Month: December 2016

Multi-Slide Doors and Pocket Glass Doors – The Pro’s and Con’s

It seems you almost can’t build a house over 5000 SF any more without including a multi-slide door. What used to be a luxury is now almost a requirement.

This being the case it appears that more and more consumers want to update their existing homes with these products. Their popularity cannot be denied so I feel the best way to discuss these doors are in terms of pro’s and cons. Then, you the homeowner can decide whether the decision is right for you or not.

Cons

1. Poor Energy Efficiency – Usually multi-slide doors are such large openings that they need to be made of aluminum to be able to manufacture such large openings. As you probably know, aluminum isn’t very energy efficient. Also having such large sections of your home being glass will also require more energy to heat and cool as opposed to if there was just wall space there. However, luckily glass is getting more energy efficient all the time, and there are several low-e glasses available that perform surprisingly well.

2. Difficult to Install – This is one of the projects that I would seriously recommend you hire a licensed contractor to install. Most manufacturers only sell the product as an installed unit because of the difficulty of installing them; they require all installers to be factory trained employees. Even manufacturers that don’t install, usually require vendors to be licensed glaziers.

3. Difficult for remodeling situations – Most multi-slide doors are designed with pockets and large spanning opening, they can be sometimes difficult to rearrange your existing framing to accommodate what you may be looking for. The home usually needs to be designed with the multi-slide door in mind to accommodate your exact design wishes. However, usually if you’re flexible with the design and configuration, there is usually a way to make it work.

4. May require a general contractor – Most times when installing a multi-slide door, it may require framing changes. Depending on where you live, if the change is made to a load bearing wall, you have to pull a permit and have an engineer sign off on the change. This will usually require a GC to handle the details for you. A simple French door or window installation can be done by a licensed window or door company.

5. Cost – These doors can be quite expensive. Most time when I give a remodeling customer / homeowner an estimate on these doors, it usually becomes price prohibitive. They see a French door or sliding glass door at a home store for 800 dollars and figure these doors are three times as big, so they should be three times as much right? Wrong, you see standard size doors are made with stock sized tempered glass. Multi-slide doors are custom sized and the price grown exponentially when you go to custom sizes.

Pros

1. Dramatic effect – No other home improvement will such a dramatic effect on the design, look and feel of …

Cleaning Services That Can Save You Time And Effort

Cleaning can be a tedious process, especially when you have a large space to cover. Whether you wish to keep your residential or commercial space sparkles, a lot of effort and time will be needed. With busy modern lifestyles, most people rarely have the time to spare to do some thorough cleaning. Luckily, companies have made it very easy for individuals and companies to maintain clean spaces by offering all kinds of cleaning services. Using these services, you can enjoy a neat home or office without the need for you to do all the tedious work and without putting so much of your time in it.

Carpet cleaning services – The carpet is an essential item in a home or even office, apart from keeping the home appealing, it also adds to the comfort. It is however also one of the items most exposed to dirt, allergens and dust. Regular cleaning of the carpet is important, yet it can be quite a challenge. Cleaning companies offer all kinds of carpet cleaning services including steam cleaning to keep this cozy rug in top condition.

End of tenancy cleaning services – This kind of service is available to property managers and owners as well as individuals who wish to clean after themselves when they move house. Cleaning a property after moving out ensures it is in good condition for the next interested tenant and it maintains the value of the home. Cleaning professionals offer thorough cleaning services that include cleaning of windows and walls as well as all other surfaces to have the house looking as good as new.

After builders cleaning – Building projects can leave quite a mess that can take all time and effort to clear. Cleaning companies have all equipment, tools and products to clean after builders so your house or office can have a pleasant overall look free from all the mess that comes with the building process. Because of the extent of this kind of job, you may be assigned a team of cleaners to hasten it and achieve the desired results.

Domestic cleaning – It touches on everything that your home may need. Using the professional domestic cleaning services, you can even have your appliances cleaned, your bathroom scrubbed and sanitized and even your windows and carpets cleaned. Upholstery cleaning services also fall in this category. The professionals will definitely transform every area in your home with their expertise. The services are packaged depending on what service needs you have meaning the charges differ depending on the extent of work.

