Winter is nearly over (we imagine the sound of cheers here) and Spring begins in late March, so we thought what better way to prepare yourself for the better weather conditions than giving your garage a spring clean. We know that the garage becomes a place to store junk and rubbish, particularly in winter. Whether all your wrapping paper from Christmas is still there, or whether you’ve hid all your summer furniture there to keep it out of the cold, now’s the time to start making it a little more presentable once again. Here are some of our top tips to guide you along the way to make it just that bit easier.

Set a date and time

First and foremost, setting a time and date is more than likely to encourage you, and be able to plan for the big task at hand. If you don’t psych yourself up for the job, you’re more than likely to find something better to do (although we’re not sure what would be considered as better than cleaning your garage). Why not make the task a little better for yourself? Check out the local weather forecast and ensure that your chosen day is mild in weather conditions and temperature. Then you’re able to pull out the entire garage contents and work out what you need and what you don’t!

Chuck what you don’t use

Tale as old as time, being afraid to chuck something – just in case there is a use for it one day. Especially if we’re storing it in our garages – do we really need it? A question you do not have to think about so long and hard.

Be cut throat, especially when it comes to things that are covered in far too much dust. And if you think that some things will still be useful for someone, how about taking it to your local charity shop? That way you’ve done your most dreaded task for the year and helped out others.

Invest in the correct equipment

Invest in a good sweeping brush and dust mask. Considering how infrequently some of us use them, you’d be surprised how much dust accumulates in concrete garages. Dust can actually be quite damaging to your health when breathed in large quantities, especially the kind of dust that accumulates in a garage. Budget dust masks and sweeping brushes are available from nearly all DIY shops and are worth spending the money on.

The future of your garage

Once you have it all cleaned, maintaining it is the next step. There is nothing wrong with using the garage as a room just for storage, however there are many other uses. With a bit of tweaking, your garage could become additional space for your home. Many convert their garages into a gym, a workshop, an office. And not to mention the many successful businesses which had their origins in a garage, and for the musical of us, many successful bands which used a garage as rehearsal space in the early days.

 

A brand new year is a great time to improve yourself including your surroundings especially your house. How many times have you told yourself that you will finally clean your room? Or you will renovate your kitchen? Or that you will remove all the things that you no longer need? Well, now in the beginning of a new year is a perfect time to do all those things. You may not be able to afford to buy your dream house just yet so while waiting for it, you can improve your current house with these tips.

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  1. Remove all your clutters – the first step of improving your house is to remove all the things that you no longer need or the things that of no use to you anymore. Sometimes you don’t realize how all those unnecessary items have piled up already over the years so now, it is time that you throw all those away. Some people treat this as very therapeutic like you are throwing the excess baggage in your life to feel light and happy. Not only it’s good for your house but also for yourself. So make sure to go through your cabinets, drawers, and all areas of your house and remove all your clutters including old clothes, shoes, bags, appliances and others.
  2. Mix the arrangements of your furniture and appliances – another way to change the appearance of your place is to re-arrange your furniture. If you believe in Feng Shui, then you may want to consult the best placements of bed, table, doors and others. But no matter what, changing the arrangement of your appliances and furniture will improve your house. It is nice to see some changes in different areas.
  3. Change the wall paint colour – if you want to create an instant new look without spending much, then you should change your wall paint colour. You can come up with patterns and modern style of paint or if you want you can go for classic black and white look. Nevertheless, newly painted walls will create new atmosphere in your place.
  4. Use new curtains – another way to improve your house is by using new window curtains. Choose design that fits the theme of your house or the furniture in the room.
  5. Do a general cleaning – lastly, schedule a general cleaning. Make sure to clean every room and area of your house. Remove all the dust and dirt. Wipe your floor clean and shiny. You should also clean your furniture, your appliances like aircon, electric fan, television and others. You should also clean your outdoors including your garden and garage. You should not just aim to have a beautiful house, but you should also make sure it is clean all the time.

You do not need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars in house renovation. Sometimes, small changes can make big difference. However, if you feel like you need to do some major renovation in some areas of your house including kitchen, bedroom or bathroom then save money for it! You can start one area at a time, so it is not that heavy on your pocket. Before you know it, you will be able to afford to buy one of your dream house and land in Brisbane, Sydney, or anywhere you want.

