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Top Tips For Fitting Bathroom Accessories

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Bathroom accessories are more essential to the functionality of the room than the accessories that we find in almost any other room in the house, perhaps with the exception of the kitchen. The placing of these accessories is also really important as they really need to be well fitted and in close proximity to the fixture that they are associated with. So what are the best tips for fitting and placing these accessories to make sure that the bathroom is fully functioning?

Your towel rail should always be placed close to your bath or shower cubicle for two reasons, the first being that you do not want to be over stretching to get a towel when you have wet feet as you may slip and injure yourself and the second is that you do not want to have to step out of the bath or shower cubicle and wet the floor. If you have a large bathroom you may wish to fit two towel rails, one near to both the bath and the shower.

The toothbrush holder should ideally be placed next to your wash basin in which you clean your teeth. This makes the job of cleaning your teeth much easier and will encourage you to wash out your toothbrush after use which is important to minimise the spread of germs and bacteria from your mouth.

You should also look to place your hand towel rail near to your wash basin so that you are not dripping or splashing water on your bathroom floor after you have washed your hands.

The final accessory to place in your bathroom is the toilet roll holder which quite obviously should be placed near the toilet but just as import should be placed at a height that is convenient for all people in the home. This is especially important if you have small children as it can be very dangerous for a small child to over reach whilst sat on the toilet.

If you take note of the above tips you should never have any problem with the placing of your bathroom accessories.

Choosing the best look for your bathroom can be a difficult job. Bathroom trends change so quickly that is you are not careful you could find yourself spending a lot of money to totally remodel and redesign your bathroom to find that it is dated and not keeping up with the latest bathroom look. Whilst ideally no one wants to be in this situation there are things that you can do that will minimise the effect of this problem if it does arise. The answer could be as simple your decor or the accessories that you choose.

As with most rooms in the house the more that you decorate your bathroom the sooner it will get dated so if you keep the decor to a minimum you should be able to get a longer lifespan from your bathroom without having to redecorate.

A basic neutral colour scheme is the best option when it comes to decorating but these can seem a little boring so add to this scheme by also adding a few accessories to your bathroom which can be easily changed. It is easier to change your bathroom accessories rather than redecorate your compete bathroom.

The same rule applies to your bathroom accessories as to the decor of your bathroom, keep it neat and simple. A brushed or plain chrome finish is always a smart neutral look but you can still make an impact if you choose to go for a quality designer brand of accessory.

These few simple tips can help you keep a look in your bathroom that will take a while to look dated and tired.

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How To Measure For New Windows

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It is important to measure properly for replacement windows to get an accurate price and for ordering the right size windows. If you order them too small, you will have to be creative when fitting and are likely to have problems. If you order them too big, you’re really in trouble.

Measuring correctly may be very daunting, but in reality it’s actually quite simple for most window types. All windows are measured from the outside of the house. When you order your windows, always give the dimensions as width x height. In the double glazing industry it is widely accepted that the width of a frame is always stated before the height, so stick to this convention or you might cause confusion.

Flat windows

If you have old wooden windows you want to replace either with modern ones or uPVC windows, measure the width first and then the height. To establish the width take three measurements. This is very straightforward. First measure from the top right corner to the top left corner, brick to brick. Then measure in the same way from left to right at the midway point right above where the window locks, and finally measure at the bottom.

If your house is rendered or covered in pebble-dash, it is advisable to chip away some of the material to reveal the brick. For houses with cladding ease away the cladding to find the outer edge of the frame to take accurate measurements.

When you measure, you will probably discover that all your measurements are slightly different. This is quite normal as brickwork is often uneven. It is not a reflection of your measuring skills! Deduct 10mm from the smallest measurement to allow for sealing and clearance tolerances. This is your width.

Measuring the height is not quite so easy, and how you go about it will depend on whether your window has a windowsill or not. If it does, measure from the top of your existing window frame or the head drip to the bottom of the sill. The manufacturer will deduct the sill from the overall height.

Again take three measurements, one on the left, one in the middle and one on the right. If your current window does not have a sill but sits on a concrete sill, the replacement window can be made either without a sill or with a sub-sill. As before, take the smallest measurement and deduct 10mm if your window sits on a concrete sill, otherwise just 5 mm. This is your height.

If you have existing uPVC windows that need replacing with new ones, you need to measure the thickness of your existing units in addition to the width and the height. This is because, if the thickness of the new units is greater or smaller than that of the originals, the new units cannot be easily fitted. The height and width can be measured by removing the glazing bars which may be fitted on the outside for externally glazed, or on the inside of the window pane for internally glazed windows.

