How To Design Your Own House!

download (21)Only a handful of people have the guts to design their own house; most of the times, people end up hiring expensive professionals for architectural purposes. And why not? You don’t design and construct a home often, no matter how rich or famous you are. Building a house is like building a dream you’ve cherished from a long period of time.

If you have recently purchased a plot and want to transform the piece of land into your dream house, it is time for you to know a few things. Read below to know about them:

1) The first thing that you need to remember, while designing your house, is to be practical. You can’t build a castle with the little money you have (even though you can try your best to transform your little house into your castle)!

2) Concentrate on both, exteriors as well as interiors, of your house, rather than focusing only on one thing. Just like a lot of people look at the exteriors of your home, a lot of people visit you to witness the beauty of

Home And You: Seven Things To Remember When You Are Designing The Interiors

download (20)A lot of people think that the most difficult task is to design the exteriors of a house; the truth is something else. To be honest, interiors are the most difficult part in constructing and getting your home ready for you to stay in it. Since most of the people visit your house and check every single thing, you need to be sure about all the things that you use for the interiors.

If you are designing the interiors of your house and want them to be good enough for others to see, here are the top seven things for you to remember:

1) It is always good to have a single shade on all the walls of a particular room. You may have different colors for different rooms, but a single shade always looks best for each room, unless you want a special wall to display an expensive showpiece, an antique item or your hobby.

2) If you have instruments, they can be excellent decorative items for the interiors of your house. There are so many ways in which you can

Design Trends: From Open-Plan to “Broken Plan”

download (19)One of the key defining features of many new homes and renovations from the past decade or so would have to be that of the Open-Plan Design. Eliminating walls between kitchen, dining and living areas to create the illusion of more space has been the trend for several years now. Entertaining and living in such an open way has never felt so integrated and seamless.

However, there are some subtle signs that the Open Plan may not be the ideal for much longer. There are a few flaws in its design, after all. For instance, trying to cool or heat a vast living area with air conditioning can be a costly and time-consuming exercise. Watching the sport on television, with appliances like the dishwasher whirring in the background, can be tedious. And, people with children will relate: there is no room to escape the noise, mess and toys!

We are gradually moving away from closed up rooms, with many older-style houses consisting of lots of smaller rooms which can be sealed with internal doors. With heating and cooling options less accessible

How To Choose The Perfect Balcony Design

download (18)When building a balcony or terrace, there are a number of structural concerns that must be addressed. This is especially true if you intend to use this space regularly and for entertaining. This is a home improvement that can increase property values by quite a bit. Before getting started, make sure that you have made all of the most important considerations.

Consider the load bearing capacity of this structure in relation to how you want to use it. If you intend to host a large number of guests on this surface, you will obviously need a much greater load bearing capacity than if only using the area for decorative purposes. Consult with a local, structural engineer to determine the feasibility of our design.

Before investing any money into the implementation of your design ideas, make sure that these are in conjunction with local building codes. Local regulations could significantly limit the addition of special features in this area in an effort to promote safety. Consult with the planning department to find out which concessions must be made before construction is started.

Six Perks of Vinyl Siding

download (17)Most home and business owners are attracted to wood, metal, brick, or vinyl exterior finishes for their beauty. However, some may not realize all of the additional perks associated with vinyl siding. This construction material offers added style and durability, making it a more versatile option.

Attractive Finishes

Siding comes in a huge selection of colors and textures, and there is a design suitable for almost any architectural style. Color combinations can be chosen to frame doors, windows, and entryways, creating a more finished look. A builder can even mimic the look of stone, brick, or wood at a lower price. Better siding products have a broader color palate and stiffer profiles.

Durability

Siding is one of the most durable finishes available. It will withstand rotting, and it also deters pests such as termites. It never needs to be painted, and it can withstand high temperatures. This finish can also be used in a wide range of climates because it has a remarkable ability to handle strong winds and rain, in addition to extreme weather changes. The panels fit together tightly and interlock,

Various Designs Of a Residential Cabin

download (16)The log home is a rustic pillar of Scandinavian history and can be found in almost any climate. With many designs to choose from, residential cabins are perfect for the choosy homebuyer.

