Depending on the design of the home and, most importantly your personal style, you can find some impressive art. Some of these items are things such as:
· Wall paintings:
Wall paintings are very popular, can be very impressive and are, naturally, very expensive. If your walls are bare there are wall paintings to be considered.
However, it is still tasteful to own-framed prints of famous works of art. Unfortunately, we do outgrow the posters – and art for the home can become more expensive as your tastes as well as your bills change for the more refined.
* (many kinds of three dimensional wall hangings are also available to choose from)
· Decorative furniture
There are some pieces of furniture that will surely add a pinch of character to your home. And some will add much more than a pinch. In some cases, one piece of furniture can be the one piece of art for the home that ties the whole room together. Like a yin-yang coffee table or a lamp that matches the carpet exactly.
Even better are sets of furniture, like a shiny cherry wood coffee table with two matching side tables. Or pull-out TV trays that match the pattern of the couch. And when the room goes with a theme, ivy for instance, you always know what to buy when you are out. You have an ivy plant, ivy stenciled on the walls, a Kelly green couch, green or ivy-print plates and coffee mugs etc.
Sometimes they are for memories and sometimes just for fun. But trinkets have always been popular art for the home. Get a shelf for your trinkets or place them on the mantel.
Especially if you have a garden, sculptures are wonderful art for the home. Inside or outside they bring an overwhelming sense of taste to any home. And there are so many kinds of sculptures you can choose the one that is most perfect for you. Modern, classic stone figures, marble, abstract and many more types of sculptures are perfect possibilities for art for the home.
· Cultural themes:
There are many cultural motifs you can build upon as well, such as tribal, Native American, Indian, Mexican, Western American and more and more and more.
· Historical eras:
You can also decorate your home with motifs such as modern art, the classic "Martha Stewart" home decor, or the Victorian era. Whatever best fits your style! …
Most large concrete companies are able to provide myriad labor services, from coring to concrete cutting, but with mediocre craftsmanship. For the perfect balance of skilled workmanship and superior customer service, look no further than your local, specialized contractor. No matter what your construction plans, hiring a concrete contractor who specializes in drilling, coring, and cutting is the only way to ensure a top quality job.
If you need your slab or masonry cut, you could call any number of companies, but none will be able to do the job better than a concrete contractor specifically trained in coring and cutting. If you need to create space for a new window or door, you'll most likely need to slice through several layers of thick cement. Or, if you're finishing a basement bathroom and need to install pipes, you'll need to be able to drill trenches into your foundation's slab.
Most of us are not equipped with the tools or know-how to undertake such projects. Luckily, a fully-equipped concrete contractor will be able to perform whatever drilling and cutting tasks you need completed.
A special area of masonry and cement cutting is concrete coring. Whether you need to accommodate electrical wiring, plumbing, or heating and cooling infrastructures that pass through a slab or wall, you'll need a core to make room. If you hire a true professional to do the job, you'll be able to avoid a shoddy job: amateur coring often involuntary breaking and can leave severe structural damage. If you hire a professional concrete contractor, you'll save yourself, your home or business a lot of money and a great deal of headache.
Remember: If your next construction project calls for professional-grade concrete cutting, hire your local concrete contractor today! …
When designing for the sun, there are several key elements to consider. These are:
No matter what climate you live in, these key factors are what makes a design successful. So let's backtrack a bit and explain what solar house plans are. When you design for the sun, you are creating a house that responds to its environment. Every house will gain heat through the day as the sun shines through its windows.
And during the night as the temperature drops, this same house will lose heat to the outside through its walls, windows and roof.
By using solar planning in your design, you can create a house which maintains a comfortable temperature during the day, and retains its heat during the night.
During winter, the sun dips low in the horizon and the days are shorter. During this time, sunlight will come into your house at a lower angle. In the southern hemisphere, the sunlight will shine from the north, and in the northern hemisphere, sunlight angles from the south.
This is the basic promise behind orientation. By facing your house to the south (in the northern hemisphere) you will get the rays of the winter sun. This is the reason why the northern side of your house will seem like the 'cold' side in winter.
For this article, we are going to assume you live in the northern hemisphere. (For people living in the southern hemisphere, just do the opposite.)
Taking advantage of orientation means that you position your living room, kitchen and most trafficked areas on the southern side of your house. This means that during winter, sun will shine right to the back of these rooms.
Conventional wisdom positions your bedroom on the eastern side of your house. This means you will catch the first rays of the sun. If you prefer to sleep in and do not have early morning sun, do not do this.
Afternoon sun comes from the west, so rooms like the dining room and living room can be placed on this orientation. The southwestern corner of the house will be the sunniest – winter and afternoon sun.
On the northern side of your house, place service rooms. Service rooms are rooms that do not get used as much. This includes passageways, bathrooms, storage rooms, closets, and possibly the laundry.
2. Window Sizing
This is an important aspect of solar house planning. Out of all the materials your house is made of, windows lose the most heat. There is a balance here, because windows allow sunlight into your house. However, glass has almost no insulating properties, so it is very easy for heat to escape through your windows.
In very cold climates, windows are double or even triple glazed. The layer of air between the panes of glass prevents some of the heat from escaping. Even even triple glazed glass allows more heat to escape than a well insulated wall.
When deciding on the number …