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Room Look Bigger With Plantation Shutters

One of the keys to making a room look bigger is having a clutter free room; so that there isn’t a feeling of items encroaching on the room. Visual simplicity is important and shutters are a plain understated window covering which helps the trick the mind thinking that more space is available.

Not only doe the simple design of plantation shutters work in terms of the minds perception, but sitting in the window recess means that they sit flush with the window. This means unlike curtains or other window coverings, that there is clear space around the window. To add further to the notion of visual simplicity, having the same colour shutters as the rest of the decor in the room means that the room seems less cluttered and free flowing. For example having the room itself white or cream with white shutters gives you a classic seamless look.

The use of light levels and light reflection is another way in which to help your room look larger. Plantation shutters give you the optimum control

Install Sliding Barn Doors

When you buy the doors you should ensure that you read the instruction kit that always accompanies them.

The kit will guide you on how to properly install and take good care of your door. If you want to learn how to install your barn door, here are the steps that you should follow:

The first thing that you should do is to measure and cut two lengths of the mounting board for each of the doors. The boards that you cut should be the same length as the doors and 4 cm wider than the track.

Once you have cut the boards you should attach the mounting boards to the top and bottom of the doorway. You should ensure that the mounting boards run straight along the doorway.

You should then measure and cut two lengths of track for each of the barn doors and then use joint brackets to attach the required track sections. You should ensure that the tracks are the same length as the section along which you want the door

Drywall Repair Materials

Also called drywall “mud”, there are two common types of joint compound used to repair and patch: light-weight and all-purpose. Both are easy to work with and retain a room-temperature shelf-life of 9 months. The most important tip for buying drywall compound is to buy enough. For large projects, expect to purchase 4.5 gallon bucket of material.

For smaller projects, you can get away with a one gallon bucket, but you may be paying close to the same amount for a larger bucket. If you think you might have future work in the next 9 months, it is more cost-effective to go with the larger bucket. If not, go with the smaller amount so to not waste any material.

Spackle and Plaster

Many people are confused about the difference among drywall compound, spackle, and plaster. The differences are subtle, and hardly noticeable to the average layperson, but they do exist. Compound, joint compound, or drywall mud all refer to the same product, and used mostly for larger drywall and gypsum board projects that require more durability, namely to cover joints between panels.

Spackle is very

Cleaning Air Ducts

One of the most notable benefits of having the duct cleaned on a regular basis is the fact that it leads to maintaining good health. This might appear irrelevant to this subject. However, it will prove to be relevant to the matter at hand after critical analysis. Suppose it become too hot, how will your conditioning unit function properly if the ducts leading to it are blocked or narrow?If this happens, you may not have fresh air in your house. The ultimate outcome of not having fresh air circulating in the rooms of your house is bad health. Suppose you are surrounded by people who smoke or one of the members of your house smokes, your health will be at risk if the conditioning unit is not functioning properly. The situation might even be worse if one of the members of your house has respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Based on all the reasons above, you have to ensure that the ducts are kept as clean as possible.

The simple fact is that air conditioners do not function properly if the ducts leading to them are either narrow or blocked. The conditioner can become overworked

Maintain A Garbage Disposal

Don’t put starch and fibrous items in the disposal

These items bring about stubborn drain blockages as the fibers get tangled and starches get thick. Some of the items that you should avoid putting in the disposal include: banana peels, celery, potato peeling, artichokes, coffee grounds, fruit pits, onion skins, egg shells, and corn cobs.

If you can’t avoid putting these items in the disposal, you should cut them into small pieces.

Run cold water while the disposal is on

After the waste matter has cleared the drain, you should keep the disposer and water running for up to 60 seconds. Cold water keeps the motor, shredder assembly, and bearings from overheating. The water also makes it easy for the waste to go down. This is because the water pushes the waste down.

You should not use hot water because hot water can melt fat and allow it to re-solidify and block the drain.

Clean the unit regularly

To clean the disposal, you should ensure that it’s off. You should then clean the inner side of the rubber in the sink leading to the disposal. You should wipe it with a

Information of Desk Lamps

Adjustable-neck lamps

These units are ideal for people who constantly adjust the level of light. The lamps are fitted with a weighted base so that they sit firmly on the desk surface. To allow flexibility, the lamp’s neck is fitted with multiple hinges or telescoping spines.