Office cleaning – The cleanliness around your office can go a long way in keeping a positive image of your business. High traffic offices require regular dusting and cleaning and the companies offer all these services. You can schedule the service depending on the exact needs you have within the office to keep every section looking organized and tidy. Some of the cleaning experts will even offer office de-cluttering services when required.…

The Difference – Pixies and Fairies

When you think of pixies or fairies you often think of the same creature. A small human like being that is winged and beautiful. However, pixies and fairies are quite different, and in many legends do not even get along.

Pixies live in gardens and meadows. They prefer to garden themselves because their diet consists of nectar and honey. They are generally peaceful, but will go to war with a fairy over territory if needed. These creatures are not immortal; it is believed they live about 15 to 20 years. Some legends portray them with wings, others without. Most are dressed in green to camouflage with the garden or meadow. All of them have pointy ears.

Every Pixie loves to steal ponies for fun, and they enjoy playing pranks on each other. Not immune to pranking humans, these little creatures also often give domestic animals problems as a way to have fun. They are smaller than their fairy counterparts, averaging about 4 inches in height. They are deathly allergic to silver and even a brush against the metal can send them to their death.

A fairy is about 6 inches in height, and is often considered bossy. While these creatures are portrayed as beautiful winged beings full of magic and mystique, they can be mischievous and war like. Fairies will go to war over property and often make war with their counterparts.

Fairies are immortal and have the ability to grant gifts to people they choose. They have magical powers that allow them to be creative and fly, as well as the ability to disappear when a human approaches. Living wherever they choose, different types of fairies inhabit different areas. Most fairies avoid big cities because they prefer the freedom of open spaces and the fresh air of the country side. Most cities are “inhabited” with other magical creatures such as elves and gnomes.

Fairies dine on fruit and cheese and have the same aversion to silver as a pixie. Fairies have the ability to manipulate the elements, and often do. They enjoy making things such as shoes and will often steal household items from humans to complete their projects.

Both types of creatures have been in human folk lore since the onset of time. Every culture has a story about little winged creatures that bring fortune or trouble. Many of the legends and the associated magical creatures such as brownies and gnomes find their origin in England and Ireland. But every society mentions them at some point.…

Pros And Cons Of Quartz Wall Tiles

Quartz wall tiles suit well on the floors, walls, pathways, porticos, kitchen countertops and backsplashes. All the interior designers recommend them on the high-traffic areas. They are water and temperature resistant. They are available in plenty of colours, designs and patterns. The black and white colours are famous. They make the floor look beautiful and glittery. They are non-porous, which never allows the moisture or germs and they are easy to clean. Regular cleaning is highly recommended and they are affordable, easy to keep up.

Contact the local dealers and check about the latest models of quartz wall tiles. Try to acquire all the features about these tiles before you meet them. There are online dealers who will explain everything about these tiles with the sample at your doorstep. Avail them and discuss with your family members. There are suppliers who offer the guarantees and discounts. Evaluate the cost and the quality before you buy them. Get extra tiles to balance the wastage. Go with the large size tiles to avoid the wastage. The following points will guide you to understand the properties of this wonderful wall tiles:

Pros

Wonderful appeal – since they are available in plenty of colours these tiles are available in many colours and patterns. They are easily matched to every decor. The mirror flecks on the surface offer a lot of shine. When you use these tiles on your walls, the light reflection makes the room bigger and more spacious.

Durable- they are long-lasting only for their non-porous nature. You don’t have to spend on the sealant or the conditioners. Take essential to avoid the colour fades, scratches and stains. Since Kitchens and bathrooms are high traffic areas, they are lot of chances for the dirt and grime entries, guard them with these tiles. They are water and moisture resistant, that makes us stay hygienic.

Easy preservation – the cleaning work is effortless, just sweep them daily with the soft brooms. Try to clean the settled dirt’s with the wet cloth weekly twice. Avoid the acids and other ammonia liquids on them. Wash them with the water and the special liquids recommended for these tiles alone.

Different shapes, colours and sizes- quartz wall tiles are natural stone kind but in the manufacturing process they are usually molded into several shapes and sizes. The pigments are then added to get different colour shades.

Cons

Heaviness- since you find heavier than the natural rocks, you might have to hire a professional contractor.

Price – When compared to others, they are expensive and money- worth.

