Day: December 5, 2018

Do You Know What Interior Design Work Is?

Interior design begins with a style and a color palette. From there, furniture, flooring, window furnishings, rugs, architectural detailing and other features are added to improve functionality and build upon theme. Often a commercial professional in this field will be employed pre-construction to ensure that windows, stairwells, escalators, walkways and rooms are located in optimal places. To become an interior designer, one must obtain a Bachelor's Degree and participate in several years of apprenticeship work.

When a professional interior designer gets started, he or she begins by assessing the client's wishes and needs. They study budgets, look at lifestyle, scrutinize the home for wasted space, seek color or style preferences and identify pros and cons of the current interior space.

Next, the designer will estimate the costs and create a design image with computer-aided interior design software. After introducing the proposal, the client will either approve or deny the sketches. Then it is either time to implement the project or "go back to the old drawing board," as they say.

There are several different realms for professionals in this field to focus their sights. For instance, some designers work at furniture, home or garden stores selling merchandise and recommending color and theme options. Other times, interior designers may run their own businesses as consultants, with administrative assistants onboard to order samples, liaise with contractors and draw up documents.

Some designers focus on office interior design or commercial interior design, while others specialize in custom designs for individuals or realtors trying to stage homes for sale. Special certification may be purchased for kitchen or bathroom design. Other designers may be masters of acoustics and soundproofing, security, home theaters, home spas or gardens.

According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the average annual income for interior design professionals is around $ 42,260. The middle 50% earned between $ 31,830 and $ 57,230, with the lowest 10% earning $ 24,270 and the highest percentile over $ 78,760. Architectural and engineering designers earned the highest salaries, with specialized interior design services right behind. Furniture stores and building supply dealers garnered most of the lower salies. The income a professional interior designer makes large depends upon the years of experience, specialization, reputation and employer. …

How to Make Your House Look Bigger From the Street

As an Architect, in designing new homes for clients, they first come to me with standard tastes you would see on any house in any neighborhood. What I try to do is to expand their architectural vocabulary and be bold in what they’re trying to do, without spending a lot more money. Part of that is to make their house look bigger from the street and live bigger inside. You can get a lot of “wow” factor if you try some simple things in your home design.

1. Make your house longer, not square. Most people want to make their houses more square in design, in the preconceived notion of saving costs. While this may be overall true, it also makes your house very small looking (and boring). For a 2500 square foot house instead of designing it 50 foot by 50 foot, make your house longer like 75 foot long by 33 wide. You’d be surprised how much more elegant and more expensive it looks for not that much more money. It also gives you a bonus of giving windows into almost every room in your home, giving light and visual space to them.

2. Use the Split level home concept. The split level home was more prevalent in the 1960’s than it is today, but it has a lot of advantages if you modernize it. The Split Level pulls the basement out of the ground. In most of the northern part of the country (I’m from Indiana), you need at least a 30″ or deeper footing to get below the local frost line. Well, let that be the staring point of your basement (or as I like to call it, the Lower Level). That means the Lower Level is 2 feet below grade, which means you can have full size windows. The Lower Level foundation wall is 30″ tall, the rest of the wall height can be wood instead of concrete (whether 8′ or 9′ tall) which saves costs. If you use 8′ tall lower level (to reduce costs) there is a design I like to use to eliminate bulkheads for HVAC;…incorporate the ducts in a floor truss system. I love to use 16” high floor trusses, 24″ on center, and keeping the trusses in the same orientation throughout the house. It gives plenty of space for the HVAC ducts in the floor truss system, and no bulkheads, meaning less cost since you have flat ceilings and no extra framing for those bulkheads. If you need space for the HVAC to “step over” each other, do that in the mechanical room.

3. With the split level home, The 2nd Floor (or the “Main Level” as I like to call it) it anywhere from 7 to 9 feet above grade, not only giving it a commanding view of the property all around, it also looks like a 2 story building, for a 1 story price. You can leave windows open at night because the window sills are 10 feet …

Moving Into Your First Home the Green Way

Moving out of the parental home and into one's first home is very exciting, if perhaps a little scary. Suddenly the reality of adulthood is sinking in: rent payments will need to be made on time, bills will arrive on the door step … and household chores are waiting, when one returns home from work or university.

Before one can settle into domestic bliss, there is the stressful day of moving home. No matter how many cardboard boxes one has managed to get from the supermarket, there never seems to be enough to store all one's belongings. Even after a drastic "cull" among the children heirlooms and teenage memories one has been holding on to, there are still the clothes, the files needed for university or work, the books one can not bear to part with and the CDs, DVDs and technical paraphernalia that comes with modern living.

Keeping valuables safe during the house move is paramount, but cardboard boxes from the supermarket or newsagents are not designed to carry heavy loads like books or files, let alone computer equipment. Worse, after the day of moving one is left with a pile of wrappings and cardboard boxes that clutters up the new flat until the day of the fortnightly waste collection. Although purpose made cardboard moving boxes can be recyclable and possibly even reusable after the move, they can be expensive to buy. At a time when most young people are struggling to find work or the money to go to university with escalating university fees, saving money during the house move is more important than ever.

Hiring green recyclable, reusable plastic moving boxes is a viable alternative to cardboard, especially since most cardboard, even the recyclable kind, ends up in landfill sites. Moving boxes can be hired for a whole week for very little money, plenty of time to pack up the things one wants to keep and to take the rest to a charity shop or sell them online. After the move the rented boxes are returned to the hire company. There is no waste and many other people get to enjoy the benefits of using these strong, stackable moving boxes.

Rather than making many trips with a self-drive rented van because the cardboard boxes can not be stacked high enough, one can save petrol and time by packing up marriages into recyclable, reusable plastic moving boxes fit for the purpose. This saves not just on cost of fuel but also on time with regard to the van hire, since vans can be hired for half days or just a few hours rather than a whole day or weekend.

When one arrives in one's new home, there is always the annoyance of the previous occupant having removed all the light bulbs. Moving into a new home typically means spending some money on replacing every single light bulb in the property. Oh, and one must not forget the toilet paper – that's never where it should be on the …