A lot of people do not expect that a male would be very interested in sprucing a house up, which is why they are always surprised to learn that I love doing it. I was not always this way, though. For years, I lived in what most people would view as a bachelor pad. But one day, I bought this fantastic loft that was already outfitted with orange county shutters that I fell in love with. Most lofts are very modern, so throwing a lot of old furniture inside and leaving it that way would look out of place. That is what my place first looked like when I moved in, and it did not look welcoming. I wanted to do something to change that.

On my own, I was having trouble figuring out how exactly to decorate my place. I had never really done something like that before, My mother was responsible for that task in our family home when I was growing up. I just had not paid all that much to what she did, but I know that she always told me that she was no good at it and really never liked to do it. So, I really didn’t have a good foundation in that particular regard. So, I went to the bookstore one Saturday afternoon and sat down at a table with a big pile of books on decorating. I thumbed through several that helped me with more modern places. I bought three books to take home, and I studied them in my free time.

I decided that I wanted to do a mix of modern decor and flea market finds. I had a really good time going to the local flea market on the weekends to find a variety of different things to fill my new place. I also found a furniture store nearby that sell a lot of great, up-to-date items. I would say that I have done a pretty good job so far.

I like the old way of doing things. It is better quality for a lot of things. Do not get me wrong, I understand that modern technology can produce some incredible products. I like the old way in making things that last. You can make a microwave that lasts for decades, but most people only get a couple years out of the ones that sit on a countertop. I bought some bulbs years ago that were made to last a decade and they did. I like old craftsmanship of homes with real hardwood floors, original orange county shutters and big old wraparound porches. There is not much in the way of plastic, laminates or modern textiles, adhesives or other stuff, but the workmanship still stands in the materials built to last. Continue reading “Restoring a Home Using Old Ways of Craftsmanship and a Mix of Modern and Old Materials”

It took a lot of time for me to handle doing a lot of work around my house over the years. I am always busy with other things, so I had to wait to get things done during my free time. But now I am to a point where some of the work that needs to be done needs to be carried out by someone who knows what they are doing when it comes to things like installing double glazed windows. I looked for a company covering the Didsbury area with trusted workers who could get the windows install done for me. I had looked at some videos online about how to do it, but I honestly don’t trust myself handling that all by myself.

My father helped me to learn how to do a lot of different things that involve being a handyman. Continue reading “I Can’t Always Do Everything by Myself at Home”

Since the kitchen is often the heart of the home, it makes sense to decorate your kitchen in an appealing and comfortable style. One quick and easy way to spruce up a dated kitchen is to decorate it with the French country decorating style. Since turning your kitchen into a French country retreat is one of the current trends in kitchen decorating, there are plenty of wonderful accessories available.

Before you start to shop for your new French country kitchen, you will need to select your color scheme. While the original French country décor colors were blue and yellow, black and white or maroon and white colors are now being used, as well. Personally, I still prefer blue and yellow, but I like the traditional yellow kitchen walls. I used a pale golden yellow on the upper half of my walls and a darker golden yellow on the bottom half. The room looks bright and cheery without being obnoxiously yellow. I use blue accents in the room to complete the blue and yellow color scheme.

I bought new cabinets for my kitchen when I redecorated in the French country style, but that is because the cabinets that were there when I moved in were hand-built and weren’t very well done. They also were literally falling off the wall. If I would have had sturdy cabinets that had usable shelving and the fronts were a bit shabby, I would have painted most of them and knocked out the inside panels of the rest and attached chicken wire to them instead. To do this, you simply cut a piece of chicken wire so it is slightly larger all around than the inside of the door. Then, bend the cut edges under so that you won’t end up cutting yourself on the sharp edges. Finally, staple the wire to the inside of the door. Now, you have given your cabinet door a country look and you can display some of your favorite pottery, as well.

Once the cabinets are in place, it is time to fill your kitchen with a French country ambience. Rooster accessories are a hot trend that give your kitchen the right feel. I used a framed French country rooster print on one wall and a few rooster statues on a shelf over my kitchen doorway. A gold and blue rug with a rooster in the center to the floor helped draw the room’s colors and décor together.

