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Functional and Efficient Ideas for Your New Home Construction

Functional and Efficient Ideas for Your New Home Construction

The trick to any successful build is to get the right balance between function and efficiency. This will ensure you can make the most of the space, keep your building costs to a minimum and even reduce the cost of running your home.

There are several ideas to consider but the first step in the process should be to consult a reputable Sydney home builders firm to ensure your suggestions are possible.

Hidden Garage

A great way to reduce the space you need outside your home is to build a garage under your driveway. This is not as difficult or as expensive as it may seem. You can even extend the space under your home to allow several cars to be parked with a lift to take them back to the surface.

Steam Shower

Reduce your water bills with the very latest in green technology. Steam showers use one gallon of water per minute, a traditional shower will use 7 gallons.

In addition there is several health benefits associated with a steam shower and you’ll reduce any moisture issues in your bathroom.  

It will also increase the value of your home.

Impact Windows

An impact window is designed to withstand the force of a hurricane; that’s a real bonus if you live somewhere that has hurricanes.

But, even if you don’t you can benefit from noise reduction, improved insulation and higher security.

That’s a pretty good incentive to get impact windows.

Solar

Opting to add solar panels onto your roof will allow you to reduce your energy dependence and the bills that come with it. You can choose a system that sells excess electricity back to the grid or install batteries and convertors allowing you to use the electricity generated even when the sun has gone down.

Panic Room

It is becoming increasingly popular for people to build panic rooms or survival chambers into their homes. These will protect you against natural disasters or if your house comes under attack.

If you make it an easy space to get to in can function as a room in your house; doubling its use until you actually need it.

USB Sockets

It is fairly normal now to see sockets fitted into the walls which can accept conventional plugs and USB cables. Considering most electrical gadgets rely on USB style power sockets this is a very functional and efficient addition to your home.

You should aim to have at least one of these sockets in every room of your house.

Heating System

Doing a new build is a great opportunity to run meters of cable under the soil. These can then be connected to a ground source heat pump, (powered by your solar panels). The heat pump will pump the water through the pipes and under your floor (in more pipes); giving you a virtually free heating system.

A viable alternative is the air source heat pump which can be connected to pipes between your rooms and individual thermostats; allowing you to control the temperature in different areas of your home with ease.

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Planning a DIY Project? Consider These Management Tips

Planning a DIY Project? Consider These Management Tips

If you have decided to start your DIY project and beautify your home for yourself and your loved ones, you need to know that there are plenty of things that can go wrong if you don’t plan the processes carefully. You can come across unexpected issues, run out of money and time, or cause more damage than good. If you would like to make your DIY project a success, it is important that you consider the below tips.

 

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Create a Timeline

Planning every step of the renovation project will help you identify potential problems and pitfalls, It simply doesn’t make sense to change your heating system if you want to have underfloor heating; you have to create a timeline of your DIY project that prevents you from touching the same area and  job more than once. This will not only help you save time, but also money.

Make Your Budget Fit

The next thing you need to be sure about is that you will have enough money to complete all the work. You might be thinking big, but you don’t really want to get into debt and take on a second mortgage just to make some structural changes. When planning the jobs, consider the cost and time it takes to be completed. Compromise on the changes, but not your materials.

Consider Professional Tools

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Every DIY job goes better and gets a more professional finish if you invest in trade tools. If you are not likely to use them more than once in a lifetime, you might visit your local DIY store to hire equipment that will help you stick to your budget and your timeline, and avoid getting frustrated with the job.

Outsource Some Tasks

There are some things you shouldn’t DIY in your home, and you have to stay away from touching the work that is best left for professionals. There are some jobs that can easily be completed on a budget, such as laying laminate floors or tiling a bathroom, provided that you have enough time and patience. However, you should not touch electricity or plumbing for your own safety. If you know that you are not a person with an eye for details, you might contact a remodeling company to help you out with some tasks.

Set a Deadline

Home improvements can be frustrating for the entire family. You don’t want to put up with the mess for months, nor does your partner. It might be a good idea to set a clear deadline for each renovation task, and stick to it. This way, you can avoid your project spiraling out of control and taking over your home life for months, even years.

