How to use your Garage Other than to Park Your Car.

We see, for example, a garage, and assume it’s the place to park our cars and/or store things. We often forget to use our imagination and see things outside the box. 

Garages are interesting, versatile spaces. They can be transformed into whatever you want them to be. Check out the different ways you can have another interesting, exciting and fun space.

Indoor-Outdoor Flow:

Bright and airy, this garage-turned-living-room mixes comfort and style with midcentury modern furniture grounded by a shag area rug. For an extra dose of natural light, the typical garage door was traded out for one that creates an eye-catching wall of windows.

Modern Lounge Living

Multifunctional and oh-so-stylish, this garage is an escape-worthy lounge, dining area and garden workstation. Statement-making artwork adds bold color to the space while contemporary furnishings pull their hues from the abstract piece. Pairs of modern sofas, tufted leather armchairs and octagonal coffee tables combine for an intimate gathering and conversation spot.

For the Kiddos

Dedicate a space for kids to get the wiggles out, especially for those days when outside play is not an option. Smart D2 Playrooms converted this three-car garage into a kid’s gym complete with climbing wall, climbing rope, tumble mats, saucer swings, art center and individual nooks for the kids.

Wellness and Fitness Space

No, we’re not talking a home gym. If barbells and punching bags are your thing, then that’s awesome. But if fitness for you is more about creative exercises and yoga, then a studio can be built out of your garage. Obviously for most modern fitness spaces you’re going to need a lot of floor room.

The biggest part of this renovation is putting in a floor that you don’t mind being barefoot or walking around on. Consider putting in built in yoga mats for additional fitness space. You may also want to consider setting up a small bed or sleeping platform, stocking a fridge and kitchenette with place to make smoothies and juices. Additionally, consider a meditation space for you to get lost in yourself to recover yourself. Get creative and you can put up a ton of awesome, functional fitness centers in a single small space.

Studio or Sleep Space

Your garage, if attached or unattached, can be turned into a really cool studio apartment or simply a spare bedroom. If you’re feeling more ambitious and want to create a studio apartment, you can even rent out that apartment to help out with rent. If you don’t have a studio apartment vibe then you can create an extra bedroom or living room that is primed to sleep and entertain guests. 

Work Space

This could go in a couple of different directions. First of all, you could have a job that you bring home often or do from home. Then you could replicate an office or creative space in your garage to facilitate the best kind of work. Plus, you can use the garage space to create a different kind of workspace. Set up a no phone space by putting a bucket for your phone at the door when you walk in. Provide additional music or lighting that facilitates your best kind of work.

Cinema

Make watching TV something that doesn’t just happen in bed with your phone or in front of the couch as you veg out and let the day wash away. Make TV something that is artistic and intentional by setting up the perfect space for it to unfold, in your very own home cinema. Now, if plush red theatre seats and popcorn machines are your thing, that’s awesome. But you aren’t restricted by the old guard of Hollywood. It can be a horror movie retreat or a modern art cinema space complete with vision boards and a movie journal.

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What to do if You Inherit a House.

The considerations in handling a house inheritance include taxes, financial issues like a mortgage and relationship concerns. 

When a house is transferred via inheritance, the value of the house is stepped up to its fair market value at the time it was transferred, according to the Internal Revenue Service. This means that a home purchased many years ago is valued at current market value for capital gains.

Inheriting a house doesn’t usually trigger any tax liabilities by itself. There is no federal inheritance tax, although larger estates may have to pay federal estate taxes. Six states impose an inheritance tax: Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In all of these states, a spouse is exempt from paying inheritance tax. (Source)

Capital gains are a special type of tax relating to the profit generated by an asset, such as a house. The step up in basis means you’re only subject to capital gains taxes if you sell the home. You’ll pay taxes on the difference between the established fair market value at the time of inheritance and the selling price. If your parents originally bought the home in the ’80s for $30,000, but its FMV is $400,000, your new tax basis is $400,000. If you sell the property for $400,000 shortly after inheriting it, you wouldn’t be subject to any capital gains taxes because there’s no profit. However, if you sell the property for $425,000, you’d pay capital gains tax on the $25,000 profit. ( Source )

Inheriting a home can be a blessing or a burden, depending on several factors:

  • The existing debt obligations, such as a mortgage
  • The current condition of the property
  • The costs of ongoing maintenance and upkeep
  • If there are multiple heirs

One option when inheriting a home is making it your primary residence. If you want to move into a house with an outstanding mortgage, determine whether the debt obligation on the home makes financial sense. 

The current condition if the property is the heirs responsibilities, they are responsible for paying taxes, insuring the property, and maintaining it on an ongoing basis. For some, these responsibilities are too large of a burden — in this case, it may be easier to sell the home as-is.

It’s fairly common for multiple siblings or family members to share ownership of an inherited house. For some families, this isn’t an issue. For others, having multiple heirs complicates things because each person has different needs and opinions. 

Inheriting a home can be a blessing, but also a responsibility.

If you are fortunate enough to inherit property, take the time to understand your options from both the financial and the emotional perspectives. Inheriting property can mean inheriting debt, which in turn can impact your relationship with credit.

