Love enters through the mouth but if there is no where to eat, it is as if there was no love. There is a place that we pass almost by inadvertent as a space that, although we use much, is always at our disposal.
Home improvements represent an exciting challenge for any homeowner, bathroom update is one of the first projects people look to do, since its advantages allow you to enjoy of a great space you will stay in for the long haul or if you are looking to sell your property in the near future. Whether you are striving for more storage, or better efficiency and appearance in your bathroom, you can be sure a remodeling provides an endless array of benefits for you, your family and guests. On the other end of the spectrum, setting a plan and budget ahead will be a great way to blend your personal style with a real amount of money, in order to achieve your dream design. There are other aspects you need to pay special attention too, for instance making sure you choose quality bathroom accessories such as sink, countertop and toilet. In case you want only to make simple changes to this important space of your home, like installing new cabinets, redoing your shower/tub, or even tearing everything down to the studs and starting from scratch, I rounded up some inspiring ideas that might help you start this interesting update in your home.
A very popular trend that has come to stay is seamless showers, they create a sleeked look which offers easy access for anyone, even for people who face mobility challenges when step up and over a sill.
The design world has improved so much about bathroom’s utility and function, that today it is completely possible to enhance your mood by using different decor elements that contribute creating that desired feeling which harmoniously blend with functionality. Choose multi shower heads for your renovation, you will experiment how amazing is to enjoy a spa- like bathroom that can boost your mood as soon as you come in. If a small bathroom is your case, then strive to remodel it in such a functional way that you can minimize counter space by storing your personal products, rather than storing them.
Industrial design in your bathroom is a bold pattern that you can think of for your remodeling project. You can install tiles that extend halfway up to the wall with industrial fixtures. To balance your industrial accents, you may consider warm tones and some natural elements in order to avoid your bathroom looks overly cold.
Mixed & Matched Bathroom
For a bold look in your bathroom, mix various types of tiles that make this room feel more eye- catching and contemporary. To achieve a modern version of those colorful bathrooms of the 70s, you can opt for white floors made of natural stone, with hand painted tiles in your backsplash and clean shower’s lines, visual interest will make everybody want to come in. As additional inspiring ideas, when it comes time to the decorate you brand new renovation, hang bold and vibrant robes or towels to add pops of color and paint your mirror frame an accent color.
Unlike the above idea that I have suggested, you might also consider an all-white bathroom that provides your space with crisp as well as eye- pleasing look. What I like the most about this inspiring idea is how bright your bathroom will be, and there are a wide variety of decorating choices you can select that will make this room of your home feel fresh for years to come.
Modern bathroom makeovers are following an interesting trend which consists on opting for unexpected materials, natural ones are at the top of the list. Rock, especial treated wood, slate are just some of the many materials homeowners choose for their bathroom update projects because they do not only add warmth and an amazingly chic touch, but are extremely durable as well as stain resistant.
Sometimes homeowners tend to renovate their bathrooms due to existing problems that include leaking shower or loose tile. There are some others who just do it because they want a change, a fresh and new look for this room of their home as they do with any other area, in any case there is nothing more relaxing than some quality time spent in a bathroom you designed, soothing lighting with warm colors are just some ideas to create your own personal escape and be ready for both, facing a new day or unwind from a long hectic day. Before you start this home improvement adventure, you will want to budget for the unexpected in case hidden damages show up, and you find them out just right before you start your renovation; build a 10 to 15 percent cushion into your budget, and if any extra incident happens then you will have a nice little windfall.
Did you know that youths who communicate, do activities and have close relationships with their parents are less likely to engage in violence?.
Recreation is not only important for the mind but also for the spirit. FinishBuild invites you to maximize your family time or to hang out with your friends, homes that have this luxury feature often sell better and for more money, as they are offering a unique feature to the home. Spending time in everyday family relaxation activities is often associated with greater emotional bonding within the family. When it comes to the emotional bonding, family members have a much better sense of one another and this is primarily based on the fact that this activities can balance and unite in order to make good persons, emotionally and professional speaking.
What FinishBuild loves about this new purpose inside household is that what makes entertainment centers so unique relies on the different functions you can own. With the proper set you can take up an entire wall or simply a corner of the room, to store family treasures and memories, or a whole play-game area. Entertainment units can be used in any way that the homeowner desires, which is just one of the many benefits that they offer to the home.
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Sectional sofas provide so much more flexibility: You can separate the pieces to create multiple seating areas, or you can push them together for a comfortable couch great for TV-watching. And if you want to scoot it out of the way in advance of a dinner party, that’s simple too, with less bulky pieces to move.
Tv and Console shelf wall:
Your video game console & television need a central piece of furniture to keep them not only organized but also accessible.Explore the comfort of home entertainment console shelf’s, this way you would definitely have control on the screen to an optimal viewing level, and by storing game units you could decide whether is a wii night or a karaoke, either way, having fun would be the only thing on your mind. On the other hand keep into account that if you have the chance of building your own, materials like solid wood, pine, are good choices for this kind of projects. Nevertheless, FinishBuild suggest you to avoid MDF materials, due to the fact that time and weight might molded and change the structure into an irregular one.
