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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Hiring A Ventilation Expert

When you contact a ventilation expert, he will check your under floor and confirm that the cause of your damp under floor is poor aeration. There are many factors that contribute to poor aeration of your under floor. It could be that you are living in a home that was built many years ago and the ground has shifted over the years. This will cause the placement of the vents to be altered which then affects ventilation.

Your under floor could also have been built with insufficient vents or vents that are too small. You may also have carried out some landscaping which ended up blocking the vents that are meant for ventilation.

Finding A Solution

The ventilation expert will need to come up with the sub floor ventilation requirements of your under floor. He can do this by calculating the air flow which will enable him to know how much ventilation will be needed and the type of ventilation that will be effective. You can either use natural or mechanical ventilation to air your under floor. The type of house you have, the type of soil that it is built on and the weather conditions experienced in your locality will be considered when deciding on the type of ventilation.

The expert has to ensure that the vents are placed correctly so that fresh air comes in from one direction only and the stale air is extracted from the opposite side. In order for the ventilation to be effective, it may have to be regulated at one point or another. Mechanical ventilation can be used so that the fans are switched off when the air outside is humid so that this air is not introduced into the under floor.

Sub Floor Design

If you are planning to build your home, you should make sure that the sub floor ventilation requirements are addressed. This will ensure that your home is built on the right foundation and you do not have to deal with a damp under floor later on.

The sub floor is a very important part of your home as it holds your floor and the entire home. A sub floor that is properly designed will protect your home from movements in the soil. Soil can expand and contract in response to the amount of moisture and it can also move due to the weight of your home. The right ventilation will ensure that the structure of your home remains intact.

Convert Your Living Room

Kept spotlessly clean, the living room location permitted the homemaker to entertain guests without their getting far into the dwelling (where messes lurked). A home maker might comfortably engage in polite and interesting conversation, and make an impression on guests in the living room. That location, the most formal, coat-and-tie room in the house, exuded sophistication as well as cleanliness and it wordlessly identified the family as rising in social status (or it did not). But, housing changed in the U.S. in the 1970’s when people wanted to express themselves, to have more choice, and they cared less about what guests thought of them.

They cared more about configuring their home with imaginative and useful living space. Still, even today, most newly constructed homes, as well as the ones built before the 1970s, have living rooms. Yet, the family room (where the radio once rested, then the television set sat, and now the wide-screen TV mounts upon a wall) practically centers both the family and their guests. Entertainment in the digital age, not simple conversation, requires access to digital content (no coat-and-tie necessary or wanted).

Homeowners began to remodel their living rooms into home offices, a special room ensconced with a desk, a computer work station, and online access. Then, the computer work station evolved to become the source of computer games and many former living rooms and offices became online gaming rooms. Now, neither computing nor gaming require sequestering in a room. A tablet or a laptop enables mobile computing and a smart phone enables online gaming.

Love Glass Stairs

Light

The hallway is often the darkest part of the house, which isn’t ideal for making a good first impression on visitors. A traditional staircase balustrade, consisting of a handrail and base rail connected by wooden or metal spindles (also called balusters), will contribute to the gloom by blocking precious natural light. Using glass panels as the banister infill will instantly brighten the room by encouraging light to flow more freely.

Space

It’s amazing the way glass can make a room feel so much bigger. A transparent balustrade offers little or no barrier to the eye, increasing the sense of space. This is particularly useful for staircases situated in a living or dining room, as clear panels make the structure seem less obtrusive.

Style

Glass is much favoured by interior designers at the moment, and will suit almost any age of property. It can improve the look and feel of a modern house, boosting its contemporary credentials and bringing it bang up to date. At the other end of the age scale, glass can offer an interesting twist to a period home. A dark cottage with beamed ceilings and small windows, for example, can be brightened up and made more appealing by replacing solid wooden balusters with light-enhancing glass panels.

Use the Space Under Your Stairs

Office

As the modern trend for open plan living grows ever more popular, many people have removed the cupboard under the stairs and replaced it with an office or study area.

The neatest way of doing this is to have custom-made shelves and a desk unit fitted. However, if your budget is modest, or you don’t want to commit to a permanent office, you can simply install a free-standing desk and some shelving units.

Bathroom

Fitting an additional toilet or shower will ease pressure on the family bathroom and is particularly useful if you have small children or elderly relatives living with you. If done well, it should also increase the resale value of your property.

Headroom can be problem, so take accurate measurements to ensure people will have enough room to stand upright. You may also want to consider installing a special sanitary pump if the pipes cannot be connected directly to the main waste system.

Shelving space

The great thing about shelves is their versatility – you can find ones to fit into almost type of space. Fitting a tailor-made shelving unit under the stairs will allow you to make the most of the space. You will be able to display all your best photos, ornaments, CDs and books that might otherwise be boxed away – and to show off your favourite items, you could even fit some strategically placed backlights.