24

Apr

'17

Why sliding office doors give your home office that modern look

Are you working from home? Or do you simply fantasize about having a home office that gives off a professional, ultra-stylish look?

They say first impressions last; we seriously think you should consider getting sliding office doors installed. Here’s why:

It sets your office apart from the rest of your home

But not in a bad way!

Your workspace is your workspace and should give off that energy. Installing sliding office doors imparts the impression upon visitors to your office, as well as to yourself, that your office is a place of business where work gets done.

In order to allow your office to let you feel like you are stepping into a sacred space, you must model it as such.

Natural light

The natural light that will stream into your office through the windows gives it that healthy, fruitful feel.

And creates the illusion of more space

Which imparts a highly modern, open plan layout to your workspace. Your office visitors will also feel at ease conducting business in a place that doesn’t feel stuffy, dark and constricted.

Also, the abundance of natural daylight means you’ll be saving a considerable amount on your electricity bills if you plan to labour there on a regular basis.

But it creates real space too!

The awkward area that will inevitably be taken up by a swinging office door gets eliminated by having a sliding door in place, allowing a place for bookshelves, filing cabinets or even a potted plants that will also be benefitting from the natural light.

But you can still have privacy

This can be achieved by utilising painted or sandblasted glass for the doors, or you could simply put a blind over them. Moreover, sliding doors aren’t limited exclusively to glass, if your sliding door will be facing inside the house, or onto an area that doesn’t receive much sunlight.

It increases the perceived value of your home

By identifying your office as precisely that to potential buyers, and also by giving your office a modern look and feel.

Don’t close the door on this one just yet. Choose the very best for your personal home office and professional life.

 

 

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24

Apr

'17

Choosing the right contracting company to install your kitchen cabinets

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, an area not to be overlooked or under-planned.

Whether you have moved into a new home or are questioning the functionality of your current kitchen, a makeover is a process not to be taken lightly. It’s a job for the professionals. Here are a few tips on what you should be looking out for.

Identify what needs upgrading

A kitchen renovation does not necessarily involve an entire makeover, but revamping one aspect will more likely entail one thing leading to another. To clarify:

Say the old wooden counters are rotting away, and you have some nice modern granite countertops in mind as a replacement. Great. There’s a company that will be able to do that for you. But wait; the current tiles certainly won’t match the slick black finish you have in mind for your new chopping zone. And what about the surface tiles? And maybe it’s time to replace the tiny stove with that solid gas one you’ve been dreaming about for a while now.

See what we’re getting at? Now you’ll need someone to measure and treat the granite, someone else to install it, another to replace the tiles, a moving company for the stove and an electrician to make ensure the shift from electricity isn’t potentially, you know, lethal.

Professional kitchen renovation companies are able to identify your needs with you, and take care of the whole lot without the hassle of going through an entire scope of contractors, and could potentially save you a lot of money. Plus, the lack of communication from having various craftsmen picking up one job from another spells disaster.

Oh, and while you’re at it… Maybe you’ll need a plumber to make sure that new countertops don’t interfere with the pipes.

What you have in mind may not be such a great idea

You have hopes and aspirations for your new kitchen, and that’s fine. But the thing is, you’re not a building contractor.

A good kitchen renovation company will discuss your expectations and desires with you, but will also be able to identify issues that might become big problems later on.

Say, for instance, you have subtle downlights over the granite countertops in mind for you to be able to prepare your delectable dishes with ease and precision (and to look good when you are entertaining guests). That’s great, but have you considered the fact the wood of your current kitchen cupboards is too old to be modified for the lights and the wiring? Perhaps it’s an even better idea to consider revamping the kitchen cupboards before moving on to the next big thing.

Look, we’re not saying what you have in mind for your kitchen won’t work out, but rather that you should go into the process with a practical approach. Enlist the expertise of a reputable kitchen renovation company to avoid major headaches, and to help you design the true kitchen of your dreams.

 

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22

Mar

'17

Signs it’s time to invest in new kitchen cabinets

 

Inevitably, there will come a time for anything and everything in and around your home to be replaced, be it a light bulb or a staircase. Believe us when we tell you that kitchen cabinets are no exception.

Most wooden cabinets have been known to last up to 50 years, depending on the quality of the wood and the level of craftsmanship involved. Many homeowners of old houses (understandably) find the retro look of their kitchen’s vintage cabinets charming and ambient, and will go to great lengths to lovingly restore them once they start to show any signs of decline.

Usually, well into the process, they discover that whole exercise requires exorbitant maintenance, by which time the financial reserve they had allocated is far too depleted to consider installing new, sturdy cabinets.

Conversely, installing new kitchen cabinets is a costly project – most home planners estimate that it can take up as much as half of your renovation budget! This begs the question, when should you consider replacing your kitchen cabinets for good, instead of doing repairs?

Practicality

First off, let’s get this out of the way.

