Author: Avery James

Did You Overlook Something in Your New Home Design?

Did You Overlook Something in Your New Home Design?

There are quite a few details involved in designing a new house and it is very easy to overlook certain aspects of what will make that house a home. I have been a home designer for almost three decades now and have come up with a list of things that are often forgotten in the layout. Maybe that list can be of some help to you.

Number one on my list is storage space! Are you allowing for this? Chances are that if your home is cluttered now, you either have too much stuff accumulated or there is not enough storage space to store this stuff. If you overlook this in the design of your new home, you may be transferring one problem from your old dwelling to the new one.Did You Overlook Something in Your New Home Design?

The common lack of storage in homes are:

– Pantries for extra food stuffs like canned goods that would be overflowing from the kitchen cabinets.

– Clothes closets that are too small to handle the wardrobe of a family member for at least one season. Make sure they are large enough.

– Coat closets in the entryway of the home. When this omitted, the living room, kitchen or dining room starts becoming a catch all for winter coats.

– Linen closets are often overlooked also. This space is for sheets, pillow cases, washcloths, and towels. All too often, if a home does not have a linen closet, extra shelves have to be added to handle these.

– Attic or basement storage that is easily accessible to store Christmas lights and family keepsakes. When attic or basement storage is unavailable the garage fills up with all this stuff.

If the home is in an area that experiences more than usual rain or snow fall, is there a mud room for taking off those muddy boots so you do not track up the house? I have seen mud rooms equipped with a sink to wash up before coming into the main house. This is also a good aspect of a well designed home if someone in the house likes to do auto mechanics in the garage. They can wash the grease off before it gets to far into the home.

One other thing to consider would be allowing enough natural light into the home. Too often there are too few windows pointed in the right direction to capture natural light in the mornings and evenings.… Read More

How to Cut Costs When Building a House

How to Cut Costs When Building a House

Everyone would like to save a little money when building a new house. After all, there are added expenses when building, such as repayments on the land and during the construction phase which often adds pressure on both the buyer and builder to have the house completed as fast as possible. These simple tips will help to cut costs even before you start building your new house.How to Cut Costs When Building a House

  1. Choose a block that is already prepared – A new subdivision should have all your services in place and also have a nice sandy block ready to be built on. This will reduce the cost of your earthworks which can be significant. If you’re buying in an established area with the intention of knocking down and rebuilding, call the local council to find out what the conditions of the land are like in that area. They may be able to tell you the type of engineering detail that is common and if limestone or rock is prevalent.
  2. Ensure your home designer has a track record of bringing house designs in on budget – this is also such an important step as a poor house designer or architect can spend your money on poor construction details that provide no benefit to the home or the owners. Be sure to ask them how they have performed in the past. It’s their job to ensure that they deliver a home on budget, and not blame their clients for ‘changing their mind’.
  3. Make all your product and colour selections before construction starts – Most owners don’t understand why this is critical to cost savings. A builder will typically send out for quotes at the start of the project. If colours and product selections have been totally completed then the builder can receive quotes for the entire home. The builder can then take approximately 3 days to do a full building schedule and print off the purchase orders for the entire home and send them out. In 99% of cases, suppliers and contractors will honour the quoted price even if the supply or labour is not done on site for another 9 – 12 months! However, if a builder doesn’t have the selections until the last minute, prices may rise which will mean additional costs to build.
  4. Have your house independently designed by a building broker – this will allow you to go through a tender process which will create competition between builders and allow you to get the best building price. Building Brokers will also know which builders pricing is most competitive at the time, and will help you get the best building prices possible.
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Home Office Decoration – Wall-Mounted Shelving System

In many parts of the world, having a home office is a norm and Malaysia is no exception. The home office is sometimes used as a place for the kids to do their school work and it is also where parents do some last minute planning (in relation to their home, life and work) in a convenient and comfortable environment. Doing such work in a noisy living room is not always conducive.

Get your home office organized. The same way you need a bedroom to be comfortable and quiet, you need a home office that is regulated. A messy desk equals a messy head – and nobody can work well under such circumstances.

Suffice to say, a wall-mounted system is a product that can maximize your wall space without breaking your bank account. Each wall panel is affordable and fully customizable to suit your home. Accessories can be used to store stationery. If you are sharing the home office with the kids, help them organize their color pencils, pens and pencils, and other items easily and conveniently.Home Office Decoration - Wall-Mounted Shelving System

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Easy cleaning and management. If you have a helper at home, this should be a breeze; but not everyone can afford one at the current economic climate. Hence, you might need to think of a wall-mounted shelving system that is easy to clean on a regular basis. It should not be too bulky to move around (if you have to move it to another place to have it cleaned).

