Thursday, 16 Aug 2018

Limestone is essentially a non-metamorphosed marble when you look in purely geological terms. There are a number of forms of marble which come from limestone that has been placed under extreme heat and pressure. However, when you look at these stones in design terms, they are very different. Each has their own practical and aesthetic properties with limestone being the more desirable stone when compared to rivals.

The Appearance

“Marble has a distinctive clear veining when you look at the patterns, but limestone is more granular. While there is a difference, the relationship between these stones means that they will be reminiscent of each other. This means that if you find the natural grain of stone appealing, but feel that marble is too harsh for your kitchen, you should turn to limestone instead,” says architects in Ascot.

The Pliability

Limestone is a great material if you have a kitchen design with curves and unusual shapes. This is due to the fact that it is more pliable and softer than other types of stone which allows a more diverse range of shaping options. However, it is important to note that the softness of the stone can also be a disadvantage.

As with other natural stone, limestone will be sealed before it is installed in the kitchen. However, the surface will still be susceptible to discolouration and scratches. This means that extra care will need to be taken when working on the surface.

The Durability

When you compare limestone to non-stone alternatives, you will find that it is more hard wearing. While care will need to be taken with the stone to avoid damage, it is still one of the popular stone choices for the kitchen. The durability of the stone is in some ways due to the growing popularity of the stone in the kitchen. When you use this type of stone to refit your kitchen, you will actually be adding to the value of the property as it lasts physically and aesthetically.

The Colours

Limestone remains very natural in its colouring as it offers hues of white to beige and grey. This is ideal as it allows the material to fit into a range of different kitchen styles. A traditional country kitchen can benefit from the tan shades of limestone which will highlight the wood in the design. Professional and modern kitchens can benefit from the bright and … Read the rest ...

How about a jungle! Borneo is home to some of the world’s top species-rich and unique equatorial rainforest. Importantly, there are plenty of prime patches of rainforest that are accessible from modern cities.  If you’ve dreamt of having a once in a lifetime expedition adventure into a real equatorial rainforest, Borneo will fulfil even your wildest dreams.

Ancient Rainforests

The rainforest jungle that covers the island yield an aura of adventure, remoteness, and untouched natural beauty bringing you close to impenetrable foliage while streaming river guide you to the ‘heart of darkness’. But take a little closer look at the landscape and nuances spring to mind. The lianas, the orchids, and the pitcher plants that cover the lowland section of the forest give way to the decorative rhododendrons and conifers that cover the picturesque Mt Kinabalu. While there are sights and evidence of deforestation, a significant part of the Bornean forest still remain untouched thanks to the conservation projects which are in part funded by the tourist economy.

Dunum Valley Conservation Area has to be on every wildlife enthusiast, nature lover, naturalist, bird spotter bucket list. A Danum Valley tour is a must as it is recognised as one of the best rainforests in Borneo. The 438 square kilometers (or 170 square miles) is Malaysia’s largest lowland rainforest that remains virgin and untouched. It is a popular destination for researcher including David Attenborough, who go to the Conservation Area to study the unique species of flora and fauna found there. If you appreciate the beauty that is mother nature, Dunum Valley Conservation is must visit destination.

Jungle Wildlife

After a visit to Borneo, you are assured of going back home with memories of interacting with wild animals; memories that will last your lifetime. Whether you come across an orang-utan swinging and playfully jumping through the rainforest’s canopy, coming into contact with a cold gaze of a saltwater crocodile, or spotting the Irrawaddy dolphin in the water of the South China Sea, you are assured of sighting animals you will find nowhere else. However, you do need to be in the company of a good guide to spot the full plethora of wildlife. Since jungle animals are shy, they make it hard for you to spot them.

Having a good guide will help understand the natural surrounding far better; they make easy for you to tell difference between the vine snake … Read the rest ...

There are lots of different types of windows, and if you are unfamiliar with the terms, it can be confusing to sort through them. If you’re looking to replace windows or specifying for a new build, here’s what you need to know about casements.

A beginner's guide to casement windows

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Windows for all

Some older properties may well have sliding sash windows, but in recent years, casement windows have been the most commonly used variety. A casement is essentially a frame containing a piece or pieces of glass that open on a hinge.

It’s a style of window that can be found in everything from country cottages to modern homes. Frames can come in a variety of materials. Early 20th-century buildings may have steel casements. Wood is probably the most common material, but aluminium and UPVC are also widely used. Casements are more common, so they are generally cheaper to fit than sliding sashes and other types.

