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One of the first things that a growing family notices is the decreasing amount of living space available in their home. Babies turn into toddlers, toddlers grow up to be small kids and before you know it, you have a couple of teenagers who just can’t find enough space to grow.
Moving to a new home maybe the perfect option but is something that is out of the financial reach of many families. Adding a new room isn’t cheap and could quickly turn into a money pit. The smartest option available for families searching for quick ways to increase the amount of living space is to simple purchase space saving furniture like a sofa bed.
Smart Beds and Furniture
This modern furniture is considered smart simply because it combines different furniture into one design. This is not only a bed but also combines the function of a storage cabinet or transforms itself into a study room. Some of these smart beds could also be stored to give your toddlers more space to play or move about.
Even your everyday double bed could be considered a smart option. Rather than having two beds occupying almost the entire real estate of your kid’s room, why not free some living space by having the same bed space that use half the space.
This smart furniture are not only perfect for growing families but for those who live in apartments. These are compact enough to be moved around the apartment and be packed when transferring to a new home. Those living in an apartment would not invest in expensive renovations. After all, transferring into a new home would be the ultimate goal of any family.
Other types of smart beds also don’t use bulky box springs. This gives your bed a lower profile and makes the bedroom a little bit roomier. Some smart beds also double as dressers or comes with pullout tables to double as study quarters.
Kid’s bedroom had traditionally been the smallest in the home. This might have been perfectly okay when they were babies or toddlers but growing kids need more room to grow. Other ideas for freeing up some leg space in your kid’s bedroom includes installing overhead cabinets that provide more storage space without taking leg room.
Part of modern home designs today does not only include using sustainable or green building materials. This also includes the use of space saving furniture that provides multi-functionality for the home owner.
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A heating circulation pump is just like any other pump that circulates hot liquid in a closed loop. The fluid is always flowing back to the pump, and the pump does not have to do much work. It moves the water upwards whenever water returns back. However, these pumps are powerful enough to overcome the resistance of pipes and the inertia of water. Basically, heating circulation pumps used in households require low power; hence, they come in compact sizes to fit inside the pipes.
Heating circulation pumps used in homes, like the ones at www.anchorpumps.com, are small centrifugal pumps. The impeller of the pump is driven by a motor which enables easy movement of water. The impeller is like a wheel featuring angled blades somewhat similar to a turbine. The impeller moves very fast, forcing the water that gets trapped inside it to move forward in a channelised manner. The motor rests inside a waterproof case and wraps around the impeller. However, industrial heating circulation pumps are sufficiently large, and the motor is mounted separately from the impeller.
When the hot water in the heating system is turned on and then turned off again, some water rests inside the pipe and cools down. If you turn on the hot water system again, you have to wait for some time till the water warms up again. This in turn results in wastage of water and time. A heat circulating pump overcomes this drawback by channelising the water from the pipes to water heaters and back to the pipes. As a result, you get hot water no sooner you turn on the system.
In the case of an industrial unit, a heating circulation pump moves larger quantity of water to and fro to the desired destination. These pumps are bigger in size, and consume more power than a domestic pump, but they are more powerful than pumps used for domestic purposes. They move massive amount of water to the heating system continuously, and help in maintaining heat while avoiding wastage of water at the same time. Due to these varied benefits, heating circulation pumps are widely used in domestic as well as industrial premises.
Baths are the centre piece of a bathroom and choosing the right one says a lot about the room itself. The right bath will change your whole room around and turns the bath from being a functional item, to something that is an unwinding, soothing article of luxury.
Baths are the centre piece or focal point of bathrooms and so need to be considered carefully in the context of every other piece of furniture. The amount of room the area has itself is one of the main factors in the sort of bath you can choose. However, for those with plenty of space the world is their oyster and they can even choose a freestanding bath or even circular tub.
We would say to take into account the area as a whole when choosing a bath, as some bathrooms just doesn’t suit a specific sort of bath. Currently, the market is split between the free standing with their beautiful rounded shapes and the traditional panelled bath.
Though the circular free standing bath is very attractive, it often isn’t just as practical as the freestanding bath. The traditional bath will fit into a smaller bathroom with more ease and is also ideal for showering in with the addition of the correct equipment. Shower baths with rounded ends also allow for great bathing in a small bathroom. We have also seen baths with tapered ends – ideal for odd shaped bathrooms and areas where there is little room for bathroom suites.
