5 Dos and Don’ts When Decorating Your Home

June 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Here are some of the things that you must do when decorating your home: If you have collections of certain objects, group them in one location so that they could be easily seen. If you will display them separately, there is a good chance that they might not even get noticed. Control the flow of traffic. Provide ample space between coffee tables and sofas. Also see to it that those who might want to go into the kitchen for soda won’t have to pass right in front of the television and block your view for several seconds. Use plants or flowers as they provide you the feeling of peace and relaxation. Make sure that the vases are stable so that they won’t be easily toppled down. Make the place cozier with appropriate lighting. Table and floor lamps always do the trick. Install dimmers for overhead lights. Prefer using energy-saving bulbs [...]

Epoxy Coatings and Concrete Floor Polishing for Houses

June 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Epoxy coatings and concrete floor polishing are really the better choice for any home design. There are several reasons that justify this as the best decision, but let us take a look at how using epoxy coatings or concrete floor polishing might be beneficial. These are obviously the best flooring for households with children, large numbers of people regularly gathering and any other activities where it is important to not have a high maintenance floor. Today it has become a sort of status statement to get improvements to be done to the flooring of any home. It certainly improves the quality of the household right away. The difference in appearance and durability between any new or old floor is staggering. A renovated floor that has been polished will last years longer and is ready for the peak performance it is capable of. Epoxy Coatings Even though it is more durable [...]

Ways to Improve the Safety of Your Floor

June 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

With cases of accident compensation abounding, it’s imperative that when you put flooring down that workers or the public are going to use, you ensure their safety is at the forefront of your mind. Safety flooring can come under many different guises and serve myriad purposes, so its paramount that you get the right kind for the environment in which it will be put. This will ensure it remains effective and long-lasting. One of the most common places for non-slip matting is at swimming pools, where the unavoidable water pools make the flooring extremely slippery. For this, a design that allows water to be drained away from the source will be most effective, meaning that pools of stagnant water cannot form in walkways. Safe Flooring Also, it’s worth investing in an anti-bacterial material as the design can sometimes make the matting difficult to clean, with it having many ridges for [...]

3 Things to Remember When Remodeling Your Home

June 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Your home is more than floors, ceilings and siding; it’s a place where memories are made daily. The decision to remodel should not be taken lightly and before you do anything yourself, it is wise to get an expert second opinion. (Angie’s List is a helpful site to start your search.) You want to be sure you have the time, skills, and resources at your disposal before starting a major home improvement project. Remodeling your house can be an exciting (and daunting) experience. Before you start any renovation (no matter what size), it’s important to have a game plan.  A classic rookie mistake is jumping full-force into a renovation project, only to realize half-way through that you have no idea what step to take next. Renovating means more than tearing down walls (and building new ones); it also means re-working plumbing and electrical issues. Listed below are three important tips [...]

Repair Regularly To Avoid Kitchen Disrepair

April 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

The kitchen is undoubtedly, one of the most important rooms in the home. However, the amount it gets used can cause wear and tear to show and if this is left untouched, the room can easily fall into disrepair. For example, kitchen worktops are one of the first things to become damaged in a kitchen. We’re all guilty of shunning the chopping board and choosing to chop up the dinners vegetables straight on the counter surface, and even if this doesn’t cause damage straight away, over time it certainly will. There are also hot pots and pans to contend with, not to mention the general destruction that time will cause. While there is no need to mention that prevention is better than cure, often people choose to replace kitchen appliances or surfaces, when a repair would be cheaper, easier and better for the environment. Marble repair and granite worktop repair [...]

Choosing a Comfortable Sofa for a Comfortable Living Room

April 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Everyone knows that having a comfortable living room is one of, if not the most, important ingredients in a comfortable home. The living room is where we spend our evenings, relaxing in front of the TV or chatting about the day’s event s with family and friends. However, the 21st Century has seen the developed world become increasingly preoccupied with looks, and many of us are guilty of making the mistake of choosing the most stylish of settees and sofas in the shop, and disregarding how comfortable they may or may not be. Because that is one of the unfortunate facts of life; style does not usually equal comfort. Whether it’s clothing or furniture, the designer end of the spectrum will not have been developed with functionality in mind, but rather the ability for it to look good on shop floors and in catalogues, and to have a high end [...]

The Ultimate Home Improvement – A Loft Conversion

April 15, 2011 at 7:51 am

Home improvement is a vast category, with everything from decoration to the demolishment of walls all standing as effective ways to improve a humble abode. However, there is one home improvement that can make a difference that outshines all others, and that is the loft conversion. Whether it is simply adding a small third floor to a large townhouse or investing in a bungalow loft conversion in order to make the transition from bungalow to house, a loft conversion can make a huge difference to the look, feel, practicality and value of the home. Loft conversions are in fact, the best way to go about adding another room (or two) to a home. Unlike kitchen extensions or conservatories, which have a very limited scope of use, the loft conversion is incredibly versatile. Most commonly loft conversions are utilized to add another bedroom to the home. It is also not uncommon [...]

Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint Colors for Your Home

April 14, 2011 at 9:18 am

Have you stopped to look, I mean really look, at your exterior color scheme lately?  What do you see?  Maybe you have worn out white paint with faded black shutters that you painted so many years ago that you can’t even remember doing it.  Or maybe you only have two shades of beige going on on your home’s exterior – boring!  So if you are ready to shake up your home’s image and improve the curb appeal, here are a couple of ideas to get you started: First, determine what kind of house you have.  Is it a Colonial, an American Ranch, a Cape Cod or maybe it was built in the Arts & Crafts style?   That piece of information can help you decide on an authentic exterior color scheme that fits the era of your home.  For example, if you are lucky enough to live in a “painted lady”, [...]

Composite Roofing Tiles – What Makes Them Special?

April 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Have you ever thought about using composite roofing tiles for your home or business? There are hundreds of roofing materials on the market to choose from, so it may be hard for you to justify working with composite tiles if you have no idea about the advantages they offer. The fact is that composite tiles can make the perfect roofing materials if you give them a chance. All you have to do is realize how special they actually are. Here is a look at some of the benefits you may find from using composite tiles on your roof. Composite roofing tiles are scientifically designed to last longer than other tiles on the market. These tiles are made out of materials that can handle a variety of environmental situations, including heavy rain, hail, fire, dryness, humidity and more. Composite tiles are far more durable than other roofing materials you might look [...]

Tired of Contemporary White – Then Embrace Natural Design

April 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Over recent years, there has been a growing concern for us all to respect the environment. Not surprisingly, the green benefits of sustainable living has filtered through to the way we design  our bathrooms. So wave goodbye to minimalist style of modern washrooms, and welcome the green evolution. The bathroom today is a place of relaxation, a place for ‘me’ time, a place to de-stress after work. Many of us associate sauna and steam rooms as part of a one-off luxury weekend, but how about creating that same experience at home? Instead of an angular white bath tub, consider replacing it with a wooden bath in neutral shades, such as this oak and walnut bath featured in the Telegraph. These soft tones induce a soothing ambiance in the room. There is also an eco-benefit, as you can elect a product made from sustainable materials. Not only that, the wooden theme [...]