Ok so maybe you should not have tried to impress your mates by throwing a heavy glass bottle at full force towards a gyprock wall. Now you have a gaping hole in your previously flawless dining or living room wall. If you rent, this is the last thing you want your landlord to see. If you own, this is the last thing you want to see when you come how to relax in your once immaculate living or dining room. However fear not as gyprock walls were made to be extremely easy to repair and restore.

Our average Sydney Handyman repairs about ten of these holes a week, whereas our Brisbane Handyman might do three or so a week. It’s not always a thrown bottle. Often the leg of a moving piece of furniture is the culprit. Whatever the cause, if patched up correctly no one will ever suspect such a hole ever existed. The cost of repairing such a hole, say the size of a fist, varies. A handyman might charge as little as $200, whereas a plasterer might charge as much as $600. Some brave individuals might attempt to repair the hole themselves and this can be done for about $100 worth of materials.

For those who do decide to DIY this issue, here are few tips to make it all work.

Firstly watch the many videos available on the topic on websites such as YouTube to decide which of a few methods is for you. Once you have decided on the method, watch the video a couple of times at least, listening and watching carefully as technique is discussed or demonstrated.

Plastering is a messy affair. Cover nearby carpets, surfaces and furniture with plastic and sheeting.

Make sure the area that you are plastering is both clean and dry and the surrounding gyprock is in good condition. Make sure that all your tools are clean and in particular that the bucket you might mix any dry powdered plaster or product, if you chose not to use a premix, is clean and has no remains of other product stuck to it. Make sure all scrapers and other tools you might use are clean.

If you are not using a premixed product always add the plaster to the water and not the other way around. This gives you a higher degree of control in mixing to the right consistency. Make sure that there are absolutely no lumps whatsoever in the mix once it is ready.

Remove loose and hanging bits of the plasterboard from around the hole you are going to plaster up.

If you are going to use plasterers tape to initially cover the hole. to set the plaster on, make sure the tape is on firmly and this means there is a reasonable overlap of the tape onto the intact plasterboard. This ensures that when the plaster is applied the tape will not come loose.

Try to apply the plaster neatly and flush with the wall but leave a small amount of plaster protruding to finally sand to a perfect finish.

However if you feel that doing this yourself is too much, call a plasterer or an experienced handyman firm such as Ontime Handyman and they will do the job for you.

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Bathroom renovations: 5 things you will need to know

So you’ve decided that now is the right time to jump into the renovation world to get that dream bathroom that you have always wanted. Great!

Bathroom renovations can be a hugely rewarding prospect for those who take the plunge, providing them with not just a brilliant living space, but the added financial jump into the property’s value, as well as the greater convenience that comes with the end product.

Bathroom renovations are not all smooth sailing, however. Things can go wrong, issues can arise, and for those who aren’t across every aspect of the industry, a few things will definitely surprise you.

So it’s good to know, or at least have a rough idea, of what you’ll be getting yourself into when you decide to jump into your big bathroom project.

In this article, we’ve gone through the main things you’ll both need to keep an eye on and consider when going through the bathroom renovation process. All of these points will require your best tool, research, as well as a little bit of foresight into planning and organising around what will be a very substantial project.

Go in knowing what you want

Whether you are doing it yourself, or using a contractor or a renovation company, understanding what you ultimately want out of your bathroom renovation will assist you immeasurably straight off the bat.

This isn’t to say that you should have a detailed list of every single aspect of your dream bathroom, but at least a general idea.

Some things that you can ask yourself that may help with this are:

What kind of vanity are you looking to get?
Are you decided on tiling?
Will you have a separate shower, or a shower-over-bath?
Will the plumbing need to be reinstalled new?
What little features or accessories would you like in your new bathroom?

These questions, and many more about specific features in the bathroom when it’s completed, will at least help you to browse, discuss, and share your ideas. This is important as there is nothing worse than feeling helpless or unsure during the renovation process, and for the DIY enthusiasts out there, will minimise problems and mistakes that may arise.

