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Tips on Picking the Best Shed for You

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips on Picking the Best Shed for You

For home owners in need of a new shed for their home, the options can be overwhelming because there are so many material and size options. Choosing the best one can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. To help, here are details on the features of each material type, as well as available sizes so that you may make a more informed buying decision when purchasing from a place like Just Sheds. Plastic Plastic is typically more expensive than other shed materials. However, they offer a much simpler assembly as well as long-term performance. Plastic sheds with the proper ventilation and flooring are perfect for corrosive materials and chemicals. While their appearance typically suffers with extensive exposure to dirt and sun, they take some time to get to a point where you will need serious repairs. The only disadvantage to plastic sheds is that when you do need repairs, they tend to be more expensive and may take longer, no matter the amount of damage. Timber These sheds are typically more appealing to home gardeners because of their appearance. They blend well within gardens because of their natural features; however, due to the natural materials that are used to make them, they’re also more susceptible to warping and insect and vermin damage in areas. If you’re in a dry climate, you can expect significant warping and your frames and planks may begin to show signs of cracking. In a wet climate, you’re likely to experience the bugs and rodents who live in your shed and slowly ruin the framing as well. Timber sheds tend to cost more both in the initial investment, and also for maintenance over time. Steel Steel is by far the most popular choice for a shed’s material because it is less expensive than plastic and timber. Not to mention, it offers much better durability, strength, and requires fewer repairs and maintenance. With the steel shed being the most popular shed on the market, home owners have a substantial amount of options when it comes to size and features. From built-in shelving to better performing ventilation, the steel sheds are a lot more versatile at a less expensive price range. Shed style type The style of your shed is going to depend entirely upon what it will be storing, as well as where it will be located. Some owners choose to place their sheds in the garage, which means that they can’t house fairly tall items because garages tend to be restricting in height. For this option, the flat roof shed is always best. If you’ll be housing your shed in your backyard, you’ll have two additional options: the classic pitched roof and the sloped roof. The classic roof is ideal for storing sporting and gardening equipment because it has the capacity to store taller items. While the sloped shed fits both large and small, but it limiting in capacity of the tall items because there’s only one end of the shed which can house tall...

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Buying a Custom Designed Home versus a Home on the Market

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Buying a Custom Designed Home versus a Home on the Market

Buying a home that’s already on the market may seem like the easiest and even cheapest thing to do when you’re ready to move, but in truth, it can be a much better choice to have a home custom designed for you. An architect or someone that provides drafting services can work with you to create the home of your dreams, but can also offer many other advantages over buying a home on the market. Note a few reasons to consider a custom designed home versus buying one. 1. Newer building codes Homes on the market may not live up to modern building codes, and because of this, they may require extensive renovation or upgrades that could easily make them more expensive than the cost of a new home. As an example, today outlets in the kitchen and bathrooms are required to have a secondary ground fault interrupter to protect you from electrical surges. If these are not installed in an older home, or if there are other issues that mean the house is not up to current codes, the home may not pass inspection. Your buying process may be held up, or you may need to invest money in upgrades that could be done automatically as part of the new home design process. 2. Custom features Custom features added to a new home design may include things that are for your enjoyment only, such as a home theater or outdoor kitchen, but they can also be features that make your life easier and even safer. For example, if you have mobility issues, it might be more affordable to have an indoor inclinator included in your new home design than it would be to have one installed in an older home. A person in a wheelchair may need wider doorways and a particular layout in the bathroom to make access easier on them. A custom home might include a mother-in-law suite for an elderly parent. Again, these features may be very expensive to add to an older home already on the market but can be included in a new home design. 3. Energy efficiency A new home that you have designed or drafted for you might include a metal roof which often insulates a home better than asphalt tiles, solar panels for the entire home or for the hot water heater, low flow toilets and even urinals, low pressure showerheads and faucets, double and triple glazed windows and other such energy-saving features. This can mean paying less on utilities over the life of your home, which can also offset any added costs of having a home designed for you rather than buying an older home. For more information, talk to a professional custom home service, like Stylewise Designs....

