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Updating Old Hardwood Flooring

Updating Old Hardwood Flooring

The flooring in a house is often one of the first things people notice in terms of internal finishes. This is because it is a clear signal of quality or lack thereof. If you are thinking of replacing hardwood flooring in your home, first you should consider whether it would be better to just refurbish it. Refinishing your floors can add new life to them and save you lots of money, which makes it a choice worth considering.

The big argument against refurbishing is that it won’t fix many of the problems inherent in the floor. You can’t refinish away the squeaky sounds of the boards, and that is a clear case where it would make more sense to just completely redo the flooring and save yourself a lot of potential trouble.

Some people elect to lay new flooring over the previous flooring, but that doesn’t always solve that problem and can result in hardwood being visible through the sheet vinyl or other types of flooring. If you are going to take this route, first make sure you research what the end product will be like when finished. The last thing you want is to have flooring you unhappy with just because you thought you could cut some corners. Also, it is likely that the floor height will increase as well, so be aware of this and factor it in to your decision, particularly when it comes to clearance for doors, and removing / installing dishwashers.

Removing hardwood flooring is probably going to be the worst part of this whole process. If you’re intending to reuse any of the hardwood, you will have carefully remove the nails and remove the pieces in sequence. However, even if you are trying to get rid of the entire floor, it is going to take some time and patience. Most of the time, you can use a power tool to speed up this process. Many people elect to do this by themselves, but if you wish to pay a professional, it will probably cost around $1.25 psf.

Something to consider when you are laying your new flooring, is that it is usually prudent to add an underlayment, for additional sound reduction. This will also help your new flooring stay in place, and will reduce any squeaking, as friction with nails going up and down in the subflooring should be eliminated.

When laying the new hardwood flooring, nailing is preferable to gluing. This will give a neater outcome and you are able to keep the boards closer together. Baseboards which are secured to the wall will also be helpful in keeping the boards pinned down around the edges. As a general estimate, you can expect to pay anywhere from $8.00 to $12.00 per square foot for your new flooring for top quality products. Depending on your contractor, labour costs can significantly increase this, but that part is up to you and your negotiating skills.

Updating Your House to Low-Flow Toilets

Changing Your Toilets to Low Volume Flushes

Conservation of water is something we all know we should do, but usually don’t. There are often advertisements or public service announcements that vilify the excessive use of water, but there’s also the fact that using lots of water costs you more. There are obvious ways for you to save water, like not running your tap the entire time you’re brushing your teeth, having normal length showers, and washes your dishes in still water rather than running the tap the whole time. There are also slightly more complex ways like converting your toilet so it consumes less water.

When toilets were originally invented in the 19th century, there was far less of a concern about the excessive use of water than there is now. At that time, it was completely fine to use massive amounts of water for trivial things, because it was not seen as a finite resource in developed countries. The toilets would use around 7 gallons of water until some time in the 90’s where legislation started getting passed that would bring the average flush down to 1.7 gallons per flush.

On the surface, this seems like a good thing because of the amount of water that is getting saved, but there was also a reason why so much water was being used before: it was necessary to wash away the waste. This created a market where you could either get poorly designed low-volume flushing toilets that wouldn’t work effectively, or highly inefficient toilets that cost you a lot of money on water.

Designs have started to catch up with the times, but it is highly probably that you have a toilet from pre 1990’s that is highly inefficient with its use of water. The good news is that there are plenty of simple things you can do to bring the volume of a flush down on your toilet.

The most effective fix is to buy an adjustable flapper for your toilet. A flapper controls how much water is allowed out of your tank and into your toilet bowl. With an adjustable one you can fine tune the process so the toilet still releases enough water to be effective, but a lot less than the toilet was originally designed to release.

Another great method of modifying your toilet for higher efficiency is installing a tank bag. This takes up space in your toilet tank so less water is in there and therefore less water can be released. Some people will try to do this with a brick, but that has been found to be much less effective since the brick can actually dissolve over time and that can lead to complications with your toilet.

Installing a tank bag is extremely simple and will help save you the same amount of water as the volume of the bag for every flush. The last thing you should do is check for leaks in your toilet since that will also help prevent the rest of your home from damage as well. Pick up a leak detection tablet from a home improvements store if you want to do this right.

Using these three methods, you should be able to save lots of water and money over time.

Add Value to Your Home with a Tankless Water Heater

Within the trend of home improvement, one of the changes that has been slow to catch on in North America is the use of tankless water heating systems, also known as on-demand hot water systems. These have been the standard in Europe and Asia for a while, but North Americans haven’t shown the same high adoption rate. This is strange because tankless systems are both more convenient, and more efficient.

