6 Things You Should Know about Your House’s Electrics

The lighting and electrical plan of your house are more important than you think. Every time you effortlessly search for an outlet to charge a phone but can’t seem to find one, this occurs because the house’s electrics are poor.

Even worse, the whole place could go up in flames if something is wrong with your home’s electrical grid. Getting to know your house’s electrics better is important both for safety reasons, as well as convenience.

Smart lighting within the hand’s reach

Nearly all smart lighting systems are remotely controlled using a phone app or a special remote. However, you can go one level down in terms of technology and install a multipurpose switch next to your bedside. If you own a king-size bed, then your partner can have a switch on their side of the bed as well.

The smart switch would regulate all the bedroom lighting, from the bedside lamp to the LEDs above. Some smart lighting systems include dimers that help you regulate the intensity of bedroom lighting, which can even be programmed (the lights dim down after dark).

Extra sockets where you need them the most

Don’t you just hate it when you need to charge your smartphone but the socket is far away so the phone has to hang in the air from the charger? Well, if you get to know your home’s electrics, then you can plan a better schematic layout of AC power sockets and plugs.

The area where we need the outlets the most is around the bed, especially if the bed is not for one person. The standard number of sockets for this area is 2 and this is the bare minimum as well. However, you can always install extra sockets, so 4 sockets are nothing out of the ordinary. You can add a USB port to speed up the charging process.

Illuminating the stairwell

The stairwell is an important part of the house that needs to be extra safe because the last thing you want is to fall down a flight of stairs. There should be a light switch at the top and at the bottom of the stairs, allowing you to turn the lights on and off with ease.

If you want to have an opulent home, add mini lights along with the steps, increasing visibility in the process. Saving energy is also an option if you install a motion sensor that would turn on the lights only when there is someone coming up or going down the stairs.

Hiring professional electricians

Redoing your home’s electrics can be a DIY task but if you’re not familiar with technical details of the job beforehand, better leave it to professionals. Residential electricians such as Sparkys NOW usually have 24/7 emergency service, so they can help you with a power outage as well. When it comes to your house’s electrics, electricians will help you with safety switches, switchboards, LED lighting issues, smoke alarms, solar systems installation, etc.

A powerful walkthrough

The best way to determine where the power outlets should be placed around the house is to walk through each room and write down the appliances you use in it. Apart from sockets, you should think about the placement of light switches as well, although they are usually set at the uniform height near the door frame.

As far as hallways are concerned, they should have a switch at each end, much like the stairwell. The bedroom, the living room, the bathroom, etc. ought to have a single light switch near the entrance.

Motion-activated lights for you seldom use

Your home’s electrics should be efficient and safe but they should save power as well. We’ve mentioned earlier that the stairwell will benefit from installing motion sensors but these can be placed in all the rooms seldom used.

Garages, the attic, pantry, garden shed, closets, etc. are all spaces you don’t spend much time in, so there is no need for a constant light source. If you forget to switch off the light in the attic, it will stay on until the light bulb fails.

The basement is the ideal room where motion sensor lights can be installed. In fact, every room that is used for storage and not living should have such lights to save energy and money. Strong light fixtures should be reserved for rooms that need illuminating the most, such as the living room.

It might not seem as much, but the positioning of sockets and light switches inside your house is intrinsically connected to comfort and safety. Taking the time to learn the 6 things about your house’s electrics listed above will help you create a functional home after dark.

Tips for Designing Your Home Exterior

Tips for Designing Your Home Exterior

The exterior of the house is one of the most important parts to consider in the design, as it gives the first impression of the home and its residents, in addition to being a key to home security, so it is important to pay attention to its design and give it an aesthetic look without neglecting practicality and safety.  In this article, we will present to you some easy and actionable methods that enable you to maintain the appearance of the exterior and create a beautiful design for your homes while ensuring it is maintainable, practical and secure. 

Lively Colors 

If there is anything that has the power to completely change the looks and aesthetics of the front of the house, it is painting it. Regardless of the color used, the paint should always be in good condition, but with the passage of time, the quality and the color of the paint erodes due to natural causes. The paint will start to fall off and the design will lose its elegance little by little until the house looks like an abandoned house, so it is important that we keep the external paint always in good condition and make sure that the walls are not affected by moisture, etc. 

Adding Wood to the Equation 

The presence of wood in the exterior adds an atmosphere of warmth to the house. Without a doubt, wood is one of the most popular materials in many modern designs, but the use of wood means that you should take a set of important precautions regarding how it is placed and maintained due to wood being much more fragile and susceptible to damage. 

Because wood, by its nature, is greatly affected by the passage of time and weather changes, and its condition can seriously deteriorate if it is not properly cared for and preserved. Cracks that affect the look and feel of the home can easily occur if you’re not careful. That’s why you need to read up on how to properly take care of wooden figures. 

