Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lanna Apartments Koh Samui

Did Santa Bring You a Tropical Island Holiday Home?

If not, then why not take advantage of this special offering from one of Koh Samui's most trusted developers. Kalara Developments have previously sold out 9 developments on the island with their last one Code Samui, a luxury apartment complex selling out in just a few months and is now well underway with construction.

Within only a few weeks of the launch of their new project 'Lanna', investors have snapped up nearly half of the units, with a number of these being prior to launch. With 12% ROI expected every year we don't expect these to be around for much longer so get in while you can.

The Property

* Name: Lanna
* Type: Apartments
* Location: Bang Rack Koh Samui
* Size: 30 to 107sqm

Unit Styles & Prices

* Studio: 1,900,000 THB
* 1 Bedroom: 2,499,000 THB
* 2 Bedroom: 3,995,000 THB
* Penthouse: 5,995,000 THB

Payment and Finance Terms

* Deposit: US$1,000
* Singing of contracts 25%
* Upon completion 25%
* Remainder 50% over 10 years with developer financing


* Fully managed 5* development
* Communal swimming pool & pool bar
* Restaurant
* Fully equiped gym & tennis court
* 24hr concierge & security
* Sauna / steam room
* BBQ area

For further pictures and details and to request floor plans and availability please respond to this email or visit Lanna Apartments on our website.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Samujana Luxury Villas Koh Samui

Samujana Luxury Villas

Choeng Mon - Koh Samui

Samujana is a luxury gated community of modern private villas, each designed by international renowned architect Gary Fell. Whilst the finishing touches are being made to the project we are offering a select number of villas from as little as US$350 per night

Samujana Villa 19

4 bedrooms - sleeps 8
US$350 - 1,200 per night

Samujana Villa 17

4 bedrooms - sleeps 8
US$350 - 1,200 per night

Samujana Villa 15

4 bedrooms - sleeps 8
US$600 - 1,200 per night

Samujana Villa 11 A/B

3/4 bedrooms - sleeps 6/8
From US$350 per night

Samujana Villa 6

4 bedrooms - sleeps 8
From US$600 per night

Complimentary Services Include
Continental Breakfast
One (1) Return Airport transfer

Additional Services
Thai Chef US$60 per day
Car Rental US$50 per day
Baby Sitter US$30 per day
Airport transfer US$20 one-way

Please note a 10% service charge is applicable on all rates

For Further details pictures and booking click here
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Koh Pleo/Preo | Private Island For Sale Near Koh Lanta Thailand

Koh Pleo is a small private island located just off the north east coast of Koh Lanta Yai, one of the best spots for diving in the whole of Asia.

Access to Koh Pleo is just a few minutes by boat from the main pier at Koh Klang which is also the main pier to both Koh Lanta Yai and Lanta Noi Island.

Tucked away behind its neighbouring islands Koh Klang is protected from the elements and would be perfect for a high end diving destination resort or for an ultra luxurious private villa.

There is a pier on the island and a logoon within the island that could also be dredged and utilised for boats.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Detox In Paradise

Let Us Take Your Breath Away

Special Promotion Including

* Complimentary massage daily
* Healthy freshly squeezed juices
* Delicious low calorie cooking
* Fruit basket on arrival
* Yoga, pilates and personal trainer on request
* In villa staff to cater your every need

Choose From 3 Luxury Villas

Villa Rack Tawan

Dream tranquility - sleeps 12

3 nights @ USD 5,100 ● 5 nights @ USD 8,925 ● 7 nights @ USD 10,200
(regular rate USD 7,650 / USD 12,750 / USD 17,850)

Villa Chan Grajang

Seriously Chill Out - Sleeps 12

3 nights @ USD 6,500 ● 5 nights @ USD 11,375 ● 7 nights @ USD 13,000
(regular rate USD 9,750 / USD 16,250 / USD 22,750)

Villa Kiana

Nature Your Soul - Sleeps 8

3 nights @ USD 2,500 ● 5 nights @ USD 4,375 ● 7 nights @ USD 5,000
(regular rate USD 3,750 / USD 6,250 / USD 8,750)

Prices are based on full occupancy of rooms. If you require less bedrooms
the prices would lower, please ask for more information

Offer is subject to availability and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Promotion valid until the 31st January 2011, and is not available over the Christmas and New Year periods

Luxury Villas Phuket

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Extra Seating With Bar Stools

by: Kathryn Whittaker

Today’s kitchen can become a complete entertainment center thanks to a sleek kitchen and bar furniture, including a breakfast area with a stylist breakfast bar and bar stools. Many people remodel their kitchens to accommodate a small bar area where they can grab a bite to eat before work or entertain friends with cocktails at a dinner party.

The kitchen has become more than a place to cook due to new technologically advanced appliances and less traditional furniture. Space-saving appliances such as ovens and microwaves combined not only reduce cooking time but save a lot of space too.

With more space, smart homeowners have more space to accommodate an additional seating area to satisfy their entertaining style. It could be another table, a counter with stylish bar stools, or even a couple of lounge chairs.

If you decide to create a little bar area in your kitchen, you need to find the best location for it. Many people disassemble one wall and install a bar counter instead, or leave two pillars and a four-foot riser to be used as a counter. The bar area should not block the traffic in the kitchen. That’s why the best location for it is near the wall, or if that’s not possible, then on an island in the middle of the kitchen.

A bar counter in the middle of the kitchen requires some space around it for comfortable seating and allow the kitchen to function properly. Don’t fall prey for tricky salespeople who may try to sell you a counter with cabinets bigger than your kitchen can accommodate! The access corridor around the bar area should not be less than 3 ft wide.

Luckily, contemporary bar stools require much less space than their traditional counterparts usually seen in restaurants and pubs. Bar stools for home use are much lighter and more artistic in color and style. Since people spend less time at their home bar than behind a table, contemporary bar stools are usually backless or have a very low ergonomically designed back. The most popular ones are swivel, with sturdy legs. Contemporary bar stools can be made of aluminum, fiberglass, or metal.

There are many bar stool options available on the internet. Customers can choose specific heights, colors, wood color and type and seating fabrics for bar stools creating full custom sets. Customers can also choose from free samples of fabrics and other upholstery types, finishes and wood samples. This way, you can have a set of bar stools to perfectly match your current home style. There are web sites that allow you to send in your own fabric to be used as upholstery for the bar stool set.

A great finishing touch to your bar area is to install a radio or small TV in to watch while you cook, eat a quick meal or relax over drinks.

About The Author

Kathryn Whittaker writes articles on a number of different topics. For more information on Bar Stools please visit and for additional Bar Stool articles please visit the following article page

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At Sea - Sea View Condos krabi

Last remaining units at The At Sea - Sea View Condos Krabi

Since its launch early this year At Sea Condos has been well recieved by investors in the Krabi area, with very little competition for sea view condominiums in the area a gap was filled and sold very quickly.

Due for completion in February 2011 there are just a few opportunities left to invest in At Sea with just 7 units remaining. All available units are 1 bedroom with a total area of 52sqm.

