Prevent Mold From Invading Your Bathroom

Your bathroom is one of the wettest rooms in your home, and therefore is one of the rooms where mold is most likely to grow. The fact that heat and moisture are frequently generated in your bathroom helps to stimulate mold growth as these factors provide great conditions for mold to grow and flourish. Preventing mold in your bathroom is vital in maintaining the health of you and your family. In addition, if neglected, bathroom mold is likely to spread internally through walls, ceilings, and floors, leading to an extremely expensive removal costs. One of the key factors for bathroom mold prevention is frequent inspections to prevent water damage that can lead to mold growth. The first step in mold prevention is keeping your bathroom dry and well ventilated. You can use a humidity meter to check humidity levels before and after showers. Make sure you keep humidity levels below forty to forty-five percent. If you allow adequate air circulation, your bathroom humidity levels should drop below 45 percent within 5-10 minutes from the minute you finish showering.

Shower and Bathtub Maintenance

Keep your bathtub, floors, walls, and ceilings, clean and dry at all times. To prevent mold, be sure to fully open the bathtub curtain after using the bathtub to allow equal and complete drying.

Ventilation

Allowing good air flow and air circulation are key steps in keeping low humidity levels in your bathroom. One of the most basic techniques to allow great airflow in your bathroom is to open the windows and doors right after taking a shower. This allows air to free flow and remove excess moisture from the room. If you don’t currently have an exhaust fan installed yet, do so right away. This is a great tool for bathroom ventilation. Turn on the exhaust fan while taking a bath or shower and leave it working for 5-10 more minutes after finishing using the bathroom to allow the bathroom to dry completely. Confirm that your fan exhausts outdoors directly.

Day to Day Maintenance

Day to day maintenance is important to prevent water damage and mold in your bathroom as well. It will also aid in detecting problems before they become large-scale disasters. Drains must be kept in good shape. Allow the bathtub to drain completely and by removing all debris and using drain openers from time to time. Create hard surfaces on your bathroom walls using semi-gloss paint. It is harder for mold to grow on these type of surfaces.

 

 

 

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Tips On Artful Living

Artful living is defined as “The imperfect, intentional pursuit of creativity and beauty in every aspect of life.”

 

Artful Living can encompass materials, texture, color, and form of everyday items with which we surround ourselves. We should all take every opportunity to enjoy life’s pleasures by enriching our daily experience with beauty and creativity. Here are a few straight to the point tips on living an artful life.

 

Have Your Special Signature Piece

Take an everyday item and make it your special signature piece. A unique expression reflective of you!

 

Uplift and Enrich Yourself in Small Details

It isn’t what you possess but how you make the most of it by presenting and arranging it. Consciously design your life as an antidote to the pervasive stress of the 21st century. Choose the details of your surroundings to uplift and enrich your life.

Be Environmentally Friendly

You can create new and awesome things fashioned from salvaged, recycled, reused or renewable materials. You might think that this does not sound sexy but you can have beauty and be kind to the planet at the same time. Many people are embracing the trend of upcycling clothes and jewelry.

 

Be a Pebble in the Pond

As the ripples spread out from one small pebble dropped into a pond, you can give others the gift of Artful Living by simply embodying it yourself. Others will perceive and enjoy your increased sense of vivaciousness as you unselfconsciously go about living your life artfully. Just think of how good you feel when someone compliments you on your good taste and style. You can also artfully maintain the details of your work environment. Always seek to enhance your own life and the lives of others in positive ways!

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Remodeling Ideas For Your Bathroom

Instead of paying an arm and a leg for a bathroom that someone else has designed for you why not do it yourself? Designing your bathroom really isn’t as difficult as it might sound. Also, it just might save you a quite a bit of money. Wouldn’t it be a satisfying feeling to know that it was you that designed your bathroom? You might even get calls from friends to do their’s next!

Measure and draw your bathroom to scale

The first thing you should do is measure and draw out your existing bathroom on a sheet of squared paper. You must be as accurate as you can because every inch will count. Depending on what you want to get in your new bathroom and how much space you have to play with measuring is key in getting the most out of your space.

Measure the distance between opposite walls on both sides of the room in case the room is wider at one end than the other. Measure floor to ceiling and the position and size of windows including the depth of the window. Also measure the size, position, and shape of any irregularities in the room such as pipework. (account for everything so that you won’t have any unwanted surprises. These unwanted surprises can cost you tons of time and money.)

