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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Space Exploration in Home

Lofts or attics are typically used for long-term storage, or even left to stand empty, in many houses. It’s a waste of valuable space as a loft conversion can add several rooms to the home – often with great natural lighting from skylights or windows that are unshaded by nearby buildings. Plenty of light makes loft rooms ideal for a home office, or there’s the possibility of creating a small ‘studio flat’ with a large bedroom/sitting-room and ensuite bathroom; even a kitchenette if the space is available.

This may be the perfect place for teenagers craving independence, and would be great for a lodger once they eventually do leave the nest. Because a loft conversion essentially takes advantage of unused space, there’s little impact on the existing rooms in the house, but do bear in mind that a staircase usually needs to be added if the loft is to be used every day!

If another bedroom isn’t needed and you’re just looking for a little more living space downstairs, a conservatory can be a great choice – especially if there’s a sunny garden to make the most of. It doesn’t even need to be warm outside if the conservatory is well-insulated with cosy furnishings. This can make a beautiful dining room, playroom for children, or a studio for art and crafts, as again there’ll be good natural light during the day. Many people choose to have a conservatory to provide a welcoming, relaxing space for parties or just to chill out – all it needs is a couple of sofas and a good sound system. It’s also a good choice for gardeners, as delicate plants can be sheltered indoors but still benefit from the sunlight.

A third option, which can add almost any amount of space to improve an existing room – or to create a new one – is to undertake an extension. Naturally, this is only suitable for those who have unused land in a garden or driveway, and it’s not always simple, as surveyors, architects and planning permission will be required. However, the actual building work can be quite quick and the cost of ‘upgrading’ is often much less than that of moving to a larger home.

All about Bathroom Tile Design


If the area you have in mind is small and the tiles have designs on them, use a smaller size as large size does not help in giving a light airy feel. Also too large a image may not suit small area so choose a smaller one.


The visual effect that you can achieve is limited only by your own imagination. A large variety of standard designs are now available. Some manufacturers may even make a special custom product for you.


Google pictures is a great place to get some thought juices going. There are over a million pictures here alone.

For more inspiration, look at magazines or every day buildings as you travel around.


There are several types and styles available but the one most suitable and used by professional craftsmen are the water resistant ceramic type. At the planning stage, those are the ones you usually need.


If you use a plain color, the size isn’t that important, however try to follow the rule above anyway.

To help, I cover this quite important subject in some depth another article, as it really does set the tone and mood you may be trying to achieve.

Use of natural and artificial light.

Here’s the trick, to get a light airy feeling.

A small areas can present real problems but this were a little fore thought comes in very handy.
Lack of space can make an area feel cramped. So try and use plenty of light which helps and so does a mirror or two on the walls. Light color is an excellent way to give a sense of getting that bigger, more airy feel going. The key is get available light reflecting, so giving that impression that the room is larger than it really is. Try to use white or light pastel colors. Dark colors will give the opposite effect,of been closed in.

Mosaic and the power of contrast.

Most washroom areas are just plain white,which is fine if that’s all you want. I always think is a bit like been in a clinical area of some sort. Yes it is light and airy but bland and a bit boring.
Using a light color as the main background,use a more decorative mosaic to add interest,which really works wonders. A whole range of colors and shades are available to chose from. How about the image sea wave going around at waist level or ducks? What ever pushes your buttons. Give a little thought to how the result will look as you go. Keep an eye open look at other peoples for ideas.

Tricks Remove Wallpaper in Wall


Before you do anything you want to determine, as best you, can how easy the paper will come off. If you applied the paper initially, did you “size” the walls? “Sizing is a primer product made to prepare walls for wallpaper and can be found wherever wall paper products are sold. If so, your paper should come off without much difficulty. If paper is applied directly to the sheetrock it’s almost impossible to remove it without damaging the sheetrock. Builders often do this when they build a house to save time and money, so if the wallpaper has been there since the house was built this may be true in your case.

Look for a loose corner on your paper and pull it slowly. Is the paper thin or thick? Does the piece break off quickly or does it pull more paper with it? If the paper pulls fairly easy and the paper is thick your job will probably be easier than if it is very thin and stuck firmly to the wall.


If the paper looks like it doesn’t want to budge and the seams, corners and edges are all firmly in place you might want to consider leaving the paper in place and installing new paper over top. If you are planning to paint, the seams can be light spackled and a primer coat applied prior to painting. This can be done by a homeowner but your results may be better if you hire a professional.


If you decide to remove the paper, go to Hope Depot, Lowe’s or True Value and buy a garden type pump sprayer, a bottle of DIF and a 5 inch spackling tool. You will find all of these things in the wallpaper section of the store.

Mix the DIF with warm water according to the instructions in the pump sprayer. Spray a section of the wall starting at the top and including a seam. The DIF will work into these areas loosening the paper. Let the DIF sit for ten minutes. Working with your spackling tool, if necessary, begin at a corner or a seam and loosening the paper begin to remove the paper by scraping and/or pulling being very careful not to work so fast or dig so deep as to damage the sheetrock. Sometimes if the paper is tightly attached and the walls have not been sealed the paper surface of the sheetrock will pull off with the paper. This requires spackling repair prior to re-papering or painting, and while not impossible to fix, adds work to your project.

Let the DIF do the work for you. Spray ahead of where you are working so it can be loosening a section while you are working on the one that has already been sprayed. If it is not coming of fairly easily, spray a second time and let it sit another 10 to 15 minutes.
As you work, you will begin to get a feel for what works best in your particular situation. You may find once the paper is soaked thoroughly it comes of in sheets.

Once the paper has been removed, the walls will need to be prepped prior to installing new walls or painting. There is a wide variety of circumstances one can encounter at this stage. Wallpaper manufacturers use different types and quantities of glue on their papers. Some is thin and watery and not much of a problem and some are very thick, leaving behind a heavy layer of residue. If you are wallpapering, it is less of a problem than if you are painting. Still, if a substantial amount of glue remains on the wall you will want to scrape it off and wash the walls down with water or a mix of water and DIF just enough to remove the bulk of it.