Baths come in an array of materials, from the classic cast iron to the acrylic, to natural materials.
Acrylic is the cheapest option and it retains heat and is the most commonly found for these reasons. However, it can discolour and often doesn’t wear as well as some of the other options, especially if harsh cleaning products are used on it.
Steel is also common and very durable. It’s hygienic, easy to care for and there is little worry about abrasion. It’s also often guaranteed for a long period.
Cast Iron is a heavy but beautiful solution and is what most freestanding baths are made of. Some models have two layers of enamel and are also under sealed, meaning it is a comprehensive solution that will last as long as you will.
Baths also come in other materials such as stone, marble, granite and stone resin. These are beautiful, but you should certainly check the amount of weight a floor can hold before you purchase a bath like this. However, they are very attractive albeit more expensive.
This is also important and the classic size is 1700mm x 700mmx 750, though larger options are available depending on the size of the bathroom, which has to be considered.
Cormac Reynolds writes for Kings Bathrooms and has written numerous DIY and Home Improvement articles across the web.
By the 1840s and 1850s, thanks to Davis and Downing, the Picturesque Movement had started to influence American houses. The movement encom¬passed a number of styles, including Stick Style, Queen Anne, and—the mode that architectural historian Vincent Scully identified as a high point of American domestic design—the relaxed and relaxing Shingle Style. A picturesque house is not shy about incorporat¬ing irregularity and expressiveness or about arousing sentiment. The designer may exaggerate the shape and prominence of the roof, give windows unusual dimen¬sions, or prolong the experience of entering the house. A room may rise surprisingly high, to generate a sense of expansiveness, or its walls may slope down, to create a cozy, enveloping refuge. Picturesque houses allow exper¬imentation and departures from the norm. It is these departures, exaggerations, surprises, and mysteries that invest a house with feeling and give it soul. The pictur¬esque is a form of romanticism, an approach that prizes emotion and imagination. So in this book 1 sometimes call these three “picturesque architects” and at other times call them “modern romantics.” They brilliantly combine romantic traits and modern methods.
When I first proposed presenting the work of these three architects, the reaction was always the same: Why Hugh Newell Jacobsen, and who is Obie Bowman? Peter Bohlin was the only identifiable modern romantic of the bunch. When I met Peter at his home in Waverly, Pennsylvania, he was as confident as I that he would belong in any book on picturesque homes. Architects have a great fear of being misinterpreted (because it happens so often), and Peter Bohlin’s initial concern was that I would show only his projects that had cottage-like profiles. Peter is a renowned designer, but many of his most published projects have traditional attributes: gable roofs, wood-frame construction, and common house parts such as columns, double-hung windows, and porches. The traditional projects have the virtue of being the most affordable of his designs; the cost is nat¬urally higher for nontraditional buildings made entirely of custom-made components. Despite the quality of the work he’s done in a relatively traditional vein, Peter didn’t want readers to get a skewed view, one that would ignore his more nontraditional designs.
This book therefore features diverse projects of Peters firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Some of the houses shown are relatively simple, with fairly tradi¬tional profiles, whereas others are more complex, exhibiting modernist elements such as flat roofs. Regardless of the budget or the character, the genesis of a Bohlin house does not vary. Peter starts, as each of these architects does, by intensely studying the property’s potential to take advantage of natural features: sun¬light, vegetation, and views, to name a few. The next step is to work out a simple geometrical organization of the house on its land. What that generally means is that Peter takes the plan of the house—which is based on the size and functions required by the homeowner—and incorporates it into a diagram of lines and rectangles showing where the views are, how people approach the house, how large the parking area or the patios should be, and where any special landscape features should be situated. The lines and rectangles are laid down accord¬ing to an academic set of proportions. The goal, though, is not academic. Peter wants the house to please the homeowner with its beauty, and he wants the house to be well suited to its landscape.