 

If you are brave enough to start your home renovation project on your own, it is important that you plan every stage and make sure that you can stay passionate about the job at hand. Ask for help and improve your skills, but – most importantly – try to stick to your budget and deadlines.

 

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How To Love Your Home Again (And Not Get Mad At It)

How To Love Your Home Again (And Not Get Mad At It)

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Here’s the home ideal

 

You come home from work and open your front door. Happy to be home again, you kick off your shoes and start to relax in the warm confines of your living room. Sitting down on your sofa with a glass of wine and your favourite magazine, you sit back and let the cares of the day fade away. You’re home, everything is fine, and you enjoy your downtime in your domestic surroundings.

 

But the reality…

 

You come home from work and open your front door. With a creak and a jolt, it eventually opens, and you step inside. You kick off your shoes and add them to the rest of the clutter that is littering your hallway. You slump into your sofa hoping to relax, but that spring in the back of the chair isn’t doing your back any good. You shiver, not only because of the draft coming through the crack in the window but because your body is filled with stressed out tensions. You’re home, everything is not fine, and you fail to enjoy your downtime in your hellhole of a house. Bah!

 

The end. Thanks for reading.

 

Okay, it’s not the end, it would be a pretty depressing article if it was. But if you have lost the love for your home, there are a few things you need to do. It is your right to enjoy your living space after all!

 

Get on top of any repairs

Your home isn’t going to fix itself. There’s no DIY fairy fluttering around with a hammer and nail. If something is getting on top of you, be that a creaking front door or a crack in the wall, then you need to do something about them. They will only hinder your relaxation time otherwise. There are some repair jobs you can do yourself. You can add oil to the hinges on your doors, and you can seal any gaps in your home with caulk. But if there any household repairs you can’t do yourself, such as an issue with your electrics or a complicated plumbing issue, then you need to call in the professionals to restore your safe haven.

 

Give your home a makeover

If you’re bored with the same old surroundings, then it’s time to change things up a little. You need to relax, but if you are stuck in a place that uninspires you, then you won’t make the most of your downtime. One way to do this is to add colour to your home. Using the ideas in the linked article, brighten up your surroundings, be that with a splash of paint or some new additions. It might be time to replace the sofa too, especially if you do get that annoying spring in your back every time you sit down. If your curtains are tattered and worn, or ill-fitting at your windows, then swap them for something new. Deconovo has a nice range, as well as a helpful guide in how to measure for curtains. If your carpeting is looking shabby, give it a deep clean or replace it with something new. Do anything, other than suffer your usual drab surroundings.

 

Get rid of your clutter

 

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We have a tendency to move clutter from one room to the next. If things are in your way in the living room, we stuff them into the hallway. If we can’t manage the mess in the bedroom, we pile it into a spare room or overfill an already bulging storage cupboard. If you have clutter in your life, then you need to do one of two things. The first is to get rid of it! Seriously, if you don’t need something, stick it in the bin, sell it, or give it to charity. Secondly, create new storage space. Either buy something new, or use these insanely clever storage hacks to deal with your stuff. After sorting out your mess/important items/old rubbish, you will have more space in your house again, you won’t trip over anything as you’re moving from room to room, and you can relax without something distracting you when you see it in the corner of your eye.

 

And so…

 

It doesn’t take a lot to fall in love with your home again. With a few basic repairs, a tidy-up, and a few home upgrades, you can finally come home, kick off your shoes, sit down with a glass of wine and your favourite magazine and relax. Job done, order is restored, and your downtime is secure. Well, that’s the ideal, but we hope this article has spurred you on into making any changes that need to take place where you are.

 

The end. Thanks for reading. (Don’t scroll down because it really is the end, we promise).

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Creating a balcony or grand entrance

Creating a balcony or grand entrance

 

 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just moved in, have lived there for years or are just starting to build your own home. The entrance is a huge part of the home and you can improve it at anytime.

In fact one of the best ways to upgrade the look and potentially even the value of your home is to make a balcony or grand entrance.