Know your price range

The price range for a typical, medium sized bathroom renovation can fluctuate from anywhere between $15,000 and $50,000. Depending on what your ideal bathroom will become, the price can even go higher, with the more luxurious renovations topping well over $125,000.

Whilst the larger figures can sound daunting, knowing your budget and proper preparation can help to keep it to a manageable level. Truth is, too, that you can still get a great looking, modern bathroom, without facing the prospect of spending the equivalent of a home deposit.

Having an idea of what you want to do with your bathroom will help with this tremendously, as you will be able to itemise and budget properly. If you were struggling with the first point in this article, it might help to go into a store that specialises in bathroom fixtures and fittings, just to get a rough idea on what you will be looking at in terms of cost.

Logistical planning

Whilst it’s worth it in the end, the fact is that bathroom renovations, even of a smaller scope, can be hugely disruptive to the way that you use your own home. In some cases, especially when new plumbing is required, the bathroom will pose very little use to anyone, and having a plan for how you can retain some sense of liveability will go a long way.

Little things such as pre-organised and proper garbage disposal areas, like a hire skip, or even planning around water and gas (if you have gas heating) shutdowns, will help to minimise the effects of this sometimes long-term disruption.

Bathroom renovation companies will often do all of this for you, but if you are going alone, make sure to think really carefully about how you will mitigate all of the little logistical dilemmas that can come up.

Keep an open mind

Bathroom renovations are very difficult to get 100% spot on, and even by being as cautious and as meticulous as possible, things still may go wrong.

Very often, it’s aspects of the home itself that are simply not apparent to the homeowners themselves, such as the need for asbestos removal, or structural deficiencies that can happen over time.

Whilst sudden mishaps like this can be deflating, it is important to keep positive and have an open mind into what to do next. Whilst it may require more money to be invested, the money spent can often at times increase the value of your home regardless.

Think of instances like this as an opportunity to revise or improve, rather than one that is to be considered as a setback.

Check as you go

Having a plan at the start is great, but it will prove to be useless if you don’t follow it by the page. Far too often many DIY renovations are ruined by ad hoc decisions that are against the ethos of the initial plan or the original design.

Always make sure to check and even double check what you have outlined to be done, as well as the timeframes with which you gave yourself to complete them. Should something need to be amended, then feel free to do so, but make sure to do this only after you’ve revised what you initially had planned out with your bathroom renovation.

As we mentioned before, things will come up that will change how the overall process will both function and the amount of resources that it will require. Monitoring the process and what you have planned will at least mitigate the more serious of issues that can arise, and render the minor ones irrelevant by comparison.

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Cooling your home with blinds and curtains? It’s easier – and more affordable – than you think

Summer is coming, and with that comes the heat and the extra light that we as Australians love but also have a secret loathing for.

With this summer set to be one of the hottest on record, you won’t be blamed for thinking about what cost-effective things you can do to keep cool over the next three to four months. What doesn’t normally spring to mind is the power that window furnishings can provide to cut the heat out, whilst also saving you a buck that would otherwise be chewed up by investing in a cooling system.

Curtains and blinds are ideal as a simple tool to keep the heat out. One, they’re easy and quick to install, and two, they don’t really need any additional infrastructure to work – just a simple moulding and a few screws.

But what types of blinds or curtains help to keep the house cool, and where are they best suited? Vertical blinds might be good in some parts of the home, but in others they might not suit, nor will they particularly tie in with the overall look and feel of the house design.

In this article, we’re going to be breaking all of this down for you. We’ll be looking at the three key areas of the home that can suffer from the heat, and going through what type of window furnishing will be best suited.

We’ve also chucked in a few design style tips for you to consider too, so that you aren’t just getting blinds or curtains that help to keep you cool, but ones that will suit your home and your particular style of decor.

Lounge room

The lounge room, all year round, is the hub of the home, and one where setting the right temperature and ambience is crucial to making the most of it.

