7 Tips To Make Your House Smell Better

When you own a house, it’s easy to get comfortable in your space and fail to notice when it’s time to make changes. You get busy working, the kids and pets are running around, and before you know it, there are smells coming from places you didn’t know existed.

Odors in the home don’t have to be a common occurrence. There are ways to prevent and maintain a home that not only looks good, but smells good too. See seven easy DIY solutions for freshening up your home so you’ve got pleasant odors roaming your space.

1. Eliminate Garbage Disposal Odors

Your garbage disposal could be wreaking more havoc in your home than you might realize. Food and grime build up over time and start to seep through to your kitchen and beyond. Start by running some lemon, lime or orange peels through your disposal to eliminate any odors. It’s said that the acid in the fruit kills some of the odor causing bacteria.

Also, if you’re an advocate of baking soda, this cleaning tip is for you. Dump your baking soda into the garbage disposal, add a cup of white vinegar and let your disposal run. Voila! The hardest part of eliminating odors is remembering to actually run these items through your garbage disposal and not letting gunk build up in the first place.


2. Fresh Scents

Budget-friendly scents such as lavender or chamomile go a long way in the home. They’ve even been known to help people sleep better when put in and around bed pillows. Lavender is a fresh, floral, clean and calm aroma that’s the perfect for making your home smell great. Mix together a DIY room freshener using lavender or diffuse it in and around the home to banish stale odors.

Chamomile is another scent that is recommended for removing unpleasant smells in the house. The term refers to a range of different daisy-like plants and has long been known for its healing properties. The odor is sweet, apple-like and herbaceous. An easy DIY chamomile room spray can be made by diluting 12 drops of the essential oil per ounce of distilled water.

3. Deodorize Carpets

Carpets are certainly to blame for a lot of the smelly odors lurking in your house. That’s why it’s recommended that you always have a carpet freshener on deck.

Instead of purchasing products with chemicals in them, you can create your own deodorizing carpet powder using a few natural ingredients. I fell in love with Jillee’s natural DIY recipe on her blog and highly recommend you check it out! This freshener is nice for anyone with carpets and a necessity for anyone who owns pets.


4. Vanilla Extract

Sprinkling vanilla extract on light bulbs is one trick to eliminating odors. This is one tip I’ve never heard of, so I wanted to learn more! Apparently, it’s an old real estate agent’s trick. Put a drop or two of vanilla extract on a lightbulb, turn on the light and smell the magic. Your house will soon smell like you’ve been baking all day. You can also opt to burn vanilla extract or any other essential oil to quickly enhance the smell of your house.

Gel Air Fresheners

5. Air Fresheners

Grab a few mason jars and your favorite essential oils or liquid potpourri and follow this DIY tutorial for making your own gel air fresheners. The fresheners will not only make your home smell good, but they’re pretty too.

Your other option is to create a mix of your favorite smelling sprays to distribute throughout the house. I found a great website that outlines several different options for you to try depending on your taste.


6. Potted Plants

This is by far my favorite DIY option for making your home smell fresh and clean. Natural air purifiers include palm trees, orchids and peace lilies. Plants not only bring energy and life to your home but they look beautiful too.

Besides the living room, think about bringing plants into your kitchen and bathrooms to brighten up the space and create a peaceful and calm environment. If you don’t want the hassle of taking care of real plants, then you can purchase fancy fake ones and switch them out as often as you’d like.


7. Stovetop Potpourri

Here’s a suggestion that anyone who owns an oven and a pan can tackle. It’s a quick fix too. Interior designer Rhobin DelaCruz suggests you, “Simmer water in a small saucepan and add citrus (lemon) slices and herbs, like lavender or mint.” In no time, beautiful aromas will be floating throughout your home. No need to buy prepackaged deodorizers when there’s a simple and natural DIY solution that’ll do the trick.


A happy home is one that not only looks put together, but smells like it too. These tips are sure to bring a delightful and revitalizing odor to your house. If you have any other deodorizing solutions that you’ve tried, please include them in the comments section below!

Top 10 Small Bathroom Decor Ideas To Steal In 2016

Top 10 Small Bathroom Decor Ideas To Steal In 2016If you’re the owner of a small bathroom, then you know how hard it is to make it look bigger and function better. Getting to your end goal may be a tough challenge, but it’s one I encourage you to attempt.

