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Babies and toddlers are a source of joy and happiness to a household, but they are very prone to accidents. They are at a phase where they can walk around and explore, but they not really aware of dangers around them. That is why it is the responsibility of their parents or guardians to make sure that the homes toddler and babies live in are safe and child-friendly. Here we will look into some of the common accident areas in the home and discuss how you can make them safer for your kids.

Stairs

The stairs is the first one you should inspect. The danger of being careless when using stairs needs no explanation. Even adults easily get injured when they go up and down the stairs recklessly. And the injuries from stair-related accidents are often serious. Here are some ways to make stairs safer.

· Adding a slip-proof matting on individual steps

· Adding a soft rubber mat on the exact spot where the stair ends on the bottom to reduce injury

· Teaching children stair safety

· Putting a non-slip grip on the stair handles

Electrical outlets

Electricity is important for our modern society, but they are not supposed to come into contact with human skin because they can cause myriad injuries. Most adults know better than to poke their bare hands inside an electrical outlet, but not children. One of the common causes of child accidents is electrocution. So if you have children, make sure your electric outlets are safe.

· Installing power outlet covers help a lot in keeping your child safe especially if the outlet is not being used.

· Covering outlets with furniture so it is difficult to reach by children

· Renovating the house to transfer outlets higher beyond the reach of kids

Bathrooms

The danger in the bathroom is slipping. Young and old people can fall victim to the lack of friction caused by soapy wet tiles. But sometimes, there is no way around it. Bathroom tiles will get wet and slippery. Here’s what you can do.

· Place anti-slip plastic or rubber mats on the bathroom floor

· Change the tiles with anti-slip tiles through renovation

· Add some soft cushion on the corners of the sink and rubber cushion on the toilet seat to avoid injuries.

· Make sure that the soap is secured in the tray so it does not accidentally fall off and cause an accident.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the place where you cook your food, but it is not the place for children to be alone by themselves. Unfortunately, they do sometimes come to the kitchen and play with whatever they can find there including knives, forks, and other sharp objects.

· Make sure that the oven has child safety features so they can’t open it and come inside.

· Secure knives in high places so children can’t reach it.

Cabinets, Shelves, Corners of Tables and Posts

Children love to explore because for them everything is new, an adventure, but the cabinets and shelves are not places for them to try to climb. Make sure the cabinets and shelves are secured by the wall behind so they won’t fall down in case a child does climb up on them. The corners of tables and chairs as well should have cushions in case a child hits his or her head.

By child-proofing your home, you can rest assured that your children can enjoy growing up without getting into accidents, which can put their lives in danger.

 

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Freelancing is the new definition of grind in today’s modern workplace. Gone are the days when all the person can do is work in an office to make a living – today they can offer their services right at the comfort of their own home. However, there is more to working at home than meets the eye. As a designer, there is a need to really create the area to ensure that they are able to meet their business objectives and deliverables on a timely basis.

Here are some pitch ideas to win freelancer clients:

1. Create the overall look from the get go

The thing about freelancers is that they are more into getting the job done as usually, they are paid by the hour by a client from a different time zone. To maximize their time, always be ready with your visual pegs and plans. Using 3D rendering software can quickly make this happen and make the edits easier as well. For example, if they choose to go for another shade for the walls, you can both edit it on the spot to speed up the decision process. Remember, these people do not have time on their side.

2. Be clear when it comes to the budget

No matter how great the overall look is, there will still be a problem if the client cannot afford it. Discuss the design and the amount of money to help in getting there. From there, you can set expectations and already focus properly on the items that will really add value to the freelancer as far as the project is concerned.

3. Make it really conducive to working

Once the design and budget are out of the way, it’s time to talk productivity. Ask the client as to the nature of his business. Is the person a virtual assistant? Then it is important to make sure the person has easy access to calling implements. The internet connection should also be kept strong so there should never be barriers that should get in the way.

