Indoor Garden - Your Oasis of Peace

by KamilaSu 9. December 2014 12:09

Do you miss greenery in winter, because it is likely covered in snow? Do not despair and create your own indoor garden inside your house! Not only will it be a delight for your eyes, but also for the other senses. It can easily become a place for your daily rest after a busy day at work.

Oasis in your bedroom

 

The air in your home will be cleaner, the environment more beautiful and your stomach possibly fuller, as you could grow your own vegetables and herbs, even in winter, all thanks to an indoor garden full of flowers and plants. An indoor garden could be a perfect solution for those who live in the city and do not have the opportunity to have their own outdoor garden. An indoor garden can occupy minimum space, if you also use the windowsills. In this case, the best place for your plants are the windows facing West or East. For the lucky ones who own a larger area, there is an infinite choice of comfortable garden furniture that makes every garden cosier. Nowadays, the most popular solution is a rattan. 

Huge indoor garden

However, you should not forget about the amount of light that comes into the room. Without the appropriate amount of light, you cannot expect any harvest. Therefore, consider a conservatory and place the plants so that they would have the best possible access to sunlight even in winter. Avoid rooms with fans when designing an indoor garden, as these can harm and dry the plants. The final step in designing your indoor garden you have to select the proper types of vegetables (tomatoes, peas, mushrooms), fruit (strawberries, figs) or herbs (basil, rosemary, thyme) suitable for indoor growing.

Glass indoor garden

 

If you are not a fan of plants and into growing vegetables, create a simple room to relax or chat with friends.

Small indoor garden

You can find many inspirational apartments with terraces, balconies and indoor gardens in the pre-drawn FloorPAD floor plans, or simply create your own one.

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Recycled Furniture

by KamilaSu 19. November 2014 12:41

Did you accumulate a bunch of unnecessary things at home, but you don't want to throw them away? Or maybe you Did you accumulate a bunch of unnecessary things at home, but you don't want to throw them away? Or maybe you just don't like the current consumer society, in which every house and apartment is furnished with brand new furniture from the latest collection. We will inspire you to arrange your apartment tastefully and creatively without having to spend money for conventional accessories.  

Recycled chair

 

 

If your kids have already grown up and they do not want to sleep on bunk beds when visiting you, feel free to use the bed in the garden or yard, where it can be more useful. If your yard doesn't have a gazebo suitable for afternoon coffee or weekend reading. Simply remove the bottom bunk bed and place it to the appropriate place.  

Recycled bunk bed

Surely, you often think about what to do with old magazines that you have read all through, and they just take up a lot of space. But how can one use them to make a furniture? It's absolutely simple! Pile up the magazines on a wooden surface to the height that suits you, put a pillow on the top of it, and gird it all with a belt. The chair will surely be useful, when there's more people visiting. Old magazines can also be used as a tables; don't be afraid to be creative. 

Use of the old magazines

Students these days surely appreciate that they can easily make a desk for a few dollars just using an ordinary cardboard and their handcrafting skills. You just need to plan it all well ahead. If you are well stocked with cardboard, do not limit yourself just to ordinary desks; cardboard can be used to make various things: coffee tables, chairs or stools; houses for dolls, dogs, cats etc. 

Recycled cardboard

It is up to you what way you choose to deal with the waste that you produce daily, but as you can see, even an ordinary box may be used creatively, for example, just using paint. 

Recycled cardboard

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May Your Feet Get Some Heat

by KamilaSu 28. October 2014 12:00

Are you planning a bathroom renovation? Have you already thought about the type of heating most suitable for your bathroom? We'll give you some ideas.

Bathroom

Nowadays, you no longer have to decide whether you get the same unsightly radiator as your neighbours have, or ruin the family budget. There are several solutions that also take your budget into account!

Therefore, what radiator or system to choose? It depends mainly on the size of the bathroom, the amount and size of windows, the thickness of external walls and many other factors.

Start by choosing between radiator and floor heating system. Floor heating is becoming more popular and there are many reasons for that. Since it is practically invisible, it is an excellent aesthetic solution for your new apartment or bathroom. In addition, this option is very practical and pleasant, thanks to the even distribution of heat throughout the room. Your floor will no longer be a source of cold; that allows you to reduce the room temperature by 1-2 degrees while the sensational temperature remains the same. Floor heating not only saves energy but also a lot of space that would otherwise be occupied by radiators. Your apartment will be fresher, nicer, simpler and more conveniently furnished.

