Improving Bathroom Lighting: What Are The Options Available?

We continue our educational articles on bathroom design, product selection, and remodeling. Today we are going to talk about how to improve bathroom lighting. It is one of the most important elements of our bathroom. We know that there are many factors when choosing a lighting fixture. Decisions such as location, classification by location in space, general lighting effect, functionality, among others, usually totally influence the final result.

LED vs. incandescent

The most advisable thing is to have a device that is actually LED or Energy Star for all the benefits that this brings. Understanding the conversion of incandescent lighting that we are used to, LEDs can be confusing, but we can help you get the best and most comparable light possible.

Once that point is clarified, the location is important. Keep in mind that you can’t put a pendant light over a bathtub, like a chandelier, unless you have very high ceilings. Clearance is required from the top of the tub to the bottom of the fixture.

On the dresser, you probably want to see the selections that are mounted on the wall or on the ceiling. This will project the light further forward, making makeup application, shaving, etc. easier to see. This can be achieved with lighting within mirrors, often seen in hotels. If you choose lights that flank a mirror instead of a fixture that mounts over a mirror, don’t forget that those lights will affect the width of the mirror that can be used.

If your sinks are set a good distance from the ends of the vanity, that’s fine. When the sinks are very close to the outer ends of that vanity, lighting over the mirror on the wall is a better way to go. Some people have recessed lights just above their dresser. They want to go in this direction as it is a more modern and clean look.

The location, in this case, is very important. If they are behind you, they will cast shadows when you block the light source, making it more difficult to see their activities on the dresser. This is why we generally recommend that lighting, for best use, be wall mounted rather than recessed in the ceiling only. There are many other types of more ambient lighting such as lighted outlets, nightlight toilet seats, LED lighting strips that can be installed around a mirror creating a backlit glow or under your toe on the vanity.

These options provide both functionality and a softer option for fully lit room. There are many other types of more ambient lighting such as lighted outlets, nightlight toilet seats, LED lighting strips that can be installed around a mirror creating a backlit glow or under your toe on the vanity. These options provide both functionality and a softer option to have the room fully lit.…

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Landscaping Tips To Enhance Home Entry

The entrance to the house is certainly a business card. Therefore, nothing is fairer than to decorate this important part. This is where landscapers come in, which, with all its delicacy, makes the environment more charming, welcoming, and full of life. You can invest in a green lawn, flowers, vases, statues, and many other options. Ideas abound! Do you want to make your home beautiful inside and out with neat landscaping? Then check out our tips!

Path of stones and plants 

One of the most traditional forms of landscaping for the front of the house. Here, landscapers invest in a green lawn and combine it with rectangles that can be made of wood, stone, or other materials, smooth or porous. They who will play the role of “steps,” forming the way to the door of the residence.

In addition to facilitating the passage, the idea is to make these steps contrast with the green of the grass if they are colorful, even better! Small vases in a row also create a very beautiful path that complements all the ornamentation.

But remember: the plants must be chosen, taking into account the exposure to the sun, the humidity of the place, and, of course, their willingness to maintain the green. In the case of infertile lands, it is essential to nourish the area so that the plants grow beautifully and healthy.

Lighting

It complements, to a great extent, the landscaping. In addition, landscapers give a beautiful effect to the garden at night; it should be designed to work well lighting the place.

The lights can be placed on the sides of the path, in lamps on the floor, or in the shape of a pole. The lights on the wall are also cute and are very functional.

Mix with flowers

The flowers give that touch of color that makes all the difference in this type of landscaping. Landscapers combine striking flowers with different types of foliage and give a totally new look to your home’s entrance. In the spring, it is grace!

Landscaping with pots 

The traditional vases are still very successful when decorating the outside of the house. So, how about creating a pot garden? You can choose the classic form, with one or more vases arranged in space, or opt for a different and super creative option: broken vases. That’s right! You can create a composition with the help of landscapers with the vase lying down and some flowers coming out of it, or build a stylish mini garden inside the vase itself.

Adding some statues to the garden is also worth it. Gods, characters, and mythological figures make the garden more fun and diversify the aesthetic composition of the environment.

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Scuba Diving in the Japanese Garden, a colorful coral garden in Aqaba Jordan

Scuba diving at the Japanese Garden has nothing to do with diving at Cedar Pride, making
the two a perfect match. In this case, the Japanese Garden offers an impressive variety and
quantity of corals and fish. It is a kaleidoscope of colors made up of both soft and hard
corals. In addition, among all the fauna that you can find, the hawksbill turtles (although we
did not see any), moray eels, lionfish, clownfish in their sea anemones (yes, the fish from
" Finding Nemo"), schools Huge numbers of lyretail fish, hedgehog fish, emperor angelfish,
butterflyfish … Come on, that’s a real sight to behold.