This may seem like an impossible task but you actually only need a few key components to make it possible.

The Balustrade

If you’re creating a grand entrance you’ll want steps to lead you to your house. Ideally these should be sweeping in, as wide as possible closing down on your front door while still leaving enough room for two people at the top.

Even if you can only fit one or two steps in, creating the sweeping inwards design will help to create a much grander entrance; allowing people to move into your stunning hallway.

But, to finish this you need a balustrade. For this you need a company that specializes in balustrade design because you’ll want a unique and eye-catching design.

The balustrade itself is simply there to help people up the stairs. But, if you add one to the middle of your sweeping stairs you can turn it into a feature piece that takes the grand entrance to another level!

The same is also true for a balcony if you are looking to add stairs to it; choosing a unique design will make them stand out above everyone else’s.

The Area

In general the larger the entrance the more impressive it will look. However, this must be in keeping with the size of your home and the land you have.  You probably don’t want a staircase that looks grand but takes you to the first floor and blocks al the light from downstairs!

Keeping the proportions right is essential and the reason why you should visualize the design with the aid of digital imagery first. This will ensure it looks as good as you think it does.

Widen The Door

In some contexts size is actually important. A large front door will make the entrance way look grander. If you have the space it is worth removing your current door and adding a wider one. Windows to each side can also help to widen the appearance of your entrance and allow you to see who is visiting.

Positioning

The best entrances are located in the centre of your home. This allows people to see the space to either side. Of course if you’re door is not already positioned in this way you may not want to undertake moving your main entrance; that’s a lot of work.

The same is true for balconies; they should be located where you will have a good view. This may be over your garden or it may be out to sea. The size and position of your balcony will depend on what you want to use it for and whether you want the morning sun or the evening sun.

When working on your grand entrance don’t forget that your driveway also needs to reflect the same message. You can’t have a huge entrance and a drive barely wide enough for your car!

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Checklist: Important Things You Need To Do Before Putting Your Home On The Market

Checklist: Important Things You Need To Do Before Putting Your Home On The Market

If you are planning on selling your home, you should not simply put it on the market as soon as you have decided to sell. There are a number of different things you need to do first. So, let’s take a look…

 

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Make low-cost curb appeal improvements

 

First impressions count! And, the first impression of your home will be made as soon as the buyers step out of their car, which is why your garden is so important! Impress them with these low-cost tips…

  • Wash the front porch light fixture or replace it if necessary.
  • Keep the garden lawn mowed. There is nothing worse than an unkempt garden!
  • Buy some large house numbers! There is no worse way to begin a viewing than by discovering your buyers have spent the last thirty minutes driving around the estate looking for your home.
  • Plant flowers by your front door or along the walk. This will create a welcoming atmosphere. Yellow flowers are a great option, such as marigolds.
  • Purchase a new welcome mat for the front steps to your home. The perfect way of welcoming people into your home!
  • Clean the exterior windows thoroughly. Grubby windows are never a good look!
  • Use the power spray to get rid of all the dirt and dust outside.
  • Re-paint your front door or replace it if necessary. The front door is an extremely important aspect of your home. It is one aspect every single person who comes to your property is assured to notice.

 

Get rid of family touches

 

Most homeowners have photographs of their family situated all over the home. It adds a personal element to your property and creates a warm environment. This is what makes a house your home – the keyword being YOUR home!

 

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We all love to have reminders of the ones we care about and to display fun memories we have had together. But, when it comes to a home viewing, it’s time to put them away! Don’t take it personally – but the buyer doesn’t want to see pictures of your daughter getting married or your last family holiday to America. All this does is remind the buyer that the property is someone else’s.

By keeping your photographs out you merely distract viewers and you make it difficult for them to connect with your home. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine walking into a home you were thinking about buying and seeing photographs of another family at every turn. It would make it extremely difficult to imagine yourself living there.

The same goes for all other personal items – whether it is dance awards, football medals, school certificates, or anything like that! Model your home on a showroom. You wouldn’t see aspects like this whilst at a showroom, so they shouldn’t be on show whilst someone is viewing your home.

