How to install a glass splashback in your kitchen

There is no question that our kitchen is one of the most important places in our home for many reasons. The first one is that this is the place where all the food gets cooked and this is the one place in our homes that we are most likely to show to our guests without counting the living room and guest bathroom.
Protecting and upgrading our kitchen is always a great way to keep things looking good, but most importantly, it will allow us to raise the value of the property significantly and that is always a great thing to do when you own a property.

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In this article, we are going to give you some important details on how you can install glass splashbacks that are going to allow you to keep your kitchen clean and you won’t have to worry about stains and splashes on your wall even when you come up with the craziest cooking ideas.
Handle with care
Keep in mind that you are going to handling a large piece of glass and this means that you need to be very careful when you handle it. You need to make sure that the area is measured so that a professional can cut the glass for you.
The tools and the setup
There are some things that you need to keep in mind when you decide to install the splashback. The first one is the tools and this means you will need measuring tape, silicone sealant and tile spacers. Then you can start the process of setting it up.
Before you get started, you should make sure that you take the time to measure the splashback and see if it fits perfectly. The last thing you want is to have to jam it in there with the use of force or end up damaging the walls due to a mistake when measuring the setup.
Your hob should also be checked ad you need to have proper clearance between the splashback and the hob. You should also avoid using any kind of adhesive that is not silicone as this is the only way to avoid the degradation of the glass.
The installation
The best way to install the glass is to hold it up and check the fit, then you should use the spacers (2mm each) to ensure that a gap is visible between the glass and the cooker top. Now just remove the cover from the adhesive backing and fit the splashback above the spacers. You should also use the silicone to fill in the gaps.

The most important thing to keep in mind if to avoid using any kind of strong cleaners on the splashback in order to keep it in top condition. Clean it with detergent and water for the best results.

Installing your splashback is a very simple and easy process that should not require any expert help. If you feel that this is not the kind of task that you would be able to do properly, just hire someone with experience to get tie done for you. The truth is that this is one of the DIY jobs that is rarely going to be a complication as long as the proper measurements are taken.

Tree planting advice

It is vital to do your homework, before embarking on planting a tree, for several reasons. Firstly, you will be looking at this plant for a very long time. Secondly, trees keep growing, therefore it is important to make sure that it is the right plant, for the given space. Thirdly, you need to ensure that the conditions are correct for the specific tree you are thinking about.

Late autumn and winter is an excellent time for planting trees. Generally the heads of the trees are dormant and the roots, have a chance of establishing themselves prior to the growing seasons. Trees require more water than shrubs and other plants, due to the very nature of the trunk, therefore the energy of the plant has to travel further.

It is worth, putting a semi-permeable pipe down the side of the root at planting stage to enable a full watering can to be put down the hole. This allows water to reach the lower roots too. Whatever size tree you buy, the preparation the rule of thumb for the hole is that it needs to be twice as wide and twice as deep.

The spoil from the hole needs to be mixed with some good old compost. It is important not to just put fresh compost around the tree and discard all the soil from the hole, as in the future, that tree may reject the soil it has got to go into. If your soil is heavy clay, you need to dig a hole with a fork, not a spade, as this will tear the inside of the hole, thus allowing the roots to travel, beyond the edge of the hole, when the time comes. If you use a spade, then all you are doing is, smearing the edge, and creating pot effect. It is important to know which way the prevailing wind is coming from, as this will allow you to stake the tree correctly.

While the hole is open, hammer your stake near the side of the hole, where the worst winds come from. Put the mixed spoil and compost in the bottom half of the hole and then the tree can be offered up to the stake. The idea is that the tree is blown away from the stake on a windy day. Trees are prone to disease if they are constantly being rubbed and damaged.

Affix the tree tie to ensure that there is a collar between the tree and the stake, this stops the stake rubbing the tree. Two thirds of the height of the tree, needs to be staked, in the first year. You would then, cut the stake in half and re-affix the tree tie, for another season. If the root system on the tree you buy is big, then it may be important to use two stakes, one either side of the root system, and two tree ties to hold the tree safely.

If you are planting a tree in a lawn, then do not grow the grass back too close to the tree. Maybe leave an 18 Inch circle all the way round the tree and just under plant with some bulbs. If in doubt, then don’t hesitate to ask a question on this website as to the tree’s suitability for what you have in mind . Bear in mind that small gardens can have small trees that will stay small which is why it is important to do your research in advance.

Many people fall into the trap of grabbing a tree when they see it at a retail outlet and really they should hold the thought and jot the name down with a pen and paper and go home and thoroughly research it. Good luck!!

Decorating Your Home Office

With more people working at home these days, home office decorating is becoming more of a necessity. A functioning office doesn’t mean we have to do away with style. Ambiance is just as important in our home office.

Lap top computers take the worry out of hiding wires. So why not have a stylish desk and chair. You don’t have to break the bank to achieve a work space that is functional and attractive. To start with, choosing the right desk and chair is well worth the time and effort. These are pieces that can be with you for a lot of years

We have an antique oak desk and chair that has been a part of our home office for a number of years, they are timeless pieces. We bought the pair for $10 from a business that was relocating and getting rid of it’s old office furniture. The desk and chair looked dirty and warn, it was just a matter of stripping away the old that brought them back to life. They are a handsome duo that fits in well with any decor.

