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Top Things to Consider When Building a Greenhouse

A greenhouse is not merely a place where you can work on your hobby for plants and flowers or a place where you can stock old tools and items inside your homes that are of no use anymore. It should also be considered as a sanctuary inside your home where you can express your creativeness and enjoy a relaxing time at as well.

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One of the most important things to consider when building a greenhouse is its location. Without a proper location, you can easily conclude that you will not be getting the best possible results and the 100% potential your greenhouse may offer. Consider these following items when building your greenhouse.


Sunlight is crucial in growing plants and flowers. Build your greenhouse in an area with ample sunlight but try not to go overboard. Not enough sunlight is harmful for your plants, too much of it is also not healthy. Build your greenhouse in an area that receives a minimum of 6 full hours of sunlight a day. Plant a tree on the side of your greenhouse so that it can later on provided shade during summer. Avoid overhanging trees because this might end up falling and damaging the roof or your greenhouse as a whole.


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You will want to build your greenhouse in a convenient area which can be easily accessed, but is not in an area which may be targeted by high winds. You don’t want to have to walk a mile just to get to your greenhouse because chances are you won’t maintain it as well this way. Other things to consider when building your greenhouse are access to electricity and water. These are important in the successful functioning of your greenhouse.


Will your greenhouse be a place where you can simply enjoy your passion for flowers and plants? Or are you planning to make a business out of the produce that you will have from the plants inside? The size and the features of your greenhouse will depend on how you intend to use your greenhouse. It is also important to build it in a high level area to prevent potential flooding or to avoid being bothered by pets and other animals in the neighborhood.


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Choosing the location of your greenhouse is the most important factor you will need to consider. Take time to plan and study how you want your greenhouse to function. Greenhouses are big investments but the efforts that you will put into this are worth it if you execute them properly.

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Harnessing Solar Energy for Garden Sheds

The sun is the biggest source of renewable energy – a resource that will never be exhausted in the next five billion years. The solar energy produced by the sun is an unlimited source of radiant energy that can be used to produce heat or electricity.  The electricity to be generated can be used in various applications such as for heating, lighting, and providing power for small areas like garden sheds.


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When considering solar energy for garden sheds, the first thing that comes into mind is the amount of money to be saved. Imagine not paying anything for using electricity to run power tools or to heat up the whole structure during cold weather. However, there are important things to address first before solar panels can be installed in the shed.

Location – Solar energy is practically possible everywhere as long as the sun shines brightly above. A shed shaded below by tall trees or other tall structures cannot collect solar rays regardless of the number of installed solar panels. Garden sheds in the open field and well exposed to sunlight are the best candidates than those below the valley. To better determine the solar feasibility of your location, consult a solar map which shows if your specific area is suitable for solar collection.


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Structural Design – Have an expert opinion about the condition of the shed and its strength to hold the weight of the solar panels to be installed. Not all sheds are up to the standards of a solar shack thus it is important to determine if the structure can support not only the panels, but the number of technicians to set the panels in place during the installation process. It is also vital to measure the roof size to establish how many panels can fit, whether large or small. Other factors to consider are the orientation of the roof, where it faces and how the slope is angled. These features greatly influence how the panels are to be installed, whether pointed or downwards, to collect more solar rays. The panels must also be tightly fastened to a stable roof to remain secured in the event of a wind snag.

The Use of Electricity – Once the panels are generating electricity, decide whether the power is for Direct Current (DC) or Alternating Current (AC) use. Do you plan to tie it into the electric grid or use batteries to store the power for later use? With the use of solar cells, the electricity produced is DC already and can be stored in a battery pack. Storing electricity in batteries is cheaper than the other conventional methods.

With the grid, there is the need for the DC to pass through an inverter to produce AC which is more commonly used in household applications. The process steps up in current or voltage to be compatible with the electricity flowing in the grid. An electric meter is provided by the power company to monitor your electric consumption and production. While this method can greatly reduce your electricity bill, it is only reliable while the grid is operating. It means if the power is down, your solar power system is useless. It makes you think about the functionality of storing electricity in batteries.