Wall-mounted lamps

These units are characterized by a base that is mounted with screws directly into the wall. The lamps have a flexible or hinged neck that gives them freedom of movement. These units are ideal for homes with curious pets and young children.

Bankers’ lamp

The lamp is designed for aesthetic purposes. The unit is completely stationary and often sits on the back center of a desk. While the lamp provides lighting and increases the appeal of a desk, it’s not meant for computer desks. This is because the computer’s screen tends to block the lamp’s light.

Buying the lamps

For you to get the benefits of the units, you need to buy the right ones. This calls for you to consider your needs. Since the lamps are designed to provide light for different purposes such as studying, reading, and hobby work, you should

Conservatory Blinds

Style

Conservatory blinds are available to suit all tastes, and as they often need to be made to measure due to window size variation, you will definitely be able to find the right styles for you. Whether you want something traditional or contemporary, simple or pattern there will be the right option available for you. Don’t feel like you should be limited by what you’ve seen in conservatories in the past; there’s no reason why you can’t be a little different.

Comfort

A conservatory blind isn’t just an aesthetic object, they serve some very practical purposes as well. Because these rooms (and we’re talking orangeries as well) have huge panels of glass, temperatures can be extreme. In the summer it might feel like you’re sitting in a greenhouse on occasion and in the winter months you’re going to want all the insulation you can get because it’s likely to get ever so chilly in there. With solar reflective and thermally insulated fabrics available, you should be able to substantially alleviate this problem with just some simple blinds. Who needs modern technology?!

If you keep your television or have your study in this room, the

Cleaning Dryer Vents

Another reason why vent cleaning is always important is the fact that lint can cause external harm as well. Not only does lint impact negatively on the functionality of the dryer, but I can also be life threatening to the inhabitants of your home and the surrounding neighbors. Do not think that all the house fires are either triggered by bush fires or electrical faults. The simple fact is that a good number of house fires may have been caused by lint. Since it is highly inflammable, the substance should not be allowed to come in contact with any flames. It is important to call to mind the fact that flames that are triggered by this substance are almost beyond quenching. It usually takes sometime before a fire triggered by lit can be quenched. If you want to prevent your house from being engulfed by an infernal, you must always wipe your dryers clean.

Not only are lint’s constituents flammable, but they are also highly poisonous. If you have children in your home, they may be at risk of being contaminated by lint’s constituents. As a matter of fact, you will also be at risk of being

Waterproofing the Basement

· Prevent mold, mildew & insect problems

A leaky, damp or wet basement can prove problematic if left untreated, generating into further problems like growth of mold and mildew. Waterproofing the basement helps in preventing the growth of mold/mildew in the basement, which often find its way to other parts of the house. It is a well-known fact that mold increase cases of allergic reactions; wheezing & shortness of breath; coughing & phlegm build-up; and eye, nose & throat irritation. Furthermore, people diagnosed with serious lung disease or those with a compromised immune system often develop chronic lung infections due to mold.

· Maintain/improve house value

Owning a home is considered one of the largest investments a person gets to do during his/her lifetime. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to safeguard the value of this investment, while seeking for better ways of improving its value. Waterproofing the house offers an effective way protecting this valuable asset from water damage. Furthermore, when the time comes to dispose the property, homebuyers will be ready to pay more for a house that has an effective waterproof in the basement.

· Protect valuable items

When

Porcelain or Ceramic

Ceramic or porcelain tiles are also much more durable than wooden tiles so you don’t have the issue of chips or dents and you don’t have to awkwardly ask friends to remove high heels when they come over either.

Are all the benefits completely true?

There are some key positives that aren’t entirely relevant to wood look floor tiles so it’s always worth exploring all your options before you commit, thinking it’s your only choice.

The three main advantages of; better underfloor heating, cost effectiveness and easy maintenance, and the fact it’s easier to find the size of ‘plank’ you want, are largely debatable.

Ceramic or porcelain wood look tiles are fantastic for underfloor heating systems but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the same result with a wooden floor, you just have to select the right type of natural wood. And it is true there is an extensive range of tile widths and lengths available to choose from, but the natural wooden floor market is growing and offering more selection than ever now.