After crossing a field of sea grass we reached the corals. Although it is true that you can
snorkel in the Japanese Garden is highly recommended, diving is a much better
experience. In addition to being able to go deeper and being able to be face to face with the
corals, the size of the ones you find here is much greater; as well as the variety and quantity
of fish.

Any qualification you can give the Japanese Garden would fall short. In fact, it became our
favorite scuba/snorkel spot to see coral of all the ones we visited in Aqaba. As the minutes
go by you do not stop being surprised by everything you see. There are corals of a lot of
colors and shapes. Some of the ones we got to see were several feet tall. Impressive.
Furthermore, they were surrounded by hundreds of fish. Seriously, what a nice place. We had
heard well about diving in the Red Sea, but today not only confirmed what we had heard, it
made us promise that we would have to return there one day.

Before finishing the dive in the Japanse Garden we made " a stop to rest a bit." There, in the
middle of nowhere, the dive centers had set up a place with chairs to sit on, a chessboard, a
bed, and even a stationary bike. This was crazy. We couldn’t help but laugh the moment we
saw him.

In addition to a large number of corals in First Bay North, many of them blue in color that
we had not seen so much in the Japanese Garden, there are also a few really nice fish. The
most prominent are the spectacular lionfish. We saw several of them, both black and brown.
Other animals that we saw, but that it was impossible for us to take a photo of, were squid.
They are tremendously beautiful since you can perfectly see how they change color and even
how they change their chromatic pattern. They looked like a store with neon lights! In the
area, you can also see octopuses and groupers, but in our case, we could not see any.
The day had been intense, full of emotions and surprises. But this did not end here, we could
still enjoy one more morning of the Red Sea of ​​Jordan. It would be the next day, but that is
already a story for another post.…

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Deck boards: Materials and Price

If you want a modern patio with a warm appearance, slats are a good choice. Thanks to the straight lines, we can emphasize the sense of space. In addition, it is easy to define areas and build stairs. In this article, you can find out about the types of deck boards, their average prices, and how to set up.

 

 

Materials

 

 

Planks are available in various types of wood, but synthetic and composite are also possibilities. The choice of material and the desired thickness are the most important factors that will determine the service life.

 

Hardwood / Tropical Wood Blades

 

Depending on your preference, the boards can be screwed in or placed hidden. The average thickness of a hardwood deck board is 2 centimeters. The width of the blades varies between 10 and 20 centimeters.

 

Lifespan: 20 to over 100 years

 

Synthetic and composite blades

 

When you are looking for an eco-friendly patio, composite boards are surely a good choice. These boards are made of 60% recycled wood fibers and 40% recycled synthetic material.

 

Composite is available in various colors and is a full-fledged alternative to hardwood, which is in the same price range.

 

Lifespan: more than 100 years 

 

ThermoWood blades

 

ThermoWood is wood, which is reinforced by a heat treatment that consists of a combination of steam and heat.

 

After heat treatment, the life of the wood is comparable to that of European oak, larch, and chestnut. The biggest advantage of Thermowood boards is the competitive price.

 

Lifespan: more than 20 years 

 

European wood blades

 

Also, in our region,, there are various types of wood that can be used for the arrangement of a terrace. European timber is ecologically more justifiable than hardwood, and its price is also more attractive. European oak, chestnut, and Siberian larch are the strongest types of wood, and they belong to durability class 2. When you want to buy European wood planks, surely you have to check if it is FSC certified.

 

Lifespan: 15 to 60 years

 

Terrace boards price

 

The prices of decking boards vary and are mostly determined by the material chosen; the quantity desired, and supply and demand. Since wood is not infinitely available, other types are promoted regularly.

 

Besides the cost of materials, one must also take into account the supporting structure and fixing materials. Depending on the chosen working method, expect an average price of 30 to 40 euros per square meter.

 

Do you want to have a terrace fitted out? With our quotation service, you can request prices from professionals. 

 

Important facts about placement and maintenance

 

In order to extend the life of your tile, it is important that the water can drain off quickly. Thus, the moss will attach less quickly, and the terrace will be less slippery. When you clean the patio regularly, there will be no more risk of slipping than with a concrete or tile patio. Cleaning can be done with a low power pressure washer or simply with water and a brush.

