Monday, 16 Jul 2018

Let’s face it – bathroom layouts, as opposed to kitchen layouts, are not easy to pull off at all. Now, small bathroom layouts are even more challenging considering the space limitations. If you have a small bathroom and are short on ideas on how to spice it up then you are definitely in the right place. Every design element in a small bathroom should have a purpose and be functional in some way or another to create a space-saving sanctuary

To assist you, we have compiled some of our top bathroom makeovers to show you evidence of how small bathroom ideas can be implemented. Here is a look at 8 small bathroom ideas:

1. Mirror Walls

By adding a mirror to an entire bathroom wall can help to enlarge the look and feel of a small space. This can work really well along one wall of a narrow bathroom or above a vanity unit. Mirrors act as excellent reflectors of light meaning you can spread the light that comes from windows and light fixtures across the entire space.

2. Wall Mounted Toilets

If there is space in the wall structures of your small bathroom, it is possible to build in a toilet tank and then mount the toilet onto the wall in order to save on both legroom and floor space. If it is not possible to mount the toilet onto a wall, you can try adding shelves on top of the toilet tank to create additional storage. You can also consider extending your vanity top to form a narrow ledge.

3. Lose The Bath

The truth is that baths take up a lot of space (approximately twice the space) when compared to typical showers. If you can lose the bath, you can save on a lot of valuable space and significantly open up your bathroom. Showers can be used by everyone from family members to guests. If you integrate a hand shower, you can also give your pets a nice bath every now and then. However, if you really need the tub (because of bathing small children or other reasons) you should consider getting a low profile bath that does not consume a lot of space.

4. Frameless Shower Panels

Most people are not very fond of shower curtains. Shower curtains stick to your body when showering and are difficult to keep clean. Shower curtains also keep a … Read the rest ...

Solar panels can do an awesome job on sunny summer days. However, you can’t expect them to produce as much energy on a dark and freezing winter day. The good news is that you may be able to store your electricity for the future by linking your solar panels to a home battery. This growing trend has been followed by Tesla and Nissan, both companies launching their own home battery brands. Unfortunately, none of them is really affordable just yet. In addition, Ikea has launched an offer of solar panels and an energy storage bundle, which they claim can save up to 70% on your annual electricity bill.

Energy companies have reacted to this trend by selling packages of solar panels and home batteries to homeowners willing to reduce their electricity bills. Residential construction companies such as Woodhams Group have also noticed a large influx of solar panel incorporation in their building plans. We’ve studied their offers, and the way home batteries work, so we are able to tell you what you need to take into consideration when making your choice.

What Are the Home Battery Options?

A home battery is an energy storage system that enables you to save the energy you produce or take from the gird, in order to use it at a later time. This energy can come from solar panels or wind turbines, but it can also be captured from the grid at the lowest price times. Powerwall, Tesla’s home battery, is one of the best in its class, as it links to a special app that allows you to see how much energy you’ve stored. Tesla’s energy storage solution costs about £5,900 and it appears to be maintenance free and almost totally silent.

Nissan’s battery, xStorage, is slightly cheaper in its basic variant, but also has a lower storage capacity. Apart from these two major players, Varta has its own home battery, which is about the size of a dishwasher, and which claims to be able to give a household complete energy autonomy. Whether this is true or not, only actual users can tell. You may want to search for user reviews on discussion forums and in other similar online communities before buying one brand or another. In addition, you should contact the representatives of each company, and ask them for more details about the features and the benefits of their home … Read the rest ...

Reupholstering a piece of antique furniture is a great way to give it new life. The process involves removing the fabric, padding, springs, and other materials from the existing wooden frame. These materials are then replaced with new fabric and accessories, helping to restore the furniture back to its former glory.

Instead of throwing away old furniture, reupholstering it gives you a chance to continue using it for many more years. Heirloom-quality furniture is often reupholstered multiple times throughout its life, allowing it to be passed down through the generations.

Professional or DIY?

For professional-quality results, you can hire a company such at The Upholstery Workshop to reupholster the furniture for you. These companies have the tools, expertise, and experience to do the job right. Unfortunately, the cost of having furniture reupholstered can be quite high. If you are working on a tight budget, you may want to consider taking on the project yourself. Transforming an old, outdated piece of furniture into something beautiful and new can be a fun and rewarding process.

