Posted on January 20, 2012
Every once in a while, as human beings, we all experience some degree of loss of attention for the project that we're working on. Sometimes we even lose attention during the conversation about the project that we're participating in, distracted. However, when it comes to home improvement there are several stages of planning, preparation, and purchasing for an accepted professional bid in order to complete a larger project. This often involves discovering your limitations with smaller projects before looking forward to larger ones. It can seem and actually be overwhelming.
After all, you are pursuing the changing of your living space. Sacrifices of time and space must be made in order to bring you what you want to see, fell, and experience in your addition, remodel, or full renovation. Your latest home improvement project may have started with the master bath then moved to updating all of the bathrooms. Or, your plans were supposed to include turning your office into a nursery before the family's spring due date. Neither one of these projects can be put off any longer. You can't go without a bathroom, and you can't fathom your baby not having a room to come home to. So with at least two more months left of winter to pluck away, you have plenty of time to create a strategy, enact a plan, and enlist some help with finally finishing your home improvement projects.
The first step to project completion is to acknowledge that you didn't finish on your own the last time because you didn't have the time or skill. So, now you can call a few professional contractors in your area. They should be able to come to your home to inspect the standing fixtures, assess the progress that you've made over the past months and make suggestions of how they can assist you from here to the coveted finish line.
Every contractor you call and have over to your home should present you with a professional bid. This outlines the materials, equipment, individual projects and man hours required to help you finish. The bid is a price quote for all of the above. Also, it should include a concrete date of completion. There should be no estimates of deadline. If a surprise comes up such as a delay of materials or dry rot, for example, there should be an adjustment in labor and/or deadline to a new definitive date not a range of days, weeks, or months. You should also keep in mind that your vision for your space should be heard and applied, within reason of what is structurally possible, according to code and materials being used. After selecting a company, you will be made aware of the insurance for the workers and for your other property in the home during construction.
Frankly, enlisting a professional contractor's help is the easiest way to ensure completion. They are already trained and prepared to organize tasks, select the best materials, and install by deadline. It is the routine of their profession and how they became so successful. Now you can just kick back and look forward to a comfortable spring in your master bath or placing your baby to sleep in his or her first room.
Posted on January 20, 2012
The home and the garden are, for many people, an extension of their persona. It is an expression of who they are and what they like. In the past, the opportunities for self-expression were limited as design and furnishing options were in short supply. These days, however, there is an explosion in the number of options for anyone who wants to populate their interiors and exteriors with funky, whimsical, striking or modern art decor.
As any professional interior decorator will tell you, each room within the house has a certain function and a certain character. It is necessary to recognize this innate character before one can go about furnishing the room appropriately. Indoor decor leans heavily on the right use of color, lighting and furnishing. For instance, the role of curtains, decorative rugs, objects of art and other decorative materials must be complimentary. Every object within the room must contribute seamlessly to the total effect.
Many homes these days, boast of stunning pieces of art that single handedly transform the look of the room. Funky, whimsical designs featuring themes and colorful artwork could well become the center of attraction of the room. When such pieces of art are combined cleverly with furnishing and color, the effect is breathtaking. A fitting example of such art is the Round Top Collection by Jeff Krause.
Thus, interior decor can be transformed from the staid and the predictable to glamorous and glitzy through the clever use of objects of art. Care should be taken, however, to choose quality over quantity. Hand crafted objects are more popular than machine made objects as the former contains unique objects that enjoy limited availability.
The garden is typically the extension of the home. It is where we seek to establish an instant connect with nature. For many, it is the place dedicated to the pleasure of cultivation and abundant growth. Even homes in urban areas where garden space is limited make the effort to transform the garden into a haven of sorts.
The use of unusual, whimsical and colorful furniture and objects of art can transform the garden into something that is out of a fairytale book. For example, whimsically designed benches and tables are available in the most stunning colors. These pieces of furniture greatly add to the appeal of the garden. In addition to this, pieces of art may be strategically scattered around the garden to make it colorful and beautiful. By adding these pieces of art to your garden space, it is possible to achieve the perfect balance between beauty and utility that characterizes great outdoor spaces.
Posted on December 21, 2011
In the field of art, the term ‘design’ is interpreted in a number of ways. One of these definitions refers to a particular organization of elements for a special object of art. Another definition of design refers to the act of designing, selecting and arranging of these elements for a particular purpose. Thus, we might speak of the design of a salad bowl at micro level or the design of a city at macro level.
Each attempt while making a design is a definite act which should represent creative thinking. When we create a design, we make use of elements like lines, shapes, forms, textures and colors, either as an object in space or as a drawing on a piece of paper. These are, therefore referred to as elements of design. These are the tools and materials with which every one makes a design. In the last century, the attitude towards design has gradually changed.
Formerly it was more frequently thought of in relation to an applied decoration or patter, such as a wall paper or a printed fabric. Today we refer more to the art of designing which encompasses every aspect of selection and arrangement. These may include the problem of selecting lines and colors for painting a picture or design on a drawing board or paper of for furnishings of a room. Thus creating a design is a problem for everyone and not just for students alone with their so called artistic ability. Read more...