Contemporary Home Design

Contemporary Home Design

Contemporary home designs are very different from traditional designs for homes. Traditionally, the space available for homes was very abundant and bulky furniture and intricate interiors were the main features of the houses. More >>>

Simple Home Design

Simple Home Design

Having a home with the design that we truly want is something that would really make us feel good. Although most houses built these days have general designs, it would be better if we could come up with our own design to give our homes a more personalized touch. More >>>

Eco-Friendly House Design Ideas

Eco-Friendly House Design Ideas

Eco friendly house designs are not only safe to live in, they also save you a lot of money. More >>>

 

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Save You Money For Plumbing Improvements

1. Replace Your Water Heater

Yes, this article is about saving you money by improving your plumbing system. And, it may seem strange to start off a money saving article by suggesting a fairly big purchase. But, if you are struggling with getting enough hot water into your home… if it is impossible to fill your bath tub with hot water, or if you can’t even get through a normal shower or washing the dishes, then you are wasting money. Every day. Every shower… every time you do the dishes.

As water heaters get older, problems develop. One of the first, and biggest warning signs is lack of warm water. Or, water that isn’t hot enough.

The more the heater needs to work to give you the amount you need, the more electric (or gas) it will consume. So, it costs you more money every time you turn the faucet to hot.

There could be problems with the heater that require it to be replaced. At worst, you have to put out some cash for one, but will save in the long run.

Have a plumber inspect the water heater. You may find a lesser problem that only requires a small fix. For example, a leak – even a tiny leak, can cause your home to receive much less hot water than you need. A simple, quick fix will save you money, and keep you from having to replace the entire unit.

2. Install a Tankless Water Heater

This ties into number one. Tankless water heater units are becoming more and more popular, especially in larger or older homes. These are placed in the room where that you need the water. So, if you have a large tub and need extra hot water, you place a tankless unit in that room (can go one the wall, under the cabinet, etc. – they’re typically flat and don’t take up much room), and this heats the water right in that unit. It does it quickly and can cycle much, much faster than your large heater.

3. Have Your Pipes Inspected

This is an often overlooked service that plumbers perform. Leaks happen in your pipes all the time. Winter weather causes partial freezes. Sediment builds up. Pressure in the pipes causes small breaks. This all leads to small leaks. Much like with your hot water heater, these small leaks can drain the money right out of your wallet.

And, it only takes a little water to cause big damage in your walls, floors, basement, etc.

4. Replace Your Faucets

This is a quick, cheap fix. Over time, faucets build up sediment, leading to clogs. This means your water system has to work harder to pump out enough water for you.

Replacing your faucets clears the way, and saves you money.

Eco-Friendly House Design Ideas

Eco friendly house designs are not only safe to live in, they also save you a lot of money. To help you out here are 5 Eco-friendly house design ideas:

Location

The location of your house is of great importance. To keep your house cool, you should avoid constructing a west facing house.

At the same time you should avoid constructing your house in a shady landscape that protects your house from accessing direct sunlight.

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. This in turn saves you a lot of money.

Insulation

Insulation prevents heat and air from escaping the house thus you don’t need to heat the house. For ideal results you should hire a professional contractor to install the insulation.

Roofing

There are many roofing materials that you can use, but only a few make your house Eco-friendly. You should install roofing materials made from recycled resources. One of the best options to go with is aluminum metal.

The cool thing with this material is that it’s heat-resistant and reusable. Another option that you can go with is bamboo roofing. In addition to being renewable, it’s also sustainable.

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.

Conclusion

These are some of the ways of designing an Eco-friendly house. In addition to these tips you should also use Eco-friendly lighting. Some of the best lighting materials to use are: CFL and LED. To come up with a great design you should work with an experienced architect.

Designing a Bespoke Bathroom

Are you thinking about designing your bathroom? If the answer is yes then there is no need to hold yourself back. Just get on with it and indulge yourself in it, believe us, when you are done with it you will be glad that you took the initiative of designing your very own bespoke bathroom.