During summer, the last thing you want to deal with whilst watching the television with friends or family is the feeling that you live in a sauna, so let’s start off by saying for true protection from the summer sun, you’ll be looking at blinds.

Blinds, as any cursory glance at a blinds store or brochure will suggest, come in all forms. You have venetians, verticals, romans, rollers, or in some cases a combination of the two in the form of dual roller blinds.

These window furnishings, if used with the right type of material, will prove to be more than adept in keeping the lounge room both cool and dark during the day, and depending on which you choose, won’t break the bank either.

Of the most common choices for protection from the summer heat are hard surface venetians or verticals, such as a timber or even PVC, as well as roller blinds with a darker shade.

Both these types will effectively cut the harsh light and heat out, whilst keeping the room at a liveable temperature.

Bedroom

Similar to the lounge room, adverse heat, especially for those balmy nights, will make sleeping a particularly arduous task.

Also similar to the lounge room, blinds will work a treat. However, given the bedrooms personal and intimate nature, you may be looking for something a little more comfortable, without imposing the harsh opaque nature of blinds that, whilst suited for the lounge room, perhaps are not for this area of the home.

Two options will fulfill this requirement for a softer approach in plantation shutters and roman blinds. Roman blinds, in particular, with their highly customisable nature and softer look and feel, will be particularly apt and keeping out the heat from the bedroom.

The best part about roman blinds is that typically they are manufactured from thicker fabrics and materials, meaning that you don’t need to strictly look at darker shades to get the same cool-down factor. This allows you to tailor your roman blinds to the overall scheme of your bedroom.

Plantation shutters, meanwhile, will act in a similar manner to venetians or verticals, but as they offer a more homely feel due to their traditional build and look, won’t be as obvious in the bedroom setting.

Shutters will be particularly great for those who own an older weatherboard or period home, as it will blend in seamlessly with the exterior of the property.

Kitchen

No one really wants to be sitting over a hot stove when the temperature is exceeding 30°, but it is also imperative that some light does get in so that you can see what you’re doing.

In reality, kitchens would only need a slight screening blind or curtain to stay cool, of which again there are plenty of options that can be easily tailored to suit to any design scheme.

Plantation shutters will be ideal for this, as you will be able to adjust their angle to let in as much or as little light as you need. Unlike venetians or verticals, which effectively do the same thing, plantation shutters tend to be made from more durable options, which will be of great importance in an area like the kitchen where splashes and accidents can happen.

Light screening curtains, and even roller blinds, will also help to at least cut some light out whilst also minimising the heat that comes in. To maximise this effect without cutting the light out completely, opt for mid range greys or off colour whites.

Balustrade fencing

Balustrade fencing: 4 reasons why it is the hottest ticket in town

Balustrades have popped up in recent years as the go-to option for all types of fencing applications. Modern balustrades can be seen adorning balconies, property boundaries, and even stairways, whilst the more traditional and elegant of timber balustrades are making a comeback for those looking to add that touch of periodic design aesthetics.

So how and why did balustrades become so popular so quickly, and exactly what is the limit for their seemingly endless list of applications and implementations across the residential and commercial property market?

Well, their crisp visuals, whilst also taking up very little space at all, have meant that balustrades have become somewhat of a hot ticket for those who have the luxury of owning a balcony, or for those who are seeking a different fencing option to those that are more typical.

Even for the keen DIY fellow, balustrades are relatively easy to install, only requiring a little bit of work to strengthen the support needed for the posts itself. Coming in various types of materials, from solid timber to the more sleeker of aluminium, this degree of workmanship will also vary in ease depending on what you choose.

In this article, we’ll be going through some of the common applications where balustrade fencing will make a huge difference to the visuals of your home or business. Each of these have been thought of with budget in mind, so you’ll be able to borrow some ideas from here for your own use without breaking the bank.

1. Balcony and patio balustrades

One of the main advantages of balustrade fencing is their minimal construct – quite literally only being bollards filled in traditionally with glass or even nothing at all.

