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Home Renovation Trends In 2016

Home renovations seem to lead in one direction or another each year. What was trending last year is now no longer in this year. Not to say it will not probably make its way back as trendy the following year though. While trends do come and go, huge money is spent each year on different areas of the home and homeowners love to keep up with these trends.

You can use them to help build a bigger return on property capital gain by updating and renovating your home to what people are wanting. You can keep all the rooms and areas of your home looking great, while also having the value of your property looking great too.

The top trends for 2015 have been projected to be smaller projects and more necessary in nature rather than working on large-scale renovations.

Here are some of the expected 2016 Top Trends in Home Renovations

Bathrooms – The bathroom is a much quicker but more expensive renovation than other rooms in the house. Renovating the bathroom can be as simple as putting new floor and wall tiling along with new fittings. The return on the investment can be much more than the cost of time and materials particularly if you are able to do the work yourself.

Warmer Tones – It has been very popular in recent years to be minimalist. To use white extensively and have clean uncluttered spaces. The new trend is moving away from this and to have interiors that looked lived in and warmer in appearance. Rather than white tones oranges and browns are taking their place. Carpet is also becoming warmer and more expressive painting is enhancing upgrades and renovations. Buyers are also simply stripping out the old floor coverings in older homes to expose heart timber floors and getting a great result for their effort.

Immediate Repairs – If a home needs repairs then they should be taken care of before renovating a room that does not have any issues. Simply fixing a leaking roof or replacing a cracked driveway can add thousands to the value of a home immediately and are obviously repairs that absolutely need be done.

Create One Space – One of hottest trends this past year is creating one large living space out of two or three smaller spaces. If the home has a small kitchen, living room and dining room, knocking out the walls and creating one large open-space and will create a better flow in the home. This can also work in the bedroom that has an adjoining bathroom. Designers create a larger area by opening up the bathroom and only enclosing the toilet. A glass enclosed shower will give the appearance of more space.

The Green Theme – This is a trend that is continuing and getting extremely popular. Many buyers are looking for a property with the ability for “going green”. This means using sustainable materials such as bamboo for flooring, water collectors for collecting rainwater for gardening and planted walls. Any type of energy saving innovation does increase the value of a home by a great deal. Some are more costly to complete than others, but if a homeowner starts with small projects, significant advances can be made and is much better for the environment.

Home renovations follow trends just as any other industry. The savvy homeowner knows that they need to stay on top of these trends if they want to increase the value of their house. Simply changing flooring colors or replacing a leaking roof can add thousands of dollars to the value of it. An assessment of your home will highlight the types of changes you might want to make to keep pace with the 2015 home renovation trends.

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The Popularity Of Bollards

 

One of the building trends to emerge in 2015 has been the rising popularity of bollards as a functional method of traffic control and design enhancement.

What Are Bollards?

Bollards are short vertical poles that are used to act as barriers so as to prevent any potential collision. Mostly bollards are used to protect buildings and pedestrians from accidental collision of vehicles. Therefore, bollards can be seen in places like store fronts, car parks, roadways, traffic medians, etc.

Types of Bollards

The various types of bollards that can be seen in car parks are:

  • Bollards –these types of bollards are fixed to the floor; they are secured from the base. They are either bolted or fixed to the floor with cement. Either way they are immovable. These are intended for both slow and fast moving traffic.
  • Removable Bollards –these bollards make use of a hole in the ground shaped to fit the bollard. To allow restricted entry or exit, the bollard is simply picked up when required.
  • Collapsible Bollards – as the name itself, suggests these bollards can be folded either up or down. This function is however performed using a tool or a key.
  • Retractable Bollards –sometimes to control the movement of traffic retractable bollards are used. These bollards utilise a manual key, hydraulics or an alarm system to raise as well as ring down the bollard.

 

Guidelines For Setting Bollards

There are a few things that need to be kept in mind while setting up bollards. These tend to be overlooked at times and so might lead to problems later on. To avoid any untoward situation follow the below-mentioned guidelines.

