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How to Keep Condensation Out of Your Home

Our homes are meant to be a haven of security and comfort. Houses keep us warm during cold winter months and protected from the blazing hot sun of the summer seasons. Despite this huge responsibility, our home is still susceptible to factors that could affect its integrity and one of these is condensation.

The presence of condensation in our homes is inevitable. This is especially true in rooms that acquire or produce more moisture than others such as the kitchen, laundry room, and the bathroom. Condensation is difficult to remove all together however it can be controlled to reduce its effects and become less damaging.

As you all know, common signs of condensation include windows developing water droplets on its glass pane, paint peeling off the walls, and the growth of moulds on wooden structures. Prevent this from happening by following some of these tips.

Ensure proper air circulation and ventilation

In order to prevent condensation from happening, you have to make sure you have proper ventilation. Letting air circulate from inside your house going out will prevent water vapour from seeping into your walls, windows, wooden furniture and structures.

Things you can do to have good ventilation include opening windows whenever you are inside these rooms to let water vapour escape, have exhaust fans installed at strategic places, and repair broken windows that let moisture in.

Install a dehumidifier

Buying or hiring a humidifier for your home can be considered as an extreme effort to stop condensation. What it does is that it extracts moisture from the air.  With this, you can also wipe down surfaces affected by condensation to help stop the growth of moulds.

Applying these affected surfaces with a disinfectant or fungicidal wash can remove mould from affected surfaces. If your paint has already been damaged by condensation and moulds, make sure you hire a professional to repaint it with mould-inhibiting paints or sprays.

Improve home’s overall Insulation

Moisture is the number one cause of condensation. If we remove moisture in our homes, then heat is a necessary tool to keeping homes condensation-free. Reduce the amount of heat lost in your home by improving insulation through loft or cavity wall insulation, draught proofing and double glazing.

If you have broken single glazed windows that need more glazing, having replacement double glazing windows installed as soon as possible. Make sure double glazing regulations are in check.

Insulating your home will keep the internal temperature of rooms high enough to keep condensation and moisture from settling. This will also keep fuel bills down as you no longer need to turn up the temperature of your heater higher because your home is able to maintain the heat your heater is producing.

Understanding what condensation is and its root cause can make prevention a lot easier. Use this tips as a guide to permanently ridding your home of condensation, moulds, and all the other problems it causes.

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From the Top: How to Inspect Your Roof for Damages and Leaks

Preventive maintenance for your home begins at the top, i.e. your roof. Include the chimney if you have one. The top is where the damage usually starts because it is the first part of your house that protects you from the weather. Rain, hail, snow, and strong winds—these are all unkind to your roof. They begin the pummelling, and gravity takes care of the rest.

A roof that has leaks everywhere is not only bad news because it means water damage could take place anytime, but also because this means your house is less energy efficient. Even if you hired the best double glazing companies in North Yorkshire to make your windows virtually leak-free, heat could still escape through the ceiling and on through the roof. So it only makes sense that you inspect this part of your home first.

How often should I inspect my roof?

At least once every year is ideal. Fall is a good time. It is warm and bright enough to go up there. This is the perfect time to prepare for winter, and to start eradicating the moss that may have grown on your roof.

What do I need?

For the inspection, you only need a ladder. Do not worry if heights present a problem. Use binoculars to start your inspection from the ground. Hire a bonded handyman to get up there if you cannot do it yourself. Have the handyman take pictures if you would like to see the condition of your roof.

Mind that an inspection does not mean getting up on the roof immediately. Go around the house and see what you can from below or from the vantage point of a high enough ladder. The roof is not meant to hold human traffic, so the less time anybody spends walking around up there, the better for your home.

Should I think about replacing my entire roof?

You do not need to replace your roof if there is no large, obvious damage (such as may have been caused by a storm or tornado), and if it is not at the end of its life cycle. If it is 15 years or older, however, start calling roofing replacement companies. Have them do the inspection and get quotes from at least two service providers.

An old roof is not safe to walk on, so resist the urge to get up there for inspection. Again, stay on a ladder or use binoculars. A rusted steel roof is a sign that work definitely needs doing, but call a professional to take care of it.

What should I look for?

