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Renovating your empty nest – 4 ideas on how to use the new spare room

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Renovating your empty nest – 4 ideas on how to use the new spare room

Now that you have finally convinced your adult children to move out of home, it’s a great time to do a home renovation and make a house that is a better fit for you as a couple. Here are some ideas for an empty nest renovation.  A walk in robe If your child has had a bedroom right next door to your bedroom, this can be a great chance to expand your bedroom. This could be a good time to get yourself some generous walk-in robes for you and your partner or just to gain some needed extra space to make your bedroom larger. This is relatively easy, as you can place wardrobe doors in the adjoining wall, remove the entrance door from the child’s room and place some hanging hooks, drawers, and rails. You might want to think about removing any windows from the room if you will be dressing in your robe for privacy reasons. Spa-like bathrooms Now you have a chance to spend more time in the bathroom, as there are fewer people in the household, it can be nice to upgrade your bathroom to a spa-like finish. This could include higher level finishes, a new or spa bath, improved lighting and new tiles. This can make your bathroom into a beautiful space to relax and spend time pampering yourself. If you have that adjoining bedroom and don’t want to make it a walk-in robe, an ensuite bathroom can be a great way to use that space from your child’s old bedroom.  A home gym Converting your spare room into a home gym can be a great use of new free space. You won’t be able to have space to have a full gym in all likelihood but having a few well thought out pieces of equipment can let you have a full workout at home no matter what the weather outdoors. An updated home office If you work from home, having a spacious home office can make it easier to work from home. Even if you head into work each day, now that you have fewer people in the household, you might have time to take up some other hobbies such as writing a blog or completing your family history. Having a dedicated room for your home office can help to keep you productive and on task.  If you are looking to do an empty nest home renovation, you should contract a remodelling contractor to get some ideas of what might be...

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How Do You Integrate a Tub into the Renovation of a Very Small Bathroom?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Do You Integrate a Tub into the Renovation of a Very Small Bathroom?

If you are renovating your bathroom, there are multiple reasons to add a tub. It gives you a comfortable place to soak, and in some cases, it can even boost the resale value of your property. However, if you don’t have a lot of space, it can be hard to find a bathtub for your renovation. Don’t give up hope. There are many creative tub solutions for your small bathroom. Take a look at these ideas: Japanese Soaking Tub Imagine the wood barrel your great-great-grandparents may have filled with hot water from the stove and then bathed in. Then, give the barrel a bit of eastern flair. That essentially describes a Japanese soaking tub. They often contain the same volume of water as a traditional tub, but they sacrifice width for depth. Depending on the total amount of space you have available in your bathroom, you can order a range of sizes to suit one sitting person or to accommodate more than one. Mini Clawfoot Tub Many antique clawfoot tubs are large and deep, but some of them take after doorways from that era — namely, they are small and compact. With a bit of searching through antique plumbing supply shops, you may be able to find a mini clawfoot tub. If it’s small enough, you can remove your stall shower and slot the mini clawfoot into the corner of your bathroom. Walk-in Corner Tub With Seat A walk-in tub is often favoured by elders or people with mobility impairments, but these tubs can be used by anyone. They come in a range of styles, but if you’re trying to add a soaking tub to a small bathroom, you may want to consider a corner walk-in tub. These maximise the space in the corner of your bathroom, and like a Japanese soaking tub, they sacrifice width for depth. You walk in, close the door, sit down and let the water fill up around you. Multi-Headed Shower If you truly cannot find a small tub to fit into your bathroom renovation, you may want to simulate the effect of soaking in a tub with a multi-headed shower. Instead of removing your shower, have a plumber or contractor redo the plumbing so that it can accommodate multiple heads. Then, you just jump in the shower, train the heads where you want them, and enjoy a feeling similar to sitting in a jacuzzi tub....

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Go Green by Switching to a Composting Toilet

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Go Green by Switching to a Composting Toilet

In the twenty first century, environmental destruction and climate change are among the biggest issues on the planet today. Every person has their own responsibility to do what they can for their environment. And if you are a homeowner, you have even greater opportunity to commit yourself to living in a green way. If you are thinking of undertaking bathroom renovations, one major renovation you can opt for is ripping out your regular toilet that flushes for a composting toilet. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider this particular renovation. Decrease water usage drastically. The bathroom is the room in the house where a significant amount of water is used, and oftentimes, wasted. In fact, it’s estimated that 27% of water used in your house is by your toilet. If you are a family of four, imagine how many times your toilet gets flushed every day, and often just to flush away a tiny amount of urine. But with a composting toilet there is absolutely no flushing, and so you can sleep easy knowing that you are not wasting water unnecessarily. It doesn’t need to be emptied that often. If you are considering remodelling your bathroom and installing a composting toilet, you might be put off by the idea of having to empty the toilet and its contents every day. But actually there are many sophisticated brands of composting toilets and you’ll have to empty yours far less regularly than you might think. There are composting toilets that can contain up to eighty uses, so unless you have a family that are going to the bathroom eighty times a day, you should only need to empty it out a couple of times in a month! It won’t smell either. Okay, so with all of that poop building up courtesy of your composting toilet, aren’t things going to get seriously smelly? You’d be forgiven for thinking so but this is actually not the case if your composting toilet is installed with adequate ventilation, which is absolutely necessary. Many models of composting toilets come with sophisticated vent stacks so that any odour is transferred directly out of your home via a vent – so there will be no smell whatsoever. A composting toilet is not a typical renovation so you may wish to opt for a company that specialises in green renovations in order to achieve the result you...