Cd storage cases:
Organization is vital for an entertainment family room and FinishBuild cannot let this pass through, if you have a console or a dvd player you would unquestionably would like to find what you want whenever you want to, for that reason cd storage cases are so useful. From wood boxes, leather cases, aluminum structures to modular designs, storage cases are a good solution to display game, movie & music options on those family times or guests reunions. On the other hand, we cannot miss the chance of recommend you the eco-friendly alternative based on recycling fabrics straps to compound a cd set and popsicle glued stick cd rack as a way of reducing industrial acquisitions and fomenting family building reunions while confectioning them.
Must definitely have item for your entertainment area, electrical cord organizer can simplify your life in case you might want to unplugged a specific device. Explore DIY solutions such as cord tags, labels, clips, cable boxes, zip-ties, and a whole lot more. Cable organizer are not only an esthetic solution and a way of maintaining harmony on entertainment areas but also it also is a wise choice if you happen to have little kids at home. On the other hand, items like heavyweight cable cord organizer are available on the market, on different sizes and colors, but if you do not have time or the budget for them, you can use toilet paper rolls which is an absolutely eco-friendly idea and they are actually great for this. By writing on each one what type of cable it contains, these labels will help you save space and time when looking for your cables.
We strongly believe that caring is equal to loving, therefore by caring of your technology entertainment devices, you would be guarantee a long-lasting memorable times with your loved ones. FinishBuild suggest you to add a power regulator to your consoles, TV and DVD’s devices in order to protect them against unexpected power surges or outages that may damage them. According to DIGIKEY linear regulators can operate from input voltages down to 1.6 V and have an adjustable output voltage range from 1.25 to 6 V.
however, a linear regulator is not as efficient as a switching device, so batteries won’t last as long. Switching power regulators are highly efficient and able to step up (boost), step down (buck), and invert voltages with ease. Nevertheless, FinishBuild recommends you to consult a technic assistant before purchasing one.
Set the proper flooring:
We suggest you to try with vinyl laminate flooring, at our online store we now count with several floor tiles selection, with a collection on colors, designs textures and shades. So, if you are looking for versatility, at FinishBuild, SMOKED TAWNY, MOJAVE DESERT y WILD LAVA are a few samples from our NUVELLE line that echoes your uniqueness. In addition vinyl flooring tiles are frequently chosen for high-traffic areas because of its low cost, durability, and ease of maintenance which goes perfectly if you are thinking to create an active family room.
Regarding installation, vinyl tiles or sheet flooring are applied to a smooth, leveled sub-floor using a specially formulated vinyl adhesive or tile mastic that remains pliable. Subsequently you would enjoy a fun but also safe time with family members at anytime!
Entertainment room areas not only provide the space for parents and children to gather together and play games or watch movies, but also create long-lasting memories. This take us to a one of the most important aspects of life which is family bonding, after all what any other thing we have left except the love we cultivate on those free home days? Gather more!
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It is inevitable for FinishBuild to start writing about bricks and not to recall the 1933 Disney adapted version of the three little pigs’ story. Besides being the best example of a loyal material, bricks are also increasing its popularity on the eco-friendly field. Brick is made of natural clay minerals, including kaolin and shale. On addition, small amounts of manganese, barium, and other additives are combined with the clay to produce different shades. Once they are mixed, each mixture is fired to around 2000F. Among the goodness that bricks own, there is also the fact that is not only a non-combustible material, but also has the plus of being high wind protection. Studies have found that homes made with brick exceed the 34 mph impact resistance requirement for high velocity hurricane zones in the Florida building code.
Brick also go above Florida’s impact resistance requirements for essential facilities in hurricane areas, which it is an interesting plus for such seasonally storm area. Brick also counts with a high superior moisture control, due to its covering finishes. Consequently, brick veneer wall systems help minimize mold growth, wood rot and infestation by insects.
When it comes to style, brick has always been the reflection of rustic and country style, as well as the humble households build in the late 19th century. Nowadays, it is astonishing how exposed bricks can change the interiors of any room, whether is by giving it a country style or an industrial one. FinishBuild is glad to suggest places to add this material to boost your appearance.
Bricks on FinishBuild Wall: Types
Through history we might have seen a slight variation among the sizes of bricks, which basically not only depend of the geographical location but also the purpose of the product in demand.
A bigger brick, for instance it generally used for a thicker & isolated wall. Remember castles, for example? Historically speaking meant that bigger bricks were necessary in colder climates, while a smaller brick was adequate, and more economical, in warmer regions. Nowadays this is no longer an issue, for brick modern walls specific insulation materials are now extra added if it is required.
