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Thursday, May 4, 2017

5 Tips to Help You Keep Your Home Office Organized

Your office at home is important to your business. If you can’t find important documents or your office desk is too cluttered to be able to undertake any paperwork, it’s time you got things in order to make working at home easier. The best way of decluttering your office is to keep things organized and create places for everything you need. Here are five top tips that will give you the home office that you’ve always wanted.


Keep Your Home Office Organized

1. Label Everything

You can never have enough rolls of labels at your disposal when you have an office at home. Invest in a good label maker and purchase Dymo address labels so you can label everything. This doesn’t mean you have to label items such as your computer screen to let you know it’s a computer screen, it just means you should consider labeling the different drawers of your filing cabinet, or the various folders and boxes you have in your office. It will make finding important documents much easier and you’ll find that efficiency is much higher when you’re working.

2. Keep Documents Color-coded

While labeling your folders, boxes and filing cabinet drawers will let you know what’s what, you should still color-code important files and folders so you know exactly what you’re looking for. You can use a green folder for anything financial, a red folder for personal affairs, and a blue folder for insurance documents – the list goes on.


home office organization

3. Create a Shredding & Printing Station

Make room for your shredder so you can shred unimportant documents once you’ve built up a reasonably sized stack. Once you’ve read a document and it’s not worth keeping, neatly stack those documents in a pile so you can shred them later. It’s also wise to create a station for your printing needs so you can easily print and label documents ready to be posted without having things lying around.

4. Invest in a Filing Cabinet

A home office isn’t a home office without a good filing cabinet for you to keep your documents organized. With a filing cabinet, you’ll be able to keep your different document types in separate drawers, or you’ll at least be able to separate them by using the color-coding method stated above.


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5. Store Accessories in Containers

If you have a variety of pens you need to keep, invest in a good pen pot to hold them together so you can keep them all in one place. Invest in multiple containers for other accessories such as staplers, hole-punchers, markers, blank paper etc. If you keep accessories together you’ll know exactly where they are when you need them, instead of them being piled on your desk where you need room to work.

An office environment needs to be clean and decluttered. If you can work more efficiently, you’ll be able to get more done, which is the main benefit of having a home office that is clean and well-organized.

Tips to Consider to Help Keep Your Garage Clean

Whether your garage is just a normal built-in garage or one of those steel buildings at the bottom of your driveway, it’s nice to keep it clean and tidy because you never know when you’ll need to take tools or other items out of it. A lot of homeowners don’t use the garage for their vehicles; they just use it as a dumping ground for unused items and tools. Your garage doesn’t have to be a dumping ground as it can be another place for you to enjoy instead. 

If you’re looking for ways to keep your garage clean and tidy, have a look at some of the information below that will help you in the process.


Take Everything Out and Start Again

If you want to keep your garage clean it’s important you have a space for everything, and being able to create a space for everything will require you to take everything out to sort out completely. Start by taking every single item out of your garage and then consider how best to organize everything. Once your garage is empty, give it a spring clean to remove dust and cobwebs and then consider doing the same to every item you’re going to store in there again.

Get Rid of Useless Items You No Longer Need

If you’ve got a broken lawnmower sitting right next to your working new one in your garage, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t chuck the broken one out or at least get it repaired so you can sell it. The garage doesn’t need to have rubbish stacked in it or items you don’t use anymore so give it a good clear out and you’ll find you have much more space to work with when it comes to finding a place for everything.


Create Cabinets & Other Storage Space-Savers

Home-made cabinets are a fantastic way to keep your garage in tip-top shape. Cabinets provide room for your tools and other products such as used paint cans and car care products. Building shelves is always a terrific way to take advantage of the higher space and there’s no reason why shouldn’t bang nails into the wall so you can hang hand tools such as hammers and handsaws for you to be able to easily access when you need them.

Paint Your Garage Floor

A lot of homeowners turn their noses up at the idea of painting their garage floors, but you’ll find it’s an effective way to keep the floor spick and span. The process of painting your garage floor is very easy and even though many homeowners feel it is an expensive project, it’s actually affordable and will cost you around $30-$50 to complete the project.



If you organize your garage in such a way so you can take advantage of all the space on offer, you’ll find keeping your garage clean is very easy and you’ll only have to go out there once every few weeks to give your newly painted floor a sweep.

Image: California Closets HQSGA Architecture

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Amazing Backyard Ideas For Sustainability And Long-Term Functionality


Although we have some basic inkling when it comes to a backyard, we can never be certain whether an idea will fit our property. Furthermore, you might even get something that looks amazing on paper investing a lot of money and time into it just to be disappointed after a few months.

Amazing Backyard Ideas For Sustainability

This is mainly due to the fact that people see backyards as something that should provide them fun and exciting moments. We rarely think about backyards functionality and whether we really need particular improvement we thought about introducing.

In order to help you out, I made this article. Every idea is based on sustainability and long-term functionality. No matter what you decide to put out of these, they will work out.

1. Water tank

Water tank

Water barrels have existed for quite a long time. Having that in mind, water tanks are like children in comparison. Nevertheless, they are a concept that works.

