Improving Home With Feng Shui

Feng Shui – an ancient Chinese aesthetic system that uses the laws of geography and astronomy to improve a person’s life through receiving positive energy. In Feng Shui terminologies, energy is referred as qi or Chi. Qi means air, or gas that rides with the wind and gets entrapped by water. It is believed that the Chi can improve a particular aspect of a person’s life by activating it through elements and locations favorable to the Chi. The concept of Feng Shui has in existence since time immemorial, which has been passed on from generations to generations. Many environmental scholars have found this practice to be true in many cases; thus integrated it in some traditional practices to promote good life.

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Now, Feng Shui is practiced more at home using the Bagua grid. The grid represents 9 important aspects of human’s life namely, career; travel; creativity and children; love; reputation; wealth; family and health; and wisdom. Since it is a grid, it is consists of 3 columns and 3 rows, representing each area called “gua.” The center box of the grid is the fulcrum, which represents the health area and is energized by the element of Earth and the yellow color. Underneath the middle box is the career, which is represented by the element of Water and the black color. Above the middle box is the reputation box, represented by the element of Fire and the red color. To the right of the career box is the People/Travel box that is represented by the Gray or Silver color. Above it is the creativity/children box that is represented by the element of Metal and the white color.  Above the creativity box is the love box represented by the pink color. On the left side of the career box is the wisdom box, which is energized by the color blue. Above it is the family box, which is energized by the element of Wood and the color green. Finally, above the family box is the prosperity box, which is known to be represented by the color Purple.

To use Feng Shui in improving a home, the whole layout plan of the house must be fit in the grid so that the layout, arrangements, decorations and colors will be replaced or changed according to the grid. The Bagua grid doesn’t change. It works when the aforementioned colors and elements are placed in exact order or locations mentioned in the grid.

Home Improvement Tips

Here are some home improvement tips for the bedroom, bathroom and patio.

Bedroom

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Bedrooms are important part of the house as these are where family members rest and sleep. Sometimes, when a bedroom doesn’t seem to be inviting anymore, it must need a makeover. To redo the looks of a bedroom, it requires rearranging furniture and adding or subtracting objects. The bed is the basic subject for improvement. A saggy and too small bed may not be good for a growing person anymore; thus needs to be changed. Now to change a bed, it is necessary to consider the life-span of the bed, the size and the style. There are beds that could last for 10 years or more. Buying this kind will save money in the long run because homeowners do not need to change beds every 2 years. The size depends on how big the person is using it or how many are actually sleeping on the bed. Of course the style matters as it should complement the whole layout of the room.

 

 

Bathroom

Bathrooms should be clean and neat all the time as this is where molds and bacteria first develop. The first things that are normally changed in a bathroom are the curtains, mirrors and other decorations that set the mood and theme of each bathroom. Also, water and lighting systems are changed too if needed. Normally, when a household is cutting on the utility bills, all light bulbs are changed to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or energy-saving lights.

Patio

The patio is the place where small retreats, meditations and barbeque parties are normally done. A home may not have a patio; thus when a need to have one is seen, a construction is done. To build a patio, it is necessary to consider the use of the facility. For example, if patio will be used more for evening parties, it should be built with closures as protection from the rain. Otherwise, an open deck will already be enough.

The basic principles of soundproofing

Written by Foam Factory, Inc.

The concept of sound proofing seems simple enough. Once you get into the details, it does start to get a little complicated. There are different products at various price points for each component of the room. It is not as simple as just putting some sound deadening foam. The entire process needs to be carefully thought out and executed to ensure that no sound gets in or out.

First, there is a common misconception that soundproofing and sound absorption are the same things. Sound absorption uses materials like acoustic foam panels to absorb ambient noise and reduce acoustic reflection, while soundproofing is how to prevent sound from coming in.

Mass

A solid object will block airborne sound from coming through the walls. The more solid the material, the more sound it will block. For example, a concrete wall will block more sound than drywall. In cases where there is existing drywall, and you don’t want to replace them with concrete, use sounds deadening foam on the walls to increase the amount of sound blocked.

Damping

The next part of sound proofing is called damping. It is akin to tapping a wine glass and then stopping the noise with your hand. Achieving this in the real world involves using a damping viscoelastic adhesive set between two surfaces.

Decoupling

Lastly, there is the decoupling. The sound is transmitted through the building structure. The only way to stop that from happening is to create air gaps between the surfaces. This is best done during construction, as doing so afterward involves breaking walls. It is essentially creating a room within a room.

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Loundry Box, Useful and Maximum Utility

This laundry box is not just perfect for homes, but also for hotels, villas, or resorts. Made from fine quality synthetic wicker, this furniture is made to endure for years, promising more usefulness and maximum utility. Apart from its simple shape, this laundry box is endlessly adaptable with every home interior, becoming a part of your living space that you will find very versatile. In addition, the Loundry Box is the most ideal storage for your laundry, at anytime of the day. This synthetic furniture is what to have if you a neat person who loves to see anything organized and tidy.

