What to Look For When Choosing a Fireplace

modern-and-traditional-fireplace-design-ideas-2With my recent arrival in Toronto, I found myself treasuring if not fixated on spending as much time as I could with the few local friends I managed to get. One of them had a particular uncanny prowess in catering, and that’s how we came to meet. Yes, I do owe our friendship`s foundation to food. As you might probably be guessing already, he is a chef. I met him on a little adventure to Little Italy and had to get to see the owner of the pizza parlor I got my mind blown away by an exquisite masterpiece of barbecue chicken pizza that I swallowed whole! Fortunately, I managed to meet him at his office located inside his restaurant, despite his tight schedule.

I there’s one feature that stood out in his office was the fireplace. It was nothing like I had ever encountered before! For a chef, he had a friendly demeanor, easy to be around and fun to hang out with. But I just couldn’t get my ey es off that fireplace! The interior designer in me just couldn`t take it, and I vowed to get one for myself, and well, outdo him!

In my ego-driven quest, I came up with a checklist of some sort, considerations if you may, for what to look for in the pursuit of the Holy Grail of fireplaces.

Purpose of the Fireplace

The very first step I will insist on is identifying why you need one in the first place. Most reasons would be either for heating inspired reasons or decorative aesthetic reasons, and anything in-between. Let’s say, for instance; you settle down for heating purposes as your main reason. A fireplace that can up and down regulate automatically would be ideal, and therefore when getting one, you should narrow down your options to thermostat controlled, self-modulated types.

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Variations

For people who like having various options available to them, like me, I would recommend electric fireplaces. These come with a whole hoard of options. You can turn on the flames, even spice up with some crackles like from a real fireplace and embers, or just turn on the flames with no heat emanating from the fire. The latter Mobdro option enables you to bring about the aura of a fireplace even in heat filled times such as in the middle of summer.

Air Quality

Rooms containing fireplaces usually have a degree of smoke in the air, especially for traditional style fireplaces and those that use wood to light the fire acheter du cialis andorre. There`s a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in such cases as well which would call for an additional venting system to be put in place solely for countering this. With fireplaces using natural gas, there`s also an extra vent system required because of the smoke creosote, fumes and gas pollution produced.

 

Safety

If you`re in a home laden with small children or pets, or worse still, both of them, going for extremely safe fireplaces would be the prudent thing to do. The best choice in such a situation would be an electrical fireplace. These come with advantages such as minimal risk of fire accidents, and they have glass that`s safe to touch. In most, they are easily regulated, which eliminates danger of creating a fire that can’t be controlled.

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A proper ventilation system for the health and comfort of all who may be living in the house is very essential. Through my experiences as an interior decorator, I have come to appreciate the purpose of a well-ventilated home. Proper ventilation helps in getting rid of moisture, smoke, cooking odors, and other pollutants.

I use the following ventilation methods at my place: interior ventilation, structural ventilation, roof ventilation and foundation ventilation.

 

  1. Interior ventilation

Because the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are hugely affected by moisture and odors, I have put in place a number of fundamental exhaust units: bathroom and laundry exhaust fans and an exterior venting range hood.

I noted that it is much easier to remove greasy, smoky, and steamy air that requires duck work to an exterior vent. Many kitchens, for example, have large vents that only recycle stovetop air. Similarly, if you find that your kitchens’ wall contains grease, or your kitchen is smelly, then you need an exterior-vending exhaust fan.

Bathrooms require similar treatment when addressing ventilation. Install and exhaust fan if you note incurable mildew in the shower, a pungent smell, and also paint peeling off your wall.

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  1. Structural Ventilation

I’ve used structural ventilation in my attic and basement. I always strive to keep moisture and heat from roasting my home, something that usually happens over a given period.

For my attic, the primary objective is to create an upward flow of air. The air moves in through the vents in the eaves and moves out through the vents located on the ceiling or nearer to the roof. Mobdro An important point to always remember is to clean your vents as soon as they get clogged.

 

  1. Roof ventilation

I’ve gone the extra mile and installed additional vents at the eaves and the ridge of the ceiling out of fear that it might get too hot and humid, especially in the summer. However, before I undertook this task, I consulted with experts for professional advice.

To ensure longevity, I have painted all the vents and screens, and also made sure the vent frame protects the screens. It is absolutely necessary to keep checking the condition of your vents so that excessively damaged ones can be replaced. Doing so allows free flow of air in the home, promoting health and hygiene.

 

  1. Foundation Ventilation

To further maintain a clean and healthy atmosphere in my home, I’ve fitted foundation vents in my bathroom and kitchen areas. These areas experience a lot of mildew, dampness and moist air which causes rot in the crawlspace. I was however faced with a tremendous challenge on the onset of this project – installing extra vents is such a daunting task! You need special appliances to cut through lumber, brick, and concrete. As such, having an expert to do it for you is the best course of action. A professional will install and make any necessary “cuts and incisions” that you would have otherwise really struggled with and potentially wrecked your home.

