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
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:… Read more
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
“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. “
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
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 … Read more
Buying a house is one of the biggest investment decisions
you will make, so it’s really important that you make an informed decision.
Failure to do so could be disastrous on many counts, financially, emotionally
and (because all these things are connected) for your health and well-being!
That may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Imagine
what would happen if you fell in love with a cute little cottage on the bank of
a beautiful river, bought it, and then discovered it was downstream from a
poorly run manufacturing plant that was spewing toxins into the river, or a
neglected hydroelectric facility (dam!) that was on the verge of collapsing!
Either of these scenarios could certainly affect your health, couldn’t they?a
These are extreme situations that most people could manage
to avoid, but they serve to illustrate the fact that a poor real estate
purchase could have dire consequences, so it pays to do whatever you can to
make sure you are buying the right house for you and your family.
Right now you are enticed by very low mortgage rates, home
buying incentive programs and (depending on where you are) a plethora of
housing choices, making home ownership possible for many. It might be the right
time for you to buy, if you have some money for a down payment, a reasonably
secure income and the desire for your own place.
First time buyers should consider enlisting the help of a
buyers agent, someone who can guide you through the process of choosing and
purchasing a house that meets your needs and fits your budget.
Make a list of features that you require, and those that you
would like but aren’t absolutely necessary. Think about things like:
- Proximity to work (or to transit that you can
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Getting up the nerve to begin your home improvement project
can be exasperating to say the least. One moment you’re gung-ho and ready to
tackle the next minute you’re almost
suffering from anxiety attacks.
But you shouldn’t allow these roller coaster feelings to
continue to prevent you from doing what you really want to do. And besides,
after almost a quarter of a century as a home improvement contractor, I
sometimes still get these same feelings.
It remind me of the butterflies I would get just before
kick-off, when I was playing football back in the day. So, if you are having
uneasy feelings and doubting yourself, just put your foot down and make a
commitment to start the job immediately and do it. Don’t get caught up worrying
about making mistakes because mistakes are really nothing more than growing
pains. That’s right. We all are human and we all make mistakes, but you can
profit from your mistakes and turn those bloopers into building blocks.
Never give up on yourself before you even give it a try.
First, take the necessary time to get all the information you can from as many
reputable sources available and immerse yourself in it. Try to obtain all the
knowledge you can about whatever task you will be performing and prepare to follow
those instructions completely.
Remember, even if the outcome is less than perfect you still
are to be commended for overcoming your fears and going forward with your
project. And you are the better for it too. Let this be a spring board for
future references. No matter the outcome you really have succeeded and deserves
to be congratulated for it.
One note of caution in closing, always use common sense and
do not jeopardize your safety and the … Read more
can occasionally occur in the basement by way of the repair of implementation
of its waterproofing function. This area from the house or constructing is
prone to a variety of faults which can jeopardize the stability in the
structure. It is critical to add or compound this feature of any underground
area to prevent the entrance of moisture or wetness that may be detrimental to
the stability on the developing.
Having moisture or
water inside the space or location could make the concrete, wood or what ever
substance is within the room deteriorate more quickly. The waterproofing
implementation can also ensure that insects stay out of your location if it’s
applied nicely enough. Concrete is often a prevalent material applied for this
kind of residence improvement to create the floors along with the walls of this
space, it is actually crucial to create it as waterproof because it is often.
You can find also other substances and solutions that can be used to waterproof
You will discover
occasions when creating contractors in fact recommend treating the area with
waterproofing to be sure that their work does not visit waste. This could also
be a regular procedure for new structures which have basements. You will find
some formulas that happen to be commercial strength and other individuals which
can be ordinarily reserved for use in dwellings.
In some case, there is
one particular type that may be utilized for each commercial and residential
purposes. The area that requires waterproofing application requires to become
clean ahead of any option is often utilized on it for 1st time applications and
redoing of your application resulting from old age. Just before the
implementation of this sort of household improvement, any excesses of the
construction components should be … Read more