Media Room 101

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For the avid movie buff, a normal family room or living room just doesn’t cut it; to really enjoy a good film, sometimes you just need your own home theater. Although it might seem like a splurge, watching the newest blockbuster with a projector, surround sound and theater seating can really enhance your movie-watching experience, especially if you have a popcorn machine or candy station to top it off. If you’re really serious about creating your own media room, take time to research your seating, ideal TV equipment and home bar or wet bar options.

What kind of seating should I put in my home theater?

The kind of seating you add to your space depends on your overall budget and the level of authenticity you desire. If you’re looking for a true-to-life movie experience, stadium seating is a must. Add platforms and stairs to mimic tiers, and use leather…

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Home Gym 101

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Whether it’s a small exercise nook in a home office or an entire basement stocked with exercise machines, homeowners are starting to make workout spaces a priority. Although it’s nice to have your own large gym, engaging in home fitness doesn’t always mean expensive workout equipment; sometimes an exercise mat, music player and space at the foot of the bed will do the trick. Depending on your budget and interests, you can have a yoga studio, meditation space, pump room, basketball court or dance studio. All you need is some creativity, a little bit of space and get-fit goals.

As you start prepping your workout space, decide what you enjoy doing and therefore will actually use. Try to create a space that you will frequently enjoy, otherwise it’s not worth the investment. For those where space is an issue, develop a dual-use space that can serve more than one purpose…

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Cable, Power, & Cord Management 101

There’s nothing more unsightly and frustrating than seeing a perfectly arranged desk and home office with a mess of cords and cables sprawled around the floor. Whether it’s a laptop, computer, cell phone or iPod, everything these days seems to need to be plugged in — and there are plenty of cords to show for it. 

How do you tackle this mess of home electronics? It’s time to get organized at home, with the smallest things getting resolved and tidied up first — in comes cord and cable management systems to save the day. 

Corral cords and cables.

For cords and cables that are used infrequently or need to be easily portable, consider cable spools or corrals to keep them organized and accessible for the next time you need them. There is nothing worse than rummaging around for a digital camera connector just to see that it has been shoved to the back of your desk, now a tangled and knotted mess. 

Create your own charging station for bundling everyday electronics.

Charging stations are great for bundling smaller and more portable home electronics like cell phones, iPods and other MP3 players or smart phones. Instead of spreading the devices and cords all over the house, create one central command charging station that can really take control of the clutter at its core. 

Use cable boxes to organize even the messiest of power strips.

Power strips are a great way to get all of your cords and cables in one easy and accessible place, but the issue of managing countless tangled cables is still not resolved. Cable boxes can be a quick and painless solution. Simply pop the cover over the surge protector or power strip, and instantly conceal and protect the cords and plugs of your prized home electronics. 

Find a desk designed for cable management.

These days, there are desks and desktops devoted to keeping you and your cables and workspace organized. Complete with USB hubs and AC adaptors, all electronic and technological requirements have slots and slats integrated right into the furniture. Technology and practicality are designed into both furniture, workspaces, and homes in general.

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I’m a Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look for to working with you! To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name in the search bar. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Please read my blogs on WordPress.com and Tumblr.com. If you still have time, explore my cyber home, boards, and pins at Pinterest.com.

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Barware 101

After having 2 challenging days in a row, a nice glass of wine in a perfect crystal glass was the order of the day. While I was sipping away and recalling great memories, I began to wonder how many people have a properly stocked bar set. Read-on my friends, read-on or is it, stay thirsty?.

Every bar should be stocked with the right barware to function appropriately. From glassware to accessories, you’ll want to think about what you’ll be serving and how many at a time, as well as style and materials to get your collection down pat. 
What types of barware are available?

What do I need to partake?

Barware ranges far and wide, serving almost every type of bar need. The most common necessity are glasses: depending on the drinks you favor or choose to serve, you may want specific types of glasses. Do you enjoy margaritas or wine? Invest in stemware. Do you like testing out varieties of beers? Consider pilsner, pint or beer steins. Or, make a statement with several tumblers: highball, Collins and old-fashioned glasses are timeless additions to your bar. Beyond the basic glassware, you may also want to consider wine buckets, decanters, mixers, cutting boards, a mini fridge, and various utensils. 