Is the person a writer? If so, the table and chair combination is important as well as the source of light. More so is the case if the freelancer is an artist since he or she will be spending a lot of time seated and the level of comfort or discomfort will have a big impact on their productivity. The lighting can also help the freelancer save on energy costs. Is there a way for air to come in naturally too? All these will play a big role in the ability of the freelancer to do his or her duties.

4. Think of the little things

When it comes to working at home, the little things really count. For example, putting a fridge or water dispenser nearby lessens the need for the person to go up to the kitchen just to be able to eat a few bites. Placing a lock too on the doors can ensure privacy or having sound proofing can help in keeping the atmosphere professional during calls.

Always think of the ways to make the design work for the client and it will be a sure win.

 

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Trees are great things to have in your yard. They clean the air, they give shade and privacy, they are great for climbing and they are beautiful to look at as well. While many trees are just too big to think about growing inside, there are many trees that make wonderful accents to the inside of your home. Here’s just a few:

If you are a fan of the Victorian Era you may have seen pictures or seen movies of the time with parlour palms sprucing up the, well, parlour. The adapt well to low light and humidity and they are on the list of NASA’s 50 Plants That Clean the Air. And face it, they’re breezy and fancy and who wouldn’t want one in their living room in a large ceramic pot?

If you want a touch of Christmas in your home year round, what about a Norfolk Pine? They are essentially baby Christmas trees that love bright light and moist soil. At Christmas time you can decorate them with little bows or fairy lights, but they make a great addition to any room year round.

If you like big bold statements you’ll want a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in your living room. These trees have large sculptured leaves that give the air of the tropics without being weepy or wispy. These trees love light but don’t like drafts so keep them away from windows and doors and you’re good to go.

The Ficus is perhaps the most popular indoor tree there is, heck, they even make a fake version that you just dust once in a while and forget about. The real version is actually a weeping fig tree if you want to get technical, and they come in different textures and heights so they’re perfect for any room, any where.

Love the tropics but live where there seems to be perpetual winter? Then what about adding a Majesty Palm to your home? They are fan shaped and have that tropical feel to them and best of all they are slow growing if they aren’t getting strong sunlight. Throw on the heat, watch the palm tree and pretend you’re on the beach, even if it is January and there is a blizzard waging outside.

If you like more of a desert type tree then the Yucca is for you. They have thick woody stems and pointy leaves that come in a variety of blue to blue green colours and have yellow, cream or white tones to them too.

 

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When you decide that it is time to remodel your kitchen starting with your cabinets, which should you choose? Should it be custom cabinets or stock cabinets? Both cabinets have their own advantages and disadvantages but only after you look at your requirements and lifestyle should you decide which one to buy. Both can serve your basic purposes and look great.

Custom cabinets

This type of cabinet is made to fit your requirements in any given space and is made-to-order. There are no specific features of this type of cabinet except that you can add the following and more from custom cabinets.

• Silent hinges
• Drawers that are soft closing
• Corner shelves
• Cabinets that are customized according to your utensil size
• Crown molding that is ornate
• Sliding cutting boards
• Designer pulls and knobs.

With custom cabinets you have the ability to include almost any feature you want with more options in texture, finish, and design. These cabinets can be made so that they will fit into odd spaces such as angular or curved walls. They also have a longer lifespan, which can be fifteen to twenty or more years. It is easy to refinish them and they can be designed to accommodate large items like big pots and pans. There are also drawbacks with these cabinets and one is that they can become very expensive. Since they are customized, the work to build them can be done on or off site.

Stock cabinets

This type of cabinet is built on a big scale with the wall cabinets built one day and the next day the base cabinets are built. These are the cabinets that you just order from the shelf by looking at a brochure and letting the sales clerk know which ones you want and hope that they will fit into your kitchen. Some of the features of stock cabinets include:

• They are assembly ready.
• Come in sizes with three inch increments starting with nine inch widths and ending with forty-eight inches
• The standard height is between thirty and thirty-six inches
• The standard depth is twenty-four inches for the base cabinets and twelve inches for the wall cabinets.
• The material most often used is particle boards
• Standard hardware

These cabinets are affordable and available with fast delivery and installation immediately. There is a wide array of finishes. The drawbacks are styling options are limited, cannot be refinished, and have a short lifespan of ten years.

