Homeowners decide to remodel for a number of reasons. Of course, your taste and your family’s immediate needs and should be at the forefront when it comes to making remodeling decisions. But homeowners who fail to plan for the future often come to regret their decision to remodel. The best home remodels are those that not only make your family happier in the home but that add value to your home as well. If you’re looking to remodel your home, think about projects that will be a win-win. Here are some tips to help you be more forward thinking when remodeling.
If you don’t plan in staying in your current home past retirement, you can skip over this one. But if you hope to live out your days in your existing home, then it’s a good idea to start thinking about what features you will need to add in order to comfortably age in place. If you tackle these home improvement projects now, you won’t have to worry about them later when you’re retired, on a fixed income, and physically incapable of doing some of the work yourself.
When planning a remodel, try to image yourself as being much older. Which features will make your life easier? Are their aspects of your current home that will make your life more difficult as you age? Some good projects to consider are replacing your doorways with ones that don’t have a threshold which can potentially trip you up. Wider doorways that can accommodate wheelchairs or walkers are also a good idea. In the kitchen and the bathrooms you’ll want counter tops of varying heights. In every room you’ll want a variety of light sources so that wherever you’re sitting, you can turn on a light without the need to get up. In the master bathroom, go with a walk in shower rather than a tub you have to step into. Also install grab bars, a comfort height toilet, and a handheld shower fixture.
You can make improvements that not only benefit the environment but also your wallet. Improvements that cut your energy bills and water usage will pay for themselves over time. Some projects to consider are upgrading your HVAC system to a more energy efficient one, double pane windows that prevent a draft, and energy efficient appliances that use less water. You might even consider solar panels for your roof. Check for projects that will earn you tax credits as well.
Smart home technology
Homes of the future will be a lot smarter than the homes of today. You can prepare now by investing in smart home technology. Some systems can automate everything from the lights, the temperature, and the security system. Automating these can also reduce energy costs.
The right professionals
Finally, the key to any successful remodeling project is having the right tools and the right expertise. Depending on the project, you may be able to do the work yourself. But other projects will require a licensed professional. For these projects, don’t try to save money by doing them yourself. Hire a professional with the right qualifications and the right tools for the job.
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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" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) 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" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) 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" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) 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 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™ 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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.