What styles of barware should I consider?

Barware comes in various styles, from classic pieces to trendy statement-makers. Mix and match pieces from both genres for a collection that is fun and unexpected, or focus on timeless glassware and accessories that will never go out of style. 

What materials are available?

Depending on the barware you’re considering, several materials may be available. Glassware may come in actual glass, crystal or plastic, while other accessories, such as cutting boards or wine buckets, may be found in wood or metal. Take into consideration the overall style of your barware to determine which materials will best complement your collection. 

 

How much glassware should I purchase?

It’s advisable that each specific collection be comprised of eight to 12 pieces. For the more specialty glasses, it may be that you can get away with fewer: consider how often you’ll be using them, and how many guests you may be serving at once.

 

About me

I’m a full-strength Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look for ward to working with you! To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name in the search bar. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and “like” me on Facebook at Ronald Feir. And, if you have extra time (right?), read my blogs on ronfeir.wordpress.com and ronfeir.tumblr.com. Finally, follow my cyber home boards and pins on Pinterest.com.

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Toilets 101

Okay, you knew this topic was coming!

As an integral part of any full or half bath, a well-functioning, practical toilet is a key consideration during your bathroom remodel. Even though it might seem like a one-size-fits-all purchase, there are many different heights, finishes and designs to choose from, as well as many placement choices to consider. As you decide between a one-piece and two-piece unit, or maybe think about adding a bidet, here are some things to consider. 

What size toilet works for my bathroom?

Measure the rough-in distance: the distance from the wall behind the bowl to the center of the toilet floor drain. Use this measurement to determine the size of your new toilet — it must fit into the space between the drainpipe and the wall to work in your space. If you don’t have much room to spare, wall-mounted units are great because they eliminate the need for a foot or base. If you can’t afford this expensive upgrade, buy a corner unit or one with a round bowl; elongated and oval-shaped bowls take up more space, though they do tend to be more comfortable. 

Should you buy a one-piece toilet or two?

One-piece units are one complete piece that are easier to clean and won’t leak between the bowl and the tank. They’re sleek and stylish and save space, but they’re generally more expensive than two-piece toilets, which come with a separate tank and bowl. Be sure you purchase all the necessary parts with the two-piece toilet, as the seat is not usually included with the bowl. 

What toilet height should you choose?

When making this decision, consider the needs of your family. Standard height is 14 to 15 inches, but the 16- to 17-inch models may be more comfortable for you. Higher units are also more accessible for physically challenged individuals. On the other hand, shorter units work well in a child’s bathroom, especially while potty training. 

What other features should you look for?

As you consider new water closets, try to get something that is energy efficient; it will use less water, which will in turn lower your monthly bill. Although less important, also consider the overall design. The toilet’s cut and color can make it skew more toward modern or traditional, especially when paired with a similar style sink or tub. And for those looking for some European flair, consider a bidet.

About me

I’m a full-strength Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look forward to working with you. To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name, “Ron Feir”, in the search bar. You can reach me at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Additionally, follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Also, I blog on WordPress.com and Tumbler.com. And, if that’s not enough, explore my boards and pins on Pinterest.com.

 

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Bathtubs 101

Bathtubs are many things: a place to wash up, a spot to relax, and the location of the nightly kid-cleaning ritual. Everyone uses it differently, and thankfully there are a variety of tubs — claw-foot, whirlpool, freestanding, pedestal or soaking — to fit all unique needs. If you’re tub shopping, consider the aesthetic as well as usage when making your decision. Here are some helpful tips to help out with your shopping experience. 

How big should my tub be?

This all depends on who will be using it and what for. Will you generally be soaking alone or should you consider room for two? Do you simply want to get clean, or would you prefer a spa-like experience? Will you be bathing kids? All this dictates the type of tub you invest in. After all, a whirlpool bathtub helps create a relaxing getaway but take up a lot of space, while claw-foot tubs are great for old-world charm but are inconvenient for little kids. 

What type of bathtub should I purchase?

