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Adding Stairs Into Deck Railing Plans

Adding Stairs Into Deck Railing Plans

Most deck railings are completely designed unlike interior stair railings, which are a simple way to get from a floor to another. You can create an extension of your personal likes in decoration, with ornamental parts of wood, iron and other material easy to install that will increase the value of your home at the same time. If you think that the stair railing is one of the first tings that people see when they come in, you should think as well that, for building a new staircase or just a new remodelling, ask always for the advice and good service of a qualified person who will give you some good ideas for.

When something never goes out of style is unique. Choose wood stairs.

Nowadays there a wide variety of materials to build a stair railing. Long time ago and still today….houses had stairs wood railings, as wood is a nice material to work with. Especially beautiful are which are made of oak wood… with wonderful red colour and knocks that are unmistakable. The star of the house will be an oak wood balustrade, without any doubt. If we try to match the colour of the stairs with the wood flooring it will give beauty elegance to our homes. Although it can be a difficult task due to the many stair parts that we need to have in account to choose…like balusters, handrails, treads, and ornamental trim pieces.

On a staircase the first part we notice is the railing. It has its important use, one is to provide security for going up and down the stairs, and the other is to hold up the balustrade of the staircase. These elements must be kept in mind when the staircase is going to have a railing design. Unique, are wood railings. They are charm, grace, and soft, the perfect end for your house, improving the look of it and of course increasing the value of it. They are durable and strong. Wood is the choice that never goes out of style.

Oak wood, elegance and charm to your home.

The oak wood isgenerally used to build the stairs traditional commercial buildings such as libraries, office buildings and houses. It gives charm and elegance to any room whit its unmistakeable smooth and warm colour.

And…. if you think that metal railings can improve and give more style to your staircase, use it.

They have many decorative options and display themselves beautifully. Lots luxury and high homes are decorated with iron railings. They display grace, elegance and a special luxury. A style that nowadays is being used in most of the modern buildings all around the world. Iron railings are used for many residential and commercial staircases. They offer as which are made of wood, safety and functionality. Iron decorates your home. They have a wide variety of design, assuring that you will find a special one for display at home. The metal stair railing fit in any environment. What you need is just the good advice and work of a qualified person.

Is not an easy task but the results will give you satisfaction.

Very complicated can be making stairs. First priority in this type of project is to make it safe and functional. After it comes style. A few things, the rise between treads, the number of treads and the total run of the steps, the horizontal distance between bottom and the top of the stairs. Following these steps will assist you in creating a successful staircase. Be creative. Your inner spirit will help you on the creation of your stairs. Lots of styles, modern, traditional or contemporary. Spirit and design to have a work of art at home.

Pool Deck Safety Tips

Pool Deck Safety Tips

Are you a homeowner who is looking to install an aboveground pool? If you are, you will find that you have a number of different options. One popular option is that of attaching a swimming pool to a home deck. As nice, convenient, and attractive as this may look, it is important to familiarize yourself with the dangers. When you are well informed, you can better protect yourself. And, protection is key to keeping your pool a fun and safe place to be this summer.

As previously stated some pool owners simply just install their aboveground swimming pool right next to their deck. Other homeowners take an extra step and continue to build their deck around their pool. Whichever approach you decide to take, there are a number of pool safety steps that you will want to implement. These steps, a few of which are outlined below, can help to keep the children in your home safe and reduce your liability in the event of a pool accident.

If the pool deck you will be using is directly attached to your home, it is likely that the entrance to that deck is a sliding glass door. Sliding glass doors are convenient, but they also make it easier for accidents to occur. Many children know how to open sliding glass doors, even those that are supposed to be or are locked. Sleepwalkers can easily push right through a door that is open, knocking down the screen. Unfortunately, nighttime pool accidents have a higher risk of resulting in fatalities. This is because you are less likely to be alerted to a problem when you are fast asleep.

So, what should you do? While your first thought may be to block off your sliding glass door, this can also be risky as well. In the event of a fire or another emergency, you will all exits to your home easily accessible. For that reason, you may want to refrain from jamming the door shut with piece of wood. Instead, install a small fence or gate immediately around your pool. In this case, you would have to enter the deck from your sliding glass door and then open another gate to get to the pool. This gate should be equipped with a small latch that is out of the reach of small children.

Other access points should also be examined as well. For example, many slightly elevated decks also have a set of stairs that often lead to the yard. These stairs should be equipped with a latching gate at the top. Although the children in your home are more likely to enter the pool from your sliding glass door, it is also important to be concerned about neighborhood kids or even adults looking to enjoy a midnight swim in your pool.