In regards to the cost, it really does vary depending on what type of finish you want. While some

Essential Accessories in Your Home

Vases:-

You may be familiar with the fact that vases are one of the top priorities of people when it comes to choosing the accessories for home since vases enable you to enhance the aesthetics of your house. It can almost be taken for granted that nothing compares to the vases when it comes to enhancing the appearance of your house in general. They enable you to improve the looks of your house and giving it a refreshing appearance that makes it worth living in.

Storage:-

There is no argument over the fact that storage is one of the very essential accessories that you are going to need in your house. Time and again, you are going to have to store your clothes or stuff like that and it is never a good idea to just place them at a corner in an organized form. Rather, you should have an appropriate storage with elegant design that compliments your room well in order to make sure that you can store your clothes and stuff without exactly having to put them on display.

Art:-

It should go without saying that after vases, art, paintings, drawings

Types of Home Siding

Wood Siding

Wood siding is the oldest type of home siding, and it is often considered the most attractive. However, it requires a lot of maintenance such as caulking, painting, and pest control. It can be painted almost any color, and comes in many shapes and sizes. It is not that expensive, but it is difficult to maintain. But, if you are able to take care of it, it will lend your home old world charm and beauty.

Aluminum Siding

Unlike wood siding, aluminum is very low maintenance. It comes in strips of material for easy installation, and has plenty of weather protection. It is not that expensive, and it comes in tons of colors, styles, shapes, and sizes. But, the color often rubs off over the years. Aluminum siding is often used to cover up old wood siding, as it is very easy to install.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is very low cost and even lower maintenance. It comes in horizontal or vertical sheets, and is installed to resemble shingles. It is easy to install, and also comes in a variety of colors. However, if your vinyl siding cracks or breaks, it

Build Sunroom Enclosures

How would you like an extra room in your home to entertain guests, enjoy coffee in the morning, a family game or some leisurely reading in a sheltered outdoor living space?

A sunroom enclosure is a cost effective way to add this extra room. The options are endless when it comes to sunroom and patio enclosures. You’ll increase the size of your home and without dealing with a huge renovation project.

Maximize enjoyment of your outdoor space

Sunroom enclosures use windows with bug screens to create an enclosed room that is attached to your home. You’ll be able to enjoy this sunlit and scenic room without having to deal with intense sunlight, bugs or poor weather.

Your friends will always be able to rely on you for barbeques or gatherings regardless of the weather. With a sunroom you’ll be able to incorporate more family time into your life by having a beautiful room that everyone appreciates.

Sunrooms also offer a significant health benefit. Using a sunroom enclosure allows you to enjoy more natural light, help reduce stress and positively affect your well-being.

Modern sunrooms and patio enclosures have the option to be

Grout Ceramic Tile

Mixing the Grout:

When mixing dry powder grouts with water or a liquid grout additive, very little mixing is required to evenly blend the grout. Over mixing can entrap air bubbles which may increase shrinkage, allow moisture to dissipate easier and can affect the overall uniformity of colour. To reduce air bubbles add the liquid to the powder instead of the other way around. DO NOT MAKE THE MIX RUNNY! Mix to about the consistency of peanut butter. Let sit for about five minutes then lightly remix. The use of latex additive when mixing grout substantially improves the color and surface hardness.

Applying the Grout:

1. Apply the grout into the joints with a rubber-faced grouting trowel or float. To prevent internal voids pack the grout into the joints. After the joints are full, use the float to squeegee the excess grout off the surface of the tile and to level off the grout joints.

2. Let grout dry for about 15 minutes. Using a spray bottle spray a misting of water on the entire surface. Immediately use the float trowel and repeat the squeegee process to further remove surface grout and smooth out

Garden Stepping Stones

There however is an easy way out. Just make your own garden concrete products at home. Yes, don’t be alarmed. It is a great way to get your kind of concrete products without spending much. Making your own stepping stones can be a great hobby and you can even get your kids involved and have a great time with them. Your molds will be used to shape the stone according to your style and design in mind. And you can produce as much as you like and all the while knowing that you can always ad to your existing paving or stepping stone areas. Also your stone or paving range will never be discontinued, as you own the paving molds or stepping stone concrete molds.

