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Who to Call for a Custom Worktop?

Custom-made worktops adapt to not only all your layout constraints but also all your desires by being made of many different materials and shapes.

But if its advantages are undeniable, you still need to know who to contact or how to be sure to make the right choice if you prefer to make it yourself. We’ll tell you everything!

Advantages and disadvantages of custom-made worktops

The first advantage of a custom-made worktop is that it adapts not only to your space or room but also to your desires. Its cutouts and layout perfectly match your needs, even if your kitchen is particularly convoluted.

Moreover, with custom-made, all materials are allowed. Marble, slate, lava stone, but also glass or quartz, everything is possible. The same goes for the shapes and types of worktops: island, bar, rounded, etc. Or the thickness, depth and height, as well as the finishes (edges, jamb, etc.).

The main disadvantage of a custom-made worktop is its higher price than a prefabricated worktop unless you choose to make it yourself. Beware also of delivery times, which vary according to the manufacturer but often require you to wait many weeks before being delivered.

Making a custom-made worktop yourself

Making a worktop is within reach of any good handyman, as long as you have the necessary knowledge and the right tools and choose a material that you can cut yourself.

Then, for a made-to-measure worktop that perfectly meets your needs, taking the correct dimensions is essential and must be rigorous.

Measure the lengths and check the angles

Custom Worktop

Start by measuring the length and height of the worktop. Remember that if a size is too long, it will have to be split into two panels. If your countertop is L-shaped or U-shaped, be sure to take the dimensions panel by panel.

The corners of a kitchen are not necessarily at 90°. To ensure that the worktop fits perfectly, it is necessary to measure them carefully. 

Measuring the widths

If the worktop covers storage units, measure the width of the latter and add an overhang if necessary. If the cabinet does not have handles, this is not imperative. Otherwise, you will have to add 2 to 3 cm.

And if your worktop has a rounded edge, the overhang must be at least equivalent to the radius of the rounding.

The cutouts

Cooktops can come in many sizes, but the built-in dimensions are generally standard. Remember that since part of the hob will cover the worktop, it is better to have a cutout that is a little too wide than the opposite.

As for the sink, if it is to be built-in, the problem is the same as for the hob since it will partially cover the worktop. If it is under the countertop, the cutout must be perfectly adapted to the sink’s dimensions, which will require great precision in taking measurements.

Who should I contact for a custom-made worktop?

If your custom-made worktop is made of wood, you can go to a DIY store that will be able to make the cuts for you. But be careful, for the measurements must be perfect. It would be better to get the services of a professional to take the dimensions and install your worktop.

He will be able to advise you on the choice of your worktop in terms of materials and shapes. He will be able to manufacture your custom-made worktop and possibly coordinate the craftsmen who will have to intervene on your site for the installation.

Another possibility is the interior designer who will take charge of everything and be a force of proposal in choosing the custom-made worktop and possibly the whole kitchen.

Note: remember to compare different professionals with the same quality of materials and services provided, and do not hesitate to ask for several quotes, as prices can vary considerably.

Exciting Ideas for Sustainable Housing When Building Your Home

The transformation of the construction industry and the trends are adapting to the needs of a post-pandemic society that is increasingly conscious of its health, social relations and respect for the environment.

Terms such as bio-construction, eco-architecture are becoming relevant for all actors involved in a sector that will grow 3.5 times faster than the total economy in 2022.

So the latest trends and innovation, is the perfect opportunity to talk to you about one of the most remarkable topics: sustainable housing, especially if you are planning to start your own home construction soon. So interested in learning more? Grab a pen and some paper and take note! Enjoy!

Sustainability and Trends in Construction

We found out that four aspects of sustainable housing and trends set the standard in the sector:

  1. Good Practices

The detail is to make the most of resources and not waste them, while maintaining the quality, safety and comfort of construction projects.

  1. Innovation in Machinery

The construction sector relies on the use of equipment and infrastructure that allow agility, efficiency and greater safety in the work.

  1. Multi functional and Bright Spaces

A basic distribution is not enough, constructions must respond to areas that offer spaces for family gatherings, entertainment, rest and work or office areas.

  1. Ecological Construction

The key aspect that can currently be decisive in the success of a project is the management and implementation of water saving systems, renewable energy and sustainable building materials.

What Is Sustainable Housing?

A sustainable housing is a housing that minimizes the negative impacts of processes and materials that affect the environment. It is built taking into account the well-being of the space, the use of available resources and a better economy.

Another definition explains that this concept is about urban environmental sustainability, understood as “planning processes, urban development models and the construction of a conscious citizenship that promotes the protection and efficient and sustainable use of natural resources, ecosystems and their environmental services, promoting resilience to the impacts of climate change and disasters.