This principle behind the balustrade makes it ideal for those who wish to keep the brilliant views offered by their balcony or patio area without obstructing them in the quest for the safety that such a fence brings.

Those who are really conscious about losing their landscape views will be also pleased to know that the width of the balustrade posts is dependent on what type of material you choose, of which aluminium balustrade bollards will be the thinnest option.

Especially for townhouse or small apartment balconies, where a more thicker and opaque fencing option an often detract from both the views inside and outside the building, the balustrade will serve you well. All larger apartment buildings tend to lean towards installing balustrades as a first option for this very reason.

2. Minimalist boundary fencing

Timber balustrades are popping up in newer suburban estates as a more pleasing-to-look-at option than the conventional upright fencing of years gone by.

Mostly comprised of timber, this type of balustrade designates the boundaries of the property, whilst managing to make the greater sum of the property feel open and even larger to a certain extent.

For the more rural of residences, this can be a great choice over the traditional wire fencing of yesteryear. Not only will it enhance your property’s visuals, but it will also prove to be a much more durable and relatively maintenance-free alternative to chicken or string wire fences.

3. Landscape lining

For homes that enjoy elaborate or sculpted gardens and landscapes, balustrade fencing can often help to emphasise the hard work that you have put in into your front or back yard.

By lining a path with a small and non-intrusive balustrade fence, you will be effectively framing your garden’s separate areas, allowing each to breathe and live on their own and offer your greater landscaping efforts the full gamut of their visuals and beauty.

Lining paths with balustrades can also make the path itself a centrepiece, especially if the path is one that has been designed to feature elaborate stones, pebbles, or even tiling to maximise the garden’s overall look and feel.

4. Safe stairways

Whether they are indoors or outdoors, the visual of a stairway and most importantly its safety can be enhanced greatly through the use of balustrades.

Not only will they prove to be stronger and more reliable than old types of stairway lining, making sure that they can be used safely and securely, but for almost all types of stairs they will greatly improve their aesthetics.

Balustrades can be designed to mimic much more older design styles, too, so even the oldest of stairways will benefit from this ideal type of fencing.

Rolled quilts and blankets of different colors.

Quilt covers protect your quilt as well as beautify your bedroom. There are many benefits of using a quilt cover and are often an easy and convenient way of keeping the bedding area clean. While most quilt covers come in just a single colour, others consist of very creative designs and filled with a lot of different colours.

Rolled quilts and blankets of different colors.Most people searching for the best quilt cover sets do not know what they should be looking for because not all quilt covers are the same. Hence, it is not an easy task. Here are some things that you can consider while making your purchase:

Design

Today, you will see a lot of quilt covers that come in several varying shapes and colors. It is up to you to choose which one would look the best on your bed. The prices of the quilt covers are based on the designs. While a majority of the covers feature a single piece of fabric work, you can also find covers that are made of different fabrics patched together.
If you are not looking to spend much money, you can choose a simple design. If you have money to spare, you can go for a complicated and good-looking design.

Material

Apart from the design, the material is another factor that you should consider because it affects the pricing of the quilt cover. Mostly, common materials like synthetic materials, cotton, cotton blends, flannel, silk, etc. are used to make quilt covers. You should know about the qualities of each material before you can make a purchase.

Most commonly, cotton is used to make quilt covers. After that comes cotton blends. When it comes down to the pricing of the covers, cotton covers are inexpensive and light-weight. But, if you are looking for some additional features like warmth, you can go for woolen of flannel covers. If you want to raise the bar of sophistication and elegance, silk and satin covers are great choices.

Thread Count

In short, the thread count is the number of threads woven vertically (warps) and horizontally (weft) into the fabric’s per square inch. The extra threads that are being woven of the weft threads simply increase the thread count. These extra threads are called picks and are added to the overall count. But this does not mean that a high count of thread means better quality.

On an average, most weavers can weave 500 to 600 threads in one square inch of the fabric. A high thread count can also mean that the cover might trap more heat than allowing the air to flow more freely. Hence, you should choose for a minimum of 200 thread counts when you are shopping for a decent quilt cover.

