with: blinds!
There are many reasons that blinds are a great choice when you want to give your home an all-new look. For instance:
There is a wide selection of blinds to choose from. No matter what kind of look you’re going for, blinds can help you achieve it. Blinds have a timeless look, and you can choose from different types of blinds for different effects. Wood blinds give your room a classy, classic touch. Vertical blinds offer a contemporary look. Mini blinds are the perfect accent for that little window in the bathroom. And don’t forget that you can choose from a variety of sheens, colors, and wood types, in stained or painted, so you are sure to find just what you want.
Blinds can provide energy savings. We’re all looking for ways to save a few bucks nowadays, and searching for ways to keep our homes as comfortable as they can be. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, blinds are a great way to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Interior blinds are great for the summer heat, since you can adjust the slats and control how much light gets into the room. When they are completely closed, they can reduce heat-gain by 45%, according to the Department of Energy website. Exterior blinds, which are mounted above the window, can provide shade if closed completely. You can control your home’s temperature by adjusting how much air and daylight you would like by raising or lowering the blinds.
Blinds are easy to install. You may think that installing blinds sounds like a hassle, and maybe you think it is beyond your expertise. But it’s not as hard as you may think, especially with an abundance of websites out there that can show you exactly what you need to do. And, there is no need to go out and buy any special hardware – the only thing you’ll need for installation is a screwdriver or drill.
Blinds are safe for kids. Maybe you are hesitating to get blinds because you have kids or grandkids and you’ve heard horror stories about tykes getting caught up in the blind cords – with disastrous results. Blind manufacturers are aware of these concerns, and now offer blinds with cords that are loose, not looped, or blinds that don’t use cords at all.
Ordering blinds is now easier than ever. You don’t even have to leave the house. Measure your windows. Check out a blinds website with a ton of great options. Wait a few days for your order to arrive. Unpack and install. It’s as easy as that!
Yes, when you are redecorating it can be a challenge because you have so many decisions to make. But which window covering you should get is an easy choice! The right blinds can give your room a whole new look. They help keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They are easy to install, safe for kids, and easy to order. Buying blinds may be the easiest decorating choice you make!
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Stylize an accent wall in your home with the alluring warmth and depth of wood, whether you select a gorgeous rustic style or upscale chic. Warm, rich, and timeless, wood has long been a material of choice for floors, trim, and cabinetry. There are numerous ways to enjoy the colors and textures of raw wood in your home, whether you prefer a subtle touch or a full-on feature wall. The colder temperatures of fall and winter inspire gravitating toward warm woods and textures. A wood accent wall is one of those versatile details that looks great just about anywhere, and as the temperatures dip, you will find yourself loving the look of wood in every color and shape. The impact is strong, and layers of texture and warmth can bring a rustic sophistication to traditional or modern spaces. Possible applications are numerous — no space is off-limits.
Browse this collection to see how it can also add character and beauty to your walls. If you are seeking further inspiration on accent walls, browse through some past articles on 51 Modern and fresh interiors showcasing gray paint and 41 Sensational interiors showcasing black painted walls.
Shipping-Pallet Headboard. Make a headboard out of rustic and worn-looking wood from shipping pallets.
Reclaimed and Rustic. Clad one wall of your bedroom in reclaimed boards of various lengths, arranged horizontally. Using boards with a variety of tones and leaving the nail holes visible adds to the rustic appeal. Choosing the wall behind your bed gives the impression of a full-wall headboard.
Bed wall. A bed wall is a great location for a wood accent. I find the natural patina of wood to be very calming and a perfect choice for a bedroom. I especially like the way the texture of this wall gives just enough interest to this minimalist room but does not compete with the spectacular view.
Warm rustic with bright white. Opposites attract, and that’s certainly true for this fresh interpretation of soft modern. This room is so calming and minimalist, with its sharp contrasting textures of smooth bright white and smoky rustic wood. This is such a perfect vibe for a bedroom. Notice the pendant lights at either side of the bed in place of lamps, saving space on the petite nightstands.
