Benefits to you

1. The pinnacle of energy efficiency

When it comes to choosing energy efficient lights, the decision usually comes down to LEDs and CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) bulb. But LEDs have the edge. Some LEDs can use up to 90% less energy that traditional incandescent bulbs and last 25% longer. LEDs even outdo CFL bulbs in efficiency, mainly because they have double the lifespan.

So why are LEDs so much more efficient than incandescent and CFL bubs?  It comes down to the direction of the light. LEDs emit light in a targeted direction rather than dispersing it in all directions, and they don’t require or emit high levels of heat. You can expect 80% of the energy to be emitted as light and 20% to be released as heat. In contrast, CFL and incandescent bulbs release between 80% and 90% of their energy as heat. The efficiency of LED lighting is rising fast, so by replacing conventional incandescent bulbs with LED lights, you are actively reducing your energy consumption and reducing your impact on the environment.

2. New dimension in LED design

LED lights have been around for years, but only recently have they been designed for domestic use. In the past they had a reputation for giving off poor light, but we are seeing exciting developments in LED lighting and a phenomenal improvement in light output. You no longer need to compromise on bright lights to get exceptional energy efficiency. Some leading Australian companies are releasing architecturally designed LED lights, making them a more attractive choice for renovations or additions. You can choose LED downlights that are modern and sleek, and are designed to go anywhere where halogen downlights are used. LED strip lights can be used for recessed lighting, architectural lighting,  windows and archways. The list is endless, and it’s growing.

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Cool bunk beds

Bunk beds are a childhood favourite and a great space-saver – and oh boy, have they come a long way! This is a amazing and beautiful bunk beds.

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The Tile Advantage

Ceramic tiles are one of the most practical building materials ever made. They have proven their durability and flexibility over thousands of years.

Floors tiled in ancient Rome are still in use today. The Romans were prolific users of ceramics to tile walls, floors and to create magnificent decorative effects in their palaces and public areas.

However, today there are so many tiles for so many purposes that it is important that you choose the right ones for your project. We can use tiles today in every area of our homes. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundries are no longer the sole area of attention. Bedrooms, patios, balconies, swimming pools, garages, and passage ways all benefit from being tiled rather than using alternative coverings.

Investment

Ceramic tiles should become an integral part of your home. Careful selection will enhance and protect your home and add to its capital value. Consider your tiling as a long term investment, even though it is an economical exercise.

Skid Resistance

Almost any flooring can become slippery when wet, and ceramic tiles are no exception. Surface dust can also contribute to this. Floor mats help in both circumstances.

Tiles with a skid resistant surface on a floor can reduce this tendency, but the advantages are offset by a rough surface being more difficult to clean.

How Much Should I Pay For My Tiles?

Always ensure that you buy the best quality products available. Tiles last for a long time and the few dollars saved on inferior product will haunt you much longer than the satisfaction of saving a few dollars.

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Scale + Symmetry = Elegant’s

These stunning windows could completely dominate the room scheme but clever use of both scale and symmetry ensures that this is not the case. The use of green accessories helps bring the colours from the garden inside uniting the space.image

Quick tip:

Timber is a natural product that needs to breathe. If you intend to have timber floorboards in your home allow the timber live and acclimatise to the environment in which it will be installed. This will mean having the flooring delivered approximately a week before you intend to install (for some even longer).

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MAKING YOUR HOUSE FEEL LARGER

1. Eliminate Clutter Nothing makes a space feel smaller than a bunch of unnecessary clutter and trash. Get rid of piles of papers and old magazines. Off load any future that you don’t like and don’t use. This way, it will be easy for you to quickly find a home for the things you want to keep.

2. Get organized
Once you have cleared out what you don’t want, it is now time figure out the best way to store the things you do want. Custom -made organization systems for your closets are a great idea, it makes it virtually impossible for your home to look messy.

3. Think vertically
Weather you’re hanging art or shelves, or placing furniture, don’t let vertical space go to waste. Using it is practical, providing a display space for art, for example, and it also draws the eye up making the space feel more expansive than it actually is.