  • Check With Local Council –it is always better to be safe than sorry. Hence, make it a rule first to check with the local city council if they have any specific rules and regulations regarding the same. If yes, then follow them as per the book.
  • Accessibility – a bollard should never obstruct the pathway. It is meant as a divider so; it should be used as one. It’s purpose is to avoid a collision from occurring not stopping people from coming and going.
  • Aesthetics – bollards are available in many colours and styles. Hence, try to use one that becomes a part of the landscaping and merges effectively with the surroundings while serving its purpose efficiently. It should not spoil the overall look of the structure.
  • Material –bollards are made of either plastic or steel. In car parks, plastic bollards can be used easily as the traffic is considerably slow moving. Sometimes the bollards are covered with a coating of an elastomer so as to help absorb the energy from any collision. Stronger materials like steel can be used at entry points to the car park. This will provide a much stronger and durable safeguard from a fast moving vehicle.

Bollards have numerous alternatives and uses, making them an adaptable and trustworthy expansion to any car parking zone, requiring security from moving vehicles. You can enjoy your outing from home in a much better mind set knowing that bollards are set in place to safeguard your building from vehicles venturing to close or from entering restricted areas.

12 Finance Companies Who Can Help You Prepare For a Home Loan

Preparing to get a home loan can sometimes be a bit like preparing for a title fight; with you the outsider up against the champ – the bank or finance company. Like a wannabe contender in boxing, you need a good trainer to get you in shape; financial shape in this case. You want a finance company that does not pull any punches when helping you get that home loan. Here are 12 finance companies who can help you prepare for a home loan.

Aussie Home Loans is one of Australia’s largest and most recognised mortgage broking businesses. With a loan book worth more than $60 billion and in excess of half a million customers over the last twenty three years they are definitely worth talking to about preparing for your home loan.

Mortgage One has been around for some sixteen years and services the burgeoning Sydney market as brokers for home and investment loans. One stop finance for all your needs.

Macquarie Bank are another financial institution with plenty of experience in the home loan sector and they can advise you on how to prepare for a successful home loan application with them.

AMP has been managing funds for Australians for decades and they have a team of financial experts in the home loan field.

Australian Credit and Finance specialise in home loans for the self employed, as traditionally these loans were much harder to get. The banking sector has always preferred the security of applicants with long standing employment records. More Australians are self employed and this company is servicing this market.

Dentist Home Loans, as you can well imagine by the name, look after the financial wellbeing of dentists. Niche marketing in the financial sector is alive and well. Dentists have specialised broking needs and this company works with hundreds of dentists.

ACM Group can help clients with bad debts to clean up their financial image in preparation for applying for a home loan.

Janz Group are a young Melbourne based group of financial brokers who are achieving big things pretty quickly within the industry.

Money Tree Finance Solutions are home and investment lending specialists and broker deals with every major lender in the country.

Awesome Lending Solutions provide practical support to borrowers looking to get that home or investment loan.

1st Street Home Loan Specialists proudly claim to be awarded the Number 1 Mortgage Broker in Australia.

Foreign Currency Broker

Many overseas buyers wanting to buy homes in a foreign country need to have their foreign currency changed to the local currency. USGFX is a leading Forex Broker that is regulated by ASIC and well able to assist any one seeking expert advice on currency related matters.

Credit Repair

If, when you apply for your loan at one of these providers, you find that past minor credit issues like an unpaid $30 subscription is tagged on your credit record you may find that you are are interest rate penalized or refused the loan.

If this is the case you should apply to a professional credit repair organisation to have these minor issues cleared from your account as this will save you thousands in saved interest cost or even get you the loan approval you seek.

You can learn more about this by visiting any reputable credit repair specialist.

Independent Advice Warning:

Akatu.com strongly recommends any one that is wanting to raise money via a home loan or do a currency deal should seek independent professional advice. The above is a guide to services available to those needing financing and it is important that the financial instrument you select is suitable to your needs.

 

 

Designing the Auditory Processing Disorder Friendly Home

Can a home be created and designed which is gentle on children with learning difficulties or conditions such as auditory processing disorder, or sensory processing disorder? What about for kids who have autism spectrum issues – how can a home be more gentle on their senses?

