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A Guide To Caring For Your Potted Christmas Tree

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide To Caring For Your Potted Christmas Tree

Potted Christmas trees can be a good way of enjoying a traditional decoration without having to kill a tree in order to do so.  You might even be able to plant your Christmas tree out in the garden when the Festive Season is over.  Most nurseries sell living Christmas trees each year so there should be plenty of choice. Here’s a quick guide on how to care for your potted Christmas tree. Where to put your tree If possible, don’t put your tree too close to a radiator or fire.  Proximity to heat will dry out the tree’s roots very quickly, leading to needle-drop and overheating might even kill your tree.  If possible, find a cool, shady spot in which to place your tree.   Watering your tree The secret to keeping your potted Christmas tree healthy is making sure that its roots are kept moist.  It’s also important that the pot is well-draining so that the roots don’t become waterlogged, as this could cause them to rot, killing the tree.  A good way of making sure that the pot drains well is to place it into a terracotta saucer so that excess water can drain away. Check the soil on the top of the pot every day to make sure that it remains moist. Planting your tree outside Christmas trees tend to be potted a year or so before they are sold, meaning that the roots can become quite compacted within the pot.  All varieties of fir or spruce tree that are used for Christmas trees have the capacity to grow very tall; hence they have a lot of roots.  Your tree probably won’t thrive if left in its pot for too long, and it’s therefore a good idea to plant it out in your garden after Christmas. Choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil.  Dig a hole that’s deep and wide enough to encompass the whole of the tree’s root system and cover the top of it by at least five centimetres.  Keep the tree roots moist until it has become established after a few weeks.  You should see new growth appearing on the tree’s branches in the spring. Re-potting the tree It is possible to re-pot your Christmas tree and use it again for a year or so after it was first bought.  However, to do so you’ll probably have to trim off some of the roots so that it will fit into the pot with some good-quality compost.  The tree should be fine, but just bear in mind that the loss of some of the root system will impact on its stability when you replant it back into the garden, meaning that you’ll need to secure the tree with a stake until the roots regrow. In conclusion You can enjoy the beauty of a live Christmas tree by choosing a potted one this year.  If you want to, you can transplant the tree into your garden and bring it inside again the following year.  Ask as your local plant supplier or nursery for more information and...

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Building an Upside Down House

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building an Upside Down House

For homes that have potential views from a top storey, there is a growing trend towards an upside down design, where the living areas are upstairs and the bedrooms are downstairs. Here are some things to contemplate when planning your home.  Noise transmission If you have children who go to bed relatively early, it’s important to plan where their bedrooms will be relative to the more high traffic parts of the house.  This could include the garage and front door of the house where guests are likely to come in and out of the house, as well as looking at whether rooms directly above the child’s bedroom will conduct noise (such as kitchens with tiling or hard covered floors). It often makes sense to have the children’s rooms relatively close to the parent’s room so that there will be limited noise transmission at night as well as keeping the kids rooms on the opposite side of the house from doors and garages. It can also be great to give guests a quiet position in the home and some privacy from the family bedrooms if you are also planning on including a guest suite.  Construction costs Most homeowners do not have an infinite budget when building a home. An upside down home design tends to have a higher construction cost as the cost of plumbing up, as well as running sewer lines and gas line, tends to add cost to the construction. As a result to keep the cost down, it’s a good to keep as many of the wet areas on the ground as possible, such as keep laundries and extra bathrooms on the ground floor.  Privacy Having your living rooms upstairs can be an issue for your neighbours if this means that your guests will be able to look into their bedrooms and backyards. For that reason, you may not be able to have full vista windows but instead may need to have windows that are placed to allow you to look over the other house but not directly into bedroom windows or into the neighboring yard. The house design company can help to model the visibility from the windows, based on both the survey data of your block as well as the proposed home design.  If you are contemplating building a home with an upside down approach it makes sense to talk to a building company with experience in building homes with a similar design so that you can find a great design for the right...

