Category: Home Improvement

Renovating On A Tight Budget

Know Your Limits If you don’t know your limits, you may end up wasting a lot of money on your DIY project. So, it’s important that you know your limits. For instance, you may want to leave the plumbing, electrical and structural work to professionals. Make sure you get recommendations before hiring professionals. Get a Working Pee The good news is that you can do a lot of jobs with your family and friends. A package of a BBQ and a few drinks can get a lot of things done. Given below is a list of tasks that you can do with a few helping hands. Tiling jobs Assembling of a flat-pack kitchen Polishing floorboards Landscaping Fencing Painting DIY Lessons For basic DIY tasks, you have to have a few tools and some practical knowledge. You can get both from a reputable hardware store. You may sign up for a DIY workshop as well. Moreover, if some of your friends know the trades, you can talk to them and get their help. You may also “bribe” them to get some fundamental tips and lessons to use the tools. If you don’t have the tools, you can borrow or hire some.

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Space Savers for Kitchens and Bathrooms

Use Wall Mounts If you can mount things directly to the wall, it will help you to save floor space. In your bathrooms, this means you should mount basins, vanities and even toilets. Wall mounting extra cupboards above the vanity to store all those medicines and cosmetics is also something worth considering. In your kitchen, you need to get as many wall-mounted cabinets as you can above the counters. If you don’t have a separate pantry, they’re great for storing your food items. They are also perfect to store all of your dishes and glasses Purchase Miniature For very small kitchens and bathrooms, they make smaller-than-the-standard 600mm wide appliances and vanities. They can be a godsend. Dishwashers in a 450mm version are manufactured by some European appliance manufacturers. If they will work for you, you can find two-burner models available in cook tops. This will save you a lot of valuable counter space. Storage-packed vanity units that are around 400mm or 500mm wide are available for your bathrooms, and they work well for extra storage. If needed, you can find the largest length of wall in your home and build a vanity the entire length of it to max out

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Balinese Landscape Architecture

Balinese architecture is probably one of the most easily-found cultural values of the island. Upon arriving at Bali, you will witness many of the island’s symbolic architectural designs. Public areas, local housings, and temples are built based on Balinese religious background and tradition. Garden is an element inseparable from Balinese architecture. Garden is the integration between house and the open space, hence becoming the symbol of communication between humans and the nature. The Balinese believe in Tri Hita Karana, which is a concept that rules human relationship with the nature, God, and people, and understand that these three elements should be in harmony and balance. The Balinese live in semi-open space. This is why the architecture often minimizes the building of walls. These walls merely function to shelter the family members from the weather. The building itself is the central of the compound which is surrounded by the garden. You will be likely to find statues in Balinese gardens. These Balinese statues commonly depict mythical or religious figures in Hinduism. Commonly, statues are placed in a niche or amidst the greenery. The placement of these statues follows the Asta Kosala-Kosali, a traditional rule of architecture, which states that you are

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How to Overcome Compulsive Hoarding

The most common excuse that hoarders find for keeping things is that they might find some use for it in the future. That might sound like it makes sense, but when you think about it everything has some potential use. So just because something can be used does not mean that you have to keep it. Go through your stockpile of things and look at each object one by one. If you have not used a thing for over a year it only means that you can do without it. Get rid of it right away. Having an extra item of something you already have is really not necessary in most cases. If you have multiples of the same things then that’s not a good sign at all. That might be the first signs of hoarding for you. Just try to get rid of the extras as soon as you can. Start categorizing your things into different piles. You can have a pile for things that you are going to keep, another one to give away to friends and family, one for giving away to charity, and finally one for selling. Don’t come up with too many categories as that

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Foam Mattress Topper

Most foam mattress toppers are different from regular cushion pads because they are vacuum pressed. This means that they’re machine rolled so that they do not appear bulky. Thus, mattress toppers that are sized even for huge California King sized begs can be delivered in regular boxes. The moment you open the package to roll out your foam mattress topper, you will notice that it seems to magically expand. Once it has expanded fully to its regular shape, you can place it on top of your mattress. Foam mattress toppers are comfortable to sleep on particularly if you are suffering from allergy problems because they are renowned for being hypo-allergenic. It isn’t usual to have people complaining about all the aches and pains they feel before, during and after sleeping on a traditional mattress. It’s usually because their mattresses do not snugly follow their body contours, thus most feel that their bed is either too hard or too soft. That’s why purchasing a foam mattress topper may be the solution to all your sleeping problems. One may think that a 2 inch thick foam pad may not sound as if it can do much for your comfort but it truly

