The View From The Top: Skylights For Homes

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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

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interior minimalistaMinimalist architecture is the tendency of reducing to the essentials, without excessive use of decorative elements. It is icharacterized by the extreme simplicity of its forms, pure  lines, clear spaces and neutral colors, in an environment with balance and harmony.

The idea of minimalism can be described as “less is more,” or as some designers and architects are fond of saying, “doing more with less.” Minimalist architects use space as a design feature in and of itself. Instead of trying to fill space with features, they create designs in which the empty space is as carefully thought out and used as everything they add to the room. Basic shapes and straight, clean lines are also important techniques used in minimalist design, as is playing around with different kinds of lighting.

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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

Top 5 Rated Heat Pumps

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A high-quality heat pump can help to improve the comfort of your home throughout the year. Researching the top-rated heat pumps can help you to decide which brand is best for your needs and budget.

A heat pump and an air conditioner work in very similar ways. A heat pump works by pulling heat from the air and then reversing it to cool your home.

One of the best advantages of installing a heat pump instead of a standard AC is that you don’t need to install separate units in order to heat and cool your home. Continue reading »

Originally posted 2013-10-14 21:07:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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GDM_AChorizFlow_sceneCentral Air is popular because it has the ability to cool an entire home evenly and maintain a comfortable climate throughout. Other popular alternatives include individual window units and some combination of fans. There are a number of reasons to prefer each style of climate control during the summer, but for the most part, if you want an energy-efficient way to cool your house – the question is different for apartments and smaller, urban dwellings – central air is the way to go.

Nearly every home should integrate fans with whatever air conditioning system they choose. If you want to go low-tech, you can survive with just fans, like people did for decades; only 17% of homes had an A/C unit of any kind in 1973. But even if you want a comfortable 68 degrees all day, you can save money and energy by combining fans and A/C.

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Originally posted 2014-06-03 15:52:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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House for sale imageMany of us will move home within our lifetime. Whether it be to go to a new area or simply for a change. We will relocate at least twice, this is why you should take these home improvement tips into account.

Although you may not believe it, the interior of the home you are trying to sell has a great impact on the value you receive. You are more likely to get a much higher asking price if you were to make your home look ‘inviting’.

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Originally posted 2013-08-08 20:06:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Different individuals have different tastes, and for some people, a dream kitchen would be cutting-edge. They’d be looking for sleek stainless steel countertops, low-profile fittings, and moody, minimal lighting. for others, though, the kitchen is the heart of the home – a place for the family to gather together to eat.

you enjoy spending time cooking or spend more than a little time doing it each day, it’s natural to demand a modicum of comfort from your kitchen. It is for this reason that traditional, cosy kitchen styles remain popular no matter where you live. If you want to create such a style, you’ll have to think carefully about what you fill your kitchen with. Read on for a few top tips.

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Originally posted 2014-08-04 15:54:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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modernas cocinas integradasA kitchen remodel can improve both your quality of living in your home and your home’s value. Increasing your home’s value can benefit you when it’s time to sell and if you choose to refinance your home. You have many options and decisions to make as you explore a kitchen remodel.

If you wish to pursue a green remodel of your kitchen, you can create a beautiful and useful kitchen work area while ensuring that your work does not negatively impact the environment. The best kitchen remodel investments will be the ones that create a kitchen space of your dreams while improving the value of your home.

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Originally posted 2014-06-27 03:55:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What Are The Popular Choices For Modern Roofing Materials In 2013?

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As with all things, trends come and go, and if you are looking to reroof your property then you may be interested in what the popular techniques and materials are at the moment. Roofs don’t just have to perform well under all sorts of weather conditions; they also have to look good too. It’s worth having a look online at all the different ideas there are out there. Here are some of the roofing trends that we have identified – could any of them be right for your property?

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Originally posted 2014-06-06 04:01:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter