Month: April 2019

Handyman Tools Checklist

Sifting Spanner

An adjustable spanner used for tightening nuts and bolts.

Hammers

There are a variety of hammers used for various tasks. The most commonly used and versatile is known as the claw hammer. The claw hammer is used to hammer in nails as well as to remove nails with the claw side of the hammer.

Club Hammer

This is a heavy hammer used mostly in combination with a cold chisel to break up masonry or concrete works.

Tape measure

A tape measure is a measuring tape which rolls up into a handheld measuring device. The most commonly used tape measure is five metres in length.

Lineman’s Pliers

The most common pliers in a handyman’s toolbox. It used for gripping small objects and cutting wire.

Spirit Level

A device which is used to indicate weather an object is level to the ground or if it is vertical. It is commonly used to gauge whether shelves, worktops or paintings are level.

Rip saw

A hand held tool designed to cut wood.

Wood Chisels

These tools are used for carving out wood.

Wire brush

Tough dirt and rust are best removed with the aid of a wire brush.

Plumbers Plunger

This is a rubberised tool used to unblock drains and toilets by creating a vacuum suction.

Paint knife

A versatile tool used for scraping back old paint off surfaces and applying fillers to holes in walls and wood.

Paint Brushes

Primary use is to apply paint to surfaces. There are various widths of paint brushes available and the most commonly used is 50mm.

Cutting Knife

This cutting tool is used to cut plastic, cardboard and wood etc.

Electri Drill

This power tool is used for boring holes into masonry, wood or steel. It requires different types of drill bits depending on what material you are drilling into.


Making Moving Process With Children Easy

Try talking to them as much as you can about the move

When you finally make a move with your children, start talking about the move over and over again. You need to make them get used to the idea of moving. Since they usually feel emotions of fear and anxiety, it is essential, that you validate their feelings. The more you try talking to them about the matter, the more comfortable they will feel. Hence, talk as much as you can about the move.

Include them in major events and let them vent their concerns

Children always want to be included in major events. This is important for making them get used to the idea. Give them a chance to express their fears and concerns. Informing them in advance gives them the space that they require for dealing with their emotions. Listen carefully to the questions they have to ask. Experts have suggested that these questions will be giving you a clear idea as to how they feel about moving. Answering these questions is the best way to include them in the moving process.

Encourage them to help

This part is important no matter how minor the help maybe. This is a useful means of addressing their concerns. If you succeed in providing them with a feeling that they are active participants of the moving process, then they are more likely to feel in control and have positive attitude.

Stay calm and don’t appear nervous

Remember children are extremely good at picking up the parents’ attitude and feeling the same way. So you need to keep a positive attitude so that the children will feel the same way. If you appear nervous, the children are likely to carry the same feelings. So the best way out is to appear as calm as possible.


Shabby Chic Collection

Bedding and fabrics

Duvets, sheets, pillowcases, shams and bed skirts are all in this collection. You can have your items monogrammed and bespoke. Each item is done in different styles for example pillows come in damask and Venetian styles.

This style also offers fabrics to design your own items in their style if you prefer. Cotton, linen and denim are the fabrics on offer.

Bath

Towels, bathing accessories and sleepwear done in different styles are to be found here. Robes and nighties in soft fabrics are also available.

Furniture

You will find shabby chic furniture for your bedroom, living room and dining room. Furniture is covered in soft pink and white colors which are the hallmark of the shabby chic collection. Settees, dining tables and chairs, beds and chaise lounges are all available

Tastefully done Ottomans, Gracie tufted chaises, and cane coffee tables are some of the dining room items in this collection.

Lighting

Shabby chic chandeliers and candles, lamps and shades blend well into the whole décor style with their pink and white finishing. Lace and burlap are the materials for the lampshades coming in round, square and scallop shapes. Chandeliers are in petite, Penelope, feather light, pirouette, simple and crown designs.

Décor

Shabby chic boosts its décor style with accessories like rugs, mirrors, throws, accents and artwork. There is a variety of designs for each item to suit its place in the house for example mirrors done in liberty, Kendall and long designs. Predominant colors for most décor styles are soft pink, pastel, ecra and white.

Wall hangings and artworks by artists such Jorunn Mulen and Laurence Amelie are featured. Rachel Ashwell has written books on how to install the décor style that are also offered so that you can apply and perfect it.


Installing an Orangery Roof

An orangery allows you to create an additional room that combines a standard extension with a conservatory; a standard extension is a continuation of your main building, complete with sympathetic decor, fixtures and fittings, whilst a conservatory provides lots of natural light and a great view of your garden.

