PostHeaderIcon Greco-Roman Style Bedroom

Greco-Roman Style BedroomNowadays designing a home has been made the easiest- just sit on the web and have access to designs from all over the world. A very interesting design for your home especially the bedroom would be designing your house in a Greco- roman way. This would mean having some similarities with the houses of Greece and Rome in the medieval periods. This gives a look of elegance and subdues the look of a modern flat to be a modern flat. It gives more of an old aged look making your house look rich both architecturally and aesthetically. Here are a few tips on how to go about it and make your work easier:
Floor: if you are going for a look alteration and have a wooden floor or something then go for a thick rug which might be having tiled pattern. If you are going to get your flooring done then obviously tile is the most suitable choice.

Walls: you can either do this on your own or hire a professional. Applying Venetian plaster on your walls would be one option or making your walls look like marble would be another option. You can use feathers to design the walls and make them look like marble or hire a faux painter who would do the needful.

Fabrics: usually the Greco- roman styles are characterised by heavy looking fabrics. Brocade and velvet are the preferable ones and always work. The work done on the fabrics are also what makes a difference. Stick to dark colours- green or cranberries preferably.
Furniture: light neutral coloured furniture which lack in the modern trends is obviously the ones which are best suited for this design. Clear lines should definitely be avoided in furniture. A simple bed or a canopy bed would be just fine.

PostHeaderIcon Electric Fireplace

Electric FireplaceElectric fireplaces as the name suggests is the replica of actual fireplaces. Since the supple of coal and natural wood is limited in our world, man has come up with a new technique to save up on the natural resources without compromising on its benefits. Electric fireplaces consume a power supply of 1.4-1.6 Watts which is sufficient to heat up a 400 square feet home. There are various techniques by which these fireplaces can run. Either the burning wood mode can be used which typically demonstrates the burning of wood and acts like a fireplace or it can be used as a general room heater too.

There are various advantages and disadvantages of this kind of fireplaces:

Primary advantage is that it does not require the house to be remodelled for installation. It can normally be attached or placed in the room without any hassle. Also, since there is no real fire the risk hazard automatically comes down. No real fire also means no real need for a chimney. Often these fireplaces are portable and can be transferred from room to room according to the needs of the person using it.

Where there are so many benefits there has to be dome drawbacks too. In case of load shedding these electric fireplaces may not even work making it worse. Since it works on electricity it is unable to give that much warmth or be as effective as the real fireplace. On top of that it uses a lot of power supply to run causing short circuits or fuse damage in a number of cases. These fireplaces can be very delicate and exposure to weather will cause them damage.

Safety precautions need to be followed in case of these fireplaces. Flammable materials should be kept away and should be turned off before leaving the house without fail.

PostHeaderIcon How to Make a Tree Stump Table

Tree Stump TableWood is becoming one material which is becoming very reliable and aesthetically pleasing. The demand for wood is on a rise as more and more people are going for wood to decorate or remodel their houses. Wooden furniture is expensive but a sign of sophistication and class hence luring more people o opt for wood instead of any other material. The price of wood keeps appreciating with time hence making it a very good investment option too.

A tree stump is a part of the tree, rather a block from the trunk of the tree cut out especially to make the tree stump tables. Many trees can be used for this purpose but the trees with the biggest decorative art designs are oak, juniper, walnut, pine, cedar and eucalyptus. The tree stump table is one of a kind interior decoration and is very appealing to the eye. It takes around 3-4 years to form. It can be cut out from a tree trunk but it takes that many years to completely dry out. There are unnatural method used for drying too called kiln-drying but they leave bigger cracks. The natural air drying process is the best where minimum cracks happen. After this process the skinning or sculpting process takes place where the unrequited extra limbs of that bark are removed. Then the initial sculpting is done by the sculptor followed by the smoothening by an orbital hand sander. The texture of the bark or wood stump depends on the tree bark which is being used. The height and effort too depends on the same factor.

To give it a more beautiful look, metal legs can be inserted into the bark to make it look more like a table. Metal and wood together creates a beautiful effect.

PostHeaderIcon Torch Down Roofing

Torch down roofingTorch down roofing is such roofing which is designed specifically for the flat roofs are low angled roofs. The name torch down roofing is derived from its way of implementation and installation and its adherence to the building structure. The part of the material which is in contact with the underneath sheathing is melted with the help of a torch for sealing the material. This is very much helpful in providing the secure hold and establishes a waterproof seal which is useful in preventing unwanted leaks. It the installation is done in an efficient manner then torch down roofing is such which can last for a long period of time. If it possesses two layer roofing then it can last for approximately 15 years and if it possesses a three layer system then it can last for 20 years or more.

Types of torch down roofing

You can get torch down roofing in two system two layer systems and three layer system. As the name suggests two layers roofing is made up of two layers one is base layer and another one is torch down roofing layer. In case of three layer system, it has a base layer, a smooth layer of torch down roofing and a third layer of torch down with a granular surface. These three layer system of torch down roofing is very much durable and lost lasting and it do not need much maintenance if it is installed properly.