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Assembling Flat Pack Furniture

Even though there are instructions included in the box at times they are not exactly clear as to what gets screwed into what and what screw to use. It can be very frustrating. There are furniture assembly services you can hire to put your new furniture together. If you decide that you want to do the furniture assembly yourself, here is some information that will help to make the job a little easier. First make sure that you have a clear area where you can unpack the pieces and where you can work. You do not want to try to work in the same area where the parts are because something could get broken or the wrong parts could be put together. Make sure that you have a small container to put the screws and hardware in so they do not get lost. Next open the box, and lay all the parts out. Check against the sheet to make sure that you have all the pieces. Read the instructions completely instead of reading and then doing what was said to be done in that step. This does take a little more time but it will help you know exactly what you

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Make Leather Furniture Look Beautiful

Leather can also fade just like wood and because it can dry up, it stiffens and cracks when placed near the sources of heat. Therefore, try not to place it close to fireplaces or in a room where direct sunlight is present for most of the day. Use a white, clean cloth or vacuum to remove dust after every couple of weeks to ensure that it stays clean. Wipe the surface by using a slightly damp, soft cloth to clean accumulated dirt. To make sure the leather doesn’t absorbs it when you’re doing it for the first time, test in an inconspicuous spot. If it looks like that the leather absorb the water, use only a dry cloth. If there’s a spill, then quickly use a dry cloth to blot and allow it air-dry. Blotting instead of wiping is important as it removes all the moisture out before it can spread in it. Every 6-12 months, use a good leather conditioner for your DIY upholstery cleaning. Avoid placing printed materials on it as it can absorb dyes easily. The ink from the printed materials can transfer and leave stains on the furniture. Try your best to stay away from scratches

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Types of Lifestyle Furniture

A breakfast nook table would be a great example of a kind of furniture that is designed for lifestyles. If you have a big family and you guys enjoy sitting down for a nice breakfast before you start your day this could be just the thing you are looking for. The nook provides privacy, promotes togetherness, and looks fantastic in any kitchen area. You just have to make sure you have the proper room before you make the investment and buy a breakfast nook table of your own. Bunk beds are also crucial lifestyle furniture if you have more than one child. There are two instances where these bunk bed ideas are going to come in handy. The first example would be if you only have one bedroom but two kids, obviously they are going to need a place to sleep, so why not make it fun with some cool and original bunk beds that will make them the talk of their friends? The second instance where this could come in handy would be if you have two kids and two separate bedrooms, but they like sleeping in the same room sometimes, or even have friends over often. This extra

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Maintenance For Vinyl Siding

Keep it Clean. Regular cleaning is an important part of winter maintenance. This does not mean you have bundle up in all your winter gear and bear the cold to clean it every week; instead, wash it once a month with a power washer. When using a power washer, be sure to always put it on a low setting to avoid any damage, and if the siding is already damaged, do not use a power washer at all. As for a cleaning medium, use a mix of Trisodium phosphate and soapy water. Simply apply, and then rinse from the top down. Check for Damage. It is important to always keep an eye out for exterior damage to your home. However, on a routine basis, you need to closely inspect your siding for damages and defects. Catching a small problem early on can save you a lot of time and money. Weekly inspections are a good start, followed by a comprehensive inspection conducted by a professional roof and siding company. When inspecting your siding, look for cracks, gaps, and water damages; but also remember to check weep holes (holes punched in the bottom of siding for drainage purposes) for clogging issues

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Maintain Outdoor Furniture

Several products are there that are manufactured with the best of the materials like wrought iron, teak, etc. They offer much durability to the things. If you are buying one of those things you need to know how to maintain the things. In this article, we have provided certain tips that can help you to maintain the pieces of furniture for a long time. Most of the manufacturer recommends that a simple wash with soap and water works wonders for the furniture. They strictly forbid using any kind of chemicals for cleaning the furnishings. This is because they think that it can make it break down by disturbing its composition. If your furniture is made up of cast aluminum, wrought iron, or aluminum then it is advised that you should use a mild soap like the car washing ones for cleaning purposes. If it gets scratched to the base metal then one can sand it down using sanding paper. This will prevent rust oxidation from occurring. You can then paint it with a matching color. If at all the furniture is made of natural teak then after a certain period of time it will give rise to silvery gray patina.

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