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Tips When Framing a Bathroom Mirror

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips When Framing a Bathroom Mirror

A bathroom mirror is designed to add both style and function to your space. If you are looking to create a more minimalist style to your bathroom that is simple, it might be a good idea to attach your own frame to a plain mirror. A wooden frame can be the ideal option and will allow you to create a very clean look. If the vanity in your bathroom is already made from wood, you can apply a finish to the frame of the mirror that will match. Framing a mirror on your own is possible if you follow a few helpful tips. Grooves You will need to take measurements of the mirror to ensure that you cut trim and molding pieces that are the accurate size. When you are cutting the trim pieces that are going to be used to frame the mirror, it is suggested that you remember to create grooves. The groove that you cut will need to be used to fit the edge of the mirror. It is also a good idea to apply the finish of your choice to the wood after you have cut it to size. You can apply the stain much faster if it is not yet attached to the mirror in any way. Sides It is always suggested that you begin framing a bathroom mirror by starting with the sides. You can nail the sides of the trim in place first and then move to the top of the mirror before finishing with the bottom. You have to be careful when nailing the trim in place to ensure that you do not cause any damage to the fragile mirror. Sill Board When you are framing a mirror, it is always a good idea to attach a sill board to the bottom portion of the frame. The sill board will be slightly longer than the width of the mirror, but it will offer more security and also create a unique look that is appealing. The molding trim pieces should be the last that are installed around the trim after you have secured all the other pieces in place. Silicone You want to make sure that the mirror is protected, so it is suggested that you add silicone around the edge of the frame. This will make sure that it is secure. It is also possible for you to fill in any holes using putty. All of the screw holes will be small in size, so it will not require much putty to fill them in completely. For more tips on framing or hanging bathroom mirrors, contact a local...

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Fed Up Of Dull Floors? 4 High-Impact Vinyl Flooring Styles To Uplift Your Room Décor

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fed Up Of Dull Floors? 4 High-Impact Vinyl Flooring Styles To Uplift Your Room Décor

Vinyl flooring is a stress-free and practical floor choice suitable to most rooms in a home. This manmade, synthetic material is made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl flooring stands up to all types of heat and moisture, which makes it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. Vinyl floors are available in a range of different styles to seamlessly fit into most design schemes. Here are some high-impact vinyl flooring styles to uplift your room décor. Wood Vinyl Flooring Wood vinyl flooring mimics the look of real hardwood floors but offers more practical benefits. Unlike wood that needs periodic sealing, this type of vinyl flooring is easy to maintain, requiring just a broom and mop for regular cleaning. Vinyl floors come in different textures to imitate real wood grains perfectly. You can choose between various light and dark shades to match the existing décor of your room without compromising on the natural wooden effect. Wood vinyl flooring features a rustic look and works well for traditional homes, although some finishes look great for modern homes too. Tile Vinyl Flooring Tile vinyl flooring echoes the look of real tiles without costing you a hefty sum of money. Featuring the look of real tiles, this type of vinyl flooring is both practical and attractive because it is easy to maintain and available in a variety of choices. You can choose between different types of large tile designs to replicate the look of marble or granite in a range of different colours to match your existing decorative scheme. Tile vinyl flooring is perfectly suited to both modern and traditional homes. Mosaic Vinyl Flooring Mosaic vinyl flooring is designed to replicate the look of mosaic tiles without the hassle of installing the real thing. More affordable than real mosaic tiles, this type of vinyl flooring is usually available in large tiles or sheets to replicate a conventional mosaic pattern. You can choose between a range of styles, colours and mosaic designs for any room you want to decorate. Mosaic vinyl flooring is a good choice for traditional and older-style homes. Patterned Vinyl Flooring Patterned vinyl flooring utilises different patterns, designs and textures to bring any room to life with ease. You can choose the pattern based on the existing style of your room. For example, modern bedrooms with minimal design will benefit from sleek geometric patterns, while traditional kitchen floors will relish the appeal of conventional floral prints.  Vinyl is versatile enough to mimic any patterns and style, so you can choose different patterns for older or modern homes without any difficulty. Use these high-impact vinyl flooring ideas to uplift the look of your room décor....

