Saturday, March 25, 2017

Things You Should Know About Bathroom Waterproofing

Amelie is here today on the blog as a guest host- she is sharing her tips on Bathroom Waterproofing. Check out these great tips on your bathroom. 
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Over the time, designer bathrooms are becoming a fashion or we can say a trend. A great amount of care is taken while designing the bathrooms and you can find designer bathrooms in all the extravagant and exotic houses. There are different types of designs that is used in the bathrooms, which depends upon the homeowner and the suitability in the bathroom. Now, every small thing is considered while designing the bathroom right from the walls, flooring, mirrors, and choosing the right kind of basins and bathtubs. Much thought is given to aesthetics while designing the bathrooms.


So, the question is when so much time, energy, and money is spent on the design of the bathroom, why can’t homeowners take steps to preserve it and prevent it from getting spoiled. Most of the time, homeowner neglects waterproofing in the bathroom, it is considered a small and unimportant thing. However, neglecting this small thing, gradually, leads to spoiling of the overall design of the bathroom and constant exposure to the moisture can lead to leakage.

There are many steps and options that one should consider while bathroom waterproofing. The most important thing is to consult an expert.  Mostly, homeowner neglects bathroom problems as a small problem, and later regrets it. It is because that small problem has spoiled the design of the bathroom. Experts are the right person to identify the problems and they have a better solution rather than temporary remedies. They are the best to plug these bathroom leaks.

The common ways to plug the leaks are – fixing the plumbing lines, sealing up the cracks in the tiles and on the walls, and lastly fixes the right fixtures for sanitary ware. This process is very simple by only identifying the root cause of the problem. Bathroom waterproofing is now easy with wide varieties of material available in the market.

Here are some common areas where most of the time waterproofing is needed

  • Pipelines that opens near the wall and the floors
  • Most of the concealed pipes such as PVC pipes and pipe joints
  • The tile grouts where the tiles are not properly joined
  • Shower waterproofing, wash basins, and bathtubs
  • Jambs on the bathroom doors

 
Major reasons for leakage are lack of the awareness in people about bathroom waterproofing and lack of knowledge about selecting the right product for waterproofing. A common mistake made while constructing a bathroom is that a proper slope isn’t provided which leads to accumulation of water near the output point which adds to the leakage. This dampens the wall and leads to accumulation of algae and dirt between the tile joints. If this problem is still neglected it will further lead to the growth of fungi, which will be harmful for the house members and residents living below that floor. This situation takes almost 15 days of repairing and the cost for repairing is very high.

Advantages of bathroom waterproofing

The major problem is of water seepage and addressing it with some solution as soon as possible is mandatory. Waterproofing prevents infiltration of water into the house. It also helps to contain humidity and it protects from damages caused by humidity and water exposure. Bathroom waterproofing enhances up the market value by adding up the life to the design, which remains the same even after years.

Hence, waterproofing over infiltration, projections, and tile joints using good quality materials will give leakage free bathrooms and toilets and this is a cost-effective solution. Thus, a systematic and planned approach in curbing the leaks will provide healthy and comfortable living conditions in the future.

Spotting an Affordable Plumbing and Roofing Service – The Biggest Challenge

Jack Louis is here to share some tips on Spotting Affordable Plumbing and Roofing Service. Check out these great ideas. Thanks Jack for the great post.
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We know the importance of a plumber in our daily life. A small leak in a pipe, or an unexpected complaint in the geyser, a clogging in the sink, an unexpected block in the sewage line – any of these can make your day worst. Such things happen at the most unexpected, inconvenient, and of course, the most unwanted times.  There was a time, local freelancers used to help to solve these issues. Nowadays, it is difficult to identify plumbers and roof repairers with required caliber. This is where you need the most affordable plumbing and roofing services.


Different Types of Plumbing and Roofing Services

Plumbing and Roofing Service team undertake any of the following jobs:

  • Designing and layout of pipelines
  • Installation of plumbing systems
  • Detection of leaks in the pipes, faucets, and sewage lines
  • Periodical inspection of pipes and fittings
  • Periodical cleaning of the water tanks
  • Installation of garbage disposal plant
  • Periodical preventive maintenance
  • Changing valves and other accessories
  • Periodical inspection of roofs
  • Periodical maintenance of roofs
  • Anti-Discoloration treatment for roof
  • Fungus and algae removal
  • Repainting of roofs
  • Leak prevention of roofs
  • Prevention and repair of gutter system clogs
  • Wind damage repair
Benefits of Approaching professional Plumbing and Roofing Services

  • Expertise: These are not amateurs or freelancers. A professional plumbing and roofing service would be a team of experienced and qualified professionals, who can spot the problems quickly. They provide instant solutions. Their experience in the field helps them to identify the problem accurately and faster than that of the amateurs.

