Deal With Dandelions

Soil Type:

Dandelions need sun and light soil to grow well, however they will grow in any type of soil partially recently disturbed soil. So, having deserted the herb garden you will find them everywhere and how they relish it.

How they spread:

After they flower, they produce a seed head that blows on the wind or even a slight breeze. It has been estimated that a seed will travel up to a hundred miles. How they worked that one out, I have no idea. What I do know is that last autumn we had sand on our cars here in Oxford that had blown over from North Africa, so anything is possible. Dandelions are a master of endurance and you may be dismayed of never getting rid of them. However, they are ways of controlling them.

Iron Resolve

Getting rid of Dandelions must be treated as warfare with its goal: total annihilation of the plant. You must approach the task with a harshness and iron will, ferociously obliterating the Dandelion in your garden

How To Control Dandelions:

If they are in your lawn, you may think to your self: I will mow them to death. However, what happens is the dandelion just grow shorter. Keeps it head down, in other words. It was Darwin himself who first noticed this. So mowing is a no goer.

If you are into spraying chemicals, “Roundup” is the best. However, do be aware that “Roundup” will kill any thing that it touches and that includes Oak trees. So when you use it make sure that they is no wind at all.

Pouring boiling water will kill dandelions. You must make sure that you have enough boiling water to soak the plant, root and all. You should see results of this within four hours. The leaves will start to go brown.

Make a mixture of Isopropyl alcohol, that is rubbing alcohol, which can be bought at your local pharmacies. Mix two tablespoons of alcohol with two pints of water: put it in a spray bottle and spray until the Dandelion is dripping wet. The best time of the day to do this is midday on a hot afternoon. The plant will show signs of withering within two hours.

I use a mixture of vinegar and water. The mixture is: two pints of vinegar with a dash of liquid soap and two tablespoons of lemon juice. I put this in a hand help spray bottle and spray dandelions when ever I see them. The plant will die, never to return. However, others will spring up else where in the garden.

Dandelion are very easy to dig out.

The main way of controlling Dandelions is to never let the flowers turn into seed heads.

It Is Not All Bad:

Like every plant, Dandelion does have many uses, none of which I have tried.

Apart from using the leaves in salad one of the more useful ones in my view is extracting rubber from the plant to make tires for motor cars. Yes, you read it right:

Dandelions contain rubber, however before you rush out to your garden you may want to know that British plants do not contain enough to make it worth while. It is the Dandelion grown in Russian that contain the rubber.The milky sap is found in the root of the plant.

Vivid Rugs

Colors

When playing with different rug designs, color is the first element of design to consider. Think about the emotions you want your guests to experience when they enter the room. Instead of all neutral colors to make a tranquil space, use cool blues or soothing emerald shades depending on your style.

No matter what color you decide, make sure to stay with similar color tones and ranges within the room. Stay away from clashing pastels against primary colors.

Texture

Texture is an often overlooked aspect of a room, but its importance should not be ignored. The key to the right texture is draw attention without being a nuisance to the eye. Good texture should balance and flow. Don’t be afraid to incorporate different patterns and fabrics into your space. There are dozens of options to choose from like cozy wool to keep your feet warm, to classic Oriental or Persian.

A new trend in decorating is layering rugs. Layering is a perfect way to bring a large room together. You can use a wider rug with a basic pattern and add a smaller, more elaborate rug on top. Some designers are even layering three rugs for added texture.

Size

Rug prints come in a variety of sizes, but you can categorize them in three general groups: large, medium, or small. Want to know the secret to mixing and matching prints? Pick prints that are different sizes. This may seem counterintuitive. But using several prints of the same size can make your room look busy and cluttered.

Shape

The shapes on a rug can evoke emotions similar to colors. Patterned rugs with rounded, curved shapes will have a different effect compared to proportional figures with straight edges. Use the patterns to your benefit to tie in with the overall theme.

Marble Backsplash Tile

Contemporary kitchen:

If you want to decorate your kitchen in modern style, then you can get hundreds of resources.