After considering all these factors, you can decide whether or not to install a solar system for your shed. Contemplating all the benefits that can be derived, you are ready to call the professionals and the power company. Once everything is complete, you can have an uninterrupted power supply. Indeed a convenient setup for garden sheds.


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A New Perspective in Decorating with Antiques

Antiques are not just classy and expensive pieces of furniture. They are time pieces that bring us back in time together with all the memories and happy times that they remind us of. Reinventing and using these pieces to decorate a relaxing abode perfect for the modern day home is not as hard as you think. One does not necessarily have to lean into the traditional and classic design to pull-off a design that will match the regal appeal of antiques. With creativity and a spark of ingenuity, classic pieces like antiques can be mixed and match to achieve a fun and relaxing look for your homes.


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I have always seen a home as a retreat that we can all go through after a tiring day outdoors. It is a secure and relaxing place, a place for intimacy, memories and growth not only individually but as a family. Homes help us live in a certain way. We can go for a relaxing beach appeal for our homes or enjoy the accessibility and comfort a modernly designed abode offers. Adding decorative pieces from the pasts makes an area even more interesting. Here are some tips in adding new light in home decorating with antiques.

It is all about the setting

Achieving a mood that we would want to go home to at the end of the day is one of the major things that we should consider when decorating our homes. It can be an extension of our busy and active life outdoors or a retreat from the fuzz and the buzz of the outside world. Knowing what you want for your home as a theme in general helps you decide on which antique pieces would work well in achieving such ambiance. Homes should be our happy place. And happiness can be defined as simple as having blackout blinds for your windows or a retro side table lamp as the focal point of your living areas.


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Emotional footprints

Emotional footprints or the feeling that we associate with a certain piece of antique furnishing is also important. Does a quilted blanket bring memory of comfort and love from your grandparents? Will your late late grandmother’s stunning bedside drawer remind you of the good old days you got to spend with her? Choose emotional footprints that uplift your spirits, bring back happy memories and allows you to recall your love ones and experiences from the past in a cherishing and vibrant way. Gloomy memories that comes with an expensive painting or painful experiences that certain antique pieces reminds  you should not be welcomed in your home.


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Material and colors

When decorating with antiques, keep in mind the color and material of the items that you will include in your layout. Natural materials and handmade antiques would look well in a tropical designed setting. Wood is also a great material suited for almost any house design in mind. Simple easy shapes that would blend with the new and the old inside your home should be considered in your general home design. As for colors, white walls with wood tones, a few shades of blue and green will keep the look modern yet connected with history and the past.

Decorating, even with antiques can still be fun, funky and colorful with the right blending of materials and coordination among the pieces and memories that you would want to include in your home.

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How to Solve the Biggest Problems with Curtain Rods

Having curtains is a common feature inside homes. It serves as an aesthetic addition to your home and many other purposes including privacy, cold and heat protection. However, just like other home furnishings and accessories, they can sometimes pose a problem and some few risks. Some of the common problems encountered with draperies and curtains are moving traverse rods, looped control cords, stuck and sticking curtain rings and the like.

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Luckily, most curtains, drapes and window blinds do not come with control cords anymore. These proved to be a risky accessory in window treatments because it can cause entanglement in children and home pets. Most modern designed window treatments are now designed with control cords that meet safety standards and some can already function without control cords.

However, curtains rods come with several functional issues. Here are some of the common window treatment problems and easy ways to resolve it.

Window draperies can occasionally open unevenly on both sides or they may not meet in the center when fully closed. Jamming can also be frequent in this kind of set-up which makes your draperies a little awkward. The best option to resolve this problem is to place your rods as close to the ceiling as possible two inches of free access will do. When curtains are hung higher, the curtain rings have no way to interfere with the edges of your window frame.


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Having big windows may require big curtains which may drive away the attention from the focal points in your rooms. Do not be afraid in creating a new focal point for your home areas because this might actually bring a refreshing change and improvement to your rooms. However, if you would want to keep the current them of your home as your main attraction, you can choose a curtain shade close or lighter than that of the color of your wall.

