What Material Should Shutters Be Made From?

Wood shutters, plastic shutters, metal shutters, and there are many other different kinds of shutters out there. Some are better than others and some are more expensive than others. The most popular of the shutters are wood shutters. Wood offers the look that people are always wanting and the price is great as well.

Plastic shutters are often a miss with people looking for shutters. They are often the cheapest in price, but if that is what your main concern is then they are not a bad option. However, with plastic shutters they can look a bit more fake than a wooden shutter. They are often also a bit more bulky looking and just give off the “cheap” and “inexpensive” look. They are not a bad option, but they are not the best option.

Another material that people look for shutters in is metal. They are obvious strong and can withhold a lot of punishment from the natural weather. Metal lasts a long time but it can also ding easily. Metal shutters are usually the ones that get the most dents and imperfections as time wears on them faster. Some dents can be unnoticeable, but a large enough dent can really cause the whole shutter to lose it’s appeal and even cause it to function improperly.

The most popular of materials for shutters is wood. Wood is sturdy and cost effective. The look of wood, either left as is or stained or painted, makes any window look complete. Other shutters can do that as well, but many people think that wood shutters look the most natural. Dings and dents won’t really effect the wood, like it does metal. Any imperfection with wood just makes the wood appear more appealing and weathered. Wood is also cheap, not as cheap as …

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Kids Will Break Pretty Much Anything

Kids say all kinds of things and do all kinds of things, but one thing I would never expect them to do is to break shutters. I guess it’s been so long since I was a kid that I forgot just how destructive kids can be. When I was younger, I was playing baseball with some of my friends and I sent the ball flying through a window when I made a home run. With my kids, I had to call an irvine shutters company because they were playing football and broke the shutters.

I’ve often warned the kids about playing with balls too close to the house, but they don’t always listen.…

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Popular Home Styles in the United States

Popular Home Styles in the United States

The common types of homes in the United States:

Single Family Homes: Detached Homes-Free Standing

1. A -Frame-resembling a capital A in structure. Steep roof lines are what give the A-frame is unique character. You will usually find large windows in the front and back. The rafters are normally exposed. Due to the structure the living space is generally small. However the light and the open feel make them seem quite larger. A-frame homes were being built in the 1950’s and became very popular in the 1970’s.

2. Bungalows-AKA Arts and Crafts -generally a smaller home that will be a one story or it could be 2 storeys with a sloping roof, usually with dormer window. The home is generally 1 ½ storey’s. Most will also have a front porch.

3. Cape Cod- Generally a story and a half high, with a steep, perfectly pitched roof with end gables. You will find a large central chimney. Most capes have the upstairs finished for additional bedrooms. Normally especially with the older ones there won’t be an attic.

4. Colonial homes-there are different types and styles(Georgian, Dutch Spanish, depending on where you live styles will differ)-most common characteristic are 2 storey’s, generally when you walk through the front door you would enter into a foyer. The stairs for upstairs’ are usually visible from the foyer. Bedrooms in a colonial are usually upstairs. Common living area is on the first floor.

5. Farmhouse-a home that is the main residence on a farm. They can be one storey or two. We generally think of a two storey home when we think of farmhouse. You will normally find in these homes, plenty of storage, and space. They were the main hub for the owners as well as the workers. The homes were well insulated for …

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Popular Architectural Styles For Austin Homes

Popular Architectural Styles For Austin Homes

Whether you’ve lived in Austin, Texas, for years or are looking to relocate, one thing is for sure: Each neighborhood has its own personality and charm. However, regardless of which neighborhood you’re in, there’s a common trend among architectural home styles throughout the city.

Which home style is right for you? Take a look at the most popular home styles in Austin and the characteristics – both interior and exterior – that make each of them unique.

Tuscan Style

Tuscan-style homes, as their name implies, are reminiscent of those found in Tuscany, Italy. This elegant and sophisticated style is marked with characteristics such as a stucco exterior, arched windows, and tiled roofs. Other popular features are decorative iron railings and a center courtyard. This type of home is popular in the Lake Travis and Hill Country areas of Austin.

Spanish Style

This style of home is modeled after those found in Spain, and blends Mediterranean style with the rich history of the country. It has features like a stucco exterior and low-pitched barrel tile roof, as well as exposed wooden beams, accent towers, and decorative wood and iron.