So, what are water tanks? They are a type of water collection system that picks up the rain, stores it and then, with a water pump, drives it to your home. This water can, later on, be used for drinking and other stuff such as cooking meals. You can buy water pumps at forpumps.com.au, they offer 30 days return policy too.

Tank and pump can be rather expensive but they are a great long-term solution that will save you a lot of money. They are especially great if you have a lot of space in your backyard and are uncertain what you wish to do with it.

2. Solar collectors

Solar collectors

Most people see solar panels as something that can be placed on the roof. But you can also put them in your backyard as long as there is a direct line from the Sun to them.

Solar collectors are rather inexpensive nowadays especially if we compare it with several years ago when they were a luxury. In fact, there are a lot of countries that are stimulating homeowners to purchase one. There are tax breaks, subventions and other forms of financial assistance.

And, why should you get several solar panels? They are really great in the long run and will save so much money for you. It is especially great if you consider that this small move will reduce weight from local government shoulders.

3. Gardening

Gardening

Several years ago, no one could’ve expected that homes in urban areas would start growing their own vegetables. But, with the recent recession and a lot of people staying out of jobs, this has become a really amazing way to feed your family.

Planting fruits and vegetables is another sustainable way of running your household. Instead of paying so much money for organic food, you can grow it yourself.

Another great benefit when you have your own garden is that it allows you to control everything. In other words, you can be certain that you’re eating food without any additives or potentially hazardous matters.

Lastly, gardening is something that will keep you in shape at all times. No more need to pay for an expensive gym membership!

Image source: Caterpillar HouseGreen Greenberg Green House and SURROUNDS Landscape Architecture + Construction

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How to Get the Best Window Treatment for your Home?

Windows are an integral part of any home. These are the elements that make the home worth living, because of the ventilation and light that they permit to come inside the home. These are essential things as they let the stale air out, fresh air in, and also prevent entry of bacteria, fungus and dust mites into the house. 

But, this is also a fact that no one wants an unrestricted flow of wind and light into their homes. They always want only the right amount of wind and light that they require for a healthy living. This can be achieved with the help of the window blinds. The best way is to get the custom window blinds because they give you a great way of controlling the amount of light and wind according to your preference.


There are many styles to choose from as far as the custom window blinds are considered. Depending on your preference you can choose the style and color that you want. The best thing is that these are available in all the home improvement stores and you can easily find a vendor to get these blinds at your convenience.

The blinds are made of many kinds of materials such as:

• Aluminum
• Wood
• Bamboo

The aluminum blinds are very light in weight and still provide you the perfect protection from the light and wind.

Wood is a great material that not only gives you complete protection from outside temperature changes but also helps you make your home look great.

Bamboo is a great material that affords all the advantages that wood has and is also cheaper than wood. It lasts a good time and can be replaced at will, because of its low cost.


Most of the people who get these custom window blinds are most concerned about their cleaning. The cleaning of the window blinds depends on the material that is used to make them. The aluminum blinds can be cleaned using a damp cloth or just a piece of damp sponge. You could use a mild detergent with cold or lukewarm water for stains that are tough, or you could just dip the whole blind into a bucket of warm water with soap.

However, it is the wooden blinds that need a lot of care. Because a lot of moisture can destroy your blind as it may bend due to exposure to water. It is always preferable to get the wooden blinds polished once in a while. To keep the wooden blinds hassle free, you can fabric pleat the blinds. This will prevent any dirt to settle on the blinds and you will not need to clean them at periodic intervals.


The wooden blinds are definitely something that will need you to invest a lot of your money. But this does not mean that people who have limited budget cannot afford to have window treatment at their homes.

In fact, there are many kinds of blinds that are available at lower costs. If you want to save money on your blinds it is important that you do not go in for the designer blinds. If you are looking for the cheapest of the blinds then these options would suit your need the best.

This is the cheapest type of blinds available in the market. This is mainly from China and it is even cheaper if you can get them from China.

These are also cheap blinds. They may be sensitive to UV rays but once treated properly, they become considerably UV resistant. They have longer life than the paper blinds and are still affordable for all the people.

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Exceptionally Beautiful Steel Balustrading for Your Home

Steel Balustrading systems are those systems wherein the sides of the roof, stairs and balconies are made safe and secure using various components. There are many materials, which are used to make the balustrades, and steel balustrades are now the newest trends to decorate your home. Steel balustrades are glossy, they are easy to clean and maintain and you can also customize the designs as per your need.

There are glass Balustrading systems, wooden Balustrading systems, and even wired Balustrading systems depending on your need.

What are exactly steel balustrades?

Steel Balustrade systems are basically stainless steel pipes and bars attached to frame on the corners of a roof and balconies or even a staircase. These are very important for many reasons starting with safety to beauty each and everything is covered here.

They are unique and beautiful and built to provide safety to people and enhance the beauty of the place where they are constructed. So here are some tips and ideas to make a cool Balustrade system in your home.

Steel Balustrading


Ideas to make cool Steel Balustrading systems in your home

• Try to keep a balance between the steel and glass

Steel and glass are like two distinct brothers from one mother and have been used in many places. When it comes to balustrading, steel and glass are mostly used as a covering between two panels of stainless steel to cover the space. Glass being a transparent object one can see through it easily and it looks very trendy as well.

