4 Reasons why solid wood kitchens are perfect for any home

Posted by | Posted in Kitchen, Renovation | Posted on 12-03-2014

The kitchen of a home is very often the heartbeat of family life. People spend a great deal of time in this most social of living spaces. And whether they are eating breakfast or enjoying a cup of coffee with friends, people are increasingly using the kitchen as the main area for entertaining. After a busy day, families come together in kitchens to share their experiences, so creating a warm and welcoming environment is very important. Investing in solid wood kitchens will not only enhance the homeliness of probably the most used room in the home, it could add some value to a property.

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Solid wood kitchens deliver strength
A large number of kitchen cabinets are made with particle board or plywood. However, by choosing a strong wood such as English oak for your kitchen cabinets, you can benefit from many more years of faithful service. Although the likes of plywood and particle board are cheaper, they simply won’t last nearly as long as oak kitchen units. Spending a little extra now may be a far more cost-effective move in the long term.

Solid wood kitchens are more resistant to everyday damage
The kitchen is usually the most functional living space in the home, and the demands put on it by the average family can leave it susceptible to damage. While plywood is particularly susceptible to moisture damage, solid wood cabinets are far more resistant to peeling, chipping and general degradation. Solid oak kitchens in particular provide a functional space that will withstand even the most demanding of families.

Real wood kitchen cabinets can support heavier materials
If your kitchen cabinets are expected to support the weight of counter- top materials, they will need to be strong and durable. Unfortunately, many kitchens are constructed with plywood and particle board. With the constant weight of popular counter-top materials such as granite, these types of
cabinets can sag and distort over time. However, the inherent strength of oak kitchen units delivers load-bearing qualities that can preserve the
structural integrity of a kitchen.

Beauty that real oak kitchen units deliver
There is no doubt that real oak delivers a beautiful finish to any kitchen, and that is why so many manufacturers use veneers to deliver that same look for a lower price. Whilst that may deliver certain aesthetic benefits in the short term, those veneers are likely to peel, chip and fade over time. Although investing in an oak kitchen may present a higher initial outlay, it will last far longer than a kitchen made with plywood or particle board cabinets.

A hard wood like oak is as strong as most metals, and it is highly resistant to water damage, chips, fading and general wear and tear. Although it is one of the most expensive options for kitchen cabinets, oak is capable of delivering a lifetime of faithful service whilst retaining its exceptional aesthetic.

Author bio: Malcolm Cox is a keen DIY enthusiast, and he writes extensively on the subjects of home improvement, building and engineering for a wide range of online publications in the UK, using websites such as http://www.solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk/ for research. His knowledge in the subject was built up during his ten years in the construction industry.

Installing a library in the entrance of your home

Posted by | Posted in Home Improvement | Posted on 14-02-2014

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When you love books & your thirst for reading is inexhaustible, this does not necessarily mean the same for your storage space for books in your house.The library room can quickly find themselves overwhelmed. So in this case you are not able to expand your collection of books, But no worries, You can transform the entry of your house into a beautiful library in a limited budget. But beware, errors are to be avoided in order not to burden your entry. Here are some tips for installing the ideal library in your driveway.

What books in the lobby?
Please note that the entry act as a welcoming place of your home. This is the first piece that you can see when you get home and it is the place that sets the tone for the wholehome library atmosphere of your home. It would be a shame to store books that do not have an interest in deco. Example, you can highlight beautiful books by putting them front and not on their edge on a shelf wall. In this way, your books will act like paintings that you can change your mood. The entrance is also a common place shared by the whole family, so we must prefer books that can be viewed by adults as well as children and can also be stored in the library for whole family. Finally, be careful not to overload your library that space does not seem too confined, especially if your entry is already narrow. For this, separate the rows of books with other objects such as vases, sculptures or even lamps .

How to choose a library?
If your entry is narrow, you will determine the depth of your library based on the remaining space keeping 1 meter width passage. You can also choose to insert a library on the wall opposite the door to keep your workpiece width. If your wall is equipped with a door, try the library will measure your door frame, an original solution for new storage space. Finally, with a narrow entrance, select a library in the same color as your walls in light colors instead. If, however, your entry is wide and great, you can play on volumes with an impressive library and a different color of your walls. You can also enjoy a library with open bottom to separate your room and hide behind coats and shoes. Finally, if you have a staircase, a library below to install it fill the void.

 

Different Uses for Prefabricated Garages

Posted by | Posted in Garage, Home Improvement | Posted on 05-02-2014

When you add a prefab garage to your home, you should see more than just parking space. There are many different opportunities to be had with these structures, from the traditional to the unusual. Presented below are just a few of the possibilities available with prefabricated garages.

