When people are talking about flooring, they are usually referring to the traditional materials, such as oak wood, but there are also some other materials to be taken into consideration, like bamboo. The bamboo flooring sounds somewhat exotic and it is due to the color it has.
It is naturally light in color, but it could also receive a darker caramel nuance due to the process known as ‘carbonization’. A really big advantage of this kind of flooring is that is has a small environmental footprint, since it is a renewable resource.
Everybody knows how bamboo looks like, but it might be a little more difficult to imagine how the floor looks like.
The bamboo floor looks just like any other kind of floor, the only difference is that a plank is made of numerous small strips of bamboo that have been milled together and then glued together.
The interesting thing about bamboo is that it looks like wood, it feels like wood, acts like wood, but still officially isn’t considered to be wood. Even more, bamboo is considered to be a kind of grass; so there is no wonder why trends consider this type of flooring to be ‘green’.
In case you would like a home that is different from all the others, than you have to start with the basics and use some elements that the majority of people wouldn’t use. Such elements include the vintage items that you can bargain for.
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Even the smallest items can make a difference in a home, such as a towel bar. In case you don’t want the same plastic bar that everyone else has, opt for a Victorian style one and add it to the side of the kitchen counter island.
The online auctions are filled with old stools coming from different places and that have been used for different purposes. The best are those that come with painted patina, which adds a special feeling to the room.
You might have never thought about this before, but even the drawer hardware matters in case of a room. If you are truly into chic living, you could choose hardware made of classic zinc that has been coated with oil-rubbed bronze.
The light in a room is very important, and the light source is just as important. In case you are looking for something that looks good and is inexpensive in the same time, consider a simple pendant.
In case you would like to become a professional regarding solar panel installation, you have more choices now than ever. You could attend trade school or college and there are also solar programs that cost about $500-$1500 per class.
In case you opt for attending a trading school, you should know that the first entry path is based on four years of installing these kinds of systems and being the responsible person.
The advantage of having experience is that you could substitute levels of training and education for years of experience.
Nonetheless you should be prepared for the fact that there is a prerequisite of at least one year of experience in actual installation in case of every category (there are seven of them).
According to the core principal of the NABCEP certified installers, every certified person should have actual experience on the job, performing an installation. In order to meet the prerequisites, there is need for at least one of the following combinations:
- Four years of installing solar systems.
- Two years of installing solar systems and having attended a Solar Panel PV Training program that is board recognized.
A relaxing time with family is what most of us crave usually after a long and stressful work. And when talking about complete relaxation, nothing comes as close to the personal outdoor space in providing us the privacy, satisfaction and comfort that we all long for. In the process of maximizing the relaxation and comfort that your home garden or your patio provides, it is essential that you have to see to it that it is truly attractive to look and stay at.
Home gardens and other outdoor ambiance greatly influence the appearance of a house. Gardens, no matter if they are small or spacious but when combined with beautiful looking garden furniture are sure to double the beauty of the house with their elegance.
Here, we bring you some of the latest designs of the outdoor furniture to make your gardens more inviting and playful.
Different garden designs can be planned according to the outdoor area available for your home and you can also include a large patio, a pool or an aviary. For people who are living in warmer regions, a nice and pretty looking pergola will surely help in providing a cool shade from the hot sun.
A lot of people don’t really realize this, but fall has a major advantage for those individuals who like to use the elements of nature as part of their home decoration.
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These are one of the symbolic elements of fall, and so you could use them in your home. To have a nice display look for pumpkins of the same shape, but have different sizes and colors. In order to make the decoration even more interesting, you could also add some colorful leaves and grape vines. To enhance the rustic feeling of the display you could also use a glass vase.
If you are looking for something truly unique, you should consider creating napkin rings of acorns. These are just great in case you would like to host a dinner party in this season. To create the rings you will need to drill a hole through the acorns and connect them with a wire, top to bottom. In the end twist the wire and cut off the excess.