Questions such as these challenge our ideas about architecture and design. When we define certain human’s needs more specifically, it is a call for new innovation in the design and construction of their homes. Our homes are like our shells, really, and like the tortoise we want a snug fit; which is not only comfortable but constructive toward our purposes. There are published books detailing the links between our homes and our brains, observing the mirroring of interior designs and personality traits. We begin shifting things around to suit our purposes from the very beginning; a child arranges his or her soft toys upon the bed; a mother creates a nursery like bird’s do a nest. We bend materials to do our bidding and move furniture about to foster functionality, aesthetics and comfort.

Auditory processing disorders are an inability to correctly process sensory information, usually sounds, which leads to learning difficulties and stress. Imagine, if the noises you hear are not ordered into near and far, but are a mass of competing sounds, threatening to overwhelm you in a sea of sensory information; it would be very stressful, to say the least. We would want our homes to absorb a great deal of noise, and not be a reverberating mass of timpani; like a busy city restaurant is. So, it begins with interior design, soft furnishings, carpets, rugs and curtains. Limited hard and shiny surfaces to where they are unavoidable, as in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens.

The arrangement of rooms and where occupants are located would be next. Those with APD would be nestled in rooms surrounded by absorbing material like soft furnishings and away from areas like the kitchen and laundry. Walls can be constructed to be acoustically supportive, as is the case in recording studios and concert halls. The home of a APD sufferer, and those on the autistic spectrum, should be a refuge from unnecessary sensory information. Our own bedrooms are usually designed and arranged within our homes to do likewise; whether we suffer from these conditions or not. Bedrooms face away from the rising sun and are places of low stimulation to encourage sleep.

Parents of children with APD, are, I would posit, already employing many of the suggestions made here, within their homes, but there exists the possibility to take it further through innovative architectural design. The future of housing design points towards catering for more individual and special needs.

Contemporary Waste Disposal Systems for the Modern Home

Around our modern homes we now have a number of contemporary waste disposal systems; here is a look at some of these:

Firstly, and by far the largest is the recycling of glass, paper and plastic. Why is this now the largest creator of waste in the home? Because of the huge amount of packaging on everything we purchase. The modern home is inundated with stuff that goes around the things that we consume and use.
In the average free standing house we employ the yellow lidded wheelie bin to take out our recycling rubbish for kerbside pick-up by the appropriate waste management operators. The frequency of this recycling collection is something that does need to be looked at in some areas, as a monthly and/or fortnightly collection is now often inadequate.

Secondly, the modern high rise apartment building may offer residents a chute for the disposal of their waste down into a centrally located sorting area. With the construction of more and more of these high density towers it makes sense to stream line the waste disposal units. In some European and Asian cities modern buildings are connected to a pneumatic waste collection system, which does not involve the transporting of waste by road to waste collection centres. The apartment buildings have individual inlets for different types of waste matter and this is sucked down chutes and then into pipelines on pneumatic conveyors which then deliver it to the waste centre destination.

Thirdly, the in sink waste processor, which has always been far more popular in the US than Australia, chops up organic waste within the plug hole of the kitchen sink. This waste is then sent down the pipe and through to the water treatment system, where it is filtered out as sludge; a nutrient rich bio-solid waste which is converted into a natural fertiliser.

Fourthly, and most traditionally we throw all of our wet rubbish into vessels lined with rubbish bags. These are tied off when full and transferred to the weekly wheelie bin for pick-up by the trucks utilised by the waste disposal management services operating in your area.

Number five, sees the enlightened minority maintaining compost bins or burying their organic waste directly into the earth, under their garden or backyard. This benefits the soil quality of the occupier’s garden.

Number 6, provides a green waste wheelie bin for leaves and other garden matter, which cannot be recycled into the garden itself. This bin is collected only once a month in most areas.

Number seven, is the large skip bin, most often utilised when home occupiers are renovating or creating large amounts of waste, which will not fit into the normal bins provided. This is then picked up at an arranged time with the contractor and hauled away.

Many home occupiers are attempting to minimise their waste through minimisation programs, which involve reducing the amount of packaging brought into the home. This can be achieved through bulk buying and carrying reusable vessels when purchasing products.

Home Renovations a Top Source for Short Term Loans

Houses do not come with a lifetime warranty and every homeowner knows that it’s inevitable to escape the costs of home improvements. In fact, a homeowner will have to spend a significant amount of money on improvements each year to keep their homes properly maintained, to bring it up to modern standards and add value to the home.

