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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Happy Cooking in a Well Assembled Kitchen

by KamilaSu 10. November 2014 11:49

Do you suffer when cooking, because your back hurts so much? Or are you still running around from one end of the kitchen to the other and still cannot find what you are looking for? You should think about the possibility of remodelling your kitchen according to the ergonomic principles. That way, the everyday need becomes fun and you would be looking forward to another delicacy prepared in your practically organised kitchen.

Well assembled kitchen

 

A well assembled kitchen has to meet many of the principles and recommendations. Firstly, it is appropriate to bear in mind the person who spends the most time in the kitchen. It would be considerate to design the kitchen layout precisely according to their needs. Kitchen layout is different for right-handers than it would be for left-handers, as well as the height of the kitchen cabinet needs to be tailored to the person who cooks in the kitchen. Of course, it is not always possible to adapt the layout for one person only. Various compromises are necessary, but it is still possible to achieve the highest comfort for all household members.

 

Currently, there seems to be a departure from the traditional U or L-shaped kitchen cabinet layout, which is now replaced by a more appropriate parallel or straight kitchen cabinet with island. It is possible to suitably incorporate a wide range of appliances commonly used in a modern kitchen and free yourself of the dilemma of how to use the impractical kitchen corner. Moreover, if the cooker or stove is placed towards the dining room table or living room, cooking can become a social activity.

Modern kitchen

If you have already decided on the shape of kitchen cabinets, it is time to think about the arrangement of the individual components. The basic rule is to follow the course of cooking, the right-handers should go clockwise, while the left-handers should follow the opposite direction. The starting point will be a place of storage of food; after you remove the food from the pantry or the refrigerator it is necessary to lay the ingredients down. It is therefore advisable to leave some space between the fridge and the place where the food is being washed and cleaned. It is thus necessary to create sufficient space between cooker and kitchen sink to cut, mix, and prepare the food. Also, think about a place to put pots from the cooker, thus create sufficient space on both sides of the cooking area.

 

As you can see, the most appropriate method to arrange the kitchen is to imagine a real cooking situation and various activities carried out therein. If you like to bake, place the oven rather above than on the lowest level. If you cannot live without a cup of fresh coffee in the morning, think of the additional area for the coffee machine. Each member of the household may have a different point of view on the arrangement of the kitchen, therefore, each of you could try to design your kitchen and compromise on the most suitable solution.

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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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Living in a container? A new trend in the world of housing!

by KamilaSu 22. September 2014 11:06

Modular architecture happens to be one of the new trends of modern living. Formerly used mainly for pragmatic reasons, today it loses the label of boring and tasteless architecture and competes with traditional construction methods mainly due to the speed of its construction, environmental friendliness, reasonable price and high mobility. 

The basic building component of this type of construction is called a module which is a construction unit of uniform size. First, it is produced in a plant and then it is transported to the designated plot. Actually, it's kind of semi-finished product delivered by a construction company to chosen place where it is adjusted according to our requirements and needs. Its uniform size allows the modules to be easily combined and opens the door for creativity. 

Building inspired by beehive is a modern version of a block of flats: 

Building inspired by beehive

 

Well-built modular houses can fit into nature without having to stick out like a sore thumb: 

Modular house

 

Container architecture is a specific industry that uses steel shipping containers which are used in ship and rail transport over long distances. The main advantage in using such container as a construction component is its low cost and optimum size. Currently, containers are used mostly for the construction of public spaces. You can have a coffee with a friend in a container cafe, have a dinner in a container restaurant or shop for clothes in a movable container shop (http://www.remodelista.com/posts/10-stores-housed-in-shipping-containers). 

Holiday House in New Zealand Port-a-Bach designed by Atelier workshop:

Holiday house

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Simple Drawing of the Floor Plan with the ProgramFloorPAD

by Barbora J. 27. June 2013 00:37

You can design your own apartment or house interior with application FloorPAD just in a few minutes. While creating a plan you can follow the exact architecture of the apartment, because the size of the walls, rooms, but also the equipment can be easily set up. By using the various functions you can draw your ideas and by one click you can change the view from 2D to 3D floor plan. Have a walk in your new interior!

Have fun exploring variations of your home!

2D floor plan3D floor plan

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