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Three Important Tasks in Roller Door Maintenance

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Important Tasks in Roller Door Maintenance

The roller door is an advantageous feature to install in residential properties. It is ideal for use with garage spaces, but you can install it in other areas such as storage sheds. The design of roller doors is favourable because it is conveniently lifted up and lowered during operation. This means that minimal extra space is required when opening the door, unlike alternatives like swing and overhead lift alternatives. In addition, most roller doors are made from resilient materials, such as steel, which are durable and strong. Regrettably, these doors are still susceptible to malfunction due to heavy usage or mechanical damage. Therefore, you will need to perform regular maintenance and repair to ensure optimal functionality. Here are the important servicing tasks that you must perform on your roller door. Tightening the Moving Components The roller door in most residential environments is operated frequently. This movement generates subsequent friction which wears away the components. Eventually, the hardware in your roller door will become loose, lowering the operation efficiency. You should periodically examine the roller brackets and the attached bolts for looseness and tighten as required with a socket wrench. If the bolts are severely worn out, you should consider replacement. Test the Door Balance The roller door should be installed properly such that the feature is perfectly balanced. If the door is unbalanced, the opener mechanism will have to work harder in order to operate acceptably. This will result in accelerated damage of the opener, and the replacement of this module can be costly. You can test this aspect by disengaging the roller door opener. This is generally done by pulling a release handle which is usually in form of a cord. You should then open the roller door manually to a halfway point and release it, making sure to be out from under it. If the door slides downwards instead of staying put, your door is unbalanced. You will need to readjust the counterweight system and springs to restore balance. It is advisable to engage a professional roller repair expert for this task because an unbalanced door is heavy and unstable. Poor repair or handling can result in hazardous accidents. Examine the Rollers The roller components are important because they facilitate the opening and closing motions of the door. Generally, these are made from steel or nylon, so you will enjoy long-term service. Still, it is important to inspect the rollers for damage and replace the components. Common signs of imminent failure include cracking and significant chips. To purchase your replacement rollers or to get help with any other roller repairs, contact a professional in your...

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Create Your Own Antique-Style French Furniture

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Create Your Own Antique-Style French Furniture

Antique French-style, timber furniture is a popular choice for home decor. This shabby-chic style can also be expensive and may be out of your budget. Fortunately, you can easily create the look yourself for a minimal amount of money. By sourcing a cheap, second-hand piece of timber furniture and treating it to a simple makeover using paint and materials from your local hardware store, you can have a beautiful, elegant, and unique piece of furniture in no time. Here are the steps you should take. Step 1. Prepare the piece of furniture Before you paint your piece of furniture, you’ll need to prepare the surface for painting. This will ensure that the paint job goes on evenly and adheres well to the surface. If the timber is varnished or lacquered, then you’ll need to use sandpaper to expose the bare timber. If the lacquer or varnish is very thick or the furniture is covered with thick, multiple layers of paint, then sanding may be an almost impossible task. In this case, then you can use a specialised primer which you can get from most hardware stores. This primer can be applied to the existing surface of the furniture, which will then allow you to paint over lacquer, varnish, or paint without the risk of the paint peeling away over time. Step 2. Apply a wax crayon One of the most appealing features of antique, French-style furniture is the areas in which the paint has been worn away to reveal bare wood or other layers of paint underneath. You can recreate this rustic, aged look by using a specially designed wax crayon. They are available from many paint suppliers and hardware stores. The wax crayon is easy to use. You simply rub it along the areas where you wish to create the effect, giving them a thick wax coating. Good spots to use the wax crayon on are places where natural wear and tear would occur, such as along the corners and edges and also over any ornate pieces such as carvings or mouldings. Once you have painted the piece of furniture and the paint is dry, then you simply rub the areas where you have applied the wax with a soft, lint-free cloth. The wax prevents the paint from adhering to the furniture and will rub off easily to show the timber or paint beneath. Step 3. Paint the furniture The final step is to paint the piece of furniture. The colour you choose is up to you but you may like to choose from a traditional French palette which usually means soft pastels in blue, aqua, and green. For the best results, you should use enamel paint. This gives a thicker and more even finish and is more durable than water based paints. To really achieve the antique look, avoid high gloss enamel paints that will look too shiny and modern. The best option is enamel paint in a matte finish, such as eggshell. If you can’t get hold of this type of paint, then you can use low gloss enamel paint, then give the finished product a very light sanding to create a matt finish. Once the paint is dry, all that’s left to do is replace any handles or knobs with new ones that will suit the...