• Always keep the Balustrading systems transparent

Transparent Balustrading is the trend of the day so you can always increase some lines of rods and pipes to make the system strong along with a handrail and then get it fixed on the stairs or rooftops and balconies. As mentioned above you can use glass as well in the empty spaces or you can just leave that place empty as both are cool and look very good. Powdered steel coatings on the balustrades make them stronger and they also last long.

• Choose the best quality steel rods and pipes

A Balustrading system may be very nicely made and designed but if it’s not strong it’s of no use at all. So, when you are making Balustrading systems at home make sure that you use the best quality stainless steel which is certified and can carry the weight of people in case they lean over it.

• Design the Steel Balustrading systems properly

There are many catalogs available online as well for you to download and choose the best Steel Balustrading systems from. Search on the web and you will find the best designs ever and then show them to your architect or designer and they either will design the same for you or even may get something better for you than what you thought they can design.

Steel Balustrading

What are the benefits of steel balustrades?

•Stainless steel is a highly affordable and easily accessible material. Cable railings and pipe balustrades are some of the things that you can make with steel balustrades.

•Stainless steel balustrades are extremely durable and they are not susceptible to extreme weather conditions like snow, rain, frost and excess heat.

•You will get stainless steel balustrades in numerous designs and they enhance the aesthetic value of your home.

It’s your own decision as to what material comes into your house while it is being constructed so make sure that you buy the best in class steel balustrades when you are making your own house.

Disclosure: Text and images provided by the contributor.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Give French Touch to Your Bedroom with French Provincial Bed

Well, to give a romantic touch to their bedroom, often people choose French Provincial décor. In case, you want to decorate your room you must look into these few designs, which would change your perception to look for French Provincial Bed Designs. French Designs are timeless, and are popular. The combination of exquisite lines and culture is primarily paving the way for the people with a delicate taste. The unique touch of feminism and elegance will take you back to the period of Kings and Queens reign. The comfort and the beauty will simply convert your bedroom for a wonderland room of a palace.

French Provincial Bed

Types of French Provincial Bed Designs:

Headboard

The usage of the headboard and the wall next to it is a focal point in the bedroom. The bed itself takes the center stage, especially, in this particular design. The colors are muted, which adds externally to its romanticism.

Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom Design is primarily the best classic version of the French piece. It uses the elegant lines along with those beautiful curves in the furniture, apart from the bedroom accessories. It gives a typical look to the French Provincial Bed.

Pretty in Pink

The French designs are too romantic as well as charming. If used along with the French Provincial Beds, it will certainly have a soothing effect in the entire room.

Cantera Elegance

French designs are used to be the most luxurious masterpieces. On this, the bed is the focal point. It adds an extra amount of elegance to the French Provincial Beds. The color added to it makes the room appealing, inviting, and regal.

Lovely in Lilac

This type of design is used to forge and openwork beds or iron beds and adds a good accent for the French inspired bedroom. You must use the layers of lavender in this type of bedroom design. It seems sophisticated than overpowering. It is ravishing and relaxing as well.

Enchanted Oaks

The French Country bedroom designs are best suited for Enchanted Oaks. It looks kind of ethnic to the French Provincial Bed. Try to combine the bedroom with beautiful furniture with a motif of pastoral to create the French country feel.

Weston Residence

The Weston Residence will certainly give a feeling of retreat along with the dramatic valance and magnificence. French Provincial Beds with a soothing color along with the subtle patterns and textures make it an elegant French bedroom design.

Pastel Bedroom

The Pastel Bedroom adds a metallic shade to the subtlety of the openwork bed forming a silky texture. This is a kind of chic way to add the French touch in a bedroom design while boasting the Provincial Beds.

French Bedroom

If you are in love with the feminine feel that a bedroom can give, then the French Bedroom is the appropriate one. It adds to the elegant details and makes a serene retreat to the love of royalties.

French Bed


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The French designs are very much popular in giving and using a lot of pale colors like greens and cream colors, which is used in the bedroom design. The boudoir is primarily filled with different amount of textures and patterns primarily complementing each other. It has a finish of rich and luxurious atmosphere.

The French Bedroom Company

This is also a feminine and a mellow bedroom design. It has a very intricate detail of furniture used with soft colors, which seem to be welcoming and charming.

Hence, you must have a good knowledge about the French designs when you actually design your own French Provincial Beds. There are various options to choose from that fits perfectly with your bedroom.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. All images and text provided by the contributor.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10 Home Cleaning Hacks for Busy People

All kinds of homes require cleaning to function well—high-rise condos, modest apartment, or even designer prefab homes. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of daily life can take time away from cleaning. But don’t let work and lifestyle get away from your cleaning tasks. When life gets busy, apply these ten cleaning hacks to have spic and span rooms in a breeze.

10 Home Cleaning Hacks for Busy People

1. Clean the insides of blenders by blending soap and water

Shakes and smoothies are a sweet treat you can take any day. All’s good and well until you have to clean your blenders with sharp blades, which make the insides hard to clean.

Cleaning hack: Blend soap and water, push the button, and you’re done!

2. Disinfect objects through boiling

Most disinfectants tend to be costly and have some chemical propositions that may be hazardous to your health. Disinfecting through boiling and hot water, on the other hand, is an effective and cheap way to kill germs and avoid spreading of diseases.

