PostHeaderIcon Travertine Tile – Classical Tile in a Modern Era

January 14th, 2015

An ideal flooring choice for residential and commercial purposes, travertine tile is increasingly becoming popular as a rugged, low-maintenance flooring option. Attractive and sophisticated, this natural stone tile has been used by property owners and business houses for flooring in heavy traffic areas and as wall tiles. It can be used as a decorative wall cladding or even an aesthetically-pleasing facade material. In both the cases, it will add value by creating a natural diverse pattern and adding elegance and warmth to the room.

Travertine’s best feature is the quality of timelessness inherent in the stone and its versatility in perfectly suiting a casual environment and a formal ambience. The durability of travertine is proven by its use in the ancient Roman Coliseum, which was constructed between 72 AD and 80 AD.

Travertine Tile: Origin of the Stone

Travertine tile holds a special position in the architectural development, from the ancient Greek civilization and the Roman Empire, extending to the modern era. There are defining traits of travertine which sets this stone apart from any other natural stone flooring options.

The formation of this stone is very similar to that of marble and limestone whose development spans thousands of years. Travertine, formed by underground rivers and subterranean springs, is a result of the gradual coagulation of mineral elements including calcium carbonate, present in water sources. They are formed in the same manner as stalactites and stalagmites are formed in grottos and caves.

The stone is smooth, dense, very hard and porous, with a notable creamy color which exudes an old-time refinement. The pores are a consequence of gases escaping while the stone is being formed. Travertine is found in abundance in Italy and Turkey and is a major import product for construction purposes all over the globe, including North America.

Travertine Tile: Uses

Travertine tile will look awesome in any part of your home, whether it is the bathrooms, dining space, living room, hallways and kitchens. This stone, processed in different ways, is available in a wide array of colors to perfectly suit the ambience of each room. The following are some suggestions:

* Bathrooms – A gold-shaded, large-format, matte-finish (honed) tile will be perfect. The gold color will lend a warm glow along with a neat, classy appearance.

* Living rooms and hallways – A large-format, dark-colored rectangular tile, laid lengthwise, will create a sense of space and also draw the guests’ attention to the chic flooring material.

* Kitchens – Again use a light-colored tile so that it provides a flattering, neutral background color. Install the tile with very little grout to maximize the spacious feel.

PostHeaderIcon The Beauty of Modern Lights – Creating Different Looks For All Living Spaces

January 14th, 2015

Modern lights have the power to dictate the right kind of mood and appearance that you want to project in your home. Although these can completely vary in functions and styles, contemporary lighting is clearly defined by the simple, clean, creative, and functional features that’ll perfectly suit your taste. More than just the aesthetic appearance, modern lights offer fast solutions to your many lighting requirements.

These types of lighting are so varied in designs and functions that these take in a broad scope of lighting. Mouth-blown crystalline lights might already come as modern for many while others would prefer a more crisp and clean look on their lighting fixtures. At the end, personal preference would clearly influence the boundaries of the types of lighting that are considered as up-to-date.

If you’ve noticed, many residential homes and commercial buildings have already incorporated recessed lights (or can lights) to their lighting system. Recessed lighting have the ability to cast a warm glow to living spaces without producing too much glare. These are perfect for work spaces, such as your kitchen, where the light direction needs to be concentrated on certain areas in order to facilitate work efficiency. Since these fixtures consume less electricity, you can save a lot of money from your energy bills.

Apartments, condominiums, or small-sized homes are not exactly blessed with large living spaces. But that shouldn’t stop you from installing attractive and functional light fixtures. When it comes to constricted and hard to reach areas, track lighting are usually the ideal fixtures that’ll solve your problem. These fixtures have compact designs that are easy to install on your ceilings or wall, which could well draw attention to your favorite pieces, like family pictures or paintings.

Pendant lights – if you don’t mind stretching out your budget a bit more – are offered in a wide range of attractive and sophisticated designs. These fixtures are normally found floating on ceiling walls that are supported by a string or other type of hanging device. You can totally show off your personality and taste with these lighting through its different range of unique and abstract geometric designs. Some of the expensive pieces are even studded with crystals and gemstones to give out that elegant and very modern look to every home.

If you’re currently undergoing a bathroom renovation, then there’s no better time to choose the right contemporary lighting than today. The right kind of lights will enhance the beautiful features and colors of your bathroom while casting a warm and natural radiance.

Choosing the best light fixtures is not fixed on the aesthetic appearance. You should also consider the technical aspects of these things. Remember that modern lights are not created equal and are not made to fit all types of homes.

PostHeaderIcon Residential Construction Company – Architecture Tips

January 14th, 2015

If you’re building a new home, chances are you have a general idea of how you want it to look. Even if you don’t, your residential construction company likely has an architect on staff that can work with you to best plan how your house will look and function, and can provide you with information regarding how to best design certain rooms. In this article, we’ll go over some tips regarding the general architecture of a home that you are likely to hear, that will help you pick out some design features you want to see in your house.

Any on-staff residential construction company architect will tell you that one of the key aspects of designing a house is how all of the rooms flow together. Many older houses are essentially a series of rooms connected by hallways so that foot traffic can move from room to room without having to walk through them. However, many modern houses are using alternative approaches, with dining rooms being directly attached to both a kitchen and living room, and all three connected to an antechamber. Adding a second level gives you another dimension of design freedom, as the antechamber can lead to the second level where bedrooms and bathrooms, and perhaps a study can be located.

