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4 Uses for a Gazebo

October 17, 2016 The Amateurs Digest 0

A gazebo will add a touch of elegance to your outdoor area and if you choose the covered in style can have many more uses. When compared to a verandah, they are relatively cheap to build, depending on the style, size and building materials used. If you were wondering whether it would be worthwhile to add a gazebo to your garden, here are 4 uses to consider

  • First and foremost, the gazebo is used as a place to sit down and relax while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Yet because they have a roof they also provide shade when the sun gets high and hot overhead. So if you would like a sheltered place to enjoy viewing your garden, have a coffee or talk to a friend, a gazebo is for you.

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Latest Trends in Landscape Design

August 24, 2016 The Amateurs Digest 0

Older people would remember that some years ago the latest trend was to bring the outside in with the use of floor to ceiling windows and some landscape design elements repeated inside. Nowadays one of the latest trends is to take the inside out. This is done by creating comfortable outdoor spaces that mimic the inside. There are outdoor kitchens, comfortable seating, fire pits  or a chiminea to create warmth and solid pavement of some kind underfoot so we don’t get muddy feet should it rain.

In fact, there is often a roof over the space in order to shelter us from a sudden shower, or shade of some kind – perhaps from a sail – and don’t forget the windbreak. This can be a stone wall, or a lattice with vines growing over it, a clear plastic ‘wall’ or almost anything else that will create a little bit of shelter from the prevailing breeze.

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4 Reasons to Consider Stone Wall Cladding

May 18, 2016 The Amateurs Digest 0

Whether you are building a new home or renovating, one way to enhance your home is with the addition of stone cladding. Cladding is the material used on the exterior walls, but stone can also be used for interior walls, especially as a feature wall to take your home from ordinary to outstanding.

Stone is one of the oldest building materials there is. The difference these days is in the tools that are used to cut it. Such tools were never even heard of years ago and enable stone to be cut more precisely and with different edges than yesteryear. Crushed stone can also be mixed with concrete to create a wall with the same appearance and properties of stone, but at a more affordable price. This is known as reconstituted stone.

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8 Advantages of Choosing Light Garden Pots

February 18, 2016 The Amateurs Digest 0

Whether you have a high-rise apartment with a balcony, or live at ground level growing plants in pots is something that many people take great enjoyment in. Older people find digging and weeding in a garden difficult, so turn to using garden pots for their gardening needs. High rise dwellers don’t have any option but to use pots for their gardening activities.

There are several advantages to choosing light pots for your gardening activities: –

  • One trouble with many pots is their weight. If you suffer from a bad back, lifting a heavy pot is impossible – sometimes it’s impossible even if you don’t have a bad back. Moving the pot and plant together is a job that requires a lot of muscle. A lighter pot is much easier to move without risking injury.

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Enhance Your Life by Using a Professional Handyman

November 24, 2015 The Amateurs Digest 0

When you own a home there is always going to be some repair job that needs doing. While it is true that many homeowners develop the skills to do such jobs, they are rarely as good at doing them than a person who is a professional Perth handyman, simply because they don’t get the experience needed in doing them over and over again – not to mention the professional training in how to do them properly in the first place.

The trouble is that even though you may love your tools and enjoy working with your hands, you have another job that takes up most of your time and energy. Often, those repairs are left for weeks on end – maybe even months – simply because you don’t have the time or inclination to do them. Meanwhile, people who have to use the thing that’s broken get really stressed out because it is difficult to use, or it doesn’t work at all.

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Why Scaffolding Should be Designed and Erected by Professionals

October 7, 2015 The Amateurs Digest 0

Scaffolding is a dangerous place to be when it is high up and you are using power tools, but there is one way to make it a lot safer and that is to have it made by a professional scaffold hire company. There is a great deal involved in making scaffold. It has to be strong enough to withstand the weight of workers, their tools and often the building materials as well. If it is not, accidents are likely to occur that can cause serious injury or worse.

It is not only strength that is important; it has to be stable as well. If it is not properly supported both at the base and as it rises high into the sky, it will not be able to stand erect. Once it starts to topple over, nothing can stop it and again, the workers will suffer.

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What we Want When it Comes to Kitchens – and How to Get it

May 24, 2015 The Amateurs Digest 0

When it comes to Perth kitchens, most women want one that is functional but also looks good. These days this is one of the most important rooms in the house. Instead of being tucked away where no one can see it like it used to be years ago, the kitchen has now evolved to become the epicentre of the home – and so it should be.