All the flooring materials have the pros and cons; it is our choice to select the right one.…

Important Factors To Consider In Interior Design

Certainly everybody wants an aesthetically pleasing space. Man is naturally a lover of art and beauty. As such, regardless of how he finds the means to beautify or enhance a space to his satisfaction, man would ultimately want to see it done.

You don’t really need to be in a mansion to live a luxurious life, nor would you need expensive furniture to enhance your home. There are actually a lot of simpler ways to make a space look appealing and attractive. The important thing is for the space to manifest the technical and creative solutions that are appropriate for it.

Fortunately, the design of interiors of a space is looked after by the interior design discipline. Interior design is basically a multifaceted discipline that follows a coordinated and systematic methodology of research, analysis, and integration of knowledge into a creative process which is applied into a structure in order to achieve a built interior environment. In other words, in this discipline, both creative and technical solutions are applied to a space for it to become aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.

However, in order to achieve the total effect that is desired of a particular space, there are important factors to consider. These are the essential aspects of interior design that have to be observed in order to achieve general and specific goals. Each of these aspects has an influence on the overall result, thus each one should be critically considered.

The first aspect is balance. It is important to cautiously position things to achieve a comparable visual appeal of these things with respect to the space. The easiest balance to achieve is symmetrical. This is the type of balance where everything is well proportioned. Another balance is asymmetrical, which is most preferred by modern interior designers. This may need a lot of imagination, but it certainly brings out the ingenuity and creativity of the designer. Finally, the last type of balance is radial. This type is also easy to achieve since the positioning of things basically revolves around a defined center.

The second aspect is unity. In any design, it is vital to establish a theme or a concept. In designing interiors, uniformity should be carefully maintained. If a theme has been established, everything else must be in complement to it in order to establish unity.

The third aspect is proportion. It is vital for things in a space to be proportionate with respect to their sizes to maintain balance in the space. When things are not in proportion, the total appearance of the room is affected because some items in the space might be overshadowed by another.

Finally, the fourth aspect is focus. In interior design, a focal object in a space must be established. This object will be the center of focus in the space and should stand out. On the other hand, even the focal object needs to stand out; it still has to be related to design or theme of the overall space.…

How Do I Stop My Jack Russell From Peeing In The House – House Training A Jack Russell Puppy

That’s a good question. How to house train a Jack Russell puppy is one of the most daunting tasks you’ll face as a dog owner. However, because Jack Russells are so intelligent, house training a Jack Russell puppy can be accomplished easily and quickly if you follow some basic guidelines.

Puppies 8-10 Weeks Old

Depending on how old your puppy is, you may be expecting too much. If your puppy is too young, physically, he may not be able to hold his bowels. Most dogs come to their new homes 8-10 weeks of age. At this stage, they are unable to hold their bladder for an entire night and they have to be taken out every few hours.

If your JRT is less than 6 months old, be prepared that you’re going to have less than perfect compliance to house training and that you’ll have accidents at times. Be patient and stay positive.

Getting Started

First, and foremost, if you really want learn how to house train a Jack Russell puppy, you have to be willing to take at least 2 weeks off work. Why? Because you’ll need to keep watch over your pup very carefully so that you can sense when he has to pee and then intercede.

Designate His Own Space

Designate a space just for your JRT. Make it a space where the floor is easy to clean. This will be his play and sleep area. It should be an area that can be easily closed off and small enough to be manageable.

This will be your terrier’s “room” until house training gets under way and until you introduce the crate. Get him a blanket – perferably one with your scent on it, a bowl of water and some toys, and keep it in his new “room.”

Don’t Let Home Roam Free

If you’re serious about house training a Jack Russell puppy, and want fast results, your Jack Russell can’t have free access to the house until he’s fully house trained.

I know that sounds cruel, but there’s a good reason for this kind of rigid restriction in the beginning. If you give your dog free reign of the house, he’ll pee all over the place. You won’t have an opportunity to intercept him and take him to the appropriate place you want him to eliminate – which is outside.

When you’re learning how to house train a Jack Russell puppy you’re going to be asked to do a lot of things that seem cruel to your dog at first. But you’ve got to trust the process and do what you’re asked to do if you want results.

Keep Your Eyes on Him Every Minute

Your job is to watch your pup like a hawk. If you have to wash dishes, tie a tether to him, this way he can only go so far and you can still catch him in the act if he starts to go to the bathroom.