Inside and out, Peter’s houses exude warmth that tran¬scends the nature of their materials. Why some of his houses feel warm is obvious—he’s been known to line a home’s interior with wood on nearly every surface. A preferred wood for Peter is clear Douglas fir finished with satin polyurethane that glows, like a flame, with the littlest bit of light. Other homes are constructed with rough concrete, metal connections, and sheetmetal sheathing, industrial materials all, yet as Peter assembles and details them, they take on the same warmth as their wood counterparts. The best way to describe how he accomplishes this is to refer to agricultural buildings. Farmers have rarely been shy about using crude or industrial materials to build the structures they need, such as grain silos, milking barns, and storage sheds. As these structures have aged, they have blended into the agricultural landscape, coming to look as natural as the crops and the livestock. Peter uses these same materials in ways that recall their practical and unpretentious application by farmers. They initially appear to have been chosen mostly just to get the job done, but the final result is enchanting.
No one could imagine Hugh Newell Jacobsen employing the warm palette of Peter Bohlin, which is why bringing these two architects together into one book surprised many of the people I spoke with. The fact is, both Jacobsen and Bohlin restrict themselves to a very limited palette in order to create beautiful houses; the palettes are simply different. Where Bohlin covers floors, walls, and ceilings with Douglas fir, Jacobsen makes all the surfaces white. That difference has made an impact on how the two architects are regarded. Being known for all-wood homes has made Bohlin touchy about not being thought of as a mod¬ernist. Being known as a master of all-white homes has made Jacobsen sensitive to being seen only as a mod¬ernist. When I spoke with Jacobsen, he complained about potential clients who avoid him because they think he is too much of a modernist.
In truth, few designers have a more romantic orienta¬tion than Jacobsen. His homes may be ail-American in shape—perfect profiles of gable-roofed New England houses are part of his repertoire—yet he straddles two worlds, finishing those traditionally shaped homes with white-painted brick and sheets of glass: materials and details more often associated with modern office build¬ings. Whereas photographs of Bohlin’s interiors easily exude warmth, presentations of Jacobsen’s struggle to avoid appearing cold. “Warm and cozy” is a maternal attribute possessing undeniable appeal, but we should recognize that bright, airy, and clean are equally sensual attributes. Jacobsen designs homes that are meant to be loved for a lifetime, and he makes a point of telling his clients so. Many people feel at peace in a comfortable mess—a fact sometimes used in arguments against the purity of Modern design—but just as many, if not more, find peace in tidiness, orderliness, and Puritan principles, essential parts of Jacobsen’s lasting appeal.]
Jacobsen designs homes to be successful in their effi¬cient use of space, in their spareness and avoidance of frivolous details, and in their no-nonsense relationship to the landscape. The effect is nevertheless romantic because efficiency, in Jacobseri’s hands, achieves the char¬acter of poetry.
When Jacobsen chooses the site for a house, he finds the sweet spot that will make a striking impression on visitors and that will allow the landscape to change con¬stantly as the visitors take each step toward it or around it. Jacobsen’s houses do not need the assistance of a screen of foliage or the curve of a hill to make them vig¬orous. The shape and the layout of the house are dynamic in themselves. The house’s profile may consist not of a single, simple gable form, or of the even sim¬pler flat roof form, but of multiple volumes assembled like cards—one lapped over another, partly concealing and partly revealing the next. These are then arranged into V-configurations or into courtyards or rambling compounds, depending on the light, the topography, or the views. There is no dogmatic reason for laying out a house this way. Jacobsen simply knows that a design of this sort will be satisfying to live in and that with this layout, the house will make the best of the land it sits on. Jacobsen’s compound layouts serve more than one purpose; they enliven the approach to the house, dram¬atize movement through the interior, and enhance ordi¬nary experiences such as sitting at the dining room table—all good picturesque reasons for designing in this fashion.
Then there is Obie Bowman. Visiting Bowman at his office, you are not surprised that few people have heard of him. Nestled into beautiful countryside in northern California (where wealthy families start vineyards for the fun of it) lies a aluminum Airstream trailer small enough to be pulled by a Volkswagen Beetle. This is the main office of Obie Bowman Architects. All the brava¬do of Peter Bohlin and Hugh Newell Jacobsen com¬bined would not be enough antimatter to negate the modesty of Obie Bowman. Yet just like those two, Bowman has the skills and the power to bring nature to its knees. The Pacific coast, Bowman territory, is far more fierce than places like the shores of Virginia where Jacobsen’s clients have settled down in his troupe of colonial shapes. In settings where the wind refuses to let trees grow taller than flag poles, Bowman’s structures wedge themselves underneath the landscape’s skin. Permanently embedded, they are impossible to move.
