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Did They Really Do That - Amazing Facts About Extreme Homes

It has been a proven fact that people with money tend to spend it on a house; even if they are known to be conservative spenders. There are certain trends that many millionaires tend to keep similar, and renovations and characteristics that also tend to be in common. A few for example are that they require special wings of the house to be secluded from the rest of the members of the family that no longer live in the home full time. They also feature extravagant guest houses, pools, landscapes, and so much more. Another similarity is that the kitchen seems to be the most common room that is remodeled, and sometimes the room that is spent the least amount of time in. "Million dollar homes", referring to much larger home as well nowadays, also tend to have game rooms and theatres that are completely lavish.

With the introduction of talking homes, and other seemingly absurd additions to homes, there's no putting past anything by anyone when it comes to building or remodeling homes when there is a lot of money involved. For instance, if you've got $88,000, you can get two regulation bowling lanes, complete with the works: computerized scoring, balls, pins, shoes, you name it. You can a get cellar for $15,000 with space for over one thousand wine bottles, and temperature controlled walls, but that's on the low end. If you want to get greedy, these can be priced up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars! This is an up-and-coming trend.

Feel the need to fire a gun often? You can have a firing range installed into your home for anywhere between $10,000 and $50,000. Really, you can get anything you want put into your home; these were just a few of the recently rising trends seen within multi-millionaires.

There are some people who realize that they need to keep in shape. These people are installing full or half-sized home gyms, and some are doing rock climbing walls in their homes. It gets tricky there however because you need the ceiling space to be able to construct on properly. So that one's probably going to cost you quite a bit more.

With all of the amazing things people have thought of to add to their homes, it seems that many of the traditional qualities have been lost. But this may be because people are truly trying to put those childhood dreams of mansions and such into reality; and it seems that many who have the money to do it, are.


Glass Doorknobs - Everyday Art For Your Home

When you think of glass doorknobs, you may think of the old style glass doorknobs that could have been in a Victorian home. While they are attractive to look at, they are all very much the same. They are typically knob shaped and made from one color of glass. When the light hits them, they shine like a gem in a newly discovered treasure chest. But, that's about it, right? Wrong.

There is actually quite a variety on the market when it comes to glass doorknobs. They are not all that gemstone traditional look, but many are works of art that are hand blown or fire worked to make dazzling, yet functional, shapes.

When it comes to art glass doorknobs there are a number of styles to choose from. First you have to select the glass doorknob shape. These pieces come in cylinders, globes, squares, rectangles, or even egg shapes. While many of these are common shapes for pieces of household hardware, what is done to these pieces is anything but common. Inside the glass rods or eggs are swirled beautiful colors of glass that have been captured inside the overall shape. They almost look as if they are suspended pieces of ribbon that were being whipped up by a breeze. These glass doorknobs are going to have all your guests stopping for an extra moment just to admire them. This style of glass doorknob can be either just the glass on a metal base, or even framed with metal to complete the artsy look.

In addition to the design within glass, there are also glass doorknobs that are designs on glass. Take for example, an Asian inspired room that has bamboo accenting. The door knobs are white rods of glass that have been etched in such a way to look like they are pieces of bamboo that have been crystallized. Others add a piece of personality to modern home decor with rectangle and square glass etched door handles that come together to say "How are you?" through the etching.

Other Glass doorknobs can add an extra touch of Contemporary Victorian class to your home. They are being created in rectangles, rods and other contemporary-popular geometric shapes, while also being accented in Victorian-style gold leafing.

While many glass doorknobs are meant to take on a specific shape, others are left to the forces that be to dictate their form. These are pieces of glass that are put into kilns or fires, and allowed to melt into creative shapes that are later mounted to be used as a doorknob. While they are far from traditional, they are major talking pieces, as they are each one of a kind. Who wouldn't like saying they have an original piece of art in their home, even if it happens to be on a door?

Through the variety of glass doorknobs today, while it may not be a Chihuly, you can still have art glass in your home, this kind being art you can use every day.


Increase the value of your home by choosing improvements that add value

Although we are constantly being told that the green shoots of economic recovery are slowly emerging it is still a difficult marketplace for anyone seeking to sell their home.

Indeed, the first and most dramatic casualty of the current economic crisis was the lending market. As a result selling houses is now highly competitive and properties are not selling the instant they come onto the market regardless of their condition, as they did during the boom years. So, anything that can add value to your home and elevate it above similar properties on the market is a definite bonus.

There is a long list of home improvements that are considerably costly, but which add very little overall value to your property. In addition, undertaking improvements to your home could even devalue the property, especially if the work done is not undertaken by professionals or left unfinished.

Home improvements that have been shown to add no value to your property include the installation of a swimming pool, changing the use of a room from a bedroom to a gym or nursery, and assorted garden improvements such as the installation of decking. Not only are those features expensive to install but they could actually make your property less attractive to buyers.

However, one area that has been shown to definitely add value to a residential property at very little cost is to install a number of energy saving features. Making a home more energy efficient is attractive to potential buyers, especially in times of fluctuating power supply prices. That can be done in a number of ways, starting with loft insulation and ensuring that it is installed to the current recommended depth. Also, the installation of cavity wall insulation and renewal of double glazing can also produce considerable energy savings, preventing heat from escaping through the property walls and roof.

When it comes to internal changes, those considering the installation of a brand new kitchen are also presented with a range of energy saving opportunities. For example, new kitchen appliances all come with energy rating labelling clearly displayed on the appliance itself and on its packaging. When deciding which appliances to buy opt for the most efficient energy rated appliances, which are A-rated.

New ranges of energy-efficient boilers can also save a considerable sum on an annual energy bill, and anyone considering buying a property will favourably look upon one that has a new or recently improved energy-efficient boiler. If you are considering splashing out on home improvements, keep an eye on any possible energy saving features that you can incorporate. It will be worth it in the long run.


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