Remaining Unit Prices

* A202 - 2,690,000 THB
* A203 - 2,640,000 THB
* A204 - 2,640,000 THB
* A205 - 2,690,000 THB
* C203 - 2,640,000 THB
* C204 - 2,640,000 THB
* C205 - 2,690,000 THB

Pictures and Floor Plans

Furniture Package Included

* Air Conditioning
* Fridge
* Wardrobe
* TV Stand
* Hot Water Heater
* Microwave
* Bed
* Vanity Stand
* Built In Kitchen

With no other completed condominium units in the Klong Muang area these properties are sure to rise in value after completion making them a great investment. With your surrounding neighbours being high end resorts such as Nakamanda, Ritz Carlton Reserve and Sheraton Krabi, Klong Muang is a very up and coming area.

There is a show unit ready on site

Krabi Real Estate

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Samui Ridgeway Villa Resort and Spa

Samui Ridgeway Estate & Spa Retreat is designed as a 5 star luxury villa with all the facilities for you to be pampered during the whole of your stay there. Perfect for the ultimate relaxation or to treat your body to a full clean out with one of their in-house detox packages.

High Season Promotional Prices

1st December to 8th January
Standard rate: US$3,000 per night ($21,000 per week)
Stay 7 nights gets 3 nights free - ONLY $12,000 - a saving of $9,000!
Stay 14 nights gets 6 nights free - ONLY $24,000 - a saving of $18,000!

9th January to March 31st
Standard rate: US$1,995 per night ($13,965 per week)
Stay 7 nights gets 3 nights free so - ONLY $7,980 - a saving of $5,985!
Stay 14 nights gets 6 nights free so - ONLY $15,960 - a saving of $11,970!

Villa Features

* Ultimate in luxury service
* Stunning 270 degree ocean views
* 6 distinct yet interlinked luxury guest suites
* Rent part or the whole of the estate
* Infinity edge pool with swim-up pool bar
* In-pool sunken spa beds overlooking the ocean
* Fitness Room with ocean views
* Theatre/Entertainment Room
* On-site staff - maids, chef & Spa therapists
* Suitable for weddings and corporate Events

For further infomation and pictures click Samui Ridgeway Estate & Spa Retreat

Koh Samui Luxury Holiday Villas from

Saturday, December 4, 2010

66% Discount Koh Samui Beach Villa

We have a great offer on a lovely holiday villa that sits directly on Big Buddha beach with a hugely reduced price to just US$250++ per night. Offer is available for bookings during the month of January.

Guests at Baan Dalah can enjoy the use of 3 en-suite bedrooms and a private beach front swimming pool whilst being looked after by 2 in-house staff.

Facilities at the villa include

* FREE WIFI Broadband access
* Direct access to white sand year round swimming beach
* Secure walled compound
* Walking distance (via beach or road) to many varied restaurants
* Private swimming pool
* TV Satellite TV, DVD/CD players, Hi-Fi system
* Fully furnished to high standards inc. linens/towels
* Fully equipped kitchen
* Private safe
* All bedrooms are air conditioned; all rooms with ceiling fans

In Villa Services

* The resident villa staff attend twice daily to clean and tidy the villa
* The English-speaking Manageress available to attend to your needs
* Shopping list on request and and Thai Chef service on availability
* Bed linen and towels are changed as necessary
* Pool/beach towels are provided and replenished as required
* Baby sitting service on request and availability
* In-Villa wine selection
* Concierge service for all tours and activities; private tours can also be arranged
* In-villa spa treatment with extended men

For further description and photos of this property please click
Baan Dalah Luxury Beach Villa Koh Samui

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Goodbye Snow - Hello Sun would like to extend an invitation to all of you in Europe who are currently driving to work each day in the snow to come and join us on our sunny beaches.

Get together with a group of family and/or friends and rent one of our luxury villas to experience the ultimate in exclusive holidays. All the services are included that you would expect from a five star hotel but with the added benefit of enjoying the whole place to yourself.

The next few months are peak season and the villas are filling up very quickly so please take a look at our properties and let us find the one that works perfectly for you. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Click Location: Koh Samui | Phuket

A word of warning though, sometimes it gets a little too warm out here, but we have learnt to deal with this with the aid of infinity edged swimming pools and ice cold beer.

I look forward to seeing you all on the beach soon.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

X2 Residences Koh Samui & Koh Kood Island

We are please to offer the latest 2 residences from one of Thailands most trusted boutique developers, Astudo set upon the shores of Koh Kood and Koh Samui Island.

Payment Terms

10% upon signing
10% after 3 months
10% after 6 months
70% finance begins upon completion in 2012

For more pictures and details please visit the following

X2 Koh Samui | X2 Koh Kood

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Beach Land For Sale Thailand

19.4 Rai Phang Nga Phuket

31,976 square meters of flat coconut plantation beach front land divided into two plots on separate Chanote Titles.This land is surrounded by luxury villas and resorts and has been reduced in price from 9m THB per rai to just 7.5m THB per rai. For full details click here

Two beach front plots in Maenam Koh Samui

Each of these plots lie either side of the world famous Santiburi Resort and open onto what is considered by many to be one of the finest beaches in the world. These plots are offered as either a freehold sale, leasehold or a joint venture with the right investors. Prices are available to serious parties.

Plot 1 is 19 rai (30,400sqm) with 195 metres of water frontage

Plots 2 is 32 rai (51,200sqm) with a large water frontage

As always, please feel free to contact us at any time should you require any further information regarding any of these properties or any other property or services offered by We also have a number of 'off market' land parcels so let us know if you require something specific.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Prime Land For Sale Phuket

Dear Clients

Please find a selection of our latest quality land listings for offer on the island of Phuket

Plot 1

Offerings like this don't come along too often on Phuket, located at the edge of Nai Yang beach it benefits from 1,200 metres of ocean frontage and has its own private beach. Surrounded by high end villa developments and resorts this 93 rai is offered for sale at 18m THB per rai. The owner would also consider a joint venture with the right parties. For full details and pictures Click Here

Plot 2

Conveniently located close to the Laguna area this plot is neighbour to a number of high end resorts. The total of 40 rai offered for sale at 5.5m and 6m THB per rai. For full details and pictures Click Here

Plot 3

This next parcel of land lies along the fairway of the Loch Palm golf course in Phuket. Masterplan is included in the sale. 15 rai is offered for sale at 8.8m THB per rai. For full details and pictures Click Here

Plot 4

Sitting right in the centre of Kamala town this land is just off the main high street. The land come with permission and plans for a condominium project. This 1 rai is offered at 10m THB. For full details and pictures Click Here

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kitchen Bar Stools - Not Just For Breakfast

by: Regina Dewall

The kitchen bar stools in your home may be among the most used seats in the house. It’s not uncommon to see a child sitting there doing their homework while mom or dad is preparing breakfast or dinner. Often, while leaving the "at work" mode and entering the "at home" mode, the kitchen bar stool is a convenient place to sit and sort the mail while having a snack or drink. Good friends will often sit on the bar stools in the kitchen in order to converse with us better as we finish getting a meal ready, and then the children will take over the bar stools as the adults move to the dinning table for the meal.

As homes with larger kitchens have become more and more popular, many homes now have a kitchen/dining area with overhang counters. Thus the kitchen bar stool has become increasingly more popular.

