• Outdoor Lights That Beautify Your Home

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    November 25, 2015 /  Indoor and Outdoor

    The term outdoor lights means different things to different people. If you float the term at a builders convention, most will tell you that they hang a light by the front door, one by the back door, and one under the carport if one is built on the home. They will also tell you the reason for the lights on the outside of a home is because they are required by code. Otherwise, they would likely not put even the porch lights on a newly constructed home. The more high-end builders will, of course, have a different answer and will address the different aspects of lighting a property for security, safety and the enhancement of the beauty of the property.

    While code requires outdoor lights for reason of safety, the other aspects are no less important if your intent is to have a more attractive and enjoyable quality of life for you and your family. When designing or searching for a new home, people spend countless hours researching and viewing many different spaces, paint colors, types of hardware and the multitude of available appliances. So why not put the same effort into a well conceived outdoor lighting plan.

    When lighting your property for safety, be sure to light the paths and walkways that people utilize when wandering about your property at night. This will prevent accidents and also help keep you out of court. You sure don’t want to have to defend a lawsuit when someone trips because they couldn’t see that extra step on the walk leading to your front door.

    Outdoor lights also provide for the security of your property by making it less attractive to a passing intruder. Many police departments believe that a residential property that is equipped with low levels of lighting

  • Buying Seattle Real Estate – An Exciting Investment for Home Buyers

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    November 23, 2015 /  Real Estate

    Seattle is considered to be one of the best places to buy a house in the US. It’s one of the country’s oldest cities, with archaeological findings showing that the area has been inhibited for at least 4,000 years. This city has a lot of natural resources which have been very helpful in cushioning many economic blows that have buffeted the country. If you’re looking at Seattle homes for sale or are looking to invest into Seattle real estate, here are a few things to look forward to when you’re living in the area:

    1. A lot of beautiful parks to enjoy with the family – If you go around the city, there’s hundreds of parks to enjoy with family and friends. The biggest of which is Lincoln Park, which is 135 acres in size and has several tennis courts, walkways, public pools, picnic areas, and more. The Jefferson Park has a golf course inside the public park and has a beautiful and well-equipped gymnasium, a well-maintained set of gardens, and lots of open spaces to run and enjoy with the family. Parks make residential areas more family-friendly and fun to live in.

    2. The Space Needle – One simply cannot visit this city without noticing this very unique observatory. The Space Needle was built way back in 1962 for the World’s Fair. During that time, over 20,000 people went up and down the observatory to look at this city of neighborhoods.

    3. Lots of places for performing arts – This city has been called the regional center of the state for many years already. There are many places to enjoy different kinds of performing arts. There’s the Benaroya Hall where you can usually watch the Seattle Symphony Opera. There’s the McCaw hall where you can catch the Seattle Opera

  • Emergis Capital Group Launches Aspire Panama Real Estate Service For High Net Worth Individuals.

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    November 23, 2015 /  Real Estate

    Emergis Capital Group launches Aspire Panama Real Estate Service for High Net Worth Individuals.

    Panama, Rep. of Panama, Aug. 4th, 2008 Emergis Capital Group, a financial and real estate services firm based in Panama City, launched Aspire Panama Real Estate service. The service is geared towards owners and purchasers of high-end, luxury real estate properties in beachside and mountainside resort towns in Panama. The service is part of Emergis Capital Groups Real Estate Practice and complements other services that the company offers to high-net- worth individuals including Corporate Finance and Advisory services to majority stockholders and board members of companies in Latin America.

    The properties showcased by the Aspire service are added to the Emergis database after close consultation with the property owners. A consultative approach is taken towards the sale and purchase of high end real estate in Panama. The service was created by Emergis as this market niche is underserved by traditional real estate brokers in Panama. Many traditional real estate companies in Panama are not professional, their brokers do not speak English and they do not provide value added services. The Aspire service is all about providing the customer with peace of mind that their real estate transaction will be handled professionally. An Aspire representative will handle all of the legal, title and insurance related transactions through its partnerships with service providers in Panama. Additionally, if the purchaser of the property is from the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom, Aspire will facilitate the financing of the property at attractive terms that allow the borrower to make payments in their home country.

    Emergis has direct contact with top luxury real estate developers in Panama and can negotiate on behalf of its customers to obtain the best terms on a property purchase.

  • Furniture Design – 10 Steps To Designing Furniture Like The Professionals

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    November 22, 2015 /  Furniture

    There is a definite increase in interest in furniture design. Perhaps its a reaction to the sameness of everyday mass produced furniture, or it could be a result of the recent economic fall out and a turning away from a throw away culture… whatever it is there is no denying the design and especially furniture design is back in vogue.

    There is a real sense of achievement in building your own piece of furniture; taking it from first conception to finishing the build.

    Furniture design, perhaps more than other design disciplines is an example of applied creativity. That is that in order for a design concept to function, it has to meet other criteria not least the laws of physics!

    You might have a great idea for a piece but the the question is do you want to be one of those have a go heroes that start with a brilliant idea in their minds eye which never quite matches in actual execution… if it gets finished? Or do you want to give yourself every possible chance or realising your dream furniture design by following the process design professionals use.