Bay windows on the other hand are considered as one of the window types that is very hard to decorate with curtains. There are actually two curtain options for bay windows. You can hang them on either side before it starts to bay and then install a Roman shade on the inside of every window. Or you can go all curtain on each window, the left side, the area where the windows joins, one on the outside and one where the other windows joins.


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There is also no standard rule when it comes to the length of your curtains. Some prefer floor length curtains to achieve a cleaner and more modern look. Others enjoy having three to four inches of free space from the floor especially with pets around the house.

Getting the correct type of curtain ring and rod for your curtains or drapes is a must. Heavier drapes may require several curtain rings made of heavy duty metal and a sturdier curtain rod to prevent it from sagging. Light-weight curtains on the other hand can have plastic curtain rings or even wooden ones for a contrasting yet interesting look.


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Admiring the Outdoors With Cozy Window Seats

Imagine a day sitting on your window seat while enjoying a sip of your favorite coffee. You see the people outdoors, the maple tree nearby and your dogs running around the yard. You grab your favorite book and start reading it for the fifth time while leaning lazily feet up on your cozy relaxing window seat. However, you realize that you do not have one at home. Too bad, but who say you can’t have one in less than a week or so?

To some adding a window seat is considered impractical. A blockout blind or curtain should be cut shorter to fit the space and it does occupy extra space, a thing some homes lacks. Some also see the project as time-consuming and expensive. However, with a few carpentry skills and a knack for creating something beautiful, having window seats at home bring back a laid-back appeal for your homes, making it an even better place to relax and enjoy. Another plus would be the extra storage and seating space you can have once these window seats are installed.

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Here are the basic steps you can do to be able to create a window seat on your home.


The window seat will occupy the whole bottom of your window up to a portion plus a few feet or extension on both sides. It is ideal to have a C-shaped window seat to begin with. It would be advisable to get 2 cabinets whose lengths are half the length of your window and 2 more as the winged part of your seat. The height would be the height of your floor up to the bottom of your windows. If you prefer having a toe kick for your window seat, you can minus the height of your toe kick to get the height you need for your cabinets.

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The toe kick is not only advisable to keep you from hitting your cabinets but it also allows you to level the area where you area about to install your cabinets. This can be anchored with a couple of screws into the floor or the wall studs. This base will also serve as the base where you can install the cabinets later on.

Check for duct works

Make sure that your window seat will not block any ducts or electrical installation. If it will, it is advisable to hire a professional to re-align your ducting to give way to the window seat.

Assemble the cabinets

You can now assemble the cabinets on the toe kick. It can be screwed or nailed into the base of your perimeter. It is advisable to drill fasteners in between the face frames of the cabinets to achieve a snug fit. Be sure that the face frames are perfectly flush before driving in the screws. Apply paint when done

Add the Upholstery

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You can now add cushions and pillows to dress up your window seats. You can choose a color that compliments with your wall or a striking one to create more interest in the room. You can apply whatever your taste in color or decor for your window seat. The cabinets can be storage for your books or other favorite items that you would want to keep handy while enjoying your time beside your window.

Now you can start the day even better with a place where you can simply lo and behold on the beauty of nature and the outdoors, right at the comfort of your homes, sitting or laid-back on your stunning window seat.

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How to Avoid Bad Feng Shui Inside Your Homes

The start of the Chinese New Year has begun and Feng Shui experts are back on the spotlight sharing interesting facts and trivia on how to keep the good vibes and positive energy inside your homes. From the right paint colors to locating items inside your homes, you can definitely avoid bad luck and negative energy by following these simple tips compiled from different Feng Shui experts.

Feng Shui is all about the balance of the five Taoist elements, namely Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Paint is one of the most common attributes in home design that correlates with these elements.

