Creating a Fabulous Home Garden Design

A garden is an essential part in any home. This serves as a place where your family can connect with nature and provide space where you can find peace while everything is chaotic inside your home.

This is the reason why designing your garden is important. Many people consider hiring others to design for them not knowing that it is better if they do the designing themselves. This is because it can save a lot of money and that way, their vision of their garden will truly be embodied. Some might find it intimidating to take into their own hands the responsibility of deciding for the design of their garden not noticing that all one needs is imagination, creativity and confidence.

Think of what you want your garden to look like, if you want it to tell a story or not, what would you like the garden to remind you of and such. You decide the outcome of your garden. Be creative. Don’t think of planting roses just because everybody else in the neighborhood has roses. Think of other ways that you can express your imagination without being too afraid of what others might think. After all, it is your garden, not theirs. Be confident in your vision. Contemplate on what you want your garden to look like, what you want it to make you feel and stick with it. Know that your vision for your garden will satisfy you of all the people.

However, these three things are worthless without proper planning. Organize these three pointers and plan your home garden carefully. Always consider safety, practicality and beauty. Keep in mind that that the plants need to be properly aligned for proper growth. Make sure that they get all the nutrition that they need. And always make sure that they are not contrast with each other. Your garden should reflect you. It should please you as well. Designing your own garden will help you a lot into achieving these concepts.

Space Planning: Dining Room Case Study

Recently I did some space planning for “empty nester” clients. Their kids had all moved out, but still return for family dinners and special occasions. That’s all fine, but the “family” has gotten larger with the addition of spouses and grandchildren. It has become increasingly difficult to accommodate everyone at the same table for dinner. Sound familiar?

The Problem: Small Dining Room

For these clients, the enjoyment of having everyone at the same table was a “must”. Ideally they wanted to be able to seat 16 people comfortably. The problem was that their current dining room was an enclosed room of about 10.5 x 12.5 feet with no potential for expansion. At the most, they were able to fit 12 people very snugly into this room with the addition of two table extension leaves and extra chairs. There was very little space left to walk around the table. The “kids” (not so little anymore) were relegated to the kitchen table.

The Solution: Re-purposed Family Room

On the opposite side of the house was the family room measuring 10.5 x 16.5 feet. Adjacent to the family room was the living room which was used only for entertaining. Can you see where I’m going with this? Here is the case I made to my clients for moving the dining room function into the family room.

1. The family room is no longer needed for its original function as a family gathering space since the clients had become empty nesters.

2. The family room is located off the kitchen, so the proximity for ease of serving food is the same as the dining room.

3. The family room is the perfect size for a new dining space with the potential to seat 16 people.

4. The family room has the potential to become an even larger open concept space by removing the dividing wall between family room and living room.

5. Why not move the television into the living room so the empty nesters can enjoy their living room on a daily basis?

They were on-board with the idea, so I proceeded to prepare furniture layout plan options, two with the dividing wall between family room and living room left in place, and two with the wall removed. One of the options was to create a multi-purpose dining room by including a small sitting area in front of the patio doors for enjoying the backyard. The dining table would be kept in its smaller footprint with leaves stored away. Then, in advance of guests arriving, the sitting area chairs would be moved to the living room and the table leaves popped into place. My clients liked this multi-purpose option and in the end they opted to leave the dividing wall in place, in order to preserve wall space for their recently acquired entertainment unit. They also decided that their old dining room could be re-purposed as a main floor office/library space.

Converting the Family Room Décor

Simply moving the family room furniture out and the dining room furniture in, is really not enough to re-purpose the space. In order to create ambiance for elegant dining some décor changes are required. Here are some of the steps I recommend.

1. Lighting: Contract an electrician to install a junction box for your chandelier. Make sure it is installed where it will hang over the centre of the dining table and not simply in the centre of the room. Also consider adding a recessed ceiling light in each corner of the room (about 18″ away from walls). These should all be on dimmer switches.

2. Fireplace: Update an existing fireplace by removing the hearth and refacing the surround with an elegant material such as marble or granite. (One option is to repeat the kitchen countertop stone.) If your fireplace is wood-burning consider installing a gas insert. Or consider removing the fireplace altogether so your buffet can take pride of place on the focal wall.

3. Walls: Paint or wallpaper to add interest, warmth and drama.

4. Ceiling: Paint the ceiling a shade of the wall colour to increase the coziness factor.

5. Moldings: Add crown molding and beef up the baseboards to make this room an elegant principle room. Add wainscoting or chair rail to visually reduce the wall height and help protect the walls from chairs moving backward.