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Garages and Sheds
Of course, sometimes a garage is just a garage. There’s certainly nothing wrong with using your prefabricated structure to store a car, lawn equipment, or other items you might find in a typical garage or shed. Even when used in its traditional manner, though, a prefabricated garage can open up all sorts of other space for you. Not having a vehicle taking up space on your lawn can allow you more luxury in terms of landscaping and design. It can also open up some exciting opportunities such as a larger garden or a Jacuzzi area, depending on how much space you’re saving.

Office Space
One of the growing trends in the UK is the tendency to use prefabricated garages as small office spaces. Each garage can typically hold two to three desks with computers, telephones, and other amenities. As long as heat and power are provided, a small team of workers can use the space effectively throughout the year. Even if you don’t have a small business of your own, using your garage as office space can free up a study or spare room in your home, which can then be used for a different purpose.

Garage workshop

Workshop
If you like to work with your hands, a concrete garage is a good place to set up your workshop. This offers you protection from the elements so you can work no matter what the weather outside looks like. It also gives you as much privacy as you want – if you don’t want people looking in on you, you just have to close the garage door. The other benefit of turning a garage into a workshop is that the concrete absorbs a lot of sound, so people in your home won’t be bothered if you’re using power tools or doing something else that generates a lot of noise.

Entertainment
A garage doesn’t have to be used for work or storage alone. It also makes a great place for a variety of forms of entertainment. If you have kids who want a clubhouse, you can clear the garage out to give them that. If you have a band that needs a place to practice, a relatively soundproof structure like a prefabricated garage works perfectly. Even if you need a location to shoot an amateur film, your garage can easily be turned into a soundstage or set.

prefebricated garages

The different uses for sectional garages are almost endless. These structures are very easy and affordable to set up, and once you have one, you can use it for anything from parking your car to storing tools to using it as a clubhouse or rehearsal hall. This is the type of space that can truly be customized to your specific needs.

Dining room design trends 2014

Posted by | Posted in Dining Room, Home Improvement, Kitchen | Posted on 13-01-2014

The New Year may be in its infancy, but already there are predictions for the design trends of 2014. When it comes to the dining room, the trend seems to be continuing to make it a room that gets used every day, rather than just once a week.

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The kitchen/diner
Open plan for these two once separate areas seems to be a trend that is here to stay. This recent trend towards open plan dining is due in many ways to the emphasis being put upon a family eating together. Studies have proven that family members that eat together have a healthier, more emotionally stable relationship with one another. Teenagers achieve better grades at school, appear less likely to use drink and drugs, and are less likely to develop eating disorders.

The kitchen, traditionally considered as the heart of the home, is being combined with the dining area, and instead of being separated by a wall; zones are now defining these two spaces. This means decorating the kitchen, for example, in one wall colour, with the dining area being painted in a different shade (in the same tonal range) to mark the transition.

dining room design trends 2014

Zoning is also achieved by lighting, and distinctive lighting is a definite design trend for 2014. With the recent fashion for upcycling, taking household items and re-purposing them, truly original and distinctive lights are being designed. For example, magnificent chandeliers are being created from upturned empty wine bottles, teacups and saucers, knives and forks. A chandelier of this type hung over a dining table will not only help to define the area but also creates a conversation piece for dinner guests.

Decorating trends
When it comes to dining areas or dining rooms, rustic is in. The trend these days is to go for a natural look, and this is easily achieved with furniture. An oak dining table, for example, is a perfect choice. Oak is a wonderfully sturdy and durable natural material, and with its attractive grain, brings a little bit of the outdoors to the interior.

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Another trend that began last year and looks set to continue in 2014 is the idea that nothing needs to match in a room. So a dining table need not have chairs that match, but the more eclectic the chairs, the better. A table need not only have chairs around it, but could employ chairs along one side and a bench along the other. A bench is not only a space saving option, but this type of communal seating also creates a more convivial atmosphere.

Understatement is dead. A design trend of 2014 involves big and bold statements, both in colour and in accessories. Vibrant colours such as turquoise, yellows and greens are in, and not just as accent colours.

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There are also some surprising returns for materials. For example, metals, and particularly brass, are making a comeback, and not just in the kitchen where they might be expected. The soft, burnished reflective nature of brass instantly helps to add warmth to a room, whilst giving it an opulent feel.

Adding a personal touch to your home

Posted by | Posted in Decoration, Do It Yourself | Posted on 11-01-2014

There are times in our lives when our homes actually feel quite impersonal, almost as if they aren’t ours. This can happen when you’ve just redecorated, perhaps with some new furnishings, so everything feels and looks unfamiliar. Those who move around a lot for work might also be aware of this feeling when they’ve just begun living in a new place.