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The Design Of A Deck: Tips And Materials

If you happen to run out of inspiration when planning your home improvement projects, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, because you are not the only one. This is why today, there are several different platforms on the internet dedicated to helping you with different ideas of inspiration for your projects.

Today, this is what we did to help you with the layout of your deck to make the most of it this summer.

Organize the design of a deck

As soon as the weather permits, any excuse is good to spend time outside. For an evening or an afternoon, the deck becomes a dining room or a relaxation area. In some cases, you can also access a swimming pool or spa.

Each person has their own needs, and these must be taken into consideration when it comes to planning the deck layout. However, some tips apply in most cases, so you will need the help of a certified contractor.

Here are a few things to consider before choosing your ideal deck:

The best seats 

A deck without comfortable seating is not at its full potential. Before you start planning your deck, it’s a good idea to assess your needs and role. Counter or dining table? Stools or benches? Here are some questions you should ask yourself first.

Lighting that creates an atmosphere

Whether dining, relaxing, or enjoying the cool summer evenings with friends, you will need a light source that boils down to more than just a balcony bulb. Lighting is important because it will determine the mood your deck will give off. Try installing Christmas lights or large hanging bulbs, making sure they are well water repellent.

Textures, accessories, and greenery

In the final stages, the addition of accessories will personalize the final design of your deck. The importance of varying the textures is that they will add more dimension and visual appeal to the decor. You can achieve these ends by mixing the materials of your furniture, adding original cushions, or adding different hanging plants or pots.

Treated wood is one of the most widely used materials for deck construction. Beautiful and economical, it must, however, be very well maintained to keep its good appearance. You will need to repaint it every 3 years. Other types of wood include torrefied wood, composite wood, cedar, and ipe.

If you are looking for a material that is easier to maintain, look to the fiberglass or PVC membrane. Both types of materials are waterproof and have a long service life. However, in winter, they tend to get more slippery, and you will have to use sand or salt on the surface.

The arrangement of the elements

The deck can serve as a simple access ramp to the backyard, as it can become a room in itself. You can surround the deck with stairs, without putting up barriers. However, it is not very safe, especially if you have children.

Otherwise, you can create separate spaces by laying the handrails as partitions. Check with the municipality and the company with which you took out your loan (whether it is a new house or a major renovation) to know the regulations in force.

Deck furniture

Not a fan of Adirondack chairs or PVC furniture? With a little shopping, you are sure to find something to suit your taste. In recent years, outdoor furniture has become a field in itself.

You can add your personal decorative touch on the deck and in the backyard. Some criteria to follow beauty, durability, and impermeability. We are looking for furniture that has style, but that will not go out of fashion too quickly.

Install plants and a garden area

Maybe your backyard is very small? Or do you like plants so much that you want to put them everywhere? Whatever the reason, the deck is one of the best places to put plants. Organize a small herbal vegetable garden, plant flowers, or take out your indoor plants to enjoy the light.…

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Ten Decoration Tips To Transform Your House Into A Riad

Bright and striking colors, lots of succulents and exotic plants, mosaic … these are the main elements to adopt in your interior for a riad spirit.

It’s a timeless decor trend. Straight from the Maghreb, but mainly from Morocco, this style of architecture was intended mainly for the medinas, which means the old part of a city.

The magical city of Marrakech is home to a large number of riads and seduced by its beauty. So why not bring that vibe back home?

Install mosaic tiles on the floor and the wall

The mosaic is very present in the riads, especially in the decks. The particularity of this arrangement is that you can vary the graphics while remaining in the same tones of color.

Furniture with a natural spirit

Choose straw or wooden furniture to decorate your interior and even your exterior. To decorate many cushions!

A deck worthy of the tales of 1001 nights

Decks are the charm of riads. This open room in the heart of the house is a relaxation area where you can bathe or have tea. At home, arrange a small fountain in your veranda or a pond in your garden to enjoy the soothing sound of the water.

Lights everywhere

Day and night, the beauty of these places is undeniable. When the sun goes down, we discover new lights throughout the evening. Each loupiote or lantern is carefully arranged to reflect a wall adorned with moldings or a corner of exotic plants. So you can let go of the lighting issue!

Majorelle blue

This is the color of Marrakech riads! In the sublime home of Yves Saint-Laurent, this royal blue is the flagship asset. The garden which surrounds the whole property bears the name of Majorelle because of the facade painted entirely in this blue. Paint your stairs or your wall this color; it will add a little extra to your home.

