Outdoor kitchens: Different rules apply

Once upon a time it was BBQs, now some households are taking a more advanced approach to outdoor dining. Outdoor kitchens are becoming more "normal" than ever and if you happen to reside in a climate where eating outside is a common occurrence, it's time to read on. Not only do these spaces give the chef extra time to mingle with guests, but they also expand your living space. Additionally, these aren't simple by any stretch of the imagination. A lot of the time, they hold all of the same features Read more [...]

Cracked! The main reasons a building will fail

When a building is forced to be demolished, or maybe even just falls down on its own accord, the general consensus is that it's just due to old age. However, if one were to analyze all of the buildings that have come down over the years, it would become clear that age is very rarely the reason behind their demise. Instead, there are a whole concoction of reasons and while age can cause some of these issues, it doesn't directly cause failure. In fact, diagnosing the reasons why a building might Read more [...]

Quick Tips When Renting Out Your Property On-Line

With the explosion of on-line property listing services like AirBNB, many people have the dream of making lots of passive income from their vacant properties or rooms in their homes. Today, putting your property up for rent has never been easier and with these new services providing built-in marketing, customer service and payment collection services, homeowners don't not have to do much other than supply a set of keys to their place. Or do they? Although stories of homeowners transformed into rich Read more [...]

Add A Touch Of Style To Your Holiday Home

What sets magazine-ready holiday homes apart from ordinary ones? Whether it’s a property you own or rent year-on-year, certain holiday homes hold a special place in the hearts of many South Africans. A holiday house requires a lot of care and attention before it can become a home. If you are lucky enough to be the proud owner of a holiday home, here is how you can use solid surfacing to transform your holiday property into a beautiful getaway abode. Be inspired by your surroundings. Where Read more [...]

Choose the Flooring for Your Home Improvement Project Wisely

Choosing the materials you use on any construction you do in your house is just as important as knowing the precise measurements and most efficient design. If your next home improvement project involves an update of your floors, then perhaps it's time to consider whether engineered hardwood flooring such as maple hardwood flooring is the perfect option for your home. What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring? Many times when we are imagining a home improvement project, we dream big. The great thing Read more [...]

3 Ways to Protect Your Home From Freezing Temperature

Cold weather has a nasty tendency to stealthily damage your home if you don't take measures to protect it. Pipes, windows, gutters, and even HVAC units can suffer at the hands of extreme cold. It's important to winterize your home every fall to make sure things work as they should when spring comes again. Don't increase your chances of having an expensive home repair job when the ice melts — here are three ways you can protect your home against freezing temperatures so you can hibernate in peace. Cover Read more [...]

Boost Your Home’s Value By Replacing These Appliances

When you're getting ready to sell your home, you need to consider what you need to spruce up, fix, and replace in order to get top dollar. It's a given that the buyer is going to make an offer lower than your asking price, so get around this by adding value to the home with new appliances. It seems counterintuitive to put money into a home that you're selling, but it does pay off. You make your home more appealing to potential buyers and increase the possibility that you'll get an offer at or near Read more [...]

Products To Use In Your Tiny Home

Tiny homes are a trending housing movement that strives to create a comfortable living space with minimal square footage. Most tiny home are between 100 and 400 square feet. Compare this to conventional homes which averaged 2,598 square feet in 2013, and you can see why tiny homes require quite a bit of creativity to redefine American living. If you’re interested in scaling down and trying a tiny home yourself, these smart products can help you make the most of your small space. Folding Furniture Image Read more [...]

Ways To Combat Stuffy Indoor Air

There are times of the year when the windows just won’t get opened. What this means for the home is that no fresh breezes can circulate the air. Rather, the air inside the home gets recycled through the HVAC system, becoming stale and sometimes even kind of smelly. It’s times like these when you can either suffer in silence or do decide to something about it. Air fresheners aren’t enough for this kind of problem, because they can’t do much more than attack bacteria. You need to get deeper Read more [...]

How to Deal with Condensation in Your Home – and When to Call in the Experts

Condensation is a form of damp, and like all other forms of damp, it is dangerous to your health and your environment. The good news is that it can be recognised easily and that it doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg to fix the problem; as a matter of fact, with a little bit of studying it can be turned into a do-it-yourself project. That’s if you bother to study the problem and understand the causes of condensation, of course. Without the proper understanding, or if the problem is wide-spread, Read more [...]