Cleaning Hacks boiling

Cleaning hack: Wash and soak objects (toys, sheets, clothes, appliances) in hot water and soap. Be wary of some plastics, though, as it may melt under the heat.

3. Do a 15-minute clean up before going to bed

Dreaming of a peaceful and a good night sleep? Make 15-minute cleaning before bed a daily habit for you, your family, or your roommates. The feeling of getting everything done before going to bed is a satisfying feat. Through this, you can face the next day with no worries and dirt troubles.

Cleaning hack: Set a 15-minute timer and assign a room to clean up before going to bed. Cheers to good mornings!

4. Place a shoe rack by the door

Having footwear all over the place, especially when you have celebrations or any form of gathering can cause dirt to lie around and be a visitor in your floors as well.

Cleaning hack: Put shoe racks or closets near the door, so your visitors can easily store their shoes and keep the floors clean.

>Cleaning Hacks Shoes

5. Put microfiber cloths in easy to reach places for easy dusting

Microfiber cloths are cleaning wonders for when you need to dust away. Simply wiping will just leave the dust to settle to other places, and will add more cleaning time.

Cleaning hack: When in need of dusting, make sure to have a microfiber cloth nearby. Avoid wiping on greasy and oily materials, as it may damage the cloth and be less sufficient.

6. Mix lemon and baking soda to clean countertops

When lemon and baking soda combine, you can be sure that your surfaces will be clean in just a wipe. These two are cleaning charms and have been tried and tested already by a lot of people when it comes to cleaning. It’s safe, natural, and have few coarse chemicals to worry about.

Cleaning hack: Clean and wipe countertops and surfaces by mixing lemon juice and baking soda.

Cleaning Hacks Lemon

7. Use liquid shower gels to remove bathroom grout

Bathroom grout is one of the toughest stains you’ll have to clean and encounter. You may be squeaky clean after every refreshing bath, but your bathroom won’t be as clean as you.

To counter the grout, here’s a neat trick: use shower gels instead of bath soaps. The oils found in soap can cause grout, while shower gels have specially formulated ingredients.

Cleaning hack: Use shower gels instead of bath soap when bathing. Scrub the excess residue on the bathroom floor to clean grout.

8. Prevent rusting with petroleum jelly

It’s inevitable that metal objects will rust over time. To ensure that such objects can stand the test of time, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly to avoid rusting and be usable for a long time.

Cleaning hack: Dab petroleum jelly on certain tools, metal objects, and furniture to prevent rusting.



Cleaning Hacks Rust

9. Clean spilled glitter with clay or tape

What glitters is not usually gold, as glitters could spill on your floor and be a challenging task to clean up. No worries, though, because clay and scotch tape are here to save your day. Just place either of these two materials, and the glitter will stick to it like glue.

Cleaning hack: Pick up spilled glitter with clay or scotch tape.

10. Make salt as an alternative stain remover

Apart from delicious cooking, salt is also a great factor when removing stains and for home cleaning. Different kinds of salts (e.g. iodized, coarse) can be matched with other elements like lemon and vinegar to get the job done right.

Cleaning hack: Add salt to a mixture of water for stain removal. Its natural components can be your ally in home cleaning.

In all honesty, cleaning is both a refreshing and an enlightening experience. Nothing beats the feeling of a newly-cleaned and decluttered room where you can see spaces that weren’t freed up before.

Yes, the task might be grueling and tiring, but if you’ll look around the corner, cleaning comes with a lot of benefits. With these hacks, you can wipe your way to a cleaner home with little to no costs in no time.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Redecorating Your Child’s Bedroom This Spring: Give It a Creative Look Without Spending Much

Spring is that time of the year when we can afford to spruce up, re-organize, clean up and give our homes a fresh, new vibe. But it’s not enough to repaint the living room and replace kitchen cabinets. You child’s room is just as important. 

Let’s not forget that kids grow really fast; they may love their toys now, but 1 year from now they might have an interest in reading books, for example. This means that instead of buying them stuffed bunnies, your beloved toddlers might want a bookcase in their rooms, or maybe a desk. Regardless, it’s best to have priorities, and the following ideas should make redecorating your child’s bedroom a lot easier and stress-free.

Redecorating Your Child’s Bedroom This Spring

Repainting the walls

One of the most convenient ways to revamp your child’s room is with paint. A fresh coat of paint doesn’t cost much, meaning that you can completely change their spaces without breaking the bank. Allow your kid to choose a paint color; they have more than one favorite color, that’s fine too because with more nuances you can craft original drawings, and really make your child’s room look out of this world.

New furniture items

It’s nice to change things around your kids’ room every now and then. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to invest a lot of money in replacing everything. Since it’s springtime, you might want to change those black curtains with lighter nuances; allow as much natural light as possible to enter the room, and place flower pots by the window to convey a sense of freshness and bloom. In terms of other items, you can change, we should also mention the desk chair, the posters on the walls, and the area by the window; which you can use to transform into a reading nook.