To finish off the room, I added a valance to my window made with a French country fabric print called moiré. I made matching seat cushions for the kitchen table.

Planning to build a house is surely an exciting endeavor in anyone’s life. It is a major step throughout the course of a lifetime, one of the milestones that most hardworking people look forward to. Being a major decision, making a house plan can be a very difficult feat. Without the proper knowledge, one can turn a dream into a nightmare. Fortunately, with some basic know-how, one can be guided into making a good house plan that can make one’s dream home come into reality.

The Basics of a House Plan

When making a house plan, the first stop is to picture the general components one would want to have in their dream home. Going directly to the details might leave one frustrated as there are hundreds of things to think about, thus, it is important to first have an overview of the house plan. Would you want a house with just one, two or three bedrooms? This depends on how many people will live in the house, or if you plan to accommodate more in the future. You should also think of the size of the house, whether you want it to be a bungalow or a two-storey structure. You have to imagine the general feel of the house, before going to the nitty-gritty details.

The Financial Factor

Of course it is quite impossible to build a house without thinking of your budget. In most cases, the budget would determine so much about what you can do to the house you are building. It would be helpful to consult contractors or builders to see what kind of house would match your finances. Check if the house you imagined in your overview would be affordable according to your budget. If your budget does not meet your dreams, then you might just need to remove some elements, but if you have more than enough money, you may want to add some more things.

The Components of the House Plan

After contemplating on the type of house you want and viewing it according to your budget, you can then begin to plan the essential components of the house. Here are some of them:

1. Foundation – a house should be built on a sturdy foundation or else it could easily crumble or falter. You might want a basement as a foundation, this could give you extra space, perhaps for storage or another room. You might also want a slap foundation, a crawlspace foundation if you do not want a basement. You need to check with your local building authority as to what type of foundation can be used when building a house.

2. Materials – of course, you would need to choose the types of materials to be used for the house. You might one simple wood or hardboards, you might want concrete or stone. Again it all depends on your preference, budget, and the environment where your house will be built.

3. Exterior and Interior Finishes – finishing is also important even if some people might think it is just for aesthetic purposes. While a structure built on a strong foundation with sturdy materials could already provide shelter, it could barely become a dream home. Some types of finishes you might want for the exterior of your home could be cedar, vinyl, brick, aluminum, or wood. For the interiors you might want stone, concrete, paint, wood, among many others. Again, the climate could determine which type of finishing is best for your house plan.

Building a house is a major endeavor that requires careful planning and consideration. With a good plan and the proper execution, one can be sure to build a dream home.

There are some things you need to know before buying motor homes. Motor homes or motorized recreational vehicles (RVs) come in different classes. Two of those classes are usually confused with each other, those being class A and class C motor homes. It’s essential to look at the physical appearance of the motor home in order to determine whether it is class A or class C. Class A motor homes resemble a bus design with a flat or vertical front end and large windows while hand class C motor homes have a truck cab with an over-cab bed, in some ways resembling a camper.

Considered to be top of the line, Class A motor homes measure at about 24 feet or 7.3 meters and can be as long as 40 feet or 12 meters. Their weight can range between 15,000 to 30,000 pounds or 6,804 to 13, 608 kg; the undercarriage may be custom or a 3 to 10 ton truck chassis. Class A motor homes come with each of the luxury amenities you can fathom like a kitchen, a bathroom with shower and a tub, and sometimes a separate bedroom at the back depending o the floor plan of the truck. They also have heating and air conditioning, hot and cold running water, 100-125 volt electrical system, a dinette or living room area complete with couch and recliners, closets and an entertainment center. This is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, some of these motor homes can be more elaborate than homes themselves.

Class A motor homes are usually utilized by famous bands especially when they are in tour. There are also some rich families that own Class A motor homes for vacation and travel. A Class A motor home is perfect for those who can afford its high cost. Most Class A motor homes have all leather interior, a wet bar, big screen TVs, an advanced sound system and other high technology that may not be available to lower income families.

