Importance of fire doors

July 14, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Home Design

Importance of fire doors, home designPassive fire protection provides protection from fire. The combustion products present in a building, or between buildings, and also in the outside environment may catch fire due to many reasons. Hence a barrier must always be present to ensure its protection. Fire doors may include walls, floors, doors and windows. Most of the countries use an array of active systems (for example, sprinklers and pressurisation systems) in a building like design, but the importance of passive fire protection systems must never be ignored. In a building, passive features are vitally imperative and in most cases can be the unsung and silent hero protecting humans, animals and our built environment.

Fire doors are important as the form a part of the separation between buildings into the fire cells. Normally they act just like any other door. However, when a fire erupts they perform the vital role by burning at a given rate and providing an obstacle to withhold the fire from spreading to other places. Fire doors should be carefully engineered, designed, and tested to an apt standard to make sure that, whenever required, it will perform as expected.

Window and door design consideration

February 23, 2012  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Home Design, Home Furnishings

Doors and windows make a huge difference in putting up an impression of your house in the minds of your guests and friends. Doors create the first impression on your guests as it is the first thing that they come across. The entrance door should be put up with great care and effort as it reflects your taste and preferences to your guests. The entrance door should neither be huge nor be small in comparison to your house; it should be of the perfect size.

If you go online you can find various tips and tricks which will help you in suggesting exactly what should be the size of your door so that it gives a pleasant impression to others. Windows are also an essential part of the house. You can either go for the traditional style windows which present a classy taste or can stick to the latest trend of modern and sleek windows.

Advantages of Installing French Patio Doors

July 01, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Deck & Patio, Home Care, Home Decor, Home Design, Home Improvement, Interior designs

When living in a small house you can indeed have a sense of increased space with the installation of French patio doors. It is definite that such a choice would not cost you much. As a patio door makes your living space look all the more large and convincing so you can now utilize the area for several enthralling outdoor activities. So now when you plan for an outdoor room apart from thinking about folding chairs and a table for picnic you can even think of investing for a patio door.

Patio doors are extremely convenient to use as they tend to keep the room extremely cool during the summer season. For this you just need to have an outdoor area which is disconnected from the main zone of the house by means of a patio door. So, when you cook in this outdoor part the rest of the house is easily saved from the heat of cooking. Therefore, a patio door works in several ways to make your living all the more easy and comfortable.

The Basics of Home Skirting

May 26, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Architecture, Construction queries, Home Care, Home Design, Home Improvement, Renovations

Home skirting can be an easy process which you enjoy doing yourself to come up with something that will last long and is not easily damaged. Before you can begin this process you need to make sure that it is allowed in the area where you reside so that you do not clash with the authorities. Second you need to figure out the materials that you will need such as nails and screws and measure the size of the skirt.

If you had old skirting you need to remove them to make room for the new ones. Get yourself a work station to make the process much easier. Begin with the base upwards and anchor the stakes. You then cut the vertical boards individually according to the size of the skirt. Work all around the home leaving a little space for crawling of pets if you have any. Make sure you align the vertical boards well so that they can be able to plumb and leave a little space for air circulation.

Building Window Box for Decoration

May 03, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Construction queries, Home Care, Home Design, Home Improvement, Windows & Frames

Do you have any plans of adding some magical sparkle to your home window boxes come Christmas or Easter or the amazing spring or summer seasons? If not, you can opt to have a look at these various tips that will help you fix in some sparkle onto your window boxes. You can opt to place larger decorative ornaments on these windows in a neat manner.

On the other hand, when going for smaller trophies or Christmas trees, ensure that you place them in smaller pairs across the window boxes. Cheap nutcrackers and stocking hangings can as well be innovative ways of making the window boxes look more unique from the rest. In addition, you can fill these boxes with dwarf conifers, huge pinecones or even birds treats which both children and birds alike can have a taste of during the auspicious occasion.
So, ensure that this coming festive season your window boxes won’t just look ordinary, but stupendous.

