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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Deciding whether to
relocate to a new house or to do some home improvement in your current home is
a difficult choice. After putting it off for a while, you finally realize you
have to make a decision at some point, especially when the dream house you
bought after you got married ten years ago, is starting to feel a little
The living room and
two bedrooms that had seemed big for a newly married couple are now filled up
with boxes, toys and scattered knick-knacks that are typical of a family with
two young children. But in a few months the confined space will become even
more overcrowded and uncomfortable when a new member of the family arrives.
With two active children and one in tow, you can certainly do with more room.
Relocating to a bigger
house sounds ideal but there are too many considerations. Firstly, a new house
may cost too much and secondly, you and your family have gotten used to living
close to the school, friends and those helpful and friendly neighbors.
Another option is to
start a home improvement project. Building an addition to your house not only
alters the whole interior design but also its exterior architecture. It is
certainly a challenging task not to be taken lightly. There are many
considerations involved such as cost, design and inconveniences incurred during
construction. Such a project would require the help of professionals with
carpentry skills as it incurs altering the roofing, walls, floors, ceiling and
The first step is to
engage a reliable contractor who has years of experience that you can trust to
deliver the results you want. You can relax knowing they have executed numerous
home addition projects during their many years in business. Providing quality
workmanship from … Read more
You have so many reasons to consider renting out your property. From the added income to the security it provides in a rocky seller’s market, using a home as a rental property comes with numerous benefits. It also comes with a pretty steep learning curve. From struggling to find a well-qualified tenant to the difficulty of hammering out rental prices, maintaining an organized rental property can be challenging, to say the least. For those of you who are up to that challenge, here are some initial tips to making the most of your rental property.
Preparing Your Home
It seems that as time passes, tenants become pickier. This is especially true of down markets. If you’re in a competitive area with a lot of rental availability, it’s up to you to do your best to attract a lessee. To prepare for photos and tours, either conduct a deep cleaning or hire a company to handle it for you. This is also a great time to make sure all of the appliances are in working condition. If necessary, make the required repairs or upgrades.
A helpful tool during this stage is a simple checklist. Do a walkthrough of your home with a pen and paper in hand. Write down what you believe to be attractive selling points of your home and where areas can improve. Arrange these items in order of their priority level. That way, you’ll be able to address pressing concerns first without exhausting your budget.
Selecting a Tenant
If you’ve ever been a renter, you know all too well that a landlord can make or break your experience. The same will still apply now that the roles are reversed. A bad tenant can cause untold damages to your property, stiff you on rent, and provide a … Read more