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External Blinds | 4 Attentive Reflections To Compare Between Vertical And Horizontal Blinds For Patios

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on External Blinds | 4 Attentive Reflections To Compare Between Vertical And Horizontal Blinds For Patios

Window blinds and awnings are commonplace in many homes in Australia because they are easy to manage and are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Apart from aesthetic appeal, blinds bring privacy and regulate sunlight entering your home. Vertical and horizontal blinds are popular choices, but comparing between them for your patio requires careful consideration. Follow these attentive reflections to compare between vertical and horizontal external blinds for your patios. Think About The Dimension Of Your Patio Windows When planning horizontal or vertical external blinds, you need to consider the dimension of your patio windows. If you have large sliding windows, then vertical external blinds are better suited to them because they open up in the same direction as the sliding mechanism. If your windows are smaller and more compact, then horizontal blinds are well suited to your windows. Consider The Ability To Control Sunlight Based On Window Placement Vertical and horizontal external blinds can be adjusted to specific angles for protecting the interiors of your home. The slat adjustment helps to filter light effectively based on the placement of the window. Vertical blinds work best with east or west facing windows because they are able to block the angles of the rising or setting sun. Horizontal blinds are ideal for blocking or inviting light from the sun on north or south facing windows. Establish The Operability You Desire From The External Blinds If you’re keen on privacy, horizontal blinds act as effective blockades from any kind of outdoor light when they are completely shut. Horizontal blinds can also help you block any prying eyes from peeping into your home. If you want to keep your windows open regularly, then vertical blinds are more suited to sliding windows or hinged operations.  Think Of The Style Of Your Patio Décor The choice between vertical and horizontal blinds will essentially be contingent on the style of your patio. For instance, if you have furnishings with vertical orientations like striped chairs and long lamps, then vertical blinds may be more suited to the décor. If you have wider and broader patio furnishings, then horizontal external blinds may be more suited to your alfresco space. Vertical blinds give the room a sleek, tall and modern finish, while horizontal blinds can widen the space. Plan your external blinds based on the existing style of your patio décor. Both horizontal and vertical external blinds come in different colours and materials. Consider these attentive reflections to compare between vertical and horizontal blinds for your patio....

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A Few Tips for Choosing the Best Type of Mower for Your Lawn

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Tips for Choosing the Best Type of Mower for Your Lawn

The mower you choose for your lawn is an investment in your home, and one that should last for many years. However, not all mowers are alike and some will work better for your lawn in particular, while purchasing the most expensive model on the market may simply be a waste of money. Note a few differences between mowers and some tips for choosing the best type of mower for your lawn in particular. For small, simple lawns If your lawn is small and simple, meaning it has nothing more than soft grass and not brush or thick weeds that ever need to be cut, you might opt for an electric mower. This type often works with a battery that you charge before use so don’t assume you’ll need to work with extension cords when you cut the grass. Self-propelled models will assist with pulling the mower over the lawn and a mulching variety will mean no cleanup.  A robotic mower can also be used for small lawns with soft grass; this mower follows a pattern set out by wires that are buried underground. You simply place the robotic unit at a certain starting point and turn it on, and it will follow the signals from those wires, even returning to a charging station when necessary. For larger lawns and those with dense brush If you have a large lawn, opt for a riding mower, either one with a seat or one with a standing platform behind it. This makes it easier to mow those large areas and also reduces the risk of getting hit with flying debris from a thick and dense area of brush. If your lawn has many landscaping features and tight corners, choose a zero-turn mower. This mower swivels at the seat area so you don’t need to actually back it up around those tight corners or curves.  For lawns with thick weeds or dense brush to be cut, choose a lawn tractor. This model looks like a small tractor and will have blades between the front and back tires. The heavy-duty body of the tractor will allow you to more easily cut through dense brush or weeds, and the thick, short body will help to keep you safely in the seat with less chance of the mower tipping. You can also use a tractor mower for adding accessories, such as a thrush mower blade. These blades are even more powerful than standard grass cutting blades and are meant for thick...

