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Skills And Expertise Needed To Create Your Interior Design Business Website

Skills And Expertise Needed To Create Your Interior Design Business Website

Whenever you need or want a new website for your interior design business, there is a number of ways you could approach it. You might attempt to build it yourself, you could employ an individual or you could follow the advice that the website design experts at give to anyone who asks them about website design.

That advice is that you have to remember that your website is your online presence and, given how important the internet has become when people are researching companies and businesses, it is essential that your website promotes you in the best possible way.

This means that all possible resources should go into the design of your website so that it loads properly, pages open quickly, everything works on the site, the content and media educate, entertain, and inform visitors, and at all times it operates in a way that will take someone a step forward from being simply a ‘browser’ to a paying client.

The risk of building your own website, or entrusting it to a well-meaning and diligent freelancer, is that the resources available to you and them are simply not sufficient to create a website for your interior design business that is likely to achieve what you want it to. By resources, we are not just talking about the tangible ones like tools, software, and design templates, but intangible ones, which are actually far more valuable.


Child-Friendly Kitchen Tips

Child-Friendly Kitchen Tips

When you start looking at different kitchens in preparation for designing and building your own, it’s easy to just look at the materials and colours to form your dream kitchen. However, suppose you’re in a busy household with young children. In that case, it can sometimes be worth factoring their needs and safety into the design, as well.

Even though children don’t stay young forever, there are plenty of small, subtle changes you can make to a standard kitchen design to ensure it caters to them now and in the future.

Rounded Edges

There are plenty of beautiful, sharp-edged cabinets out there that meet the mark for style and functionality. But then you start thinking about how many times your kids have fallen over and bumped their heads. With that in mind, it can be a good idea to consider rounded-edge countertops instead.

They are not a significant change from a standard one, but they have smoother edges that can end up being more forgiving to a young child’s head, should they slip and fall.

Touch-Free Faucets

Touch-free faucets are not only convenient for homeowners but also for their kids. If children are not tall enough to comfortably turn a tap on and off, it’s easy enough for them to turn on scalding-hot water and accidentally burn themselves accidentally.

Touch-free faucets often come with the added benefit of allowing you to pre-set the water temperature. That single feature can offer much-needed peace of mind.



Laundry Needs Some Love? Here’s How to Make It Look Fabulous

The laundry can sometimes be one of the most neglected areas of your home. Even though you might hire cabinet makers and other professionals to give other parts of your home the love they need, the laundry never seems to fare as well.

In fact, according to bathroom and laundry specialists some people just tuck their washing machines and dryers in the garage, rather than give them a space of their own. If you want to put as much effort into your laundry as you did your bathroom renovation, kitchen, and other areas, then here’s how to go about it.

Criticize Your Laundry

The first step to getting that gorgeous new laundry you’ve always wanted is to criticize the one you’ve got. Why don’t you like it?

Does it lack storage? Is it dark and dinghy? Is its cabinetry falling apart? Or, maybe, it doesn’t have any cabinetry at all. Identify these problems, and you can avoid making them with your laundry renovation.

Hire a Cabinet Maker

Laundries can be challenging spaces to work with, especially if you are not the first owner of your home. There may be quirky plumbing with which to contend, not to mention a lack of storage or storage in all the wrong places.

Rather than deal with this nightmare on your own, it can be worth hiring a cabinet maker. They can walk you through not only the best placement of cabinetry but the best designs that make your laundry stand out for all the right reasons.


Does Your Landscaping Website Need SEO?

Does Your Landscaping Website Need SEO?

If you do a search on Google for landscaping companies in your area, does yours appear? If it does not, it means your competitors are gaining customers online instead of you, and this is why the SEO experts at are advising those landscape companies who are not appearing at the top of Google’s results to seriously think about having an SEO plan created and implemented.

It could be that you have avoided SEO due to the fact that you are unsure how it will benefit you, and most importantly whether it will actually give you a return on your investment versus the quicker, but also the more expensive option, of paid advertising.

