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Why Hire an Architect for Your Home Remodelling Project

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Hire an Architect for Your Home Remodelling Project

When you’ve decided to remodel your home, you may assume that you’ve watched so many DIY shows on television that you can handle this project yourself, perhaps just with the help of a general contractor. While you might be able to tackle a simple redecorating project yourself, anything that involves the overall construction of your home should be undertaken with the help of an architect. Note why that is and how they can assist. Seeing the finished project You may assume that if you take down a wall or change the entryway to a room that you know what your home will look like when you’re done. However, you might be surprised at just how open a room feels without a certain wall and that you really don’t like the view. Moving an entryway might mean cutting off light to a certain space or blocking the flow of foot traffic because of where the door now opens. An architect can help to design your project and then let you see, with the use of computer graphics, what the project will look like when done. This will ensure you can make any changes to your plans before work begins so you’re happy with the renovation once it’s completed. For safety Load-bearing walls are very important in a home and should be left alone, but you may not realise that a home might also have load-bearing beams and certain rafters in the roof that should not be moved or altered either. If you take down a wall, you may inadvertently also remove a beam above a doorway or otherwise affect how the weight of your home is dispersed. You might also move around plumbing pipes or electrical wiring in such a way that they are not properly installed or protected. An architect will know how to manage your plans safely and ensure you don’t make any changes to the home that could lead to future damage. Going green Many homes today incorporate eco-friendly touches that you may not even be aware of but which an architect can suggest. This might mean cellulose insulation that is made from recycled paper, concrete flooring that uses raw materials that are easier to harvest than natural stone, roof ventilation that allows humidity to escape so your home feels cooler, and the like. Whether it’s to save money on utilities or to save the environment, working with an architect can ensure you’re incorporate all the “green” choices you can in your home renovation. Contact a business like Stylewise Designs to learn more about architecture and residential drafting...

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Reasons to Purchase Plants from a Wholesale Nursery

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons to Purchase Plants from a Wholesale Nursery

If you are contemplating creating a home garden in your backyard, you first need to get the plants to get you started. Typically, homeowners will visit their local supply store to get the seeds that they require. However, this is not always the best way to go about it. Here are some of the reasons why you should purchase plants from a wholesale nursery. A wholesale nursery is economical One of the biggest benefits of seeking plants from a wholesale nursery is the cost cutting afforded to you. When you purchase plants from your local store, you are getting them at retail prices. This means the store will have to mark up the prices to make some profit off their sales. At a wholesale nursery, you cut out the middleman. As such, you will find that the prices are more economical for you in the long run. Additionally, some wholesale nurseries will offer warranties on their plants. In the event that the plant does not sprout, the wholesale nursery will replace it for you at no extra cost. This is why opting to purchase plants from the original breeders can prove to be more cost-effective than simply buying them from your local store.   A wholesale nursery has a wide array of plants Another reason to consider purchasing your plants from a wholesale nursery is that they have a wider variety of species to choose from. Wholesale nurseries do not simply specialize in the provision of seeds. You can also get saplings, flower bulbs, fruit trees and more. This makes it easier for you to get all the plants you need conveniently at one location, rather than having to try to track them down from different stores. The wholesale nursery will also have a variety of both local and exotic plants. With their expertise in horticulture, you can be informed on which plants would be better suited for your home garden based on how much time you have to care for them. For instance, if you are generally busy, the wholesale nursery may suggest sturdy plant species that do not need too much hands-on maintenance.   A wholesale nursery provides you with resilient plants One drawback about trying to grow a home garden is that it may take some trial and error before you get your seeds flourishing. If you would like to avoid this, then you should opt to purchase your plants from a wholesale nursery. The plants grown at a wholesale nursery are given the proper care right from being seedlings. This nurturing increases their intake of nutrients, which will help them grow into strong and resilient plants. Instead of having to go through the time-consuming process of nurturing these plants, you can get them already healthy and...

