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General home improvement and maintenance advice, along with interesting thought pieces.

The Pros and Cons of Technology's March into our Homes

The Pros and Cons of Technology's March into our Homes

Active and passive technology is now being woven into the very fabric of our homes, bringing with it many advantages.

This progress is taking us well beyond robot vacuum cleaners and thermostats we can talk with, and it may be happening faster than we realize. Given that today is Halloween, I felt it would be an appropriate time to look at not only the benefits, but also some of the slightly scarier implications of all this.

Home Improvements in Remote Locations - Be Prepared

Remote Property

My brother Daniel lives in the countryside in Queensland, Australia. The picture on the left is now a bit out of date, but it gives you a good idea of the surroundings.

It's 40 acres of tree covered land. It starts at the top of the hill where the picture is taken from - goes down through a valley which turns into a river during the rainy season - and goes all the way up to the hill on the other side.

He's invited me to come and spend some time there this Christmas like I did last year - it's a long way to travel, but it's certainly a welcome change of pace, so I'll probably do it again this year.

Modern Vs Retro Ceiling Lights

Modern Vs Retro Ceiling Lights

My brother and I were watching one of those reality TV home improvement shows when a couple competing to see who could do the best remodel had to decide on the type of lighting they were going to select. They were arguing over whether they should go with a modern contemporary style or more of a retro look in the living room.

This started a discussion between myself and my brother about what really constitutes the difference between modern and retro, after-all there are many 'modern' styles which are revamped from previous eras, and even contemporary designs which borrow from times long ago.

The Versatility of Frameless Glass Sliding Doors

The Versatility of Frameless Glass Sliding Doors

I recently wrote a piece about fixing glass sliding doors, and while I was surfing the web looking for pictures I came across some wonderful photographs of the Frameless variety - I bookmarked some of the ones that impressed me so I could share them with you now.

I've never lived in a home which has had them, but after looking at some of these pictures I really grew to like them - I think I'm developing 'frameless' envy :)

How To Store Timber

How To Store Timber

When you are storing a natural material, such as timber, it is really important to make sure it is stored properly; otherwise you will find it quickly ruins and is no longer suitable for purpose.

Your Opportunity to be on a UK Home TV Show

The House That £100k Built: Tricks of the Trade

I received an email from Josi Allan at Remarkable Television who is working on a new TV show for BBC Two which is called "The House That £100k Built: Tricks of the Trade" - it's a spin-off from their popular show "The House That £100k Built".

If you live in the UK and are currently doing a self build, renovation or home improvement, then here's your opportunity to be part of the new show.

15 Lifehacks To Gain Storage And Sanity In The Home

15 Lifehacks To Gain Storage & Sanity At Home

If you’re living in a tiny flat or have a large family that comes with a lot of clutter, storage is key to keeping your home tidy and your brain relaxed. Try these tips around your home to help you keep your life tidy and your personal space organised!

5 Ideas On How To Renovate Your Old Sofa

Ideas On How To Renovate Your Old Sofa

Your sofa is probably the most important piece of furniture in your living room, which is the heart of your home. Because sofas represent community and comfort in a home, it’s important to keep your sofa in the very best condition, without buying a brand new sofa - which can be extremely expensive. If you have a sofa that could use some updating, then there are a few things to consider before giving it a new lease of life. These tips will help you renovate your old sofa into a work of art.

3-D Printing Can Build A House In A Snap!

3D House Printing

Apparently, we’ve come a long way since prefab housing construction—the answer to lower costs in residential construction.

The University of Southern California has taken it step further by creating a macro printer that can construct an entire house in less than 24 hours.

Real Ceramic Tile Vs Peel-And-Stick Floor Tiles: Which Is Better For Me?

Real Ceramic Tile Vs Peel-And-Stick Floor Tiles

The use of real ceramic tile vs. peel-and –stick floor tile: Which is better for me? This is a question of budget and a homeowner’s willingness to invest in their home. Real ceramic tile requires a mixture placed underneath the tile to hold it to the floor. A good pair of kneepads is necessary to keep the tile pressured. Some tiles need a sizing cut to install; this requires a special tool and takes a great deal of patience. A professional custom homes dealer might prefer to install this brand of tile, in order to get the best look for the home.

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