Enhancing Your Home and Garden with Outdoor Lighting

When you have a beautiful home and garden, it’s a shame not to make the best of it with outdoor lighting. Even though a good electrician will be needed to install it all properly, it’s well worth the added cost when you can entertain out by the pool or gazebo without fumbling around in the dark, or bothering with lamps or candles, both of which can be dangerous if they are knocked over.

If you plan on having a dedicated alfresco dining or entertaining area, you’ll certainly need adequate lighting to have the best time.  Even if you just have a gazebo in the back area, having it fit out with attractive lights will enable you to get much more use out of it. You can use it as a retreat from noisy teens, or send them out there to practice their musical instruments or just have fun, leaving you in peace for an hour or two.

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Pool Cleaner Design

If you have a pool you’ll understand the need for an automatic pool cleaner of some kind. Doing the job manually is very difficult for many people, taking a lot of time and effort. However, there are three quite different types of cleaner and within those types there are different models, so it’s wise to find out about them all before making the decision. Here are some tips to help you.

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The cheapest type of pool cleaner ranges from about $200 to $500. This is the suction type cleaner that works by sucking water through the hose and through the skimmer and pool filter. It uses the pool filtration system to work and it can clean walls as well as the floor of the pool. The force of the water running through it is what moves it around the pool, thus, it can miss spots.

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8 Design Tips for Building a New Home

Building a new home is an exciting and sometimes stressful time.  Stress can be reduced by knowing what you want ahead of time and making sure those building plans reflect your choices. Don’t rush the process but enjoy it to ensure you get a home that will suit your budget and lifestyle.

Here are 8 tips to consider when building a new home.

  • Consider an open floor plan. It is easier to heat or cool and it allows the family to come together more easily. And supervision of children is easier while you are working in the kitchen. It also helps your home to look and feel more spacious.

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Basic Essentials of Effective Logo Design

When it comes to logo design, it is essential to have certain basic elements in place in order for it to do its job; make people think about and remember the company it represents – and hopefully, become customers. An effective logo will capture the attention of potential customers, but even those who don’t necessarily fall into that group will be aware of the logo and what company it represents.

Here are the 5 basic essentials of effective logo design.

  • Take a look at all the company logos that you know, from Nike to Apple and more. You’ll see they are astounding in their simplicity. This makes them easy to recognise no matter where you see them.

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Web Design Tips To Help Your Website Get Found

The most important goal for any business website is to engage and convert visitors to customers, but this cannot be accomplished unless visitors can actually find your website amongst the millions that are out there. Web design has an important part to play in getting found, so here are some tips to help ensure your website can be found by potential customers.

  • In the early days of Internet action things were somewhat simpler. These days there are many different factors to take into account if you want your web business to be successful. One of them is responsive design. This simply means ensuring your website shows up well on mobile phones and other devices with small screens. This is called responsive web design and is important since around 84% of people now access the Internet with their mobile phones.

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What does Landscape Design Include?

If you thought landscape design was doing something nice with the garden, you’d be right – and somewhat wrong. Landscaping includes the garden, but it also encompasses a great deal more than just living plants. Anything that can be found outside the home can be included in professional garden design.
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For instance, having a pool put in may or may not be done by professional landscapers, but you will certainly need their expertise to make the area around the pool look its best. You could have a low maintenance garden installed in the vicinity of the pool, or anything else that suited the needs of the area.

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The Latest Hot Branding Trends

Many businesses turn to the Internet for branding their company. There is a great deal they can do to establish the brand and reputation of their business in cyber space and as with many other places trends come and go while other evolve into something new. Here are some of the latest hot branding trends you could implement for your business.

  • These days, branding is all about the customer and businesses strive to connect with them on a much deeper level than previously. This includes making sure they provide a better customer experience in not one, but all of the touch-points there are between a customer and the business they interact with.  The thing to remember is that branding is a long term strategy that will bring organic growth rather than a short term quick fix solution to getting more customers.