There is no denying that paid advertising or pay per click as it is more often called, can provide you with almost instant results. By setting up ads, and bidding on certain keywords, you could have traffic clicking through to your website within an hour or two. That sounds great, but the problem is, if you have a limited budget, then likewise you will see limited traffic.

This will be especially so if you are bidding on the same keywords, or search terms, that your competitors are. Worse, if there are larger landscaping companies with bigger advertising budgets than your landscaping company, they can simply outbid you on the cost per click and get traffic at the best times of the day when most people are likely to be searching for a landscaping company.


Building Materials - 5 Myths About Epoxy Floor Coatings

Building Materials – 5 Myths About Epoxy Floor Coatings

If you have been researching floor coatings as you search for suitable building materials for your home, you will undoubtedly have come across some information relating to epoxy flooring, and if you haven’t, well you have now. Whilst there are plenty of excellent posts and articles about epoxy floor coatings, there is also a fair amount of misinformation.

We are not suggesting that any of it deliberately trying to mislead people, but instead, it comes from misunderstandings, and also from hearing, and then repeating myths about epoxy floors. So, to help those who are looking for facts about epoxy flooring we thought it was only right to call out those myths and explain why they are simply not true.

Myth #1: Epoxy Floors Are Slippery

This is one of the most common myths you will hear about epoxy floors, and it no doubt arises due to the smooth and shiny surface which epoxy floors have. Contrary to the myth, most epoxy floors are slip-resistant, and there are even specific epoxy coatings that have tiny, raised bumps that prevent slipping or skidding for floors in locations where slips and falls are a particular hazard, such as hospitals, and manufacturing units.

Myth #2: Epoxy Floors Coating Have To Be Recoated Regularly

One of the reasons we can dispel this myth is that it is well-known that epoxy floor coatings have a long lifespan, and this is why so many businesses choose it. It is able to stand up to heavy footfall and can also withstand normal wear and tear within buildings such as industrial facilities and factories.

Its durability is further evidenced by the fact that epoxy floor coatings can endure spillages including oil, solvents, and chemicals, which many other floor coatings cannot.


Prevent Water Damage To Your Carpet

How To Prevent Water Damage To Your Carpet

One of the things that can often cause carpets to need replacing is water damage, but it is also true that if certain steps are taken, they can be given a reprieve. These can involve getting a professional cleaning company, such as Commercial Cleaning Perth, to rescue and restore your carpets, and you can also take steps yourself which can help with that objective.

A critical element of whatever actions you take is that you act as quickly as possible. Every minute that you delay or ponder what you are going to do, is a minute where the water is doing ever-increasing damage to your carpets.

To give you a head start just in case you unfortunately ever find yourself in this kind of situation, we have outlined several ways in which you can help protect and save your carpets from water damage.

The first objective is to remove as much of the water from the carpet as possible. Obviously, the more water there is, the more difficult this is going to be, but nevertheless it needs to be done.


Choose the Right Security Company

How Do I Choose the Right Security Company for My House?

Home security is a major consideration in the modern world, especially in major urban areas where crime rates are increasing. For many people, installing security cameras and CCTV is a logical choice when it comes to protecting their property.

However, it’s important to spend a little time choosing the right security company, or else you risk running into problems in the future. Unfortunately, this is a lot easier said than done. Not all companies are equal, and not all offer the high level of service you deserve.

Because of this, we’ve put together the following guide to help you choose the right security company to look after your home. Consider the following:

Check Online Reviews and Ask for Recommendations

One of the best ways to choose a reliable security company with your best interests at heart is to check online reviews. A quick internet search will usually bring up numerous reviews from past clients, and you’ll be able to use these to make an informed decision about your choices.

At the same time, it’s always worth asking friends or family if they have any recommendations. Speak with people who are currently using some sort of security system and find out if their provider is a good option.



Most Useful Cleaning Technologies That Could Change Your Life

If you were to ask someone whether they preferred cleaning or holidaying, you would be unlikely to find anyone who would prefer to be scrubbing toilets than sunbathing.

