Month: November 2019

Furnishing a Small Home

Storage

Look at everything you put in your home for its storage potential. Having a place for everything makes a big difference in keeping the clutter in your home at a manageable level. Some of the places to pay attention to are: Under the bed find built-in drawers, bunk beds with lots of storage options can make a big difference in the children’s bedroom. Maximize the space under the stairs by using built-in drawers or shelves. Coffee tables, end tables, and night stands need to be more than a pretty piece; make sure they have storage. Add toe kick drawers under your kitchen cabinets. There can be a lot of wasted space in your seating choices; look for benches with storage. Don’t forget the bathroom. Over the toilet storage, mirror cabinets, and tower linen shelves can add a lot of needed storage space.

Multipurpose

Think multipurpose for every piece of furniture such as couches that become beds, tables that serve dual duty as desks, and lift-top coffee tables.

Fold up furniture

One way to make use of your space is by having furnishings that fold out-of-the-way when not in use to give room for multiple activity purposes for one space. Folding chairs, desks, tray tables, Murphy beds, and portable kitchen carts can all maximize space.

Use wall space

When you can’t spread out go up! Make use of your wall space by using bookcases or shelving units, adding high shelves, or hanging things from the ceiling like a great decorative hanging pot and pan holder or a hammock to keep kids stuffed animals. A full length mirror can be the door on your closet or a cabinet. Closet organizers can be designed to your individual needs and help keep the closet and clothes more manageable.

Get rid of what is not working

It can be easy on a tight budget to collect whatever furniture you can get your hands on, but if it is not functional it can be costing you more in the long run. If it gets it the way and prevents you from keeping your home relatively clutter free, it costs your time and sanity to work around it. Don’t keep those things that are not working for you. Sell it on eBay or Craigslist or at a garage sale. Trade it with a friend or post on your favorite social media site with what you would like to replace it with. If all else fails or you just don’t want to bother, give it away and allow it to bless someone’s life. Careful choices of a few right pieces of furniture that are highly functional can make a big difference in the enjoyment you get out of your home and the best way to keep your home running smooth and functioning efficiently.

Steel And Aluminium Doors

Low upkeep and anti-theft properties aren’t the only factors. Where the main parts of the house are properly insulated to increase living comfort, garages tend to be left unfurnished (unless converted into a livable room) and insulation, heating and cooling don’t normally extend to them. With metal doors and modern construction techniques, the interior can be kept a lot drier and warmer or cooler depending on the weather.

Of the numerous metals that can be fabricated, steel and aluminium are favorites for their strength, durability and affordable cost.

Steel: Steel trumps even over aluminium. Known for its high strength especially top quality steel with 24-gauge panels, there’s not a lot burglars or inclement weather can do to bring it down. The construction method too plays a role with some doors featuring thicker steel on the outside for a formidable finish.

Modern steel doors are also customizable either by using paint or tinkering with the design. Paint jobs can mimic the look of wood grain and stone but without the weaknesses suffered by the two.

The best steel door is one which promises insulation and is thick enough to guard against the cold, rain and impact. The addition of security alarms enhances the protection offered by this durable material.

Aluminium: With aluminium, doors are lighter and the use of very powerful door openers is unnecessary. The light weight does little to affect strength and durability. Customization options too are varied with finishes ranging from wood to stone.

Aluminium is cheaper than steel so it’s no wonder it’s the most used garage door material. However, being light, it’s more prone to dents so repair jobs are to be expected. The same light weight makes it easy to install, though, unlike steel which is heavy and needs stronger support.

Whichever metal is chosen, design influences how well garage doors match up to wear and tear. The insulation used also plays a role with polyurethane having a higher ‘R’ value despite appearing thinner than polystyrene.

Safety features such as pinch-resistant doors and tamper-resistant brackets can minimize the risks posed to the fingers, an important feature if there are children in the house where boisterous activity can see them get up to mischief.

Well-chosen garage doors enhance curb appeal which can in turn affect the resale value of property. Color-coded doors that match the entry doors and trim of a structure – especially a house – see buyers more inclined to favor such property. So if you’ve been wondering what type of door to get and how it can beautify your real estate, consider the tips given here.

Install a Suspended Ceiling

A suspended ceiling usually consists of a framework (or ‘grid’) of metal channels suspended on wires from the structural ceiling. The channels form a series of ‘cells’ which are then filled with lightweight ceiling tiles or panels. The tiles generally come in two sizes to fit the most common systems. These are 595mm×595mm to suit a 600×600 grid system and 595mm×1195mm to suit a 1200×600 grid system.

