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June 2019

Internal Doors for the Winter Season

When you prepare for winter, if you don’t already have these items in place then you might want to consider it for heat retention in the home.

  • Insulation – roof insulation is easily obtainable. It is a soft thick type of spongy substance that is laid on the inside of the ceiling. This layer of insulation will contain the heat inside the home. If you think back to your school science days, you will remember that hot air rises. This hot air usually leaves through the ceiling and the roof. It also prevents the very cold air from entering the house through the roof and the ceiling. It has a double function in keeping your house warm.
  • Underfloor heating – this can only be used for certain floor surfaces such as under tiled floors. But check with the supplier if you decide on this option. Underfloor heating can only be considered if you are planning on revamping your floors. If you are retiling or putting in new floors then underfloor heating could be an option. This process has to be done before your floor tiles are laid.
  • Minimising open spaces – if you have rooms that don’t have doors, then you may want to consider adding internal doors. If there is no door leading to a particular room and you switch on the heater, the heat might easily escape through that open space. Think about installing an internal door in that room to contain the heat whenever you use a heater. You could opt for a modern internal door or standard option. It’s up to you. Seek the advice of a door supplier to guide you if you’re not sure about what will be best. It may also save energy because once it is warm you can switch the heater off and keep the heat in the room for a little bit longer.

These are three ways in which you can retain the heat in your home and keep your family warm during the winter months. While you do your research, look at energy saving methods so that you don’t spend too much on the heating bill this time.

Common Privacy Fence Designs

Of the three types of wood I mentioned above, treated pine is the most popular material for building wood privacy fences. This is because it cost less than other types of wood and will last a long time when it’s exposed to the outdoor weather. A lot of people choose to go with cedar when building their fence because of the red color and how it holds up to the weather. What most people don’t realize is that after a couple years, you can’t hardly tell the difference between a pine fence and a cedar fence. They both turn to a grayish color and last around the same amount of time. The main difference between the two is the price of cedar is much higher. Cypress probably last the longest out of the three, but it can sometimes be hard to find, and it costs more than pine.

The most common style of privacy fence is the basic, treated pine, privacy fence which is made by simply butting pickets together so that it’s difficult to see between them. This is the style that you see used in most neighborhoods to give homeowners privacy in their backyards. A lot of people have the misconception that once they get one of these fences built that nobody will be able to see through the fence. This is not the case most of the time. Pressure treated wood has a tendency to shrink as it dries out. This means that even if your fence is built with all the boards touching tight together, gaps will eventually form between the pickets in almost all cases.

The second most common privacy fence design is the shadowbox. This fence starts out like a basic privacy fence that has approximately 2″ wide gaps between each picket rather than them being butted together. In addition to having pickets on the outside of the fence, there’s also pickets on the inside of the fence that are spaced approximately 2″ apart as well. The gap between the pickets on the inside of the fence are lined up with the center of the pickets on the outside of the fence so that you can’t see straight through the fence. There’s boards (usually 2″x4″ in size) that run between the pickets on the outside and the inside of the fence. This causes the fence to have a shadow effect.

The lattice-top privacy fence is the third most popular style of wood privacy fencing. This design starts out as a basic privacy with the addition of lattice added to the top. The lattice gets framed in with additional lumber for support. Most people agree that the lattice top is the best looking of the three styles. The only drawback is the price. The material cost is higher, and there’s a considerable amount of additional labor involved.

Benefits of a Contemporary Extension

Dream Realised

For the designer this is an exciting and challenging project, for the homeowner it means that their dreams can be really and truly realised. These contemporary designs look amazing and can really stand out in a home, while also looking perfectly suited to it. They can also be tailored completely to the purpose required and a good company that specialises in contemporary extensions will be capable of creating the exact contemporary design you desire, whilst still being a practical liveable space.

These extensions do not only just use contemporary design, they are also the perfect space to utilise contemporary technology, and you will find a wide range of the high tech devices, heating and electronics. These are all functional of course, but it’s a nice way to impress when showing people around your home.