During Jack Russell house training, it’s …

How Does "Water" Affect Your Wealth Luck in Feng Shui?

Times are bad nowadays. Many are retrenched, while others are losing money in their investments. Since everyone is looking to have more money, I feel that this article has come at the right time. Feng Shui is related to health and wealth. In this article, I will share with you how you can use Feng Shui to improve your wealth luck. Even if you don’t make it big, you can still minimise your losses.

In Feng Shui, Water represents wealth or money. Whenever there is water surrounding a property, there is always wealth. Besides the fact that the rich people can afford waterfront properties, it is also due to the “water” which brings them their wealth luck.

From a Feng Shui point of view, it is very unfair for the poor as they have less choices when it comes to choosing their home. The rich can afford to live in places with good Feng Shui which brings them wealth luck while the poor have to stay in places where nothing much can be done about the Feng Shui.

A few years ago, a client staying on a landed property asked me to look at the Feng Shui of his house. After taking a look at the exterior, I told him that nothing much needs to be done as the Feng Shui is already optimised.

After some time, a friend recommended another client to me. This client was staying in a small apartment. After checking the directions and the apartment, I suggested that he move out. The door was directly in front of the lift, and the flat was at the end of a long corridor. Besides that, the directions were unfavorable for him.

He told me that it was impossible for him to move out as he was under a tight budget. I understood his position and gave him a list of things which he could improve. Unfortunately, the effect is minimal as the root cause is still present.

I need to explain here that I am not belittling people who stay in small apartments. It is just very difficult to change and optimise the Feng Shui of flats and apartments as everything is more or less “fixed”. This is why I said it was very unfair for the poor. However, don’t worry if you are staying in a place with poor Feng Shui and can’t move house. I will teach you later how you can “use” the Feng Shui of the rich to benefit yourself.

Let me move on…

There are 2 types of “Water” in Feng Shui. They are the “Real Water” and the “Virtual Water”. What is the difference between them?”Real Water” refers to swimming pools, streams, rivers, the sea, fountains or ponds. “Virtual Water” refers to roads, paths, walkways, lanes and alleys. It is not enough to just have “water” outside your house. Certain conditions have to be met before the “water” can work its magic in bringing you more wealth luck.

First condition, the “water” …

How to Prepare a Safe and Clean House For Your New Baby

Preparing for a new addition to your family is a process both necessary and intensive. You must install child locks on the cabinet doors, put hazardous materials out of reach, paint and furnish the nursery, all the while with an ever-expanding waistline for mom! Cleaning your home from top to bottom is just as important as stocking up on diapers. Do it early enough so that you don’t endanger mom’s health or the baby’s, and hire a professional service if it helps you relax. Try to complete these cleaning steps in advance, invaluable to ensuring a safe, clean homecoming for your bundle of joy.

• Remove all pet dander, dust, and allergens. Newborns don’t yet have fully formed immune systems, so take the initiative to kill as many homegrown allergens as possible. Vacuum all carpeted floors and do a thorough dusting, especially in those dark corners and hard-to-reach ledges were dust bunnies love to hide.

• If possible, remove curtains and drapes-the primary home dust collectors. If only in one room of your house, at least replace these in the nursery with blinds – they dust easily.

• Clean and disinfect all the surfaces where tiny baby hands tend to grab. The television remote may look harmless, but actually teems with germs that could cause illness. Use a non-toxic wipe or homemade cleaner to effectively remove up to 99.9% of germs in danger zones like the kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, food-born illnesses always pose a risk, especially for newborns. Make sure all surfaces stay “so clean you could eat off them,” as food tends to touch these surfaces anyways.

• Place soap, water, and clean hand towels at all the sinks in your home for guests to wash their hands before holding your newborn. No matter how awkward, enforce this rule, especially for young children, who carry a lot of germs. Make sure that every visitor washes their hands for at least 30 seconds before cradling the baby. Everyone, especially mom, remember to wash your hands after using the bathroom, sneezing, or preparing food for yourself or the baby. New moms, keep in mind that your child will quickly become used to the germs that naturally live on your body.