Redecorating Your Child’s Bedroom This Spring

Restore old furniture pieces

Restoring old furniture pieces is yet another great way of revamping your child’s room without overspending. Wooden desks, for example, can be sanded and painted in a brighter, more upbeat color. The armchairs can be restored as well. Consider new covers in livelier nuances, and add new throw pillows to fill up the empty spaces and create the illusion of a more compact bedroom. 

Think outside the box and use your imagination to make the space as kid-friendly as possible. For instance, you can add bright stars on the ceiling, or cover one wall in a huge wallpaper. Get your inspiration from your child’s favorite cartoons, comic books, or colors, and create some awesome together.

Accessorize

Accessorizing is one of the most convenient ways of redecorating a child’s room. However, you shouldn’t go overboard with the décor. Keep things simple and neat. Most kids are disorganized, meaning that the best accessories for them are shelves and storage spaces. Invest in cute boxes where you can place toys, magazines and books. This way their room will no longer look like a war zone when you walk in to clean up.

Child’s Bedroom

Revamp the bed

Kids should sleep in comfortable, clean, and eco-friendly beds. It’s very important for parents to make sure the bed of their little ones is safe; and by safe we mean baby cot mattress, cotton linens, quality covers and blankets, and ultimately, high-end pillows. Since we live in a world of heavy pollution and chemicals, it’s only natural to want our kids to sleep in the cleanest possible environment. 

When it comes to their beds, no parent should make compromises. Synthetic linens and low-quality mattresses may lead to the formation of all kinds of allergies and skin conditions. In the summer, if the bed is not properly ventilated, your child may develop sleeping issues at a very young age. To make sure that doesn’t happen, choose to make a sensible investment; it will be worth the effort in the future.

Redecorating Your Child’s Bedroom

When it comes to home décor, there’s a lot one can do to change the way their homes look like. And the good news is you won’t even have to spend a fortune to make the rooms of your house look fabulous. As far as your child’s room in concerned, the key to making it look outstanding is all about putting your creativity to good use.

Image source: MAZZALIARMADI.IT, kobiz7, BettaLivingUK

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Are My Belongings in a Self Storage Locker Covered By Insurance?

The self-storage industry is expected to be one of the fastest growing industries in Australia and New Zealand this year. There are currently 20 confirmed new self-storage projects being constructed, up 6% from the previous year. But sad to say, this isn't available in all countries. 

With this huge influx of new storage facilities, many of you may be considering storing your unused items to free up space in your home. Before you store your family heirlooms there are a few insurance questions you should consider: am I covered by my current homeowners insurance, does insurance cover everything in the unit, and does the insurance cover damages and theft? To learn more about your self-storage options click here.

One of the first questions many people have regarding self-storage is: will my locker be covered by the storage facilities insurance? No, but the storage facility may offer to sell you insurance for an additional fee. The storage facilities insurance will only cover the damages to the building, not the contents in the storage units.

Self Storage Locker

However, your current homeowners insurance may cover your belongings at a second location, so do not feel pressured to buy the insurance from the storage company. Many insurance companies have a policy to cover 10% of your total property limit, so if your plan covered $100,000, your storage locker would be covered up to $10,000. Before you buy self-storage insurance be sure to call your insurance agent and see if you are already covered under your current plan.

The most important thing when buying storage insurance is to know what items the insurance covers, and which disasters it fully covers. Certain policies will not cover valuable items in a storage facility, such as art, jewelry, documents, furs, and expensive antiques.

It is extremely important to notify your insurance agent if you will be storing any of these items, or similar possessions. If your homeowners insurance does not cover certain belongings, you may still be able to purchase insurance for that specific object. Most insurance policies will cover nearly all natural disasters. The major damages not covered by insurance companies are flooding, mold, and rodent infestation.

Self Storage Locker

Make sure you know if your policy covers theft, and what the process may look like if your locker is broken into. There was an incident in San Francisco, California where a storage locker was robbed and a family lost thousands of dollars in possessions. The family ultimately was not covered despite filing a police report and having proper documentation to show what exactly was missing from the locker, because they could not provide evidence that a lock had been broken to gain entrance into the unit.

This problem could have been an easy fix if they had chosen a locker near a video camera. If you are storing expensive items at a facility, then you should demand the added protection and have your unit in a part of the building under constant video surveillance.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sewing, Crafting, Painting and Quilting: Turning Your Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Some hobbies take up a lot of space, like sewing, painting, and quilting. If you live in a small space, finding room to practice your favorite craft can be tricky. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a craft space of your own? Imagine having a whole room dedicated to crafting. How about converting your backyard shed into a creative space? Here are some ideas to help you.


Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Fix Up The Outside

Give your backyard shed a new lease of life with a coat of weather-proof paint. Since it’s going to be a space that inspires creative endeavors, why not paint it a bright, eye-catching color, like teal or lime green. Paint the door and trim in a brightly contrasting color. Put up a few window boxes and plant trailing flowers like nasturtiums and intermingle with sweet smelling herbs like mint, rosemary, and lavender.

Paint The Inside

If the interior walls of your shed are made from particle board there’s no need to drywall, you can simply paint them. The important thing to know is that particle board will suck up gallons of paint. To prevent this from happening, the best thing to do is add a coat with a particle board primer.
Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Cover The Floor

One of the easiest and most cost effective floor coverings for your craft cottage is stick-on vinyl floor tiles. They come in a great range of colors, they are easy to cut to fit your space and they are easy to keep clean. Adding a floor rug will help keep the place warm and will add a touch of comfort.

