Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stay Safe While Renovating Your Home

Posted by Brian Turner

Renovating a home can be an exciting time, but there are also potential health risks that are involved with these types of projects. This is certainly the case when it comes to older homes. With a few simple precautions, the renovation can be completed without any problems.

One of the main safety concerns would be the dust and any fumes that can be released into the air. This can occur when cutting wood, ripping out carpet, and applying glues, sealants, and paints. Dust and fumes can be limited in a few ways. The use of masks and eye protection is a must for anyone in the house. Opening windows and having proper ventilation will help in this matter as well. When painting, there should be adequate ventilation as well. The use of low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paint is one way to limit the exposure to harmful vapors.

In older homes, two main concerns would be asbestos and lead based paint. Both can be removed safely, but extreme care should be taken. Both can cause serious respiratory health problems. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is specifically caused by exposure to asbestos.

For the removal of lead paint, care should be taken in regards to the creation of dust. During renovation, it is sometimes best to move out while the work is being done. Items should be moved out of the room being worked on. Furniture and larger things should be wrapped in plastic. Ventilation systems should be turned off and the room being renovated needs to be sealed off and isolated from other areas of the home. Proper breathing protecting should be worn at all times as well. When the work is completed, a proper and thorough cleaning will ensure there is no lead dust remaining. The cleaning is one of the most important steps, so care should be taken to do this thoroughly.

If there is asbestos in the home, a homeowner should not take on the task of removing this toxic material. Asbestos removal should only be done by a company that is specifically licensed in asbestos abatement.

By taking a few precautions, home renovations can be done safely. If in doubt about how to proceed safely, it is always best to seek out the assistance of a professional.

Read more: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/brian/stay-safe-while-renovating-your-home.htm#ixzz29jfAfLQ4

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Part 15 - Final Product!!

As promised, below is al the pictures for the final of the renovation.

We are so glad that our contractor able to deliver whats on our mind to the real product.

We love the home!!

LIVING ROOM: We planned to put more cushion with strong colours and put a few decoration in that 2 strip hole in the wall. Some decoration in the right corner of TV wall.

KITCHEN: Basically this room is complete. We wil buy a few herbs to place in the 3 small pots hanging on the window.

DINING ROOM: We will put some accessories in the ledge on that wall.

PRAYING HALL: We are still waiting for our 2X butterfly stool to place in this area, beside the main door.

Big door to our big storage room

View from Praying Hall.



CURRENT STUDY ROOM / FUTURE KIDS ROOM: We will place a small sofa bed over at this room as well.

Look of the Stairs from 2nd level:


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Part 14 - Preview Of Kitchen (Not Final)

Preview of the kitchen (Still need to get the 2 x wooden stool for our breakfast table, the washing machine and dryer is not there yet too..)

We just clean all the utensils, pots pans and the rest of the items, so the kitchen is still abit messy

I'll post the complete one soon!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Part 13 - Some updates

Here are some updates on the house!!!

Our stairs glass railing is up, however need to wait for the cement to harden before they can secure it.

 All our tabs also installed and in working condition

 Parents bathroom, accessory is installed

Future Kids room / current study room: the shelf is installed, it is at above where the study table will be placed.

TV in our room is also installed!!

Last items that the renovator will do:

1. Secure the glass railing on the stairs (Thursday/Today)
2. Retouch the wall paint (Friday)
3. Clean the house (Friday)
4. Re-varnish the parquet floor and timber stairs (Saturday)

And the handover will be on Tuesday Morning, 07 August 2012. Cant wait!!!

I will updates all items that we purchase for the house as well.

Keep on checking the T-Blog guys!!!

So Excited!!