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Why External Shutters Are Ideal For Your Patio

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why External Shutters Are Ideal For Your Patio

Homeowners who are looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors without having to leave their home will typically construct a patio. Since its main function is to provide a place to enjoy fresh air and nature, not many homeowners consider installing windows on their patio. As such, when the weather elements are not favourable, this space becomes uninhabitable. This does not have to be the case. After investing in the construction of a patio, you should be able to relax in it no matter the time of year. This is why it would be prudent to consider external shutters. These come in a wide variety, which ensures you’ll be able to choose a design and style to suit your residence. The following are some of the reasons why external shutters would be an ideal addition to your patio.  External shutters will protect your outdoor furniture Despite being functional, outdoor furniture is typically neglected. This is because it is designed to withstand the elements. Nevertheless, consistent exposure to changing temperatures, moisture and ultraviolet rays from the sun will eventually impact the appearance and structural integrity of your outdoor furniture. When you opt for external shutters, you no longer have to worry about the wellbeing of your outdoor furniture. These external shutters can be closed during the wet season to ensure that your patio furniture is protected without you having to engage in heavy lifting of the furniture. Closing the external shutters during the summer prevents premature fading of your outdoor furniture, as you will protect it from the harmful ultraviolet rays that would be penetrating your patio. Overall, installing external shutters can play a pivotal role in enhancing the lifespan of your outdoor furniture.  External shutters provide you with privacy Typically, patios are constructed at the front of the house. If your residence is located at a cul de sac with numerous other houses, then privacy could be a concern. If you would like to enjoy spending time on your patio without prying eyes watching you, you should consider external shutters. With external shutters, you can lower the slats to impede the view of people trying to look into your patio without compromising the amount of natural light streaming through into the patio. As such, you get the chance to enjoy the outdoors without being concerned about whether your neighbours can see your every move while you are on your...

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Create A Natural Look In Your Outdoor Living Space With Timber And Stone Look Tiles

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Create A Natural Look In Your Outdoor Living Space With Timber And Stone Look Tiles

Tiles have always been a popular choice as surface for outdoor living areas in Australian homes. It’s easy to see why; tiles are durable, low maintenance and easy to clean. However, some people prefer the look of natural materials in their outdoor areas, and the rich, classic feel that surfaces such as timber and natural stone provide. Fortunately, tile manufacturers understand this desire, and there is now an incredible selection of stunning tiles on the market that mimic the look of natural materials. Timber look tiles Timber is a beloved and enduringly popular choice for use in outdoor areas of the home. The natural hues of the timber lend a feeling of warmth to the space, and the classic look of timber never goes out of style. Timber aficionados also love the sheer variety of wood types, plank length and width, natural grains and finishes that timber provides. Timber look tiles are available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and colours. They can replicate almost any timber, from solid oak to the rustic look of recycled crates. Modern printing means the colour of the wood and the pattern of the grain are faithfully replicated on the tile surface, making them almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Unlike real wood, timber look tiles are impervious to weather, moisture and extreme hot or cold. They won’t warp, rot or shrink, and they never need sanding, resealing or protective sealants. On top of all that, timber look tiles are significantly cheaper than timber flooring, and will cost next to nothing in maintenance and repair over the course of their lifetime. Stone look tiles Stone is a timeless and elegant choice when designing you outdoor living area. For many people who love this look, the sheer cost of natural stone makes it an unattainable choice of material, particularly if there is a large area that needs to be surfaced. Fortunately, there are many authentic and excellent quality reproduction stone look tiles available for a fraction of the price. From the stark solidness of granite through to the buttery beauty of sandstone, virtually any natural stone look is achievable using these tiles. Stone look tiles are also more practical than their natural counterparts. Most stone is naturally porous and requires regular sealing to prevent stains and discolouration. Stone look tiles are glazed, which effectively seals them against the weather, dirt, and any materials which may be spilt on them. Creating a visually stunning and stylish yet practical surface for your outdoor living area doesn’t need to cost the earth. Timber and stone look tiles will provide you with an elegant and timeless look without the cost and upkeep of more traditional natural...

