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How to Make Your Shed Match Your Home with Colorbond

Shade Sails

Not every suburban home has a shed in the backyard, but where this is possible there are many advantages, from extra storage space for the lawnmower, kids bikes and golf clubs to a place to work from when you are doing DIY projects. You can even clean it up for a teen’s birthday party or make it into a playroom for the children.  You could sit there and do your own hobbies while they play.

But one thing you would probably be concerned about is what the shed looks like. If you have a house you are proud of, adding any kind of old shed will only devalue your property. That is why it is important to take care with the design and the materials used. Don’t find some cheap material that is half worn out already for your shed. A new shed should be built with new materials so it looks spick and span, not like an old wreck.

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Different Types of Fencing Needed For a New Block

Different Types of Fencing

Many people choose a new block of ground to build their home on for various reasons. It may seem cheaper to build your own home than to buy one that is already built, and you can design it to suit your lifestyle. However there will be additional costs and fencing is one of them.

Not everyone has handyman skills, so fencing contractors will be needed to put up the fences that are needed. These will vary depending on the size of your land and what you intend to have on it. If you have pets, you will need to have a fence that will keep them in, particularly dogs; cats can usually jump over any kind of fence unless it is a high, security type.

Here are the different types of fences you may need.

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The Best and Worst Carpet Piles to Clean

Carpet Cleaning

When it comes to carpet cleaning there is more to consider than the material it is made from, although that too, is important.  You might go for wool or a wool and nylon blend because wool tends to hide the dirt and nylon offers ease of cleaning. Or you might choose all nylon because it is stain resistant and easy to clean so your carpet cleaner will always do a good job. And some people simply choose a carpet based on the price and colour.

However, if you don’t choose a carpet based on your lifestyle requirements and to suit the traffic areas of your home, you may end up with a floor covering that is either difficult to clean or doesn’t last nearly as long as you expected. Or in the case of olefin, you might find all your best cleaning efforts are of no avail because it always wicks up more soil to the surface.

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How to Choose Fencing to Suit Your Lifestyle

Choose Fencing

When it comes to the question of fencing for your block of land, it is important to choose a style to suit your lifestyle. While the choice may be somewhat restricted by council regulations, there is sure to be some kind of leeway to allow you to choose a fence that will suit both the property and your needs.

Before contacting fencing contractors, think about what you need that fence to do for you. Here are some suggestions: –

  • Provide security from break-ins
  • Keep children and pets inside
  • Match the style of your home
  • Be decorative enough to give street appeal on the front boundary
  • Provide privacy on the other boundaries
  • Keep foot traffic off the lawn
  • Designate areas for vehicle access
  • Enclose garden areas, especially vegetable gardens
  • Keep pets off certain sections
  • Simply mark the boundaries

Once you know what the fence is to do, you’ll have a better idea of the kind of fence that you need. For instance, if you want to keep pets off the vegetable garden, you’ll need to have wire netting that goes right into the ground so that dogs can’t dig a hole under it.  Cats are rather more difficult to contain since they can climb and jump over fences without much trouble. However, older cats or those that are overweight may be kept away by a netting fence.

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10 Ways to Update Your Home Design

Kitchen Design

There is no doubt about it, home design has improved exponentially over the last several years. This means that many homes built over a decade ago will be lagging behind not only in looks but in efficiency and even in value, if they have not been upgraded since then. This can be especially noted in the kitchen, which is the hub of the home and needs to be streamlined and efficient for today’s busy lifestyle.

If you are feeling irritated with your kitchen design where nothing seems to be in the right place, here are some tips to help you update it.

  • Replace that short, narrow splashback with one that reaches as high as it can go for your particular design. It can be a decorative feature done with bespoke tiles, or choose the design for the pattern and allow the colour to merge in with the rest of the walls.
  • If you have a landline phone nook in your kitchen, you’ll probably want to replace it with a mobile device charging station, like all the most modern kitchens have, with all the cords kept hidden away.

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How a Pergola can be used with Shade Blades

Pergola with Shade Blades

When it comes to pergolas, Perth residents are experts on knowing how to use them to the best advantage. A pergola is a delightful addition to the home, increasing its value for relatively little cost. It can be used in many ways and positions to give residents a place to relax outside that has a little shelter when needed.

The addition of shade blades will increase the usage of this simple structure as they can provide shelter from light rain, hot sun and to some extent, the wind. What exactly are shade blades? They are long, narrow blades installed on the roof of the pergola that can be opened or shut. When open, they let in more sun, and facilitate the removal of hot air that may gather under the roof.

