Just as fashions change, so too do trends in home decor, and for people who enjoy the DIY project, the changing trends are always an opportunity to tinker around and modernise the environment. With 2019 shaping up to be a particularly interesting year for decor trends, there’s going to be plenty to do to keep yourself busy. Some of the key trends to keep in mind when planning your own projects include: 1. Metal is back in vogue Metal as an aesthetic choice ebbs and flows in popularity..
When it comes to energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, nothing comes close to a home that makes effective use of the most powerful energy source we have: the sun. Designing an energy-efficient solar home is about much more than just solar panels, though. You’ll also need to consider the orientation of your home, how well windows make use of heat and light, and the layout of the rooms inside. So if you’re looking to use the sun as effectively as possible and create an energy-effic..
Clean tile grout is a secret behind a neat tile floor, walls and backsplashes. While tiles resist stains and dirt, since grout is porous, it can easily absorb dirt and get stained. Grout is usually stained by dirt and grime at an entry. Generally, in the kitchen, spills are the most causes of dirty grout while in the bathroom, the soap, mildew, and mould usually give a dirty appearance to it. But don't worry, if hiring professional cleaning services is not an option, we have a sure-fire w..
After you are all done with the linings of the ceiling and the plastering of the internal walls, waterproofing is usually the next step. You will need to waterproof your bathroom, laundry, kitchen, and powder room. You may decide to waterproof your basements (if you have one). Australian homeowners, over time, have been victims of damage caused by waterproofing systems installed incorrectly. And to fix this, the waterproofing requirements have continued to evolve. DIY Waterproofing If y..
Do you have a leaky tap at home that is dripping or difficult to close? In most cases, a leaky tap is the result of a faulty washer. The good news is this is something a home handyman can take care of by following the right steps on how to change a tap washer. Now, it is possible you have a “washerless,” tap – that is a tap with a ceramic disc mechanism, a ball or a cartridge, although it's unlikely as washerless taps rarely drip. Your tap uses a ceramic disc mechanism if you open a..
Anyone who has walked into a brand new kitchen thinks to themselves: "Wonderful!" But they also wonder what that beautiful kitchen renovation cost. How much to renovate a kitchen? Well, how long is a ball of string? You get the point. Of course, it's really just a matter of what you consider a kitchen renovation to be. Are you going to finally replace a few dilapidated features from the 1960s? Is that major overhaul going to be done on as tight a budget as possible? Or are you going to go..
Knickknacks and spare belongings pile up over the years, leaving homes disorganized and cluttered. Looking at full closets and covered counters can leave you stressed and overwhelmed. However, taking steps to simplify your living space can give you a sense of freedom and control. When clutter takes over your life, it can increase stress and disrupt attention as your mind works to filter out the many objects. Besides overloading your senses, a busy house can make life complicated and incon..
As decisions go, choosing a mortgage lender is a pretty important one, and could potentially have a significant impact on your bank account. In the age of consumer choice, there’s more to securing the best possible home loan than hunting down the lowest available interest rate, although it does help. Whether you’re borrowing for the first time or refinancing for a lower rate, taking a few extra steps in the process could save you a bad headache further down the road. Consider your situa..
Updating your home can bring your house to a whole new level with better design, more room or new appliances. According to the National Association of Realtors' 2017 remodeling impact report, 75 percent of homeowners have an increased desire to be in their home after they've remodeled, showing the personal payoff is there. Even small remodels are worth the effort, but they can get out of hand quickly. Certain mistakes can cause your project to cost unexpected time, money and stress. But i..