November 30, 2011
Manufacturers of pre-finished hardwood floors recommend their specific products for the best care. Floors with a polyurethane finish should never be waxed and require cleaners that won’t leave a film or residue. If occasional scuffs occur use a hardwood floor cleaner and lightly rub the stained area. Sticky spots can be cleaned with a damp towel. Ammonia cleaners or oil soaps are not recommended because they will dull the finish. These products will also affect the ability to refinish your floor later.
Sweeping and Mopping
Sweep your floor regularly using a quality broom. A vacuum cleaner without a bar can be used in hard to reach areas. Once the dirt and dust is gone you can begin mopping.
For “finish in place” hardwood floors or unfinished hardwood, use a terrycloth mop to make it easier to clean around corners and along baseboards. You can spray a professional wood floor cleaner to remove tough stains without dulling your finish. Never wet-mop or use an excessive amount of water to clean your floor. Excessive amounts of water will cause the wood to swell and may cause your wood to crack. Hardwood will expand and contract due to moisture level changes. It is very important to keep the moisture level in your home at the proper place during the different seasons to control this same issue. A humidifier is very important to run in the winter months and air conditioning in the summer months to control the levels of humidity in your home. Also, if spills occur be sure to wipe them up immedialtly.
We hope these tips help in keeping your hardwood floors beautiful for many years. If you are interested in adding hardwood floors please contact Modern Homes Builders and Remodelers located in Lake Villa at 847.356.8886.
June 5, 2011
Skylights have always been a great addition to a home to allow more light into rooms that dont have alot of light, the downfall being the sometimes long tunnels. Then came along the reflective tunnel skylight which they are great for adding light into a bath room, laundry room or other room you can’t install a normal skylight. The room has a round cover on the ceiling and then a small dome on the roof. The downfall was you would typically not want the dome on the front of a home for appearance. Now comes Velux with their introduction a new sun tunnel with the same great interior appearanceand still allow natural light in an interior room but no dome on the outside, it can now look like a skylight!
Now the options are endless. Want a simply skylight, maybe a 2′x2′ or 2′x4′. You can go big with a 4′x4′ or get into venting or shaded skylights too. When you don’t want the long ceiling tunnel you can go to a sun tunnel. Dependant on your choice and options, tax credit may be eligible.
For any questions on skylights or windows, let Modern Homes, Inc. in conjunction with our Exterior division help with any questions. Contact Modern Homes, Inc now.
May 28, 2011
Decks and patios are the two easiest ways to add space to your outdoor living area. Decks do not have to be conventional treated lumber anymore. Composites and PVC materials allow for a great space with low maintenance. Don’t want a deck or have an area that you want your deck to step off too? Patios are great for this; concrete, brick, or natrual stone are commonly chosen materials. With Patios it is common to add retaining walls with them, for looks, a seat or functionality.
Sometimes a screened porch or gazebo is a great compliment to your new space.
For any questions on an outdoor space, let Modern Homes, Inc. in conjunction with our Landscape or Exterior division help make it a dream come true. Contact Modern Homes, Inc now.
April 6, 2011
Very few things are as important as getting a good night sleep. All home plans and families vary but interior noise may be an issue. No one wants to have the kids wake up while doing laundry, to be heard in the bathroom while entertaining, nor do you want to do dishes or laundry around the kids sleeping.
There are varous methods of soundproffing that you can take. There are insulation option as well as drywall and framing techneck that can help reduce or eliminate interior noise.
For any questions on soundproofing for your home, Contact Modern Homes, Inc.
January 22, 2011
Sometimes you can add a mudroom to your home within the existing space of your home, or a small addition can help create or expand it and existing area.
Ensure that you chose an ideal location for you mud room, one that will be used. You also want to have a durable floor, that will be slip resistant and walls that are easily cleanable. Your Mud Room, may or may not included your laundry. You may also want to consider hooks and some storage. It is becoming increasingly popular to add some lockers with some bins, drawer and hooks. You may want to have a bench built into the lockers or a separate bench.
A Mud Room can add alot of value to your home, and can help you get a little more organized.
For any questions on Mud Room or an addition for your home, Contact Modern Homes, Inc.