When shut, they keep out all the sun and any showers. The narrow channel running along the edge of the blade allows light rain to run off. However, should that shower turn heavy, the channel is not deep enough to take it away before it runs over, so shade blades don’t make the pergola completely weatherproof.

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The Disadvantages and Advantages of Having a Pool

Swimming Pool

Many people would consider the biggest disadvantage of owning a pool to be the amount of cleaning necessary to ensure the water is safe to swim in. If you’ve been put off owning a pool for this reason, consider also getting one of the automatic pool cleaners available on the market today.

Having an automated cleaner can make a big difference to the amount of work required for pool maintenance. In fact, some can be set to come on automatically at a specific time so you don’t even have to worry about switching it on. You can set and forget that pool cleaner and in the morning your pool will be in excellent condition ready for use.

Another disadvantage is the safety factor. While we often hear of drowning in the backyard pool, if you have the right kind of safety fence and gate, the danger is almost eliminated.  No little toddlers can reach up high enough to open the gate. And you can take your children to swimming lessons when they are quite small, to make it even safer.

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Multi Head Split System vs. Single System Air Conditioner

Multi Head Split System

Statistics show that Australia in general has a love affair with air conditioners and why wouldn’t we when temperatures soar into the 40s and 50s Centigrade each summer? With this summer being the hottest for some time, many more people are turning to the split system air conditioner to get a little coolness into their homes.

That brings up the question; which is better, a single split system or a multi head system? Since most people understand the single split system has one outside unit consisting of a compressor and fan, and one inside head, usually up on the wall, let’s take a quick look at the multi head system.

The multi-head system, as its name suggests, has from 2 to 7 heads that can be on the wall or in other positions, but only one outside unit. This is a bigger, stronger compressor than the single system since it has to run more inside heads. For this reason, you can’t just add extra heads to your single system as it’s not strong enough to make them work.

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Where to get the Best Home Renovation Advice

Home Renovation Advice

If you are looking for home renovation advice there are many ways to get it. However, you should first have some idea of what kind of renovation you want to do and what your budget is. An extensive home renovation and upgrade can cost quite a lot, while a smaller one is, naturally enough, more affordable. If you have to choose, pick the one that will enhance your lifestyle the most if you are staying in the home for some years.

If you want to renovate in order to sell, it’s wise not to go overboard with fancy additions that may put the cost of the home up further than others in the neighbourhood. For instance, if no other homes in your street have a pool, then adding one may not be in the best interests of the sale. Why? It limits the potential buyers to those who want a pool.

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Machinery You May Need to Hire for Your Property Renovation

plant hire

Renovating a property is an exciting task as you work towards your long term goal and vision for a completely renovated home and property. In most cases you will need to consider plant hire, unless you have more muscle than most builders and renovators. Plant and equipment hire will help you out considerably, doing all the hard work while you sit there and watch.

If your block is not dead level, you’ll probably need to level some areas off for paths, a new veranda or extension, the driveway, a rainwater tank or landscaping. Even for a new fence you may need a machine to dig the post holes. Here is a list of machinery for hire that you may want to consider.

  • Augers – these are used for drilling holes in the ground, so are useful for post holes for that new fence. Be sure you know where underground pipes and cables are before you start.

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How to Make Your Landscaping Efforts Sustainable

Make Landscaping Efforts Sustainable

Landscaping will make your property look amazing and add value to your home. But it can cost a lot in terms of both finances and using up the earth’s resources. If you are into sustainability and want to be as eco friendly as possible with your garden design, here are some tips to help you.

  • Choose low maintenance plants. These are plants that don’t need a lot of water and that are also hardy when it comes to frosts, droughts and hot weather. With a low maintenance garden you won’t have to use up the earth’s water supply or watch your precious plants droop and die. It’s also a lot easy on you physically, as such plants are perennials that don’t need replacing every season.
  • Use a lot of organic mulch. This can prevent the garden soil from drying out and keep plant roots cool, which they love. Organic mulch comes from something that was once a plant, not from pebbles or rocks. Grass, leaves, straw and even wood chips are organic mulch.

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Home Renovations That Add Value Over the Years

Home Renovations

Some of the best home renovation advice is to avoid fads and go for classic renovations that won’t date. So how can you know what is a fad?  It is usually brightly coloured and jumps out at you. It doesn’t really add value to your lifestyle in any way and it fades in popularity after a few years. That said, the latter won’t help you if you’ve jumped in and included it in your design when it first came out.

However, you will be able to identify and remove it, then you’ll have learned to wait a while before doing the next in thing. Here are some fads to avoid.