Cleaning is most people’s least favourite thing to do because it’s hard. Fortunately, new technology exists to make it a whole lot easier. You still won’t choose it over a holiday, but at least you won’t be breaking your back for a sparkling clean home. Read on to learn what you should be welcoming into your home with open arms.

Robot Vacuum Cleaners

There used to be a time where we thought robots would take over the world. To a degree, they have, but at least they’re starting with cleaning our homes. Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming more advanced by the day and can undertake regular home cleaning whether or not you are home.

They have a base port they travel to and from, and they can often sense and move away from obstacles. As a rule, the more you spend on a robot vacuum cleaner, the more advanced and helpful it can be.

Robot Lawn Mowers

If it’s not enough that you can leave all your floor cleaning up to a robot, you can also leave your lawn care in its capable hands, too. Robot lawnmowers work with GPS to mow your lawns as you need. They have been so popular and cost-efficient that some councils have even installed them at local parks to save money. Spend more time doing the things you love and less time worrying about lawn care.


Clean Your Shower Door

How to Clean Your Shower Door Perfectly

No one would openly admit to liking all household chores. In fact, most people would go as far as to say they would prefer someone else did them for them. However, there comes a time when you have to bite the bullet and combat those messy floors, dirty shower screens, and piles of dishes yourself.

However, some tasks are easier than others, and shower screens are something with which many people can struggle. How do you make sure the glass looks as good as the day you bought it?

The problem is, cleaning your shower screen is not something you should do when it looks dirty, but as part of your daily routine. Unfortunately, a combination of soap scum and hard water can not only make your shower screen look dirty, but damage it as well. Over time, etching can occur, which is permanent. The more you clean your shower screen, the better it can look.

The best way to clean your shower screen so that it looks as good as new is to wipe it down after each use with a microfibre cloth or squeegee. While it might seem like a tedious chore, it’s all in the name of saving time on a deep clean and protecting your shower screen.

Follow up the wiping process with a quick spray of shower cleaner. Get in the habit of doing this after each daily shower you take. If you hang your squeegee in the shower on a hook, it’s a gentle reminder to complete this task before you get out.


Landscape for Entertaining

How to Landscape for Entertaining

If you love nothing more than spending time with family and friends, then your home setup and landscaping are essential. You wouldn’t, for example, invite your entire family over for dinner if you only had enough chairs for two people.

That’s why landscape design is essential when you’re catering to specific requirements. If it’s not right, you’re not able to do everything you had planned. Here’s how to incorporate your need for entertaining into your landscape design.

Plenty of Seating

When Australia puts on a show in the warm summer months, you can often be in the mood to invite all your friends and family around. You can share a cold beverage outside and enjoy the sun beating down in your lovely surroundings. If that sounds like your idea of fun, then ensure you incorporate plenty of seating and seating areas into your landscape design. Consider brick, wood, or concrete benches to encompass the outer edges of your deck, or invest in outdoor tables and chairs.

Provide Shelter

It can reach over 30 degrees-Celsius in Australia during the summer with no trouble at all. If you pride yourself on being the best host, then don’t let your guests cook in the heat. Provide shade options – be it permanent or temporary. Buy sun umbrellas and shade clothes that form a vital part of your overall landscape design.


Pool Safety Regulations

What Pool Safety Regulations Exist In WA?

Swimming pools are dangerous. Drowning hazards pose a significant threat to pets and young children, which means that there are a range of safety regulations associated with swimming pools in Western Australia. The most notable of these surround the installation and maintenance of pool fencing which meets certain technical requirements.

Pool fence laws are very specific, and they outline what does and what doesn’t pass as an acceptable barrier. The good news is that your fence can be versatile – even things like glass pool fencing are acceptable under WA law.

Below is a brief outline of WA’s pool safety laws:

Pre-May 2016 & Post-May 2016 Pools:

The regulations are slightly different for pools built before and after May 2016. Before May 2016, your swimming pool barrier could include a door that was permanently fixed shut, and the rest of the barrier had to comply with the Australian Standard 1926.1-1993.

