Now that living spaces are becoming smaller and smaller, with cities growing bigger and being more densely populated, it’s certainly considered a blessing to be living in a house with sufficient amount of outdoor space; within Australia, think of Melbourne and Sydney, for example, as some of the more crowded cities.
Even if your house and yard aren’t as big as you want them to be, you could still make the most out of them with one simple addition: a shed. What’s great about making an investment of this kind is that you have the chance to choose from a wide range of options in terms of materials, design, colour and size. So, if, for instance, you don’t like a bulky design made of wood or plastic in grey colour, you can always opt for a compact 3×3 meter shed made of sturdy stainless steel in green, beige or brown.
Since there are plenty of options on the market, you can easily find the right shed that suits your taste and budget. Plus, there is a range of different environmentally-friendly designs, like eco sheds made of high-tensile steel that has a low environmental impact. For those who don’t mind DIY projects, sheds with the SNAPTiTe system are a great choice as they are very easy to install. Now, let’s look at the reasons why welcoming a shed into your garden is a smart move.
The Ideal Storage Solution
When living in a small home, one thing is for sure – you need all the storage you can get. And that’s exactly what a shed provides. Any item that you don’t have space for at home or items that are scattered and used in your yard can be neatly stored in the shed, out of sight to passers-by and visitors.
It’s considerably easier to organize a 3×3 meter shed when compared with the indoor space of your home because you can add various types of shelves, pegboards or cubbies to sort out your belongings. This could also free up some valuable space in your home that your family can use – think of the basement and attic as extra rooms!
In terms of gardening, it’s needless to say that a garden shed can help make things easier since it can store the dangerous tools and chemicals, such as pliers, rakes and fertilizers. This way, they will be also stored and protected from the elements when not in use, which means you can easily find what you need, saving yourself a great deal of time.
A Multi-Functional Design
The shed doesn’t necessarily have to be meant for storage of your tools and belongings only. It can be whatever you want and need it to be. If you’ve ever felt like you could do with some more space, then it’s time to rejoice the addition of a shed. It can be used to create your own home gym so you can exercise on a daily basis, a playhouse for the kids where they can have fun making a mess without you getting mad about it, or a “man cave” and “she cave” where you can have the peace and quiet you require to meditate and curb the side effects of stress.
Moreover, when you grow tired of certain use of this unit, you could always transform it into something else; depending on its size, you could also make it your artwork atelier, a separate office where you can work in peace or even a place for outdoor entertainment if you love throwing parties. In other words, you’ve got all the freedom you want when it comes to using a garden shed.
An Increase in Home Value
Given that it’s such a multi-purpose piece, and offers tons of benefits, a garden shed can certainly increase the value of your home as well. Even if you aren’t planning on selling now, in case you ever decide to do so, the value of your home on the market would certainly increase thanks to the shed being such an asset.
A Design of Your Own
As I already made it clear, there are all sorts of shed designs you can choose from, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your role in finishing off the design you opt for. Other than deciding the colour of the 3m x 3m shed, for example, you can also count on the chance to have it personalized. This is possible thanks to some great accessories such as skylight sheets and sliding windows if you’re up for bringing more light and style, or timber flooring kits that work especially well with portable sheds in non-cyclonic areas.
Now that social distancing and staying at home are one of the main ways to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus, we’re starting to realize how important the furniture in our home is and the level of comfort it provides. While sure, aesthetics is also an important factor, it doesn’t really make much of a difference whether you’ll be powering through your 40-hour workweek sitting on a blue or beige sofa.
A couple of months ago I purchased a fancy day bed in a modern design with button diamond tufts which I intended to use in my home office mainly as a decorative piece. Little did I know that it would soon turn into an accent piece in my living room! Thanks to their hybrid design, daybeds are something between a sofa and a bed, so by getting one you get to reap the benefits of both. Here are some of them.