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Potted Plants and Interior Decoration: 3 Suggestions to Make Caring for Potted Plants Easier

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Potted Plants and Interior Decoration: 3 Suggestions to Make Caring for Potted Plants Easier

Incorporating potted plants in the interior design of a home or office comes with many surprising benefits. Studies have shown that having potted plants in your home can boost mood levels, lower anxiety, lower blood pressure, lower stress, reduce fatigue and even boost pain tolerance. If you don’t have much of a green thumb or even time on your hands to care for potted plants, here are 3 suggestions that will make your life a lot easier. Buy Potting Mix with Time-Release Fertilizers Naturally, all plants require fertilizer. Plants require approximately 17 essential nutrients in their soil in order to survive and grow, and these nutrients are generally needed at different times. Don’t use soil from your garden or yard because it can be filled with fungi, insects, weed seeds, bacteria and other unwanted microbes. Purchase potting mix from your local garden centre with time-release fertilizers. This way you won’t have to worry about forgetting to fertilize your potted plants on schedule. Some of these potting mixes also contain moisture-retaining polymer crystals that will also help make caring for potted plants an easier job. Choose a Plant That Requires Little Water and Sun Different types of plants require different levels of maintenance. For example, most roses require six to eight hours of sunlight each day to perform well and bloom. Plants like impatiens, on the other hand, can be easily grown indoors and can blossom all year long. You don’t need to have a green thumb to get these flowers to blossom. The same can be said for primrose plants. If you work with plant wholesalers, their horticulturist will be able to provide you with specific information relating to a plant’s needed maintenance. Use a Larger Pot Almost anything can be used as a container for potted plants, as long as there are one or more holes in the bottom of the container to drain excess water. Insufficient drainage will cause the roots to drown. Overtime, the potted plants will grow and the roots will need more and more space. If you don’t want to worry about whether the potted plants need to be re-homed to a larger space, use a larger container or pot to begin with. Potted plants can really liven up a space and are a great idea as they improve air quality as well. There are many different types of potted plants that are suitable for the indoors. With these 3 suggestions, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of having a leafy friend indoors without having to take on a lot of extra...

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Five Essential Furniture Items You Need to Hire When Staging a Home

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Essential Furniture Items You Need to Hire When Staging a Home

Staged homes, in many cases, seem to sell faster and for higher prices than their unstaged competition, but if you are hiring furniture to stage a home, you have to choose your items carefully so you stay under budget. If you want to make the biggest impression on prospective buyers, focus on these essential pieces: 1. A Living Room Set The living room is one of the first rooms in the house that prospective buyers see. You want them to imagine relaxing in and enjoying this space, and a living room set will help to set that scene. It also helps them to see how their own furniture will fit in the space. When deciding which elements of a living room set you want, remember not to overcrowd the room, and arrange the furniture so it emphasises the room’s natural features. For example, don’t block the fireplace with your sofa. Rather, place it parallel with the fire place. 2. Kitchen Table Kitchens are considered the most important part of a home, and if you have a small kitchen, do not leave it empty. If it is empty and looks small, buyers will think they cannot eat in the kitchen, but if you put a small kitchen table or a bar height table with stools in the area, it makes it easier for them to visualise the eat-in potential of the kitchen. 3. Dining Table If the home has a dining room, skip the kitchen table and hire furniture for the dining room. Choose a dining table that echoes the shape of the room and helps to show off its size. If your budget allows, add accessory furnishings such as a buffet or a China hutch to create a look of elegance and class. Remember, you want the buyer to wish they lived there. 4. Bedroom Set Bedrooms are extremely important when you are trying to sell a house. However, most buyers can easily imagine what their kids’ furnishings will look like in an empty bedroom or how they could convert a guest bedroom into a home office. Where you need to use hired furniture to help their imagination is in the master bedroom. If you can convince the buyer that at the end of the day, their home will feel like an oasis, they will be more likely to buy the home. To that end, considering hiring a bed with bed frame, side tables and chests of drawers for the master bedroom of the home you are staging. 5. Accessories Whether you stage the entire home or just a single room, do not forget the power of accessories to turn heads and interest buyers. If possible, hire vases and buy flowers, and also hire throw pillows and art. Those extra flourishes may be just what your property needs to sell. Ideally, you should look for accessories that repeat a rhythm in the space or ones that complement the colour scheme of the entire home. Keep these tips in mind as you contact a local furniture hire company. ...