You will often pay a high lump sum when putting the tankless heater in and updating the plumbing, but your monthly bills will be significantly less than they were before. This is attributed to not needing to spend money idly heating water. As the name suggests, tankless heaters have no tank, so no water is constantly being heated for potential use. Instead, the heater warms up the water nearly instantaneously.

This solves three problems. First, you can now get as much hot water as you want without exhausting your hot water tank. Second, now that you have no 60 litre tank in your basement, there is a ton more space available. Finally, you never have to worry about your hot water tanking blowing out and flooding your basement, because your tankless water heater doesn’t store any water.

There are a few downsides to tankless water heaters and it is good to understand them before installing one. A tankless heater can only provide a limited amount of hot water at a time. The throughput is limited, but unlike a water tank, it can consistently supply that hot water rather than needing hours to heat more up. Another issue with water heaters is the energy requirement. The instantaneous energy requirement can be up to four times more demanding than a water tank, so you should ensure this upgrade is possible before undergoing the change.

The cost of a tankless water heater is generally around $2,000-$4,000, but their lifespan can be up to 20 years, which means you get a significant amount of extra value out of it. As always, make sure to get a few quotes for the switch to tankless before you say yes, as this will save you lots of money in the long-run.

Tankless water heaters are available in a variety of fuel sources, electric, natural gas, and propane gas. Your choice will depend on costs of the unit, cost of the fuel, availability of fuel service, and the location in your home where the unit will be placed.

The process of replacing the water tank can take as little as a day, but first look into any other retrofits that might be necessary to do before you install the heater. Installing the tank is quite simple, but you will want to hire a professional who has experience with tankless water heaters, not just any plumber.

Furnace and boiler technology has evolved significantly over the last twenty years, but water tank technology hasn’t. If you don’t feel like making the change today because you are afraid of the high expenses associated with the switch, just wait until your water heater is up for a change and replace it with a tankless heater instead. The monthly amount you’ll save will quickly pay you back and you won’t regret the convenience factor of always being able to get warm water.

Installing a Heat Pump in Your Home

Installing Your Heat Pump

Once you decide you’d like to have a heat pump in your home, there are a few considerations you face right away. The biggest decision you’ll have to make here is whether you’re going to go with a ductless or ducted heat pump.

Comparing ducted to ductless heat pumps, the biggest difference is ducted heat pumps are able to distribute air to the whole home, and not just through a single wall unit. That being said, it becomes much more expensive if you need to have ducts installed to service your heat pump. The good news is if you have a forced air furnace already, those ducts may be used for your ducted heat pump system. The bad news is a ducted heat pump system may require an upgrade to your electrical systems in order to accommodate 200 amp service.

100 amp service is adequate for your current oil fired furnace and would likely be able to power a ductless heat pump, but ducted systems generally require an upgrade in the electrical system unless you have an especially efficient heat pump. So, though you may not be spending as much to install a ducted heat pump when you already have ducts, you might pay a bit more to upgrade your electrical systems and even it out. The overall consideration should come down to the size of your house and your heating needs. Many homeowners also find the ducted systems to be much more aesthetically pleasing compared to having a bulky wall unit in a specific room.

Another benefit to using a ducted system is you have a built in backup system. The system is simply the heating coil inside your heat pump, which will heat up air as it passes by and goes through the ductwork. This can be very helpful in more extreme climates that the heat pump can’t properly service, as the heat pump generally isn’t effective in temperatures lower than -15 degrees Celsius.

In the actual process of installing the heat pump, there are some things you should absolutely keep in mind. Your outdoor unit should be protected from the wind, but also be in an open enough space that it doesn’t automatically recirculate the same outdoor air. Also, you must ensure snow doesn’t block the airflow. This is done by placing the heat pump on a stand on a concrete pad so it is both elevated and engaged for proper drainage. Finally, for best operation of your heat pump, it should be placed outside the drip line (where water drips off the roof) of your building.

Overall, the cost should come out to around $6,000 and $7,000 depending on the area you are in. Getting a few quotes before making a decision is the best course of action to take. This will vary with the electrical and duct requirements, as well what you decide between a ducted and ductless system. Either way, a heat pump will add significant value to your house and save you a lot of heating costs in the meantime.

Heat Pump Home Improvement

An Introduction to Heat Pumps

Exterior Heat Exchange Unit
Exterior Heat Exchange Unit

Home improvement is great for two reasons: it increases the value of your home, and at the same time it helps you derive more utility out of your home. Most people tend to focus on the visible factors like interior finishes, garage space, and bathroom/kitchen remodeling, but don’t realize that making big changes to the mechanical systems can be the most profitable of all changes. This is because even a mild upgrade to the HVAC system could require additional ducting and wiring. These are all things a lot of homeowners don’t want to deal with, so there’s value in investing money to improve a system if the expected contribution value is greater than the investment costs.