If you are remodeling your kitchen and want to make it unique choose custom cabinets.

 

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Cabinetry

Cabinets are a household essential, but that does not mean that consumers have to harm the environment. Instead of purchasing new cabinetry, scrap wood can be used to make shelves that can be used to store cups and plates. Scrap wood can also be sanded down to make beautiful cabinetry with a natural appearance.

If scrap wood is not an option, there are still environmentally friendly alternatives. Bamboo cabinetry is often safer for the environment for a couple of reasons. First, bamboo takes less time to reach the maturity that it needs to in order for it to be harvested, meaning that it will not become close to being extinct, like some trees are. Second, bamboo is often more durable than some woods, making this product ideal for home owners that want something that looks unique but lasts awhile.

Bamboo does still come from the environment so it may not be as environmentally friendly when compared to using scrap wood for shelves and cabinetry, but bamboo is a nice alternative to wood cabinetry.

Use Nature

The world is full of wonderful things that can help a home look unique, like the bamboo used for cupboards. Large tree branches can be used to make some new shelves for the living room. Need some rustic end tables? Use tree stumps instead of spending money on pricey glass and metal tables.

Home owners that love the appeal of flowers outside can up cycle a few concrete blocks to plant them in instead of spending money on products that will also harm the environment. These ideas aren’t just better for the environment; they are also a bit easier on the wallet.

Flowers can be used to liven up any living area. Homeowners can pick a bouquet of fresh grass and flowers, and then use their findings to decorate end tables and more throughout the home. This is also a great way to decorate according to season. Acorns will complement fall décor and pine cones can be used to add charm to a Thanksgiving table.

Furniture and carpet

Furniture and carpet can be environmentally friendly too. As more homeowners become interested in going green, more and more carpet retailers are offering more eco-friendly materials for carpet. Ditching the carpet all together is another great option.

Furniture is mostly made of wood, but up cycling some used furniture is always a great alternative to buying new. Thrift stores often have great deals, and some sand paper and a coat of fresh paint can make any piece of furniture look like a brand new addition to a living room or outdoor patio set.

Many people choose not to decorate their home in environmentally friendly ways because of the stereotype that it will be too expensive. Some products, like special lightbulbs, may be more expensive than the alternative, but lessening the carbon footprint that we leave behind on the earth is priceless. Homeowners that do not want to spend the extra money can still use these decorating tips to help their home be more green than ever before without have to empty their savings accounts.

Domain Cabinets Direct offers homeowners the opportunity to re-decorate their homes at an affordable cost. Bamboo cabinets for the kitchen and bathroom are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Consumers also have the option to design their own rta cabinets via their website. Knowledgeable customer service representatives are able to help customers that have any questions, and a one-year warranty covers the product in the event that there are any manufacturer defects.
Doman Cabinets Direct currently works with Habitat for Humanity, is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is also an active member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

 

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White

White remains a more popular choice for areas that are going to be decked out in white, black and grey. These custom cupboards will coordinate perfectly with a modern home or complement an elegant look, making them a versatile choice that will help them last for years regardless of how many remodels a home sees or what style a homeowner prefers.

On the downside, white shows dirt easier than any other color. If the house is full of small children with dirty hands, homeowners are going to feel as though they spend half of their day scrubbing dirt off of the doors and drawers, particularly if they are place in high traffic areas. This color also shows dirt and dents easier than any other color, as well as imperfections like scratches. Homeowners with several children, or grandchildren, that are always in and out of the eating area may want to consider another option.

Black

Custom black rta cabinets will add a sleek look to any modern home. This color will not show every single smudge or fingerprint, letting homeowners wipe them down when they have the time to instead of when they can see the dirty smudges.

