The front porch is a great way to escape the confines of a house and relax outdoors. Front porches usually don’t have as much décor as any room inside the house, but there are many decorations for a front porch that can make it an even more relaxing place to be. It also adds curb appeal to a house and provides an inviting point of entry for visitors.
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Tile is one of the most durable, and beautiful, floor coverings available on the market. Tile has become increasingly popular for kitchens and bathrooms, and many homeowners choose it for their hallways and other rooms as well. Travertine is a stone tile that comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns to mesh with any indoor design. Travertine tile care is important, however, as travertine tiles can be damaged and worn without special care.
Sealing Your Travertine
Whether you are removing, repairing or installing a baseboard, there are some basic tools you need to have on hand to make the job easier, or in some cases, possible! A putty knife and utility knife are the two most important baseboard tools you could have at your disposal and you’ll find them infinitely useful for a range of tasks.
There may come a time when you need to remove your baseboards, either when renovations are in order or if there is some kind of damage done that needs to be repaired. Instead of glossing over the damage, it’s a better idea to replace the damaged section to ensure a longer term result.
Once you decide on a tile fireplace surround, a world of exciting options opens up to you. From the very basic, one-color, mass produced tiles to those created and hand made by experienced and passionate artisans, the world is your oyster. Anyone can go for wood surrounds, wrought iron décor or marble but tiles lend themselves to a range of ideas that can be very hard to choose from.
Fireplace tiles are specially made to withstand the extreme ranges of heat to which they will be subjected and so any hand painting or other decoration will stand the test of time. They also need to be somewhat easy to keep clean because the natural buildup of soot from the fireplace is to be expected.
Radon is an inert, colorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the radioactive decay of uranium found naturally in soil. The sole concern about radon is that it can cause lung cancer and is in fact, second only to cigarette smoking in bringing about this disease.
The EPA estimates that nearly 14,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. as a result of radon contamination. DIY radon mitigation is becoming increasingly common as more people learn about the presence of radon in homes.