All-Weather Wicker

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Wicker furniture is popular for both indoor and outdoor use. Wicker chairs and other furniture made from natural materials are better indoors. This is because prolonged outdoor use can cause problems like getting brittle (in the sun) or warping (from the rain). All-weather wicker is synthetic and is far more durable for outdoor use.

All-weather wicker differs by the manufacturer but essentially refers to construction from human-made materials rather than any natural products. Polyethylene based wicker is the highest quality all-weather wicker available and is sometimes referred to as PE rattan. Other options, which are of lower quality, are polyurethane or polyvinyl chloride. Neither of these two materials is recyclable, unlike the polyethylene based products.

All-weather wicker is fine even in the rain. The water beads off the surface, like it would on plastic. If it were natural, the furniture would absorb the moisture and then warp. This all weather resistance has another benefit: it is easy to clean. Several blasts from a garden hose is all you need to clean any dirt and dust

You could even use all-weather wicker indoors. Your next wicker sofa could be synthetic, especially if it exposed to the sun through windows. Even with prolonged sun exposure, synthetic wicker will not get brittle or break easily. This is one of the many possible use cases for synthetic all-weather wicker in the house.

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Who is the ideal expert witness?

Written by Lyle Charles

Construction Expert Witnesses can shift a case in your favor. However, selecting the right expert witness can be difficult as there are many available and they hold similar credentials and experience. Here are some tips on how to select an ideal expert witness.

  1. Academic credentials – Credentials are important, but with most expert witnesses holding the same or very similar qualifications, it can be difficult to select the best expert for your case. The ideal way to select your expert is to ask them what cases they have worked on and how they intend to intend to approach your case.
  2. Demeanor and communication skills – It is always best to choose an expert witness who is pleasing on the stand and yet has a commanding presence. Therefore, it is best to look at someone who can effectively communicate with the jury. Being able to handle being cross-examined will help the jury believe the expert and thus strengthen your case.
  3. Preparation and thoroughness – Your expert should be able to study your case and develop arguments that stand up to The expert should, therefore, be detailed and able to understand all areas of the case.

For reputed construction expert witnesses seek help from construction consulting services that offer this service.

Lyle Charles is a construction consulting services firm that hires experienced professionals and a structural steel expert to cater to your construction project needs.

Structural steel fabricators

Written by Lyle Charles

Structural steel is one of the best and most ideal materials to use for the construction of commercial and residential buildings. Steel is also strong, eco-friendly, cost effective and long lasting. However to get the best steel for your purpose it is best to get the correct weight and quantity required for your purpose.

Here is a step-by-step method that is recommended by structural steel fabricators for estimating structural steel requirements for your construction project.

Grouping the structural steel by their grade.

Then group the materials per section or member type.

Then group the structural steel by the method it is tied and connected.

Then section the steel materials and the location on the project.

It is important to maintain the sequence of structures by columns and details.

Then specify the beams and details per floor.

Finally remove the quantities for bracing and flooring under a separate area.

Structural steel experts will then calculate the structural drawings prepared after grouping them together. It is important to also calculate the other tools and materials that will be needed to fit your steel. These will include castings, fittings, hardware, and various other tools that are needed for erecting steel structures.

If you are looking for a steel cost estimate for your next project, speak to a construction turnaround services firm that will select a qualified steel fabrication expert for your project.

Lyle Charles is a certified expert witness for the construction industry, specializing in both commercial and residential projects. If you need a steel fabrication expert, he will get you the best.

6 Things to look for when buying a house

Your house is something you will live in for years, and therefore it is not a quick or easy decision. Here are six things you should consider before buying a house.

Recognize a roof in need of repair – A roof repair can be costly, therefore get the advice from a reputed contractor and ask him/ her to assess the quality of the roof.

Don’t judge a room by its paint job – Avoid being distracted with the décor or the painted walls and focus on the structural aspects of the house. You should look for cracks, mold, aging appliances, and loose wires.

Take its temperature – Note that your home will need heating and cooling, therefore look at the houses heating and cooling system. You should invest in a home that efficient and one that will not incur high utility bills.

Decide on your deal breakers – Have a list that states the purpose of your home, your lifestyle and its requirements. It is important to have an idea of how many bedrooms, baths, the size of your kitchen, laundry room and other requirements that you consider important.

Plumbing – Take a good quality plumber with you to inspect the house’s leaks, water damage, and mold.

Check out the land beforehand – Ask nearby homes if they are prone to flooding or wildfires.

