Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Feng Shui Tips For Home Remodeling & Succesfull Living

If you have ever wanted to incorporate Feng Shui Living into your space, there are some important things you need to know before you begin. Just follow these tips and enjoy the small, yet noticeable changes to your life.

These small benefits assists us to balance the entire positive chi, enhancing the positive and minimizing the negative. Our lives will be enhanced, allowing the positive Feng Shui Living energy to flow. If you don't balance and control the chi (energy), then you run the risk of having health, relationship and wealth problems.

Feng shui is a Chinese belief of beautifying a place, be it a residence or a building. Its purpose is focused on receiving positive energy by attracting good fortune and health in one's life. It utilizes certain instruments such as magnetic compass and bagua in defining correlation between the solar system and environment. It aims to balance a place and the forces of nature. Therefore when remodeling your home, make sure you apply feng shui principles, which are as follows:

1. An important factor when you start to use Feng Shui is to balance and control the chi, which is said to be the force of everything around us. Learn how FSL impacts your dwelling and office space. Set them up to function in harmony with the environment.

2. Another important consideration for Feng Shui Living is when you have existing space that needs addressing. It's critical that you search out good advice because your health, relationships and your wealth will be protected and improved. If you make sure that you do your research and read about Feng Shui or engage a Feng Shui Master, you will be fine.

3. You don't have to change locations in order to bring FSL into your world. All you need do to improve your chi (energy) is to start with small changes such as replacing burnt out light bulbs. Light, both natural and electric is a potent form of chi, so make sure that you replace dead light bulbs with new ones and introduce as much natural light into your space as possible. This will introduce positive chi into the room and you will feel the improvement in your chi (energy) immediately.

4. Have you considered fixing broken doorknobs, squeaky hinges and even broken doors? These little problems nag at us all day. It's not as difficult as you might think. All you need to do is spend a few minutes on the weekend fixing these things and your life will feel as if it is moving more smoothly.

5. Have a clean out. Reduce the clutter, get some space, and allow the energy to flow more smoothly. Clearing clutter whether it be making room in a closet or a garage, gives way for new opportunities to show themselves. Be open to the space. The universe likes to fill the vacuums in your space.

If you really want to start using FSL to improve your health, your relationships and your financial position, start by follow these steps to start improve the chi (energy) surrounding your home and office.

6. Play around with colour to add harmony in your home.
One principle feng shui experts use is the colour harmony. Various colours correspond to the 5 elements in Chinese astrology namely: fire, earth, water, wood, and metal. Each area in life such as marriage, career, health, and travel is also represented by specific colours. Depending on which area you want to give emphasis, the colour of choice must not be contradictory. When doing home renovation, if you want to ensure good health for your family, the dominant colours should include brown and green.

7. Put your kitchen out of sight.
Kitchen represents food, the ultimate source of sustenance or is equivalent to wealth. Therefore, it should be positioned at the center of the house, just as the heart is located at the center of the body. It should be in a place where it can't be easily seen by visitors. As much as possible, never place it near any access point as the nourishment may leak out of the house.

8. Flaunt a reflector.
Since kitchen means wealth, Chinese consultants would advise to put something that creates reflection. Its purpose is to multiply prosperity through the replica produced. It can be in the form of a mirror, stainless utensils, or anything that replicates an image.

9. Tap better source of lighting
The Chinese system we are talking about involves utilization of energy; and light is definitely the ultimate source of energy. Therefore, never take lighting for granted as this greatly influences the overall quality of your life. Monotonous brightness may cause boredom and stress while, wide array of light spectrum encourages creativity, enthusiasm, and happiness. Do not just go for plain, white light; instead try diverse light colours and intensities. The more shades of light present at home, the more drama it creates making your life more meaningful.

10. Counteract wealth drain in your bathroom
It is obvious that water is the prevailing element in the bathroom. Regular flushing is expected; therefore, it has to be counteracted because water is wealth. This is possible by placing earth element such as fresh flowers or vessel of pebbles directly above the toilet.

Although this belief contributes somehow in the quality of life of many people; however, this does not always promise a positive return. Hard work still plays a great role in creating your future. 

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Remodeling Advisor - Kitchen Remodel?

Are you serious about remodeling your kitchen? Remember a kitchen remodel is more than fresh paint. This is a project that requires a lot of consideration and planning.

The kitchen is the centre of almost all family activities. It is the only room where so much can occur such as meal preparation, dining, homework, socializing, playing table games and more. Since the kitchen has so many functions it is important to carefully review how kitchen remodeling can better facilitate all these activities.

Kitchen remodels are one of the most common updates done to all homes. Of course one reason for this is that the kitchen is so a hub of activity. Another reason is that statistics show that a kitchen remodel adds more value to a home than remodeling of any other room.

However don't wait until you are planning to sell your home to remodel the kitchen. Remodel your kitchen when it seems right to you. You will be adding value, but more importantly you will be able to enjoy the benefits of your new kitchen now.

If you always have your eye on the overall value and marketability of your home you should stick with a contemporary style for your remodel. If your own pleasure is more important than choose something that pleases you, perhaps a French country style kitchen. Maybe early American kitchen styles are your favourite.

Do not eliminate any particular style until you have done your homework. Having an open mind to various kitchen styles will help you successfully find a style for you and your family. Researching and planning a new kitchen can be half the fun.

Consider these points in your remodel: To function well, the refrigerator, the sink, and cook top each need to be surrounded with an adequate amount of floor and counter space. The refrigerator door needs a clear swing and, if possible, enough room for two people to reach in simultaneously. The doors of any cabinets around the fridge should not conflict with its door. And the refrigerator also needs an 18-inch run of counter as a staging area for foods going into or coming out of it.

Here some important considerations for your project. You must plan ahead. You should sketch up a plan and get some price ideas from your local super hardware store. Once you have these basic concepts and pricing ideas you can enlist an interior design professional to firm up your plans. While you can truly remodel your kitchen as a do it yourself, if you have never taken on a project this large, do consider professional help such as an interior designer. Having this experienced person review your sketches may help you to improve your ideas as well as save you money on your kitchen remodel.

These ideas should get your kitchen remodel off to a good start. After that it is up to you to follow through and make your remodel work!