To reap the full benefits of your room’s soon-to-be new addition, you need to know how to pick and place a winner. Getting answers to these questions before you select a ceiling fan will help match you to a model that will meet all of your needs.
What size fan do I need?
The number and length of blades on a ceiling fan determine how much air the fan can move. For an average size bedroom of approximately 12 feet by 12 feet, a standard four-blade fan with a blade span of 42 inches is adequate.
For larger rooms, opt for a wider and longer blade, such as a 52-inch span, to provide better air flow.
Standard ceiling fans consist of four blades, but some models feature five or even six — more blades means greater air movement. If you want increased circulation without having to buy a larger (and likely pricier) fan, look for a fan with five or more blades that’s still in your budget.
How low should the fan hang from the ceiling?
You want at least 7 feet of clearance from the floor to the fan blades.
Fortunately, fan manufacturers accommodate the wide range of room heights by creating two basic configurations: standard and ceiling-hugger models.
The standard model features a 6- or 8-inch-long downrod that extends from the fan’s ceiling bracket to the top of the motor housing — perfect for ceilings that are 8 feet high or so. Higher ceilings might require additional extension rods to lower the fan to a more useful height.
For lower ceiling heights, a ceiling-hugger or flush-mount model holds the fan closer to the ceiling in order to provide adequate head clearance.
Check the box for the listed “installed distance,” or the amount of space between the ceiling and the blades. This will help you determine the remaining clearance beneath the fan.
How much do I want to save on utility bills?
If lowering utility costs is a leading reason for installing a ceiling fan, select a model that bears an Energy Star label. These products feature motors that operate 60 percent more efficiently than conventional units, which could save you more than $15 a year on utility bills.
These models also include the functionality to switch blade directions when the seasons change (i.e., counterclockwise in summer for a comfortable breeze, and clockwise in the winter to force heat from along the ceiling downward into the living area).
Do I want an overhead light?
Just because the box for a ceiling fan depicts a product complete with lights doesn’t mean that a light kit comes included.
Unless the packaging specifies that the unit is a combination fan-and-light, you’ll probably have to purchase a light kit separately. Along the same lines, if the box shows only a fan, that particular model might not accept a light kit. Read the fine print before buying.
How do I install a ceiling fan?
A DIY installation may or may not be simple or possible, depending on where you live. In many communities, a handy homeowner can legally hang a ceiling fan in his or her own home.
However, some cities require an electrical permit or even that a licensed electrician do the work. Be sure to check with your local building authority before starting.
Got the go-ahead? You’ll find a wiring diagram, wiring instructions, and fan assembly instructions in the box to guide you. Replacing a light fixture or older ceiling fan with a new model will use existing wiring.
If you’re introducing a new ceiling fan where there wasn’t one before, know that you’ll need to cut through walls and/or ceilings to add the necessary wiring — an extra complication which may persuade you to hire a professional.
Large, heavy fans may require additional support blocking in the ceiling joists in order to hold their weight.
Will the fan rattle?
When installed correctly, it’s rare for a modern ceiling fan to wobble. But that’s not to say it never happens.
If your fan starts to shake as it spins, a balancing kit complete with clips and weights is a quick fix. Your model may have even included one for future use. Otherwise, you can pick one up wherever you bought the fan for about $5.
One of the first steps to consider when planning a DIY tile job is how you will cut tiles. Here is an overview of four common tools and methods for cutting tile, including how much each tool costs and what cuts they are best suited for.
Manual tile cutter
The manual tile cutter is the perfect tool for making straight cuts in smaller tiles. It uses a simple “score-and-snap” technique that goes very quickly, enabling you to cut many tiles in a short period of time.
Best suited for: Making straight cuts in small ceramic tiles.
Not suited for: Diagonal cuts, very tiny cuts, rounded cuts, or larger tiles that won’t fit inside the cutter.
Cost: $25 – $30
Tile nippers are a hand tool with which you can make curved or unusually shaped cuts in tile. You simply score a reference line into the tile and then make small cuts with the nippers to the reference line. They work well for situations in which you need to tile in an oddly shaped area, such as around the base of a toilet.
Best suited for: Making unusual or rounded cuts in tile.
Not suited for: Cutting large numbers of tile — the process of using tile nippers goes very slowly.
Cost: $10 – $20
Diamond hole saw
The diamond hole saw is used in combination with a power drill. It fits into the chuck of the drill just as any drill bit would, and then you can use it to cut round holes in the tile. This is very helpful when you have to tile around obstacles, such as plumbing pipes.
Best suited for: Making round holes in tile. It has just this one use. However, when you need to make a round hole, it’s great to have on hand!
Cost: $15 – $25 for a mid-range type. (Plus a power drill.)
The wet saw is the tool of all tools for cutting tile. It works by using water to keep the blade wet and cool while you saw the tile. You can use it to make straight, diagonal, combination, and even very tiny cuts in ceramic or porcelain tile. You aren’t limited to cutting flat tiles with a wet saw, either. You can use it to cut tile finishing trim pieces, such as bullnose and quarter-round pieces. And because the process of cutting tile goes so quickly with a wet saw, you can cut large numbers of tile in a short period of time.