  • Warranty: Normally, such professional offer warranty on their services.  Hence, even in the worst scenario of having a recurrence of the issue, you can get it rectified at a lower cost, sometimes, for no cost at all.

  • Latest Technology: Unlike amateurs or freelancers, professional plumbing and roofing service team would be updated with the latest technology and tools, which would help them to perform the repairs faster and professionally.


How to identify an affordable and reliable Plumbing and Roofing Service?

With the intensity of competition and advertisements, it has become difficult to identify the right and most affordable plumbing and roofing service. Not all services would guarantee premium quality. Even then, reliability is another important issue. So how to identify the best out of rest? Some tips are given below:

  1. Qualification: Check the qualification of the team members. Ensure the plumbers or other service personnel of the team possess a formal education and specialized knowledge in the plumbing area.

  1. Ask for License: License is the one-word answer for professionalism, authenticity, and reliability. A valid license gives legal protection, as the whereabouts of the team members are documented.

  1. Pricing: Before assigning the work to one team, remember to take at least two to three quotations from various teams. This will help to get the best price and give time to negotiate.

  1. References: Ask the service providers to give one or two references from their clientele. Does a reference check and try to get as many details possible with respect to work quality, promptness of service, behavior of technicians, customer service, etc.

  1. Association Membership:  Give priority to teams having membership in workgroup associations. In case of disputes, the associations can be approached for settlement or arbitrations.

  1. Agreements:  No matter how appealing the advertisements are, make sure an agreement is executed and the terms and conditions are laid therein. Give importance to the payment clause and the scope of services – the services covered as per the agreement. This would help avoid unnecessary disputes and provide legal protection.

  1. AMCs:  It is better to sign an Annual Maintenance Contract on plumbing and roofing service. Since majority of the complaints happen at the most unpredictable time, an AMC could fetch you the most prompt service, as they give priority to their clients with AMC.


Hence, by following the above-mentioned points, you can identify the reliable plumbing and roofing service at an affordable rate.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How Are Gastropubs Different from Restaurants?



Zac is here today to share with us about the difference between a traditional restaurant and a Gastropub. Thanks for the tips Zac! 
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Working people in the USA and the UK visit pubs and restaurants from time to time. Eateries and food joints in the neighborhood make it easier for the clients to enjoy a variety of comfort foods and beverages. Comfort foods and beverages are normally called the pub grubs and include delicious items like stuffed-in-meat pasties, chips, fish items, shepherd pie, etc. In the 1990s, there were some restaurant owners who tried to attract rich clients to their food joints by upgrading their pubs and restaurants into gastropub & restaurant. ‘Gastropub’ comes from the French word ‘Gastronomique’ which combine a pub and a restaurant. You can expect to get excellent quality food items and various delicacies in a gastropub. Although the recipes of food are similar to that of a traditional pub grub, gastropub is much more updated pub cum restaurant.


In the gastropub, you can enjoy a range of connoisseur meals that are just next to the traditional meals served on the same table. Since the prices of the food items are expensive, many critics call the gastropubs as ‘gastronomically expensive’. When we talk of competition, gastropubs are far better than the traditional pubs that can never compete with a gastropub. Traditional pubs are just the competitors of upgraded restaurants.

Items That Are Served in A Gastropub

Just like the traditional eateries and public houses, a gastropub serves gastronomic meals along with the alcoholic beverages. In fact, the gastropub may also have a microbrewery in its area. The ambience in the eatery is really classic and modern where you find brass and glassware fittings with the dining room having a cozy and friendly setting. There will be a lounge area to play beautiful and soft music. You will find some live musicians playing the musical instruments.