According to HouseLogic, here is what you should be looking for:

  • Cracked caulk or rusting on flashing
  • Blistering, buckling, curling, broken or missing shingles
  • Cracked or worn rubber around vent pipes
  • Missing or damaged chimney cap
  • Moss, lichen and mould growth

These are the simplest steps in inspecting your roof and chimney. The rule of thumb is, whatever does not belong there should not be there. Be prepared to spend on repairs, whether you are good at DIY projects like this, or a roofing company does the work for you. Whichever type of homeowner you are, never skip a year without inspecting your roof.

For more information, here is a video about roof shingles:

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Colourful Kitchen Island Brought to You By LEGO

LEGO has always been associated as child’s toy but fanatics who might have grown in age but still young at heart, take things into new heights as they incorporate their favourite building blocks into their jobs.

Parisian designers Philippe Rosetti and Simon Pillard bought an IKEA kitchen island and covered it with none other than, LEGO pieces.

LEGO pieces of different shapes and sizes were used to cover the kitchen island.

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The kitchen islands makes for a perfect conversation starter in the kitchen.

According to the source, the designers used an estimate of about 20,000 colourful LEGO block to complete the stunning island.

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They have named it the ‘Munchausen LEGO Kitchen’.

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Although some people commenting on the photos dreaded the idea of LEGO covered kitchen island, it is undeniably a cool piece of furniture. However when it comes to practical application, can you imagine slicing tomatoes, potatoes, and chicken for your chicken with tomato sauce pot dish on such a surface? Or worse, cleaning after the mess you have made for preparations?

LEGOS are outlined everywhere and putting them together does not create a solid, smooth surface. Instead, you will have fruit juices and other liquids seeping through its LEGO lines. If the kitchen island was layered on top with a smooth clear surface, such as glass, then it may be more realistic but limited.

If you loved this idea then here are other great countertables you might want to try for your kitchen. They require a little less time to install but are built for the job.

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Many of these countertables are visually appealing, unique, and entertaining. Some are movable while some feature multiple countertables for different kinds of purposes.

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Designer: Toncelli

There are also raw and natural looking countertables that create a crisp contract with its contemporary units.

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These countertables particularly interests me because it gives a very unique and creative approach to functional countertables. These are great Do-It-Yourself projects you can do with your family or friends.  Apart from that, they aren’t as expensive as the other designs featured on this post.

If you are interested in upgrading your kitchen, make sure that the rest of your home is in sync with the change. Simple changes that could create more harmony include replacement windows for your windows and the rest of your home, colours of your walls, and simple curtain change can do so much. Apart from that, you can consider hiring a professional kitchen designer so you don’t have to worry about the outcome of your kitchen. This is of course, if you have the budget for a major kitchen renovation.

There is another article I read that thanks to the Internet, homemakers are feeling more and gloomier with their kitchens. There is a feeling of stress and frustration over the fact that most of the beautiful and luxurious kitchens they see can only happen in their dreams of be a Pinterest pin forever.

According to that article, we should learn to accept the type of kitchen we have, especially that many of us are in a rental home. This means changes can’t be made and if making major changes were an option, would it be worth it since it is, after all, a rental unit.

Accepting your kitchen and its current condition is key to feeling happy. So as long as you have space where you can cook, slice things up, wash dishes, and whatnot, you have a kitchen.

That LEGO kitchen island though does look like an affordable DIY for homeowners who want to liven up their kitchens.

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3 Things that You Should Know About Shaker Kitchens

A kitchen is said to be the heart of a home. We tend to do a variety of activities in the kitchen aside from cooking. Some of us love spending our time there talking while eating with a friend. Also, other people just love to stay there to study and test new recipes that they will be cooking for their family.

My most favourite room in the house is our kitchen. I stay there for long hours because I really love cooking and preparing food for my family. I also love trying new recipes because I always want have my family taste different dishes.

There came a time wherein I noticed that our kitchen is getting messy and a bit boring. So what I did was researched some new kitchen designs over the Internet. I just want our kitchen to be organized and relaxing so I would be more inspired to learn new things there. Then, I was stunned upon seeing the shaker kitchen styles. I said to myself that it was what I was looking for. So I printed out the design and asked my brother’s help in remodelling our kitchen.