 

Freshen up your bathroom

 

Many people, especially those with young families, like to view a bathroom as a potential oasis of calm in an otherwise hectic household. To others, it’s a place where they expect high standards of hygiene and cleanliness. Replacing a bathroom is an expensive undertaking, and when marketing your property, showing what you have off to the best effect can make or break a sale.

 

What most people find inviting is a clean, bright room. The preference is always for a neutral colour scheme – no overwhelming, bright shades here! – and a white bathroom suite. But if replacing the large fixtures and fittings is beyond your budget, a few small changes can cast the most important room in the house in the best possible light.

 

Use bleach to clean up grotty looking tiles and grout. A mildew remover may also help to remove the worst of the stains. If necessary, re-seal the bath with white sealant. Do the same with the sink and shower area. Invest a small amount of money in replacing cracked tiles. Consider buying a fresh, new shower curtain or screen.

 

Remove half-empty shower gel and shampoo bottles and, for the duration of viewings at least, replace with quality bath products. Add white, fluffy towels for a final, homely touch.

 

Clean your home from top to bottom

 

Picture this… You welcome viewers into your home, they start looking around, and then you realise that you have left a dirty ashtray on the living room table! How did you miss it? We are all guilty of missing the obvious when tidying our home! Use this cleaning checklist to make sure you don’t…

 

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  • Make sure your clean your appliances inside out.
  • Clean your windows and windowsills.
  • Polish all interior woodwork.
  • Clean the inside of all of your cabinets and neatly organise everything that is inside. Make sure they aren’t too cramped; you want to show off how much space the buyer will benefit from.
  • Mop and sweep all of your floors.
  • Make sure you clean the entry thoroughly – this is the first thing buyers will notice when they walk into your home.
  • Clean all of your blinds, drapes, and curtains.
  • Git rid of all odours – especially food and pet smells.
  • Shower curtains and doors should be clean.
  • Keep your corridors and stairways clear.
  • Make sure everything is organised – your bookshelves, closets, wardrobes, entertainment units etc.
  • Empty ashtrays, rubbish bins, and recycling bins.
  • Remove all clutter – store in your car if necessary.
  • Be sure that all of your drawers, cabinets, and doors can be opened fully without any blockage.

 

Find a good estate agent

 

Finding a good estate agent is obviously an important ingredient in selling your home! You should never just go for the first one you lay your eyes on, nor you should ever go for the cheapest agent! – Recipe for disaster.

You need to compare different estate agents against one and other in order to find the best one for you. But, what sort of things should you be looking for? Here is a checklist of things you should take into account…

  • Can you contact them via mobile phone and email?
  • How far away is their office from your home?
  • Will they provide you with a detailed marketing plan? What ideas have they got for advertising your home?
  • Do they seem enthusiastic about selling your home?
  • What is their track record? How many homes did they sell in the past year? Have they sold properties similar to yours?
  • Are they available on evenings and weekends?
  • Can they provide you with some references and/or reviews?

You have probably realised that one key factor is missing – how much they charge! So many homeowners make the mistake of looking for the cheapest agent. This is not an area to cut costs. If an agent charges more, it’s usually because they are worth it.

 

Some final home improvement tips to follow before you sell your home

 

  • Replace light bulbs – Bright rooms look inviting and fresh. Dark rooms look dingy, depressing and cramped.
  • Fresh paint – Paint is the easiest way to make a huge difference to your property. Neutral colours are best!
  • Clean windows – Windows are often forgotten about, yet grubby glass is never attractive.
  • Deal with anything that needs to be repaired – Whether your kitchen light needs repaired or your require water pump repairs, deal with it before your property goes onto the market!
  • Clean your closets – Buyers often want to see how much storage space they are going to benefit from.
  • Play music – Soft music can be a great tactic to use when showing someone your home. Note the word ‘soft’ – no heavy metal, please!
  • Remove pet bowls – Not only are they distracting, but a buyer might not want to be reminded that you have pets running around the home every day.
  • Fresh glass and plants – Often a garden can be the first thing people notice. Make a good impression by creating a space that looks beautiful and inviting.
  • Clean the carpet – Nothing looks worse than a mucky carpet. If yours is beyond saving, consider getting rid of it and showcasing your hardwood floor.
  • Open curtains and blinds – Let as much natural light in as possible! It will open up the space.
  • Fresh flowers – Buy some fresh flowers and place them around the home. They create a welcoming feel.