If you want extra features, like a library, drawing room, study, den, game room, or the like, then figuring out where to put them can be something of a pain. You should choose the location of extra rooms in your house based around what are called core rooms, such as central living areas and bedrooms. For example, a good location for a personal study would be attached to a bedroom, because bedrooms tend to be on the outside of a house and having the study nearby would help isolate it from noise and distractions. A den or game room would likely be best located near the living room, so that people can move between them freely, and the kitchen would be relatively nearby. Keeping these things in mind while talking to a residential construction company architect is a good way to maximize the effectiveness and comfort of your home.

If you’re struggling to get everything in its right place, a residential construction company can help guide you the rest of the way. The important thing is to know what you want and how you want it, and they will often do the rest of the work for you.

PostHeaderIcon How to Create an Outstanding Residential Interior Design

January 14th, 2015

Although residences range in size from large houses to one-room, or studio, apartments, they must accommodate the same basic living areas.

Entrance. A hall or foyer, the first area of the home to greet visitors, should allow easy passage to the rest of the house and should indicate what atmosphere and style to expect there. The amount of furniture will depend on the size of the entryway, which should not be overcrowded. Since relatively little time is spent there, it may be decorated more dramatically that other rooms, with bolder colors and patterns on walls and floors and perhaps with a highly ornamented piece of furniture. Soft diffused lighting will enable the eye to adjust from outdoor to indoor light and create an effect of warmth.

Living Room. Because the living room is no longer the formal Victorian front parlor but rather, the place where the whole family spends much of its leisure time, its design deserves prime consideration. Generally speaking, the living room should provide for a variety of activities-conversation, reading, writing, car playing, performing or listening to music, watching television-while maintaining a simple, uncluttered appearance. It should also reflect the particular family’s tastes and pattern of living. These factors will determine the basic character and style of the room, including the furniture and its arrangement, fabrics, accessories, and color schemes. For example, it the family frequently uses the living room to watch television, the set and searing accommodation should be arranged for comfortable viewing.

Dining Room. In today’s homes the space for dining may be the traditional separate room or especially in city apartments, an area set off from other room. Whichever, it should provide simply, a comfortable place to eat. If the dining area is a room open to view from other rooms, its colors should be carefully related to those of adjoining rooms; for example it may be in lighter, calmer values of a brilliant living room scheme. If the dining area is part of another room, the furnishings of both areas must be imaginatively related in character and color scheme. The limits of the dining space may be indicated by a change in wall of floor treatment or by using a piece of furniture, such as a screen or chest, as a room divider.

Kitchen. The efficiency of a modern kitchen depends on an economical traffic pattern between conveniently related works centers grouped around major appliances. The refrigerator center should include a counter adjacent to the refrigerator on which to place food, and possibly a freezer, although a freezer could be in a separate utility room. The sink center, which may include a dishwasher, requires ample counter space on either side of the sink for preparing food and stacking dishes.

Bedroom. In the modern house the bedroom is no longer just a space to sleep but is also a room for reading, sewing, talking, watching television, and other quit occupations. Many people prefer to make it more closely resemble a living room or at least to appear large enough to accommodate these other activities.

PostHeaderIcon Dust Mites Are Invading – Residential HVAC Systems Help Protect Your Families Health

January 14th, 2015

When you flip a switch, you want the lights to come on. When you push a button, you want the computer to spring to life. When you turn the key, you want your car engine to start. You are looking for results. Period. That is why you are looking for residential HVAC in Atlanta: climate control in your home.

On a summer day in the south you want the climate inside your family’s home to be something vastly different from what is going on outside. You want it to be pleasantly cool and you want the humidity level to hover somewhere between the 30% and 50% mark. The first factor is, obviously, comfort. When the humidity is high, the body’s natural cooling system is much less effective, so that when you sweat, evaporative cooling doesn’t keep up with the need. Lower humidity equals less need for perspiration and, when the need does arise, the process works better.

The second and less well known factor is the serious health benefit. American homes are experiencing an invasion of dust mites which can cause asthma and other allergic symptoms. The three main species are multiplying in spite of modern technology and apartment buildings are being invaded at alarming rates.

There are at least three methods of combating these little beasties.

  • Low Humidity — Dust mites cannot live in conditions where low humidity persists. A relative humidity of less than 50% usually proves fatal for the nasty beasties. That means that keeping your home — and family — safe from these particular pests depends in part on the reliability and efficiency of your HVAC unit. Regular, professional checkups for all parts of your system are an important hedge against an assault by unwelcome guests. These invaders can live in all sorts of climates, including high altitudes. They are particularly happy in kitchens and bedrooms where they have access to the dead skin cells humans shed. Humidity and direct access to moisture are provided by human breathing, perspiration, and saliva. Keeping the humidity low by using an efficient HVAC unit is a highly effective front line defense.
  • Heating the Wash Cycle — A recent study found that using heat when doing laundry makes a substantial difference in upping the death rate of dust mites. Using water at 140 degrees (or higher) kills all dust mites. Lowering the temperature to about 104 degrees leaves over 90% of them alive and able to reproduce. However, if hot water is not doable in your situation, it works to use water at least 86 degrees for rinsing IF THE LAUNDRY IS RINSED TWO TIMES FOR AT LEAST THREE MINUTES PER CYCLE.
  • Heating the Drying Cycle — Ten minutes in a regular clothes dryer that is set for at least 140 degrees has proven enough to kill all the dust mites in bedding such as pillows, quilts, blankets, and mattress pads.

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