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Quick Tips for Choosing a Good Self-Storage Facility

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Quick Tips for Choosing a Good Self-Storage Facility

When choosing a self-storage facility, you want to ensure you take the time to shop around and compare; a self-storage facility that is poorly maintained or not in good condition can mean damage to your items, especially if they’re in long-term storage, as well other inconveniences and hassles you may not expect. Note a few things to look for when choosing a good self-storage facility so you know you will wind up with one that works for you. Note the accessibility of their personnel for after-hours emergencies What happens if you pull up to a self-storage facility after hours and the gate doesn’t open, or there is an obstruction between you and your unit? If you cannot easily access personnel after hours, you may be stuck with also not being able to access your unit until they open for business the next day or the next Monday. This can be very inconvenient for you, so you want to ensure they have an after-hours number that is answered by a live person and which does more than just record messages. Ask about their pest control measures A self-storage unit can be a good place for pests and insects to nest and call home; they can easily make their way into a unit and burrow into the items inside and not be disturbed for days, weeks, and even months in some cases. Anyone who stores foodstuffs or other such items without properly containing them may be inviting roaches that will then make their way to your unit. It’s vital that you ask about a facility’s pest control measures because simply cleaning out a unit when someone vacates is not enough to keep pests at bay. Note the overall condition of the units A self-storage unit should have a door that fits snugly, to keep water, snow, and other condensation out of your unit as much as possible. You might want to give the door a good shake before you decide on a unit, to see if the sides fit snugly or if it seems to vibrate far too much. If the door doesn’t fit the door frame very well, this too can mean condensation, rain, and other weather elements getting in and damaging your items. If the door doesn’t open and close easily, this can also make it uncomfortable for you to operate it, so be sure you choose a unit with a door that fits snugly and which is easy to open and...

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Skip Bins For DIY Demolition: 3 FAQs

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Skip Bins For DIY Demolition: 3 FAQs

Homeowners may be forced to undertake demolition-related activities around the house for various reasons. For example, those who wish to change the layout of their living spaces might be forced to pull down a wall or two.   In a large number of cases, DIY-minded homeowners are forced to hire skip bins (from an outlet such as C. Fulton Pty Ltd) to aid in the management of waste products (to be) generated from the demolition exercise. This article answers three questions that a DIY-minded homeowner may have in relation to the use of skip bins in such situations. What Type Of Skip Bin Would Be The Most Ideal For A DIY Demolition Exercise? Various factors will determine the ideal type of skip bin for a residential demolition exercise. Examples of these factors include the cost of leasing the skip bin and the quantity of waste that the demolition exercise is expected to generate. For the small to medium-scale demolition-related activities, DIY-minded homeowners are often advised to go for the marrel skip bin. The “marrel skip” features high-sided walls which may account for its slightly larger size as compared to other types of rental bins (e.g. hook-lift skip bins). The standard marrel skip bin is about the same size as an automobile. The large size translates into an increased waste-carrying capacity for this type of bin. Many times, one marrel skip is able to contain all the waste generated from a residential demolition exercise. When Do Homeowners Need To Hire Multiple Skip Bins? The greater the amount of waste (to be) generated during demolition, the higher the number of skip bins required. However, there’s an exception. A small or medium-scale demolition exercise may require multiple skip bins in line with the different types of waste that the exercise will generate. For example, concrete waste products of demolition should not be mixed with other waste products such as tree cuttings, contaminated soil, shattered glass, metal window frame material and so on. Thus, DIY-minded homeowners will be forced to hire a concrete-only skip bin in addition to their general waste skip bin.    Can Skip Bins Be Placed In Public Places During A Demolition Exercise? In many cases, the available amount of space within residential premises doesn’t allow for the convenient placement (and subsequent use) of skip bins within the property. Skip bins may be placed in public places (e.g. along a footpath) for the duration of the demolition exercise. In a large number of states, homeowners are required to get a permit from their local council before the bin is placed in the intended...