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7 Tips to Reduce Your Bounce Rate with Web Design

When visitors come to a website there is a 3-5 second window you have to let them know what you offer.  If they don’t find what they want in that time they will leave. The rate or percentage of visitors that leave is called the bounce rateWeb design can be improved to reduce the bounce rate, increasing the likelihood of visitors becoming customers.

When there is a high bounce rate it means you are losing potential customers. While many factors can be involved, a common one is the design of your website, so here are some tips on how to improve it.

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Add Pizzazz to Your Home With the Latest House Design Trends

Fads come and go but some of the latest house design trends look so great and have many benefits that they are sure to become classics, meaning they will stay around for many years to come.  If you are building a new home it’s good to implement some of these trends to add pizzazz to that special space you call home.

Here are just some of the latest trends that are set to become classics. Pick out the ones you like best and leave the others.Two-tone-kitchen-cabinets

  • Two tone kitchen cabinets are trendy. Make those high on the walls a light colour, while the lower cabinets can be a darker or richer colour. Very effective when you choose wood grain finishes, but other finishes can also look good done in this way.

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Carpet Design – The Easiest Carpet to Clean

When choosing new carpet it is easy to go overboard and want the shag or long pile carpet because it feels so soft and warm and totally luxurious to the touch – at least while it is new.  Even the mid length pile carpet choices feel wonderful and look great in the samples. However, experienced carpet cleaners will tell you that once they get a bit of wear and tear, those long strands tend to get matted, especially during carpet cleaning procedures.

The easiest carpet to clean is the one with the least amount of pile. Flat looking carpet may not look as luxurious, but if you get a colour you like you’ll end up appreciating it a lot more due to the ease of cleaning if offers. Not only is the vacuum cleaner easier to push and pull over it, stains and spills come out much more easily.  Vacuuming a long pile carpet is more difficult because all those long strands get sucked up.  But they also get tangled easily, which traps the dust and dirt in and under them.

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New Architectural Designs in Housing

Most people want to include the newest trends in architecture in their house design when they are starting off with building a new home, but the truth is, many such features can be added to a home when renovating, so you don’t have to miss out. For instance, taking the indoors out by having an outside room for alfresco dining and entertaining doesn’t have to be limited to new homes. It can easily become your latest renovation idea for the home you have.

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And being able to step off the outdoors room straight into your pool may seem like a luxury, but is in fact, quite easy to achieve and affordable –  so long as you haven’t already built a pool further down the backyard.

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10 Tips to Getting the Best Web Design

A business website is not like a personal one, so you need to have it done professionally in order to actually look professional, work well and achieve your goals, whatever they happen to be.  Clear communication between the website owner and the designer is essential to ensure the web design can achieve your goals. If you don’t know what they are, it’s time to think hard about it, because it’s vital to tell the designer what you want before he starts on it.

Here are 10 questions you need to answer in order to get the kind of website you want.

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How Not to Upgrade the Bathroom

Many people think that the best way to sell their home quickly or add value is to upgrade the bathroom. They may take out the shower screen and leave that space empty to make the room look bigger, but all it does is create more work wiping down the splashes. The better idea is to install frameless glass showerscreens.

That way you get the look of more space without the mess. When you think about it, the shower is mostly next to the bath or the toilet. So if you shower without walls – a trend that was once popular – you will have to wipe dirty water off the toilet or out of the bath even though you didn’t use it.

If your shower is not close to either, look at where the splashes will go; very likely right out onto the floor where everyone has to walk, you included. So you’ll have to mop the floor – and that’s all the more work.

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10 Tips for Budget and Convenience in House Design

There are many factors to consider with your house design, but the two most common and important are staying on budget while getting a floor plan and design that makes your house convenient and easy to live in. You don’t have to be proficient in architecture to have a liveable home area; that’s why architects are there. Most builders floor plans have been designed by an architect to start with.

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Here are 10 tips to ensure the design of your home suits your lifestyle.

  • Research different styles of home and decide on what you like about them. Try and include your likes and avoid things you don’t like when designing the elements for your home. This is about the outside of the home.

