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Advantages and Disadvantages of Building a Home

Moving into your own home is an exciting time, whether you purchase a pre-built one or decide to build your own. There are several advantages and disadvantages to building a home instead of buying one ready to live in.

Advantages

  • When you build, you get more say about the design of the floor plan and can usually add or change certain features without it costing much – or anything. For instance, you could add a laundry chute from a bathroom to the laundry to save a lot of work and heavy carrying.
  • You get to choose the materials the home is build with inside and out. The colour scheme is your choice and so are the light fittings and window treatments.

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5 Tips for Budget Bathroom Renovations

The bathroom is a room that gets a lot of use and so can easily start to look worn out quickly or it may just be old-fashioned. There are many reasons why you may want to renovate a bathroom, so if you are on a budget, here are 5 tips for you.

  1. A bathroom that is tidy and organised will always look better than one than is not. Therefore, additional storage can have the effect of brightening up the bathroom. Closed cupboards are better than open shelving because you can shut the door on the mess – and they don’t get covered in dust. However, make sure that they are easily accessible or they won’t be used as much. You can fit lots more in if you put all those smaller items into a container in the cupboard. Storage in the shower recess may also be possible and will ensure that your grooming products are right to hand.

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What to do with your Unused Swimming Pool

Most kids love to have unlimited access to a pool; they would be in it for hours every day if they could. However, parents are not always the same. As you get older, it takes more effort to go swimming in the backyard pool and you probably have many other things you would like to do instead. So now that the kids have left home or are more interested in their hairstyles than swimming, is that backyard pool gathering metaphorical dust? Why not convert it into something else? Something that could become a very interesting hobby. What?

A fish pond! This is not only ecologically sustainable, but you will have a great supply of fresh fish on hand for dinner.  We tend to think of a fish pond as something about knee high holding rarely seen fish only a few centimetres long. If your swimming pool was converted to a fish pond there would be no reason not to grow fish to eat in it. It is deep and big enough that many fish would thrive.

Colour Scheme

The Easy Way to Choose A Colour Scheme for the Living Room

It’s not that difficult to work out an amazing colour scheme for your favourite room.  You don’t have to be an interior designer like Sam Sorgiovanni to have a home that pops with all the right colours. It can be quite an easy job to choose colours for any room if you have a pretty mat or even a piece of artwork you really love and intend to use in it. Here’s what to do.

  • Choose the main colour in the artwork and use a colour chart to find a paler or lighter version for the walls of the room. This will usually be a background colour, not the part that pops out at you.
  • From the wall shade, choose a slightly darker hue for the carpet.

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7 Gardening Ideas to Make Your Garden Pop

Are you tired of your old garden that seems to be more weeds and dirt than anything else? Having an attractive garden around the home can add value and aesthetics and enhance your lifestyle. Everyone needs something pretty to look at and if you are constantly surrounded by dreary, half-dead plants it will eventually get on your nerves and poison your mood. So here are some tips to not only make your garden pop, but to brighten up your mood as well.

  • Spend a little more on organic fertiliser to ensure your soil is healthy. Few plants can grow well in soil that cannot provide the nutrients they need.
  • Start again with your basic garden shapes and add different plants for a better look. Do a little research so you know what their growing habits are and can plant them accordingly. There are many great gardening makeover books available you can learn from.

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Can You Really Handle that Home Renovation?

Colray Cabinets reported this month, that many handymen and women just love the feel of power tools in their hands and the satisfaction of completing a job such as building kitchen cabinets. The trouble is that they can easily get into strife when they take on a job that is a bit too much for them. For a start, handyman power tools are usually not strong enough to use for a big carpentry job. You risk wearing out the tool and having to replace it, or having to purchase a commercial tool instead, for a great deal more money.

Putting together a flat pack may seem simple enough, but do you have anywhere to do it safe from the children?  Kids always want to help and can easily be injured, injure someone else or ruin the project when they get into things they shouldn’t touch. Building cabinets in the kitchen is not a good idea. Doing it on the back deck is better, but still not ideal.

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How to Choose an Automatic Pool Cleaner

Having your very own swimming pool installed is very exciting. You and your family just can’t wait to dive into that cool, clean water on a hot summer day. No need to go to the beach or a public pool.  The kids will still be able to take a dip even though even when you wouldn’t have time to take them for a swim.  But after the excitement dies down, reality hits. You have to clean that pool to ensure the water is safe to swim in. Automatic pool cleaning products such as Kreepy Krauly immediately spring to mind.

Electrical-Maintenance

Who Should do the Electrical Maintenance Work in Your Home?

It is very easy for the home handyman to think it’s okay for him to fix small electrical problems around the house. After all, it can’t be that hard to take apart an old light switch or power point and install a new one, can it? Every trained electrician like Richtek Electricians would tell you that it is illegal for the DIYer to do work like this, even if it appears to be easy. In fact, if it is not done correctly it’s likely to electrocute someone.

Electrical maintenance work should only be done by a licensed electrician such as Electrician Perth Experts because of its inherent danger. It is fatally easy to do some small thing wrong and it can result in a house fire or worse, loss of life.  Government regulations allow only small things to be done by the untrained person and you can be in trouble if you repair or replace light switched yourself. How would anyone know?

Renovating-Kitchens

Latest Trends in Renovating Kitchens

If you ask a kitchen company like Kitchen Professionals it is no use renovating a kitchen only to find you have not incorporated at least some of the latest trends; you would still be dissatisfied with it. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms of the home and increasingly, is becoming a part of the living room with modern floor plans.

This means it is moving away from the traditional kitchen look and fitting in more with the look and feel of the space it shares. Here are some of the latest trends in kitchen design that you might be able to incorporate into your kitchen renovation – that said, only keep the ones you like!

Plunge Pool

16 Reasons to Own a Plunge Pool

A plunge pool is a pool that is small but deep. It is used as a way to cool off and invigorate yourself, or it can be heated for more comfort, especially in the winter. Sam Sorgiovanni has included plunge pools in many of those amazing super yachts he designs and they are ideal for this. They can also be ideal for your home for a lot of reasons.

  • They make great use of available space or odd corners.
  • They can fit into places such as a small courtyard, where a larger swimming pool would not fit.
  • Because they can be heated they are suitable for use year round.
  • They are comparatively cheaper to heat than a swimming pool.