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3 Non-cheesy Ways to Propose in a Restaurant

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Non-cheesy Ways to Propose in a Restaurant

Popping the question over a restaurant meal is so well embedded in our culture, and unfortunately, this is what makes it so hard to come up with a proposal style that isn’t brimming with cliché and cheese. Thankfully, the modern age of viral videos and social media has given many couples food for thought—prompting proposers to toss out the rule book when it comes to dinner proposals (no rings in the dessert here). Be inspired to make your proposal night a creative and memorable one with these top 3 suggestions for a non-clichéd proposal. (Traditionalists, take from these what you can!). Have a private proposal A private proposal in a restaurant might sound like an oxymoron of sorts, but this kind of proposal simply offers the best of both worlds for the nervous proposer—atmosphere and privacy. If the idea of loud exclamations of ‘aaaw’ in unison or rapturous applause puts you off, it may fare better for you and your betrothed to use a private room in the restaurant. Hiring a private function room at a restaurant gives you leeway to be a tad more creative with your proposal too, since the extra space can be filled with decorations, personal effects and maybe a hired photographer or musician waiting in the wings. Alternatively, if proposing in a confined space leaves you feeling a little hot and bothered, an outdoor proposal on the rooftop or terrace of your favourite restaurant can be equally magical. Get the venue to work with you Roping your chosen restaurant in on the proposal needn’t stop at turning the house lights low or bringing champagne to your table—let your imagination wander. For example, you could add to the element of surprise by dressing in full waiter uniform to approach your partner’s table and pop the question. Throw your partner completely off guard by asking their friend or boss to take them out to lunch. Once seated and immersed in conversation, this can be your cue to walk over with a tray of drinks and the ring. Your partner will not think to recognise you as their waiter, making for an incredibly romantic and memorable gesture. The added bonus of having restaurant staff on your side is that it also takes a lot of the heat off you. Proposing can be nerve-wracking enough without having to worry about unforeseen circumstances. With the staff wise to your proposal plans, they will be on the lookout to delay the meal, prepare special measures behind the scenes (e.g. a string quartet), or spot the opportune moment to approach your table with the ring. Hire a flash mob If flash mobs can delight and bewilder a room of strangers in a shopping centre or train station, imagine how this translates to a wedding proposal! For those unfamiliar with the term ‘flash mob’, this is essentially a hired crew of dancers or singers (or both) who pose as strangers in any given location, before exploding in a choreographed performance to the surprise and awe of onlookers. Flash mob proposals are really picking up steam thanks to social media, and what’s so versatile about them is that you can completely tailor it to your partner and make the proposal a kind of dedication to them by using music or a specific dance...

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Choosing Your First Lawn Mower For A Small Lawn

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Your First Lawn Mower For A Small Lawn

If you’ve never owned a lawn mower before, figuring out what to buy can be daunting. You probably have a vague idea of what you want; just a little light thing that you can whizz over the lawn with and won’t have to clean up after. Once you’re looking at actual options, though, it all gets a bit complicated. Rotary or cylinder? What on earth does a hover mower do, anyway? How does a person cope with grass that’s already got a bit unkempt? Never fear–it’s actually all pretty simple, and this easy guide is here to help you figure it out. All you need to do is ask yourself three simple questions: How much time, effort and energy am I willing to devote to lawn maintenance? For some people, their lawn is their pride and joy; they enjoy maintaining a beautiful expanse of grass in tip-top condition, and get a kick out of spending an afternoon caring for it. Those people probably want a cylinder mower; these can be tricky to manoeuvre as they’re often quite bulky, but nothing leaves a more perfect finish on a lawn. Even the Royal Horticultural Society says they’re the best way to achieve the classic striped look. If, on the other hand, you’d just like to keep your grass under control so that your garden looks decent, you should look at a rotary mower. They do a good job–and they’re also cheaper, lighter and easier to store.   Am I prepared to pay extra for convenience? Two major features you might be confused about really come down to this cost vs. effort question–cordlessness and grass boxes. Corded mowers need to be plugged into your mains electricity, meaning that you’ll probably need an extension reel and you’d do well to invest in a circuit breaker for safety purposes. Cordless mowers are battery powered and rechargeable, thereby getting around all that–but they’re currently far more expensive. Better Homes & Gardens are big fans, however, so if you’ve got enough money in your mower budget they’re well worth considering! You can also save a bit of money by buying a mower without a grass box, but you’ll need to rake up the grass cuttings and dispose of them afterwards rather than simply emptying the mower as you would a vacuum cleaner.    How often am I realistically going to get the mower out? If you’re the kind of person who wants to mow their lawn every week it hasn’t rained too much, a lightweight hovering or hand-push model is the perfect choice. If, on the other hand, you reckon you’ll do it every month or so in the spring and summer and then leave it over the colder months, you want something that can handle long grass; corded electric rotary with a good grass box is probably the way to go. Which? suggests that these are the best choice for family lawn mowers, as they get the job done with minimal...