Flowing from architectural style, ranging from colonial to Victorian to post-modernist. It is one of the few materials that can actually look better with age. Brick also absorbs noise, giving it an acoustic advantage over other materials – especially helpful in densely populated areas. According to Juan Rodriguez, in TheBalance, in the masonry field we can find five predominant types of bricks that are classified by manufactured composition.
Number 1 is: Common burnt clay bricks are formed by pressing in molds and subsequently dried and fired in a kiln. Burnt clay bricks are frequently used in general work to structure base and when these bricks are used for walls construction, they have need of plastering or rendering.
Number 2 is: Sand lime bricks which as its word suggests they are made by mixing sand, fly ash -which is known as pulverized fly ash- and lime followed by a chemical process during wet mixing. These types of bricks are called self-cementing. The mix is then molded under pressure forming the brick and offer an excellent strength as a load-bearing member. Color and shape are also smooth and uniform (in most of the cases).
Number 3 is: Engineering bricks, which are blocks manufactured at extremely high temperature, forming a dense and strong brick classified on 3 types. Even though all allow strength and water absorption, Engineering bricks are class A or B, however class B bricks are the cheapest engineering bricks. They are generally red in color, and less uniform than facing bricks. In addition in contrast with class A bricks that are 125N/mm² in strength, class B bricks owns a strength of 75N/mm² .
Number 4 is: Concrete bricks are made from solid concrete. Sand/lime or calcium silicate bricks are made with sand aggregate and 5% to 10% hydrated lime and are cured in an autoclave. Properties of these units are specified in ASTM C 73. They are available in severe weathering (SW) and moderate weathering (MW) grades, according to MASONRYCONSTRUCTION.Concrete bricks, on the other hand, are made with sand aggregate and cement materials. Concrete bricks are usually placed in frontages or fences, and even though they are not an extravagant appealing, it provide a classic urban presence.
Number 5 is: Fly ash clay bricks in contrast with common clay bricks are manufactured with fly ash and an addition of clay material, at about 1,000Cnevertheless, studies have shown that these bricks are not that durable as they seem due to the fact that they might produce pop-outs when come into contact with moisture and water, causing these bricks to expand.
Types of bricks: Where to add exposed bricks inside you house
Hallway royal exposed bricks: Give yourself a royal journey inside your own house interior with guests. Explore hallway brick walls looks with common clay bricks or brick, which are now more a esthetic and can provide you a more chic version of medieval looks. These tiles are successfully used especially in the hallways, but can be also used in the kitchens, living rooms or bathrooms.
Exposed bricks in the bathroom: are a great bathroom solution, just as we have said at the beginning of this post, regular bricks are highly strong when it comes to moisture areas, however if you do not want to commit to regular cleaning process you can also, seal to protect it from humidity.
Bricks in the living room: Bricks look best when applied in central and focal areas and FinishBuild agrees with you. Exposed bricks can be apply for eye-catchy designs. In the gamma of materials, concrete is not only a great finish to work with but also, as it is functional structurally and can be polished for a high gloss in the case you want it in a living-room or office. They also can acquire matte or unfinished for a rustic appealing which can twist common areas into a versatile atmosphere. Concrete as bricks can be used on floors, countertops, sinks, bathtubs, fireplaces.
Office exposed bricks: home offices and regular offices can join the benefit of a proportional brick design. Offices are rooms which need to appear serious and sober, and a slightly brick sight can go perfect for these casual but still professional environments. FinishBuild recommends to combine your exposed bricks walls with metal elements to go into industrial and sober appealing.
Explore bold graphics in your office, those are a nice option for combining your exposed bricks in living rooms areas, murals, and even painting bold symbols on an exposed brick wall to make an instant accent wall in your bedroom or living room. FinishBuild encourages you to create your own artwork using ideas found around your city such as symbols, literary numbers and letters, or even abstract painting can turn a bland and boring wall into a work of art.
Do not forget to light it up
Take into account that even though exposed bricks can absolutely enhance your home and office areas, less is more, which means that you might want to try slightly bricks, uneven in shape and color, to create that reckless atmosphere but also accentuates that royal and histrionic look. FinishBuild suggest you to purchase proper lighting for your royal look. Spotlights, upper-lights, or lower-lights can guarantee you proper interaction between details of texture and natural color attenuations.
FinishBuild cannot deny that there is something magical & charm about bricks in interior design. It may be their traditional precede looks of towers, citadels, and castles, however the truth is that solidity and comfort is are both clearly aspects the third little pig saw on Brick materials.
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Are you feeling overload? Is your home turning into a storage garage? We understand that at these changeable and stressful times, serenity and peace inside your home areas can also be affected by a huge amount of things that you not necessarily use daily. FinishBuild agrees with you on creating a heavenly space in the comfort of our own home with Zen help and your Feminine touch. Did you know that Zen refers to meditation? In interior design is synonym of equilibrium, congruence and recreation.
