• July 30, 2017 /  Furniture

    There is a definite increase in interest in furniture design. Perhaps its a reaction to the sameness of everyday mass produced furniture, or it could be a result of the recent economic fall out and a turning away from a throw away culture… whatever it is there is no denying the design and especially furniture design is back in vogue.

    There is a real sense of achievement in building your own piece of furniture; taking it from first conception to finishing the build.

    Furniture design, perhaps more than other design disciplines is an example of applied creativity. That is that in order for a design concept to function, it has to meet other criteria not least the laws of physics!

    You might have a great idea for a piece but the the question is do you want to be one of those have a go heroes that start with a brilliant idea in their minds eye which never quite matches in actual execution… if it gets finished? Or do you want to give yourself every possible chance or realising your dream furniture design by following the process design professionals use.

    Heres the Chippendale School of Furnitures 10 step process to realising your furniture design as executed for designing and building a desk facilitated during their woodworking course.

    1.Rough Sketch: Draw rough proportions working out required depth, width and height. Getting the perspective right is key to this first stage.
    2.Add Spatial Relations: Start with the bigger blocks of the piece and figure out the actual sizes of each.
    3.Complete Dimensions: Work out the overall dimensions making sure that the area of each identified block matches up.
    4.Choose design forms: Decide whether the desk is floor based or on a plinth and what height you prefer.
    5.Configure spaces: Decide on the depth and distribution of the drawers e.g. on left or right, depth, different sizes from bottom to top.
    6.How will you build it? Choose materials.. is it to be solid wood, are you using veneers, should there be decorative panels or do you want to introduce other skills into the design such as marquetry.
    7.Decide on component relationships: Figure out the dimensions of the top and sides of the desk, how thick should the different pieces be?
    8.Get into the details: Youll probably have worked these out way back at the first step but here is your chance to make sure that the details of your design vision will work in practice.
    9.Colour and finish: explore possible colours, finishes and types of wood that will compliment your design
    10.Choose accessories and hardware: find the perfect handles and hardware that will set off your design.

  • July 30, 2017 /  Indoor and Outdoor

    You might have seen the long shade sails in different shapes and colours fixed over some shopping malls, parking lots, community centres and sports venues etc. With the increasing awareness among people about the harmful effects of overexposure to Ultraviolet radiations, they are looking for new protection strategies. Rate of Australian shade sails installations are increasing in a peek rate as it blocks out majority of harmful radiations. In addition to these, Melbourne region is also witnessing the covering of outdoor shade awnings.

    Looking into the history of these shade sails, it is dated back to the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations. It is recorded that our ancestors used similar structures for protecting their homes and public places. Trendy styles and designs are marking their entry into this shade sail business in Melbourne. Even though the idea is aged, modern architecture has given a new style for it. Outdoor shade awnings have turned as the solution for enjoying the outside views without placing anyone into health risks. Wherever you need a protection, you can fix it adding elegance to your place.

    When it comes to installing shade sails in Australia, you should go for the best manufacturers and suppliers of Melbourne. These constructed out of durable fabric or canvas are resistant to rain, moisture, wind and heat. Why shade sails in Melbourne have great importance in daily life? We are living in an environment where, the rate of global warming is increasing at an alarming rate, leading to ozone holes and thereby harmful radiations penetrating to our atmosphere. So the best method to get safeguarded from those dangerous rays is to fix an outdoor shade awning or shade sail over your home or garden.

    High quality shade sail products that are available in different shapes and sizes can provide an aesthetically appealing look for the area. Since long rate of sun exposure can cause sunburn, sun poison and even skin cancer, it would be ideal to install an Australian shade sails over your home and outdoors. Before you make a purchase, be sure about your requirements and specifications. It would make it easier to taking a right decision. Try to find the maximum genuine reviews from other users about a selected product, which can give you a better result. You can find several suppliers in Melbourne that may offer you high quality services.

  • July 27, 2017 /  Bathroom

    This is a mini shower gel spy camera that looks like an ordinary can of shower gel. The camera is so well hidden that no one will know that the shower gel actually contains a mini bathroom spy camera. Because it is so well hidden, you can put it anywhere, even in the bathroom, and no one will be suspicious. With this camera, you are able to record everything that happens while you are gone. Thieves and intruders will never suspect that this shower gel contains a hidden camera that is capturing their every move. You don’t have to worry about thieves or your child’s babysitter any longer. With this camera, you can help to keep your family and home safe.

    Highlights:

    1. in so many hidden cameras, this men’s shower gel spy camera with remote control function. Put it in the bathroom, you can use the remote control to open the operation of it. also can travel, travel. It can record your favorite videos.