If the above mentioned steps sound like a lot of work, there is another approach that you can take. This step is nice, as it allows you to install your aboveground pool a safe distance away from your home, but still have a deck. This approach involves purchasing a pool with an aluminum deck and fence kit. In fact, you can also build a standalone deck surrounding your swimming pool. Just make sure it has railings and that the stairway to your pool has a latching gate.

Most importantly, supervision is a must. When a swimming pool is easy to access, like when located off a home deck, there is a higher risk of pool related accidents. If you are a parent with children in the home, you will not only want to watch and monitor your children when they are swimming, but all the time. If you find a young child missing, the pool is the first place that you should look. Finally, discuss pool safety with your children, even toddlers and preschoolers. Set rules on pool use and enforce them regularly.

Curved Stair Lifts – An Overview

Curved Stair Lifts – An Overview

If you are looking to purchase a stair lift and are worried about getting one to fit because you have a curved, odd shaped staircase or multiple landings – dont be! Curved stair lifts are just what you need.

No matter what the configuration or layout of your staircase, stair lifts can be tailor made to the size and shape of virtually any staircase easily coping with bends, straights and landings.

But of course, this extra flexibility comes at a price generally speaking these types of stair lifts are more expensive than their straight counterparts. Depending upon the configuration of your staircase the price will be based upon several factors: the number of bends, the angle of the bends, the length of the actual staircase, cost of labour etc.

Another design plus with curved stairlifts is their ability to be installed on either the inside or the outside path of your stairs. Basically, this means the stairlift can run along either side of your stairs and the profile of your stairs will ascertain which would be the most suitable option for you.

Although there is a buoyant market for second-hand and used straight stair lifts there is little market for curved stair lifts. And as such they have no real resale value, because they are custom made to fit individual staircases they are not suitable for installing in other properties.

In view of this, if you find that after a few years you have to move out of your home, unless you have an identical staircase, it is best to leave your stair lift in situ.

Again, because they are individually made, be prepared to pay your supplier a substantial deposit when ordering a curved stair lift. This practice does not generally take place with a normal, straight stair lifts but the one you are ordering will only fit in your house and if you pull out of the deal the supplier will not be able to resell it.

If you are considering having a stair lift in your home the website below contains free information and impartial advice on this topic.

These are, of course, just a couple of minor considerations you should bear in mind when deciding to buy a curved stairlift… you may decide that the advantages of being able to access all the floors your existing home far out way these points – especially when compared to the stress and expense of converting your house or moving to a single storey residence.

Real Estate Ads – Home Style Terms and Their Meanings

Real Estate Ads – Home Style Terms and Their Meanings

Whether you’re buying or selling, reading real estate ads can be confusing. Here are explanations of more style terms used in real estate ads.

“Split Foyer” style

A home entered by a foyer with a half flight of stairs up to the upper level (where the living spaces and one or more bedrooms are usually located) and a half flight of stairs to the lower level (typically housing the family room and additional bedrooms).

“Tri-Level” style

A home with three levels. It is typically entered on the middle level and has half flights of stairs to the highest and lowest levels. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are usually on the middle level. The bedrooms are usually on the highest level. The lowest level may be unfinished or have family room, laundry, and perhaps a garage located there.

“Contemporary” style

These vary greatly, but none looks as if it could have been built prior to 1900. Some are almost entirely of glass. Some are almost entirely under ground. Roofs can be gable (slants down on each side of a ridge line creating triangles of space at each end), shed (slants in one direction only from high on one side to low on the other), flat, or sod (grass covered) for that matter. Often several roof styles are incorporated in one home. Energy saving or indoor-outdoor connectedness tend to be designing motives. Simplicity, straight lines, and open spaces are hallmarks. Decks, patios, and terraces are frequently featured and are often constructed of the same materials used indoors.

“Victorian” style

This style is based on houses built during Queen Victoria’s reign and for a while afterwards. They are usually at least two stories tall and maybe more. They are embellished with a variety of things including porches, turrets, towers with conical roofs, pediments with fanciful shapes over doors and windows, windows to the floor with perhaps only one sheet of glass per sash. And do think “gingerbread” or wood fashioned into intricate shapes for gable ends, places where porch posts reach the ceiling, at stair landings, and so on. Modern builders usually pare this style down because of the expense, but even the most recently built examples can be rather fanciful.

Summary

When looking at homes, you’ll find particular styles appeal to you. Once you identify the styles, you can narrow your search for the perfect home.