Light It Up

You’re definitely going to need good lighting, especially if you’re doing fine needlework. Your shed may not offer a great deal of natural light. If this is the case, you could consider replacing the windows for bigger ones, to let in more light. This may not be feasible and you will still need artificial light anyway for those times when you’re crafting late into the evening. Consider lighting the space with daylight bulbs. Heated lights are also good for the chilly months. Look at this website for some ideas about lighting.

Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Create your Crafty Environment

Now it’s time for the fun part. First, think crafting tables. You need a large surface to craft on and you will need to position it in the best lit area of the shed. Next, think storage, you’re going to need plenty of shelving for all your craft supplies and equipment. Use baskets and colored boxes to keep all your things in order. A great space-saving storage idea is pegboard. This will allow you to hang tools, scissors, and brushes as well as spools of ribbon and craft tape.

And there you have it. You have your own craft space, now you’re ready to begin creating wonderful works of art. Your new creative cottage is bound to inspire many creative adventures for years to come.

About the Author: Ethan Cameron has always been supportive of his wife, but her crafting business being run from the kitchen table was becoming a bit too much to handle - So he built her a dedicated craft studio in their back garden!

Image Credit: 1. Pixabay 2. Wyndham Design 3. Sarah Greenman

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Why Hire A Pest Control Specialist Vs DIY

These days, more and more people are getting into household do-it-yourself tasks, and that even extends to pest control and extermination. When you have a bug problem, do you really need to shell out money to hire someone to take care of it? There are so many retail pesticides on the market that you should be able to do your own spraying. But is it really as simple as that?

When you hire professionals like Broward exterminator, Excel, you get some things that a DIY approach can't bring you.

Why Hire A Pest Control Specialistg

Convenience

One of the simplest benefits of hiring a professional exterminator is just that it's the easier option for you. Let them crawl around in the basement or poke around behind all your furniture, and save yourself the effort. It can also be more efficient in terms of time, which is a helpful point if your busy schedule doesn't allow you to properly do the job yourself.

Expertise

A big part of what you're getting with a professional is experience and know-how. Understanding insects and knowing the best ways to approach a problem due to years of experience is something you can't buy at the store.

Proper insect control is more than just spraying a handy product when you see a bug. Your professionals can accurately identify your problem (can you tell the difference between a termite and an ant?), know which products are the most effective and which locations should be targeted for treatment.

Pest Control Specialist

Products

Though it might seem like you can buy all kids of good pesticides at the hardware store, you really do have a limited supply to choose from. And because these chemicals are available to anyone, they are significantly weaker than the industrial-grade compounds that professionals are trained to deal with.

That can mean the difference between you having to spray for cockroaches 7 times rather than the exterminator doing it just once. When you think about it this way, you'll probably start to see your cost savings disappear.

Though you should consider all these points, that doesn't mean you can't handle some small problems on your own with success. A few ants or a bunch of spiders can be taken care of with store-bought problems to save you the expense of a pro. You just need to know that there are limits to what an amateur can take care of on their own.

Giving it a shot on your own is perfectly fine, providing you be honest with yourself if your attempts are not successful. Leaving an insect pest problem unresolved for too long will just let the populations grow, creating a much bigger problem when the exterminator finally is called in.

One more thing to consider is that most professional pest control services will provide a no-cost estimate when you first call them in. That way you can get a little insight into what your treatment is going to entail before committing to any services. If you're worried about the cost, this is the way to go.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Top Qualities of the Best Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is nothing new really and it is one of the best flooring available today, it's been around for a few years now in Canada and United States, but more and more people are becoming aware that it's available and that it's a good alternative to hardwood flooring because it’s a lot cheaper and imagine if you can purchase these on sale you can save tons. So, If you are looking at different materials available and you want to find out some of the best qualities of laminate flooring, continue to read below for more information on why this is one of the top rated flooring materials to use.

Available In Different Plank Sizes

Although laminate also comes in squares, the most popular style is, in fact, planks. These tend to look a lot more like hardwood, which is one of the reasons people are purchasing this material. The manufacturers that make these planks tend to offer them in whatever custom size you want, however, there are default sizes which include; 8 feet long, 10 feet long and 4 feet long. The width thickness is also going to be different and it really depends on the look that you want to achieve in your home.

Reproduction Aspects

Laminate flooring that is available today can mimic all sorts of different wood types that are available in hardwood styles, but they can also mimic laminate flooring to look like other things too. Chances are if you can take a photographic image of the material, it can be placed on the laminate floors. Some examples include; Leather, Cherry, Oak, Maple, Walnut, Ceramic, Porcelain, Stone, Granite, Marble and more. 

Best Laminate Flooring


But as mentioned when people get this material, they get it because it is closely related to hardwood, therefore, they tend to stick to hardwood-like features. The only real reason you would get a laminate floor that looks like the stone is because it's going to cost less. For example, laminate flooring, 250 square feet costs a mere $1,444 dollars. On the other hand, marble flooring, 250 square feet costs a whopping $4,148! Big difference and that is exactly why some people choose to create different material looks using laminate.

