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October 31st, 2011
By Vivian Martin

According to colour experts at Sico, colour zoning is one of the hottest trends in home decorating. It allows you to add some colourful punch to a room in a big, bold way, without overwhelming the space. An example is the room below, shown in Sico’s Flamenco Red (6054-75).

Sico's Flamenco red pops as a colour zone

What is the Color Zoning?

“Colour Zoning” is the application of a touch of colour… deeper, brighter, more contrasting, or simply a colour that adds a shot of energy. This zonal colour can be in the form of a line, a strip, a square, a circle or around a wall and may even carry between two planes.

Effects

The color draws the eye. The more neutral the base colour, the more effect Colour zoning will have. It can be used to frame furniture, art, sculpture or any object or space.

Opportunities and illusions.

Odd rooms or spaces can be “corrected” by using colour zoning. Do you have a wall that is too narrow? You can correct this by extending the colour on the wall perpendicular to it and therefore create the illusion of width.

Create a rythm with colour.

The corridor effect of a long, narrow room can be broken by vertical stripes of different widths. The graphical effect will enhance the space and brighten the space.

The nice thing about colour zoning is that, like accessorizing with pops of colour, you can commit to smaller amounts of colour and still obtain stunning results. Don’t be shy… it’s only paint!

Further resources for colour zoning are:

Sico colour zoning ideas

RonaMag colour zoning

BMR colour zoning technique basics

 

 

 

October 29th, 2011
By Vivian Martin
www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3056-V1

www.DrummondHousePlans.com - Plan # 3056-V1

Floorplan options abound with plans 3056 and 3056-V1. Strategic planning of openings allow interchangeable interiors using one of the four layouts. Investors who purchase both plans enjoy very interesting combinations of two or three bedroom units. The units could be built as proposed or easily modified.

This plan offers alternate main level layouts, each proposing a kitchen island, ample storage and abundant natural light. The living areas easily transition to backyard enjoyment. A guest bathroom and laundry complete the main floor amenities.

Upstairs, one unit includes a walk-in closet and semi-private bathroom access. A large second bedroom could easily be divided at the time of building or later on. The second unit master suite includes a walk-in closet, shower and dual vanity. A separate toilet room and bathing room provide privacy for family members. Additional living space or storage is available by developing the full basement.

Crisp, streamlined exteriors allow the budget to be spent on high-quality, low-maintenance materials for a timeless contemporary style.

Investors, purchase both plans 3056 and 3056-V1 and mix and match the floor plans to provide more purchase options.

For more details on this plan, click here

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October 28th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

Many vintage pine pieces like the ones featured below are abandoned or donated to thrift stores when the decor is refreshed. There is no place for pieces like this in a modern decor… or is there?

Ah those clever interior design people! Diane from In My Own Style transforms these pine derelicts into the contemporary pieces below with a minimal investment of time and materials, giving them a new lease on life!

Learn how to achieve this look and follow the “In My Own Style” blog for other clever decor tips!

October 27th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

In our energy efficiency series of articles featured each Thursday, we provide strategies or information on how to make your new home energy efficient and comfortable. 

Choosing an energy-efficient upgrade to your home includes decisions of conscience and return on investment. This handy graphic illustrates some optional upgrades, the cost of installation and potential energy savings.

(Click on graphic to enlarge)

Home Solar Power Discounts – One Block Off the Grid

Each Thursday, we will feature a blog entry about energy efficient new homes, covering a range of topics from building innovations to ratings systems to “score” your home’s efficiency. Subscribe to theDrummondHousePlans blog to make sure you get the latest news on how to make your new or renovated home energy efficient.


October 25th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

There seems to be no shortage of gadgets coming to market that make our lives simpler, more comfortable, etc. A new thermostat coming to market will help to save money, too!

The average home spends more than $2,200 per year on energy bills and roughly half of this amount goes towards heating and cooling, according to the Department of Energy.  When a programmable thermostat is set and used properly, a homeowner can save about $180 annually.  But the problem is, virtually everyone with a programmable thermostat doesn’t set or use it properly.  Nest Labs, a Palo Alto-based start-up, aims to solve this problem with a new thermostat that’s simple, sleek, intuitive, and smart.

Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive and founder of Nest Labs, said, “We’ve built the world’s first learning thermostat — a thermostat for the iPhone generation,” according to the New York Times.  It’s called Nest, and it’s going to be sold for $250.

Learn more about the Nest thermostat by reading the full article…

October 24th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

Image courtesy of BuildDirect

Nothing cheers you up on a cold day like sitting with a cup of cocoa in front of a warm fire. Cooler weather is right around the corner and now is the time to maintain your fireplace to make sure it’s in good working order.