As it is so good and durable it is more costly as compared to other roofing materials. Even though it is costly but still it is worth spending on torch down roofing as it has good resistancy to harsh weather conditions and it has a long life. You can also get some of the low cost options to replace torch down roofing which gives similar look as torch down roof but it results in decreasing the life of your roof. Opting this low cost alternative can prove to be more expensive in the long run as it’s life is short.  The price range of torch down roofing lies between $365 to $460 for an area of 1200 square feet. If you want to opt for superior grade material then it may cost you higher. The costing for superior materials sets between $365 to $1075. Higher price also gives you more benefits like long life span, longer period of warranty, thicker materials,                 better underlayment and higher damage resistancy.

Advantages of three layer torch down roofing

Three layer torch down roofing are good resistant to leaks. Torch down roofing is manufactured of rubberized asphalt material which is melted on the roof of your home with the help of a torch. Anyone who has a need of strong but flexible roof along with higher water resistancy should must opt for the torch down roofing. This type of roof also provides good protection from sun rays. If you are adding extra coats on your roof then you will also get the benefit fire resistant layer. Torch down roofing are also able to reflect suns UV rays which helps in keeping the temperature of the house cool and reduce electricity bills.

PostHeaderIcon Stainless Wire ropes are the best for building houses

Stainless Wire ropes building houseStainless Steel Wire Rope is very much used in the construction of barriers, staircases. If this is used in horizontal cases then 1/19 wire is considered to be the best. But if in any case vertical wires are to be selected then 7/7 or 7/19 should be the choice so that they can go around the bend at the bottom and at the topmost part of the handrails. At these very points the eyelets of the stainless steel is screwed into timber handrails or stainless tube handrails.

Stainless wire ropes have got its natural features of having large number of crevices. This makes it more vulnerable for absorbing salt, dirt which can start the process of corrosion. The 316 grade stainless steel that is considered to be one of the best and is known as the ‘marine grade’ will start corroding and rusting if it is not taken proper care of. One example that can be mentioned here is that of the 7/7 construction type wire that has 7 wire strands wound up together and seven of these are again wound up to make the final wire.

Products such as Lanotec and Prolan which are on natural Lanolin based material is ideal to apply on the surface of the wire as it helps to protect the wire from corrosion. This product along with the regular cleaning process and maintenance will ensure that the wire is in good condition and does not rust. If you find any rusting that has taken place then you can use a phosphoric acid base cleaner so as to bring back the good appearance of the stainless steel. It is also very important to note that salt deposits and dirt must be cleaned regularly. 316 marine grade steel must be used in coastal environment and smoother finish of the surface ensures better resistance to moisture.

PostHeaderIcon Lighting Options for Garages

Lighting Options for GaragesThe garage is usually one of the most neglected areas of the home, a place to spend time and just do not pay attention, especially in relation to the lighting, which is a big failure.

What You Need To Know:

Small Garages: be sufficient to install fluorescent tubes on the ceiling.
Large Garages: can place points of light in different areas to cover as much as possible.
Sensors mobility: the lights will automatically turn on and will not have to leave the car.

It’s not common to find a house that has a garage with natural light and ventilation. Most are small rooms, underground, no windows to the outside. Therefore it is usually very dark and damp places that need artificial lighting.

Illuminate a small garage

In case you have a small garage , it is normal to think that as we only use the few minutes it will take to park or leave our vehicle, not worth paying attention to lighting, but we were wrong . One of the most common practices is to place a bulb in the center of the room, which is limited to light the roof of the car and that is a big mistake because it does not allow proper visibility when parking the vehicle properly. In this type of garages is recommended to use fluorescent tubes, which can be placed in the ceiling or walls. It besides not consume in excess, will give proper light and more than enough. The best option is to place sensors mobility, that make the lights turn on automatically by sensing the vehicle, and that will prevent us having to turn the light out for ourselves.

Lighting for large garages

When the garage is large enough, we often also use it to store bicycles and Gizmos that do not use regularly, or even as a place to hold small DIY tasks. In these cases the lighting should still receive more attention. As in the previous case, we can put on the roof tubes in the area where it will be parked our car, with sensors mobility, enough to light up when parking. We can supplement the light with a specific lighting in areas that are dedicated to other uses by placing light bulbs or bulbs. These places need not have sensors, because we can flip a switch and avoid unnecessary consumption. We must not forget that proper lighting can avoid unnecessary mishaps that can damage our car or ourselves.

PostHeaderIcon Should You Damp Proof or Water Proof Your Basement??

Water Proof Your BasementThere are a variety of ways in which you can make the foundation of your house quite strong, so that you can live in a safe house which gives you the maximum protection. In order to improve the foundation of your house you can choose between damp proofing and water proofing so as to minimize the amount of moisture in your building. Both dam proofing and water proofing serve the same purpose but there is a wide difference between the two. It depends on the location that your house id situated in. Here is detailed information of the two types.