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5 Self-Storage Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Self-Storage Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you’re in the middle of a move or storing your belongings while you’re away from home, a self-storage unit is a convenient way to keep your belongings safe. But using a self-storage unit is more than just putting your things in an oversized cupboard. Make some of these simple mistakes and you could find your storage experience more frustrating than convenient: Using newspaper Newspaper seems like a handy material for packing fragile objects, but it can hurt more than it helps. Newspaper ink rubs off easily and can stain cloth or paper; use bubble wrap, foam pellets, tissue paper or brown paper as your packing material instead.  Overpacking boxes You only have a certain amount of space in your storage unit, and cramming as much as you can into your boxes can seem like the way to get the most out of your space. But overloaded boxes make for difficult moving; they can split, spilling your goods, and removal companies may even refuse to take boxes that weigh too much. When packing heavy items like books, mix in lighter items so that you use up the available space without making your storage boxes too difficult to carry.  Going to the wall You’ll want some room to move in your storage unit, but don’t push your boxes and other stored items all the way to the wall to create it. Leave a little clearance behind boxes, furniture and other items. This improves air circulation and helps to minimise the threat of damp or odours. If you can, raise cardboard boxes off the floor on wood pallets or shelves; this may not always be possible, but a little ground clearance can also help with air circulation.  Leaving furniture uncovered Sunlight fading isn’t a huge concern in most storage units, but covering your furniture with canvas or plastic covers can still protect it from dust or accidental damage. Be sure only to choose breathable covers, though; without some air getting out, you run the risk of condensation building up on the inside of the cover and potentially causing even worse damage.  Forgetting the insurance Check with your storage provider about the insurance you need for your items; most storage centres will require you to carry your own. Similarly, check your existing insurance cover to see whether your belongings are covered while they’re in storage. You may already be covered, but if you’re not you’ll want to make sure you’re insured against any damage that might occur in storage. Contact a company such as Zippy Removals & Storage to learn...

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Cheap ways to redo your kitchen floors

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cheap ways to redo your kitchen floors

The kitchen floor is one of the major parts of the home that receives intense traffic. Additionally, they withstand a lot of abuse too. Hot water spills and cooked food stains may cause the floor to lose the lustre it had when new and make it look quite cloudy. So what do you do on this scenario? It’s simple: Give the floor a resurfacing and the makeover will be much cheaper than installing a new floor. Painting A coat of paint does wonders to an existing damaged floor. It can make the floor’s material have a totally new look and this works on a variety of covers including wood, vinyl and linoleum. However, before you begin your paint job, ensure you do enough sanding. Doing this will make the paint strongly adhere to the surface longer. If you’ve got any cracks present, apply some wood filler and plastic putty to the cracks before the paint coat. Once you are done, apply polyurethane to give the paint a protective coat and more durability. Floor cloths This is another cheap way to give your kitchen a new look without having to tear up the whole floor. A canvas cloth can be a good option, and you can decide to paint some patterns on it to add to the decor. Latex and acrylic paints can create really good patterns, and to prevent faster wear and tear, give it a clean coat of polyurethane. The end result would be a new floor that looks clean and fresh. Additionally, doing this protects your floor against further spills and dirt. Refinishing the floor For a wooden floor, you could decide to refinish it again, and the best part is that you’ve got options. You can go for the fashionably old, artistic look or do a complete refinish to give it a new look. For a fashionable old look, the goal is to bring a distressed look that is artistic. Start by sanding away the rough areas and once you’re done, fill up any large holes that may be present with enough putty. You can then decide to hit the floor with a hammer and form light dents on it. In the end, add a bit of dark paint on the dents to create an aged look. For a newer look, simply sand away the rough areas and then add coats of varnish. You can then finish it up by a layer or two of polyurethane for protection. Work with a business like Super Resurfacing to determine what type of resurfacing can be done to improve the look of your...