A new year means new must-have trends and fresh decorating ideas for your home. Don’t stress out, this is all good news! Instead of focusing on the size of your bath, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of it. See 10 small bathroom décor ideas you have to try right away.

Remove Clutter

1. Remove All Clutter

As a homeowner, clutter should be your number one enemy. It creates mess, stress and disorder in the home. If this is something you struggle with, then it’s time to make a change.

Every single thing in your small bath should have a place to live. Unless an item is in use or made to sit on the sink, it shouldn’t be taking up space on the counter. You have countless options for organizing and decluttering including; cabinets above the toilet, shelves, hooks, mirrors with storage and cute baskets. Decorating a small bath is a tough job. Don’t make it harder on yourself by refusing to get organized.

Natural Light

2. Add Natural Light

Natural light is a decorating tool that’s not only able to transform a room from drab to fab, but it’s also a free resource (once you’ve got the window in place)! Installing new windows is one way to open up your space and it’s a design upgrade worth the investment.

Many homeowners are opting to add a small, foggy window in their showers to draw in more light, or installing windows to fill bare walls. If you have a small budget then this may not be as practical of an option for you. Don’t worry, there are other tricks that’ll give you a similar result, which I’ll touch on in this article.

3. Be Choosy of Colors

Regardless of budget, a new paint job is a project we can all do. Whether you make it a DIY project or you hire a pro, it’s a task you should put at the top of your small bath decorating list.

Bright white, gray and leafy green paint are excellent choices for a tiny space. Your bathroom will appear more cheerful and look bigger with these hues. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of darker colors, then consider approaching your interior design with paint that creates a dramatic effect.

Floral Mural

4. Paint a Floral Mural

Paint not only comes in different colors, but also in various patterns and designs. I love the idea of adding an elegant stencil to your walls. Be daring and see how painting a floral mural brings new life to your bath.

If painting wall stencils isn’t your forte, then reach out and find a professional who can. You’ll not only be adding beauty to your bathroom, but you’ll be incorporating your own personal touch.


5. Use Accents

The use of color or décor accents is a detail that’s often overlooked. Taking the time to carefully consider accent pieces and placement will have a great impact on the look of your bathroom.

For example, the bathroom pictured above is all about the accents. When you look at this bathroom, the first thing you probably think is how beautiful the décor flows, and not the size.

6. Exude Glamour

Glamour is not only a girl’s best friend, but also a small bathroom’s bff. Your goal is to draw the eye to something other than the size of the bathroom, by using attractive décor and colors.

Create an exciting environment that pulls you in and makes you want to soak up and just enjoy the room. You don’t have to spend a fortune either. See our tips for making your home look more expensive on a dime.

7. Install Dramatic Tile

Eye-catching tile is a design feature we can all appreciate. There’s something for everyone given the array of styles, patterns, colors and textures currently offered.

Dramatic Tiles

The best part about tile is that it can pretty much be placed anywhere in the bathroom. Installing a tile backsplash and counters, large tile floors or bold shower tiles are just a couple of ways to work tile into your bathroom design.


8. Include Fancy Woodwork

Wood has a way of bringing a timeless elegance to any room of the house. It’s one of those materials we often only consider installing as flooring. Wood accents, cabinets and borders are simple ways to incorporate wood. Woodwork is admired for its flaws, tones and detailing, so don’t be afraid to pick out pieces that stand out and make a statement.

9. Rethink Your Lighting

Your bathroom is a special place in the home because it’s where you get ready for the day and make yourself beautiful. The one helpful upgrade we often overlook is our lighting.

Light fixtures, lighting styles and blub types are small features that’ll make a big difference in a small bath. We’ve got the perfect guide to assist you in replacing, selecting and installing your new bathroom lighting.

Focal Point

10. Pick a Perfect Focal Point

The one tip you want to make sure you adopt is to pick a focal point to build around. Mirrors, light fixtures, sinks and artwork are all viable options. People will be too busy admiring the gorgeous eye candy to worry about the size of your bathroom.


Small bathrooms are not going away. They’ll always exist and most of us will find ourselves dealing with how to make them look bigger and better at some point in our lives. Don’t let the size of your bathroom stop you from making your space look fabulous. All you have to do is recognize the potential.

My Huge Indian Music Collection

I first started listening to Indian music when I saw an Indian film in one of my classes at college. I didn’t much care for the movie, but I really did like the music. I had never heard anything like it before, but I knew that I wanted to hear more of it. I went online to see if I could find any free music websites, which is how I found songs PK. This site has all kinds of music on it, and I downloaded quite a few songs just on my first visit there.