One such renovation is the addition of a heat pump. Heat pumps are part of the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system. Their basic function is to use outside air to cool or heat your home, depending on what time of year it is. During the winter it would use outside air to warm your house and during the summer it would do the opposite. Naturally, this is only possible in mild climates where you aren’t dealing with sub-zero temperatures, since that would be too demanding energy-wise on the heat pump.

On the most basic level, a heat pump is a mechanical refrigeration system that can either heat or cool a controlled space. There are two main parts of a heat pump: the indoor component is referred to as an air handler, and the outdoor component looks like an air conditioner, but is actually called the heat pump. The market varies based on the geographic location, but the market leader is currently Trane due to their products’ balance of performance and cost.

Interior Heat Pump Air Handler Unit
Interior Heat Pump Unit

If you are struggling to visualize this, just picture a heat pump as a mechanism that moves air from one place to another in a way that controls the temperature in a much more efficient manner. The compressor portion of the heat pump controls the refrigerant that will release and absorb the heat as it is cycled between the indoor and outdoor units. Basically, a heat pump moves heat instead of creating it, which saves you money in the long-run. That’s why prospective homeowners are often excited to see one in their prospective home.

As was stated earlier, heat pumps are only possible in moderate climates where the energy demand isn’t too high. In areas where more extreme low temperatures occur, it could be necessary to have some sort of supplemental heating source, so you’re not left in the freezing cold during a particularly bad winter.

Based on an assessment of your homes current HVAC system and the necessary wiring and ducting to install a heat pump, you can get a quote from your local installer and then decide whether to proceed from there. The installation process can be more complicated depending on what changes needed to be made to your house, and will be given further attention in another article.

Should You Remodel Your Bathroom?

Why You Should Make the Decision to Remodel Your Bathroom.

Each year, thousands, if not millions, of homeowners make the decision to remodel their bathrooms. Are you looking to become one of those individuals? A large number of homeowners are, but despite wanting to remodel their bathrooms, many do not end up doing so. One of the reasons for that is because of uncertainty. You and other homeowners just like yourself often wonder whether or not they could benefit from having their bathrooms remodeled. Of course, the final decision is yours to make, but you will find that you can benefit a number of different ways from having your bathroom remodeled.

One of the many benefits of bathroom remodeling is the possibility of an increased home value. This bathroom remodeling benefit is one that is important, but it is also one that tends to go unnoticed. A large number of homeowners do not realize that by remodeling their bathrooms, the value of their homes could increase. Although most bathroom remodeling projects do result in an increased home value, not all do. The increase in value, if there is any at all, will depend on the type of bathroom remodeling that is done, as well as the quality of the remodeling. That is why it may be a good idea to have a professional remodel your bathroom for you.

Another one of the many reasons why you should make the decision to remodel your bathroom is because what a bathroom remodeling project can do for you. If you are even thinking about having your bathroom remodeled, there is a good chance that you are unhappy with the current state of your bathroom. Since the bathroom is often considered one of the most used rooms in a home, you will likely be spending a fairly large amount of time in there. When you are in your bathroom, it is important that you feel pride, not disgust. That is why if you are unhappy with the way that your bathroom looks or the way that it makes you feel, you may want to think about starting a bathroom remodeling project soon.

In addition to how a bathroom-remodeling project will make you feel, it is also important to examine what it can do for your home. Aside from increasing the value of your home, a bathroom-remodeling project will likely increase the appearance of your home. This appearance will not only be noticed by you, but your guests may also notice it. An attractive home or at least an attractive bathroom may help to make your home feel more welcoming and inviting. In fact, once you have your bathroom remodeled, there is a good chance that you may be more willing to invite your friends or relatives into your home, whether it is for a party or just a small social call.

As you can see, there are a number of different reasons why you should want to remodel your bathroom, or at least think about doing so. What is even more amazing is that the above mentioned reasons are just a few of the reasons why a bathroom remodeling project may be just what you need. In fact, there are not only a large number of reasons why you should remodel your bathroom, but there are also a large number of benefits too. That is why it is, at least, advised that you sit down and think about remodeling your bathroom. After a close examination, there is a good chance that you would like to get started right away.

 

Is Your Landscaping Adding Value to Your Property?

What Difference Does Landscaping Make the Value of Your Home?

There is nothing that is more useful to someone trying to create a new look and feel in their yard than a good landscaping idea picture. With a landscaping idea picture you will not only get inspired you will learn so much. Yes, I said learn, you can learn a lot by looking at a landscaping idea picture. You can learn what looks fabulous and you can learn what does not look so hot. All that from a little tiny landscaping idea picture. Don’t you think that it is time that you go out and got yourself one?

