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Contemporary Home Design

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Simple Home Design

Simple Home Design

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Eco-Friendly House Design Ideas

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Category Archives: DIY

Modern Wooden Stairs

In theory, there is nothing technically difficult about building wooden stairs, but it is considered to be one of the most challenging do-it-yourself projects that a home owner could undertake. There is a lot more to building a stairway than just the decorative wood stair balusters, so the first you thing have to do, is to check with your local building codes office to find out what the local requirements are because, for safety reasons, there are strict guidelines that you will have to follow.

You will then need to meticulously plan your wood staircase, making sure that you meet the local building regulations. Because people are so used to using professionally built staircases, it is vital that you build your stairs in a way that ensures that there is no difference in height between the steps, the steps are neither too shallow nor too tall, and, of course, everything has to be true and stable.

If you are going to build your own custom wood stair design, it is also advisable to purchase all the wood stair parts that you will need from a reputable supplier. If you use a specialist supplier, they will be able to supply you with quality stairway components and help you with design, fabrication and installation as well.

You will also need to understand the terminology used for the various wood stair parts, so here is a guide to some of the terms that are used in a custom wood stair design.

Tread

The tread is the horizontal part of the stairway that is stepped on. The thickness of a tread is the same as any other wooden flooring and the tread depth refers to the distance between the vertical panels, called the risers, which sit between each step.

Riser

The riser is the vertical panel that is situated between the treads. It forms the face of the step, but it may be missing on some custom wood stair designs, which would be called an open stair effect.

Stringer

A stringer is the structural long piece of timber that supports the risers, treads, wood stair balusters, and other components of a staircase. On a typical stairway there will be three of these stringers; one on each side and one in the centre.

Baluster

Wood stair balusters are the vertical posts that support the handrail. Sometimes called a spindle, or a guard; the balusters act as the infill between the treads and the handrail. They can be either plain, or decorative, and treads often need two balusters each.

Bullnose step

The bullnose step is a step that has a rounded, quarter circle, edge to it, which is usually found at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Sometimes called a starter step, the bottom step is quite often wider than the remaining steps of the staircase.

Winders

Winder steps are the steps that are used when the stairway changes direction without a landing. They are the treads that are shorter at one end than the other, which you would find where a stairway turns a corner, or on a spiral staircase.

Rise and run

The terms rise and run are used to describe height and vertical distance. The total rise is the height between floors or landings, while the rise of each step is the vertical distance between each tread. The total run is the horizontal distance between the very first riser and the last, and the distance between the front and the rear edges of a tread is called the tread depth.

If you are going to build your own custom wood stair design, it does take a lot of very careful and precise planning and it’s not the easiest of do-it-yourself jobs to do. However, so long as you use quality wood stair parts and get professional help when you need it, it is something that anyone with a basic knowledge or carpentry can do.

Tips to Renovate on a Budget

The new year is the best time to make some new changes in your life, including changes in your home. If you are considering selling it is always a good idea to present your home in the best possible light, and even a small renovation may greatly increase the value. Have you wanted to do some renovations and improvements but you still find yourself stuck? One of the main concerns for many people is their budget. They always postpone their project because they are worried about the amount of money that they have to will spend.

Well procrastinate no more because in this post, I will share with you some practical tips that will help you improve your house without having to spend break the budget.

Tip 1: Come up with DIY decor – unleash your creative side by coming up with DIY decor ideas. You will not only save money but you will also be able to come up with personalized designs that will make things so much more special. Plus, it is always fun to do some arts and crafts once in a while.

Tip 2: Look for discounted furniture and appliances – if you are planning to buy some new furniture then be sure to look for warehouse sales where you can buy items at discounted prices. Some appliance stores have deals up to half price on models with dents and dings – sometimes the dent may not even show! You may also opt for buying second-hand items. Always compare prices so you can get most of your money’s worth.

Tip 3: Play with colors – another tip to consider is playing with color. You can change the appearance of a room just by changing wall paint color. Therefore, be sure to choose a suitable color to enhance the mood and atmosphere in the room. You may also use variety of shades of the chosen color to add character and to add beauty. For example, if you decided to choose blue then you may go for lighter shade of blue for the ceiling which will give the appearance of extra height.

The internet is an excellent source of inspiration for all these ideas above. I find I can discover so many creative ideas online. However visiting the library and dragging home some beautiful home design books to browse through beside the fire is also a real treat.

Buying a new house would indeed be a great way to start your year. If not, renovating your existing house is also a great change to look forward to. Following the tips in this post will help you improve the appearance of your house without worrying about your budget.

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.

Projects You Can Do At Home

Do-It-Yourself projects are fun to do. From simple things you can find at home to something more useful and fun, it could turn to be an instant home decoration spree that everyone can admire and follow. Moreover, Do-It-Yourself projects can bring out your creativity and resourcefulness. Engaging yourself into this kind of activities also hones your skills, making you improve in the craft that you are inclined to do.

What is good about Do-It-Yourself projects is that you can customize and make it more personalized depending on your preference. You can improve your creative skills and make use of the materials that are no longer useful at home. You get to recycle and create something from the things that are left unnoticed inside your home.

In accordance, here are some of the best and must-try Do-It-Yourself projects you can try at home:

Wall Art

In putting up your own home wall art, you can make use old artworks framed beautifully or even make your own frame depending on what complements your wall. You can also hang some old photos of your family members or places you have been to to give a more personal touch. For creative artists who would like to up their ante, creating a mural on the wall itself would be a challenging yet fulfilling DIY project to do at home. You can start with small symbols like hearts and clouds or go wild by painting a whole wall with a safari themed painting. The kids’ room is a perfect place to test your drawing and painting skills.

Upside-down Planter

Turn your used soda bottles into something more useful. Cut the bottle in half and turn it into a pot. You can also try to add some strings if you want it to be hanged or put some pebbles for more attractive looking planter. Customize it by labeling each planter the name of the seed or the plant you are growing. Herbs would also look lovely inside these make-shift pots. You can hang several of these just by your kitchen window.

Sharpie Mug

Make your coffee and tea-time fun with your loved ones. Plain white mugs can turn into something personalized. Use a Sharpie to add names or messages on the cups. Also, unleash your creativity by drawing some of your favorite artworks on the cups and turn it to some good artisans. Sharpies come in different colors too so you’ll practically enjoy drawing different artworks onto your favorite mugs at home.

Nail Polish Key Covers

Stop the confusion of what key is for what. Paint the head of the key with a nail polish in various colors so you can fully remember what key is for what door. In this way, you can save more time on finding what key would fit on the door hole. You can even use glittered nail polish to make old looking keys look stunning.

Colorful Window Shutters

Old wooden shutters may look outdated but with a splash of paint or varnish, the total look of your shutters will greatly improve. Bold colors like bright yellow and orange will be a hit for 2016. You can explore these colors when renovating and updating the look of your window treatments at home.

Recycled T-Shirt Tote Bags

Turn your old shirts into tote bags that you can use when doing the groceries. Customize the cut-outs of your shirts; put on some designs and statements if you prefer to. You can sew them by machine or by hand then add trinkets like buttons and gems to make it look fabulous. Old pants can also be converted into nice and sturdy tote bags, too.