• In the changing table drawers, keep a hand stash of cleaning products in addition to a generous supply of diapers. You’ll want to clean the table after each change with a disinfecting wipe or homemade spray. You can use these products on other areas in the nursery, like the crib, where the baby will inevitably put his or her mouth on the bars and tiny hands on the railing.

• Keep all feeding items clean, especially before the first use, and ideally after every use. Boil brand new bottle nipples in hot water, and throw out old pacifiers and nipples that are cracked or stained. Instead of using a harmful chemical like bleach to disinfect baby products, simply soak the bottles, nipples, and breast pump attachments in …

Natural Remedies For Centipedes – You Don’t Have to Use Harmful Chemicals!

Natural remedies for Centipedes do exist, you don’t need to turn to pesticides to get rid of your house Centipedes.

You need to understand that getting rid of Centipedes means destroying their habitat.

Make your home inhospitable to them, and they’ll be forced out. This can be achieved using a variety of means.

Chemicals are one option, but many argue against using them inside of the home. I strongly caution giving the room a minimum of 12 hours of being well ventilated, if you decide to use chemicals.

Understand these chemicals are killing large insects, they are not to be taken lightly.

However, this article is about natural remedies for getting rid of Centipedes, so you’ve already decided not to use chemicals, I applaud you!

I didn’t use any chemicals, and I’ve been Centipede free forever. I used to get the red ones all the time in my basement. Yes I call them the red ones, I know their Scutigera Coleoptrata, but red ones is an easier name for me to use.

I definitely couldn’t forget the white ones either, in my sinks and showers! Those made me miserable plenty of times!

Once I knew I had to get rid of them, it was just a matter of determining how.

All over the internet you’ll find the simplest natural remedies.

Even the best natural remedies might not get rid of your Centipedes, but they should help. Centipedes can be a real pain to get rid of!

The most effective natural remedies for killing Centipedes are using a dehumidifier to dry out the area they inhabit, and to seal up any cracks leading into your home. Using sticky pads where you see them repeatedly can also be a huge help.

Use these natural remedies, chemical free, to get rid of the Centipedes invading your home.…

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Plastic Garden Sheds

The vinyl or plastic garden sheds would be the useful choice towards the more complicated and higher maintenance wood garden sheds. These products typically will not look as gorgeous but do precisely what they really ought to do and can save you lot money and effort. As all the things made of vinyl, the plastic storage sheds will not rust or get rotten and they are fairly simple to construct with each other and install. Quite often the compact vinyl garden sheds appear pre-assembled which in turn saves anybody the efforts and headache to create your garden shed yourself.

The Advantages of vinyl garden sheds

One particular benefit of building vinyl storage is they preserve relatively steady indoor temperature. They don’t tend to cook the things inside once the sun is robust and do not freeze out like metal backyard sheds.

Plastic garden sheds are some of those which are constantly getting the interest from the public. Generally, it will be due to the advantages they have over metal, wood and vinyl sheds. Certainly, a plastic storage building might also serve like a tool shed or as a shed for similar functions, like sheltering a bike or other vehicles. However, there are actually things which make them distinctive and of edge.

A lot cheaper

One of these mentioned points is their getting cost-effective. With them, you may essentially order a shed in the affordable total price yet still of good quality. And that type of storage is just what is required nowadays.

Apart from that, vinyl sheds can also be easier to build with only a handful of tools needed to have them assembled. If you’re a person not into creating or building things, this type will sure do you a favor. Moreover, a number of these storage sheds are flip-up. That signifies that it is possible to add other elements into them, for example a lot more drawers and racks.

Lesser maintenance

Yet an additional advantage of this sort of storage developing may be the minimal servicing they require. In contrast to those produced of wood, they can be not vulnerable to termite attack. And in contrast to metallic storage sheds, they cannot be rusted.

The drawbacks of plastic garden sheds

Like similar products, plastic garden sheds also have disadvantages. For one, they cannot completely mix to the natural surroundings of your respective garden. Sure, a whole lot of them now are beautifully painted to become also attractive. But then, they will never portray classic elegance as an oak or perhaps a wood can. Furthermore, there are actually a few of them that are not UV covered. That would make them fade through a short time period if straight uncovered to sunlight.

Nevertheless, having plastic garden sheds have lots of advantages and it will fit to whatever the dimension of the lawn you have.…