Post 2016 the laws were tightened to make swimming pool fences safer for children. Any pool built after 2016 must be enclosed by a barrier that meets the Australian Standards AS 1926.1-2007 and 1926.2-2012. One of the major changes under the new standards is that doors can no longer form part of the barrier surrounding a swimming pool.

The rest of this article will focus on the new post-May 2016 laws.

What Technical Requirements Does My New Pool Fence Have To Follow?

The technical requirements for WA pool fences are very strict, and must be followed closely. If they aren’t, you risk substantial penalties – including fines. Some of the technical requirements that you have to follow include:

Glass pool fences – All glass pool fences need to comply with the safety standards listed above. They also need to comply with the Australian Standard AS 1288-2006.


Landscape Design

Low Maintenance Landscape Design

The modern world is an extremely busy place. People have more things to do and less time to do them than ever before. This has led to a rise in the popularity of things like low maintenance landscape design.

Sydney landscapers explain that in simple terms, low maintenance landscape design refers to the construction of outdoor spaces that look great, that can be enjoyed in whatever ways appeal to you and which don’t require a lot of time or effort to keep them looking great. I know how hard it can be to create a low maintenance outdoor space, so I’ve put together a list of my top tips to help you along the way:

Plant Things That Don’t Need A Lot Of Attention

One of the best ways to create a garden or outdoor space according to Landscape Design Perth that doesn’t need a lot of care is to plant things which look after themselves. In most cases, this will be tough, hardy plants which won’t become sick or die if they get a bit dry or if you don’t fertilise them for a while. Choose plants that don’t need pruning regularly.

In Australian conditions, one of the best ways to create a low maintenance garden area is to plant native species. These are usually tough, drought tolerant, and need little care. Do some research and find out which species are suited to your climate and soil type, and plant them. Native gardens can also become a refuge for wildlife, and who wouldn’t love to have a family of possums or colourful birds move into their backyard!

Consider A Minimalistic Style

Minimalist outdoor areas generally have few elements. The things they do have are simple and require little care. For example, you might choose to install a few concrete paths, a large lawn area (using a tough grass of course) and a few hardy trees.


Backyard Entertainment Area

Your Pool and your Backyard Entertainment Area

It’s taken a while but you finally have the pool in your yard that you have been dreaming about. But it’s not over. It’s time to add accessories. Some unique landscaping and decorating will enable you to personalise your backyard. There are so many ways to do it as well. A landscape design that includes outdoor pool furniture, rock gardens, water features, trees, and flowers, will look simply great. Here are a few ways you can give it that wow factor look

According to The Landscape Association, landscaping is not just about plants. Proper landscape design goes way beyond that concept. Your pool needs to be in an environment that will be appealing and comfortable and more importantly, accessible. Once you have constructed the deck and your patio, the plants you choose to dress up the area should be ones that will flourish in our Australian weather. If in doubt, check with your landscape designer. Things to look at in your plan will be coordinating your landscape design to mesh with that of your house and in a sensible proportion. You do not want plants and flowers that shed leaves all year round and causing debris to fall into your pool or onto your deck. Don’t forget that trees and plants are great for privacy, but never let them overtake your backyard as they create problems with root systems and hence the drainage.


Timber Fencing

Fencing Types To Consider & Their Uses

Fencing is available in many different types, and each type has its pros and cons, and are designed to meet various standards.

Timber Fencing: The versatility of wood is unquestionable when utilised for fencing. It can be cut into different shapes and sizes to fit any project to help the look. There are many types of wood available such as pine and hardwoods if budget is not a constraint. You can improve the longevity of timber fencing by staining or painting it.

Timber Fencing

Aluminium Fencing: This metal is easy to use and can last a long time with very little maintenance required to keep it looking good. You can colour treat it as well to make it look less like aluminium and to match the building. When compared to steel it is a little cheaper.

