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Lighting Fixtures Can Be An Easy and Inexpensive Improvement

Have you ever stopped to think about your lighting fixtures? It seems like every spring the home improvement bug starts nibbling at homeowners across the country, and they feel compelled to take on ambitious home improvement and interior decorating projects. But did you know that replacing or upgrading your lighting fixtures can be an easy way to add a lot of life and style to your inner space?

Think about some of the more ambitious home improvement projects you’ve undertaken. Did you finish the project? How long did it take? How long did it go unfinished, creating a mess for everyone to trip over? Men usually feel the need to build something. Maybe some shelves for the garage or a spice rack. Women usually go the route of changing wallpaper and new colors for bath mats and matching toilet seat covers. Before you do anything in a room, you should look at the lights. Look at them on, look at them off. Most professional interior designers say that the lighting fixtures in a room should be the first thing people don’t see. What they mean by that is that while they may not be obvious in themselves, light fixtures like floor lamps, wall lamps, and pendant lights offer can set the tone of a room.

Think about how important lighting is in our homes. Most people never do. They get a lamp so they can see. They settle for the light fixtures installed by the construction company that built their home. A quick search with any search engine will show you the sheer vastness of choice homeowners have when it comes to light fixtures. They come in many shapes, forms, sizes, styles, and colors. What do your light fixtures say about you? Or, now that you’re paying attention, what do you have to say about your light fixtures?

You must decide first on a theme. Many times the light of the room can set the mood and theme for the rest of the design, so if you are itching for some home improvement, try starting with them. Ask yourself what would it feel like to replace that floor lamp with a pendant light, or a wall lamp. Do you want to have varied or uniform lighting? The internet is your friend. Research as many sites as possible and you are bound to find all kinds of lamps and lighting solutions you never even knew existed.

Shopping online is much better than buying from your local Home Depot or Lowe’s. The selection is much wider, and with something where style matters a great deal, you want to have the widest selection possible. If you don’t like the look of the fixtures, why buy them from the same place the construction company that built your house got them? Better to go online, pay a little bit extra and get something unique and stylish shipped to you. All this, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

So if you’ve caught the home improvement bug, maybe this year you should consider improving your light fixtures. A couple hundred dollars for new lighting may be all you need to brighten up your house, and could potentially convince your wife to put away her wallpaper and carpet samples until next year.

Green Interiors – Make Your Old Home Green

A lot has been said about sustainable lifestyle and green homes. The beauty of this concept is that it can be applied to any space. While the scope for incorporating green interiors is higher in structures that are under construction, there is a lot that you can do to convert your existing home into a green space. There are no fixed patterns for green interiors because the design needs to be customized depending on the local climatic and environmental conditions. Analyze the aspects of your space because green homes optimize on natural energies, with sunlight and wind direction being the two major considerations.

You can begin by opening up spaces which allow sunrays into the house during the first trimester of the day. These rays are said to have healing effects and are not strong enough to heat up the space. Avoid harsh rays that stream in at noon and post noon because these rays are strong and hot. You can put up drapes or provide an external attachment which can prevent the harsh rays from entering the home. Dual pane windows work very effectively to keep heat out while allowing light to stream indoors.

Green interiors promote circulation of wind and cross ventilation. Unfortunately, wind does not flow in the same direction all through the year. However, in India, wind mostly blows from the southwest or northeast direction. So, if you can provide cross ventilation in the southwest-northeast aspect, you can enjoy natural breeze almost all through the year.

Interior design accessories such as water fountains and greenery can play a major role in keeping the interior temperature balanced. The sound of gently cascading water is very soothing as well. Air circulating in the room is cooled by the water and so, the room temperature remains low. Indoor plants control interior humidity and reduce concentration of toxic chemicals in the interior air. Plants also reduce airborne dust particles. So, your interior is cleaner, cooler and fresher.

In addition, you can change the electronics of your home and bring in new energy rated equipments. Follow up with installation of solar panels for backup power, heaters, geysers and water purifiers. Install LED lights with dimmers because they consume very little energy. Do away with toxic paints. Set up low flow toilets. If you are going in for a major renovation, you can change the floor to make it eco-friendly by using natural elements. Make arrangements for rainwater harvesting. Recycle organic garbage and use as manure for your plants. Stop using non degradable things such as plastics.

Green homes are subject to creative use of available space, combined with strong knowledge about energy and temperature factors. The options that you have are many. So, it all comes down to how much you are prepared to invest in your new home interior. The process might cost you a bit, but when you consider the overall cost savings which you can enjoy on your energy and medical bills, the initial investment definitely seems worth the expense.

Basics of Renovation for an Interior

Lack of space is one of the primary reasons to renovate the interior of a home as probably the house when bought was not designed for 34″ TV or for sound system or for fridge of 430 unit, dish washer and washing machine etc or old furniture has outlived its age and is falling apart.

Whatever the reason, renovating the home interior can be the right solution but how do you decide whether to renovate or move to a bigger house.

Well the first thing is to scrutinize your living style and requirement, whether you are comfortable in your neighborhood or not, do you require a change of location if your working place has changed etc?

Moreover these would be substantial cost to moving estate agents, commission stamp fees, society transfer fees etc.

Now let us assume that you have finalized to renovate the interiors of your existing house or decorate new house, budget will have to be finalized and if needed finalize professional to help you to do your decoration as professionals work will add more value to your renovation. It could be 40 to 50% compared to your self-renovation.

When you start, you will be surprised by the cost of renovation, this cost vary throughout the country, e.g. in Mumbai it can be Rs.2000/- 400$ per square feet and Ahmedabad could be Rs.1500/- 300$ per S.F. onwards.

Also material you select can radically alter the cost of your project e.g. ceramics life would cost 25% of good marble cost, hence you will have to decide if you want top of the line or the bottom line products.

Remember you wont get back the renovation cost when you sell your house; hence decorate it moderately with basics and minimum expenses. Kitchen and bathroom are product intensive hence are most expensive rooms to renovate in an interior on a per square feet basis.