Many families dream about building a new
home for years before they actually do it. It is not unusual for families to
research building new homes for several years. It’s never too early to start
thinking about the type of house you want to build; the earlier you start your
research, the more you will know what you want at home when the time comes to
Here are some tips on how to start your
journey to build a new home:
One of the first steps to building a new
home is finding land. It is highly recommended by many building professionals
that you find your land before starting the design process. Your land can
influence the overall design of your new home. For example, your land can
influence the way you position your new home and what views you want to
maximize. Maximizing natural lighting is important for the energy efficiency of
your new home. Also, your lot size can affect how much you can build your
house, especially if you have small lots with restrictions. If you decide to
build a garage right away, where you position your garage depends on the layout
of your land as well. When the time comes, your land will play an important
role in how you design your home.
If you want to build a wooden frame house,
paneled house, or another prefab house, the next step is to find mold. With so
many types of building styles and manufacturers out there, it can feel amazing.
It is important to discuss and perhaps make arrangements to see samples at home
directly. There are many online tools today to help you build connections if
you live far from the manufacturer.
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A house is where you seek refuge in. Your
house, no matter how it is furnished, means the world to you. Building a house
for yourself may be a dream for you. Your builder or real estate manager may
advise you on a proper construction plan. Moreover, for a good looking house,
you need to have proper home construction plans. Once you are done with
building your house and start residing in it, you might notice the need to
maintain your house after some time. A beautiful house is the one that is
beautifully maintained. Of course, a place as huge as a house is not a piece of
cake to maintain. However, time after time, the need keeps growing.
There are many different areas that will
require your attention and maintenance with the passage of time.
• The most important and fragile part of your house is wood material
Be it flooring, furniture, doors, cabinets
or windowpanes, wood has to be the very first thing to be monitored. Ignorance
towards the wood may lead to the growth of termites leaving you with a hollow
object. On an annual basis, it is important that you get fumigation done. When
you inspect doors and windows, check for caulking. Get it done timely to save
expenses that may pile up if the problem pertains.
• Inspect your attic and the roof
Due to the direct heat and moisture
(depending on your climate) the roof area is subject to most of the fissures.
Look for any leakages and fix them up. It is better to check for shingles and
fix them up promptly. Moisture tends to ruin all the construction and layout of
the house. If unattended, moisture can lead to the growth of fungi. Also, this
will increase the chance of rodents … » Read more
With the variety of shutters to choose from today, it may be wise to stick with an old school style. Window shutters date back to, you guessed it, the era of plantations and farming in the United States. They have become a tried and true accessory to many windows. With their sturdy design, temperature regulating qualities, and privacy aiding qualities without deminishing your ability to see your property, it’s no wonder they have lasted through the ages.
Plantation shutters are still incredibly useful for people living in warmer climates. They have wide louvers, which allows for them to be opened up for maximum airflow without as many slats being in the way. These wide slats also allows for the homeowner to easily view their surroundings just by opening them. Since it is expected that the homeowners would use the shutters frequently, they have a sturdy design on the interior of your windows. This makes them incredibly easy to use because you won’t have to reach to the exterior of the windows to get to them. Their desgin makes them very useful in homes with large windows, like the ones found on plantation homes in the Southern United States. Exterior shutters would have to be too large to make the feasable for every day use. The adjustable angle of the slats allow the homwowner to adjust exactly how much light they are letting in.
These shutters are beautiful and give a classic feel to any home. Their design is economically sound with it’s ability to control light, air flow, and privacy while remaining sturdy and easy to access and use. It is a wonderful choice, even above those wanting to use tradition ahutters. They’re sturdy, good for large windows, easy to clean, or even repaint. It’s hard to deny the beauty … » Read more
If you’re decorating this year to freshen up your home d?cor prior to
the autumn and the colder darker days and are wondering how to invest your hard
earned money on pieces which will really last as well as create a massive
difference for your home interior and style, then you should think about buying
new cow hide rug. In recent years these wonderful, natural and hard wearing
home style accent pieces have been making a dramatic comeback for contemporary
home style choices.
Most people don’t even think about these rugs for their houses simply
because they believe that they only really belong on the floors of enormous
old-style country mansions which have deer antlers about the wall and a trophy
room and library but they couldn’t be more wrong!
