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Get Steamy in your Bathroom August 2, 2010

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Get Steamy in Your Bathroom

Steam cabins offer a healthy alternative to a shower, and give you a spa-like experience that is second to none. They are a truly indulgent addition to any bathroom, and will give you hours of relaxing pleasure.

A steam cabin can create all of these healing properties you would get from a commercial steam room, but from the comfort of your own home. They offer the conventional properties you would expect from a shower enclosure, and can be used without the steam effect. They are a pleasure to use, with hydrotherapy and massage from the multiple jets, allowing you to unwind from the stresses of everyday work and life. Some cabins also offer added features to make the experience even more enjoyable, such as LED lights, radio, USB connector for MP3 players, venting fans and a LCD touch screen control panel.

Steam has many detoxifying and relaxing properties; skin begins to sweat at 37°C, and as your temperature increases, the body counteracts this change by producing sweat, as a cooling mechanism. This perspiration also allows the removal of toxins, such as heavy metals, alcohol, nicotine and cholesterol, which improves the general condition of your skin. When the temperature exceeds 43°C fat also becomes water soluble, enabling it to be released through sweat, therefore aiding weight loss.

Steam also has links with improved circulation. In order for the body to create sweat, the heart must work faster to boost circulation. The heart is a muscle, and like any, with increased exercise it will strengthen, thus improving your cardiovascular system, without having a detrimental effect on blood pressure levels. The pressure is unaffected as the heat from the steam allows capillaries in the blood to open, increasing their surface area and therefore allowing increased blood flow through them.

Steam bathing is also effective as a means of aiding respiratory problems, such as colds, asthma, bronchitis and other allergies. Steam penetrates the respiratory membranes and moistens them, relieving irritation. The heat and moisture loosens secretions and stimulates the throat to discharge mucous, thus cleaning out the respiratory system. It is the combination of water and heat that are beneficial over, say a conventional sauna.

Steam also helps us to relax both physically and mentally, relieving symptoms of stress and muscle pain, by creating a calming environment and somewhere that you can really enjoy personal indulgence, so treat yourself today with a steam cabin. There are a wide variety of steam cabins available on the market, with one to suit any style or decor of bathroom, and their appearance is similar to that of a shower enclosure, ensuring they will complement the look of your bathroom. So treat yourself today and invest in a steam cabin and wind the hours away in pure relaxation.

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Get Steamy in your Bathroom

Filed under: Bathroom — modrox @ 5:00 am
Tags: , ,

Get Steamy in Your Bathroom

Steam cabins offer a healthy alternative to a shower, and give you a spa-like experience that is second to none. They are a truly indulgent addition to any bathroom, and will give you hours of relaxing pleasure.

A steam cabin can create all of these healing properties you would get from a commercial steam room, but from the comfort of your own home. They offer the conventional properties you would expect from a shower enclosure, and can be used without the steam effect. They are a pleasure to use, with hydrotherapy and massage from the multiple jets, allowing you to unwind from the stresses of everyday work and life. Some cabins also offer added features to make the experience even more enjoyable, such as LED lights, radio, USB connector for MP3 players, venting fans and a LCD touch screen control panel.

Steam has many detoxifying and relaxing properties; skin begins to sweat at 37°C, and as your temperature increases, the body counteracts this change by producing sweat, as a cooling mechanism. This perspiration also allows the removal of toxins, such as heavy metals, alcohol, nicotine and cholesterol, which improves the general condition of your skin. When the temperature exceeds 43°C fat also becomes water soluble, enabling it to be released through sweat, therefore aiding weight loss.

Steam also has links with improved circulation. In order for the body to create sweat, the heart must work faster to boost circulation. The heart is a muscle, and like any, with increased exercise it will strengthen, thus improving your cardiovascular system, without having a detrimental effect on blood pressure levels. The pressure is unaffected as the heat from the steam allows capillaries in the blood to open, increasing their surface area and therefore allowing increased blood flow through them.

Steam bathing is also effective as a means of aiding respiratory problems, such as colds, asthma, bronchitis and other allergies. Steam penetrates the respiratory membranes and moistens them, relieving irritation. The heat and moisture loosens secretions and stimulates the throat to discharge mucous, thus cleaning out the respiratory system. It is the combination of water and heat that are beneficial over, say a conventional sauna.

