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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

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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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

Info of Curtains and Drapes

One form of curtains and drapes are those with tab tops. Tab tops are very popular because they really highlight the decorative hardware used to hang them. Decorative hardware is a huge part of decorating, and tap top curtains and drapes are a great way to bring focus to those little decorative details found in your window treatment hardware.

Tab top curtains come in many styles including: valances, café style, and drapes and other forms that can be used in every room of the house.

Another popular form of curtains and drapes are tiers. Tiers are also called café curtains; they come in several different styles to meet just about everyone’s needs, taste, and style. They are short in length and are often used in kitchens and baths for decorative purposes. Basically, tiers cover the lower half of the window using a tension rod and can be beautifully combined with a swag, valance or top tier for a better, more decorative look.

Basic curtains in most homes are full-length rod-pocket or pole-top panels. These can be constructed with different sized pockets to accommodate varying rod styles and sizes. So, you can use basic or plain curtains and dress them up … Read the rest

Live Without Waste

It is not that hard to avoid plastic or, at least, to cut it down to the minimum. Unfortunately, everything we buy these days is packaged in it. That applies to appliances, batteries, clothing, and most other things. The plastic on most things is extremely hard and not able to be recycled as, say, drink containers.

Sauces are also now packaged in hardened plastic as are many of the supermarket items, including bread. While it is necessary to prevent contamination by other touching or soiling them such products cannot be avoided.

There are, however, ways around other waste. My garden, where my vegetables are always on hand, it is conditioned with compost made from fallen leaves, weeds, and kitchen scraps. Some manure is added and occasionally blood and bone or lime. This not only recycles what would otherwise go into the garbage bin but turns it into a useful resource.

The worm farm is also an asset and kitchen scraps are also deposited there. The run off is used for fertilising plants and when the build up is too much it is shovelled out and put straight onto the beds.

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Reasons to Have Energy Efficient Homes

  • Save Money
    Buying energy appliances, having home improvements, and working in a way can help save hundreds of dollars every year. If you use energy efficient appliances, you can save up to 30% on your electricity bills. Energy efficient light bulbs like CFLs, halogens and LEDs can help save 30-80% on energy bills. Using cold water to wash clothes and keeping your tires inflated can also help save considerable money annually.
  • Help Improve the Economy
    Apart from helping the individual in saving energy costs, energy efficient homes can also enable people to save the country’s money and that too, on a large scale. The figure can go up to $500 billion a year amongst citizens and businesses in energy costs that have been avoided. Energy saving projects also create jobs, be it in terms of building construction, improvement and repairs.
  • Help the Environment
    If and when we utilize less energy, natural resources are saved and can help reduce pollution. We all know the ravages of burning fossil fuels and how they can negatively impact the environment. If we use energy efficient homes, less of this would happen and the earth would be a much greener and cleaner place to live
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Strip Lights

In addition to considering the area, you should also consider other factors when purchasing the units. Some of these factors include:

The quality of the lights: What is the quality of the lights? For the units to last for long, you should go for high-quality lights. One of the signs that tells you that the lights are of high quality is the warranty. Manufacturers offering a guarantee on their products are confident in the product. This gives you peace of mind as you know that the product will last for a long.

Another sign of quality strip lights is the material used in making them. As rule of thumb, go for products made from high-quality materials as they will not only look good after installation, but they will also last for a long time.

The size of the lights: Just like other products in the market, strip lights come in different sizes, and it’s up to you to choose the size that is right for you. The size you choose should be informed by the area you want to install the lights. If planning to install them in a large area, buy large units and vice versa.

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Pack Your Items for Home Removal

You must treat packing as an ideal chance to have a clear-out. It is always a good practice to become ruthless and doesn’t pack stuff which is not usable for you anymore or which you don’t like. Also lose cloth items which are no longer fit on you. Take your all unwanted things to the charity shop. If you have time, then you must sell your items online or by holding a garage sale. It doesn’t make sense that things which are not usable for you are also not usable for others.

Should I Pack Items Myself?

A question arises in mind that whether I should pack the belongings of my house myself or not. The process of doing packing will be time consuming and you will have to pay much for the packaging material. The best way is to choose any reputable and affordable home removal company for this process. They will pack your items carefully with expert hands. If you are willing to pack some of your belongings by yourself then you can do that as many removal companies are providing flexibility of doing this task to the customer. They will provide you some of the boxes in … Read the rest

Benefits of the Glass Mosaics

Versatile design

There are plenty of design options when it comes to glass. Creativity is only limited by your imagination. The naturally small size of these tiles makes it easy to combine multiple sizes and colors. Also, there is the option to mix the different types of tiles and include a blend of ceramic, stone and glass. A well planned design layout has the ability to add beauty, elegance and style to any room.

Reflects light

Glass has the ability to naturally reflect light to give a room a brighter and bigger look. This is certain to benefit the small bathroom, which would otherwise feel quite small.

Easy to Clean

Glass mosaics are very easy to clean using a mild detergent and a wet cloth. The clear nature of this type of tile makes it very easy to see signs of dirt or stains. Glass is resistant to mold, mildew and stains which are often common problems for the alternative ceramic based tiles. A further great quality of glass is the ability to retain its color to make sure the original design created stays for the long-term.

Environmentally friendly

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Ways To Go Green

Use your own bag when shopping

Increasing plastic use is a major problem. Plastic grocery bags are not recyclable. They seem to end up on road sides and in the ocean. To avoid plastic bag use try keeping a set of recyclable canvas bags in your car. This way they are right at your fingertips when you need a bag. No thought required. Reusable bags can be multi-purpose and stand in for book bags, grocery bags or even catch overflow from work or school.

Conservation of water

Water is a priceless gift. There are many day to day opportunities to cut back on water use. Run your dishwasher only when it is full. Instead of filling the kitchen sink to wash a few items try using a smaller bowel in the sink for your soapy water. Then turn the faucet off between item rinsing. Add a water saver shower head.

Eat Healthy

Eating a diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables helps build a healthy immune system. You also avoid the bulky packaging from processed foods. The fresh scraps can be used for composting then added to house plants or your garden. Many leftover veggies are good added to homemade … Read the rest