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3 Surprising Tips for Increasing Home Security

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Surprising Tips for Increasing Home Security

Increasing your home security can mean an alarm system and thick deadbolts on all the doors; these are the best ways to deter thieves and alert you to an intruder. Outside lights on motion detectors can also scare away trespassers. While these are popular choices, there are many other ways to increase your home’s security and to secure your valuables. Note a few surprising tips you might consider using around your home and property: 1. Hide things better Contrary to what you might assume or may see in movies, thieves rarely linger in a home when they break in. They know that homes may have a silent alarm or that neighbors may have called the police, so an intruder usually likes to grab what things they can get to easily, and get out in just a few minutes. To protect your valuables, hide them so that they cannot be easily found. Thieves know to look in bottom dresser drawers and bedroom closets as well as freezers, so don’t hide your cash and jewelry in those places. Instead, invest in a good floor or wall safe. Since most thieves are not actually safecrackers, and since safes are usually too heavy to simply be carted away, this can keep your most valuable possessions secure even if your home does suffer a break-in. 2. Install bogus cameras if you cannot afford the real thing If you cannot afford a real security system for your home, you can give potential thieves the appearance of having this system with bogus cameras. These are pieces that look just like cameras and which have a red light over the lens, just as you would expect from a real camera. These are not actually hooked up to anything or record anything, but a potential intruder may not know the difference. In turn, a thief might assume your home has a security system and move on to another target. 3. Have your home checked for security weaknesses Your home can be given a quick security audit, to find potential weak spots when it comes to your locks, alarms, and other security features. It can be noted if you need upgraded locks on the windows or if the deadbolts on your doors are weak and inefficient. Remember that a locksmith can help you with all the suggestions mentioned above; they can install a home safe and any type of security system, and perform a security audit as well. To improve your home’s security, call a locksmith to ask about the services they might suggest for your home. To learn more, contact a company such as Cambridge...

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3 Tips for Planning Your Patio

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips for Planning Your Patio

Adding a patio to your garden gives you a place to sit and relax, socialise or dine during the summer months, but it should be planned out with care. It’s going to be a main feature in your garden for years to come, so take the time to consider how to make the most of your available space. Here are three tips for planning your new patio: Position Carefully Observe where your garden gets most sun and which areas have several hours of shade throughout the day. Position your patio according to whether you enjoy basking in the sunshine or prefer to be tucked away from the sun’s rays. Additionally, consider how much emphasis you want to place on convenience and privacy. Do you want to be able to step out of your house and directly onto your patio, or would you prefer being able to lounge in the corner of the garden out of your neighbour’s sight? Match the Size to the Use Do you want to use the patio mostly for family meals or to entertain groups of friends? What you want to use your patio for is of utmost importance when deciding on its size. For example, if you enjoy barbecuing with friends, you’ll need to ensure you can fit your barbecue on the patio without it being a risk to your guests who are sitting around your patio table. They should be able to move freely between the table and barbecue without the risk of getting burned. You’ll also need to ensure the patio is not positioned near overhanging branches or your shed if you want to have a barbecue, heater or wood burner on it. Choose Complementary Surface Material There are a number of patio surface materials to choose from, but consider what material will complement the style of your garden and any existing features such as a pool or pond. Popular surface materials you may want to consider include: Pavers—With a variety of textures and colours to choose from, pavers are practical and easy to fit. They can be cut into different shapes, so they’re ideal if you want a circular or star-shaped patio. Concrete—This is a minimalist, cost-effective option that’s ideal if you already have concrete in your garden such as a path or drying area. You can stamp patterns into the concrete before it hardens, allowing you to liven up the look of your patio with minimal expense. Consider forest leaves, wooden planks, cobbled stones, or compass stamps. Stone—This is an aesthetically pleasing option that looks natural and works well in gardens with lots of foliage, but it is a more expensive option. If you see your patio as an investment, stone can be a good choice as it’s hardwearing. Once you’ve thought through what your ideal patio would consist of, share your thoughts and ideas with contractors like Patioworld NSW Pty Ltd and utilise their experience. They’ll bring anything you haven’t thought of to your attention and can offer suggestions for working around potential...

