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Vernacular Architecture and the 21st Century

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Vernacular architecture, the simplest form of addressing human needs, is seemingly forgotten in modern architecture. However, due to recent rises in energy costs, the trend has sensibly swung the other way. Architects are embracing regionalism and cultural building traditions, given that these structures have proven to be energy efficient and altogether sustainable. In this time of rapid technological advancement and urbanization, there is still much to be learned from the traditional knowledge of vernacular construction. These low-tech methods of creating housing which is perfectly adapted to its locale are brilliant, for the reason that these are the principles which are more often ignored by prevailing architects.


Vernacular architecture originated when mankind was forced to make use of the natural resources around him, and provide himself shelter and comfort which is responsive to the climate, a shield from the elements. It is a pure reaction to an individual person’s or society’s …

How to Decide Between Hiring an Architect or an Interior Designer

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The big question is: What’s the difference? You want a new home from top to bottom, so who do you hire— An architect? An interior designer? Or both? Few people realize that many designers have some knowledge and training in architecture, similarly, many architects have knowledge and training in design. While both these professions revolve around home and building design, there remain some skills that necessitate the hiring of one over the other. Here we will outline all you need to know, helping you decide whether it’s a designer or architect that you need to call.
What Do Architects Do? The best way to know who to hire is to first know what each professional does.  Here is an outline of the key tasks and job responsibilities of an architect (see below for Interior Designers): Architects design ALL types of buildings—not just homes. Hospitals, hotels, churches, commuter stations etc. are commonly on an architects to-do listAfter communication with all those involved, the architect(s) …

THE PERFECT KITCHEN ON A BUDGET

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If you think your kitchen is in dire need of a fresh lick of paint but you don't have the budget for a complete overhaul, never fear. There are many ways quick and simple ways to renovate your kitchen without making a dent in your savings.
Update your cabinets What cabinets you choose could make or break your kitchen, and being on a budget doesn't mean you have to settle for anything less than your vision demands. Although it's completely possible to find doors to fit your budget, replacing the cabinets in your kitchen will likely be the costliest part of your revamp, so this shouldn't be a decision you take lightly. Get new lights Good lighting is one of the easiest ways to switch up the atmosphere in a room. Lighting can help set the mood, define your style, and bring attention to all the wonderful artwork and architecture you may have in your kitchen. The number one priority when designing your kitchen is to make sure you adequately light your task areas: "If yo…

Farm House a Good Investement

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Investing in farmland is the best bet that sensible people should think about.

If you already have an apartment of your own in the city and are looking to park your surplus funds into real estate, it would make sense to think about investing in farmland. It may not give you immediate returns on your investment but in the long run, depending on the location of the land, your returns may be much higher than anticipated, under certain conditions, of course. Selecting the location of the farmland is as important as buying it. The land should be probably around 20 – 25 kms out of the city limits and has a possibility for development due to city expansion. If the land is near a main road or the highway, chances are that development will arrive quicker than you think. Also, you must examine the feasibility of industries coming up in the area, in the future. When this happens, you are sure to hit a bonanza with the land price, especially if your land is converted from agricultural to residen…

Commercial Interior Design

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Designing interiors for commercial properties is a tricky business. The space must be efficient and cost-effective, but also create a unique and engaging experience. To further compound the problem, expectations are constantly evolving, so businesses must regularly adapt their interiors to reflect current tastes of their consumers, visitors, and employees. Fortunately, some modern trends are helping them stay nimble with their designs.
1. Deep Tones Reflecting the inherent beauty of nature, deep cooling tones are the flavor of the year. Look to use charcoals and greys tinged with greens. Combine them with ivory, stone, and taupe for balance. If this all seems a bit reserved, then add a few splashes of fiery paprika or zesty lime for color. 2. Super-scale and geometric patterns Small-scale designs have long been expected from hotel or hospital flooring around the country. But expect to see them phased out over 2018 in favor of more dramatic, large-scale, geometric patterns. These striki…

Lighting Your Home

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Lighting arrangements in a home needs carefully planning. Lighting should not be too bright or too dim. If there is improper lighting, ylou will feel uncomfortable while working. So opt for safe and pleasant lighting to enhance beauty of the room and your home as well. Here are useful tips for the choice of lighting
Incandescent and florescent lights are mainly found in homes. Incandescent lighting includes a light bulb whereas florescent lighting consists of tubes. Incandescent lighting is warm and yellow. It is one of the least energy efficient lighting. You can control amount of lighting by using dimmer switches. Florescent lighting is soft and gives shadow free light. It is economically easy to use than incandescent lighting. This lighting is naturally white.
Three levels of Lighting Used in Homes Low-level lighting: It is used for relaxation or for watching TV.Moderate-level lighting: It is used for short time such as for eating, doing exercise etc.  High-level lighting: It is use…

Design a Bedroom that Grows with Your Child

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Kids are notorious for changing their personal tastes from minute to minute. And, that’s okay – it’s all part of the fun of growing up.However, when it comes time to decorate their rooms, constantly updating the d├ęcor to reflect those ever-changing tastes can be exhausting, not to mention expensive. Use these tips to design a bedroom that will grow with your child and still let them express who they are.


Invest in Timeless Furniture:
When you have a little one, it’s easy to get taken in by picturesque nursery items. However the cuteness of those pieces far outstrip their longevity. Once your child ages a few years, they will seem too juvenile and you will once again find yourself at the store. Instead, look for furniture that you could see keeping in your home for years to come. For example, rather than buying a child-sized bureau, choose one that their clothes will grow into. If you have the space, invest in a double bed over a single accommodate more sleeping arrangements any visitin…