There was a section on the site that had songs from popular Bollywood films, and that was where I downloaded most of the songs that first trip. Continue reading “My Huge Indian Music Collection”

The Most Important Aspects You should Bear in Mind before Purchasing a Steam Shower

Steam showers come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. You can even choose from different types of steam showers, such as built-in units (often made from scratch and completely customised according to the walls of your bathroom) or modular units which come with everything you need and are loaded with the latest features which you can simply install in your existing bathroom. But whatever type of steam shower you choose, there are some aspects which are the same for all. Following are some of the most important aspects you should bear in mind before you purchase your steam shower.

Why a steam shower is better than other spa products

If you are still undecided on what type of bathroom element or spa product to choose – whether you should go for a steam shower or a bath spa, for example – you should know that a steam shower does not consume as much water gambar3compared to other bathroom additions such as spas and whirlpool baths. For instance, a multiple-head shower spray will consume about 225 gallons of water every 30 minutes, whilst a whirlpool bath can consume as much as 120 gallons of water each time you use it. A steam shower, on the other hand, will only consume about 2 and a half gallons of water every half hour.

How much room does your bathroom have?

It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to choosing a steam shower, especially when you see a modular steam shower unit that has all the bells and whistles you are looking for. But you still have to make sure that the size will fit into your bathroom. You have to have a good understanding of the unit’s footprint size before you purchase it and have it installed, taking note of reasonable allowances.

The importance of a great warranty

Whether you opt for a modular steam shower unit or have one built in, you need to look for a product that can offer you a great warranty. The warranty will, of course, vary from one manufacturer to the next, but it’s in your best interest to look for the best warranty possible. Aside from the length of the warranty, however, make sure to check the coverage. Even a 5-year-long warranty wouldn’t be worth it if not much is covered.

A good supplier and source

Doing your homework when it comes to steam showers also includes choosing the right supplier or source. The supplier should have a good reputation and should be easily reached or contacted as well. Also, look for a supplier which can provide you with extra services, such as free delivery, an exchange guarantee, and a returns policy.

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Gutter Protection Breakdown

Gutter Protection BreakdownYou may not realize the importance of keeping your gutters clear and debris free, but if your gutter system is often left neglected and abused, you can wind up with serious and costly home repairs.

Clogged and damaged gutters can lead to problems like foundation problems, structural issues, landscape erosion, basement flooding and water damage. One way to protect your home from severe damage is to invest in a gutter protection system.

A gutter protection system is a product that either attaches to your existing gutters, or replaces your entire gutter system, with the intent of allowing only debris to enter your gutters, while water is safely carried through your gutters and diverted away from your home.

From DIY solutions to professionally installed gutter protection systems, let’s face it – gutter protection can be overwhelming. That’s why, at LeafFilter, we want to educate you about the pros and cons of the different types of gutter protection systems. The following will inform you about the different type of gutter protection systems so you can find the system that meets your needs.

Foam Gutter Guards

DIY Gutter Protection Systems

DIY gutter systems are relatively inexpensive systems that are installed by the homeowner. You can find them at the big home improvement stores. While cost-effective and convenient to purchase, homeowner solutions are mass produced and usually do not include any type of warranty. Usually, these types of systems will need to be replaced within a few years. Foam, brush, metal screen, plastic screen and small hole gutter guards are typical gutter guard options for homeowners.

Foam Gutter Guards: Foam gutter guards are a homeowner solution that is relatively inexpensive. Homeowners place the foam or sponge material that is placed inside of your gutters with the intent of allowing water to drip through (while keeping debris out). Unfortunately, foam gutter guards will trap seeds, and with the abundance of moisture, weeds, plants and trees will begin to grow where they shouldn’t – in your gutters.

Gutter BrushGutter Brush: Brush gutter guards are known to be an inexpensive short-term solution that homeowners can install themselves. The brush is placed into the gutters and is shaped like a giant pipe cleaner. The system is meant to repel debris. However, brush gutter guards actually attract birds and other nesting animals, and trap other debris items like pine cones, leaves and maple spinners. These types of systems will eventually need to be removed and cleaned in order to prevent home damage.