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Furnishing an Outdoor Space

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Furnishing an Outdoor Space

Furnishing a home is a big task. You can spend a lot of time choosing pieces that fit your space well. You will also want to consider how your furniture pieces coordinate with each other. It can be an ongoing process to find things that work well in your home. In addition to interior decorating, your home design will not be complete without some attention to the exterior. Creating an attractive and welcoming outdoor space can be a great complement to your perfectly furnished home. Garden Design Garden design is an important part of building your outdoor space. For good garden design, you have to consider both types of plants and their placement. For example, certain plants pair well together. You can fill your flower beds with plants that coordinate well with one another. You will also want to consider the seasons in which each plant blooms, to ensure an attractive display year-round. Most gardeners strive to incorporate both flowering plants and evergreens. The evergreens can give some structure and provide a nice backdrop for the blooms that appear throughout the year. Another element to consider with your garden is plant containers. If you have a small space, you can enhance your garden by adding a few potted plants. If you have more room, you may want to add a border or construct a raised flower bed. Either option can provide a nice addition to your garden. Patio Furnishings Once you are settled on your garden design, you will likely want to add some patio furniture. After all, with the work you have done to plant your flowers, you will want a place to sit and enjoy them. Depending on how much space you have, you can create a seating area with chairs and tables. Patio furniture comes in a variety of materials such as wood or wicker. Both of these materials are treated to make them appropriate for outdoor use. Outdoor wicker furniture are a classic choice because they can withstand weather changes without becoming damaged. They can also help you create a quaint setting within your garden. Once you have chosen your furniture, you can even add some lighting such as lamps or candles so you can enjoy your garden at night. Both the plants and the furniture you select can impact the overall feel of an outdoor area. When you are making your selections, consider how you will use your garden and what will work best within the space you have...

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What You Need to Know about Choosing In-Floor Heating Options

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need to Know about Choosing In-Floor Heating Options

Finding the right in-floor heating option for your home can be tricky. You may know the heating result you want to achieve, but choosing the type of heated flooring that is right for you can present some issues. Before you submit to the confusion and just go with the first option available, there are a few things you should consider. Here are just a few of those considerations and what you need to know about each one. Types of In-Floor Systems One of the first things you need to consider are the types of in-floor systems available for residential buildings. Your choices will be electric or hydronic heating systems. The electric system is the most common and uses coils under your current flooring that are heated through your home’s electrical system. The installation is fairly simple, since most electrical based in-floor heating systems come rolled up and just need to be placed and unrolled. You will need to choose a flooring cover such as tile, wood, or carpet. The flooring type will be put in place after the heating coils are rolled out and secured. The hydronic heating system use hot water that is cycled through the heating coils to keep the floor warm. The issue to consider with this type of heating system is a water leak in the heating coils. This could mean a repair that requires construction and floor replacement. This is something to consider especially if you have hardwood flooring where wood rot could become an issue if a leak is noticed later instead of sooner. Thermostat Styles Another consideration of in-floor heating options are the thermostat styles. Thermostats for heated floors will look and operate similarly to your traditional home air conditioning and heating thermostats. You can set the temperature for your floor at the thermostat and, if you have a digital model, you can even schedule times for warmer temperatures or colder temperatures. There are even some thermostats that allow you to use an app on your phone to adjust the temperature when you are away and may not be home for several hours or overnight. Energy Costs One of the considerations of an in-floor heating system is the energy cost. This is something that you may think is common knowledge to consider, but most homeowners don’t consider the true costs themselves. They instead focus on the idea of an energy savings instead of how much will actually be saved, when the savings will start, and what to expect over time. Considering all aspects of your energy costs will help you choose the best type of in-floor heating system for your home and your needs rather than just choosing an option that sounds nice. These are the three main considerations you should think about when choosing in-floor heating. If you are ready to make your choice and begin construction, contact your local dealer for pricing and...

