The Steps for Getting Your Home Remodeled

Does your home have a few areas that could use some improvement? If this is the case, you need to know the right way to go about getting them fixed up. Educating yourself about the home improvement and remodeling process will make the project go much more smoothly once it has begun. Remodeling a home is never something that you should jump into without carefully planning it out in advance. The time you spend doing this will be well worth it later on. Here are the steps that you will need to take when you have decided to have a part of your house remodeled.

1. Make sure you know exactly what you want to have remodeled.

It is important that you have made all of the decisions about your remodeling job before any of the work begins. This is because the contractor you hire will be ordering materials and hiring a crew based on the requirements of the project you initially give to him. Therefore, changing your remodeling plans in the middle of the project will be very problematic. There will be times that it will be necessary to change your plans because of some unforeseen situation. However, you should try to avoid this if at all possible. This is why you need to take some time and figure out everything that you want to have remodeled before you start looking for a contractor to oversee your project.

2. Hire a contractor who has many years of experience.

You will now need to seek out a person to be in charge of your entire remodeling project from start to finish. This person is called a contractor. You should definitely not consider hiring someone at random for this very crucial task. You need to be certain that the person you hire to be your contractor has all of the necessary training. Therefore, you must check out the person’s background in order to find out how long he has been working as a contractor. It would also be beneficial to take a look at some of the contractor’s previous work. This will enable you to get a good sense of his level of skill.

3. Negotiate prices with several contractors in your area.

You should never just hire the first contractor who meets your criteria. You would be better off exploring all of your options. Therefore, you should get in touch with numerous contractors in your area and get free remodeling quotes from all of them. Feel free to haggle with them. You might discover that they are willing to lower their price if they find out you are talking to other contractors. Anyway, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying to negotiate a lower price. The worst thing that could happen is that they refuse to negotiate. In which case, you are no worse off than you were before.

4. Get a time frame for the completion of the remodeling project.

You need to get some sort of idea when the contractor will be able to wrap up the remodeling project. Ask him to give you a realistic time frame. However, you need to realize that it is hard to give an exact completion date because sometimes there are unforeseen problems.

Why You Should Consider Buying DJ Headphones Even If You Are Not a DJ

If you are a music lover but are not a DJ, you may wonder if getting a decent pair of mainstream headphones is even possible. DJ headphones provide greater sound quality and clarity and are more functional than a typical, standard pair of headphones that are worn by the masses. In this article, we will discuss why you should still consider investing in a good pair of DJ headphones even if you are not a DJ and do not plan on becoming one in the foreseeable future.

  1. Noise isolation. While mainstream headphones likely offer the noise cancellation feature, it is highly unlikely that the quality is as good as a decent pair of DJ headphones. The importance of noise isolation is to drown out all of the other sounds around you so that you can listen to the music in your ears. Noise isolation will omit any background interference and allow you to concentrate strictly on the notes that are playing in to your ears. If you do not have noise isolation, you will likely find yourself cranking up the volume to hear the music better, however all you are doing is damaging your inner ear.
  2. Accurate sound. It is imperative for a good DJ to use headphones that offer accurate sound and good bass. The reason that this feature is critical is because it allows them to mix songs with little room for error.
  3. Made with high quality materials. While mainstream headphones are made of decent materials, it is likely that DJ headphones are guaranteed to be durable and sturdy. DJ’s move around a great deal as they spin tracks for the crowd. Not to mention, DJ’s travel often and their headphones must be able to stand up to wear and tear that is caused by being transported frequently.
  4. Coiled or straight cord. Whether you get a pair of headphones with a straight or coiled cord is strictly of personal preference. DJ’s tend to prefer the coiled version as it allows more flexibility when moving around the stage or DJ booth.
  5. Swiveled ear pieces. The ability to listen to music with one ear pressed up against the headphones while the other ear is free to listen to the music that is currently playing is a great feature offered in DJ headphones. If you are not a DJ, you do not need this feature, however it could come in useful when you least expect it. The fact that you have the option to swivel your earpiece is a nice perk to have.
  6. Comfort. Last but certainly not least is the importance of comfort. DJ headphones are built to a different level of comfort standards than a typical pair of headphones. Because DJ’s wear their headphones for hours at a time, and typically around their neck, there is usually a great deal of cushion and added comfort when manufacturing DJ headphones. 

If these reasons do convince you that investing in a pair of DJ headphones is a great idea regardless of your DJ status, check out some additional very useful reviews that will likely answer any doubts you may have.

Four YouTube Painting Tutorials: White Orchids, Cherry Blossoms, Apple Blossoms and Durian

My aunt asked to make 4 paintings which she will give as presents to her friends. I documented the process and posted them on my YouTube Channel. I am hoping that those who will watch the videos will find them helpful in their painting journey.  These videos are now clearer than the previous ones since I set it up overhead. Plus, I added a light source. Also, I tried to add a voice over on the last video.  In future videos,  I plan to talk while I paint to help viewers understand the process better. I am here to help! I am still trying to figure out the process of making videos. In time, I’ll be able to figure out better ways to do them.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!  I am open to suggestions on how to improve them. You may also ask questions or request a painting tutorial

Here are the four videos:

Enjoy!

