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: August 2016

SEO Companies and Adopting Best Practices

Search Engine Optimization, sometimes also called search engine optimizer, or in short SEO has been a huge decision to employ which has the potential to significantly improve the nature of your website as well as saving time, however, it also has the ability to put at risk the reputation of your website and damage it. You should ensure that you have conducted adequate study on the tested pros and also the disadvantages which can be caused to your website, which can result due to the irresponsible nature of SEO.

There are many search engine optimization companies as well as some other supports including consultants which give services that are very useful and beneficial for those who own websites and these are as follows:

  • Conducting for the content and layout of your website a review
  • On subjects like redirects, error pages, hosting, as well as the usage of JavaScript some technical information with regards to website development
  • Development of content
  • Initiating campaigns and maintaining them for online management of business development
  • Research on keywords
  • Training on SEO
  • Particular expertise with regards to geographies as well as markets

It is imperative that you note that there is organic research which is included in the Google page which gives results of searching as well as many times paid advertisements, these appear as ‘Ads’ and ‘Sponsored’. Also keep in mind that money is not accepted by Google in order to add or to put a ranking for websites in the page it has for results of searching.

The earlier you employ an Internet Marketing Legend, the better it is a decision for you if you have been contemplating on this action. Especially when you are thinking of carrying out a redesign of your website, that it when it is the best time, also if you have been contemplating on launching a brand new website. In this manner, your SEO and you can both make sure that the designing of your website is done as per guidelines of being friendly to search engines taking an approach that is bottom up. On the other hand, an SEO that is well experienced and reputed can assist you in improving your current website as well. A few of the useful queries you could put forward to your SEO are for example, sharing some examples with regards to the previous assignment carried out as well as sharing case studies in this regard.



Pros of Fiber Cement Siding

We all want the best for our beloved homes. Especially if you exerted so much time, effort, and money in building your dream home, you become a design enthusiast real quick. Your eye for design stands out because you definitely choose well when it comes to the materials you use for your home. From roof to floor, there is just so much beauty and durability echoing all over.

More so for the walls, you always give your best shot. That is why you chose to install fiber cement siding over other materials out there. And you know what, you will never regret this. Here are the reasons why.


Since fiber cement siding is made up with a mix of cellulose fiber material, Portland cement, silica, sand, water and other additives, it surely is durable. The cement and sand contents make fiber cement siding termite-resistant. Its durability also guarantees that the material resists common hazards, such as fire, wind, rain, and insects. No matter how soaking wet the walls will be, they will never rot and crack. Best thing is fiber cement siding lasts for 50 years or more!


While other sidings are not flexible enough when it comes to the way they are designed, fiber cement siding is. This material can be primed and painted on or off site. And if the time comes that you want to change the colour of it, there will be no problem as water-based acrylic paints stick well to it. Different panel sizes and colour treatments can be applied as well. Plus, fiber cement siding does not expand and contract so much like wood siding.


Fiber cement siding costs less than stucco and a bit more than vinyl siding. But because of all the features it has, costs are kept at the minimum. Refinishing works are to follow in the next 15 years upon installation. Maintenance is nearly free, considering the material’s resistance to hazards, cracks, and even rotting. Guess that will leave you and your neighbours in awe.

What to keep in mind before choosing fiber cement siding

Of course there is always the other side of the coin. Cons of fiber cement siding include installation challenges and price dilemma. It requires two skilled people to install as the weight and size are only manageable by them. That is double the pay. There are also health risks to those exposed to dust when cutting fiber cement siding. Furthermore, specific tools are required to cut it. If you want pre-painted fiber cement sidings, they are really beautiful but are quite pricey.

When choosing the best, it is still important to know both its pros and cons. Best of all, do not overthink. Trust the advice of experts, and conduct additional research on your own.

Written by True Son Exteriors, the best contractors for siding in Columbia, MO.

