How To Design The Ultimate TV Room For Sports Fans

It’s been an exciting Football Season, and come February, it will culminate in the ultimate championship game – the Super Bowl! According to Digital Trends, January is one of the best times to buy a new television, with manufacturers and retailers carrying over those great holiday sales prices on large-screen televisions in anticipation of the big game. But what good is a big screen TV if you don’t have an awesome TV room to put it in? Here, we’ll give you the play-by-play of how to design the ultimate TV room for sports fans, complete with solid wood cabinetry and all the necessities.

The Equipment

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Unless you plan to buy the massive 219-inch TV that Samsung just debuted at the CES technology show in Las Vegas, or you live in a tiny house, your big screen TV isn’t going to come close to filing your wall space. Adding solid wood cabinetry to your TV room helps to frame your television, and gives you added storage and display space for things like TV remotes, sound systems, and sports memorabilia. If your ultimate TV room is going to be located in a finished basement or bonus room, give yourself the home advantage by also installing a few bar cabinets to house snacks, and a mini fridge to keep cold beer on hand.

The Playing Field

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Once your TV room cabinetry is installed and you have your big screen TV hung on the wall, it’s time to get the playing field ready. Above all else, the ultimate TV room should be comfortable. According to ESPN, the average football game runs around three hours. Baseball and basketball games are pretty close to that running time, as well. And don’t forget about golf – coverage of the PGA championship lasts for days! The same goes for tennis and college wrestling. Whatever your favorite sport, that’s a long time to sit on an uncomfortable couch. When designing the ultimate TV room, choose cushy, deep, oversized sofas and sectionals, preferably with reclining seats or ottomans. And don’t forget cup holders and/or end tables!

Don’t just dream about it – get out there and do it! Browse our wide selection of TV room cabinetry, choose your favorite style, and then contact The RTA Store to take advantage of our free room design service. Because an awesome TV room is something to cheer for!

At The RTA Store we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen bathroom, laundry room, home office, bar room or TV room, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design tool!

How Patio Planning Goes from Overwhelming to Fun and Easy

If you’re in the process of patio planning, even if you’ve only just begun your research, then you may have already realized that there’s a lot involved. There are so many different factors in play and a big range of choices when it comes to patio materials and even patio builders (all with different price ranges), and you might feel terribly overwhelmed.

If you are going to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a new patio, you want it to be perfect. It ought to not only look nice but should not have ongoing problems with it either. You should be able to create a patio that meets your needs and doesn’t have you wondering if you wasted your money.

New Residential Building Made Of 140 Reclaimed Shipping Containers

After a period of experimenting with shipping containers and using them to create all sorts of cozy retreats, cabins and other small structures, architects are now starting to also take on large-scale projects involving reclaimed containers. An example is this residential building located in downtown Johannesburg, in South Africa. The project was developed by studio LOT-EK in 2017. The building is six-stories high, situated on a triangular site and was built out of 140 reclaimed shipping containers.

The units are organized into two section with triangular courtyards in between. One section has green modules and the other has blue ones. The containers have seen purposely selected to feature these two colors, thus requiring no re-painting and giving the container homes and the building a genuine, authentic look.

The unusual shipping container building serves among other things to revitalize the downtown area of Johannesburg
The unusual shipping container building serves among other things to revitalize the downtown area of Johannesburg
The symmetrical pattern across the facade is eye-catching and gives the building an edgy and unconventional look
The symmetrical pattern across the facade is eye-catching and gives the building an edgy and unconventional look
Angular cut-outs into the facade open up the retail spaces situated on the ground floor
Angular cut-outs into the facade open up the retail spaces situated on the ground floor
The building stands out, its design and overall structure and its very nature contrasting with the surrounding buildings and architecture
The building stands out, its design and overall structure and its very nature contrasting with the surrounding buildings and architecture

The building’s ground floor is a multi-purpose zone which includes residential units at the rear, retail spaces along the side of the road and a courtyard and shipping container pool in between. The six stories above that contain apartments ranging from 300 to 600 square feet, each with access to balconies and each featuring angular windows that form chevron patterns across the building’s facades. Slanted cut-outs on the ground floor complete the pattern.