Create the perfect outdoor space

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Do you have an outdoor patio or backyard that is unused? Do you feel like you could use another area in the house to relax or entertain? Here is a quick guide on getting started on an outdoor project:

The first step is to decide what the space will be used for. Do you want a place to relax, entertain or both? This determines the amount of work and expense that will go into the project.

Look at the surface. Will you need decking to cover the area or can you rely on the existing surface? Some people alternate between paving and decking for different parts of the yard.

Identify the furniture required. Again, this depends on the above. Entertaining guests will mean more furniture, while a relaxing area for two will mean a few chairs and a patio cushion or two.

Now decide on the aesthetic details like color and the sort of chair cushion covers you will need. Colors can add a lot to an outdoor area and it is good to experiment with brighter, louder colors.

Lastly look at how you want to protect the area. Outdoor furniture requires some protection from the sun and elements. If there is no space to move the furniture to storage during the winter months or during storms, then invest in good outdoor furniture covers.

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Top uses of foam padding

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Foam padding is one of the ubiquitous products available today. It has many uses, both home, and commercial. Here are some of the most popular uses for foam, ranging from mattresses to dog beds Canada:

Foam padding is used extensively for mattresses and mattress toppers. The most popular of the foams used in mattresses are memory foam. Several types of foam can make multiple layers on the same mattress to provide different levels of comfort.

This is the next most popular use of foam. Most foam types applicable for cushions have enough density for a DIY enthusiast to use at home. They are easy to cut and shape for any household use.

Closed cell foam is perfect for outdoor furniture due to its water resistant properties. Unlike other foam, a gas is sealed within the foam, which prevents any liquid from penetrating the surface.

Fitness and exercise related products use a range of different foam products. The most popular two are foam rollers and yoga mats. Foam rollers are high-density foam sheets molded to a cylinder. Yoga mats are flexible foam products that cushion a harder surface.

Packing

Finally, foam padding is used extensively as a packing material. Harder foams are used for large items while softer foam padding is used for fragile and light items.

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Important Tips to Get the Best Possible Finish

wood-finishingWhen you’re working on cabinets, chairs, benches or anything else for the home, the best possible finish really makes all the difference. It is the difference between looking professional, and looking like an amateur cobbled it together over a weekend. Even if that’s your reality, these tips will help you overcome some of those amateur speedbumps and excel at the art of finish carpentry.

Practice Makes Perfect

The first tip is to practice frequently. The more you try out different tools, and learn different skills, the better your available skillset and confidence level will be. You’ll go from “how could I possibly do this”, to “how can I make this possible”. That only comes from trying out a broad range of tools and repeating certain actions. Got a lot of scrap wood? Time to learn how to use your saw or your miter box to make precision or angled cuts.

Upside Down Cuts

If you’re cutting across the grain, you’re probably struggling with splintering along the wood. If this is the case, flip over the wood and you’ll see quite different results. Crown molding has to be cut upside down. When you’re working with triangular lumber, nail it into the corner of walls or joints. Practice this frequently so you get a good finish.

Glue and Staining

The final tip has to do with staining, which is where your cabinets really shine their brightest. If you want the best possible stain, it all starts with gluing properly. Avoid excess glue, which is such a simple mistake to make that even pros do it. If you do apply too much glue, wipe the furniture clean but try to avoid doing that too often. You end up using a damp rag, which clogs the pores in the wood. Later, when you’re staining the wood, you end up with uneven colors.


Archbishop James Provence retired from the Church and currently resides in Vacaville. James Provence is an amateur furniture maker, who is also a volunteer docent at the California State Railway Museum.

3 tips when buying wicker garden furniture

wickerparadise-blog-4Written by Wicker Paradise

Wicker furniture comes in many forms and can include natural rattan, synthetic wicker, and synthetic looking wicker. Therefore before investing in an expensive wicker furniture set, here are some questions that you need to get answered.

Should I go for natural or synthetic? – Natural wicker garden furniture can look more natural in a garden setting, but will not be as durable as the synthetic wicker variety. Synthetic wicker can also be divided into the hand-woven synthetic wicker variety and the synthetic wicker that is made to look like it is woven. The latter will not snap or unravel and therefore will last you between 3-5 years without much maintenance.

What will work best in my garden? – You will have to look at your current furniture style as well as your garden layout. If you have a modern deck, for example, a modern set of wicker lounge furniture will work best. If on the other hand, you want to use your outdoor space for dining, you can look at investing in a wicker dining set.

What color wicker should I choose? – You should look at choosing neutral shades of wicker furniture in white, black, natural or beige. Add color by adding decorative cushions and throw pillows. Remember to invest in an extra set of wicker replacement cushions to make sure you have a clean, festive set for special occasions. Lloyd and Flanders replacement cushions are a good place to buy pre-made replacement cushions of good quality.

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