7 Great Window Boxes Ideas for Decoration

If you are currently living in a tiny urban apartment and want to transform it into a cozy charming place for both you and your flatmates or family, you’d better consider upgrading it with some window boxes. No matter whether you plan on planting veggies, fruit, flowers, or herbs, to spruce up your home’s exterior, you should carefully choose the type and style of the window box you need. In order to help you deal with any doubts regarding this matter, we have prepared a few simple tips that you can follow when installing window boxes. Read on, if you are interested to discover some urban gardening secrets!

  1. Don’t be afraid to get creative with color. Any planter, flower box, and container will look much better if it is not painted in the classic brown or beige. White has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years. That’s probably due to the Mediterranean feel that white objects add to a home. If you are a fan of the sea, and want to experience the dreamy feel of summer through your home decoration accents all year long, then you should definitely get a standard wooden window flower box and paint it white. It is easy, simple, and most of all trendy. What more can you wish for when searching for window box ideas? Of course, if you are a fan of colors and like to experiment with them, no one should stop you. The most modern bright colors this year are yellow, salmon, vivid coral, and dark orange. Get a box for your plants in these nuances and you will definitely do no wrong.
  2. Dark metal boxes with ornaments from iron. Although these type of window boxes may seem too cold and formal to you at first, once you install them under your windows, you will be pleasantly surprised by their looks. All metal home accessories are very trendy this year, as they are adding an industrial feel to urban apartments. And as you know, industrial and rustic home decorations are a must for every modern home in the city.
  3. An upscale customized wooden window box. Although there are plenty of PVC wood imitating window boxes which are much more durable and easy to maintain than the wooden ones, natural wood remains one of the materials which is most sought after when it comes to window decoration ornaments and flower boxes. Although wood rots much faster than other materials the curb appeal that it adds to your home is worth the investment. If you do not plan on repainting them on an annual basis, however, you’d better not get any of these in the first place. They are really high-maintenance.
  4. Window boxes made from recycled materials. Old buckets, chests, or any pieces of furniture that you do not need can be easily transformed into a nice box for your balcony flowers. By recycling, you not only stick to the latest vintage interior design trends but also support a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. This can set a good example for your children.
  5. Hanging flower baskets. There is a wide variety of hanging flower baskets on the British market but, we recommend you to get a colander or a big basket, knitted from thick packthread. Even if you do not have any space for flowers in front of your windows, you may still hang a small basket and upgrade the view from your window.
  6. Vintage style brick or stone covered concrete flower boxes. There are some buildings which are constructed with such boxes under the windows from the very beginning. They are very solid and can withstand the elements which makes them one of the best options for homeowners who want to beautify the exterior of their residential building. Unfortunately, you may not see such buildings very often anymore.
  7. A flower box with flowers in color which matches the window shutters. Although there are not many homes which still have window shutters, there are some. If yours is one of them, then you do not really have to worry about the box itself but rather about the flowers that you intend to plant in it. You’d better match the color of their blossoms with the color of the shutters. This is a unique and beautiful combination that will surely make your home stand out from the others, especially if you decide to invest in the bright diverse flower and box colors.

But before you start designing or buying all this, re-ember that the flower box you choose will not be as special as you want unless you choose the right type of flowers to plant in it. Here is what you may do in order to make sure that your “domestic flower garden” looks like a real masterpiece:

The most important thing that you need to take care of, when you go to your local gardening centre in order to choose some nice and easy-to-grow flowers, is to select your main color pallet. You will have to choose a nice tall flower in a bright color that you can use as a centerpiece, and a few other shorter flowers in a similar tone but not exactly the same in order to be able to create a contrast. It is a smart idea to also plant a few flowers that will match the facade of the building. This way your flower box or boxes will look as a part of the building instead of just being some inadequate accent added to it. You should always make sure that there is symmetry in your work. If you have some space left near the edges, you may always add some nice seasonal accents. For example, in the beginning of the autumn you can add small decorative pumpkins to the composition. It will both create a better contrast and will give the final touch up to make your decorated flower box unique.