Adding a few little items that bring some style and personality to your space can really help to diffuse this feeling, and make your home more welcoming and less like anyone else’s.

Ornaments are not out
The word ornament might make you think of your great-aunt’s collection of 400 shepherdess figurines, but in the 21st century, the options are far greater. No longer only available in cutesy china or cast iron, there are a variety of materials used, from light resins to moulded metal.

If you’re still shuddering at the thought, imagine a giraffe’s head on the wall, or even an antelope skull (in resin) complete with antlers (also resin). Not so cutesy now, but with a real life kick and some serious style.

If cute is what you like, how about a pair of china chooks decorated in polka dots?

use of candles in decoration

Shine a light on it
Lighting can be the key to the comfort in a room. Too harsh, and it feels awkward; too dim, and it’s hard to do anything in there except maybe watch TV. If you love lamplight and hate the overhead, splashing out on a few unusual lamps and placing them around the room can be a great option. Choose them with lampshades included, or find your own.

Candles and tea lights are an easy way to set the mood in a room, and hurricane-lamp-style holders are very safe and come in some delicate and intriguing designs. Crackle glass holders radiate charm, and the light twinkles through, casting interesting shadows. Other types of textured glass work in similar ways to produce different results. The trick is to look around for them first, see all the options easily available and pick the one you like the best.

flowers in interior decoration

Say it with flowers
Personality is hard to describe in words, but we often express it without realising it in the items that we keep around us. Freshly cut flowers can lift a room with both the splash of colour and sometimes the smell – lilies in particular are well known for freshening a room. What you put them in is down to your personality, but luckily flowers look good whatever they’re wearing!

Popular choices of vase range from the classic glass milk bottles to modern-art-inspired metallic centrepieces. Vintage cream jugs make excellent vases and even an old umbrella stand can hold a pot in its top to carry flowers.

Home decor ideas don’t come naturally to everyone, which is why websites that curate lots of items and ideas together in one place can really help if you’re not interiors-orientated. Taking a risk here and there is one thing, but splashing out a lot of money on something that doesn’t work is another, which is why it’s safest to purchase items that have been thought about from a design point of view by a professional.

Upscaling decoration ideas

Posted by | Posted in Decoration, Furniture, Interior Designing, Living Room, Paint & Colors | Posted on 10-01-2014

Upscaling is the art of taking an old piece of furniture that no one really wants, and turning it into something functional and beautiful for your home. It’s about breathing life into something that was close to going into the bin and making more of it than it was before.

The advantages of upscaling (as opposed to buying something brand new) are that not only do you get to nurture your living space you are putting something of yourself into your furniture, while at the same time saving some cash. You can use items you already own, or buy them cheap from a thrift shop or a charity outlet. Don’t forget car boot sales, as they are a great source of unusual items at low prices. Even pre-loved or free items can be changed.

Shabby chic is a popular style in which people reinvent old pieces of furniture, but if that look isn’t for you, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still give yourself some creative joy with upscaling.

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Some items are ideal for upscaling
Wooden shutters are great for upscaling purposes. They have so many possible uses, and they are often already available in unique colours and finishes so there is a limited amount of work you need to do on them anyway. If you stand up three or four together behind your bed, they make a great headboard! Alternatively, they’re a good way to feature a bank of pictures or even decorative plates on the wall. You can use them in a similar way to the old-style clocking card holders for keeping papers, cards and notes in a safe place, or even as a rack to hang kitchen tools.

Breathe new life into old furniture
Coffee tables tend to lose their appeal after a few years, and styles do go out of the window quite quickly, but they can still have a lot of use after their coffee-table-incarnation.

Those with a second shelf below the top surface can be turned into a comfortable bench seat with storage; all you need are lovely cushions to sit on, the perfect alcove or space to place it in, and maybe a wicker basket to hold things neatly on the bottom shelf.

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Paint may be enough
You don’t have to have the imagination it takes to give something a brand new purpose. If your coffee table is looking a bit battered and sad, why not give it a coat of paint, or a faux metallic finish? Bookshelves that have had their day can be reinvigorated with a change of scenery and a lick of varnish; if it’s already painted and is solid wood, why not sand it off and bring out the natural grains?

Get rid of a few drawers
Dressers and sideboards are old-fashioned items that have a lot of potential for modern day living, but who needs all those drawers? Be brave! Remove some of the drawers to create spaces within the furniture. More wicker baskets, a place to keep your hi-fi … there are so many pleasures you can get out of one item.

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Wallpaper in unusual places
If you’ve got something that’s already painted, but just looks a bit tired, try using wallpaper samples to line sections of the door or drawer inlays; this can link the item with the wallpaper in that particular room, or it can just lend a bit of interest and colour to an otherwise dull item.