Cow hide rugs are a fantastic accent
piece for your home d?cor that suits well many different types of houses and
apartments plus they are just as complimentary in your own home – which is
probably a trendy and modern studio apartment because they are in a more traditional
old style farmhouse. In addition, they combine heavy old Victorian furniture
and also complement modern minimalist furniture that is very popular with those
who are looking for a more contemporary, contemporary ‘chrome chic’ look. For
those who have a home filled with IKEA flat pack furniture you’ll be amazed how
a cow hide rug will accent this minimalist style approach whilst not subverting
Cow hide rugs are by their very
nature unique because of where they come from – the skin of a cow. No two skins
are identical so no two cow hide rugs are ever the same which means your very
own rug will be unique. Similar to leather you may also have a cow hide dyed to
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The clinical gleam of the leading interior design trends over the last
decade has left something of a mark on the state of the average household. The
walls are left out of color, left with a little more than the color of soft
eggshells to warm the room. Damage is very bad in the bathroom. The general
rule seems to have been, for a long time: ‘If it’s white, it’s sparkling.’ And
God forbid anyone to visit your bathroom without seeing the sparkle.
The newest injection of life goes back to the black bathroom design.
Some homeowners are now removing old white tiles in return for hotter ebony.
Black is a good color for the bathroom, because it maintains the same clean feel
as white while providing a touch of extra wealth, but problems arise when the
room sinks in black just for the sake of it.
One word of warning: a completely black room can feel very small. But
how can you make a bathroom look spacious without using white too often?
The best way to overcome this puzzle is to use the use of black and
white. The black interior bathroom tiles look fantastic in contrast to the
white color of the entire room, along with the sink and towel rack.
It’s important not to beat white, so in general, have a little less than
black, and this is the focus of the room. This is why it is a good idea to
decorate the main features of black, rather than walls, ceilings and floors
(although in some cases, black marble floors can bring subtle grandeur to the
room, but if you want to go for that type of repair, keep the rest the room
If you’re interested in going a little further than just a
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Due to massive calls for
worldwide action towards improving environmental conditions, the production of
sustainable building materials became an active factor to boost the green
movement. The concept of such materials incorporates the methods and tools used
in acquiring and manufacturing the eco-friendly supplies. Utilizing various
green building materials offers a multitude of benefits, thus you might as well
consider having these as the main components of your new home.
Such materials come in many forms
through different natural sources that have the ability to endure via their own
biological means. Some natural sources on the other hand have been contained in
a regulated environment. A few of the popular green materials today are:
1. Limestone – used as cladding
material, and the main ingredient in making concrete and plaster. It is also
sometimes used in steel and glass production.
2. Aluminum – has high energy
content, light weight, corrosion resistance and low maintenance requirements.
It is commonly used where its attributes are the main advantages, such as in a
modern industrial-like kitchen
3. Clay and adobe – both are used
to form hard, waterproof and permanent bricks or tiles. The difference between
them is that the former needs to undergo multiple firing process in order to
put out such brick or tile. The other one can last 350 years or more even
without going through fire.
4. Wheatboard – regarded to be
better than plyboards or standard particle boards because of its being made
from recycled wheat chaff and a non-formaldehyde binder. It is dubbed to be
more moisture resistant, stronger, stiffer, lighter and even ideal to hold
screws and nails better and for painting.
5. Bamboo – flexible reed coming
from very tall trees. This has been used in so many ways from cutting boards
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For many home owners around the
world, there has been one pest that has consistently managed to create a
nuisance in their day-to-day activities. Fruit flies have been constantly
pestering home owners who have come to their wits end about not knowing what to
do when these scurry little creatures attack ones food materials and renders
them unfit for consumption. Fruit flies are not a new problem that many home
owners are facing. In fact their existence has been a problem for many years
where people have been reported of falling terribly ill due to the consumption
of these flies.
Fruit Flies are small 3m flies
that are a terrible nuisance and thrive on food as their source of nutrition.
They attack any open food material and set themselves within them. Upon their
setting within the food material, they convert the molecules of the food into
alcohol and thereby render the food spoilt or unfit for human consumption. They
truly are a menace and can lead to serious health complications if they are not
dealt with immediately.