Wrought iron decoration

Wrought iron objects are an essential element in riads. For example, you can hang oriental lanterns or a bird cage (empty, or with flowers in it!) On your facade or balcony.

A facade in ocher tones

Ocher is a rock very present in the Maghreb. It is only natural that certain architects were inspired by the different tones of the color of this clayey earth to put it on the facades. You can paint a wall in red ocher, or if you do not want to start work at home, multiply the clay pots.

Exotic and fatty plants

With a desert climate, plants are the first to suffer from the heat. So the riads have all kinds of shrubs or cacti, which are both resistant and require little watering. For example, you have agave, aloe, or the famous Chamaedorea palm. In your garden path or on your terrace, you can arrange different varieties of exotic and succulent plants and even make a small greenery corner with a magnificent composition.

Oriental wooden doors

How about exchanging the shutters on your terrace for doors with oriental moldings? They are usually painted in subdued colors, but you can dare flashy with warmer colors, like orange or yellow.

An outdoor bench with plenty of cushions

Typical of the Maghreb, the benches are unbeatable. The more cushions, the better! So let go of decorating and put it everywhere, with different sizes, colors, and styles.

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10 Tips For A Successful Home Plan

Making a success of your house plan is fundamental when you have decided to build your house. To establish the plan of his house, it is necessary to take several parameters essential to the valuation of his future heritage:

The Implantation

The location of his future detached house must take into account:

  • the natural slope of the land,
  • the nature of the soil,
  • existing vegetation,
  • possible accesses,
  • future extensions,
  • proximity to existing connection networks (water and electricity).

Orientation

The orientation of your house is essential in the construction plan because it has an important consequence on your home’s future energy consumption.

The Surface

The house’s surface area should be determined to take into account your current and future needs and lifestyle.

Architecture

A compact architecture, with simple shapes, minimizing exterior surfaces, is much less energy-intensive.

The Volume

The volume of the parts is defined according to the surface and the height. High ceilings add volume but increase the volume to be heated. Therefore, it is always preferable to design your plan while remaining within a standard height of 2.50 m.

The Openings

The openings of your detached house should not be neglected because their correct orientation will depend on light and heat loss.

The Layout

The layout of the interior space depends on your lifestyle. The interior plan of your home should combine both comfort and functionality.

The Budget

The budget defined for your house project must be respected. It should be taken into account at every step of your construction plan.

Standards

The construction standards in force must be respected in your construction plan, and it must also meet the new thermal regulations (RT 2012).

Tailor-Made

The custom-made: to build a house, it is to ensure owning a home customized perfectly suited to your needs, your lifestyle, and your needs.…

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Five Tips To Quickly Sell Your Property

An estimate that does not match the local real estate market price risks delaying selling a home. In the case of a real estate transaction, it is not so much the price at which you bought your house or your apartment that matters (even if a “ capital gain ” is always welcome!), But how much it is worth today. In most cases, a real estate whose sale goes on forever (and incidentally puts the nerves of future sellers to the test) has been overvalued and does not correspond to local demand.

Take care of the home presentation

Clearly, without transforming your home into a “show house”, declutter the space as much as possible and carry out the repairs that you had until now put off until the next day.

Depersonalize your interior

Because it is possible that the potential buyers do not share your taste in terms of decoration, in the event of an inheritance, it is strongly recommended to put in the cupboard the boar’s head, which sits on the wall of the dining room of your late grandfather … Not to mention that it is easier for a potential buyer to project oneself into a “lambda” house rather than into an interior strongly marked with the imprint of the previous occupant. For example, your 13-year-old rap fan will have a hard time imagining himself in the pink candy bedroom of an 8-year-old princess. And we understand it!

Highlight the strengths of your home

Sunny days would be more conducive to real estate sales than the rest of the year. But playing the seasonality card can be wise. If your house has a fireplace, nothing like a good outbreak to charm potential future buyers who would not be immune to the attraction of a good fire (especially if the visit takes place in the middle of winter). Likewise, if you have a beautiful garden, do not hesitate to stage it ( home staging also applies to the outside of homes). In short, anything that could constitute an “added value” and allow your home to stand out from other real estate offered on the market should, in no case, be hidden but, on the contrary, proudly displayed!

Let people know that your home is on the market

You must communicate about your sales plan. Talk about it around you but also via social networks and ad sites. However, be careful not to overdo it! Multiplying simple mandates with different real estate agencies is certainly a good intention (optimizing the chances that your ad is seen) but risks overexposing your property (and therefore discrediting it). And for a good reason, if they see that your house or apartment is listed for sale at different prices on several agency sites, potential buyers may find it suspicious that you are putting so much effort into getting rid of it.