The apartment units are organized into two big sections and you can navigate between them via an open-air corridor
The apartment units are organized into two big sections and you can navigate between them via an open-air corridor
The two sections form a courtyard with a swimming pool, this area being a communal space for all residents
The two sections form a courtyard with a swimming pool, this area being a communal space for all residents
The apartment units range in size from 300 to 600 square feet and share similar interior designs
The apartment units range in size from 300 to 600 square feet and share similar interior designs
The apartment units have access to both private and communal balconies and spaces
The apartment units have access to both private and communal balconies and spaces
A strong industrial vibe defines the entire building and all the features in it
A strong industrial vibe defines the entire building and all the features in it
The interiors of the units are simple, featuring reclaimed wood floors and painted metal ceilings
The interiors of the units are simple, featuring reclaimed wood floors and painted metal ceilings
The apartment units have open plan layouts with large, angular windows, reclaimed wood floors and crisp white walls
The apartment units have open plan layouts with large, angular windows, reclaimed wood floors and crisp white walls
The strong industrial appearance of the building's exterior is not entirely reflected into the interior design of the units
The strong industrial appearance of the building’s exterior is not entirely reflected into the interior design of the units
This shipping container residential buildings helps to revitalize and repopulate the city's downtown area
This shipping container residential buildings helps to revitalize and repopulate the city’s downtown area
The triangular shape of the site had a big impact on the overall design and structure of this building
The triangular shape of the site had a big impact on the overall design and structure of this building
In total the building was built using 140 shipping containers selected in two specific colors: green and blue
In total the building was built using 140 shipping containers selected in two specific colors: green and blue
The building has quickly become a local landmark thanks to its unusual design
The building has quickly become a local landmark thanks to its unusual design
Green and blue reclaimed shipping containers are stacked forming six residential floors and a multi-purpose ground level
Green and blue reclaimed shipping containers are stacked forming six residential floors and a multi-purpose ground level
The building's name is Drivelines Studio and can be seen on the side of the blue unit section
The building’s name is Drivelines Studio and can be seen on the side of the blue unit section
The angular cuts and slanted windows give the building a dynamic and exciting look
The angular cuts and slanted windows give the building a dynamic and exciting look

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The Dirtiest Places in Your Office and How to Keep them Clean

Ask a co-worker what parts of the office they think are the filthiest and most will bring up office keyboards or perhaps the bathroom door handle. However, there are are other parts of the office that are teeming with germs that you may be oblivious to. Failure to properly clean an office can lead to health issues and loss of productivity, as many workers will call in sick. Below, are some of the dirtiest places in your office and how you can sterilize them without breaking the bank…or your back.

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The Start Button on Your Photocopier Machine

A study conducted by Hloom-a prestigious template maker-found that the average photocopier start button had 1.2 billion colony forming units per square inch; this is in stark comparison to a typical toilet seat at a school, which only has 3,200 colony forming units. As can be seen, the start button of your photocopier machine is one of the most germ-ridden spots in the office. The good news is you can clean it by using a high-quality disinfectant solution or by affixing an antimicrobial screen onto its surface.

The Surface of Your Desk

The surface of your desk will also be laden with a ton of germs. It may appear clean to the naked eye but rest assured that there are many harmful germs spread across your desk that you may not be aware of. Many busybodies also eat and drink at their desks in order to save time and make deadlines. As such, food particles and spilled liquids can cause issues, and discarded napkins, paper cups, and utensils can also serve as hot spots for nefarious germs to spread.

Many employees also make the mistake of simply wiping their desks down with a damp cloth instead of using a high-quality cleaning solution. To properly clean the surface of your desk you should use a high-quality disinfectant solution daily. If possible, come in a few minutes early and properly clean your desk before the workday begins, and, if you have the time, do the same right before exiting the office in the evening.

Vending Machine Buttons

A vending machine may appear clean, but it is also a hotspot for germs to spread. In fact, if you checked the buttons on the vending machine under a powerful microscope you would find a myriad of harmful germs and bacteria on them. Furthermore, one of the issues with vending machine buttons is that you can’t clean them using a conventional cleaning method. However, you can purchase antimicrobial resistance screens for vending machine buttons. Then, simply clean them whenever you have the time and you will reduce the propagation of germs with minimal effort.

Your Office Keyboard

While we did mention that the office keyboard isn’t the biggest ecosystem for germs, it is still one of the biggest. Dirt and dust from your table, as well as the carpet underneath your desk, will somehow find its way onto your keyboard and set up shop. In fact, it is possible to have up to 4000 germs in every square inch of your keyboard, which can make you sick. The good news is cleaning your keyboard can be a breeze if you use the proper technique and solution. Simply wipe it down using a high-quality disinfectant solution every day and you should be able to enjoy a clean (and pleasant smelling) keyboard for your office tasks.

The Refrigerator Handle

Dozens, if not hundreds of people, will need to access the office refrigerator on a daily basis, so the handle of the refrigerator will be touched a plethora of times. As such, germs can easily spread if the handle is not cleaned thoroughly and methodically. An easy solution to this issue is to ask your coworkers to wash their hands before they open the refrigerator. Evidently, not all of your coworkers will be compliant, so the only surefire way to reduce germs is to take matters into your own hands and vigorously clean the handle, as well as the surface of the fridge, with a premium quality disinfectant solution.