Curved windows

Whereas everyone can measure easily for flat windows following the steps above, measuring for curved or rectangular bay windows requires more skill and experience. Ideally these should be measured by experienced surveyors before you order. If you want to measure to get a quote, however, follow the steps below which are a simplified way of measuring.

Measuring for bay windows follows the same principles as for flat windows. A bay window is measured as a series of flat windows and you have to measure the width and height of each part of the bay window. The height will be the same on all.

For the installation of a new or replacement of an existing bow window, measure the width and height and specify the number of facets. Only the overall width of the opening is required for a bow window, as the facets will be sized equally.

Measuring for replacement windows is not difficult, and if you follow the steps outlined above, you will always achieve accurate results.

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No Streak Window Cleaning

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If you want to brighten up a room or your entire home, there is no less expensive way than to have clean windows. However, getting the windows to look good with no streaks can be a problem. Clean windows let in more light and brighten any room but a streaky window can be more of a negative than a positive.

Follow these simple tips for window cleaning no streak solutions.

The first tip is to never use paper towels or cloths of any kind on windows. Paper towels leave small particles on the glass and cloth will leave lint behind. Either of these solutions will leave unsightly streaks on the windows. A better solution is to use coffee filters. They fit the hand, are absorbent and don’t leave lint.

You should use the right tools for window cleaning no streak solutions such as a squeegee or scrubber. The proper tools will have your windows looking like a professional window cleaner did them for you.

A scrubber is padded and used for cleaning or scrubbing the dirt away. A squeegee is a long metal “blade” with a rubber edge, somewhat similar to a window wiper. You could replace a scrubber with a regular, cleaning sponge if you don’t have a scrubber—it works just as well. Window cleaners will work well, but be sure that those cleaners have vinegar in the ingredients. Commercial window cleaners often leave a waxy film on the window. Vinegar and water works very well if no waxy film is present but if you’ve used commercial cleaners in the past, it’s a good idea to add ½ teaspoon of liquid dish soap to the window cleaning solution to remove the film. Just using vinegar and water on a window with a film will leave the window streaky.

Vinegar and water is very environmentally friendly to clean windows. If dish soap is added on the first cleaning after using a commercial cleaner, it’s only necessary the first time and in such a small amount that its impact on the environment is minimal.

For a really streak free clean just crumple up newspapers to use instead of paper towels or a cloth of any kind to wipe away excess water and cleaning fluid.

Another great tip for window cleaning is to clean on a cloudy day. If the day is extremely hot or the window is in direct sunlight the windows will dry any solution you are using too quickly. Drying too quickly will leave streaks or water spots, which aren’t desirable.

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Garage Doors Are the Focal Point of Most Homes

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When someone drives down your street and takes a look at your home, it’s likely they will notice your garage door. After all, it may take up as much as one third of the facade of the house, so it can be a real focal point, good or bad. No matter what your home looks like, if the overhead door is old and shabby, people are going to get the impression that the entire property is rundown. So much for curb appeal! If you decide you want to replace your existing door with a new one that’s going to enhance your house, you will have a number of different styles to choose from. You will want to pick something that is going to look good with the overall look.

You need to do a little preliminary work before you’ll be ready to have a new door installed. You have to take the measurements of your current door or its opening in order to determine if you’ll be able to use a standard-sized replacement or if you’ll have to have your new door custom made. You also have to decide the type of material you’d like the door to be made of with steel being the most durable and wood having the most pleasing aesthetic value. Of course, the amount you can afford to spend will dictate the style, material, and extras, like decorations or windows, that you will be able to purchase. Basic door styles include:

1. Most American housing styles look good with traditional doors. These include ranch homes, colonials, Victorians, Cape Cods, and Craftsman styles. A traditional door will also be appropriate on many European-styled homes, such as Mediterranean, Tudor, French Country, and Spanish.

2. Contemporary doors will only look right on homes that also have contemporary styling. If your home was built with high-tech materials and clean lines, then a contemporary door will fit the styling like a glove. These doors often include tempered-glass windows which may be tinted, frosted, or clear and come with door frames that are wrapped in aluminum which require less maintenance.

3. Carriage doors are based on the doors that used to be found on carriage houses back before the era of cars. These doors often swing open, but if you are short on space, you can find models that fold back even though they look like swing doors. Although carriage doors seem like they would look best on older homes, they actually look perfect with many traditionally-styled houses.

4. Many doors you will find have raised panels which add depth and interest to the front of your home. In recent decades, this style of door has become the standard for most American homes. Because of this, they are available in a wide selection of materials and with a number of different options.

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