The primary downside to owning custom black cabinetry is that it tends to show scratches just as easily as white ones, if not more so. The only other con listed by consumers is that black is simply not as versatile as white. These will complement modern styles, but won’t look well if a homeowners wants to remodel and change everything over to a traditional style.

Grey

Custom grey rta cabinets may seem a bit outside of the box, but that is exactly what makes this color so popular. Instead of wood or going with a black and white, grey allows homeowners to showcase their unique personality and style. They also give the perfect combination of pros from both black and white. For example, they coordinate wonderfully with several different decorating schemes, from modern to elegant. Grey will not hide dirt as easily as black, but it won’t show dirt the same way that white does either. It doesn’t show scratches as much, but doesn’t completely hide them either.

Custom Grey kitchen cabinets give the perfect balance between the benefits and downfalls of black and white.

Wood

Wood kitchen cupboards come in a variety of colors, but the same basics of black white and grey can be applied to the shade of wood. For example, darker woods will show scratches easier, but they will not show dirt as well. Lighter colored wood is more versatile, and will stand the test of time as it coordinates perfectly with one remodel after another.

The important thing to consider when choosing wooden rta kitchen cabinets is the type of wood. Harder woods are usually suggested due to their durability.

Designing rta kitchen cabinets is a great way for couples to make their home look unique as they showcase their personality through every single detail of their home.

Domain Cabinets Direct offers customers a variety of choices to help their home both look unique and suite their needs. Both kitchen and bathroom cabinets can be customized to be the perfect size and the ideal color. RTA kitchen and bathroom cabinets are also available for purchase.
Cabinets are available in a wide array of colors, styles and materials. Some of the more popular choices include: grey shaker kitchen cabinets, bamboo bathroom and kitchen cabinets, and customized cabinetry. A full list of products, complete with pictures, and the latest sales can be found on the company website. All products are covered by a one year warranty that covers manufacturer defects.

 

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A vanity is an often overlooked piece of bathroom furniture. It can not only increase storage in your bathroom but can add a stylish touch to your decor. You can not only hide any unsightly pipe work, but you can also incorporate drawers or cupboards for all those bathroom necessities. However, there is a massive choice of vanity cabinets available, so you may need a little help to choose the right option. Fortunately, here is a basic guide to buying vanity cabinets.

What Kinds of Bathrooms Are Suited to A Vanity?

Bathroom vanity cabinets are available in a wide range of styles and designs, which means that they can be used in bathrooms of all shapes and sizes. Even if you have a smaller bathroom, you can make use of the potentially dead space under the sink. You can fit a slimline unit that looks stylish and adds valuable storage space.

There is no one bathroom style that is suited to a vanity. There are units available in traditional and contemporary styles to suit all types of decor and personal preference. Whether you choose an ornate design or the clean lines of a basic unit, a vanity is sure to be an excellent addition to your bathroom.

Considering Size:

The size is perhaps the most important consideration for vanity cabinets. Bathroom dimensions will determine your choice of sizes for your unit. Remember that you will need to allow space for the doors or drawers of the unit to be opened fully. Be sure to take careful measurements of the existing sink area and consider if you would prefer a little more space. If your bathroom is on the larger size, you could always opt for a double vanity unit. This will allow you to have two sinks side by side for even greater practicality.

Recessed or Semi Recessed Sinks:

The first choice you need to make for bathroom vanity cabinets is whether the sink is recessed or semi recessed. This simply means whether the sink is flush with the cabinet top or if it is raised above it slightly. This is usually a matter of personal preference, but there are some considerations you may not have given any thought. The first is how you tend to use your sink. If you are the kind of person who likes to have clean surfaces with everything tidied away, you are likely to appreciate a recessed sink. However, if you prefer to have bottles and containers around the sink, you may prefer a semi recessed sink, as there will be a more defined perimeter of the sink. It may also help to prevent bottles from slipping into the sink.