There are many designs to choose from. In fact, there are so many different kinds of kitchen bar stools, that it can become a challenge to decide which style is best for you. How tall should they be? Should they have a back? Should they have arms? Should they swivel? Should your kitchen bar stools be made of wood, metal, wrought iron, or something else? The answers to some of these questions are easy to determine while others are purely choices of preference.

Here are a few tips on selecting the "right" kitchen bar stools:

As mentioned above, most kitchen bar stools get a lot of use, and that means a lot of abuse! So you may want to select stools that are made of materials that can withstand the inevitable. For kitchen use, avoid stools that are made from soft woods, this is especially true if the stools have a back or arms. With the high volume of traffic that many kitchens get, these stools would get scratched very quickly. You might consider wrought iron, stainless steel, aluminum, chrome, or a hard wood.

Generally, it is recommended to allow 12 inches from the top of the stool cushion to the bottom of the counter or table. If you select kitchen bar stools with arms, make sure the top of the arms will slide under the table or counter. The cushions for your stools should be able to handle regular use. If you choose either leather or vinyl for your kitchen bar stool cushions, avoid the temptation to get a thin grade.

When choosing kitchen bar stools, think outside the kitchen. In other words, where else might the stools be used? Might they be used in the TV or game room on occasion? If this is something you expect to happen, select a stool that is light enough to be easily moved. The heavier they are, the more likely they are to be dragged over your floors.

In our fast paced lives, we don’t often sit down at the table to eat. Instead of carrying food to the table, we grab the nearest stool and have a quick bite on our way out in the morning. We often do the same thing when we are coming home in the evening, since we often have to turn around and go back out.

Truly the humble kitchen bar stool isn’t just for breakfast anymore!

About The Author

Regina Dewall writes about tips on selecting kitchen counter and bar stools. To read more tips from Regina, visit the Bar Stool Buying Guide.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Russians Arrive in Phuket

The Russians are coming. Although many of them are already here, or have been and gone, the announcement that Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, will start a three times a week high season service to Phuket is good for tourism and property. In the first quarter of 2010 Russian visitors were first, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and China in the top five. Russians are interested in freehold condominium units, according to the Phuket Real Estate Association.

Russians like to purchase large, expensive villas and there are a number of local real estate agents who specialize in this Russian market. Laguna Phuket is a favourite although most of the units are not used or even in rental pools; they are mainly there for investment only. Russians tend to not like other people using their units. There are Russians working on Phuket for tour companies and there is even a Russian language magazine, a Russian version of the established Phuket Magazine.

In addition to Aeroflot, Transaero, a Russian charter airline, flies direct to Phuket and in July this year Pegas Touristik, a Russian tour operator, announced it would increase flights to Bangkok and Phuket from eight Russians cities. In January-June 2010 Russian visitors to Thailand totaled 305,415, a 10.28 percent increase on the previous year, with a large proportion of visitors traveling on to Phuket.

Russian tourists are not everyone’s cup of tea. Some hotel properties in Phuket are reluctant to have them as guests. but there is no denying the Russians’ determination to come here for a holiday, and, maybe, investment. The shortest airline flight from Moscow to Phuket via Vienna, Austria, is 29 hours.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thailands luxury Property Market

With the recent sale of Beyond Villa the world is starting to sit up and take notice of the luxury property market in Thailand. Beyond Villa was sold to an anonymous Russian business man for a rumoured figure of US$24,000,000. The villa sits on Natai Beach just north of Phuket Island with 6,000sqm of constructed area spread over a huge 16,000sqm ocean front plot.

With rental returns on luxury villas in Thailand generating between US$500-5,500 per night (depending on season) they can also turn out to be a great money earner as well as a special place to come and spend your holidays. Here is just a small selection of completed luxury properties available from

Villa Chan Grajan

Location: Surin Beach, Phuket
Rental Returns: US$1,400 - $5,500 per night
Guide Price: US$8,000,000

Villas Yin & Yang

Location: Kamala Beach, Phuket
Rental Returns: US$1,000 - $4,250 per night (Yin) US$950 - $3,495 per night (Yang)
Guide Price: US$7,250,000 (Yin) US$4,250,000 (Yang)

Liberty (as featured in the Asia Property Magazine, Oct. page 92)

Location: Kamala Headland, Phuket
Guide Price: US$7,000,000

Satis House

Location: Natai Beach, Phang Nga
Rental Returns: US$500 - $2,500 per night
Guide Price: US$4,500,000

The Estates Samui (Managed by The Four Seasons Resort Group)

Location: Bang Ma Kham, Koh Samui
Rental Returns: US$3,000 - $4,500 per night
Guide Price: From US$3,000,000

Samui Ridgeway

Location: Tong Krut, Koh Samui
Rental Returns: US$950 - $3,000 per night
Guide Price: POA

If you would like any further details on any of these properties or any other services offered by then please feel free to contact us at any time.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thai Mortgages For Foreigners

Thai institutional group MBK PLC is now offering financing to foreigners on freehold condominiums through its subsidiary MBK Guarantee Ltd.

This appears to be an extremely notable development in Thailand, where previously financing was nearly impossible to obtain for foreigners.

Loans from THB2 million to THB20 million (US$63,431-634,313) are being offered with monthly payments from 2-10 years for all foreigners – including non-residents. Interest is set at a minimum lending rate (MLR) of Thanachart plus 2% (roughly 8.375 per cent floating), and there is an option for a balloon payment at the end of term of 50 per cent.

The company says no income or work permit is required to obtain a loan, but the property must be in prime locations of Bangkok, Hua Hin, Cha Am, Pattaya, or Samui, according to Sakchai Suthipipat Vice President, Investment Department, MBK PLC and Head of Credit Department, MBK Guarantee Ltd.

MBK Guarantee is also offering mortgages in order to refinance properties. With the mortgage financing, credit is based on the value of the property not cash flow from a business. All types of properties will be accepted, including land banks, SDH, villas, and leasehold properties will be eligible. Interest rate will be set at the MLR from Thanachart Bank plus 5.625 per cent, or roughly 12 per cent floating. Tenor is up to three years and principal payment is not required during loan period.

Conditions apply to both of these financial services that have yet to be revealed.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Budget Kitchen Remodeling Tips

 Kitchen remodeling is a great home improvement investment and can be done on a budget. Update kitchen light fixtures, cabinets and countertops with tips from a professional home repairman in this free video on home improvement.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Thailand Information

Before planning your trip to Thailand, take a look at our information pages to see where the best places to see are.

Click these links

Thailand | Bangkok | Chiang Mai | Hua Hin | Koh Samui | Krabi | Pattaya | Phuket

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Luxury Villa Sells For US$24,000,000 in Thailand

What is widely regarded as Asia's most luxurious home has been sold, Asia Property Report understands.

Beyond Villa, located Natai Beach in Thailand's southern Phang Nga province, has been sold for around US$24 million, according to a number of industry watchers who declined to be named. The 6,500 sqm property, which was previously owned by California Fitness founder Eric Levine, has been purchased by an unidentified Russian buyer, according to several sources familiar with the transaction.

The ocean front property has been on the market for several years and was initially listed at around US$27.5 million.

Located on a 10 rai (4 acre) beach front estate on quiet Natai Beach in Phang Nga, the four bedroom villa has one of the best home gyms in the world, thanks to its former owner. It incorporates glass, steel and granite into its ultra modern and light filled design which was created by Hong Kong architect Branko Pahor.

