Types Of House Plans

Hearth Plan It’s almost similar to the cranberry plan, but with a few modifications. The modifications include: Larger, more modern picture window with traditional panes An overhand multi-level roof that is similar to a western bungalow A built-in flower box that is mainly made for ornamental purposes An elevated roof that has an American bungalow design. This makes it possible for you to expand the second-floor. Full Pleasure Plan Although, it’s an early American design, it’s very common in the modern world. The plan is characterized by a rectangular shape that comes with a garage addition. It also has double-hung windows, shingle, center hall floor, and a roof that is a steep pitch. Tradition Plan The traditional plan has a number of features that are similar to those found in colonial homes from the American south. The homes have a rectangular shape, steep pitch, and a center hall floor plan. To make the plan modern there have been a number of modifications such as: front dormers, large picture window, imposing view full post »

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Eco Friendly House Design Ideas

Solar panels Solar energy is clean, renewable and cheap thus saving you a lot of money over the long run. You can use solar energy in different areas including water heating and lighting. You should note that different solar panels work best at different geographical locations; therefore, you should research and find the best panels to use in your area. Doors and windows The door provides light and also allows warm air to escape thus leaving your house smelling fresh. You should go for a large front door without windows. As rule of thumb the door should be made from eco-friendly wood or any other material. When it comes to windows, you should go energy star-rated windows that are ideal for your climate zone. You should install the windows in an angle allowing maximum light to enter the house. To allow more light you should install glass panels at the base. For the windows to admit breezes they should have glass panels at the base. Breezes bring in cool air thus eliminating the need for air-conditioning. view full post »

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Modern Dining Chairs

Modern dining chairs have created a revolution in the furniture industry. The materials that are used to make these products have also changed meanwhile. Many new materials are being used, such as molded plywood, glass, steel, aluminum-tin alloy, copper-tin alloy and many other plastic materials are used for the manufacturing of chairs. The designs of chairs have also marked a tremendous change. From a four leg base, it has now a new concept of three leg base and the upcoming is a two-leg base. Probably expected product in the market is a chair with a single base support. The beautiful collections of trendy chairs are attractive as well as comfortable to sit on. The chairs now cover a large surface area so as to provide a sufficient place to sit comfortably. A tremendous change in the world has not even spared chairs. All the things are brand new with the most modern feature. The global market is putting new challenges every day with which every manufacturer has to compete, and hence this competition leads to simplicity and betterment view full post »

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Care for Leather Sofas

Buy Quality Furniture The first step to making sure your couch will stand the test of time is to buy a high-quality product. Quality leather will last a lifetime; in fact, it will become more comfortable over time. While leather sofas may not be cheap, with proper care, they can be a worthy investment since they can last a long time. Look for full grain leather, as this is the strongest and highest quality. Split grain is not made with the full skin and therefore will not last as long. Also, make sure that you choose a couch with a sturdy frame that will last through the years. Clean With a Dry Cloth It should be enough to wipe down your sofa regularly with a clean, dry cloth, and vacuum any crumbs or other debris when necessary. Wipe up any spills immediately so they don’t have time to soak in. Occasionally, if you have a tough spot, you may have to use a slightly damp cloth – use as little water as possible and let the area air-dry naturally. Otherwise, avoid using water, soaps, or other cleaners, as even mild detergents can discolor over time while causing view full post

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Choose Furniture When Renovating

Design This is a very important decision to make, especially if your reason for renovating is to enhance the beauty of your house interior. There are many furniture designs to choose from and so many categories of furniture designs enough to make your head spin. How do you know which furniture to choose? Determine what the interior design style of your house is. It could be classical, modern or minimalist for example. Then choose furniture that matches the kind of interior design your house has. Minimalist houses work best with simple furniture that does not have so many designs. Classical interiors work best with classical furniture. The color of the furniture should also match the theme of the house. Materials Furniture durability depends on the materials used on it. Hardwood furniture is a good choice because of its durability and flexibility of use. Modern homes could use some stainless material in the furniture to enhance the modernity of the house. When choosing a furniture, always ask what it is made. A quick online research will tell you whether the material would last long. Try to avoid plastic furniture because they are not durable, view full post »

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Beach House Design

Regarding the structure itself, you have a few options to think about. You might want the simple and low-maintenance qualities of a rustic shack. Or, you might be dreaming of a Balinese, Thai or other Asian-inspired motif for your home. But you can also have a modern minimalist architecture, too. You need to determine what your preference is and what would work best in your location. From here, it would be easier for you to select all the other materials for the rest of your home. The flooring is one element you should focus on if you want a true beach house design. Most coastal homes use timber for their floors. This is mainly because of the sand and moisture from the sea breeze or even sea spray that constantly goes into the house everyday. Of course, you need to choose well the colors of your house paint. You don’t have to stick to white. But if you want other colors, it would be great if you stick to the hues in a beach scene like blue, green and coral. Lighter shades of earth tones would be ideal for combination. You also need to think view full post »

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Design a Minimalist Home

Know which house items you want to keep. First off, you have to know that minimalist homes are called as such because of the fact that they have few of everything to create that look of having a bigger space. If your home currently has lots of items cluttering around, you have to let go of some of them. Knowing which items you should let go is the first key to renovating a home to achieve a minimalist interior. That means letting go of some furniture, appliances, and decorations. Clear surfaces. Minimalist homes are supposed to have as much free area as possible. That is why you have to get rid of some of your stuff. When renovating your home to achieve a minimalist look, make sure you that the flat surfaces in your home like floors, walls or even table have very little items on them. Limit to one or two furniture or decorations in any given flat surface. Every wall corner in your home for example should have just one to three decorations. Your living room floor can have just a couch, a small table and some entertainment appliances. For decorations, choose view full post »

