Sunday, July 24, 2016

How Can You Avoid a Home Disaster When You Are Away on Vacation?

So picture the scene. You have just arrived home from a summer vacation. You are happy with your tanned skin are now just dreading the amount of laundry that you will have to do. You drive into your neighborhood and then you see that you no longer have a home. It has all burnt down! Talk about a vacation nightmare! How did this happen? How did no one tell you about it? One of the first things you need to do is tell your close neighbors that you are going away on vacation. If they can, have them stop by every so often, to check on things. They could bring in your mail and check on things like the electrics. Then a disaster like a house fire could be completely avoided. So, a pretty extreme example there. But what other disasters could happen when you are out of the home?


Imagine trying to get the laundry done and then all of a sudden your washer breaks and floods the house. You could just decide to make the home a large swimming pool. But that won’t get the laundry clean, will it? So having some emergency numbers handy is so useful. Flooding can stop electrics from working, so it might be difficult to use the home internet or the home phone. So have backups to hand. Then you can call someone in as soon as you need to. This goes for all plumbing related things. If you need to fix your blocked sink or toilet, you want it to be dealt with pronto. Leaving things like that will just become stinky and gross. So have a list of handymen and plumbers that you like to use. That is, of course, if you don’t know how to fix these types of things yourself.


If you are away from home for a few weeks, you could start to get a build-up of mold or mildew on the walls. This can be especially true in the winter months. So how can you combat this? If you go away a lot, you need to have some helpful and trustworthy friends. You will be relying on them to help you out a bit again. If your home is susceptible to this kind of thing, then make plans before you leave. Getting a dehumidifier is a great idea too. Have your friends or neighbors put that on for you every few days. Then it can take lots of the moisture out of the house. The rooms to focus on are in the basement in particular. Then just other rooms depending on what the weather is like. Lots of rain when you are away, equals lots of use of the dehumidifier!

Most of all, just make sure that you have home insurance. So if the worst thing does happen, you can deal with it in a quick and relatively inexpensive way. Have you ever had an unforeseen disaster at home? If so, how did you deal with it?


5 Mistakes To Avoid When Paiting Your Interior

Painting is one of those jobs that looks easy, but it’s definitely not.

Anyone who’s ever picked up the brush can attest to that. If done correctly, painting is a fine way to freshen your home and make it feel brand new. If done incorrectly, your walls and ceilings can quickly deteriorate into a sloppy, discolored mess.

So, to help you avoid this situation, here are five ways to do it incorrectly, so you know to avoid them. Brushes at the ready!

Mistake 1: Getting paint on the floor

That expensive carpet you laid down can quickly turn into a mess if you’re not careful. There are a couple of reasons why you may be doing this, and it’s important to wipe them out.

The first is that you’re loading your brush too much. As a result, paint is dripping off the brush and onto the floor. Obviously, you’ll want to put less on your brush to negate this effect. Secondly, make sure the floor is covered, and the paint surface is not glossy. Both these can result in a colorful floor!

Mistake 2: Using the wrong kind of paint


There are a lot of different paints for a lot of different situations, and to be fair, it can get hard to chose the right one. If you’re painting inside, you’ll need some interior paints, so make sure you don’t choose exterior paints.

You can get paints that are glossier than others too, so beware of these. Most of us wouldn’t want our walls to have a slight sheen! Glossy paints are best used on features like banisters, to accent a space.

Mistake 3: Painting when it’s dark

This could mean you start painting too early in the day, or you start too late. Even if you paint in high daylight, you must ensure that the room is well-lit. If it isn’t the color of the paint will not come across as naturally as you’d like.

Additionally, if you paint in low light, you can miss patches of wall that you forgot to paint. You will also miss other imperfections, like slight bumps, which can impact how the paint looks. Buy some spare lights if you must - just keep the room well-lit!

Mistake 4: Painting over gloss

Painting over gloss is a surefire way to ensure your paint does not stick. The paint needs some sort of friction to stick itself to, and gloss has precisely zero friction. It’s important that you sand the area down first, to give the paint something to hold onto.

Mistake 5: Moving the brush in different directions


This means that you’re waving the thing around like it’s a magic wand. It’s important that you keep all your brush strokes flowing in the same direction. This will make your walls and ceilings look better, because you won’t be able to see all the random stroke lines.

So if you start to paint downwards, keep it that way for the whole job. If you start to paint to the right, keep painting to the right. If you forget which direction you’re headed, double check the most recent patch you painted and look for stroke directions.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

More fun selections

Following up from my last post about my super fun job selecting finishes for our new house, there were a few final things I had to choose, these are a little more mundane and not as beautiful but really important to the finished product. I know all my posts recently have been new house related, sorry about that, but I love this stuff so want to make sure I'm spreading the joy just a little, the world really needs it right now. Rest assured though this is my last house post for a little bit because tomorrow we head off on our New York I'm scared! I know it will be great but I just need to get there already so I can relax!

So doors.....I really dislike door selections, there are limited options and they are kinda dull, we just went with a flat door on the inside, including a few cavity doors. Our sliding wardrobe doors are frosted glass which will be beautiful. Our builder tried to make us do mirrored, no way! Way too many finger prints meaning way too much thanks! Front doors on the other hand, this is my dream...

This is what we're getting (in stained wood)...


Lever handles are going on the doors, maybe a little higher than standard so little hands can't reach them and scare mum and dad in the middle of the night ;).

We have gone with the colour Woodland Grey from Dulux on our window frames. We did that with our last house and I quite liked it, simple but it stands out quite a bit.  I like small features standing out rather than an entire feature wall.  Hopefully they stand out really well with the wall colour, hanging out to see the finished product......hurry up already!

We are having ducted heating which is amazing, although it is in the ceiling. I have never had ceiling heating before and I'm not 100% convinced that it is what I want but we don't have a choice with the house on a slab. Will need to get used to it but I'm sure it wont take very long.

Our contract includes an air conditioning allowance. We will be getting split system air conditioners both upstairs and downstairs. I have been really confused about placement of the air conditioner upstairs. Basically you walk up the stairs and see 4 doors, 2 bedroom doors, a bathroom and a toilet door. That's it, there is barely a hallway connecting all of them so where to put the air conditioner??? We are getting something like the ones available at, I think what we might have to do is get 2 smaller air conditioners to go in the bedrooms upstairs, if we put one big one in it would be facing a wall and would really be ineffective. I'm not about to waste money on something that won't work very well.  Downstairs the air conditioner will face the living and dining area which will also spread into the 2 bedrooms downstairs. I think that one is sorted, we just need to get the builder on board with the upstairs systems.

So what else.......We didn't need to select handles for our kitchen, we are having the push to open doors and drawers for a super sleek design, otherwise I think that's it. I think all my selections are done and anything I've missed can wait until the end.

So now I'm off to finish my packing and get ready for bed before getting up super early to head to the airport. I'm so exhausted already and I have 24 hours of travel ahead of me still, argh I can't wait to get there already and get settled in. I also can't wait to share our new adventures with you and the beautiful apartment we're staying in, now that I am excited about!