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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

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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

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

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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.

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