Though Zen is not a design style per se and does not come with step pattern, it is often associated with simplicity, plainness and purity of lines, which is more related to way of arranging home items and focused on creating an atmosphere that offsets the stress and hassle of your daily routine. If you live alone, FinishBuild guarantees you that adding Zen & Feminine touch would be not only an easy but also delightful journey.
Jumping right away on the task, with the first FinishBuild recommendation: nothing should mess your studio floor, nothing should be piled or stored on the floor. Whether you believe or not this would cut old mindsets and would clear everything on your path, literally speaking.
Basic top 4 you must take care of in your Studio
For a Zen style with your Feminine touch you must be in a deeply level of awareness on what truly makes you happy. A small home private studio does not require much space, philanthropic maturity or even a social status. It requires just what you truly need in order to be really productive.
- Unfilled your mind: The good news is that it would need your creativity. FinishBuild step one is simplifying the room, taking into account that Zen means being more with less. Take your time on this stage, check what items you truly used on working hours. Discover yourself in the process on empty not only your studio but your mind as well. Donate is a feasible choice for the things you do not want anymore, and it would be truly use by those who actually need it.
- Furniture: eliminating without sacrificing comfort, we suggest you to go for a few pieces of plain, simple furniture, a Zen private studio would only contain a few essential pieces of furniture but also a minimalist entertainment stand.
- Your tool storage: define a place for everything. If you must have electronic devices, besides your computer, take into account that these devices are most often a source of distraction and therefore do not integrate in a fully Zen atmosphere. So, if you need to have your TV set in your private studio, make sure you place it in a discrete area or hide it in a specially designed cupboard. In addition try to hide wires and cables that could distort the serene atmosphere of the entire atmosphere.
- Add some bohemian modern style: Think about photos of homes that are cluttered, and photos of minimalist Pinterest pictures. The ones with almost nothing are some of the most beautiful ones, some nice artwork, and a very few pretty decorations, are exactly what you can apply to your chic private studio. Take into account that Zen does not necessary mean cold. Explore the cozy side in combination with your feminine touch, wool carpets, for example, can provide you a real sense of comfort.
What you must have in a feminine studio
1. Light. Set your new train of thought into quality over quantity. Think of that home working area as the office you would love to have in your current job. Extrapolate the space, and own it by placing different sources of light which will allow you to control the intensity for any time of the day. Wall-mounted reading lights are a good choice since they are very practical as they can be oriented to emphasize the respective area, unlike bedside lamps which are rarely flexible.
2. Chair. A comfy chair can make the difference between an outstanding work performance and a regular one. Use this item carefully based on comfort and lumbar accuracy, remember that if it is going to be a place where you might spend more than 5 hours a day, you must state that you deserve a proper chair. In order to make it more chic & with your feminine side, try some Rose Quartz for, as we suggest on our last post. If you are not that girly type, try by adding some white flower details in the cushion on a soft tone palette.
3. Your favorite color. Try by mixing colors that make you happy with some nature items, plants are a good idea since they have a calming effect through their soothing green colors, plants also provide you oxygen. However, avoid flowers which need special maintenance, remember that the key is productivity and being fully present on your job. Bamboo or hanging terrariums, for example, make a good choice and are often included in zen décor.
4. Incense burning sticks. Create a cozy fireplace, if your private studio, try candles and incense burning sticks, or even a homemade linen spray and essential oils which are natural ways to enhance these areas with fresh scents, which can not only be calming when it is time to work, but also invigorating when it is time to be productive.
5. Metal and wood: In the case of wood, it is accurate to do not take them too seriously, if you happen to own a wood look floor that can be more than enough, in that case try to add some balance with other elements association. For adding metal to Zen but Chic studios try some lamps for lighting, and look around locally for artisans that do metal art.
One of the most benefits you will be absolutely grateful for is that, your Zen style private studio would always be easy to clean. The more stuff you have, the more you have to move to keep it clean. Think about how easy it is to clean an empty room compared to one with 50 objects in it. Have what you love and live it to the fullest.
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Life can is a precious gift, and while we aim to program our next move time goes by without mercy. In the US thousands and thousands of Americans work for a better future in order to get the best of the American dream, however when it comes to retirement, projections are a bit different.
Florida with its miles of coastline, beautiful beaches, warm weathers and classic but modern architecture is considered one of the best places to retire and cultivate a more peaceful but equally beautiful life.
If you are looking to make a change down south and want to enjoy all that the sunshine state has to offer try by considering one of these places to live in.
Best areas for retirement in Florida
FLorida Local Culture: Fort Meyers is one of the best options for those seniors who want to live peacefully but also want to have art fests and music exhibitions. This small town still maintains a charm style precede by a population of around 65,000 people that get to enjoy the outdoors and fine weather here year round with plenty of opportunities to hit the sand at the nearby Cativa beaches and islands and the popular Sanibel beach. For its maritime landscape and activities like ArtFest Fort Meyers, the Music Walk and its close proximity to some of the best boating and fishing the state has to offer, Fort Meyers is one of FinishBuild picks to live in.