Draw a floor plan of your bathroom from above and a plan of each wall. When you’ve finished you will have 5 drawings and a set of measurements. Make sure that you take these and a tape measure with you wherever you go because you will need to use them often…very often!

Forget about bathroom showrooms and magazines for now

Magazines and showrooms are trying to sell you something and they will naturally go out of their way to show things in the most appealing way, which may not always be the most practical or realistic way for you. You will be using these resources of course but leave them until you have a better idea of what it is you want in your new bathroom design.

Make use of a digital camera

Take a digital camera with you whenever you’re in bathroom design mode and use it to make a visual record everything you come across. Note down what each image is about and file it away carefully on your computer for later. This is an excellent design technique and most people don’t do it. (Of course, if you have a cellphone with a camera on it that will also do. Just make sure you upload to the cloud in order to easily access your files on your computer later.)

Visit your friends

Most people are happy to talk about their bathroom especially to a friend and especially if they have recently remodeled their bathroom. Make a point of visiting all of your friends and start to build a folder full of ideas based on what they have done in their bathrooms. (if you don’t have any friends that have remodeled their bathroom, then go on design blogs and forums to ask others who have.)

Ask as many questions that you can think of to find out what their ideas were, how their ideas changed, what they like about their bathroom and just as important, what do they dislike about the bathroom. Make good notes that you will understand when you read them later.

Most people will either have remodeled their bathroom in the last few years or know of someone who has. If your friend knows of someone with a new bathroom ask them if they can arrange for you to go and see it. The more you see the better.

Look at some houses for sale.

Real estate agents in your area will arrange for you to go and view properties for sale and if you tell them that you are looking for a great bathroom they will try and find them for you.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this because you have no intention of buying a new property then I suggest that you try and get over it. It’s a great way to get ideas for your own bathroom and who knows what might happen when you start looking. You wouldn’t be the first to do this kind of research and end up buying a new property so don’t feel bad about doing it.

Buy some magazines

By now you should be feeling confident about what it is you are looking for. Now is the time to find a few good magazines on remodeling and home improvement to crystallize your ideas.

Visit showrooms

Now that you know what it is that you are looking for it’s time to visit the showrooms in your area to see what is available and match your ideas to items that you can buy. Make notes and take lots of pictures with your digital camera or cell phone of everything interesting that you find.

Pick up brochures on home improvement and bathroom remodeling

Always pick up as many brochures as you can find when touring the showrooms. Circle the items that you are interested in and make sure you write down prices and thoughts that you have at the time.

Research the Internet

Last but not least, make full use of the Internet to find product specifications, contractors, and ideas on websites all over.

Have fun remodeling your bathroom.

 

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Tips To Design Your Dream Bathroom

Whether you’re building designing an entirely new bathroom or remodeling and existing one, Designer Drains has got you covered when it comes to home improvement tips. Here are some cool new ideas to get your bathrooms in tip-top shape.

First, list the items you absolutely need in your bathroom. This list includes, of course, the toilet and the sink. If it’s a full bathroom, you’ll need to decide on a bath and shower or a shower stall. Your choice all depends on your individual needs and preferences.

Next, choose the items you would like to include in your dream bathroom. Often people want a cabinet under the sink, though if you have a small space you might prefer a pedestal. Plan on a mirror over the sink, with or without a medicine chest. Lighting is important. A fan can be helpful for keeping moisture out. You’ll probably want a space for shelves of some kind. You can use the storage space for towels, toiletries or other items as well.

At this point, you might want to consider asking a professional to help with the design but, If you feel you can do it on your own, here are some tips.

Measure your bathroom well. Choose items that you think you’d like in your bathroom and get the measurements. Some suggest drawing a plan to scale, but for those of us who are less visual, it can be helpful to cut paper to the actual size of the footprint of the item. Place these items in the bathroom, arranging them to where you think you would like them. This is a good way to see how well things fit. Don’t forget that you need space between things. You don’t want to clutter your bathroom with so many things that you don’t have any space to get around.

If everything fits well, there are a few more considerations. You might be limited by plumbing or electricity. Window placement makes a difference, too, unless you have no qualms about showering in from of a window.

If things don’t fit well, play with the design a bit (if space, electrical, and plumbing allow.) See if you can come up with more efficient use of space and still enjoy the design.

If you have a small bathroom and not a ton of space, you’ll have to decide what you can do without. For example, you can use a pedestal sink, which takes less space than a full cabinet. Conversely, you can use a cabinet but don’t include shelves. Some towels and toilet paper can be stored in the cabinet, with the excess supplies in a convenient storage area elsewhere in your house.