They are for the same purpose but damp proofing is done with the help of tar base or water base where water proofing is done with the help of a rubber layer that prevents water from entering. Damp proofing is far less costly than water proofing. It uses tar or a solvent or water as the base to prevent the water from entering the foundation of your house. Thus its results might be temporary in some cases. If you live in a low-lying area and you think that damp proofing will work out then you may find that cracks and crevices have started taking place. If the sealer becomes dry then you can have such problem within a span of say eight to nine months only. It is but helpful in stopping the water vapor transmission.

Water proofing has many benefits. A thin layer of rubber sealer is applied to the desired area and completely prevents the seeping of water. Unlike damp proofing it absorbs the moisture completely. It does not allow cracks and stretches accordingly to absorb. It is a very effective method to keep the basement dry and hence increase the strength of your foundation. It is also an environment friendly method.

PostHeaderIcon Poor drainage system solutions

Poor drainage systemWhen you shift to a new house it’s important to consult an experienced landlord and interrogate him if there are any drainage issues in the locality or the house in particular. If there are and the house is a good bargain it will be in the best of interests to get it resolved before the shifting period. A bad drainage system causes a lot of uncalled for problems and may seem to be a pain in the future. Improper drainage facility means that water can penetrate in places it should not be getting into leading to the weakening of places leading to the collapse of houses.

Drainage problems are not only common with new home owners but also with those whose houses are getting old. The pipes might get old and start to wear off in case of pipes which are of not that great a material. Water drainage problems may cause the water to collect wither on top of the roof, in between the vertical walls or in the foundations beneath the houses. In all the 3 cases it will lead to a disaster. If the water is collecting on top of the roof, some of that water might seep into the walls causing mildew and moulds. This leads to the deterioration in the quality of air and environment around the house.

If there is clogging near the foundation of the house, it too puts the whole property at stake. Steps should be taken to make sure this clogged water gets an outlet to flow outside in the garden. Steps should also be taken so that this water does not form a pool of stagnant water in the garden. This leads to the breeding of various viruses, germs and bacteria making your house susceptible to disease.
Hence it’s important to enable a proper drainage system for safe and healthy residence.

PostHeaderIcon Enhancing the look of your bathroom

bathroom decorAfter the hard days work a bubble bath in your own bathroom sounds like the ultimate comfortable thing. The kind of relaxation which the bathroom gives no other room in the house gives. So it is important for you to make sure this place is not all dirty and doesn’t put you off at the end of the day. If you want to give a complete new look to the bathroom by changing the flooring or wall tiles it may result in a long bill which may seem heavy on your pocket.

One new idea can be making the bathroom look as fresh as your garden. Now that we have agreed on not overspending instead of painting grass and flowers on the bathroom walls and using new tiles with grass and plants on them we could easily do with wallpapers having this same kind of design. Wallpapers which have flowers plants and grass painted on it can be rolled on the walls of the bathroom and the ceiling can be decorated with colourful blossoms. Vegetable clings and flower clings would work very well with the kind of look we’re aiming to create. Little flower pots can be bought and used to put in the toiletries to complete the look.

Pepping up the look of your toilet by adding a funky coloured covering seat sounds like a good idea. You could also go ahead and buy a new seat keeping in mind the style and comfort of the former. Toilet seats are not very expensive hence it would not be much of a pocket pinch for you also.

The shower curtain is another accessory that could change the looks repeatedly. Dark shades of black and purple can be used to portray a dark mood. Red can be used when in a sensual mood and so on.

PostHeaderIcon Best colors for your bedroom

bedroom colorHave you decided to get a fresh coat for your bedroom this time? Well, paint is the first word whenever planning a bedroom make over and nothing attests a renewed look than a jolly roll of shade. When it comes to bedroom, you have to several hues to pick from but again not every shade on the color wheel is going to work here. The article here highlights on the best tones that would be perfect for your bed chamber.

Blue

You can never go wrong with blue when you have planned it for your bedroom. Blue is the shade for tranquility and serenity- hence a blue bedroom comes up with the ideal ambience for relaxation where you would love to lay down after a hard day’s work.

Green

Next to blue, it’s green which dominates the color lists for bedroom. Green carries a refreshing and energizing effect that help to keep you super charged. There are varied shades of green but mint green is the apt-most choice when it comes to bedrooms.

Pink

If you need to add on little vibrancy in your bedroom, pink is the ultimate choice- more precise French fuchsia pink. The color is a wonderful display of rich pink sheen but within a limit- it won’t ever appear overwhelming and too hot for a bedroom.

Ivory

Ivory is a great choice if you planning a pristine look for the bedroom. It’s especially brilliant when you have a comparatively smaller bedroom. Actually, small rooms demand lighter shades as light tones work to create an illusion of space inside, making it more airy and bright. In case you feel, ivory would be too stark for the room, pep it up with fuchsia or red. You can use these bright tones on any one of the walls (the focal wall) for a regal contrast.

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