  • Brightly coloured walls or a feature wall that is too dazzling. Both make a space look smaller and because they are busy, they take away from the calm relaxation you should be able to feel when you walk into a room. There is nowhere to rest your eyes and hence, your brain, when the wallpaper jumps out at you or if a colourful feature wall is looming up from the end of the room. That’s not to say you can’t have a feature wall, but it should be done tastefully and in a colour that complements the rest of the room. Classic colours such as white and neutrals allow you to have fun with accent colours and they don’t go out of fashion.

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Sustainability in Roofing Choices

Zincalume

If you are upgrading your home with a new roof you may want to consider choosing building advice that is environmentally friendly if you are into living a conservation lifestyle. There are several options for roofs, but some don’t fall into the sustainability sector for one reason or another. What is needed is to choose a roof that has eco-friendly properties while still being affordable.  Here are some options to consider.

  • Tiles – tiles are made from clay, cement or slate. These materials are plentiful, so using them will not degrade the earth’s resources too much. They also have long lasting properties, many lasting for 50 years or more. The only trouble is that they are quite heavy and require much more framing to support them than steel roofing and this uses more timber.  Since each tile must be fixed individually and only covers a small area, putting them on takes quite some time and this will cost more in labour.

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How to Create a Mini-Bali at Home

Balinese outdoor furniture

If you’ve been to Bali for a holiday you probably didn’t want to come back home at the end of it. Many people fall in love with the friendly people, the culture, lifestyle and food and go back again and again to enjoy it. They even love the Balinese outdoor furniture that is so different from what they are used to, yet allows them to truly relax during their holiday.

If you have felt like that at the end of your travels, why not create a mini-Bali at home? Here’s how: –

  • Create an outdoor space for relaxing in and purchase Balinese style outdoor furniture from a store that imports it.
  • Purchase some Bali flags and statues to decorate the garden.
  • If you live in a tropical area you’ll also be able to grow similar exotic plants and flowers.
  • If you live in an area too cool for tropical plants, buy a few fake ones; these days they look real enough.

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9 Advantages of Shade Sails

Shade Sails

When you live in a hot, sunny environment, shade is an important factor in keeping cool. Being able to access shade is essential to stay healthy and prevent dehydration and sunburn. These days, shade sails are preferred in many applications to provide shade before greenery such as trees for many reasons.

  • Sails offer ‘clean’ shade. That is, they don’t drop leaves, sticks or flowers over the shaded area. This is an important point if the sail is over the end of a swimming pool, since no one wants their pool inundated by unwanted debris that can alter the pH of the water and send you scuttling for the pool scoop.
  • The shade provided by sails is even. Trees and other plants provide dappled shade, which means there are spots where sun gets in. If you lay out in dappled shade, you’ll get sunburned. Sail material does let through a small amount of sunlight, but it is more even and there is less likelihood of getting badly burned.

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6 Eco Friendly Landscape Construction Trends

Eco Friendly Landscape

Traditional landscaping construction trends have not always been eco-friendly. For instance, lovely swathes of green lawn not only takes a great deal of water to keep in shape, it also takes a lot of fertiliser and in some cases pesticide to prevent insects ruining the lawn. In addition, many of our gardening techniques and even some of the traditional plants are derived from Britain, where there is rarely a shortage of water; more like the opposite.

In Australia the climate is hot and dry for the most part and so those landscaping techniques that require a lot of water are not suitable for our environment. Here are some eco friendly trends to follow for those who want to add to the environment rather than take from it.

  • Look for a landscaping company that follows sustainable practices. They should replace poor soil with quality soil so your plants grow better without the need for chemical fertilisers that tend to push plants into making sappy growth that insect pests love and gardeners spray with pesticides, another poison.

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Home Renovation Advice for Flippers

Home Renovation Advice for Flippers

If you are into purchasing homes to renovate and sell at a profit, you have to be ever more careful with your budget so it’s important to get home renovation advice from the experts. Then at the end of the day you will actually get something back – and hopefully, enough to make the whole deal worthwhile, otherwise you’ll be wasting time, effort and money, not to mention going backwards financially.

It’s important to start from the end and work backwards when working out your budget. Know what good homes like the one you are buying are bringing in that location so you’ll get a good idea of what you’ll get when you sell.  Then you can subtract the buying price and what you’ll spend on renovations. If your sums don’t add up to a profit, don’t buy that flipper, or find ways to save on the renovations needed.

Once you know it’s a good prospect for a flipper, you can go ahead with peace of mind and enjoy the challenge of renovating. That brings us to the question, what kind of renovations bring the best return for investment?

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