Outside its doors Villa Beyond has a 2 hole golf course, 37 metre infinity swimming pool, barbecue terrace and covered outdoor massage and dining areas. Notable inside amenities include a 24 seat cinema, hidden kitchen, meditation room and a spa. The master bedroom is 500 sqm in size and boasts its own private swimming pool.

The home gym, with more than 80 pieces of equipment, is located in a separate pavilion on the property, as is a 750 sqm games room complete with bowling alley and karaoke room.

The property was being marketed extensively by local and international agents, and had been featured in the pages of global newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times.

Thailand Real Estate

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How to Change a Ballast in a Fluorescent Light

 Change a ballast in a fluorescent light using an electrical tester to check for safety, and by twisting it 30 degrees to loosen the light fixture. Find out how to change a ballast with tips from a handyman in this free video on home repair and maintenance.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Build Your Dream Home – Part 3 of 3

by: Mark J. Donovan

Exterior Framing Continues

With the home’s sub-floor down and the exterior walls framed and up, the framing crew was on to the roof. Though the roof was rather simple in structure with just a 12/12 pitch and no valleys it was a significant framing undertaking due to just the size and height of it. The house was 32 feet wide by 44 feet in length, and the exterior side walls stood 11 feet tall in the great room. This exterior wall height of 11 feet translated into a roof ridge that was 27 feet off the floor of the great room. Consequently staging was required to install the ridge pole and roof rafters. In addition, since the span from the top of the walls to the ridge was so long, heavy 2x12s were required for the roof rafters. Within a week, however, the team had completed the installation of the roof rafters and the house began to take on real shape.

I should comment briefly about the sub-floor and exterior walls before I move on.

I decided on using ¾” tongue and groove plywood for the sub-flooring rather than OSB/particle board as I was concerned that the OSB was too sensitive to moisture. I was concerned about this, both from the construction phase and from normal home use. I was concerned that during the construction phase that snow and ice could potentially lead to damage such as warping. I have seen this before when OSB was used on sub-flooring. I was also concerned that during the life of the home, that there could be water incidents, e.g. a leaking dishwasher or washer machine that also could also lead to water damage to the floor. I also believe that plywood is stronger and that it would provide for a more solid and rigid floor.

Regarding the exterior wall fr`ming I used 2x6 construction. This is typical in New England as the additional wall depth allows for higher insulation factors; a must in colder climates.

Sheathing the Outside of the Home

In order to get plumbing and electric contractors onto a site typically they want the home “buttoned up”. This includes the roof shingled and the doors and windows on. Thus my framing crew moved onto the exterior sheathing once the walls and roof framing were complete.

As with the sub-floor, I again chose plywood for the exterior sheathing for the same reasons mentioned earlier. On the exterior walls ½” exterior grade plywood was used. On the roof 5/8” exterior grade plywood was used. I know many builders today use OSB for both the walls and roof, however, I still believe for stronger construction plywood is the way to go.

The sheathing effort took about a week to complete. During this time exterior doors and windows showed up on the site. Staging the delivery of material reduces theft and insurance risk as well as keeps a less cluttered construction site. However, as I have indicated earlier, communication is critical when you are doing “Just-in-Time” material delivery.

Installing Exterior Doors and Windows

The installation of the doors and windows was a major undertaking for this project as the lake side view of the home was literally a wall of windows; 32 feet in width and 27 feet in height. A great deal of engineering had gone into the window design so that the 10 large custom windows would fit together like a jig saw puzzle. This said, when the windows arrived on site and were inspected, it was determined that some of them were not built correctly to the dimensions specified. After much debate with the framing crew, the window vendor and me we reached a compromise on sharing the cost of fixing the windows. The window vendor took back the improperly sized windows and the framing crew began the installation of the doors and what windows they could install. Fortunately the window vendor was able to return to the site with the properly sized windows within a few days and the construction phase did not miss a beat.

Completing the Interior Framing

With the doors and windows installed, the framing crew proceeded to complete the Interior Framing. This was an exciting time, as the rooms began to take real shape. You could now walk down hallways and into bedrooms and closet areas. Within just a few days the interior walls were complete and the framing crew proceeded onto the roof for the shingling.

I should note that 2x4 construction was used on the interior walls as insulation was not required on the interior walls.

Shingling the Roof

The last task to complete before the house could be classified as “Buttoned Up” was to install the shingles on the roof. Fortunately my framing crew was also able to do this task, thus eliminating the need for yet another subcontractor.

I chose a 30 year architectural shingle due to the quality and look I was trying to achieve on the home.

Though relatively a simple roof, it was quite large and the weather was less than hospitable. Consequently it took nearly 2 weeks to complete this task. However, with the roof complete, my electric and plumbing contractors were now able to begin their work.

Also, with the main house now structurally complete, the framing crew moved onto the garage framing and construction phase. As a result of staging the garage behind the main home construction phase, I was able to have subcontractors work in parallel without getting in each others way.

Rough Electric and Plumbing

With the house “Buttoned-Up”, my Electric and Plumber subcontractors showed up to begin the roughing in phase of their respective tasks.

Rough Electric

I had met a few days before on site with the Electric subcontractor to discuss the placement of all the wall outlets and switches, as well as where the light fixtures would be situated. During our discussion he marked the wall studs for the placements of the electric wiring boxes so that we could visualize the entire electric wiring scheme. We also marked where the telephone and cable boxes would reside.

During the electrical rough in wiring phase, the electrician installed all the wiring boxes and ran wire from the boxes to where the main circuit panel box would reside.

Rough Plumbing

As with the Electrical Subcontractor, I had met several weeks earlier with the Plumbing Contractor. During this meeting we discussed the form of heat for the home, as well as where the bathrooms and kitchen were to reside in the home. We also discussed types of bathroom fixtures including tubs, sinks and toilets. Consequently, when he showed up on site he new exactly where to run main drain and supply pipes and vent stacks. He also roughed in all of the plumbing for each bathroom and kitchen plumbing fixture.

Within a week both the Electrical and Rough Plumbing contractors had completed their tasks and had successfully passed their respective inspections.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How to Replace Cracked Tile

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Build Your Dream Home – Part 2 of 3

by: Mark J. Donovan

Razing the Cottage

With new house plans and permits in hand, subcontractors hired and a Septic Design in process, it was now time to raze the existing cottage. I considered employing the local fire department to burn it down, however I chose the demolition route instead. Though I did not contact the Fire Department, I was convinced that this route would have led to multiple delays and pitfalls, as I would have been at the whim of several town employees and weather conditions. The demolition route required only the excavator subcontractor and had less weather related schedule risks. In addition, the demolition cost and effort was very reasonable. Within two days, it was as if the cottage never existed on the land. It is important to note, however, that the cottage was relatively small. It was 22’ x 30’. If the cottage had been significantly larger, then the Fire Department route may have made more financial sense.

The demolition effort itself basically consisted of three parts. First, all of the furniture and appliances needed to be removed. Most of these items were old and musty and were not worth saving. Next, the excavator used a large backhoe and tore apart and crushed the building into small pieces. Finally, the excavator loaded the debris into several 20 cubic yard dumpsters, which were then hauled away by a dumpster company. Finding the appropriate dumpster company was a little bit of a challenge, as there are strict regulations on the disposing of certain home construction material. In addition, the dumpster costs can dramatically increase depending on how far away their facilities are from the construction/destruction site.