Heating

Heating is something that is really should taken into account in these sorts of modern extensions and many have the cutting edge technology in temperature control. From innovations in glazing which help maintain a comfortable temperature, to the under-floor installations, or even just contemporary radiator designs, all these options would suit a modern extension perfectly. If you’re worried about energy bills, especially if your extension is predominantly made of glass, then talk to your extension specialise about energy efficient glazing and structures.

Lighting

The fact that these modern structures are made nearly entirely of glass also means that you can enjoy the natural light all year round. One thing that we lack in the UK is an abundance of natural light, and these glass extensions can truly offer an all year round answer to this problem.

Contemporary extensions allow for creativity, beauty and practicality in design. People who have seen them often then want one, and those who have them are proud to show them off. So, why not take a look and see the many benefits for yourself.

Choosing Door Handles

Round, Rectangular, or Other: You are no longer limited to traditional round door knobs – oh no! Now, you can shop a wide selection of designer handles. Now days, you can choose long, slender rectangular door pulls or you can choose those wide, broad industrial looking door pulls or, yes, you can even still choose a traditional round door knob if you so desire but, place it in the center of your door hobbit-style. You can even choose curved, rather elegant gate pulls for your doors. It is all up to you!

If different shapes to choose from is not enough to show your true taste, you also have a choice of materials for your door handles – designer handles are available in stainless steel and bronze! If you want something more rustic and subtle, you might opt for bronze pull handles on your doors. If, on the other hand, you would rather have your home really stand out from the crowd, you might prefer stainless steel door handles that shine brightly and glisten in the sun. Again, it is all up to you!

And, as if all of those choices are not enough, both bronze handles and stainless steel door handles are available in a number of finishes for you to choose from. Both varieties are available in matte or gloss finishes. Stainless steel can be finished in a range of colors – white, black, gunmetal gray, and more. Bronze can be finished with varying levels of the golden coppery shade that bronze is known for. Both can be tooled so that they have wonderful texturing. Again, the choice is yours and, you might be pleasantly surprised at the variety of designer handles you have to choose from when you look.

Aesthetics aside, bronze door handles and stainless steel pull handles are remarkably strong and easy to care for. Because bronze and stainless steel are both alloys, they are incredibly strong – that means that they are hard to dent, ding, or scratch, no matter what you do to them. It also means that a soft dry cloth is the only equipment required to keep your designer handles nicely polished and glistening.

Planning Walls and Fences

For instance, your fence may have to be made from a certain type of material; there could be a height restriction and there could even be color specifications. In any case, start off on the right foot by finding out all you need to know from city hall. A photocopy of your plot plan will be beneficial in making sure you don’t build on your neighbor’s land.

Underground metal stakes mark the boundary of each plot. If you rent a metal detector, it will make finding these easier. Not all plots are in a perfect rectangle. They can be wedge-shaped or have odd corners, so it’s necessary to find each stake before marking out your boundary. Just make sure your detector is beeping for the stake and not something else hidden in the grass. You might need to do a bit of excavation to make sure.

If the fence you wish to construct is a boundary fence, remember to provide good access with wide gates. Think about wheelbarrows, ride-on mowers and furniture or even furniture vans needing access through that gate. In fact, if there is a lot of landscaping about to happen, it is wise to leave the fencing until it’s finished, because heavy equipment and machinery may need to come in to the property.

Otherwise, if one panel of fencing is made to be removable, it will save you having to install really wide gates where they may look odd. It will also save a few back muscle strains for the workers. Joist hangers are the most convenient way to remove a fencing panel.

If you are planning on a retaining wall, then it is vital to get a professional to look at the site, because walls need a good foundations for safety. While the initial cost may seem to be just another addition to your budget, having a wall collapse is a rather nasty surprise you can well do without.

3D Future of Home Renovation

Changing the industry

This new technology will without a doubt shape the industry as a whole. The mere fact that all home renovation projects can potentially be accomplished without using hammers and nails would save time and money. 3D printing of homes and buildings will allow renovation companies and customers to focus on making sure designs are made to exact specifications, freeing up time to work on other aspects of the project. Being able to create your own home from scratch with the 3D printing system will add a unique personal touch along with helping to reduce costs. With less time spent on putting the house together this will improve the creative process as more time will be spent on ensuring your vision comes to life. This technology will allow a more hands on approach between the renovation experts and customers, ensuring every detail is correct.

Ahead of its time

Although technology is emerging in the home renovation industry, 3D printing will help further develop this trend. Materials used with 3D printing will be carefully monitored to ensure it is safer along with building a stronger structural foundation to minimize problems most homes have after years of living in it. Along with these innovative processes, integrating plumbing and electrical designs into these newly built structures will evolve as design boundaries will almost be eliminated. Technology and more specifically 3D printing in the renovation industry will advance and only be limited to our imaginations. Soon everything used to beautify your home might be 3D printed such as furniture and home appliances.

Perfect Vanity

Not all bathrooms are created equally. Some and small, some are large and some have things like windows or awkwardly placed interior walls that you need to either remove or work around. Luckily there are a lot of different vanities that come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, there is a pedestal sink that takes up very little room but gets the job done. It is slim and practical and there is even space underneath for little shelves if you’d like to store items. You can even put in two if you want the two sink look but don’t have the room for a huge vanity.

Vanities that incorporate storage are always a great option if you have the room. Now you have somewhere to stash all the extras for the bathroom from towels to shampoo and from toilet paper to the hair dryer. Some have drawers and attached cupboards and some are streamlined and act just to hold the sink so you have a lot of leyway with the design and size depending on your needs and wants.

Vanities can go to the floor or hover above it depending on the style. If you are prone to flooding for example and are doing a bathroom in the basement, a vanity that sits above the floor can mean less headaches if you have a flood since it may not get wet at all. These are more modern, come in a variety of finishes and look quite grand hanging on the wall.

Hidden Costs of the Bigger House

  • Bigger home, bigger utilities bills. When calculating our monthly budget costs, we of course factored in the larger mortgage payment. What we didn’t do was calculate how much the additional space would mean to our electric, gas and other utility bills. It’s easy to forget that additional bathrooms mean additional water, or that more bedrooms mean added TVs, lights and cable boxes, all of which drive up electric and cable costs respectively.
  • You’ll need additional help to maintain it: if you are working full-time, or even if you’re not, keeping a large home clean takes a lot of work. While my husband and I made a concerted effort to keep the house straightened and clean, with three children we just couldn’t keep up. We finally relented and got some help every two weeks. While it made a huge difference in our time and our stress levels, it was another item we had neglected to budget in our initial finances.
  • Landscaping and property maintenance costs are larger: We were advised by a landscape designer that people always underestimate the cost of landscaping when building a new home. Their rule of thumb was to allocate 10 percent of the cost of the house to the purchase of trees, shrubs and plants. Needless to say we didn’t include the price of all the foundation plantings, side barriers etc, in the cost of our house. Our other realization over time, all those foundation plantings need to be cut back and trimmed each year once they reach maturity. And unless you plan on spending a few hours every weekend maintaining the lawn, add in lawn care maintenance for mowing and fertilizing each year.
  • Additional space means more rooms to furnish. When we first moved into our new home, we had enough furniture to fill a bedroom, nursery and a small living room. Calls placed to our home sounded like they were taking place in an empty airplane hanger. The costs of decorating and furnishing extra rooms can be quite expensive, requiring furniture, window treatments, rugs, lamps, paintings, etc. While we convinced ourselves that this was an expense we could pay out over time, the echoing rooms got old very fast.

