When you enter your home your floor is usually the first element you see after your front door. Because of this, you need to be very mindful of what you choose to do with your floor when you are renovating your home.
You might be thinking of going for a classic look with either hardwood or tiles or thinking of going for some kind of durable laminate or vinyl, or you might go all the way with a comfortable carpet. Regardless of what you choose you will need a professional outfit like Renovations Plus to undertake the renovation if you are to get a great final finish.
Experience is Everything
When it comes to house constructions or renovations it is essential that you employ a company with a good deal of experience within the industry. When it comes to flooring, it would be prudent to find a company that has been doing this at least for multiple years if you want the outcome to look good. There may be plenty of do-it-yourself tutorial videos online on how to install flooring but this is not a skill that can be acquired over a few days. There are plenty of problems that crop up that when installing flooring so you need to get a professional outfit to do your job
Save time, money, and your sanity!
A project such as installing flooring is not a job for someone who is just starting to learn the trait or even amateurs. You can’t be trying to teach yourself as you are doing the project. This will usually lead to a lot of wasting of time and money where the contractor is constantly trying to fix their mistakes or having to go to the supplies store because they had misjudged the amount of materials needed. You can avoid these issues by employing someone with experience.
The main issue here is that renovating your home can be a very stressful endeavour because it will disrupt the daily workflow of your family and home by having to live in a construction zone. This is even more prominent in a floor renovation where you literally won’t be able to walk to somewhere you want to within the house. If you plan to do up the flooring by yourself you will be adding to that stress by having to get the right material, choosing the correct tools, and doing the project all while learning on the go. Try to imagine doing something like that while balancing your job, family, and kids all the while getting your daily routine disrupted by all the chaos. This is why a mindful person would always leave this sort of construction to the professionals where they will get the job done with minimum fuss and at a much faster rate.
An end-result that you will savour
Even if you get the best material and work with the best tools out there, you will never ever get the best look out of them if you do not install them properly. This is why getting professionals is important. Their experience is the final big ingredient that makes your job go from having an okay end result to a great looking end-result. You will be spending a lot of money on your floor renovation; wouldn’t you want the best-looking outcome for that? Contact Renovations Plus for all your home flooring requirements and you can experience first-hand how a flawless job is done.
Why a Home Elevator has Become a Popular Mobility Solution
Even though a home elevator might seem like a bit of an extreme addition for an everyday house the recent Covid-19 outbreak and the lockdown that followed has really emphasized the need to have better mobility in one’s house. With the lockdown easing and many people trying to figure out what to do after in the aftermath, many with reduced mobility who had been restricted within their own homes for so long have come to realize that being able to access all parts of their house is of great importance. This is why home elevators have become a hot topic in recent days.
Elderly people and people with disabilities have been the most affected by this problem during this time. Having to climb up and down the stairs multiple times during a day in order to access the upper floors have been always quite a challenge to them. This satiation has been exacerbated during the lockdown leading to increased trips and falls in their homes.
The traditional solution to this has been the stair-lift and is quite popular as a solution for people with mobility issues for scaling floors. But they have a history of being clunky, difficult to use, and restrictive for people who do not use the lift. But over time people have been searching for more modernistic and more stylish solutions for the issue and that is how home elevators have become a more attractive option.
The main issue with the stair-lift is that depending on the condition of the person with the mobility problem, that person might need help from another person to securely get on and off the lift. The home elevator on the other hand will enable a person using either a wheelchair or a walker to use the elevator unaided and by themselves.
Home elevators come in two main types; the duo series elevators which can accommodate up to two people and the trio series that is specifically made for wheelchair users. A larger lift is more useful and versatile because it will provide space for an additional person such as a carer to accompany the patient on the elevator.
The advantage that current home elevators have is that unlike the older version that ran using hydraulics or noisy vacuum systems, most of which needed a separate machine room, the newer ones run on independent motor systems that can be plugged into one of the home’s own power outlets.
Because of new manufacturing standards, unlike older home elevators that were boxy and square-looking, the newer one looks very sleek and modern and will blend into the décor of your home seamlessly. And because you don’t need any load-bearing walls to support the elevator it is very easy to install as well.
Any home elevator should comply with ASME A17.7 and ASME A18.1 Vertical Lift Code standards in order to endure that all the safety standards are met.
Safety in your Home Elevator
Home Elevators are an innovation to the sphere of mobility solutions. And as with any new such innovation regarding a mobility product, the main topic of discussion will soon turn to the issue of safety. Like with any product when there is technical jargon, it can be very difficult to find out about the safety feature involved. Industry & technical terminology usually tend to make it very hard for a layman to understand what is being explained by the information given.
In order to ease your mind and unravel the confusion, this article will focus on the main safety features that are present in nearly all home elevators that we offer. We will keep it as light on industry terminology and completely do away with the tech jargon. We have answered some of the common questions that clients have and have pointed out some of the key features as well.
