With summer fast approaching, now is the time to prepare your home for the onslaught of the hot sun. With the cost of electricity constantly rising, making additions to your home which reduce the need to run your air conditioning unit is a smart way to reduce your bills and create a more passive energy footprint for your home.
Some of the biggest offenders for allowing the summer heat to enter your home are the windows.
Staircases may seem innocent enough, but they're actually a common cause of serious injury. In Australia, more than 500 people die as a result of falls in buildings each year, with accidents on stairs accounting for 60% of these deaths. When it comes to stair fall injuries, children and the elderly are the most at risk. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can take action to make the stairs in your home safer.
At first, renovating your garden seems like a fantastic idea. Large lawn areas are great for relaxing. Pools help everyone cool off, flower beds have aesthetic appeal, and backyard cricket is always an option too.
However, turning your garden into a place to spend time can cause problems back inside your home. Suddenly, the floor starts to be covered in dust, soil or sand, while mud streaks appear on your carpets.
Door lintels aren't exactly the first thing that spring to mind when you think of building design, but incorporating suitable lintels into your exterior doorways and entrances can mean the difference between a solid, watertight building and a crumbling, leaky nightmare. However, exterior door lintels need not merely be load-bearing structures and can also serve as ornamental accents when made from suitably attractive materials. As such, when choosing exterior door lintels, you should choose a material that strikes the balance you need between structural strength and attractive looks.
Kitchen remodeling can be an expensive project, so you'll probably be looking to save money wherever you can. One job that you can do yourself is to give your hot water heater a tune-up. Here are some guidelines on how to do it.
Check the thermostat
The first job to do is to check the heater's thermostat. This is the device that regulates the temperature of the water that is pumped out by the heater.