Every woman wants a lovely kitchen that is also practical. Having the latest appliances such as refrigerator, stove and dishwasher is also good, but if they are not in the right place for the best functionality, and if the cupboards are hard to get at, or incorrectly positioned to make cooking inefficient then the whole kitchen is spoiled.

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How to Maintain Your Colorbond Roof

March 24, 2015 The Amateurs Digest 0

One of the best advantages of a Colorbond roof is that it is so easy to maintain. Usually, all that is required is rain on the roof to wash off the dust and debris that collects over time. However, there are a few other things to be aware of that will protect your roof and guttering even more.

Why debris may collect on the roof

When things are added to the roof, it can cause a build-up of leaves and debris to remain around where it is connected to the roof. If it is large enough to throw shade and you have a spell of cold, wet weather, mould can develop that causes dampness to remain on the roof and this will eventually cause rust. Items such as a satellite dish can have this effect.  It is therefore important to clean the area off every 6-12 months to ensure no damp debris remains in place. A hose down and a wipe over with a soft broom or brush should be sufficient to remove the mould.

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Cut Glare with a Pergola

March 17, 2015 The Amateurs Digest 0

The rise in popularity with people getting pergolas installed in the homes is because many people who live in the south or southwest areas of Australia find that the windows of their homes let in a great deal of glare. There are two main reasons for this.

  1. The sun is at a much lower angle in those areas
  2. The home was not oriented to take advantage of the best angle

There is not much you can do about the sun, but there are several things that can be done to cut the glare.  Using blinds is not always the answer, because then the rooms become too dark. Even Venetian blinds don’t work well because that glare is so blinding it still shines in through the narrow gaps between the slats.

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Upgrading Your Floor on Budget

February 8, 2015 The Amateurs Digest 0

The floor of the home gets constant wear and tear, especially if you have children and inside pets. Carpet especially tends to wear and age quickly when it is in a high traffic area. The floor is a part of the house that is very visible, so if yours is making you think of calling a removal company, why not upgrade? It will really make a big difference to the look and feel of your home – and add value into the bargain.

There are many flooring choices; some of them more budget friendly than others. For instance, these days vinyl floor coverings come in many grades and the more expensive ones are top quality, durable and look great – and are still cheaper than other kinds of flooring.  If you choose one that should be glued down, there will be no buckling when the weather gets hotter, as you find in some of the loose lay types.

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Trends in Kitchen Design that You Will Love

November 2, 2014 The Amateurs Digest 0

There are many different trends in kitchen design, but not all are suitable for everyone and some may be so faddish that your kitchen will date really quickly. Since the kitchen costs quite a bit to renovate, you don’t want to risk it becoming so passé within a few years so that you have to do it all over again.  When you have an experienced designer for your kitchen you can be sure that the design will last a long time and suit your needs.

Here are some trends in kitchen design that you are sure to love.

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Reasons to Consider Equipment Hire

May 22, 2014 The Amateurs Digest 0

No matter what kind of project is planned, equipment of some kind will be necessary to get it done. However, not every company can consider purchasing such equipment themselves, then employing a skilled operator. They may be able to lease it at an affordable cost, but there is still the question of getting an operator; one that is skilled enough to do the job in question.

The way to solve the dilemma is to hire both the equipment and its operator for the duration of the project, or for the length of time it is needed, which may not be for the whole time of the project. Equipment hire will save a great deal on the cost of purchasing a large piece of equipment that may only be in use for a day or two. It also saves the problem of where to store and how to transport it to the project site. If those costs have to be added to the cost of the project it may end up costing more than the owner is willing to pay.

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4 Great Reasons to Install Aluminium Windows

December 15, 2013 The Amateurs Digest 0

When you are building a home there are many things to decide on, from the floor plan and materials used to the size and shape of the windows. It is a good idea to choose materials that are highly durable and strong, so your home will last long time and withstand all rigours of the various weather conditions it is likely to endure. In fact, aluminium windows fall into this category.

Here are 14 reasons to install windows with aluminium frames:-

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8 Essential Elements of Security Fencing

July 25, 2013 The Amateurs Digest 0

Security fencing is essential in many areas and for many different types of places, from residential to commercial. It not only keeps unwanted intruders or vandals out; it protects the public from harm in many cases, should they accidentally wander into a construction zone or some other hostile environment where they may suffer injury.