The forms Bowman uses are not entirely unfamiliar, and they blend remarkably into the scenery. From the outside, they appear reclusive. A Bowman design may be a courtyard house on the coast, or a three-story dwelling with a tiny footprint squeezed between the trees in a for¬est, or an earth-bermed house with ground cover grow¬ing up and over the roof. Visitors must find their way to the front door, yet they are subtly led by what seems to be some mystical force. This is an aspect of good pictur¬esque design. Like the view to the house itself, the view to the ocean, the distant hills, or just to the evening sky is held back, then revealed, then taken away again, to give the lucky homeowners more pleasure than any ordinary home would render. The exterior is visually forceful yet it seems less rigid or organized than Bohlin’s or Jacobsen’s designs, gwing Bowman houses a deceptively hodge¬podge composition.
All three of these architects inject a bit of levity into the mix. Jacobsen’s prim and proper clapboard houses have big holes cut into them. Bohlin’s houses have giant window boxes globbed on like big warts. Bowman leans absurdly large posts against a house; the house would cave in from the weight if it weren’t for the hidden structure. The textures, colors, and scale of the building parts that make up the exterior may seem organic, but they’re actually a bit affected, considering their location. For example, a closer look at the hefty column of tree trunk used to frame the entry to a Bowman house would reveal that neither is it structurally essential nor is it cut from a tree that could be found on that land. As with all romantic architects, the possibility of creating a delight¬ful or humorous composition is sometimes the only rea¬son Bowman needs to add one more bracket or beam to a facade.
On the interiors, ordinary house-building becomes extraordinary, because nothing is taken for granted.
Waste not, want not is the best way to describe Bowman’s interior wall construction. What homeowner could not use another set of shelves for books, trophies, or family photos? Wherever possible, Bowman exposes the wood members that hold up interior walls, and he assembles them into a beautiful matrix of cubbyholes. Rooms are positioned up and down, here and there, as if they had built on uneven ground so that there is a nat¬ural flow throughout the house. Bowman uses inventive construction techniques to make fantastic interior spaces that the child in everyone would love. The fami¬lies that inhabit them enjoy enchanting, cave-like cor¬ners in seemingly impossible places. Some Bowman houses have fully suspended platforms large enough for an entire master bedroom, even if the home is tiny.
All three are master architects. One purpose of this book is to demystify what makes them astonishing, so that their work can be admired more widely. My other purpose is to present modern homes that embody feel¬ings, expression, and a love of nature. It is important to see these architects together, for it is through compari¬son that their common threads—their approach to the landscape and construction technologies, and their use of memorable forms—are revealed. This is the only way to recognize the picturesque techniques and principles that are the foundations of their practice, since they take many different final forms. That says a great deal about the potential of the picturesque. What I have tried to illustrate here is an approach that allows the individual homeowner and the architect to invent a completely unique residence without abandoning all those things that are sentimental, poetic, and familiar.
Generally the rarely noticed place of a home when this comes to ornamenting, staircase plays the significant role in the daily lifestyle like acting as the space or room to put on the shoes or hold products to be taken on the stairs. Let the staircase get the moments in the glory and in addition showcase personality of your home and you by how this is decorated. You can stencil the short words and saying on stairs by taping stencils to risers and painting with the brush of stippling in the jabbing motion.You should pain the runner on stairs. And you should measure from a wall inward on every riser and step, pencil in where runner will paint. You should use the blue tape of painter and paper or poly bags and tape this where you don’t desire to paint.
Whether you’re the interior designer or create the living offering services of the interior design, utilizing the computer software of interior design can make a job very easy. The software of the interior design allows designer to make the visual depiction of what they’re constructing earlier than having this built. Utilizing this kind of the software of interior design can really aid catch the possible errors in a design and save time and the money.
Most basic interior design software offers the way to draw the floor plan. It is handy whether constructing from floor up or making in the existing dimensions. Added ability to turning a floor plan in the three D space aids knows spatial relation and the flow of the traffic in the space. Some software programs of the interior design allow for the input of the furniture dimensions. The other software may offer the templates of the furniture which rotate and resize.