Keep in mind that you are not only creating a “garden” that will look nice to your neighbours on the outside, but a work of art that should also look good on the inside. After all, you will mostly enjoy it from the inside of your home. Make sure that the flower blossoms look great when you look at them through your windows as well! If they don’t, then do some extra changes to improve their appearance. You need more tips on how to do that? Then, visit our page on a regular basis to get more free advice!

Metal Roofing Is a Modern Solution to Roofing Problems

For many of the homeowners I speak to, the term “metal roof” conjures up images of rusty sheets of tin clinging perilously to a decaying barn. Not surprisingly, they can’t imagine why I’d recommend a metal roof or why any homeowner would seriously consider it.

Of course, the truth about modern metal roofing is actually quite different. First of all, while sheets of metal might make great barn roofing, it isn’t a good choice for homes. The residential metal roofing I install is actually comprised of concrete-coated steel shingles or panels. They come in a range of styles and colors, many of which are indistinguishable from more common types of roofing, such as asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and even slate.

But that’s where the similarities end. Metal roofing has many advantages over other materials.

One Roof, Two Jobs

Every roof has two critical jobs: One is to keep the weather out, and most roofing products do a good job of this for as long as they last, provided they are installed properly to begin with. Another job, and one that’s becoming more important as energy costs rise, is to conserve energy in a home.

It’s the hot summer months that really distinguish one roofing material from another. Many conventional roofing materials lie flat on a roof and conduct the heat from the sun directly into the sheathing underneath and then ultimately into the attic where it can raise the temperature inside the house dramatically, causing your central air conditioning to work harder to keep the home comfortable.

Most metal shingles are shaped to provide an insulating space between the roofing material and the sheathing underneath. The difference in terms of your comfort and your utility bill are significant. It’s the same principle as the insulation air space inside of a double pane window. By creating a barrier between the outside and the inside, the impact that hot and cold weather have on your indoor climate is greatly reduced.

Green Roofing Materials

Another important advantage that metal roofing has over more traditional materials is that it’s less damaging to the environment. The most common roofing material – asphalt shingles – are petroleum based. So the production of these shingles contributes to the negative environmental impact of recovering and processing petroleum. Then, at the end of their useful life (somewhere around 17 years, on average) they end up in the landfill along with millions of tons of other worn-out asphalt shingles where it can take decades for them to biodegrade.

A steel roof, on the other hand, is likely to be the last roof you’re home will ever need, so they don’t contribute to landfill issues. And in the event that a steel roof does need to be removed, the steel can often be recycled.

Cost v. Value

You’ve probably already guessed that metal roofing costs more than some other popular roofing materials. That is, they cost more until you divide the original investment over the lifetime of the product. Remember, getting 17 years out of an asphalt shingle roof is a pretty good result. On the other hand, a metal roof can easily last as long as 50 years. That’s an almost three-to-one advantage for metal. So, which costs more – one steel roof or three asphalt roofs? Advantage: metal roofing.

Of course, there’s also the matter of durability. Asphalt shingles relatively susceptible to wind and hail damage. Steel roofing, on the other hand, can be rated for winds up to 130 mph. Additionally, the metal roofing brand we install has received the highest impact resistance rating available from Underwriter’s Laboratory.

All in all, there are many advantages, and very little downside, to installing metal roofing on a home you plan to stay in for awhile. Your roof is truly your first line of defense against the elements and outrageous utility bills. So why settle for less than the very best protection and performance that money can buy?

Kitchen Cabinets: Choosing the Perfect Color

White

White remains a more popular choice for areas that are going to be decked out in white, black and grey. These custom cupboards will coordinate perfectly with a modern home or complement an elegant look, making them a versatile choice that will help them last for years regardless of how many remodels a home sees or what style a homeowner prefers.

On the downside, white shows dirt easier than any other color. If the house is full of small children with dirty hands, homeowners are going to feel as though they spend half of their day scrubbing dirt off of the doors and drawers, particularly if they are place in high traffic areas. This color also shows dirt and dents easier than any other color, as well as imperfections like scratches. Homeowners with several children, or grandchildren, that are always in and out of the eating area may want to consider another option.

Black

Custom black rta cabinets will add a sleek look to any modern home. This color will not show every single smudge or fingerprint, letting homeowners wipe them down when they have the time to instead of when they can see the dirty smudges.

