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Some Space for Kitchens and Bathrooms

• Purchase Miniature

For very small kitchens and bathrooms, they make smaller-than-the-standard 600mm wide appliances and vanities. They can be a godsend. Dishwashers in a 450mm version are manufactured by some European appliance manufacturers. If they will work for you, you can find two-burner models available in cook tops. This will save you a lot of valuable counter space. Storage-packed vanity units that are around 400mm or 500mm wide are available for your bathrooms, and they work well for extra storage. If needed, you can find the largest length of wall in your home and build a vanity the entire length of it to max out storage.

• Double Up

Look to see if you can find things that work as two different things such as: an oven that doubles as a conventional and a microwave, a shower over a small bath, or a bathroom mirror that’s also a storage cabinet. Fill each to capacity and get as much function into each space as possible. This way, you won’t be adding extra items that take up

Eco Friendly Materials

Houses which offer solutions to both financial and environmental problems have appealed the public interest. If you are also keen to show your integrity to this cause, you should plan to build or renovate your home with these eco-friendly materials and techniques. Today, there are several home designs available which are elegant and durable as well.

Major eco-friendly materials are discussed below. Remember! These materials are not only meeting high standards of quality, durability and beauty, but also they are cost effective.

Roofing with solar panels

Today, there are many eco-friendly roofing materials available in the market. The major choices are fiber-cement composite roofing, recycled wood and metal shingles- aluminum and copper. The installation of the solar panels in the roofs is very common now. Cheaper ways of installing these energy-efficient home additions can be found as well.

Modern replacement windows

NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) has established a rating system for the efficiency of window replacements. The idea of making such eco-friendly windows is specifically to avoid heat loss, glass condensation along with moist

Drawing Up Home Floor Plans

If the floor plans are being made by a specialist such as an architect or engineer, the homeowner has the advantage of experience and expertise on his side. However, no one knows the needs of a home better than the homeowner and a customized design can be put together by the individual concerned.

There are plenty of tips and suggestions to prepare customized floor plans. But some of the very basic and essential ones should include –

• Choosing a floor plan that reflects the lifestyle of the occupants – family size and age of the occupants is an important factor. Families with young children will prefer to have the living spaces grouped together in one area to have greater privacy and security; on the other hand, teenagers are won’t to need separate bedrooms to have their own privacy. Any home floor plan should start with these basics.

• Formal or informal spaces – if the homeowner is the kind of person who has to entertain constantly, formal spaces become a necessity. A spacious foyer with

Save Space in Home

Utility Room:

Struggling to dry clothes during the winter months? Considering a tumble dryer but concerned that you do not have the space in your utility room? Did you know there are steps you can take to ensure you’re able to benefit from the drying power of a tumble dryer without losing valuable space?

One of the best ways to utilise the space when bringing a tumble dryer into the home is to stack it on top of the washing machine. To do this we recommend using a stacking kit.

NB: Failure to use a stacking kit has the potential to cause accidents, such as the top appliance falling over when the door is pulled open.

Universal stacking kits are quick and easy to install, enabling you to safely and securely stack your tumble dryer on top of your washing machine. The majority of stacking kits are suitable to be used with appliances which are 60cm by 60cm, although we recommend checking the dimensions before purchasing.

Along with enabling you to securely stack your tumble dryer on top of your washing machine, the Wpro Universal Stacking Kit can be purchased with a slide

Types Of House Plans

Hearth Plan

It’s almost similar to the cranberry plan, but with a few modifications. The modifications include:

Larger, more modern picture window with traditional panes

An overhand multi-level roof that is similar to a western bungalow

A built-in flower box that is mainly made for ornamental purposes

An elevated roof that has an American bungalow design. This makes it possible for you to expand the second-floor.

Full Pleasure Plan

Although, it’s an early American design, it’s very common in the modern world. The plan is characterized by a rectangular shape that comes with a garage addition. It also has double-hung windows, shingle, center hall floor, and a roof that is a steep pitch.

Tradition Plan

The traditional plan has a number of features that are similar to those found in colonial homes from the American south. The homes have a rectangular shape, steep pitch, and a center hall floor plan.

To make the plan modern there have been a number of modifications such as: front dormers, large picture window, imposing chimney and a fireplace that has been integrated into the exterior wall. These houses are designed to be

Select Architects For House Plans

It’s good to start with phone interviews. When doing the interview you should remember that architects are highly paid professionals; therefore, you shouldn’t waste a lot of the professional’s time.

