Monthly Archives: April 2017

Thinking About Home Improvement?

Dear friends, if you are planning to improve/renovate or
refurnish your home then this article can be a very
useful guide and save your lot of time.

When it comes to home improvement, most people think that
it’s has to do with painting the house from inside out
and forget about it.

But any architectural structure is much more than just walls
and ceiling. There are many systems working simultaneously
which keep the building under function.

Let’s have a look at these systems one by one.

1) Structural System:

This includes the support system of the entire building, namely
foundation, columns, beams, slabs(in R.C.C structure).
The most commonly used structural systems is R.C.C. Other types
include steel and wood.

While renovating a building special attention must be given to
the structural support system. Slabs should be checked to be
leak proof. Columns and beams which are exposed to external
atmosphere must be checked for damage. R.C.C structural members
are always covered with plaster. This plaster must be without
damage.

In case of steel structures, anti-rust treatment must be applied
wherever necessary.

In case of wooden structure anti-termite treatment must be applied
wherever necessary.

2) Plumbing System:

All pipelines which carry water in and out of the structure must
be checked for leakage. The main are of possible leakage is
at the joints, hence must be carefully treated.

Water taps at the washbasins, inside bathrooms, kitchen sinks,
toilet blocks, should be checked for good and smooth operating
conditions.

3)Drainage System:

Drainage from kitchen, bathrooms, toilets should have an unobstructed
and shortest path to outside chambers. Any clogging of these lines
can cause overflowing of the chambers, hence should be checked
and cleaned.

4)Electrical Systems:

This starts with the main supply of the electricity from the
local authorities. The point of entering the main supply should be
checked for any excessive disturbance in voltage levels, which
might cause damage to electrical appliances inside.

All switch boards and switches in respective rooms should be checked
for proper and safe functioning. Security systems such as
earthing and M.C.B’s should be checked for safe functioning.

5) Doors and Windows

These form an important part of any structure as far as safety
is concerned. Proper functioning of the doors and window
shutters is necessary. If your home has a security alarm system
installed, then it must be kept updated and in proper working condition.

Door and window shutter hinges should be applied with lubricants
for smooth operations. I case of sliding doors and windows, tracks
which allow sliding should be dust free.

6) Glass Panes

All glass panes used on windows and doors should be dust free.
Any broken or cracked glass panes should be replaced immediately.

If the building has a skylight, then it should be checked to be
leak proof and clean, to allow clear and unobstructed sunlight in
the interiors.

7) Flooring Materials

In most cases tiles are used for flooring. All tiles should be
checked for cracks and most importantly leveling.

In every home flooring has a natural slope to avoid clogging
of water if any such situation arises. Tiled flooring
must be checked at joints. Any cracks in joins must be
checked with proper bonding material.

In case of wooden flooring, extra care must be taken to keep
the flooring termite-free.

8) Wall Plaster and Wall Paint.

All external walls must be checked from outside for a proper
layer of plaster. Plaster prevents the rainwater to seep inside
the structure. If external plaster gets damaged, rain water
seeps inside causing dampening of walls.

All internal walls must be checked for scraping of paint.

8) Furniture and Carpentry Items.

All furniture items must be termite free and sturdy at the
joints. A coat of good quality wooden polish can add life
to the furniture pieces.

Other carpentry work includes door and window shutters, door
and window frames.

9) Other Accessories.

This includes small thing which matter a lot, such as all the
locking arrangement at doors, windows, towel rods in the
bathroom/wash basins, arrangement to dry washed clothes,
storage arrangements in kitchen/bathroom.

10)External Systems

This can include a solar water heater, electric pumps to push
the water from underground water tank to Overhead water tank.,
Cable TV antennas.

All these systems must be checked for proper functioning.

From the above discussion it is clear that proper functioning
of any architectural structure is dependent of many complex
systems which work simultaneously.

Hence all these must be given attention and respect. Any building
is just like a human body, with movable and stationary parts.
If dealt with proper care can give a very healthy living experience
for years to come.

Buying Home Office Furniture

In the modern world of business more and more people are working from home. This is due to the improvements in technology and communication. As a result the home offices need to be up to standard and provide the home worker with a suitable working area that is comfortable and easy to work in with sufficient work space. This is a hard thing to provide as comfort can sometimes compromises the suitable working condition, also at home there may not be sufficient space for a suitable working area so the usual solution for us is to squash into the small box room of the house.

Choosing the correct computer furniture is a very important decision. It can mean the difference between and affective working environment and a poor one. As people are working on computers for long periods of time there are many health risks. Research has shown that repetitive keyboard typing can cause RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), poor chairs can cause back problems and poor hardware for the computers can cause eye strain and stress. As a result when making a decision about what furniture to buy for your home office a lot of consideration should go into the health benefits of each item. Budget and style are also major factors in what items to buy but you may have to sacrifice a bit of style and may have to spend a little more to gain the benefits of furniture that caters for your health.

If someone sitting in the office for hours on end does not have proper back support there can be major health affects, the body can tire and there can even be long term back injuries as a result. Office chairs should offer even support for body weight, the height should be adjustable for the different sizes of family members, and lumbar support for the back in the lower regions is important. Lumbar supports help keep the back properly aligned, alleviating muscle strain that can be caused by slumping over.

Also the correct office desks selection is very vital. As I said before you need to select a stylish desk that has sufficient work space and helps prevent health risks. This can be very hard as some style or work space may have to be sacrificed to purchase a desk that does prevent health risks. The desk needs to be the correct height so that the keyboard is not to low or high so that the user is in an uncomfortable position and the screen is at eye level. Even if the position is slightly uncomfortable and you feel that prolonged periods of work in this position will cause health risks and could cause a common risk such as RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) or Carpal tunnel syndrome.