The first thing to understand is that a bathroom can be much more than a simple place to bathe. If you design it the right way then it can very well become the most inviting part of your home. In this article we will give you some tips on designing a bespoke bathroom.

• Keep a notebook:

Even though this tip might not sound very interesting to some but still it is an equally important tip. Keeping a notebook by your side will help you to record your creative ideas so that you can ponder over them in your spare time. It happens very often that we get a very creative idea but then after sometime it slips from our mind. Don’t let this happen to you, keep a notebook with you and record everything that comes to your mind.

• Music system in your bathroom:

Some people might think that installing a music system in a bathroom makes no sense. But believe us it does makes sense and then it makes some more. Think about it, we all love to sing in shower. The thing is that people enjoy relaxing music when taking a shower. A good music system can definitely take the whole shower experience to a whole new different level.

• Install a full size mirror:

It’s a dark secret. We all love to look at ourselves in the mirror when we are naked. There is something so intriguing about this that some people spend hours looking at themselves. Installing a full size mirror will make your bathing experience enjoyable. In addition to this, it also creates an illusion of a larger bathroom.

• Install mood lights:

Some people prefer candles to mood lights. But then candles cannot change color and also burnout quickly. Mood lights are low power consuming LED lights that can change color and can also flicker. Some mood lights can also be programmed.

• Storage space:

Storage space is extremely important. A bathroom with not enough storage space will always look clustered. Before deciding on the storage space, you should consider the total bathroom space available. After that you should design a floor map. The floor map will help you to visualize the usage of available bathroom space. Once you are clear about the space, you can decide on the vanity set. These days people like to buy traditional vanity sets that look like they were designed in the Victorian era. Even though such vanity sets look good, they might not last long due to the heavy moisture environment in the bathroom. For this reason, before you finally purchase any vanity set, you must first inquire whether its moisture proof or not.

Things Your Bathroom Must Have

How would you answer this question – which is your most favorite room in your house? What if I tell you to ask me the same question? What If I say that my bathroom is the most special place for me?

I know it sounds funny, but trust me when I say this – I can never live without spending at least an hour under the shower; when I drown myself in the bathtub and feel the warm water tickling my skin, I fall in love with my life. No – I am not a celebrity; I am not even someone included in The Rich And The Famous! Yet, my bathroom is organized enough to make me adore the ambience.

If you want to have the most managed and attractive washroom, here are the top ten things that you must place in it:

1) Loofah: Who doesn’t like bathing with something to scrub his back? If you are fond of scrubbing the dirt off your body, place at least one loofah in your bathroom. If you don’t like sharing it, keep it hidden and place another one for your partner or for others in your house.

2) Soap holder(s): If you live with your partner, it is better to have separate soap containers for the two of you. Let his favorite brand be placed in his soap container, separately!

3) Hand shower: Unless you have a hand shower, you can’t experience clean baths.

4) LED shower: Having overhead showers is amazing; having overhead LED showers is much better! The good thing is that such showers are quite affordable.

5) Towel hanger: Unless you like wet towels, it is better to have towel hangers in the bathroom. I have three different towel hangers because I hate the feeling of wet towels!

6) Shampoo holder: It is good to have a separate holder for the bottles of shampoos that you have in the washroom.

7) Air freshener cubes: Such cubes purify the air for you and allow you to rejuvenate yourself, as you involve your body in the process of bathing.

8) Mobile holder: Ahem – you would surely want this, if you like listening to music while bathing!

9) Artificial flowers: A decent vase, with a few artificial flowers near the bathtub or on a separate holder, looks beautiful!

10) A nice wall painting: Most of us are fond of art; if you are, too, it is time for you to search for a nice painting for the wall of your bathroom. Keep analyzing this painting, the moment you want some ‘you’ time!