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Tips for Choosing the Right Skip Bin for Residential Use

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Choosing the Right Skip Bin for Residential Use

Renting a skip bin is not something that most homeowners do regularly, but a skip bin can mean keeping your property clean during a renovation project and can also make a spring cleaning or attic cleanout job much easier on you overall. You may be surprised at your options for a skip bin for residential use, so note a few tips for choosing the right size and type. Trailer bins A trailer bin is one that you tow or haul behind your car. These have a few advantages over other bins; you can easily take your rubbish to a landfill or recycling center as many times as you need during your cleanout without needing the skip bin company to come and empty the bin repeatedly. If you want to make money from items that can be recycled such as appliances, old car parts, and the like, the bin makes it convenient to simply drive them to a recycling center. You can also more readily move and relocate a trailer bin on your property; if you need to move the bin across the width of your property for a roof tear-off or other such type of job, a trailer bin can be safer and easier to move than a large bin that you would need to move manually. Wheelie bins Wheelie bins are smaller and more lightweight and may resemble your home trash cans; these are often used when you have rubbish that can be recycled but which needs to first be sorted. You might get a wheelie bin for cleaning out all those old newspaper in the attic and then another one if you need to toss out landscaping debris. These are very lightweight so they’re good for indoor use; you can often simply wheel the bin to the area of the home when needed, but of course you need to ensure you don’t overfill them or get them so heavy that you can’t take out of the home when they’re ready to be emptied. Walk-in bins If you need a larger skip bin for your job, it’s almost always recommended that you get a walk-in bin. This will have a door or ramp that folds down completely on one side. This makes it safer to load the bin; you can simply walk up the ramp or through the opening and dump out your wheelbarrow or toss in your items, without having to manage getting them over the tall wall of the bin. Be sure you note the clearance needed for this door or ramp when choosing a walk-in bin so it doesn’t run into your house or garage and can easily fit your...

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Open and Shut: Your Guide to Choosing Blinds

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Open and Shut: Your Guide to Choosing Blinds

If you are redecorating your home, you might be considering the benefits of installing new window blinds. First, you will want to understand the different materials on offer so you can choose a blind which meets your needs. Below is a guide to the different materials used to make blinds. Wooden Blinds Wooden blinds can help to create a homely look with your property. You can also stain or paint wooden blinds different colours so you can match them with the rest of your home decor. However when compared to blinds made from other materials, wooden blinds have a more limited width. Metal Blinds Metals are becoming increasing popular due to their sleek appearance. Metal blinds are normally made of aluminium, which is durable and easy to clean. They are also manufactured in a wide variety of colours and widths, so it should be easy to find a set of blinds which are suitable for you. The only downside with installing metal blinds is that if they become damaged or bent, it is very difficult to repair them. Fabric Blinds Fabric blinds are made using cotton or wool, which is woven or stitch-bonded. Generally, woven fabric blinds are more expensive than those which are stitch-bonded. While they look great, the downside is that fabric blinds can be difficult to clean if they become stained and are also susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight. Vinyl or PVC Blinds Vinyl or PVC blinds are very popular in modern homes due to the fact they are cheaper than wood or metal blinds. They are also easy to wipe clean and are available in a wide range of designs and colours. The downside is that, like their fabric cousins, this type of blind can begin to fade after prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Cane Blinds Cane blinds are made using bamboo or rattan. Like wooden blinds they give your home a natural feel. However the slats on cane blinds cannot be partially opened, which means you will have to roll the blinds entirely if you wish to let light in or see out of your window. As the article shows, there are a range of different materials to choose from when deciding which type of blinds to install in your home. For further information about the different materials or advice about how to fit the blinds, you should contact a professional window blind...