Payday Loans

A payday loan is a not secured, short-term type of loan. The lender only requires employment records that accurately show previous payrolls. These types of loans are sometimes called cash advance loans and they have become increasingly popular amongst the lower income communities. Payday loans are convenient for lower sums as they offer a quick way to borrow money without dealing with the bank. For the people who do not have a good credit history, this is an excellent alternative and serves a purpose of having a financial lifeline. The downside is that proportionally to the amount borrowed, the interest can be quite high.

How does it work?

The lender is relying on previous records of the borrower’s employment and payroll history. The borrower usually posts a check dated a day or two after the expected payroll, and the amount is increased by a lender’s fee. Payday loans usually go from $100 to $2000 and a typical fee for a 14-day $100 loan would be around $10-15. Although this might sound fair to the borrower, this is actually a much higher fee than a bank would charge. But for the people taking these loans, this might be the only available option. And the risk of the loan completely falls on the lender, since there is nothing securing that the loan would be returned.


Payday loans are legislated in most of the states, but there are major differences that determine how viable this industry is. Some of the states limit the annual percentage rate that payday lenders can charge. There are a couple of states that specifically legislated short-term lending with strictly defined terms, but in most of the states, this is governed by the Uniform Small Loan Laws.

A couple of studies conducted by the Security and Exchange Commission showed that despite the risk involved in a single non-secured loan is high, the long-term risk for both sides is not higher than with any other types of loans or credit. There were some issues with predatory loan companies targeting low-income communities, but these are rare and have little to no effect to the legality of the industry.

Supply and Demand

This is not a new thing in the lending industry. Payday loans have been around for a while, but they had a bad reputation and not many people used them in fears of being ripped off. The recent economic downfall and the crash of the housing market in 2008 raised the demand for payday loans. The trust in banks decreased substantially, especially in the communities that were suffering the biggest consequences of the financial crisis. Lending companies recognized the opportunity and they started offering their services even outside the lower income communities. The competition in the industry resulted in better conditions for the borrowers and many people switched their credit cards for this type of loans. The number of payday loans has been on a steady rise since the start of the century and shows no signs of slowing down.

Battling Home & Office Noise

Home & Office Noise is typically an overseen problem by many businesses, companies Freelancers working from home, but did you know that too much noise in the workplace is accountable for around 66% less productivity.

Research suggests that noise has a drastic effect on individuals, this include:

  • Decreased productivity, notably within complex or difficult tasks
  • Increased Illness
  • Increased Hormone Levels
  • Stress
  • Lower Job Satisfaction
  • Lower Morale
  • Fatigue
  • Interference with Speech

An increasing trend seen at Sonata Acoustics is the need for sound solutions within meeting and conference rooms and even homes. As studies have indicated, when concentration is heightened during conferences and meetings, background noise has been a serious inconvenience.

Often sound reverberation within an enclosed space such as a meeting room creates unwelcome noise that disrupts concentration, work efficiency and sometimes technologies such as telephones, loudspeaker calling and conference calls. Adding the correct sound absorption, to a room virtually eliminates the problem of nuisance noise within an office or meeting room.

Sonata Acoustics have developed a specialist range of sound absorption panels, designed specifically for workplaces notably, offices, meeting rooms and conference rooms. The Sonata range are Class A rated sound absorbers and are also designed to provide visual appeal to rooms with a wide variety of styles, colours and fabric finishes.



Sonata offers an extensive range of solutions using sound absorption panels. Panels are available in a variety of designs and sizes. Panels can be bespoke and made to order and come in range of colours to suit any environment. Once installed they provide a beautiful solution to any absorption problem.

Sonata Acoustics use an innovative non-shedding acoustic foam, as opposed to the mineral fibre materials found in most other absorbent products. The use of non-shedding , non-itching materials in environments such as education or healthcare is much preferred by end user and installer alike.