Homemakers and Housekeeping workers
try their level best to keep their kitchens clean from any infection or
environment that may pose as a breeding ground for these flies. They have
resorted to pest control, home remedies as well as seeking the aid of
professionals. However, with no avail of their ceasing to pester, homemakers
are at their wits end. While it may seem that all hope is lost, there are a few
ways that individuals can use towards combating this menace. Most of these tips
are available on blogs and information portals that can be found upon a simple
search.… » Read more
When you consider design elements,
you get to play with the rules and mix it up a little bit and have some fun.
Most designers will tell you that good design is all about the mix not the
match. The components that go into the art of building a fireplace is no
exception. When building almost anything the rules to consider are form and
function. The architect’s point of view is definitely function and how everything
works or is engineered. However, the design is what makes it pleasing to the
eye and comforting to live in.
There are 5 main design elements
that form the formula for building a fireplace.
The first element is the type of fire itself.
The consideration of wood or gas
is most relevant in the final stage – lighting the fire. With real wood fire
you will never be short of crackling wood fire and real burning light. The
alternative is to enter gas. There are many new and different designs for gas
fires and their own insert models.
The second element to consider is facing the structure.
This is where there are the most
trends, even regionally. Traditionally, brick has been the first choice among
homeowners. With the advent of artificial stone, cost and availability make it
a popular choice. A coat of stucco has always been popular in the southwest
regions. We even see a modern trend of poured concrete or even fabricated
metals in very contemporary structures.
The third element is choice of mantle.
This is where the fun really
starts. How much mixing and matching do you feel comfortable? Something to keep
in mind is balance and proportion. Mixing ingredients and even style is smart
and sexy, making sure your coat doesn’t exceed your fireplace or vice versa.
The fourth element
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Selecting a green architect is no
easy task. You need to be weary of inexperienced contractors who may want to
take you for a ride and will create a ton of needless obstacles for you during
your project. By selecting the proper architect for your green project, you’ll
rest assured they will build the essentials needed to ensure you have every
element successfully fulfilled for the best green living.
Conventional building need not apply…
Green building is the least
conventional style available today. Not only does it integrate features you may
have never thought of, but it will require your immediate attention to many
facets of the project that you may not encounter with traditional building
practices. While you may be spending more up front for an investment, you will
reap the benefits of a green dwelling for years to come by just doing a bit of
homework before diving in to the project. First, search the web for LEED
certified builders as well as creating search for green architects in or near
your zip code. You can search the EcoBuilding Guild for these architects as
well as research them on your own. You may want to take a few classes of your
own so you’re able to talk with the architect about the project.
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When searching for a green
architect, ask many questions about the project. Ask about the utilization of
energy efficient products, salvaged materials and reuse of land materials that
will be extracted during the demolition. Find an architect that has a focus
that aligns with your own whether it is strictly on building with green
materials, or healthy building and living in general.
Experience is key…
Once you’ve decided on a few
architects you would like to receive quotes from, make sure you … » Read more
If you’re looking for a great water feature to install in a
home you have just bought or built, then consider outdoor fountains as one of
your potential options. Outdoor fountains can look really great on any home and
depending on whether you have it installed in the front yard, the back yard or
any other part of the garden, it will give off a certain atmosphere that is
hard to beat. The benefits to having an outdoor fountain in your home far
outweigh the disadvantages and for a little bit of extra maintenance every
year, you can have something that is truly beautiful to behold and that will
captivate your family, guests and friends.
Private and intimate fountains in the back garden
A lot of people will prefer to have their outdoor fountains installed
in the back yard for reasons of privacy and intimacy. Without a doubt, one of
the most soothing and relaxing ways to enjoy your garden is in the presence of
a fountain. You can set up garden parties and barbecues in the back and have
the added enjoyment of a beautiful fountain with running water.
Front yard fountains for displaying grandeur
Outdoor fountains which are installed in your front yard
give off a different character and are more for display and creating an air of
grandeur about your property that can be seen from the street. Generally,
people don’t have barbecues and garden parties in their front yards, so outdoor
fountains around the front tend to be more imposing, graceful and elegant. They
can be in classical, gothic or baroque style and will be the ultimate
centerpiece to your front garden, looking best when they are in the presence of
neatly trimmed hedges or bushes, beautiful flowers and shaped trees.
Maintaining your outdoor
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