The most “sacred” room of the entire crib? The home library combines relaxation with personal growth and completes the genuine atmosphere of a modern residence or apartment. As a tribute to these contemporary indoor oases, bobvila.com has put together a post of 37 beautiful home libraries, bearing a lifes knowledge, acting as a refuge from the hectic lifestyle :: Read the full article »»»»
D I Y three really big letters, when it comes to Do It Yourself, the is NO bigger job than renovating.
Renovating your own home can be both personally and financially rewarding, as well as just a little character building.
If undertaken without good solid thought however, your project is likely to be fraught with frustration and stress, inevitably leading to a not-so enjoyable experience. For the process to be rewarding however, you need only follow some basic guidelines.
Depending on your skill, financial prowess and available time, DIY reno’s can be a heap of fun, getting yourself into the right frame of mind is half the battle.
In most cases DIY actually means DIYWT – Do It Yourself With Trades. As the renovator, think of yourself as the unskilled labor, decorator and project manager all rolled into one neat little bundle. Know when to call in the experts, know when you must call in the experts and your renovation will be your dream project :: Read the full article »»»»
It’s always worth doing a quick pre-check on your home before embarking on a renovation. Here’s seven things to check out before committing to major – or minor – home renovations :: Read the full article »»»»
It’s cheap, it’s green and it will make your house or apartment more comfortable, it’s insulation.
INSULATION! Stuff it in ceilings, wad it in your walls, wrap it around hot-water pipes! What you’ve got is the equivalent of a warm woolly jumper in winter or an esky in summer, not to mention plenty of environmental brownie points to help you feel smug about the state of your Green-ness :: Read the full article »»»»
Windows are more than just a way to look at the outside world – these days, there are windows that insulate, windows that shade, windows that dampen noise or resist the attack of fire, or even clean themselves.
Yes folks, there are even windows I’ve seen that can be opaque and then instantly transform to clear at the flick of a switch. I’ve seen them in a glass wall for a home office – one minute you can check on the kids and the next you can block them out.
It sounds like science fiction. But glazing technology is now amazing. Performance glass, as it tends to be known, comprises a range of technologically sophisticated glasses. There are laminated glasses that have a thin layer of plastic sandwiched between two panels of clear glass. There are toned glasses with a colour tint worked through the material. And there are coated glasses, in which ultra-thin films of a secondary material create certain useful reactions :: Read the full article »»»»