Bamboo

Bamboo, Barrier, Screen Fence, WallpaperUsing a vast growing population, the demand for new housing and consumables is diminishing Africa’s forests. Trees are vital for our world’s survival especially for cleansing the air and our environment from all of the toxic gasses. Tree overage has decreased from 35 percent to a mere 3 percent in the previous decade. By using products made from bamboo rather than hardwood, you can make a difference. Continue reading, see the numerous applications of bamboo and save the planet, one tree at a time.
Nothing can beat the look, feel and smell of wood, but let’s face it, if the need of timber does not decrease, the cutting down of trees would not either. To provide the earth a tiny break, begin using alternatives like plastic toothpicks or move digital to conserve paper. However, I won’t tell you to quit braaiing, since it is what we do!
Did you know that 70 hectares of bamboo can produce enough material to build 1000 houses?
Bamboo doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides to grow. Very similar to grass, bamboo grows from its origins and, unlike hardwood trees, it grows back after it’s been cut and can be harvested annually thereafter. Bamboo grows much faster than trees and takes between three to six years to grow.
Listed below are a list of items bamboo is used for, so the next time you go shopping, try to Consider alternative products made from bamboo rather than trees;
Craft amazing furniture from bamboo
Makes beautiful hardwood floors
Employed in various cosmetic products and deodorants
Bamboo Offers top quality pulp used for making paper
Bamboo sprouts can be helpful in treating wounds and ulcers
Bamboo infusion is used to treat various inflammations
The leaves and roots are used for treating venereal diseases
Used as an abortifacient for kidney ailments
Used in the Treatment of infantile epilepsy
Building materials used in building
Used to fortify bridges and roads
Employed as ecofriendly and more cost-effective scaffolding
Bamboo stems are used to create fences, roofs and roof tiles
Employed in food as a natural food preservative since the bamboo skin prevents bacteria from growing.
Bamboo produces a strong and durable fabric with a durable antibacterial quality and can be therefore used to make clothing in addition to rugs.
Made into accessories such as necklaces, earrings and other types of jewelry
Tools and equipment
Bamboo is used in making weapons along with handicrafts
The stalks of bamboo are used to weave strong and durable baskets
Crafting musical instruments
Farming
Bamboo roots enrich the soil by drawing heavy metals from the floor
The roots holds the soil together and brings the water nearer to the surface that can benefit other neighboring plants
Bamboo is planted on steep slopes or riverbanks to help prevent erosion and mudslides
Bamboo shoots are planted as boundary markers to help encourage banana trees
Charcoal is made from the pyroligneous acid extracted from the bamboo which is then used in insecticides

Home Remodeling

Remodeling Kitchen Remodel Kitchen DesignPlan your renovation correctly and stick to your plans, as changing your mind during a project can be expensive and can really slow down your progress.
Ensure you apply for and get permission, if needed, from the correct regulatory bodies for your project before beginning work. You will not want have to reverse any hard work you undertake due to a technicality.
Don’t try to take on a whole property at once, you should work on one room at a time ideally. That having been said, do not blow your budget on a single room. New homeowners especially, find this very easy to do. You may initially finish a room and return to add ribbon or other finishing touches later on.
2. Always double, and even triple, check all your measurements and remember that estimating perception can be quite difficult for an untrained eye.
Whether you’re measuring for new staircase, doors, kitchen units, or even just so that you can organise your furniture in a different manner, accurately measuring is always vital. If measurements are just slightly off it may mean that things do not fit properly and the finish won’t look good. The key to a costly and professional looking end, even if working to a tight budget, it accurate measuring and taking note of every dimension. Spending that extra time at the start of the job can save you plenty of time and money down the line.
Ensure that larger installations will actually suit the space. Overly large units, fireplaces, staircases and other installations can ruin the appearance and feel of a space, and it can be difficult to judge how they will look before they are fitted.
3. Always have a contingency as well as an estimate for costs and materials.
You might want a ballpark figure of what you want to spend at the beginning of a job, but you should always prepare for overspending. Things can change and things can go wrong for any project and if you run out of money before things are completed it may turn a small problem into a disaster.
You also have to allow for breakages and over cuts of substances. It’s advisable to purchase more than you need and return unused items. Things that can easily be cut short by mistake or broken include moulding strips, such as dado and picture rails, stair spindles and handrails lengths and floor panels.
4. Bear in mind the unseen details. Skimping on the features that are not actually visible can be a big mistake in the long term.
Never ignore structural faults, such as cracked walls, as this might create more work later on. Having things like adequate drainage, ventilation and heating are absolutely crucial in most properties.
Other details to consider are things like high-quality underlay for floors or linings for wallpaper can have a real advantage. Opting for underfloor heating as opposed to a luxury rug will keep your feet warmer for longer. Tackle the mundane first and work on the finished decoration later.
5. Price, longevity and appearance should be considered.
Hardwood floors are very popular and can look stunning, but if you have children and pets, or even if an area has high traffic, laminates may actually be much more suitable. You may also be amazed by the quality, strength and feel of modern laminate and vinyl flooring choices.
Granite worktops can look stunning, but you need to look around and think about that cheaper options as well.
Selecting the wrong paint or wood care product can cause difficulties and might require you to do routine touch-ups. Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms will need moisture resistant paints. Doors and windows will need to be finished correctly at setup and maintained over time to ensure they continue as long as possible.
Remember sometimes it pays to pick the more expensive, longer lasting possibilities, but not necessarily, so do your research.
6. It doesn’t always pay to go for the least expensive options. Cheaper materials might actually cost more in the future if they don’t last, and you must always look at references and real examples of work with builders in addition to prices.
If you are undertaking any job yourself it will pay to invest in some high quality tools to ensure high standards are met. These tools will usually come in handy at other times later on.
7. Don’t be afraid of rearranging more durable fittings and appliances, such as plumbed features. Adapting the design of your bathroom or kitchen can have some real benefits in the future that will outweigh the effort it takes initially. You may be surprised how easy it really is to move a toilet or shower, and it can make a huge difference to the feel of the room. The latest trend may not always suit your home’s style and might not always be practical. You always need to look at the heritage and the general structure of your house and respect it. Some design schemes will simply not suit every home.
You’ll also see that if you follow the most recent trends too closely you can shorten the lifespan of a room as trends change quickly and you may find yourself with something which suddenly looks dated not long after it’s finished. Consider selecting a very simple base design for a room that you can easily add accessories to when you wish to incorporate the most recent style choices.