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Quick Tips for Maintaining a Home’s Central Air Conditioning Unit

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Quick Tips for Maintaining a Home’s Central Air Conditioning Unit

Most central air conditioning units will run for years without major problems or breakdowns, but this doesn’t mean you can simply ignore air conditioning maintenance. A few simple tasks done every year before summertime or as recommended by the manufacturer can ensure that your unit lasts as long as possible with as few needed repairs as possible. Note a few quick tips you might consider for your home’s central unit. 1. Lubrication of the bearings Some units will have sealed bearings for the fan or motor, meaning that they are encased in their own housing and won’t need lubrication. However, some units may have exposed bearings that need lubrication every year or as recommended by the manufacturer. Check the owner’s manual you have for your unit and note if yours has exposed bearings and how often they should be lubricated. Usually just a few drops or quick sprays of the proper lubricating oil is all that’s needed to keep them running smoothly all year. 2. Clean and straighten the fins The fins make up the grate of the compressor unit that sits outside of your home. These should be cleaned every year and any that are crooked or warped should be straightened so that air can easily flow through the unit and keep it cool. After shutting off the power, unscrew the top of the housing and lift up the panel that holds the fan blades. This should give you room to wash down the fins from the inside; use a standard garden hose with a spray nozzle and hold it close to the fins as you spray water to the outside of the unit. Once the fins are clean, note any that may be crooked and use a simple butter knife or chisel to straighten them. Slide the blade of the knife or chisel between the fins and gently push the crooked one into place. 3. Level the unit Your outside unit should be placed on concrete to keep it level, but this concrete base can sink and shift over time, as the ground underneath it shifts. When the unit is not level, this puts added wear and tear on the fan blades inside as parts begin to rub against each other. Check the unit with a carpenter’s level and if you notice that it’s slightly sagging to one side, use rot-resistant shims under the concrete slab to brace up that...

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Tips for Making the Most of Small, Built In Wardrobes

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Making the Most of Small, Built In Wardrobes

Regardless of the size of the residence, a common complaint for homeowners tends to be storage space. You always seem to be looking for more ways to store your items. This is especially true when it comes to clothes as you gradually accumulate them over the years. Short of having to sell them at a garage sale or opt to donate them, you could look for ways to enhance the storage space that you already have. If you are dealing with a small, built in wardrobe, you could consider these tips for making the most of the space available to you. Experiment with shelving heights Conventional wardrobes will typically have shelves of similar height. This may not be convenient as clothes do come in all sorts of sizes. A good idea would be to opt for minor renovations to your wardrobe so as to incorporate shelves of different heights. This will make it easier to store your clothes in accordance to the amount of space that they take. For instance, shirts will almost always take up less space than dresses. Thus, a higher shelving height for your dresses could complement a shorter shelf for your shirts. Go crazy with hooks Hooks can be a great addition to your built in wardrobe when it comes to maximising on space. The good news is that since these tend to be cheap, you can purchase as many as you need. Hooks can be used to store a variety of items ranging from ties, scarves, belts and more. This enables you to make use of the dead space on the doors of the wardrobe rather than have these items take up the space in your closet. Invest in dividers Dividers work toward segmenting your drawers. This is a great way of maximising on the space in your drawers. When you store different items in your drawers such as socks, stockings, lingerie and more, they tend to look messy. In addition, since these items are folded differently, chances are it will be a snug fit. To bypass all this, the dividers give each category of items their own space. This not only makes the drawers more organised, but it also makes it easier for them to fit. Install a shoe carousel Built in wardrobes will typically come with a shoe rack on the floor. Although this may seem like a convenient mode of storing your shoes, the rack does take up valuable space that you could use for other items. Instead, you should opt to have this removed and install a shoe carousel instead. This still allows your shoes to be organised, while leaving you extra floor room and height to use as you see...

