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December 2019

Blue and White Kitchen

Shaker Cabinets

Shaker cabinets are classic style seen in most kitchens. They are preferred by homeowners because they offer a flexible styling that can be modern, classic or traditional. The clean lines and square corners are easy to work into any design. White shaker cabinets are the prime choice for the blue and white kitchen. The choice of white means that the homeowner or builder will have a clean palate upon which he or she can add colors and the blue and gray ranges.

Even going a little bit more into the realm of stains, one can choose a stain of blue, grey or white shaker cabinets that allows the wood color to shine through a bit. This gives more of a rustic feel.

In addition to white shaker cabinets, blue and gray can also be used. Then, the decorator can add pops of color throughout the kitchen as they so desire. Blue, white and gray are easy colors to work with. When it comes to choosing knobs or pulls for the white shaker cabinets, one should go with metal finishes for a modern kitchen and perhaps glass, ceramic or bronze for a country or classic style.

Appliances

When it comes to choosing appliances for the blue and white kitchen trend, most go with stainless steel. This is due in part to its previous popularity that hasn’t waned much, but also because it’s in the gray palette of colors. There are two other options for appliance finishes, they include basic white and refrigerators that mimic cabinetry.

Decorative of clients panels that match cabinets are very popular choice this year. They offer a great way to conceal your appliances and create a seamless look of cabinetry within the kitchen. We’ve there are some specifications of the appliance when it comes to the trim kit, so one should make sure all is compatible before investing.

Backsplashes, Flooring and Counter tops

Other important elements of the blue and white kitchen include backsplashes flooring and countertops. When choosing these finishes, it’s important to look at what’s already there and keep in mind the overall theme.

The backs plashes the perfect area to add a little color. For example, one can choose a plain white tiled backs plash that add some blue glass. This is just one idea, or course. The sky is the limit for backs plashes and they actually play a very important role in adding interest around white shaker cabinets. Another idea is to match the backsplash to the knobs or pulls. Popular counter tops include marble, granite, concrete and other simple materials; the same goes for flooring.

A blue and white kitchen carries simplicity with subtle decorative items as well. As long as the designer keeps in mind that it shouldn’t feel cluttered, then it will will turn out absolutely perfect. Fun can be had with statement lighting, some bold wallpaper, whimsical window dressings and more. The decorator can easily capture their personality in the design when working with basic elements to include white shaker cabinets, simple backs plashes and solid colored counter tops. Explore the options by browsing online or picking up some interior design catalogs.

Install an Interior Stone Wall

Backer preparation

On concrete block walls or unpainted brick walls the stone can be stuck directly to these surfaces without any additional layers needed.

On wood or drywall add a layer of tar paper starting at the bottom and working upward over laping the paper by 4″. The paper can be attached with a stapler because a layer of expanded metal lath is the next layer needed. This should be installed from the bottom working up and over lap by a couple of inches. Use nails or screws that will go into the studs by an inch and half. A tip here would be to add a washer to you nail or screw to help hold on the lath. Fasten the lath on every stud and not more than 8″ apart. Wear gloves to work with the lath it will chew up your hands as you work with it.

Surface Preparation

Cover the lath with a ½” coat of mortar or scratch coat and allow to dry for about an hour. When applying the scratch coat use a course brush to form grooves in the mortar so you next layer has something to grab on to. The mortar should be one part type “N” cement and 2 parts mason sand. Mix with enough water to form a putty consistency this formula can also be used to set the stones and grout the joints.

Applying the stone

Most stone veneer is easily shaped or cut as needed. Cutting or shaping can be done by using a circular saw with a masonry blade, a wet saw, or grinder with masonry cutting wheel or diamond edge. A hammer and chisel will cut the stone, tap the chisel on the stone until it splits.

Butter the stone by adding about a ½” to ¾” of mortar on the back of each stone before sticking them to the wall. Start at the bottom and firmly push the stone into the wall causing the mortar to squeeze out on the edges of the stone. If the stones are shifting when you let go of them your mortar may be too thin and you will need to add some more cement and sand till it is sticky. I have found that adding some masonry lime to the mix will make the stones stick better.

As you work up the wall you can use some wooden or plastic spacers to help hold the stones until the mortar dries.

Be careful not to be too messy with the mortar and get it all over the show side of the stones. You need to keep them as clean as possible for the best finish.

Getting your joints right

After about an hour, when the mortar has dried a bit, push the mortar into the joints this can be done with a jointing tool or a rounded stick. I have found and old spoon or even a kitchen knife works good for this.

After the above has been completed, wire brush any excess mortar from the face of the stone, and clean up joints with the wire brush and a whisk broom.

Grouting

Now it is time to grout the joints and for this you will need a grout bag. Mix the mortar until it is a little runny and fill the bag half way roll the bag and squeeze with your other hand forcing the mortar into the joints. The hole in the bag shouldn’t be more than ¾”.

If you don’t grout the same day make sure you leave your stones clean and wire brush any mortar off of the face of the stones before the mortar hardens.