Steam also helps us to relax both physically and mentally, relieving symptoms of stress and muscle pain, by creating a calming environment and somewhere that you can really enjoy personal indulgence, so treat yourself today with a steam cabin. There are a wide variety of steam cabins available on the market, with one to suit any style or decor of bathroom, and their appearance is similar to that of a shower enclosure, ensuring they will complement the look of your bathroom. So treat yourself today and invest in a steam cabin and wind the hours away in pure relaxation.

 

Concrete Repairs – Improve Your Homes Exterior July 14, 2010

Maintaining the concrete hardscaping around your home will help retain your home’s beauty and value and it is something that it usually well within the skill range of most home do-it-yourselfers.

Even well-laid concrete can develop cracks, chips and broken patches. If left untreated, those damaged areas can contribute to other areas of your walkway, patio or driveway deteriorating as well. Water can seep into small cracks and openings and when it freezes, the pressure created can increase the size of the cracks and even create new ones or cause surface areas to lift away. It is vital to find and seal the cracks and openings before this happens. The best time to check for cracks is in the spring, when the weather has warmed.

Deciding on which concrete repair product to use can be the most difficult part of the process. Check with the experts at your local hardware or home center for their recommendations but basically you will want to use a patching compound if the cracks are large or if surface patches have broken away, or a sealant product if the cracks are small, one-eighth to one-half inch wide. Sealants work well with both horizontal cracks, like on a patio or walkway surface as well as vertical cracks that may have developed along the foundation of your house or garage.

If the concrete you are repairing has been colored, now is the time to buy a colored sealant or patch, or to buy a colorant to add to the product you will apply so that your repair will match the existing surface.

Do your repairs on a warm day when no rain is expected. Begin by cleaning the area well. Use a wire brush to remove any debris from the area. Leaves or grass that have gotten into the crack or loose cement will keep the sealant from getting into the cracks and bonding to the cement. Next clean the area with concrete/asphalt cleaner to remove any grease that could also prevent a good bond.

Create an opening in the tip of the sealant tube no bigger than the width of the crack, which will assure that you get the sealant into the crack and not beside it on the surface. Using a caulking gun, slowly squeeze the gun trigger so that a slow, steady stream of the sealant goes into the crack, filling it only to the surface.

If the crack is very deep, fill it a quarter of the depth with sand and then apply the sealant to fill the crack halfway. Add more sand to fill to a depth of three-quarters of the original depth and add more sealant to fill the crack to the surface level.

For vertical cracks the procedure is similar. Clean the area with a wire brush, then use the cleaner to remove any grease, followed with the sealant, applying it at an angle just until the crack is filled.

Once the sealant is dry, use a fine-grit sandpaper to remove any overfill and to feather the edges. Your concrete surfaces will give you many more years of good-looking service with a little tender loving care.

 

Why Buy Pre-drawn Home Designs Vs. Custom Home Designs? – Part II July 13, 2010

Pre-drawn home designs:

Pre-drawn home designs are, by contrast, home designs which have been developed to fit the needs of a particular group of the general populace. They are not “custom-designed” for a particular person, but rather, standardized for the needs of a larger group.

Pre-drawn home designs normally include the “most requested” house plan features including square footage, room dimensions, floor plan layout, amenities, and other like features. These home designs provide an excellent value when compared to the corresponding price of a set of fully custom-designed home designs which may well exceed several thousand dollars.

When you buy a Pre-drawn house plan, you’re not paying for the countless hours spent drawing up a plan, re-working the plan, and finalizing drafts. You’re paying a reduced fee for a single license of that plan.

Advantages of Pre-drawn home designs:

– In most cases, are significantly less expensive

– Minor plan modifications can usually be made by the original designer or a local building design professional for a reasonable charge.

– Very simple and quick purchase process

– Can order the plans and be able to submit the home designs for a building permit the next day

Disadvantages of Pre-drawn home designs:

– May not be as extensively customizable

In conclusion, I would recommend trying to find a pre-drawn house plan, first, at a reputable online house plan website such as HousePlanGallery.com.

There are thousands of pre-drawn home designs available online, and http://www.HousePlanGallery.com offers a huge selection of unique home designs in many different architectural styles.