    2. The camera is small, its location is secret, you can use it to take a lot of exciting video. Due to the high-definition cameras, this men’s shower gel bathroom spy camera video quality is good. Itself has a 32GB memory card and a high-capacity battery, the camera can work continuously for about 15-18 hours. You can get very long and exciting video so easy. If you do not know what will happen when you leave your house, wait until you come back, the men’s shower gel camera can tell you everything.

    3. The camera has a motion detection function.

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  • July 26, 2017 /  Real Estate

    Sometimes referred to as the southern gem, Dunedin is the South Islands second biggest city, characterised by a unique Scottish feel and architecture imposed on it during the time of New Zealands colonisation. Surround by beaches, forests and dramatic scenery, Dunedin is noted for its youthful and charismatic population being attracted by the educational and tertiary facilities contained within. With a population of just over 125,000, the city is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Becoming a desired location for students, families and businesses alike, the demand for Dunedin real estate is increasing at above average rates.

    According to the latest Quotable Value New Zealand figures, southern Dunedin real estate figures have surged, recording the highest percentage increase in the country. The southern region extends from Waverley to Green Island, including the suburbs of St Kilda and St Clair. The figures illustrate that the area has experienced an increase in home values by 8.7% with an average sale price of $264,000. Likewise, Dunedin overall, showed a 4.9% increase in property values with the average sale price rising to over $276,000.

    The increasing prices are a direct result of increasing demand. As many of the main centres in New Zealand are experiencing continued growth in house prices and valuations, Dunedin is presenting itself to many as an attractive option. With the average house price in New Zealand just a little under $410,000, properties in Dunedin represent real value in the marketplace where many families are struggling to find suitable and affordable housing options. According to Glenda Whitehead from QV Valuations, some of the increase in market activity in Dunedin is due to a rise in purchases by existing homeowners, who realise the benefits of purchasing prime real estate at well below national averages.

    There are many advantages to purchasing Dunedin real estate, apart from the scenic and natural beauty that the city is surrounded by. With the security of tenure, you will be able to enjoy the cycle of the real estate market, accessing capital gain as the property naturally appreciates. If, like most kiwis, you enjoy a little do it yourself (DIY), then additional capital gains can be achieved through renovations. There is nothing like the sense of pride that comes with homeownership. The freedom and ability to personalise your property to suit your tastes and requirements has long been an aspiration of nearly all New Zealanders. However, with the current price hikes in property prices, renting is fast becoming a reality for many who cannot afford the deposit or repayments on their first home. However, Dunedin is offering the consumer real value and choice. Why not consider a move to a new place, where the people are friendly, the amenities are first class and most of all, your dream property is within your reach.

  • July 26, 2017 /  Indoor and Outdoor

    Go to almost any store and you will find an unlimited selection of flytraps. They range from sticky flypaper to large electric fly killers for your backyards. The costs range from a couple of dollars to a few hundred dollars. Most of these fly control methods are oriented toward outdoor use. Indoor flytraps have fewer methods but provide effective fly control. Outdoor fly control includes many different measures. While these have proven useful for outdoor use, each has drawbacks for indoor use. Here are some of the issues to be considered: Electric zappers: Zappers can be large enough that the shock causes a loud sound similar to a small pistol or firecracker.

    Fly tape: Fly tape is used in less windy areas such as barns or stables. They provide a sticky surface for flies to catch flies when they land. They can be messy when wind or a moving object contacts them. Also, disposal can be messy.

    Fly attractant containers: Containers can be purchased with caps and attractant. Caps and attractants are available for use with containers such as used milk jugs with water inside the container. The attractants can have an odor that is obnoxious.

    Dry or moist chemicals: Chemicals are in powder or small pellet form. Some are used dry while others are moistened to provide a sugary type substance.

    Glue stick boards: Similar to fly tape, flies are caught when they land on the glue board. An attractant draws the flies to a frame holding a glue stick board in place. While there are other measures used, Indoor flytraps are mostly limited to glueboards and quiet electric fly traps that use light to attract flies. These flytraps made in a frame style present a neat appearance while keeping the flies on the glueboards and dead flies out of sight. There fly traps that use a frame style with pictures that appear to be a painting rather than a flytrap to present a nice appearance while hiding flies on a glueboard. While outdoor fly control includes many more measures than indoor fly control, there are some very effective indoor flytraps that present a neat appearance for customers and visitors as well as the employees and home owners. Since flies enjoy getting indoors even in winter months, any fly attracting business such as veterinary clinics, horse stables, or food stores as well as home owners can benefit with the use of an effective and attractive indoor flytrap.

  • July 26, 2017 /  Bathroom

    When you are in need of replacing your shower stall due to it being old or simply because it is not suitable for your requirements and you want to give an improved look to your bathroom then fiberglass shower stalls are the best options.At times you may need to weigh the options between bathroom shower enclosures and bathroom shower stalls. Shower enclosures are sold with only doors and tracking for the doors while bathroom shower stalls are free standing fixtures. If you want to utilize the wasted space as an alternative bathing resource, fiberglass shower stalls are great ideas which are free standing fixtures. Kits, floors, walls and all other components that are needed for installation are offered with these stalls.