Play up the rustic. Yes, a wood accent wall can also be distinctively rustic. Play up the lodge experience with barn wood and branch furniture. Consider an unexpected soft color like lavender to contrast the edge of the wood.
White on Wood. Put a fun spin on tradition in your kitchen by installing white cabinetry on wood walls. Opting for open shelves over wall cabinets helps showcase the beautiful wood walls and provides a layered look.
Wood as wall art. This idea is almost a full accent wall but more like a piece of art. Consider artful configurations of wood on a focal wall in a dining room or home office.
Sleek and modern. Wood accent walls can look sleek and modern, not rustic at all. Walnut is a great choice for a modern accent wall, especially applied vertically. Notice the modern neutral palette of solids and textures. No need for art; the wood accent wall is the star.
Floated. This idea reminds me of a warm, rustic art installation all by itself. Naturally, it’s the perfect place for a great piece of art and a great idea for defining spaces in an open floor plan.
Reclaimed with color. This fun, rustic wood accent wall features reclaimed wood with a touch of color. The punchy red accent table looks right at home in this mix.
Horizontal and Zen. The slim horizontal styling of this wood accent wall creates the perfect Zen-like atmosphere for this master bathroom. The choice of a squared-off modern bathtub makes this bathroom distinctively minimalist and spa-like.
Inset accent wall. There is a great transitional vibe of this inset wall against the bright white walls and soft layers of the three-tiered chandelier. A shapely mirror and mirrored sideboard attractively contrast the horizontal pattern of the white oak accent wall.
Stairwell detail. A stairwell is a perfect place for a wood accent wall. The high nature of a stairwell will create a dramatic effect, with a great opportunity for accent lighting. Run the boards horizontally to visually expand the width of the space.
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Creating a rustic kitchen in a mountain home creates a comfort and coziness that seems to warm up the brisk air from the surrounding outdoor environment. Worn, distressed, and rough-hewn, are not typically the first words that come to mind when we think of kitchens today. While crisp white cabinets, polished nickel hardware and beautiful marble countertops are on trend, a rustic kitchen will always provide the comfort of a piping hot bowl of chili and curling up with a hot chocolate on a cold night. More words that describe the look are well worn, patina, antiqued, homey and reclaimed. We have gathered together a cozy selection of rustic kitchens that will bring warmth and style to any mountain retreat. If you are looking for further inspiration for rustic style, have a look at some of our past articles on, 47 Extremely cozy and rustic cabin style living rooms and 51 Insanely beautiful rustic barn bathrooms.
At one end of the great room in a Tennessee mountain home, the open kitchen is outfitted for a master chef. The pair of French still lifes are 18th century. The oak rack is 19th-century English.
Details of a Colorado kitchen include an antique Chinese limestone lintel abutting the ceiling beams, and a claro walnut countertop by George Nakashima; the range is by Viking.
Consider reclaimed wood for your countertops. A couple of coats of polyurethane will keep wood countertops protected from spills and rotting. If you’re renovating an older home, look in the attic for beautiful old floorboards to use for countertops.
Light a fire. The number-one cozy element in a kitchen is a toasty hearth. While adding a full fireplace is a big intervention, today’s woodstoves and fireboxes don’t require a major renovation.
Choose elements that show their age. Rough-hewn timber beams and a slate floor give this kitchen a rustic look from top to bottom. In between, cabinetmakers repurposed the green cabinets from an antique hutch.
A Saint Moritz, Switzerland, kitchen’s table and chair are from Switzerland’s Engadine Valley; the backsplash tiles are 17th-century Portuguese.
You (almost) cannot have too much wood. You can use wood from floor to cabinets to ceiling, just be sure to break it up a little with countertops and a backsplash of a different material.
Add a cozy spot for gathering and eating meals. Dining in the kitchen is one of the coziest things you can do, no matter what your kitchen’s style. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small table, a large island or a built-in breakfast nook.
Rustic Redefined: The kitchen in this rustic Ontario, Canada, home was designed to be family-friendly and comfortable.
The windows are spectacular, and the materials used blend seamlessly together.
