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Lighting at Home

Unfortunately the more we use lighting at home, the more electricity we have to pay, and that is not cheap at all these days. So the only way to save a bit on the electricity costs with lights is by using the proper illumination system that use less electricity.

Also depending on where you install your illumination source, it will give you more or less visibility. For example installing a ceiling chandelier will give you more light source than a wall mounted one. Of course using ceiling lights everywhere in the home is not feasible, so around the place where you have installed the lighting, you need to use reflecting colors that will help give out more light and make your room brighter. Another thing you can do is use lighter colored wall paints instead of wall paper in the rooms as these also reflect light much better than paper.

Installing mirrors in some rooms is another way to reflect light back. By having an extra mirror in the bedroom for example you achieve sometimes twice the illumination that

Bathroom Wall Cabinet

You have choices when it comes to the material of your bathroom wall cabinet. The most popular bathroom cabinets are wood. They can also be made of materials such as glass. Wood is the most popular partially because it is the most diverse.

Glass cabinets are the right choice for some but if you are going for a classic look you will want to have wood. They can be made of almost any hardwood. This allows them to blend in with almost any design you might now have in your bathroom.

When choosing a wall cabinet there are a variety you can choose from. This may seem confusing. You can find almost any type of shape, size, or color imaginable. Deciding on one can be difficult.

Arm yourself with knowledge before heading out to the home improvement store. You can do quite a bit of research online. You will want to review your choices in manufacturer, style, color, and construction. You will be better able to handle making choices

Modern Wall Decor

The walls of your home represent the largest interior space. It is also the part which can bring an entirely different atmosphere inside the house if properly designed. To the eyes of an interior designer, the walls are like over-sized blank canvases with unlimited decorating potential. To make your home as inviting and as comfortable as a 5-star hotel room, all you need are some wall decor, stylish home accents, a unique concept and a good harmony of colors and hues. Also, modern wall art and modern wall decor are elegant and stylish additions that can bring out individualism and can give your home a distinct feature.

Before decorating your walls, you should first decide if you will be working with a small and cozy room or a room with lots of space. The size of the area will let you know what wall elements will work for you. For small rooms, avoid using wallpaper with a large bold design. This will only make the room look more narrow and plain. Also, stay away from light-colored paint when decorating a

DIY Kitchen Wall Tiles

Preparation is Key

Any form of tiling requires good preparation before you can do anything else, so always spend a good amount of time ensuring that the surface of the wall where you are going to be laying the kitchen wall tiles is not only clean but smooth and level as well.

If you need to carry out some plastering to make it level then make sure you do, otherwise the end result could turn out to be a bit of a disaster.

Remember that laying tiles on top of old tiles is not recommended unless you have no other option. If you are able to remove the old tiles then use a hammer and chisel, and be careful!

Choose a Sealer

The next stage in laying your kitchen wall tiles involves applying a sealer, which you should ideally do after you have sandpapered the surface of the wall. The sealer will keep the adhesive moist for a longer period of time so it is an essential part of the procedure.

Get it Straight

No one is going to be pleased with wonky tiles, so to make sure you lay them

Mosaic Wall Tiles

It is based on 100% natural materials and indeed Mosaic Wall Tiles redecoration technique is actually based on a collection of seamless natural stones glued over supportive mesh backing that eventually creates a seamless tile. Most of these stone panels are imported from the exotic island of Bali – Indonesia. You can practically tile anywhere and for any purpose: Kitchens, bathrooms, backsplashes, and floors.

This technique undoubtedly transforms surface decoration fast and effective, providing several important advantages:

* Impervious to water and other liquids.

* Can be used on surfaces at home that have high traffic and that need to stand up to a lot of action.

* Can be used for virtually unlimited applications at home, in the office, in restaurants, hotels, etc.

* Make sure the surface you are about to tile is flat, clean, dry and free of contaminants.

* If this is the first time you install these tiles, it is recommended to learn from other’s experience – there are plenty of forums and demonstrational videos on the internet where you can find useful information about first time installation.

* In order to ensure an even color

Wall Mounting Tricks

The most common practice of mounting an LCD TV on the wall is by hiring the services of a professional. This ensures that the Samsung LCD TV is properly mounted; it will not fall into the ground, and will not leave you crying for an expensive LCD TV shattered into pieces. You can ask the store where you bought the unit if they could also send someone who could do the unit set up. The people from the electronics store are more capable in installing such devices appropriately and efficiently.