Seasonal Homes

A winter wooden home will have better insulation and thicker, or double-glazed, windows. These houses tend to have large fireplaces or heating systems. These fireplaces will be made out of stone and can be quite attractive to look at. Pairing good insulation with a classic rustic design is essential for creating the perfect winter cabin. Warm colours, such as deep reds and maroons make the resident feel cosy even when there is thick snow right outside. These designs can be found anywhere where it snows regularly in the winter, such as Scandinavia.

Summer house styled wooden houses have large windows that let you take in the beautiful surroundings. These residential cabins are built for short stays and might not have the full utilities of a home – but what they lack in utility, they make up for in closeness to nature. Studies have shown that homes with

Finding The Right Fencing Installations For Outdoor Pools

download (12)Failing to properly secure outdoor pools and hot tubs can greatly increase the risk of injury and drowning, especially for households that have small children. Fencing installations offer a simple and effective way to ensure that safety and security do not become problematic. Finding a more attractive range of styles and installation options can even enhance that attractiveness of outdoor environments.

Small children who are able to gain access to poolside areas without supervision can find themselves in a very dangerous situation. Even simple fencing options are often all that is required to ensure that toddlers and school age children are able to be kept safe and out of harms way. Pools that are left unattended and unsecured can be a greater danger than many owners might imagine.

Restricting access to pools and outdoor installations can have other benefits as well. Unauthorized visitors, pets and even local wildlife can cause numerous issues should they gain access to outdoor pools. Fencing off a poolside area helps to ensure a more exclusive environment and can eliminate many of the cleanup and maintenance issues

Turn the Insides Out With Small House Plans

download (14)If you think you are sacrificing your lifestyle by living in a small home, you are making a mistake. Small house plans support eco-friendly living and consequently cuts down your overall expenditures.

Small home designs when well planned preserves the interest of the inhabitants. Whether you are living in a big or a small house, if not well designed, your living will not be comfortable and becomes restrictive. You can explore your creativity when it comes to selecting a suitable design in small home plans.

Here are offered some vital tips that can work wonders for you:

Adding a sunroom or a porch is a less expensive way to make your home look bigger and also improve your lifestyle. It is certainly one of the best ways to bring your outdoors inside your home. The “inside out” experience enhances comfort, style and brings in the openness and practically makes you forget that you are living in a small house.

To make the most of the liberating experience and attain best results, keeping in mind the aspects mentioned below will be helpful:

• The exterior

What to Consider While Choosing House Floor Plans

download (15)The task of selecting the best house floor plan from so many available options may be an overwhelming task for you. Keeping in mind certain essential features will help you choose the right house floor plan. Here we shall discuss about some of the aspects you need to keep in mind when it comes to making the right selection:

• Begin by researching the present building cost in the market: For this, you can get in touch with the realtor in your locality or the home builder and discuss about the average cost per square foot. This will help you get an average estimate of the expenses you will incur.

• When you are discussing with your home builder, make sure to enquire about the cost difference of a single level home compared to a multi-level home. This valuable information will help you take the plan forward. Multi level house floor plans are definitely costlier than the single level homes and thus you need to be prepared accordingly.

• Let’s assume that you have already decided on the financial part and now

Protecting Pools And Outdoor Installations With The Right Fence

download (11)Failing to restrict access to pools, hot tubs and other outdoor installations can lead to any number of potentially serious problems and concerns. Young children that have unrestricted access to pools may be at greater risk of injury. The right fence can also serve as a deterrent in order to discourage trespassers and unauthorized visitors from gaining access to a hot tub, pool or similar installation.

Security is a concern that no property owner can afford to neglect, especially when it comes to the risk of injury and drowning associated with unattended pools. A fence installation is simple, proven and effective way to enhance security and reduce the risks associated with pools. Owners who fail to address such concerns are far more likely to be faced with problems in the future.

Pools are expensive installation and damage caused by vandals, unauthorized visitors and even wildlife can become very costly. Fences can be used to protect outdoor installations and ensure that home and property owners are less likely to be faced with additional costs or the need to make repairs. The right

Features Of High Quality Affordable Pools

download (10)A pool is a luxury item most people simply cannot afford. If you are like most people though, you probably still want to someday own a pool. Luckily for you, there are many affordable options available to consumers who want the luxuries afforded by a pool without paying the exorbitant fees that are commonly associated with buying one. By reviewing the features of high quality affordable pools, you will better understand which pool products best suit your unique requirements.