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Split System Aircon | 4 Smart Steps to Prepare Your Outdoor Unit for Winter

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Split System Aircon | 4 Smart Steps to Prepare Your Outdoor Unit for Winter

A split system aircon consists of both an indoor cooling unit and outdoor condenser unit, acting as a lifesaver as it cools the home during the blazing hot Australian summers. When the cold temperatures of winter set in, you will no longer need your split systems. Harsh winter elements like rain and ice can damage and rust the outdoor unit, so you must find a way to protect it until summer arrives once again. Follow these protective steps to prepare your outdoor unit for enduring winter. Turn Off the Air Conditioning Circuit Before undertaking anything else, be sure to turn off the air conditioning circuit located near the outdoor unit. This usually has a metal or plastic lid covering, which needs to be opened to flip the switch off. This will prevent the air conditioning unit from turning on when it isn’t needed and will ensure that water from a running air conditioner doesn’t collect in the unit and freeze up. Clean the Air Conditioning Unit The outdoor unit of a split system aircon is subject to all kinds of natural weather elements. Apart from that, bird droppings, grime, leaves, debris and dead bugs can also settle on the unit, which will damage it over time. Hose down the unit to remove all kinds of dirt and debris, and allow it to dry completely before covering it up. Remove all the debris thoroughly, because they will damage and rust the unit over time. Cover the Air Conditioning Unit Cover the exterior exposed pipes with foam pipe covers to protect them from damage during heavy winds and rain. The foam covers will also provide adequate insulation to the pipes to prevent ice formations around them. Once you’ve covered the pipes, cover the entire unit with a strong vinyl or plastic waterproof cover. Make sure that the cover sits properly over the outdoor unit. Wrap the cover with bungee cords to keep it secure against the air conditioner. You’ll have to wrap the cover tightly to prevent it from flying away with heavy winds. This protective measure ensures that heavy winds and rains, which are common occurrences in winter, don’t damage your unit when it isn’t in use. Undertake Periodic Checks Every fortnight, be sure to check your outdoor unit to ensure that the cover remains secure and undamaged. Brush any ice and water off the unit and remove branches, twigs and leaves that may have seeped in through a loosened cover. Secure the cover tightly if it has come undone. These protective steps during winter will prolong the life of your split system aircon.  For more information, contact a local air conditioning company like ACSIS Airconditioning...

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Features to Consider For a New Dual Occupancy Design and Construction

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Features to Consider For a New Dual Occupancy Design and Construction

A good way to make money from rental properties is to have a dual occupancy design, which would mean a townhouse or duplex with more than one person living in the structure. You can earn the rent of two occupants while only paying property taxes on one building, making it a good financial investment.  If you acquire a dual occupancy design townhouse that is currently under construction, note a few features you’ll want to discuss with your contractor to ensure you can charge the most rent and have the happiest tenants. 1. Separate access While your dual occupancy home may not be able to have two separate driveways if the garages are built in the middle of the home or city codes don’t allow it, consider what you can do to separate the access of the home for each occupant. This will ensure no one parks their car in the way of their neighbor’s access to the home. You might request that the contractor widen the driveway and then split it with a landscaping feature or other barrier so each occupant can stay on their own side of the access easily and not block their neighbor. 2. Separate outdoor space If the new construction you’re considering is a duplex, consider adding a privacy fence in the back to split the outdoor space and allow each tenant to enjoy their space separate from their neighbors. A chain link fence won’t allow for privacy and a good separation of space, so invest in something solid and that marks off each side of the property. If possible, build the outdoor patios and decks on separate sides of the home for added privacy and enjoyment for your tenants while they’re outside.  3. Sound barriers A home builder that specializes in dual occupancy buildings will have suggestions for how to increase sound insulation in each unit, and it’s good to invest in the best sound insulation choices you can. This can mean blown foam insulation rather than fiberglass, as the foam can fill in every crack behind the walls and absorb sound waves better than fiberglass. This also might include thicker drywall on the walls that connect the two areas of occupancy, and double or triple glazed windows that keep sound inside one space and block sound waves from entering from outside. The more sound insulation and barriers you include in your dual occupancy design, the happier your tenants will be...

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