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Aluminium Foil In The Residential Garden: 2 Alternative Uses

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aluminium Foil In The Residential Garden: 2 Alternative Uses

Aluminium foil is a common feature in a large number of modern residential kitchens. Aluminium foil is often the “go to person” whenever a homeowner needs to wrap up various food items.  Not known to a large number of homeowners is the fact that aluminium foil can be put to a number of alternative uses in residential garden areas. This article discusses two among the several alternative uses for the benefit of stay-at-home mums who are passionate about gardening. The “Aluminium Seed Pot” A large number of stay-at-home mums would rather plant their seedlings in a seed bed/seed pot as opposed to having them planted into the residential garden directly. Aluminium foil can be used to make a seed pot of sorts, in which plant seedlings can grow and develop until they’re ready to be transplanted into the garden. In order to use aluminium foil for this purpose, one will need to cut the cardboard tube around which the foil is wrapped into the desired number of pieces. Each piece will be used as a seed pot. If cutting the cardboard tube does not produce a sufficient number of “seed pots”, similar tubes can be obtained from rolls of toilet paper as well as paper towel rolls. The cardboard tubes are then fully wrapped with the foil so as to protect them from water damage. Once wrapped, a waterproof tray is closely packed into each tube before the tubes are filled with the chosen seed-starting mixture and before the seeds are planted into the various “pots”. Plant Protection In the kitchen, aluminium foil is often used to prevent the blackening of pie crusts and to keep the crusts from falling off before the pie is ready. In the residential garden, aluminium foil can be used to protect young garden shrubs and other young plants from the potentially destructive nature of animals that would wish to make a meal out of the young plants and shrubs. Examples of these animals include rabbits, mice and goats. Aluminium foil wrapped around the base of a young plant or shrub is sure to make the plant less appealing in the eyes of its predators. Using aluminium foil for plant protection reduces the risk posed by predatory animals, thereby increasing chances that the shrubs and plants in question will exploit their full growth potential. Next time when out shopping, get two rolls of aluminium foil. One for the kitchen and one for the...

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3 Simple Repair Tasks You Can Carry Out on Your Horizontal Blinds

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Simple Repair Tasks You Can Carry Out on Your Horizontal Blinds

Horizontal blinds have various advantages, one of them being that you can easily regulate the light that comes into your room. They are commonly used in most homes and offices. However, frequent use of these blinds can lead to small technical faults, which you can easily fix if you are handy with your toolkit. Below are some of these faults, and how you can correct them. If you get stuck, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance to avoid any permanent damage. 1. Blind won’t release after first installation Sometimes horizontal blinds have their lift cords tightly pulled during manufacturing, causing the blinds to refuse to release even when the cord is pulled. After you have installed the blind on the window according to instructions, try to pull the cord at an angle while pressing the bottom rail upwards. This should release the tension in the lift cord enabling you to release your blinds easily in future. 2. Blinds won’t tilt to open or close This is another problem you can fix easily. To begin, pull the blind up completely so it is tight on its headrail. Carefully remove the valance from your blinds, and then unhinge the bracket on the box end to take down the blind from the window. Examine the lengthwise-running cords from the top of the blind. You may notice that some strings are tangled, or the cords could be stuck between the headrail and hardware. Untangle or release the tangled/trapped cord carefully. Reinstall the blind, pull it down completely and test the tilt. If the problem persists, contact a professional technician; your tilter mechanism, located on one end of the headrail, may require replacement. These are available online and with local retailers, who can also arrange to install the new one. 3. Blinds are too long Maybe you moved to a new house or you just want to change the window on which your blind sits to a shorter window, which means that you also need to shorten the blind to fit the window length. It is possible to remove a few of the slats until you achieve your ideal length, and you can do this easily by following these instructions: Check the bottom railing of your blind and remove the small plugs you see; keep them someplace safe for replacement when you finish Pull out the lift cords from the bottom rail and undo the knots in the cord This allows you to pull out extra slats as needed until you have the right blind length for your window Take out the bottom railing from the removed slats and place it in the tilt ladder where your last slat now is Thread the lift cords through the holes on the blinds’ bottom railing and retie the cord knots as they were before, ensuring that the rail is levelly rested in the knots Once you have confirmed that the lift cord is level and its height is okay, cut the extra cord below your knots and push the knots into the rail. Replace the plugs onto the rail Whether you have Luxaflex blinds or another brand, keep these tips in mind when they start to...