Partially glazed, the main structure of an orangery is made of brick. It is therefore quite feasible for you to carry out much of the structural work of an orangery yourself, asking your builders to construct the walls (perhaps a base wall of maybe a meter high plus pillars of brick to support the roof, interspersed with glass) whilst you could fit the roof. You can buy all the parts you need, cut to order, and here are the instructions you need to fit them:

  • Your brick walls or pillars need to be built so that there is one layer of bricks above your lintel.
  • Fit four structural cassettes – these are support beams that need to be fitted at right-angles to each other around the edge of the walls. You will need to have some way of lifting these and holding them in place until you have attached them to the tops of the walls with hanger brackets.
  • Once all of the structural cassettes are in place, make sure they are level and then push them into place so that they fit snugly to the top of the walls.
  • Secure the structural cassettes onto the walls using long fixing brackets and angled tie brackets. Use fixings that are suitable for the materials of your walls.
  • Place a breathable membrane across the top of your structural cassettes.
  • Install box guttering, sealing with gutter bond, on top of the breathable membrane.
  • Install insulation slabs, top with plywood panels, and then you can put the GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) panels in place. Slot timber fillet into the gaps between the GRP panels and use lead flashing around the roof.
  • Fit soffit and facias, and insert windows into the walls as per your design.


Farmhouse Style

Vintage rustic old arches turn your kitchen mantel into a statement, the green foliage in brass planters draws attention to the hand carved detail and the natural washed patinas. Colorful textured tribal table runners will give your tables an elegant, vintage bohemian worldly panache that works well with a multitude of colors. Pick up an old planter and fill with gorgeous cottage garden plants or herbs.Vintage bowls and rustic brass urns used as a centerpiece overflowing with seasonal pumpkins, pines and flowering twigs bring in the old fashioned cottage charm. Add farmhouse-inspired decorations, made at home wreaths and floral arrangements that give a lovely personal touch. A rustic old chakra bookcase adds instant allure, offering a place to store books and your travel collections. Long wooden blanket chests in distressed blues and greens used at the end of the bed or as window console table placed in the nook, you can enjoy the sun while reading your favorite book.

Bring in the farmhouse theme into the nursery by hanging an old jharokha window filled with baby pictures. The windows get a cottage-chic boost with handloom fabric throws weaved by artisans in natural cotton fibres and vibrant colors. Install old rustic boxes filled with colorful, seasonal blooms at the window sill. Sheer sari curtains are great for kitchen windows, breakfast nooks or other spaces where natural light adds charming style and some privacy without stopping the sunshine.

Give your bedroom an instant farmhouse update by replacing your headboard with rustic 18C Indian doors. Old wooden spice mortar from Indian villages converted into umbrella stands, unusual columns and pillars add to the eclectic character. Hand carved Tree of Dreams wall panels are statement art pieces, that are creative as well as full of positive energy. Neutral-hued woods carved kamasutra panels in white washed whimsical farmhouse style add to the romance of the bedroom. The rustic, cottage-style look of old door lotus carved cabinets and vintage sideboard consoles add a rustic touch to your home. High-end Suzani embroidered pillow shams can be a luxe splurge when updating a bedroom. Use handloom cotton throws to create a country-chic makeover or curl up into a soft pashmina blanket. Farmhouse style decor is a statement of your lifestyle, laid back luxe and casual country chic.


Eye Catching Bathroom Ideas

The natural bath

This is a conventional way to design a bathroom. The periphery of the shower can be designed with greenery and the bathtub will be flower covered. This will give a Caribbean feel.

The travertine bath

For every penthouse bathroom, marble is known to be the best designing tool. This will separate the wet area within the bathroom with frameless glass door with a frosted look.

The library bath

The louvered windows here will surely make the way to enter more sunlight. The bathtub can be placed on a wooden platform which will no doubt give an extraordinary look to the bathroom.

The ensuite bath

This style is catching up very fast and people are loving it hugely. The best thing about this style is that these are open ensuite which covering the bedroom and the bathroom.

The eclectic washroom

This type of washroom can easily be designed with a soft gray wall and ultimately this bathroom will develop into an elegant place.

The vintage powder room

This type of washroom is decorated with antique mirror and mini bathtub like a basin. This design is just awesome and will give you extreme refreshment.

The freshly whitewashed bathroom

The ultimate freshness you will get from this design. You can add bold color and exclusive hand painted walls with yellow shade. Here you can place triangular wall pocket for the lamps so that it will become completely contemporary in look.