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The Living Room

In Feng Shui, Fire is represented by the heart. Your living room is considered as the heart of your home. Even without Feng Shui in mind, keeping your living area inviting, bright and lively is already a must. One can do this by providing the right amount of illumination for the indoors and with bright accents to boost the mood inside. Fire colors such as red, purple and shades of red are perfect accents that can stimulate conversation and activity in this area.

The Dining Area

The element of the Earth is represented by the stomach in Chinese Medicine. The dining area is practically the place inside our home where food is served, eaten and digested. The dining room would perfectly look best Feng Shui considered and with the current trends in design in mind with Earthly objects and colors. Tones of gold, terra cotta and other soft colors would work well in this area.

The Bedroom

In Chinese medicine, Metal is represented by the lungs. Best colors for bedrooms are white, cream and soft pastels to create a calming and rejuvenating area to sleep. Bright and big prints on a bedding or drapery are not advisable because it does not promote a restful appeal for any room. It would also be advisable to have 3-day blinds indoor to enjoy private time inside.

The Bathroom

Water on the other hand is represented by the kidneys in Chinese medicine and can be correlated with the bathroom. Painting this room with soft, calm and quiet colors promotes peaceful elimination of waste for a more soothing and relaxing showering or bathing inside. Light blue is also a great color that can be used inside this part of the home.

The Kitchen

The live represents the element of the wood. Wood is used in the kitchen to build fire. It may not be the real deal nowadays since most homes are equipped with gas stoves, but it lies within parallel boundaries. The kitchen should be kept clean since this is where the food is prepared. White walls works best for this area. You can add a few accents of green to introduce the Wood element in this Wood Room in Feng Shui.

Taking these ideas in consideration can be beneficial to improve the positive energy in these areas at home. Applying these tips can harness the potential of a great year for your home this 2016.

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Common Items You’ll Find in Stylish Homes

Everyone loves a stylish home. Being able to live in a relaxing and well put together place that makes most of your friends and the rest of the neighbourhood is more or a personal achievement, especially for homeowners who have managed to pull off such, most especially at a fraction of the cost. Being able to crack the design code teaches a home designer in creating a sophisticated yet efficient home for a family. Spectacular spaces at home have their secrets, and here are the common secret denominators you’ll find inside these stylish homes.

Make your Focal Points Stand out in Confidence

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Create a statement piece in your living room that will automatically draw the eye onto it. This can be an elaborate painting, a queer looking totem pole or a strikingly designed mirror. Budget shouldn’t be an issue since you can actually score a nice feature you can add into a room that will stand out. It can be as simple as an accent wall or a vintage rug hung on your wall.

 Go for Natural Pieces

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Always add something organic inside your homes. Nature is definitely one of the hot trends for this year and you can get a lot of ideas outdoors to make your indoors standout. Make you rooms feel more alive by having a seashell decorated center table. You can either place seashells inside a box like table and cover it with glass or go for the usual potted plants for display indoors. Some homes can even go further to placing large trees or building a home around a tree making their home even more unique.

Offer Versatility with Texture

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Texture is also a very important element in homes. It adds interest and depth in rooms making it a far cry from looking cold and lifeless. However, keeping the balance between clam and interest should be put in consideration to avoid outdoing one over the other. Sheepskin, a beaded pillowcase, rustic furniture and sculptures are just some of the textures you can offer at home. Fur or velvet curtains can also make you achieve that sophisticate vibe for your homes.

Decorate with Memories

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A personal touch makes a home unique and different from the other. Hang pictures or souvenirs of your travels in a wall or neatly arrange your favorite collection in a glass cabinet. Surround yourself with great memoirs that can bring back the most treasured memories you and your family cherish.

Stick with a Design Classic

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A few of the design classics inside your home can offer so much more than you have already imagine. Subway Tiles, Safari Chairs, Eames Furniture and the like are expensive pieces but can prove to be great additions you can have at home. One or two design classics if you would want to keep the modern-contemporary look and feel for your home.

Browsing in between the page of design magazines and actually seeing designer homes can help you identify the accessories and design you can adapt in your home, according to your budget, taste and personal style.