Stainless steel is a trendy item. Many designers are applied stainless steel materials in the kitchen. The color and texture of white marble backsplash tile would increase the urban and sophisticated pattern of your house. Some cabinets, matching countertops and stone tiles can add the fad with Grecian white or 3D white marble tile. Some experts say that this can turn a kitchen into a contemporary San Francisco style.

The subway marble tiles look highly precious on the kitchen backsplashes. The white subway marble tiles have the ability to create a perfect base for cherry wood cabinet and granite countertop installation. You can use the medium tone of the wood. This kitchen would be complete with stainless steel appliances, but the wooden appliances may fit with the pattern as well.

Herringbone is another trendy marble tile for the kitchen backsplash. The contemporary designers prefer this style, because of its neutrality and fashion. The herringbone marble tiles have its specification so that you must not think much to beautify the space. Just leave a big space with this category of slabs and install a little basin at the lower center part of the backsplash. This blank would fill the satisfaction quarter of heart. You can design other parts with cabinets, countertops, chimney, lights and flower vases.

Colorful stones:

Applying colorful stones on the backsplash became a modern fashion.
The multi-colored stones can create exclusive backsplashes. You can add some Arabic designs under the cabinet line and plain marble slabs on the floor. Thus, you can create a special style statement. You can paint your cabinets with white colors so that your style can release the array of colors over there. Thus, a motivational kitchen can be established.

Hexagonal lines with multi finish are another type of creative backsplash. The owners can use this mosaic to create the backsplash. Some collections of interlocking mosaics, Oak tiles, and Silver Cube marble backsplash tile have demand in the market. The specifications of this marble tile may increase the beauty and durability of your backsplash. Thus, you may achieve many chances to rejuvenate your home with modern form.

Add Sizzle to Surroundings

Color, Shape and Texture

Today’s candles come in a wide variety of hues and shades, and many add the dimension of shape and texture to their composition. Marbled, frosted, and sculptured candles are widely available in a selection of sizes, shapes and prices–ranging from votives to thick, oversized candles.

If your living areas are frozen in time with a monochromatic color scheme–you know the rooms we mean, they looked oh-so-good on paper until you lived in them for a month–use candles to rescue you from the monotony without the expense of redecorating. Marbled candles are a quick and easy way to work complementary or harmonizing color into the room.

If your home utilizes color well, but lacks excitement, accessorize with textured candles to add pizzazz to the room. Position the candles to create a focal point or to add just the right accent. Marbled candles incorporate several hues and shades of the same color, and variegated candles can tie all of the colors in your décor together.

Sculptured candles provide a warm substitute for expensive knickknacks and require a minimum of space. Add smaller sculptured candles to guest bathrooms along with guest hand towels and guest soaps. It’s the attention to detail that rolls out the welcome mat for guests and creates the ambiance of a memorable stay.

If you’ve never used anything but wax candles, try one of the new gel candles. Gel candles are translucent and their shimmering glow is irresistible to the eye. You’ll find gel candles ready to display in their own attractive glass containers.

Candles and Fragrance

Scented and aromatherapy candles make an excellent choice for the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Consider odor-neutralizing scented candles a necessity for the kitchen when you entertain. They serve triple duty by quickly neutralizing cooking odors, adding a pleasant scent and a touch or warmth. Larger scented candles often include interesting texture, shape and color variation.

Candleholders and Display Options

If you use your patio as a three-season outdoor room, float citronella votives in water on the patio for a lily-pads-in-the-pond effect. You’ll scare away the mosquitoes and other flying irritants at the same time. Place all citronella candles a few feet from the table so that you don’t run off the guests along with the insects.

Votive holders have blossomed into every imaginable shape, including butterflies, bejeweled beveled glass holders, and seascape holders. Many of the votive designs are ideally suited for an outdoor environment.

Hurricane lamps add light and atmosphere to the outdoor table in the evening. Eve lights can produce harsh lighting, and hurricane lamps provide enough light to see without detracting from the atmosphere. When selecting a candleholder for outdoor use, it’s important to select one that shields the flame from the wind, and hurricane lamps provide ample protection from the wind.