But if you are quite knowledgeable about electronics and home technology, then maybe you can do the mounting yourself. It is not that hard to do the installation, but you may need help from another person since the LCD TV itself is big and it might feel heavy when you are to mount it on a high wall.

Having help around will make things easier and safer for you since you have other pairs of hand to help you carry, screw, and install things. Their suggestions and ideas could also improve the look of your wall mounted television.

To begin with, identify the exact part

Bathroom Wall Mirrors

Suggestions For A Fog Free Mirror

o Keep you bathroom as spacious and airy as possible. Bathrooms that are well-ventilated are less prone to mirror fog.

o Try and invest in technologically advanced bathroom wall mirrors. Nowadays, there are many manufacturers who offer fog-free mirrors. These mirrors can be installed on the bathroom mirror cabinets too. They use the mirror-warming technology to keep the mirror smog-free.

o You could also have a built-in vent fan installed in your bathroom. Keep the fan running while you shower so that fog does not collect on your mirror.

o If you are alone in your home then you could also consider keeping the bathroom door open while you shower. Just keep the bathroom mirror light open.

o If nothing seems to work, then purchase a small squeegee and a no-fog cloth. You can find both these items in any hardware store. Once you have them, all you need to do is to wipe the mirror with them every time fog accumulates.

o You can even use the hair dryer to keep the mirror clean. Here remember to keep your hands absolutely dry lest you get

Painting Wall Murals

Step One: Properly Prepare Your Site for Painting

The first step is to properly prepare your site. Painting wall murals is just like any other painting project. To do it right, pull out the masking tape and drop cloths. Many people also apply a fresh coat of paint to the room before painting wall murals. Use a satin finish or eggshell finish latex wall paint for the best sheen and chose a color that will look great with your mural. If you are not putting on a fresh coat of paint, make sure the wall surface is completely clean to ensure the best adhesion. Use a product specially formulated for cleaning walls for best results.

Step Two: Choose the Right Paint

You may read elsewhere that oil-based paints are the way to go when painting wall murals. If you are a professional muralist, that statement is probably true. However, if you’re just an average homeowner that wants to do something creative and original with your home, acrylic paints are actually your best option. Acrylic paints are quick drying and water soluble. They are very similar to latex wall paints, but can be purchased in smaller

Moroccan Home And Wall Decorating

Moroccan Wall Shelves

You will find a wide variety of Moroccan wall shelves to choose from, and the shelves can instantly change the way your walls look. These shelves can be used to hold Moroccan artwork and vibrant vases, which can add a beautiful touch which that is elegant and appealing. You can find these Moroccan accessories that will fit in corners as well as along straight walls, so you can decorate any room area.

Moroccan Home Lighting

Moroccan home lighting includes wall sconces, lamps, and lanterns, and the wall sconces available can add a decorative touch and mysterious atmosphere to any room in your home. You can find wall scones in any size and intensity, from very small and dim to extremely large and bright. Use these Moroccan accessories to create a focal point along any of the walls in the room, for a unique and interesting look that is sure to draw comments.

Authentic Moroccan Rugs As Wall Artwork

A common practice in Morocco is to use patterned rugs as wall decorations, instead of just using them on the floor to provide color and texture. Many authentic Moroccan rugs make terrific

Board Batten Vertical Siding

One of the best and most common types of vertical sidings is the Board-Batten siding. This type of siding has long been used among numerous residential homes, especially during the early 70’s. This is normally available in its standard dimension of 4 by 9 feet board panels. This is mainly made of thick plywood, except that its exterior layers are specially textured with rough finish along with slots on its ends. One side of the board has a groove while the other has a tongue. This makes it easy to install by inserting opposite sides to seal off the wall and provide much stronger foundation.

Obviously, Board-Batten sidings are installed vertically; and its main concept is to provide complete wall cover that is not only strong but aesthetic as well. This is so called Board-Batten because the sidings have boards and batten whereby during the installation the boards are fastened followed by the batten. As a result, 2 siding boards butt against each other.