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Re-Decorating With Ease

It is pretty simple to create the perfect home décor, if you know where to go. Rather than go out and try to buy a punch of pre-manufactured, assemble it yourself bookshelves, you may need to invest time and energy into personalizing your home yourself. Well, if you do not quite have the craftsmanship skills, you can simply pay a specialist. Either way, you want to invest in the raw materials necessary to modify your home into the perfect fit for you and your family.

You can re-decorate the easy way, or make it a bit hard on yourself. By going somewhere like Home Depot, you can get the items you need to turn your home into exactly the kind of space you want. If you instead head to a furniture store, you end up buying items that down the line, you really are not going to like that much anyway. In the end, you will end up spending more money and time on your space than if you had just created the perfect home environment from scratch in the first place.

To make the most of your trip to Home Depot, make sure you check out Groupon Coupons. These coupons will save you 30%, 50%, or even net you straight cash discounts. You can definitely apply these coupons to save money big time. There is no need to feel your budget is limited when it comes to going shopping at Home Depot. You will love choosing between the many different high quality materials, knowing that you are saving big time with Groupon Coupons. On top of that, you don’t have the markup of items having been pre-assembled.

Take some time and invest a little bit of money, and a bit more of your energy, and re-decorate the easy way. You will end up saving time and money in the long run if you customize your home now, rather than buy some items thatdo not actually fit your lifestyle in the long run. You will love the look of your “new” home, and you will appreciate that you put in the effort to make it look this way, too.

When you have windows or outdoor spaces you want to protect from the harsh sun, it may be difficult to decide what type of shade you should utilise. Not all products are created equal, and there are definitely options that are better than others. A drop arm awning is one such superior choice as it provides a wide range of benefits immediately after installation. Your residential or business property is likely to have a number of windows as has been the trend for thousands of years.

These components of your home allow in natural light and allow you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without obstruction. That said, you should always have control over how much sunlight it lets into your building at any given time. In addition, you should be able to cover your windows at night to increase security and keep them protected from the weather. For these reasons and more, a drop arm awning is a great opportunity for convenience and beauty.

Flexibility

One of the best advantages gained when you install drop arm awnings is the flexibility they provide. With the ability to use them only when you need them, they can easily blend into the background of your property when not in use. When you need to cut down the invasion of the hot summer sun or let in a little light, these awnings are right there when you need them.

Simple and Easy Use

Many people choose to install these awnings due to their simplicity of use, and this simplicity remains true whether you choose manual or automatic operation. With a manual method, you simply crank a handle to extend and retract your awning, while a motorised approach will increase the convenience of these awnings significantly. Whatever method you prefer, you need only lose a few seconds to use your awning or put it away.

Property Value

Any addition to a home or business that adds to its beauty or functionality will in turn add to the property value. These awnings are a great addition as they serve to capture the attention of potential buyers and help you ask for a higher price when you put your property up for sale. When you have a tight renovation budget but want to make a few changes toward the betterment of your home, these are a great opportunity to do so without stretching your money too far. The addition of these and a few other minor changes may add thousands to the value of your property, and that money can be put toward other investments such as a new home or building.

Shade and Shelter

Practically, these awnings serve to shade and shelter a building from the sun and other weather. The high-quality materials used in their fabrication are enough to ensure their lifespan for years, making their installation all the more cost-effective and useful. During severe weather, these awnings will protect the integrity of your home and help stop nature from forcing its way inside. During the hottest days of the year, they can dramatically reduce your energy consumption by blocking the sun and keeping your interior space naturally cooler. This will in turn reduce the work necessary to keep your home cool.


 

When considering flooring options, more and more people are favouring hardwood over carpet. Although the initial outlay is usually more, hardwood flooring is generally regarded as a longer-lasting option that can be refinished many times to complete the look. Hardwood flooring is also thought to alleviate allergies.

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One problem with hardwood, tiled or vinyl flooring is that it is prone to scratching from pets, heels or furniture. Bona offers lots of preventative advice on how to avoid scratching hardwood flooring, such as trimming your pets’ claws, removing shoes or using rugs in high-traffic areas. What can you do if the damage has already been done? In this article, we explore some simple hacks for removing scratches from a variety of flooring using inexpensive household items. These easy solutions will remove or disguise scratches and bring your flooring back to its former glory.