The Venice of America: Fort Lauderdale city is well-known for its extensive canal system, located on the coast just over 20 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is another FinishBuild suggestions for seniors who are into European looks and steady year round weather. Are you into sunsets nearby a coast line? This city includes great parks, wonderful dining restaurants, multiple museums, and over 60 golf courses if you are into a landscape sport. However what FinishBuild really like about this little Venice, is that since it is a touristic area, family can visit you without getting bored, the city is also happened to own the unbelievable Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex and the International Swimming Hall of Fame which is great for you on a different weekend as a locals and international visitors as well. We definitely think of Fort Lauderdale as a place that you would never get bored of.
Walt Disney World: Orlando is our number three pick for seniors who kept their inner child alive. Orlando, as a senior would never make you feel alone, ranked as one of the most visited cities in the US, Orlando can enhance your life with its gorgeous tropical year round temperatures. As the nest of the fantasy world, dreams come true in Orlando, where living is possible due to its relatively low cost of living, good public school system and unbeatable location within the state of Florida.
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According to Chinese culture, strength and softness is exactly how a Chinese person was supposed to conduct himself in society which happens to be Bamboo characteristics. This trendy flooring material can elevate the elegance of a space almost instantly. At FinishBuild we care about your flooring aspects but most of all, we give special attention to the feeling that well-finished surfaces can provide you. Similar to hardwood and yet, still distinct and different, comes Bamboo flooring to add some long-lasting support. Bamboo is a natural surface covering material that has many of the properties of hardwood flooring, even though it is actually produced from a type of grass.
What FinishBuild loves about bamboo flooring is that it will bring you joy, stability and well-based memories. Sustainable but also eco-friendly, Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Because this material grows so rapidly, it can be harvested frequently without damaging the ecosystems of bamboo forests. Nevertheless, choosing Bamboo flooring is a great choice that US households make every day in contribution to Mother Earth for those interested in green building materials.
Bamboo has been used through history not only because of the strength of the material. Bamboo sticks are hollow and it has become a symbol of the internal capacity of a modest person to accommodate the opinions of others. For these reasons, in China, bamboo was also eulogized in songs and poetry. With the stability of planned building, Bamboo flooring would be a great decision for flooring in an endless number of home applications.
The Benefits of Natural Bamboo Flooring
1.Ecologically Friendly: Bamboo is made from natural vegetation. The bamboo plant is a highly renewable resource, which means that while it takes a tree 50 years to reach a height of 10 m, a Bamboo can easily reach the same height after only 50 days, and after five years it can be used for commercial purposes.
2.Water Resistant: Bamboo belongs to the lily family and is native to shady, tropical rainforests where there is plenty of water. This material is slightly more resistant to water damage, stains, and warping than hardwood materials, although it is still a concern. As people are becoming more ecologically conscious they are demanding products that reflect these values.
3.Price: When it comes to prices, Bamboo flooring is valued at about the same level as most hardwood floors. Prices you can find in the market might rank from $2.00 per square foot – $8.00 per square foot. Bamboo flooring is a relatively economical material considering it is a natural resource and the resilience properties it carries; however prices per square foot would depend on a variety of characteristics.
4.Quality: Bamboo, is extremely strong, because of the principles of mechanics Bamboo happen to own much greater flexural and stable capacity than a solid structure. These variations allow bamboo to combine its lean elegance with immense strength; no wonder why we already are seeing bamboo bicycle and bamboo houses.
5.Long-lasting material: Thanks to its large number of fibers, Bamboo remains connected with very fine fibers, which are the secret that makes it unbreakable, these fibers run the entire length of the bamboo stem connecting all the segments. However, FinishBuild experts says that the darker the bamboo the less long-lasting it will be. That is due to the dark kinds are caused by a process known as carbonization, which places the bamboo under a high level of heat and pressure. This both changes the color and weakens the material.
6.Refinishing: Over time Bamboo flooring might discolored, scratched, or marred. FinsihBuild is glad to work with Bamboo Flooring because its surfaces can be refinished, sanding it down and subsequently re-enhance with finishing coats to add a fresh new look.
Bamboo gives and provides by empting its interiors, so if you are into a humble but strong and also stable lifestyle then this Chinese Plant would be the best companion. FinishBuild is glad to have the opportunity to learn from Bamboo who when in the storm times, it bends with the wind. And when the storm ceases, it resumes its upright position. Its ability to cope with adversity and still stand firmly without losing its original ground is moving.