In case you are in the situation that you have to keep your car on the street due to the fact that it doesn’t fit in the garage anymore because of the clutter, it is a sure sign that you have to do something about it.
Remember that the majority of the people keep dangerous chemicals in their garage including paint and pesticides and you should learn about the proper ways to store these.
It is common for people to store them in old food cans, but these could leak and they could cause you respiratory problems. Always try to keep them in their original container.
These chemicals could be dangerous for your house pets as well, such as road salt, ice-melt mixtures and antifreeze.
In case they spill, you should wipe them off immediately and make sure that they are out of the reach of children too.
A lot of people choose to store their gas grills in the garage, along with the propane tank. In case the tank leaks you won’t observe it, but the gas will accumulate on the ground level and it is enough to have a spark to cause an explosion. This is why it should be stored at least 10 feet away from the house.
Since school is here, a lot of parents are thinking about a place where their children could do their homework in peace and quiet and also this place should be nice to look at.
In case you would like to offer your child a new study area, there are some things that you should keep in mind. A child needs good lighting, shelves or cabinets for storage, a chalkboard or cork board, or even both of them if you have enough space not to mention study supplies.
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When learning it is important for the brain to have oxygen. This comes from fresh air and the source could be a window or a fan. Also the child needs a comfortable chair in which he or she can have a good position and usually they need a lot of space to be able to spread their papers out.
In case you don’t have a room that you could turn into a study for your child, then you could add desks to the ends of bunk beds. Another idea might be to create a desk of two file cabinets and also add a desk top to it which you can find in local hardware stores. He or she could also use a bar height desk, and all there is need for are some chairs on which he or she could sit comfortably.
Dining rooms are no longer defined by heavy wood dining tables that are ornate and the exquisitely carved chairs that are together coupled with bright lights and excessive drapery. Moreover dining sets made of roughly cut and unfinished wood accompanied with cool and comfortable chairs gives a rustic look and make you feel casual and relaxed.
Suitably, modern homes are instead making statements with some innovative and eye catching dining sets some of which are depicted here. These are ideas for dramatic and casual dining rooms.
These dining sets, together with wooden flooring and drum chandeliers help you in creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for your family and friends.
Mix and match is the modern mantra for a comfortable and stylish looking dining room. In addition, furniture that is made of different materials and has various styles or sizes gives an eclectic look to the dining room.
When compared to a dining set that has perfectly matching table and chairs, a dining room set that is made of different fabrics, with mixed furniture style or finish looks more natural.
Choosing the right furniture can transform your idea of a dream home into reality. But with the changing trends in furniture designs all over, decorating our interiors has become quite a tough task especially when you want both comfort and style.
However, modern living room furniture is the first choice when looking for both and it is also very practical in use. Further, selecting furniture that can retain its fresh look for a long time and also is easy to maintain are the primary things to consider when making suitable choices for your home decoration.
End tables, coffee tables and the likes that offer a stylish mix of materials and finishes are practical in use and they also give your interiors a complete and exotic look. Here are a few of the latest trends in the table designs that give a balanced look to your interiors.
The Ava coffee table from Fuller Design Associates is made of carbon fiber composites which means that it is completely light weight and strong. The composition of materials ensures that the table will last indefinitely if maintained properly.
If someone asks which is the most representative item of fall what would you say? Most probably you would say the falling leaves and this might be the correct answer. If you bring the leaves into your home, you can actually bring the fall inside.
In case you like art made with leaves, there are some simple ideas that anybody could use. All you have to do is to find a leaf that you like and press it. Once it has dried place it between two pieces of glass. The glass should be secured to each other, and the best way to do it is to wrap colored linen book cloth tape as a frame for it. Choose the color of the tape according to the color of the leaf.
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A boring old vase could come to life with a little bit of creativity. All you need for this is some markers and acrylic paint. Paint a tree on the side of the vase. Then get some pressed leaves and cut out small leaf shapes. Glue these small leaves to the branches of the trees with glue or adhesive.