Breaking Ground

After the cottage was razed, and the stakes were placed outlining the boundary of the new home, it was time to break ground. This was a very exciting time as my dream was about to begin to take shape. I was building a large contemporary home with a wall of windows facing the lake front. Admittedly it was only a hole in the ground, but this hole represented the rough footprint of my future house. Seeing the hole, I could begin to more easily visualize my future home.

Digging out the hole and preparing the site for a foundation is one of the most critical aspects of building a new home. As a result, I spent several occasions with both the Excavator and Foundation subcontractors reviewing the house plans and the site prior to, and during the excavation. It was imperative that all of us were on the same page to ensure that the foundation walls, with all its jogs and step ups/downs would be located and installed per the plans. During these meetings a few adjustments were necessary to the foundation plans, however with all the team members involved the changes were minor and absolutely necessary. The changes helped prevent more serious problems later on and ensured that the outside aesthetics of the home were maintained.

As I already indicated, the foundation is extremely important to any quality home. If the foundation is not built upon a solid footing, nor constructed of the appropriate concrete strength, the foundation walls will crack in short order. These cracks can lead to water in the basement, settling in the framing, and eventually cracks in the finished walls and ceilings. Consequently, it is imperative that the excavation site not only be properly dug out, but also backfilled with crushed stone and sand to provide for a stable base and to enable proper drainage underneath and around the home. In my case I had the excavator dig out sufficiently to enable 18” of crushed stone to be backfilled into the hole and still meet my foundation plan requirements.

Once the site was prepared for concrete, the foundation crew installed concrete footings 18” wide and 12” deep. In addition they installed several cement footings in the middle of the house footprint for lally columns. The footings represent the base of the home and support the concrete foundation walls and the home itself. Due to the fact that it was winter, Calcium Chloride was used as an accelerator to speed the curing time of the concrete. In addition water had pooled in a portion of the hole, so constant pumping was necessary during the curing time.

After a couple of days, the foundation crew installed forms for the concrete walls. A day later the foundation walls were poured. Three days later the forms were removed and the foundation walls were in. I then had my excavator subcontractor return. After tarring the outer walls, just up to the level of where the finished grade would be, he installed a perimeter drain around the foundation and then backfilled the foundation with clean sand and fill. It is important that boulders and clay not be used as backfill material. Boulders can crack the foundation walls while being pushed into place, and clay can lead to improper drainage around the home.

With the foundation in and backfilled I was ready for framers.

The Framing Stage

The framing stage is probably the most exciting part of building a home. In a relatively short period of time, literally days, a house begins to take real form. Within less than a week knee walls were up, floor joists were installed and a plywood sub-floor was down. After a couple of weeks, the first floor walls were up and ceiling joists were being installed. I was so impressed I was convinced my new home was a month ahead of schedule. Boy was I wrong.

Before I elaborate on my misconception I should jump back for a minute. While the excavation work went on, I was also engaged with the Framing subcontractor. The Framing subcontractor needed to order framing material including lumber, doors and windows, shingles and siding. Inevitably there were issues with the availability of material and delivery dates, and as a result, we spent a fair amount of time resolving these issues. Fortunately, due to constant communication and quick problem solving we were able to have the initial delivery of lumber arrive on the site within a day after the backfilling of the foundation.

It is important to note, that it is at this time of the project that the large outlays of money begin to occur. Lumber costs for a home construction are quite large, and final payments are due to the Excavator and Foundation subcontractors. Excavation/Sitework and Foundation installations are a significant portion of the cost of building a home. In addition, the Framing subcontractor requires a portion of his labor to be paid in advance.

Also, it is very important that Homeowner Construction Insurance be obtained prior to the construction phase. This insurance protects the Homeowner/Builder against material theft and job injuries. All of your subcontractors and their employees should be insured but don’t count on it. During any building project, subcontractors are bound to hire extra help for short stints and I would be surprised if these temporary employees were added to the subcontractor’s insurance policy. The homeowner/builder insurance policy is small change compared to the risk of theft or the threat of injury lawsuits.

As I indicated earlier, I was in for a surprise with the framing phase of my home. As mentioned, the initial framing moved quickly. However it was still winter and frequent snow storms and extremely cold weather began to hit. This dramatically slowed progress. In addition, with the fresh supply of snow it quickly became apparent that my framing crew had an affinity to snowmobiling. So even on the sunny days my framing crew was frequently absent. No matter my level of complaining or prodding I was unable to control my framing subcontractor’s work ethic.

Consequently, I had to contact my plumbing, electric, and fireplace subcontractors to inform them of the delay. This was extremely painful to have to do, as I had no definitive date on when I would actually need them and each of them had very full calendars. As a result, to be able to call them at the last minute and expect for them to drop what they were doing to come to work on my project was highly unlikely. Again, through regular communication with these other subcontractors I was able to mitigate some of this problem, however my project did experience significant schedule slips due to my framing crews shenanigans.

In retrospect, I am not sure what I could have done to have prevented this problem. Reference checks on the Framing subcontractor had been positive. I guess I should have asked what his hobbies were and made sure they did not correspond to the season I wanted the work done. It is also a fact that unexpected things do happen on any project and one should expect it and plan accordingly. For example, put some contingency dollars and schedule into your project for events such as mine. Also, I can not stress enough to establish a rapport and regular communication channel with all of your subcontractors. Do not assume anything during a project of this size.

To Be Continued ….

In Part 3 of “Build Your Dream House”, the Framing continues and Rough Electric and Plumbing begin. Stay tuned next week……………

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Over the past 20+ years Mark Donovan has been involved with building homes and additions to homes. His projects have included: building a vacation home, building additions and garages on to existing homes, and finishing unfinished homes. For more home improvement information visit and

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Easy Drywall Repair a typical home improvement

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Build Your Dream Home - Part 1 of 3

by: Mark J. Donovan

For most of my adult life I had thought about someday building my Dream Home. Several years ago I finally got the chance. I had purchased a lake front lot with a small cottage on it. My initial intention was to use the property “as is”, and someday raze the old cottage and build a new home in its place. After a couple of weekends in the musty old camp I came to the conclusion that I needed to speed up my timetable.

Part of the dream in building my own home was to act as the General Contractor and to personally supply a great deal of sweat equity. I accomplished both of these goals, however it was not easy. There were many roadblocks and bends in the road along the way. In the subsequent parts of this chronology, I will review my experiences in hopes that others may gain from my experiences.

Determining the Home Style and Size

After making the decision to raze the cottage and build a new home, I had to first determine what type and size of home to build. My lot was limited in size and required careful planning to ensure that I would meet all of the setbacks governed by the town I lived in. Although I had these concerns, I decided to forgo the Architect route. I deemed it too expensive and probably not necessary for the style of home I wanted to build. Instead I picked up a handful of Home Plan magazines and surfed the internet for home designs. I also picked up an inexpensive software package for designing homes and floorplans. After a week of reviewing home plans, I found one that met most of my requirements in terms of a floorplan. The footprint was smaller than I wanted, but I concluded that I could redraw the floor plan accordingly using my newly purchased

Home Design Software Package.