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The oak desk and chair are the center pieces, now just a few accessories to complete the look. Shelving is a plus for a home office. We have a shelf unit that has a canvas cover. Put the flaps down and hide the files, printer paper and any other office necessities.

Another necessity is a desk lamp that will shine light on the desk top where you are working. I like our floor lamp, it has a swinging arm to shine light where needed.

Our galvanised magazine rack can store not only magazines but, clipboards, files and folders. Keep ordinary storage and file boxes with in reach. To make storage boxes more attractive on book shelves, make a slip cover for them.

Now just a few office accessories to organise the desk top. I like bins to organise and eliminate clutter on the desk top. A small file box for quick references, and an adding machine.

There are a lot of home office decorating products that can make your space both functional and stylish. No need to hide your office anymore. Adding art to the walls and a comfy chair are just a few other ways to spruce up an office space.

If you don’t have an extra room set aside for just an office space, these are examples of functional pieces that will blend well with a bedroom, family room or that small nook you may have in your home.

The Benefits Of Wooden Blinds & Where and How to Purchse

Sometimes the traditional look of white or beige blinds can be very bland. There are a number of companies that offer different types of blinds. Many people have become so use to using the traditional white or cream coloured blinds that they forget that blinds are just like any other window treatment and they are available in different colours and textures. Some people may refer to these blinds as specialty blinds and they can be purchased from local homeware stores and even through online vendors that specialise in offering different window treatment options. It is no longer necessary to settle for the same look for your windows when there are companies such as Kayton Blinds Melbourne that offer large selections of blinds in different styles.

People can match their window treatments, including their blinds, to their décor by purchasing blinds from a company such as Kayton Blinds Melbourne. This company (which I have used and obviously vouch for) have a large inventory of blinds in all colours and styles. For those that want blinds that offer protection from elements and block out light there are blackout cellular blinds that control the amount of light that a room receives without having to use the curtains for further light control. Likewise, there also companies that sell different types of blinds such as the more familiar holland blinds to the vertical blinds that cover larger windows and sliding doors. There are so many different types of blinds that it is recommended that an individual do research on the types of blinds that can be used within their home.

There are so many brands of blinds that one can use to complete or accentuate a style within a home. For example, a person that has an Asian inspired living room could contact a place such as wood blinds direct and have custom made wood or bamboo blinds installed to complement the décor. There are so many blind decorating options available.

Furthermore, investing in new blinds does not have to be very expensive. There are a number of stores and online retailers such as discount blinds direct that offer deep price cuts on blinds and other window treatments. There are some instances where the more blinds that are purchased the less a person will spend per set of blinds. Also, anyone looking for custom-made blinds will find that discounts are available when the blinds are both made and installed by the same company. There are so many companies that sell blinds and other window treatments that it is highly recommended that people compare prices amongst a number of quality companies in order to obtain the best rates for their blinds.

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Tips on Buying Wooden Blinds

Wooden blinds add a luxurious appearance to any window, but can be difficult to find in the correct size and also incredibly expensive, unless you buy wood blinds from the manufacturer.  You might think that would be difficult to do, but it is actually very easy.  Any retail location that sells window treatments usually sells wooden blinds, and they are usually happy to special order blinds of a certain size or color.  That’s because special orders equate to special pricing, and that’s not a good thing.  What you want to know is just the name of the manufacturer of the particular blind you want to buy.  Once you have that name, it’s time to do a little on-line shopping.  Be sure you know the colour and slat width that you need.  Buying wooden blinds is easy as long as you’ve have that information.
The biggest names in wooden blinds are Hunter Douglas, Graber and Bali.  The blinds you have found at a retail store are most likely made by one of these three manufacturers.  Once you have found the model and brand you like, you need to find the blinds directly from a manufacturing facility.  You probably think that means buying them directly from one of those three companies, right?  Wrong!  MANY sites sell wooden blinds or mini blinds directly from the manufacturer – with themselves interposed.  What the word “direct” really means, in this context, is “discount.”

Buying discount blinds can be tricky.  In some cases the blinds are factory seconds.  That’s something you want to watch out for.  The imperfection may be so slight that you don’t even notice it.  Perhaps the stain was slightly off colour for a particular batch.  Perhaps the slat thickness is slightly off.  But it could be that something is seriously wrong with the seconds.  Maybe a slat is missing, or they might be connected improperly so that you cannot open or close them.  Whenever you buy something that seems like a really great deal, you should first check out the return policy, just in case it isn’t.

In some cases the blinds may be from a discontinued product line.  Those are usually really good bargains, if you find what you need.  The only problem you might encounter with a discontinued line is if you later need to purchase additional product to match it, you may be out of luck.  Of course, any product you purchase now may later be discontinued, so that shouldn’t really be an issue if you find the quantity you need available now.
Also, be sure you are ordering the size you actually need.  Measure your window opening carefully.  Blinds that fit a little too snugly can catch in the frame when opening or lowering, and that will quickly become a nuisance.