How to design a media room

Technology and interior design are both crucial aspects of any media room. If your home doesn’t have a dedicated space solely for TV binges and movie nights, you’re not alone. Many households integrate the TV into a larger living room. It’s important that you design this space to ensure a fully functional and comfortable experience as you tune into nightly news and everyday entertainment. Here’s a rundown of some of the key features to consider.

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Home Office: Top Features

Every home office needs the basics of a desk and chair, but here are the top features you can add for maximum comfort and functionality.

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Your home office should include a desktop surface big enough for your computer, printer, and telephone, and still provide enough space for you to work. Image: RobertoGil.com

While every business — and every business owner — has a unique set of needs, all home offices share a few basic requirements. Some, like adequate lighting and comfortable seating, are obvious. Others, such as visual cues that separate work space from family space, are more subtle.
“Remodeling” magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” puts the average cost of converting a 12-foot-by-12-foot room into a home office at $29,066, which includes custom cabinetry, 20 linear feet of desktop, a wiring upgrade, and new wall and floor coverings. Whether you go whole-hog or pick and choose, here are the top features to incorporate for maximum comfort and functionality.

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Refacing Your Kitchen Cabinets: The Options and Costs

Want to reface your kitchen cabinets? Smart decision. Kitchen refacing is more cost effective and takes less time than a full remodel. Here are options and costs.

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Refacing your kitchen cabinets includes covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of real wood or plastic laminate. Doors and drawer fronts are replaced to match or complement the new veneer. New hinges, knobs, pulls, and molding complete the transformation.

What are the Pros and Cons?

Kitchen cabinet refacing pros:

  • Costs about half as much as replacing cabinets.
  • Takes less time (a week or less!) and money.
  • It’s less hassle than tearing out cabinets.
  • You can still use your kitchen while refacing.
  • It’s a green kitchen remodeling solution because you’re not adding to the landfill.
  • Kitchen cabinet refacing cons (there aren’t many):
  • Refacing won’t fix a bad kitchen design.
  • You might be tempted to spend more on exotic veneer and hardware (saving you less).

What are Your Refacing Options?

Your choices for the finished look of your cabinets are virtually limitless. Veneers are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, grains, and more, which you can mix or match to get a relatively low-cost kitchen facelift.

  • Rigid thermofoil (RTF) doors, which feature a durable plastic coating over fiberboard, are an affordable alternative to wood or laminate doors.
  • Plastic laminates come in hundreds of colors and patterns, are durable and moisture-resistant, and are reasonably priced. You can pick matching or contrasting laminates for your doors and drawer fronts.
  • Real wood veneers include many standard species, such as oak, cherry, and maple, and you also can choose from an array of stain colors. Wood veneers are the most expensive option. Wood must be carefully sealed to protect against moisture.

Further customize and update the look of your cabinets with new kitchen cabinet hardware.

What Does Refacing Cost?

A professional cabinet refacing for a typical 10-foot-by-12-foot kitchen starts at around $1,000 to $3,000 for laminate. Expect to pay $2,500 to $6,000 for real wood veneer. Costs can rise to $7,000 to $9,000 or more for a large project with high-quality wood veneer.

Finishing the project with new hardware (pulls, knobs, hinges) runs $2 to $4 per piece, up to $20 to $50 each for high-end hardware.

In comparison, completely replacing old kitchen cabinets with new cabinets starts at $4,000 to $5,000 and up for stock cabinets; $8,000 to $10,000 for semi-custom cabinets; $16,000 to $20,000 and up for custom-made cabinetry.

How Do I Know If My Cabinets are Good For Refacing?

Refacing is feasible if your existing cabinet boxes are structurally sound and in good condition. Cabinets with water damage, warping, and broken frames are poor candidates. Particleboard cabinetry sometimes requires fasteners, in addition to adhesives, to ensure that the veneer is secure.

How are They Installed?

A professional installer will come to your house to measure your cabinets and determine the amount of veneer required, the correct sizes and quantities for door and drawer fronts, and how much hardware is needed. Newly ordered doors and drawer fronts may take one to two weeks for delivery.

When all the materials are in hand, your installer removes old cabinet door and drawer fronts, and prepares the surface of the cabinet boxes by washing the exteriors with a degreaser and lightly sanding the finish. Any significant flaws in the surface are repaired or filled to ensure a smooth, secure fit for the new veneer.

The installer applies veneer to the cabinet faces and any exposed cabinet ends, then mounts the new doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. The process typically takes two to four days.

Can I Do Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Myself?

Detailed instructions and adhesive-backed veneers make cabinet refacing a feasible do-it-yourself project.

If you have extra time, patience, the necessary veneering tools, and a knack for precision, you can save money by tackling kitchen cabinet refacing on your own.

If you opt to do your own kitchen cabinet refacing, you’ll spend about $200 to $500 on average for materials. Specialized tools (rollers, blades, irons) add $5 to $60 to the cost.

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9 Garage Organization Ideas

Sure, you’ve been wanting to organize your garage for years — you’re just waiting for the right inspiration. Well, the wait is over. Here are 9 great garage organizing ideas that are simple, cheap, clever, and possibly life-changing. Run through our slideshow, then get organized!

Instant Mudroom

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Wish you had a place for everyone to remove shoes and drop trash before stomping inside? Stake out the entryway corner of your garage to create a de facto mudroom. Add a tray for wet boots and a simple rack for hanging whatever. This thrifty home owner used items she already had and spent a mere $13 to put this mudroom together.

Credit: Lori from Thrifty Decor Mom

Pipe Dreams

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Give each of your long-handled landscape tools a home of their own with leftover pieces of plastic PVC plumbing pipe. Cut small sections of pipe at an angle so it’ll be easy to make a screw hole, then attach the pieces to your garage or shed wall. Lay out the tools beforehand so you can set proper spacing; label with masking tape.

Credit: Marji Roy

Peg Board Tool Cart

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This clever homemade tool cart has it all: It puts tools right where you can reach them, it stores stuff vertically on pegboard so you can organize a lot of tools without taking up much floor space, and it’s got wheels so you can move it out of the way easily. The total cost was under $50, but you’ll need some welding skills to put the frame together.

Credit: Brad Justinen/Instructables

New Life for Your Old Kitchen

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Tired of your old kitchen cabinets? Don’t toss them: They’ll make great storage for your garage. Measure your space to see if they’ll fit (check that you’ve got enough room to open car doors). Top them with an inexpensive laminate countertop for convenient, low-cost storage.

Credit: Vickie Hallmark

Corral Your Playthings

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Basketballs and soccer balls tend to wander; you can make a ready-access cage for athletic balls using bungee cords. The cords bend easily for storing and retrieving, yet hold all your gear snugly when not in use.

Credit: Wendy Edwards

Off-the-Shelf Storage

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DIY storage solutions, such as this sleek modular system, offer configurations with hooks, bins, cabinets, and shelves that you can design and set up yourself. Six 4-by-1-foot panels (24 sq. ft. total) with shelves is about $250.

Credit: Flow Wall System

Hang ’Em High

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Take advantage of garage nooks with platform storage designed to hold seasonal items, such as sporting equipment and Christmas lights, that you tuck away for months each year. Fasten the platform to wall studs and suspend it from ceiling joists so you won’t need legs underneath.

Credit: Nicholas J. Olejniczak

Let’s Re-Cycle

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Your garage is a great place to repurpose old items and give them new life as storage containers and organizers. With a little modification, this old crate serves as a bicycle rack and a helmet cubby.

Credit: Kelli Bramble

Get Rid of Stuff

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It’s going to be hard to organize your garage if you stash things you never use! Hold a garage sale to shed little-used items before you start organizing. Leftovers? Donate them to ReStore and other charitable organizations.

Credit: Leslie Hoyt, Home Stager/Organizer at GoodbyeHouseHelloHome.com

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Home-style Green Bean Casserole

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This essential holiday casserole gets a much-needed makeover from fresh veggies and a lightened, but super-rich homemade sauce.

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Retro Beach Kitchen Style

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The punchy turquoise hue of the vintage-style appliance puts a chic spin on the space. A tumbled-glass back splash mimics natural sea glass and contrasts the sleek concrete counter tops. Reproduction pendant lighting and period bar stools top off the soda fountain look the homeowners hoped to achieve.

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