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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Using Minimal Architecture at Home

Minimal architecture furniture can make your home spacious and a good range of small furniture is available for homeowners. In addition to sofa sets, there are medium size dining tables, chairs, stools and tables. You name the household item and it is available at the small goods store.

It is not that only household goods are available on this store as you can buy pretty office equipments too. Your office should look neat, clean and functional but a lot of space is lost in keeping oversized equipments. For instance take the reception in your office. This is place where you welcome your guests and visitor. It should look spacious and also have elegant sitting arrangement. With small furniture, you achieve two objectives that are making your reception look spacious and second making decent sitting arrangement for your guests.

Homeowners and entrepreneurs can be seen struggling with their bulky accessories. They try to create space for more useful goods but they can’t because most of the living space is already eaten by present accessories. In this situation, you can only removing some of the accessories to accommodate new furniture. Another way is to replace old bulky furniture with elegant minimal architecture goods.

Cost effective minimal architecture can make your home look beautiful, spacious and inviting. Bulky furniture huddled at a living room and other places make a home look crowded and the residents and visitors feel restless at crowded home. A great advantage of using small items is that they are convenient to move and you would feel no hassle in cleaning your home even when plenty of miniature goods are placed in the home.

Things to Remember when Do Your Own Home Improvement

Be Completely Honest with Yourself

Every project should start with this, and this is the best way to avoid unwanted home improvement disasters. Nobody knows you better than yourself, so be completely honest with yourself about your skill set (weaknesses and your strengths). For instance, if you can’t handle heights or a fear of it, then don’t do the re-roofing yourself. It might just end up giving you more problems than improvements.

Check Current Building Codes In Your Area

In many areas, similar building codes are imposed. But take note, similar and not exactly the same. Make sure you are fully aware and understand your local or country building codes to ensure that your remodeling project will not pose future problems on your end. If you make the projects yourself and fail to comply with the given codes, you could be fined and might just put you and your family in danger.

Cost and Time

Come to think of it, deciding to go DIY is mainly driven by money or budget. But what others mostly forget about is the time factor. As said by many, time is the only truly limited resources in the world. Going DIY will more likely take much longer time than hiring a professional. How much will be sacrificed for every hour you spend doing the project yourself? What is that time worth to you?

Things that are better left to the Professionals

Doing DIY projects are great and there are a lot of great DIY projects out there. But to avoid potential disasters with your home improvements, it might be best to leave these things to the professionals (unless you are one yourself):

  • Electrical Repairs or Installation – Electrical jobs are extremely dangerous; improper connections can lead to groundings and electrical accidents. Leave this to professionals, but make sure they are licensed and qualified as well.
  • Heater and Air Conditioning Repair – An HVAC project involves a lot of dangers because not only does it have electricity involved, but natural gas as well. This means that there are a lot of potential if you don’t know what you are doing.

It is not our intention to discourage you from doing DIY’s because we understand that there is a great deal of satisfaction with a job well done (and extra savings). But to avoid home improvement disasters, it is best to be smart.

Things to Consider when Choose an Architect

# The first and the most important thing that one needs to do is to make a good search. There more one searches the more are the chances of finding a good architect. Over the internet there are various architectural websites from where one can avail information on various architects. Besides this, almost all reputed architects have their own websites where they provide thorough information on their services. Going through the website will definitely help one to find a good architecture.

# Once the search is made try to get quotes that will help you to get a good insight into the services of various architects and the prices they charge for their services. You will also be able to understand whether you are being misled by other architects.

# Once you shortlist some of the good architects in the locality you should go and give a personal visit to their office. That is a good way to judge the potential of an architect. A good architect will definitely have a well organized office. Any architect who have a messed up office shall not be chosen. You should ask the architects about technological helps. Nowadays with the help of 3D technology architects are able to create a virtual display of the end result. That will help you to get a fair idea about the project and will also present a virtual idea about what the project’s going to be like.