If you have a noise problem, please contact or call  020 3286 9257. For a full range and gallery of all Sonata Acoustic products please visit



Condo Interior Trends to Watch Out For in 2017

If you’ve already purchased one of those Montreal condos for sale and are in the process of creating an interior design plan for your new home, here’s a look at 2017’s interior design trends that will inspire you to come up with a design of your own:

  1. Back to Nature

Modern home interiors continue to have Nordic influences – clear light, simple furnishings and lots of open space. This is a down-to-earth theme however it never looks cold because of the abundance of warm elements like shearling, fur, wood, and cork. Modern interiors still focus on raw industrial aesthetic in the form of copper, glass, concrete and steel, although you can also see irregular surfaces and marbling to create a more eye-catching effect.

For this design theme, the best colors are white, walnut, off-white, beige, grey and brown.

  1. Art of Reflection

For those leaning towards contemporary designs, this theme is ideal. It creates a soft and friendly atmosphere without being overly romantic. Modern furniture and fixtures will have transparent, cool-mirrored and iridescent effects giving it a youthful appeal.  Products like lamp stands are covered by shiny glaze and the interiors will look more laid-back.  Copper and amber accentuate these designs and the colors that best suit it include lavender, blue, turquoise, yellow and green.

  1. Bohemian

This design is great for free-spirited individuals who enjoy collecting souvenirs from their travels around the world. The influences for this theme include Turkey, South America, North Africa, Japan, the Middle East and China. Mohair, checks Scottish tweeds and other items that have strong regional appeal are popular. Craftsmanship is also important, and homes opting for this trend will feature handcrafted products that are unique and one-of-a-kind. The best color for this design theme is indigo.

  1. New Luxe

If you prefer a luxurious interior, the New Luxe design is an excellent choice. Velvet, silk, satin and other types of rich materials are featured here and the direction of the style is pointing to our rich cultural heritage. Items to include in this theme are old paintings, grand portraits and still lifes. But because it is leaning towards the contemporary, copper and gold metals would still be used, as well as accent colors like deep red and purple.

DIY vs. Hiring an Interior Design

Many would prefer designing their home interior by themselves so they can save on professional fees. You can find plenty of ideas and inspiration online and in home improvement magazines that will help you create and visualize your own design. However, if you have no time to do this on your own or perhaps interior designing is not really something you’re interested in doing, then it’s best to leave this to a pro. You may have to shell out money for their services but their experience, expertise and knowledge in interior design will ensure you get the design that truly fits your new home without breaking your budget.

The Faster Road to Sustainable Living: Downsizing!

A sustainable design means making the best possible use of the assets we have.  For some homebuilders and developers, it means designing a green building from scratch. But for those who already have a home, it means taking an existing dwelling and pushing it in the path of sustainability.

Either way, the process takes time and can get really expensive. This is why an experienced energy consultant may recommend downsizing – it’s the faster road to green living.

Condo Living for Sustainability

Depending on when it was built, a condo building may have inefficient or outdated systems. However, what old and new condos do have in common are two sustainable design features – sustainable land use and energy efficiency.

  1. Sustainable Land Use

A single-family house has at least 6000 square feet of land. But one condominium building that sits on 4 acres of land could house 250 families, which translates to less than 700 square feet per home.

  1. Energy Efficiency

A regular house is exposed on all sides to the elements. But an apartment shares its walls with other units, plus its ceiling and floor. So even without you so much as lifting a finger, your home becomes 80% more energy efficient since there is only one wall that is facing the elements.

But moving to a condo is not the only thing you can do to promote sustainable living. There are other things you can do as well once you’ve settled into your home:

  1. Use more natural light.

In condos, the living, dining and kitchen areas usually share a common space. You can use just one lighting feature for this shared space instead of putting several lights. LED bulb is best since it only consumes 500KWh instead of the 3,000 KWh utilized by regular incandescent bulbs.

  1. Don’t put appliances on sleep mode.

Many people who live in condos are guilty of this. Putting appliances on sleep mode is referred to as phantom load because what they do is suck power even if you’re not using them.

  1. Grow an indoor garden.

A herbal garden in your kitchen is something you can do in your condo. This will not only give a vibrant vibe to your home but also ensure that the air inside is clean. Plants are natural air filters which means they can get rid of pollutants.