If you haven’t seen the newer tea lamp candleholders, you’re not going to believe your eyes. These candleholders are every bit as elaborate and intricate as their electrical counterparts. If you prefer the formal look of a chandelier, consider a chandelier candleholder for a soft, diffused light. The next time a storm or tornado blows through your area, leaving you without electricity, tea lamp, hurricane and chandelier candleholders will be ready and waiting.

Wood Effect Tiles

Installation Costs

Laminates lead the way in terms of cost efficiency. Not too challenging for the average DIY person, they usually sit on a foam underlay and click together. Orientated correctly, trimmed neatly at the walls, and finished with a narrow beading if necessary – the job is straightforward.

If tiling, then doing so on a concrete or screed floor is the simplest option, and therefore the cheapest form of tile installation. If the floor needs some preparatory work, such as levelling out, this work will be needed for both ceramic and wooden floors. However, one would expect a tiler to be significantly quicker than a carpenter thereafter. The wooden planks need to be glued down, and to each other, as well as being cut to shape. Laying a natural wood floor is usually more expensive than floor tiles.

When tiling over joists or old floor boards, it is recommended that a backing board is installed first. This is because if tiling over sheets of ply or the floor boards themselves, the initial shrinkage of the sheets plus regular expansion and contraction with fluctuations in heat will cause movement. Floor tiles will be secured to these surfaces, and are not designed to tolerate such movement.

When installing timber over existing floorboards, the installer must ensure that they are solid, and that the new floor lines up perpendicularly to the old floor. If this is not possible, then the installer must sheet the floor out first. Alternatively, batons must be fixed to the floor first, and then sheeted.

Another consideration which must to be taken into account is the climate. Floor tiles can be laid the day they arrive. With timber, there are recommended moisture parameters for both the substrate and the new planks themselves, which must be adhered to. It is highly recommended that new wood be stored in the room in which it is to be installed for one week prior to fitting, so that it can acclimatise to the ambient temperature of its surroundings.

After all preparation work is carried out, the bill at that point is roughly the same for timber or wood effect tiles. However, the final installation cost will be cheaper if floor tiles are chosen.

Wear, Tear, and Maintenance

Natural wood is often finished with a lacquer or oil on the surface. This will wear over time through everyday use. The higher the level of traffic, the quicker this happens. Unfortunately, it only occurs on the part of the floor where walking occurs, which makes the deterioration all the more obvious.

Moving furniture, dragged toys, the toenails of large dogs, high heels etc. will all dent or scrape the surface of wood. It can fade too, more so in the areas that are subject to the most sunlight, something that will not happen with tiles.

Engineered and solid woods can be refinished at this point, but if left too long, they will need to be sanded down first, and that is a large, complex job.

Laminate floors cannot be sanded. Although they can be tougher than their natural counterparts, once they have worn through, that is the end of them, and they will need to be replaced.

Wood effect floor tiles, once fitted, require no maintenance other than a quick mop. Unless there has been a catastrophic spillage of something significant, such as tar or oil, even grout is not likely to tarnish. And even if it does, there are many cheap, easy to apply, restorative cleaners available on the market, which will bring grout up as good as new.

Water Damage

With wood, a lot of damage can be caused by a small flood from a domestic appliance, or even incorrect mopping and cleaning. As a natural product, moisture can be absorbed from the atmosphere or from standing water. This will cause planks to expand and buckle under the ensuing pressure, or warp out of shape. Splitting, discolouration, and rot can result.

To clean a wooden floor, it is not recommended to dump a bucket of water out into the centre, and then spread it around to get the job done. The water will seep between the joints, and the timbers can sustain irreparable damage.

Some laminates are mounted on water-resistant boards, which are ideal for bathroom or shower areas instead of natural wood.

All wall and floor tiles, by comparison, are manufactured to handle water.

Decorate Your Space With Red Luxury Rugs

Find the Right Rug

Before you decorate your room, start with finding the perfect rug. Consider the natural features in your space such as dark or medium hardwood floors. Do your walls already have a deep red color or are they neutral? Think about these features as you buy your rug. In a perfect world, buying your furniture and your rug at the same time will take a lot of the guess-work out of decorating.

