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4 brilliant space-saving bathroom tips

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By Oliver ODHIAMBO

Whether you just want to get in and out, or whether you want relaxing “me time,” everyone wants to find what they need, when they need it. The bathroom usually gets the worst end of the architectural bargain, often being sacrificed for that spacious living room or a grand kitchen. The key to making such a small room as comfortable and convenient as possible is to maximize the space. An organized bathroom will not only keep your space clean and tidy, but will also create a contemporary feel to the space.

1  Shelving units :

The square footage of your bathroom doesn’t have to put a damper on your design party! The space from your bathroom floor to the ceiling is fair game for all your towels and toiletries. Shelving units can be attached to any open wall space in order to make up for space in bathrooms that have no vanities. They are great for stacking towels or displaying your favorite bathroom essentials. When mounting your shelves, be sure to drill your mounting brackets into studs as opposed to random spots on your wall. By securing your shelves to the studs, your shelves can withstand more weight and are less likely to fall off the wall.

2  Stackable drawers and crates : 

If you like your toiletries the way you like your secrets, then stackable drawers and crates are for you. For those of you who like to show some of the goods, manufacturers do make clear bins and mesh crates. These options also allow you to avoid using a hammer or a drill. The bins and crates can be used alone, or they can be stacked, and if you can, then always add or take away these containers based on your needs. Family members can do their part to keep the bathroom mess to a minimum by holding to this rule: If it doesn’t fit in your bin, then it doesn’t belong in the bathroom. As long as the bins and crates stay in the same colour or design family, then your bathroom can have a modern, streamlined look.

3  Toilet maximization: 

Toilet paper can become a great storage problem. It is important to keep toilet paper available at all times, without sacrificing walking space. Because the toilet is a permanent fixture in a bathroom, the space on and around it should be used to its full potential. Over-the-tank toilet paper holders are a great solution to the toilet paper problem. A single-roll holder can help if your toilet isn’t located by a wall that can hold a traditional toilet paper holder.

4  Space-saving shower storage:

Sometimes small bathrooms only come equipped with a standing shower, leaving little space for your toiletries. While most people usually use an apparatus that hangs from the showerhead, suction-cupped corner shelves are also a good alternative. They hold a lot of products and can be placed at any level, so you can avoid hitting it while showering. A shower shelf that extends from floor to ceiling gives space for the whole family. The shelf can attach to the corner of the shower that’s most convenient for all users. These shelves keep your toiletries at arm’s reach without cluttering floor space.

There are plenty of space-saving products for your bathroom, but the key is to keep things uniform in order to create your own unique look. By sticking to a colour scheme or design, your bathroom can be classy and full of character. Happy organizing!

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Anti-Bacterial Paint in your Homes

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With the aim of ensuring homes are non-toxic, Crown Paints has introduced an innovative paint that ensures a bacteria free environment that is ideal for use in kitchens and other areas within the home that may have a high bacterial risk.

Crown MedicrylSilk Emulsion is a product that is aimed to cater to both homes and hospital areas and has been endorsed by the UK-based Industrial Micro-Biological Services.

The antibacterial paint is the evident choice for kitchen areas, with looming bacterial hazards such as salmonella, mildew and fungi. Microbes in both the kitchen and bathroom areas are a significant problem considering high humidity levels and dampness that can be found in the house particularly in these areas.

Crown Medicryl silk emulsion has been analysed and is approved by the IMSL-UK (Industrial Microbiological Service Limited) for its antibacterial properties. The Waterborne Paint is fast drying, virtually odourless and is fairly easy to apply.

The paint emulsion is resistant to E-Coli &a bacterium that affects the respiratory tract (Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria) and contains bactericides that fight against bacterial and fungal development. Once applied surfaces areas can be washed as the paint contains a high scrub resistant and is therefore suitable for regular cleaning purposes.

Due to the rising levels of resistant bacteria, the World Health Organization has raised a red flag to the world; and has released an informative document urging nations to collaborate on the containment of antibiotic resistance.

Developing nations have been urged to set up preventive measures to ensure reducing the risks of exposure to resistant bacteria. This innovative coating solution is comprised of anti-bacterial properties, and targets spaces that would benefit fromelevated standards of hygiene.

Within the home environment, paints such as Medicryl should also be considered for those who may be caring for individuals with a low immune system or those that are undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy and are recuperating from home. For patients such as these the more sterile the environment the better, to prevent unwanted bacterial infections.

Besides Medicryl, Crown Paints has also introduced other innovative products in the local market such as Teflon Surface Protector which ensures walls and other surfaces remain easy to clean and resistant to stains.

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Edition 11

Know it! Better it!

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There’s no doubt that the path to gaining knowledge is sharing. Bettering interior spaces thus calls for one to in totality appreciate what works at the prefered space and useful in its beauty writes ZAMEER VERJEE and AMBRA MONTAGNA.

The first step to change your home is to know where to start. It may seem obvious that you know your home but the main question is: do you really understand how it works?

It is critical that you know how the common areas (kitchen, dining room and living room) communicate? Do you know the dimensions of the rooms, ceilings, doors, windows and the size of the stairs? Do you know the importance behind the different shapes, scale and orientation of the spaces? If you are aware of the above, you will be far more likely to draw up a successful scheme for change.