4.Use mirrors and glass to create reflections and bounce light around
By reflecting light, mirrors help create the optical illusion of more space. That’s because the reflect light. Use a large mirror mounted on the wall to double the apparent size of a room.
Making a small space seems grand depends on maximizing light. you can do that with a glass table rather than a wooded one or opaque one.

5.Get more out of the space you have
Make your rooms serve double duty. When your formal dinning room isn’t being used as a dinning room, it can pl the part of playroom or homework room.When you have guest coming you can then turn it into a guest room.

6. Colours
Dark colours may seem design friendly, but they make rooms look smaller. The lighter the shade is, the more open your space will appear, So stick to pale colors.

7. Window

Let the sun shine in! Dark rooms can feel claustrophobic and closed in. Windows make your room feel larger and more open.

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8. Perspective
Leaving your windows uncovered will trick your eyes into thinking he – at your home has got depth.

9. Ceilings
While you’ve probably heard that a clean, white ceiling will open up a space. giving your ceiling texture with bright colors and fun fixtures draws your eye upwards, creating the illusion of height in a room.

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Expand into the out doors
Remember that the area outside of your home is a part of your property, too. You can expand your home to create a space where you can enjoy nature whole feeling a bit of freedom. Look at having a sun room attached to your home.

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SELECTING THE BEST TIMBER FLOOR COATING

Selecting the timber floor coating that is right for you will often rely on a number of factors including expected foot traffic levels, anticipated maintenance, aesthetic considerations or health and safety issues. In short, it is often better to put a little time into exploring a few of the many options available to ensure that you are happy with your selection many years in to the future.

It is important to understand that there are literally hundreds of products that can be used to coat internal timber flooring and several more that have been designed for external use. While it is impractical to discuss the pros and cons of each product, internal finishes can be classified into one of three broad categories Solvent Based, Water Based and Oil Based Coatings.

 SOLVENT Based Coatings

There is no question that solvent based coatings are the most commonly used interior timber floor coatings in Australia today. In general terms they offer superior resistance to day to day wear and tear and provide a low maintenance finish that is available in matt, satin, semi-gloss or full gloss sheen levels. There are one part or two part solvent based polyurethane finishes with one part being the more popular and generally offering better wear and fine scratch resistance.

  WATER Based Coatings

In years gone by, water based coatings have been regarded as inferior or lackluster alternatives to traditional solvent based products. As technology has improved, water based coatings are now accounting for a much more significant part of the market. Improved resistance to wear, scratches and staining has seen both one and two pack water based coatings used on many more residential and commercial timber floors. Low toxicity and faster drying times are key advantages of water based coatings.

  OIL Based Coatings

Like most coating categories, the term “oil based coating” encompasses a wide variety of coating styles. In general however, the majority of oil based coatings fit into the Tung Oil Coating or Oil Modified Urethane Coating categories. While Oil based coatings generally offer a very pleasing aesthetic appearance, they do require more maintenance than their water or solvent based counterparts. Regular maintenance using metallised polishes or spirit based waxes often mean that oil based coatings are likely to be used more in commercial applications than domestic.

 

On hot days, heat comes straight through unprotected windows almost as if there was nothing there at all. The answer is to shade your north and west facing windows. Awnings, deciduous trees and pergolas with deciduous vines are a good option.

Shut all your windows and curtains on a hot day, and then open up the whole house when it gets cool in the evening. Thick curtains with block out backing or solid blinds will make a bit of a difference to your summer cooling and a lot of difference to your winter heating.

Set your thermostat to 26°C this should keep your home comfortable and save you money.

Just cool the room that you’re in and you’ll save lots of energy, and give your cooler a chance to work properly, instead of trying to cool a bigger area than it’s capable of.

If you are thinking of buying an air conditioner, think about ceiling fans and good insulation first. Then make sure you get the ones with a high star rating of energy efficiency, and one that is the right size for the room that you are cooling. Fans are a good money saving tip – they cost virtually nothing to run, while your air conditioner can guzzle electricity.