So there you have it: the complete checklist of everything you need to do before selling your home. Good luck!

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Glorious Winter Ideas For Your Home Without Spending A Bomb

Glorious Winter Ideas For Your Home Without Spending A Bomb

Winter is getting closer and closer, and you might be thinking of what you can do to your home to make it cozier and generally preparing it for the winter months. As you know, with winter comes the Christmas period, and this usually means spending a lot of money on gifts for those you love. So how can you cozy up your home without spending a ridiculous amount of money? Take a look at these glorious winter ideas for your home without spending a bomb!

 

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Add warmth

Obviously, during the winter months, you’re going to have your heating on or even your fire lit – so how can you add extra warmth? Warmth doesn’t necessarily mean switching on your central heating, as you can add a warming feeling using other methods:

  • Buy some fleecy throws to drape over your couch so that if and when you’re feeling the chill, you can snuggle in front of the TV.
  • Scatter cushions represent comfort and therefore make your room feel warmer. Consider buying some cushions to make your home feel warmer and more welcoming.
  • Think of the colour schemes that you’re using throughout your home. Are you able to add warmer colours with accessories to make it feel warmer? Red, orange, and purple are great examples of warm colours.

Think about social gatherings

Winter and Christmas time is the perfect chance to get together with those closest around you. Perhaps it’s your turn to cook the Christmas dinner this year, or maybe your friends are coming to stay? Think about the rooms that your guests will be using – are they up to scratch? It’s understandable that you can’t afford a full renovation at this time of year, but did you know A+ Construction Pro offer mini renovations so that you can rectify smaller amounts at a time? It might be worth doing if you’re entertaining this year!

Set the ambiance

Sometimes, it’s not just the decor or colour scheme in your home that will have an impact on your guests. Set an ambiance throughout your home by dotting around lamps for a cozier lighting method, and have soothing music playing from radios. It really will make more of a difference than you think!

Smells matter more than you think!

Finally, much alike lighting and sound around your home, smells matter more than you think! Pick up homely smells such as cinnamon, lavender, and orange to place around your home. You can use potpourri or reed diffusers as effective and safe ways of making your home smell luxurious!

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Is Your Home As Comfortable As You Deserve It To Be?

Is Your Home As Comfortable As You Deserve It To Be?

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A comfortable home is not something that’s simply nice to have. It’s something necessary to have. We all live relatively busy lives, we must earn our keep and we all have to put work into sustaining and creating beautiful memories with our families. You might add pets and hobbies to that list of personal obligations. At the end of the day, we are usually utterly and thoroughly spent. This is where the gentle embrace of our home should come and hug us from behind, allowing us to relax and fade into comfort. This allows us to stay sane day after day, but more than that, to feel protected, to feel actualized, as evidenced by the Maslow hierarchy of needs.

 

Is your home as comfortable as you deserve it to be? It might not be that obvious if it is. In order to take care of this circumstance, you might consider the following:

 

The Bedroom

 

The bedroom is the hub of comfort in your home. If it isn’t, it should be. The living room might be the place we can merrily discuss the day and share silly laughter with our families, but we all know then when we’re at our most tired and vulnerable, the bedroom is always there to nurse us back to refreshment. It’s unfortunate that many people neglect to decorate or prioritize this room from the beginning. Doing so can lend even more comfort to this room, and helping you relax, recharge and be close to your partner.