Don’t Forget About Plants 

The presence of plants as part of the front design is always a great idea, as plants are what give life to the place and add a cheerful color and a sense of movement and vigor to the front of the house. Although there are some plants that do not need regular watering or maintenance and are most commonly used in home designs, other types of plants cannot be completely ruled out depending on your needs and design! Maintaining the beauty of the front of the house requires good care of the existing plants and flowers – large trees can make the entrance to the house a magical place if taken care of well. 

The Importance of Detail 

When caring for and attending to the plants, we should pay special attention to climbing plants and vines, as they are one of the most important ways that can completely transform the front of your house and give more life and a homely character to any design. 

In many cases, you can cover the entire wall covered with plants, which gives it a wonderful shape, but then we must pay special attention to the roots and not forget pruning when they start covering the windows, doors or other places that can affect the integrity of the building and damage it, such as the roof, for example.Having a lot of plants on the exterior will make it much more enjoyable to stroll through your garden and spend time outdoors. So, install one of these excellent awnings from London and enjoy your summers amid nature.

Smart Small Bathroom Remodelling Ideas On A Budget

The most common problem that owners of small-sized apartments are facing is the very modest size of the bathroom. During the repair, you have to solve a difficult problem: how to properly plan a room so that it is both functional and not cluttered?

In fact, everything is much simpler – you just need to use your imagination and a little bit of work. Here are some useful and interesting ideas for a small bathroom.

Layout Features

If you start repairs “from scratch”, and the size of your bathroom is very small — you can think about increasing it due to the redevelopment of walls and partitions. The important thing is to consult an appropriate specialist for this. As a result, it will be possible to combine a bathroom with a toilet, or with a corridor. However, this is a very difficult job, it is better to save this option as a last resort.

A more affordable option may be the thoughtful layout and design of a small bathroom. Due to the visual effects and the arrangement of plumbing, you can greatly expand the visible boundaries of the room and not change its actual size.

First, you need to pay attention to the location of the plumbing — perhaps the toilet is too far from the wall or it can be moved closer to the drain. A door can also take a lot of space, especially if it opens inward. It is necessary to change the door so that it opens outward or even put the sliding doors that take no space at all.

Preparation for reparations  in the bathroom

Walls and floors are needed to be cleaned to the ground. It is necessary to remove all the old coating: tiles, paint, old glue, etc.  If the floor tile is very difficult to remove, then the solution can be to lay a new one on top of it. The cleaned surfaces need to be coated with a primer.

Preparation also includes plumbing and electrical work. For this type of work, you should also seek the help of a specialist.

When these works are completed, you can begin reparation and install plumbing.

Materials used for walls and floors

The most common and ideal option for covering walls and floors in the bathroom are ceramic tiles. Its diversity is so great that it can satisfy any, even the most sophisticated, needs. Just remember the main thing — tiles for a small bathroom should be small. In this case, a mosaic will be an ideal option.

The choice of tiles is one of the most important tasks. After all, it sets the main tone for the bathroom, but you should definitely check other options for your bathroom floor and walls, such as:

You can paint the walls with moisture-resistant paints;

Plastic panels or plastic tiles can also be a great solution.

You can use glass tiles, which are becoming more and more common and popular.

For the floor we recommend tiles.  But, not the ordinary ones, with a smooth glossy surface, but rough. This kind of tile is made of porcelain. It is much stronger and will prevent falling and injuries on the wet floor.

Also, don’t forget about the ceiling – it should have moisture protection and fit into the interior.

Chose of colours

When designing a small bathroom, the choice of the right colour is very important. After all, the main task is to visually increase the small space. In order to do that, choose the tiles in bright colours. But do not get carried away with white and chrome interior details if you don’t want your bathroom to look like the operating room or laboratory.

However, you should keep in mind that designers do not recommend using more than three colours at the same time. You can also use the accessories in the same colour as the interior. Youll get the effect of “merging” when objects seem to be there, but they do not stand out against the general background and do not come to the fore.

It is better not to use large drawings on the walls, floor or ceiling – your bathroom can only visually decrease due to this.

Let there be light

Lighting is very important for a small bathroom. A dim light is absolutely not an option in this case. It needs bright artificial light. How to do it? Firstly, you can install many lights on the ceiling — then the light will be evenly distributed throughout the room. It is also desirable to have a light bulb above the sink.

In order to save energy, you can install energy-saving light bulbs, and enhance lighting with mirrors. But we will talk about this later. If there is a possibility, then make a window in the bathroom -it’s always better to have sunlight in the bathroom during the day! If this option does not fit, then you can make an imitation of a window with the appropriate highlighting — a very original idea.

How to choose furniture

As you may have guessed, the furniture shouldn’t be large, dark and clutter up all the free space. Furniture should create the illusion of transparency, “zero gravity” of the room, and not oppress with its quantity and dimensions.

The colour of the furniture should be light, ideally – merge with the walls or have similar tones. Instead of cabinets, you can use hooks and hangers, or hang a rack over the toilet.

Mirrors

The design of a small bathroom must include mirrors. Together with the right lighting, they can work wonders and significantly increase the room.

Corner mirrors look very original and are able to create a beautiful game of colours and highlights. If you want to install a mirror above the sink, do not forget to add lighting to it.

Decoration for a small bathroom

For a small bathroom, it is better to stick to the principles of minimalism and not to use a large amount of decor. If the design involves the presence of tiles of bright colours or unusual shapes, a small space does not need additional decor. It is better to use bathroom accessories that decorate the interior and are functional at the same time.

Shower curtain. An original curtain for a bath or shower will decorate the entire room. Neutral or similar in design fabric will work well.

Laundry basket. This item can be selected based on the design and style of the bathroom (a wooden basket for the Scandinavian style, metal for the modern, etc.)

Mats, towels. Bright fabrics will add the necessary accents, and brightness but only if your tiles are simple and plain and not too bright.

A set of holders for towels, toilet paper — it is better if the kit is from the same collection.

A set of dispensers for soap, shampoo, shower gel. Multi-coloured bottles and jars will not decorate the bathroom. Therefore, it is worth choosing sets consisting of dispensers and containers of the same design. It is better if they fit in the design of the interior of the bathroom.

Conclusion

If you follow all the instruction above while remodelling your bathroom, we are sure that you will forget that you ever considered it too small. But the most important thing is that you should listen to yourself, your preferences and needs. Don’t be afraid to experiment and include your own ideas. Options and possibilities are countless.

Good luck!

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Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

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How To Choose Daddy Daughter Outfits

In this world of fast – fashion, where industries are out there producing disposable clothes and evolving styles, the only way you can save your pocket is by investing in sustainable fashion. And if you ask me, one such penny – saver is wearing matching outfits. Wearing matching outfits was one such trend that started in the 90s era and now it has become classic. There are plenty of stores out there showcasing twining attire for couples and like mother like daughter outfits for you and your mini – me. But imagine breaking the cue and looking at those perfect pictures of daddy daughter matching outfits. Yes, you heard it right. As the trend of twining has been doing miraculously well and we are taking a step forward by categorizing it into twining together daddy and daughter.

Here are some of the best curated and handpicked father daughter matching outfits which will make you two look seamless together.

  1. Floral: sincespring – summer season is running, pairing a nice ocean blue floral shirt with a cream colored trousers and white sneakers will go magnificently well with an ocean blue floral dress for your little one. For the completion of look she can wear a pretty hair band or bandana on her head and your first twining outfit is ready.
  2. Old trend, new print: this is not something very experimental, but definitely something for those who like to keep it simple yet keep slaying. Do you remember the trend wherein people went mad over those king – queen T-shirts? Yes, I know those were for couples, but I got your back there. Instead of King – Queen, why not king and princess or queen and prince. Think of the perfect family picture.
  3. The inverted print: now jumping onto our next option, it has a little twist while we play with our imagination. This time we’ll not be pairing the uppers with uppers and lowers with lowers but vice-versa. Pairing a nice polka dot shirt with your baby’s polka dot skirt will not only look stylish but also innovative. This will definitely leave the viewers dumbstruck.
  4. The boss –baby look: okay, not the movie, but certainly one to look up to. This style is not about physically matching your suites but visually. Let me enlighten my point, dressing yourself in firm shirt with a tie and blazer on top and to go with it a formal pant, and dressing your daughter in a firm high – neck, collared, button – up t – shirt dress will make you both look perfect office – worthy. If you can afford you can definitely add a tie to her look.
  5. Graphic tees: those one letter printed t – shirts that says everything never go wrong if paired with blue denim jean for him and skirt for her along with flip flops. Few examples: best dad and best daughter, beauty and beast, daddy’s girl or daddy’s little princess, the boss ( him ) and the real boss ( her)
  6. The missing you: this one is for those who want to show how much fulfilled their lives have become by having a daughter like theirs. Half – heart t – shirts and the missing puzzle t – shirts that implies you my daughter completes me ( whole ).
  7. The coloured mishap: checks are always in fashion and wearing coloured checks shirt will never go out of the board neither for him nor for her. But choosing girly colours like pinks, reds, oranges, etc. for daddy and choosing boy colours like blues, greens, purples, browns, etc. for daughter would be such a great combination to look up to.

The above mentioned styles are what we think will seamlessly describe the relationship between you and your daughter. But you are free to design your own. Dig into your wardrobe and mix – match outfits which you think defines your bond with your daughter and do not forget to tag us on Instagram and Facebook. We would love to see what you love and the best ones will be portrayed on our website.  So buy online best dress which match for both father and his daughter so both of them look alike.

A Wedding Cake Fit For A Princess & Batman?

Here is a wedding cake photo I found on the internet and wanted to share. The source is unknown but the idea and work is so great. An elegant wedding cake design on one side and Batman on the other. A great way to express the personalities and likes of the bride and groom and done with such style. Cake is done in fondant and looks really cool.