Japanese Garden Benches

March 29, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Gardening, Home Care, Home Decor, Home Design, Home Furnishings, Home Improvement, Renovations


Japanese garden benches are one kind of benches that are placed in the garden to make it look aesthetics as well as provide a resting place for those people who are walking in the garden. These benches can also be used by people working in the gardens and they can rest on the benches as they admire their work.

However, it is important to note that the benches can be made from any material. The materials can range from wood and concrete among other materials. The most important thing is the location of the bench in the garden and the comfort offered by the benches. It should be placed in a Japanese garden and made to be as aesthetic as possible.

The benches can also be made to look more appealing to the eyes by adding several ornaments on it. These ornaments can include garden supplies, Japanese pond ornaments among other decorative ornaments.

Baby Nursery Bedding

March 25, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Bedroom, Children's room, Home Care, Home Decor, Home Design, Home Improvement, Home Styling


A baby spends a lot of time sleeping therefore comfort has to be a priority when choosing bedding for the nursery. They should also be easy to maintain.

Cotton sheets are essential when you are choosing bedding for your baby. Cotton is a great material because you can easily regulate the temperature. The sheets can be layered when it is cold and reduced when it is too hot. It is important to make sure you get a suitable size for the nursery.

Cushions and pillows are not really advisable when you are getting bedding for your baby’s nursery because they can make the baby too hot. They can also cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when the baby suffocates on them. Choose a firm one if you want to use a pillow or cushion in the nursery.

A baby sleeping bag is also a good idea for nursery bedding because the baby will not be able to uncover himself.

Curved staircases

October 20, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Design, Stairs

Curved Stairs, Home Improvement,Many homes today have curved staircases for several reasons: one is lack of space and the other is for decoration. The kind of stairs you choose for your house will hugely impact on the design of your house.

The curved staircases, apart from convenience are used to add onto the interior decoration due to their aesthetic design. The houses with this kind of staircases look amazing thanks to the variations incorporated while constructing them. Many people term the curved staircases as a luxury due to their expensive nature. This is , however, not the case. Having curved staircases installed in your house is cheap.

If you want to add character to the home property this is the kind of staircases you need. The curves in the staircases expanded into spirals that go all the way round in a vertical line are perfect for large homes. Give your home that exquisite look using curved staircases.

Accessorizing home lobby designs

October 14, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Design, Home Styling

Home Decor, Home Improvement, Home Design, Home LobbyLobbies are basically waiting areas that are normally found in offices or hotels, your home can, however, have a lobby in it as well. The best thing about a home lobby is that there is no limitation to the designs and decorations you can incorporate. A home lobby can be designed in whichever way one wants and one way to do that is to accessorize it using the best means you know how. For starters you need to create a comfortable and outstanding ambience by virtue of the items and lightings you use.

Since the home lobby is usually small, the endeavor to add some design may be difficult. If you are creative enough you can do much with the space available. Some beautiful flower vases and picture mountings are a good idea. Whichever accessories you choose to use for your lobby ensure that you do not ruin the interior décor.

Ceramic Tiling for Walls Add Beauty with Durability

August 06, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Home Care, Home Design, Walls and Ceilings

Home Improvement, Wall, CeramicWith lovely looking prints, durability and ease of cleaning are some of the reasons while people are looking to use ceramic tiling for walls. Mostly used as a backsplash or counter covers in kitchen, bathrooms and showers you can easily install these ceramic tilling which are water resistance and are also stain resistant.

Ceramic tiling for walls evolved more than 4000 years ago and was used to create the interiors of royal palaces because of their beauty and elegance.

Available in various different shades, it is easy to color coordinate and create dramatic patterns and new designs.

There are two different kinds of ceramic tiling for walls: porous and non porous. As ceramic tiles are preferred at places which usually get damp and moist, select non porous tiles that will prevent the water from clogging, will be easier to clean and would therefore be more hygienic. SO create a wonderful bathroom by using ceramic tiles.