Types of Self Storage Units

Climate controlled units

These units are extremely popular nowadays due to the type of things people tend to store. It helps to control certain features such as the temperature and humidity levels and this is very important for items such as electronic appliances, art pieces and jewellery. In Singapore, the temperature fluctuates and there is high humidity, accelerating corrosion and growth of fungi and mould. Using a climate controlled unit will help to significantly reduce those from attacking.

Furniture storage units

Furniture storage units are a relatively new concept and the size of the unit is up to the size of a HDB bedroom. As the name suggest, customers rent this unit primary for the storage of furniture and furniture related items such as beds, wardrobes and tables.

Drive up storage units

This is possibly the most convenient storage unit available. The size of the unit is generally large, being roughly the size of a small garage. The good thing about this unit is that trucks can simply drive to the back, unload your items and drive off. This will eliminate the need to carry your items for long distances and risk damaging them.

Vehicle storage units

Vehicle storage units offer unrivalled security features meant for the storage of automobiles such as your luxury cars, antique bikes and personal yacht. Rental cost for berths are extremely expensive and truthfully, your yacht will spend most of its time at the berth, chalking up huge bills. It can offer an alternative solution at a fraction of the price but with top notch security features such as CCTV, fingerprint access and wireless controls.

Log Cabin Roofing

Now that you are clear on what’s acceptable and what’s not, you can get cracking on the decision-making process. Have a look at some of the determinants that can influence your design, stability, utility and costs and the reasons why.

In this case, you can go for a flat roof or a pitched one. Weather conditions play a crucial role in this decisions as well as what you find pleasing to the eye.

A pitched roof is any roof with a gradient larger than 10%. The steep of the roof affects how fast rain and snow slough off the roof, thus making steeper roofs more suitable for wet weather conditions. With this kind of a roof, it is less likely that rain and snow can get caught in the roofing materials, resulting in low maintenance costs.

The downside to this kind of roof is that the steeper the gradient, the more expensive the construction becomes. You will incur a lot of expenses on labor and materials and may experience objections from local authorities on the same.

Take caution when constructing such a roof in an area prone to strong winds as they can move under the overhang and lift off the cabin roof. This roof is quite aesthetically pleasing and will be a great addition to your surroundings.

If you have a tight budget, this kind of roof is more suitable when compared to the former option. Not only will you use fewer materials but you can also cut your construction time in half. You can even put up this roof in a day if you wish.

Though often referred to as flat roofs, these kinds of cabin roofs have a slight gradient to them, allowing water and snow to run off smoothly. The extra room you get on top upon installation can come in handy when installing solar panels, putting up a living area or other improvements in the future.

These roofs do have their limitations as they are more prone to water leakages when compared to pitched types. Leakage often occurs in wet regions, hence the need to factor in location when putting up a roof. Flat roofs can also cave in under the pressure of snow weight during winters.

They are also quite unstable when used to roof large sections, and they are more suited to small spaces. All, in all, these roofs are excellent options for small cabins located in dry regions.

When it comes to roofing a log cabin, you have a wide array of materials at your disposal. Feel free to let your imagination fly. Determinants that come into play include energy efficiency, the cost, individual preferences as well as appearance.

In my tips, I will take you through the six conventional roofing materials and the suitability of each for your home.

Wood shingles

I find this material to be aesthetically pleasing, thanks to the traditional feel that it gives to a cabin. Shingles made of cedar are by far the best as they are long-lasting. They also go through a series of stages as they age which see them change hues from red to grey.

Metal sheets

Most commercial log cabin projects make use of metal sheets in their construction. If you do decide to go down this road, pre-insulation of the metal sheets is an excellent idea for temperature regulation and prevention of disturbance from the rain.

However, some people choose not to insulate as they do love the sound of rain as it falls hard on the metal sheets. Once again, preferences come into play.

Rubber Roofs

This kind of material works best for flat roofs and is very easy to use. With this material, you have options to play about with it to fit your required dimensions, thus making leakage very hard.

If you are a DIY diehard, you will love the fact that you can do the roofing with just the rubber and suitable glue paste. As long as you brush out the air pockets and nail down the edges, you are set to enjoy a durable roof for a reasonable price.

You will be happy to know that you can schedule repairs every five to ten years.

Thatch

If you are going for a stunning look, this material will give you just that. Though shunned by many for its complexity and high expenses, it will provide you with durability and aesthetic appeal.

With this kind of roof, be sure to have a slope of at least forty degrees to ensure that snow falls off. Otherwise, things could go very wrong during winters.

Felt

For a cheap yet long-lasting option, felt is a great idea. It lasts an average of between five to ten years, depending on the maintenance, and is very easy to replace. They come in various hues, enabling you to choose one that matches your home.

The downside to these roofs is that they require a lot of maintenance and have low resale values.

Felt shingles

This roofing material is much thicker than felt and can last up to two decades before the need for replacement. They come in various dimensions and colors, allowing you to have a wide range of choices.

Green roof

If you wish to blend in with the environment altogether, get this done. Though not easy on the pocket, it pleases the eye and is energy efficient.

Take caution when it comes to roofing with this material as the weight of the soil can pose a threat to stability. Ensure that your design makes room for dirt saturated with moisture during wet seasons.