 

When was the last time you purchased new lighting for the room? Perhaps small LED strips under the bed will help you to gain that healthy and interesting glow. Maybe some gentle fairy lights placed around your bedhead in order to give the room some of that magical appeal will do the trick. Maybe its time to renew the carpet to be both comfortable and look beautiful. Ridding yourself of the wine stains or scuffs that can occur over years of use, can refresh your spirits. A bed that’s timeless can often give you real pause for comfort and thought, helping you rest in a long-term fixture you can feel identified with. The bedroom is one of the most excellent sleeping partners you can be in possession of, so be sure the room gently nurses the message of comfort to you, so you can rest easy.

 

The Living Room Sofa

 

The living room sofa is often something many people get wrong. This is the place you’ll relax and joke with your family, perhaps watching television on a Friday night or having your child proudly show you their new video game. But comfort is all in the sofa. A hugely, soft cushioned material isn’t always the best choice for real comfort, as there’s a difference between comfortable and comfortably supported. It might be that you’re opting for space with an L shaped sofa  or perhaps durability with leather that could support you more appropriately.

 

With these simple additions, your home is sure to take comfort into the stratosphere.

 

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Let In The Light: How To Make Your Home Feel Lighter

If there’s one thing that a lot of homes fail to offer, it’s lots of light. While a home can still be wonderfully cosy and welcoming without lots of natural light streaming into it, it doesn’t always create the best atmosphere, as natural light helps to make a home feel larger and somewhat fresher too.

 

Of course, often when it comes to purchasing a home, we can’t be too picky and have to compromise on certain aspects of the property, as it’s almost impossible to get every feature that you want in place, such as lots of outdoor space, fireplaces in every room, and lots of light.

 

However, just because you have compromised on a house that is slightly darker, that doesn’t mean that it has to stay feeling darker, as there are plenty of ways that you can let more light into your new home. Wondering what steps you need to take to do this? Below is a guide to everything that you need to know!

 

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Keep the colours light and neutral

 

Often, a house looks darker than it is because of the choice of wall colour, flooring design, or the furniture that is in place. If you want to make your home look lighter, it’s about making simple yet effective changes, such as painting the walls in lighter tones, such as cream or white. You could also swap dark flooring for a lighter alternative and perhaps you could be smart about the furniture colours that you choose – light-toned woods, greys, cream, and sand can all help to lighten the look of a room, whereas darker tones like navy, black and red can make a space feel darker.

 

Invest in new light sources

 

If you have the funds to afford it, then perhaps you could consider investing in some new light sources. You could easily replace your old windows with vinyl windows in larger sizes, to help allow more light into your home – this could be something that it’s worth considering. Or, better yet, how about adding French doors to your living room or kitchen, to let even more light into your home?

 

Use mirrors in a smart way

 

When it comes to creating a lighter space, mirrors are a key tool. All you need to do is strategically place mirrors facing windows so that they reflect the natural light from outside back into the room. If you can invest in a selection of mirrors for each room in the house, you can create a home that is much lighter than it currently appears. Mirrors can’t work miracles but they can help to introduce a good amount of extra light into a room if positioned properly.

 

No one wants to live in a dark home because although these kinds of places can feel cosy, they can also lack that open feel that lighter homes tend to have. If you want to make your home look and feel lighter than it currently is, the hacks and ideas above should help you to be able to do that.

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5 Great Home Exterior Makeovers

5 Great Home Exterior Makeovers

Your home should be your castle, a place where you can relax after a hard day. But, it should also be a personal space where you can express your true personality and feel comfortable.

This is one of the main reasons that most homeowners start remodeling; a desire to make their home their own. However, when you do this the outside of the property is often overlooked. After all, you don’t sit staring at the outside of your home very often!

But, a great looking exterior can inspire you when you get home and will help to maintain the value of your property.

Here are 5 great home exterior makeovers:

1.      Cladding

Cladding is a great way to transform your building. You simply need to take a look at the array of options on offer at CGS Façade to appreciate how it can both personalize and improve the exterior of your home.

Whether you go for traditional wood, vinyl, metal or some other material it will provide you with an additional layer of insulation and help your house to stay warmer in the winter as well as cooler in the summer. This will reduce your energy bills and can even help to offset the cost of your cladding!

