Thursday, February 28, 2008

Stylish Beds

Platform Bed Styles
The platform bed, low and undemonstrative with a minimal profile raises utility to the level of art. The simple lines and lack of ornamentation make platform beds a perfect match for contemporary and modern bedroom sets.

Poster/Canopy Bed Styles

A poster bed clamors means that it fits right with traditional style bedroom sets. But posters can also be used for country bedroom sets and sometimes even with transitional bedroom sets. The dramatic canopy bed will treat a traditional bedroom like a theatrical stage.

Sleigh Bed Styles

High and scrolling foot boards specifying sleigh beds look most appropriate with country bedroom sets or traditional bedroom sets. In rare cases particularly metal beds with open-slatted foot boards, sleigh beds can just pull off the look required for modern bedroom furniture sets.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bedroom Lighting For Adults

The most important light one needs in bedroom bedside lights which can be like mounted on wall (low heighten) should be used but best is to put table lamps aside to have an immediate approach if needed in the middle of the night.

• Other tasks can be completed with the help of down lighters which provide general lighting to the room with lower intensity.

• One can go for task lights if study table or dressing table is incorporated in bedroom.

• Also one can use decorative lights or highlighters for any decorative piece such as painting, wall hangings etc.

• Lights should be placed such that they don’t fall on one’s face while sitting or sleeping on bed.

• One should use warm color tones with white lights which relax the eyes and give a warmer mood to the room.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tips Regarding Bedroom Doors and Windows

The door of a bed room should be less than 3 feet wide and 6 feet 9 inches high. The door should be side hung and it should be opened on the walls, not in the middle of the bedroom.

The windows should be fixed at the height of 2 feet 9 inches from floor level, maintenance free protected from sun and rain. The window should be fitted with glass shutters or fixed glass with minimum gap so as to reduce dust.

In case noise level out side is more, provide double glazed window. In case room is situated on west side, provide sun film on glasses as well as venetian blinds to reduce heat load and glare. Mosquito proof wire gauze shutter should be provided in the windows.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Decorating Dining Room

Perfect for a modern lifestyle, dining table is the most essential furniture to a home. Dining table is one thing that can make the dining room look attractive. In welcoming some guest, people would usually offer some foods or drinks served in the dining table.

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Dining room tables are a type of furniture that is used for eating meals or dining. Dining room tables are part of the furnishings in a home, usually in the dining room. In today's busy society, dining room tables are often used only for formal dining during holidays or for special occasions. Typically, food is served on the tabletop and guests are seated in chairs surrounding the table. Dining room tables come in a range of sizes, but are typically larger than kitchen tables.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Cement Mortar

Mortar is a mixture that is used to bind smaller elements like brick, stone etc to each other. It can thus be seen as a binding material that bonds bricks, stones to make a wall or for cladding purpose. Normally cement mortar is used in brickwork in present day construction though lime mortar can also be used but it requires superior craftsmanship and is hence infrequently used.

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Cement mortar is a mixture of cement and sand with water. The cement is binding material but requires sand as a filler material. This homogeneous mixture in a wet state is plastic and binds two materials when it dries. Mortar is generally defined as 1:2 or 1:3 or 1:7 etc. This means that one part of cement is to be mixed with 2, 3 or 7 parts of sand.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Color of Soil According to Vastu

Color of the Soil

Color of the soil is another important aspect which should not be avoided at the time of purchasing the plot. The following colors of soil are considered better for construction purposes.

1. Red
2. Yellow
3. White
4. Black


Red soil is suitable for executives who are engaged in administrative and legal services. These executives are usually employees of Government, armed forces or administration.
Yellow and Green is considered by shareholders, businessmen, bankers and by those who are directly related to commercial activities.
Usually White soil is preferable for intellectual professionals like doctors, engineers, teachers, poets, musicians, consultants etc.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bedroom Styles

Latest styles of Bedrooms.

Modern/Contemporary Bedrooms Styles:

Contemporary or modern bedroom should look clean, cool, and sophisticated. Low profile beds, simple prints and warm colors, and uncomplicated bedroom furniture pieces with smooth and streamlined forms are all elements of a contemporary bedroom set.

Traditional Bedrooms Styles:

Traditional bedroom furniture sets are typically ornate, lavish, and decadent. Woodworking and craftsmanship are put on full display via scroll work, carved bedposts, and over sized decorative headboards, all manufactured with deep and rich wood tones.

Transitional Bedrooms Styles:

Transitional bedroom sets are for eclectic designers, those who appreciate the very best wherever it can be found.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Layout of Building

Layout of Building
The real meaning and purpose of setting out (layout) is to transfer the plan, length and width of its foundation on the ground so that the foundation can be excavated for construction of purposed building as per drawing.