Installation of the ceiling is relatively easy and only requires basic household tools. However, as with all structural jobs, it is wise to seek advice from a professional if you have any concerns.

Installation

  1. Work out how many panels you will need. You can do this by drawing a plan of your ceiling on graph paper. Measure the ceiling accurately and note the exact locations of the doors and windows.
  2. Take your measurements / diagram to your supplier to ensure you buy the correct number of panels. You will also need wall angles, main runners, cross tees and hanger wire.
  3. Determine the level that you want the new ceiling to hang at and mark a chalk line at this level around the room. Then, nail wall angle brackets along the chalk line all the way around the room. Fasten the brackets with nails and cut the brackets to the required lengths.
  4. Now install screw eyes at regular intervals. The panels of the ceiling grid will be parallel to the ceiling joists, so the main runner must be at right angles to the joists. Hanger wire can then be threaded through the screw eyes in the joists in order to suspend the main runners.
  5. Cut lengths of hanger wire (one for each screw eye) and fasten securely to each one. Then extend the wire down to the stretched runner string and fasten in place.
  6. Set the main runners into place. Thread each of the loose wires through the runner leg and fasten in place. Then, ensuring everything is level, make sure the length of the hangers is correct.
  7. To install the cross tee sections, push the cross tees into place at the appropriate intervals along the main runners.
  8. Finally – install your panels! Push each panel through a grid opening in turn, then lower it gently so that it sits on the bracket edges of the grid.

Tricks to Erect a Bookshelf Over Walls

Point out an ideal place for your shelf

First, sort out a perfect for your library. Now this place can be anywhere over the walls but preferably to a corner to get a proper grip. Moreover, by selecting a corner, you can conserve much of the wall space and at the same time you can make use of the poor unused corner of you wall.

Take proper measurements

Interior designs and architecture is all about mathematics and dimension, but wait; do not confuse this with complex algebra as these are basic length measurements and we all are quite nimble in this field. Before taking a measurement of the length and breadth, you must have a rough image about the shelf size and in doing this, you may circumvent several trails and errors and other misconception. Do not make the shelves too big as this will reduce the longevity of the hanging shelves because a big rack will cut short the overall aesthetic value for your interiors.

Buy an accurate bracket

When you are done with the measurements, it is the time for holder shopping. They will act as the holders, which will support the shelf, against the force of gravity. Just simply give your desired measurements to a steel manufacturing firm, special in this kind of trade and they will at once deliver your required product.

Grill your wall

Your wall will hold the entire structure, so you need a grill it to fix the screws over it. Be quite careful in this field as grilling machines are fractionally accident-prone and if you are not experienced in this area, then you can definitely take help from a professional carpenter. Sometimes, the steel manufacturing firm furnishes this kind of grilling service.

Laying the slab

Upon erecting the holders successfully via grilling and attaching screws, you need to lay the slab, the basement where your books will rest. Maximum people employ wooden slabs but with wooden slabs, there are associated risk of termites, which hamper the overall strength, and longevity of the shelf. You can pick up a substitute of wooden slabs, like a metal slab. They are sturdy; termites cannot even kiss their surface, and they are rust free.

About Leather Living Room Furniture

Different Designs of Sofas:

  • Stationary: Generally, these stationary sectional sofas are very common and are designed in one shape.
  • Chaise Sofas: These sofas are well-known for its comfort. Basically, these are available with the ottoman.
  • Modular: These modular sectional sofas typically available in 3 piece or 5 piece. These are well-known for stand-alone furniture’s.
  • Reclining Sectional: These reclining sofas are the perfect choice for the family rooms and media rooms. These are accessible in wide collections from individual movie chairs to traditional chairs.
  • Home Theater Style: Like reclining sofas, these home theater style sectional sofas are an ideal choice for family rooms and media rooms.

Different Shapes of Sectional Sofas:

  • L-Shape
  • U-Shape
  • Semi-Circle

Before choosing the shape of the sofas, make sure the layout of your living room. So, that it can easily fit into it. If you go with modular design, you won’t need to worry about the room fit.

Different Styles of Sofas:

  • Contemporary
  • Modern
  • Traditional
  • Coastal
  • Mid-Century

When it comes to choosing a sofa style, you need to have a clear-cut plan of your interior design, color and theme.

