Archive for April, 2012

Advantages of using conservatory blinds

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Conservatory blinds are extremely important to make sure your conservatory looks top class and elegant. The blinds actually improve the appeal of the conservatory besides having some advantages of their own. Conservatory blinds can block excess of sunlight from entering thereby stopping it from overheating. This ensures that the temperature inside is maintained to a certain level both during summers and winters.

These blinds also cut down the exposure to the ultraviolet rays. These blinds tend to make the room warmer during cold winters since they provide insulation by trapping the heat from the sunlight during the day. Apart from all these major advantages the blinds also ensure privacy in case you do not want to be viewed by anyone from outside. One of the main advantages of conservatory blinds is that it ensures safety of the furniture which might tend to get weathered and faded due to excessive exposure to sunlight.

Geothermal cooling and heating for your home

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Geothermal cooling and heatingWith the non renewable energies fast depleting, the world is on a constant look out for alternative sources of energies, namely renewable sources. One of the latest sources of energies is geothermal energy. The main source of energy is nature and hence it possesses no threats of running out or depleting. And now this geothermal energy is used for effective heating and cooling of your home. The operation is simple and the efficiency is great. Let us now take a look at the heating and cooling procedures with the help of geothermal energy.

With the help of a geothermal heat pump, geothermal energy is harnessed from the bowels of the earth and this heat generated is circulated throughout the house to keep it warm in the frigid cold weather. As the heat is drawn from the earth rather than the surrounding air, it keeps the natural air clean and fresh and provides adequate heating. The geothermal cooling process is slightly different. A shallow ground is used to control the temperature within the system. An earth loop of piping is created outside the home which lies below the frost line and it is used to generate and circulate lower temperatures in the house.

Green roofing explained

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Green roofing does not mean a roof that is done up in green paint or tiles. Green roof is referred to those roofs of houses and building where the entire roof or part of it is covered with green plants. For building and maintaining a green roof, a water resistant membrane is first applied on the roof and then the vegetation is started.

There can be many layers on a green roof, the root barrier layer, then the layer concerned with the drainage of water. All this is done so that the roof is not harmed before of the plant cover over it. Owners can go for two different styles of green roofing: the one where intensive planting is done and the one where a light layer of green cover is enough.

Green roofing helps in keeping the house or building cool by acting as an insulating layer. It also has its own contribution to make to the environment. When you want to make changes to your roof and improve it make sure to call in a professional for all of your needs.

Why is stair lift a fine add-on to your home?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Do you have elderly patients and children in your home? Well then it is high time that you should install a stair lift in your home as climbing the stairs is a very exhausting job for especially the aged and for the disabled. Rail stairway elevators are the most common type of stair lifts that are used by people worldwide but another type of wall mounted stair lifts are also being used by people.

These lifts are attached with motors. Built in seats and foot rest place are there in every stair lifts. In some cases you can adjust the height and the size of the stair lift on the basis of your body size and these elevators are pretty expensive and are meant for those who are very finicky about their lifestyles. Some stair lifts are run by electric though using the battery run stair lifts are best.

How to keep you home clutter free when living with a toddler

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

You need to take various precautions and make few alterations if a toddler is living at your house. A toddler can make your home unkempt and you should try to keep your home clutter free. It is also unsafe for your toddler as he is accessible to things that should be kept out of a toddler’s reach. To make your home clutter free you need to prevent the clutter from forming at the very first place. Create places for things like toys, car keys and remotes, so that there is a specific place to keep every respective thing in the house. You can place a bowl or a box where you and your family members can keep things that have no specific place to be kept. You should arrange for baskets to keep the toys. This makes it easy to make up the room quickly and you can remember where the things are, when they are required.

 

How to make self storage cost effective

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

You always try the best thing for your home with the lowest cost involved. If you are new to your home and are planning to decorate it with some of the essentials of daily life, then you must ensure that you get a self storage in your home. Now you can use the self storage for storing a variety of items and they are also kept very personal and secret. But then it may sometimes happen that you don’t have an unending budget for your self storage.

Thus you end up looking for a very cost effective self storage which will serve your purpose the best. First you should try and find a perfect place for the purpose. Since you are on a limited budget, so without going for any designer self storage, you can just have a very ordinary one done with a few shelves and doors and at best some lockers which serve some of the purpose of yours.

Chimney cleaning essentials

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

When you use a chimney for a very long time, you have to make some time for its maintenance. You get professional help for the job or you can roll up your sleeves to it yourself. In both cases, you will need the supplies for cleaning your chimney. You will need the basic rods and the brushes for cleaning the chimney. The brushes could be of round wires, flat wires or even polypropylene. The rods could be a cable, a chain whip or they could be of rotary designs.

The rods of rotary design are useful as you could spin them and wipe the soot and the creosote and completely clear the chamber of smoke. An alternative to the rods is the system of viper cleaning. There are three types of systems of viper cleaning. For cleaning the large chimneys or the medium sized ones, you can use the standard vipers. Then there are three models that are handheld which are useful for chimneys that are small. The third type is the viper brushes, which are really flexible.

Black porcelain tiles for your kitchen

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Earlier Black Porcelain tiles were used only for commercial purpose but because of its immense benefits, modern technology and low price Black Porcelain Tiles booked a place in the décor list of a kitchen; as a perfect flooring material. Black is an ever gorgeous color and in the porcelain tiles it gives a rich and sophisticated look. Porcelain Tiles are comparatively harder and thoroughly abrasion resistant, which makes it a perfect option for kitchen flooring. Black Porcelain Tiles are extremely resistant towards chemical and very much frost resistant.

Due to various unique properties like- Durability, Easy to preserve, Non- porous, Sanitized and Eco friendly, Black Porcelain tiles are loved and opted by most women as their primary choice for kitchen flooring. So if you are giving a thought of redecorating your kitchen, blindly choose Black Porcelain Tiles for the flooring and stay assured that for the rest of your life you will never face any complaints regarding your decision.

Basics of plastering

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Basics of plastering, plasteringOne of the most important things that you should keep in mind while building your house is the plastering. As the longevity, durability and even the maintenance of your house depends on the type of plastering that you have got for your home. Now for the proper plastering there are a few basic guidelines that should be followed. If the plastering is done properly then it would really make your home durable and will protect it from any extreme weather conditions.

First of all what you should keep in mind is the mixture used for plastering. The mixture should contain all the contents in proper proportion to yield the best mixture. The contents should also be good and pure. The plastering should be done carefully with equal amount of mixture everywhere. After the plastering is done and dried up, it should be watered regularly. Because regular watering really proves useful for the plastering and makes it tough from inside.

 

How to furnish your guest room

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Are some close guests of yours going to visit your home on this holiday? Well then you should take all the necessary initiatives to turn your guest rooms into a really warm and comfortable place where the guests feel nicely welcomed and sheltered.

First of all think of painting the walls of the guest rooms with some warm colors such as yellow, light gold, or you can also opt for the light colors like sky blue or green since they are cool and cozy. But don’t think of using dark colors as they might create a dull and murky atmosphere in the room. On the other hand you should make the room feel less cluttered and jostled up and therefore furniture with clean lines should be used by you. You can get a decorative storage in the wall and your guest can use it for keeping their items and articles in the closet.