Aluminium Fencing

Chain Link Fencing: This is one of the most common types of fencing and can be used for boundary marking, keeping kids and pets safely inside as well as for many commercial uses on securing buildings and areas. Chain link is easy to install and probably the most inexpensive to use.

Chain Link Fencing

Vinyl Fencing: It lasts forever (almost), and requires very little maintenance and cleaning. You can have it a colour that matches your house. It can be used as a decorative fence or privacy and boundary marking. Its ability to weather all conditions makes it a popular and sensible choice.


Protecting Timber Floor

Protecting Your Timber Floor

You have made the decision to have timber flooring installed, you love the look, but what about ongoing maintenance. That doesn’t mean a daily grind of of working on the timber flooring. It’s just a bit of advice for cleaning, looking after and protecting your new asset.

There is a combination of factors that will eventually wear down and scratch the floor coating over time. Things like dust, people coming and going, sunlight and moisture, to name a few. Timber is a natural product, not manufactured, so it has some unique properties that have to be considered. By taking a few simple steps, you can limit these factors and ensure your timber decks and its coating lasts years.

Less Dirt = Less Scratching

Timber is a pretty resilient material so the scratching we are talking about is more than likely being done to the coating rather than the floor itself. If you want to keep the floor looking brand new then you can adopt a few floor care techniques.

The floor coating can be scratched with each footstep as it brings in dust, grit and other small foreign objects. Cleaning regularly will help greatly and by not doing so, the shiny, polished floor will become dull and sustain damage.


Timber Fence

How to Get the Look of a Timber Fence Without the Maintenance

Timber is a beautiful and traditional fencing material that comes in many wonderful styles and can be painted in many different colours, making it a popular choice for fencing. But many fencing contractors like Eline Fencing Perth would be able to point to other options that will give you the same look and advantages of timber without the high cost of maintenance.

For instance, there is aluminium available in wood-grained slats the colour of timber. By using such a material you can mimic a timber fence without worrying about using up the earth’s resources. Although truthfully, timber is a renewable resource with many plantations of pine and other species grown especially for the building trade.


Experienced Removalist

When You Have To Move

Everybody has their own take and ideas on what a removalist service like Brilliance Removalists Brisbane really means. Individuals are just that – individuals, and not every customer will want the same things done as every single household removal job will be unique.

Having said that, an experienced removalist knows that customers typically want specific services that are common to all jobs. And if they are not common then the removal company should initiate them.

  • Quick turnaround on quotations. If you have to chase a service provider because they are too busy or they have neglected to get back to you, it should be a warning sign that their future performance might be lacking as well.
  • Good Advice and a bit of Direction. There are not a lot of customers who might call themselves seasoned veterans when it comes to moving their home or office. Clients will want some proactive advice and guidance rather than thinking further down the track when a problem hits: “Nobody told me that.”


Instant Lawn

Instant Lawn

There’s no doubt about it that laying down instant turf from Carabooda Lawn, is the best way to get that lush green front or back yard as quick as a DIY project. And there’s a lot of satisfaction in sitting back after a weekend of digging, raking, levelling and swearing with a cold beer and looking at a beautiful green lawn right in front of you. But you now know that there is a lot of careful preparation required before installing roll on lawn, and that is to be followed up with proper maintenance.


This is not a job you would have planned for autumn or winter. You need to pick the right time of year. In Spring, a young man’s fancy turns to outdoor BBQ’s and backyard entertainment. In Australia, we have four seasons – even Melbourne boasts four seasons, it’s just that they have it in one day! The best time to be planning this project is very late Winter or early Spring. But any time in Spring is okay if you want to have your lawn for most of summer. Just be aware of water restrictions.


Hire Professional Removalist

Why Hire Professional Removalist and Packing Services?

Hiring a team of professional removalists such as Brilliance Removalists Melbourne is the best way to avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety when moving to your new home. While borrowing a van from your friends and packing your things in boxes yourselves might seem cheaper, doing so might not only cost you more but also needlessly eat up time and effort that may be better expended elsewhere. Ultimately, professional removalists are the best people who can expertly handle different types of moving tasks from homes, apartments, to offices.

