Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How to Decorate a Vintage Metal Foot Locker

Restore the original military paint job or design a whole new look.A vintage metal foot locker can be a sturdy resource for some extra added storage in any room of the house. Many of these types of boxes can be found at thrift shops and yard sales, or maybe there's one gathering dust in the upstairs attic. With a li...

How to Decorate an Apartment With Starched Fabric

You can apply starched fabric to a feature wall.You can dress up a feature wall or a whole room with starched fabric. Starched fabric is an alternative to paint or wallpaper and can be used in any room. Whether you choose to use fabric you already have or look for something new, choose a lightweig...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How to Replace the Windows in a 1950s Ranch-style Home

Energy-efficient windows lower your heating and cooling costs.Homeowners looking to update or remodel their homes often try to be loyal to the original design of the home. While this is required in many areas for homes on a historic register, for most homeowners it's optional. It's possible to stay true to the...

Monday, February 27, 2012

How to Make Shabby French Decor

Enhance a jar with a vintage doily for a charming look.Shabby chic and country French decor styles are similar because each features a casually elegant ambiance and plenty of charming vintage details. When decorating with a shabby chic and country French style, you can draw inspiration from enchanting co...

Round vs. Square Cabinet Handles

Handles should seamlessly blend with the overall decorating scheme.One of the many choices the homeowner is faced with when choosing cabinet hardware is the handle shape. Round handles are a common choice because they are widely available and almost universally appealing. Square handles echo the lines of a square ca...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Nikon Prostaff 6310 vs. 6320

The ProStaff 3-9x40 Matte Nikoplex -- also referred to as the 6310 -- and the ProStaff 3-9x40 Matte BDC -- also referred to as the 6320 -- are scopes for hunting rifles, called riflescopes, developed by Nikon. The 6310 uses Nikon’s Nikoplex ret...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Landscape Ideas for Ranch Style Homes With a Picture Window

For a landscape that's most pleasing to the eye, design your plantings to complement your house and any other nearby structures. A ranch-style home is primarily distinguished by its horizontal lines that hug the landscape. An fitting landscape might...

Rug Color in Decorating Small Apartments

Warm colors create a cozy feel, but make rooms look smaller.In small spaces, colors define the overall ambiance and mood, making color choices paramount. When selecting rugs for a small apartment, consider how colors influence the spatial elements of a room: Does a particular rug make the room appear smaller...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Victorian Gambrel Roof Style Houses

Inverted ships inspired the appearance of gambrel roofs.The gambrel roof in U.S. architecture dates to the Colonial era, when Dutch colonists built gambrel-roofed homes on the banks of the Hudson River. Gambrel roofs also appear on Colonial homes from the 17th century in Massachusetts. The later years of...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Can I Put Paneling in My Bathroom?

Cover the bottom half of the bathroom walls with wainscoting.Redesigning a bathroom involves many choices, from the tub and shower to the fixtures, flooring and walls. When you think about wall decor, you need to decide between slapping a coat of paint on the walls, pasting wallpaper or perhaps putting panelin...

Framing for a Fireplace

Fireplace framing possibilities range from rustic to intricate.In primitive and Medieval times, the fireplace was central to homes and public buildings as a source of heat and a way to cook food. Today's fireplaces are a focal point in homes and other buildings for aesthetic and nostalgic reasons. A fireplace at...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to Determine if a Wall Is Structural on a Ranch Style House

Structural walls keep the house from falling down.Walls in homes come in two styles -- non-load bearing and load bearing. Non-load bearing walls play no role in the structural integrity of the house. They divide the interior space and can be removed without any effect on the house. Load bearing wall...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How to Add Dormers on to a Ranch Style House

A simple dormer can open attic space for more natural light.Dormer windows must have precise dimensions to fit a home’s roof space appropriately. Your goal is to design dormers with roof lines that create a balanced look for the whole house design. You don‘t want dormers to look too small or too l...

Monday, February 20, 2012

How to Renovate a Ranch Home to Make It Bigger

Ranch houses are one-story homes that sprawl across the lot. The bedrooms may be split with the master suite on one side of the living area and the other bedrooms on the other side. The homes have an informal look to them rather than formal. Renovati...

Adding a Garage With a Bonus Room to a Ranch-Style House

Plan carefully.Your ranch house, once so roomy, may be bursting at the seams with the addition of a child or a second car. The easiest and less intrusive method of adding to a ranch house is to build horizontally. A garage next to the ranch house, connected by a bo...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

How to Decorate a Cottage in Pastels

Lighter pastels accentuate a cottage style home.A pastel palette evokes a warm and welcoming feeling in any home, especially a cottage. In most cases, pastel colors represent femininity and softness, but you can also use this color theme in a masculine room as well. If you are preparing to decorat...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

How to Create a Country Facade for a Bungalow Style House

Make use of the existing porch to create a country facade on your bungalow.Bungalow style homes were introduced at the turn of the 20th century. These homes are usually 1-1/2 stories with low-pitched roofs. Large front porches are also characteristic of the bungalow design. Country style homes are known for their charm and...

How to Decorate Your Apartment With a Greek Theme

Nature is an important part of the Greek lifestyle and decor.The luxurious, airy appearance and atmosphere of Greek-inspired decor can make your apartment a place where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. Colors from nature, natural decor and Greek mythology can all be easily incorporated into your Gree...

Friday, February 17, 2012

How to Put Roof Decking on a Ranch Home

Use a roofing nail gun to make the nailing fast and easy.Roof decking, also known as roof sheathing, is the layer of plywood that fits over the rafters and under the shingles on typical pitched roofs. The classic 1950s-style ranch home has a pitched roof with decking. Attaching the decking to a standard ga...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Terk FDTV1A Vs. HDTVa

The FDTV1a and HDTVa are amplified indoor digital television antennas manufactured by TERK, a division of Audiovox Corporation. Both models are designed to replace traditional TV antennas, most of which became obsolete in the wake of full-power TV st...

How to Add a Facade to a Ranch-Style House

Ranch homes can be revitalized with a veneer.Ranch-style homes are typically simple, long one-story structures. Popular in the 1960s, they feature a number of siding types, but wood and vinyl siding are the most common. The facade can be updated by the addition of a brick, wood or stone veneer...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How to Redesign the Front of the House

Study other homes in your area for design ideas.Redesigning the front of your home can be time and labor intensive, and costs vary widely depending on the materials, consultants and the extent of the remodel. Spending plenty of time in the design process, however, can save time and money in the lo...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Destination, Home: Jackson Hole Style

Largely defined by its outdoor aesthetic, Jackson Hole's contemporary mountain and rustic Western styles draw inspiration indoors, as well.A vibrant valley nestled at the foot of the Teton Mountains and threaded with the sparkling Snake River, Jackson Hole is equal parts nature and nurture. The eclectic Wyoming ski town is known for its wide-open spaces, abundance of outdoor activities,...