Archives for May 2013

Creating a Functional Deck Space

Living spaces within your house may feel congested at times. Also, if you’re yearning for some fresh air without leaving the premise of your home, then you might want to add an outdoor deck space. Although not everyone can have such luxury, but if you have the space, why not have one? It can be used as a place to entertain your guests or a place to hang out when you feel the need for open space.

Of course, you can’t enjoy your deck space without doing anything about. If you have the space, the next thing that you need to do is to furnish and decorate it. A round table with a set of chairs can be a great addition to your deck space, especially if you plan to invite guests over every now and then. If you ample space, you can also throw in an outdoor sofa or two. This can make it perfect for those home events where you want everyone to gather outside.

Aside from the furnishing, you’ll also need to add proper lighting to your deck space. There are several options you can choose, from LED post lights, string lights to solar powered lights. The trick is placing them in key areas where they can light up your outdoor deck. Having the right lighting allows you to enjoy your deck space, even at night. In terms of design and decoration, dark wood colors with plant decorations can give your deck space a natural feel. However, you need make sure that the design and build of your deck space goes together with the rest of the house. It’d be unpleasant to look at if you have a dark wood colored deck, but have a bright colored paint on the rest of your house.

Choosing Between Contemporary and Traditional Windows

Windows are important parts of every house. They allow sunlight to illuminate the rooms of your house during day the day and can ventilation as well. When it comes to window designs for your new house or for your renovations, there are two themes that you can choose from. One is the contemporary themed windows which has a more minimalistic approach and the other are traditional, elaborate and old fashioned designs.

Contemporary windows are the most common types being used by modern day homes. They provide a more simple approach and have minimal to plain designs. They are usually painted in solid colors which offer a clean and simple look, which often comes in white. They require less maintenance and are less of a hassle when it comes to cleaning. They are designed to provide effective insulation and increase energy efficiency. When both functions are achieved, they are considered to be great addition to your house.

Traditional windows on the other hand have elaborate designs and often come with a larger size. They were originally designed for looking out a view from a room in your house. So they would probably fit more in your retreat house, where a view of a river or a clear mountain view can be seen. The elaborate design on this type of window can add to the aesthetics, but are quite difficult to clean and maintain. If you have time and energy to spend cleaning through small creases in the window design, then you can certainly have one for your home. Make sure that you choose a type of window that can provide the functions that you require and you can maintain.

Choosing an Appropriate Siding for Your House

A great home exterior can add aesthetic value to your home and provide functionality at the same time. However, in order to take advantage of its many benefits, you need to have an appropriate siding installed for your house. Whether you’re renovating or constructing a new house, you should consider the siding that you’re going to install to it.

There are several options when it comes to siding. One is the vinyl siding, which is quite common with most houses nowadays. Cleaning can easily be done through the use of a water hose or pressurized cleaning. This makes it easier for maintaining its aesthetic design and getting rid of dirt and stains. On the other hand, vinyl is quite thin and offers poor insulation. Brick is another type of material that you can use for your house exterior. It is quite durable and offers great insulation against heat. However, it is quite costly and a bit heavy. Although it is a strong material, you’ll need to inspect the mortar every now and then if you’re living within a wet area. The moisture can easily wear away the mortar, which you will have to replace. Stucco is another great option for your siding needs. Not only is it durable, but it is moisture resistant as well. It comes in varying colors and textures, and do not require painting as it already comes with its own design.

So in setting up your home exterior, try to choose a siding material that you can afford and can accommodate the design you want your house to have.

Installing Gutters to Your House

Have you ever asked if you really need rain gutters around your home? Well, unless you’d want your house exterior and foundation getting wet and exposed to water every time the rain falls, then you do need it. However, installing a gutter isn’t as simple as looking at one that you fancy in the store and purchasing it right away and installing it. Doing so may cause you problems later on, especially if you forgot to note whether you’ve picked one which is durable or one which is quite fragile.

In getting a rain gutter for your house, the first thing that you need to do is to take the right measurements. This allows you to specify your needs in terms of length and size of the gutter you wish to install. You should also make sure that you ask what type of material has been used and if have one that has a coating that appeals to your taste. The material and the coating will also serve as the indicator for the gutters durability.

The most common materials used for rain gutters are aluminum, steel, copper and zinc. Out of the four, aluminum is considered to be the least expensive and is quite light weight. This makes it easier to manipulate and install around your house. Steel on the other hand is heavier and can cost more. However, it has better durability and weather resistance compared to aluminum. For zinc and copper, both materials are quite expensive, since they often provide aesthetic value to your house. So before picking one out, weigh your needs and your budget at the same time.

Roofing Ideas for Your House Renovation

Okay, so you’re making a complete renovation of your house, or you’re building a new one. Whatever the reason, we all know that one of the most important parts of a house is the roof. It protects your entire house, especially the interior from direct sunlight, rain and snow. Aside from its most basic function, the roof also adds aesthetic value to your house if it comes with a great design.

