Celebrating Summer with a New Pool House

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Celebrating Summer with a New Pool House

Have you recently installed a beautiful pool at your home? Perhaps, you’re concerned about your loved ones walking into your house wet after splashing around in the pool. Consider hiring an experienced contractor in your part of the country to build a pool house for you. Depending on your personal desires, you might want your contractor to build a bathroom and living space in your new pool house. Installing a small kitchen in a pool house is also a wonderful idea. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the most common residential projects contactors complete during the hot, summer months. Enjoy!


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Five Fresh Ideas For Tired Fireplaces And Hearths

A fireplace is an alluring feature in a home, yet some of them may have an outdated look that needs a change. You can alter the entire look of the fireplace often with simple strategies for the hearth or mantle.

When you want to give your fireplace a fresh face, consider some of the following ideas and suggestions:

Dismantle the mantle.

Simply altering the mantle above your fireplace can make a dramatic difference; or, try removing the mantle entirely. Check the stone or mortar underneath to ensure your fireplace won't require extensive trim-work if you take down the mantle. Check home improvement stores for easy-to-install mantles to replace your current, dated one.

Hate your hearth?

A hearth can protect the floor from sparks and burns that may occur from using the fireplace. A hearth also provides a fine, finished look to the fireplace area; evaluate your fireplace's hearth to determine if changing it out is a practical move. Hire a mason to lay stone tile in the space in front of your fireplace, or if it is only used for aesthetics and not an actual fire, lay laminate tiles in a pattern on the floor yourself.

Add a pop of color.

It is perfectly acceptable to paint the brick or stone on the face or hearth of your fireplace; just be sure that the paint and products that you use are heat-safe and free from toxic fumes or noxious chemicals when near fire. Talk with hardware or home improvement professionals to figure out the best way to paint the fireplace to give it a bit of color and a fresh style.

Retire the fire, and fill with foliage.

Another approach to updating your fireplace is to retire it; this may be the most pragmatic solution when there are other inherent issues with your fireplace, such as needing chimney work or having too much flue accumulation. Close the dampers and any vents tightly, and clean out the fireplace thoroughly. Fill the space with boughs, branches or foliage and nest some flame-less, battery-operated candles among the greens for a stylish, elegant appearance.

Fix facades with a fake.

Did you know that you can buy a fake façade that simply fits down over your existing fireplace? These often are found online, and you will want to take very precise measurements of your fireplace for the best results. These are often made of wood or a poly-resin that stands up well to heat.

There are many simple ways to give your fireplace a fresh look and new style. Talk with retailers about the best paints, applicators, and products to use when refurbishing stone or brick fireplaces. Try some of these suggestions, or use them to inspire your own ideas to give your fireplace some style and flair. 

Reach out to a company like Village Fireplace for more information.