To be on the safe side you should have a list of questions that you would like to ask. A good architect will take his/her time to answer your questions. You should ask questions on experience, design principles, and anything else that you feel necessary.

After doing the phone interview, you should narrow down your list to three or five top candidates who answered your questions correctly. You should then schedule time to meet in person. When you meet, you should ask more questions that touch on services offered, design principles, fees charged and insurance.

To save money, you should work with an architect who offers a full range of services. For example, he should offer schematic design, bid assistance, construction documents, design development, and construction administration.

When it comes to the fees charged, it’s good to note that some architects charge an hourly rate while others have a fixed charge. If the professional charges an hourly rate, you should find out if there

Home Additions to Modify Living Space

Spending Less for More

The expense of finding a larger house and moving can be significant. In the long run, it’s likely that expanding your existing living space will cost less than it would to move to a new house. In many cases, you can increase your overall quality of living with a renovation project for less money than you would spend to find a larger residence.

Designing the Space Yourself

You probably know exactly what you need and want in your improvement project. While you could search to find this in a new house, renovating your existing space can enable you to design the space you want to make it fit your needs exactly. Go ahead and add the storage or the skylights you have been craving. Home additions give you creative freedom to design exactly the room or rooms you want for your house.

Adding Luxury

Perhaps you’re looking to increase the luxury space in your surroundings. A renovation project can be the perfect way to make this happen. Remodel the space to create a luxury bathroom with all the expensive amenities that you’ve been dreaming about, such as whirlpool baths

Natural Stone Cladding

Stone claddings help you access luxury at lesser cost and keep up with the times. Here are some advantages that go along with these revamping materials.

Protection from weather

Constructions made of concrete are vulnerable to the action of environmental agents such water, heat, and microorganisms. Covering the walls using stone veneers shields your wall from degrading agents and makes it look exquisite.

Beautify walls affordable

Numerous color combinations and features make stone veneers the attractive choices for homes. Stone wall clads are an inexpensive way to give your walls, the most beautiful revamp.

Heat resistance

Natural stones absorb radiation and release them gradually, keeping the room temperature constant, helping you avoid dependence on room heaters. When used outdoors, they resist temperature well and remain strong for years.

Non-porous

Stone cladding are non-porous materials which protect your walls against attacks of environmental agents, thus enhancing the life of your walls.

Man-made

Stone cladding are composites of stone pieces glued together as tiles. Stone claddings can also be man-made, usually of concrete, resembling the looks of materials such as wood, stones, ceramic, etc.

Easy customizable

Unlike stone,

House Styles

Contemporary

They were popular between 1950 and 1970 and they feature tall windows that allow plenty of light in. This aids in saving you energy bills as you don’t have to warm the house or light the bulbs.

There are some architects that design contemporary houses made from recycled non-toxic materials. There are others that are a mix of different materials such as stone, brick and wood.

Colonial home

It originated in the 1600s and is characterised by evenly shuttered windows, chimneys, dormers, and columns. The windows are usually double-hung and have small, equally sized square panes.

While the style can be found in every part of the world, it’s very common in the East coast, Midwest and Deep South America.

There are many variations of the colonial style. The most common variations being: Dutch, Georgian, and Federal. Each style is unique and you should work with your architect to come up with a design that is right for you.

French provincial

The style is inspired by the estates of the French countryside and it became popular during the First World War.

There are many modern styles that are

Eco-Friendly House Design

Doors and windows

The door provides light and also allows warm air to escape thus leaving your house smelling fresh. You should go for a large front door without windows. As rule of thumb the door should be made from eco-friendly wood or any other material.

When it comes to windows, you should go energy star-rated windows that are ideal for your climate zone. You should install the windows in an angle allowing maximum light to enter the house.

To allow more light you should install glass panels at the base. For the windows to admit breezes they should have glass panels at the base. Breezes bring in cool air thus eliminating the need for air-conditioning. This in turn saves you a lot of money.

Insulation

Insulation prevents heat and air from escaping the house thus you don’t need to heat the house. For ideal results you should hire a professional contractor to install the insulation.

