While spend more time indoors and get outdoors when the weather is nice. New houses have decks, patios and sometimes balconies. Where safety is a concern, building codes require the use of balustrades or railing systems.
Most new houses come with a deck accessible from the family room, kitchen or both. When these decks are 30 inches or higher off the ground, deck building codes require them to have railings. We’re familiar with the top railing where we put our hands and don’t really know what the materials supporting the railing are called. … Read More
Do you love your home office? If you don’t, do you know why your home office design isn’t working for you? There’s a story behind these questions which prompted my research on this topic.
When looking at windows we tend to focus on their size. Because most windows have four straight sides, we forget that there are many different custom windows with more/fewer than four sides. It’s hard to remember their shapes. So we’re going to start collecting photos of custom windows with different shapes. We invite you to share photos of … Read More
Green plants are wonderful to look outdoors. And they’re one of the best interior decorating secrets to keep you healthy at home. Indoor plants come in different shapes, sizes and color and they’re fairly inexpensive compared to many decorating accessories, so let’s look at why you want to add them to your home. Many indoor plants filter out airborne … Read More
You might think bay windows were named for the San Francisco bay but they’ve been around a lot longer. Their first use was as highly ornamented additions to buildings during the baroque era. They provided extra living space indoors in contrast to a balcony with outdoor space. They were a popular feature in Victorian architecture and from the United … Read More
Unless you’re an architect or builder, you probably don’t know what is a double hung window, or how it’s different from a single hung window. And while they look identical, there are important differences that are worth understanding. These differences are especially important if you’re planning to buy or build a new home. We hope … Read More
Choosing your decorating style is generally not a sudden discovery. Instead it is a process that evolves over time. When you move into your first place, generally an apartment, your choices are limited by the space itself. Flooring, wall color and fixtures are out of your control. And chances are your first furniture comes in the … Read More
Sliding patio doors are your gateway to barbecues, the family swimming pool and other outdoor activities. As building technology advances, these patio doors are becoming glass walls that open out to rooms that extend your total living space. Patio doors traditionally let in a shower of light, and visually bridge the space between inside your home … Read More
French doors were originally used in the 17th century as windows, not doors. They were brought to America by early settlers of Louisiana, and remain popular in places like New Orleans. These doors provide maximum light to the interior of your home. The glass and visual space makes rooms appear larger. Often French doors are decorative, although they may … Read More