A little imagination and a lot of measuring can help your dream bathroom work for you. When you find a bathroom design that works, it’s time to put the pieces together. It’s a lot of work, but it can be worth it.

 

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DIY – 10 Modern Wall Mounted Plant Holders

Here are 10 examples of modern and stylish wall mounted planters that will help you get your plants off your surfaces and onto your walls.

Here are 10 examples of modern and stylish wall mounted planters that will help you get your plants off the ground and onto your walls.


1. These minimalist matte grey and wood plant holders are the perfect way to add a geometric touch and some natural greenery to your interior.


Toro Plant Hanger designed by Heather Scott. Photography by Victoria May Harrison.

2. These unobtrusive, matte white, triangular plant holders mount onto the wall and create a cozy pocket for your plants to thrive in.


Pyramid Wall Planter from Muddy Heart Ceramic Studio.

3. These simple curved wood wall mounted planters sit flat against the wall but at the same time add dimension to any interior.


“The Lorenas” from Andy Vasquez Furniture

4. These matte grey, hexagonal, ceramic wall planters add texture to your walls and allow you to create a minimalist interior when you add flowers and plants to them.


Hexagonal Geometric Ceramic Wall Planter from Jack Laverick Ceramics

5. These white porcelain bowls hang from rope to create simple, contemporary planters that are large enough to plant a variety of herbs or smaller plants.


Spora porcelain hangers from Light and Ladder.

6. Add a minimalist touch to your interior and brighten it up with a few small plants potted in these wood and black metal mini wall planters, that are hung with a single hook.


Modern Hanging Wall Planter Maple from PROPAGATION

7. These wall planters allow you have hanging plants wherever you want them simply by attaching them to a wood pole mounted to the wall.


Hanging wall planter from Loop Design Studio

8. Made from folded sheet metal, these white origami-inspired wall planters create the perfect home for a small succulent garden, a large air plant, or even an orchid.


Origami Wall Planters from Verde Veil

9. These floating wood wall planters take up little space on your walls, add a natural warmth to your interior, and are just the right size for planting a collection of small cacti.


Plant Pods designed by Domenic Fiorello

10. This modular wall planter system can be used inside or out and allows you to create a garden of whatever size you want, and adds a geometric touch wherever you hang it.


Garden Module designed by Luisa + Lilian Parrado

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Matte Black Accents Add Sophistication To This Grey And White Bathroom | CONTEMPORIST

Photography by Martina Gemmola

GIA renovations, an Australian firm specializing in renovations, has created a modern grey and white bathroom with black accents that proves you don’t always need a lot of color in an interior.

Photography by Martina Gemmola

The grey and white double vanity provides ample space for two people to get ready in the mornings, and the grey wall tiles match those on the floor and compliment the hexagon tiles on the wall surrounding the window.


Photography by Martina Gemmola

Matte black accents, like the hardware, towel bars, soap dispenser, and toothbrush holders add a sophistication to the bathroom while the touches of blue in the towels and green in the plant add a pop of color to the otherwise neutral space.


Photography by Martina Gemmola

In the shower, a matte black rainfall shower head and a hand held shower head share the wall with tiled built-in shelf.


Photography by Martina Gemmola

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Keep Your Shower Drain Clog Free

 

Floor drain

There are a vast variety of options when it comes to clearing your clogged shower drains. Chemical cleaners, organic cleaners, plumbing snakes, plungers and more.  But being preventative will save you a lot of trouble and ultimately save you tons of big bucks. Being preventative means trying to prevent the clogs from even happening. Be sure to take notice of everything that you rinse down your drain.

What’s that smell?

When you don’t take good care of your drains, the first consequence is often a foul smell. Although a foul smell is usually associated with kitchen drains, it’s not uncommon to find offensive smells lingering from your shower drains.

After the smell, the clogs gradually appear, causing drains to simply work slowly at first, followed by a complete closure of the drain system. If you neglect to heed the warning of a slow drain clog, permanent damage can occur. Drains aren’t built to last forever, but basic care can extend the life of your drains by decades.

Get yourself a hair catcher

Being careful about what goes down the drain is the most important aspect of preventative drain maintenance. In bathtubs and showers, the biggest problem is usually hair. By using a hair catcher (a wire mesh filter that can be placed over or under the drain) you can minimize the risk of an clogs. Cleaning out the hair catcher only  takes a couple of seconds after every shower.