Today, I now have a kitchen with shaker style and I really love its simplicity. If you also want to get this style, here are some facts that you should know about shaker kitchens that you would surely love, too.

  1. What does a shaker kitchen look like?

    I have read from the Web that shaker kitchens have a philosophy. From the word shaker itself, it came from a religious breakaway sect from the Manchester Quakers. They were named shakers because they perform shaking motions as their act of worship.If we look at a shaker kitchen, we could immediately notice its simplicity. The use of pure and simple lines on walls, cabinets, ceilings, kitchen islands, and other furniture in the kitchen could be visible before the naked eye. These lines make it a traditional and simple art with no over-stylish ornaments.
  1. Which home styles fit with it?Shaker kitchens are commonly known to be traditional in style. They are subtle, homely, and classy. Well, here is good news, shaker kitchens can fit in any type of home you have; whether you live in a Victorian or Edwardian type of house. In my case, my house is Victorian style and I have a classic interior. What I did was designed my shaker kitchen with simple interior and lighting. I painted my kitchen walls and cabinets with plain white. I also utilized a refined table and sitting furniture to complete its classic look.
  2. What are the benefits of a shaker kitchen?A shaker kitchen could benefit you in different ways. It makes your kitchen look plain, simple, and tidy. If we have a tidy kitchen, it seems to be inviting to our guests. In addition, it may give our visitors an impression that our kitchen is well organized.


Sometimes, I am fond of inviting my best friend to come over my house whenever I feel like trying out a new recipe. She would always compliment the overall look of my shaker kitchen. She even says that she is passionate about my organizing tactics. With that, choosing a shaker style for my kitchen didn’t even give me a single feeling of regret.

Now, I am enjoying the benefits of my shaker kitchen. I always get compliments from my friends and guests whenever they see my shaker kitchen. So, if you are also planning to remodel your kitchen, I strongly suggest the shaker kitchen style.

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Top 5 Benefits of Rattan Garden Furniture

Do you want to give the outside of your home a new different look? A beautiful patio or garden appears to be inviting to other people who pass by our home and to our visitors as well. Well as for me, I want to make my garden look more beautiful.  Few months ago, I tried researching on the kinds of furniture that are possible to place in my garden. Then I came about with some information about outdoor furniture.

 

Have you heard about rattan garden furniture?  I guess you have encountered it somewhere. But in case you haven’t heard of it yet, then I will discuss with you some details about it here in my blog. In fact, rattan garden furniture is becoming popular these days. I’m sure every homeowner would love to have this. Guess what? I already have my own rattan garden furniture I bought last month. Of course like I said, I really want to make my garden look more beautiful and unleash its natural look.

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Did you know that rattan garden furniture have many benefits? I want to share with you 5 benefits of rattan garden furniture I have with me right now.

 

1. It is affordable.

Rattan furniture is really cost effective and economical. It is in fact cheaper than wooden furniture. I have also read that rattan furniture also last long like wooden furniture. So if we are looking for durable furniture for our garden but only have a limited budget, then this rattan garden furniture is definitely great for us. Plus, it comes in different designs so we are free to choose a design of our choice.

 

2. It is lightweight.

Rattan garden furniture is lightweight that’s why it is so easy to handle. At the same time, its high quality furniture pieces are solid and will not even get toppled in the wind. Because it is light in weight, I find it easy to reorganize.

 

3. It looks natural.

Rattan furniture is known for beautifying patios, balconies, and gardens. One thing I love about rattan furniture is its rustic façade that makes these pieces ideal for outdoors. It is as well naturally perfect for our garden wherein we can sit and unwind while having an afternoon fruit drink.

 

5. It requires low maintenance.

Other natural materials need to be treated with oil and preservatives. But did you know that rattan furniture lasts for a long time without frequent maintenance? Yes, that’s a fact. In my case, I use a nice brush to clean the dust on the pieces of my rattan furniture. After that, it will look as good as new. I also wipe it with a wet cloth just in case there’s dirt.

 

5. It is good for areas prone to rough use.

Rattan garden furniture is said to be the best for patios and gardens that are prone to rough use. This is great if we have kids who are usually playing around. Because rattan furniture is lightweight, it will not cause any injuries to our kids and we can easily put it back in place when moved.

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