Why Buying Handcrafted Products Is Best

Products that are handcrafted are green.

Since handcrafted work doesn’t use a mass production assembly line, it aids the health of the environment. Choosing a builder or craftsman that is within the same country also makes a difference, as it saves on shipping.

Handcrafted items are priceless.

Not only do buyers value handcrafted items more, but they are truly worth more. This is because it’s an authentic piece or, in short, a work of art rather than a mass produced item that everyone and anyone can have. It will set one’s home apart from the rest. The value comes from the perception of society, and the enjoyment of the owner.

Handmade items are perfect for the job market.

There’s not much better than supporting small or local businesses, it’s a good feeling. Whether investing in a copper hood vent that may take a couple weeks to complete or something as simple as handmade soaps, shopping local or small business creates jobs. Even by focusing a small percentage of purchased to handmade, craftsman items make hundreds of new jobs.

Not only that, communities benefit from these products. This is because businesses that make them are proven to have a higher revenue that supports their local community than chain stores.

Better Quality

Handcrafted goods are just better, there’s no denying it. Ever had a homemade baked good as opposed to a prepackaged? That is the difference between handmade items and others. Sure, there are consumers willing to settle for machinery made items, but when considering it an investment it’s always better to go with a unique and long lasting product.

Customization

Consumers love that they can customize their goods, and that is another huge benefit to getting handmade items. Things like copper vent hoods can be customized as far as finish, straps and other elements, and of course size and style. These artisans are often willing to build things to the consumer’s specifications and make them even better for their needs and desires.

A Better Experience

Purchasing an item from a vendor that creates them handmade brings more pleasure to the buyer. They appreciate the backstory, quality and entire experience of buying them. They feel as if their needs are put first and they’re overall more satisfied than they would have been at a big box store, shopping for an item. Artisans also enjoy supplying a product that is fit to the consumer’s needs. It’s a whole different experience than others.

Not to mention, items are unique. Having a product that didn’t come from a large company means that it’s one-of-a-kind. Since there are less of these special items, one can rest assured that no one else will have the same. This means that when choosing a table, light fixture, or the aforementioned copper vent hood it will not only be a centerpiece to any room, but be a work of art.

Easy to find and secure

Handcrafted items are more popular than ever. The industry is full of many marketplaces for these items, and there are also stores that are solely dedicated to various pieces. Items that were once out of reach are now available to people across the globe, and that is just another of the many benefits that come from handcrafted products.

Good Freedom Reasons to Downsize – Why Not Small House Living?

Living in a larger home has been a challenge. Downsizing into small house living, on the other hand, has been a blessing for the family, not so much cleaning, less expenses, less utilities and more sharing with one another. Want to live big? Move into a tiny house, shipping container, an RV, small apartment or studio for more fun and less financial stress. Remember when all the average family wanted was a larger home and more space for entertaining? Why not entertain using the outdoors?

However, during a point in time, I recall longing for a much smaller home and work less at it. Arriving home after work and feeling I had arrived at my kingdom was priceless. The larger the home, the bigger the bills! And the weekends were for cleaning, grocery shopping and patio maintenance. It usually was a run-run-run deal, and then all of a sudden it was Monday again and all tired to start working again. It was a vicious cycle for many years, while looking forward to the next weekend in order to rest, but it never happened. Not every family lives this way, but many fall into this routine easily.

There are much desired advantages that are achieved when you downsize. Just think about the less effort, time and money on keeping up with the lifestyle. Another one is that just the necessary things are kept in order to avoid clutter for a much simpler daily life. People will own what they need and have what they want. They will find it easier to live day by day because they are no longer complicated.

Downsizing will allow them to use smartly the available space, there will be one spot for eating and having family togetherness. Without a doubt, there will be more time for yourself. They will enjoy traveling with less worries. And what about not having to pay a 30 year mortgage, while another obvious advantage would be to save more money for the future and well deserved vacations. Mostly the things you never get to do unless you take out a loan and oops, you’re tied up again to another debt.

Freedom we scream! When we were teenagers, we couldn’t wait to grow up to be on our own, but then we found out there really wasn’t any freedom because we are sucked into the things that life swallows us into slowly.

So why not think ahead, plan ahead, dream ahead? Pay off your bills by daring to take upon that freedom and downsize to live the real lifestyle you were longing for. Set a goal date and start the process. It is possible, search for the options available in tiny houses, shipping container homes, recreational vehicles, small apartments or studios. Live big in a tiny home and plan your own wellbeing for the future. Have more fun, live more, live healthy physically, emotionally and financially.

We can do it, so let’s!

How To Have A Quieter Home

pollution can be very annoying and distracting. You really cannot manage to concentrate on anything or even enjoy a good sleep where there is too much noise around you. Machine, lightweight constructions and open floor plans are some of the culprits behind noisy homes. Fortunately, something can be done to soundproof your home so you are able to enjoy some calm and quiet when you need it the most.

Enhance your windows

Double glazed and triple glazed windows are very effective in blocking sound. They have air layers that break passing sound and sound energy is lost. It is best to make considerations when building your house in a noisy area or to make enhancements to already existing windows.

Reduce noisemakers

When choosing your appliances, remember that there are models that have nosy operations and they can limit you from enjoying some quiet around the home. Buy models that are quieter in operation to enjoy a significant noise reduction around the home. Whether you are buying a dishwasher, fans or fridge remember to check noise levels. The appliances should also be in good working order all the time to eliminate vibrations, rattles and buzzing.

Use materials that are sound absorbing

What you need to remember is that softer surfaces absorb sound waves whereas hard surfaces tend to reflect them. You can use the soft materials such as padded carpeting and acoustic ceilings to minimize sound bouncing around your home. Drop ceiling systems and acoustic tiles also have good acoustical properties and they can be considered.

Enhance your doors

Soundproofing doors can get tricky, but you can start by sealing edges that transmit sound. It is also advisable that you install doors that block sound. Solid core doors block sound interference and eliminate the drum-like reflections that hollow core doors have. The doors might be a little costly, but they go a long way in soundproofing your home, especially when you also weather strip them.

Think about the garage door

The garage door is a very important addition to a home. When you select a door with internal foam insulation complete with interior panels, you will manage to minimize sound and noise. This is especially important if you have rooms right above the garage door. It will prevent outside noise from seeping in through the door. You also want to make sure that your door is properly maintained so it does not end up being a noise maker around your home.

Take care of noisy pipes

Pipes can chatter and rattle or even make loud bangs during different situations. One of the easiest ways of silencing the pipes is by using water hammer arrestor. There are however so many other ways of ensuring that the pipes do not make the annoying sounds.

Eliminate floor squeaks

Floor squeaks seem to be worse during the day when there are lots of activities and traffic around the house. You should fix squeaky stairs and floors to achieve a calmer home at any given time, regardless of how much traffic it receives.

5 Things You Should Do to Stay Clean and ‘Dry’ During the Rainy Season

The rains are here again (well, in this part of the world where I live presently). The reality of it is that you have to get ready whether you prefer sunshine or not. To stay clean and dry during the rainy season requires a bit of planning which is often overlooked. I noticed that the approach is mostly a reactive one. From leaking roofs to blocked drainages, we try to resolve at the same time when there is a downpour. Not to mention the fact that some people neglect to pick up an umbrella on a cloudy day because it’s a bit of a burden to carry around.

Anyway, my concern at this time hovers around the home and the environment. You know that with the rains, comes other cares like keeping our homes clean and dry, and protecting our possessions from damage. So I will describe a list of five important aspects of our lives that requires a little preparation as we get into the rainy season.

5 Things you should do to stay clean and dry during the rainy season

1. Keep Drainage clean and Clear

– You have to keep the drainage clean and clear of debris else it will become clogged. This may cause flooding or damage to your pipe as the case may be. With stagnant dirty water in a clogged drainage, insects like mosquitoes will breed and wastes will decompose to release harmful bacteria. So will the spread diseases in that environment. It is important to clear gutters and drainage channels to help water drain during the rainy season

2. Prevent Floods

– As mentioned, there is need for a clear path for waste waters during rainy season, floods can pose a big threat to your health and safety at this time. I would suggest that you work with your local government authorities on this point.