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How to Get the Best Kitchen Design

If you are looking to renovate your kitchen, it is a good idea to consult a professional kitchen designer. Why? Professional designers have a great deal of experience in what will work and what won’t for your available kitchen space and lifestyle. They will be able to come up with a kitchen design that is amazing and tailored so that it is unique to you.

So what is the best way to find a good kitchen designer? Here are some criteria you can go by.

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Design Tips for Improving the Exterior of Your Home

Many people get caught up with inside renovations while leaving the outside of their home to the weather. But if the outside is not attractive your home will lose value and people will think the inside will be just as bad or worse, important when it comes time to sell. You may never get a chance to book the Furniture removalists if you don’t take steps to renovate the outside of the home. It is not as difficult as you may think, as these 12 tips show.

  • Paint the outside of the front door a bright colour, add new door handles and locks and purchase a new front door mat. Add one or two attractive pot plants that match or contrast and you will have created street appeal, something that is important, even if you are not going to sell.

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Don’t Let Your Web Design Scare Visitors Away

If you’ve done much surfing you will have come across web designs that are so horrible you immediately hit the Back button. When designing your own website, you need to make sure it doesn’t contain any of those elements you dislike, because others are sure to feel the same way you did.  Rather than scare your visitors away from your website you want to virtually take them by the hand and lead them around to show them what you’ve got.

When briefing your Internet Business Consultants in order to avoid scaring your customers away you will need to think carefully about exactly what it was that made you shudder and click away from that horrible website. Many factors could contribute to that action.

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10 Components of Branding

Any experienced digital agency will tell you that there are many different components of branding and the logo is one of them, but without the other components, having a logo at all would be almost useless as far as getting people to become your customers goes.  All these other components are what creates the customer experience of your business so that when they see the logo, they remember the other things. What are the other components?

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Landscape Design to Really Enjoy Your Outdoor Area

If you’ve been really busy since you moved into your home you may not have even thought about what is outside the walls of your home. Many people are satisfied with a path to the clothesline and a tree or two in the yard. But some landscaping can really make your property pop, so spare a thought or two for the whole of your property.

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You can’t really enjoy your outdoor area if there is next to nothing there to look at. Even if you have a few shrubs and flowers, they only flower once a year and you have all those other seasons where there is nothing but a few leaves and grass to look at. But professional landscape design can change all that.

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Top Logo Design Trends

As with everything else concerning life in general and the Internet specifically, trends come and go. Logo and web design trends have evolved and changed over the years, some of them becoming classic and others just staying long enough for us to enjoy, then cast aside.  There are many factors that influence trends of all kinds, including the design of logos. Sometimes it is simply that a design works really well so it becomes a classic. It can also be that something new pops up and becomes popular for a while but then falls by the wayside for whatever reason.

However, here are some of the current top logo design trends that seem set to stay.

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Why Pool Design is Important

Often, when people decide to get a pool they choose by budget or size, but this does not always work for the best result. After doing some small research, you would find that concrete swimming pools last longer and you can get a unique design. Why is this important?

Not all properties have a big, level area just right for the pool. Some are not even rectangular and may have odd corners that not much use can be had from. When you choose a concrete pool you can also get a design that truly fits in with your home and block of land. For example, you could even have a triangular pool if that suits your layout of home and boundary.

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Home Design – Rough or Smooth Stone Cladding?

When we see stone out in its natural setting, bushland, it will usually look quite rough. Even when you view it as a garden wall it may look rough, but it does not have to. Smooth stone is much better for internal use because if you bump against it, you won’t scrape skin off. Stone cladding that is diamond cut is smooth.

You may have thought the term diamond cut was something to do with the shape of the block. In fact, the term refers to the diamond tipped tools that are used to cut the blocks into the required size and shape. Diamond is a very hard surface, so the saws used to cut through the stone are extremely sharp and can go at a high speed without becoming blunt. This is what gives the stone its smooth finish.