6 Minimum Aspects of Sustainable Housing

So here are essential points of sustainable housing:

Solar Panels

The challenge of sustainable construction is to produce zero carbon emissions, thanks to the use of clean energies like solar energy.  It should be noted that the reduction in electricity costs is also interesting for potential customers.

Rainwater

The storage of rainwater in all possible places of the houses and buildings, to reuse it later in different daily activities, is one of the most important and decisive aspects when looking for a sustainable housing.

Materials, Like Ecological Bricks

A sustainable house must take advantage of materials, such as ecological bricks, which have insulating power against cold, heat, noise and humidity. This easy-to-use building material can reduce the weight of a property by 70%.

Monitoring and Control Systems

The implementation of systems to monitor electricity consumption, temperature, humidity, etc. is also planned.

Daylighting

In addition to contributing to energy savings, having natural lighting gives vitality to the house and beautifies the spaces. Taking advantage of sunlight to illuminate spaces is very relevant to the health and well-being of those who inhabit them.

Vertical Gardens

This is one of the aspects that combine functionality and beauty. Vertical gardens are a natural system that provides oxygen to the construction; thanks to automated irrigation, they take advantage of up to 90% of the water, creating an ecosystem in which raw materials can be grown and reused.

In summary, sustainable projects are already a growing demand in the construction industry, and only companies that advance their innovation processes will be able to satisfy customers who are more committed to caring for the environment and their own well-being.

Here you go! If you are ever building your house, consider those steps to sustainable housing. How about you? Have you heard/read about any more tips? Share them with us in the comments below.

 

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Bedding: To Bring A Decorative Touch In Your Room

Sleep is a vital need for all living beings, including humans. Indeed, the average human being spends about twenty-five years of his life sleeping. If you want to sleep for such a long period of time, it’s better to have a cozy and comfortable bed. Having a good bed is a guarantee of peaceful sleep. The bed’s components must also meet aesthetic criteria to add value to the bedroom. There is a tendency to attribute the comfort of a bed to the quality of the mattress used, which is far from being wrong.

However, each element that makes up a bed plays a very specific role. The furniture and the box spring form a base that raises and supports the mattress, so we don’t have to sleep on the floor. The pillows accentuate the comfort during sleep by adjusting the position of the head. The bed linen acts as a protection for the mattress and pillows, as well as for the person sleeping on it. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you ought to know about bedding.

The bed linen set

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By definition, the bed linen set can refer to all the bed linen, including sheets, comforter covers, and pillowcases. The use of the term set refers to an aesthetic connotation. Indeed, the pieces that make up this set are generally matched and have the role of optimizing the aesthetic side of the bed. The set is for the bed, and what jewelry is for women.

Sheets

The sheet is part of the bed linen constituting the set. There are two types of sheets: the fitted sheet and the flat sheet. The fitted sheet is the fabric that is used to cover the mattress. The flat sheet or top sheet is placed between the fitted sheet and the blanket. In addition to its decorative role, the sheet is often made of a soft material since it is in direct contact with the body.

Pillowcases

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The pillowcase is linen that serves as a pillow cover. It is often matched with the sheets and the rest of the bed linen in the case of a set. Manufacturers often design it in cotton to ensure softness and lightness. Its size can vary depending on the size of the pillows it is to cover.

The comforter cover

It is a fabric envelope intended to cover the comforter. It has the particularity of being lighter and less bulky than the comforter. Like sheets and pillowcases, it matches all the elements of the bedding set. In addition to the comfort it can provide, the comforter cover makes it easier for users.

Indeed, one will only have to wash the cover instead of taking care of the comforter. It can be changed as desired, without having to change the comforter every time. In addition, using a cover protects the comforter from wear and tear and dirt.

Choosing a bedding set

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Although initially intended for decorative purposes, bedding provides a certain level of comfort to its users. The criteria for choosing a bedding set should therefore focus on both aesthetic and practical aspects. In terms of aesthetics, the choice of color and pattern depends largely on the consumer’s tastes and preferences.

Several models are available on the market; one can obtain personalized models for more originality. As far as practicality is concerned, it usually depends on the material the linen is made of. However, experts encourage the use of fabrics made from natural materials such as linen or cotton. They have the advantage of being softer and more comfortable than synthetic materials.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about bedding.

How to Install Your Staircase

How to Install Your Staircase

There are several types of staircases: straight, quarter-turn, and spiral. To make your choice, you must consider the available space, the desired aesthetic, the desired material and the ease of installation.

A good compromise to reduce the price of your staircase consists of some knowledge of DIY, assembling your wooden staircase yourself, and putting it in place at the desired location. The most uncomplicated staircase to install is the straight staircase.

