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Home Improvements that Actually Improve Your Home

Home improvements can be tricky business. Perhaps the trickiest part is knowing which improvements to do yourself and which to have a professional do for you.

A certain big box home improvement retailer used to be fond of saying, You can do it. We can help. Far too many do-it-yourselfers were encouraged to take on projects they shouldn’t have done themselves. The only thing they could do is sell you stuff. The retailer will never be there to help when things take a turn for the worse.

It can also be tricky to know which home improvements are actually improvements. First, one must be clear about what an improvement is. An aesthetic improvement may only be an improvement in the eye of the current beholder.
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STM Stinson Bus Garage / by Lemay

Montréal, Canada, 2016-03-29 – In January 2014, we finally could admire the new STM Stinson Transport Centre located in Montreal’s St-Laurent district. The Centre’s design project was given to Lemay, an architectural firm whose objective was to integrate this new building in its residential surroundings without raising both visual and air pollution. Ceragres collaborated with the architects to find the best exterior cladding for the building that accommodates 300 buses and up to 800 STM employees.
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What type of air conditioner is cheapest to run?

Air conditioning systems are used to keep rooms at the optimum temperature, whilst also filtering the air that you breathe, cleaning it from dust and other unwanted particles. They can be great for making your home more bearable to live in during the very hot summer months, but there are some things that you need to be aware of when making your purchase. For example, there are a few different types of air conditioner on offer, all of which can be purchased in varied sizes and maintenance needs.

This guide can get you started, but it’s always advisable to speak to a professional before putting any money down. This will ensure that you get a system that is suitable for you, that fits in your home, and that you’re happy with.
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Hot Home Improvements that Devalue Your Home

Home improvement is a hot topic right now. The TV schedules are full of shows where hapless families allow a team of experts to fix all kinds of problems and undertake a program of home improvements. Mostly this works very well – not least because the homeowner doesn’t have to pay out for the work – but sometimes the ‘improvements’ can go horribly wrong.
When it comes to selling a property, home improvements can add value and make it easier to find a buyer. Some people need a quick sale (click here if you fall into this category), but making the wrong choices could seriously jeopardise your chances of making a sale.

If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, here are a few examples of what not to do.
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What Should I do for a Plumbing Emergency?

Emergencies in the home are never good, and plumbing situations can be the worst. Leaks and floods can cause a huge amount of damage, bot to your home and all your belongings. Next time something unexpected happens, know the right steps to keeping a cool head. Professionals like the Plumbing Detectives (plumbingdetectives.com.au) know the best ideas for staying on top of emergencies.

Turn off the Water

Turning the main water supply to the house off can be an important first step in almost any plumbing emergency. No matter what might be leaking or broken, stopping the flow of water will keep damage to a minimum.

You should also know where the various other localized shut-offs are (under sinks, behind washing machines etc). In an emergency, it can be faster to simply turn off all the water at once. But once the situation is a bit more under control, you can adjust what’s on and what’s off to keep the problem isolated.
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WHITE FUTURA / by Alexander Wong Architects

White Futura by Alexander Wong Architects (01)

Shanghai has always enjoyed an unparalleled interest in redefining Western Cultures within a Chinese context and proud of its iconic as well as seminal status in the History of Modern Chinese Cinema. At the brand new urban hub named Shanghai Hopson International Plaza, built & managed by Hopson Development Holdings Limited at Shanghai’s Wujiaochang (上海五角场), China Film Cinema has just launched their latest flagship.
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MLA+ Felixx consortium wins the Bao’an Urban Design Competition in Shenzhen China

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MLA+ in collaboration with Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners and Chinese partners China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) and Shenzhen Municipal Design & Research Institute has won the first prize in the design competition for the regeneration of the area along the G107 highway in Bao’an district in Shenzhen. The other competing teams consisted of Nikken Sekkei, KCAP, OMA and ISA- Internationales Stadtbauatelier.
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How to Choose the Right Window Accessories for Your House

Window treatments and accessories can really transform the way your house looks and feels. A simple curtain with the right colour and pattern, for instance, can actually make a room warmer or colder. There is no shortage of options too. Today, you can do anything with the right window treatment and accessories. Before you get started, however, here are a few important tips to keep in mind.

Stick to What You Have and Plan Ahead

It is always tempting to go with that trendy electric curtain or the latest window tint on the market, but you should never jump to a purchase decision without taking into account several factors. For starters, the existing ambience, colour, and tone of the room must be considered. The accessories you want to add to the windows should always match the existing tone nicely.
Don’t forget to plan ahead too, especially if you can’t add all the accessories you need (and want) at once. You can add a curtain now and apply window tinting later to make budgeting for the projects much easier to do. However, you need to have a clear picture of what the end results will look like from the very beginning.
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