Where can you find a landscaping idea picture you ask? You can get a wonderful landscaping idea picture from many different places. Your best bet is to get as many as you can and take notes about which ideas you liked and which you really didn’t like. This way when it comes time to start work you will know exactly what you want. You can even show your landscaper the landscaping idea pictures so that he or she can see exactly what you are talking about. This kind of communication is very important because the landscaping contractor may not know what you are talking about otherwise. This way he will see it for himself.

You can get a great landscaping idea picture from the library. In fact you can get hundreds of them there. Visit your library and find the Landscaping and Gardening section, if you are having trouble then ask the librarian, they are there to help you. Explain that you are after a landscaping idea picture or two and you need help. They might even have some books of that kind in a different section as well, who knows?

You can then photocopy any landscaping idea picture that you think may be of help to you. Bring a folder with you so that the landscaping idea picture will be protected and then go home and start making the things that you like in each landscaping idea picture and the things that you hate. If you do not want to write right on the landscaping idea picture then write on the back. This is good because if you were to write about the landscaping idea picture on a different page you could get things confused, this is easy to do if you are dealing with all kinds of landscaping idea pictures.

Landscaping is a matter of personal choice. One person’s magnificent masterpiece is another person’s albatross around their neck. One loves to manicure and fiddle over the most minute detail, while the other just wants a simple, easy-to-care-for, low maintenance yard, so he/she can spend their time with family and/or friends, or spend more time working in their business, or spend the time at the lake or traveling to exotic places.

The value of your landscaping thus depends on who will be enjoying your property when you sell it, not on the time and effort that you have put into building up your own version of Buchart Gardens.

 

Low Maintenance Landscaping With Rocks

How Do You Use Rocks for Landscaping?

You can use landscaping rock to add some depth and texture to your landscaping design. This landscaping rock can come in a couple of different forms, actually there are quite a few. Not only is there a fine collection of colors of landscaping rock there is also several different kinds of stone to choose from. Different landscaping designs will require different landscaping rock. You can get small landscaping rock or larger landscaping rock.

The trick to using landscaping rock successfully is to fully integrate them into your yard and the design. You need to place them in places that will add to the yard, not in places that will make it look like you are trying to cover something up or take attention away from another part of the yard. If you were to just put your landscaping rock here and there you will be doing nothing for the yard and your yard will end up looking strange and unbalanced. You should plan exactly where each landscaping rock should be placed for the ultimate good effect.

If you take the time to bury your rock it will look much better. This will make them look planted and they will blend in and look as if this is where they really should be, not just where they got clunked down.

How far should you bury your roc in the ground? The depth will all depend upon the landscaping rock that you finally choose fro your yard. If you choose a very large landscaping rock then it should be deeper than a smaller landscaping rock. Four to six inches is a good depth for your landscaping rock to be buried.

It is easy to build a landscaping rock. All you need to do is dig a spot about the size of your landscaping rock and them place the rock into it. You can then just tuck some dirt into the spot around the rock and then you are done. Voila!

Think about it, this is what rocks and boulders look like when you see them out in nature. The next time that you are out taking a walk or you are hiking keep an eye out for any large rocks, look at how they sit in the dirt and then try to get the landscaping rock in your yard to look just as natural.

 

 

Can Feng Shui Add Value, Prosperity and Abundance?

Can Feng Shui Add Value, Prosperity, and Abundance to Your Property?

Choosing Feng Shui symbols need not be hard. You don’t really need to stuff yourself with crystals, essential oils or other things that may not necessarily be in harmony with each other. The key to having good Feng Shui is balance, and you need to be able to have the qualities of balance to invite the good things and experience the pleasurable effects of Feng Shui in your life. There are many kinds of Feng Shui symbols, and you may have to orient yourself properly about these Feng Shui symbols before hanging any in your home.

In choosing the right Feng Shui symbol, you must have some emotional relationship to the object you are using as a Feng Shui symbol. Some of the Feng Shui symbols are meant to provide cures for bad luck. The others are meant to supplement what is already inherently there in your home or office. The mood that you want to convey must be established right from the very beginning before you shop around for Feng Shui symbols so that you will find the appropriate symbol that will fit your needs.

Crystals

There are quite a lot of crystals available for Feng Shui, and familiarizing yourself with each one of them and their functions will help you acquire what you need to be able to invite prosperity and abundance in your life. When you are using crystals, make sure that you take good care of it and wash it regularly to avoid dust or clutter from overpowering it.

Essential Oils

Some of the more relaxing oil varieties include the lavender oil, which is very good for helping you attain peace of mind in your environment. Essential oils are very conducive to providing a positive environment for your home or office. Just make sure that you use the right amount of oils so that you will not overpower your environment with too much oil. Also, for purposes of variety, have some stock of various oils so that you will be able to experience different modes of environment even by just changing the scent.

Fountains

Fountains provide serenity and the element of water in the environment. If you have a fountain that is quite unobtrusive and physically appealing, place it in such a way that it will complement metal and not overpower your fire elements. Fountains complement metal elements so make sure that you are able to position it with the metal elements in your home or office.

Bagua and other Feng Shui Tools

The right orientation for the Feng Shui bagua is also important if you are to use it in your home. The Feng Shui tools that you might need must also complement each other so that you will not find yourself in the middle of a clashed set of Feng Shui symbols. Chinese coins tied with a string are also another form of good luck charm.

Animals

Animals are also considered part of the Feng Shui symbols. Some of the attributes of the animal being used are actually assimilated by the environment according to Feng Shui experts.

The Color Factor

Color is also an important aspect of Feng Shui. The visual appeal must not only be derived on what goes with where, but it must also be grounded on the right colors you need. It all depends on the mood that you want to convey.

Hardwood Floors: Tips for Selecting Flooring

Do Hardwood Flooring Make any Difference to The Value of Your Home?

To create great looking hardwood floors in your home requires several important functional and design considerations to get it right.  Whether you are considering natural hardwood floors, bamboo, or even laminate flooring – pay close attention to the following tips.

DESIGN STYLES

With thousands of colors and styles to select from today it can seem like a daunting task to make the right flooring choice. To narrow the field down it is recommended that you select a flooring style that complements your overall interior design style. Nothing will look worse that a glaring clash of styles, so make sure your new flooring complements your existing (of planned) interior design. Look here for a quick summary of matching hardwood floors and their design styles.

SITUATIONAL FACTORS

Almost every install will have physical or functional requirements that will further narrow down the scope and selection of an appropriate hardwood or laminate flooring system. Here is a brief summary of factors to consider:

FLOOR TRAFFIC EXPECTATIONS

The quantity and type of traffic you expect on your floors will impact the flooring material you can choose. Laminates offer high durability, as well as wood species that have high “hardness rankings” on the Janka scale. Softer woods are generally not a good selection for high traffic areas.

SUB FLOORING

The quality of any new hardwood flooring installation can only be as good as the sub floor underneath. For the best outcomes, the sub floor should be dry, stable, and level. Concrete sub floors generally are only acceptable for laminate installations, but you should be mindful of installing a quality underlayment that provides an appropriate moisture barrier as well as good sound installation. Poor laminate installations will sound very hollow when walking on it.

HUMIDITY AND TEMPERATURE

To prevent warping and cupping of floors make sure there is adequate ventilation and regulated temperatures thought the year. Laminates work best in areas that experience higher humidity levels.

INSTALLATION

The time and cost of installation is an often-overlooked factor in floor selection decisions. Glueless click-style floating laminate floor systems can be a weekend project for experienced do-it-yourselvers, and can save a lot of installation labor. Other flooring installation methods are generally more complex and will require professional installation in most cases.

WARRANTY

Making a successful claim under a flooring warranty often requires that you can demonstrate the product was installed exactly as per the manufacture’s recommendations and that the damage is not a product of wear and tear or poor workmanship. Hiring a professional installer and dealing with a large brand name product that has an established track record is your best protection.

 

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas to Add Value to Your Property

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas to Add Value to Your Property

When we often think of home improvement projects, such as a bathroom-remodeling project, we tend to think of what that project can do for us, personally. While you can easily benefit, a number of different ways, from having your bathroom remodeled. Did you also know that your home could benefit as well? The truth is that your home, itself, can benefit from a bathroom-remodeling project, often in more ways than one.

Before you can begin to understand the benefits that your home may reap from a bathroom-remodeling project, it is a good idea to focus on what a bathroom-remodeling project is. Depending on whom you talk to, you may get different definitions of a home improvement project. Although there are some who say that a bathroom remodeling project can only be considered remodeling if all of it is changed, there are others who claim that simply replacing your bathtub is enough to constitute a bathroom remodeling project. Whatever your bathroom remodeling plans are, whether they only involve replacing your bathtub or changing around your whole bathroom, your home can still benefit from the changes made.

Perhaps, the greatest bathroom remodeling benefit that your home will see will be an increase in value. The majority of homes that undergo a bathroom-remodeling project end up seeing an increase in value. This is because almost all bathroom-remodeling projects result in something better. Even though a small bathroom-remodeling project may result in an increase in value, the larger projects are often ones that produce the biggest differences in value. Despite the fact that most homes do see an increase in value, after a bathroom remodeling project has been completed, it is important to note that not all homes to. If your bathroom-remodeling project was poorly done or never got completed, you may actually find that your home’s overall value decreases. That is why it is important that all projects not only get finished, but that they get finished right.

Aside from an increase in value, a bathroom-remodeling project may help to improve the appearance of your home. As previously mentioned, most bathroom remodeling projects are done to improve a bathroom, in other words, make it better than it was before. Whether your home just didn’t look attractive or if your bathroom needed repairs to make it safe again, your bathroom could greatly benefit from a new facelift. In fact, you may find that your bathroom not only looks better, but so does the rest of your home.

Although it is nice to know what a bathroom-remodeling project can do for your home, you may also be wondering what it can do for you. As stated above, homeowners often end up benefiting, in a number of different ways, from a bathroom-remodeling project. Many of these benefits are, in a way, related the appearance of your home or bathroom. Since bathroom-remodeling projects almost always result in something better, you, as a homeowner, may feel proud of your new bathroom. In fact, you may feel as if you got a whole new bathroom. Since there is a good chance that you will be pleased with the changes, you may find yourself more willing to invite your friends or family to come into your home; thus resulting in a whole other set of benefits.

As you can easily see, there are an unlimited number of benefits to having your bathroom remodeled; benefits that may not only apply to you, but to your home as well. If would like to reap many of the above-mentioned benefits, you are advised to get started today. The sooner you start your bathroom-remodeling project, the sooner you can be pleased with the end result.

 

Applying Feng Shui in Your Living Space

Advantages of Applying Feng Shui in Your Living Space to Increase Value

Many people are fascinated with Feng Shui and with many good reasons. While others generally believe that it is just some oriental superstitious set of paradigms on interior design (but that is just part of the extensive definition for Feng Shui), the Feng Shui that we know now is actually comprised of various schools of learning and incorporates the different cultures under which it is housed.

The good thing about the different options pertaining to Feng Shui is that even the layman can actually be able to understand and apply it immediately in their homes without having to spend too much. And apart from that, there are other advantages that only Feng Shui can bring if you can actually open up your mind to try it.

Advantage Number 1: It brings balance to one’s life

Have you ever found yourself completely overburdened with clutter and unnecessarily stressed out of your wits? Chances are, you are suffering from a visual imbalance of some sort in your surroundings. Now, the best way to introduce some sense of balance is by incorporating elements that provide you with a sense of control in the outer balance of things. If you are able to get some semblance of balance even in things as menial as your furniture, you are bound to find balance in other aspects equally manageable.

Advantage Number 2: It helps you become more mindful of the little things

Mindfulness in the little things can actually be a good thing. Some of us tend to be heavily focused on the big things of life that even the minor details like home arrangement and office ergonomics no longer come to play. When these “minor” aspects of life continue to take a backseat, they tend to accumulate and produce a very stressful environment, which can add up to other problems and worries of life.

Advantage Number 3: It opens up possibilities of meeting new people

Meeting new people is another bonus of being a Feng Shui enthusiast. When you are applying Feng Shui, chances are, you will be able to find another person within your social network who likes the same stuff and can even help you expand your knowledge on Feng Shui, no matter how limited it is to begin with.

Advantage Number 4: It gives a fresh perspective on things

At any given time, a fresh perspective is always welcome. This positive perspective can invite changes for the better. A new way of looking at home arrangement, for example, may actually serve to benefit you in the long run. The fresh perspective brought about by Feng Shui can actually bring about an enrichment of one’s mind.

Advantage Number 5: It invites prosperity and success

The main objective of Feng Shui is to invite all the good things to one’s life. Prosperity and success can be more easily within reach and a positive disposition may be expected if Feng Shui is practiced well.

Advantage Number 6: It has aesthetic appeal

On top of all the enumerated benefits of Feng Shui, the best would probably be its beauty. The physical appeal of a well-decorated home, interspersed with good Feng Shui techniques, is actually something that you can call a personal heritage that can transcend generations and promote beauty in all aspects, including design of the home and the office.

 

Hardwood Tables For Home Interior Decorating

How Can Hardwood Tables be Used in Interior Home Decorating?