More likely than not, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for by doing a simple search. With so many home designs available to choose from, it’s a safe bet that you won’t see your house plan replicated in your area. And if you find a plan you like, but want to make a few modifications – no problem! All of the plans available at http://www.HousePlanGallery.com can be modified to your specifications.

Determining whether your particular needs merit custom or pre-drawn home designs is, ultimately, a personal choice based on your particular situation. Both types will provide you with the information that you need to successfully build your dream residence!

 

Spanning Out To Your Garden To Enhance Your Home Design

When people think of home design, the first thing that pops into their minds is generally the interior of the home. However, what many people may not realize is that home design is every element of the home, including your garden. When it comes to your garden, no matter what type it is, whether a flower or vegetable garden, you can decorate it with exquisite tastes that ensures that it is the highlight of your day.

You want to make sure that when you are considering home design, if you have a garden that you do not leave it out of the design factor. Creating a warm and inviting environment outside is crucial to the overall appeal to your home. As a gardener, you likely spend a good deal of time outside within your garden, digging, planting, weeding, watering, and taking general care of your plants. Therefore, why should not your garden be a beautiful and appealing place, since you have to spend so much time within it!

There are many different home design elements that would look perfect out near your planting area. You have choices from decorative elements such as statues, water fountains, walkway materials, and so much more. One great idea, particularly if you have a flower garden is to place a table and a couple of chairs either within the area or on the outskirts. This can serve as a great place for you to get away or even entertain visitors. What could be better than sitting next to or in your beautiful flower garden while having a great conversation with a close friend or neighbor?

Many people choose home design ideas that mean something to them personally. For example, there are many garden stones that have creative and inspirational saying etched upon them. These might be perfect out in your planting area. On the other hand, you may like the idea of statues within your garden. Statues come in many different sizes, shapes, and designs.

Many people choose to use a trellis. These are absolutely beautiful in almost any outdoor settings and come in a variety of styles as well. Depending on your home design tastes, you can find trellis in several different varieties, such as metal, wood, or plastic. At the same time, they can be simple and plain, or boast intricate and beautiful designs. What is more, a trellis can come in or be created in almost any design or color that you choose.

Other home design garden decor might include a bench, which is perfect for just taking a moment to relax and enjoy the scenery. You might also want to consider a water fountain of some sort. These too come in a variety of different styles, designs, and sizes.

The good news is that when it comes to home design and your garden you are only limited by your own imagination. You can purchase a variety of elements to create the perfect setting or even create your own.

 

Shopping for Kitchen Cabinets: Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinet for your Price Range July 7, 2010

Kitchen Cabinets are by and large the core of any kitchen. They can be highlighted by kitchen appliances such as the refrigerator, stove, cooktop, dishwasher and microwave, or these appliances can be modified to blend in by using panels that match your kitchen cabinets.

Shopping for kitchen cabinets can be intimidating, especially for a first time buyer. There are hundreds/thousands of major kitchen cabinet companies, and many more smaller custom kitchen cabinet shops where you can get any cabinet made from any species of wood that your mind can imagine. Add to that list the explosion of RTA Kitchen Cabinet importers, and the laminated cabinet manufacturers, and suddenly the list can be overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that higher price always means high quality in construction, or more features being available.

In the past, pricing had always been the way to categorize kitchen cabinets. Traditionally, tthe higher-quality cabinets simply cost more money. As I mentioned before, with more and more importers conforming to the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) building standards, some of the RTA Kitchen Cabinets or Stock kitchen cabinets can actually be a sturdier cabinet than the traditional, made to order cabinets. Regardless of what type of kitchen cabinet you decide to go with, it does not take much effort to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the actual kitchen cabinets.

Most kitchen cabinet manufacturers build their kitchen base and wall cabinets in standard sizes. The kitchen base cabinets are often 34.5 inches tall and 24 inches deep. They come in widths starting at 12 inches and can go up to 48 inches often in increasing width increments of 3 inches. Kitchen wall cabinets are often 12 inches deep and 30 inches or 42 inches tall. They also come in the same size widths as the base cabinets. Wall cabinets also come in several different heights and depths for locations such as over the refrigerator or over the microwave/hood range unit. With custom kitchen cabinets, you have even more choices available, since the kitchen cabinets will be created specifically for your kitchen space.