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A snowy retreat in the mountains can be incredibly cozy nestled in your cabin style living room with a roaring fire, warm colors and plush fabrics and unique artwork. Injecting rustic style into your cabin living room starts with a beautiful rustic fireplace, it can be decorated with rough stone or even with rough wood. Natural wooden floors and soaring ceilings decorated with old wooden beams are a great start for a rustic room. Then select furnishings and accessories according to your taste and the style that you want to combine with rustic. Exposed Western red cedar beams, hardwood flooring, stone, exposed Douglas fir ceilings, log mantel fireplaces and cozy furnishings creates a distinctly cabin-like feel in all these warm and cozy spaces that we have collected for you in this article. This winter, inject some warmth and cosiness into your living room!
Looking for some more fabulous ideas to add a cozy and rustic atmosphere into your living room? Have a look at some of our past articles such as 55 Awe-inspiring rustic living room design ideas and 43 Cozy and warm color schemes for your living room.
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When it comes to a beautiful classic backsplash, nothing beats decorating with a traditional subway tile, a staple for any kitchen design. Subway tiles can make cleaning up kitchen messes an effortless task, plus there is a such a wide variety to select from, turning an ordinary kitchen and into an extraordinary kitchen. One thing is definitely for certain, subway tile will always stay on trend.
As you may already know, subway tiles have derived their names from the ceramic tiles utilized on the walls of the New York City metro stations in the early twentieth century. For a clean and welcoming appearance, applying one color to your tile backsplash or countertops will do the trick. Tiles can be set vertically, horizontally or even in a chevron pattern to add interest. An extensive assortment of designs are accessible on the market, however it is imperative not to be rushed, as selecting the right shade and texture has an enormous effect in designing a harmonious space. If you are seeking to add a classic touch to your kitchen, we have plenty of ideas for you below!
If you are looking for some additional kitchen design inspiration, you might want to read some of our past articles before starting a decorating project. A while back, we featured these striking industrial style kitchens, a gallery of Scandinavian kitchens, a lineup of 48 space-saving small kitchen islands and we also gave a detailed article on cement tile backsplashes, plenty of ideas for decorating your kitchen!
Reclaimed materials run throughout this Northumberland farmhouse belonging to Paul Priestman. The kitchen sink, for instance, is made from a stone trough.
Oversize subway tile is installed in a brick pattern above the lower cabinetry. The size of the tile is similar to the size of the bricks used in the kitchen floor. Dark grout between the subway tiles adds dimension and a feeling of age.
Simple wooden shelves lend a rustic touch to this modern kitchen corner. Thin metal wires suspend the shelves from the ceiling so they appear to be floating. The shelves’ rough, unfinished surface adds another layer of texture to the kitchen’s tiled walls, stainless-steel appliances, and stone countertops.
Gray porcelain subway tiles create drama against pure white cabinetry. Behind the range, a herringbone-pattern inset on the backsplash breaks up the backsplash and adds another focal point to the wall.
If you have a small kitchen, consider incorporating shimmering tiles to open the space up. Just like a mirror, the brilliant sheen of these blue subway tiles reflects light and makes the space feel more open. Frosted-glass-front upper cabinets also help to keep the space from feeling too confined and provide display space to show off pretty dishware.
In this kitchen, oversize subway tile with charcoal gray grout emphasizes staggered installation and gives a greater presence to the tilework. The tiles have a certain vintage feel that is juxtaposed by commercial-grade stainless-steel appliances.
Barely-there gray subway tiles complement the colors in the granite countertop. The off-white cabinetry leaves the space feeling a little bit warmer compared to a stark, white paint job.
Classic and Clean
White subway tile in a cottage-style kitchen looks classic and clean. The white cabinets and mint-color beaded board on the walls combine perfectly with the white backsplash.
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You like to keep things simple, especially when it comes to your home decor. Aside from the attractive modern aesthetic, creating a minimalist design in your new place can be beneficial to your sense of well-being: namely stress relief. Minimalist homes also tend to be more charming and inviting – they appear more spacious, and tend to focus on the innate beauty of a single piece of furniture or work of art. It’s not bare; it’s artistically restrained.