One major flaw of this type of wall siding materials is that during various temperature changes in the atmosphere, the wood expands and contracts according to the weather condition. This creates some

Extra Large Wall Clock

Depending on the maker and type of clock, the cost could be expensive or cheap. However, no matter the budget, it would be important to buy quality. Because the huge clock has become so popular, to meet consumer demand thousands of companies have cropped up to sell a variety of styles and designs. Unfortunately, many of these companies are more interested in making a quick buck instead of selling a quality product. The goal would be finding a large clock made with quality materials and workmanship so you know it would last.

While multiple clock manufacturers are located around the world, a vast number come from China. In fact, regarding import into the United States, currently more than three million clock manufacturers from China are registered. China is known for incredible oversized clock designs but no matter the country of origin, you want to make sure you end up with a quality clock that would provide years of accurate service and little to no maintenance. After determining the style of large clock most interested in, we suggest you spend time researching information online to learn all you can before making a purchase.

As an example, if

Retaining Walls

The difference is that in most townships throughout Michigan, the construction of a retaining wall is not regulated by the building department or construction codes. The quality of the construction is solely based on the experience of the contractor or homeowner. In many cases, neither party has extensive knowledge, experience or training, and as a result, it is built with poor integrity, installed, and destined for failure.

If you are considering on hiring a retaining wall contractor, here are some questions I suggest you should ask.

  • How many years have you been installing?
  • What are the construction specifications that you follow?
  • May I have a copy of your construction specifications?
  • Are you licensed and insured to be working on my property?
  • What is the warranty on the product?
  • What is the warranty on the installation/workmanship?
  • Where can I see some retaining walls that you have built?
  • Do you own the equipment that will be used on my property?

Can I visit your place of business? This question is very important, and I highly recommend you visit the company facility. It is not uncommon for companies to be renting equipment and working out of their home. If a contractor is not fully vested

Pebble Walls Tiles

Quick overview
Pebble Walls Tiles are created by assembling together similar interlocking stones that are attached onto a 12″ mesh backing, thus providing that seamless desired tile. Whether it is their exotic look or their variety of colors, one thing is for sure – most of these imported tiles are originated from one part of the world – that is the S.E Asian islands. Practically, it enables you to coat any desired surface you choose: Kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms and showers, fireplaces, swimming pools and more.

Main benefits
This tiling technique undoubtedly transforms surface decoration fast and effective, providing several important advantages:
* Durable to most common home detergents.
* Made of natural durable stones that hold for many years ahead.
* Durable to any extreme temperatures such as around fireplaces and stoves for example.

Practical tips to go!
* Order a small sample of the desired tiles prior to making a complete order – just to make sure it answers your expectations.
* In order to maintain these natural stones properly, it is recommended to apply sealants every two to three years.
* If you want to enhance the color of the stones transforming it glossy

Designing Log Home

MECHANICALS: Open floor plans are the essence of the modern log home. They make a home feel larger, and keep the cook from feeling isolated. However, if you have a second floor you need to consider how you are going to get the plumbing, the electric and the ductwork (both supply and return) to the upstairs rooms. You won’t be using the exterior walls for that, so you need to create enough interior walls downstairs to fit all the mechanicals. Each object in all likelihood will take its own space between the 2x4s. Even if you use radiant-floor heating, you’ll need ductwork for the air conditioning. There are some systems that use high-pressure ductwork much smaller in diameter than conventional ducts, so there are other possibilities if you are pressed for space. But the best solution is to think ahead. If you’re tempted to use an interior full-log wall (or none at all), you may be sacrificing an opportunity to get more ductwork upstairs.

PLUMBING: The wisest floor plans are the ones that try to keep the bathrooms together (either back-to-back or one directly above the other) and the shortest runs on the plumbing. This can’t always

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

All professional paint stores will have a multitude of color card samples to help you make your choice. Usually several different paint manufacturers ranges will be available. So gather them up and head on home to browse through them at your lesisure.When you have made a choice, perhaps even two, give your self and/or designer brain time to reflect and the next day have a look at them again. If your number one choice is still your favorite then it’s time to head on over to make your purchase. Remember taking your time at each stage of the planning process will avoid costly errors and disappointments.

People often take the easy option when choosing paint colors, especially if they are not expert at visualizing the finished product.

Neutral colors are fine up to a point, but for a dramatic, pleasing and vibrant kitchen it’s time to be adventurous. The main colors in your kitchen will be the flooring, cabinets and counter tops. So a really great idea is to look at the possibility of complementing these swathes of color with a new wall color that helps them stand out.