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What You Need to Know About a Roller Door for Your Home Garage

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need to Know About a Roller Door for Your Home Garage

A roller door is a good choice for smaller properties, as the door simply folds and rolls up into its overhead housing unit when opening rather than swinging out into the driveway. If you’re thinking of choosing a roller door for your home’s garage, you may have a few questions about their function and safety, so note some basic information here and then discuss this choice with a garage door contractor. 1. Are roller doors loud? If you’ve ever heard the roller doors at a car repair shop or other such facility rolling up or down and wondered if you would need to put up with the same noise at home, note that the doors installed at a commercial facility are often very different than the ones installed in a residential home. A commercial garage door may not have layers of insulation between the panels as is common with a residential door, so the metal on a commercial door may be more likely to shake and create noise when in use. For a residential door, the insulation typically used between the outside layers of metal help to absorb noise. 2. Can roller doors be opened if they’re not locked? You may assume someone can just push open a roller door at home and slide it up, like you might see at a car repair shop. However, if you choose a roller door with a motor for opening and closing, that motor acts as a lock when the door is closed. You cannot just push the door open, as the motor needs to run to move the chains that control the door. In a commercial garage, their doors may work with a manual chain and pulley system so there is no motor to keep them in place, but with a residential door, the motor itself provides a good measure of security. 3. Are roller doors heavier than standard garage doors? You might be worried about the weight of a roller door if the motor should fail and you need to lift it manually. Note that the weight of a roller door is affected by the same factors as any other type of door, namely, the size of the door including its thickness and its material. An aluminum door will be lighter than steel, and steel skins with a lightweight insulation between them will be lighter than a solid steel door. Note the overall weight of a door when choosing one for installation if you’re concerned, but remember that a roller door won’t be any heavier or lighter than a standard door, depending on your...

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Rid Your Bathroom Roller Blinds Of Mould and Mildew

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Rid Your Bathroom Roller Blinds Of Mould and Mildew

Their ease of operation and effectiveness as privacy providers makes roller blinds extremely useful in a bathroom setting.  However, the humid environment can cause mould and mildew to form on the fabric, leaving your blinds looking stained and grubby.  Here’s how to get rid of mould and mildew from your bathroom roller blinds.  What you’ll need soft brush vacuum cleaner with a soft brush hose attachment lemon juice salt chlorine bleach clean cloths fabric freshener How to do it Tackle mould and mildew as soon as you discover it on your bathroom blind to try to prevent it staining too deeply.  Take the blind down and clean it outside to avoid spreading the mould spores further around your house.   Begin by using a soft brush to flick the dusty surface mould away.   Next, use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck up any remaining mould from deeper within the fabric fibres.   Use lemon juice to moisten any stained areas.  Spread salt over the lemon juice and then place the blind in the sun until it dries.  Rinse the blind thoroughly using clean, warm water.   If the stain is still there, make up a weak solution of warm water and household chlorine bleach.  Use a clean cloth to apply the solution to the stain and allow it to activate for approximately five minutes.  Rinse the blind thoroughly using clean, warm water.   Lemon juice is very good for removing odours, but if a musty aroma remains on your blind, try giving it a spritz with a good quality fabric freshener.     Preventative measures Mould and mildew thrive and spread in humid, damp conditions, which is why your bathroom is such a breeding ground for them.  You can help to prevent mould and mildew from forming by keeping your bathroom well-ventilated.  If you have an extractor fan, always ensure it’s turned on after you’ve had a bath or shower, or open windows to create a good airflow to remove moisture from the room.  Don’t roll up the blind while it is still damp.  Use a kitchen towel or a dry cloth to wipe down the blind and remove condensation, and then allow it to air dry completely before rolling it up. In conclusion If your bathroom blind is blighted by mould and mildew, don’t despair.  Just follow the guidelines given above to clean and freshen-up your blind, as well as to prevent the problem recurring. For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Blind...

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