Roofing

There are many roofing materials that you can use, but only a few make your house eco-friendly. You should install roofing materials made from recycled resources. One of the best options to go with

Choose Balcony Design

Before investing any money into the implementation of your design ideas, make sure that these are in conjunction with local building codes. Local regulations could significantly limit the addition of special features in this area in an effort to promote safety. Consult with the planning department to find out which concessions must be made before construction is started. This will eliminate the need to backtrack in your construction efforts and the associated loss.

Determine whether or not you want this space to have any special features for relaxation or food preparation. Outdoor kitchens are a major trend in backyard designs, but they can also be added to elevated and well-supported structures like balconies or terraces. Some people even install hot tubs or small wading pools depending upon their balcony sizes and their household needs. These are features that are cheaper and easier to add in at the start of construction then they are after building is done.

Some people might want to wall off their balconies or terraces for added privacy. There are semi-permanent and permanent solutions that can be used. A privacy screen will provide the greatest level of adaptability, but you may want to

Siding Choices

Masonry

Brick and stone are strong materials that are both water and fire resistant. This type of siding is highly durable, holding up well to hot and cold extremes. It also provides natural insulation that keeps the home interior a comfortable temperature. Masonry options include cultured stone, a man-made product that simulates the look of natural stone, and real stone veneers, which can incorporate granite, marble, slate or other stone materials. What’s more, masonry protects the house against extreme weather such as high wind gusts, driving rain and hail.

Wood

With proper care, wood will hold up in all weather conditions. It’s important to perform periodic maintenance such as sealing to protect this material, especially in colder climates. Wood can give a home a timeless, inviting look. There are many types of wood to choose from, including cedar, redwood, and cypress. Wood provides natural insulation. It can be stained to suit virtually any color scheme. This material requires a bit of extra work to keep it in good shape through changing weather conditions, but for many homeowners, the results are worth it.

Engineered Wood

An alternative to natural wood planks is engineered wood.

Guide to Extending Home

A good starting point is the consideration that you want to make sure that whatever you build offers a return on your investment. While it may simply be that you family are out growing the space, it is always sensible to ensure that the space you are adding offers a return. What else should you consider?

It is good to always think practically. If you are adding more bedrooms to your property, then you should also consider additional bathrooms. If you are planning a double-storey extension, then you also need to consider access to the additional space upstairs. Are you increasing the size of your property so much that you should also consider additional parking? These are all elements that will need to be carefully thought out prior to requesting planning.

The cost of your extension is going to increase as the size does. There are guidelines on the average cost per/m2. These may range between £1000 to £2000, depending on the preparatory work required and standard of finish. The higher the standard of specification, the more you will pay. It is also important to remember that if you are considering a double-storey extension it will

Movable Walls

These are the walls that look nice and are also practical. The mobility can be adjusted according to the amount of space you are having. This wall is quite handy when you need to move furniture you can simply move your walls and allow space to move. Here are some other benefits of movable walls.

Here are some of them explained
• These walls are 100 percent usable and are a sustainable product. This means it is practical in terms of cost and environment.
• They are also cleaner as compared to drywall and provide a better quality of air inside your house. You can also utilize them in commercial areas as your works will feel better and this will enhance productivity.
• These walls are aesthetically pleasing and also help with daylighting.
• There are several other benefits you are going to get
• It is unitized and you can eliminate all the extra cost of vendors and manufacturers.

There are several other advantages that you are going to get with this type of wall. These days there are the majority of the homeowners are adopting for it because of the convenience and affordability. These

Change A Log Cabin Exterior

Garden

Plants add life and compliment the exterior of your cabin. There are those who choose to grow flowers and the others that go with the vegetables. The garden is a perfect decoration for both the front and the backyard of a log cabin. You can always choose the theme for a wishing garden, such as, English, Japanese, feng shui style and alike. It’s important not to forget that the garden should be a place where the good vibes appear. What ads more fun to have a log cabin with a garden – is your own grown vegetables, that are an option for healthier eating. And of course for more active leisure spending.

Terrace

Basically, a terrace is a platform that extends outwards from a building. This is a place where you can relax over the weekend and spend quality time with your family enjoying the sunshine or the cool breeze. Nevertheless, a terrace changes the exterior of a log cabin. Have some quality furniture and complementing accessories on the terrace wishing to create a perfect place to spend your free time alone or in someone’s company.

