Advantages and disadvantages of sliding doors

November 03, 2010  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: House Plans, Windows & Frames

A room might be used for cooking, sleeping, drawing, playing, reading and bathing. But one thing will remain common in all those rooms and that is the door. Any room should have a door through which you can enter and exit that room. While building a house, your contractor will ask you to choose a door style for your rooms. What will you do then?

Choose a standalone, boring door? Well, the world is getting unique by the minute and you have to be competitive enough here. You have to have a sense of uniqueness and the choice of doors is no exception.

You can choose stylish sliding doors over the normal doors as they are easy to open. Moreover, most of the sliding doors come with a glass front and that will give a lighter and brighter look to your place. But, most of these doors get stuck and require repair quite often. So choose wisely and think twice before making a choice.

How to make a library inside your house

October 30, 2010  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: House Plans

In case you have a spare room at your home then it is a good idea to convert it into a library. The library would just not be a room where you can store your books and read them. It is often much more than just that. Libraries are typically rooms where you could relax and completely rejuvenate yourself.  That is why if you can afford it, it is a good idea to rebuild one in your house.

If the spare room ion question has shelves and cabinets built into it then there is nothing like it. Still to convert a room into a library, there are some basic furnishings that are needed. A bookshelf is obviously a must. You should also have at least one table and a chair for a person to sit and read.

Some people prefer heavy furnishings in the room. You should also take care that the room is adequately lighted up.

Tips on indoor plants

October 28, 2010  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: House Plans

Indoor plants are one of the best ways to enliven up your room.   Indoor plants have always been in style. However in case you do not know the right tips for maintaining indoor plants, it could become quite a messy affair.  Moreover you must remember indoor plants do not get as much of sunlight as the outdoor plants. This means that indoor plants need extra care and looking after.

Place the plant in such a position that it gets the right amount of sunlight. Get the right soil. The soils for the plants should be porous enough for the water to be drained off. While choosing the container, make sure it is not too small or too big. Too small a container might restrict the plant.  It is ideal if the container is an earthen pot, with a hole below. Depending on the type of plants you can continue with watering them. Soft water is generally superior to hard water.  It is a good idea to feed the plants with fertilizer once in a while.

Why You Should Install Pavers on a Driveway or Patio

May 06, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Home Care, Home Improvement, House Plans

Have you ever walked by your neighbour’s house or any other house and came across a site that was irresistibly astounding as well as magnificent to look at, all thanks to a well laid driveway pavers or patios? Would you wish to have a stunning compound just like that one? If your answer is yes, then you are in luck.

But most importantly is to understand some of the reasons why you should install pavers on a driveway or patio. One major reason is the sudden change of lifestyle status, from middle class to first class. Most of the homes with these types of driveways are deemed as flamboyant, even if the family isn’t that rich as people may think it is.

The other reason is the immaculate look for your entire home will be adorned in, making it stand out from the entire neighborhood. If you really want to distinguish yourself, then this is how to do it.

Storage for Garden Accessories in a Garden Shed

April 04, 2010  //  Posted by: qwcdirect  //  Category: Gardening, House Plans, Renovations


There are several accessories that are used in the garden and they need to be stored in a safe place to ensure that they are well secured. The storage of the accessories is very important because these accessories are the ones that are used to perform various tasks in the farm.

One of the most important considerations that should be taken very seriously when making storage shed for garden accessories is the durability of the materials used to make the shed. You should ensure that you use strong materials that will last for a long period of time. This will ensure that you will save some many as well as ensure that your accessories are safe.

Ensure that the sheds are attractive and well constructed. There are several designs and you should construct the design that suits your taste and preference. Ensure that it is also built in a nice site in the farm.

Some tips on choosing house blueprints

February 09, 2009  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: House Plans

home printA home blueprint must be dealt with carefully to cut down on chances of regretting. First, you should pen down you needs of space. Are you extending as a family? Do you wish to allot the parents separate space for assisted living? Are you planning to fit in an office room for some home based earning or are the children growing older and need a secluded unit.

Choose a plan that tackles land characteristic. Dirt and grade is difficult to be overhauled and transported from far off place, it’s nice to build with dirt that is available over a short radius.

Look to keep a cost aside for landscaping and additional furnishing. Without furnishing, a land might look like a barren track. Landscaping is just as important to give it the right feel.

There may be constraint of square footage so look to build the rooms accordingly keeping a reception area or a living room and a small area for porch (preferably).

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.

Finding a good designer for your bungalow house plans

November 10, 2008  //  Posted by: House Xpert  //  Category: Architecture, Home Design, House Plans

bungalowA bungalow is not something you buy everyday or get constructed each fortnight. It’s also an emotional investment. This is why it is important to hire the best designer around. It helps with getting each thing perfect. There is acreage, flooring, and square footage of suites, structure, color combination, and a lot more things to be taken care of.

Try purchasing house plans directly from a reputed online site so that you can save on architecture’s fee. This alone costs thousands. Provide the blueprint to a top designer and let him do the rest. You should also check with the local ordinance board about the status of sewer, electricity and a cable.

A designer first looks for the direction of the façade keeping in mind the hostility of climate; wind movements, rainfall patterns and so on. Designers know their job. For instance, they look to create an illusion of space by making a front porch which attracts a lot of sunlight.