Using hardwood floors for interior design and for home decorating, based on furniture of the eighteenth century may be discussed from different points of view. However, what most people realize is the distinguish details of tables made from that century. Dinner and wine tables were some of those pieces of furniture that could add a different touch of class to your interior decorating. Learn from the history of furniture book, by Frederick Litchfield ideas on how 18th century furniture, from the earliest to the present time.
To the latter part of the eighteenth century the English furniture of which time has been discussed on the site belong the quaint little “urn stands” which were made to hold the urn with boiling water, while the tea pot was placed on the little slide which is drawn out from underneath the table top. In those days tea was an expensive luxury, and the urn stand, of which there is an illustration, inlaid in the fashion of the time, is a dainty relic of the past, together with the old mahogany or marqueterie tea caddy, which was sometimes the object of considerable skill and care. They were fitted with two and sometimes three bottles or tea-pays of silver or Battersea enamel, to hold the black and green teas, and when really good examples of these daintily-fitted tea caddies are offered for sale, they bring large sums.

Eighteenth Century Wine Tables

The wine table of this time deserves a word. These are now somewhat rare, and are only to be found in a few old houses, and in some of the Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. These were found with revolving tops, which had circles turned out to a slight depth for each glass to stand in, and they were sometimes shaped like the half of a flat ring. These latter were for placing in front of the fire, when the outer side of the table formed a convivial circle, round which the sitters gathered after they had left the dinner table.

One of these old tables is still to be seen in the Hall of Gray’s Inn, and the writer was told that its fellow was broken and had been “sent away.” They are nearly always of good rich mahogany, and have legs more or less ornamental according to circumstances.

A distinguishing feature of English furniture of the last century was the partiality for secret drawers and contrivances for hiding away papers or valued articles; and in old secretaries and writing tables we find a great many ingenious designs which remind us of the days when there were but few banks, and people kept money and deeds in their own custody.

 

Landscaping Made Easy

Easy front yard landscaping
Having a low maintenance front yard is the goal of many people. You can get easy to manage front yard landscaping done by any of the professional landscapers in your area or you can do it yourself. Either way you can have front yard landscaping done that will take minimal work to keep looking fantastic all year round. If you are going to get a professional in to do your front yard landscaping though, be sure to tell him that this is your over all goal, that you want to have a yard that will not take a lot of work to keep up.
If you have less grass in your front yard landscaping then you will cut out a lot of maintenance time right there. Mowing the lawn can take up a lot of time and energy so keeping the grass to a minimum is a great way to save on work. Talk to the front yard landscaping expert about alternative that you can use to keep your yard look good with little lawn area.
Some people choose to use clover instead of grass. Using a clover lawn in your front yard landscaping is a good idea because it will save you money and time. You will not have to mow it very often at all and a clover lawn is even good for front yard landscaping in area that is prone to droughts. They do well virtually everywhere. And best of all for those who want to get out there and enjoy their front yard landscaping, bugs hate clover.
Watering the yard can be a big hassle as well. That is why many people incorporate automatic irrigation systems into their front yard landscaping designs these days. This can save you tons of time and money. This is one of the easiest ways for you to keep your yard looking healthy and well watered during the hotter months of the year. No more hooking up the sprinkler or having to drag out the hose. You can get a professional to install one of these systems for your front yard landscaping design quickly and easily or you can get a kit and do it yourself. I would recommend getting in a professional however, unless you have experience with this kind of thing. If you were to cause a leak then you could face some flooding and rotting and neither of these is going to do anything for your front yard landscaping, do you know what I mean?

Landscaping Made Easy For Busy Owners

Having a low maintenance front yard is the goal of many people. You can get easy to manage front yard landscaping done by any of the professional landscapers in your area or you can do it yourself. Either way you can have front yard landscaping done that will take minimal work to keep looking fantastic all year round. If you are going to get a professional in to do your front yard landscaping though, be sure to tell him that this is your over all goal, that you want to have a yard that will not take a lot of work to keep up.

If you have less grass in your front yard landscaping then you will cut out a lot of maintenance time right there. Mowing the lawn can take up a lot of time and energy so keeping the grass to a minimum is a great way to save on work. Talk to the front-yard-landscaping expert in your area about alternatives that you can use to keep your yard look good with little lawn area.

Some people choose to use clover instead of grass. Using a clover lawn in your front yard landscaping is a good idea because it will save you money and time. You will not have to mow it very often at all and a clover lawn is even good for front yard landscaping in area that is prone to droughts. They do well virtually everywhere. And best of all for those who want to get out there and enjoy their front yard landscaping, bugs hate clover.

Watering the yard can be a big hassle as well. That is why many people incorporate automatic irrigation systems into their front yard landscaping designs these days. This can save you tons of time and money. This is one of the easiest ways for you to keep your yard looking healthy and well watered during the hotter months of the year. No more hooking up the sprinkler or having to drag out the hose. You can get a professional to install one of these systems for your front yard landscaping design quickly and easily or you can get a kit and do it yourself. I would recommend getting in a professional however, unless you have experience with this kind of thing. If you were to cause a leak then you could face some flooding and rotting and neither of these is going to do anything for your front yard landscaping, do you know what I mean?

