Category Archives: Home Improvement

06Jun/16
kitchen_design

Creating the Kitchen of Your Dreams

Have you always wanted a stunning kitchen in your home? Do you want to make an investment in your home that will not only improve your quality of life but will also be a wise financial move? If so, upgrading your kitchen to a high-end design is the ideal home renovation. Investing in your kitchen allows you to enjoy your home more. Additionally, it’s one of the best home projects, as it offers a fantastic return on investment.
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01Jun/16
Bathroom Worktops

Your Choices in Bathroom Worktops: A Comparison of Different Materials

A bathroom worktop is not just something that one installs on a whim – in fact, it requires a lot of thought and consideration before a good choice can be made. Like a kitchen worktop, the bathroom worktop will see a lot of work (and possibly abuse) over the years, will get moist and come into contact with various materials and liquids – and it needs to look good as well. Then there is the budget to think about, of course. And the colour and design. Choosing the right bathroom worktop is not as easy as it seems. So where do you start? How do you select the right one? Let’s start with what they’re made of. Here are your choices in bathroom worktops: a comparison of different materials.
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02Feb/16
interior-design

The True Benefits of Replacement Windows

People in general tend to wait for something that is important up to the last moment and then start searching for the ways out. Same situation happens with home renovation projects. As a rule, homeowners think about windows replacement projects only when it is already obvious: such as serious air leakages or shabby look are the first vivid signs of the necessity of windows replacement project. Some experts say that they can name other telltale signs such as higher level of condensation or fogging glass, or rotted frames and sills. Some windows can be just repainted or renovated, but for most old fashioned wood windows such project can become simply a hassle but not a solution. A lot of windows in old houses are just stuck shut, because of their age or multiple coats of paint.
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01Feb/16

3 Benefits of Replacement Windows for Your Home

A lot of people today underestimate the importance of windows replacement projects. If you even notice that your windows became drafty, foggy, hard to open and close, or visually have rotten sills and frames, then it is definitely the time to examine the real benefits of new replacement windows. New windows will help you save a lot of energy, can provide consistent temperatures in your home, and will undoubtedly improve your home’s curb appeal. Moreover, if you ever decide to sell your house, replacement windows can actually yield up to a 74 percent return on such investment.
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12Jan/16
bath

The Top Considerations to Think about when it Comes to Installing a Bath in Your Bathroom

We all enjoy a hot soak in the bathtub, especially at the end of the day or the end of the working week – it’s not just about being clean, but about having some well-deserved relaxation at the end of a long and tiring day or week as well. But a bath should not just be considered a fixture in the bathroom – rather, it should be considered an investment. A bath should bring great pleasure and have a long life as well. Here, then, is a list of top considerations you should think about before installing a bath in your bathroom:
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11Jan/16
bio_folding_doors

Hotels cash in on bi-folding doors

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The winter period is a great time to start thinking about summer holidays. After a period of break for Christmas and a return to work, it is little wonder people look at this time of the year to plan some holiday sun. This coupled with wet weather that the UK always experiences, means that the summer sun is even more appealing.

Whilst you are looking at hotels, it is usual things such as value for money, what’s included, size of bedroom and, if you have children, the kids club options to allow you to chill as well. What you probably don’t think about is how the hotel is using doors and windows to create a sense of depth, size and space for you to enjoy your stay. Things such as enhanced natural light help to make you replaced and enjoy your holiday even more. The greater weather obviously helps too!

Most recently, Hotel Groups and Independent Hotels have been adding aluminium bi-folding doors to their buildings. More and more new hotels are having them fitted as standard, however older more established hotels are making changes from sliding or patio doors to this arrangement as well.

There are many reasons for this yet the main one is the sense of freedom they create. We all know that when we go on holiday the last thing we want to do is walk into a glass door and cause ourselves harm. With bi-folding doors, hotel managers can open up parts of the hotel for the free movement of people, allowing for hotel staff and guests to move from the inside the outside easily. In some hotels they like to keep the internal space cool using air con so if they want to do this they can then quickly close up all the doors.

Bi-folding doors have other major benefits too. Whilst they don’t have quite so much uninterrupted free glass as sliding doors, they do reduce the risk of small kids running into them quite so much. Moreover, the doors still allow copious amounts of natural light to flood into the building, helping to save money on electricity bills and giving everyone that great feeling when they wake up every morning.

An aside reason as to why more hotel groups are looking to add them to their offerings, is due to the fact that they are considered a higher end product. By installing these types of doors, you can quickly elevate your hotel to a more modern looking and stylish establishment. In a competitive marketplace with millions of hotels to choose from, making sure yours stands out for the right reasons is incredibly important.

So the next time you stay in a hotel, think about how they are using their windows and doors to improve your hotel experience. Obviously the personal touch and attention to details of the staff will make or break your holiday, but subliminally, the use of the doors and windows will ensure you wake up every day happy and can use the space in the hotel to you advantage.

25Nov/15
hydroponics system

A Winter Checklist for Your Grow Room

A Winter Checklist for Your Grow Room

With winter weather just around the corner, it’s an excellent time to get your grow room prepared for conditions that are less than favourable. You can simply spend about five minutes using the checklist below to make sure that you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way in the midst of winter.

  • The temperature inside your grow room should be monitored day and night so that you can identify any failure in your heating system immediately. To get the results you want from your hydroponics system you will have to maintain a room temperature that is conducive to growing healthy plants. By purchasing a meter that gives you a reading for humidity and temperature you will have an accurate gauge on which to base temperature adjustments if necessary. Generally speaking you should aim for a temperature that ranges from 24⁰C to 28⁰C.
  • Can additional heat be generated if your growing room temperature drops suddenly? If you have an oil radiator or one of the convenient tubular heaters, you should be able to recover from loss of temperature rather quickly.
  • Have you sealed your grow room so that cold air and draughts won’t disrupt growing? Be sure to caulk around your windows as well as any other openings in the walls that can allow cold air to enter.
  • Check to make sure that your lights are coming on at the appropriate times. Since temperatures normally drop during the night, it’s recommended that lights be run during the night. You can use HID lamps that maintain a suitable temperature in which your plants will thrive. Once the sun rises, the amount of generated heat that your grow room needs will be reduced.
  • Try to draw some fresh air into the grow room from outside when possible. Don’t allow the cold air to come in direct contact with any of your plants, but instead use an intake fan to bring fresh air into an adjoining room and then direct it into the grow room.
  • Remember to never set your plants on the floor if they are growing in pots. The floor beneath them can be extremely cold and this will shock the plants. If you want to place any plants on the floor, use a tray under them to buffer any cold air.
  • Track the temperature of your nutrient solution. It’s important for your plant roots to receive access to a nutrient solution which will promote substantial development and rapid growth. By using a digital thermometer you can successfully maintain the proper temperature for your nutrient solution. Keep in mind that only one or two degrees can make a difference in the health and growth of your plants; a temperature that ranges from 18⁰C to 20⁰C is ideal for them to thrive. Remember that a nutrient solution that is too hot can cause root rot, and one that is too cold can stunt the growth of your plants.

 

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