Ceramic or tiled flooring

Ceramic flooring is a popular choice in bathrooms and kitchens, and it turns out that one staple bathroom item can help repair scratches. Using toothpaste as a filling agent in scratches on ceramic or tiled flooring can yield fabulous results. Simply clean the area using white vinegar, fill the crack with toothpaste and allow it to dry, then sand the area down and seal it with a urethane coating.

Laminated wood and hardwood

Remove scratches in this popular type of flooring (ukflooringdirect.co.uk) by cleaning the area, then working car wax or the wax from a brown crayon into the scratch with a lint-free cloth. Leave it to stand for ten minutes, then buff away. For deep scratches, you can use the same method but use wood filler followed by wood stain to fill the gap and treat the area. After that, you’ll need to seal with a lacquer. Protective, adhesive flooring pads are also a great preventative tool to use on this type of flooring and are desgined to go under the legs of furniture such as chairs and tables so they don’t cause any damage to the floor when they are moved.

Cork

Cork is an eco-friendly flooring option that is growing in popularity. It is a great soundproof solution for families with pets and kids, but it can be prone to scratching. Use wood filler and stain it once again to fill the gaps, then seal with urethane.

Though the trends come and go, wood will continue to reflect a casual mood where the products have a natural, rustic charm that is soothing and spontaneous. It expresses the sentiment of being one with nature. By using raw, organic, unrefined and weather-beaten materials, wood furnishing allows to enjoy the tangible qualities of a handcrafted area.

The wood flooring that is gaining extreme popularity these days is wide plank flooring. It is the foot-worn wood with knots and worm holes that reflects the beauty of nature. It refers to the board widths starting at 5” going up to 7-8” and wider. One of the best things with this flooring is that you’re not limited to any particular type or construction of wood. They are available in many classes, from the refined sophistication of walnut to the exotic hardwoods like Brazilian cherry.

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Wide plank floor comprises one of the largest visible areas in the home. Hence, choosing species and styles that compliments your design will ensure a harmonious relationship and lifetime enjoyment. For instance, solid wood floors can be polished and refinished many times. They will likely be beautifying your home for generations to come.

Here are some of the most important points that you need to know to get the right wood for your home:

  1. Widths and Lengths: Installing a random width floor is easy than all one width or repeating pattern. The floor will comprise of three or more widths in varying amounts. You will receive a tally sheet with your order informing how much lineal and square footage you have in each width of your order. The widths with most lineal footage will repeat more than those with less lineal footage.

While the length of wood plank floor vary greatly by manufacturer. Higher end floors come in longer lengths, often 8 to 16 feet long. In longer planks, there will be fewer and edge seams, which create a clean visual line. Lower planks are made by cutting around defects in milled boards. Their length is as short as one foot.

  1. Placing area of the Floor: The place where you are planning to place the floor in your home have a huge impact in your wood selection. Usually, a harder wood is a better choice for a high traffic area, while the softer wood is the best option for lower-traffic area.
  2. Style Statement: If you want a floor that draws attention to itself, then you can enjoy a visually exciting floor with contrast between sapwood and heartwood. If you want an understated floor that blends into its surroundings a bit more, you may consider a traditional choice like Red or White oak. There are many options available also for those who want to showcase the rustic beauty of naturally occurring knots; bard pocket and bird peck in a unique manner.
  3. Colour of the Finished Floor: Light colour floors give a room an open or airy feeling and make the space larger while dark colour floors display an antique and formal look. It is better to start with the wood whose natural colour is close to the tone that you are trying to achieve. However, keep in mind that some woods blemish better than others. to see more colors check out this link

With today’s advanced wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning of wood floors has never been easier. Besides being beautiful, such floors are hardwearing and environmentally friendly. However, before you make any decision, it’s a good idea to ask the manufacturer for the sample of wood that you are considering. It gives you a chance to see the wood up close and help you to make the most of your investment.

Author’s Bio: The author, Jacob, is an online writer and reviewer of floor covering since 7 years. His articles serve as a useful guide for the reader to get the best value from cherry flooring, walnut flooring, wide plank flooring and many more.