Different Types of Materials:

  • Leather
  • Polyester
  • Microfiber
  • Faux Leather
  • Chenille Type of a materials you choose, will impact on durability, comfort and look. So, head out the one that best suits your living room.

Tips to Make Sure Before Making a Purchase:

  • Sit and feel in all types of materials of sectional for comfort and durability.
  • Do not place these sofas in the room, which is mainly used for watching TV. If you use a contemporary sofa in this situation, cracking necks will just make people cranky. In such a case, loveseat with chaise is the perfect solution for you.
  • If your TV sits across the corner of your room, then sectional sofa is the perfect choice for you. In this case, the rounded corners offers lots of seating, and everyone can happily view the screen.

Plantation Shutters

Insulation For Your Home In Winter

Although a large proportion of homes have double glazing these days, it isn’t a 100% guaranteed way to prevent heat escaping from your home. This leads to turning the heat up to try and maintain a more comfortable temperature indoors which will have a significant impact on the energy bills in their home. Plantation shutters act as an extra layer of insulation which keep warm air in your home and act as a barrier to the cold winter air.

Summer Ventilation

Colonial Shutters allow for a greater level of control when it comes to keeping your home cool in the summer. This saves on additional energy bills from fans or air conditioning. The use of the louvres means that you can have a great control over the light and air flow levels; allowing for coolness and freshness, which other window coverings simply don’t offer.

Save On Cleaning

If you opt for a window covering such as curtains, then you can be presented with some difficulties. They are difficult to clean and also attract parasites such as dust mites; which are a major issue for those who have allergies. Some curtain fabrics are dry clean only which means that any time you want to get them cleaned there will be a cost. This mounts up when it is required twice yearly.

Plantation shutters however are an easy clean window covering which don’t allow for the growth and multiplication of bacteria and -parasites; meaning that as well as being a money saver long term, they also stop you from needing to spend unnecessary time cleaning.

Classy Flooring With Limestone

Though not the commonest form of installation, pouring stone such as limestone instead of laying pavers guarantees a better finish and lower maintenance. Pavers, while also a sound option, are prone to cracks especially in high traffic areas. Weeds can also grow through and ants can burrow trails. Liquid limestone, on the other hand, has a better ability to seal gaps and depending on the quality of the installation, can greatly minimise the occurrence of cracks.

As it is, limestone is a great choice for flooring. We usually hear about slate, granite and travertine but this stone, which contains plenty of calcium owing to the presence of organic fossils, is superior in many ways. To appreciate it better, here’s what to expect of it as a flooring material:

Cool underfoot: Limestone maintains low temperatures even on hot days. We know how frustrating it can be not being able to walk barefoot on patios on a hot summer day so it’s a huge blessing. Liquid limestone is cooler still so you can install it in driveways and any other outdoor area you don’t want heated.

Has low maintenance: Unlike other stones which have a natural luster, limestone doesn’t. It’s similar to travertine in this way. This dull quality means you don’t have to spend big bucks on polish and scuffs and scratches don’t show up as much. The occasional cleaning includes a quick wash with mild detergent and water.

Elegant and earthy: Like all natural stones, limestone possesses an earthy quality which makes it perfect for any home leaning towards natural design. The simple understated appearance is also one of its greatest features as the resulting elegance is effortless and without flaw.

Better moisture-resistance: Limestone is more compact than other natural stones so it’s less porous. If it’s installed outdoors it’s less likely to see water damage. And if it’s indoors, you can be assured even more long-lasting floors.

Plenty of variety: Despite being largely light-colored, limestone can be colored and textured to specification. Dark grey hues to deep greens that are almost black, beiges and creams are a few choices. As for texture, patterns can be cut though it looks best in its original state.

More affordable: If compared with ceramic, it’s naturally pricier but limestone is more affordable than other stones. Considering the benefits, you’ll see it’s pretty reasonable. A comparison of costs from several different installers will give you a good estimate.

Can last for decades: With proper care, limestone can last for years, even centuries. Ordinary wear and tear doesn’t rob it of its beauty either; if anything, it enhances the old world charm.

Tiny House Interior

First of all, we must keep in mind to plan for the needs as well as the extra comfort we are all used to. For instance, how about planning to have that dream pantry slide-out within the kitchen area or near? We are willing to downsize, however, why not do it smartly!

Second, if you plan to have a loft but find it too tight to sleep up there, instead think about using it as extra storage space by using large plastic containers for out of season clothing, sports or camping gear. It can also serve the double duty of an office space, as while you are sitting down working on a desk, your head space should be adequate. Installing a wall bed on the first floor will provide more comfort and is a space saving idea as well. Some wall beds bring a desk underneath and used while the bed is hidden up against the wall. This table or desk will could also be used for meals. Think big when you decide to live tiny.