To make the best of the expert assistance from removalists, the first thing you need to do is research on companies offering removal services in your area. Apart from checking out the price, it is advisable to inquire about the scope of their services. Sometimes, a lower price is given for carrying more items. At times, packages and packaging are also offered. By making thorough inquiries as to the amount of work that the removalists will actually do and extra services they offer will help you find the best deal.


Electrical Outage

How to Cope with Damage Due to Storms

Our health can be damaged in many ways and one of them is through touching a live wire. With the number and ferocity of storms these days, it is well to be aware of this and just how likely it can be for external power lines to come down during a storm without being noticed. Good electricians understand the danger , but many other people may be too busy looking at a fallen tree to notice the power lines entangled in its branches or on the sodden ground nearby.

This is especially so if that fallen tree has damaged some of their property like the roof, the car or even a fence around their home. Electric wires are not very visible on a dark, rainy night unless they are sparking. However, it’s important to know just where the power lines around your home are and look up instead of down, if a tree falls on or near your home.


Hotel Interior Design

8 Great Trends in Hotel Interior Design

Interior designers like Sam Sorgiovanni who know their business are never slack in embracing the latest trends in designing the interiors of hotels. Unless they keep up with what is seen as trendy and even necessary to give guests a great experience so they’ll want to come back, they won’t end up at the pinnacle of their career. Rather, their work will soon be seen as passé and no one will want to employ them.

A hotel is no longer just a place to sleep while on holiday. Instead, it should become the highlight of the holiday because it gives the guests such a wow! experience.

So what are some of the latest trends of hotel design?

  • Making each room distinctive in design. For instance, one whole wall from floor to ceiling could be an enormous fish tank set up to mimic an authentic reef.


Choosing Scaffolding

5 Tips for Choosing Scaffolding

Scaffolding is an essential part of most buildings, allowing workers to access higher parts safely and take their equipment and building materials up with them. Without a scaffold, it would be impossible to complete most building projects. Scaffold is needed to build boats, houses, high-rise buildings and plant. It can be used for structures such as piers and docks, bridges and many similar projects.

ScaffoldingSince building companies must use this supporting structure for most, if not all of their projects, how can they choose the best scaffold hire company? Here are some tips.

  • Most building companies get to know who can be trusted in the trades arena. If you sublet or hire a company and find them difficult to work with or that they don’t do a good job, you won’t hire them again next time. Word quickly gets around about companies with a bad reputation, so the first thing to do is ask another company who they used and if they were satisfied with them.


Home Repairs Planning

Financial Planning for a Home Extension

Most financial advisors would tell you that financial planning is really the first step in achieving your goals for a home extension. Many people buy a home that is on the small side because it is cheaper. They plan to add an extension as they need it and can afford it. But sometimes that time never comes because they don’t plan their finances to include it. With help from a financial planner such as Andep, you can rearrange your finances to get that extension you so desperately need, rather than staying squashed up in a home that is too small.

Don’t be disheartened if your finances seem to all be taken up with paying off other things. There is nearly always a way to squeeze some more out by rearranging other payments, taking a part time job for a few months or better still, having a financial expert go through your finances with you and point out ways to save or get more.



Saving vs. Splurging with Renovations

There is no doubt about it; renovations can be expensive and many people find their renovation budget is simply shot to pieces by the time they’ve finished. But renovating the house can save the costs and effort of moving to another one, so if you don’t want to call Brilliance Removalists Perth just yet, it has to be done.

To avoid a budget blowout it is important to plan out your renovation carefully, costing each stage and component and don’t make any changes to the plans halfway through. Experts tell us that there is a time to save and a time to splurge. Knowing which and when can save you heaps.