Cleaning Ability

Cleaning and maintaining this material is really quite easy. As long as you don’t put a sopping wet mop down on the floor, clean up spills and splatters quickly, and vacuum it at least a few times a week, this floor can look and feel good for years to come. You don’t need any expensive floor cleaners. You don’t need expensive waxes. All you need are a few quality tools to clean the floors; a vacuum with a brush that can be raised and lowered, a microfiber mop, and some microfiber cloths to clean up messes or “buffer” the floor to make it shine. This is not a complex material to take care of.

So Easy To Install

Most of the manufacturers such as tilemarkets.com and that makes laminate floor nowadays use a click system wherein the pieces click into each other. This means you don’t need to hire some expert installer who is going to charge you a ton of money for the laminate installation. 

Best Laminate Flooring

You also don’t need to worry about having carpentry skills for laying down your laminate flooring– there is no glue, no nails, no screws involved with this type of laminate wood flooring. It's just that easy. Anyone can do it. You simply roll down some underlayment and then snap the laminate floors into place. You can even install it over an already done flooring. Can't ask for much more than that!

These floors can also be installed via a floating floor design which means that you don’t need to take out a pre-existing material – concrete, hardwood, plywood, etc to place this new floor down. Instead, you can place the laminate over an existing floor. It's quicker, easier, and it's going to cost you less money, which is always a good thing.

Quicker Acclimation

When you buy something like hardwood, you have to unpack it and sit it in the room for 3-6 weeks before you install it so that the wood can get used to the atmosphere and the climate in the space you want to install it. Laminate isn’t like this. Instead of weeks, it's only days. 48 hours to be exact. This way you can get on with your project quicker and enjoy it sooner.

Best Laminate Flooring

Healthier Materials

Laminate flooring is also resistant to allergens, bacteria, mold and mildew and quite eco-friendly according to nalfa.com. You can't really say that about any other flooring, especially carpet. You can even purchase on the market coatings for your laminate flooring that will make them even healthier for you and your family. This is especially important for people and people with kids that have allergies or asthma or even asthmatic symptoms.

Image credit: 1, 2. Pergo Laminate Floor, 3. Cherry Laminate Flooring

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Easy Ways to Find Affordable Blinds Installation for Your Homes

If you are looking for affordable blinds installations for your home, then there are a variety of aspects to keep in mind. These blinds offer you with a decorative value and also great functionality. It means you have more privacy, are able to keep sunlight at bay and you would also be able to shield your home from the prying eyes of neighbors and others.

Although installing blinds is fairly simple however certain aspects about the installation do get a lot of home owners worried. In particular, if you are worried about the cleaning process and then reinstalling the blinds, here are some aspects to keep in mind:

• Find reputed blind providers

If you are looking for blinds for your homes then you should opt for reputed providers who will provide you with good and reliable services on installing your blinds. In most cases, these affordable blinds installations for the home are done by the vendors from whom you purchase the blinds from and that too without any charges at times.

In case you are picking blinds from a mall or similar places then you can ask about the installation charges and fees. However, if you find that the installation process is too much then you can try connecting with the brand that manufactures the blinds. Usually they have provision for cost-effective installation.

Affordable Blinds Installation

• Ask your local handyman

A local handyman should be given a lot more credit than they deserve especially when it comes to these installations. You would be amazed at the skills of your mason or carpenter when it comes to affordable blinds installations for your home. Most of them are aware of the basic procedures for these installations and would do it at a lesser rate.

Another benefit that you get here is that you don’t have to worry about cleaning the mess created during the installation. You can ask your handyman to come and do the cleaning for you after putting the blinds back.

Affordable Blinds Installation

• DIY

If you want, you can also try some of the manuals available for DIY blinds. These are basically free videos and tutorials available that take you through a plethora of blind installations. You can see the kind of blind type you have along with the rollers and the mechanics, which is usually listed in the warranty paper or even manual.

Then carefully read or watch these videos and then try doing the affordable blinds installations for home all by yourself. You can also try observing the process of putting up the blinds when the company representatives come to do the job. Doing so would help you get a fair idea about the process of installation and thus avoid the risks of paying more next time.

It is best to bear in mind that there are different kinds of mechanisms that apply to different blind types. There is no generalization done here. But if you have automatic blinds then you should make sure that you read through the guide clearly.

Considering that the process of installation can be rather complicated because of electrical aspects involved like your remote may not work correctly or the blind gets stuck mid-way while going up, etc. Hence, for the sake of affordable blinds installations for home, you should not try and risk wastage or cause more damage. Although, most mechanical or hand-operated blinds do not give you such problems, but there are always exceptions.

Do make sure that you have taken the correct measurements or else you may end up with crooked and odd shaped blinds that will in turn spoil the complete look of your room or house.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Various Types of Kitchen Bench Tops Available

If you are in the process to plan a design of your new home or are even renovating your existing one, make sure to give enough time with a lot of effort to the kitchen bench top.

Various Types of Kitchen Bench Tops Available


This tends to be a prominent feature that is required for the preparation of meals. You can think of the bench top as a focal point of your kitchen. There are multiple types, styles, and designs besides the materials that are available for these bench tops. As said there are different materials to choose from, out of which some are listed below.