What is keeping the elevator up, how strong is it?
All our home elevators are supported by two very tough cables that wrap around a drum at the top of the elevator car; they ravel & unravel depending on the direction the elevator travels in. The Elevator car runs on two vertical rails. In case of a cable snapping or going slack the ‘Fall Arrest System’ is activated; this acts as an emergency brake which will lock the elevator and stops it from falling.
What are the compliance standards of your home elevators?
There are several building and safety standards that our Home Elevators comply with; these are mainly known as ‘elevator codes’. The main standard code is the ASME A17.1, which is the Elevator Code and the ASME A18.1 Vertical Lift Code. These standards make sure that all our home elevators are up to the main building and safety standards required by the state. This will ensure that none of our clients have to worry about the quality and the solidity of our elevators.
Safety Feature: Half Height Light Curtain
Our home elevators are equipped with a half-height door. With such a half-height door, we have included a sensor which is known as a ‘Half-height Light Curtain’. Even though this is called a light or curtain, there is no light or curtain to see. This is actually a sensor that is placed at the entrance to the elevator. What this sensor does is that if anything crosses the path of this sensor while the elevator is moving or is just about to move, the elevator will smoothly come to a stop or won’t begin its movement.
Safety Feature: Top & Bottom Safety Pans
All out elevators have safety features both above and underneath the elevator car. If they detect any obstruction or blockage either above or below, the elevator will not movie or if it is moving will come to a nice smooth stop.
If you wish to know more about our elevators, their safety feature, or how they operate, please feel free to contact us anytime.
IMPORTANCE OF HOME ELEVATORS IN REVALUATION OF BUILDING
Home elevators up until recently were taken as a luxury item to install at your home, but more and more people are considering home elevators as a legit practical solution to circumvent mobility issues in one’s homes. Over the past decade or so home elevators have become a commonplace within civil structures and are being regarded as a very useful addition nowadays. Because having a home elevator in a residential structure grants anyone access, even those who are afflicted by mobility issues, this acts as a great asset that increases the value of that building exponentially.
The current real estate market gives more emphasis to properties that can cater to any buyer. If the client is looking for either a commercial structure or a residential structure, having an elevator within the structure can make that building fit into any requirement.
Integrating elements such as home elevators to old houses have extended the age demographic of people who can live in them up to 70years of age. Because of this reason people who were looking at retirement have begun to consider houses with home elevators as a more attractive residential investment in their later days. This why the home elevator has been losing its image as just a luxury item.
Even to this day, a majority of the public have the mindset that home elevators are a luxury item that is only included in High-end private homes, penthouses, Bungalows, and Villas. And these are usually marketed as high-end luxury investments as well by many property developers, they figure that this will increase the property value and increase the resale value of the residence as well. The best example for this is the value of top floor apartments or flats in residential buildings. During the late 90s, these properties were very cheap because of the difficulty in accessing them. But currently, with the introduction of home elevators and the ease of access they grant, the prices of such properties have skyrocketed.
The biggest advantage that home elevators have given is the ease of access to people with mobility issues. Usually, elderly people or people with disabilities have had a really hard time accessing the higher floors of their own homes. Home elevators have now become the savior of these people.
When installing a home elevator you should be very mindful about who you are awarding the project to and what elevator you will be installing. Sure, the elevator will give you great benefits but if not of good quality and not installed properly, a malfunction or accident could cause you great bodily harm. Make sure that the elevator manufacturers adhere to the proper safety standards for their products. Also, look at the track record of the parties involved with the installation; see if they have good reviews. Make your final decision only if you are fully satisfied with what you are getting is the best deal out there. Having a home elevator will make any structure increase in value and reputation and will be quite a worthwhile investment in current times.
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING KITCHEN CABINETS FOR YOUR IDEAL KITCHEN
When it comes to kitchen revamps, it’s easy to feel swamped with decisions and hard to picture how the end goal will amalgamate together. As experts in the field, one question we frequently encounter from clients, is how to pick the perfect kitchen cabinets for your kitchen space. The answer to this will depend on the many variables we will explore in this post!
Think about space
Ultimately, the number of kitchen cabinets you will go for will very much depend on the space you have in your kitchen. It’s essential to consider the shape of the room, will you select L shaped cabinets, or cabinets to fit archways? If space permits, an island or a breakfast bar are both practical components to add to a smartly designed kitchen.
You may well have heard of the “triangle” kitchen concept. This refers to the sink, fridge and cooker which should ideally be in a triangle shape, no more than two feet apart. The reason being as these are the most integral items in the kitchen area.
We also see a rise in eco-friendly designed kitchens appearing, with areas for creating your own compost and waste disposal systems. Reverse osmosis water filter systems and LED energy-efficient lighting. Where your windows are situated will affect air quality, so plan effectively ventilation that can get to your kitchen cabinet areas.