6. Flooring: Wall to wall carpeting doesn’t work in a dining room! Install hardwood flooring to match what you already have elsewhere in the house. It will be easier to clean up spills and move dining chairs back and forth. Although I am not a fan of area carpets in dining rooms, they do add a lot of warmth. Ensure your area carpet is large enough so chairs don’t get caught half on and half off.

7. Furniture: Investigate getting another extension leaf made for your existing table or upgrade to a new one of the appropriate size. If purchasing new furniture, consider slightly narrower chairs. Remember, extra dining chairs can be scattered around the house to replace desk or bedroom chairs.

8. Draperies: Install new floor to ceiling draperies for windows or sliding glass doors.

9. Mirror: Add a stylish mirror over the fireplace to add sparkle and reflect the chandelier. If you have a china cabinet, install mirror behind the shelves.

10. Art & Accessories: Add a large piece of art opposite the fireplace or a large grouping of smaller frames. Add a table runner, a floral centrepiece, candles and voila – a fabulous new dining room!

It’s never easy to make the decision to shake things up in your home. But it can be very rewarding and even exciting. However, it does take some planning and budgeting. And of course, when considering any renovation, the age-old question inevitably comes up as to how it could affect the resale value of your home. So you may want to contact a real estate agent in your area. On the other hand, if you are not planning to sell your home, why not make it work for you?

These suggestions are intended as a general guideline to specifically convert a family room into a dining room, thus making better use of available space.

Bed and Breakfast Rooms

Although Bed and Breakfast refers to a specific type of accommodation, that naturally must include a morning breakfast meal as part of the accommodation package, there are however a number of different types of rooms that are often available at Bed and Breakfast accommodation establishments, each designed to cater for varying needs of individual customers, and each usually affecting the price of the room.

Single bed rooms are the standard, basic room type. These are in most cases the cheapest room option a Bed and Breakfast will offer and usually with the most basic facilities. Including a single bed and intended for one person to stay in, they are ideal for single travellers who often are only looking for a one-night stay. As a result, facilities are often limited and may only include basic storage for clothes and washing facilities, although upgraded facility options are often available at additional costs. The idea of keeping these types of rooms as basic as possible is to keep the cost of the rooms low for the budget user.

Double rooms are in most cases very similar to single rooms but with a larger bed. Though designed primarily for a couple to stay in, they are commonly taken up by single guests who prefer to pay the bit extra for the extra space. Indeed, many Bed and Breakfast establishments offer double beds as standard in their basic, single room options. As double rooms are usually larger then singles, facilities are also usually greater, with extra storage and greater washing facilities. Although the price of a double room will be greater than a single, the price per-person is in most cases less than a single room and therefore a cheaper option for joint travellers.

Twin rooms will be very similar to double room options in most B & Bs, and often the rooms will be identical and cater for two people to stay in the room. However, there will be two single beds in the room instead of one double, designed to suit two people who are not a couple and who wish to sleep in separate beds. In most cases, the price of a twin room will be the same as a double, although they can vary, often the twin room being more expensive due to the extra bedding required and resultant additional washing.

A standard family room will in most cases cater to sleep four people, consisting of one large, double bed and two single beds, although in some cases the room may have two double beds. These are ideally suited for a couple with two children, although other groups of three or more people will often share family rooms between them to keep the cost down per person, rather than each having separate single rooms. Another advantage of family rooms is that they will usually have en-suite bathroom facilities.

En-suite rooms are rooms that have a bathroom attached to the room that his not shared by any other rooms or guests at the Bed and Breakfast. This is more desirable to most guests as it offers more privacy and relaxation than sharing washing facilities, and in many B&Bs all the rooms will have en-suite facilities in all their rooms as standard. However, many travellers prefer to take rooms with shared washing facilities, as these types of rooms will be cheaper, often significantly so. En-suite rooms will usually include

a bath and showering facilities along with a toilet and wash basin, although some may not have a bath, and in rare cases toilet facilities will be shared and not included.

View rooms are also another common room variation at Bed and Breakfasts that will affect the price of the room. Not all rooms in some establishments will be situated within a building with an external wall, and therefore will not have any windows. In these cases, rooms that have an external wall and a view from a window will be highlighted and often come with a higher price tag. A view room may also refer to rooms that have a view of a particular scene that is attractive to guests, and separate them from other rooms that have a view but not of anything interesting. Again, these rooms will usually be more expensive. Similarly, rooms with a balcony will usually be specified on a room list, and will be the higher rate rooms.

