Rob's Home and Garden Blog

  • 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.

  • Modern Features of Safety Doors in the Home

    6 February 2018

    They say that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. This saying couldn't apply better to safety doors. For many years, these doors have been used to deter burglars and other threats from the home. They make it harder for unwanted people to access your premises and possibly cause harm. They also come in handy during inclement weather, where they prevent water and other outside elements from getting into the home.

  • How to Choose the Best Flooring Option for Your Home

    25 January 2018

    A home's flooring should be very attractive and work to enhance the overall appearance of the home itself, while also being durable against foot traffic, stains and spills, and damage due to pets, kid's toys, and the like. Because flooring needs to look good and be comfortable while also being strong and tough, it can be difficult to find the best option for your home, and especially if you have a limited budget.

  • Considering Awning Walls for Your Premises? Read This First

    20 December 2017

    Awnings have long been used as essential objects for any outdoor space. They are great for providing shade by blocking out the sun. In addition, they serve as an essential part of home d├ęcor because they can be customized to fit any particular style that is present in the outdoor space. Awning walls are particularly useful for homes and businesses. They are larger, sturdier, and more variable in their design.

  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a New Kitchen

    18 December 2017

    If you're designing a new home, or are just planning an update to your current home's kitchen, you want to ensure you take extra time when creating this space. A home's kitchen needs to be very attractive and welcoming, but also very functional for food prep, storage, entertaining, and the like. To ensure no detail is overlooked in the process, note a few mistakes that many homeowners make when designing a new kitchen so you can then avoid them yourself, and be happy with your new kitchen for many years to come.

  • Kitchen Trends You Might Consider for Your Home

    18 December 2017

    The kitchen is often called the heart of the home, because it may be the one room that everyone in the family uses every day. This means the kitchen should be functional but also attractive, and a space that works for food prep and whatever else is needed for your entire family. If you're designing a new home or are planning a kitchen renovation, note some trends you might consider for this space, and that could work to create a kitchen you and your whole family will love.

  • Answering Some Commonly Asked Questions About Waterbeds

    13 December 2017

    Waterbeds are a great choice for anyone, but especially for those who have problems with their back and other areas of the body, or for anyone who wants a restful night's sleep. If you've ever thought about getting a waterbed for your home, note why they're such a good choice, especially for those who have back and muscle problems, along with a few commonly asked questions about these pieces overall.

  • Home Insulation: Thermal Efficiency of Your Double Glazed Windows

    12 December 2017

    Insulating your home has a significant influence on your comfort. Not only does it help you maintain adequate and pleasant temperatures both in winter and summer, but in due course, optimal thermal insulation will dramatically reduce your hefty energy bills. In this post, discover how you can start your home improvement journey by insulating your house with double glazed windows. How thermal efficiency is measured Thermal insulation is measured using a thermal conductivity factor (U-factor).

  • Why Installing Gutter Guards on Guttering Is Vital

    11 December 2017

    Gutters are an important part of any home roofing system. They help ensure rain collected from the rooftop is directed away from the home in a safe and efficient manner, thus allowing for proper runoff of rainfall. But gutter systems can't be effective at their job if they are constantly clogged with debris. For this reason, it is important for homeowners to install some sort of gutter protection on their guttering.