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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Interior design

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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Architecture | Interior design

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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Architecture

Sauna in an apartment?

by KamilaSu 2. October 2014 18:03

Saunas are now no longer a symbol of luxury, but the other way around, they have become more common and are part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular sauna bathing boosts immunity, improves blood circulation, helps to treat respiratory diseases, relaxes tense muscles and has beneficial effects against fatigue and stress. Saunas are quite common in family houses. But did you know that you can enjoy the heat of the sauna in your apartment, as well? 

Having your own sauna might not remain just an inaccessible dream. When appropriately selected, it can fit into any apartment and space. Although you might have to give up a spacious rest room and a cooling pool, but these places can be easily replaced. Instead of the pool you can use cold shower and your living room can be easily converted into an oasis of peace.

What is the best type of sauna for an apartment? Since the apartment is a limited space, the best solution would be sauna cabin, which is produced in small dimensions. Usually it happens to be an infrasauna. The smallest infrared saunas have one square meter and are meant only for sitting. Infrared saunas work thanks to the infrared light that warms the body from the inside and the temperature in the sauna is considerably lower than in traditional Finnish saunas. All you need to do is plug in the infrared cabin sauna into the 220V socket. It is easy to install and maintain. 

Sauna in an apartment

Fans of Finnish and steam sauna are also to be satisfied, because these types of saunas have their smaller versions, too. There are small cabins approximately 1.2 metres long and 1.2 meters wide and are also meant only for sitting. The quality of Finnish and steam sauna depends mainly on the heating medium, which is a stove, mostly an accumulator.

How to prepare a space for sauna? Prior to the acquisition of sauna cabin, you should think thoroughly about where to place it. It is necessary to find a suitable place in order for the sauna to work properly.

Suitable place should be dry, such as any dry area in the bathroom, space in a hall, in a bedroom or in a niche. Sauna must be placed on a flat surface and needs an electrical connection, either 220 V or 380 V, depending on the type of heating medium, and another connection for the light. If you prefer a steam sauna you will need water and sewer hook-up as well.

As you can see, prior to the installation, it is necessary to think about many details. Drawing a floor plan before that can facilitate and clarify this process. You will avoid unpleasant findings and uncomfortable situations. The dream of a sauna can thus become a reality!

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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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Architecture

New floor plans gallery

by Barbora S. 10. March 2014 09:55

This time we have enriched our gallery of floor plans drawn in FloorPAD. We have picked for you dozens of well drawn floor plans, which show what you can draw in FloorPAD and at the same time they can serve you as an inspiration when creating a floor plan of your own home. Do not hesitate, visit our websites, get inspired or start drawing your own plans straight away!

Examples of floor plans drawn in FloorPAD

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