Family-Friendly Living Room Décor

Your living room is your central relaxation area; it is the place where you go to listen to music, play games, relax and watch movies. I specifically like sleeping for long hours on my living room sofa during hot afternoons or on slow days. Bearing this in mind, it is necessary that you put the appropriate decoration ideas into practice.

Once I moved into my new place, I was not quite sure on how to apply some decorations in my living room. I struggled to identify which ones would blend with my character and style, and at the same time be welcoming to all commander cialis ligne. It is here that I came up with a family-friendly method to decorate the living room.

 

Below are some points to consider for the family-friendly home décor method:

 

  1. Frame it

When I decided to use the family friendly method, it was in the thought that my home should reflect a young modern family. After completing this project, so far, I have been more than satisfied with the results. The type of furniture to use here is not so hard to figure out; I chose to go with brown furniture, which is very welcoming and neutral to stains and dirt. It also blends in with some wooden fixtures in the house

 

 

 

  1. Consider using an open floor plan

I also used an open floor plan with my living room to emphasize the need for space, especially in my relaxation area. Space is important because it enhances the free flow of air, and for those with families, you get to spend more time together. Mobdro APK Space in the room promotes clear thinking during your uninterrupted relaxation periods, and when used as a study or work area, you are able to do so effectively.

In my new home, I have gone further to separate all sections in my living room. Such that, the study area and the relaxation area are not so close together.

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  1. Add some words of wisdom

I have managed to do this by hanging pictures with inspirational and encouraging messages. Such messages are for example, ‘best things to give,’ ‘our daily bread,’ and also prayers and quotes by prominent individuals. By choosing to add some words of wisdom to my living room space, I was able to promote values like humility, unity, and togetherness, brotherhood, as well as promoting learning.

However, it is important that you follow the appropriate methods of hanging art on your walls. Failure to do so may cause damages to the beauty of your wall.

 

 

  1. Use an outdoor rug indoors

contemporary-outdoor-rugsI wanted my new house to be family friendly in every single way, for both humans and animals. To achieve this objective, I used a rug called Leopard cub usually used in high traffic areas, and it has served as a well thought of carpet idea.

Bringing an outdoor rug indoors has some varied benefits, mainly being a measure to promote relative cleanliness and hygiene. For example, if you have a pet dog like I do, you find that he (your pet dog), may enter the house with muddy paws, and end up making the living room dirty and undesirable. Therefore, to avoid this, you should move an outdoor rug inside the house, and in so doing your pet dog will run around it, rubbing off most of the dirt that got from the outdoors on the rug.

 

Living Room Furniture for My New Place

Having moved from Paris to Toronto, I was now faced with one daunting task – redecoration! After staying in one place for such a long time, one, I think, forgets the “hard work” involved in deciding what goes where, what gets discarded, what gets replaced, etc. I being an interior designer wasn’t helping. So there I was, critically analyzing each and every potential place. I set out house hunting and, after a long, tedious search, eventually settled for one located in Bloor Village West. Next thing on my mind – furniture!

My first thoughts were to try to making my living room more dynamic and flexible. To accomplish this, I had to get furniture that could be easily moved around the house. This would help tone down the stale, standard, “every-other-house feature” of furniture lined up against the wall. I had to be unique and stylish! This, together with making the room appear larger and more appealing by preserving the floor space. With mobile furnishings, my living room would be elegant and more inviting especially for relaxing and chatting with friends. I envisioned being able to move closer easily for chats, or move away for some space.

Out of the experience I`ve gathered over the years, I learned the importance of the center point of living rooms. Relaxation rooms are the focal area of the house; with a tendency to draw attention whenever a person enters the room. I, therefore, decided to capitalize on the area by putting furniture from there outwards. For this to work out, I got my preferred dark brown, leather, Mobdro APK fabric sofas placed in the middle of the focal area of the room. The sofas are two matching ones, facing each other, and another with two armchairs. I felt this would promote interaction and conversation with other people in the living room. On the oak floor, I got a medium sized woolen rug matching the color of the sofas to help in grounding them and produce a more relaxed aura.

I then went ahead to get a coffee table to place in between the sofas. I opted for the Rotor coffee table with a brown, woody finish, out of the numerous options I came across while shopping. The coffee table is composed of linked square components, which have the unique feature of rotating round each other resulting in a blend of fun and originality – all in a coffee table!

With my living room furniture set almost done, I went for the last piece missing in my “masterpiece living room” – a wall unit. Yes, wall unit for storage and housing for my entertainment devices from the TV to gaming consoles. I still have friends who don’t get how I’m a gamer…but that’s a story for another day. I preferred a modular unit blending arrangement; that could spread across the wall and also turn on its side (horizontally) to give the added advantage of changing its orientation. Now, how dynamic and flexible is this living room?

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