The Home Design Software package was not as simple to use as the instruction manual implied, however after a couple of weeks I had a floorplan with all the dimensional information.

Assuming the role as the General Contractor

As I had indicated earlier, one of my goals was to assume the role as General Contractor on this project. I quickly learned that banks frown upon lending construction mortgages to everyday homeowners and to folks who have little professional building experience. I got around this issue by deciding not to use the banks for financing. However, from what I learned later, it may have been possible for me to assume a construction mortgage if I had quit my day job and applied for the loan as a “full time General Contractor”. Indeed, I would have needed to complete a full proposal to the bank with all costs and subcontractors identified, but this is necessary anyways.

As the General Contractor I developed a build schedule and task list. Some of the top items included: Identifying subcontractors, pulling permits, and having a septic design approved.

Carefully Pick your Sub-Contractors

Identifying the right subcontractors is the most important task a General Contractor performs. Poor selection of subcontractors can lead to delays in schedules, cost overruns, poor workmanship and strife between the various subcontractors on the job. Prior to hiring subcontractors, it is important to visit their current jobsites. Review their work on existing jobsites and mingle with the other subs to judge the working relationship. In addition get two or three reference checks on the subcontractors. If there are poor workmanship, personality issues, or references move on. Do not settle for second rate subs, even if it means slipping your schedule or costs goals, as you will more than likely suffer even larger schedule slips or higher costs by hiring the wrong people.

Pulling Permits

Once you have selected and hired your excavator, chief framer, and foundation company, review with them your plans. Make sure you walk the site with them, and carefully stake out the house footprint, paying careful attention to lot setbacks, septic tanks, leach fields and well location. Once all are agreed upon with the house plans and the location of the home, contact the building inspector and review with him/her your plans. You will need to submit a very thorough package to the building inspector prior to getting approval. There are frequently town and state forms that need to be filled out regarding wetlands, and home thermal analysis. In addition, detailed engineering drawings of the proposed home may be required. In my case the Framer was able to assist in developing additional sketches of the house plan to ensure structural compliance to local, state and federal building codes. If I had used the initial home plans I had obtained, those would have been sufficient. I also could have contacted an architect with my selected plans to provide additional details, however it was not necessary in my case.

After about a week and several hundred dollars later I had the permit to build a new home.

Septic Design

My home required its own septic system on site. As a result, I required a septic design and an associated permit for the new home. I recommend pursuing this as early as possible in any new home project as this can take up to 2-3 months to complete as both town and state approvals are required, not to mention site and engineering work.

Without knowing exactly where the septic system and tank will reside, it may be difficult to locate the exact position of the home and in many cases the building inspector may not approve the building permit until the septic design permit has been obtained. I was fortunate in that the property already had a small septic system on the lot, so the building inspector gave me approval. I was at financial risk, however, in the event the new septic design was not approved or needed to be repositioned from the proposed location. Fortunately that was not the case and I was able to move forward on razing the cottage and beginning site work.

To Be Continued ….

In Part 2 of “Build Your Dream House”, I will cover razing an existing building, performing site prep work, and pouring foundation walls. Stay tuned next week

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Over the past 20+ years Mark Donovan has been involved with building homes and additions to homes. His projects have included: building a vacation home, building additions and garages on to existing homes, and finishing unfinished homes. For more home improvement information visit and

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

How to Use a Rivet Gun

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Caring for Your Plants

by: Janeth Duque

One of the best things you can do to save money on your landscape is to properly care for your plants. This is very important to keeping a healthy yard and an attractive landscape. If you properly care for your plants, you will save money in maintenance costs, and you will save money in having to replace plants that succumb to disease or other problems associated with poor care. Caring for your plants is not only good for the plants, but it is also good for you. You can get good exercise, escape from the stale air of your home, and get a little bit closer to nature. Not only do these things have positive physical benefits, but they have mental and emotional benefits as well. When you care for your plants you are saving money, helping your over all well being, and preserving a beautiful landscape.

Keeping your soil in good condition is essential for the care of your plants, whether the plants are part of the lawn, or whether they are trees or flowers. Having good soil is essential, as good soil provides nutrients to the plants and also offers moisture, as good soil preserves water and can act as a reservoir of moisture. Keeping your soil healthy is the beginning of caring for your plants. You can keep the soil healthy in a number of ways. Check the acid and alkali contents and make sure that they remain at levels that are good for your plants.

Also, it is a good idea to add organic material to your soil at least once a year. Using organic mulch is a good way to keep your soil in good shape. In shrub and flowerbeds, and around trees, wood chips can help the soil retain moisture and they will break own and provide nutrients as well. Reducing compaction is also important, as it allows air down into the soil and frees up room for beneficial organisms like earthworms. There is also more room for the roots to grow (any kind of roots — grass, tree, flower, etc.), giving them a firmer foundation and better health. Annual aeration will help your grass and the trees and shrubs that you have planted on your lawn. Turning the soil each year and adding special potting soil to the garden and flowerbeds at fall planting can also help.

Efficient watering techniques are also very helpful with plant care. These techniques include things like watering deeply and not terribly often. For the most part, people water their lawns too frequently. This keeps the roots shallow (shallow roots mean less healthy grass) and much of the water either runs off or evaporates. Watering in the early morning (before 10) and in the evening (after 6) can reduce losses to evaporation and increase the amount of water that is actually absorbed into the soil. When watering flowerbeds and trees and shrubs, make sure that rather than simply letting a sprinkler run, you take care to use the hose to water deeply. For established plants, there is no need to water more than once a week. Even the lawn does not need to be watered more than once or twice a week. This type of watering schedule forces the roots to go deeper into the soil, looking for moisture and creating healthier plants that are more tolerant of drought conditions.

Other good care practices include pruning woody plants and inspecting for pests and diseases. Not only does this help with the health of the plants, but it also contributes to their attractiveness. You can help your plants look fuller (especially evergreen shrubs) by pruning yearly. Blossoming plants also benefit from such care, as they will have more blooms when properly pruned. Additionally, when you inspect regularly for pests and diseases, you can catch problems before they get out of hand. You can properly treat the issue as needed, and save time and money in replacing the plants later.

While many people make use of fertilizers, pesticides, and weed killers, these are not necessarily essential for good plant care. It is true that these chemicals can contribute to the health and the look of your landscape, but if they are used improperly they can also cause damage. Make sure that you carefully read the instructions in full before applying any such product. Then, make sure you fallow the directions exactly. Too much of these chemicals can actually harm your plants.

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Janeth Duque of Geeks On Steroids. Janeth is well-known in the world of web design and search engine optimization.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Feng Shui In The Home

by: Andrew Jones

The Feng Shui masters have provided you with the technical know-how for evaluating your home. Implementing the Feng Shui Design - and cures in your home has a profound effect on your life. Based on the ancient knowledge and practices, Feng Shui - is a spiritual way of life that helps you to imbibe the positive forces of the universe. All the spiritual principles of the Feng Shui also have a strong scientific foundation underlying it.

When you first start looking around spaces in your home you would not be in a position to decide what changes to make, or there can be many areas that you might wish to change; especially if you live in a larger house. But when you let Feng Shui in the home it only tells you where to start, it also tells you the significance of doing so. Bringing Feng Shui in the home design is just not about making physical changes, it is about giving significance to each and every object in your home so that it has positive effect (or positive Chi as it is called in Feng Shui) that particular space, your home and off course your life.