The vast majority of antique furniture pieces can be reupholstered, simply because of how they were constructed. In most cases, older furniture is extremely well-made and can last for many decades. Newer furniture, on the other hand, is a little bit less predictable. Some pieces that were made in the recent past don’t have a solid enough underlying structure to be reupholstered.

Deconstructing the Furniture

Typically, it is a good idea to snap a photo or two of the piece of furniture before you begin the project. That way, you will have a guide to refer back to when you are putting it all back together.

Likewise, as you deconstruct the furniture, take photos of each part of the process. You may even want to take detailed photos of certain parts of the furniture so that you can clearly see how they were originally put together. This can make it easier to put everything back together the right way when you are done with the project.

The process of reupholstering a piece of furniture can take quite a while, depending on the size and complexity of the piece. During that time, it is easy to forget how the original piece of furniture looked or how it was put together. Having a series of photos can help overcome this challenge.

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When you determine that it is about time your building has some sprucing up, you will be working with three options; refit, refurb, or renovate. However, either of the three R’s may merge into the other, and the three can even be viewed interchangeably; so how can you tell which is best suited for your project?

Start With Understanding The Definitions

You can only clarify the right implementation of any of the three if you understand their descriptions.

• Refit

It refers to repairs and introduction of new fittings with the aim of maintaining or updating the room or building. In most cases, it is expected that the work will include the installation of unique aspects not present in the initial construction or the last fittings.

• Refurbish

It refers to the aesthetics of the space or building with the aim of transforming the old look into something modern. It includes doing repairs, cleaning, and repainting. The objective is to redecorate the overall décor scheme therein rebranding the structure’s image giving it a fresh look.

• Renovate

It is used in reference to the major structural changes to the building, and this may include extensive repairs that improve any significant structural defects. Renovating can also be geared towards the restoration of a building to its former state if it is dilapidated and therefore rebuilding the structure within its old shell will be necessary. Using an architect, such as John Wratten Associates, is key to ensuring that the renovation that is carried out is structurally sound and visually appealing.

Before you start working on your building, you should have a clear picture of which of the three R’s you are to use. For this, you first need to take into account the extent of the building’s disrepair and what it will take to make the necessary alternations that restore the structure. What you choose should support or improve the practical functions and the aesthetics of the room or building.

Still Not Sure?

Below are a few questions that can help paint a better picture and clear the grey areas for you.

1. What are the building’s issues?

You should be aware of any underlying maintenance issues that may be frequent and their impact on the building’s integrity and weight your financial and legal obligations associated with what you need to do. In most cases, the issues may be deep within … Read the rest ...

A floor plan is a diagram drawn depicting an entire building, a single room, or even one floor of a building. It can also be defined as a diagram of a structure or room viewed from above. A complete floor plan should measurements, appliances, furniture, and everything else obligatory to its purpose.  When marketing a property, a floor plan can be used in combination with high-quality photography to show it to its best.

Floor plans are valuable tools as they help design wiring systems, furniture layout, and overall room setups. These plans also help leasing companies and realtors rent or sell space.

The Significance of a Floor Plan Design

Floor plans play an important role when designing or building a home. A properly designed floor plan ensures proper utilization and flow of spaces, improved home value, and even makes the house more practical.

Characteristics of a Good Floor Plan

1. Flexible and Versatile

The floor plan needs to be versatile and flexible enough to allow future modifications when needed. An office space, for example, should be flexible/big enough to be converted into a child’s bedroom should the need for one arise.

2. Ideal Room Layout

Entertainment spaces should be far away from bedrooms, study rooms, and offices. The bathroom too shouldn’t face entertainment spaces or living rooms. The kitchen can be designed just next to living or dining rooms to enable one to interact with guests or the family while preparing meals. This also allows parents to keep an eye on their kids.

3. Size

The size of each room matters a lot in a floor plan. Several essential factors such as the number of people that will be using the room, their age, and possibility of furniture in the same should be considered when designing any room. How the room is to be used is another factor to consider as well.

4. Lifestyle and Priorities

The sustenance room, home office, and bedrooms should be placed strategically to serve their purpose. The entertainment room, for instance, needs to have an easy access from the kitchen to the living room and vice versa. For those working from home, it’s important to have the office designed in the quietest area of the house, and also ensure it gets enough natural light from the outside. The laundry room too needs to be ideally placed to avoid having to climb/descent several floors just … Read the rest ...