Metal Screen Gutter GuardsMetal Screen Guards: The DIY metal screen product is made out of steel or aluminum. These types of systems are relatively low cost and easy to install by the homeowner, making them a common choice for homeowners looking for a DIY gutter guard option. It’s important to note that because of their larger openings, these types of gutter guards will not keep out smaller debris like pine needles, seeds, insects and shingle grit, so you may need to remove them and clean your gutter periodically throughout the year.

Plastic Screen Gutter GuardsPlastic Screen Guards: Plastic screen gutter guards are similar to metal screen options because they have wide openings. With the presence of larger openings, pine needles, leaves, seeds, dirt and insects will still enter and clog your gutters. So, just like with metal screen gutter guards, you may still find yourself removing and cleaning your gutters with this solution.

Small-Hole Gutter Guards

Small Hole Gutter Guards: With small hole gutter guards, debris such as pine needles, shingle grit, seed pods and dirt will enter your gutter, making these types of gutter guards an unreliable system. In fact, homeowners will routinely have to remove these gutter guards to clean out the debris that is trapped inside.

Professionally Installed Gutter Protection Systems

Professionally installed gutter guards are typically more of an investment than homeowner-installed options. These types of professional gutter protection systems have better clog protection and will last longer than the DIY options. Plus, when installed by a professional, you will typically receive some type of warranty for the product. The three main types of professionally installed gutter protection systems are louver, reverse curve and micromesh.

Louver Gutter Guards: Professionally installed louver systems feature a large opening that runs the entire length of the gutter guard system. Although larger debris won’t find its way into your gutters, smaller items like leaves, pine needles, seed pods, pests, insects and shingle grit can enter and clog your gutters.

Reverse Curve Gutter Guards: Reverse curve gutter guards feature a rounded hood that covers your gutter with a large channel that runs along the entire front edge of the gutter guard. Some reverse curve gutter systems require the purchase of an entirely new gutter systems, since the hood will not fit to your existing gutters. Reverse curve products rely on surface tension. Water is supposed to follow the path of the curve of the hood into your gutters. If water adheres to the curve, so will pine needles, leaves and other debris. This can leave you with gutters that are full of debris.

Micromesh Gutter Guards: Micromesh gutter guards are typically made of two main parts: an ultra-thin mesh material and a sturdy supporting frame. Depending on the brand and quality of the micromesh gutter guard, the supporting frame can be made of multiple materials like plastic, metal or uPVC. These types of gutter guard systems feature openings that are less than 50 microns small, keeping out all types of debris, except for water. Although these types of gutter guards offer the greatest clog protection, be sure to choose a system that does not install under your first row of shingles. Installing under your first row of shingles can damage your roof warranty and moisture can seep into your roof, too.


Have you had any experience with the gutter guards listed above? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below!

When is It Time to Consider Air Conditioning Replacement in NYC?

When it comes to air conditioning, it’s not good to wait for your unit to give up before deciding to look for air conditioning replacement in NYC. There are certain factors or conditions that should cause you to opt for an immediate change. You know it is time:

1. When your unit has no Energy Star labeling. Switch to units with that symbol because that means it is government certified as energy efficient. This helps cut your energy bill while ensuring excellent performance.

2. When your unit is over ten years and is prone to frequent breakdown and repair. Frequent breakdowns means efficiency is poor. This causes the unit to run on higher power, causing you to pay a lot on electricity.

3. When you experience inconsistent temperature. Observe for varying coldness at certain times of the day. Continue reading “When is It Time to Consider Air Conditioning Replacement in NYC?”

Three Shaggy Rugs for My New Flat

I have always loved shaggy rugs even though I hadn’t owned one since I was just a kid. When we moved when I was 12 years old, my rug did not survive the moving truck. I was sad, but life went on. When I got a bit older and got my first flat, I was really excited about being able to decorate it on my own. I was able to buy some really nice furniture pieces at different sales, so my next thing was to find some shaggy rugs for sale. A friend had already painted me some really nice pictures for my living room and bedroom, so the rugs were really the only things missing. Continue reading “Three Shaggy Rugs for My New Flat”

How To Install Crown Molding

Video: How To Install Crown MoldingCrown molding is turning into the rule rather than the exception. While professionals handle most crown molding or trim jobs, active DIYers can accomplish the same, gorgeous look in just a few, easy steps.

