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Preparing to Let Your Property – The Basics

20 January, 2018 - 00:17

Whether you are an experienced or first time landlord, preparing a property for let requires a lot of time and effort. Tenants expect the property to be redecorated and ready to move in to without any damage as a result of previous tenants or owners.

As the property isn’t there’s, and therefore can only make limited redecoration once their tenancy starts, it is not unreasonable for the tenant to expect the property to be in perfect condition. In order to prepare the property, as the landlord you should conduct a thorough review of the property and attend to any issues before placing the property on the market.

Structure of the Property

 

Before all else, the structure of the property should be reviewed before allowing a tenant to move in. A property survey is a small expense when you consider how costly it could be should anything happen as a result of a defect in the property’s structure.

Plastered Finish

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Best Reading Chairs of 2018

19 January, 2018 - 23:51

It’s rare enough that the average working person has time to read for pleasure, and arguably even more rare that people voluntarily read hard-copy, paper books instead off reading off of some electronic screen.

That’s why we believe you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the most comfortable and aesthetically pleasing reading chairs. Whether you keep it in your office, bedroom, living room, guest room, or anywhere else – and even if you don’t technically read in it, that’s okay too – you should make yourself aware of some of the best reading chairs of 2018 (in no particular order, of course). Read on to get an overview, and don’t forget to let us know which of these luxurious reading chairs you’d like to have in your home!

Saarinen Womb Chair Reproduction

Don’t let the name put you off! This startlingly cozy, mid-century modern reading chair is carefully constructed from polyester, CAFR grade foam, stainless steel, and molded fiberglass. Sold by North American modern furniture country Emfurn, the chair is designed to replicate the original womb chair that was designed by groundbreaking Finnish furniture designer and architect Eero Saarinen, student of Charles and Ray Eames.

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Exhibition of Instagram images celebrates one year of Canadian design

19 January, 2018 - 22:33

365 days of Canadian Design

An exhibition in Toronto brings together 365 photographs of products by Canadian designers, which were posted to an Instagram account one per day for the past year. Read more

Surface Design Show returns to London to showcase latest material trends

19 January, 2018 - 21:17

Dezeen promotion: this year's Surface Design Show will return to London's Business Design Centre from 6 to 8 February 2018, presenting the latest materials for architecture and interior design. Read more

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Pair of London skyscrapers by Zaha Hadid Architects split opinion

19 January, 2018 - 20:18

Vauxhall towers by Zaha

Zaha Hadid Architects' plans for two soaring skyscrapers at Vauxhall Cross could be the firm's first foray into a mixed-use project in London, but the design is proving controversial. Read more

Airless Puncture-Proof Revolve Wheel Packs Down Smaller Than Ever

19 January, 2018 - 20:10
[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ]

Airless, puncture-proof and compacting down to a 9-inch-wide package, the Revolve wheel makes it way easier to transport and store both bicycles and wheelchairs than ever before. Aiming to be the world’s first modular wheel, this design enables you to open and close the wheel in a single motion, lock and unlock its position, and carry it around with ease. Designed by Andrea Mocellin, the six-pointed design is ideal for urban cyclists, and could play a pivotal role in the folding bikes of the future.

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Valerio Olgiati

19 January, 2018 - 19:04
Valerio Olgiati
Lützowufer Residential Building . Berlin Valerio Olgiati . + baunetz Selected competition entry. _

camps + felip arquitecturia

19 January, 2018 - 18:52
camps + felip arquitecturia
Lützowufer Residential Building . Berlin arquitecturia | josep camps & olga felip . + baunetz Joint winning entry. _

David Kohn

19 January, 2018 - 18:34
David Kohn
Lützowufer Residential Building . Berlin David Kohn Architects . + baunetz Joint winning entry. _

Foreign secretary proposes 22-mile "Boris Bridge" to link England and France

19 January, 2018 - 15:31

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has proposed building a bridge across the English Channel to link Britain and France after Brexit. Read more

COBE

19 January, 2018 - 15:06
COBE
Charging station for electric vehicles. Fredericia COBE In future, electricity will replace petrol and diesel as the fuel for our cars. However, while it takes approx. five minutes to fill up your car with petrol, charging an electric vehicle today is a more time-consuming exercise. COBE’s design for the ultra-fast charging station is based on … Continue reading COBE

World's longest glass-bottomed suspension bridge has an intentional wobble

19 January, 2018 - 14:21

Glass bridge in China

A deliberate sway is designed to unnerve visitors to this 488-metre-long bridge in China's Hebei province, which has an entirely glazed walkway so they can also admire the 218-metre drop. Read more

OMA

19 January, 2018 - 12:15
OMA
ArcelorMittal HQ . Luxembourg In an architectural world where the vast majority of buildings is initiated by developers – and therefore has very few specific characteristics – and where more and more brands produce intangible and largely virtual contents, it is a rare pleasure to imagine an essential structure for a steel producer. The building … Continue reading OMA

Sports Technology – Is It Taking Away From the Fundamentals, and Required Skill Sets?

19 January, 2018 - 11:24

Technology has become an important part of everyday life, and a sport is no exception. Sports have been an important part of cultures across the world. However, the world has since evolved the advent of sports, leaving sports with no option but to evolve with it.

Furthermore, many games are played at a much faster rate than ever before, with the players running faster, shooting, or at least looking to shoot more accurately and generally making it harder for referees to do their job, at least without some of assistance.

This is where technology comes in. When playing baseball, for instance, stats and analytics are just as important today as the actual gameplay. However, for a certain school of thought, the experience of sport and its essence is in its pure, unadulterated nature. The use and continued introduction of sports messes with that, chipping away at the fundamentals of sports and the required skill set. Is technology making sports better, or is it contributing to its erosion?

Controversy

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Escolano . Steegmann

19 January, 2018 - 11:14
Escolano . Steegmann
CASA CONXITA . BARCELONA Adrià Escolano . David Steegmann Mangrane . photos: © José Hevia . + divisare Living on a terrace. The project is conceived according to the client’s main desire: a house turned towards the exterior. The operation, however, is not so much to open the views to the terrace as in providing … Continue reading Escolano . Steegmann