Keeping things off the floor, kids not in danger. With kids running around, you have to seriously consider keeping things off the floor. They might trip, slip or injure themselves when they step on dangerous items. Even simple items like a pencil sharpener can be a choking hazard to a toddler.

There are other benefits to keeping things off the floor too. The home office looks neater and bigger without a plethora of paraphernalia all around the floor.

A combination of home decoration and organizational tool. A wall-mounted home decoration tool is not just a shelving system, a streamlined system can make a whole room look vibrant and modern. This way, you do not have to worry about decorating the walls of the  already have it right  in one system.… Read More

How to Do it Yourself Home Design

How to Do it Yourself Home Design

There is a substantial population of people who do not want to hire an interior designer to oversee their home decorating projects. Often this is because they wish to be involved in each and every detail of redecorating their homes. For many this gives sense of satisfaction and achievement. Redecorating your home by yourself is much different from engaging an outsider to decorate your home. You know yourself better than anyone else. Therefore you are better suited to design a room according to your requirements and needs better than a professional decorator. This is true even if you are not a creative person.

How to Do it Yourself Home Design

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You already know your favorite colors. You already know what helps you relax and what helps you feel energized. Most of all you know what the rooms in your home are used for and how often you use them. What you may not know is where to begin. If you find yourself at a loss for ideas begin by asking yourself a few simple questions.

Ask who and what each room is used for. This answer will tell you a lot about the kind of design you want. Make sure that the room shows the personality of those who use it and is functional. Next ask yourself what pieces of the room must stay and what can go. It would not be prudent to plan a décor for your dining area and then find you have no room for a table, but if you do not eat in your kitchen, having a table there may not be necessary. The third question you should ask is how much you can afford to spend. If your budget is limited you will need to find a way to decorate that is inexpensive. This is very possible and can still give excellent results. Simply focus more on accessories and less on furnishings and you will soon have a fabulous new look.

This approach works even if you are not on a limited budget. Because accessories are an important part of décor, it is possible to completely renew your design with just a few small changes. There are numerous accessories which can help to ensure that the décor of your house is unique. Important functional accessories like light fixtures, flower arrangements, area rugs, art, and antiques are some of the most functional accessories. These are also readily available to most people.

Certain accessories like area rugs are considered essential home décor accessories. Area rugs not only beautify the area in which they are put in, but also help to protect from floor damage. Area rugs can also reduce the amount of dust particles in the air. Area rugs are available in many shapes, sizes, colors, and textures and can be found to match any decorating theme.

Designing a room does not have to be expensive. Remember that the best way to cheaply redecorate a room is to do it yourself. Interior decorators are amazingly creative people, but they charge a … Read More

Carpet Tiles: History, Development, Installation, and Maintenance

Carpet Tiles: History, Development, Installation, and Maintenance

Carpet Tiles: History, Development, Installation, and Maintenance

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Carpet Tiles are widely used nowadays for residential or commercial buildings. But how exactly did these become what they are now? Read on to know.

Brief history

To cut the long history short, carpet tiles originated from square carpets measuring 18″ x 18″. It was Milliken which introduced the 36″ x 36″ carpet tiles that we now know today. The idea behind the concept is to make carpets easier to install and store compared to larger and longer designs. You can even easily combine different styles and patterns in order to come up with varying designs. With varying combinations, these types of tiles can greatly complement the area where they are installed.

Installation

Speaking of installation, carpet tiles are easier to install than regular carpets or any other flooring material for that matter. This thereby saves you money from installation costs, especially if you seek assistance from a professional installer for other floor options and for full sized carpets.

Development

Originally, there was an issue with carpet squares not being as stiff as needed for the floor they cover. Backings were then developed in order for carpet squares or tiles to hold together, otherwise they are reduced to nothing else but plain pieces of cloth. Backings help achieve stiffness in the carpet tiles and also enable them to withstand pressure from traffic; thereby, increasing the lifespan of these carpets. Combined with proper maintenance, square carpet will surely become more durable and will last longer than carpet rolls.

Personal and professional maintenance

In relation to maintenance, it is easier to clean carpet squares as they are small and handy. They can be easily removed, moved outside, and cleaned with water and a cleaning agent, if there is a need to do so. If not, vacuum cleaning without the need to move the carpet pieces will actually do. In case an area is damaged, it is easier to replace the section involved. You just have to remove the damaged piece and replace it with a new one. The same method is not possible for regular sized carpets as you need to purchase an entirely new carpet for replacement.

Whether you are cleaning carpet tiles or full size carpets, you can always hire carpet cleaning services. If you don’t know any or your family, friends, and acquaintances cannot recommend any, you can find companies through local bulletins and printed classified ads. You may also search the web through search engines like Google, business listings, directories, and even social network sites.… Read More