And, as a plus, they are much easier to clean. Think about how easy it is to clean a home without having to maneuver around so many unnecessary objects or pieces of furniture. So how do you create a minimalist style in your new home?
Maybe you’ve moved with a ton of stuff. Well, if you’re unsure of what to keep and get rid of, here are some things that can go: excess magazines and newspapers; unnecessary furniture; unused glassware, hardware, kitchen gadgets, pots and pans; clunky pillows, candle holders, magnets and vases; tired artwork, office supplies, seasonal decorations, sports memorabilia and old mirrors. For a successful modern minimalist design, these items are not necessary. They can be thrown away or donated (after all, there must be someone in your life who can use those old pots and pans).
As you de-clutter your space, you are naturally going to want to keep some items. These should be organized and stored away in a very specific place, which is another perk of the minimalist home: succinct organization.
The mantra here is “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” That means, with some exceptions, showing only the bare essentials. Whether it’s the bedroom, kitchen or living room, you want to keep things off of the floor and out of sight.
Keep it Simple, Start Small
Focus on one room at a time. For example, start with the bedroom, move to the living room, and so on. If you live in a loft or studio, it’s easy to get going because there’s only one room to worry about. Though a single room offers new sets of challenges, lofts or studios can benefit greatly from a minimalist design’s dedication to openness.
Pay great attention to the furniture choices, as this is what takes up the most space. Keep in mind, when it comes to sofas and couches, sharp lines, narrow construction and smooth curves are a minimalist staple. One way to keep minimalism consistent throughout an apartment is to find a bunch of pieces you like, come up with a plan or theme, think it through and then start to eliminate any unnecessary furniture from those you’ve picked – without sacrificing comfort, of course.
Flat surfaces, like countertops and coffee tables, should be sparse and clean, aside from maybe a few appliances or art books, respectively. Remember you want to keep only the essentials. You can always add decorative accents later.
You only want to keep a few pieces of simple furniture in the room, such as a couch, a comfortable chair or two, and a coffee table. What’s more, all of these items should be solid colors – make the hues stark whites and bold blacks for a more dramatic effect.
There should not be a lot of artwork on display – just one or two pieces at most. These works should be very simple as well, with a solid colored frame. For instance, simplistic cubist paintings and designs complement minimalism extraordinarily well. On the other hand, you can certainly keep some walls bare.
As far as window treatments go, windows can be kept bare, or treated with solid color curtains or wooden blinds. Similarly, while natural light provides a minimalist space with subtle accents, the right indoor lighting fixtures – whether strategically placed wall mounts or hanging options – from sites like We Got Lites are integral to a seamless interior design.
Decorations should be kept to a minimum as well, but feel free to add a splash of color with a standing potted plant. The natural greens will liven up the room a bit and contrast nicely with the whites, beiges and tans. Keep in mind, the rest of the room should be filled with solid, neutral colors like these.
On the surface, minimalism seems easy, but if a home is too bare, that’s just as noticeable. With these tips in tow, your new apartment will astonish, welcome and relax everyone who walks in.
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Black and white kitchens are a gorgeous color trend that will never fade; they are classic and timeless and can be used in any decorating scheme. The kitchen is more than simply just a space for cooking and eating, it is the heart of the home, where all the activity in the home takes place. We spend the majority of our time in this space, whether it be entertaining guests, to gathering together with family for cooking and lounging. Whether you’re redesigning, rearranging, or essentially overhauling this space, consider how you live before rolling out any improvements. Be prepared to be inspired to transform this space with these useful and ready to copy enhancing touches. Decorating with black and white is not only timeless and classic, it is very elegant, crisp and clean, showcasing an open and airy feel that you will be sure to love. We have gathered together a collection of ideas for you, each of these are just amazing.
If you are still looking further kitchen inspiration, have a look at one of our past articles on, 65 Extraordinary traditional style kitchen designs and 24 Sensational white dream kitchens you must see.
Classic & Contemporary
A careful mix of textures, finishes, and colors allowed these homeowners to find a stunning yet comfortable balance for their classic farmhouse kitchen. Although the original space looked dark and dreary, the footprint blended well with the homeowners’ vision for the kitchen. In the end, they were able to create a clean-lined space featuring modern amenities that still pays homage to the home’s rich history.