7 Types of Kitchen Bench Tops

1.Timber.

Using timber for a kitchen bench top can add a country side charm to the whole setup. If paired with marble, they can give the perfect look. Using timber, you need to be aware that this is not resistant to scratching and also requires regular sealing. The cost of this depends on the type of timber that you opt for.


2. Engineered Stone.

This is one popular material for kitchen bench tops as this material is scratch and heat resistant and it is non-porous, besides being free of much maintenance. These stones are composed of resin and natural quartz.


3.Stainless Steel.


For those who prefer a commercial or an industrial styled kitchen this is a best choice for them. Besides giving your kitchen a sleek look you need to be aware that this material is impervious to bacteria and heat.

Kitchen Bench Tops


4.Synthetic Solid Surface.

Bench tops of a solid surface can be molded and shaped with ease. Besides this, they are able to hide the joins in the slab and are available in a wide range of patterns and colors. These are considered as one of the most hygienic options available. You need not worry about the scratches and cuts as they can be easily repaired. Though these might work out a wee bit expensive but since they tend to last long, work out a sensible investment.


5.Marble.


Undoubtedly, marble offers a luxurious look to any space but requires more of maintenance and care. As this is a porous material that is soft, it tends to crack, stain and scratch easily. Sealing and maintenance of this might avoid staining. Though this material might work out cheaper as compared to the other options but you need to add the cost of maintenance to this, if you want it to last long.

Kitchen Bench Tops


6.Laminate.

With due course of time, you have a wide range of options available in laminate, with different colors, styles and designs. Although this might work out beneficial it can be easily scratched and you find it tough to get this repaired. This does provide a stylish solution to the kitchen as the joins are not visible.


7.Granite.


Though considered as the toughest material for kitchen bench tops, it requires maintenance on a regular basis. If you make an effort to maintain this, it can last for a long span of time. It is considered a premium material as it is long lasting and does not cost as much as engineered stone or laminate bench tops.

Kitchen Bench Tops

Before making a decision for the kitchen bench top, you need to make sure about the budget as there are a number of options available which can work well within your budget.

Once you know how much you can spend on a bench top you can go to the next step of making a choice between the different materials, colors, styles within the budget. Make sure the bench top can blend well with the cabinets and also the splash backs and the color scheme of your kitchen.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

How Do You Decorate Your Home with Some Attractive Blinds?

Decorating With Blinds

Now people are interested to install blinds by replacing their old curtains because they are more effective and efficient than other products. Blinds can provide you with full privacy level, and you can easily operate these blinds with a remote control system.

Whereas, curtains are almost of similar types and, though rich in patterns, would not be able to match its pace for satisfying requirements of modern designing. It is an arrangement of vertical and horizontal slats, made up of different materials, such as plastic, metal, and woods.

How Do You Decorate Your Home with Some Attractive Blinds?


All these slats are held together with the help of cords which passes through the slats of the blind sheets. The replacement of curtains from blinds just not provide a new and more alluring looks to the existing windows and in entire ambiance as well, it is also very convenient to maintain in comparison to various types of curtains.


Types of Blinds and Its Usage


There are various types of window blinds, which are used or ideal to be used differently, for different purposes or place of installation. These blind types primarily fall under the broad category, which can be enumerated as:

• Roller blind
• Venetian blind
• Vertical blind
• Pleated blind
• Roman blind


What are the different kinds of materials of various blinds?


These blinds come in a variety of material options such as, plastic, wood, fabric, metal, etc., in the form of slats, which can be rotated into upward and downward position through the threads passing through the slot arrangements, in a way to open or close it respectively. The movement of these blind coverings comes in both types– manual and machine operated. All of the above blind types are special to be used in certain areas or ambiances, particularly, as per their specific characteristics.

• Roller blind – these are the best sort of blind option which can be employed at home and office fronts as roller blind do not contain slats. Instead of containing slats, it comes in the form of one complete sheet, made of a specific material, such as metal. Roller blinds are known for its qualities of protection against theft, fire, temperature, bad weather and it has an effective humidity control system. It can reduce the power consumption bill and roller blinds are mostly operated with a remote control system.
Roller blind


• Venetian blinds- these are a most traditional form of blinds. You may require cleaning it every now and then for its appealing looking. These blinds do not completely prevent light entering any room or office. It provides a nice interior for your home. It ensures fairly good insulation from hot and cold weather.

• Roman blinds- these are stylish and appealing in looks. The fabric used for manufacturing it is very soft in texture. These have large folds and sometime slats which can completely cover home windows. Its gives rich texture furthermore luxurious looks to your room. It can control natural light fully. These are manufactured using synthetic material which often looks beautiful and makes a smart choice for every homeowner.

• Pleated blinds- these are among popular choice for covering your room windows. These have many practical uses and besides such uses, it looks chic. It is able to create relaxing and comfy ambiance inside your room. These can be easily stored and you can draw these to the uppermost corner of the window. It is useful for people living in less space.


Pleated blind

To know more about different kinds of blinds, you can search them online and you will find many designers who offer various blinds at an attractive price range. Before placing your order, you need to compare their price range.

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