  1. Recycle

A lot of people say they are all for recycling but they don’t really practice it at home. Get serious about it and make it a family affair by getting everyone in your home involved. Embark on environment-friendly crafts for kids and adults to make the activity fun for everyone.

  1. Live with less.

Sustainable living means trying to live with less comfortably. Avoid buying too many things and go for multi-purpose items. Don’t waste paper and don’t use plastic if you can help it. Think hard about what you really need and what you can live without.

Do all these things and you’ll be on the road to green living.

Condo Unit Upgrades for Your Home Investment

If you are looking into selling your condo unit in the market or finding ways to increase the value of your home, one basic rule to consider is an upgrade. If you are a resident of Toronto, for example, take note that there are many new condos in Toronto. An upgrade will help to increase the value of your home but you need a sufficient budget to make this happen. Here are condo upgrades you may want to consider so you can put your money to good use.

Bathroom Renovation

Potential buyers will highly consider a good and well-ventilated bathroom, so during a quick tour of your unit, they will scrutinize that area of your condo. A modern bathroom design with neutral shades is more attractive to a prospective owner. If there is too much going on in your bathroom design, the tendency is it might not suit the preferences of a prospective buyer because there will not be so much renovation to do to meet his or her own taste. So, do not go for a major overhaul, just make sure that necessary repairs are done and that the bathroom is clean and organized.

Kitchen Remodeling

Next to the bathroom, the kitchen is that part of your condo that should be upgraded or renovated, if needed. Then again, you don’t need a total overhaul. Just keep a neutral overall look for the walls and furniture, but focus on changing kitchen accessories and fixtures and upgrading your kitchen appliances. If there is a need to do repainting, invest in that, too. Check for any defects or minor damages on the sink or faucet that you are not aware of. Remember that aside from the bathroom, the kitchen is one of the most used areas of any home.

New and Modern Appliances

Take an inventory of your house appliances and consider depreciation value of your old, probably worn-out appliances. Replacing them with new ones will increase the value of your property, allowing you to price it a little higher in the market. If purchasing new ones will be costly for you, consider having them repaired or sent to a service center for maintenance check.

Hardwood Flooring

Flooring is often overlooked by home owners, but this part of the house is a major factor in that will help you sell your home faster. Realtors say that hardwood flooring sells faster and gives good return. You can simply convince a potential buyer of the advantages of hardwood floor over carpeted ones. Plank flooring is the new trend these days, so just give your hardwood flooring an upgraded look by staining it with modern ebony shade.

Aside from the abovementioned upgrades, you can also consider adding more storage in your home, if it’s still possible. The main concern when upgrading a condo unit is space, so make sure you do not overdo whatever upgrade you plan to do, and also keep the renovation costs within your allotted budget.

Why You Need To Clean Your Air Ducts Before Turning Your A/C On

Many people have no idea how the HVAC systems in their homes work. All they know is that the unit provides warmth in the winter and helps them stay cool in summer. They give little thought to the fact that this is achieved by pumping warm or cold air into the rooms of the home via ducting. It stands to reason that any dust or other contaminants within the ducting are going to be blown into rooms by that air. Having a professional air duct cleaning service clean the ducting before use prevents this from happening.


HVAC units are always fitted with filters to extract harmful contaminants from the air that is pumped through the ducting. Provided the filters are replaced or cleaned at recommended intervals, they do a very good job at keeping air clean. However, microscopic particles pass effortlessly through filters. These can accumulate in ducting when the system is not being used. Bacteria and mold can grow rapidly in damp, dark places. When the HVAC system is turned on again, the system could be blowing these into the home.


Because ducting is hidden behind the walls, it may be impossible to see any damage that may have occurred. The most common causes of damage are home renovation work and pest intrusion. A professional air duct cleaning service will get rid of any contaminants that have accumulated, and the service may also be able to identify damaged ducting.

Cost savings

Blockages in your ducting reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. This costs you money because inefficient HVAC systems push energy bills up. By making sure your ducting is clean before you start using your system, you can cut out this unnecessary expense.

