Deciding whether you should build a new
home or just buy an existing one is difficult. Building a house offers many big
advantages, but so does buying an existing one; If you choose to build a house,
you must make a decision about the details of the house and you can see it
taking shape. That is something very interesting. On the other hand, if you
choose to buy an existing home, you will save yourself from the difficult
decisions you have to make when building a house. To help you decide, I have
listed the advantages and disadvantages of building a house to guide you if
building is right for you.
Building a house gives you control over
everything. One big advantage is that you get control of everything. You are
the owner and you pay the builder to build the type of home you have in mind.
– Gives you freedom to decide everything.
You have the freedom to decide about home features. Nobody will tell you what
to do and what not to do.
– Lets you get professional advice.
Whenever you need advice, you can ask your builder and architect. They will be
happy to help you.
-Allows you to learn new things about home
construction. You oversee the project because you learn things that you may
never know before.
-Home ownership. You are not renting a
house. It’s yours and it gives satisfaction.
– Building a house is expensive.
Even if you have a …
Insulating your home is becoming
an essential process with the rising cost of energy. When you are a paying so
much to heat your home it is daft to allow this heat to escape. If you take
just loft insulation then the potential annual savings from installing the
current recommended insulation is around GBP 145 per year. It wont take long to
recover the cost of the installation with these kinds of annual savings.
There are number different
insulation materials available it can be confusing. What are the best types to
go for, and do some the eco insulation material perform as well?
Environmentally friendly materials
This is formed from sheep’s wool.
Over the past few years it has become more popular. This has fuelled by the
green / organic movement of the late 2000’s. Programmes like Grand Designs have
helped to show how this type of product can be used to achieve great results.
With the British wool industry is
decline then there is a surplus of fleece that can be easily turned into
- Fire retardant
- Absorb water
I don’t think I need to explain
where this form of insulation comes from! Like the sheep’s wool it is often in
surplus and therefore makes sense to use it. If you live in a rural area then
the cases are you will be able to source the material form a local farm so the
transportation costs and environmental impact are pretty low.
When one hears references to Asian decor this typically is
meant to imply the use of Japanese or Chinese themes. These two ways to
decorate your home vary. Japanese decorating is usually very calming and
minimalist. Chinese decor on the other hand is very drastic and dramatic. If
you would like to achieve either of these looks keep reading. Below you will
find tips to help you fulfill your dream in an inexpensive and simple way.
Chinese goes to complete the opposite extreme. Their
decorating uses many bright colors, especially red. This color is consider to
be lucky in the Chinese culture.. Even wood is often painted the color red.
Dark woods often used are as well because of the contrast they offer. Other
color schemes are possible for Chinese décor. Typically these
involve the use of yellow and blue. No matter what color scheme you choose
remember to pick colors that are bright.
Add several piece of Chinese Art. Carvings and figurines
made of animals are common accent pieces also. Murals painted with dramatic
scenes will help your theme seem real. If you need more bangs you can consider
placing silk curtains on the windows or silk pillows. Not all of your
accessories must be traditionally Chinese as long as they match the color
scheme and do not overtake your focal point. Whatever you choose think grand
for a Chinese theme. For Japanese decor your choices should come from the
opposite end of the spectrum.
Japanese decorating is based …
are confident they are giving their trees the best care to thrive and stay
healthy. Water, fertilizer, and mulch right on schedule.
However, tree branch trimming can be very intimidating to the average person. While big pruning tasks should be left to the professionals, pruning small trees and branches is perfectly safe and manageable for the average person.
First, know when
DIY tree trimming is appropriate, and when it’s not. If you want to prune a
small tree that has lightweight branches, go for it. However, think twice about
pruning a tree that’s near a power line, large branches overhanging your roof,
or if the branches are too heavy for you to easily handle.
decided to go ahead, just start with a little DIY tree branch trimming. First,
you’ll need to understand the parts of the tree and branch. The branch collar
is the enlarged area at the base of the branch that connects it to the tree.
The branch bark ridge is between the tree trunk and the branch; it’s raised a
little higher than the branch.
Make sure your
pruning tools are clean and sharp. Make a cut on the far side the branch
collar; don’t cut the branch collar itself but make the cut close enough not to
leave a nub.
For a thin
branch, one inch or less in diameter, cut just above the branch collar at a
45-degree angle to the bark ridge.
For a thick
branch, cut it in three …
Sustainable building materials are more than just reused or recycled
materials. The energy consumed during harvesting, transporting and processing
of the material should decide if it is truly sustainable. Local materials are
commonly considered sustainable due to its huge reduction of energy needed to
Price also plays a major role in considering a material sustainable.
However, the most important consideration is the health and environmental
impact of these materials.
Using sustainable materials promote a cleaner, healthier and better home
and there are many benefits to designing spaces using sustainable products.
Sustainable building materials are adobe, straw, cork, bamboo and clay. They
have low emission rates and possess energy conservation qualities. These
materials are all-natural and can be used to build greener homes. Recycled
materials include granite, steel or polyurethane.
The adobe for instance, can be used to construct all types of buildings.
There is very little or almost no energy used in transporting it and the
material is found everywhere. Most people simply use the adobe found there on
the site of their building. You would need a frame as support, but the adobe is
very durable and the home will be naturally insulated due to the thickness of
the walls and density of the adobe. A home built in adobe will have lower electricity
bills and less consumption of energy.
Building a home to standard measurement cuts back on waste and requires
less trimming. Whatever material you have decided to use, it will be