Rob's Home and Garden Blog

  • Avoid These Mistakes When Buying Shutters for Your Home

    29 August 2018

    Shutters can add instant kerb appeal to a home's exterior, making windows stand out and breaking up the look of long outside walls. The bit of colour provided by shutters can also help to draw out the colour of brick or even your landscaping features or flowerbeds. When you are ready to buy shutters for your home, however, you might note some common mistakes that many homeowners make, and this can ensure you end up with the best shutters for your house.

  • Fabric vs leather sofas: which one is the best for your lounge area?

    30 July 2018

    Your lounge area can be your bedroom, sitting room, deck or any other place in the house. But your lounging area cannot be a lounge unless it has comfortable seats. This is a discussion as to which seats are the best for a lounge area between fabric sofas and leather sofas. Comfort Fabric sofas are arguably more comfortable than leather sofas. This is because fabric sofas are more elastic. The elasticity allows the occupant to adjust until they find a position that is comfortable for their body.

  • How to Create a Shady Spot In Your Garden

    19 July 2018

    If your garden is north-facing, then the likelihood is that you will avoid being out in it during the middle of the day when the sun is overhead. This can be a great shame because your garden ought to be a peaceful place of refuge no matter what time of day it happens to be. In order to make your garden more appealing during the heat of the day, you could install mist sprayers which cool you down.

  • Two Tips for Homeowners Who Want to Add Awnings to Their Gardens

    14 June 2018

    If you are planning to buy an awning for your garden, here are a few tips that you may want to keep in mind to ensure you choose the perfect one. Opt for a motorised awning if you have mobility issues or are not physically fit Manually operated retractable awnings (which are extended and retracted by turning a hand crank) are less expensive than their motorised counterparts. As such, if you're on a tight budget, you might be tempted to buy the former instead of the latter.

  • 3 Ways To Stop Your Gutters From Overflowing

    25 May 2018

    Overflowing gutters can be a real hindrance because they allow water to pool on your roof, which can start to cause leakages in your home. Occasional overflows during torrential rains are generally considered normal, but gutters should never overflow in normal rain conditions. Here are some ways to stop your gutters from overflowing. Remove Moss And Leaves From Inside The Gutter Over time, leaves from trees and moss can start to grow inside the gutter, which will only increase if you don't pay attention to it regularly.

  • What to consider when designing blinds for your living room

    7 May 2018

    Homeowners are constantly looking for more creative ways of improving the comfort and aesthetic appeal of their home. One of the ways of achieving this is through installing custom blinds. Blinds add a touch of elegance to your windows and can vary the lighting and privacy settings of your home. But where should you begin when looking into custom blinds? There are several key factors to consider when making your selection.

  • Wonderful Benefits of Installing Glass Louvres in Your Windows

    17 April 2018

    If you want to change the design of your home without embarking on a major overhaul of the interior or exterior, then you may want to consider switching out your window treatments. Australian households are typically outfitted with shutters and blinds as these are seen as contemporary furnishings that complement both the interior and exterior of the home. However, if you are itching for something different, then you should consider glass louvres.

  • Common Pool Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid at Home

    26 March 2018

    Cleaning your home's pool on a regular basis is needed to keep the water healthy for swimming and also to protect the pool's pump and filter from excessive wear and tear. The dirtier the water, the harder the pump needs to work to move that water through the filter and the more likely the filter is to get clogged and then worn down over time. While regular pool cleaning is good, it's also important to have this job done right so that you don't cause damage to the pool and its components.

  • What to Discuss With a Builder When Designing a Small Home

    12 March 2018

    Having a new custom home built doesn't always mean a large house with several bedrooms and bathrooms, as many homeowners today are choosing to have smaller homes built for themselves, with fewer rooms overall, and more compact spaces. A smaller home means lower utility bills, and can work for someone into their retirement years, when the kids have grown up and left the home. Whatever your reason for thinking of having a small home built, note a few features to discuss with your builder, so you know you're happy with that home, no matter its overall size.

  • Designing custom curtains

    23 February 2018

    If you see your home as a reflection of your unique style, fostering a distinct atmosphere in every room, from spaces built for engaged and lively conversation to rooms dedicated to relaxing, then you're probably passionate about interior design. For many people renovating or building, window treatments often arrive as an afterthought, at the completion of much of the design work. But from billowing rolls of fabric to trim and tidy valances, nothing establishes a mood quite the way draperies do.