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Home interior design is all about making the best use of your living spaces, and creating a comfortable, relaxing environment in which you and your family can feel snug and secure. When designer rooms in your home think carefully about how you and your family use the room, as this will dictate largely what furniture you will need.
For example the living room or lounge will most likely be where you spend most of your time in the evening and during the weekends, and so will need some comfortable chairs, a soft, relaxing atmosphere and possibly some sort of entertainments system.
You will also most likely receives guests in this room, and so you may want to make sure it is kept tidy and clutter free, and this can be achieved by making sure you have some storage cupboards, shelves and magazine racks to keep everyday clutter such as books, papers and magazines contained.
The environmental and financial benefits of solar panels cannot be disputed. Installing solar panels will reduce your carbon footprint, reduce your electricity bills and earn you an average of 11% rate of return on investment from the government-introduced Feed-in Tariff. A point that is sometimes raised however is the appearance of the panels, as some do not find them aesthetically pleasing.
When spending thousands of pounds on a solar panel system, it is important to be genuinely happy with it. Though for some the prospect of free, green electricity will be enough, for others aesthetics play a larger role.
Traditionally solar panels have been blue, getting their distinctive appearance from the silicon which converts solar energy to electricity for use in the home. However as the solar panel market is progressing, more and more ‘attractive’ panel types are being introduced. Homeowners now have more options to incorporate a solar panel array into their home in a more visually pleasing way.
Black solar panels
For many homes, particularly those with slate roofs, choosing a black on-roof panel array can be an attractive option. Black panels are attached to the roof with an all-black mounting system and can ‘blend’ much more effectively into the roof with much less of a visual impact. They are attached to the roof using the traditional on-roof techniques but with a more seamless appearance due to their colour. Companies such as Sharp, Sanyo, Solar Century and Suntech all offer black coloured solar panels, some with black frames. These reduce the effect that the panels ‘stand out’ from your existing roof.
In-roof mounted systems
As an option for installing a more visually pleasing solar photovoltaic (PV) array, this is more invasive but can produce attractive results. For those who object to the look of a panel array on a roof, the in-roof system can be more aesthetically pleasing. Though easier to install in a new-build or re-roof situation, in-roof mounted systems can also be retro-fitted. Where traditional on-roof panel systems are attached using mounting brackets, in-roof systems are mounted directly onto the rafters. In a retro-fit installation therefore, this involves removing roof tiles and replacing them with panels. An in-roof type of installation results in the panels lying flush with the roof. Once again, choosing black panels and a black mounting system will result in a more seamless appearance on a black or slate roof.
Solar panel roof tiles
This form of building integrated photovoltaics is generally considered to be the most attractive and aesthetically pleasing form of solar panel installation. Quite literally these solar panels are roof tiles, and can be installed into a roof in the same way, replacing regular tiles. Many people would consider these for a new-build solar installation or during a re-roof, but they can also be installed retroactively, although this will involve re-tiling a certain area of your roof. They blend into the roof structure which results in significantly less visual impact than traditional panel arrays, usually with the added benefit of providing additional roof insulation. Solar panel roof tiles are available from companies such as System Photonics and Solar Century and are usually black in colour, making them the perfect choice for a black or slate roof.
Though these alternative solar panel options provide homeowners with the benefits of aesthetically pleasing solar panels, they can be more costly than traditional solar PV arrays. The installation costs are likely to be higher as the work in re-tiling a roof will be more complex than attaching a solar panel array with brackets onto an existing roof. The costs of materials are also likely to be higher. For many, however, the costs of an aesthetically pleasing solar panel roof array are priceless.
Ben Saffer is a UK based green living advocate, writing about renewable technologies, sustainability in business and green events worldwide.
Change is the essence of life. This is evident from the fact that we like to change and improve the looks our house even if nothing is wrong with it. The human mind hates monotony and always seeks change.
Now change has no universal definition. The placement of a new showpiece on the wall may constitute change for some. On the other hand, nothing less than a comprehensive makeover of the house would suffice for others.
Unless you come up with ideas, you cannot redecorate your house. There are many sources of ideas available for your use. Some of them are:
a. Home improvement catalogs
d. Interior designers
e. Family members
Home improvement catalogs are very popular amongst home owners. These catalogs provide great ideas at very low cost. Further, the ideas are suggested by persons who themselves are in the business of improving homes. Do not forget to check at least one catalog before you proceed.
Further home improvement catalogs involve recommendations and reviews by local people. Since a person would not want to be known as a cheat in the community in which he or she lives, the chances of catalogs bringing up good ideas is very high.
You will have to purchase supplies and provide them to the labor so that the work can be completed. Acquisition of supplies involves:
• Searching for suppliers
• Determining the cost of materials
• Bargaining and haggling for discounts
• Finalizing the deal
Your search for supplies, tools and equipment should take you to the local hardware store.
Each process will require your personal touch. Of course, it is essential that you consider the requirements and expectations of all the persons living in your house. You cannot expect people to approve all your ideas.
It is your duty to communicate the improvement plan to all others and obtain their go ahead. You may find an even better idea from a member of your family.
If you are redecorating your drawing room, then the new furniture may form a significant part of your total budget. You should be prepared for this expenditure. This approach will help you avoid other unnecessary expenditure.
You will look plain silly if you are not prepared for spending lots of money for getting a brand new carpet or a brand new chandelier. However, you would look equally stupid if you go about amassing a small fortune for the purpose of repainting your house.
Merely purchasing lots of supplies will not suffice. You should have the knack of using the materials in a proper manner to get maximum benefits. Home improvement is all about ideas.
Do not share essential responsibilities with outsiders. It is your house and you stand to gain the most by improving it. Relying on others puts you at risk. Most home owners make the mistake of relying on the labor to decide on the changes to be made to the home.
It is pertinent to note that the improvement in the home comes about not just by physical changes but also by mental satisfaction. Unless you feel that the home has improved, no amount of structural changes will satisfy you.
Home improvement is not all about spending a lot of money. Even a small amount spent smartly can make you feel as if you are living in a brand new home. Hence, do not stick to conventional ideas only. Be bold in coming up with new ideas.
Now, there are some things that you should strictly maintain while taking care of your hardwood floor.
The things you should never……
- You should NEVER EVER use wax, oil based detergent or vinegar. Vinegar will scratch the surface of the floor. The oils and waxes will leave sticky remains on the surface and it will prevent polyurethane from shining.
- Never let large amount of liquid to puddle on any of your hardwood floor for long periods of time. The floor will shrink during dry winter months, and the gaps between boards create a drain passage water to penetrate below. These trapped waters will swell and discolor all woods.
- DO NOT use dirty mop to clean hardwood floor. Any grit from the dirty mop will scratch the finish.
- Also, DO NOT drag any heavy furniture or any objects across your wood floor. Use something underneath the feet to prevent scratches and distribute the weight.
The things you must do
- Regularly sweep the floor to remove sand and scratchy dust.
- To prevent and catch the sand from getting on to your hardwood floor, use doormats.
- It is must to use a rug in front of your kitchen sink.
- Always use floor protection under all furniture legs and to distribute the weight, use rigid pad.