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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Seater Dining Set

Rolling into the History History is a beautiful thing to look into; it contains stories of the people, the things they introduced and how these things became a part of their lives as well as ours. A dip into the history of a dining set allows you to praise your forefathers for being such visionaries, understanding the need for future better than us. Whilst the word ‘table’ is derived from the Latin word ‘tabula’, the earliest models of them were used by the Ancient Egyptians, albeit in a purely practical sense. The birth of the designs coincided with the emergence of the European Empires, who fixated on the idea of lavish living and opulent dining. The tables then were crafted in marble, elegantly evoking their enduring influence. Over the years, these sets were composed of a range of differentials, principally wood. Considered as a regal mix of authority and efficiency these tables formed the way for new and improved dining areas. The Newfangled Look The modern dining is all about style, beauty, panache and an overall enjoyment experience, focusing on the need for the right pieces of furniture. Whether you’re eating haute cuisine or view full post »

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When Buying Wicker Garden Furniture

Craftsmanship You’ll need to consider the quality of the materials and construction if you require truly hardwearing, solid furniture that will last you for decades to come. Raucord rattan is weatherproof, UV and temperature resistant, colourfast and scratch-free, meaning it’s the superior choice when considering synthetic rattan, although all synthetics should offer a good level of weather-resistance. UV protection is the key feature to look out for or your furniture will become brittle, crack, and/or fade after exposure to the sun. You should also ensure that your rattan furniture is built over a sturdy, corrosion-free aluminium frame instead or a steel one which will rust if left outdoors. You’ll also need to consider the weave. Loose weave wicker will likely unravel and look unsightly, so choose a tighter weave and ensure there are no protruding fibres or rough edges. Low Maintenance Both natural and synthetic rattan furniture require very little care other than a spot of cleaning every so often. However, as natural rattan offers less weather-resistance, synthetic rattan is much easier to maintain overall. To clean, you can use warm, soapy water or simply hose your furniture down. You should also view full post »

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Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are an essential part of any home décor style. We need them for their practical purpose just as much as we need them for their decor purposes. They are normally placed in the center of the living or family room over a rug or just on the ground. The coffee table is meant to compliment your sofas, rugs, wall décor and paint by tying them all together as the finishing touch to any home. They are also made to serve a practical purpose. If you plan on having one in your family room then it will most likely be the place to put your feet when having a conversation or watching a movie. It can be a place to play a card game or board game with your kids. A place to have snacks and drink during games and movies. Or maybe a place where your kids can get homework done and store their school supplies. When placed in a living room it can serve the purpose of holding décor items or maybe hold the occasional beverage while conversing with friends and guests. No matter where you place it will serve a great purpose. view full post »

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Choose Memory Foam Pillow

Synthetic pillows: Although these are relatively lightweight, cheap, and easy to bend and care for, they have the shortest durability span of all types of pillows. Plus, they flatten fairly quickly, needing replacement. Also, the filling tends to clump together, making it lumpy and extremely uncomfortable. Feather/down pillows: These are usually inexpensive, soft, and durable too, but they tend to poke through the pillow covering, plus, they’re spiky. Additionally, they don’t offer a whole lot of support to your neck or spine. Latex pillows: These pillows are one of the most durable, shapes itself to the contours of the head and neck. They hold their shape well, which might be a drawback as its height cannot be adjusted. Plus, it smells funny. Water pillows: They offer firmness and height, shapes itself to the contours of the head, plus, especially good for back and neck pain. However, they are sometimes noisy, and are not all that durable. Buckwheat pillows: They offer fairly good support, and fit according to the contours of the head and neck. And, although the height is adjustable and the pillow itself is durable, it will take some getting used to, as view full post »

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Choose Computer Desks

Type: First of all, decide whether you will be using the desk for Laptops or Desktop computers. Desktop computers eat a good amount of space and are relatively sturdy. So, choose a desk, which is spacious enough to hold a computer and its accessories. They should be strong enough to bear the weight of the computer assembly. It depends on the material used and its quality. Laptop desks are relatively less in weight. They should be portable and flexible. Choose a laptop desk, which can be adjusted to different height levels. The size of the desk: Nowadays, the computer is used for both technical and non-technical purposes. It can be used as a media player, a gaming tool, and other miscellaneous purposes. If you are an ardent lover of multimedia games, then choose a desk, which hoards all the gaming stuff. If you want to use the computer as a media player, then choose a desk, which can accommodate speakers, Cable consoles, and remotes. The size of the monitor determines the size of the desk. The desk’s width should not be less than the monitor size, as it creates unnecessary problems. The view full post »

