Dealing with Condensation in the Bathroom

There is nothing like the feel of a hot shower after a long day at work, it loosens your muscles and washes away the day.  That lovely hot shower isn’t so kind to your bathroom, it creates a thick layer of condensation all over everything.  The room is small and the air is warm and that gives you even more condensation.  All of this condensation on a daily basis can lead to the growth of mold and mildew…yuck.  Dealing with condensation is something that every homeowner has to go through, here are some tips to help keep your bathroom mold and mildew free.

Ventilate the Bathroom

Ventilation will go a long way in getting rid of unwanted moisture.  The easiest way is to open a window when you shower, but that isn’t always possible and if you live in the north opening a window in January isn’t going to happen.  Another option is to put in an exhaust fan in the ceiling.  Heat and moisture rises, you can turn on the fan and vent the hot, damp air out.  Lastly you can run a dehumidifier while you are in the shower and for a few minutes after you’re done to keep the moisture down.

Bathroom Paint

One of the best ways to reduce the amount of condensation in your bathroom is by repainting it with special paint.  If you go to a home improvement store to buy paint and let them know that it is for the bathroom specifically you can get paint that reduces condensation.  This type of paint insulates both the ceilings and walls, that makes the surface temperature higher reducing condensation.  Bathroom paint is mildew resistant  included and that will help to keep mold a mildew away from the walls.  You want to make sure that you put at least two coats of paint on the walls to give you the best protection.

Insulate the Bathroom

Keeping the bathroom even a couple of degrees warmer can reduce the amount of condensation.  However since we don’t sit in the bathroom like we do the other rooms in the house our natural inclination is to turn the heat down to save on energy costs.  Leaving the heat on in the bathroom isn’t an option it is just too expensive, instead a small space heater that uses very little electricity may be a better option.  It can keep the room warmer and reduce the condensation.  Bear in mind that space heaters are just a waste of money if they are left in a room that isn’t properly insulated.  If you have windows in the bathroom it may be time to replace them with more energy efficient windows.  If the walls are poorly insulated then some blown-in insulation can make the room warmer.

There are more things you can do to keep the moisture out of the bathroom, keep the area around the sinks dry, fix leaky taps  and remove the damp towels and bath mats.  Turn your shower down a couple of degrees so less steam is created by your shower.  If you live alone you can shower with the bathroom door open a crack to allow the steam to escape.  Bathroom condensation doesn’t have to be a problem, there are a number of ways to deal with it.

5 Tips to Make Your Kitchen Renovation a Success

Cable stations are filled with home renovation shows that make the whole process of a kitchen remodel look easy.  They condense a 6 week project down to an hour and they have an unlimited budget to make the whole thing a success.  The first thing you have to know is that none of those shows are remotely real and home renovation projects NEVER go the way you want them to.  There are a ton of obstacles that will get in the way in the real world. That being said, here are 5 tips for making your renovation a success.

1. Put Together a Realistic Budget

You need to put together a budget that is realistic, costs can get out of control quickly and before you know it you can spend twice as much as you planned.  Know what you can afford and factor in all of your costs for materials and labor.  On top of that set aside at least 10% of your budget for unexpected expenses and emergencies. Here is a look at how to put together a proper budget.

2. Create a Timetable

A kitchen renovation can be anything from painting your cupboards to gutting the kitchen and starting from scratch.  Either way you need to know what to do and how long each step of the renovation should take.  Bear in mind that you will be without a kitchen until it’s complete so having it completed on time is important.

3. Hire the Right People

Most of the cable shows that inspired you to renovate your kitchen focus on DIY, along with that Pinterest is filled with boards of the most amazing DIY projects but these are realistic.  Unless you were a handyman and interior designer in your spare time you need to hire people to get the job done.  Not to mention DIY projects take forever to complete.  Hire the right people to get the job done.

4. Don’t Demo the Old Kitchen Until You’re Ready

There is nothing like the feeling of taking a sledgehammer to a kitchen that you hate, it really is glorious.  You think to yourself, all my cabinets are going to be in tomorrow so let me smash my kitchen today, then the manufacturer notifies you they are on back order and it will be six weeks before they come in. Don’t smash the old kitchen until the new kitchen is actually on the premises.

5. Be Patient

You need to accept that things rarely go as planned so you need to find patience.  It is almost inevitable that something will go wrong and you can blame Murphy’s Law but you need to not lose your cool and just have patience.  As we said in the first step you need to allocate part of your budget to this happening.  You may need to move some plumbing or there is a wiring issue and you now need an electrician.  All of this makes your project more expensive and takes longer to complete.

Kitchen renovation can be among the most stressful renovation projects you can take on, follow these tips and you should be okay.

Finishing Your Basement

If you want more living space in your home then you have a couple of options, you could put an addition on to your home but finishing your basement is an easier and cheaper option.  Basements are usually dark, damp and have pretty poor layouts, not to mention all of your stuff may be stored there.  To finish your basement you’re going to need to deal with plumbing, insulation, damp and the beams that are all over the place.  That doesn’t mean it can’t be done, so let’s look at how you can turn your dingy basement into a warm and comfortable space.

Waterproof the Basement

First things first, moisture is a big problem in almost every basement.  There are a ton of things that can cause leaks from landscaping, drainage, porous concrete and plumbing problems.  Water proofing will include the whole perimeter of the basement both inside and out.

How Will You Use the Space

Once you have water proofed your basement now  you need to figure out just how you are going to use the space.  Do you want a playroom for the kids, a media room, home gym or a home office away from everyone?  How you plan to use the space will decide how to proceed with the construction, if you will need plumbing or any electrical work that needs to be done. Plan the layout and where you will need things like walls and outlets will go.

What Do You Have to Work With

Some of the space in your basement is already taken up by water heaters and furnaces or even laundry facilities.  Do you have any other features in the basement to work with or is it just bare concrete.  Will you have to bring in an electrician to do wiring or are there already outlets.  Make a list of what you have to work with and what you are going to need to make the space livable.

Light & Color

You don’t have a lot of natural light in your basement so you need to choose the lighting fixtures and colors with that in mind.  You also have a low ceiling so that gives you fewer options.  If you are using your basement for a home theater then you want to be able to dim the lighting, your best bet for that is installing some pot lights.  Keep the wall colors light otherwise it will just be too dark and it will make the room look smaller.

Using the Right Finishes

You want your basement to look as finished as the rest of your home so add the same level of detail as you would everywhere else.  Add crown molding and baseboards so it doesn’t look bland.  Depending on how you decided to use the room will factor into how you decorate it but you can still put art on the walls, make the space comfortable with good furniture.  Put your own touches on it to make it feel like an extension of the rest of the house rather than some dingy basement.