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There is nothing like the rewarding feeling you experiment once you have accomplished that dreamy home improvement project, with the expected results and look you wanted; so why not get involved in a new adventure but this time with your home garden? Gardens have the amazing feature of fostering a great sense of community through neighbor to neighbor connections. There are also some other tremendous factors that might encourage you to create a gorgeous as well as functional garden in your home’s exteriors, for instance; gardens beautify landscape as they allow you to be creative and make a potential area to grow an innovative garden, under your needs and taste. They can also serve as a food source for you, your family and the overall community because you do not need to rely on vendors to supply fresh products.
Moreover, gardens have the great ability to make a very positive environmental impact. Just to give you one example, we can mention those waste products that remind in our kitchen and are immediately throw into a garbage can, instead of doing this you can easily use them as nutrient rich additives for your brand new garden. This is a winning/winning idea because you will not have to deal with the odors coming from the trash, that are provided by these waste products, and additionally you are producing your own natural fertilizer for your plants. Furthermore, beautiful gardens make your house look even more gorgeous and charming; they provide adorable flowers, aesthetics, scenic growth, and if you want, they can also be a natural source of nutritious vegetables and fruits.
Top Garden Trends in 2016
Whether you are planning to create or renovate your home garden; here we have enlisted some of the top garden trends that have been inspiring people to get the functional and eye- catching garden they have dreamt.
Regarding coloring structures…
People is incorporating more color out of their structures, by this we mean that when it comes to fences, arbors or houses, homeowners are painting these areas in dark green or blue instead of the traditional style such as white, brown or gray. The reason that has lead people to decide on these colors can be attributed to the 2016 European influence, where people enjoy creating vibrant backgrounds for setting off their plants in the garden. Keeping up with the garden structures, details of a stone wall, attractive edging or delicate branching designs in the landscape are the hot trends people is following for this magnificent area of any house.
What about Garden Style?
When it comes to urban design for 2016 minimalism and simplicity are the two most highlighted trends that show up, they say that “less is more” and this is definitely the best example to prove it. Designers as well as customers are agreeing on true appreciation for subtle garden styles, rather than lavish and big designs that were seen in previous years. Perhaps you are wondering how to incorporate these trends; well it is not a difficult task, as long as you make good decision on color schemes, especially monochrome such as white, gray and black. These colors are the most dominant shades for garden trend in 2016; just one of these colors incorporated in your overall design will add that extra pop to your garden. In 2016 night lighting has also been in the spotlight of garden features, this is because of how easy is to make a garden shine and make a true impact.
Sustainability & Landscape
Striving to combine both sustainability and landscape is another great trend of this year. Even though it is a challenging trend, designers and costumers have been able to appreciate how important is to create sustainable landscaping. The benefits of sustainable gardens are vast, so this is the reason why you have seen and will be seeing more of this trend in new designs.
What Type of Plants for Your Garden?
As we mentioned at the beginning, single or monochrome colored garden trend also follows on plant trends. One can think that having a massive display of only one color can go against basic colorful garden design; you might be surprised about the overall amazing visual impact. On the other hand, homeowners and designers are being attracted by treating a plant pot as a small scale landscape; this means that instead of having a single houseplant in a pot, you can apply the “thriller, spiller, filler” container gardening techniques or the most suitable for you design principles to indoor gardens. It is also important to mention that as the obsession with container gardening is one of the hottest trends this year, plant companies are also encouraging people to bring outdoor plants inside, no matter how small is the space you have assigned for growing your plants, containers are still a great solution for limited outdoor space; for instance if one of your favorite outdoor plant is Bandera purple lavender, then bring it indoor and choose it as an excellent fragrant alternative for the usual cut flowers space. In order to follow this trend; your houseplants should be in containers that also have herbs or veggies treated as foliage, all this toward creative manifestations.
Your Garden beautiful and Also a Foodie Centric Growing
Terrarium, living wall, indoor planter, whatever the name you have heard it is, people are feeling really interested in gardens that not only provide beauty to their houses but are also an exceptional source of fresh products; harvesting micro- greens from their own windowsill is the best example of taking garden’s functions to another level. Baby basil, radish tops, cherry tomato (also called Sweet Valentine), are just a few examples we can mention of plants that look pretty on a tabletop or in a window box.
From herb garden, vegetal garden or flower garden, the benefits of creating a healthy and pretty one are many. When you create and grow your garden you have a new appreciation from nature, as you have the opportunity to see how your plants grow. Benefits go from financial to physical ones; so reasons to build your own garden are just plenty. There is no denying that plants and their caring are not simple tasks; in order to own a stunning and healthy garden you need to commit with it and know that making your garden to look good sometime hard work is needed, but we are more than sure you can make it! Additionally, gardening gives you the opportunity to have a real sense of appreciation, because you can see the bounty of your effort. Start exploring the potential of your garden today, create not only an eye- catching garden but memories that last a lifetime with your loved ones…you dream it, we Build it!
This section is dedicated on a New York Times article by Fred a. Bernstein. Even though was publish on 2011, Engineered Floors Are Getting Serious provided us an interesting review of why engineered flooring products are so popular on many construction fields.
