What Should You Look for in a Good Tradesman?

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Whether you want to build a new home, renovate an existing one or make much needed repairs, you always want to bring in a good, professional tradesman. The challenge for many is separating the wheat from the chaff. What should you look for in a good tradesman? We’ll give you a list of things to look for and how to know if the skilled tradesperson meets those standards.

Experience

A good tradesperson will have experience dealing with the type of project you want to have done in your home. Even when a general contractor hires subcontractors to complete specific work, they have to understand the type of work being done because they’ve done it before. They will know how to manage that kind of project and take responsibility for meeting quality standards and being on schedule. A side benefit of experience is that you’ll be able to ask for related references.

When you call the references, ask about any safety incidents they may have had, the quality of the work, the number of change orders that were necessary, the overall cost relative to initial quotes, and how well the schedule was met.

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Cristopher Cichocki's Places Art in Architecture to Spark a Discussion About Environmental Sustainability

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Courtesy of Geoplast Courtesy of Geoplast

Cristopher Cichocki's Root Cycle combines installation art with existing architecture in an effort to spark a discussion regarding the relationship between design, both contemporary and historical, and environmental sustainability.

Cichocki partnered with Geoplast, a local Italian designer and manufacturer dedicated to producing innovative sustainable design products. The artist uses a particular Geoplast elevator product and Aloe Vera plants as the main components for the artwork.

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Ryue Nishizawa

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Oyagi House . Tokyo Ryue Nishizawa New pictures of Oyagi House released on Instagram. _ Ver esta publicación en Instagram Una publicación compartida por seong mo (@smo_______) el 9 de Jul de 2018 a las 2:27 PDT Ver esta publicación en Instagram Una publicación compartida por とどろき (@todoroky_) el 31 de Ago de 2018 a … Continue reading Ryue Nishizawa
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Guerrilla Girls

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Guerrilla Girls
What Do These Artists Have In Common? 1985 + Tate Guerrilla Girls is an anonymous group of feminist, female artists devoted to fighting sexism and racism within the art world. The group formed in New York City in 1985 with the mission of bringing gender and racial inequality into focus within the greater arts community. … Continue reading Guerrilla Girls
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Carmody Groarke

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Carmody Groarke
Park Hill Art Space . Sheffield Carmody Groarke Park Hill was built in Sheffield between 1957 and 1961 as one of the largest council owned housing estates in the U.K. The estate was originally designed with 955 apartments planned in several angular slab blocks on a steeply sloped landscaped site, linked laterally by their iconic … Continue reading Carmody Groarke
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Black Volcano / Urban Mesh Design

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How to Create the Perfect Home Office

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There has been an increasing shift toward professionals working remotely lately, with more than 70% of the workforce working outside of the office at least once a week. On top of this, around 3.9 million Americans now work from home for at least half of their working week. Many people choose to work from home in an attempt to achieve the perfect home life/work balance. If you are one of those statistics or wish to pursue a career that allows you to work full-time from the comfort of your own home, it would be wise to set up a home office. A home office allows you to create a dedicated workspace that can also be shut away outside of office hours. Here are a few things to keep in mind to utilize the space to its full potential.

Invest in Quality Equipment

Obviously, a PC or laptop will be first on your list. However, don’t be tempted to go for the cheapest option in a bid to save money. Consider the different ways in which you’ll need to use your computer, as some tasks will require more memory, better graphics, or extra storage. If your job entails working on-the-go at times, a laptop would be your best bet. However, bear in mind that a cheaper laptop will need replacing far sooner than if you were to spend a little extra on an upgrade.

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Peter Zumthor

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Tea Chapel . Namyang Peter Zumthor . + Rolex Peter Zumthor’s tea chapel near Seoul where Gloria Cabral became project manager as part of The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. _ Una publicación compartida por Architect (@pedra_silva) el 28 de May de 2018 a las 2:18 PDT Una publicación compartida por William Ti (@entrari) … Continue reading Peter Zumthor
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Using Art To Boost Your Home’s Appeal

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Collecting art can be a thrill, but purchasing a certain piece of art will only take you halfway. It’s only when you can successfully hang the different pieces of art in your home that you will reap the full benefits and beauty that the pieces you chose have to offer. With the right choices, a piece of art has the potential to elevate the appeal of your home while introducing an atmosphere of serenity.

Although pieces of collected art tend to present a certain personality of the collector, and it is sad to learn that most of them will go for years without being hanged or displayed in the homes of the owners. While some will be afraid of distorting the interior décor of their homes, others will simply procrastinate the task of fitting the pieces in their homes. However, there is no standard script for hanging your art, and a few universal tips could help guide you.

Here are a few insights to help you exploit the beauty of the art pieces you collect:

Everything Doesn’t Have To Match

It is a common misconception that paintings and pieces of art have to match in terms of the frames used and the themes. This statement couldn’t be any further from the truth since you can look for pieces that do not entirely match with each other but still complement each other. For instance, if you live in any of the Vision One Homes narrow lot homes, you can hang paintings that have the same frame type such as wood without having to match the styles and colors of the frames.

