Estimating Roof Price

Materials

Materials will be one of the biggest factors involved in calculating your roof price and while it is possible to reduce the cost by using different types of material you have to remember that this can often lead to a false economy. If using a different material means a saving of 10% on your roof price, but the material will last 30% less time then your best option is to choose the more expensive material. Obviously it is important that you select materials that are hard wearing and good looking where required but are also cost effective. You should have selected a roofing contractor that you have some faith in and discussing the particular materials with him or her will usually give you the answers you are looking for.

Labor

Labor cost may vary slightly from one contractor to another but not by very much and it is certainly unlikely to be an area that can be negotiated. Within your roof price will be charges for all laborers including the people who strip your roof and load the skip. Any preliminary work you can do yourself is always advisable and if you are able

Crawl Space Ventilation

If vents are far enough below grade, the dirt can block the openings so air will not circulate. The vents will not ventilate! When home inspectors see this condition, if vents cannot be fixed by removing or grading soil, the inspector will probably recommend that the client put in vent wells. The most simple vent wells consist of frames made from pressure-treated lumber. However, metal or plastic vent wells, specially made for the purpose, can be purchased at building supply stores. The well is dug into the soil, in front of the vent and deeper than the vent, so there is an opening in front of and below the vent. Personally, I like to see the well dug a few inches deeper than the vent, then the space filled with pea gravel up until about 2″ below the vent.

Another issue is that often people block the vents in an unconditioned crawl space. Although this is sometimes justified in winter, when there is a danger to pipes from severe temperatures, in Washington State blocked vents in an unconditioned crawl space are defined by the Washington State Department of Agriculture as conducive to attracting wood destroying organisms. A

Types of Toilets

Basically, toilets can be broken into two groups–the basic water closet, water flush variety where you sit and then flush and the squatting pan which is created for people to squat over. Because people can’t always make up their minds, however, there is actually a toilet that is called the WC health that combines the benefits of both these types into one neat package. Sit if you want, squat if you want, it’s all in one.

We have come a long way from the garderobes which were literally a plank of wood with holes cut out and a chute to take the waste down to the ground and chamber pots which had to be emptied daily (and you think your job is bad), or simply squatting wherever you were–which made for free fertilizer but still. We also have it in our minds that throwing waste outside into the street is not something that is hygienic!

Now we have two piece flush toilets with an attached tank, one piece flush toilets that have an all in one concept and the squatting pans of various sizes and shapes for those who wish to squat. Squatting pans are used

Waterproofing Basement Walls

Unless you have several basement leaks, a flooded basement or other more serious foundation issues, you may be able to do the work yourself and come out with a dry basement. Now, if you do have severe water problems in your basement then don’t even think of doing the work yourself. Get several bids from professional contractors and have them waterproof the basement professionally. You will be very happy you did.

To get started on doing the work yourself, you’ll first want to do a visual inspection. Where is the moisture or water in the basement coming from? The most common cause is through cracks in the walls and foundation, but there can be other reasons as well. Believe it or not, I had a friend who complained of having water in the basement and it turned out to be the excess condensation from his air conditioner that caused it! This is why you want to get to the root source of the problem first.

Before waterproofing basement walls you will want to have a smooth clean surface. Clean off any dirt and remove loose mortar or excess concrete from the walls.

Next, repair any

Budget Garden Sheds

Size

Sheds are usually measured in feet and inches, and are produced in many different shapes and sizes. The most popular sizes are 6×4, 7×5 and 8×6. As these sheds are manufactured on a big scale by a wide range of producers, they tend to cost less than more unusual sizes.

Wall construction

Shed walls can be divided into two main types: overlap and shiplap. Overlap sheds are the easiest to produce, and therefore the most cost-effective option. Their walls are made up of horizontal overlapping planks which form a series of sloping surfaces, like tiles on a house roof. This simple but effective design lets rain quickly flow off the shed walls before it gets a chance to soak into the timber. An advantage of this design is that if an individual plank gets damaged, you can quickly slot a new one in place without having to disturb any surrounding boards.