A Feng Shui house is a house where all the objects are in perfect harmony to each other whether we talk about the Feng Shui Elements contained in them or the particular colors that have been used to enhance the space. The Feng Shui is about balancing energies, of animate with inanimate and that of the soul with that of the universe, so that you get the positive energies of the universe flowing through the entire spaces in your house.

Believe it or not, every single household or decorative object in your home is just as imbued with life energy as the natural wonders beyond your front door and it has a scientific basis for it.

Bringing Feng Shui in the home does not ask you to throw out all your furniture, renovate your home, or move to new living quarters as you may have perceived the Feng Shui would lead you to. In quintessence to The Spiritual Feng Shui such upheaval could actually create turmoil rather than correcting imbalanced energies. Similarly trying to fix everything at once is a recipe for confusion and chaos, because in that case you will be throwing the relationships between objects out of whack.

Remember, Feng Shui is all about the connections and energy flow between objects and people, so proceed gradually, in stages, testing out how each small change influences the Chi of the space. Before practicing Feng Shui in your home try to understand its principles, its essence and most importantly its spiritual nature; then and only then you can envision and bring about the specific changes in the objects, environment and quality of life that you desire.

Each area of your life (health, reputation, family, travel, and so on) is strongly associated with various parts of your home. These associations may be determined using the bagua map.

The beauty of Feng Shui is that it suddenly makes visible to us all these things in our home or home design that we have been living with for years, and that have gone unnoticed. We tend to get tunnel vision, so that we are accustomed to our way of life and don’t see how it could be any different. But when we view our homes through the lens of Feng Shui, we begin to see the ways in which our surroundings, different objects or the clutter in our house are placing a burden on our spirits. The Feng Shui helps us to be able to identify and pinpoint specific areas in our home that have been letting us down. The spiritual Feng Shui opens our spirit to the whole universe and we learn to recognize elements that have remained invisible to us for so long.

A Feng Shui house is a house where any change that you make, any cure you introduce into your home or home design is a conscious and deliberate (and well thought out) action that you have taken specifically with the intent of improving your life. It is important know that Feng Shui in home works only when the practitioner puts full mindfulness into each task along the way. A careful Feng Shui Study -

Before making any changes in the home design the Feng Shui beginners have to first know about the various Feng Shui Elements -, Feng Shui Color - and then start practicing Feng Shui in the home design.

When you get the insight into what is Feng Shui - you are able to balance the negative energies of the elements that may be present in the objects of your home with using Feng Shui in home design. Similarly practicing Feng Shui in home using color and other enhancement allows the positive Chi to flow through your home and let you have a better and happier life.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How A Filterless Air Purifier Works

by: Ken Morris

If you watch television late at night, you are probably familiar with a filterless air purifier called the Ionic Breeze. These systems have benefits and drawbacks. Lately, there has been some controversy over their safety. Some consider them to be unsafe, while others swear by the results.

How a Filterless Air Purifiers Work

A filterless purifier works by giving the incoming air an electrostatic charge. This charge also charges particles in the air. The air is then moved past an oppositely charged collection grid. The impurities in the air are attracted to the grid, like a magnet. The grid must be removed periodically and cleaned of the impurities. This is easily done with a damp cloth. Once the grid is completely dry, replace it and turn the machine back on. These systems can be installed on a forced air heating system to treat the whole house, or can be purchased in portable units.

This process creates ozone in the air. If you have been outside after a thunderstorm, you have smelled natural ozone in the air. These systems clean the air the way nature cleans the outdoor air.

However, some feel the ozone that is created can be a health hazard, particularly if it is highly concentrated. If you are using a portable air cleaner, be sure it isn’t too big for the room in which it is being used. The square footage is listed on the box and in the owner’s manual. Another option is to run it for a while and then turn it off before using the room.

Benefits of a Filterless Air Purifier

There are no filters to change with this type of purification system. Replacement filters can be expensive and not having one saves money in the long run.

They use a collection grid to collect impurities, rather than a filter. The impurities stick to the grid and are wiped off with a damp cloth. Once the grid is clean and dry, place it back in the machine and turn it on.

The filtration process leaves a fresh smsell in the air that many people find vitalizing. You won’t need to use air fresheners with these systems.

They are nearly silent when running. This is great for night time use. Some air purification systems can be very noisy and may need to be turned off at night.

Drawbacks of Filterless Air Purifiers

The safety of these filtration systems was called into question a few years ago when Consumer Reports gave the Ionic Breeze a bad review and called it hazardous. The reason is the ozone that is a by product of the purification process. Ozone is a pollutant and can be irritating to people with asthma or other respiratory disorders. Sharper Image responded by adding a component called “Ozone Guard” which is said to convert most of the ozone into oxygen. On a later review, Consumer Reports still gave the machhne low marks, but said the ozone output is now in acceptable levels.

These systems are more expensive than other air purifiers. However, when you add in the cost of replacement filters, this price difference diminishes over time.

The collection grid must be cleaned frequently. If it isn’t clean, it won’t work. The frequency depends on the number of impurities in the air. Homes with pets, smokers, a lot of dust, etc, will need more frequent cleaning.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Repair Holes in Drywall for Home Improvement

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Water Damage in the Kitchen

by: Terry Allen

The kitchen is often neglected even though it is often cleaned and warning signs of excess moisture and impending water damage are overlooked. Inspecting the following moisture sources will help in preventing damage where it is likely to happen


The area behind the refrigerator is hardly ever inspected because it is relatively hard to reach. Inspecting this area will reduce the chance for water problems. water behind the refrigerator is a sign. Do not ignore it, fix immediately or hire an appliance technician. If you detect mold growth, clean it immediately. Locate the moisture and fix it. If you have an icemaker, check the hose to make sure it is sealed and attached to the water supply.

Sink and Countertop

The sink and countertop are highly watered areas in the house. Check regularly under the sink and remove the trash can and other stored items to search for leaks. A drip in the trap under the sink means drain problems and must be repaired fast. Look around the sink, slow draining pipes indicate a blocked drain. A dripping faucet must me repaired promptly. Pay attention to the countertop. If tiles are cracked or grout is missing, fix it to prevent water from pervading. Stained walls and floors around pipes indicate an internal leak that must be fixed to prevent additional damage.


If the dishwasher doesn’t empty after use, the main filter may be blocked and must be released promptly. When the sink overflows, it is usually due to back-ups. This problem usually occurs when the drain line is clogged. Clean the drain line regularly. Look under the base of the dishwasher for leaks. If you find any leaks, there could be an unsealed joint or a damaged hose. Check the connection and fix as needed. Check the dishwasher hose under the sink for signs of leakage and fix if necessary. Consider installing steel-braided hoses on appliances such as the dishwasher.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Koh Pom Island - Land For Sale is happy to offer a very special piece of Thai real estate. A lovely parcel of land on a small island just off the south east of Koh Lanta Yai which is currently one of the busiest tourist islands in the area.

The land covers around 20% of the island and has beaches on both the east and west side.