Clean that sucker out

Gently cleaning the inside of a drain about twice a year helps to prevent the buildup of biofilm, hairballs and other clog-causing gunk. You can use white vinegar to clean your drain. White vinegar is mildly acidic but powerful enough to dissolve most of the particles forming in your drains. Pour two cups of vinegar down the drain, wait about ten to fifteen minutes, then flush the drain with hot water. If you still come up with a clog after these preventative measures then it’s time to call in the experts.  Don’t forget — you can always count on your licensed local plumbers.

Remember, Designer Drains and it’s employees are not licensed plumbers, we are just giving you DIY advice to use for your own benefits. If you have any pressing plumbing questions please consult a licensed plumber.

 

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These 10 Rooftop Decks Are A Good Time Waiting To Happen.

Turning the rooftop of your home or apartment into an outdoor sanctuary is a great way to make use of space that would otherwise be wasted and create a special place that takes advantage of the views or weather in the area in which you live.

To inspire your own rooftop transformation, here are 10 examples of rooftop decks that are always ready for outdoor entertaining.


1. The wood rooftop deck located off the master bedroom in this modern house, has a lounge area surrounding a standalone fireplace, while plants that soften the hard edge where the deck meets the wall.


hu mn lab,+inc designed this modern house in Los Angeles, California. Photography by DNA photography.


2. This rooftop deck has has everything for perfecting outdoor entertaining, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, plenty of plants, a lounge area surrounding a fireplace, a built-in hammock, various levels of seating and hidden lighting.


dSPACE designed this rooftop deck for a building in Chicago. Photography by Tony Soluri.


3. The rooftop of this New York warehouse turned residence has a lush garden filled with flowers and a cozy lounge area that provides an escape from the hustle of city living.


Andrew Franz Architect redesigned this New York warehouse into a contemporary home. Photography by Albert Vecerka/Esto.

4. This rooftop entertaining area has all the essentials for hosting a party including ample lounge seating, an outdoor kitchen and dining table located under a pergola, and soft mood lighting.


dSPACE Studio designed this rooftop space. Photography by Evan Thomas.

5. Glass panels surrounding this large rooftop deck filled with daybeds, to ensure that the views are never interrupted and that the sea breeze never gets in the way of rooftop sunbathing.


Studio Metrocubo designed this house in Croatia. Photography by Jan Stojkovic.

6. The sunken lounge space on the roof of this beachside villa has built-in couches that warp around the sides, and a water feature and green roof surround the area.


MIA Design Studio designed the rooftop of this modern villa in Vietnam. Photography by Hiroyuki Oki.

7. This rooftop combines a built-in fireplace, plant-covered walls, wood flooring, and comfortable outdoor furniture, to create a quiet escape from busy London life.


Inspiration from a home that was for sale in London.

8. The roof of this family home has been turned into a rooftop garden with multiple levels to provide ample space to entertain and relax.


Vo Trong Nghia Architects and ICADA designed this modern house in Vietnam. Photography by Hiroyuki Oki.

9. This modern wood rooftop deck features hidden lighting, built-in bench seating, and a spa that’s surrounded by plants to provide some privacy.


ANA arquitectura designed this rooftop oasis in the Dominican Republic. Photography by Jesus Rodriguez.

10. This partially covered rooftop deck takes advantage of the city views and is large enough to entertain a group of friends or family.


Keen Architecture designed this rooftop entertaining area on a home in Perth, Australia. Photography by Dion Robeson.

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Backyard Ponds And Water Gardens Ideas for Your Landscape

Ponds and small water features can be added or built into your backyard to create a more relaxing space and to help keep your yard cool during the hot summer months. To give you some inspiration, here are 8 examples of backyards with ponds and water gardens.


1. This modern backyard pond has a waterfall feature and large stepping stones that allow someone to walk over the pond and through to the rest of the garden.


Designed Huettl Landscape Architecture designed this backyard pond.

2. Custom weathered steel troughs create a unique water feature in this small backyard, and adds plant life to the space giving it a greener look.


Jobe Corral Architects designed this house in Austin, Texas. Photography by Casey Woods.

3. The koi pond at the back of this house runs the length of the glass walled hallway leading to the master bedroom inside.


Hufft Projects designed this modern house in Joplin, Missouri.

4. This minimalist rectangular pond leads out to a small pavilion at the back of the yard and enhances the feelings of relaxation when sitting under the shade.


This contemporary home is for sale near Denver, Colorado.

5. This small pond beside an outdoor lounge and fireplace adds a relaxing touch to the backyard and incorporates water dwelling plants to create a small water garden.


