Wanting some peace and quiet after a long day in the city is pretty universal. But what about darkness? Generally we associate darkness with evil and bad omens. However, darkness can affect the quality of your sleep in a number of ways. It’s been recommended time and time again to sleep in a room that’s as dark as possible (that means turning off the lamp, too – scary!). For those who live in the city, peace and quiet is especially essential. In LA shutters are not optional.
How should we go about getting the dimness we so deserve? Curtains are certainly an option, but they’re a mess to have to rope up every morning, and most people just end up not bothering. Getting light in the morning, especially if you work at home, is important. So what about shutters? It’s an on-off switch for the sun! Plus, they’re not unsightly and flimsy like blinds. It’s imperative to get shutters that are study, and will last a few years. It’s also a good idea to have them installed by the company that you purchased them from – wouldn’t want to go voiding your own warranty trying to be a hero.… Read More
At the height of the housing
downturn the most impacted areas in new home design were also once the most
lucrative: kitchens and baths. For several years new home owners passed on
popular and expensive add-ons to their kitchens and bathrooms such as water
filtration systems, large pantry areas and natural wood cabinets. However, a
recently published A.I.A Home Design Trends Survey indicates these functions
and more might see a comeback.
Renovation and remodeling
contractors want to make the most of a renewed interest in these once popular
amenities. Homeowners who passed on the functions to save money during
construction are now more interested in having it installed after the fact.
Meanwhile, some architects report an upward trend in the kitchen space
requested by customers during the design of their new homes. What might it mean
for renovation and remodeling contractors? More business.
The area that received the most
attention was the kitchen. 22 percent of respondents in the A.I.A report said
the size of the kitchen is increasing in new home design and construction. The
rediscovered focus on size opens up the possibility of remodeling and addition
work that can be done in this popular and lucrative sector. The dominant
feature requested for new kitchens are renewable materials. Almost half of the
surveyed architects said that materials such as bamboo, cork and concrete are
becoming increasingly popular.
Bathrooms are a different story.
The report suggests their size and quantity is remaining stable but with an
added emphasis on accessibility of design. The trend towards more accessible,
safer bathrooms has long been anticipated by contractors as current generations
choose to stay in their homes into old age. Doorless showers and handheld
shower heads are a popular addition to customer bathrooms.
Contractors are already beginning
to mount advertising campaigns aimed at these unique customers. It remains to
be seen if homes constructed in the residential downturn will become the
latest, hottest market.
Overall, the report indicates a
trend of stabilization in the design of kitchens and bathrooms with notable
upticks in certain areas. Savvy renovation and remodeling contractors are
cashing in on the number of households that renounced popular features during
the downturn. Meanwhile, others expect more remodeling and addition options as
the size of kitchen and bath design continues to increase in new home
Check out the AIA’s full fourth
quarter of 2010 Home Design Trends Survey Report.… Read More
First and foremost the best tip
any beginning gardener can take to heart is the magical wonders of simplicity.
From the original concept to the sketch keeping it simple allows tons of room
for creative and artistic expression. Furthermore this will ensure that to
begin with the floor plan will be much easier to build. Avoid going overboard
and trying to emulate seasoned and experienced projects that demand too much
time and effort to begin with.
Instead keep the originating
inspiration simple and direct. Each and every landscaping step unfolds new and
interesting challenges which need to be eased into. Start off with squares and
keep the meandering fern laden paths to a minimum.
Secondly, if one were to look at
professional drawings of landscapes there would be all kinds of intricate
technical symbols, characters, and different coloured sections with specific
illustrations. Keeping the overall details simplified is going to in the long
run make sure the process unfolds smoothly. What things translate into, even
with basic schematics, can quickly turn into an overwhelming venture so focus
on main features like lighting, walling, and simple decorations at first.
The next step after the vision has
been established and a rough sketch has been put to paper is gathering the
materials. The materials themselves should also be kept basic. This is going to
drastically cut down on initial expenditures and allow for easier fixes and
patch-up jobs along the way. Decorative colouring should not be hard to match
later on and the antiquated specialty stuff needs to wait because they may
become hard to replicate or fit in down the road. Minimize the construction so
that maintenance isn’t a huge aspect in the beginning. This is going to leave
much more time for learning and experimenting.
Finally, after the outline has
been set in place and it comes time for planting, remember again to make it a
fun and pleasant experience. There is no need to go straight for strange,
newer, trendy, and exotic looking plants. Go for the time tested kinds that
will not cause you any heartache or complicate matters. Make sure they are
going to be in supply and available. Finally, try to steer clear of extravagant
plants that will demand tons of extra attention.
Keeping it simple is the best tip
of all when it comes to landscaping. Through time, practice, and
experimentation the artwork will evolve and grow with the keeper and moulder.
Letting things stay simple means that unnecessary and flamboyant things, or
expensive and demanding things are put on hold initially. This will ensure that
the design will be a work in progress to be enjoyed for years and years to
come.… Read More