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Paving the Way With Stone

Stone in the front yard There was a time when a simple concrete walkway leading to a concrete slab porch was a standard for modern home design. Now, homeowners are leaving the concrete to the sidewalks and choosing dynamic walkways and driveways made from a wide variety of paving stones. Many homeowners plan their designs by researching different types of stone, looking at the ease of application, and considering the cost of implementing the design before embarking on a front yard renovation project. Slope is also important because proper slope ensures adequate drainage away from the home. The majority of paving projects generally require a base (usually comprised of crushed stone), edge restraints (to hold the shape of the final design), sand (to hold the paving stones in place), and the stones (the most popular natural paving stones are made of slate, granite, limestone and sandstone). Complete excavation of the area is necessary to achieve optimal results. With a clean canvas, the possibilities are endless. Homeowners can choose traditional standard cuts shapes in squares, circles, or rectangles of differing sizes. They can also select non-conventional cuts from natural stone slabs for a more rustic feel. When view full post »

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Come Up With Great House Plans

Entrance The sun rise direction brings optimistic energy. As you probably know, the sun rises from the east; therefore, this is the best direction to locate the door. Another great direction for the entrance is North East. You should avoid locating the entrance in the South West direction as the direction is said to bring about negative energies. South is said to cause disagreements and arguments; therefore, you should avoid facing the door this direction. Master bedroom This is the place you spend most of your time when you aren’t at work; therefore, it should be located at a good place free of smells and noise. The location of the house depends on the design of your house. For example, if you have an east-facing house, the master bedroom should be in the South West corner. To allow maximum opportunities into your life you should ensure that the door to the bedroom opens at least 90 degrees. To provide yourself with privacy and protection you should ensure that the bedroom door is strong and solid. Kitchen Regardless of the design of your house, the best direction for your kitchen is view full post »

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Natural Stone Cladding

Stones are not only beautiful construction materials, but also investments as they enhance the resale value of your home. You may be surprised that even tenants look for homes with modern amenities and trendy designs. However, using natural stone veneers excessively is also not advised as they make your home look crowded. Installing only where they are required is a sensible option which saves time, money, and also makes your home look exquisite. Stone claddings help you access luxury at lesser cost and keep up with the times. Here are some advantages that go along with these revamping materials. Protection from weather. Constructions made of concrete are vulnerable to the action of environmental agents such water, heat, and microorganisms. Covering the walls using stone veneers shields your wall from degrading agents and makes it look exquisite. Beautify walls affordable. Numerous color combinations and features make stone veneers the attractive choices for homes. Stone wall clads are an inexpensive way to give your walls, the most beautiful revamp. Heat resistance. Natural stones absorb radiation and release them gradually, keeping the room temperature constant, helping you avoid dependence on room heaters. When used outdoors, they resist temperature well and view full post »

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Rebuilt or Renovate

Ascertain what you don’t like in your existing home and how you would like to change it. Whether its dated interiors or lack of space, you need to get to the reasons why you need a change. Do you want to extend your rooms? Is there enough light and ventilation available? Do you add a floor? These are just a few factors that you need to consider. Before starting out any major work for your house, make sure to get in inspected by an engineer. If there are structural issues like faulty plumbing or shoddy electrical wiring created by termite infestation, builders will refrain from tearing the house down. Moreover, if the property is old, major movements can cause the whole property to collapse. Just because you want does not mean that you can. There are many restrictions on properties implied by the government or the local council. Make sure that your house doesn’t fall under these restrictions because if they are then, you’d have to rethink your whole remodelling plans. Contact your local council and make sure that you have the necessary permits. It’s a tough choice that most homeowners have to ponder upon. view full post »

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House Elevations

In addition to giving you a glimpse of how your house will look like when complete, the drawing should also come with notes that let you know the best roofing materials and beams that you should use. In some cases the drawing should also let you know the fireplace flue that you should use. Types of house elevations There are many types of house elevations used by architects. The most common ones being: Front: also known as entry elevation, this drawing gives you a straight-on view of the house. the elevation gives you the impression that you are looking the house from the front yard. From this drawing you will be able to see doors, windows, front porch and other items that protrude from your home such as chimney. Split: from its name, this is a drawing that is drawn as if the house is split into two. When a layman looks at the drawing, he/she might think that it’s a cutaway view. From this drawing you will be able to see the floor thickness, stair case, interior height and wall thickness. If the elevation is well done, you will be able to see view full post »

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