 

Whether you have plans to build a custom home, or are looking into renovating or redecorating the place where you currently live, you want to make good ventilation a priority. When you come home after a long day of work, you want to relax and unwind, and you can achieve this only in a home that is comfortable and set at a temperature that doesn’t make you feel cold or sweltering. Good ventilation is the key to a healthy, happy home.

Let’s look at some ways you can improve the ventilation in your house.

1) Make sure filters are changed on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to replace filters every thirty days, but if you suffer from allergies you may wish to make more frequent checks. You may not always replace a filter with each check, but you’ll have a better gauge on how your air conditioner functions as well as the air quality of the rooms.

2) Keep exhaust fans in the kitchen in good working order. If you cook often, you’ll know that some smells take longer to dissipate than others. Unless you rather like the smell of baked fish long after supper is eaten, you will want to have good exhaust to help eliminate odors.

3) Watch your vents and how you decorate. In order to keep good cool air and heat circulating, make sure you don’t have any furniture or other objects blocking your vents. If you have blockage, you may tend to think your HVAC system isn’t working properly, and therefore work it harder than it needs to. This is turn can drive up your energy bill. So clear the passages.

4) If possible, look into an upgraded HVAC system. When you apply the latest technology in air conditioning and heating to your home, you increase the opportunity for high air quality. No matter where you live, clean indoor air is a necessity for a healthy home. Not only that, buy you may qualify for tax breaks on your next return if you have an eco-friendly system installed. This can help cut down on energy bills, too.

Lastly, be mindful of how you take care of your home. Dust regularly and watch open windows and leaks. Anything you can do to make your house worker smarter instead of harder is a big help. For more information on good ventilation tips, consult your local HVAC contractor.

Drafting and designing your own house plan can be tricky especially for people who are truly picky and also for those who pay so much detail into their little designs. So what are some of the elements that are truly essential in a house plan and what are some design elements that are just really the owner’s fancy? These are the things that we will discuss in this article. If you are currently drafting your house plan then this will surely be great and perfect for you.

Are you wondering what some of the essential elements that you should have your architect put in to your house plan? Here is a short list of the necessary things to live comfortably and really enjoy your future home.

• Bedroom
• Bathroom
• Kitchen
• Dining room
• Living room
• Entertainment Room
• Garage
• Extra room
• Laundry area

These things are important because they reflect each and every important aspect of our lives. It represents all the important stuff that we humans do. We need to sleep or take a rest, we need to bathe, and we need to eat and prepare our food as well as have a safe place to store our tools or our car.

There are some elements and quirks in house designs that only the house owner or the designer will thoroughly enjoy. Some people love to put their own unique stamp on the house that they plan on living. Whatever goes into the design is only limited by the imagination of the owner. One particular house plan that has been the talk of most people was a house designed to look like a maze. Another amazing looking house plan had various trapdoors and secret passageways placed around the first and second floor of the home. One really wacky and insane looking house plan had more than a hundred rooms; some led to a dead-end while others led to other parts of the mansion.

When checking online, there are also dozens if not hundreds of websites that provide work on house plans as well as revise existing plan. These websites and online companies also provide great ideas for your future dream home. These websites also offer great house plan styles including adobe, beach house type, bungalow and even colonial home plans.

For people who have already finished their plans and already want to see the finished product, there are several 3d conversion websites that can help interested buyers who would like to see a clear walkthrough of the home interiors with the help CGI or Computer Generated Images. Future home owners would be able to see their plans come to life and in full high-definition with these 3D companies. These might be expensive but if they really are anxious, this would be an easy expense which will provide great entertainment and enjoyment.

Hopefully this article gave background and idea to people who are planning or drafting their house plans. Building your own house is definitely a memorable experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Chickens require a house to sleep and rest and in order to provide them with the required space, people generally look towards their backyards for an open space. This area must contain perches, nesting boxes, nutrition boxes etc. and should be durable enough to keep the hens safe from predators looking for a free meal.

In addition to protection, you have to have an area that has the ability to protect the chickens from bad weather. Small chicken house plans are the best designs for constructing chicken coops in the backyard. It allows you to build a chicken house which covers less space and provides maximum shelter.