Different semi-custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers make different-sized kitchen cabinets for all sorts of special looks and situations. It is not uncommon to have one cabinet extend beyond adjacent cabinets to create a distinguished look. It pays to shop around to see all of the different possibilities and special cabinet features offered by the custom and semi-custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers.

One of the biggest advantages to true custom kitchen cabinets is the ability to make one giant base or wall kitchen cabinet instead of separate boxes that are screwed together by the installer at the jobsite. A custom-cabinet maker can easily make one giant base cabinet 8 feet long that installs as if it were a piece of furniture. The same is true for wall kitchen cabinets. The advantage of this method is the lack of vertical seams where two traditional cabinet boxes would mate up to one another.

Pay particular attention to the materials used to build the kitchen cabinets. Some kitchen cabinets are made with minimal-quality engineered lumber, particleboard, or fiberboard. . If you plan to load a wall cabinet with heavy traditional china, the weight of the dishes may cause the cabinet to pull apart over time. This is particularly true when it comes to the semi-custom cabinets that the name brand cabinet manufacturers sell at the big box stores (which is why price is not always an accurate gauge of cabinet quality). Many of the RTA Kitchen Cabinet manufacturers use solid plywood sides, which obviously creates a strong kitchen cabinet box than a particleboard or fiberboard box. When it comes to custom cabinets, the material choices are endless and can usually be specified by the customer.

Another factor that will determine the price of kitchen cabinets is the material used to hold it together. Custom kitchen cabinet manufacturers will often use a combination of dovetailed joints, wood biscuits, and glue to create tight joints. Mid-grade kitchen cabinets will have a wide range of materials holding them together (staples and nails on the lower end, to cam lock assembly and wood glue on the higher end). Most RTA Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers utilize the cam lock system, which creates a nice sturdy cabinet, and when enhanced with wood glue, can last a life time. Steer away from any kitchen cabinets that are using staples, wooden dowels, or just screws. The strength of the cabinet will be compromised at the joints with these weaker joining materials.

I have been remodeling houses for over 10 years, and have been able to weed out some of the kitchen cabinet choices that didn’t work for me. If you are interested in learning more about my personal preferences, check out my author bio.

 

Chula Vista, San Diego, Real Estate market trends and Community Information, August 2006 June 27, 2010

FHA Home Loan Florida

FHA loans are easy to buy a house in Florida.

FHA loans are helping buyers become homeowners in Florida since 1934. FHA help? The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – which is part of the provided (HUD) mortgage insurance from FHA to private lenders against losses. FHA home mortgage insurance allows private lenders to lend in Florida to 97% of the purchase price to finance a credit score No minimum required for home buyers in Florida.

Application http://www.fhamortgagefhaloan.com/

Easy Qualification – The FHA loan insures lenders against losses on loans to qualified borrowers FHA home loans. So, you’re likely to find FHA loans with terms that make it easier for you to qualify.

The minimum deposit required – FHA loan can work with only 3% and the resources could come from a family, or your employer a subsidy. Although the FHA mortgage loan is a zero option again you’ll find most of Florida pay to attend assistance programs on the link.

Within a 1-credit OK – The FHA program of the Florida mortgage loan is to expand the pool of home buyers. Even borrowers in bankruptcy and the mortgage loan before securing a loan approved by the end of each day to purchase or refinance of the FHA homes in. The program uses FHA loan credit quality, not a credit note!

Reduction of costs during the life of the loan – rates Florida FHA home loan are very competitive. less risk to the FHA lender will mean better rates for borrowers in Florida.

Safeguards for borrowers to sit back – FHA loans allow the lender to further assist options to borrowers who are behind his house to maintain their resilience: special forbearance, workouts, including free mortgage advice. HUD also allows the payments to creditors due in the past to pick up and move them to the end of the loan and, in some cases, you actually will pay the arrears for you. ” The options to save your home, you never get a conventional loan! In an uncertain world, is another good reason why you get a loan from the FHA.

Manufactured Housing Options – under certain conditions, you can even get a loan for a mobile home or FHA manufactured home with an FHA mortgage in Florida.

FHA loans are fully assumable – When ready to sell your home in Miami, you can offer buyers FHA financing! All FHA loans can be assumed by qualified buyers.

FHA program has evolved since its inception in 1934 and has options for HUD insured loans are a variety of situations and different adjustment borrowers

Application http://www.fhamortgagefhaloan.com/