The Washroom Door Knob

Another classic hotspot for germs that needs to be sterilized as soon as possible is the inner knob of the washroom door. Unfortunately, many people simply do not wash their hands after using the washroom, and even the ones that do often don’t use the proper hand cleaning techniques. As such, fecal matter, and other malevolent particulates will often attach to washroom door knobs and spread from person to person. In fact, a single washroom inner doorknob in an office can house over a million harmful microbes, so cleaning it properly should be a priority. Moreover, most experts agree that an office washroom should be cleaned five times a day, with the inner door knob being no exception. Also, if your office has cleaning staff then you should ask them to also disinfect the washroom handles while they are cleaning the washrooms.

Sunrise Cleaning

Sunrise Cleaning provides full-service office cleaning services in Mississauga. In fact, we have been providing premium quality office cleaning services in Mississauga since 1992. We also offer a 20% discount for the first-time clean (some restrictions may apply), and currently, have a team of over 40 qualified maids and over 2,000+ satisfied customers. For a consultation in order to discuss your cleaning needs, please do not hesitate to contact us at 289-814-1824. You can also visit our website to learn more about our award-winning services.

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Buying a House This Year? This Should Be Your 1st Step!

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In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are not in an incredibly competitive market, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.

Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home‘ section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you through this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

Freddie Mac describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Bottom Line

Many potential homebuyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores necessary to qualify for a mortgage. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so today.


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5 Reasons to Buy a Fixer-Upper Instead of a Perfect Place

5 Reasons to Buy a Fixer-Upper Instead of a Perfect Place

“Location, location, location” is the mantra when it comes to where to buy a home. But when it comes to what to buy, it gets a little more complicated. There is definitely a contingent who would insist that you would buy the best home you can afford. But while there is something to be said for buying a move-in ready home, a place that needs a little love can be downright irresistible.

You don’t have to go all Chip and Joanna here, but buying a fixer-upper makes sense for so many reasons

.It costs less

“Fixer-uppers list for an average of 8% below market value,” said LearnVest. If you’re on a budget or are being priced out in your market, this is a way to get a literal foot in the door. How much depends greatly on the location. “Fixer-uppers in Phoenix have the smallest cash discount, saving buyers just $1,000 off list price. But you can save a lot of money in expensive markets like San Francisco, where fixer-uppers are discounted an average of 10%-giving homebuyers $54,000 in upfront savings for renovations on the median home.”

You may be able to finance your renovation

One of the major drawbacks of buying a home that needs to be fixed up is having to come up with the cash-especially after you’ve just put so much money into your down payment and closing costs. There are a few different types of loans that package the mortgage with funds for renovations, and they often come as a surprise to buyers who have only focused on FHA and 30-year conventional loans.

“Whether you need a new roof or your kitchen is outdated, there is a mortgage that’s right for your fixer-upper,” said Bankrate. Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle loan and FHA’s 203(k) loan both bundle a mortgage and funds for renovations. They each require a minimum credit score of 620. You’ll need at least 5% down payment for HomeStyle and just 3.5% for the 203(k).

It gives you the opportunity to build value

With an already-updated home, “If a seller has redecorated or improved the whole place, that seller is reaping the benefit,” said Forbes. “If the home’s value has been raised, the buyer is paying for it. Also, consider this reality: A seller who re-does a whole house in order to sell is not likely putting in the highest-quality materials. They’re cutting costs to maximize profit. But if you buy a fixer-upper, you might be able to secure an undervalued property, improve it and get the benefit of the extra equity. It’s a core real estate concept. If you can find the right property, this could mean thousands of dollars almost immediately.”

You can do renovations over time

There may be a few things you can’t live with in a fixer-upper, like the grungy carpet and cruddy plumbing fixtures, but no one (other than design shows) says your place has to be perfect the day you move in. Taking your time to make updates as you’re able gives you the opportunity to save money and recover from all the expenses of buying the home and moving in.

It allows you to put your stamp on it

When you buy a home that was lived in and fixed up by someone else, it reflects their taste and style-or at least the taste and style they think will help the house sell faster. If you buy a house with the intention of fixing it up, you get to update and upgrade it to your standards, and you have the money to do so.

“One of the primary reasons people buy fixer-upper properties is for the opportunity to make the space their own,” said Green Residential. “Instead of purchasing a home in which someone else designed the layout, chose the materials, and dictated where different elements were placed, you can buy a basic structure and then take charge. It’s like building your own home without having to go through the lengthy process of drawing plans and constructing it from the ground up.”