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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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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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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Building a house or looking for a flat? Find true north!

by Barbora S. 28. April 2014 12:53

There are many things to consider when building or furnishing a house.  One of the crucial criteria that need to be taken into consideration is the cardinal directions. No matter whether you have a parcel on which you are going to build or an apartment that needs to be refurbished, the decisions concerning compass directions are very important. It does not need to be said that this is the factor that will have the biggest impact on the amount of sunshine penetrating the rooms during the day.

FloorPAD_Cardinal directions influence the amount of sunshine in rooms

Similarly to other areas connected to property building and decorating, the perfect orientation greatly depends on one’s taste. The preferences and opinions vary from one person to another but there are some general rules that can be relied on.

The first rule is that the sunshine is important mainly when it comes to those rooms where we spend a lot of time. Sunshine has great effect on one’s mood and comfort which is the reason why it is appropriate to direct living room south or south-west. In this case, the sun rays will be entering the living during almost the whole day. There are also some pros to having the living room turned south-east - the sun warms the room up in the morning and this way you will avoid the afternoon heat in the summer. The same direction is appropriate for children’s bedrooms where kids spend most of the day.

When it comes to the bedroom, you have to consider whether you would like to have it in the east and be woken up by the sun. Another option is to have it facing the north so that the sun will never disturb you. On the other hand, you can direct your bedroom westwards which will help to warm it and may therefore result in significant savings on heating.

The terrace is another chapter. If you dream of having your breakfast and coffee on a sunny terrace, you should go for an eastern or southeastern direction. However, if you leave your home early in the morning and can’t wait to spend delightful evenings with a bottle of beer or a glass of wine on the terrace after coming home from work, it will be more convenient to have the terrace facing the west. If you are a true sunshine lover try to direct the terrace south. In this case, though, you need to accept the fact that you probably won’t be able to enjoy your terrace during the hot sunny days.

FloorPAD_Amount of sunshine at home

And which rooms are eligible to face the north? All those that you do not spend too much time in such as garage, storeroom, study, or bathroom.

When making these important decisions, you cannot forget to take into consideration the region in which the property is located. In colder, northern regions, where there are only a few hot sunny days a year and the temperatures do not rise too high each ray of sun is most welcome. On the other hand, in the southern regions, the excess of sunshine may in extreme (though not exceptional) cases result in high investments in shading systems or air-conditioning.

There are also other influential factors such as the surrounding buildings that can shade your building parcel or the location of an entry to your parcel that you are not able to influence. Even though it is easier and cheaper to buy a ready-made building project, in case of a parcel which is not entirely perfect or is quite atypical it is advisable to go for a tailored project that will take into account not only your preferences but also the external conditions.

Regarding apartments, most of the predispositions are usually given and since the choice of apartments is limited, you will probably have to determine your priorities and consequently chose a flat that is closest to your ideals. The compass direction of the apartment, which will greatly influence your comfort, should definitely be among these priorities.

Innovations in Floor Plans Drawing: Compass and New Types of Floors - News in Progress

by Barbora S. 10. January 2014 12:56

We weren't idle during the holidays and we are starting off the new year bringing you two innovations. The first one is an extension of floor menu. We have added 12 different types of parquets, carpets and wooden flooring. So right now you can choose from 74 types of floors according to your taste, which are suitable in various rooms of your apartment, when drawing your floor plans.

Draw floor plans with FloorPAD - new types of floors


The other innovation we have developed for you is a compass thanks to which you can orient in space more easily and determine the cardinal directions which play an important role in interior planning and design. Orientation according to the points of compass does not only influence the Feng shui energy flowing through the space but also the amount of sunshine entering the rooms during the day. The compass in FloorPAD will remind you of the cardinal directions during the whole process of planning and designing and will help you make the right decisions.

 

Draw plans with FloorPAD - compass


Note: To place a compass to a floor plan chose an item Compass from the Misc category (left-side menu). Consequently, you’ll be able to steer the compass.


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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!

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