To do its job properly, there are 8 elements of security fencing that must be in place. These are:-

  • If a security fence is not high enough, people will be able to climb over it. That is why most such fences are 6-8 feet high.

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How to Take the Stress Out of Installing a Swimming Pool

February 9, 2013 The Amateurs Digest 0

Concrete swimming pools are quite a big investment, but having a pool will really enhance your lifestyle as you can take a dip in private anytime you want to. But it is important that everything is done properly. In fact, when you install a pool, that’s not the only thing that needs to be done. You need proper landscaping and a automatic pool cleaner as well as a safety fence, so choose pool builders that do it all, for the least amount of stress.

If you choose a company that just does the pool and nothing else, there will be a lot of hassle and stress as you try to get someone in to install the safety fence and then another company to attend to the landscaping so your pool doesn’t look like it’s sitting on an alien planet with heaps of soil or rock spread over what was once your lawn.

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How to Get Paint Off Your Carpet

May 17, 2012 The Amateurs Digest 0

It happens. You are happily repainting your bedroom or living area and suddenly a big blob of paint falls off the roller or brush. Of course, you will have already covered the carpet carefully with a paint sheet or tarp, but somehow the paint still seems to get on the carpet through some tiny hole.  Perth carpet cleaning is in order, but don’t clean the carpet as you would for ordinary dirt or spill.

Many people use water-based paint for their home these days because it is so easy to put on and clean up. And it is just as durable as oil based paint. But it is almost impossible to get out of the carpet, whether it has long or short fibres.  If you press that paint into the carpet with a cloth or kitchen paper towel, the colour will seep right through the fibres into the backing and never come out.

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How to Make Your Landscape Dreams Come True

March 24, 2012 The Amateurs Digest 0

Many people dream of having a beautifully landscaped area surrounding their home, but they just can’t seem to make it come true. This is mostly because they don’t have the time or the expertise to design something that will suit their home. landscape design is easy – for the right person. Someone who has been trained in creating a beautiful garden using all the many elements that are available, can bring your dreams to fruition.

A qualified professional understands what works and what does not and can also bring your lifestyle needs into the equation to create a garden that really suits the home and your needs as well. For instance, if you have little children, you will need to be careful about any water features you might want. Toddlers don’t understand the risk of falling in or how to get themselves out. But with older children you can find something larger and deeper for your water feature without having to worry.

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How to Get Help Moving the Furniture When Renovating

July 18, 2011 The Amateurs Digest 0

There are many renovating jobs that are relatively simple and easy for a home handyman or woman to do. Often, the hardest part is in moving the furniture so you can get the job done without it being in the way. But not everyone is strong enough to lift furniture carefully. Even if you are not moving house, it is possible to hire professional Perth removalists to come and shift the furniture for you.

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8 Advantages of Security Fencing

October 24, 2010 The Amateurs Digest 0

Security fencing is a necessary fact of life in most areas. The good news is that it doesn’t have to look ugly, but can enhance the look of your home and property rather like the frame of a beautiful picture. There are many different types of fencing that will keep your home and property safe while still offering aesthetic value.

There are also many advantage of having such a fence around your property: –

  • No worries about theft. You won’t have to worry about a burglar sneaking in while you are away and taking your valuable assets or wrecking your home.

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Using Glass for Your Home Renovations

January 27, 2010 The Amateurs Digest 0

If you are renovating your bathroom, choosing frameless glass showerscreens is one way to add value simply and quickly. Glass can also be used in other rooms. Kitchen glass splashbacks are now very popular as they too have several benefits.

Here are 4 benefits you will find with glass shower screens: –

  • Often a bathroom is enhanced by a feature wall of special tiles, but this can be spoiled by a solid shower screen protruding across the area. When you walk into the bathroom you want that feature wall to be highly visible. If part of it is concealed by the shower screen the effect will be spoiled. Frameless glass will allow the full effect to be enjoyed.

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Advantages of Equipment to Hire for Your Home Renovation

May 28, 2009 The Amateurs Digest 0

Many larger home renovations need the kind of tools that the home handyman may not have stashed away in the garage. They are both too costly to buy and take up too much room to store. Purchasing them outright would add considerably to the cost of renovation, especially if they were never used again. This is where equipment hire can save you.

If you are adding a deck, verandah or room, or building a gazebo or carport on a block that has sloping ground you will need to level it first unless you want to use piers to hold the floor. Otherwise, an excavator will be needed to do the work of removing all the soil and putting it somewhere else useful, such as building up a garden bed.

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