Best suited for: Large tile jobs where you need to make many cuts in tile, and different types of cuts in tile.
Not suited for: Making curved or rounded cuts.
Cost: Can be rented from home improvement stores for $40 – $50.
Now that you know how to cut your tile, you can get creative and change the look of any room in your home with a new tiling job. And you can do it yourself!
Posted on August 25th, 2016. Original content from Zillow's Real Estate Blog.
Your favorite star’s new home wish list might look a little something like this.
We all have our favorite celebs — and in addition to their talents, we often appreciate their personal style as well. What fan wouldn’t love to peek inside the home of a favorite big-name star to see where they lounge, entertain, and primp?
Here are 11 features that are mega-popular in celebrity homes. Take a look — you may get a little decorating inspiration of your own.
Renee Zellweger’s and Fred Armisen’s homes have featured subway tile, a favorite in both kitchens and bathrooms. This simple yet versatile style has a wide appeal among celebs, and you know it’s a worthy feature when noted interior designer Nate Berkus gives his approval.
Ashley Tisdale and Paris Hilton are rumored to have dedicated closets for their shoes— as do the Kardashian and Jenner ladies. And Victoria Beckham reportedly has two rooms specifically dedicated to her posh shoe collection.
When you’re a celebrity, you likely don’t skimp on entertaining — so you’ll need a home bar setup of your own. Sheryl Crow, MLB star Chase Utley, Dan Whitney (aka “Larry the Cable Guy”), and John Krasinski and Emily Blunt all know this to be true, and have decked out their living quarters with home bars that would make anyone want to spend the night in.
Home theater rooms
When you’re rich and famous, there’s no need to leave your home for a movie night. The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh, Real Housewife Adrienne Maloof, Matthew Perry, and Marc Anthony all enjoy their favorite flicks from the comfort of their own theater rooms.
Swanky fire pits
A favorite outdoor feature among celebrities are fancy fire pits — so much more than a simple stack of bricks. Stars like Celine Dion, Patrick Dempsey, and Hilary Swank all enjoy backyard fire pits that might be mistaken for art.
With their own infinity-edge pools, stars can feel like they’re staring off into the never-ending ocean. Britney Spears, Tyler Perry, and Heidi Klum have all embraced the infinity-edge feature, enjoying a dip in these resort-style pools in their own backyards.
With a focus on entertaining, comfort, and, of course, style, today’s celebrities deck out their homes with features that match both their glitz-and-glam public lives, and their family and relaxation-focused private lives. From dedicated shoe closets to one-of-a-kind wine storage displays, it’s easy to see why our favorite stars choose these features as must-haves for the home.
Posted on August 24th, 2016. Original content from Zillow's Real Estate Blog.
It’s a great place for retiring with the fiancee and baby.
Now that he’s officially retired from the summer games, Michael Phelps is joining the snowbirds with a mansion of his own in Scottsdale, AZ, a place known more for its golf courses than its pools. The human fish had been training at nearby Arizona State University, TMZ reports, and plans to coach there.
Phelps paid a stroke over $2.5 million for the 6,000-square-foot home, which sits on nearly an acre and has 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths and 4 fireplaces, including one in the master suite and one in the backyard loggia.
The home’s pool is gorgeous, with views of Camelback Mountain. It’s not big enough to fully show off your butterfly, but it’s perfect for cooling off with the family, which Phelps has already posted photos of on Instagram.
Crafted with European stone and imported hardwood floors, the home boasts a kitchen the size of some bungalows, with an eat-in marble center island and coffered ceilings with skylights. If you’d rather lounge while you nosh, there’s a cozy sitting area just a few feet away, with a fireplace for toasting up on a winter evening or following a long swim.
The formal dining room shares a chimney with the living room, all of which open onto a backyard built for entertainment. Alongside the pool is a hot tub, plus an outdoor shower and barbecue.
Posted on August 24th, 2016. Original content from Zillow's Real Estate Blog.
REALLY!?! The ‘Late Night’ host paid nearly $7 million for his light-filled Greenwich Village duplex.
“Late Night” host Seth Meyers and his wife Alexi Ashe welcomed their first child this spring, and now the family has another new addition: The couple recently purchased a duplex in the heart of Greenwich Village for nearly $7 million.
The 5-bed, 4.5-bath apartment is situated on two levels and has iconic views from just about every window, including of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River.
The home’s 32 windows bathe the 3,000-square-foot duplex in light, making the home feel more like a Hamptons beach retreat than a city pad in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
Classic details like oak stained floors, a beamed ceiling, arched doorways, and a solid wood staircase grace the home, which also features two generous living spaces, both with wood burning fireplaces for those cold New York nights.
The eat-in kitchen has all the bells and whistles that any chef would love, including a Wolf range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and walk-in pantry. In addition to the duplex’s five bedrooms, the apartment also has a home office — the perfect spot for Meyers to work on his monologues.
The master suite features a spa-like bathroom complete with large soaking tub, neutral stone tiles, a walk-in closet, and a dressing room. The home also has a true New York City luxury — a washer and dryer — on the second floor. The duplex’s building includes several amenities such as an elegant lobby, a full-time doorman, an elevator operator, and a gym.