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What You Can Do To Improve The Cooling Effect Of Your Split System AC

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Can Do To Improve The Cooling Effect Of Your Split System AC

A split system air conditioning unit is one that does not rely on ducts to move conditioned air from one point to another. Instead, the split system has only two parts: an external unit made up of the compressor and a grill-like part that is placed inside the room. Read on to find out what you can do if your split system AC is not cooling your room as you would want it to. Change The Operating Mode Of The Unit Many split system units come with the option of making the unit work in a super quiet mode. When you engage that function, the fan slows down tremendously so that the unit emits minimal sound as it works. The effect of this quiet operation is that your unit will not cool the room effectively since air is moving through the fan at a very slow pace. You can improve the cooling effect by disengaging the super quiet function (or its equivalent, depending on the options given by the manufacturer). Check Your Window Coverings It is possible that there is very little cooling taking place because there is too much sunlight streaming into the room from outside. When that happens, the AC may be overwhelmed by the heat coming in from outside. The best thing you can do is to check your window coverings (blinds, for example) and ensure that they are all closed. Close the windows too. This will reduce how much heat is coming in from outside so the split system air conditioning unit will get a chance to cool the room effectively. Clean The AC Grilles Split systems ACs have intake and outlet grilles. Those grilles filter all the air before it gets into your occupied space (room). Those grilles may be clogged with debris if it has been a long time since you last cleaned them. You can confirm this by inspecting them and if you see that they contain a lot of dirt, take them down and clean them. They are easy to free from their mounts with the help of a screwdriver. Clean them outside because the dust generated may mess up your home, necessitating additional cleaning. You will later notice that your room will be cooler after you have returned the now clean grilles to their place. If you try the measures above but your room remains warm, call an air conditioning technician to check your unit for more technical...

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4 Benefits of a Ducted Air Conditioning System

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you’re trying to decide whether to install a ducted AC system, or a split-system AC in your new home, you have to weigh a lot of factors, including price, the size of your home and cooling options. The main difference between a ducted system, also known as central air, and a split-system, is that central air requires you to install ductwork in your walls, ceilings or floors, which isn’t necessary with a split-system. Here are some of the benefits a ducted system can offer you. Design Aesthetic A split-system AC unit is very visible, no matter how modular the unit is, and where you choose to install it. There’s no way to disguise or hide a split-system unit, which may clash with the way your rooms are laid out. Ducted AC, on the other hand, only requires vents or grills that are either on the ceiling or on the floor. The entire system is controlled by a small panel that fits discreetly on a wall, and can be placed out of view in a corridor or hallway. A ducted AC system won’t affect how your design your room, because there is no separate unit to hang on a wall. Quiet Operation A ducted AC system is also much quieter than a split-system AC unit. By virtue of the fact that the ductwork is out of sight, you won’t hear the air moving through the ducts, and when that air radiates through your vents, it makes a very low, whisper sound that is barely audible. Even though a split-system unit has an outdoor condenser, the main motor that powers the wall unit will make noise, which can affect your sleep cycle if you install the split-system in your bedroom. Economics  It will cost you less to install a ducted AC system in a house than to buy a separate split-system unit for every room in your house. That’s why if you’re living in a house, central air just makes more financial sense, because once the ductwork is installed, the entire house can be cooled and heated without having to worry about additional expenses. Split system units make sense if you’re in a small flat, in which you may only need to cool one room. Zoning  In the past, people would complain that central air gave them no control over rooms that needed less cooling, because the thermostat was only optimised to cool and heat each room at the same temperature. But that’s no longer true, as innovations have created zoning, which lets you control the temperature in separate rooms from one thermostat. Central air zoning allows you to cool rooms that are the most used and need the most amount of cooling, while also shutting off or rarely cooling rooms that are less frequently used. Learn more about your AC options by contacting local services like Point Nepean Air Conditioning &...

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