May 9, 2018

The average family spends 1 hour per day driving with up to 4 people in the home, and 2+ hours a day driving with 5+ people in the home.The average American spends 100 hours per year commuting to work. 

The average working American spends 8 hours and 46 minutes per day working and doing work-related activities.

In addition to these facts, 85% of women and 67% of men spend time each day doing household chores such as: doing dishes, laundry, cleaning, yard work, etc.

If those statistics didn’t exhaust you just from reading them, we aren’t sure what would.  It’s a wonder the average American has much time to do leisurely activities (once you factor in sleeping, eating, caring for children, etc.) let alone extra things such as remodeling a home.

However, there is a time and a place for a home remodel.  Do you find yourself in that stage currently?  For you, it may not be your entire house, but perhaps it is a room or two that need to be updated.  Regardless, finding the time (and money) to get these things accomplished can be quite a challenge.

Here are some tips on how you can save time and money on a home remodeling project:

  • Consulting books, magazines, and websites for DIY projects will absolutely save you money.  Going this route definitely requires a bit of your time, however if you don’t pay someone else to do it, you can save a pretty penny.  Consider projects such as: painting, landscaping, adding texture (accent walls, backsplashes, etc.).
  • Faux Wall Paneling.  Faux wall panels from Faux Direct are great to save on time AND money because not only are they DIY, but they are far more affordable than their authentic counterparts. You’ll not only save money by putting them in yourself, but you’ll save money on the materials themselves.  They are UV resistant, weatherproof, and resistant to all types of moisture- making them a great application both indoors and out.  They can be installed by virtually anyone, and done so in a single afternoon!
  • Consignment Shopping.Back in the day it may have been frowned upon to not purchase everything brand-spankin’ new.  However, most people understand the value of purchasing second-hand.  Consider re-used furniture, hardware, appliances, etc. when doing a remodeling project.  Visit places such as the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store before hitting up your local Home Depot.  You can even find steals on websites like Craigslist, Offer-Up and E-bay.  You can find virtually new items for a far more discounted price.  (One thing to consider: warranties will most likely NOT be included!)


By putting these tips into practice, you will absolutely save time AND money in your next home remodeling project!


May 2, 2018

In the hustle and bustle of every day life, the LAST thing you want to do is add more to your ever-increasing To-Do list.  Right!?


However, sometimes things around the house just have to get done.  Whether it is regular home ownership maintenance (yard work, cleaning, etc) or bigger things such as home renovation projects (prepping a house to sell, increasing the value, or just wanting an updated look), these things take time out of your daily schedule.


While we can’t help you with your regular home-maintenance chores, we can help you by giving you some tips and tricks on home renovation projects that will actually SAVE YOU TIME!  They have to get done regardless, but we want to help you cut down on the length of time as well as overall money spent to keep your life moving as seamlessly as possible.


The Key Ingredient here?


You guessed it: faux wall panels.


Faux wall paneling allows you to accomplish multiple home renovation projects, without the hassle of hiring a contractor, living in an absolute mess for days (or even weeks) on end, and for far less money than projects done with authentic stone, brick, or wood.


Here’s a list of several home renovation projects that can be completed in a single weekend:


  • Kitchen Backsplash: Kitchen backsplashes are typically a pretty lengthy process. Most people select tile that has to be cut, mortared, and grouted.  Talk about: M-E-S-S!  The kitchen can be under wraps for weeks, causing you to eat out for every meal and avoid the place like the plague!  Instead, opt for faux brick or faux stone paneling to create the perfect backsplash.  It will be 100% moisture resistant, easy to clean, and save you oodles of time and money.
  • Accent Wall: Having an accent wall is all the rage. People will typically choose to do it in order to highlight a specific feature (piece of furniture, art, etc) in a room.  Having an accent wall creates contrast and depth.  Instead of using paint (BORING), or attempting to add shiplap (thanks, but no thanks Joanna Gaines), opt for faux wood paneling!  It is easy to apply (only takes several hours), lightweight, and will transform your room by adding an immediate unique touch.
  • Bathroom: in the bathroom, people typically use faux wall paneling behind a bathtub or inside a shower. This is the perfect material to use because a) it’s waterproof and b) it’s DIY and c) it can be installed so quickly.  You can transform your bathroom by bringing it up to date with faux brick or faux stone panels over the weekend!
  • Outdoor applications: there are many outdoor uses for faux wall paneling, such as: exterior paneling, outdoor kitchen, fire place, and landscape design. No matter what you choose, selecting faux wall paneling for the material will save you tons of time and money.  And not to worry, the panels are completely weatherproof and will last for years to come!


With the busyness of every day life, the last thing you need is a home renovation project to add to the chaos.  Hopefully these tips gave you some ideas on how to quickly (and affordably) transform your home!