How to Paint a Durian in Watercolor

 

I have a Youtube video on how to paint durian but I feel that the process deserves a separate blog post because, in the beginning, I was not confident on how this would turn out. Giving something a try ( as long it is legal) is worth your while when you learn something along the way. I feel like I have better control of the pigments and water because of this painting that I wanted to share the process.  I hope somebody who wants to learn painting using watercolor will learn from my videos because I relied so much on Youtube videos when I rekindled my love for art.  I am paying it forward.

So here is how I did it:

I started with a sketch. I made my sketch as detailed as possible.

I start painting it with green. Unripe durian is green and it slowly turns to brown when it ripens. Even with ripe durian, you can see the green part on the base of the spikes. The color I used was close to sage green. To get the green pigment, I mixed prussian blue and permanent deep yellow. I got this tip from a watercolor group to mix my own green color instead of the green watercolor tubes available. Most of the available green tubes can be too bright or too dark so I often get the right green if I mix my own yellows and blues.

Then, I started painting the spikes. You need to paint each spike so that you can clearly see them individually. The spikes are just a series of “V’s”. I used yellow ochre, burnt sienna and burnt umber. Yellow ochre is lighter so I used that for the lighter parts. Burnt sienna and burnt umber are for the shadows and darker areas.  I generally used burnt umber on the tips of the spikes and the edges. Just blend the colors well so that it will look like spikes.

Not all spikes are the same. Some spikes are larger and the gaps between the spikes are wider.  These spikes look like pyramids.

You just have to keep repeating the process. Start with yellow ochre.  Spread lightly. Add burnt sienna on the sides. Add details using burnt umber.  Add water to blend in colors. Dab the brush on the tissue to blot off excess water. The cycle goes on.

To paint the custard flesh, use yellow ochre and permanent deep yellow.  Use the yellow ochre on the sides where the shadows are and use the permanent deep yellow on some of the fleshy part. Use ample water to create a light yellow wash. You just want a hint of yellow. Leave some white on the middle part of the seed to make it look fluffy. Mix prussian blue and some of the excess burnt umber we used earlier. Add some water to make it look greyish and use that to create shadows on the fleshy seed. You want a subtle shading so keep the color light by blotting the brush on the tissue.  I always keep a tissue on the side because that is where I blot the brush if it has too much water.

You may use the same technique for that seed on the foreground. Just take note that the shadow is on the lower part of the seed so use darker tones on that part. Paint the permanent deep yellow liberally on the lower part of the seed and if you need to lighten them, just dab a clean tissue. Sometimes I go through the dab-paint-dab process several times until I get the kind of shade and texture I want. It is easy to do that with light colors. Just be careful in using this technique with darker colors as it may be difficult to correct the mistake. It is always safe to paint from light to dark. Just keep adding pigments until you get it right.

Since the durian is on a surface and not hanging on a tree, you need pain the shadows. Use the prussian blue-burnt umber mix for the shadows.

Voila!

My aunt got a store-bought frame and just like that her gift was ready.

For commission work, send me a message through my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/katrinakarenart

Here’s the Youtube video of the entire process:

Peachy

Four years ago, we welcomed this cutie pie into our home. She was supposed to stay with my cousin but she did not get along with the other dogs in their house so she was brought to our care.  She was named Twinkle but we renamed her Peachy because she was a Japanese Spitz. (Spitz. Pitz. Pitzy. Peachy. Yeah, we are not that creative with names.)

Look how cute she was!  She blended well with the stuff toys.

She was so small then and she would sleep soundly on my lap while I work.

Sometimes she slept on the chair beside me.

But whenever she was awake, she was busy.  She was often on a hunt for rodents in the house. She would do whatever it takes to hunt them down.

She would also do whatever it takes to beg for food.

We could not resist these puppy dog eyes.

She could pirouette to catch her food.

Oh, the things she did for food!

She would wait patiently whenever we were busy in the kitchen.

She was a very photogenic dog.

She made me look better in photos whenever we took selfies together…

… even though she sometimes rolled her eyes at the frequency of the selfies.

She really brought joy to our lives.

The sad truth of having dogs in the house is that there are no happy endings. There is always a rain cloud hovering over for a possible downpour- a possibility of saying goodbye to them early because they live shorter lives than us humans.

That possibility became reality yesterday.

Peachy was not feeling well last week. It might be caused by something she ate. We sent her to the vet last Saturday. We visited her Monday and she was sleeping. It was quite a different demeanor compared to the last time she was confined where she was pleading to go home.  Two days after, we got that dreaded call from the vet that she did not survive.

And our heartaches began. Tears would flow every time we remember her.

Farewell, Peachy. Thank you for the happy years you shared with us!  Joaqui, Blessy and Ate Karen miss you so much.

No, we all miss you! We love you!

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”  – John Grogan, Marley and Me

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...