The location and available space will likely dictate the type of tub that is going to work best in your bathroom. In general, they’re available in the following four styles: 
Recessed/Alcove: The most commonly installed tub, recessed tubs have walls on three sides with only the fourth side finished. These are easily doubled as showers with the addition of a surround or wall kit, and are generally more affordable. 
Corner: These triangular-shaped tubs are designed to save space by being installed in a corner area. These are available in several design options, but not all are able to accommodate a shower. 
Freestanding: Freestanding tubs provide placement versatility, are easy to install and don’t require special faucet drilling. There are several different designs, and they often come with a sloped back for extra comfort. 
Platform/Drop-in: These tubs are dropped into a platform or sunk into the ground, and therefore do not have any finished panels. They’re easy to clean and can be placed almost anywhere, yet are pricey and can be more difficult to install. 

What types of materials should I consider?

Once again, this is dictated by your style and use. If you’re going for look more than comfort and use, consider cultured marble, which is sleek and stylish yet may be brittle and scratch easily. If you plan to soak for hours, enameled cast iron might be your fit; it’s heavy, but durable, solid and retains heat well. 

What other considerations might I want to think about?

Make sure it’s comfortable by lying down in the tub before you buy it. In addition, check your water heater to ensure it can generate enough hot water to fill the size of your selected tub. Is there someone in the household who is elderly or handicapped? Be sure your tub is ADA compliant so they can use it with ease.

 

About me

I’m a full-strength Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look forward to working with you. To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name in the search bar. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. In addition, follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Read my blogs on WordPress.com and Tumbler.com. Meet me at Ron Feir on Pinterest.com to explore my virtual home.

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4 Unique Ways to Style a Blue & White Room

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Blue & white has been a popular color combination for decades, and it’s seeing a resurgence today. It’s not surprise, because the duo has an innate ability to adapt to nearly any design style. Check out these 4 completely different ways to style a room with blue and white:

Masculine Glam

Blue is one of those colors that both men and women like, so it’s a great choice when deciding upon a color scheme that both you and your guy will feel comfortable with. Start with white walls, a hot trend for 2014, and then use a cobalt blue fabric on your largest piece of furniture. Bring in the glam factor with luxe textures like silk & suede, and balance it with masculine steel blues (almost to the point of grey) and a very subtle herringbone pattern. We like how the chairs in this space mix masculine & feminine, too–they…

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Showers 101

Because the shower is one of the most frequently used fixtures in the bathroom, you want to install something that will withstand daily use — and look good in the process. Although the look of the space is important, be sure to make plumbing and heating system considerations as well. Whether you want a walk-in, shower/tub combo, zero threshold or double shower, here are a few things to consider as you start the shopping process. 

What type of shower unit will work with your heating system?

Your heating system plays a large role in the type that will work in your home. First, understand what type of heating system you have. Once you have that information, one of the following should be right for you: 
Electric: These can be used within any domestic water system. They are generally connected to the main cold water supply, and the water is then passed through a heating element. Be sure your fuse board is capable of providing the current necessary to power the shower. 
Mixer: Suitable for either low or high pressure systems, these showers mix existing hot and cold water in a special valve before it is available at the shower head. In order to work properly, both the hot and cold water need to come from a source operating at the same pressure, such as a mains fed system or tank fed water. Because this type is connected to the same pipes used to supply water to other points, its flow rate may be affected if someone is concurrently running tap water or flushing the toilet. 
Thermostatic mixer: These showers rectify dramatic changes in temperature through pre-set thermostats. Many have a temperature limiting device to prevent burning. However, this is the most expensive of the mixer options. 
Power: Only able to be installed on low pressure, tank fed systems, this type of mixer increases the rate of flow from the shower head through integral pumps. A dedicated hot and cold supply is necessary. 

Should you choose prefabricated or consider custom?

Available in a wide range of colors and styles, prefabricated showers are generally made from fiberglass or fiberglass-reinforced acrylic and will likely be more affordable. Some require assembly while others are a single-piece unit. Custom stalls let you have complete control over all fixtures and its finish, which may be more appropriate for your bathroom if your budget allows it. That way, you can get the walk-in, zero threshold or double shower you’ve always been dreaming of. 

What type of prefabricated kits are available?