It may be a good idea to browse the internet on sites like to find the correct office furniture. There are many types and variations of furniture on the web and most take into account health risks. As a result you will not have to sacrifice much style or comfort to provide the health benefits. Before buying any piece of furniture take time to evaluate different option and time spent doing this will provide just what you are looking for.

Affordable Home Improvements

Some of the least expensive home improvements will spruce up your home, give it a new look or feel, make it appear more spacious our cozy depending upon what look you are going after. Home improvements that require some investment but add interest or value to your home may include cabinetry, spiral stairs, flooring, wall treatments, or landscaping.

If money is tight, you can make changes to your home that simply do not cost a lot of money. Some suggestions include:

  • Rearrange furniture, drapes, and rugs: Thoughtful arrangements include diagonal arrangements of furniture, rugs – or both – that can create a unique focal point in any room. Try pulling your drapes to the side, or using just one gathered in the middle with a tieback.
  • Plants: Greenery can make a huge difference in the appearance of a room! Pull back those drapes; fill a vacant space with different-size plants in pots at different heights. Stack a few on a table or bench behind a sofa that is flat against a wall.
  • Lamp Shades: There are tons of great lampshades to choose from – this is a great way to add color, style, and ambiance that you can change with the seasons if you like!
  • Hit those garage sales! Need we say more? This is a homeowners dream come true when it comes to redecorating on a budget.

If you have a fixer-upper or a ‘cozy’ abode where space and budget is at a premium, or a fixer-upper so needy that you just don’t know where to start, begin with changes that are both visually stimulating and practical. Affordable updates that make your home appear more elegant, spacious and livable can be money in the bank. Some ideas include:

  • Spiral Stairs: Few home improvements make as dramatic a statement – on as reasonable a budget – as spiral stairs can. Perfect for basements, lofts, and small living spaces of all types. Believe it or not, this is an economical, do-it-yourself project.
  • New Cabinet Hardware: Old hardware can date even the most traditional cabinetry. Check with your local furniture refinisher and see if he has anything you might be interested in.
  • Bathtub Liners: These are available in all price ranges – be sure to do your homework and get the best price before you make a decision. Often it’s cheaper and easier to have a professional do this one.

With some creativity and careful budgeting, you can explore interior design options and affordable home improvement upgrades that will give your home a much-needed facelift – whether it’s a gallon of fresh paint or graceful econo spiral stairs to open up your unused space!

Home Cinema Furniture

When you setup your own home cinema you are going to want to make sure that you have the right feel whenever you walk into the room and a good way to do this is to adorn the room with various home cinema furniture which can add to the experience and improve the aesthetics of the room.

So what are the different types of home cinema furniture that you can buy and how far should you go to personalize your system?

Well, there are several different categories of home cinema furniture which I will go through one by one below so that you can see which one fits in best with your style and go out and make your home cinema become a reality.

Different Types Of Home Cinema Furniture

Home Cinema Seating

We have covered this more specifically in another article but in essence you want to make sure your home cinema seating matches in with the rest of the aesthetics of the room. There are many different types of seating and considerations when you are looking to buy them and so please check in with the specific article for the fine details. Needless to say, you have to sit somewhere and it’s much better on proper seating rather than just an old sofa you’ve slung in the room.

Quite often overlooked are the possibilities of using bean bags in your room. Now most people may think this will detract from the room but when you think about it a home cinema system is really a toy and a plaything and not something that you actually need in your home and so who better to use it than your kids or friends kids that come over. They will love to play games consoles and other devices on it just as much as watching movies and so you can make the environment nice for the kids as well with the use of some good looking bean bags. I personally like to use black leather and you can get some really nice ones that are not too expensive if you shop around.

Pictures and Posters

There are essentially two different ways you can setup your home cinema system. You can either design it in a specific style such as Art Deco or other periods or you can make it more of a commercial cinema and the best way to do the latter is to adorn the walls and entrance corridor with movies pictures and posters from some of your favourite films over the years. I personally feel this gives a really nice touch to make the cinema your own as it shows the different types of films that you personally like. It also gets everyone in the right mood as they walk into the room which is the best way to begin a great movie experience

Movie Memorabilia

I love all different kinds of movie memorabilia and it just looks so good if you can get hold of some actual artifacts from movies throughout the years. They become such talking points and really draw everyone into the world of the movies. It doesn’t actually matter how small a role the item played in the movie, if you can get the original one then it will really make your home cinema system shine. You will be surprised how easy you can pick this kind of home cinema furniture up and it also won’t break the bank.

Popcorn Machines and Fridges

These two items are almost requirements in my opinion if you are setting up a dedicated room for your home cinema. Everyone loves popcorn when watching a movie so why not recreate this at home with your own machine. They are not too expensive to buy initially and then the popcorn really costs nothing.

A fridge is also a cool thing (excuse the pun) to have installed to keep your soft drinks or beers cold during the film. A word of warning here though. Some fridges and popcorn machines to that matter can be very noisy during operation and even when in standby so check this out before you invest in one. Remember that even a small amount of noise will be noticeable on those very delicate quiet scenes where absolute silence is required to experience the atmosphere. The last thing you want is to hear a buzzing in the background which will put you off the whole thing.

Cupboards and Storage

Finally, don’t forget to allow for adequate storage space, usually at the rear of the cinema. It’s this type of home cinema furniture that can be overlooked but you are always going to need somewhere to store all your DVDs even if you have your own hard drive system it’s still really nice to have the boxes for visitors to browse though while waiting for the movie to begin. It ignites discussion and you may pick up a movie you haven’t seen in years which will inspire you all over again.