Conclusion

To sell your property, you have to play the card of fair price and simplicity. The soberer the decoration, the more potential buyers can “project” themselves. The more the price of your house/apartment corresponds to the reality of the market, the more likely it is to quickly find a buyer. 

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Storage: Our Complete File For An Organized Home

It is not enough to have a large dressing room, a beautiful wardrobe in the entrance or a multitude of cupboards in the house to be tidy. For storage to be efficient, you have to focus on organization and respect a few golden rules: sorting, banishing the superfluous, taking advantage of nooks and crannies. So many tips that we reveal to you so that you find a perfectly tidy house. 

Optimize nooks and crannies for maximum storage

The storage is not reserved for large spaces. Even a tiny studio can be tidy, provided you know how to optimize the space. We use all the nooks, niches, alcoves, and hidden spaces of the house to transform them into storage space. Thus, we can install shelves above the doors in a hallway, fix many hooks, slide wheeled bins under a bed to store unused bed linen, wedge lockers under a staircase to store everything you need. ‘we want. By taking advantage of nooks and crannies, by making a quirky space an asset, you will quickly discover endless storage possibilities!

Divert storage furniture to create your style

To do well, it is customary to multiply storage furniture. But for a more trendy side, we can also divert some of these pieces of furniture to store something else entirely. Thus, we use a bookcase to store dishes; we divert a toy box to store shoes, reuse lockers and boxes to create a design bookcase, or succumb to a display cabinet to store clothes … Boxes and baskets are also perfect allies, especially for small surfaces where it is necessary to optimize all the spaces. 

Impose yourself rules every day

Finally, for an organized house, you have to adhere to a few – good – habits. The first step in storage is sorting. We establish piles, to keep or to give, to throw away or to resell, according to its needs and the state of the objects. We banish from our cupboards the extra, and we separate ourselves from objects of which we no longer have the usefulness without sentimentalism. We take good habits, adopting the reflex of returning a room to the state in which it was found before settling there. Thus, we store our dishes near the sink, the dishwasher, and the table; we store the bed linen in the corresponding rooms, the towels directly near the bathroom. All of these little tips, combined with some self-discipline, should help you find and keep a tidy and organized home.

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Prepare For Good Weather: Practical Ideas To Save Garden Space

If you are lucky to have a garden, even if it is small, you will be living much better this situation of isolation imposed by the coronavirus. Take advantage of these weeks to get the most out of it. You must pay special attention to this area, since, being of small dimensions, you will see everything more and the errors will not be easy to hide. To make it look perfect, these practical ideas to save garden space will help you a lot.

Do not give up having a corner to sit and enjoy the outdoors. There are practical ideas to save space in the garden with furniture adapted to the available square meters.

Remember that everything must go in scale. Being a small space, the plants and ornamental objects that you place should also be of reduced size. A table and chairs are non-negotiable.

Instead of the classic garden set, you can take advantage of a corner to place a corner sofa where you can sit and enjoy a good book or listen to your favorite music. The important thing is that you are aware of the dimensions.

And how about a hammock? If you have a chalet, a perfect place that you have probably missed until now is the narrow corridor that runs between the wall of the house and the limit with the adjoining house or the street.

If you have a few square meters outdoors, the paths and trails should be narrow. Incorporate horizontal lines and try to have a certain sense of continuity

The landscape dictates that certain elements, such as the trails, can subtract space and cause your garden to seem more often. However, you don’t have to give up. Make it increasingly narrow to give a feeling of depth.

Space will not allow you to have a swimming pool or a guest house in the garden, but a closet where you can store your tools. It is one of the best inventions to save space in the garden. They come in all sizes. If it is narrow, I face the gathering area and take the opportunity to decorate it as if it were a small house.

You must know how you will distribute each area and what you want to put in it. A good tip is that, before undertaking the task of building and decorating your small garden, think about what you will do on paper. This also applies to decorative elements.

There is a lot of variety to choose from. There are classic figures, such as garden gnomes, that provide a fun and kitschy touch. However, you also have the option of incorporating objects that were previously inside the home. If they are made of wood, remember to apply a protective layer of varnish.

Water is a highly valued resource in any garden. We have already ruled out the pool for space, but the small fountains are a complement that will bring a lot of freshness in the summer. Another great alternative is the ponds, which must respect the proportions of the whole.

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