Affordable pools do not have to be cheaply made. The most common types of products found in this industry today are typically made from the cheapest materials available. If you choose to buy one of these products though, they may not prove to be as reliable as you hope.

Even so, there are many high quality entry-level models now being sold for remarkably affordable prices. These entry-level models are typically quite affordable due to their smaller sizes, but they still provide the luxuries and comforts of their larger counterparts. Even so, when spending thousands of dollars to gain access to the luxuries

How To Choose A Safe Pool Enclosure

download (8)The selection of materials and designs available for a pool fence have transformed over the last years offering greater aesthetic value, ease of maintenance and affordability. New regulations require that property owners adhere to safety standards when erecting structures. Aluminum, wood, and glass are among the most popular ranges each offering a unique set of features for installation and investment purposes.

Aluminium has remained a common choice of pool fences offering superior durability and ease of installation. The versatile material can be designed to fit any size or shape pool and provides a cost effective option for property owners looking for a basic, solid structure. It is simple to maintain including a powder coating to protect against rust damage and minimize the need to continuously manage the condition of fencing.

One of the more affordable materials for fencing is aluminum and is not limited to its size or color. It will not provide privacy and serves as a basic fence to keep the area secure from unauthorized or unsupervised access. Iron and steel fencing are available, but may prove costly for

Swimming Pool Safety – Things to Know When in the Water!

download (7)Whether it is alone, as a couple or with a group, it seems everyone cannot wait to get in the water. But, as much fun as aquatic activities are, they also include danger.

— Potential Swimming Dangers —

Fatal Drowning:

– An average of 390 people die annually from swimming pool or spa drownings

– The number one cause of accidental death for children under age five is drowning

– Sixty-seven percent of swimming pool drownings involved children under three years old

– Seventy-five percent of drownings involving children under the age of 15 occur at residential swimming pools

Nonfatal Drowning (Near Drowning Submersion Incidents):

– More than 5,000 pool and spa related submersion incidents require hospital emergency medical treatment annually

– More than 60 percent of near drowning incidents involve children under the age of four

– Most nonfatal drownings occur in residential swimming pools

Injuries (Non-submersion Incidents):

– Broken bones, scrapes and bruises from slip and fall accidents

– Strangulation from pool cleaning equipment

– Electrocution by old pool lights or faulty equipment

– Injuries or death caused from being trapped by pool suction

— Liability – Who is

Reasons Why You Should Prepare Your Grounds Thoroughly Prior To Swimming Pool Construction

download (6)A swimming pool is one of the best outdoor features you can have on your property. You and your family will undoubtedly spend hundreds of hours having fun in and out of the pool. A swimming pool will also help improve the curb appeal and market value of your property.

Having a swimming pool constructed on your property though is not a simple process. It can be a huge and complex undertaking. Because of this, it is important to properly prepare your grounds first before the construction process begins. Keep in mind that thorough preparation is crucial in order to ensure the longevity and sound structure of the swimming pool.

Below are the specific reasons why it is important to fully prepare your grounds prior to a swimming pool construction project:

You will have an easier time planning out the exact location of the pool. Specialists in swimming pool construction say that you can map out the swimming pool all you want on diagrams and plans but until the pool is actually laid out where it is truly going to be placed,

The Importance of Getting Advice on Which Pool Chemicals to Use

download (5)When it comes to owning a hot tub or a swimming pool, maintenance is one of the most important – and most costly – aspects. There are many benefits to having one of these luxurious and enjoyable features in the home, but is essential that they are cared for to get full enjoyment out of them for many years.

Of course, there are many chemical products and maintenance products on the market today which can make it exceptionally difficult for people to know what to choose and what is the best type of item for them to keep their pool healthy and hygienic.

This is the first reason why it is so essential seek expert advice on the type of chemical substances used in pools to keep them in good condition- this concerns the optimal health of your pool on how often you use it, who uses it, whether your pool is indoors or outdoors, and much, much more.