Getting started in assessing your home for changes requires an objective list of both positive and negative qualities of your home. The best way to do this is to imagine a scenario of you selling your house to a prospective buyer or if this may result hard another way would be to take a picture of the interested areas and analyze it with a critical detached eye in order to spot all the imperfections.

What needs alterations

The next step is to identify precisely what needs alterations. Pay attention to the everyday experience of using your house and get opinions from all your family members in order to develop detailed understanding of what need to be done. Some of the questions we suggest you ask yourself during this process are:

What pleases you most about your home? / What annoys you most about your home?

Are there bottle necks where people always seem to be treading on each other’s toes?

Is there a room that is underused or one that people tend to avoid?

When analyzing a specific area can you see a defined balance in the organization of the room?

An essential part of the process of assessment is providing yourself with a concrete framework to test your ideas. Some areas may seem obvious for improvement but before giving out the job it is important to understand how your ideas relate and harmonize with the existing elements of your house. This may take form of making floor plans, modeling, further research or seeking professional guidance. These are the preconditions that should allow you to make an honest and realistic decision on whether the work should be carried out by yourself or not.

 Professionals to carry

 Many people are doubtful of interior designers yet they are there to make life easier for you during the process of renovating your house. In the case that the task you have taken is too big to be carried out by yourself you are on the way to disaster. Reversing this will be costly, time consuming and will involve further disruption which in turn will lead you to waste instead than save your money. A better option would be to ask for help and advice to professionals which can be chosen through recommendation from previous clients.

Having the right professionals to carry out your plan will give you the advantage of a better understanding of the realization costs, the scope of the work and the potential loop-holes of the project. Most importantly, hiring an interior designer will give you the point of view of a trained eye capable to visualize your idea therefore enhancing and adding value to your home.

 

Many people are doubtful of interior designers yet they are there to make life easier for you during the process of renovating your house.

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Evaluate your lock security

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Taking the time to research and install the best door hardware for your home can help you provide a first line of safety for your family and personal belongings writes ROSE ANDARO.

There are many home security methods that are used to ensure the safety of property and loved ones. It is advisable to re-evaluate these methods from time to time. This helps to check and effectively address the areas that require improvement.

Door and Window Locks

Though locks may seem simple, they are actually quite powerful in preventing theft. Criminals today are bolder than ever and may decide to attempt to break into your home despite any high tech home security methods. If they cannot get past the lock, they cannot enter your home. This is a simple fact that is often overlooked.

Evaluating your home security level should include replacing any locks that are not functioning correctly. It would also be wise to replace older locks, as you simply have no way of knowing how many people may have keys.

Advisable in this regard is to allocate a budget for installing new quality locks on doors, windows, and garage doors. Locks should always be considered your first line of defense. They therefore should not be overlooked.

 

Evolution of safety

There are many different locksets available on the market, but you should be able to make a safe choice if you engage with an outlet/vendor who is ready to share detailed tips for choosing home locks. Among the showrooms more that’s more willing to offer such safety highlights is Interiors Evolution.

“Ours is about holding the hands of our clients as they make preferences on a range of interiors hardware solutions and while evaluating and purchasing locks for homes, offices and hotel rooms,” says Smita, the Interiors Evolution managing director.

Services that range from consulting and specification writing services … unique needs of various types of facilities, access control and egress requirements – all the things you need in specifying door hardware solutions are also offered by Interiors Evolution.

Door hardware like door locks, handles, knobs, closers are always the centre of attraction. The entrance depicts a lot of significance towards the entire house hold when speaking of safety.

A review of your facility’s security hardware is one such preemptive practice that should be conducted annually to engender a safe, secure environment for students, staff and the community as a whole.

As any security expert will tell you, the worst time to review the integrity of a school’s door security hardware is after an incident occurs, such as a break-in, theft, assault or fire. Unfortunately, many administrators overlook this vital building component until it’s too late; to take preventive measures.

Some doors allow free access while others require a key, card or pass code to enter; still others may prohibit any passage. It’s all a matter of access privileges and not of interest to most people until something goes wrong.

Among the proven quality of locks and lock systems include:-

Mortise locksets — these are locks that fit into a mortise in the door edge and typically feature levers to operate a latch bolt. They provide greater torque resistance, security and a variety of functions more than the typical cylindrical locksets. You’ll recognize these, by the separate cylinder (where the key goes in) above the lever. They are applied to any door in a facility that requires latching or locking.

Automatic operators — Automatic operators provide for the ultimate in convenience and door control. With a simple push of a button, a door can be opened, held open to allow passage and then closed. These entrances are not only for physically disabled, but for many situations when a person may not have their hands available to push or pull a door open (ever have your arms full of books?). Many automatic door operators have the ability to be interfaced with electrified hardware such as electric strikes and the electric latch retraction exit device in order to provide a complete and secure entrance solution.

Panic Hardware -A Panic Bar (also known as a crash bar, exit device, panic device, or a push bar) is a mechanism for unlatching a door, consisting of a spring-loaded metal bar fixed horizontally to the front of the door and hinged. It is operated by pushing on it, which unlatches and opens the door.

Door hardware like door locks, handles, knobs, closers are always the centre of attraction. The entrance depicts a lot of significance towards the entire house hold when speaking of safety.

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