    Heres the Chippendale School of Furnitures 10 step process to realising your furniture design as executed for designing and building a desk facilitated during their woodworking course.

    1.Rough Sketch: Draw rough proportions working out required depth, width and height. Getting the perspective right is key to this first stage.
    2.Add Spatial Relations: Start with the bigger blocks of the piece and figure out the actual sizes of each.
    3.Complete Dimensions: Work out the overall dimensions making sure that the area of each identified block matches up.
    4.Choose design forms: Decide whether the desk is floor based or on a plinth and what height you

  • Indoor Air Pollution Solutions As Health Protection At Home

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    November 22, 2015 /  Indoor and Outdoor

    Living in the city means that you are exposed to many air pollutants. It is said that it could greatly affect your health more than you know. You can also expose to air pollutants even you are inside your home. You are covered with air pollution and staying indoors in not the greatest remedy to fight it. You may not see the pollutants around you but your body will surely acquire all of it. It may not visible in our naked eyes but the mere fact that we breathe, there is a big possibility that you already inhaled most of the pollution present in the air around. You then exposed yourself to the risk of getting sick and it will cause you problem later on. Getting sick will require you to visit a doctor and it means you need to spend your money. Thus, in this type of scenario, prevention is better than cure.

    You can prevent air pollution inside your home with the use of indoor air pollution solutions. It will help you minimize air pollutants inside your living room. Placing one in your bedroom will give also give you fresh air that is free from pollutants which simply means that you have a healthy lifestyle from that moment on. The indoor air pollution solutions are not that expensive and can be bought online for your convenience.

    The air pollution solutions that we are talking about are the best plants for indoor air quality. It can produce good quality of air that can minimize pollution inside your home. You can also place the said plants in your comfort room not only as decoration but also a good air cleanser making it more comfortable for you and your family to use your comfort room. You can also have the

  • November 21, 2015 /  Architecture

    By Team IAnD Photography: Courtesy WAF’13

    October 2 -4 2013 saw three busy days of ideation, discussion and critiques on global architecture and design at the World Architecture Festival held at Moshe Safdie designed Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – a venue as awe inspiring as the projects that unfolded within its festive panorama-

    The World Architecture Festival opened to enormous numbers (reportedly the biggest yet) with the theme of 2013 bring -Value and values’, -to examine the relationship between perceptions of financial value and the values that architects typically hold about their work.-

    Director of WAF’13, Paul Finch commenting on the sheer quality and diversity of the projects entered into the festival, and shortlisted for the final round of awards, said that the array of projects demonstrated the increasingly global nature of the event.

    Among various stalwarts from various quarters of the world, Mumbai’s Ar. Sanjay Puri’s corporate project in Jaipur -72 Screens’, was also shortlisted for the awards.

    A vibrant, thought-provoking three-day session of presentations of various projects by the architects, seminars and talks on diverse issues that touch and plague the building industry were discussed and debated. Noted international speakers, project critiques and appreciations apart, everyone waited with baited breath as the ultimate honour – the winner of the World Building of the Year 2013 award was announced and granted to the Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in New Zealand by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia.

    The four main award winners including World Building of the Year Award were Botanical Garden Australia designed by landscape studio Taylor Cullity Lethlean and plant expert Paul Thompson for Landscape of the Year; National Maritime Museum of China designed by Cox Rayner Architects for Future Project of the Year; and Barcelona Apartment by David Kohn

  • Garden Lighting Light Up Your Life Inside & Out

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    November 21, 2015 /  Garden and Landscape

    With spring in the air, we are all itching to get outdoors. Sadly, though, the night comes too quickly, before we’ve even had a chance to enjoy our outdoor living area. Many of us put in a lot of effort into the landscape, gardens and patios surrounding our homes, and we deserve to take full advantage of these areas. Home outdoor lighting is possibly the best way to extend your outdoor experience into the wee hours of the night. Here are five fantastic ways to use garden lighting to your advantage.

    Up High: Outdoor structures, enclosures and gazebos all need home outdoor lighting to make them work once it gets dark. Fortunately, outdoor ceiling fixtures abound in styles you are going to love. These span the spectrum from elegant and classic gothic pieces to modern and tastefully trendy. Use post lanterns to illuminate and decorate a large area all at once. Oh, and let’s not forget the slice of heaven called outdoor ceiling fans. Words cannot describe the blissful calm that falls over you as a soft breeze surrounds you on a warm summer day or night.

    Down Low: Landscape lighting or specialty lighting can alleviate annoyances as well as illuminate nature’s beauty. Use path lighting, deck lighting and in-stairs lighting to light up a walking path, staircase or corridor so that coming home in the dark doesn’t end in disaster. You can also use decorative garden lighting such as in-ground, underwater and fountain lights to make a beautiful setup really come alive. Novelty fixtures shaped like gravel, stone, rustic shading and more can blend into the surrounding nature for an even more magical effect.

    To the Side: Use your walls to your lighting advantage with wall sconces. Homeowners love this option for several reasons. To start with, wall