Here are some ideas that you might want to make use of when renovating or building a roof. Gable roof is the most common and most popular roofing idea nowadays. This type of roofing has two slanted pieces forming a triangular shape as they are joined at the edge. Another choice would be a hip roof, which is similar to that of a gable roof. The difference is, it makes use of four surfaces rather than having only two surfaces forming a triangular shape. So it’d look more like a triangular prism with four sides.

You can also go for an A-Frame roof design. Similar to that of a gable roof where two slanted pieces are joined together. However, they vary in length as an A-Frame roof extends longer at the side, becoming the wall of the house altogether. Flat roof design is the least expensive among the other designs, and is usually picked by people with low budget. However, this design is more suited for places with warmer climates that don’t experience snowfall, since snow can easily build up over your rooftop with this design. In choosing a design, make sure to pick one that you fancy and goes well with the rest of the neighborhood as well.

Choosing the Right Paint Color for Your House

One of the easiest tasks when building up a new home is choosing the color of the exterior of your house. Aside from painting new houses, you can also repaint your house to suit the color of the season or keep on par with the recent trend. Keeping up with the popular house colors can be one way of increasing the value of your house if you ever decide to sell.

If you’re trying to set up a contemporary theme, repainting your house white can be a good choice. It gives your house a crisp and clean look, which is what contemporary designs are all about, simplicity and a clean look. Aside from the exterior painting, you can also use white for family rooms and in other parts of the house. Blue paint can be another option, which can complement the current season. Although it mostly associated with summer and spring, varying shades of blue can have varying results and appeal.

For fall and winter colors, you can go with brown paired with soft gray or a cool shade of blue. You can also pair up brown with a shade of gold and have it painted on your living room in order to invoke a warm feeling in your room. There are also other paint and designs that you can explore from your local paint shops or ones with online offers. However, the important thing to remember is that the paint color of your choosing should be one that can complement and suitable to your house. If you’re house is made from bricks, stones or wooden materials, you should make sure that the paint you purchase works well with these type of surfaces.

Incorporating Security Measures for Your Home

So you’re finally building the house you’ve wanted to have and you’re going to be moving out from your apartment. One of the issues in being a home owner is security. With very few security measures, your house can be the next target for burglary. However, there are ways in which you increase home security, which you can even include when determining the design of your home exterior.

One way to improve home security is to have fewer bushes and other structures around your home. Yes, they could increase the aesthetics around your home, but they won’t make it any safer. They can provide blind spots where burglars can hide, as they approach your house. Proper lighting is also very important, especially at night. Burglars and thieves often operate under the cover night, so it’d be important to have enough light illuminating the surroundings of your house. LED lights as well as solar powered lights can be great addition to your exterior lighting. Just make sure that you place them in areas which allow them to provide enough lighting to your home exterior. This can discourage burglars from targeting your home.

Surveillance cameras outside your house are also good addition to your outdoor security. It allows you to notice any suspicious character around your house. It’d also be good to have it place somewhere in plain sight to discourage would be criminals to approach your house. If you can afford the added the security, you might also want to install motion sensors as well as burglar alarms in your home. If you’ve bought your house from a previous owner, you should change the locks and have doors and windows fitted with the necessary locks.

Front Door Ideas Perfect for Your Home

Your front door is the something that separates the exterior of your house from the interior, and is the first thing that people need pass through in order to get inside. Since it is the most noticeable part in your house before anyone can enter it, you can easily make a statement from it by getting a front door with a design that is suitable to your preference. Commonly, doors have standard sizes that range from 30-60 inches in width and 80-96 inches in length. Anything above these measurements is considered a custom door and often has a higher cost.

When deciding for the design of your door, it is necessary to consider the design of the rest of your house. Why? Because you don’t want to make your door look out of place. Always consider the overall design of your house and have a door that compliments or has the same design.

Aside from the door design, another important thing that you need to decide on is the material to be used for your door. The most common are wooden doors, which can give your entrance a classical and natural look. However, a wooden door may require maintenance in order to avoid damages. Another option would be steel, which doesn’t require any maintenance. On the down side, steel doors are heavy and have limited designs available. Fiber glass door can also be a great option among the three. It is sturdy and requires no maintenance and at the same time, it can be designed the same way with those of wooden doors.

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Creating an Energy Efficient Home with Bricks

Being energy efficient means being more cost efficient. This is something that people should have in mind when planning to build up a house of their own. Cooking and lighting would require a certain amount of energy consumption, which you’ll be paying for. However, the cost for both does not compare to that of the cost for heating and cooling to make a cozy and comfortable atmosphere in your house.

If you’re aiming to build an energy efficient house to help you save on the bills later on. The best way would be to have a house built with bricks as the main material. Compared to other lightweight and thin materials commonly used nowadays, bricks have several advantages. One is of course their sturdiness and durability which can make them last far longer compared to other materials. Second, they are more efficient in terms of energy consumption compared to other home building materials used nowadays.

How is a brick home more cost efficient in terms of energy consumption compared to a house built with other materials? The density and the composition of bricks reduce the conduction of heat from outside to the inside of your home. This means that compared to lighter materials, bricks can moderate the temperature within your home even during warm days. This allows you to minimize the settings for home air conditioning during warm days, allowing you to save more on costs in energy consumption. You can make this even more effective by having proper ventilation placement in your home, like the window placements.