Center of Attention
This kitchen’s 10-foot-long island is the home’s most popular spot for cooking, conversing, eating, and more. Plus, after the meal is prepared, the island can be converted into a serving buffet that’s perfectly suited for a busy family. Nearby, an angled section of cabinetry offers more prep space and houses a pair of convenient refrigerator drawers that allow access without getting in the cook’s way.
Key elements: The light fixtures have a Parisian flea market look, and French café stools lend industrial style. Subway tile with gray grout is another vintage classic that blends the vent hood into the wall. Traditional hardware and wood trim finish off the look.
A table extension off the island differentiates prep space (the island) and dining space (the table) for separate experiences in the same room.
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Many homeowners take a positive view about home renovation and believe that they can improve the look and value of their property by tackling some projects themselves or getting a contractor in to get the job done.
Unfortunately, a number of these same homeowners who have already gone ahead with their renovation work, would like to rewind the clock and start again or do things differently, if they knew then what they know now.
Try to be a savvy homeowner and avoid these common pitfalls, leaving you with an improved property and no problems to address.
You may need to lodge a development application with your local council for the proposed work, depending on the type and scale of your intended project.
If you are planning on making any significant or structural changes to your property, don’t take the risk of falling foul of the law. Failure to submit the necessary paperwork before you start your renovations could be a costly mistake.
It is possible that even relatively minor repairs and renovations like painting the exterior of your home or replacing some or all of your roofing, may require a council permit. Your local council can give you the advice you need on any regulations and requirements that you need to adhere to, so always give them a call and check the situation before you attempt to do any work.
Owner and builder
If you are one of the many homeowners who choose to take on the role of owner-builder, you should be aware that there are obligations that you still have to comply with.
An owner-builder may choose to either do all the renovation work themselves or employ the assistance of sub-contractors to help them with the tasks that they do not have the skills for themselves.
Owner-builders need to be aware that they are subject to their own unique set of legal obligations and rights, depending on the territory that you live in. If you are providing or using your own tools on site and either working by yourself or with others, you will need domestic building insurance and an owner-builder certificate of consent. Make sure your tools are to the right standards and will last a lifetime, check out Hi-Speed Tooling for any engineering tools you may need.
You will need to be aware of occupational health and safety regulations and certain work like electrical and plumbing tasks, need to be carried out by licensed tradespeople.
Accurate estimate of costs
One of the most common pitfalls for home renovation projects beyond the legislative and legal requirements is the failure to budget correctly for the work.
You need to set out a detailed estimated cost of renovations and break down the costs to a detailed level, including things like how many power points you want to add and even how many door handles you need.
Not taking the time to complete a detailed financial feasibility study and create an accurate budget is the downfall of many property owners, who end up running out of money and can sometimes be unable to actually complete the work.
Choose your renovation project carefully
Spending too much money on your property improvements or doing work that fails to add value will result in no financial gain and may even end up putting you in a worse financial position than when you started.
It is vital that a renovation project that is being carried out in order to improve the appearance and value of a property is capable of adding value when it is completed. Even relatively minor decisions, like putting in French doors rather than bi-fold doors which can be roughly twice as expensive, can make all the difference to the outcome of your renovation project.
If you are planning to renovate to suit your personal taste and have no plans to sell the property for some while that would be fine, but if you are renovating to improve its value in a sale, you need to think of your target market.
You should never renovate a property where your personal likes take priority over the general preferences of the type of person who is going to buy your property from you.
You need to make the time to properly project manage your renovation or you could easily end up paying too much for materials and labor.
A lack of time or preparation will often result in a renovator being unable to shop around and negotiate the best price for their goods and labor costs. Using something like Microsoft Project can really make the task of project management easier and help you to free up more time for the important art of negotiation.
Some home renovators wish they could go back and start over again. Avoid that felling by trying to plan properly and avoid these common pitfalls.
About the author: Michael Reimann is a home inspector with several years’ experience. When he has the time, he likes to share what he has learned with others. You can find his illuminating posts on a variety of websites and homeowner blogs.
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