If you are considering bathroom vanity cabinets for your home, you should speak to us. We offer a full range of bathroom fixtures and accessories. The Stallion team would be happy to help to guide you through the options for vanity cabinets that would be suitable for your home.

 

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Oh what to do about the vanity? Do you go with just a sink and then have to worry where to store all the essentials or do you go with a full blown vanity with drawers and cupboards abounding? Do you go to the floor or have a floating vanity that is attached to the wall (this comes in handy in areas prone to flooding)?

Luckily choosing a vanity is a fun job. There are so many different styles, sizes and colours available that finding the right one for your bathroom should be a breeze.

Take for example the pedestal sink. It is small and compact, doesn’t take up a lot of space and allows for access even in small bathrooms. The only thing is, there is no storage around it or its base so storing things near the sink isn’t possible. If you need storage the other option is a free standing vanity which combines places to put things with the pedestal sink. Best of both worlds.

With so many different styles of sinks on the markets, most are now called vessels. They come in glass or porcelain, all manner of colours, styles and sizes and can sit on a counter or be incorporated into the vanity top itself. Usually these are sinks that are pretty enough to be fully seen, not tucked away in a vanity so of course they are more expensive than a regular sink but will give your bathroom more visual appeal while being a functional piece.

An undermount sink looks contemporary and modern but of course needs a vanity top or counter of some sort to sit in. This look allows storage under the sink in cupboards and a place to hid the plumbing as well.

Cabinet style vanities are cabinets with a sink. They are great for storage and come in all sort of colours, sizes and colours to match any decor. All the plumbing is covered and the look is neat and clean. It’s likely what you have in your bathroom right now, as it is a popular look that is functional as well as good looking.

So as you can see, there are tons of options when it comes to refinishing your bathroom. If you have a tiny room, go with the pedestal sink to make the room look bigger and if you already have tons of space, have fun with it and think big!

 

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You don’t need to hire a professional to completely redo your bathroom. You can take on the project of changing it up. There is an unlimited supply of options for bathroom sinks and cabinets to choose from. This is your opportunity to make the bathroom look nicer. It also allows you to have more storage space than before.

A common problem with any bathroom is the layout. You may be thinking you don’t have enough space to go with a larger sink area or more cabinets. The possibilities are there, you just have to be able to see them. Once you begin looking at the options, you can visualise how such changes could make a difference for your own area.

Of course, you can hire a professional to take care of the upgrades for you. They can get the job done in far less time. If you only have one bathroom, you may be worried about doing the work on your own at a slower pace. A professional will be able to evaluate the best bathroom sinks and cabinets for your needs, sharing the pros and cons of the choices out there.

They can complete the measurements for the area, show you examples, and share ideas. They will listen to your input and not order anything until you make your final decision. They can also give you a price for those materials as well as the cost to remove the old items and install the new ones. If you are happy with the price quote, you can hire them and get the job done.

Maximise Space

There is often a great deal of unused space in any bathroom. With that in mind, go with one of the bathroom sinks and cabinets which allows you to maximise the amount of space you do have available. You don’t have to go wider and longer, you can go taller. You can also go with more shelving in the cabinets, so you can stack rather than running out of space in there for your items.

Perhaps a common issue in your household is too many people needing be in the bathroom at key times. With a double sink, bed time and getting ready for school or work can be less stressful. Everyone can have the space to do what they need. It will get the day off to a great start and end it with everyone getting along.

If there are issues that make you wish your bathroom was different, now is the time to make those changes. Don’t underestimate how the bathroom sinks and cabinets offered can help you to make it efficient and lovely at the same time. Such changes make it a practical solution, so you enjoy your home and you are proud of it.

Types of Materials

Look for bathroom sinks and cabinets made from excellent quality materials. They should be designed to stand up to heat and moisture, which will often be found in any bathroom setting due to the showering and water running. Some items look great, but they are made from cheap materials that don’t hold up well. Avoid buying such products as they won’t last for long.