Secondary Colors

Take a close look at your rug and determine what are the dominant colors and patterns. Most crimson colored rugs utilize complementary colors like crème or dark blues and purple. Black is a common secondary color in oriental rugs as well. Take note of these additional colors and use them as accent colors to keep the red from overwhelming the room.

Balance with Neutral Colors

An easy mistake to make when decorating is trying to find the exact shade of red in your rug and match it to the rest of your space. The reasons against this are twofold. First, it is extremely difficult to find reds of the exact same hue. Second, since red is a dominant color it needs neutral shades to help balance.

Black or brown leather sofas or cream chairs with black and red accents do wonders for large or small rooms. If you’re looking to update your wall color, go with a fresh coat of white paint and add artistic black and white photos on the walls. Gold frames are a natural complement to red floor coverings.

Clean Garage Doors

Cleaning Steel Garages

Steel doors are easy to clean and would only require mild cleaning agents or even household cleaners without bleach. Simply dissolve the cleaner or agent with room temperature water and wash the door using sponges or soft bristle brushes. This would remove any dirt or grime without removing the film that coats the door. Remember to rinse the soap from the door to prevent any residues that might damage the door’s film and ruin its durability. Let the door dry completely before applying wax to coat and protect the door. There are some waxes that one might buy from stores or once could use car wax to coat the steel door.

Cleaning Wood Garages

Cleaning wood doors can be tricky as the water might penetrate the wood especially woods that have cracks on its surface. Before cleaning the door, ensure that it is in good condition. Regular cleaning and maintenance would prevent the door from being damaged and would help it last longer. To remove dirt or grime from the door, use a diluted solution of cleanser and water – one cup of concentrated household cleaner without bleach to five gallons of water. Scrub the surface and rinse thoroughly with clear water. Let it dry completely before applying finish coating to protect the wood. For damaged areas, use oil or primer to coat the wood substrate.

Decorate Bedroom Ceilings

Color of the Ceiling: it is always a good idea to tease the eyes with a contrast between the four walls and the fifth one at the top.

·A light colored ceiling is a usual preferred taste amongst people, only the ones who like to experiment with their décor and arrangements usually like to color the top ceiling with bold and bright colors.

 Size of the Room: The size, placement and the cut of the room plays and imperative role in defining how much decor should go on the top.

  • A clean cut rectangular room can be easily divided into 2 separate sections with multi layered false ceiling that are dim lit at the sides and heavy lit at the center with a big royal chandelier.
  • An attic bedroom ceiling can be layered with wooden or marble cut blocks to make it look big and have a free air flow.

Symmetry: The Ceiling décor and the floor decor symmetry should always go hand in hand, with the Bed centrally placed in the middle of the room and roof divided into similar yet separate cut pieces of decoration.

If the ceiling is done with gypsum, it offers even better light flow to the entire room.

A rounded false modern ceiling can totally match a rounded oval bed both placed in opposite directions to add contrast to the bedroom.

Plaster of Paris ceiling are loved worldwide and accepted by all. Some of the ways to use POP for decorating are shared below.

  • Decorate your ceiling with low hanging popped-out false roofs with POP geometrical designs. You can use hanging lights in a corner with heavy decorated fans in the middle
  • POP Honey comb design patterns on the top with small dim lights would add more space to your bedroom
  • Big rounded and bright colored glass paintings at the ceiling with lights at the background can add a very graceful look to your bedroom ceiling
  • A day or a night view of the universe. Or a galaxy themed wallpaper or paint can make the entire room look larger than life.
  • Dark themed ceiling with receding/hanging lights on the sides of the pillow tops can add a lot of symmetry giving your bedroom a very graceful look. One can also try a rectangular or a square based low hanging fan in the middle of the room.
  • A concave cut ceiling is the best copy of the palace look; with lights holders exactly to match your bedroom curtains and bedside lamps.