It’s not just about keeping your place clean and functioning at full efficiency; a plugged chimney can be a health hazard. These simple tips will keep your family’s fireplace burning brightly and safely.

Read the full BuildDirect article for information on how to prepare and maintain your wood fireplace, gas fireplace or electric fireplace for the winter season ahead.

October 23rd, 2011
By Vivian Martin

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) is the creator of the well-known Tiffany lamp. His career began as an oil and watercolor painter, but he became interested in glass while traveling in Europe and North Africa. His next career move was as an interior designer. He had commissions from Mark Twain and President Arthur, and stained glass windows were prominent in these designs.

In the late 1800s, stained glass was common in homes. The look came from painting acrylics on clear glass. Tiffany was interested in the chemistry of glass making, though. He was not pleased with the glass that was available, so he made his own. He experimented with ancient glass techniques, inventing the process to make opalescent glass, or Favrile. He is best known for this, aside from his stained-glass lamps.

He made windows with multiple layers Favrile glass and gold accents. His painting background showed through with the shading and texture. Tiffany’s windows were complete works of art.

Read the full BuildDirect article to learn more about the history of the Tiffany lamp.

October 22nd, 2011
By Vivian Martin

Originally designed for requests for panoramic rear views on narrow lots, this model has the added benefit of pleasing vistas from all sides and versatility for lot placement.

If sited with the double garage facing forward, this model sits tidily on a narrow lot and still provides a dramatic angled entry. Turn ninety degrees and the entry is equally dramatic, but the garage virtually disappears as a side entry!

The interior provides plenty of drama as well, including a spacious and functional angled entry which opens to a living room enhanced by a cathedral ceiling. A two-sided fireplace provides gentle separation of the living and dining areas while casting a pleasing glow on both.

The island kitchen and adjoining dining area ensure casual and inclusive meals. The main level is completed by a comfortable master bedroom with walk-in closet and conveniently located bathroom complete with laundry.

Upstairs discover two bedrooms which share a bathroom and a bonus room which could serve as an additional bedroom, media room or studio. The abundant windows ensure fabulous views from all rooms and a light and pleasant interior. The model includes a slab foundation but, as with all DrummondHousePlans, this can be modified to suite at your request.

For more details on this plan, click here

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October 21st, 2011
By Vivian Martin
Ackerly Park ~ New Albany, Ohio traditional kitchen

When it comes to building materials, stone has been admired for its longevity and beauty since the oldest dates textbook history can reach. We all know that Egyptian pyramids have been around for many, many years, and although we have come a long way since building with stone blocks weighing as much as 15 tons, the use of stone is still going strong.

Many large-scale projects such as walls or columns have been replaced by the use of stone veneer because of its ease of installation. But when it comes to landscaping, real stone still takes the lead. There are few better ways to warm a space than through the use of beautiful, rich-colored rock, and the opportunities to do so are endless. Read on to see 12 great uses of nature’s most rugged gift.

October 20th, 2011
By Vivian Martin

In our energy efficiency series of articles featured each Thursday, we provide strategies or information on how to make your new home energy efficient and comfortable. 

Much as one is more than the sum of their arms, legs, heart, and brain, so too is a house more than the sum of its parts. Everything is connected in both “systems,” and often in unexpected ways!

Having a dark roof will make air conditioning bills higher. Putting in a beefier kitchen exhaust fan can starve a distant water heater of air and cause dangerous pollutants to flow down (rather than up) the flu or make a fireplace dump smoke into the living room.

Loosely installed wall insulation settles over time, causing heat losses. Source: Home Energy magazine (January/February 2010)

There are often tell-tale signs when a home is not properly acting like the system it was intended to be. For example, ice dams are evidence of excessive heat loss, which make pretty icicles on the eve but can cause severe roof damage and danger on the ground. Moisture damage or bad indoor air quality are usually dead give-aways of some deeper problem (or multiple problems!).

The art of bringing a home back into “balance” frequently involves finding sources of air leakage. Often, an important (but out of sight) location of leaks is in the heating and cooling ducts. Providing enough air for combustion equipment like furnaces, water heaters, and gas dryers is also crucial. Tools like blower doors can be used in worst-case tests to see how the home system performs when stressed.

The Home Energy Saver “Hall of Shame” gallery shows the kinds of problems discovered by looking at the home as a system.

The story of a home-as-system is also told through the many benefits (in addition to energy savings) that can be had by fixing performance problems. These take the form of a quieter living environment, higher comfort, and elimination of safety hazards.

Read original article and access related links here…

Each Thursday, we will feature a blog entry about energy efficient new homes, covering a range of topics from building innovations to ratings systems to “score” your home’s efficiency. Subscribe to theDrummondHousePlans blog to make sure you get the latest news on how to make your new or renovated home energy efficient.

 



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