The primary downside to owning custom black cabinetry is that it tends to show scratches just as easily as white ones, if not more so. The only other con listed by consumers is that black is simply not as versatile as white. These will complement modern styles, but won’t look well if a homeowners wants to remodel and change everything over to a traditional style.

Grey

Custom grey rta cabinets may seem a bit outside of the box, but that is exactly what makes this color so popular. Instead of wood or going with a black and white, grey allows homeowners to showcase their unique personality and style. They also give the perfect combination of pros from both black and white. For example, they coordinate wonderfully with several different decorating schemes, from modern to elegant. Grey will not hide dirt as easily as black, but it won’t show dirt the same way that white does either. It doesn’t show scratches as much, but doesn’t completely hide them either.

Custom Grey kitchen cabinets give the perfect balance between the benefits and downfalls of black and white.

Wood

Wood kitchen cupboards come in a variety of colors, but the same basics of black white and grey can be applied to the shade of wood. For example, darker woods will show scratches easier, but they will not show dirt as well. Lighter colored wood is more versatile, and will stand the test of time as it coordinates perfectly with one remodel after another.

The important thing to consider when choosing wooden rta kitchen cabinets is the type of wood. Harder woods are usually suggested due to their durability.

Designing rta kitchen cabinets is a great way for couples to make their home look unique as they showcase their personality through every single detail of their home.

The Home Inspection: Cavemen, Home Inspectors, And The Way It’ll Always Be

In prehistoric times, when a family was considering a move to a different cave (Hey… who wants to stay in the same old cave their whole life?), they probably communicated with their cave-dwelling neighbors to get an opinion as to whether or not their new cave was up to par… whether or not their potentially new abode was in satisfactory condition… whether it was prone to leak… or to leave them out in the cold.

There were likely some fellow cavemen that had a bit more experience with the evaluation of caves than others. So, they were sought out to give their opinion even though that opinion might have been delivered through a series of gestures and grunts… since they didn’t have any hand-held PDA’s, touch-screen computers, or highly developed language to convey their thoughts and findings.

And, no doubt, there were various levels of professionalism among the acknowledged and preferred cave assessors that led the cave-dwelling masses to choose one assessor over another in their search for new shelter… some combination of combined experience and ability to effectively communicate (Arghghhh… Urgghh… Hyrpthmblomsit) that separated them from some other creature. It’s the same way today with modern Home Inspectors… although most can communicate in their native dialect and most use computers, some sans the touch-screen, of course. Some are good, some are not so good, and some are, well… pretty darned good.

While a fairly high percentage of most all modern Home Inspectors do a reasonable job of assessing the physical condition of a home, they can be generally divided into 5 categories or types:

  • The Nit-Wit Inspector – This is the inspector that advertises the cheapest prices (sometimes referred to a Cheap Charlie) and gives the least value to his clients. They speak as little as possible (perhaps out of necessity), deliver their poor hand-written reports in a week or so after being repeated prompting, and rarely engage in anything approaching a high degree of critical thought process beyond how to get home as quickly as possible. Often, they often have little knowledge or concern about the rules and standards that pertain to their field of work. The Nit-Wit inspector is sort of like the cockroach on the wedding cake… and is best avoided by everyone.
  • The Gloved Inspector – This is the inspector who, while perhaps technically competent, has no intention whatsoever of reporting on anything that might damage their chance of future client referrals. They perform the ole’ soft-shoe routine, dancing around any potentially troubling issues, and deliver their candy-coated findings in such a way as to offend nobody at the sometimes partially disguised expense of inferiority. This inspector should be avoided almost as much as the Nit-Wit inspector
  • The Alarmist Inspector – This is the inspector who just can’t seem to control themselves when it comes to describing issues. Their description is usually accompanied with flailing arms, a red-faced demeanor along with the occasional emotional fit, and a general tendency to scare the ever-lovin’ bejeebers out of everyone within a three block radius including the home-buyer, the real estate agents, the home-seller, and the guy standing on the corner down the street. Everything’s a disaster just waiting to happen and they’re really eager to be credited for saving someone from certain and impending doom. Be careful with this type of inspector because they may burst into flames at any time
  • The Professorial Inspector – This is the inspector who is technically competent, is probably a reasonably effective communicator, and knows what they are supposed to do… but insists on relating, to anyone within earshot, everything they know about everything they’ve ever had the occasion to learn about anything. Sometimes, too much information is, well, too much information. Form your own opinion about this inspector… although, you may actually end up getting a pretty thorough Home Inspection
  • The Professional Inspector – Not to be confused with the Professorial Inspector above, this is the inspector that will provide the very best value to their clients even if their clients have to a pay a bit more to get that value. They’ll fully and calmly explain what they are going to do, how they are going to do it, why they’re going to do it a particular way, do it, and then explain what it is that they have done. They’ll welcome client questions and participation, and they’ll understand that the amount of time it takes to inspect the home is time for which the client is providing payment and not the other way around. They won’t participate in alarmist reporting practices. They won’t try to impart a lot of information that is not pertinent to the Home Inspection and the home being evaluated. They’ll be courteous to all those present and they’ll be fair to the home; they won’t inspect or report upon a 100 year old house as if it were somehow expected to be brand new, and they’ll possess a thorough knowledge and understanding of their profession. They’ll be an active member of a national Home Inspectors organization such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).They’ll accurately convey the findings of their inspection, in accordance with their applicable Standards of Practice, in an even-keeled and informational manner while making reasonable and proper recommendations based upon their observations. And, they’ll convey their findings in a good, readily understandable Home Inspection report

Some things never change and so it likely goes with Home Inspectors. Home Inspectors, as with any other types of professional service providers now or as it likely was in the day of the caveman, will vary widely insofar as their knowledge, level of education, communications skills, inspection methodologies, and the delivery/explanation of their findings are concerned; it’s always been that way and it’ll likely always be that way.

For the very best Home Inspection experience, actively seek out a Home Inspector with the demeanor, education, experience, and professionalism that will provide you with the highest level of comfort and confidence.

Urghh… Arguff… Hyrpthmblombsit!

Log Cabins – The Excitement Option For Any Home Owner In The Present Time

Log cabins are always considered as a better option over modern homes that are carved out of sheet rocks, which are much cheaper and less durable. Log cabins have the power to offer you with a sensation that is reassuring that you can use them for endless times. The fact is that some of them can actually be so strong that no force of nature can easily destroy them. The type of wood that is used to make the cabin is very strong and durable.

Log cabins also have the power to connect you to your ancestors just by the looks, as they resemble very much to the traditional types of wooden homes used by them. So for present time home owners, log cabins can be considered as one of the best pieces of estates that can simply be undeniable and yet has the power to make a statement.

The Go-Green Concepts

There a many people who feel or believe that log cabins are not very much eco friendly in nature. There certainly are different reasons for that misconception, and one of them is that the cabins are made up of wooden logs. The fact is that log cabins use special types of split wooden logs that are long lasting and need not be replaced very often. Apart from this being natural they are also considered as better option over plaster for your house. Presently many architects consider them as better construction tools.

When speaking of green concept, chemicals that are used for treating these logs can pose a threat to the environment. But you forget that today we are having sealants and chemicals that are eco friendly and cause less harm to the environment. This also makes the log cabins more eco friendly as compared to modern home plastering materials.

The natural Design

Log cabins are always given with very distinct design and finish. They appear to be very much natural and at the same time seeing them gives you a feel of being connected to the nature. You just need a little imagination to enjoy being much closer to the nature, when sipping your morning coffee inside the log cabin. The design itself offers the special looks to the cabin that is a combination of environment and nature beauty. Apart from this, you also have the convenience to design your own layout depending on the size, amenities, shape and number of rooms.

Unaffected by weather or time

It’s quiet natural that you come across a log cabin that is as old as hundred years or more! As the quality of wood used to construct these cabins is very good and durable, so you can always ensure that these cabins are much more durable and ever lasting as compared to plastered rooms. They also demand less maintenance or replacement of logs. As they are sturdy and tough, so they are also weather resistant. This is also one of the reasons why they are more economical as they are considered as one time investment. Even if you need to replace a single log it does not cost much.