The position of the chicken house should be so that it faces away from the direction of the sun. Moreover, it should provide protection from rain as well as winds. Usually the coops are placed inside a large run that is fenced with the help of chicken wire.

You can surf the internet for small house plans as well as small chicken hutch plans. Small hutch plans are available online and these are offered at variety of prices. Some websites also offer small chicken hutch plans for free. For the most part, these plans are not perfect and by not following the building plans completely may cause severe problems in the long run.

There are large chicken hutch plans available if you have adequate space but small chicken house plans are a better choice in certain circumstances. The circumstances and advantages of smaller plans over the large ones are discussed in this section of the article.

Space availability is a big problem in the modern houses; modern architecture has changed the way houses were built. Nowadays houses are built in such a way that backyards are pretty small as compared to the front lawns. Those who have small backyards and want to rear chickens in their houses will find small chicken house plans very useful and applicable.

These small hutch plans are made according to the needs of the small home owner and provide sufficient space to the hens reared in the house. Moreover these plans are also of great interest for the people who have large houses, enough space and budget but they want to keep relatively small number of hens.

Small chicken house plans include chicken coops that are built with the help of wood materials; they can also be made up of plastic and can be placed inside a run. There are several other suitable materials that can be utilized for this purpose.

Small chicken house plans are ideal when you want to build portable chicken coops. These are preferable plans in most cases because they allow you to change the location of the coop when your requirements change with the passage of time.

Budget is very important factor for deciding whether to use small chicken hutch plans or not. Those who have small budgets should take a hard look at small chicken house plans because they require less material and occupy less space. It will ensure lower expenses by reducing the amount of material, labor and time required to build a large chicken house.

A small chicken house plan is the best choice for those who want to raise a small number of hens, usually 5 to 10. They require less space for coop as well as run, less nesting boxes, less perches, less nutrition boxes etc. There are several other advantages that are associated with the chicken house plans and small chicken hutch plans.

Some of these sizes include dimension, position, location etc of the chicken hutch. It provides easy access to the owners of the chicken and the chickens can also easily enter into and exit from the houses built with the help of a good set of small chicken house plans.

Drafting and designing your own house plan can be tricky especially for people who are truly picky and also for those who pay so much detail into their little designs. So what are some of the elements that are truly essential in a house plan and what are some design elements that are just really the owner’s fancy? These are the things that we will discuss in this article. If you are currently drafting your house plan then this will surely be great and perfect for you.

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Are you wondering what some of the essential elements that you should have your architect put in to your house plan? Here is a short list of the necessary things to live comfortably and really enjoy your future home.

• Bedroom
• Bathroom
• Kitchen
• Dining room
• Living room
• Entertainment Room
• Garage
• Extra room
• Laundry area

These things are important because they reflect each and every important aspect of our lives. It represents all the important stuff that we humans do. We need to sleep or take a rest, we need to bathe, and we need to eat and prepare our food as well as have a safe place to store our tools or our car.

There are some elements and quirks in house designs that only the house owner or the designer will thoroughly enjoy. Some people love to put their own unique stamp on the house that they plan on living. Whatever goes into the design is only limited by the imagination of the owner. One particular house plan that has been the talk of most people was a house designed to look like a maze. Another amazing looking house plan had various trapdoors and secret passageways placed around the first and second floor of the home. One really wacky and insane looking house plan had more than a hundred rooms; some led to a dead-end while others led to other parts of the mansion.

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When checking online, there are also dozens if not hundreds of websites that provide work on house plans as well as revise existing plan. These websites and online companies also provide great ideas for your future dream home. These websites also offer great house plan styles including adobe, beach house type, bungalow and even colonial home plans.

For people who have already finished their plans and already want to see the finished product, there are several 3d conversion websites that can help interested buyers who would like to see a clear walkthrough of the home interiors with the help CGI or Computer Generated Images. Future home owners would be able to see their plans come to life and in full high-definition with these 3D companies. These might be expensive but if they really are anxious, this would be an easy expense which will provide great entertainment and enjoyment.

Hopefully this article gave background and idea to people who are planning or drafting their house plans. Building your own house is definitely a memorable experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.