Contemporary Style Garage Doors

Modern Garage Doors for Modern Architecture

Made from aluminum, glass, and even wood, contemporary garage doors give a clean, uncluttered, and simple look. Designed with sharp, 90-degree angles and straight lines, this door style is sleek and sophisticated. The most popular styles feature an aluminum frame with frosted glass, acrylic, or polycarbonate insets. Aluminum frames are typically anodized in natural, bronze, or black; however, almost any color frame is available. Hardware is typically minimal to maintain the style’s sleek lines. Besides these basic framed styles, modern roll-up doors are also popular in real wood. Although wood doors are more expensive than other options, some homes call for this style. Contemporary hardwood doors may have metal insets of copper, stainless steel, or painted aluminum, with wood species including cedar, cypress, teak and mahogany.

Bringing Contemporary Garage Doors Inside

Although businesses have used indoor roll-up doors for decades, this feature has only recently become popular in residential design. Where French or Arcadia doors were once the only way to merge indoors and outside, glass roll-up doors are now an architectural feature of choice. Create indoor-outdoor living space, frame in a courtyard, or use this technique to open up a loggia to the great outdoors. Inside the house, use a glass rolling door to separate living/dining and other areas without sacrificing light or visually shrinking the space the way a wall would. Because most homeowners don’t want the unsightly motors of automatic door openers hanging inside the home, garage doors used inside must be carefully counterbalanced and properly maintained to ensure easy operation.

Cool Accessories for Contemporary Doors

Contemporary garage doors are already pretty cool, but some fun new accessories up the awesome factor even more. Door hardware includes clavos (nail heads), hinge kits, pulls, and shutter dogs in stainless steel, carbon steel, or aluminum. Although some of these touches may be too fussy for ultra-modern architecture, designers use them today in non-standard ways that add a high degree of visual interest. There are also several fun new mechanical accessories that fit the modern ethos of this door style. New remote control devices allow you to use wifi and your Smartphone to open and close garage doors from anywhere in the world and to alert you when the door is used. Improved access controllers use fingerprint and even retinal scan technology to protect the home from unwanted entry. Battery backup units, surge protectors and the ability to program openers to turn on house lights, temperature controls and music when you get home are quickly gaining in popularity.

Basement Foundation

If your foundation does not have an adequate water drainage system to drain excess water and you do not have a sufficient water barrier on the exterior basement walls, you will have a damp or soggy basement and subsequently, this will lead to mold.

In basement foundations, water infiltration is controlled with perimeter drainage systems tied to either a sump pump or daylight drain and a waterproof membrane either sprayed on or mechanically affixed to the perimeter walls.

Although basements are popular with a great many people, they are not always feasible. In Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, etc. – sub-surface water is too close for portions of the year to control the possibility of water infiltration to the basement. So in these areas the preferred foundation has become the slab-on-grade.

Slab-on-grade is a foundation where you pour a mattress of concrete (usually with thickened portions at the perimeter and at interior load bearing locations). These are typically 4-6 inches thick and are both very economical and reliable and the easiest to control water issues with. They are preferred when dealing with low-bearing capacity soils and areas with water tables close to the surface (less than 10 feet). You will notice if these are the predominant type of foundation in your area. just look at the building lots in your area when construction begins and you will see what type of foundation is there.

Another issue with basement foundations or crawl-space foundations is the bearing capacity of the underlying soil and the expansiveness of the soil. Expansive soils expand as the take on moisture. If not accounted for, they can destroy a foundation is short order because of the pressures they exert on the concrete. They require special attention to drainage, backfill and sometimes the addition of caissons drilled into rock to support the walls. The caissons are drilled down to rock and the walls are supported on the caissons with a void underneath to allow for expansion of the soils. In any event, most basement foundations will have a concrete slab for the floor.

Another issue that is important to the safety and health of your family is to plan to mitigate Radon. Radon gas is now recognized as a very serious threat to the health of those who endure long-term exposure. It has been linked to lung cancer and other serious illnesses. It is also present in about 80% of the country. So you need to incorporate systems to mitigate its presence in the foundation.

Lastly, if the foundation is not laid out square, you will have problems with framing the upper portions to a square condition and thus problems with interior finishes etc. It is important to pick a competent and diligent concrete contractor to build the foundation and it even more important to have an engineer design the foundation to ensure that the proper type of foundation is put in place on the site you have chosen. Visit the American Concrete Institute website for further information.