Questions to ask yourself:

Do you and your siblings agree on how to proceed? And if not, how do you resolve these issues? Can I assume the financial responsibilities of an inherited home and still maintain good credit habits?

As overwhelming as it may feel when you inherit a property, understanding what happens when you inherit a house is a big step in the right direction. Take the process step by step and speak with a licensed accountant or attorney about your options to determine how the inheritance will affect you or your family.

In the end, you may decide to honor the memory of the person who passed by maintaining their beloved home or by finding a new family to fill it with love.

Remember:

The richest in the world have made their fortunes in many ways, but there is one common thread for many of them: They made real estate a core part of their investment strategy. Of all the ways the ultra-rich made their fortunes, real estate outpaced every other method 3 to 1. (SOURCE)

Make Your New Home Handicap Accessible

More than 56 million people in the U.S. have some type of physical disability, according to the 2010 census. Of this group, 6.8 million have a condition that makes it difficult to bathe, dress and get around the inside of their own homes.

According to Census The population is expected to increase in the number of those in the United States dealing with limitations in the coming decades. 

The truth is that a disability can occur to any person at any time, whether from an accident or a condition like cancer or just the natural aging process.

Many times people find that their home requires disability modifications in order for them to return after a hospital stay or to allow them to live there comfortably for the long term.

­While each ind­ividual will have different needs and wants, there are many ways to make homes more user-friendly or accessible. Here are a few general ways to make your home handicap accessible.

Replace stairs with ramps. Several ramp styles exist to meet any needs; collapsible ramps allow for easy storage, portable ramps mean you can quickly transform any step into a wheelchair accessible entry on the go, and threshold ramps make an entryway instantly accessible. 

The bathroom must be barrier free. The tub can be especially challenging given that tubs have tall sides, creating a tricky physical barrier to entry. Luckily, step-in tubs eliminate that barrier, allowing users to step into the tub without straddling the side. This creates a much safer experience, reducing the risk of falls. In addition to creating an easier entry, consider lining your tub with a slip-resistant surface. Using grab bars in walk in showers or tubs are also important.

Grab bars provide stability for you when using a tubshower or toilet. A grab bar should be able to support a person weighing up to 250 pounds. 

Upgrade your toilet. The toilet is another area of the bathroom that can become treacherous for those with disabilities. Handrails or grab bars eliminate users need to balance as they sit down and stand up from the toilet. They increase independence, and create peace-of-mind. Consider installing a simple safety frame around your toilet to increase the user’s comfort and quality of life.

Rearrange your furniture. Keep in mind the layout of your home.  Arrange your furniture so that there are no sharp turns or narrow passageways. Make daily use items, such as comfy chairs, bookshelves, and kitchen plates and utensils, easy to access. This may mean moving items to lower shelves for those using mobility devices.

Ensure Adequate Lighting. Low lighting can create a hazard for anyone in a home, but particularly someone who is disabled. Make sure that you have strong overhead lights that they can turn on with just the flip of a switch – or even better, with voice-activated commands.

Touchless Faucets in the kitchen or the bathroom, touchless or touch-free faucets are another smart upgrade. This faucets turn on and off with a wave of the hand, and not only are they easy to use, they can also help reduce the spread of germs. Many of the principles that apply to bathrooms also apply to kitchens. Install sinks and stoves that are wheelchair friendly, cabinets at an accessible level, and valves that are lever-handled.  Other options include motorized adjustable-height cabinets, countertops, and sinks. While these sorts of options may be out of the price range for many, if your budget allows, they are worth investigating.

Doorknobs and Levers. Other modifications to improve accessibility include changing door knobs to lever handles. Levers are much easier to open if you have limited strength in your arms or hands.

Flooring. Floor modifications can limit falls, and also make it easier to navigate walkers and wheelchairs. You’ll want a surface that is slip resistant, easy to maintain, one that wears well and one that is easy to maneuver in a wheelchair

Creating a comfortable home is achievable with time and work, and there are plentiful resources available to assist you and your loved ones in getting there.

Florida Fun Facts.

Miami Beach Florida

The state of Florida is affectionately known as “the sunshine state.” On average, Florida has 300 days of pure delicious sunshine per year.

Did you know Florida has the most golf courses in any state in the U.S.? With more than 1,300 golf courses, there’s never a shortage of this popular sport. Plus, Palm Beach County specifically has more golf courses than any other county in the entire country

Florida Golf Course

Approximately 1,000 people move to Florida each day. All of Florida’s sunny days are a welcome haven for retirees from all over the country who want great weather all year-round.

Florida is the flattest state in America. The state’s highest natural point, Britton Hill, is only 345 feet above sea level. For comparison, Britton Hill is the lowest high point out of any state in America.

Florida legislature named the American alligator as the official state reptile. The alligator symbolizes the extensive untamed wilderness and swamp land found throughout Florida.

In 1987, Florida legislature named the American alligator as the official state reptile. 

Florida is home to many national parks. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in America with two national parks: the pristine Everglades National Park and the picturesque Biscayne National Park.