Best Garage Doors For Your House Garage

I remember the garage door that my parents used to have at home. It was something ugly, but highly efficient, it was really working well. However when it came to looking good, you just could not find something passable in those days. However things are so different nowadays when you can find practically anything that your budget allows you to pay for.

During the last few years garage doors have really undergone a lot of changes, modifications and pattern changes that make them highly appealing these days to most homeowners. There are many brands available today and you can find them in many different types and materials to suit your heart’s desire.

Some of the most popular garage door types are the composite doors, wooden doors, fiberglass garage doors, rolling steel doors and tempered doors. Obviously each of these types is made of the respective material, hence the actual product name. There are many different elements that entail buying such a garage entryway, such as cost and quality, so you really need to make your careful research before shopping for yours, since they are not that cheap to afford to buy one every year.

When it comes to price, you can really find them for all budgets. If your wallet is rather slim, you can go for rolling steel doors that cost less than some other ones however they are made with equally high quality in mind. Also these are very easy to clean and maintain. When it comes to design, you can find many different ones as well, so you can really pick and choose the right one for your own garage.

Quality is crucial and no matter your budget, you should never leave this aspect out. Wood is a good quality material that many homeowners prefer for their garages and with good reason. Not only that but they are also much better looking than those of other types of materials. And having a garage door that is useful, modern and very elegant can really increase the curb appeal of your home.

Our Home Garden With Solar Lighting

Our home garden, something that we have created, is not only the best place for outdoor entertaining but a calming spot to escape all the pressures of the day. By using solar lights, that get their energy from the sun during the day, we can enjoy a tranquil evening in our home garden. A home garden can refer to many things such as a flower garden, deck, patio, pool area, outdoor living room, or even an outdoor kitchen.

Solar lighting is totally different than low voltage lighting. Low voltage lighting requires wiring or cabling, a transformer, and an outdoor electrical outlet. You will not need an expert to install these lights; we just follow the instructions that come with them. You also do not need a professional to tell you where to place solar lights, that decision is up to you and your family. If you do not like the first place you put the lights you can move them around to any special area you want without having to worry about wires and being too far away from an outlet. If you happen to drive by a new home development at night you just might see solar lights lighting up a pathway or spotlighting a large tree.

Solar lights, of course, need to have sunlight to receive a charge. If the solar panel on the unit is very small it may need to be in full sunlight all day long to retain a charge; this will shorten the life of the rechargeable batteries. Make sure that the retailer you purchase your lights from has a return policy just in case you need to return the light. Last year my husband and I purchased a stake solar light that had a butterfly shaped light on top. We charged the light for the recommended amount of time and it did not work, so we tried charging for a longer period of time, but it still would not work. We returned the unit to the home and garden center where we purchased it and they give us a new unit. They told us that once in a while there will be a faulty unit.

The stake solar light is a free standing component that will easily go into the ground. The light itself is on the top of the stake with the solar panel located on top of the light. The batteries on most of these types of lights are located under the solar panel, and some of them have an on/off switch. The on/off switch is used mainly for charging new rechargeable batteries; place the batteries into the unit, turn the switch to the ‘off’ position and let the sun do the charging for at least 24 hours. After charging, turn the switch to the ‘on’ position so the light will come on when it turns dusk. Some solar lights will not have this switch so you need not to worry about the switch being in the correct position for charging. These stake lights can be placed in any part of the garden you choose and the nice part about them is you can move them anytime you want. These lights come as a white light or amber light, and their finished are available in several different metal finishes, plastic, or wood.

Many of the decorative lights, such as strands of hanging lights, are also solar. These are usually hung from eaves around a deck or patio, on a fence surrounding the garden or around a pool. They are also a great idea for party gatherings or an outdoor dinner party. This form of solar lighting usually comes in many different sizes, designs, and styles.

Spotlights are a fun feature for the garden. Now that we can purchase them as solar lights we can display more items due to the fact that we do not have to pay for the electricity to light them. They can be used to highlight anything in the garden you feel is very special. Some people highlight fountains, ponds, trees, and garden statuary. They cast a ray of light, similar to a flood light, but not as large an area.

Find Your Home Decorating Style

Home is where the heart is, but is your home a reflection of your heart? Too many people blindly follow the advice of an interior decorator or a salesperson, because they’ve never discovered their personal home decorating style. You can get to know yours by answering four simple questions.

Am I Traditional or Contemporary? If you could live in any space that you pleased, what would it be? Perhaps your dream is to live in an English country house, like the ones in a Jane Austen novel. Or maybe you’re the type who is happiest in a relaxed contemporary setting where you can put your feet up on the sofa and no one will mind. Knowing your “time type” will help you more easily navigate through the seemingly endless choices. And if you’re a little of both, don’t worry. Many great-looking homes combine the two looks.