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Tips to Decorate Garden Pots

Garden pots don’t have to be plain or boring. There are many ways that they can be decorated to make them unusual, unique and attractive. Besides, decorating pots can be a lot of fun and makes them into your own creations. You don’t even have to be especially crafty to make your pots shine. Here are some tips to get your creative juices flowing.

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  • Take any kind of pot and wrap it in rope. The rope should not be too thick and it’s best if it is not synthetic. Start at the bottom and wind the rope carefully around the pot, gluing it with a hot glue gun as you go. At the top, tuck the last bit under the row before and glue it down. Now take a thinner rope and glue it to the middle of one side in a flower shape – or any shape you want.

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Roof Design – For Today’s Lifestyle Trends

Trends in lifestyle and buildings change over the years and this is what has happened in Australia, as well as overseas. The lifestyle trend these days is to take the inside out by creating alfresco rooms that are just as comfortable and convenient as indoors. Colorbond roofing is the ideal solution for outdoor themes because it is lightweight yet strong enough that it can span a large area with minimal support. This reduces the cost while enabling the view to remain uncluttered.

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These days we see outdoor kitchens, comfy outdoor seating, fire pits or other kinds of heating, lighting and in some cases, even Wi-Fi connectivity outside. Over all this there needs to be some kind of protection from that sudden flurry of rain so we don’t have to run inside. Very often, the outdoor area is next to the house for convenience and so the roof can simply continue from the home over the alfresco area. This can be done very easily if the roof is strong and lightweight.

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Who to Choose for Rental Maintenance

Real estate agents will be fully aware of the need for both residential and commercial property maintenance. There is no way a unit or any kind of property can be re-let when it is in terrible shape. Very often the previous tenants have left it not only dirty, but in need of repairs as well. Having a maintenance company that also includes a handyman for the repairs will certainly save you time and effort in finding two or maybe even three different companies to help.

When you find a company that offers multiple services from general cleaning inside and high pressure external cleaning through to gardening, mowing and steam cleaning the carpet your stress levels go down because suddenly there is less for you to do. When that company also offers electrical repairs, broken window repair and will fix the leak in the roof, you know you are onto a winner.

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A Major Renovation to Save You Moving

Sometimes the home we love becomes unsuitable for some reason. It may be too big to manage as we grow older, but often the problem is because it is now much too small. The trouble is, if you’ve been in an area you like for some years and have good friends there it can be difficult to move. If you don’t want to call the removalist, here is a major renovation you could possibly do to get that extra space you so badly need.

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Renovating the attic will give you the space you need if you can’t build outwards due to the boundary being too close. Going up will create a charming room suitable for teenagers, who are happy to climb the stairs. In fact, they may be happy to use the pull down stairs, which will save quite a bit on the cost of the upgrade.

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How to Keep Your Carpet Clean Without Really Trying

Carpet is such a popular floor covering because it is soft, comfortable, warm and helps to reduce noise.  The only trouble with it is that carpet cleaning is a bit more difficult than a hard floor surface and you may need assistance from professional carpet cleaners. This often means the carpet only get vacuumed, but rarely washed professionally. Over time it gets grubby, but no one notices unless furniture is moved around and you can see patches of the original colour.

We would never leave a hard floor surface unwashed for a year, yet that seems normal for the carpet. This is often because the carpet is in the bedroom where not much wear and dirt gets on it. No one tramps into the bedroom with muddy shoes. However, if you want your carpet to last longer and look nicer, it’s a good idea to keep it cleaner in between professional shampoos.

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Home Design Options to Make Access Easier

Not all homes are suitable for those who cannot manage steps or stairs easily. People who have been injured or the frail aged are likely to find it difficult to go upstairs in their homes. Rather than having to purchase a house with no steps and then have the trouble of packing and calling the removals company, the options of installing a lift of some kind should be looked into. There are several different types.

The simplest and easiest of all is the chair lift that works in tandem with your staircase. It is just like a chair, but it attaches to the handrail and glides gently up or down at the touch of a button. There is a seat belt to ensure safety. Those using it need to be able to work out how to operate the chair and to stay in it for safety, so it may not suit anyone with dementia unless they have a carer with them all the time.

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