You’re ticking all the boxes: you recycle,
you have a dozen bags for life, you’ve got all sorts of insulation, you switch
off your power at the wall and you do everything you can to conserve energy and
reduce your carbon footprint, right? Well, what about water? And we’re not
talking single-use plastic bottled water, or glass water filters here. We’re
talking about the very veins that run around your home.
Water Consumption & Saving
There’s the debate about whether or not you
could save money and be more water-conscious on a water meter rather than your
run-of-the-mill direct debit solution. The arguments are pretty clear: For a
larger household with 3-4 (plus) residents with a higher rate of water
consumption, a direct debit payment system is usually suitable. But for a
single home-owner with a full time job out of the house, a water meter could be
a lower cost solution, and it also encourages us to be more conscious of the
amount of water we are using. It’s on a meter after all.
There are also a few simple rules when it
comes to being water-smart. For example, opt for a quick shower over a long
soak in the tub. But do make sure the shower isn’t a lengthy one, or you could
end up using more water than it would take to fill the bath. It’s surprising
how much water we can use just to enjoy a warm shower on a morning before work.
Wash your veg …
In the field of
education as it is seen today, there can be a tendency to view it as an ‘us
versus them’ mentality when it comes to who is more responsible for the
children’s education. On one side of the line are the parents; on the other
side are the teachers.
From a purely academic standpoint, the teaching profession believes it to be eminently qualified as the best avenue to a child getting a proper education as society deems acceptable. From a practical position, parents feel the need to have great sway regarding their children as to what curriculum is presented that best suits their children’s educational needs.
Into the middle of
this situation come Raymond and Dorothy Moore. Known around the world as fully
qualified within the academic field, they have also taken up the cause of the
parent’s right to determine what is best for their children. From this position
we find an excellent book that addresses both viewpoints titled “Home
Teaching” is more than just another book written that positions itself as
to what is best for the child from the parental point of view. It also takes
the side of the teachers, understanding why they are so passionate about their
perspective when it comes to the education of the child. “Home Style
Teaching” is a great resource for teachers and parents alike as it
determines to quench the differences between the two camps and accentuate the
positives that each …
For those whose homes
were in need of a little tender loving care, shabby chic was the design style
from heaven. Starting in the UK in the 1980s and spreading around the world,
the style was pounced on by those who were looking for an alternative to
minimalist white boxes. All of a sudden old furniture and scrubbed walls were
in and we couldn’t get enough of it.
Unfortunately for those of us with decaying run down homes, the designers quickly pointed out that this new interior decorating craze had to be a fusion of shabby and chic and that mere shabby just wouldn’t do. There was a certain irony in this as the inspiration for the design came from the grand old houses of the aristocracy where items such as chintz chairs were expected not just to last for a lifetime but for several generations. In these homes faded materials and patches were signs of thrift and tradition.
The earliest shabby
chic style was rather grand in manner, using large pieces of furniture to make
a statement. Nowadays it has transformed, becoming softer and more feminine but
still aiming to tell a history of the property or piece.
When decorating your
home in this style the easiest place to start, particularly in an older home,
is with the walls. Often you will find that they have had a succession of
paints or papers. Carefully peeling layers of these back allows you to expose
the history of the …
Do you love clean
lines and simplicity in your home? If you do, then decorating with a modern
look is probably what you will want to incorporate. Using great organizational
tools, neutral colors, and clean lines, are all ways to help you achieve this
look. Below are a few tips to help you get started.
If you have ever seen homes that are decorated with a modern flair, you will notice that the spaces are generally very open and clutter free. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have anything in your home, but you will need to find ways and spaces where you can put it all away. For example, having a basket in each room in an inconspicuous spot, where you put all of your excess items each day, can be a great way of keeping your modern house looking clutter free. Another great thing is to design your home with a lot of cabinets in it. If your home is already built, adding great wall cabinet displays can really help you achieve this look.
If you are going for
the modern look, then using clean, neutral colors will definitely help to get
you there. Using a lot of lighter colors will really help you to open up the
space. White walls with black picture frames can easily be a striking display
in your rooms. Using white walls, cabinets, and countertops in your kitchen
will help you to maintain a clean lined, open look to the space. …
When looking around
for a home to buy, it is normal to feel perplexed due to the many available
choices that you have. There are wide choices from the several styles of
housing that you can find on property listings.
Nevertheless, try to focus on the major kinds to avoid confusing yourself with so many different options. You can choose from bungalow, high-rise condominium units, colonial homes, townhouses and luxury homes.
Bungalows are the most
popular choice among many homebuyers. It is a compact house with two or more
smaller rooms with a basement or an attic. It looks elegant and chic and is a
wonderful option if you desire a high level of privacy in a single story home.
increasing in popularity primarily due to its convenience and less maintenance
required. This is your best choice if you cannot afford to purchase a piece of
lot along with your home purchase.
Town homes are
distinct from condos because you will not only own the unit but the land as
well. This is more costly compared to a condo unit. This is perfect for you if
you prefer to get more control on your home.
The most expensive
kind of property is a luxury home. It has a wide space and has very urbane
design that is preferred by those living in high-end neighborhoods. If you have
enough money, you can opt for this housing style and enjoy your luxury home to
As soon …