There are various varieties of molds for concrete available in the market and they vary greatly in shapes, sizes, material used and so on. Different patterns to suit everyone’s taste are available in the market and new designs are created by the day. You are sure to find the kind you are looking for. Whether it’s a leaf design, a fish pattern, some flowery pattern, rock pattern, sun, moon or stars or

Outdoor Security Camera

Identify Intruders Quickly

The main benefit that you get from any cameras you install, whether they are indoor or outdoor, is that they allow you to identify intruders quickly. If a crime should occur on your property, you will be able to quickly and easily exact justice with the help of the camera. Moreover, you can install it to watch the front door and easily identify anyone knocking on it before you let them in.

Easy To Install

Outdoor cameras are also incredibly easy to install and it will not take a long time to do so. You can choose to have a professional install it for you for the utmost accuracy but in most cases they are not hard to understand how to use so if you choose you can do it yourself.

Deter Criminals

In addition to actually recording images, simply having an outdoor security camera will deter intruders and other criminals from entering your property. They will see your cameras and realize that they are being watched. They will assume the cameras report to the police and that you are willing to protect your property. Because of this it’s a

Pick Flotex Flooring

Durability and comfort

The fibres used in Flotex mean that this part of the flooring is very similar to carpet, whilst the base from which the fibres are attached makes it more similar to vinyl. But it is these fibres that I want to turn my attention to first. For every metre squared of Flotex, you will find around seventy million fibres. This is much more than you would find in a metre squared of carpet and the results are astounding. Having these fibres makes walking on the floor comfortable if you have no shoes on, but it also means that it is highly durable and that it can withstand a lot of traffic. On top of this, the sheer number of fibres mean that it provides comfort and acoustic qualities which are even better than those provided with carpet.

Hygienic and washable

One of the main differences between carpet fibres and Flotex fibres is that these ones are dead upright. Carpet fibres tend to be curved and this means that they trap everything, from dirt, to spillages and allergens. Flotex flooring, with its upright fibres, does not do this. Any spillages or any mess

Self Storage for House Clearance

Burglary

As painful as it may be to consider the fact that someone may consider your loved one’s house a target, it’s something you’ll need to think about and quickly. Word travels quickly between criminal networks and you may want to think about moving some items into a self storage unit as a way to minimize the chance of a break in. This is particularly relevant when you’re dealing with a lot of items within a house that need selling or giving to people named in the will. As much as we want to take everything home with us, the majority of people simply don’t have the room to do this, and so self storage is a great way to keep these items safe without constantly safeguarding the property.

Decorating

If an estate is going to be split between beneficiaries the solicitor will more than likely suggest the house is sold as quickly as possible for practical reasons. In this instance you may find you’re in a position where you need to decorate or renovate the property, in which case it will need to be emptied. Using self storage units will enable you to store

Some Factors When Renovating

Determine How to Finance the Project:

Unless one has savings, you need to determine how the project would be financed to prevent it from stalling mid-way due to lack of finances. For instance, renovating a floor isn’t cheap; hence, in consultation with interior designers, one might get an estimate of the cost of the renovation.

Hire Professionals:

Once a plan and mode of financing have been determined, there is the need to hire professionals to assist in the renovating. Working with professional ensures that unnecessary wastage of materials are avoided and project time lines are met. There are some renovations that we can’t do thus there is need to hire specialists in areas we lack skills. Such duties ensure that one gets value for the money since the contractors have the necessary expertise to provide a good finish.

Obtain Permits:

Before starting to build or renovate, one should find out the permits required to initiate renovations. Most local councils have requirements for a home owner to obtain permits before any construction or renovation can be done. Having a permit also ensures that the building or renovations are within the legal requirements.

Budgeting:

Install Magnaclean

1. Begin by starting a drain on your central heating, as well as your expansion tank and your plug-off feeds. Let the system’s pressure be totally released. Now, start making markings on sections. You will make a 110mm section for a 22mm unit, and a 195mm section for a 28mm unit. This is fairly simple to do, and again look for professional help if you need it.

2. This is super important – make sure that you always leave a gap of around 250mm between the bottom of the central heating system and the top of the Magnaclean canister. This will make it much easier for taking off and cleaning out for servicing down the line.

3. Using cutters, remove the pipework section that you need to add in your Magnaclean system. This should be fairly easy to spot where it should be, but it’s impossible to say directly as every system is different.

4. Start to prepare your piping & fittings, and lubricate up the olives and then start to include the valves onto the pipe. Once the valves are attached properly, use your hands and tighten the fittings to a point where they