What to splurge on

The time to splurge is when something that is essential to your home needs repair or an upgrade. Often this may not even be visible. For instance, if you are renovating some part of the home and come across subpar structural elements. Or you might be tempted to save on the cost of joists and bearers. Don’t do it. Your home must meet all the Australian Standards requirements to be safe. It will not be passed if you don’t do it properly, but even more importantly it may not stand up to the next big storm.

False savings

Having your roof blow off because you didn’t want to spend the money to build it properly will cost you more than doing it properly in the first place. Getting an unlicensed plumber to ‘fix’ that plumbing can cost more in the long run, so getting a proper residential plumbing expert to start with will save you more in the long run. The same goes for any other kind of renovation. So just where should you try to save?


Does Your Renovation Company Need Digital Marketing?

Does Your Renovation Company Need Digital Marketing?

The fact that fees for renovation projects can make them highly profitable for renovation companies should mean that acquiring clients who have renovation work, a top priority for those companies. This is why when their advice is sought the marketing specialists at invariably advise renovation companies to make digital marketing a significant part of their client acquiring activities.

Digital marketing is something that provides a number of benefits to businesses, including renovation companies, and if your own renovation company is not using digital marketing, then you are missing out on acquiring many clients, and those clients are using your competition.

Here are some of the reasons why digital marketing is essential for renovation companies and why having a marketing presence online is so important if you wish to increase your clients numbers and revenue.

It Is Where Your Clients Are

Whilst offline sources should never be abandoned, the vast majority of the population are online, and with that being the case, it follows that your potential clients are likely to be online too.

Apart from those who were already regular users of the internet, recent world events, where many people found themselves stuck at home, meant that individuals who would previously not give the internet a second thought, found themselves relying on it for their work, and to communicate with friends and family.

This means that millions of people, who did not before, are now using the internet, and they, and everyone else, are now seeing the internet as part of their everyday lives, even if they are no longer at home all day.



Which Kind of Air Conditioning Unit is Right for You

If your home has not been fitted with air conditioning by a professional, you’ll know what it’s like to be uncomfortably hot day and night during the heat of summer. You will no doubt have spent many nights tossing and turning, trying in vain to find a cool spot on the sheets. You may even spend a great deal of time at the mall throughout the days just to get some relief from the heat.

The decision to install air conditioning in your home will be one of the best decisions you ever made. But it is very important to get the right kind. Not only the correct type of air con, but the right size for your home is also important. There are three main choices in air conditioners.



How to Make the Best Use of Your Patio

Having a patio added to your home is a great idea because there are so many ways it can be used to enhance your lifestyle. Don’t just stick a few potted plants in and leave it at that. Here are some ways you can make the best use of this additional area to your home and enhance your lifestyle while doing it.

  • Start with choosing a convenient spot to have it installed. Attaching it to the home will ensure that it is convenient to use. This will actually extend the floor space of the home so you get more room without the cost of a home extension. You can use the area as an outdoor living room by adding comfortable seating, a table and even heating and lighting.
  • A patio makes an ideal games room for things such as a pool table that tends to take up too much room in the house unless you have a special room to put it in. Add a bar for drinks, a dart board on the wall and you are all set for fun evenings with friends or family.



How to Take Care of Your Automatic Pool Cleaner

Anyone with a pool should also invest in an automatic pool cleaner to do most of the hard work of pool cleaning. If the water is not kept clean you can easily get an ear infection or worse, algae could come to visit and it will very likely make itself at home.  Pool cleaners can work away while you sit and relax by the side of the pool. But like many other machines they require a little maintenance to keep on rolling around, sucking up that debris from the pool.

Sometimes a pool needs to be cleaned with what is known as ‘shock treatment’. This is necessary when you notices any opacity in the water, green or red slime or even black spots that herald that dreaded black algae. It should be done regularly such as once a week, especially if you get a lot of leaves and other debris in the pool and don’t always remove it quickly.



5 Great Landscaping Trends to Consider for Your Garden

According Lone Pine Landscapes, landscaping trends come and go and it is nice to ensure your home always looks modern, with at least some of the latest trends. It is not always just about looks, but about enhancing your lifestyle. After all, life is meant to be enjoyed and the right kind of landscaping can help us relax, get back to nature and even be healthier. Here are some of the latest trends for your outdoor space.