Easy-to-maintain

While you might be looking for the most expensive quilt cover that is fitted with diamonds and gold, you won’t care about it at all when it comes down to the cleaning and maintenance part of the job. Yes, if you want your quilt cover to last for a long time, you will need to take care of it properly. This includes washing on a regular basis, dry cleaning it, folding and storing it, etc.

If you are a person who is very easy-going in nature, you should go for something that is easy to maintain. Highly priced quilt covers come with a lot of different features that require several maintenance steps like dry cleaning, then cleaning by hand, then drying under the sun, etc. However, most simple quilt covers are very easy to clean, store and maintain.

Price

The price is the ultimate factor that you should keep in your mind. From the above, we learned that simple quilt covers are priced very nominally while the ones with great designs and materials are expensive. Hence, you should always consider the purpose of your purchase.

If you live in a hot climate, you should go for cotton quilt covers that come cheap. On the other hand, if you live in a cold environment, you should go for a quilt cover that has a high thread count, which is expensive. Your price limit depends entirely on your situation.

If you follow the above tips, you will be able to buy best quilt covers for yourself that is worth the amount of money you spent on it. A quilt cover is an essential bedroom requirement and you should always strive to purchase nothing but the best!

If your home has the problem of even very little amount of water oozing inside the rooms through some leakage, then you should think about it seriously. It needs to be fixed immediately.

This might create dampness, spoil your carpet, and create mould. Your floor and carpet will become wet and it does not take a long time for mould to grow in wet places. This can hamper your carpet intensely.

However, this does not mean that you will loose sleep over this issue. We are here to sort things for you. We will tell you exactly how to dry your wet carpet. Just read this brief article carefully and you will know about a true process of drying wet carpet.

If you are not comfortable doing this by yourself, it is highly recommended to call professional help from carpet drying experts.

1. Take immediate action

Without waiting for help or worrying about the damage, just get to work. The damage cannot be undone but it sure can be repaired. And the maximum repair can be done if you start immediately. Use a vacuum cleaner to dry the water out of your carpet.

If you do not have a vacuum cleaner at home, just take heavy towels that will soak a lot of water. Put the towels over the wet area and press them down. This will help them to soak as much water as they can. Once they have soaked water and are wet, replace them with dry towels. Repeat this process.

2. Use machinery

You can use machinery like powerful fans or a dehumidifier. It might take some time for a fan to help you dry the entire carpet. It will help if you try out other ways simultaneously, like using towels. Also, remember that you might feel that your carpet is fully dry. But a carpet is not that easy to be dried. So keep your fans switched on all the time, for a week or so.

A dehumidifier will help you to remove the extra dampness or moisture that might be there in your room because of the water. You can use a dehumidifier also to keep the carpet safe, while it is in the process of drying. Mould catches up easily on cold and wet places. A dehumidifier will prevent that from happening by making the air dry and this will make the drying process faster.

3. Steam it up

Steaming can also help to dry your carpet. This will make the water vaporise from the carpet. The ideal thing to do with a wet carpet is to change the padding of the carpet. However, this might get very expensive at times. It is better, therefore, to employ other ideas like steaming your expensive carpet.

4. Hold your horses

Your carpet might feel dry on the surface and you will feel like your goal is accomplished. This might lead you to remove all the machinery and clean your home. Stop right there! Along with all the other things that you need to do to dry your carpet, one very important thing is to be very patient.

The carpet will not take much time to dry but the padding will. As soon as the outer area is dry, water will start coming out of the padding and vaporise.

This will take a while, so hold on till then. Also, remember that your carpet might smell foul after a few days. Try using a room freshener or putting your carpet out in the sun to dry the smell out. If the smell still persists, then you can consider calling for some professional help from wet carpet drying experts.

If you follow the steps mentioned above, you should soon have your carpet back into a state that is as good as new. Hopefully, this article will be able to help you dry out your favourite carpet. Just hand in there and it will soon be over!