Shiplap sheds have a higher price tag but are sturdier and more weatherproof. This is because the wall planks are shaped to tightly interlock with each other. They also have an extra lip, or groove, between each panel to help rainwater run

Technological Advances in Windows and Doors

Historically speaking, windows and doors were primarily manufactured using wood materials. While wood is strong and looks great, it also requires a great deal of maintenance. If wood isn’t treated properly, moisture will eventually begin to penetrate the surface and more likely than not, cause it to break down and rot. Typically speaking, wood windows and doors should be re-painted every 3-5 years. Depending on the size of a house, this can be a costly and time consuming process. Unfortunately, when this maintenance schedule is neglected, the associated costs increase exponentially.

This is why home improvement industry experts agree that selection of windows and doors is one of the three most important decisions a consumer makes when restoring an older home, or building a new one. Choosing the right window can increase the life and energy efficiency of a home dramatically and at the same time creating a unique and awe-inspiring look.

Today’s window marketplace offers more choices than ever before and it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. In order to combat the maintenance issue of wood materials, window and door companies began offering units with a clad exterior during the

Preparing Doors for the Winter Season

When you prepare for winter, if you don’t already have these items in place then you might want to consider it for heat retention in the home.

  • Insulation – roof insulation is easily obtainable. It is a soft thick type of spongy substance that is laid on the inside of the ceiling. This layer of insulation will contain the heat inside the home. If you think back to your school science days, you will remember that hot air rises. This hot air usually leaves through the ceiling and the roof. It also prevents the very cold air from entering the house through the roof and the ceiling. It has a double function in keeping your house warm.
  • Underfloor heating – this can only be used for certain floor surfaces such as under tiled floors. But check with the supplier if you decide on this option. Underfloor heating can only be considered if you are planning on revamping your floors. If you are retiling or putting in new floors then underfloor heating could be an option. This process has to be done before your floor tiles are laid.
  • Minimising open spaces – if you have rooms that don’t have doors,

Rustic Modern Interiors

Incorporating rustic elements into our homes in a casually sophisticated ways such as using an antique door as a headboard. The key here is the display. Open up the doors so that the two door panels hand on either side of the frame and hang a beautiful iron lantern to complete the design. Simple iron nightstands and a long trunk at the end of the bed with hand woven artisan crafted bed linen. The idea is to be understated. Rustic patina mirrors sit over a long dresser with a contemporary modern chair defines the look.

Salvaged arches make phenomenal floor mirrors mix with plush upholstery, industrial chairs, and lots of vintage white. The reclaimed old door coffee table and fire console give the right amount of texture to an otherwise modernistic room. A bright yellow carved armoire against the white wall gives the pop of color. Rustic furniture mixed with modern functional chairs with clean lines gives the sophisticated edge. Sophisticated design mixes with a rustic white door dining table and leather chairs.

The kitchen is more towards a rustic industrial style with steel framed windows. White paint and granite counters keep the modern edge contrasting

Designing a Home That Heals

We talk of chakras and the flow of energy that keeps our bodies balanced, the same comes true to our home as well. Each corner and direction reverberates with a certain color frequency and pulsates with a life force.

The living room and bedroom inspire a feeling of calmness and tranquility over bright colors. Vintage mandala lotus carved credenza and chakra carved buffets, subtle patinas and lustrous sheer soft curtains create an ambiance of relaxed tranquility.Cozy bedrooms with arched doorways, living rooms decorated with carved panels, your home is a reservoir of energy. Beautiful aged wood and washed textures enhance each space going to the source and connecting with old world traditions. Your home is beautiful and the source of all joy. Guided with energy balance techniques and antique carvings your home attracts love, luck and prosperity in abundance.

Vintage rustic carved woods create a balance between all the latest gadgetry and sophisticated appliances. Earthing grounding antique doors used as headboards or office den doors, carved with ancient symbols of good luck and protection, the patinas and the studded metals telling stories of the past. Rustic sophistication and a relaxed air of going back to the