Saturday, 4 May 2013

Outdoor Design idea !

Outdoor Design

Even though outdoor space is often overlooked, exterior renovations and redesigns frequently pack the biggest punch. Your outdoor space is your first chance to make an impression on neighbors and guests, so sprucing up the landscape or adding a porch or patio can give your blah house a much-needed boost. Because such dramatic changes can cost a pretty penny, it’s important to carefully consider your options before delving in.

When making changes to your front yard or backyard, be sure to consider what makes sense for your home and your location’s weather. If you live in a state that is warm only four months out of the year, an outdoor pool might not be a worthy investment (though an indoor one might be an option). For those in dry desert climates, you might want to avoid water-thirsty grass and opt for succulents, which require very little water yet still add beauty to your yard. And before splurging on a new wood porch, consider ipe wood decking, which will suffer less damage if you often have snow-packed winters. Although your location shouldn’t dictate your taste, it should be taken into consideration to avoid any unnecessary maintenance.

If you’re going to make changes outdoors, ensure that your yard gets as much use as possible by having it reflect both your and your family’s needs. For those who like to work in the yard more than swim, opt for a large garden instead of a swimming pool. And if you like to host barbecues in the summer, an oversize patio with plenty of outdoor seating and a top-of-the-line grill would be worth the splurge. Although you want to keep resale value in mind, you also want to make sure your family gets to enjoy the space, too.

In the end, don’t worry if large, expensive renovations are out of your reach; you can always add accessories for a cheaper yet still effective end result. A traditional concrete patio can quickly turn into an outdoor haven with the right patio furniture, lighting and outdoor throw pillows and accessories. To turn a traditional porch into an entertaining hub, invest in a fire pit, grill and hot tub. And if a pool isn’t an option, appease the kids with a fun playset and plenty of yard space.

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Bath Room idea !

Bath Room

Although it is often one of the smallest rooms in the house, a bathroom that’s top of the line is one of the most worthwhile investments, especially when you’re looking to sell. Even though the renovation might not come cheap, it will pay off in the long run by increasing the overall value and quality of your home.

When you’re ready to start a renovation, it is important to consider popular trends as well as your own family’s needs. If space isn’t an issue, double sinks, walk-in showers and a separate bathtub are luxuries many homeowners and buyers look for. Since bathroom space is always needed, include an oversize vanity, bathroom cabinet or medicine cabinet, and jump on the environmentally friendly bandwagon by including an energy-efficient shower and toilet. If you have the budget, space and desire, turn the bathroom into every woman’s dream by adding a relaxing soaking tub with jets and a built-in makeup vanity, complete with a bench and makeup mirror.

While picking the bigger items will require the most important design decisions, it’s important to consider the smaller touches as well. When it comes to showers, dual showerheads, often including rain showerheads and handheld showerheads, are becoming increasingly common, as are shower benches and glass shower doors. Installing a towel warmer instead of a traditional towel rack adds another touch of luxury, and a heated tile floor, while a splurge, could become a key selling point.

When considering bathroom colors in a home you plan to sell soon, consider the tastes of potential buyers by going for subtle, lighter colors, like light blue or green, or opt for neutrals. If you’re dying for pops of color, make them easy and inexpensive to change by painting the walls or adding bright bath mats and accessories. On the other hand, if you’re staying put for a while, feel free to put your personal stamp on your bathroom retreat.

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Bed room idea !

Bed Room

Our private sanctuaries where we retreat to every night and escape the stresses of the outside world. Throughout our lives, our bedrooms are intimate and personal spaces where we first learned to sleep alone, where we first learned to not sleep alone, where we wrote our deepest thoughts and hid them under the mattress, where it was ok to talk to ourselves out loud and where we all probably made our first design decisions. Beyond bed skirts and bolsters, see how great design decisions turn into great design ideas.

5 Bedroom Style TipsChances are, you spend a lot of time in your bedroom. But if your bedroom has become unbearable and is no longer providing a place to relax and unwind, you might want to check out these 5 bedroom style tips.

1. Keep it Clear

Clutter can be a major source of stress in the home. It can irritate the eye and make it frustrating to find missing items. In the bedroom, a cluttered space creates a sense of chaos and can really prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.

Begin by removing any items that don’t belong in the bedroom. Next, clear the floor and find a home for everything you touch. While you’re at it, go through your wardrobe and remove any items you haven’t work in a year. Then reorganise things so that every item has a home and is easy to reach. The trick is keeping the room uncluttered – this is where a professional organiser can help.

2. Splurge on Comfort

We all like to save money around the home, but there are some items you just shouldn’t scrimp on. Buy the best bedding you can afford and aim for quality cotton or linen; it really will make a difference to your time in bed.

Accessories are an area where you can go budget – check out discount stores and second-hand shops for cheap and chic lamps, bedside tables, picture frames and vases

3. Pick a Colour, Any Colour

Ever walked into a boldly-painted bedroom and felt overwhelmed or claustrophobic? Aside from clutter, it was probably due to the wall paint.

It’s best to pick a colour for your bedroom that’s neutral and can be enhanced through the use of colourful accessories, bedding and furniture. A neutral tone will also keep modern, so you won’t need to repaint it as trends change.

4. Theme it

A great way to add the ‘wow factor’ to your bedroom is to work with a theme. It doesn’t have to be an obvious one, just something that pulls all the elements of the room together. Think Parisian boudoir, seaside cottage or minimalist chic. Then go shopping and look for items that complement this theme without going overboard!

5. Experiment With Bed Heads

Bed heads are still very much in vogue, as they are a relatively inexpensive and versatile way to change up the look of your bedroom. A giant block of quality wood, a Perspex sheet or cushioned canvas are easy to install behind the bed and add a lot of interest.

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