There are several ready-made styles on the market to fit your needs. Consider the following: 
Corner: Shaped like a square, these are a great fit for smaller bathrooms or in master bathrooms where a separate stall from the bathtub is needed. 
Neo-angle: These showers are roomier and have a distinctive five-sided diamond shaped base. 
Round: These also fit in the corner, but have a rounded, finished edge. 
Framed: Framed stalls rely on traditional exposed framework and trim to create a strong enclosure. Water is collected and trapped in a track, which requires occasional cleaning. 
Frameless: Frameless designs require no frame and are generally paneled in glass, allowing light in. Without a track to collect water, they’re easier to maintain. 

What kind of showerhead and fixtures should you buy?

In order to create a cohesive look, buying a multiple-piece faucet kit is the way to go; after all, it ensures that the finish and overall design is consistent. Most kits come with a showerhead, tub/shower handle and tub spout, though you can also upgrade with additional heads or an all-in-one panel.

About me

I’m a full-strength Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look forward to working with you. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter Ron Feir in the search bar. Additionally, you can follow me on Twitter@ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Also, I blog on WordPress.com and Tumbler.com. Finally, explore with me on Pinterest at Ron Feir.

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Easy ways to make your outdoor space look amazing

Superior advice from this blogger.

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Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to focus on the outdoor spaces of your home. May it be big or small it still needs some attention. Make your outdoor space an extension of your interior. When you are space planning any space it is important to select zones and place furniture. Here are some tips on seating, décor, and flooring options for your outdoor spaces.
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This corner platform seat is so easy and perfect for a balcony.
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You could also add storage underneath, for storing the cushions when needed. You could also build a corner ledge around for beverages. Upholster it with outdoor fabric with a bold pattern. I often find that the outdoor fabric has brighter color pallets with more geometric shapes and is durable and weather resistant. If your space is small then dedicate the space for solely one function in this case it…

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Outdoor Lighting 101

There is nothing that highlights and emphasizes beautiful architecture or a well designed landscape & hardscape quite like a carefully planned outdoor lighting scheme. Besides the curb appeal component, do you feel safer walking by the dark home or the illuminated property? In addition, from a safety standpoint, shouldn’t you have stairs, pathways, rocks, and water features illuminated? Hello! Many yards are an obstacle course.

Outdoor lighting design may seem like a daunting process, so consider the following preliminary questions before choosing the perfect outdoor lighting for your home. 

What will you use the outdoor lighting for?

For safety and security. Line your walkways and driveway with path lights. While visually quelling your fears, path lights also serve as helpful guides for guests who may need assistance and guidance towards the front door. Flood lights are also commonly used for illuminating large areas of outdoor space that usually is kept in the dark. While flood lights are not usually considered decorative for outdoor lighting, they are extremely beneficial, can run on motion sensors, and are usually installed inconspicuously and out of sight. 
Decorative and accent outdoor lighting creates inviting and intimate outdoor gathering or entry spaces. For a welcoming entry porch, consider a hanging lantern while an oversized chandelier could transform a gazebo into an outdoor dining room. Wall sconces and lanterns can flank entry doors or line walkways and yards. Marking an entry or arrival, lamp posts and other post lighting can also be used for hanging holiday wreaths or marking house numbers. 
Landscape lighting is probably the key design feature that often gets neglected when designing a yard. Landscape lighting not only highlights well designed features, but it also conceals those features that may want to be concealed. Well and spot lights shine directly on a specimen or accent tree or architectural features while walkway lighting will serenely guide you through the garden and landscape including hat, mushroom and pagoda. For decks and staircases, use surface mount lighting directly to the structure for visibility as well as for the soft cascading effect of light. 

What are the power options for outdoor lighting?

Solar-powered lights are perfect for spaces that don’t have regular access to electricity or do not require heavy lights. It’s convenient that there is no wiring, but it’s important that these lights are used in an area that regularly receives heavy doses of sunlight and preferably in areas that will not suffer too heavily without light. Otherwise have a backup light source. 
Line voltage and low voltage outdoor lighting rely on more heavily installed wiring and electrical set ups. These lights will function to the same level as interior lights, so it’s more common to use these for flood lights or other security lights, as well as entry lights or other areas relying on these light fixtures as primary light sources. 

About me

I’m a full-strength Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look forward to speaking with you. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name in the search bar. Additionally, follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. I blog on WordPress and Tumbler.

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