Tools & Materials Needed

  • Wood (for Molding)
  • Miter Saw
  • Coping Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Clamp for Saw Table
  • Caulk
  • Sandpaper

Tips to Install Crown Molding

  1. Always exercise extreme caution when it comes to miter saws.
  2. When cutting scraps, position them upside down in the saw. Pretend the back of the saw is the wall and the bottom of the saw is the ceiling.
  3. Start with the corners when cutting and adding trim.
  4. Use scraps or smaller pieces for the corners.
  5. A return is the end piece of the crown molding for walls without corners. Cut your return piece first at the same angle you use for other pieces.
  6. Coping ensures the inside pieces are flush. Do not cope with the miter saw.  Best to use a coping saw.
  7. Remember to use sandpaper to ensure coped edges are clean and even.
  8. When measuring the distance of the wall, make sure you go from one corner to another.
  9. When measuring your crown molding, measure from the cope (top edge) to the other end.
  10. When adding nails, know that there is always a stud over a door jamb.

For more tips and instructions, please see This Old House.

Trim Installation Cost

While the overall cost will largely depend on the size of your project and whether or not you hire a professional, the average price to install trim is $1,070. If you do hire a pro, the price can jump to $1,600.


Crown molding has turned into the crown jewel of homes across America. With the above tips, you should feel confident the next time you choose to install crown molding.

Your Entire House Will Certainly Look Ideal

Quite often, property owners are searching for various things that they can do to make sure that their house can be amazing. At times, this really is by means of doing a bit of redesigning. In addition, it may be by designing a number of basic modifications towards the house. Pay close attention to light fixtures through the entire house. If they’re outdated, it might be time for you to consider making a few enhancements. Frequently, it’s a simple procedure that is going to help make a serious distinction.

Never ever accept anything under the best with regards to your house. Homeowners rely on Hinkley Chandeliers so as to beautify their house. Should this be it could be useful to people, arranged in place an consultation at this time. Another person shall be pleased to arrive at the home to look at the various items that should be regarded. They will go over few different designs together with you and they can come up with an idea to get going using the set up.

Needless to say, there is the outer of the house which needs to be regarded. Homeowners trust in Hinkley Landscape Lighting as a way to finish the overall physical appearance with their house. Should you have a lovely garden that you’re pleased with, why don’t you be seen through the night? Your property is going to start looking fantastic.

DIY Tips For How To Build A Sunroom

DIY Tips For How To Build A SunroomOpen Porches

Open porches are unquestionably a blessing, especially in warm weather. They provide some extra living space in the open air that just can’t be duplicated by decks or patios. They protect you from the sun and rain and if there’s a better place to hang a hammock, it’s hard to imagine. But when the weather turns cold an open porch loses nearly all its appeal. It becomes dormant real estate that doesn’t get much use until things warm up again. In some areas of the country this can take nearly six months, which is a long time for something that cost so much to be out of commission.

For die-hard porch enthusiasts, enclosing the space or a screened in porch may not be attractive. But for the rest of us, the tradeoff can be compelling, especially if you have a large porch that would add substantially to the year-round square footage of your house. And, if you enclose the space with large windows, like we did, you can end up with a dramatic sun room that has a special appeal of its own.

Because so much of the structure is already in place, enclosing a porch is a pretty straightforward project. All that’s really required are installing some windows, adding some insulation and providing some extra heat. Unfortunately, porches come in all shapes and sizes and each is bound to have its own idiosyncrasies that can complicate the job. But the methods we show here can be applied to most designs.


In many ways, enclosing a porch like this means nothing more than installing some windows, and it pays to use good ones. The tilt-wash feature makes cleaning the windows from inside much easier, and the high-end glazing improves the windows’ energy efficiency, which is crucial since the finished room will have so much exposed glass. Because we wanted the enclosed porch to have a period feel, we also opted for full divided light grilles, in this case one vertical divider per sash. This system features an exterior piece bonded to the glass and an interior one that snaps over the glass. We also specified extension jambs for the windows to fit our 2 x 6 walls and a factory-installed white painted finish on the inside with matching white hardware. The windows sell for about $325 each. The divided light option is about $200, and the other options cost about $75.

Installing these windows was a breeze. Preparing the structure to receive them was where all the work came into play. Your goal is two-fold: create square, level and plumb openings to receive the windows, and attach these openings to the existing porch structure in a stable weather-tight way.

Wall Framing

Begin by removing any porch railings and by cutting off any overhanging porch floorboards flush with the trim boards underneath. Then locate the positions of the knee wall soleplates that go between all the posts. Because we wanted the walls to be flush on the inside of the room, we lined up the inside edge of these plates with the inside surface of the posts. Cut a 2 x 6 to length for each opening and nail it in place.