2.      Decking

You need an outside space in order to entertain or enjoy the better weather. Decking is one of the best options for this as it is relatively maintenance free and easy to erect. You’ll need as large an area as possible to give room for the table, chairs and some more relaxed seating.

It is also essential to add lights and the ability to provide some shade from the heat of the summer sun. Add some nice balustrades and you’ll have transformed the outside of your home

3.      Landscape

It is very important to look at the flow of your garden and landscape accordingly. You need easy access to any flower beds or outhouses. You’ll also want to tidy your fences and minimize the time you’ll spend maintaining your garden. If you love gardening flower beds and vegetable patches are a good addition. But, if you’re not keen on gardening keep the lines simple and most of the garden as lawn; why make yourself additional work?

4.      Driveways

If you don’t have a driveway but have the space for one then consider adding it. They don’t need to cost a fortune but it is important to check for utilities before you start digging.

A driveway can be as simple as hardcore with gravel on top or you can get the professionals to lay tarmac, concrete, block paving or a variety of other materials.

The driveway should lead towards your front door; inviting you and your guests into your stunning home.

5.      Windows & Doors

Your windows and doors need to have a good clean and, if necessary, be updated. You may be able to repaint the door to transform it or you may prefer to change it for a more contemporary look. Just be sure to keep it in the style of your home.

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Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

 

If you’re one of those people who love to spend time outside, getting some fresh air and enjoying the sound of nature, then you must create a practical deck or patio to quench your thirst for the outdoors. However, no matter how much you love nature and all things natural, the sun can be quite nasty in the summer and even chase you inside where it’s cool and air-conditioned. But if you install the right type of shading for your outdoor space, there’s nothing to be afraid of, not even the sun!

Colorful umbrellas

Sometimes, the oldest and least expensive way is the best way to do things and the same goes for shade! Patio or deck umbrellas are definitely the most popular and a completely foolproof way to add some sun protection to your outdoor area. These decorative umbrellas come in all sizes, shapes, colors and materials, so no matter the style you’re trying to achieve, you’ll make it! Plus, once the outdoor season is over, you can just close your umbrella, store it in the garage and wait for the next spring! Just make sure to secure your umbrella tightly, especially if you live in a windy area—you don’t want to be seen chasing one of these down the street!

Draw the curtains

If you want to add some shade AND some movement and softness to your deck or patio, you might want to add curtains to your outdoor structures. Outdoor curtains also offer some light sun protection and are quite inexpensive and easy to install. You can even DIY these curtains with some canvas and grommets! Just imagine airy curtains flowing in the gentle summer breeze while you sip a cocktail on your deck—it’s a really magical sight!

Set sail!

Another practical and affordable way to provide your outdoor space with some shelter is to invest in shade sails. These sails act as a light canopy that can cover your seating or dining area, deck hot tub or even your outdoor kitchen! They are quite easy and fast to install and they take up very little space which makes them perfect for tiny decks or patios. Shade sails also come in various sizes, colors and shapes and can look very futuristic in any space.

Build a lush pergola

If you really want to go big with shade and privacy, you should opt for a beautiful pergola. This freestanding feature will not only provide your patio or deck with all the shade that you need but also help define the space and add a dose of flair to it! You can go very old-fashioned with a wooden pergola with all sorts of ornaments or opt for something very modern and high-tech. Today, there are light aluminum pergolas with practical retractable roof systems that allow you to let the sunshine in or provide shade with the touch of a button! No matter where you are, you can control your roof with your smartphone. The weather will never surprise you again!

Let nature take care of you

If you’re not in a hurry to give your space a lot of shade, just plant some greenery, have patience and watch as nature takes care of your shade needs! Plant a fast-growing tree next to your patio or deck and in a few years, you’ll not only have a bit of shade, but also a priceless addition to your outdoor space. If you’re patient enough, your tree will live to see your grandkids playing underneath it and serve as a home to many little birds, insects and critters! Just make sure to plant your trees strategically, because they can also reduce your home’s cooling bill in the summer and heating bill in the winter!

These practical shades will not only make your patio or deck more comfortable but also add interest to your outdoor space! So, don’t be afraid to throw some shade! 

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