Other tiny house interiors can be made with a lifted kitchen floor. If your tiny house is 8′ ft wide, then an option is to construct 3 steps that measure approximately 2′ ft. Wide on one side, and the other side can have a roll out bed underneath the lifted kitchen floor. The bed measures approximately 6 ft. Wide for a double or queen size bed. How smart is that? When you slide out the bed half-way… You may also use it as your sitting area.

How about a bed that has an electrical mechanism that slides up into the ceiling or down for sleeping? As said by Plato, “necessity is the mother of invention”. Get creative by inviting family and friends to brainstorm with you as you plan your future tiny dream home.

Avoid The Property Refurbishment Mistakes

  1. Unrealistic budget: Before buying the materials and gathering your tools, you must prepare a budget for the scope of the project. As accurately as possible, account for the pennies; they become many dollars in an inaccurate accounting of a budget. Yes, you may encounter unanticipated issues along the way, but starting a project without a budget is the biggest and most expensive issue you will have. If you are planning a hardwood floor but you only have linoleum funds; wait until you have hardwood funds. Do not try to push your pocketbook; it will not pay-off if your plans exceed your available funds.
  2. Cheap materials: This is not the contrary argument to the above; if linoleum is what your budget will afford for a project, buy the best linoleum your budget will allow. In home refurbishment, you get what you pay for. If you need to re-roof the house, use materials that will endure; they should for at least twenty years. Don’t cheapen your return on the investment by cheapening the investment.
  3. Ignoring proper preparation: If you are painting a room, don’t skip the taping of surfaces you do not want to paint. Don’t count on your careful avoidance of windows and fixtures, etc. Tape them. Your attempt to avoid these surfaces will take longer to finish and you will make mistakes regardless of your care.
  4. Inaccurate measurement: “Measure twice, cut once” is sound advice. You will have less unnecessary waste if you measure properly. It is bad enough when you waste materials and must re-purchase because of inaccurate measurement, and that, alone, will blow your budget. But what if you are having custom kitchen cabinets manufactured, and you have given inaccurate measurements to the cabinet-maker? Another measurement mistake is to expect that your walls are absolutely plumb and square. Do not expect it; measure and record them accurately.
  5. Ignoring safety: No property refurbishment project is worth the loss of a finger or an eye. Use your tools properly and wear the appropriate safety equipment for the activity. Safety glasses are very cheap insurance. Blade guards, pusher rods, gloves, perhaps even a safety helmet are appropriate gear to use and wear for certain activities.
  6. Using inappropriate tools for the job: Every refurbishment project has the proper tools recommended for the job. If you do not have the right tool, don’t try to make another tool do the job. If you need a tool, buy or rent one. This error goes hand in hand (or injures it) with the safety advice above.

Maintain Outdoor Furniture

Several products are there that are manufactured with the best of the materials like wrought iron, teak, etc. They offer much durability to the things. If you are buying one of those things you need to know how to maintain the things. In this article, we have provided certain tips that can help you to maintain the pieces of furniture for a long time.

  • Most of the manufacturer recommends that a simple wash with soap and water works wonders for the furniture. They strictly forbid using any kind of chemicals for cleaning the furnishings. This is because they think that it can make it break down by disturbing its composition.
  • If your furniture is made up of cast aluminum, wrought iron, or aluminum then it is advised that you should use a mild soap like the car washing ones for cleaning purposes. If it gets scratched to the base metal then one can sand it down using sanding paper. This will prevent rust oxidation from occurring. You can then paint it with a matching color.
  • If at all the furniture is made of natural teak then after a certain period of time it will give rise to silvery gray patina. This is a common feature of teak wood. A good thing that you can do to maintain your teak wood furniture is that you can clean it thoroughly once a year. This can be done by dissolving the household bleaching powder in warm water. The cleaning will remove out the pollution particles, algae, etc. you can also apply a coat of teak sealers so that its quality remains the same for years.
  • You can use frame covers so that the cushions clean. It is recommended that you should use breathable furniture covers. Never wash the products with pressure washers as it might destroy the quality of the cushion covers.
  • If you are keeping the outdoor furniture beside your pool then you should be a bit more careful about the materials that you are installing there. Because of the humid environment the materials used can succumb to corrosion and decay if they are not looked after in a proper way.