The following preliminary works should be executed before actual planning of layout for the house.
Clear the site from all grass, bushes, trees, etc. Record spot levels of the ground. Construct a permanent bench mark in construction area.
Base Line
For setting out /layout, the most important requirement is to establish a baseline. This is marked on the ground as per site plan requirement with the help of offsets which are taken from the existing road or existing building.
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Living Room Furniture

Rustic living room furniture:
Rustic style is another popular style found in living room furniture. Rustic living room furniture might include a sturdy wrought iron sofa or chair, a plain, solid oak coffee table or a handcrafted wrought iron cabinet. A heavy wooden rocker with a country style cushion is a rustic piece of furniture in your living room. Rustic living room furniture gives a bold and hearty looking. Rustic style furniture is not easily available and is normally expensive. Rustic living room furniture warms a home with its rugged, hand-crafted style and make your living room feel more comfortable and relaxed. Rustic furniture lends a charm and style to your living room.Materials:Good materials such as hard wood, plush cushioning and wrought iron are always expensive but quality is superior.

Tips for providing a rustic look:
Rustic furniture is extremely textural it is better to add it in small amounts. It is not necessary that the entire room be filled with rustic furniture. A few pieces here and there is enough to give a rustic look. You can warm up rustic seating pieces with cushions and pillows. These will help in softening the chairs visually and providing comfort. Try using rustic accent pieces such as tables, mirrors, coat trees or other accessories in living room entryway where interest and charm is especially appreciated. Smaller spaces in your living room can be theme-decorated in a rustic style around a few items, without making the entire room full of "rustic".

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Purchasing Guidelines for Cement


Cement is the most important raw material used in a building. You should ensure the quality of ‘Cement’ using the following guidelines.
1. The cement should be factory manufactured instead of plant manufactured.
2. The cement should be packed in the bags of synthetic jute or polypropylene bags.
3. The cement bags should not be hand stitched.
4. The cement bag should bear manufacturer's name or his trade mark on it if any.
5. The cement bag should bear the grade and type of cement.
6. The cement bag consignment must have identification mark on package.
7. The cement bag should indicate the date of manufacturing.
8. One cement bag should have 50 Kg. weight.
9. The cement bags should not be older than six weeks from the date of manufacturing.
10. Do not purchase cement bags which are partially set due to moisture. Do not purchase if there are small lumps in the bags.
11. Do not purchase cement bags which are pressed or have lumps due to high pressure of stack having more than 10 to 12 bags.
12. Do not take cement bags which are torn by side and stitched in later.

1. Care should be taken to carry the bags in a clean vehicle which is not dustier or on earth etc. It will reduce the strength of the cement.
2. During monsoon season the cement should be carried under covered Polythene or ‘Tarpaulin’.
3. Care should be taken that the labor should not tear the bags while loading and unloading the cement bags.
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tips for buying Coarse Aggregate

Precautions while Unloading Material:Watch out for the sub standard material. Even if the supplier tells you that he has carried the best material you should check the quality using the guidelines above. Precautions while Purchasing Coarse Aggregate
a) About Rate: You should collect rates from around 3 to 4 suppliers. You should also collect the rates from few truck owners who stand their trucks full of material at the early hours of the day in every city/town. This exercise will not only help you get good quality material but will also help you figure out the prevailing rates.

b) About Measurement (Wrong Calculation): The supplier or truck owner may try to used incorrect calculation method while calculating the final payment. For example if the measurement is 3 feet 6 Inches, he calculates the payment by multiplying 3.6 to the rate where as he should have used 3.5

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tips for purchasing fine aggregate

Quarry Site’/Source of Fine Aggregate (Coarse Sand): Three types of materials/ coarse sand are found at ‘Quarry Site’. Each material has different impact on the strength of the building.
1. Screened and washed material: This type of material is the best for use in construction work and gives full strength of mortar.
2. Screened but unwashed material: This type of material is cheaper having more silt. This is generally 10% cheap.
3. Unscreened, unwashed material: This type of material is the cheapest having more silt/clay and un-graded material. This is generally 20% cheap.

1. House Owner has to pay more money for:
a. Cheap quality of the coarse sand.
b. Labor to sprinkle water on the coarse sand.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Kids Bathroom

Children’s Bathrooms

The design difference is preferred when the child is of a rather small age. Children, over very little time, grow and get bored of watching the same design over and over again. So, there arises a need to change the bathroom design, redo the bathroom interiors and this requires a lot of effort and money.

One should act very decisively while going for children’s bathroom.
• Colorful and happy look is preferred.
• Use of bright colors is advisable.
Doors should be open-able from both inside and outside.
• It is recommended that the washbasins should be placed at a normal height for adult bathroom as children attain height quickly and they can use stools to step up and access the basin.
• A small bulb should be provided to be kept on at night.
• Handles should be lever type and not doorknobs.
• All toiletries should be locked in a cupboard.
• Avoid sharp edges, corners and brittle materials like glass.
• Put mirrors at apt heights. Full height mirrors might help.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Wooden Flooring

Flooring: The purpose of floor is to provide horizontal clean surface to support the occupants of a building, furniture and equipments. The floor structure must be strong enough to bear super imposed loads. The strength of floor depends on type of flooring.