All of these different factors accumulate to mean that different products are more right for different people. Making sure that your pool is

Why Maintaining Your Hot Tub Is So Important

download (4)Having a hot tub at home is a luxury that many people would love to have, whether to relax in after a long day at work or to host parties with friends and loved ones. In either case, regular hot tub maintenance is of critical importance for a number of reasons, and is something that every new hot tub owner should be well aware of.

The first reason that maintaining your tub is so important as this help keep things hygienic, which is the number one issue when it comes to having one of these in the home. Water is prone to bacteria and algae developing, and therefore investing in a hot tub chemical starter kit and regular chemical treatment is essential to stop this from happening.

Bacteria can give a real health risk for anyone using a tub, but there are many chemical formulas which have been designed to keep things clean and healthy for everyone – with the condition that they are used on a regular basis and that they are carefully dosed in accordance with guidelines.

For those who

Is Your Swimming Pool Green? Phosphates May Be Your Problem

download (3)Many pool owners find themselves in a never ending struggle to get their swimming pool water clean and clear. DIY’ers get up early every Saturday to take a water sample to their local pool store. They do this in the hopes of being told the secret answers to maintaining their pools by whom I like to call, “the great and powerful OZ of swimming pools”. The man behind the curtain, well actually behind the counter, evaluates their water and tells them what to buy to fix it.

One week they are told they need shock, the next week they are told they need calcium, another week they are told they need to lower their PH level, etc., etc. Every week, it seems they need something different. And every week they dish out lots of money for the items they’ve been told will correct their pool water. Does this sound familiar?

Well, after 14 years of maintaining the same swimming pool at my home, I would like to share some information I have learned along the way. Please note, this information is

Taking A Look At Stainless Steel Cable Railing And Rust

download (2)Since it provides a nonobstructive view, stainless steel cable railing is often installed around swimming pools where it adds to the appeal of the swimming pool and also prevents people from accessing the pool. While the railing system is great to install around your pool, it’s often affected by chlorinated water; therefore, you need to take good care of your railing to prevent it from getting damaged. Here is how to go about it:

Before installing stainless steel railing

Before you install the railing you should first passivate the surface. By passivating you remove any free iron that might be on the surface. After passivation, a rust resistant chromium oxide layer forms on the surface of the pool; therefore, you reduce the chances of rust forming on the cable railing.

After installation of the stainless steel cable

Even after passivation, you need to take good care of your stainless cable to prevent rusting. If you don’t take care of the cable, the pool air will envelop the air around the cable thus provoking rusting. One of the ways of doing so is undertaking

Reasons To Own Above Ground Pools

download (1)The trend towards more affordable and simple to maintain entertainment features provides home owners with a wide range of choices in the selection of a swimming pool. Above ground pools have received increased attention for its versatile applications and cost effectiveness without losing on design and functionality. Learning about the reasons to own such a pool can assist in making the best possible purchase decision.

Popular Benefits of Above Ground Pools

The alternative style of pool may be created in many different shapes and sizes with popular and modern aesthetic solutions including in-deck and glass balustrade designs. These features are more affordable than a more traditional structure and provide an equal standard of enjoyment and relaxation through the summer heat. The following benefits can convince home owners to incorporate above ground pools.

Affordability

The costs of an in-ground pool can prove exorbitant and involve extensive labor to prepare the area for installation including the purchase of a fiberglass shell or material for concrete structures. Expenses depend on the period for project completion that could take weeks to complete and filling the pool. Alternative

How To Choose The Right Pool Cleaner For Your Backyard Pool?

downloadIf you have just installed a new swimming pool in the backyard of your house, then there is one more thing that you have to buy, i.e., a pool cleaner. The reason for buying it is to keep the swimming pool in a good working condition for a long-long time. A swimming pool cleaner can cost you anywhere from $500-$1500. It is perhaps one of the most expensive products that you can buy for your swimming pool, therefore, it is important for you to pay extra attention while buying it. You can save a lot of money by purchasing a reliable product, which otherwise you would have paid in repairing or replacing the parts of the swimming pool in the future. An efficient pool cleaner can increase the life of your swimming pool.

While selecting a cleaner for your swimming pool, the first thing that you have to keep in mind is what type of product would suit your pool. There are two types available in the market right now, these are; pressure and suction cleaners.

Pressure Pool Cleaners: These make use