Short Term Loans Home RenovationA huge amount of money is needed for home renovations and most homeowners don’t have a large cash reserve sitting in the bank to pay for home improvement projects. Oftentimes, people seek home improvement loans to upgrade their existing home to a contemporary design and a more comfortable living space.

For home financing, there are two options available:

  • Long term financing is the reasonable choice for home improvement projects which add a substantial and lasting value to the home. It’s mostly designed for home sellers who want to make additions or upgrades to attract more buyers and get a higher price. Long term home improvement loans can also be taken over an extended amount of time and have greater flexibility with payment options. This type of loan, commonly has repayment schedules of 30 years.
  • Short term financing is a better choice for small to medium size home projects which add little value to the home relative to its cost. A short term loan is a more convenient way to get money quickly for a project and usually involves a lower interest rate than credit cards. Short term loans also have a quick repayment schedule and significantly shorter maturity dates than regular loans. The maturation period can be as short as 90 days or as long as 15 years. Statistics also suggest that people looking to renovate their homes are one of the leading sources of demand for short term loans.

It would be nice to have a newly renovated home, but home improvements cost a pretty penny and we all know that. Good planning on how to finance the costs of your improvements will help the journey a much more pleasant experience. So, anyone who is thinking of starting a home improvement project or home renovation should understand how much money they will be spending as it will have a huge impact on their finances.

10 Home Cleaning Services You May Never Have Thought About

Home cleaning may seem ho hum to many of you, and let’s be honest, who really enjoys house cleaning, it is a necessary evil. A very necessary and time consuming task, if it is to be done properly. For some, home cleaning is a quick Hoover and a glancing blow with a duster, perhaps a casual tidying up of scattered dirty laundry and magazines, even a quick packing of the dish washer and a wipe down with the Chux, but is that really getting the job done? What about the too hard to consider cleaning jobs? What about the down and dirty, greasy, stinking, rubber gloved, totally awful home cleaning requirements? Who does them? How often? Are they up to standard right now in your home? Do you have any neglected corners of your house or home?

Well, here are ten home cleaning services that you may never have thought about, or thought possible, that a cleaning service would be willing to do on your behalf. Ten yucky, difficult to do, time consuming and smelly cleaning jobs:

Firstly, and possibly most obviously, is the oven. Cleaning, professionally, the cooked on grease, that black, tacky or brittle, gunk that will not come off without maximum elbow action and strong chemicals. The home oven, or ovens, is and are, often overlooked by home owners and cleaners.

Two, deep toilet cleaning, the professional bleaching and polishing of the bathroom porcelain. Toilet seats are an all too common source of bacterial infection, spreading Gastroenteritis through families and communities. Regular and thorough cleaning of lavatories is an integral part of healthy homes.

Three, shower recess and bath surface cleaning. The detailed deep cleaning of every crevice and crack in bathroom tiling, in and around taps and faucets, is another often neglected home cleaning service.

Four, the dog house, or kennel, this flea pit and hairy haven is another breeding ground for bacteria causing family illnesses. How often is it cleaned at your place by you or your cleaning services?

Five, the bathroom vanity cupboard, this black hole at the centre of your ablutionary universe sucks in detritus over eons. Who braves the half empty bottles of goop, the old tongue cleaners, half ingested prescription drugs and perfumes from middle of the twentieth century, to regularly clean this bolthole?

Six, verandah, or balcony, cleaning. As it is technically outside, this part of the house, or apartment, is most often missed by cleaners and home owners alike.

Seven, rug beating services. Vacuum cleaners do not really suck up all that dust, dirt and microbes of bacteria in well trodden household rugs. They are breeding grounds for pestilence, and only a thorough beating by a face masked professional cleaner will suffice.

Eight, the interior of your car. Why shouldn’t a cleaner get down and clean this hotspot for waste matter?

Nine, chair and couch upholstery cleaning. Another sorely neglected surface within the home. Get every crumb and spill cleaned before you next sit down your posterior.

Ten, ceiling and wall de-moulding. Mould is bacteria that you and your family are breathing in, and which can contribute to respiratory conditions, like asthma.

Ten cleaning services that will improve the quality and health of your home. Stop prevaricating and get some professional home cleaning.