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Beds With Storage

Beds with storage enable you to store things underneath the bed, without appearing untidy or unorganized. The spare bedding items like quilts, duvets, extra cushions or bed-covers, etc. can be conveniently stored under the bed and you can make your room look beautiful as ever. One can also store their winter closet; that is not used for more than half of the year and still occupy space in our cupboards, making them look shabby. Beds with storage can be designed for two types of people, i.e., for adults or children. Storage beds for children have a good number of shelves and drawers, such that, they can access them all sitting on the mattress raised a few inches high. They can store their bed-time novels or workbooks or some stationery items there. If the children are too young, their toys can be placed comfortably under their beds. For adults, the number of drawers would be limited or to be more accurate one or two drawers are there so that the look is not compromised. There are also some beds that, that facilitate storing extra mattresses, such that, upon some surprise guests night overs, you just need to view full post »

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Finding Sleeper Sofa Bed

Buying guide Types of Sleepers : Sleepers can vary in their form and size that may range from a sleeper chair and double-seated couch sofa (that typically expand to a double bed size) to more spacious units, such as a queen and sectional beds (that offer more comfort than smaller variants). When making your purchase – ensure to take proper measurements of your available space, before going to a store (to be sure the unit will fit once the bed has been expanded). Mattresses to Fit : An important aspect to pay attention to, when you’re deciding on a particular type of unit, is its mattress. Over the years, and especially recently, manufacturers have notably improved the mattresses that go inside the sofas. Sleeper sofas are now often available with an assortment of mattress options – from almost 13cm coils, memory foam, an air and coil combination and ‘gel-infused’ memory foam. If you’re looking for something versatile that will suit the needs of a diverse range of users, including yourself, make sure you ask for a bed retailer’s expert advice. Benefits Kids’ slumber parties and sleepovers. Having a sleeper sofa in your living room or spare room view full post »

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Universal Home Design

Home values If you decide to use a universal home design to build your new home, you can expect your house to be worth more at the outset than another home of similar square footage and amenities, but that is not built from a universal design. The reason is that a universally designed house is more appealing to all segments of the population because of its practicality and usability for everyone. Universally designed homes are easier to sell and acrue in value more readily. Good planning for the future For those who plan on living in their homes until they die, this type of house design is excellent because it will accommodate occupants in any change of life. If an occupant becomes suddenly disabled or eventually must have certain handicap amenities in areas like the bathroom due to aging issues, this design allows for changes in life that are bound to occur. Important design elements There are many elements of design that go into a universal home, but several of the most important are constructed into the bathroom area, kitchen, hallways and the construction level of the home. The bathroom is perhaps one view full post »

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Advantages of Inflatable Furniture

Price Compared to the regular type, inflatable furniture is a lot cheaper. As a matter of fact, the price of these products is insanely lower than the conventional ones. For instance, if you are interested in sofas, you can get two for as low as $30. Even if you need a pair with jazzy print, you won’t have to spend more than $50. As a matter of fact, even large beds won’t cost you more than $50. Therefore, if you are on a budget, you may want to consider this option. Portability Inflatable things are portable as the name suggests. All you have to do is let the air out and then keep it anywhere after folding. Moreover, you can carry these things anywhere with you as they don’t weigh a lot. The beauty of it is that you can stuff all of your inflatable furniture in your suitcase. Isn’t it amazing? Moreover, your kids can move your chairs, sofas and beds from one room to another without a problem. Multifunctional Inflatable things are multifunctional. For instance, you can put these things into different shapes and use them for different purposes. For instance, view full post »

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Guide on Building a Kit Home

Kit homes are fast becoming the homes of the future, not only because of the speed by which they are constructed, but because they are also the long sought-after solution to housing shortages in many parts of the world. Because of the unstable economy, most people have trouble going beyond saving moderately for investments they’d like to make and as much as they want to have a home to call their own, budget constraints and stringent processes make it a near impossible feat. With the internet chock full of information regarding kit homes and their rising popularity, there is practically no excuse not to know what they are and how you can get one. When you have the option of acquiring a house that’s manufactured in a factory according to your plan and design preferences, then shipped en masse to a site chosen by you, wouldn’t you grab this golden opportunity? What’s more, when you are able to find a manufacturer that offers suitable payment terms, then you will certainly want to say goodbye to apartment rentals, hello home ownership. Add to that the fact that you have a multitude of kit home types to choose view full post »

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Maintain The Teak Furniture

Out of all woods used for furniture making, Teak has some outstanding features. It is most commonly used for Outdoor furniture because of its durability. Though it is costly, it deserves the investment. Purchasing it and leaving it aside will be a costly mistake. Though teak wood has resistance to mold and rot, it can get affected by mildew. So follow these simple steps to retain the charm of the teak furniture. Clean the teak furniture- Mildew leads to discoloration, so the teak furniture should be regularly cleaned. The cleaning solution can be prepared from the home materials or you can directly buy a Teak cleaner solution. For tough stains, use the store-bought solution as it is made for that purpose. Allocate some space to clean the furniture to avoid splashes on the walls. Prepare a home-based cleaning solution by adding a cup of chlorine bleach and laundry detergent to a gallon of warm water. Chlorine is a good cleansing agent and can remove stains. Mixing vinegar with warm water can make a good cleaning solution. After preparing the solution, apply it to the furniture using a soft brush and transfer it to the layers view full post »

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