What Color Do I Dream In? Do you feel most comfortable in a room that’s easy on the eye? Do you love the energy of purple or red or orange? These days, fabrics and accessories come in just about every color of the rainbow. Walls can be painted a rainbow of colors, too. Knowing what colors make you feel happiest will help you choose a color scheme that’s right for you.

What Would I Like My Home To Express About Me? We all have interests and hobbies, so why shouldn’t we be surrounded by the things we love? Whether your interest is books, music, crafts, travel, or art, it’s important to incorporate the things you treasure into your home decor. For instance, instead of hanging a generic landscape picture over the sofa, why not frame a gorgeous quilt or a vintage travel poster for your favorite travel destination?

Who Will Share This Home With Me? Do you have children, or pets? Is your home your refuge from the world, or your stage for entertaining? Knowing who will be using the space will help you determine how formal or informal your decorating plan should be. And being realistic about the wear and tear your most lived-in rooms will receive will help you make better decisions when it comes to choosing furniture and fabrics.

If you’re having trouble answering these four questions, borrow some home decorating books from your local library or pick up a few home decor magazines at the grocery store. As you flip through the pages, take note of what styles and colors catch your eye. Then try this little exercise again. This time, you should be well on your way to discovering your personal home decorating style.

Planning Your Home Garden

If you are planning to hire a house builder to complete your home design and build a home garden that will add perfection to your plans, then there are many choices available on the internet that you might find it difficult for you to choose just one type. If you plan to use only similar plants in your garden, it may not be difficult for you to take care of the plants. Here are some simple gardening ideas that you can choose from.

If you want the simplicity for your home garden then having a flower garden is perfect for you. Simple but then again elegant that will add sophistication with your home plan design. You can start planting permanent flowers in the garden as they will stay healthy through many years. In different areas, different flowers are well thought-out to be permanent. You can search the internet or visit a local garden store to find out flowers that you can plant in your garden.

You can plant also some vegetables to your home garden. This certainly not only gives your house designs plans and your home garden the greens but also perfect for the stuff you need with your food. Having a vegetable plant in your home makes your life better, as you don’t need to buy everyday fresh vegetables, you just need to pick from your backyard. This not only saves a lot of time but saves a lot of money. Fruits are something that you can plant also, fresh fruits in the morning not only gives your stomach happiness but also the feeling and sweetness of the fruits.

However keep in mind that the most difficult garden to maintain is a fruit garden. More often than that, pests get attracted to fruit garden because of the sweetness. You might have to use pesticides to stay pest away from your garden. Make certain that the pesticides you use do not harm the person eating these fruits. You also need to guarantee the soil is right for the growth of the plant.

House Garage Plans

There are many things people look for when dreaming up and finalizing their new house plans. Often, it involves making the home more aesthetically pleasing in its design, such as having the rooms flow well. But then there are other things to consider when getting your custom home – such as will you settle on a drive-way to store all of your vehicles, or will you include a garage in your house blue prints? After all, there are many positive aspects to building a garage. Not only does it add value to your home, but it will provide space that can come in handy as you move in. If you are newly married, maybe you plan on expanding your family. This means you need more space is needed. Same as if you buy a second car. Or even a third. Do you want to keep them all parked on the street, vulnerable to dings by other passing vehicles as well as people?

So why should you look into house garage plans? Well, there are many advantages to having one. First, it offers shelter for your automobiles. They will be kept out of the sun, keeping them cooler in the summer months as well as protecting the pain from the damaging sun rays. General protection from all environmental elements is good for any vehicle. Secondly, there are other uses for this space as well – such as for storage. Any home owner knows that yard equipment as well as other household items can be overwhelming – and there is only so much space in the home. So you can also store these items where they will remain safe and clean without getting in the way of anyone. Lastly, it can be used as a workshop! Working on projects can be a really fun way to spend some downtime on the weekends or in the evenings. And since you will be outside of the main home, you can be free to use equipment that may be a little louder and create some new works or repair items from around your property.

These are just some of the perks of building this onto your home. You have the luxury of deciding on a home design where it is attached to your place, or you can even put it further away. Many people decide to put it behind the home, which makes it an even better place to store and work as you will be away from the activities that are going on inside.

So when looking at your house blue prints, look into all aspects of your future home. Creating distinct, creative house garage plans can be of benefit in many ways, adding value to your new house plans as well as providing extra space.