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Benefits of Hiring an Architect for your Home

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When you are ready to build a home or add a room, hiring a professional can be a big decision. You may want to get away from a home design that looks like everything else. You may also wish for you home to have certain functions and the perfect organization to meet the needs of your family. You can easily express these desires to your architect. They can also add some artistic touches to make your home feel unique. The benefits of hiring an architect include beauty, safety, and freedom of design,

Safety

 An architect can take the design that you choose and implement it in a realistic way. There are many things to consider when a structure is under construction. The design must consider many safety measures. There are certain parts of a home that are added to support the structure. This is not something most of us think about. We may tell the architect that we want a sunroom or an interestingly shaped breakfast room. The architect must figure out how to organize the home so that these rooms are properly supported. Safety is a main concern when designing a home.

Unique Design

There are many neighborhoods where all the houses look the same. This Is not something you are going to encounter when you hire an architect. Space Six Design can create a home that is uniquely yours and that adheres to environmental standards. An architect is more than a design specialist; an architect is an artist.

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A Month After the Fire, The National Museum Receives Emergency Repair and Demands a Budget of $27 Million

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National Museum. Image: Mauro Pimentel/AFP National Museum. Image: Mauro Pimentel/AFP

It’s been a month since Brazil lost one of its oldest and most representative assets. A fire destroyed and erased more than 200 years of the Paço de São Cristóvão’s architectural history. The building served as a residence for the royal family, and turned a great part of its collection into dust, with many of the items being one-of-a-kind. The National Museum is seeking to rebuild in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Several institutions have taken a stand and initiatives have been made in this direction. The emergency works began on September 21 to contain, clean, and protect the remaining structure, which is, without a doubt, the most pressing initiative. 

The Department of Education (MEC) allocated $2.4 million (R$ 8.9 million) to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) to complete the first phase of the rebuilding process. Concrejato Engenharia (National Maintenance/Engineers) have been working on site since then, and say it will take six months to complete in compliance with legislation.

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How to Make Your Own Drawstring Bags with Liner by Sewing Machine

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A drawstring bag can have many functions. These types of bags are very useful because they help users with their carrying needs. You can carry things of all sizes and types without carrying those items in your hands. It gives you freedom. Best of all, you craft a drawstring bag in all shapes and sizes. You can carry a drawstring bag according to your needs. They’re available to anyone but can be used supportively by anyone 5 years of age or older. Surprisingly, you can make your own drawstring bag with liner as a DIY project by using a sewing machine.

 

How to Construct a Drawstring Bag with Liner What You’ll Need to Make Custom Drawstring Bags

– 2 pieces of fabric (this will be the drawstring)

– 2 pieces of fabric (what the fabric goes through)

– 1 piece of fabric (this will be the fabric used for

drawstring backpacks)

– 1-piece lining fabric

Scissors, sewing machine (coordinating thread), iron, rotary cutter, ruler, and safety pins

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There’s Room for Furniture Even in the Smallest Spaces

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Condos and apartments are getting smaller with a rising demand for more vertical communities within major cities. This poses a challenge for many individuals living in these cities who want to make their home a comfortable place to live in. Fortunately, with a few design tricks, you can maximize your small space into exactly what you need it to be.

Change perspectives

Living in a small home or space can be a challenge. You do not have to experience it firsthand to understand this frustration. The good news is that half the difficulty of living in a small space is the perspective. Once you realize this, you can move forward and turn it into an incredibly rewarding experience. You just have to understand that there is no room for excess and that everything must serve a purpose. This understanding is the first step to successfully thriving in a small space. The second thing that you will quickly learn is that every little bit of empty space will be used as well. From this point you are able to turn your space into the cozy home of your dreams.

Create the illusion of space

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What is the purpose of skirting boards and architraves?

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Learn more about the perks, characteristics, and purposes of two timeless home design appointments that just never get old!

Skirting boards and architraves have been around for centuries, and they never seem to go out of style! Rather than becoming outdated or old-fashioned, these important design solutions seem to be able to evolve with the times and suit a wide range of stylistic ideas and design eras. Skirting boards and architraves are indeed often referred to as some of the most important design elements in architecture. What is their actual purpose, and how can they improve the overall design of a home environment? Keep reading to learn more.

Skirting boards and architraves: what is the difference?

Although they might seem quite similar in many respects, there is actually a difference between skirting boards and architraves.

Architraves are generally meant to fit around the outer edges of structures, cutting at roughly 45 degrees angles. On the other hand, skirting boards usually can run along the walls, and can be totally flat, curved or round, depending on the particular shape of the design or on the profile of the wall itself, which will obviously influence the shape of the skirting boards related to it.

Space optimization and aesthetics.

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EM2N

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Housing Greencity | Building Site A1 . Zurich EM2N . photos: © Lukas Walpen The elongated plot A forms the start to the new urban district ‘GreenCity.Zürich’ and is strongly influenced by the neighbouring street and railway. We used this essentially ʻimpossible situationʼ as the impulse to develop a narrow, elongated building with an expressive … Continue reading EM2N
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Brazilian Houses: 20 Examples of Wood Design

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© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok

Wood is one of the oldest building materials used in architecture. Versatile, it can be used in structural solutions, coatings, partitions, fittings and, very often, in furniture. Another quality of the material is its sustainability - if well managed during planting, cutting, and treatment processes, it can be considered renewable and low carbon, adding value to the completed building.

Brazil, due to its large size and range of climates, has a large variety of tree species that can be used in construction - although its potential is still far from being realized. Below we've selected 20 examples of residential projects in Brazil that take advantage of this rich material - be it in its structure, coatings or closings.

CM Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

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