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Layouts You Can Choose For New Kitchens

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Layouts You Can Choose For New Kitchens

If your kitchen is feeling drab and old, it might be time to consider a kitchen renovation. Most homeowners will be sceptical about kitchen renovations, as they can tend to cost an arm and a leg. The good news is that there are various layouts to choose from that are cost effective yet functional when contemplating new kitchens.  Parallel layout This type of new kitchen layout is also known as a galley kitchen layout. This is due to its resemblance to aircraft galleys. The kitchen will be in shape of a corridor, thus making it a good option for small spaces. The cabinets, appliances and more will lie on each side of the walkway. The parallel layout is also cost effective, as you do not have to spend a lot of money on flooring considering it will be whittled down to a narrow walkway. In addition, the lack of extra benchtops also keeps your costs down, making it an affordable option for people looking for new kitchen with minimal space and on a tight budget. L-shaped layout To create this type of kitchen space, you would need to have two walls adjoining perpendicularly. This creates the L-shape for your new working stations. L-shaped kitchens are popular in homes that have minimal space. You get the chance to create extra space since all your workstations will be against the wall. In addition, an L-shaped layout also leaves room for multiple chefs in the kitchen. So if you like cooking with a family member or a flatmate, then you can be assured you will both have a counter to work on without getting in each other’s way. An L-shaped layout can have an added illusion of space by incorporating natural lighting in the room. Simply add a large window on one of the walls to achieve this. Additionally, consider painting the kitchen a bright colour such as ivory, which will reflect the light in the room. Horseshoe layout As the name suggests, the horseshoe layout will result in a U-shaped kitchen. Your cabinetry and appliances will be installed on the three different walls of the horseshoe. The sink can then be installed in the middle of the U-shape. A horseshoe layout is great for convenience when accessing the three focal points of the kitchen, which are the stove, the fridge and the sink. This is because the three focal points will form an equilateral...

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Tips For Maintaining Artificial Grass

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Maintaining Artificial Grass

Artificial grass gives you an instant lawn that you never need to mow and has a uniform appearance that looks great regardless of the season. However, artificial grass does require some simple maintenance to keep it in tiptop condition and ensure you’re able to enjoy it for many years. Here are a few tips for looking after your lawn: Remove Debris A build-up of debris on your artificial grass can interfere with drainage and encourage the growth of moss. Remove fallen leaves and litter regularly, either by hand or sweep them up using a soft-bristled brush. Sweeping not only removes debris, but it also encourages the turf pile to remain bouncy. Sweep in several directions to remove even the smallest pieces of debris and keep your grass blades upright. Know How To Tackle Stains Artificial grass is durable, but certain products and foods can stain the blades. It’s not difficult to remove these stains if you tackle them straight away, but after using a suitable stain-removing product you should rinse the grass with warm water to prevent a build-up of product residue. Water-based stains such as coffee, milk, alcohol and tomato sauce can be removed with soapy water and a soft cloth. A little washing up liquid is ideal for these stains. For chemical-based or oil-based stains such as suntan lotion, cooking oil and animal fat, use mineral spirits on a cloth. Mircrofibre cloths are ideal as they are both soft and absorbent. Keep Weeds At Bay While weeds aren’t a major problem when you have artificial grass, they can penetrate through the membrane of the turf occasionally. You can prevent this by spraying your lawn with weed killer once or twice a year. This task takes only a few minutes, but it will save you a headache further down the line. Weed killers that contain sulphur, nitrogen or chlorine should be avoided as they can damage your grass. Instead, choose a water-based product and adhere to the manufacturer’s usage instructions. Things To Avoid Artificial grass is ideal for relaxing on and entertaining friends, but there are a few things you should always avoid in order to protect the grass. Never set off fireworks on the grass or position your barbeque directly on the grass as naked flames and heat can scorch it. Heavy or sharp objects should also be kept off the grass as they can permanently flatten the blades and pierce through the membrane. Additionally, it’s best to avoid chewing gum on artificial grass as if it sticks to the grass it can be difficult to remove and that section of grass may need to be replaced. As you can see, it doesn’t take much effort to keep your artificial grass in good condition. Work with a contractor from a business like Australian Lawn Wholesalers to learn about the different types of artificial grass available and how they should be...

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