The area around Koh Lanta is very popular with divers having some of the best dive spots in Thailandand easily accessible from Krabi

The land consists of a number of land titles that are Nor Sor 3 and Nor Sor 3 Gor.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Your Home Protective Coatings

by: Jeff Martin

There are several areas of your home that suffer from extensive damage, whether it is due to poor weather, physical damage or simply because of old age. Protective coatings are a great way to help these areas remain durable and resistant against negative elements. One of the most delicate surfaces around your home is the driveway and garage floor. You can use some tough protective coatings to protect such spaces – simply brush or roll the coating in an easy but effective action that will protect your driveway from all sorts of damage. For concrete floors, choose a high quality epoxy coating – this is an excellent addition to the floor’s structure because it soaks in and becomes part of the concrete matrix. High chemical and fuel resistance also recommends such coatings for garages and workshops. Most top grade protective coatings are engineered to self level and have different characteristics such as being resistant to chemicals, spilled fuel, brake fluid and acids, is impact resistant to 500 PSI, heat resistant to 350 + degrees, color-fast, non-chalking and resists cracking, chipping and peeling.

Due to recent advancements, several top class products appeared on the protective coatings market. Choosing a silicone based epoxy ester single component epoxy product, for example, will guarantee excellent resistance and unsurpassed flexibility, two very desirable elements of any coating system. Such products are reinforced with alkyd and urethane, two special components that augment the qualities of the protective coating. The interesting thing about such a waterproof floor coating is that it is the same product used on aircraft carriers. This means that, originally, it was designed to withstand extreme damage, such as jet fighter landings and take offs, fuel leaks, flaming jet exhausts and so on. Imagine how resistant such a protective coating would be on your driveway!

Epoxy coatings are also used in protecting other materials, such as wood, concrete, metal, fiberglass… and the list goes on. Not only do they do their job with military precision, these epoxy coatings are also lead-free, making them safe for the environment. When they dry, the protective coatings are completely harmless and non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about your pets or children. You can top the coating with a clear finish, especially if you purchase one with UV inhibitors that guarantee a long life. Such a finish would make the protected surface look even better than it originally did, plus with the extra protection it brings. When properly applied, such protective coatings do not chip or break and most good manufacturers and retailers offer guarantees that extend up to 5 years.

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Jeff Martin writes articles for many well known newspapers and is currently writing a book that is set to be released at the end of March 2006.

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Aonamao Beach Land For Sale 9 Rai

9 rai of beach land with a very long water frontage in the centre of Aonamao beach.

Aonamao is just round the corner from the famous Railay Bay which is the most popular tourist spot in the area. Regular boats leave from Aonamao pier to Railay and dozens of local islands.

Just a few hundred metres up from this parcel of land is Amatapura which is almost sold out now and has recently fully opened as a villa resort.

With the unique shape of the land a quality development of 9-20 villas could be achieved.

There are currently no properties of this kind for this area available on the Krabi real estate market

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Your Home Bar Furniture

by: Sari El-Dajjani

Looking for stylish bar furniture for your home? This article will provide you with information on picking the right barstools and bar table for your home.

Need home decorating advice? Looking for stylish bar furniture for your home? Then you have come to the right place. The addition of bar furniture in homes is becoming more frequent. Everyday people are looking for bar furniture to buy so they can add more fashion to their homes. What can bar furniture do for you? It could be a place where you can take a break from everything and relax with friends and family and enjoy a drink. Having bar furniture in your house, you will be able to entertain friends and guests more easily. Socializing becomes more fun, especially with a great bar table and relaxing bar stools for everyone to enjoy. The sheer beauty of bar furniture with stylish glassware and spirits will add class to your home for the holidays. Imagine stirring a martini in your home with the look of bottles and glassware all lined up on your bar table! Buying the right bar furniture for your home, will definitely keep you and your family entertained this Holiday Season. It would be perfect for the kitchen counter, the family room, game room or anywhere you desire.

How do you pick the right bar table and barstools for your home? Well, the size and the design of the bar furniture you are looking for should depend on the available space you have at home and the budget you want to spend on your bar furniture. If your looking for something simple, then a bar table with a couple of barstools would be sufficient. A bar table and a couple of barstools are not very expensive and they would make a great addition to your home. But how do you pick the right bar furniture? You can choose from contemporary, chrome, swivel, metal and more. What’s important is that it fits with the overall decor of your home. If you decide to set up your bar in the living room, then make sure that the bar table and the barstools don’t change the whole design of your living room. There are also several colors and styles to choose from, so finding the right one won’t be a problem. You just need to decide which style fits your home best.

Let me first start with the contemporary bar furniture. Contemporary bar furniture will add a modern look to you home because they are sleek and stylish. Usually contemporary designs can fit with the existing decoration of your home very easily too. Another advantage to contemporary bar furniture is that they are very easy to clean and because of the aluminum or chrome design, they always look good. So if you’re looking for something that is stylish and comfortable, then contemporary barstools and a bar table would be the right choice for you. Contemporary bar furniture will give your home an exciting and appealing look, creating a great atmosphere for the holidays.

What kind of barstools would one recommend? I would highly recommend swivel barstools because of their decorative element and sense of style. Swivel barstools are great for homes because they have a swivel mechanism in their design that allows for one to save on space by allowing the person to sit and turn in the stool very easily. They are lightweight, practical and durable. They are also built of the highest quality of metal and fabrics and best of all they are inexpensive when compared with our barstools. Finally height adjustable stools allows you to set the size you need. This way the adjustable stool can be converted from table height to bar height very easily. So if you need another seat at the table, you can easily adjust the barstool. Our Modern Barstool is a swivel barstool made of a chrome base, and a metal footrest. This barstool is ideal for your bar, kitchen, counter or table and is easily adjusted. We also carry the bar chair, contoured barstool, high back barstool, and L barstool. All our barstools are swivel barstools built to add joy and comfort to your homes. They also come in a variety of colors to choose form. So finding the right swivel barstool won’t be a problem.

What kind of bar table should one order? Since individual preferences differ, it is highly recommended that one measure the space available before ordering or deciding on a certain style. According to One Way Furniture, it is usually most comfortable to have between 9 to 13 inches of leg room space between your barstool and the height of the bar table. There are a variety of bar tables to choose from when shopping for bar furniture. We carry the modern bar tables that are sure to spice up any room. The mirror finish chromed metal base and high gloss tabletop enhance its beauty, making it perfect for game rooms, the bar, the kitchen or anywhere else you can imagine. If your looking for a bar table that will set your home apart with style, then the modern bar table is the right choice. The table is contemporary, versatile and sophisticated.

Our barstools and bar tables are innovative and stylish. The swivel barstool has an adjustable gas piston that allows you to adjust your seat easily. They also are available in several colors, so you can mix and match when picking out your bar furniture. Our modern bar tables will set your home apart by adding style and elegance to your home. Throughout our site, you will find a large selection of barstools and a couple of bar tables to compliment your home. Currently, our web site is running a promotion for the holidays. Buy a bar table with 2 barstools and save $50 off your purchase. Visit the special’s page for more information. If you do not find what you are looking for on our site, then shop around to constantly compare prices, in order to find the best deal. Good luck!

About The Author

My name is Sari El-Dajjani, marketing director for Coconutz Home and Garden, your source for inexpensive home and garden products from around the world at reasonable prices. I currently live in Orlando, Florida.

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