Log repair

Some logs are prone

Choose Correct House Plans

Where you live can ultimately impact the type of house that you will find is best suited for you and your family. Houses that are meant to be single family homes will give you the option for a lawn in the front and rear while also giving you the extra space necessary for enlarging if need be. Homes that are attached, such as condos or brownstones and the like can also meet the needs that a single family home does but these needs might be met with a house plan that involves multiple levels. Determine which of these styles is prevalent in the area where you plan to live and make your house plans accordingly.

Know the Pros and Cons

There is no perfect plan. No matter which one you choose, there will be pros and cons. What you need to do is to determine what your priorities are. For example, a large window wall in the living room will be able to allow for loads of natural lighting. However, that same window wall will also cause your heating and cooling bills to be higher. Weigh each of the pros and cons carefully when you are

Info of Basic Home Maintenance

Unblocking the drains – You start with pouring boiling water into the plughole. If this does not work, you will have to resort to chemicals such as the caustic soda. You can however avoid drain blockages by regular use of drain cleaners.

Handling the water supply – These are times you need to switch the hot and cold supply of water on and off. You need to be aware of the physical location of the stop valve and the cistern for handling the supply of hot and cold water.

Maintain the appliances – Appliances such as the water heating system, air conditioning system and the electrical systems require high repair costs. You are better off to ensure appliances requiring high repair costs are well covered under an insurance plan. Always better to insist on regular servicing of high value appliances which would prevent periodic break down.

Maintaining the landscape – landscaping is best enjoyed when you manage it well. It comes only with experience and starts with a simple guide on how to landscape yourself.

Maintenance of the swimming pool – Learn those few very simple steps to regularly clean your swimming pool. How

House Painting Procedures

All it takes for homeowners to paint their own house is to spend longer time to complete the job, not to mention the risks of a horrible outcome. Homeowners can prevent these risks by asking assistance from an expert. Paint store can also be the best source of useful house painting ideas. Read on for additional house painting tips.

First thing, homeowners need to do before painting their own house, is to decide which part they will paint first. Choosing the right paint color must come next. Homeowners need to know that selecting the proper color is indeed crucial when it comes to painting; since color needs to complement with other home furnishings and fabrics inside or outside the house.

The next thing homeowners need to do is to prepare all painting supplies and tools. Double-checking of the supplies, tools, and equipment is necessary to avoid delay. Next step is to remove all furnishings from the painting area to prevent paint smears. Surfaces must be clear from dust and other obstructions to ensure a glossy and smooth painting result. To achieve this, power cleaning is necessary.

When all of the surfaces are clear, homeowners must

Info about Basic Maintenance for Home

If you are new to home ownership, then determining what type of checking on the home exterior needs to be done can be stressful. So, to help out, here are the place you need to be paying special attention to:

  • Gutters – The gutters of your home control the amount of rainwater reaches your home’s exterior and protect your roofing as well as your home’s siding. Be sure they are attached correctly and are not sagging anywhere. It is also important to clean them periodically so that there is no build up of debris.
  • Paint – Take time to note if you need to touch up an area or call in a professional painting crew. The status of the paint job/siding will be one of the first thing people notice.
  • Siding – If you have vinyl siding, or one of its sister products, then you will want to clean it off periodically using a pressure sprayer.
  • Windows – Be sure these are not just clean, but open and close as they are designed to do.
  • Patio or deck – e sure that the boards are sound, and that any debris is swept off of them. Not only does this look better,

Good House Maintenance Routine

The last time you made a thorough inspection of your house was probably before you bought it more than 20 year s ago. In doing house maintenance, you need to make another thorough inspection of the entire structure.

A complete inspection of the entire house should be done on a regular basis. Employing an expert building inspector can help you identify potential problems before they result in costly repairs. This practice can help lower your maintenance cost where simple repairs are needed rather than more serious and extensive maintenance work.

Another helpful idea aside from a regular inspection is keeping a log which would indicate all the maintenance jobs done in your house beginning from the time when you moved in. By logging these repairs, you will be able to monitor the maintenance details including the condition of the repairs as well as the costs.

Setting aside a separate account for house maintenance purposes is another brilliant idea as you will always need to have something repaired in your house. By keeping a maintenance fund, it will save you a lot of trouble in case repairs become absolutely necessary.

A round of preventive maintenance