Glen Irani Architects designed this modern house in Venice, California. Photography by Derek Rath.

6.This small pond with a water feature has a path that leads from the garden, over the pond and to the outdoor dining area.


Huettl Landscape Architecture designed this backyard pond.

7. A steel water feature is part of a small pond that wraps around two sides of the patio and adds to the overall feelings of relaxation experienced when spending time in the space.


John Davies Landscape designed this outdoor space.

8. The small rectangular pond in this modern backyard breaks up the concrete patio and creates a focal point within the area.


Architecture Paradigm designed this modern house in Bangalore, India. Photography by Anand Jaju.

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U.S. Hotel Revenue Grows

 

U.S. Hotel Revenue Growth Driven by Overlooked Sources in Lower Chain Scales and Secondary Markets

CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research Forecasts 2.2 Percent RevPAR Compound Annual Growth Rate Through 2021

U.S. hotels enjoyed another year of life at the performance peak in 2016 and are forecast to continue to live the high life in 2017. According to the recently released March 2017 Hotel Horizons®forecast report from CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research, rooms revenue (RevPAR) grew for a seventh consecutive year in 2016, and the prospects for RevPAR growth are projected to be solid for the foreseeable future. What is surprising, however, is the impetus for sustained revenue expansion comes from some unexpected sources.

“The hotel business is cyclical. The upper-priced properties led the U.S. lodging industry out of the recession and have continued to achieve occupancy levels in excess of 70 percent. However, recently it has been the lower-priced properties that have shown the greatest gains in RevPAR,” said R. Mark Woodworth, senior managing director of CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research. “In the past five years, RevPAR for U.S. hotels increased at compound annual rate (CAGR) of 5.7 percent. The only chain-scale close to achieving this pace of revenue growth was the economy segment whose average annual RevPAR increase was 5.6 percent during this period. That means independent and economy chain-affiliated properties have been the primary drivers of the industry’s recent strong performance.”

Looking forward, this trend is expected to continue. From 2017 through 2021, CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research is projecting that the U.S. lodging industry will achieve a RevPAR compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.2 percent. During this period, the RevPAR CAGR is projected to be 2.8 percent for the economy chain-scale. “We recognize that economy properties still achieve the lowest levels of occupancy and ADR, but investors looking for a ‘growth story’ shouldn’t overlook this segment of the industry while some of the other chain-scale categories begin to stall out,” said Woodworth.

Small Markets
In addition to lower-priced hotels, small markets also are enjoying significant RevPAR increases. In 2016, RevPAR growth for the 60 markets covered by CBRE’s Hotel Horizons® forecast reports averaged 2.8 percent. This is below the aggregate 3.6 percent RevPAR growth achieved by hotels located outside of the 60 markets. The gap in performance is expected to widen in 2017 when Horizons® universe is forecast to see RevPAR increase by 2.0 percent. Concurrently, the remaining markets are projected to achieve a 3.8 percent increase in RevPAR during the year.

“So much attention is being paid to the major urban and gateway markets,” said John B. (Jack) Corgel, Ph.D., professor of real estate at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and senior advisor to CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research. “Over three quarters of the new hotel rooms forecast by CBRE to enter the U.S. lodging industry in 2017 will be located in the 60 major markets we track, even though these markets represent just 48 percent of the overall national hotel inventory. The increased competition in major markets certainly helps explain why these markets have recently lagged in RevPAR growth and are expected to continue to suffer in the near term.”

Not Top of Mind
“When you read the hotel trade journals there is a growing sense of skepticism among industry analysts and attendees at the major industry conferences. I attribute this to the large sums of public company money that have been invested in upper-priced properties located in major markets,” Corgel noted. “Economy and independent hotels, as well as the secondary markets, are left off the agenda, so they are they are not top-of-mind.”

“The fact is that U.S. hotels are achieving all-time record occupancy levels and near record profit margins. A lot of money is being made from hotel operations these days. While the prospects for growth in revenues and profits are moderating, opportunities still exist. Investors just need to investigate some of the historically overlooked chain-scale and geographical segments to find better returns,” Woodworth concluded.

To purchase copies of the March 2017 editions of Hotel Horizons®for the U.S. lodging industry and 60 major markets, please visit: https://pip.cbrehotels.com

CBRE Hotels is a specialized advisory group within CBRE providing capital markets, consulting, investment sales, research and valuation services to companies in the hotel sector. CBRE Hotels is comprised of more than 385 dedicated hospitality professionals located in 60 offices across the globe.

 

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