Flexibility – Given that it has a space-saving design, it didn’t take me long to start appreciating this furniture piece, as it’s easy to fit it in most rooms. This allows you to use it as whatever you want – a living room focal point, a guest room bed, a home office seat, kids’ bed, a nursery bed for that much-needed rest between nighttime feedings, or even as a hallway or a closet bench if you have a large closet.
If you have an outdoor area, you can use it also for relaxing in the fresh air, and it would do well on the deck too for those who don’t have that spacious of an area to count on. For people who want something fixed, there are those types of day bed models that can be custom-made and fitted as window seats; yes, there are daybeds for everyone’s taste!
Storage – Though not all of the daybed designs have it, those with a trundle section feature a storage compartment. Since mine came with a mattress, it depends on where and how I use it; the first month I used it in the hallway as a bench, then I had it in the office for a couple of days, and now it’s in the living room.
Since I had to prepare to work from home, I had to acquire more supplies than usual and found myself short on storage compartments in the kitchen. Thankfully, the daybed came to the rescue. In homes with two kids sleeping in a small kids’ room, it`s a much better solution than a bunk bed for parents who are after an alternative that’s still compact enough and can be used for storage even when serving as a twin bed.
Décor – For someone like myself who likes to play with décor, a day bed used as a sofa is the ideal decorating element considering there are various accessories you can transform it with: think cushions, throws, and slipcovers! Unlike a sofa, the seat is deep enough for you to splurge on cushions without cramming the area, and if you want to increase the comfort, just add a throw and you will get immediate cosiness and warmth. Since I want to make the most use of the cushions in terms of colour, I chose a contrast from the actual grey upholstery hue: magenta! The outcome is a vibrant piece of furniture that breaks the monotony of the otherwise whiteness of the room and goes well together with the maroon throw. For my next décor change, I might turn to crimson cushions for a more sophisticated effect.
What I like about the throw specifically is you can have fun placing it around the middle of the daybed mattress, folding and wrapping it over the frame, or draping it on one of its arms. As for the slipcovers, they are a trick up the sleeve when you want to give the whole daybed a makeover without actually changing the upholstery. They’re available in a variety of patterns so I already got three different covers I can experiment with. And oh, they’re the perfect layer of protection against stains and are a piece of cake for cleaning up and changing, which can’t be said about cleaning the bed itself.
What to Look for in a Daybed
You can find different daybeds suitable for different tastes, but to be sure you make the right choice it’s important to consider a few things. For starters, consider the size; thought not all, most day beds can be twin beds and there are even those that are full size so choose adequately what would most fit in your home.
In addition, consider the room that you want to place it in and whether its size is appropriate to fit in other rooms in case you want to move it in the future. To answer this, you’d also have to ponder on the purpose of the daybed and decide whether you want a trundle or not. Lastly, finish off by deciding on the style and materials that will best fit your décor.