Casement types

Casements from suppliers like https://www.firmfix.co.uk/windows/casement-windows/ come in a variety of styles. They can be flush with the window frames of the property – a style popular in older properties – or they can be rebated. Rebated casements offer improved weather protection, making them a good choice in exposed areas such as coastal regions. They can also help the visual interest of the property by avoiding a completely flat frontage. Rebated types have been the most common variety on new builds since around the 1960s.

A beginner's guide to casement windows

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Modern casements are supplied in a variety of energy-efficient materials that can help you to save energy and cut your carbon footprint. They also offer good security with built-in locking systems. A wide range of frame types are on offer, allowing these windows to be used in both old and modern buildings.

Casements usually open outward and can be hinged from the side or from the top. On upper floors, there is usually a restrictor to prevent you from opening the window too far, but this can be overridden in the event of an emergency. There are specialist types that allow the window to open inward. These and “tilt and turn” types are popular in flats as they allow you to clean the exterior glass from the inside. French casements – sometimes called French doors – offer an unrestricted view when open by virtue of having no centre post.… Read the rest ...

Though small, door handles are, without a doubt, some of the most important parts of any office or home. Not only do they play a very practical yet crucial role, but they also, in more ways than one, add value to the overall feel and look of a building’s interior. Be it in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, dining or living area, nothing looks complete without door knobs and handles.

Since door handles and knobs have become a fashion statement, they’re now being used to add some glitz and glamour to the overall look of offices and homes.

External and internal door handles

When it comes to door handles, it is important to note that these features are available in two main forms: indoor/interior handles and outdoor/external handles. Exterior or outdoor handles are generally installed on all main entrances into a home or building like back doors, front doors, service doors, or side doors. Interior or indoor handles, on the other hand, are used on doors found inside a home or building like toilet doors, bedroom doors, and kitchen doors.

In recent days, external latches and lever-type external door handles have become increasingly popular, especially for conservatories in Hampshire. However, these are not the only ones that are taking the market by storm. Here is a look at other door handle designs and types that are quite popular right now:

  • Stainless-Steel T-Bar handle
  • Glass door knobs and handles
  • Contemporary door knobs and handles
  • PVC handles on plate
  • PVS door knobs and handles
  • Victorian lever on a Rose knobs
  • Classic handles on a rose
  • Traditional Mortice knobs
  • Rim door knobs
  • Centre door knobs
  • Black antique knobs

Traditional/contemporary door handles

Many people today are opting to decorate their doors, including cabinet doors, with contemporary-styled door handles such as the attractive chrome finish handles fashioned with modern straight lines. And then, there are others who prefer having traditional door handles with polished antique brass finishes mounted against eye-catching back plates.

Fancy door handles

If you have little ones, you will be glad to know that there are door handles specifically designed for children and are available in different colours and beautiful cartoon designs. If you want something fancy for your kitchen doors, you will be surprised to learn that there are door handles in the market designed to look like fruits.

Kitchen door handles

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Do you have some leaky pipes that need to be fixed? Perhaps you need to have a new toilet installed. In either case, you should never try to tackle a plumbing problem if you have no experience. You should always leave the work to someone who knows what they are doing. This means you should call on the services of a skilled plumber to make sure that everything gets repaired the first time. Trying to save money by doing the job yourself will most likely end up costing you more money in the long run. Here are the most important things that you need to know before you choose which plumber you are going to hire.

plumbing problem

1. Does the plumber have a license and insurance coverage?

There are many plumbers who are not licensed. However, they are able to keep working because most people do not ask to see a plumber’s license. A plumber who has a license is someone who has passed all of the required exams in your region. This person has gone through an extensive amount of training. Therefore, you can feel confident that you are going to get a very high quality of work if you hire a licensed plumber. On the other hand, you have no idea what you are going to get if your plumber does not have a license. It is also important for a plumber to have insurance just in case they damage part of your property. The insurance will pay for its repair.

2. Always look to see what the plumber’s Better Business Bureau rating is

The BBB does a great job when it comes to looking into the backgrounds of plumbers and other contractors. They will provide you with a great deal of info that has been compiled about the plumber’s business history. The BBB site is a good place to find a Fox Valley plumbing company.

3. Call a few plumbers to get estimates

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by comparing the prices of local plumbers. Make appointments with several plumbers and find out what they charge.… Read the rest ...