Installation of Hard Wood Floors :

Hardwood installation depends on type of product, area to be installed and the type of sub floor. There are three installation methods given below. 1. Floating2. Glue down3. Nail down or Staple down
Floating method The floor is fixed firmly to any part of sub floor by this method. This method is applied through following ways.
• Place a thin pad between wood floor and sub floor. The padding protects against moisture, reduces noise transmission and makes the floor softer under feet. • Install a sub floor to avoid disorder and additional cost.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Rate Contractor

Make your Dream Home with no hassle
Before hiring a contracter analyze your contracter explored the factors one should consider before choosing a contractor and the other factors that will help the relationship stays smooth.


If you want to get the construction work on through-rate-basis done by the contractor who has own labor and materials, the following steps provide necessary support in achieving the best quality in the construction.
Obtain required sanctions of all competent authorities before starting the construction work to avoid any obstacle during construction.
Complete all drawings and details before allotting the work otherwise there may be a dispute later on. Many contractors demand more money later on if every thing is not settled in advance.
Check the availability of good water for construction work through water supply or by doing bore well.
Make sure that the bore well water is equal to the drinking water standard or get the water tested in the laboratory.
Do not use hard or salty water as it is harmful to construction work.
Check the availability of electricity connection to look after the construction work properly.
Fix the floor level of the building according to the level of adjoining building, flood level, and road level before making the agreement. The floor level should be 2 or 3 feet high from the road level. In case the height of floor level is not mentioned, the contractor tries to maintain the lower floor level to save the time and material cost and earth-filling hassles.


After completing the preliminary steps for construction work, try to contract a good contractor of the area keeping in mind the following requirements.

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Cozy Winters

rahiThis is the season when people refrain from the chill outside and tend to spend their maximum time indoors. It would be so good if you could make your home warm, cozy and inviting to face the breeze with ease. Here is what you can do.

Use objects of warm colors

To give a warm feeling to a place, the easiest way is to fill the place with the objects of warm colors, be it furniture or accessories. But this doesn’t mean to just start filling in, it would lead to clutter. The filling up must be thoughtful and systematic.

Make informal seating arrangements

Seating arrangements affect the ambience of the place a lot. Refrain from formal designs and switch to informal seating arrangements. Drape the sofas with similar shaded fabric. Put up cushions and pillows on your sofas and chairs. Clad them with silk and velvet. Try different patterns. Avoid prints and try to go with Jari, embroidery and emboss. Same goes for bed sheets. Use dark hues and matching pillows.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Fire Proof Home

Fireproof Home

Fire is friendly when used with utmost care but it is often destructive when not handled properly. A combination of oxygen, heat and fuel is required to ignite a flame. Fire gathers oxygen from the air around it; and the more oxygen the fire gathers, the fiercer it becomes. A fire needs fuel to grow. Fuel is an object that burns. Heat is the required temperature to ignite the fuel into flames.
How a Fire StartsThere are a number of reasons that can start the fire, Radiation: When the heat is transferred to the fuel through heat waves and rays, these waves warm the fuel; and when the fuel gets hot enough, it can ignite itself.
Electricity: Electricity causes severe fire damages. When an electrical circuit becomes overloaded, it begins sparking and causes fire into the contents of the building and surrounding. Electric heaters are a concern during the winter if they are placed near clothes and flammable objects. Over heated plugs, sockets and the blown fuses can also start fire. Also “Lighting” can ignite the fuel. If the lighting having intense heat strikes any fuel, it sets the object on fire.

Chemicals: Flammable chemicals can cause the fire. Fire may break out during chemical experiments made in the labs. Household chemicals such as turpentine oil, floor cleaners or insecticides may get ignited when they are left carelessly. An open can of flammable liquids such as varnish, petrol, kerosene oil etc. can result into dense fire.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Termite Control

“How to control Termite” is one of the main concerns in old as well as in new constructions. Termite damages the structure in several ways; eat up the articles of furniture such as chairs, sofas, doors, windows, cupboards and stationeries. It destroys the foundation of a building. Also it affects the health of the people adversely. Sub-Terranean termites are responsible for most of the destruction in the building. Termites exist near ground level in a dome shaped mount. It finds access to the super structure through the timber fixed in the ground.

Various termite control methods are following:

INITIAL INSPECTION AND REPORT requires a complete thorough inspection of the buildings and surrounds, and a detailed written report on areas inspected, evidence found of termite activity, high risk termite entry areas inaccessible to inspection and termite control options and limitations thereto.

CHEMICAL SOIL TREATMENT around the perimeter and sub-floor of a building to eradicate termites attempting to gain entry into the building through a treated soil area. On the grounds of safety and effectiveness. Termidor or Premise termiticide, are recommended for this purpose.

TERMITE BAITING and potential TERMITE COLONY ELIMINATION involves the installation and monitoring of termite bait stations.

BUILDING MODIFICATIONS and MAINTENANCE including some termite risk reduction measures the home owner carry out, such as, improving sub-floor ventilation, removal of timber in contact with the soil, opening and clearing important inspection access areas, etc.

Regular FOLLOW-UP INSPECTIONS are essential and should be carried out at least every 3 to 6 months where signs of termite activity has been located in the vicinity of susceptible buildings or timber structures.

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