    To make a selection for your bathroom, various styles of fiberglass shower stalls are sold in the market. These light weight fiberglass shower stalls are not permanent fixtures and provide you flexibility.When renovating your bathroom, you can even place the fiberglass shower stalls in the basement and use. Permanent and solid grab bars for safety, seats and shelves are provided with the new shower stalls.

    You can also find bathroom shower stalls made from acrylic but these stalls are little heavier than fiberglass shower stalls. It is easy to install fiberglass shower stalls. These are available complete with everything that you may need to install; only water pipes and drains have to be purchased or arranged separately. While purchasing fiberglass shower stalls, you can discuss your needs with the retailers and they will be able to assist you in choosing the right type of shower stall.

    Various elements of bathroom shower stalls determine their cost, such as the design of stalls, material of construction, and size of the stalls etc. Although these stalls are not very expensive but when you buy custom built stalls these may be relatively expensive. You can get fiberglass shower stalls at lesser prices compared to the acrylic shower stalls. If you are installing shower stalls for longer usage, then acrylic shower stalls have the edge over fiberglass shower stalls.To make your bathroom look simple, fiberglass shower stalls are a good choice. In addition to fiberglass shower stalls, corner, neo angle and plain kits are some other types of stalls that are available in the market.

    You have to first determine the style of fiberglass shower stall you are interested to install and then keep some budget aside for this purpose and search in the market to find the product at the best price. It will be better if you obtain rates for installation of these fiberglass shower stalls from some contractors. If you going to install fiberglass shower stalls for the first time, it will be somewhat overwhelming to you.

  • July 25, 2017 /  Indoor and Outdoor

    The Outdoor Lighting Birmingham is some of the services provided by the Gardner landscaping. This company is mainly focussed on providing the quality services to the home owners or the businessmen. They serve the people at their best. They understand the problem of the people and know that when they want done and how they want it done. The priority is always given to the task to be completed. There are a number of other services provided by the landscaping company such as the Garden Centers Birmingham and the garden centers Birmingham al. regarding the services the customers can count on us anytime. The company always provides the work to be done accordingly as per their specifications. You will never regret about joining the landscaping company like these, they always keep the guests prior to everything else in the company. The ultimate goal as expected by the Gardner landscaping is the customers satisfaction. Our jobs are so uniquely designed in order to suit the requirements of each and every individual. The company has employed a number of experienced and professional employees in order to meet the customers demands and needs. These also motivate the co workers in order to get the desired output. There are some fields of work on which the company boasts of doing its best. The company feels proud of having the best ability of making any of the landscape look better than what it used to look. This is because of the fact that the company is very creative in the landscape design. All the services offered are completed by the trained professionals in order to provide you the best you can ever imagine. The Gardner landscaping is a fully fledged working company with a licence from the government and is also insured.

    Services offered
    The customers are always welcome and are free to browse the website anytime and anywhere. A number of services are offered by the outdoor lighting Birmingham as well as the Garden Centers Birmingham. Some services are like the basement water proofing, flowers management, drainage, excavating the ground, grading and clearing of the lot, installing the hard scope design, installation and design of irrigation and repair work, junk and trash material disposal, the maintenance of landscape and the outdoor structures.

    The outdoor structures maintenance
    Quite a number of outdoor services about maintenance are provided by the landscaping company. The services such as maintenance of decks, fences of both wood as well as metal, the Arbores, the gazebos, a number of screened porches and patio covers are also provided. Various landscape design and maintenance services such as mowing off the turf, blowing off the areas, edging of the landscape, trimming of grass as well as the weeds, trenching of the bed lines, aeration of soil, de-thatching, trimming and pruning the shrubs, the colour according to the seasons, removal of the leaves, cleaning the landscape and the natural areas are provided. Therefore, Outdoor Lighting Birmingham is the best choice.

  • July 25, 2017 /  Kitchen

    Selecting wood based products is harder these days since we want to find products made from sustainable produced raw materials. What can bamboo do to fulfill these needs? Can it really work for your kitchen decorating needs?

    One of the main things we have to consider when choosing a wood species for any wood product is how it looks in our home. While making responsible choices for the environment is attractive, it loses some of its appeal if the final result is no the look we had hoped for. But bamboo can come through with the look that your to create the aesthetic appeal you are looking for.

    Bamboo is grown in many areas of the world, but like any harvested products some growers are more concerned with using a sustainable process, while others are just in it for a fast buck. Some areas like Costa Rica have a fairly good record for sustainability in the overall process of growing and cutting of bamboo. Bamboo can usually be cut when it is about five or six years old. It is a member of the grass family, so it will grow back quickly.