Florida produces the most oranges in America. Orange lovers love Florida! Can you believe Florida makes 75% of the country’s oranges? In addition, Florida accounts for 40% of the world’s orange juice supply. Now that’s a lot of delicious orange juice!

Florida’s all-citrus production in 2019–2020 is 73.2 million boxes.

Did you know Florida has more toll roads and bridges than any other state in the Union.

The small town of Pierson in Northeast Florida is known as the Fern Capital of the World. Ferns from farms here are shipped worldwide and these farms can be seen everywhere in the area.

The rural community of Pierson was first founded in the 1800’s and known then as Piersonville.

The town is best known for the ferns grown and exported worldwide for use in floral arrangements and other decorations.

Pierson Florida

Florida has more than oranges… Florida is the largest producer of watermelons in the country. It also produces the most tomatoes, strawberries and sugar.

Florida Delicious Watermelon

Jacksonville is the Biggest City in the U.S. You may be surprised to learn that in terms of area, Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in the United States.

The Long, Long Lines at Disney World.

Disney World Orlando Florida

Sure there are long lines at Disney World. After all annual attendance is about 17 million people. That’s over 45,000 people per day on AVERAGE. Busy days will see over 100,000.

Florida is the Perfect Holiday Destination. One of the top Florida interesting facts is this! The state has over 1190 miles of statute coastline. So no matter where you are in Florida, you are never more than 60 miles from the ocean.

Beach shorelines

Another funny fact about Florida is that many people have no idea how big Florida is. The southernmost state in the  US  actually spans 65,755 square miles, which makes it about the same size as England and Wales combined.

Last but not least Florida is the Space Capital of the U.S.

Florida is home to both the John F. Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The state actually represents America’s primary launch pad for space flights and aeronautic testing.

Ever since December 1968, NASA has launched over 100 space shuttle missions out of the Kennedy Space Centre. The most famous are the Apollo and Skylab operations. No wonder the region around KSC and the Cape Carnaveral Air Station is called the Space Coast!

Kennedy Space center in Florida

How to Keep Your Glass Sliding Doors & Windows Clean?

Sliding glass doors and windows are designed for beauty, convenience, and efficiency. They are designed to bring the outside in.

Let’s be real, poorly cleaned and maintained sliding glass doors ans windows can be unattractive and bothersome. Dirt, smudges, and grime are much more visible on glass doors than conventional wood doors. The rail on which the glass doors run also tends to get very dirty, affecting how smoothly the door opens and closes. 

How about the Windows???

Even when the sun is shining, you may not get the maximum amount of natural light in your home if your windows are covered in a film of dirt, dust, splattered bugs, spider webs or water spots. 

Here are a few ways you can keep your sliding glass doors and windows clean most of the year.

  • For your Slinding Doors: Use the miniature vacuum to remove sand, gravel, bits of leaves and bark, and other debris that get into the door’s track and prevent it from sliding smoothly. Vacuum the top and bottom of the door as well.
  • Use steel wool to remove the rust, and then wipe the surface with a tack cloth to get rid of any metal particles.
  • To remove the grease and grime, dip a toothbrush into acetone and use the wet bristles to rub the inside of the tracks – top, bottom, and on the door. When you are finished, wipe the tracks with a terrycloth
  • Grease the tracks. Once the tracks have been thoroughly cleaned, apply a small amount of lubrication on the door tracks.
  • Dip a clean rag in soapy water and use it to wet the entire glass surface. Apply the mild window washing solution using a microfibre cloth, then, wipe it off immediately using the squeegee.
  • Clean the door frame and hardware, use a damp cloth and warm soapy water to clean difficult spots, including the door handles. Clean the inside of the handles carefully and all around the frame.

A clean sliding glass door can maximize the impact of your doors replacement.

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Cleaning windows. It may look easy, but in fact, is a tough chore to tackle. We came up with what we Beleive is a simple yet effective way to clean your windows inside and out.

  • Cleaning the Inside of Windows: Use a clean microfiber cloth or sponge to go over the surface of the window, starting at the top and working down to the bottom. Don’t forget to wipe down the frame as well, both inside and out. Spray the window thoroughly with a vinegar and water solution.
  • Using a clean, lint-free towel (or the black-and-white pages of a newspaper), dry the window completely using a Z-shaped motion. You also can use clean paper towels to dry the windows, if you prefer.
  • Cleaning Windows from the Outside: Start by rinsing the windows with the hose, then fill a bucket with clean, cool water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap.
  • Using a soft microfiber cloth, go over the surface of the window. For higher windows, use a sponge mop (or a soft cotton or microfiber mop) on a pole.
  • Wipe the window dry using a clean, rubber-bladed squeegee. Angle the squeegee towards the bottom of the window and work from top to bottom. Wipe the squeegee with a clean, dry towel at the bottom of each pass.
  • Don’t neglect the window screens. Rinse with plain water, spray with a vinegar and water solution, then rinse again with plain water. Let dry thoroughly before replacing the screens on the windows.

Although cleaning windows can be a tough chore, it is worth it in order to enjoy unobstructed views… and let the sun shine in. SOURCE: The Best Tips for Cleaning Windows, Inside and Out

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