There’s no doubt that in order for your wedding decor to be as stunning as you imagine it, it would require a lot of planning and effort. And while in the past, decorating the wedding venue was more expensive and difficult (because of the poor range of wedding supplies), these days reaching your goal the affordable way is more than possible. There are lots of simple yet stunning ideas that can help you turn your important day into a real fairy-tale. Read More
Are you in love with the transparency of bare windows but you’d like more privacy? Well, these days you have the chance to install sheer or blockout curtains which can provide privacy without suffocating the room and depraving it of its ligth. There is a large selection of fabrics ranging in thickness, density, quality, colour and pattern. Both of these types of curtains have their own way of adding appeal and functionality to a room.Read More
In my 34 years of grilling, I have never been so pleasantly surprised (and at times frustrated) by a grill as much as when using a natural gas powered grill. I thought I knew everything there is to grilling, but my first ever experience with a natural gas grill this past weekend, taught me a lot, even though I’ve been grilling since I was 18. For some reason, I never got the chance to cook on a natural gas grill so I went in with an open mind and realised (the hard way) that they are very effective and since they are powered by natural gas, they are environmentally friendly as well. Getting started can be a bit challenging even for experienced grillers like myself, so here’s everything a novice needs to know.Read More
Residential lifts seem like the ultimate luxury to most people, but in reality, their practicality significantly outweighs glamor. While yes, a home lift can improve your home’s interior design considerably, the rest of the benefits that home lifts provide go beyond aesthetics. The reasons for installing a residential lift are numerous. Whether you live with someone who has mobility issues and needs easier access to different stories, or you just want extra convenience when bringing in groceries – whatever your reason may be, purchasing and installing a home lift requires a lot of considerations.Read More
When we moved into our new home I really wasn’t into curtains and blinds. I was trying to keep it as simple as possible so blinds were the last thing on my list. But there will always be someone who will not like your idea and in my case, that was my closest friend. Any time she came to my house, she tried to persuade me to install blinds. And eventually, she did. I promised myself that I will buy blinds only if I find something that will really add value to my home and make it better than it is. Going through the range of available options on the market, I came across something that caught my eye – automatic blinds.Read More
As a girl that likes to spend a lot of time in the bathroom doing self-care routines, I consider it to be one of my favorite areas where I usually start and end my day. That is why the tiny bathroom was one of my biggest concerns when I moved into a new small studio. I already knew that giving my bathroom a makeover in order to make it more functional was one of the first projects I needed to undertake. After doing some research and consulting with a few professionals, I realized that the lack of space shouldn’t be a problem for creating a bathroom that is both practical and visually pleasing. If you are also facing the same issue, read on to find out some of my solutions that you can also try.
First things first, you might want to ditch the bathtub as it can take up a lot of space, and you may not be even using it as often. You can get a fairly large shower cabin and still end up with some space left over after removing the tub. A shower cabins with a glass door would also be perfect, as it can let more light in the cabin and give your bathroom a more modern look and appearance.
Another good space-saving technique is adding shelving on the walls. They can make for a useful storage space where you can keep towels, personal hygiene products, beauty products, or maybe place calming candlelight and soothing scents.
Mirrors could also work perfectly for a small bathroom as they reflect light thus making the area look larger and more open. There are countless of types of bathroom mirrors Australia homeowners can choose from. They come in a variety of forms and designs – from sleek LED lighted frameless mirrors to some quite flashy ones. You just need to take your time go thoroughly through the different types of bathroom mirrors Australia stores offer, be it offline or online. A frameless mirror can make the bathroom seem larger as without the frame it can reflect more light around the bathroom, bringing life and creating an illusion of a bigger space. If you get a framed mirror, on the other hand, that looks chunky or overpowering, it will minimise the amount of light that can be reflected.
You can hang a large mirror on the back of the bathroom door or install a wall-mounted mirrored cabinet. A well-chosen, stylish mirrored cabinet unit apart from being a design feature can provide you with the much-needed storage space in a small bathroom. That’s actualy what I chose to do and it now serves me perfectly when it comes to storing all of my makeup, hair products, creams and other necessities I love to have at hand when I do my morning and night-time routines.
Moving into a new place is both exciting and challenging. When I started thinking about relocating and starting fresh with my family, the first challenge that popped into my head was furnishing. However, I was determined to design my home in a simpler way than ever before. That is when I discovered Scandinavian design and all the principles that come with it. Simplicity, minimalism and function are at the core of this style which has become one of the most popular choices all around the world. Fortunately, I did follow it and learned firsthand how great it looks and how functional it really is, so, let me to walk you through a few room designs that will surely get you inspired. Let’s begin!