To start, FinishBuild is glad to show you a little introduction to a few engineered flooring product users that support this ecofriendly material as a solution to special measurement areas but with a classic look that resembles nature uniqueness. Take for example, supporting engineered flooring products, Lee F. Mindel, an architect with Shelton, Mindel & Associates, Mr. Mindel said, that he has used engineered floors -which eloquently refers to, irreverently, as B.L.T. sandwiches- in boats and airplanes, where thickness and weight are crucial.
Regarding resistance factors, supporters of engineered floors also note that engineered floors are not subject to the “cupping” or “crowning” (respectively, concave or convex warping) that are major complaints about traditional wood floors. These important fact relays on the quality which makes engineered flooring products valuable in places with much moisture or buildings where large windows mean that every flaw will be seen under bright light. They can also be precut to fit rooms precisely, avoiding the possibility of sharp edges, a big advantage in dwellings without baseboard moldings.
Another fact that is well highlight on the article is the fact that engineered flooring products are almost one-quarter-inch thick, which means that a piece of wood would produce one solid floorboard can produce four or more engineered boards. James Caroll, who owns LV Wood, also contributed on adding that the under-layers of engineered floors are made from fast-growing, and therefore rapidly renewable, trees.
When it comes to laminate flooring it is important to mention that engineered wood floors are not laminate. Laminate flooring does not contain wood, and if it does, is on a very low amount of wood.
According to BuildDirect Company Engineered hardwood flooring products are prepared by gluing a real hardwood veneer to a core board made of plywood or high density fiberboard. Because its assembling method, engineered hardwood is further dimensionally stable than solid hardwood, meaning that these flooring products will not contract or expand on the exposure of humidity or temperature changes.
Kindness of engineered hardwood can be display on its cost. In relation with other flooring materials such as solid hardwood, for example, engineered hardwood is generally less expensive.
Another particular characteristic is its diversity and multipurpose feature. Engineered boards can usually be installed on all positions, including beneath grade. It also tolerates heat exposure, allowing planks to be installed over radiant heat. And furthermore, its well base structure can agree on concrete subfloor installation.
On the other hand, it is important to take into account that not all engineered flooring products can be rub down or sanded, floors with veneer thickness less than 2mm should be refinished-evade. This matters relays on sanding the top layer more than once or twice may expose the base layer underneath.
Non warp or squeak floors
Engineered Flooring is prepared with hardwood thin pieces, came with a crisscross layering manufacturing, which seems a suitable option for floor conditions that require a strong flat for extra weight and strength, avoiding warps or squeak issues. Its core is usually plywood or high-density fiberboard (HDF) and the top layer is composed of a of hardwood veneer which is glued atop the core to mimic nearly any species of hardwood.
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Engineered hardwood has the natural characteristics of the selected wood species, and at Finish Build, kinds like EARTH FRENCH OAK, WARM SUNSET, are available if you are in the mood for a forest pigment. The reason people tend to choose engineered hardwood over natural hardwood is because the greater moisture and heat resistance. This is due to the layers assembling process, engineered flooring floorboards normally has three or more layers. Therefore, there is superior stability with the company of additional layers. The core layers may be made of plywood, high density fiberboard or hardwood. For example, Vanier engineered flooring has five to seven hardwood core layers.
At our 2016 catalog we currently count with brand such as, Parkay Floors which offer you clear shades that goes from, BROWN VALLEY, PEARL FRECH OAK, NATURAL FRENCH OAK to more smooth colors like NIGHTFALL, ROCKY MOUNTAIN.
Engineered floor maintenance
As your skin, flooring layers are also significant. If the area in which your hardwood floors are laid has a broad window, protect your floors from the direct sunlight by using sheer drapes or blinds. Hardwood floors may be ill and affected by ultra violet rays.
According to HomeFlooringPros, a broom is the first main step in order to get rid of dust, dirt and debris. Subsequently a slightly-damp mop can be used to remove remaining debris. If you have tough spots, try to use non-abrasive products, water mix with a few drops of lemon juice and a bit of common soap, will be enough to remove stains. Once again we remind you that ammoniac or steam cleaner because you might create the right conditions for moisture spreading.
Remember that ecological floors would always match with ecofriendly products, so do not be afraid of trying new natural ways of cleaning your engineered flooring products. FinishBuild flooring products performance has a very special positive influence by keeping nature and wood-look styles. So, whether you are thinking about a home redesign project with comfy and warm purposes, engineered flooring could be the finest choice for your house, family and planet health itself.
Engineered flooring not only can reflect your personal style but also your personal values as well. By acquiring these types of products you are contributing to the planet, by saving earth lung flora. FinishBuild staff hopes that not only physical beauty came into your living accommodations, but also a new vision for what is important to human race, which is preserve life above all.
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Every flooring choice you made should bring a comfortable as well as an inviting feel to your home; this will deliver a striking design aesthetic to your space. Hardwoods are among the most durable and beautiful of flooring options; they are one of the few that will truly boost the value of the property as well, since there is a huge number of wood flooring styles and finishes that home and property owners can find. From FinishBuild’s point of view, this flooring alternative is a simple way to add luxury to a space. Aside from its visual appeal, hardwood is sturdy nature and its affordable price makes it a popular choice among other flooring options. Your living room is where you and your loved ones spend quality time, is the shelter where you and your family gather to talk over new projects, and furthermore your living room is what tells you have finally arrived home. What we are trying to say is that flooring plays an essential role in your house; this is why often upgrades can increase its value, and also help to better its aesthetics and functionality.
Create an authentic impact in your living room: FinishBuild suggestion
A living room inspired by India
India is known for its delicate silks as well as other textiles, which are integrated from everywhere. Not for nothing this country is worldwide known for owing one of the seven wonders, which is the Taj Mahal; an architecture marvel, where it can be clearly appreciated the role of interior design. Through times, we have seen the different changes in interior design styles, for instance Minimalist or Contemporary, however Indian interior design style remains intact and clear stated. In case you are still wondering why we chose this country to be part of this article; the answer is very easy: based on India’s culture, amusing heritage and history, designers are embracing the rich colors and textures which are key elements of Indian design to incorporate them into their design projects. There are some other reasons that drove us to choose this style, and in order to add one more FinishBuild believes that handcrafted furniture (made with traditional Hindu methods), and printed cottons are two significant aspects that paired with our Calico hardwood as a surface for a living room with this style, will add a rustic appearance and really solid quality to any living room space.
Before purchasing hardwood
Ok, you have made your decision on taking hardwood as your living room flooring, because you know this choice is both timeless and timely, plus it will add a beautiful look to your room; however there a few things you should review before you hand over that credit card, or sign any check.
You might probably know it, however we would like to let you know that each species of Harwood comes with its own particular characteristics; and depending on which part of the tree is cut, the wood’s color is determined. Moreover, natural variations of this material combine to create your floor’s unique natural beauty.
This version of hardwood comes with multiple coats of sprayed urethane on its boards, which then turn into UV dried, and in this way creates a lasting finish. Pre-finished hardwood floors are already sanded, screened and stained from really manufacturing plants. This is the hardwood version we can offer you in FinishBuild, the one that can be screened and recoated at home in order to revitalize its finishes and refresh the flooring’s natural beauty.
Finish in Place
On the other hand, there is “finish in place” hardwood what basically means to having unfinished hardwood installed, sanded nor stained, and the coats of urethane needed are apply in your home; this version takes more time than pre- finished boards, however the results is a level of customization that cannot be found on any flooring store.
Consequences based on the effects of weather
Since it is a natural product, hardwood can asymmetrically expand and contract, depending on the changes in moisture and temperature. As a result, you can be found dealing with hairline cracks or some variations in height or width. In any case, if you are planning to install hardwood in a wet climate, be sure your home is well insulated. In opposition, if you live in a dry climate, you should think of using a whole house humidifier, this way you minimize the effects of weather.
Try to maintain the life of your hardwood by doing annual deep cleanings; remember that as your supplier, FinishBuild would be glad to help you with care guide for cleaning and maintenance.
Some of the hardwood flooring trends
Today’s flooring market opens up a whole new world of design possibilities, which certainly ease your making-decision process; these latest trends fit impressively your personal style and add more natural looks to the spaces where are installed.
Wider and longer planks
This is a great improvement since wider planks visually open up a small area; they are excellent for living rooms, master bedrooms or any area in your home, and furthermore they can be installed horizontally, vertically or even diagonally. Wider and longer planks are definitely on the rise.
Regardinf this we need to emphasize that this hardwood style is gaining popularity in recent years, although it was first introduced to add a “neutral” tone whether for wall, carpeting or tiles. Now hardwood comes in this tone, and is the perfect way to revolutionize any of your areas at home. It comes in a range selection from light neutrals to deep saturated charcoals. Gray hardwood trend is absolutely a true statement piece.
People might think this trends resembles the traditional look pattern in any room, however today’s hardwood flooring is all about color, so as you choose a deep and dark color, you will reach an awesome bold design impact. Darker hardwoods come in an amazing variety of finish; from oak to cherry or walnut, they would help you create a sleek look.
It is made from solid wood sources, and originates from old barns, farmhouses, beams or logs salvaged from rivers and lakes. Reclaimed hardwood is eco- friendly and this trend is appealing today’s green customers.
In brief, installing hardwood as a living room’s surface is one of the most popular flooring choices available, due to its ability to coordinate with any design style. The different tones it can be found nowadays, add to its beauty and its resistance a great option for high-traffic areas. FinishBuild is aware of the fact that flooring customers are looking for more personality from their hardwood floors; and as new technologies are emerging in the hardwood flooring industry, there will surely be more options available than ever before to suit consumers’ tastes and styles.
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