Depending on the model and the floor plan a class A RV can accommodate up to 8 people. But all of this luxury comes at a price. New, lower-end models are sold at up to $50,000 US dollars while larger and much nicer class A RVs can even cost more than any house in many states coming in at about $300,000+. Class A RVs are really very expensive; in fact even used class A RV can still be sold for $30,000-$40,000. If you prefer luxury lines, you may start saving about $325,000 up to over $1 million if you prefer the crème de la crème of all RVs.

Last but not least are Class C motor homes. Class C motor homes can also come in very luxurious models or more economical ones depending on your budget. They are much lighter in weight, ranging only from 10,000 to 15,000 pounds and generally run from just under 20 to 44 feet in length. They are constructed on cutaway chassis depending on the model. The cab is usually similar to that of the truck with a bunk above plus a rear bedroom. Just like the class A, Class C motor homes have all the amenities of home including kitchen, bathroom, dinette, heating and air conditioning system, and an entertainment center for additional cost.

Dinettes are not always present in class C motor homes and if ever there is one included, it usually converts into a double bed. If a dinette is not present, two captain chairs are available instead. Sometimes, the motor homes contain a couch and chairs instead of captain chairs. The couch may also be turned into a sleeper couch.

Because of the overcab bed, a Class C motor home can sleep more than a comparable Class A motor home, accommodating up to 10 people are accommodated. The cost of class C motor homes ranges from $50,000 to $170,000.

The common features of Class A and Class C motor homes are their slide-out wherein with a simple touch of a button the wall of the living room expands outwards to extend the living space by several inches.

Another type of motor home is the Class B which is usually referred to as van conversion. Class B motor homes look like pop-top camper vans and are self contained but cramped compared to their big motor home counterparts. The advantage of purchasing a Class B motor home is in terms of handling and size that is if you don’t want spacious motor home. They are usually promoted as a place to sleep more than what is deemed comfortable by most people. The class B motor home can also be used as a second car. Its price ranges from $38,000 to $75,000.

Motor homes are great for camping, road trips, or just simply living in style. If you are interested in purchasing a motor home, it is definitely wise to take time to do some comparison shopping and research as these motor homes can prove to be very expensive.

We all know how important air quality is, if you have ever spent a few hours on a plane you probably know that poor air quality has very negative effects, and that in some cases air quality has a very significant effect on general health.

But most of us don’t know much about the air in our homes and houses, we have no idea how much cleaner, or sometimes even how much worst it is from the outside air, in you live in a big city, or even close to one you should start thinking about this seriously. Air quality today, with a few exceptions, is not at its prime, and that you can significantly improve your quality of air, and your family quality of air.

Most of us have heard about air purification system, and air purifying products, most of the people believe that these products are extremely expensive and that the overall worth of this is not enough to justify spending so much money, but the times have changed, there are a lot of products in the air purification system market, and if you put some work into researching and studying the subject, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised as you walk away with an air purifying system that didn’t cost as much as you initially thought it would.

You can get an air purifier that will help you in many ways, improve your health, give you some peace of mind as to your children health and breathing, and even help you clean the house a little… yes, that’s true, the dust and dead skin that is a part of the problem in the poor air quality issue will be taken care of by the air purifier.

Living in a city, or in a air pollute area, have its tolls and they are not easy to avoid, the air purifier does help in preventing some very uncomfortable situations, and it is a shame that a lot of people think that is just an expensive thing without much use, it can help you in your daily lives, and improve the quality of your life, you can sleep better, breath better, your kid can avoid some diseases with greater ease and your house will be overall cleaner and the air in it, fresher.

There are different types of air purifiers on the market, the difference is mainly in the way the air purifier system filters that incoming air, and what it used in it process to clean the polluted air. The solutions that are the most common in the market are mechanical filters or air cleaning filter that use special materials to filter the incoming air, life charcoal for example. The more recent development in air purification systems is the air ionizer, which used electricity to clean the air.

Most effective for eliminating particles in the air the air ionizer burns those particles in the process of filtering thus reducing risk of many different kind of allergies significantly.
The best tip for someone in the market for an air purifier is to research the different products and consider his needs first, before even thinking of using, you will also need ot research the maintenance and overall costs, like buying new filters, and the places in which you would want to position your air purifier.