Design your own house to add a personal touch

January 30, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Furniture, Home Design

home designA house is a reflection of one’s personality. This means that ideally, it has elements and objects which are decidedly closer to the owner’s heart. Having said this, sometimes budgetary constraint causes an owner to do things a little differently.

A personal touch can be anything. An owner who loves sanguineness will go for a front porch large enough to arrest generous sunlight. In addition, he would fill it with cushioned seats. A secluded person may look for private dingy compartments to his home. Even that can look classy.

A personal touch can be in form of depressed furniture with an antique bent. It can also be about kaleidoscopic light or a grilled fireplace. It can virtually be anything.

Making one’s own house with a DIY approach can be great for lending that personal touch. For the purpose, you can take the help of few reputed sites. The designers will look into your designs and modify it to passable standards.

Choose your style with self-catering cottages

January 28, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Styling

home styleCottages bring an old world charm with them. They are ideal to spread oneself, tired from the damages of modern-day life. These idyllic hosts are available in self-catering styles today. Self catering cottages are well suited for many requirements. This might include taking a short city break or planning a holiday for few days. These have intelligent setting catering to the needs of a holiday-seeker.

Generally, these have great view. It can be a sprawling farm or riverside or beach or mountain tracts or any such thing. You can also look to listen to your own music. It should not be too loud and guests must agree to it. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be had in the cottage itself.

The cottages are built with an eye towards the wildlife. It’s a nice feeling to be surrounded by wildlife in a pastoral recess away from the humdrum of life.

Use dumbwaiter to link areas of your home

January 26, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Improvement

dumbwaiterDumbwaiter is a device largely sought by Americans to lift devices and move it from floor to floor in a very proficient and effective manner. The idea is to cut out on all the difficulties of moving heavy things around. A dumbwaiter immediately increases the resale price of a home.

If you have a multi-story dwelling, you can look forward to transferring things through a dumbwaiter. All you need is a touch of the button. Homes have electrical dumbwaiters, now these can be ideally used for lifting 100 pounds. Over this, you will have to get pre-set configurations. The height through which a substance shall be lifted varies but is standardized at 25-feet for modern day dwellings. Moreover, the dumbwaiters today are customized to serve your precise needs.

The size shaft moves vertically run by an electric motor. This is how it can pick laundry, tools and a lot more. It is great for duplexes.

Popularity of home design tools

January 24, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Decor, Home Design, Home Improvement

home designHome décor is on the top of the minds of many. We are constantly besotted with the idea of renovating, repairing, customizing, installing and constructing some part or other of our home. This need arises from human tendency to change continuously. (More so when he has the capability to do so)

Home design and decorating tools and software let you go through the whole hog in a DIY way. This saves the cost of hiring a mechanic or a laborer and provides the thrill of self-construction. Some of it is software. All you have got to do is register yourself or get the software downloaded and get in touch with the country’s top decorators. Suggest them your design, your idea and they will modify it to something more workable.

The designs let you change floorings, cabinet, kitchen doors, garage space and a lot more. Did you imagine that a dark garage can be readily converted into an operative workspace or a bright room?

Plans for room additions to homes

January 22, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Improvement, House Plans

roomsPeople need to constantly re-adjust and it is not different when we talk of the habitation. Sometimes, a room needs to be added because the elderly parents force on separate assisted living. Sometimes, the children feel the need of separate existence, and at other times, it has to do with the needs to expand.

When you are looking for room addition, it is important to get the blend right. This means that the room should not look like a “bull in a china shop”, a stray unit with no homogeneity. The floor covering has to be thought of with a lot of consideration. If it’s a rug or a carpet, needlework can be different but the blend shall be the same.

The room should be colored either in contrast or in some associated color. While adding a room, you cannot look to paint it purple when the central theme is beige. It should also be linked properly so that it does not become a secluded maid-quarter and look to be part of the same elaborate edifice.

Plans for duplex house

January 20, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Duplex houses, House Plans

duplex houseDuplex houses are a multi-family home which is constructed with the idea of single dwelling with secluded units. The units may run side by side partitioned by a firewall or it can be storied. Verticals are sought where population is dense and land is a constraint. A great use of duplex is when you want to keep your parents together, just out of bounds perhaps. The parents seek assisted living but do not wish to thrust themselves on you either. Here, the concept of duplex comes into the picture in a big way.

Two master-suite house plans and double suite home plans are doing very well. You have got to look at the flooring, garage and make sure that the building materials used, match with the old. The blends should be perfect. By the way, the insurance cost of a duplex house is lower than a single-family home and it is also great for renting purpose.

Perfect custom house plans

January 18, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: House Plans

house planCustom house plans are nothing but blueprints which work on the preference of a family. Each person has a definite taste and home is a reflection of that taste. While building a home, we are bent to go overboard with our investments. This is why it is important to keep in mind a few things before making a custom house plan.

You should look to balance the budget with home needs. We can go overboard easily. After all, home is an emotional investment. When we do it on loan, we assume that an extra 1000 dollar won’t hurt us. Unfortunately it does. Wish has no end so look to cut the right corners. Look for the best designers. Buy blueprints from sites saving costs on architecture’s fee. Use space brilliantly. Allow maximum sunlight. Keep large balconies. A custom house must have a dumbwaiter. Try to keep the first floor heavy and second floor sparse if you are looking for a duplex.

Modern use of English period styles in our homes

January 16, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Furniture, Home Styling


America might not have a pro-English stance but it has been importing English furniture since colonial times. Even if an American home is bent towards Spanish or a Portuguese decor, English furniture decor does just as well. English period furniture does not require very stringent building process or meticulous sheet arrangement. Here, it is quite unlike the French ones.

While using English furniture in a modern setting, it is recommended to get the blends right. This means that you cannot marry a Jacobean with a primitive Georgian. We know that Jacobean would suit Elizabethan and similarly, Georgian would suit Queen Anne perhaps. This symmetry must be kept in mind.

English period styles are most important to be read in the context of floor coverings. In US you might look to put a modern period style rug but the intricate fiber of it might mismatch with the other period style colonial furniture you are using.