If the kitchen is a place

Small Kit Homes

Advantages of Using a Kit Home Package

If you’re planning to build a small home, it might seem like there’s not that much to it so why would you need to use a packaged home product? But, the fact is, regardless of the size of the home, there are still the same choices to be made, a variety of materials to purchase, and the same contractors to hire. Lets look at some benefits:

  • Reduced decisions make the preparation process easier and quicker
  • Quicker framing can lower the onsite labor costs
  • Complete materials packages can reduce the need to shop
  • Some companies offer easier access to construction financing
  • A kit home can make a DIY project more doable

Packaged Kit Home Disadvantages

Small or big, the same issues arise when building a home. And it’s a mistake to think that just because the home is small, or because you’re using a kit home that you won’t have issues and problems to solve. I’ve found the following to be common:

  • Wall framing panels don’t always fit together perfectly
  • There’s a decent price mark-up for labor and deliveries
  • Your materials and style choices are limited
  • Your site must be accessible for big truck

Interior Wall Framing

The overall savings in the house framing might not even add up to $100, but if you’re project is running a little bit in the hole, you can always save a little bit of lumber this way.

The disadvantages to framing your interior walls 24 inches on center will be-

1. Studs that bow or twist can create uneven walls. If you have two studs that are bowing three quarters of an inch in their overall length, in the same direction, you’re going to have a visible curve in the wall. If you have three studs in a row and two of the studs are bowing in the opposite direction, you’re going to have a pretty uneven wall. Using 16 inch on center measurements, most of the time, this problem won’t be as bad.

2. Any plumbing or electrical running through the walls can severely weaken these walls.

I have never framed a house using 24 inch on center studs and probably never will, the cost savings really isn’t worth it in the long run. There are other ways to cut corners and still produce a nice product.

I did run into a

Make Interiors Ready for the Summers

1. Try changing your bed sheets

Opt-for sheets which are made using breathable materials, like linen and cotton. Think of all the light and vibrant colours in the world and bring them in your room on your bed. We would advise you not to get too hung up on the thread count for a soft and luxurious feel. You should also keep in mind that this will bring the heavier sheet. A great solution for it could be opting for a layer of sheets with heavier one on the downside and lighter one at the top. This will solve the problem for the cold chilly nights.

2. Giving your windows a perfect seasonal dress code

Replacing dark coloured heavy curtains with lighter linen curtains is a perfect way to dress up your windows. Soft in appearance, these linen curtains allow air and natural sunlight to pass through it easily, giving your room a bright and breezy feel.

Note: If you can-try and create sync between sheets and the curtains with colours, this will further add up to create a unified and eclectic appeal.

3. Give your floors a vibrant look and feel with

Creative Wall Decor

Begin by assessing your decorating goals. Determine the type of look and feel you want to achieve. Perhaps you want to make the room look bigger, create a light feel, or update the existing style to something more modern and unique.

Select interesting pieces of art work or framed photographs to make the room pop. The frame, glass, colors, and type of mat board you use will add to the visual effect. These elements also create texture and provide a finished look.

Mirrors are perfect for making a room appear larger. They reflect light beautifully, creating an airy feel during the day and a romantic feel at night. They are also available with gorgeous frames, adding to the aesthetics.

Other popular options include tapestries, masks, fabric panels and wall lights. The wall is your canvas, all you need to do, is become the artist. Even simple plaster or stucco wall designs can do the trick. From vintage and traditional, to trendy, elegant and sophisticated, you can easily find decor to fit your budget.

Fire Escape Ladders For Homes

Imagine the horror of having your family caught in a 2+ story home or apartment and a fire breaks out. If you are not prepared then your options are limited to either jumping out the window our burning to death in the house fire. Obviously both of these options are not the solution you are looking for.

Recently, there was a news article about a house gone ablaze where several members of the family didn’t make it out alive. If they would have planned ahead, these poor folks might not have perished.

The truth is that every building with 2 or more floors should consider investing in at least one of these safety devices. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to store, and they may one day save a life. Investing in fire escape ladders for homes will give you and your family comfort and security whether you have a fire or not. Just knowing it’s there gives a better sense of security.

Who manufactures the best fire escape ladders for homes?

While there are many manufacturers, the two most popular brands of rope fire escape ladders are First Alert and Kiddie. Pearl is also