 
Floor heating system

 

Do not forget to take into account the disadvantages you cannot avoid when it comes to this type of heating. Floor heating system is not as flexible in terms of regulation of temperature, as the radiators are. Since it stays warm longer after shutting down, it does not allow rapid temperature regulation. If you opt for this type of heating you have to take into account the cost of the installation, which is definitely higher than in case of the radiators. Not to mention the potential repairs needed, which would be slightly more difficult to manage due to the complicated access to the system. Before you install a floor heating system make sure you think of the placement of furniture in the room - to prevent unnecessary waste of energy later. To draw the accurate floor plan of your furnished house, you can use our online designer.

Which floor heating to choose? Electric or heat line?

Pipes of floor heating system

Electric floor heating works on the base of resistance cables or mats that are connected to the electric current. Heat is generated from converting electrical energy in the core of the cable, which in turn heats the layer above and spreads the warmth to the entire room. The advantage of such heating is its simple installation, possibility to lay cables on the original floors, easy and precise temperature regulation, lower investment costs and rapid heating. The system does not need to be connected to the heat line, making it suitable for residential houses with central heating, or where there is not a connection to gas. The disadvantages of this system include higher operating costs mainly because of the higher cost of electricity. Therefore, we recommend to install electric floor heating only within smaller areas. The thickness of the heating layer in this case is so thin that heat will not remain in the system as long as in the case of heat line floor heating. To heat thin refurbished floors, you will do better with a suitable thin heating mat.

The heat line floor heating needs to be connected to a gas boiler. Alternatively, it is also possible to connect the system to renewable energy – heat line fireplaces, wood boilers, heat pumps, and solar collectors. In comparison to radiators, you can save up to 30% of current costs with this kind of heating!

In the last decade, radiators have undergone revolutionary development and have lost the label of unsightly objects to be avoided by modern architecture. In today's era, they are design or artwork pieces that complete the interior, or merge with it so that you will not even notice them. Their biggest disadvantage is that they do not distribute the heat in the room evenly, but accumulate the highest temperature in its surroundings.

Invisible radiator

There are heat line, hot-air, electric, gas and solid fuel (fireplaces) radiators. They are made of different materials; therefore, we distinguish the following types:

 

  • Cast iron radiators – already used for ages, have a large volume and thanks to that they remain warm longer. Their lifespan can exceed 50 years. Its disadvantage is that the disorders of the joints are a very common issue, cleaning is very difficult and they are well known for the leakages. 
  • Aluminium radiators - are made from one integrated piece without joints or seams, making it not as defected as cast iron radiators. They are known for their high calorific value and they warm up very fast, whereas compared to cast iron they have a much smaller volume. 
  • Plate steel radiators - are currently the best sellers. They have small volume, warm up very fast, but cool down just as quickly. Their advantage is a large heating output within a small area. They are very compact and they are produced in different sizes and colours, so they can also serve as decoration.
  • Convection unit – are made of plates attached to the tube. According to your preferences you can choose floor, wall, window or standing convection units. They are unobtrusive heating units that are easy to maintain. They are placed mainly to large glazed areas to compensate the difference in temperature between interior and exterior of the room. 
  • Pipe steel radiators – they don´t have such a big calorific value, so they usually serve as towel dryers. You can get them in a variety of unusual shapes or colours.
  • Plate electric radiant heaters - operate on the principle of infra-red heaters and are designed for real aesthetes. They are composed of panels powered by electricity that do not heat the air, but the same way as sunshine they heat solid objects. According to experts, it is the most environmentally friendly type of radiator, as they save energy, nature, and least but not last they save your money as well.

Pipe steel radiator

Plate electric radiant heater

 

In today's rich offer of various types of heating devices, it is not easy to choose the right one. Although floor heating system can stand on its own, the most appropriate solution for your bathroom could be a combination of several heating systems. Floor heating with a modern aesthetic type of radiator could be the right solution for you!

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