Home Style Words in Real Estate Ads – More Explanations

Home Style Words in Real Estate Ads – More Explanations

Whether you’re buying or selling, reading real estate ads can be confusing. Here are explanations of more style terms used in real estate ads.

“Split Foyer” style

A home entered by a foyer with a half flight of stairs up to the upper level (where the living spaces and one or more bedrooms are usually located) and a half flight of stairs to the lower level (typically housing the family room and additional bedrooms).

“Tri-Level” style

A home with three levels. It is typically entered on the middle level and has half flights of stairs to the highest and lowest levels. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are usually on the middle level. The bedrooms are usually on the highest level. The lowest level may be unfinished or have family room, laundry, and perhaps a garage located there.

“Contemporary” style

These vary greatly, but none looks as if it could have been built prior to 1900. Some are almost entirely of glass. Some are almost entirely under ground. Roofs can be gable (slants down on each side of a ridge line creating triangles of space at each end), shed (slants in one direction only from high on one side to low on the other), flat, or sod (grass covered) for that matter. Often several roof styles are incorporated in one home. Energy saving or indoor-outdoor connectedness tend to be designing motives. Simplicity, straight lines, and open spaces are hallmarks. Decks, patios, and terraces are frequently featured and are often constructed of the same materials used indoors.

“Victorian” style

This style is based on houses built during Queen Victoria’s reign and for a while afterwards. They are usually at least two stories tall and maybe more. They are embellished with a variety of things including porches, turrets, towers with conical roofs, pediments with fanciful shapes over doors and windows, windows to the floor with perhaps only one sheet of glass per sash. And do think “gingerbread” or wood fashioned into intricate shapes for gable ends, places where porch posts reach the ceiling, at stair landings, and so on. Modern builders usually pare this style down because of the expense, but even the most recently built examples can be rather fanciful.

Summary

When looking at homes, you’ll find particular styles appeal to you. Once you identify the styles, you can narrow your search for the perfect home.

Five Fantastic Holiday Decorating Ideas

Five Fantastic Holiday Decorating Ideas

It’s that time of the year. My favorite time of the year… when we pull out our greenery, lights, ribbons and wrapping paper! It’s a family time, hopefully a happy time and a nostalgic time. And I love all of it!
Every year, I celebrate the meer act of decorating my home. And I wanted to share some of things I plan on doing this year… and hopefully spark some ideas for yourself.
1. Wreaths aren’t just for doors. I hang wreaths everywhere. On all my windows (facing in)… on any blank wall I can find… my front door… my porch posts… and small ones on my staircase. I’ve even been known to hang a few on my kitchen cabinets.
I’m talking about plain, simple green wreaths of your preferred greenery (fake or natural), and hung with a ribbon. Hang them everywhere!
2. Garland galore! Hang garland anywhere you can. Across table tops, around candles, on top of your mantel and also under your mantel… along the tops of your kitchen cabinets… swagged on your curtain rods… and of course wrapped around your banisters!
3. Hang stockings everywhere! Sure, hang the family stockings where you normally would… but then sew some up to decorate. A blank wall could have 3 stockings hanging or one big glorious one! Hang small ones on your garland and up the stairs. Hang one on your child’s bedroom doors. Hang small ones on your kitchen knobs.
And then once they’re hung, stuff them with tissue paper, candy canes and yummy potpourri.
4. Fill glass vases with colored stones. And add a candle! Earlier this year, I bought some thick rectangular and tall glass vases. I love them because I can fill them with anything for each season. My favorite is colored glass rocks. For the holidays I fill them with red stones and then add a small candle for light. Instead of candle try dry branches, or silk flowers and poinsettas.
5. Decorate your bedroom! Why do we spend so much time decorating our main rooms and completely ignore our bedrooms? Wake up to your holiday cheer. Put some of that decore in your room. Drape garland on your head board, hang a wreath on your door and above your bed, string white lights where you can. If you celebrate Christmas, put a small tree in your room. And don’t forget a few scented candles!
The magic of the holidays is the warmth of the green, the twinkle of lights and candle light and the shimmer of gifts and ribbon. Spread your favorite winter colors throughout your home. And sparkle inside and out. Create delicious smells of gingerbread and cinnamon with candles and baking.
Make your home magical. Imagine, create and enjoy!