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A persistent accumulation of water from leaks or floods in your home can lead to the growth of mould. Various household items such as carpets, books, upholstery as well as walls that were submerged in flood water or otherwise remained wet for a significant length of time are at a high risk of mould infestation.

The growth of mould is a common occurrence everywhere after the events of flooding. The spores of mould can cause serious health hazards. Apart from that, the mould itself can cause long-term damage to your house and furniture.

In this article, we will discuss the various ways in which you can preemptively prevent the growth of mould after flooding so that you do not have to deal with any health hazards or property damage. Without further ado, here is our step by step guide for the thorough prevention of mould growth:

1. Quick extraction of flood water

Prevention of mould growth requires quick action on your part. The longer the water gets to soak through into your belongings, the higher the chances of mould buildup. If the flood water level is low or only a few centimeters high you can quickly sweep it out using a mop. If the flood water level is more than a foot high, you could use either buckets or an electric pump for the quickest and the most effective extraction of flood water.

2. Removal of undamaged articles untouched by water

Mould growth usually occurs within two days of flooding and persistent water accumulation. In order to ensure prevention of further water damage and containment of mould risk, you should relocate all the still dry items in your house to a safe and dry environment.

You should carry out the removal of water and relocation of dry undamaged items within the first day itself. Then start with the next step of cleaning and drying of water damaged items within the following day to ensure the best shot at preventing mould growth.

3. Dehumidification and ventilation

To fasten the process of water extraction from wet items, open all the windows and doors to ensure maximum airflow and ventilation. Along with the removal of floodwater, fighting mould growth also requires you to ensure the extraction of moisture from the surrounding air.

Mould thrives in the humid atmospheres induced by floods. You will have to rent industrial dehumidifiers and fans to dry out the moisture-laden air. These suck the humidity out of the air to ensure quicker drying of wet and flood water affected furniture and upholstery.

4. Decontaminating and drying of affected items

After removing the flood water and dehumidifying the air to ensure quicker drying of wet surfaces, the next step is to decontaminate the house and damaged articles. Thoroughly clean the floor with strong cleaning agents to ensure removal of any contaminants that may linger. You should also replace any ceiling tiles as well as the lower sections of drywall that may exhibit clear signs of water damage.

Walls and ceiling tiles also need to be cleaned so as to not allow mould to grow in cavities and narrow openings. Carpets and upholstery require thorough washing and drying to prevent any chances of mould growth. Rugs that have had their padding damaged or have been wet for a while need to be replaced to prevent further growth and spread of mould to other items.

Carefully abide by the aforementioned instructions and follow the process with a period of vigilant monitoring of affected areas and items to ensure prevention of any mould growth. If you notice persisting mould formation, you should immediately enlist professional assistance for mould remediation.

Architecture, empty living room

Many new homeowners are increasingly buying up older homes – specifically those built from the ‘60’s to the ‘80’s. The lower price tag isn’t just the overall winner, it’s the chance to take a real “doer-upperer” and transform it into something truly yours which is making them a popular choice.

How best to do something quick and simple that can provide the home with a new lease of life, then? Paint is the obvious choice, as too are more expensive and time consuming measures such as wall replacement, outdoor facade renovations, as well as more cosmetic touches such as new furniture.

But what if there was something else, one that can have a huge and instant impact, as well as not breaking the bank nor taking a long time to complete?
Introducing floating floorboards – a simple layover that provides the authentic allure of a hardwood floor, without the hit to the budget and the chunk of time taken out of your routine.

Floating floorboards are somewhat of a newer revelation, having become increasingly popular in the last decade or so. Especially in older homes, where the original carpets may have suffered beyond repair, replacing them with a floating floor can provide both a comfort and a cosmetic benefit.

Floating floorboards are easy to install, too, further underlying the quick-and-easy nature of these floors to transform your home’s interior instantly. Even those without any real background in assembly or DIY projects can get their own floating floor installed without any major issues at all.

