The View From The Top: Skylights For Homes

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Sep 112014
 

When buying a new home, one of first things people will want to know is whether it’s north facing. Certainly, most people are drawn to natural light; in summer, when stuck in an office, we gaze longingly out of the window at the sun-drenched outdoors, and in winter we are drawn to the area of the house that lets in the winter sun. Even teenagers eventually emerge from darkened rooms in search of the light.

Most of the skylights on the market today vary in size and aesthetics, depending on what your specific needs are. And, although there is likely to be one that is both pretty and practical, you need to make sure that you also consider quality. The harsh sunlight beating down on the skylight over time should in no way affect the glazing or sealing. Letting in the sunlight is all very well on clear days, but letting in the rain is the last thing you want from your newly installed skylight.

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Originally posted 2014-07-31 19:43:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

crystal_palaceGlass was discovered, apparently by accident, nearly 4000 years ago and has since evolved into one of our most used and most revered materials. It was only 2000 years ago that the fabrication of glass progressed to being able to create sheets strong enough to be used as windows and architectural features.

Today glass is used in everything from revolving doors to skywalks and interior partitions and is one of our most striking architectural materials with a fascinating history.

 

The Starts of Glass in Architecture

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When glass was first used in architecture and construction, the limitations of masonry and weaker building materials implied that its prominence was restricted to small windows. With developments in construction, this began to change and by the Medieval Era glass started to be used as more of a decorative feature than simply a way to let light in. The trend for tall, stone Gothic churches facilitated the use of elaborate glass windows made up from fragments of coloured glass and depicting striking biblical scenes. These windows related the stories of the bible to an illiterate populace and spurned the architectural trend of searching for transparency, luminosity and weightlessness through glass.

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The Next Big Step in Glass

It wasn’t until the 19th century that glass in architecture took its next important step forward. Before this time, the manufacturing process itself restricted the use of glass to only small sheets, which is illustrated in the prominent use of cottage pane glass and intricately divided windows in 18th century architecture.

The introduction of iron and other materials during this time meant that glass could take on a whole new role in architecture. Thanks to the materials now existing to hold it in place, coupled with the new ability to mass produce large sheets, the possibilities for the use of glass in construction became nearly limitless. Architects began to experiment with things like conservatories and entire walls of glass that were held together by high trussed steel arches and finger fixings. The Crystal Palace constructed in 1851 represents the most ambitious glass architectural projects of its time – a construction made up of 300 000 sheets of glass.

Source: http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/The-History-of-Glass-in-Architecture/608542

Originally posted 2014-08-26 03:54:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

colour flooring

To some people, flooring is the last thing on their mind when they are decorating a property. However, the material and shade that you choose can have an incredible effect on the overall look and feel of your room.

Carpets might look warm and cosy but the wrong shade or pattern can easily date the overall effect, while wooden flooring is easy to keep clean, but makes staying warm and cosy far more difficult.

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Originally posted 2014-06-28 15:53:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

wind_driven_roof_ventilatorWind driven roof ventilation system is a mechanical ventilation system that operates using wind extractors, which, as the name suggests, are powered by the wind outside and the differential effects of external and internal temperatures under  the edification’s roof.

Wind turbine vent are widely used in industries,houses and buildings. Is one of the best solutions for a non-electric alternative to ventilation.

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Originally posted 2012-09-25 10:03:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

A Thrifty Guide to Heating your Home.

warm_eco_friendly_house I know for many of us it feels like the summer never actually made an appearance but it’s time to face facts. However short it may have been, I’m here to tell you that summer has passed and winter will soon be darkening our doors.

This also means there’s sure to be an increase in our bills as we stay in watching TV on those long dark evenings and turn up the heat in an attempt to stay warm but it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are my five top tips on how to keep the heat high but the costs low.

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Originally posted 2014-06-21 15:52:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

clip_image002It’s Wednesday. We saw the week in half, but you’re probably feeling a bit down. It’s the Wednesday morning blues. The office cubicle you work in doesn’t look very inviting either. If this sounds like you then please read on and let me educate you in the Chinese ancient art of Feng Shui.

It can help you with positive Chi (energy) and if you follow Feng Shui properly, even good fortune will fall upon you. The elements of the ancient art will give you a more supporting and relaxed environment.

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Originally posted 2014-07-15 15:52:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

robotic pool cleanerAn Automatic Pool Vacuum cleaner  is a machine whose purpose is to automatically clean the pool bottom. The user does not have to be moving the vacuum cleaner to the different points of the pool, indeed, it automatically, covers the entire surface of the pool bottom . Automatic swimming pool vacuums and sweepers are perfect for the busy person who doesn’t have time for weekly cleaning.

Automatic pool vacuum cleaners can be used for any type of pool, although it is necessary to have a nearby outlet to operate. Available for all kinds of pools with different shapes and depths, ,this wonderful robot clean the bottom, walls, and even the edge of your pool.

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Originally posted 2014-07-19 03:56:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

tipos revestimiento piscinaFrom the placement, to the shape, to the accessories, your pool is like your own personal fashion model, designed solely by you. Choosing pool tile is like selecting the perfect shoes to match your outfit, it can make or break the overall atmosphere and look.

Not only does pool tile keep scum lines at bay, it also has the ability to give your pool the “hey, look at me” kind of attitude.

Since the final layer of your pool is composed of plaster, it is essential to tile over this in order to avoid scum stains in the plaster. Continue reading »

Originally posted 2014-07-27 15:53:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

aspe-boneHow would you like the tiles of your study room to be messy and look separate from the rest of your study room? Nobody in their right mind would like that.

The average housewife spends a lot of time in the kitchen preparing various dishes for herself and her family therefore it’s common sense that the kitchen tile design of her kitchen should be pleasing and should provide her with not only comfort but also an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere while cooking in her kitchen. Ideally, properly selected tiles will merge themselves with other elements of the kitchen and not stand out too much.

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Originally posted 2014-06-20 03:53:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter