When buying a home, you almost never get exactly what you want. Even people who build their homes are typically limited to what the builder has pre-built into the plans. Fortunately, you can put together a remodel to completely change the look and feel of your home, which is just what Paul and Cynthia Parker did with their Bainbridge Island home.
A story of a beautiful remodel
After living in their home that felt cold and uninviting since 2002, the Parkers finally decided it was time to do something about it. The biggest problem with the home was that it didn’t feel welcoming to them or their guests, so it was time for a change. Rather than moving from their beach-front property, they chose a remodel, and they met with a professional who helped them make decisions about what to change.
At first, they thought an entire remodel was in order. They figured they’d need to gut the place and start all over. Their designer, however, pointed out that sometimes small changes can make a huge difference. For example, baseboard heater covers can make an older place feel new and bright again. So they got to work. The one big change they made was they moved the location of the kitchen, and they made the windows larger for a better view of the water. The exterior was updated to give the whole place a more welcoming appeal, and the materials throughout were updated to warmer, natural ones.
Overall, the transformation was beautiful and wasn’t nearly as expensive or time consuming as it could have been because simple changes were used to make the place feel warm instead of doing a complete overhaul.
Simple changes in your place
With this in mind, you may be wondering what you can do to make your home feel more inviting to guests. It is important to keep in mind that small simple changes are the best way to move forward. Pick a room you want to update and consider what small changes might make a difference. For example, adding hardware to your cabinets is a small and simple thing, yet it can completely transform the overall look in your kitchen or bathroom. New paint can freshen up a room and make it feel brand new even if it is a hundred years old. A fireplace remodel is a good way to modernize one of the biggest centerpieces of your home that is most often seen by family and friends.
Even the decor can go a long way in making your guests feel comfortable. Throw pillows on your couches and a blanket make your guests feel like they can settle in, and pictures of beautiful scenery and family make people feel like they are at home. Start one room and a time, and eventually, you will have the house of your dreams too.
Selling a home can be a very stressful experience. If you don’t want to hire a professional to do it for you, then consider the following ideas-
The following DIY secrets can help you with your redecorating and home improvement, get great results with limited funds...
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.