There are many other highly desirable pointers behind floating floorboards. Read on with us as we list just a few of the many great advantages behind floating floorboards.

Great alternative to old carpets

As we mentioned, older homes, especially those that have very old carpets that have seen far better days, often benefit tremendously from floating floorboards.

The floors, once installed, instantly provide the home with a more sleek, almost more modern look and feel, without compromising on the charming aspect that comes with having an old home. Those with decorative cornices often see these parts of the home emphasised through the use of timber floating floors.

Floating floorboards are also much more cheaper than having completely new carpet installed, and will take much less time to be completed.

Designated centrepiece

A feature of many old homes is the traditional hallway, one that is seldom seen in more newer construction. The hallway was once a real focal point of the home, acting as a grandiose link between all rooms of the abode.

Whilst it may not be seen like that anymore, you can provide it with this distinctive characteristic once again with a set of floating floorboards. A particularly high contrast floating floor – one that emphasises its timber grain, will be perfect for rejuvenating this potential centrepiece.

Chances are that there will be a particular style of floorboard that will suit your hallway, too, which acts as a nice segue into our next point.

Exceptionally wide range of styles available

Given the manufactured nature of floorboards, designers have gone to great lengths to mimic the authenticity and range of faux timber available. These can be quite literally anything – from the traditional warmth of more rustic flooring, to highly distinctive and more modern high contrast timber detailing.

You’ll also notice with products that are more geared towards the top of the range of the market, that even the texture will somewhat be similar if not identical to traditional wooden floorboards.

Almost every style of desirable timber has been replicated, and there’s bound to be your favourite somewhere out there.

Remarkably, this wide range of styles doesn’t impact on the price that you’ll most likely be able to enjoy.

Little maintenance required

One of the more endearing things about floating floorboards is the relatively little work required to keep them looking as good as new in your home for a long time to come. Apart from a brisk de-dusting, your floating floorboards will continue to serve you well.

What’s more, floating floorboards are relatively resistant against anything not resembling heavy impact. This means that they will now show damage from scratches or dents, proving to be a durable and reliable alternative to other types of flooring.

It’s just one of the many reasons why floating floorboards are continuously becoming number one on top of the renovator’s request list.

Wooden Window Shutters

Unique to Australia is the heightened importance of the simple window covering – whether it be a set of blinds or curtains.

We need our blinds and curtains to perform two crucial tasks: Keep us warm during the winter, and make the house cool during summer. To varying degrees, there are many products out there on the market today that do just that with ease.

However, we are yet to create something that can stop the sun coming in whilst also letting it shine through because, let’s face it, it’s impossible.

You could ditch the curtains and the blinds and install a form of venetian or vertical coverings over your windows, but for true lovers of the former, the latter may detract from their preferred interior design.

So for many years, homeowners right across the country have had to compromise – blockout shades for the summer to keep the sunlight out, or screening shades for the winter to let the warmth come through.

But what if there was another way? What if, it was just as simple as being able to have both at the same time?

This can be done, through either one of the hottest properties on the market in double roller blinds, or through simply utilising two curtain rods. It’s not as cumbersome as you might think to have both working in tandem, and it’s easier to install and use than you think.

In this article, we’re going to explain just why investing in double rods or double rollers is being seen as a much more viable and convenient alternative to that terrible compromise.

First off, the weather

As we started off the article with, ideally you would want to block the sun out during the hotter months, and let it shine through in the winter months, whilst being able to maintain some form of privacy for the latter.

Until now, you either had to live with one or the other, or in the most extreme case, change them as per the following season.

With a dual window covering setup, no more will you have to compromise nor perform undue labour in changing them all the time. They can be easily deployed too as per the seasons, acting with a a dual cord mechanism which is no different to what you probably have now.

Guaranteed privacy all year round

For those that went down the compromise route and chose blockout shades, you might have been a bit uneasy by having to open your windows up to let sun in right throughout the winter months.

With a dual setup, no longer will you have to forego privacy, as even the thinnest of screening blinds and curtains will still hinder visible eyesight, and protect your interior and daily routine from prying eyes.