While in many cases there might technically not be anything wrong with the structural soundness of your kitchen cabinets, sometimes they simply aren’t suited for your needs and purposes.

The space for your stove and fridge might be too wide, the cabinets may not be high or deep enough, maybe the drawers are too tiny for your appliances – you get the idea. If you can live with a few quirks, go right ahead. However, if this seriously impacts the functionality of your kitchen – a nuclear unit of the home – you should strongly consider remodeling.

As for what you need to look out for structurally:

Water damage

Water is an ever-present element of any kitchen. However, if you notice that wooden kitchen cabinets are swollen or making bubbles, sport dark coloured spots, struggle to close properly or are fraying, water damage is usually to blame.

Identify the source from which the water penetrates the wood and get that fixed before progressing to newly installed, sturdy cabinets

Mould

This is also related to water damage, but needless to mention, poses some serious health risks. Sometimes, if identified early enough, the mould can still be killed and completely eradicated.

If not, well… decide how much you value your respiratory functions and make a plan very, very quickly.

Soft wood

This is usually due to age.

If the wood has become cracked or curved and is breakable when you attempt to drill new holes in it, its structural soundness has been compromised.

Hinges coming loose from cabinet doors (or vice versa), screws splitting shelves and strips of wood peeling off for no apparent reason are all tell-tale signs.

As mentioned before, any home is an area of constant maintenance; decide what kind of look and feel you have in mind for your kitchen’s new interior, and proceed with gusto!

 

 

 

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22

Mar

'17

Why engineered wood flooring is the way to go

 

 

Also known as composite wood, man-made wood, or manufactured wood, engineered flooring is a popular choice amongst many homeowners due to its versatile nature. Whether you are replacing a hardwood floor and considering your options or simply looking to replace a tiled or carpeted surface in your home, there is a strong case to be made for the efficiency of this material.

Pliable and quicker to install

Engineered flooring is manufactured by combining sawmill scrap and other fibrous wooden offcuts. These can then be tailored to suit the desired layout for the surface to be covered. This offers endless possibilities for decorating and interior design.

It will also be modeled so as to be ready for installation on arrival and does not require hammers, nails nor any other means of timely installation labour.

It looks good

Seeing as engineered wood can be manufactured from a large range of fibrous wooden offcuts, it can be made to mimic the appearance of almost any type of exotic wood, be it Brazilian Cherry or American Pine.

Structurally Sound

Engineered wooden flooring has a much evener surface than traditional hardwood floors, plus you don’t run the damage related risk of hardwood floorings, such as nasty holes and cracks.

Also, bear in mind that engineered flooring is made to encompass the structural strong points of wood. This means that it is meant to withstand damage and external pressure due to its solid nature.

Maintenance is easier

Where traditional hardwood needs to be cleaned all over – even between the cracks (which will inevitably form over time) – engineered flooring is laminated and therefore able to be cleaned quickly and effortlessly.

Also, engineered wooden flooring does not require routine maintenance, whereas traditional hardwood will need to be treated and reworked as much as five times in its lifetime in order to last and keep up its appearance.

Sustainability

To give you further peace of mind, take into account that engineered flooring is often manufactured from less popular (and consequently not endangered) species of trees, a well as timber off-cuts which would otherwise go to waste.

Bear all of these factors in mind before settling on a wooden flooring plan for your home or office.

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Sep

'16

What we’re loving this week. . .

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right . . .  while I write this post I have the Beatles “Here Comes The Sun” playing along in my head. It’s so exciting to start considering warmer sunnier ways of spending our days! Spring is here and not only am I focused on all the home decor inspiration that #SpringSpiration brings with it but also on all the wonderful things I could possibly get up to now that I might not get frost bite or drowned by a torrential down pour! So in preparation of all things Spring, below is the list of what I’m loving this week . . . a few of outings, restaurants and general inspirations that I am most excited about:

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Sep

'16

#SpringSpiration: 7 Home Decor Trends for 2016/2017

I don’t know about you, but with Spring just around the corner my mind has started to think a little further down the line, and what follows the beautiful arrival of Spring? The Christmas Season! It’s my favourite time of year, we’re all feeling very jolly (obviously – the holidays approach!), its warm outside, and the list of pre-Christmas engagements is a mile long!  Longer evenings, warmer days and general pre Christmas spirit abounds. But along with the social obligations comes mild panic: the need to make sure the house looks fabulous! But where to start? And what look to go for? Fear not, below we have some #SpringSpiration with our top 7 home decor trends to help guide you in your final preparations for the holiday season and make sure you’re bang on trend for 2017!

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22

Aug

'16

Our Top Ten List Of Celebrity Kitchen Cupboards

#1 Tom Cruise: Raw and Edgy

As a kid Tom wanted to be a priest, so it’s no surprise that his taste in kitchen cupboards tends towards the traditional minimalism of the Shaker communities. With this pared-back look, it’s all about the quality of the wood. Tom’s kept things super simple, opting for small kitchen handles that don’t dominate the cupboards.

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