Health issues

Keeping your ducting clean is not just about financial benefits. Dust and mold can cause serious respiratory problems for occupants, especially those who are vulnerable like asthma sufferers, infants and the elderly. Visible mold is easily dealt with, but hidden mold in your ducting system is a bigger problem and is best left to the professionals.

Signs that your ducting may have a problem

If your energy bill rises but your usage has remained the same, the HVAC system could be the culprit. Have your system, including the ducting, checked for problems. If one or more families are suffering from unexplained allergic reactions, with symptoms similar to hay fever, that could be another indication of ducting issues. Foul odors or excessive noise coming from the system could also indicate problems.

Personalized jigsaw puzzles made from your photo

When a map creator from Birmingham, John Spilsbury, first produced commercially accessible jigsaw puzzles, they have been among the hottest board games since the middle 1700s.

Because of the enchantment people have with making order from chaos, a picture from a broken cardboard of useless color gives us the same enchantment. The entertainment of jigsaw puzzles have survived for hundreds of years. The benefit of ultimately finishing, solving the jigsaw puzzle is usually deeply satisfying.

Jigsaw Photo Puzzles Today – Personalized jigsaw puzzles

Personalized photo jigsaw puzzles have existed for a long time now, but what many individuals don’t understand is simply how much the production procedure is developed within recent years. Early illustrations of personalized jigsaws were usually pretty lightweight affairs, restricted in size and providing just a couple of puzzle pieces. This led to a jigsaw that was not quite pleasing, little, and simple to finish. The puzzles are different now. It’s now possible to purchase a jigsaw puzzle according to a photo you provide that is made to as large and the same quality as any professional jigsaw puzzle which is for sale in the stores.

High quality personalized puzzles are available these days in a broad variety of dimensions and pieces catering to a far more challenging solving process. These puzzles offer more alternative, more sturdiness, as well as more of a puzzle! Large sized puzzles can today be created with 1000 or even 2000 pieces exhibiting your favorite photograph or art as a jigsaw puzzle. Your photographs won’t have seemed to you so great or offered you so much fun.

Photo collage puzzles

Photo collage puzzles are another type of personalized jigsaw puzzles, basically they are the same as standard jigsaw puzzles – can be made in the same sizes. The difference is that they are made from multiple photos of your choice. Photo collages makes great photo gifts for birthdays, family reunions, wedding favors and more. Take couple of your last vacation photos and turn them in to a jigsaw puzzle which will be treasured for life.

Magnetic photo puzzles

Want to make your personalized jigsaw puzzle more special? You can make with a magnetic surface which will stick to any metallic surface, for example your kitchen refrigerator. With magnetic photo puzzle you can expose your favorite photography and see it every day in an attractive and interesting manner. As all other jigsaw puzzle types magnetic puzzles makes great gifts for any occasion.

Promotional jigsaw puzzles

Want to promote your business, products, event or make interesting invitations to your wedding or birthday? Create little jigsaw puzzles with your own text, design, art or photo on them. We call them promotional jigsaw puzzles. With promotional puzzles you can grab anyone’s attention and keep them occupied while they are solving your message. Firstly they will read what you have written, unlike with standard promotional materials and secondly you will stand out of the crowd with your unique invitation, greeting card or flayer! Promotional jigsaw puzzles can be made as standard or with magnetic surface.

Quality in the largest companies of photograph puzzle makers has additionally enhanced significantly recently with large grade cardboard, and superb printing quality with great quality adhesive now being utilized. Now’s technologies additionally enables the jigsaw puzzle manufacturers to enlarge, improve and remedies your photograph therefore it creates the greatest possible looking jigsaw puzzle.

When thinking of purchasing a jigsaw puzzle don’t settle for less quality, take a look around the web and see which companies provide the top quality. Take look at their website, quality description and also how your puzzle will be presented, for example does it come in custom made box. is one of the leading jigsaw puzzle manufacturers in the world. They specialized in making personalized jigsaw puzzles, magnetic photo puzzle, photo collage puzzles and promotional jigsaw puzzles. You can be sure that with you will receive the highest quality jigsaw puzzle that will be loved by you and by the receiver.