# You should also check portfolios. A good architect will definitely show you their last projects and the way in which they handled it. The most important thing that needs to be checked is whether the work is up to the mark and has a touch of being modernity.

# You should also let the architect know about the budget on which you are keen to work. And then check whether they have the ability to get good results within that budget.

# Good architects also provide their customers or clients the facility to have a word with their older clients. Having a word with these clients will help in getting a good idea about the architect that you plan to hire. Moreover you will also come to know about the various other aspects of that architect.

Mistakes on Home Renovation

Gutting Everything

Before starting your renovations, make sure you plans are well-set, because you don’t want to go in there and just remove everything out, when you can work around some areas instead.

Going Cheap

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners do when doing renovations is going cheap when buying materials. Truth is, you’re going to get what you pay for.

If you can’t afford to do it, wait.

Overusing Duct Tape

Duct tapes are not a permanent solution. It’s just a temporary fix. But people use them because it’s quick, easy and cheap.

Inaccurate Measurements

An inch or half an inch can make a big difference. If your dimensions are off and aren’t symmetrical, you won’t get the effect and impact that you want. If you’re unsure on making measurements and directions, seek a professional.

Not Doing the Prep Work

Make preparatory work, and do it the right way, right away.

Using the Wrong Tools

Using the wrong tools can wreck the project, wreck the tool, and you can wreck yourself as well.

A Small Bathroom

If you want a small bathroom, choose the right fixtures. Never use full-size fixtures in a tiny bathroom to avoid making it crowded. Use bold colors and prints – it makes small spaces feel better.

Ignoring Lighting

Most homeowners always forget the effect of lighting in a home. Do some research and achieve the ambience you want to have.

Too Trendy

People often want to be too trendy and choose the hottest or coolest things. What they always forget is that trends are short-term and might just look good while it’s trending.

Building Small Doorways

Check the entire floor plan and make sure you make the doorways bigger for high-traffic areas. Also make sure that rooms have multiple exits.

Failure to Anticipate Chaos

Even well-planned projects have chaos, so prepare yourself and try to anticipate them. Make plan A’s and plan B’s.

Incorrect Storage of Materials

Always practice proper storage of materials – to avoid wastes and extra costs for damages or re-purchases.

Not Using Green Materials

People are often not going green with their projects because they don’t know how they think it’s expensive – which is not entirely true. Going green is actually a smart investment in the long run.

Using the Wrong Paint

People always s make this mistake. What they don’t realize is that there really are all types of paints for different places and purpose.

Choosing the Wrong Windows

Windows are expensive, but instead of saving up on them, it is best to save up on other things and make sure the windows are right and are of best quality.

Forgetting About Safety

Safety is always a MUST. Aside from having a first-aid kit, make sure you have protection as well (goggles, boots, ear covers, etc..)

Not Doing Your Homework

Even if you won’t be doing the work yourself, you have to know what you’re getting into. You should have sufficient information and know what questions you should ask your contactors.

Forgetting to Update the Electrical System

People sometimes forget to check or update their electrical system when renovating, mostly because it’s expensive, and because it’s not usually visible.

It is best to walk around with your electrician before starting your projects.

Avoiding Permits

People should also include the legal paper works in their priority. Avoiding such might save you some, but if problems should occur, you will have legal issues and your insurance might not cover your home.

Setting an Unrealistic Budget

Now this is where most people are wrong. Renovation is costly, but still people underestimate the cost of renovation, and they mostly forget to include the cost of labor with their budgets.

Truth is, you’ll never know what’s going to happen unless the demolition process is started so you need to be flexible with your budget and be realistic.

Getting the Wrong Contractor

You need to make sure that the contractor understands your needs and wants.

One tip would be to look for those contractors who answers phone calls fast, because it means that they have nothing to hide, and would lessen your anxiety.

Taking On More Than You Can Handle

When people meet their limitations, they often take shortcuts – resulting to substandard work.

You really have to be honest on your skill set, and capabilities.