Contemporary

Becoming increasingly popular over the last years, contemporary homes focus on an open-air feel. From the outside, they’re very clean and simple with minimal decoration. The inside is created primarily from stainless steel, glass and wood. Common features in a contemporary home include arched windows, skylights and exposed beams. As you stroll through the city’s neighborhoods, you’ll find these contemporary homes are located amongst older homes, as many have been renovated to reflect a contemporary style. This is perhaps most evident in the Barton Springs/Bouldin Creek neighborhoods.

Craftsman

Craftsman style homes originated in the late 1800s and were created with an emphasis on handmade features. Their functional design pairs with elegant …

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Sustainable Materials for Home Decorating

Sustainable Materials for Home Decorating

We are aware of that our environment is not in good shape. In fact, it continues to deteriorate. This is why we have to do whatever we can to help improve its current condition. One of the ways to do it is to use sustainable materials, not only in home building but also in decorating our properties. Using such materials is already a big contribution in saving our natural resources.

What are sustainable materials?

If you want to help, choose the materials well. But what are sustainable materials? When can you say that a product uses sustainable materials? A material is sustainable if it is environmentally friendly. Locally produced materials are preferred. It has to be recyclable and it should not have harmful effects on the environment.

Choosing eco-friendly furniture for your home:

There are a lot of home d?cors sold in the market that are not environmentally helpful. Some have toxic substances, others have harmful effects when destroyed and there are also those that are made of endangered materials. These are the type of furniture and home accessory that you should avoid. Instead, pick those that are made of materials that have better effects on the environment.

It is important that you think green when decorating your home. However, it is equally important that you consider how it would look in your house. You have a lot of choices but you should not pick one just because it is made of recycled materials. Remember, if it looks good, a lot would be encouraged to use sustainable materials in their home too.

The good news is there are a lot of furniture made with these types of materials in the market today that would be perfect for any design. You can follow these tips to have a more appealing home:…

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The Benefits of Metal Roofing Materials

The Benefits of Metal Roofing Materials

Both home owners and home builders have discovered the many benefits of using metal roofing. Over the past ten years there have been a greater number of people making use of these materials, and as a result, a much greater distribution of the products are now available on the market.

These materials should not be thought of as tin barn roofs of the days gone by. There are a few reasons that homeowners are choosing to use these new materials. One reason is that they will prevent water from making its way into your home, and they last for an extremely long time. This kind of roofing withstands snow and high winds; it is mildew resistant, fire-resistant, and resistant to insects and also to rot. All these features explain why the product comes with a good warranty.

This warranty is good because the makers of metal roofing are aware of how excellent their product is and are able to sell the fact that it will last for twenty through fifty years. Metal roofing material is very light weight when they are compared to both the concrete and the tile forms of roofing.

The material’s lightness allows it to be placed directly over the more traditional roofing when that roofing needs to be replaced. The structure created in this way, adds a lot of strength to the roof structure. Installation of metal roofing material is very easily achieved. Because of the fast installation, licensed contractors need to spend little time installing the roof. This works to the advantage of the homeowner, who may be looking to quickly replace his roof before an impending storm arrives.

Metal roofing is non-combustible, and it has been given an A rating for this property. Always ask your contractor if the roofing materials he would be …

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The Importance of Daydreams – How Your Home Affects Your Ability to Create the Future You Desire

Every so often, you come across a phrase or a statement that is breathtaking in its perceptiveness. This is what happened to me when I read the following quote from The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard:

“The main benefits of the home, I must say: the shelter during the day, the home protecting the dreamer, the home allows one to dream peacefully … the home is one of the greatest forces of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of humanity. The binding principle in this integration are daydreams. “

The Importance of Daydreams - How Your Home Affects Your Ability to Create the Future You Desire

Of course, you need to keep in mind that Bachelard had this book first published in 1958, he was 74, so he was writing predominantly from a bygone era, and from a European (specifically French) sensitivity. However, he writes on a theme so universal that it still resonates strongly in even the most contemporary urban psyche. Similar to the work of Carl Jung, and of the same era, Bachelard writes about the conscious and unconscious allure of the dwelling we refer to as home.

As a Feng Shui consultant with a background in counselling psychology, I have always conducted my assessments from the position that a client’s home reflects a great deal of their inner life. So when Bachelard’s put so much power into the term “daydream”, a term we now often use derisively and dismissively, it struck a powerful chord within me.

On pondering his elevation of the status of the daydream, I could indeed see the intimate connection between reverie, and the actual path someone’s life might take. After all, daydreams reveal our predilections, our yearnings. They are where our vision for our life is conceived. They are where solutions to our dilemmas are germinated. And daydreams can best flourish in the quiet nooks and crannies of …

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