Having A Restaurant Out of The Competition

The competition in the entire food and hospitality industry is increasing due to the advent of a lot many restaurants, pubs, cafes and gastropubs. To have a restaurant which is set out of the competition, you need to entice the customers by serving delicious meals at economical rates. Eating out has reduced due to inflation. Thus, it is important to reduce the prices of food items. Foodies are always attracted to the food complexes that serve mouth-watering meals at reasonable rates. Your restaurant needs to be serving culinary excellence which is next to none. There are various tips to follow:

  • Keep your food menu fresh and new. Try to have multiple menus to give 4-5 options in each course. The items that are very popular locally must be kept in the top. This will certainly encourage the local visitors and foodies to your eatery.

  • If you are looking to establish yourself as a leader in the food industry, try to avoid multiple themes of food. Have one theme of food and combine the fusion themes. When you launch your food menu, invite multiple critics to gain the maximum exposure.
  • If you want to attract most number of customers to your gastropub, make sure the design and layout of the restaurant is much different from others. Your restaurant must be unique in terms of food, pricing and layout or design. Incorporate proper design features in the restaurant. You may go for a country Kitsch theme, a rustic theme or a modern riverside theme.
  • Restaurant furniture must be very comfortable and should appear attractive.

When you own a restaurant, and look forward to earning a great name in the restaurant industry, your chief priority must be serving delicious food items. Make sure your items are not too expensive. Consider a restaurant makeover from time to time.

Why Choose Professional Air Conditioning Installation Services

Guest Blogger Jack Louis is here today to share some ideas on why to choose a professional Air installer. Check out these helpful tips from Jack.
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The best way to ensure that your air conditioner works perfectly is to get it professionally installed. Of course, appropriate air conditioner set up is principal to the protection and efficiency of your cooling approach. In relation to your air conditioner set up, this isn't something that you want to hand over to inexperienced contractors or handyman services. A legitimate HVAC organization can make sure that your air conditioner is installed and working effectively.


Skilled Contractor for Your Air Conditioner Installation

If you are planning on a purchase of a brand new air conditioner, it is important first to pick a model that is correct for your dwelling or trade. Understanding the cooling capacity of various air conditioners is something that may quickly grow to be overwhelming. Of course, while you work with a legit heating and cooling enterprise that offers air conditioning installation services, they can offer you informed advice and assistance on opting for your new air conditioner, as well as furnish trained air conditioner installation professionals to get the job done.

It is a well known point that when summer arrives, an air conditioner can be crucial to getting relief from the heat. The good news is that an excellent exceptional air conditioner and authentic air conditioner installation can provide the peace-of-mind that your cooling system may be capable of controlling a sizzling summer time. If you revel in an energetic outdoor way of life, or a leisurely stroll via one of the crucial nearby art fairs, returning to a dwelling that's cool and comfortable is most likely a pleasure.


When you want to be sure that your air conditioner installation meets the local requirements perfectly, it is ideal that you choose a reliable heating and cooling contractor. In any case, an experienced HVAC contractor has the training and expertise vital to be able to furnish a quick, proper air conditioner installation. This means that your new air conditioner is not going to only give you the best possible performance feasible, but it also means that you can also relax in the assurance that it has been installed in line with strict safety laws.

Air Conditioners Come In a Range Of Sizes
Choosing the right air conditioner in terms of size and capacity is a must if you are to enjoy proper cooling throughout your home. Purchasing a larger unit will result in longer time to cool a smaller space, while a too small air conditioner will result in lack of cooling. To get the right air conditioner for your home, ensure that you choose reputed air conditioning installation services. These professionals are well aware of all that is involved in helping you get the right air conditioner for your needs. Apart from saving you a lot of time and effort that may otherwise be involved in hunting for the right system, you also save money since you won’t end up making a wrong choice.


Prolonged mistaken use of your air conditioner might turn cause it to fail and led to further issues. This is another reason to choose professional air conditioning installation services. Since these professionals are so sure of the quality of their work, they often add on an installation guarantee that stands as a basis to believe that the services they offer are above par.  This guarantee also assures you that you have installed your unit in line with local regulations, and you won’t end up in trouble with local authorities for any breaches of these regulations. So hire a professional for the job and enjoy peace of mind, knowing that you’ve got the right unit at the right price, and by the right people.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Period Home Renovations With Resale Value In Mind

Olivia is here today to share some tips on Period Home Renovations. These are some really great tips on how to keep your home looking unique. Thanks Olivia!
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Experts opine that period home renovations can reap delightful financial, as well as emotional rewards. Adequate and timely renovation of the period house will definitely fetch you higher values if you are reselling the property. However, the task is not that simple, as it apparently appears to be. Hence, it makes sense to discuss the key points about the renovation of the period homes that will escalate its resale value.