Next, build a false post on both ends of the porch next to the house. To do this, just mark a plumb line on the siding from the soleplate to the porch headers. Cut a 2 x 6 to length and lag bolt it to the siding alongside the plumb line. The width of these false posts is based on the finished openings you need to accommodate your windows. Nail additional 2 x 6s to the first one until you achieve the correct opening.

When the false post framing is complete, cut an exterior trim board to size and tack nail it to the post. Scribe the profile of the siding onto this trim board and cut the notches with a sabre saw. Test fit the trim board, and then caulk the board-to-siding joint and nail the trim board in place.

Next, nail the end knee wall studs to the posts and the sill to these end studs. Typically these studs will be different lengths because most porches slope away from the house to allow water runoff. Just make sure that the sill board is absolutely level. Then fill in underneath with the rest of the studs spaced apart 16 in. on center.


Nail a 2 x 4 to the underside of the porch header so its bottom surface clears the bottom edge of the header trim. Then fabricate the jack posts that fall between the windows, as shown on the drawing, and toenail them in place. Once your wall framing is complete, nail sheathing on the outside. We used 3/4-in. marine plywood for this because it functions as the flat panel in our exterior trim scheme and would be exposed to the weather. Once the sheathing is on, install the windows. First, lift a window into the opening and slide shims under both lower corners. Then center the window from side to side in the opening. Level and plumb the window from the outside and, when you’re satisfied with the location, nail one top corner of the window flange to the wall. Recheck level and plumb, then nail the rest of the flange in place.

It’s very important from the standpoint of finished appearance to keep the windows lined up between all of the posts. Once you install the first window in each bay, use it as a reference point to start leveling the next window in place.

Exterior Trim

Start the exterior trim by nailing a trim board over the ends of the existing floorboards. Then nail the shim alongside the house as shown in the drawing. This shim holds the drip cap at a 5 angle to let water run off. Next, cut each drip cap to size and shape and test for fit. When you are satisfied, caulk all the surfaces that meet the drip cap with silicone caulk. Or, use the product we did, called Marine Adhesive Sealant 5200. It’s a polyurethane-based caulk made by 3M (3M Center, St. Paul, MN 55144) that bonds and seals above and below water. We used it to seal all the exterior joints on this job. It worked great and even took paint well. Once you’ve applied the caulk, nail each drip cap into place. Continue installing the remaining trim boards using the drawing as a guide. Make sure to caulk the entire perimeter of the back of each board before nailing it in place with galvanized finishing nails.

Interior Finish

Begin your interior work by running the wiring for the wall receptacles according to code. Now is the time to deal with your heat. You may be able to warm your new space using your existing central heating system. But we opted for adding auxiliary heat in the form of a direct vent gas stove. We chose the Pinnacle Model No. PDV20, with a sand-colored enamel finish, made by Vermont Castings (1000 E. Market St., Huntington, IN 46750). This unit is rated at 20,000 BTUs and can be vented directly through the outside wall with no vertical flue required. By adding an optional thermostat, the stove works on demand, just like a central furnace. This well-made unit can be installed by a homeowner. But the gas hookup should be left to a licensed plumber. This stove and vent system sells for about $1,500.

If you chose a gas stove, now is the time to frame in the rough opening and install the vent sleeve. Next, proceed with the insulation. The side walls are a breeze. Just cut and fit fiberglass batts between the studs and staple them in place. Then cover the batts with a polyethylene vapor barrier.

The floor and the ceiling insulation are another matter. Because our porch was elevated, we could easily add polystyrene insulation between the floor joists below. (We chose polystyrene because of its high R-value per inch of thickness.) But for those who have under 2 ft. of clearance between the joists and the ground, it’s probably a better idea to hire an insulation contractor. Insulating our ceiling was also relatively easy because we had installed a fold-down access door in the ceiling when the porch was originally built. If you don’t have access to the space above your ceiling, either install a fold-down door or, again, hire an insulation contractor.

Once the insulating is done, cut and nail the wainscoting boards in place and finish up the interior trim as shown in the drawing. Install the horizontal boards first, followed by the vertical boards. When the trim is installed, sand it with 180-grit sandpaper, then prime and paint inside and out. Finish up by installing a stove vent cap on the outside of the wall.