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Contemporary Home Design

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Eco-Friendly House Design Ideas

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Monthly Archives: October 2015

About Pest Control Services

Pest control is something that almost all of us have applied to our houses or commercial areas. It is because the common pests such as flies, termites, lizards, cockroaches, bugs, rats, etc. love places that are warm for them to thrive in. Apart from warm living areas, they readily get food to survive on. Food in the form of cloth, paper, wood, provisions for human consumption, etc. helps them live on as they readily get to avail such amenities at no extra effort. Pest control allows you to get rid of these unwanted elements. The services make use of pesticides and insecticides that treat them until they are gone forever.

There are several myths associated with these services. A few state it to be harmful to you and your family and a few claim it to be ineffective for the long term. Depending on each one of their experiences, people make claims and, therefore, confusing the rest on the facts associated with the services and its effectiveness. Here are a few facts related to the myths that would allow you to have faith in the services and its effectiveness.

• Wait till the infestation is large scale – Well, this is something that is entirely wrong as waiting for an outbreak to multiply would mean calling a greater risk to you and your family. Whenever you notice even a single pest crawling about your house, the need for the hour is to call on the professionals to get rid of them and the ones that are away hiding.

• All treatments are the same – They may seem the same, but the effects on the pests are different. Whether you purchase an over-the-counter pesticide spray or call a professional, the results of both will be different. The ones available for or use has a temporary effect till the time the substance is wet. It would kill the insects when sprayed on, but it wouldn’t kill the ones that are hiding. The treatments that the professionals use are of a different standard and are known to last for long. Therefore, they are called professionals who ensure that their treatment is effective than the ones we use all by ourselves.

• Pest control is only for visible bugs – You may notice lizards crawling on the walls of your house and thus call upon people to get rid of them. When they come over, they would inspect the entire house to check if there are any other insects around and that would help you get rid of the ones that aren’t visible to you.

Window Decoration Ideas

Giving the window areas of your home some life doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

Why not add some little features in obvious areas? You can beautify your home with these window treatments without the usual expense…

Tie-backs

An often overlooked but very easy way to personalize your window decorations, the tie backs that curtains usually come with tend to be fairly boring.

So why not replace them with…

  • Antique door knobs. Only basic DIY skills required here. Add some boutique doorknobs to pull your curtains back behind. Stylish, and affordable.
  • Gold or silver chains. But without the cost of the real precious metals obviously! Buy some heavy chains to use as ties, and spray them the color of your choice.
  • Leather belts. Use some old leather belts – as long as they’re not too frayed around the buckle. Or in fact, even if they are! It all depends what look you’re going for.
  • Neck ties. Got a whole bunch of gentleman’s ties knocking around? Here’s a possible use for them. This can be a great option because there are lots of patterns readily available.

Valance

If you’re not down with your curtain-related terminology, “valance” is the decoration that hangs along the top of your frame. It often serves to hide the curtain rail or any other mechanism that you’ve got up there. They’re also sometimes known as “swag.”

Instead of expensive shop-bought valances you can try…

    • Pennants or small flags. This is particularly easy in the US, where most sports team, camps, and societies seem to do their own little bunting flags. There’s no need to sew these together to make a valance. You can simply tie them up in a row, possibly with a little bit of ribbon if they don’t come with attachments of their own. Great for kids’ rooms.

 

  • DIY with fun fabric. This will require some basic DIY skills again. All you really need to do is make a long and flat U-frame to shape the valance. Polystyrene is a good option for a lightweight material to use for this – you can get it in the form of ‘insulation panels’ from most DIY stores. You can pick up some interesting fabric (you won’t need very much after all!) for surprisingly little too. Then all you need to do is wrap your fabric around your carefully measured A-frame and pin it in place. Make sure the pattern is straight!

Curtains

New curtains can be horribly expensive – especially if you’re trying to match existing decor. So why not make your own matching sets for a fraction of the cost of buying them new?

How about…

  • Re-purposing old bed sheets. You’re going to need some basic sewing skills for this one, but the world is then your oyster when it comes to plaits and ruffles.
  • Printing designs on plain linen curtains. Saving you the expense of pricey patterns, is this fun solution. The easiest way to do this is with stencils and spray paint. But you could also make a stamp out of a sponge for easy repeat patterns.

House Styles To Choose

Did you know that you have many house style choices than you can imagine? If you are planning of constructing a house here are a few house styles that you can choose from:

Craftsman

This style was popularized by Gustave Stickley, an architect and furniture designer. The style emphasizes on natural materials: brick, stone and wood. Its characterized by low-pitched gable roofs and wide front porches that are supported by large piers and tapered columns.

The interior of the house has exposed beams, large fireplaces and build-in furniture.

Contemporary

They were popular between 1950 and 1970 and they feature tall windows that allow plenty of light in. This aids in saving you energy bills as you don’t have to warm the house or light the bulbs.

There are some architects that design contemporary houses made from recycled non-toxic materials. There are others that are a mix of different materials such as stone, brick and wood.

Colonial home

It originated in the 1600s and is characterized by evenly shuttered windows, chimneys, dormers, and columns. The windows are usually double-hung and have small, equally sized square panes.

While the style can be found in every part of the world, it’s very common in the East coast, Midwest and Deep South America.

There are many variations of the colonial style. The most common variations being: Dutch, Georgian, and Federal. Each style is unique and you should work with your architect to come up with a design that is right for you.

French provincial

The style is inspired by the estates of the French countryside and it became popular during the First World War.

There are many modern styles that are adopting many features from this style. For example, there are many modern styles that come with steep roofs and symmetrical proportions.

Mediterranean

The style became extremely popular in 1918-1940. The homes have a hacienda style where the roofs are made from red tiles and the surfaces are plastered.

The style is very popular with the rich and there are many modern styles inspired by it. The original features such as balconies, patios, red tiles and heavy wooden doors are still found in the modern styles.

Modernist homes

These are homes that were built between 1920 and 1940. Their common features include flat roofs, balustrades, glass block walls, stucco walls and zigzag designs.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the house styles that you should go for. You can incorporate a few of the modern features to your style or use the original features. Regardless of your choice, you should ensure that you work with a professional architect.