Follow our step-by-step instructions on how to install a staircase.

1. Prepare the stringers

Adjust the height of the staircase

If the staircase height exceeds the height from floor to floor in your house, it is possible to shorten the staircase.

Important: This must be done before the staircase is assembled.

– Measure precisely the height to be covered from the floor to the top slab (including the covering).

– Saw off the bottom of the stringers and remove a step if necessary.

Good to know: make sure you also have enough clearance, at least 80 cm, at the top and bottom of the staircase to access it comfortably.

Drill the stringers

– Place the 2 stair stringers on trestles, with the notched sides facing up. 

– Every third step, locate the middle of the step notch and drill a 6 mm diameter hole.

– Turn the stringers over.

– Locate the drill holes and enlarge each hole with a 20 mm drill bit, 6 mm deep.

Good to know: this enlargement will allow you, in the final stage, to embed the screw heads and mask the holes with covers.

2. Assemble steps, risers and stringers

Assemble the first stringer and the steps

– Place the first stringer on the floor with notches visible.

– Glue the step notches of the stringer with wood glue.

– Fit the steps one by one into the notches of the stringer with a mallet.

Necessary: insert a martyr shim, i.e. a shim that will receive the mallet blows, to avoid damaging the wood.

– Also, insert the last step in the notches of the stringboard.

Good to know: the last step is narrower than the others because it will rest on the floor.

Add the risers and the second-stringer

– Next, fit each riser into its corresponding groove in the step and into the groove in the stringer.

– Glue the notches of the second-stringer.

– Then, fit it onto the steps and risers.

Important: At least 2 people are required to perform this step.

Attach the assembly

– Carefully check the alignment of the elements in the grooves.

– Screw the steps into the holes previously drilled in the stringers.

– Nail the risers to the steps with utility hole nails.

Good to know: apply the finishing product now to the stringer that will be pressed against the wall.

3. Assemble the staircase railing

The railing consists of a handrail, vertical balusters and a bottom rail. At each end, the railing ends with a support post.

Assemble handrail and balusters

– Position the handrail on trestles.

– Insert a dowel into each pre-drilled hole on the handrail.

– Glue the ends of the balusters with wood glue and fit them into the dowels.

– Secure each assembly with a spike.

Attach the bottom rail of the guardrail

– Glue the upper ends of the balusters.

– Position the bottom rail on the balusters.

– Secure the assembly by screwing.

4. Place the support strip

How to Install Your Staircase

The top of the staircase will rest on a cleat fixed on the hopper’s header.

– Measure the thickness of the last step.

– For the finished floor, remove the thickness of this step and locate the top of the support strip on the finish side.

– Place the strip horizontally on the marker and check its level.

– Mark the drilling points on the wall through the strip.

– Then, drill the wall and anchor.

– Screw the stair support strip to the header.

5. Fix the staircase

Draw your marks on the floor

– Present the staircase on the hopper by lifting it to 2 to distribute the weight.

– Place it on the support strip.

– Check that it is perfectly fixed.

– Locate the fixing points of the staircase locking brackets on the floor under the first step and flush with the stringer.

Place and fix the staircase.

– Move the staircase back 2.

– Drill holes in the floor for the brackets.

– Peg and screw the brackets to the floor.

– Re-engage the staircase on the cleat, place it and check the wedging.

– Screw it firmly into the cleat.

– Then, fasten the brackets in the stringers.

6. Install the stairway railing

Attach the railing to the end post

– Attach the end post by screwing it into the stringer.

– Prepare to attach the railing to the end post: glue the ends of the railing (handrail and bottom rail).

– Then, place the guardrail on the stringboard and against the top post.

– Screw everything together.

Fix the guardrail on the starting post

– Glue the parts that will be in contact with the starting post: handrail, bottom rail and stringer.

– Place the starting post against the stringboard and the guardrail, hold it in place with a clamp and screw it in place.

7. Fix the staircase in the wall

– Secure the staircase by anchoring it to the supporting wall.

– Drill a hole through the wall through the stringer.

– Insert a dowel and hammer it in.

– Finally, glue the covers to hide the assembly screws and fit them in place.

Your staircase installation is now complete; all you have to do is choose the finish to protect it.

Checklist of materials needed to install a staircase

Knock-in dowel

Man head nails

Wood glue

Pencil

Square

Fixing square

Step ladder

Gloves, goggles and mask

Mallet

Hammer

Flat drill bit

Tape measure

Spirit level

Percussion drill

Jigsaw

Clamp

Trestles

Wood screws

Screws and dowels

Screwdriver