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Period Home Renovations


Resolve the issues with the structures


The first and foremost important aspect that demands your attention is the structural defects in the property. In fact, in instances of undergoing the period home renovations, you should give more attention to the structural issues, more than that of the general renovation needs. Issues like leaking roof, rising damp, cracks on the walls, rotten joists, and insect infestations are the few issues that demand the maximum attention. Likewise, you should give attention to the issues like broken or missing roof tiles, collapsed slabs or floors are a few issues that you should focus upon. Taking adequate actions regarding these will retain the comprehensiveness and robustness of the property. On the other hand, these renovations will certainly enhance the resale value of the property.


Install central heating/cooling system


Another worthy move for period home renovations will be the installation of the central cooling or heating systems. The exact call for the needs to be taken care of must be considering the extent to which the temperature may rise or fall. However, before adding these systems, you should always look at the power efficiency of the building. Make the necessary arrangements that will enhance the power efficiency of the building. It is because, if the building is not adequately power efficient, the perpetual cost of the power utility bill will always go to the higher limits. On the other hand, if adequate actions are taken, it will certainly boost the resale value of the property.


Update the services


So far, the period home renovations are concerned you should update the basic amenities like the power infrastructure and plumbing set up. If the wiring set up or the plumbing framework is not performing at the optimal extent, life inside the premises will turn inconvenient. Likewise, inefficient wiring set up can result in short circuit and rusted water pipes can contaminate the drinking water, triggering devastating ailments. On the other hand, upgraded services will not only enable you to escape these threats, but will impress the prospective buyer to offer you a higher price for your period home.


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Period Home Renovation


Fix all superficial problems


Even the minimum superficial trouble with the property can leave a bad impression in the mind of the prospective buyers. Hence, you might have to settle for a lesser value, as compared tothe actual value of your property. Hence, when you undertake period home renovations, fix the troubles like peeling paint, sticking windows & doors, latching & non-functional doors, loose or missing tiles, dripping taps, and cracks to the plaster work and/or ceilings. These fixes will create a positive impression in the mind of the prospective buyers and hence, you can certainly expect to get a better value for your property.


Convert the roof space


Another gallant approach will be to convert the roof space. These renovations cost the minimum, butit will fetch additional values in lieu of your investment. Hence, if you are planning for period home renovations, this will be a wise move to take up. Research suggests, this small adjustment can raise the value of the period home up to the extent of 35 to 40%.


The suggestions on period home renovations described above will enable you to get significantly higher resale value. Hence, you should certainly opt for these adjustments.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tips and Tricks to Get the Kids off the Couch

Samantha Olivier is here today to guest host and share some great tips on getting kids off the couch and back to active. Check out these great ideas.
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With all the perks of the digital age, one of the greatest challenges is to inspire kids to be more active and playful in that good old-fashioned way. Spending time outside, running around, and developing their curiosity has all taken a back seat to the increasing computer and smart phone craze.
Although technology does provide your kids with versatile entertainment, their health and wellbeing suffer in the long-run, due to hours of sitting down. Here’s a list of sure-fire ways to get your kids to fall in love with the hustle and bustle of the outdoors and other creative activities!

Diversify

With their short attention spans and numerous distractions lurking around every corner, kids are more likely to respond to various types of activities. Although daily chores like walking your dog or caring for your other pets can sometimes be all they need, consider spending more time with them, walking them to school on sunny days, take them bowling or for a paintball session, and they will start looking forward to your other ideas.
To make it extra fun, ask the kids to make their own suggestions. You can even make a simple suggestion box, and let them offer their input and share their ideas on how they would like to spend their time. Maybe they’d like to try fishing, or start their own leaf collection.


Take them down Memory Lane

They already have plenty of video games at their disposal, but few offer inspiration for real-life adventures. To give them a taste of your own childhood fun through the familiar lens of technology, show them something that has inspired you to tackle a new skill.
Remember Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, and your unstoppable urge to learn those complicated stunts? Half an hour of playing and they will be begging you to get them custom-made cruiser skateboards to bust out their own moves and tricks in the local park. An added perk any parent appreciates is the chance for your kids to develop their balance, coordination and get stronger and more resilient.