Knowing Your Hardwood Floors will Add Value

A hardwood floor can be a beautiful addition to any home. As with any product that you might buy, you should always research the different types of hardwood floors on the market today to see which is best for your needs.
Hardwood floors are a long-lasting product known for both its natural beauty and also durability. In addition, its affordable, easy to keep up, good for the environment, and also healthier for you than some flooring.
Not only are hardwood floors affordable, but they can also add value to your home if you are trying to sell it. In fact, as your home increases in value, so does the floor. A hardwood floor is very sought after in a buyers market, as well as in home remodeling and also new construction.
A hardwood floor can be very easy to maintain. Routine maintenance may be a little more than just the sweeping and vacuuming that you are used to, especially since you have to make sure to protect it from moisture and also heavy traffic areas that may become scratched. Maintenance is as simple as using an area rug where traffic is heaviest, and/or floor protectors on all furniture. The use of a hardwood floor cleaner is key to making sure it stays as beautiful as the day it was installed.
You may not know this, but a hardwood floor is known to be ecologically sound. They come from sustainable, natural resources, unlike in the past where wood was cut down without any though to what could happen in the long run to the forest. Today, the timber used in a hardwood floor is cut from forests that are managed in a way to ensure resources for future use. According to statistics from the U.S. Forest Service, just about twice the amount of hardwood timber is put in each year when new growth is harvested.
The EPA, or environmental protection agency, has stated that the quality of your indoor air can be a top threat. But, a hardwood floor can help you to maintain a healthier living environment.
Hardwood floors do not harbor such things as dust mites or mold. This helps to create a better quality of air in your home, alleviating symptoms for those who suffer from different types of allergies.
Also, hardwood floors can help to avoid the accumulation any artificial substances, such as pesticides. A study recently conducted by the EPA found that pesticides used in both homes and gardens can accumulate on surfaces such as floors, but hardwood floors can reduce that.
The selection/variety of hardwood floors are great and choosing one can be tough. There are many types of species, colors, and grains to choose from. Today’s manufacturing technology allows for different stains and finishes, sizes, and also styles, colors, and finished. Although red oak natural and maple natural are the most popular, darker colors are great for formal interiors and lighter colors are great for a more casual look.
Make sure you choose a hardwood floor that not only compliments your home and décor, but you will also be happy with for a long time.

Knowing Your Hardwood Floors will Add Value to your Property

 

As with any product that you might buy, you should always research the different types of hardwood floors on the market today to see which is best for your needs.
A hardwood floors is a long-lasting product known for both its natural beauty and also durability. In addition, it’s affordable, easy to keep up, good for the environment, and also healthier for you than some flooring.
Not only are hardwood floors affordable, but they can also add value to your home if you are trying to sell it. In fact, as your home increases in value, so does the floor. A hardwood floor is very sought after in a buyers market, as well as in home remodeling and also new construction.
A hardwood floor can be very easy to maintain. Routine maintenance may be a little more than just the sweeping and vacuuming that you are used to, especially since you have to make sure to protect it from moisture and also heavy traffic areas that may become scratched. Maintenance is as simple as using an area rug where traffic is heaviest, and/or floor protectors on all furniture. The use of a hardwood floor cleaner is key to making sure it stays as beautiful as the day it was installed.
You may not know this, but a hardwood floor is known to be ecologically sound. It comes from sustainable, natural resources, unlike in the past where wood was cut down without any thought as to what could happen in the long run to the forest. Today, the timber used in a hardwood floor is cut from forests that are managed in a way to ensure resources for future use. According to statistics from the U.S. Forest Service, just about twice the amount of hardwood timber is put in each year when new growth is harvested.
The EPA, or environmental protection agency, has stated that the quality of your indoor air can be a top threat. But, a hardwood floor can help you to maintain a healthier living environment.
Hardwood floors do not harbor such things as dust mites or mold. This helps to create a better quality of air in your home, alleviating symptoms for those who suffer from different types of allergies.
Also, hardwood floors can help to avoid the accumulation of any artificial substances, such as pesticides. A study recently conducted by the EPA found that pesticides used in both homes and gardens can accumulate on surfaces such as floors, but hardwood floors can reduce that.
The selection/variety of hardwood floors is great and choosing one can be tough. There are many types of species, colors, and grains to choose from. Today’s manufacturing technology allows for different stains and finishes, sizes, and also styles, colors, and finished. Although red oak natural and maple natural are the most popular, darker colors are great for formal interiors and lighter colors are great for a more casual look.
Make sure you choose a hardwood floor that not only compliments your home and décor, but you will also be happy with for a long time.