Add a Dynamic Design Accent to Your Home with the Right Staircase

Add a Dynamic Design Accent to Your Home with the Right Staircase

Stairways are a wonderful thing. They suggest a path to things unseen, hidden destinations, secret lives. If you have a multistory home or are planning to build one, take a few minutes to think about the stairs. By choosing to include a beautiful stairway instead of a mundane one, you can change your home atmosphere from ordinary to extraordinary. Whether you choose filigreed iron, steel, glass, or traditional hardwood, the right stairway for your home can serve as a compelling design accent, the focal point of a room, at once utilitarian and beautiful.
If you have an urban industrial loft, you may be thinking of taking one large, high-ceiling room and creating a number of living environments on different levels. If so, you’ll be incorporating a bunch of staircases. You may even be lucky enough to have an existing industrial staircase made of rugged steel. If so, you have a decision to make. Are you aiming for a high-tech industrial look, with stainless steel commercial kitchen appliances and exposed electrical and plumbing elements on the ceiling? Then your steel staircase fits right in. If you’re looking to emphasis natural colors and textures, however, a sort of Zen retreat, you might want to incorporate the natural beauty of hardwood stairs into your design. A straight, sturdy staircase leading to the upper levels can make a powerful statement; a curving stairway winding around the center of your loft adds elegance and a feeling of flow to your environment.
Historical homes, particularly in the eastern U.S., almost demand the inclusion of hardwood stairs. Your antique home may have a staircase in need of repair, or the existing staircase may need replacing. Either way, you’ll need the services of a company specializing in custom-designed staircases. In fact, whether you’re creating your own unique home or restoring an antique home, custom designed and built staircases are a must because of the exacting nature of the measurements required.
When you go looking for a company to build your staircase for you, make sure you choose a firm with an experienced staff of designers. A designer should be willing to visit the site, take the appropriate measurements, and present you with design suggestions and advice on materials and costs, as well as troubleshoot the site and the design for possible problems.
They also should be willing to supply you with detailed photographs of their work for other clients. Who knows? You may find inspiration in these photos and use them as a jumping off point for your own creative ideas.

Isn’t It Time You Gave The Hall And Stairs A Makeover?

Isn’t It Time You Gave The Hall And Stairs A Makeover?

Giving the hall and stairs a makeover is a job theat most people put off for as long as possible. The job causes disruption throughout the house and takes longer than almost any similar sized room to decorate. In most houses the hall and stairs are central to the home, so it is time to get down to it today.

This is a job that has been waiting for you for a long time, so you might as well do it properly, not just a lick of paint. It is time for a complete and total renovation of this important area of your home. It should be a space in its own right, rather than just a corridor thatpeople pass through.

Planning is the key to this, as it is to any makeover. Visit showrooms and lok at catalogues for ideas. Search the Internet for staircases, to find out what your options are. A unique hallway is achievable for any of us.

Structural features are the first to be decided upon. The staircase is the feature that leaps out at any visitor to your home. It dominates this space, yet the standard staircase fitted by builders is totally unimaginative. You now have the opportunity to start from scratch. Spiral staircases take up less room and are available in every material imaginable, from glass to colored polycarbonate, from stainless steel to timber of every description.

Visit a specialist website to find your full range of options. Some will allow you to design your staircase online, changing the shape, color and materials the staircase is constructed from.

Once you have decided on the stairs, the second structural feature is the front door. If you have a solid timber door, consider replacement with a modern door with glass panels. This simple task will make the hallway much lighter and more spacious. At the same time look at any windows that you could replace.

Internal doors are the next consideration. Most hallways have at least two or three doors in them. This is the time to change them. If you fit glass doors, the hall will be much lighter again.

Lighting is vital in this area. Have you thought of a chandelier? Having more than one bulb will reduce shadows and really cheer up the hallway in the winter evenings. There are thousands of designs from deer antlers to traditional Waterford crystal.

Another lighting option would be wall chandeliers or lights. Putting the wiring in at this stage will save much mess at a later date.

The floor and walls are all that are left. These are less permanent, and will be replaced or recovered more frequently than the structural features above. For the floor, consider ceramic tiles for a sophisticated, while still being practical, look. Carpets are warmer and will soften the room if that is what you are looking for. Timber flooring is another excellent choice, but be careful about fitting laminate flooring in this heavy traffic area. The laminate sheets tend to separate and leave unsightly gaps.

If you do decide on a hard surface for the floor, then you will need some sound absorbing drapes or furniture, otherwise the echoes will be horrendous.

Lastly, what furniture will you put in the hall? This area is best left uncluttered, but it is an excellent place to put a display case designed to show off your collection at its best.

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