Encourage Uninstructed Play

Sometimes the simplest activity is the best solution, and uninstructed play is a prime example of that. Get them out the door and into your backyard or a local park and just let them do their thing. In addition to boosting their immunity and creative thinking, this allows for improved social development and communication.
Inviting their friends can have them outside and active for hours on end, and letting them play with some of their favourite toys and gadgets outside will only reinforce their desire to spend time being active. In case you have a dog, this is a perfect chance for them to bond and get exhausted in the healthiest possible way.

Make Chores Fun

Cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning your house can become an incredibly fun activity if you play some music or turn it into a game or a competition. Kids love to make up rules, so let them think of forbidden moves, words or specific instructions that must follow certain lyrics of their favourite tunes. For example, if anyone says the word “like”, they need to imitate a monkey. This might end up turning into a zoo, but you will get your home clean and the kids enjoying themselves away from the TV.
For the most troublesome of youngsters, you can even think of a creative reward system for a job well done, such as an extra hour of playtime with their friends the next time they come over, or taking them for a scoop of their favourite ice-cream. As long as it’s good for them and lets them have more fun, they will most likely respond positively.
These are just some of the many creative ways to encourage your kids to be more active, and discover new ways to have fun. Childhood is the perfect time for kids to develop their interests and hobbies, so make it your mission to help them explore their preferences and shape their minds for future adventures.


5 Excellent Bedroom Accessory Ideas

Diana is back today to share her ideas on excellent bedroom accessory ideas. Check out these ways to make your room unique.

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The time has come for you to bring some change into your life. And what better way to do that than by refreshing something in your home. Why not start with the room where you feel comfortable the most – the bedroom. Since it is the room where you need to relax, you have to customize it in order to add a personal touch to it. Here is a list of the best ways you can freshen up your bedroom with chic accessories.

DIY tips and tricks

Applying your DIY skills is a great way to add a personal touch to your bedroom. Even better – get your family to help out and turn the whole process into a fun activity. First of all, you can try making basket racks. One of the great ways in which you can do that is by buying weaved baskets and hanging them on the walls. Another great DIY idea is to take all the used cups and jars and to turn them into holders for hairbrushes, makeup, q-tips and other items. We recommend taking old mason jars and filling them with moisturizing cream, skin lotion and other body-care products. This way, you can immediately recycle plastic bottles, which promotes eco-friendliness.

Curtains

Curtains can add a wild flare to the room. Colourful curtains mixed with natural daylight will bring in some freshness. They are fairly affordable and easy to install. The most important thing to look out for is the size of the curtains – take a tape measure and see how wide and high they should be so that you don’t end up with short ones. There are countless curtains to choose from, so make sure to explore a few options and add some extravagancy to your bedroom.


Lighting

In order to make a perfect relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom, you will have to consider various lighting options. The most popular choice is a bedside lamp, which can be placed on the nightstand. These lamps don’t shine too bright, which means that you can read your book at night and not disturb your partner. A perfect way to add a romantic touch to the room is by buying scented candles. Not only will they relax you, but they can save you a lot of money on electrical bills.


Bedroom furniture

If you have enough room in your bedroom, you should consider decorating it with stylish furniture. The must-have pick for the bedroom is a dresser. It offers a lot of space where you can keep all your day-to-day clothes, fancy suits, evening dresses and all other clothing pieces. And if you like to read and have a lot of books, then buying a bookshelf for the bedroom is the way to go. If you want to create the most elegant bedroom look, place bentwood chairs in the corners – this will add the final touch of elegance.


Wallpaper

Wallpapers are the perfect accessory option for your bedroom. Not only will they make your room more appealing, but they will offer you more protection from mould and moisture than paint. The best solution is to place them behind the bed, and around the windows. Our top picks are mural wallpapers, which will add glamour to your bedroom. They are fairly easy to install, which means that you don’t have to hire a contractor.

As we can see, it doesn’t take much to create a perfect bedroom atmosphere. All it takes is a little imagination and some DIY skills. Get your family on the project and have fun while redecorating your bedroom.