Beautify Your Kitchen with Mosaic Wall Tiles

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Are you tired of wiping down the painted kitchen walls behind your stove and sink? If you own an older home like I do, you probably don’t have a back splash or something on your walls to serve as a buffer between your paint and your spills. Every time I wipe down my walls, it seems like the paint gets thinner and thinner. Mosaic tiles are one of the best ways to go when deciding on a solution for this problem. Not only is mosaic wall tile functional and serves to protect your walls from kitchen grime, but it can be absolutely gorgeous and really enhance the décor of your kitchen.

Mosaic tiles come in different materials nowadays. There are metals, steel, and glass mosaic tiles. With glass mosaic tiles, you can choose from an endless selection of colors and shapes in order to create own pattern that will reflect your own personal style. One of my friends chose mosaic tiles in the colors of her favorite college sports team in order to show her loyalty as a fan.

Mosaic wall tile is pretty easy to install yourself, but if this process makes you nervous, you can always find local contractors willing to install it for you. Sometimes you can find a better selection of glass mosaic tiles online and many of those suppliers offer you free shipping on orders over a certain dollar amount. Online suppliers can offer a larger selection because they’re not limited by the size of a bricks-and-mortar store with a small space for mosaic tiles.

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.

Successfully Navigating a Claim as a Consultant

construction-consulting-servicesOne of the primary drivers of business for construction consulting services is claim management. Claims are fairly common in construction, and companies will use consulting firms that can quickly handle a claim. Your job as the consultant consists of three phases: identify the type of claim, gather documentation to complete the claim, and advise the client on next steps.

Identifying the Claim

Some of the most common construction claims involve personnel, but others involve shortages and work stoppages. If a refinery hires construction turnaround services, for instance, and the crew is late in their work versus the initial assessment, it’s usually going to be a claim related to work stoppage. The crew itself may have a personnel claim to file if their failure was the result of contractors not showing up on time.

Gather Documents

The backbone of any claim is the documentation, so you have to be careful in proving your case. Make sure you have receipts for the client’s purchases, and work orders documenting their side of the work. Look for key documents that prove what your client was asked to do, what actually happened, and within what time frames.

Advising the Client

In some cases, mediation or even trial may be the best course of action. You can step in as a construction expert witness at that point, to help argue the claim, or recommend a mediator for the client to consider. Remember, the client will be legally bound to abide by the outcome so your reputation is staked on these types of decisions. Carefully assess your client’s chances of winning a favorable verdict if he must move forward to recover losses.


Lyle Charles is a construction expert witness with 40 years of experience navigating construction claims, and assisting businesses of all sizes to resolve claims quickly and efficiently.

Advisors to Experts: How to Hire Support Staff in Construction Projects

A successful construction project with structural steel will require that you have the support staff necessary to make sure that your project is done right and on time. The most important support services are those who make sure that your project is also carried out safely and legally, says construction consultant Lyle Charles.

The Right Advisers

Construction advisory services are needed as early as possible in the planning stages. Advisers will identify the risks associated with the project and will provide advice on how to mitigate these risks. These services also assist in planning, the most important part of any construction project.

Structural Steel Consultation

When constructing high-rise buildings, structural steel is an essential component. To make sure that your proposed structure will be structurally sound, your firm must hire a structural steel expert. When selecting an expert, find out which projects he or she has been involved in and how long he or she has been in the industry.

Avoiding Legal Hot Water

Unfortunately, regardless of how much care and attention you put into your project, there may still be problems along the way that you will have to answer in court, which will necessitate the services of a construction expert witness. These experts will observe all stages of the construction process and will then provide exert testimony. The best way to find an expert for this purpose is to hire an attorney to assist you in all legal matters related to the construction of your high-rise building.

Five ways to add a dash of colour to your home

yourhomeimprovement aug 2016Adding colour to a home is a great way to give your home a fresh new look. Adding fun pillows or a rug are good ways to add colour, however if you’re on the lookout for a slightly bigger project, here are 5 such ideas.

Brighten up your bathroom – Blue is a great colour for bathrooms. If yours is white or beige add a blue laminate on to your bathroom vanity.

Add a little orange – Orange is a colour that adds warmth and brightness to a space. Add orange to your kitchen backsplash by changing the colour of the walls between your kitchen cupboards and shelving. If you have tiles instead, you can change the colour of your kitchen island.

Detailing – Contrasting colours like black and white can make a perfect modern mix. For example, you could create a feature wall with dark wall paper and place simple shelving for figurines or photo frames.

Mix your colours – Most of the time people play it safe and choose to mix only light and dark shades. Instead choose different pairing, such as orange and green or maroon and turquoise, for a unique colour pairing.

Add color to your cabinets – Cabinets are a good way to include additional colour. You can change the colour of your bathroom cabinets or for a larger project look at adding a bright colour to your kitchen cabinets.

7 Affordable decorating ideas

yourhomeimprovement july 2016Decorating a space sometimes can be costly. If you are on a budget and want a few quick fix ideas to refresh your home, here are a few tips that will cost you next to nothing.

The problem: Your room does not feel inviting – To create a more inviting space, gather pillows from around your home and place them on your sofa. Choose pillowcases that have complementary colours for a mismatched look.

The problem: You have low ceilings – Create the illusion of high ceilings by moving your curtain rods above the window frame. Make sure the curtains graze the bottom of the window or the floor.

The problem: You can’t put holes in your walls – If putting holes in your walls is not an option, place large mirrors angled against walls or on wall shelving.

The problem: Boring built-in book shelves – For those boring built in’s, add a bold colour to window seats with throw pillows. Look for predominant colours in your books for a colour pallette.

The problem: Furniture lines every wall – Furniture aligned at the edges of walls creates an unwelcoming living space. Instead place furniture in groupings to encourage conversation.

The problem: Boring displays – Placing frames or arrangements in even numbers is less pleasing for the eye. Instead go for objects in threes or fives to make your display interesting.

The Problem: A Tiny table – If you have a small table and want to give the illusion of size add a table runner.

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