Archive for : June, 2017
If you feel your backyard patio needs some cool new accessories, then look no further. Due to its nature, backyard furniture tends to become old or even unusable over many years. Now that Summer is almost here, Wicker Paradise encourages you to re-think the patio and add something new to your collection.
Whether you have a big dinner-sized table or just a few chairs, the shade is always good to have around. One of the best ways to achieve this would be a Treasure Garden Umbrella. There are many different types of umbrellas, ranging from your generic straight up and down umbrella all the way to an awning style umbrella.
Another great accessory to add to your patio is some wicker furniture. This is a classic edition to any patio and gives it a look that can’t be achieved by your average plastic or metal furniture. You could get a set of wicker chairs and a wicker table for the close and personal home style feeling. Or if that’s not you’re style, you could even get wicker bar chairs for that bar you’ve always wanted.
Now that you have your furniture, you are going to need to get some patio furniture cushions. No chair is complete without extra comfortable cushions to make it that much better. Choose from a huge variety of styles and textures to get exactly what you want to see and feel when you sit down on your patio.
Having difficulty deciding where to park your car? You might need a garage for your house. However, if you have a limited budget, a carport is a much better option for you. In terms of flexibility, design selection, and cost, carports have an advantage. So, why do only a few people consider getting them?
The main argument against carports is that their function is limited. However, Benjamin Giovannetti, the president of R&B Metal Structures, say that the carports of the present are different from those in the past. You can now build one within a week without compromising design. If you are still not convinced, here are other reasons you should install a carport:
1. Gives Your Car Shelter
Above all else, a carport is your car’s shelter, and a shelter’s function is to keep those under it safe from the sun, rain, snow, and other elements. Though a carport is usually not enclosed, it can do a good job in keeping your car safe from most hazards brought by the changing weather. It also protects your vehicle against burglary, vandalism, and random attacks.
2. Does Not Require a High Budget
Unlike a shed, barn, or garage, you don’t need a building permit to install a carport as you usually only need tension fabrics to build it. Moreover, assembling the carport does not need long-term planning and construction. You can simply hire contractors like Tassie Sheds, and they can install it within a week. Payment for the construction of carports is then minimal.
3. Is Not Difficult to Install
If you prefer to install a carport by yourself, then you can do with more ease. There are a lot of ready-to-go kits that include all things you need to construct one. You don’t have to hire an engineer or an electrician to help you. What you do need is the skill and the ability to follow simple instructions. You should also have the strength to built pieces of components and put them together to form the carport.
4. Makes Car Entry Easy
Because you are no longer exposing your car under different weather conditions, you don’t have to worry about scraping accumulated ice during winter, turning car AC at its highest to get rid of the hot air during summer, or drying the car during rainy days. When you want to go somewhere, you simply have to get inside the car and enjoy a more comfortable commute.
5. Can Move With You
If you’re renting and you want to build a garage, you need lots of permits. One of which is from the owner of the house. When you move, you can destroy the garage you’ve built and bring it along with you. However, you can disassemble a carport and move it with you. Carports’ portability is one of the main reasons why a lot of people who are only renting choose them instead of garages.
6. Is More Energy Efficient
For carports, you don’t need electric garage doors, lighting, and other energy-consuming features. Thus, you will not be adding more expense to your electric bill.
Investing in a carport is the best move homeowners on a budget can make. Carports are simple but efficient. Thus, you can trust on it to protect any kind of vehicle you have.
When you are looking for a modern, stylish solution to lighting design in the home, downlights are the natural option. Downlights have many benefits and can enhance all rooms in the house. Downlights are an excellent choice when you use them well. And this means asking yourself the following questions before you install downlights in your home.
1. What Are You Using the Space For?
According to www.downlightsdirect.co.uk, you first need to consider what activities will be taking place in the room and the purpose, or purposes, of the room. If the room will be the place where many different activities take place then you will need a more flexible approach to locating and designing with downlights. For example, if you are using a living room for watching TV as well as reading, and doing a hobby where you need good light, you will need different styles of downlights in your lighting plan in order for everyone to effectively use the room.
2. What are the Focal Points?
One of the biggest mistakes in home lighting is highlighting the wrong things in a room. Often, wasted space is illuminated while artwork and nice furniture hide in the shadows. While you cannot highlight everything, and you shouldn’t try to, you can choose certain elements that should be put in the downlight spotlight.
3. What Mood Do You Want to Achieve?
It is likely that you will want to achieve different moods in the same room at different times. For example, you may want a bathroom to be bright and cheerful in the morning when you are getting ready for work and relaxed and romantic in the evening when taking a bath. Downlights can help to create these moods and using flexible lighting solutions allows you to set a number of different moods in the same room.
4. What’s Your Budget?
When you are thinking about any lighting project you need to be clear from the outset how much you want to spend on your lighting design. Bear in mind that you will need to pay for installation costs and also the cost of the bulbs. Shopping around online can net you a better deal on your downlights so you can stay within budget as you create your ideally lit home.
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Re-doing your bathroom and want to try a bit of DIY? Tiling your own bathroom wall isn’t impossible, but it is tricky. In order to complete the job yourself, you’ll have to research the tricks of the trade prior to starting and make sure you’re well equipped to meet the task. Doing it yourself will be much cheaper than hiring someone to do it for you, though, so it’s definitely a skill that’s worth learning. Here are some tips to tiling:
1. Ensure your safety
The first thing you need to consider is the safety of yourself and others; if you only have one bathroom in your home, it’s likely that your bathroom will still be in use during your tiling operation. It’s therefore imperative that any broken tiles or sharp edges are kept out of people’s reach, particularly if there are children in the vicinity who may enter the bathroom. Keeping a tidy working area will also help to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
If you’re removing existing tiles, you will have to wear gloves to protect your hands from any fragments that may fall off, or any tiles that have become damaged and have sharp edges. A dust mask will help to keep any dust coming from the removal out of your airways.
2. Get your tools in order
There are a few things you’ll need to collect before you start tiling, the most obvious being your tiles (more on that in a second). You’ll have to think carefully about the kind of design you want and plan how you’ll tile if; if you want a border to break up a block colour, for example, you’ll have to work out where you want the border to start, and make sure it can be installed symmetrically around the whole room. Tiling grout and adhesives is another must-have, as are tile spacers, trowels, and a tile cutting tool.
3. Buy your tiles
Working out exactly how many tiles you need can be tricky, especially if you have a number of tricky corners that need to be tiled and filled. Most packs of tiles you can buy in shops are designed to cover one square metre, so expect to buy your tiles per square metre. Measure the width and height of the area you want to tile, then multiply the results to find out how many square metre packs you’ll need. It’s worth investing in a couple of additional packs, just in case there are some tricky edges or door frames that may need to be edged with cut tiles. If it’s your first time tiling, you’ll probably need a couple of extra tiles to make up for mistakes. There plenty of sites out there, like Better Bathrooms for example, that sell tiles in bulk at really competitive rate.
4. Plan your start area
The logical temptation is tot start tiling from a corner, but this isn’t a good idea; the wall may not be completely straight, and you may end up with a full tile at one end and a cut-off tile at the other end, which will ruin the symmetrical effect of the tiling. A better idea is to measure the wall, and start in the middle; that way, your tiles will be cut evenly at the edges, and your spacing will be symmetrical around the room.