2. Think about material
Wood cabinets have always remained a popular kitchen choice, for a traditional and elegant look. Once you have decided upon your kitchen concept, it’s much easier to match cabinets accordingly. Dark woods such as ebony and walnut can set you back a fair few dollars, consider it a long-term investment as the right natural wood provides a timeless design solution. Cherry is also a popular choice, and it also lends itself to a variety of wood stains.
Ask yourself, are you looking for a rustic country kitchen or a modern, sleek appearance? Alternatively, laminate options are much more cost-efficient and offer a clean and minimal fresh look. Don’t forget glass-fronted cabinets are also an option.
White is also a go-to choice, usually in PC, laminate, or painted white wood. These keep kitchens looking fresh, are easy to clean, and also contrast nicely with stainless steel or aluminum surfaces.
3. Think about cabinet finishes
Once you have assessed your budget and preferred cabinet material, it’s time to think about the finish. Are you looking for something super reflective and glossy? These textures give the illusion of space in smaller kitchen spaces. However, they can often require a fair amount of cleaning upkeep. Are you looking for a wood stain such as teak or golden oak? Would you like the grain of the wood to be exposed? Do you have a particular color scheme in mind? These are all entirely plausible questions to ponder prior throughout the decision-making process. Keep finishes cohesive, and don’t overlook the appliances that will be going into your perfect kitchen.
Many people find selecting a kitchen countertop an excellent starting point to finding the ideal cabinet finish. Slate, marble and wood are desirable options for countertops, which then enable you to pair your cabinets accordingly. Interior design experts recommend keeping to a limited color palette here. If your counters are light, add a darker cabinet for contrast.
4. Think about accessories
How about creating the perfect backlight behind exposed cabinets? Lighting can transform the way your cabinets look and add depth to any great kitchen remodel. Aside from lighting, internal cabinet accessories are a huge trend we have seen sweeping into 2020. Fixed waste disposal systems, rotating spice racks, pull out step stools to reach hard to get to areas are all fantastic add on items. Some people love having a vegetable rack within cabinets or built-in wine racks, it really depends on your lifestyle.
The list is truly endless when it comes to storage solutions, and this may also depend on the space you have in your kitchen. Nowadays you can also cleverly disguise refrigerators and dishwashers behind built-in cabinets. Speak to one of our advisors, and we will tailor your specific needs to your design requirements.
Don’t forget additional kitchen accessories such as lampshades and breakfast bar chairs. Considering the perfect soft furnishings such as blinds or curtains for your windows and how to hang kitchen towels will all add aesthetic appeal to your kitchen. Patterns and print can be used wonderfully to contrast with kitchen cabinets. If you aren’t sure what we mean, think country kitchens with quaint shabby chic signs, hooks and décor which surrounds kitchen cabinets.
5. Think about fixtures and fittings
The majority of kitchen cabinets don’t come with hardware such as handles, doorknobs and pulls. For many, this can be a tricky deciding factor since the market is swamped with choice. It’s easy to neglect quality for an attractive low-cost alternative, so consider how much traffic your kitchen units will be receiving. You’ll require your kitchen hardware to be sturdy and withstand the test of time. The hinges you choose will impact upon the handles you will go for. Typically, drawers remain to be handle-free, with push to open runners. Handles can be traditional knobs, or glossy metals for that chic look.
It’s okay to think out of the box entirely, how about rose gold or brushed metals? You can be as creative as you wish with your preferred hardware finishing. Mirrors, glass and bohemian eastern mosaics are also key trends we have seen emerging in Florida.
Renovations Plus offers an excellent level of attention and expertise to all of our customers. We aim to provide every customer with exceptional service, fantastic long-lasting products and of course, excellent prices. We will conduct a thorough analysis to get a deeper understanding of your exact requirements and provide you with the best options to suit your budget, lifestyle and overall concept. For more information get in touch today.
15 FANTASTIC BATHROOM TRENDS FOR 2020
Want to know what’s hot and what’s not for this year? Here at Renovations plus we have gathered up the definitive list of this year’s top trends.
1. The vintage affair
For a touch of retro Hollywood glamour think gold fixtures and fittings. Forget about clean, sleek chrome, aged brass, and gold shades are popular trends we expect to see more and more of this year. Warm tones such as rose gold are also making a statement. Where? Just about everywhere! Taps, towel rails, the feet of a roll-top tub. These earthy accents instantly add a touch of luxury to any bathroom suite. What’s more, these matte tones hide fingerprints and splash-back incredibly well, making them pretty low maintenance on the cleaning front.
2. Plush mirrors
Why not add a large gilded mirror as a center piece? You’d be surprised by the amount of gold surrounding you, and it need not be opulent and garish. You can readily find fittings in an array of finishes such as satin and spun gold.