You have the freedom to pick from a variety of colours and designs too with bathroom sinks and cabinets. You can select something simple and basic that never seems to go out of style. You can go with something that accents your bathroom well and adds some nice touches to it. There is also the option of being elaborate and completely updating how that room used to look.

 

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The indoor restroom is a nominal choice for limited usage, perhaps the perfect fit for less frequent use though. Then comes portable toilet, a square-shaped movable unit with all the necessary features incorporated within the compartment. It plays a vital role as restroom where the indoor facility stays back. Just like a construction site, birthday party, wedding ceremony, live concert, sports event and public events and for many other special occasions; portable toilet is a standout choice for sanitation facility outdoors.

Since the unit has many up lines in its benefits column, many individuals have expressed some down lines too, such as

  • Stinky smell
  • Lack of cleanness
  • Unmatchable units (old fashioned products)
  • Lack of on-time delivery of the unit
  • Pricey rental tags

On the other hand, the most of the long-term customers are satisfied with portable toilet performance so far, also they have expressed a positive opinion about the facility. Whereas the service provider’s opinion remains same in this context too, they believe, only a wrong selection of the unit or lack of proper information about the vendor service would result in uncertainty but it’s not the same if you are careful making a rental choice.

Let’s keep the opinion aside and take a dive into the context to know whether to rent or not to rent a portable toilet.

Stinky smell: The ambiance of the unit is essential to comfort the user. The poor maintenance of the unit would result in stinky smell and the chances of individual accessing the unit will reduce. Thus the regular cleaning is important to keep the unit clean and smell good. Although, sometime you may also receive a partially cleaned unit from the service provider; it could be unintentional attempt though.

If you follow the basics to ensure the status of the unit during the delivery; it would save you from the awkward situation. Therefore, portable toilet doesn’t come with the stinky smell, but poor maintenance does.

Lack of cleanness: In contrast to the indoor restroom, cleaning the portable toilet is easier and less time taking process, also once it gets cleaned; it can be sustainable for multiple uses. The lack of cleanness may cause adverse effects such as poor hygiene and stinky smell and like that. When not cleaned, it may leave a negative impact on user mindset, where they assume renting a portable toilet is a serious mess and they refrain from utilizing the facility.

Most of the service providers offer the cleaning facility for both long and short term rentals; also you need to check the unit condition while they deliver it to your location.

Unmatchable units: The well-maintained unit will never look old nor out of fashion, it’s all about the customer perspective from unit to unit. For parties and special occasions, people tend to choose well furnished and good looking unit, which could cost little more than the usual. If you are certain about the specific model or color then you may need to spend few extra bucks.

Keeping the trend on forth, service providers will revamp the units according to customer need, thus its rare chance where you find the old fashioned unit.

Lack of on-time delivery of the unit: When you place an order at the last moment, and you receive the unit late or sometime service provider cancels the order due to some reason, then it is a horrible situation for any individual. These scenarios take place due to two reasons either, customer call or service provider call.

When you choose a service provider, got through the customer reviews about their service; it helps you make a sensible decision. And sometimes, due to bad weather or transportation issues; a service provider may not keep up the timing, but these situations rare these days, they always have their backup plan to ensure the punctuality.

Pricey rental tags: Before contacting a service provider, you might have searched for how much does it cost to rent a portable toilet? It is sensible to move though, but how good is the obtained result, are you satisfied with it? Well, the rental price tends to change based on the location, season, and the amenities, thus, you need to have a clear picture on the prerequisites of renting a portable toilet such as a number of participants, duration, and the budget range. If you are sure about what you need, then it’s not difficult task to search for a cheaper rental deal.

Renting a portable toilet is based on the type of requirement, approximate budget limit, duration of rental period and of course the trustworthy service provider. Thus, it’s not about whether to rent or not to rent a portable toilet, but it’s all about how good you understand your requirement and make smart a rental decision.