  • Living spaces – when you can get outdoors and enjoy nature more, it reduces your tension and stress. To that end, people now like to create an outdoor space or ‘room’ they can utilise as an extra room. Whether it is a gazebo set up as a reading room or a deck combining plants with an outdoor kitchen – or even a paved area with a fire pit, it will help you and your family to enjoy more time in the outdoors without having to leave home to do it.



How to Clean a Berber Carpet

Many people fall in love with the look and feel of Berber carpet, even though it is more difficult to clean than some other carpet types.  Berber carpets are somewhat different to other carpets and this means you have to understand what the differences are in order to clean them in the right way, otherwise you’ll not only fail in your carpet cleaning efforts; you may even ruin it.

Olefin vs. nylon

Carpet cleaners according to Brilliance Carpet Cleaning Perth know that one problem is the more affordable Berber carpet is made from something called olefin, which attracts grease and oil. If you walk on this carpet in bare feet or if you spill a spot or two of cooking oil in the kitchen and inadvertently tread in it, that will make your olefin Berber really happy – and really dirty or dull.  As soon as you walk on it, the grease and oil will go straight into the carpet fibres. This type of carpet is a headache to get clean, even for professional carpet cleaners.



Using Wicker Furniture for Your Outdoor Space

After you have created a beautiful outdoor area and garden with the help of, you will need to purchase alfresco furniture to make it comfortable. There are many different types available and some people choose wicker furniture because it is strong, light and attractive option, especially if it is to be moved around much. A lightweight option will save muscle strain and backaches especially if there is only one person available to move it.

The original wicker was made from a variety of plant materials –

  • Bamboo
  • Willow
  • Reed
  • Cane or
  • Rattan

It was popular in days gone by and many people still look for it because they have fond memories of using it when visiting their grandparent’s home. They may not remember in those childhood days just what all the problems were with such furniture. It could not be left outside all the time because it would soon rot. If stored in a damp basements it would quickly go mouldy and be difficult to clean.  Not to mention it was difficult to clean once dirt or dust got into those small crevices. Don’t forget grandma most likely didn’t have a vacuum cleaner or even a hose to help out with cleaning tasks.


Renovating Property

Do Those Sums Before Renovating Property

A full property renovation is not for the fainthearted, but it can be a great way to get started in the real estate market. By purchasing run down homes and doing renovations you stand to make a profit when you sell. However, much depends on the cost of the renovation and part of this is likely to be equipment hire.

A handyman is unlikely to have all the equipment needed to renovate a home from the foundations or floor up. They may need to hire such things as scaffold or professional tools to complete the task. Plant hire could also be on their list, depending on what needs to be done. Excavators can make any job go a lot faster, especially when you need to excavate ground to fix foundations or add new ones.

It is wise to make out a list of everything that needs doing to a home or building before you even purchase the property, because if the repairs are too extensive you may make a loss rather than a profit. Or you may make a smaller profit than you wanted. Don’t forget you should also count in the hours you are likely to spend working on it with the other costs. You don’t want to be working for next to nothing.


Sail Shade

Tools and Accessories Needed To Install a Shade Sail

Every handyman job requires tools of some kind so if you intend to install one of the many shade sails available from One Shade Sails to create some cool shade around your home, you’ll need some basic tools to do the job. You may already have some of the tools needed if you already do this kind of work around your home.  It’s important to get tools that are right for the job, otherwise it will be more difficult than it needs to be and can be dangerous.

Here are some of the tools needed to install a sail.

  • A three-step ladder or a longer stepladder may be needed if the posts are very high. Open it up and make sure it is stable before you purchase it.
  • An 18 volt cordless compact drill driver. Cordless tools mean you can use it anywhere without worrying about running an electric lead.
  • A 100mm screw driver used as a lever to help tighten the turn buckle.
  • A carpenter’s pencil.