Building a bigger home is a great option if you have a large enough financial cushion to accommodate both the increased purchase price as well as the ongoing maintenance costs. But if you are extending yourself financially to build or buy a larger home you should consider how important the extra space is to you. The trade off you’ll be making by putting the additional money into your home, is that you won’t be spending it on traveling, or playing golf, or taking piano lessons. So think carefully about the size of your home because without extra money to pay for activities or vacations, you’ll be spending most of your time there.

Add Space to Bathroom Easily

Dimensions

You can buy bathroom mirror cabinets in a variety of sizes. If you need one that isn’t a common size, don’t worry. There are providers who can custom make them to fit your specifications. Carefully measure the space you have so you can get the dimensions that are right for your needs. You can also ask a professional to come in and complete the measurements for you.

If you have limited width for your item to be put in place, you can also consider one that is taller. This will help you to have additional storage space in spite of such confinements. You may have to get a small stepping stool to reach the top shelves in there for items you don’t use often. It is certainly something to consider to have the storage you need where you need it the most.

Depth

Think about the depth too when it comes to bathroom mirror cabinets. When they are deeper, you will be able to store more items in there. The last thing you want is to have it so full, items are falling out when you open it up to get something out. You need them to be deep enough to really offer you storage benefits. Look at the options and compare depth before you purchase.

Installation

You can hire a professional to install bathroom mirror cabinets for you. This is a wonderful way to ensure it is done quickly and easily. This is the type of job you can also do on your own. It is easier to do it with someone else though so they can hold it for you too until it is secure in place. If this is a do it yourself project, make sure you have good quality wall anchors in place.

You also need to find the wall studs to ensure it will stay mounted. It is a good idea to evaluate the overall weight of the bathroom mirror cabinets before you buy them so you can make sure you have a sold plan of action for how to safely and securely install them. Some products come with the installation hardware included and others require you to buy it separately.

Quality

The pricing for bathroom mirror cabinets will vary depending on the quality of the products. Avoid buying anything made from cheap materials that aren’t going to last. You also need to make sure the materials are going to do well in a bathroom setting. This area is prone to plenty of moisture and heat. Don’t buy anything that won’t hold up well over time to such conditions.

About Types of Replacement Siding

Fiber Cement Siding

Sand, cement and wood fiber are the basis of the fiber cement siding and it is much thicker than vinyl, making it more weather proof than vinyl sidings. Due to the stability of the components, it does not expand or contract with weather changes. And it can stay painted for a longer time. There are numerous cities that have made it mandatory to utilize fiber cement siding in case the homeowner needs replacement siding. With low maintenance and weather resistance features, getting a new cladding is easy and affordable.

Engineered Wood Siding

The latest replacement cladding is the engineered wood siding that is manufactured by the use of bonding wood shavings, sawdust and other bonding agents to create a wood like look. But due to the inherent features of strength and wooden finish, the material can be factory painted and is highly weather resistant. It needs to be painted every 5 to 10 years and that enhances the integrity of the engineered wooden sidings. It has a wood like feel but is stronger and has a longer life expectancy than natural wood. And it comes with a 50-years manufacturer’s warranty against defects and rot.

Vinyl Siding

The vinyl siding that most people prefer is crafted out of PVC and is one of the most commonly used siding utilized in single family home. Though during the early days, vinyl siding used to warp in extreme heat and cold due to prolonged exposure, the new technology has rendered it durable and can mimic natural wood, slate and stone textures without any damage in extreme climatic conditions. The only downside of using vinyl siding is that you’ll need to replace the whole section and you just cannot paint them over. But these are inexpensive and come with lifetime warranty.

Insulated siding

With a benefit of insulation, it is crafted to fit the vinyl sidings and glued inside. However another type of vinyl siding is bonded with a foam core and has the expanded polystyrene as insulation material. It creates a heat barrier and prevents heat loss. It lays better than traditional siding and is good for irregular walls. Due to insulation, heat loss is minimized and energy bills are lower. But you need to be aware that it is more expensive than vinyl sidings.