This is great for those especially in inner city suburbs, where passing foot and car traffic would be otherwise able to see in, basically rendering your privacy non-existent during winter.

It does wonders for your interior design, too

Anyone that is a connoisseur of curtains and blinds will tell you that a big part of their allure is their ability to easily allow you to tailor the mood inside the home.

Having two options at once, depending on the occasion, can instantly help you set the right tone for practically any moment.

It also allows you to incorporate colour into your interior design, too. Having two coloured curtains or blinds working in tandem alongside the rest of your home’s layout will give your abode a wonderful sense of dimension, whilst also allowing you to redecorate and incorporate your favourite elements of designs your please.

Practicality personified

If it’s accessibility that is most on your mind, dual rollers and rods will deliver this in spades. What’s more, you can even have them motorised for even greater ease of use, as well as delivering a real sense of convenience.

This convenience comes from greater control. Essentially, it is possible to have the screening blinds deployed during the day, whilst also changing them over to the blockout shades should the weather make a sudden turn – all from the press of a button, whether you are at work or out shopping or socialising.

Whilst this is true for single blinds and curtains as well, the motorised aspect definitely does transform dual rollers and rods into something spectacular, and allows you to fine tune your home’s look and feel in an instant.

perfect garden landscape

Every thought of sprucing up your front garden, but haven’t really known where to start?

Perhaps you’ve gotten inspiration from something you’ve seen, but stopped short of trying it yourself because of the sheer size of it?

The funny thing about landscape design is that, more often than not, it is the little things that often make the difference. Minor features incorporated into the overall design of your garden can reinvigorate and completely transform the look and feel of the precious front yard.

We’re going to dive into some minor things that you may have overlooked in the design of your garden that can make a massive impact in your overall garden.

All of these require little work, very little in terms of a budget, and provide stunning visuals. We’re also going to focus on how you can tie your garden, utilising the small things in life, in with the overall design of your home, be it traditional or contemporary in appearance.

Pathways

Those who are fortunate enough to have a large enough garden area that can accommodate a long feature pathway will be happy to know that they can often be spruced up with very little effort to make a huge impact.

A really simple way for those with pathways is to play off the contrast of their existing garden with the path itself. This could mean a different colour of gravel or brick sand to create a defined contrast, or even different pathway linings that will work off the tone of the concrete path.

For the more adventurous, consider the shape and direction of the pathway itself. More direct lines will work well with contemporary exteriors or garden landscapes, whilst more windier pathways can often provide traditional looking homes with an added sense of the rustic.

Pathways are also a great starting point for which to base your entire garden plan over for those redoing or starting from scratch. Utilising the path as a point of focus can often help you draw attention to other key parts of your landscape design.

Feature areas

Feature areas of the garden can practically be anything: fountains, statues, trees, rock formations, sitting areas – you name it. The choice of the feature area that you prefer should be your only guide, with only a few considerations.

Obviously certain feature areas will benefit certain types of exterior design. A modern looking fountain pool area may look out of place in front of an older style property, whilst older statues, no matter how brilliant they are, will detract from more sleeker lines and shapes of modern homes.

Ideally your feature area should compliment your home’s exterior in some format, including colours and tones. Elaborate facades can support more detailed feature areas and components, whilst for simpler contemporary designs, feel free to explore and experiment with size, space, and even shape.

Flora

What would a garden be without plants and trees? But rather than talk about the types of plants and trees that will stand out we’re gonna talk about instead how to utilise existing features of the garden and base your plant selection on that.

Take for instance the facade of your home is rather colourful, as most traditional homes are. Going like for like with equally as vibrant beds of roses or even the more native of grevillia’s will not just look great, but will also showcase the front of the property perfectly.

Contemporary buildings can benefit hugely from Australian native shrubs. Subdued in nature, requiring very little water, as well as providing attractive groundcover, native bushes will very simply and easily enhance the front view of any modern setting and property.