Decorating a nursery room for your baby can be both an exciting and daunting task. This empty room will receive a whole new meaning once your new joy comes to this world, so you want to make sure it will be comfortable, safe and peaceful. And of course, you want to make all that on a budget. When I was decorating our nursery room, there were so many things that I wanted to buy – not because we needed all of them but because they were so cute. So yes, I know the sweet problem you might be facing right now, but hold on – there are so many important things you need to be equipped with first. Read More
No matter where you live, a swimming pool heater enables you to extend your swimming season beyond the 4-5 warm months of the year. Generally, pool heaters are installed after the pump and filter system. The pump helps push water through the filter, then into the heater before it goes back in the pool again. There are 3 different types of heat pumps, and they all pump heat using a different method. Each type has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages, which makes knowing the differences between the 3 models quite important.
Gas Pool Heaters
Gas heaters are the most popular way to warm a pool in most regions, as they’re affordable and efficient. These heaters can be powered using natural gas or propane, depending on where you’re located and the availability of fuel. Gas heaters can maintain an even water temperature, no matter how cold it is outside, however, they might require extra fuel to accomplish this. On the downside, some gas pool heaters emit NOx, but there are some models which emit very small amounts of it, which makes them safe and compliant to the AU regulations.
Electric Pool Heaters
Electric pool heaters are more expensive, but their operating cost is much lower than the operating cost of gas pool heaters. These pool heaters pump heat slower than gas pool heaters, and you might have problems warming your pool when the temperature drops below 10°C. Most electric pool heaters last a very long time, which makes them a great long-term investment for places with a warmer climate.
Solar Pool Heaters
Solar pool heaters are becoming more popular and more efficient as solar technology keeps rapidly improving. Most solar pool heaters are very costly, at least initially, but their operating costs are almost non-existent. Furthermore, solar pool heaters last the longest out of all three types, but there are some drawbacks to them as well. First and foremost, they will only heat your pool if there’s enough sun throughout the day to power them, which makes them a poor choice for areas with colder weather.
Bottom line is, regardless of which type of pool heater you end up picking, you need to get one that’s big enough in terms of capacity to warm up your pool effectively. In order to do that, you need to calculate the pool’s surface area and subtract the temperature for the coldest month in which you’ll use the heater. The formula goes like this: pool size x temperature rise x 12 = BTUs required per hour.
People are becoming increasingly more concerned about the quality of food they consume and more and more people are resorting to growing their own food. This explains the new methods and techniques which help individuals cultivate their own fruit and vegetables. Even those with no experience in gardening and no gardening space whatsoever are becoming more confident to take up this hobby and see whether they have a green thumb. If you live in a concrete jungle and are looking to grow your own produce, worry not. Urban garden planters are the newest invention in the world of gardening that has made growing your own food a piece of cake.
Some people say that basically anything that can hold soil can be a suitable growing container for balcony gardens, but I don’t agree with that. Adequate urban garden planters need to offer plenty of space for roots to grow and need to have holes for proper drainage. And of course, they need to look good to match the exterior decor of your home. Modern, white plastic planters with a self-watering mechanism are my recommendation when it comes to choosing the best urban garden planters.
Plastic is a durable material that withstands the elements well and the white colour is quite easy to fit in every design scheme. The self-watering mechanism takes care of your plants’ water needs and has a system that shows you just how much water is left in the reservoir, so you don’t have to think about refilling it all the time. This kind of planters are suitable for growing both fruits and vegetables and you can use them to grow flowers as well.
You should use a high-quality potting mix to fill your planter. When shopping for potting mix, choose one that is soft, keeps moisture and gives the plant’s roots the right balance of nutrition, air, and anchorage. A mix that’s too dense or too wet may negatively affect your plants and impede their growth.
Before you decide which seeds to plant, take a look at your balcony’s layout carefully. Vegetables usually need lots of sunlight to grow large and plentiful. Therefore, plan where you’ll place your container with veggies and make sure to put it in a sunny spot. Pay close attention to what each plant needs and make sure it fits in the conditions in your urban garden space.
When gardening in very small spaces such as planters, you need to pay special attention to your soil’s nutritional needs. That is because plants in containers deplete the nutrients at a quicker rate than large-scale gardening. So, make sure you add organic compost, top-dress soil and spray it with compost tea often.