A good idea would be to cooperate with other residents to contact the local authorities, when it is obvious that your area is at risk of flooding. You may want them to dredge the small river in your area (to increase the flow of water) or to put up concrete structures in order to slow down the pressure of water flow in that area as the case may be.

3. Keep your garment dry

– You have to choose the right time to air your clothes after washing to get them to dry. You should make sure that clothes are completely dry before storing in the cabinet (if you do not use a drying machine) because wearing damp clothes will make your body to smell and could cause some skin irritation. Mildew may also set in. Some alternatives if you cannot get some sunshine on your clothes are to squeeze properly and let them drip dry in the bathroom.

In order to remove smells that could possibly arise from drying your clothes indoors, add a little baking soda or vinegar to the water before you start to wash.

4. Protect your Car parked in the rain

A coat or two of fresh wax polish is enough to repel rain and dirt when it rains. Apply grease to the doors to reduce friction. A moisture spray will also help you keep open metallic surfaces from becoming rusty.

5. Check for a Leaking roof

– It is important to check if your roof is leaking from any spot before the rains start. This could lead to a greater damage if left unchecked. Besides, the cost of replacement can be enormous if it is not done early.
Being able to spot where the leakage is coming from may not be so easy but note that water stains across the ceilings and water tracks on your walls are signs of a leaking roof.

It would be worthwhile to give a thought to some of these suggestions. You health and safety may depend on it. I can imagine some of you with kids who would like to play around just like when it is sunshine. There would be little you can do to help them if you do not prepare your home and environment for the rainy season.

Do You Know Why Fascias and Soffits Are Important?

When you are building or renovating your home, maybe you’re doing some outside maintenance or repairing your roof and you see the quote with a price for fascias and soffits. You may not know what these are or why you need them. Do you really need these, are they really that important to your home?

The fascias are the exposed horizontal end that you find on the rafters on the exterior of your home while the soffit you will find just under the rafters and yest, they are both exceptionally important and offer you so much more than simply a good visual appearance.

These products protect the exterior of your home. They reduce the risk of wildlife, such as birds and squirrels getting access to your rafters, which could result in an expense on your side to get rid of them, once they build their nests and make home in your roof.

Further you will find that fascias and soffits stop the risk of rain getting blown into the home. Depending on how the wind blows in your area, you may find that the rain actually gets blown up at an angle and if these products were not in place, the damp could easily make it’s way into your roof and over time it could cause damp in certain areas of the home, something you want to avoid at all times.

These days fascias and soffits come in a range of materials from wood to UPVC, the one you choose is down to personal preference and the design of your home. These days most homeowners will look at what is the most eco friendly solution, not wanting to impact the environment. The good news is wood can be painted to meet the exterior finish of the home while UPVC comes in a choice of colours.

Always look at the maintenance side of things. When it comes to fascias and soffits you want to conduct semi-regular maintenance. The good news is that these are very easy to maintain and if you have chosen wood, a lick of paint when you paint your home will keep them looking good for years to come.

Ensure you check your fascias and soffits for bee and wasp nests. While they are useful in keeping the wildlife out, they are also home to wasp and bee hives and in this event, call out the professionals as quickly as possible to have the situation rectified and the hive removed.

It is very important when it comes to buying fascias and soffits for your home that you ensure you purchase the best quality. If you are installing these on your own as a weekend DIY project, then ensure you buy an extra length to ensure that you have enough should you make any mistakes and also to keep a little extra length on each cut for the corners.

In the event you are using an installation expert, speak to them in advance and get their advice as to which material you should be using and get a quote from them beforehand to put your mind at ease.

Browse online for your fascias and soffits, this is something you can often buy online for slightly cheaper and have delivered to your door, which can save you considerably time and energy. Ask your supplier who they recommend for installations, sometimes the smaller companies will carry out the installation for you, so you know the job is completed properly and to the highest standard.