3. Industrial revolution
We first saw this trend sweeping in from funky bars across Europe, and now that’s right it’s entering our homes. Exposed pipes and brickwork are undoubtedly a go-to trend this year. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, hanging lights contrasting with bright Spanish -esque tiles certainly make a focal point in any bathroom. When it comes to fixtures, this is where we have seen an enormous resurgence in black matte fixtures. This urban trend is here to stay.
4. Quirky patterns
Traditional mosaic may have had its day, but this year the mosaic is back. And not in the classical back panel of a shower we have come to know and expect. Advances in technology have enabled a massive overhaul in fascinating patterns and print design. Dalli styled tiles are now a mainstay in our bathrooms. A large brick or subway tile no longer floats our boat, the more bespoke, the better.
A touch of the East
We want intricate, and we want unique. Moroccan fish scales and Turkish hammam influences are spicing up the bathroom scene with a variety of colors and textures. These eye-catching patterns make the perfect addition to a splash-back, window frames and ceilings, reflecting light and giving us the definition, a decent bathroom deserves.
5. Nature lover
Hygge has been an immense Nordic trend to enter our homes. It means creating a warm and cozy environment by bringing touches of nature indoors. Think pine, fluffy rugs, plush texture and soft ethereal lighting. Why not add some fairy lights, large candles or some books? Hygge is very much about being present, so allow yourself to connect with the here and now while relaxing in the bathroom after a long day.
6. Opulent textiles
Cushions, throws, rugs, chunky knit blankets, all of these need not be banished to the bedroom or living room. Adding some high-quality textiles to your bathroom instantly creates a sense of warmth. Bathrooms can often appear cold, however, rest assured you can avoid that by adding layers of contrasting textures. Don’t cut corners with towels, the right ones can instantly add quality and depth to your bathroom.
7. Color shock
While we all know neutral tones make for a sophisticated bathroom, we are seeing an emergence of greys and beige contrasting with a pop of colors. Think a feature wall in sky blue or candy pink. It is well-noted different colors have an effect on your mood, blue is said to be calming and green a feeling of at one with nature. This is a simple trick to create an element of fun in what was an ordinary bathroom.
8. Asymmetrical mirrors
At the opposite end of the gilded mirror, scale sits the jagged cut or unusual shaped flat mirror. They can be illuminated with backlights, or a series aligned together to create a sense of a larger space. Mirrors don’t have to be hung up classically, you can really get creative here with zig-zagging them all over!
9. Underfloor heating
To elevate your bathroom to the highest level, invest in underfloor heating. Not only will it feel heavenly on your feet, but it avoids the sense of dampness many bathrooms elude. Underfloor heat is suitable under a variety of floor types, from wood, tiles and even vinyl. Not only adding plenty of warmth, but underfloor heating has also been found to help with allergies and reduce noise levels.
10. Step into tech
Once upon a time, electrical appliances in the bathroom was an absolute no go. Now with increasingly sophisticated design, we see this trend radicalising our traditional bathroom space. Fitted speakers surround sound, TV’s built into the wall and hair dryers are transforming our bathrooms. Gadgets are never-ending, and now you can safely have your comforts at hand in the bathroom. Talk about Netflix and chill!
11. Monochrome Melancholy
For those with a penchant for all things minimal, monochrome is an absolute must. Bright, sleek spaces instantly add value to any bathroom, alongside razor-sharp contrasts. To give it a modern edge, think about combining black and white with intricate patterns such as houndstooth or bold stripes. Black doesn’t have to be dull, it’s all about the balance of the white to dark ratio. You can always throw in a reflective marble sink and vanity station to offset harsh tones or a high gloss wallpaper.
12. Flower power
Similar to adding a touch of nature through materials, the year 2020 brings with it an abundance of plants and flowers to the bathroom. Herb garden? Why not! Sunflowers, or geraniums? Go for it. Plant’s don’t have to be a spider plant clinging on to dear life. Funky elephant ear plants with large, vibrant pots and hanging florals can instantly change any bathroom.
13. Concrete comeback
Lava stone and exposed concrete might not instantly come to mind when creating a top-quality bathroom, but indeed, the effects can be stunning. Think about wrapping spaces surrounding a shower, sink or toilet.
14. Pure and simple
Plain white walls and a block floor keeps things minimal and clean. Contrast textures of white to create this fashionable look. Gloss white, rough white, sand textured wall white, brick white tiles and white wooden mirrors. Think the opposite of intricate!
15. Marble mainstay
Yes, it’s 2020, and we are delighted to report marble is going nowhere. What’s been popular for centuries still holds steady in any bathroom. And for a good reason, marble instantly creates a clean extravagant feel in any space. It’s a classic, elegant and timeless look that you won’t need to overhaul anytime soon.
For more bathroom inspiration or a quote on your specific needs, get in touch today.