It worked out pretty much perfectly in fact. I was ready to move out of my apartment when the guy showed me this place, which looked really bad although for me it was not so big of a deal to fix it up. At any rate I put a bunch of my things in storage. I got one of those things, a storage container that they bring to you and then store after you fill it up. I have been living in this place and fixing it up for the past three months. Today I installed new plantation shutters and that should tell you that I really have finished things up. Of course I was in no real hurry and I told the guy as much when I began. He gets me to do the work when I had the time and he got to pay me as I went along, in advance.…Read More
If you are planning to build a new home it is a great opportunity to make it environmentally friendly. This does not necessarily mean expensive as some materials can be even cheaper than traditional building materials. Other items like solar panels offer long term savings and upfront costs are also often subsidized by governments offering refunds for part of the costs.
Concrete and brick have both positive and negative things to consider. A good choice for areas where the climate varies greatly, concrete and bricks helps to insulate against the summer heat and also retain heat during winter.
They do however have some negatives when taking environment into consideration. Bricks and concrete is quarried from the earth and heavily processed. The burning of bricks in a large kiln also impacts on air quality.
Transport includes not just the concrete and bricks but also sand, soil and stone from a quarry to the processing plant.
The best choices for bricks are mud bricks are as they take very little processing. And for concrete products choose an aerated concrete, the finished product contain 80% air.
Wood is a natural resource and disappearing faster than we can grow it. It is important to keep to the following guidelines when choosing timber for building materials.
Seek out recycled timber wherever possible. And select certified timber from a “well managed forest”. This means the wood comes from a re-growth forest rather than a plantation.
Some alternatives you can consider instead of using timber are:
Recycled steel frames, bamboo, plant-based plastics, recycled plastic lumber and recycled paper timber.…Read More
Earth Day was last week, and are you ready to save the planet, or simply practice more environmentally friendly habits, easier to implement green and sustainable products into your home renovation project.
Here are some material considerations that you need to check before starting a kitchen or bathroom renovation. Educate yourself on all the green and sustainable products available today, because they will give you a greener home and a far healthier lifestyle.
Bamboo is considered a very sustainable material because it reaches maturity within five years, and regenerates from its original root system – it never requires replanting.
Wood is an amazing material for block-meat counters and floor counters.
When these logs are planted locally, sustainably, or certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), they tend to give very high values.
Concrete countertops are increasingly popular in contemporary settings, and don’t be off-gas. They are considered the greenest when made locally and when mixed with alternative cement and recycled aggregates.
The quartz surface is one of my favorite tabletops. They are available in a large number of beautiful colors and finishes – easy to maintain and have an endless life cycle. Certain companies now produce amazing recycled quartz collections.
Hardwood and Bamboo are a favorite flooring choice for environmentally conscious homeowners. If the material is FSC certified or reclaimed, it is considered an environmentally responsible product.
Marmoleum or Linoleum tiles are made from flaxseed oil, jute, limestone and other natural components that collectively provide a very strong and durable flooring product.
Cork is not only sustainable and renewable (like bamboo), but very soft and comfortable underfoot.
Wool carpets are stain resistant, extremely durable, and free of chemical additives – only natural oils from sheep’s wool. With routine maintenance, this can last up to 50 years and …Read More
In the event that there was an easy and efficient way to improve the feel of your outside without including too much for your monthly resources bill can you do it? Along with solar backyard lights you receive the benefit of each beauty with no monthly power bills. There’s no restrict to the decorating and calming abilities associated with great photo voltaic garden lighting.
The outdoor patio that edges a backyard; a path made of aged brick that is laid in between flower mattresses or a event gazebo in the middle of official flowerbeds-can all be outlined and made the main focus of interest by adding illumination that each decorative and helps to create enough lighting for you to appreciate your garden through night.
These types of strategically positioned solar backyard lights may bring your landscape designs to life through the night. Consider using small, clear chain lights weaved through sapling branches to produce a fairyland feel or even pathway photo voltaic lights in the shape of lanterns to give an Asian touch.
Increasing numbers of people are experiencing the benefits as well as joys associated with container horticulture. You can have the actual pleasure associated with growing your personal herbs or even food within vegetable plant containers. There is no doubt within where the food came from or even how it had been grown whenever you produce this yourself within garden plant containers. Control of dirt and dirt type is among the first recognized benefits. Vegetation can be changed for optimum sun exposure. Light-weight vegetable plant containers can be easily relocated indoors or even under include during unexpected rainstorms. Garden plant containers give the additional benefit of your own organic horticulture when you place them to reject insects or even cross-pollinate.
Contemporary Times-instead of the …Read More
The biggest issue that many people face when looking for home decor to complete their space is trying to make everything “match.” While it can be nice to have matching home accessories and decor to make your space feel “pulled together,” one of the big trends for 2012 is the use of eclectic style. In other words, no “matchy-matchy.” Here’s the low down on eclectic home accessories and how to use them in your home.
Before the economic downturn, people were focused on perfection when it came to their home decor. In recent years, as the economy has finally started to come up, even if ever so slowly, people are focusing on the more important things in life and choosing to enjoy their home decor rather than stressing over having it be “perfect.” As a result, eclectic home decor has risen significantly in popularity.
Wall art in this style can reflect a variety of looks, after all, it is “eclectic.” To achieve the eclectic look, people are simply choosing to invest in wall art and wall decor that they truly love and enjoy; rather than decor that just matches their chosen (but often singular) home decor style. This means a variety of different items are getting put up next to one another on a single wall, in a single room, mixing styles for an eclectic flair. In short, there are two key tricks to eclectic wall decor: choosing pieces you love, and considering arranging them in a collage for more visual texture and interest.
When it comes to furniture, people no longer feel obligated to buy furniture sets as they are typically sold as in furniture stores. Today, people are mixing and matching their furniture, and their upholsteries. Opting for pieces they love, pieces that make them feel comfortable, pieces …Read More
Whether you are building a house, remodeling, decorating your home, the lamp is what you need. A lamp is one of the most important aspects when comes to decorating your home. It can be an enhancement to all of the other items that are within the room. So it’s important to spend some time to research a little bit as to what type of lamp is going to work best in the room that you’re decorating.
Lamp is a component that produces light. One of the things you need to take into account when you’re choosing your lamps is the materials of the lamps themselves. Choosing the right lamp for your home is a task. You should choose the qualified lamp. Because it is better and lasts longer. Qualified lamp will carry the higher price. But keep in mind, though, that lamps can go on sale, that inexpensive lamps might suit your needs in certain cases, that priced lamps can also be made of quality materials, and that you can only do as much as you can given the budget that you have to work with.
It’s very likely that your home will look beautiful with whatever lamp you choose, regardless of the price, simply because it will be reflecting your preferred color schemes, designs, and style. That’s the most important thing. You should really like what you see as the lamps in your home. And you can always replace things later on when they break. Just make sure you smile and enjoy the lamps that you choose for your home.
Style is something that you are going to have to give a quick consideration to as well for example does you want lamps. This is just a very few of what’s available to you when it comes to choices …Read More