    Bamboo wood products are quite hard, harder than many conventionally used hardwoods like oak. After it’s finished it has good dimensional stability as well, so the smooth functioning of your cabinet doors and drawers will not degrade over time. Bamboo is so hard that its nickname is green steel.

    As you may expect, many retailers for bamboo products have locations in California. But this is not just a west coast idea, and as their popularity increases it is easier to find retailers in other major cities like Chicago and New York.

    There are a number of companies that will fashion custom bamboo cabinets for your home. In addition there are manufacturers who manufacture modular cabinet units in sizes that will fit most homes, so you can get a custom look for a much lower cost.

    Bamboo cabinets will be a featured part of your home decor. These cabinets are good looking, you can get them in a variety of finishes, and because the wood is durable they will last for a long time, yet they come from a sustainable resource, so you can minimize the impact on our environment.

  • July 25, 2017 /  Furniture

    A lot of factors come together when it comes to purchasing furniture. Many people do not think about all of them until after they already have a significant amount of furniture. They run into a problem. They do not know how to arrange all of the furniture they have purchased. Others run into this problem without purchasing any furniture. Some people inherit furniture or they are given furniture as a gift.

    It can be quite the task to arrange a lot of furniture. A good place to start is to think about colors. Having a neon green sofa with a plaid yellow couch in the same room is probably a bad idea. That is especially true if the room is painted blue. This is, of course, assuming that an eclectic, strange look is not the goal.

    It is important to group together furniture with a similar palette. This does not mean that all of the furniture must match exactly. It is okay to combine black and white or a solid with a pattern. Everything must flow nicely together though. The only person who can determine how well it flows is the one arranging the furniture. If none of the colors work well together, putting new fabric onto the existing furniture might be the perfect option.

    The next consideration is the size of the furniture. Putting a sectional to add more seating in a bedroom is very rarely practical. The largest rooms ought to have the largest furniture. The rooms where people hang out the most ought to have the most seating. It should be oriented in a way to focus on what is important. For some families, the furniture should be focused on the television for movie night. Other families may want it focused on the fireplace to get cozy during the cold seasons. The room will make more sense if there is a focal point. It will also make more sense with some flow. No one wants to jump over the furniture inside of a room!

    These two factors will help make arranging furniture easier. There really is a very logical pattern to making a room look its best. Furniture is wonderful to have, but it all must be used appropriately. Sometimes, less is more with furniture. It is better to have an open room with less seating than a cluttered room where people feel uncomfortable. Arranging the furniture in an open way can make all of the difference in the world.

  • July 24, 2017 /  Kitchen

    Kitchen layout is the foundation of a beautiful cooking area, which comes in various styles such as: single-wall, corridor, L-shaped, U-shaped, G-shaped, and Island style.

    Kitchen area is one place in your house that requires a well-thought out design because a nice looking place can motivate the cook to prepare mouth-watering dishes. Before you can beautify the area, first you need to identify the layout of the room. From there, you can now decide on the add-ons and accessories to make it more conducive. As much as possible, maintain a spacious area, so that you can work on without obstructions and delay. Here are some of the common kitchen layouts for your kitchen:

    Single-wall

    Sometimes called straight kitchen, this is recommended for smaller house where the space is limited. It is attached to one side of the wall, so that the remaining space can be fully maximized. However, you can still enhance its storage capacity by adding pull-out drawers on the counter.

    Corridor

    Galley is the other name for corridor kitchen where the work stations are parallel with each other. This is another way to enhance space because it provides center aisle where you can move around; thus, commercial kitchen often utilize this type of layout. This is because chefs can have unobstructed footwork even during peak hours.

    L-shaped

    This type of kitchen is a popular choice for most homeowners who have long, open room because it is so versatile that the cook can work at the same time entertain guests with just one turn. This is the most ideal layout because maneuvering is not a problem at all.

    U-shaped

    If you want to have a multiple work area, U-shaped is best for you. This set-up also gives you sufficient storage space where you can place cooking essentials both on top and below the counters. This is perfect if you have lots of cooking appliances to display such as microwave, toaster, rice cooker, and the more.

    G-shaped

    Although, it provides moving space that is almost the same as the u-shaped, the only difference is the narrow passageway. This is perfect if want to create a more private cooking space away from onlookers since the limited point of entry prevents them from getting in and out easily.

    Island style

    With just one counter located at the center of the room, this requires less travelling around since everything you need are just within reach such as the sink, appliances, and storage. Household traffic is greatly minimized because there are two lanes for everybody to move around.

    Whatever layout you choose, you need to consider comfort on top of everything. Do not just copy what you see on home magazines; instead build a place that facilitates ease.