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Expo Producers: Three Tips for Incorporating Temporary Awnings Into Your Outdoor Show

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Expo Producers: Three Tips for Incorporating Temporary Awnings Into Your Outdoor Show

If you are an expo producer planning an event outside, you may want to think about creating some shade for your event. Temporary awnings or canopies are a great way to add shade in a barren lot or treeless park. Here are some fun and functional ideas for integrating temporary awnings into your event: 1. Put the shade near the food vendors If you have a lot of food vendors at your event, place a large temporary awning near them to create an al fresco dining area for your attendees. If attendees can get a bit of reprieve from the sun, it helps to re-energize them and increases the chances they may spend more time at your event. That gives them more time to engage with your exhibitors, which improves the exhibitor experience and makes them more likely to book booths at your future events. While you can put shade anywhere, it makes the most sense to place it near your food vendors. You can fill that area with tables, or if the area is grassy, encourage attendees to pop down a blanket and picnic there. 2. Consider using awnings instead of pipe and drape If your show budget has room to hire or buy more than one canopy, consider forgoing traditional pipe and drape. Instead of demarcating booths that way, put up awnings. Let each vendor set up their displays under an awning. This gives a fun look to an outdoor event, and it makes your vendors more comfortable. 3. Make a plan to secure awnings from the wind To ensure the awnings don’t blow away if the wind kicks up, you need to make sure that they are secure. Typically, to secure awnings or canopies, you need to tie guy ropes to the legs supporting the canopies, and then, you need to push pegs through the ropes and into the ground. If your event is taking place on a gravel or grass surface, this is easy to manage. However, if your expo is taking place on a concrete parking lot, you will need to explore another option. For example, you can use buckets full of concrete with eye screws placed into them, and you can tie your guy ropes to these eyelets. Note that you need to keep guy ropes out of the way of walking traffic so that attendees don’t accidentally trip and fall. Want more ideas on incorporating temporary awnings into your outdoor expo? Contact a local awnings...

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A Quick Buying Guide to Home Insulation

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Quick Buying Guide to Home Insulation

Home insulation is very important, as sufficient insulation means paying less on your heating and air conditioning bills while using less energy from power plants; in turn, you not only save money but you reduce the production of emissions from these plants. Since home insulation is often very expensive and will vary in its installation depending on the material, note a few tips for choosing the right type of insulation for your home. 1. R-value One of the first things you should consider about any insulating material is its R-value. This is a term used for any building material to describe its insulating properties. Like a school grade, a higher R-value means that a material will provide better insulation, based on its density, thickness, and other such factors. No matter the material you choose, remember that a lower R-value may save you money on the insulation itself but it may mean higher costs over time. 2. Application There are different forms of insulation, not just different materials, and these each require a different application or installation. It’s good to know the difference between these, if you’re thinking of installing your own insulation, as some might be easier to install then others. Blown foam is self-explanatory; this material may come in large quantities that you blow with a type of pressurized gun that may resemble a pressure washer or commercial vacuum cleaner. It may also come in small cans that you can use to add insulation around plumbing pipes or to small cracks and crevices. Batts are pre-cut sections of insulation; these are usually cut to match standard sections between wall studs and framing, so you don’t need to cut these yourself. Rolls are also self-explanatory; these roll out so you can cut them to a variety of lengths, for use on floors or in areas where you’re simply replacing sections of insulation. Foam board is rigid panels of insulation that you nail to studs, and these are good for adding another layer of insulation over the batts or rolls you install between framing materials. 3. Eco-friendly  Don’t assume that all insulation is harmful to the environment as it breaks down and decomposes. Cellulose insulation is often made from recycled paper products; it is mixed with a type of adhesive to make it thick and strong, and is blown into place. Some spray foams are made with natural soy which is also not harmful when it breaks down, and you can look for batt insulation that is made from cotton taken from recycled clothes; this keeps those items out of landfills and makes for a more eco-friendly...

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