Wet Rooms and Wet Areas
There can be no doubt whatsoever that installations of specific Wet Rooms and Wet Areas are very much on the up. To be honest it wasn’t that long ago that you only saw wet sections of bathrooms in top hotels. But now, they are all the rage. As far as I can tell this wider aceptance of utlising wet areas like this came from the southern European countries such as Spain, Italy and Portugal.
I’m not sure if it was originally designed as money saving idea, or if the wider tiled area was just the style in Southern Europe, but I certainly remember seeing fully tiled bathrooms in Spanish Villas in my late teens (mid / late 70′s). I can’t remember having seen the style in the U.K or U.S (widely installed anyway) until well into the 00′s!
But, as I said, there is no doubt that nowadays it is certainly on many people’s radar. But what are the advantages?
Advantages of Wet Areas
One of the main advantages is certainly for older people and people with disabilities or lack of mobility. In most wet rooms the shower area is simply walk in. There is no edging or frame to step over you walk right in. This is clearly beneficial to people who find getting in and out of a shower difficult. The floor tiling within the wet area is always no-slip. There are various ways this can be achieved such as mini rubber stipples or rough covered tiling. I really like the grainey tiles with sparkling flecks in them, I think they look absolutely spectacular.
Things To Beware Of
Installing a wetroom is like putting ahuge bath in an upstairs room so you do have to be careful. Always, always use proper tradesmen to install your plumbing and waterproofing. It is absolutely vital this is installed correctly. The last thing you want is an upstairs room leaking through your lounge ceiling! Yes, I know it sounds funny, but it’s not when you’re on the receiving end of it! The waterproofing is also a key factor again get a professional who has installed a wet room before and knows what he (or she) is doing.
Also, you will need to keep a watch on the installtion, particularly when it’s brand new. Keep an eye out for any leaks that ight appear wher grouting do0esn;t settle properly or starts to split. Mold can appear as well if water does leak through any part of the sealing. If any of these things happen, get straight back to your installer and get them back to fix it. Leave it and the problem can very quickly become much bigger.
They Look Great
Havings aid all of that, you just need to “be aware”. The bottom line is that a properly installed and built wet area where the color schemes match nicely will look absolutely amazing in your home. They are also much easier to use and your guests will certainly be very impressed with your choice and style!
I found an excellent site on the subject you can find it here http://wetrooms.org
Homeland Episode Guide
I absolutely loved the T.V series Homeland. Is Brody a hero or is he a traitor? After 8 years in captivity he is relweased from Al Qaeda captivity by a Navy Seal hit squad on a secret mission deep in enemy territory. The twists and turns that this series provided in Season 1 were superb and I found this great site that provides a great Homeland Episode Guide.
Homeland really does provide unique and thrilling television. Yes, it is a little violent in places, but in all honesty the superb storyline, the way the characters are built up and the brilliant plot where you never know what is coming make this hostoric T.V.
On the Episode Guide website, each episode is summed up succinctly and the main points brought out. It is backed up with video trailers and some interesting insight into the reasons certain events happened.
It also provides an in depth guide to Season 2 where the tension torques even higher and some of the evensts almost defy belief. However, what I really liked about Hoemland, is that despite the unforseen events and unique plot twists, there is always a common thread running through the program. And, I like the way it is “embedded” in the world we live in. World events are woven throughout to make the story believable if a little far fetched in places but that’s the essence of good television in my opinion.
The season 2 finale really does connect a lot of the dots and you really see what the entire series has been driving at and Brody is revealed to be a pawn in a much bigger game between to massive forces. Who is good and who is evil is constantly questioned and as is who is working on which side of the fence is always unclear. All this serves to keep you, the viewer, on the edge of your set throughout.
Even in the last moments alleigeiances are called into question and just when you think everything has sorted out…there is a sting in the tail that leaves Brody in even more trouble than he ever thought possible despite everything he has been through.
The ultimate question though, has to be where will Season 3 take Brody and Carrie, especially as so many key characters seem to have been taken out of the plot in the shocking Season 2 finale.
The bottom line is that Homeland provides compelling T.V watching. Season 3 has a lot to live up to, but this great little site also goes as far as providing a little insight into what might be about to happen in Season 3 which is due in the U.S in the Fall of 2013. Personally I can’t wait, but I hope they maintain the same tight writing and roller-coaster storylines.
You can find the Homeland Episode Guide site here http://homelandepisodeguide.org
The Pros and Cons of Laser Eye Surgery
If the truth be told technology has come a long way in the last 20 years when it comes to what our opticians can do for us. Certainly the technology and tools available for diagnosing problems is more advanced than anyone could have imagined those twenty years ago. And, the level of detail that opticiaisn can go into when prescribing lenses is quite impressive. Down to the n’th degree with specifically manufactured lense specific to the quirks of each of your eyes. As I say it’s quite remarkable.
But, what about laser eye surgery reviews? Again, this is a relatively new field, so what are the options.
Lasik – Or Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (you didn’t know that did you?). This is when a laser is used to re-shape your cornea therefore re-directing the way the loght passes through and therefore focuses on your retina. Because the cornea is actually re-shaped this form of surgery is good for astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia.
Lasek – Laser epithelial keratomileusis, I hadn’t actually heard of this one before I started to research. It’s actually like a “watered down” version of lasik. This is used when there is much less correction needed to the cornea and is less invasive.
PRK – The first ever typ eof eye surgery available it is a little outdated these days. This actually involves removing some of the cornea whereas in Lasik and Lasek, the cornea is re-shaped rather than having slices taken off. Not used so often these days.
LTK – the latest advances in laser eye surgery! Rather than actually cutting the cornea a laser is used to heat it hence allowing it to be re-shaped to re-focus. LTK does tend to offer a more short term solution, but recovery is very quick compared to other forms of laser surgery.
Finally I did talk to a number of people who have had laser eye surgery and the results generally seemed to be very good. However, there was one slight downside, I need glasses for long vision but most things I can read without glasses. Whislt my longsightedness would be cured (probably by Lasik in my case), I would need reading glasses for any sort of reading if I underwent surgery. The need for reading glasses is almost upon me “full time”, but my optician did recommend I hold off until I need reading glasses to read at all.
If you’d like more information we found an excellent information portal site at http://lasereyesurgeryreviews.org/
The French word “dormir” means “to sleep” and so far as we know that’s where the term Dormer Windows originated. Once more, to the best of our knowledge, they’ve usually been utilized to generate added space and light in the upper rooms of houses – hence largely used in bed rooms. A dormer window is vertical and has its own individual rooftop. Perspective and situation plays a large part in ensuring the dormer looks good. You sometimes see cases where the dormer can be dreadfully placed or evidently the wrong size and in these cases they do look very poor.
These windows are for the most part, used to make further room (and to add a bit of light) in the roof of a home.
Obviously they insert head room along with hat extra piece of flooring space. Dormer windows are regularly one of the most prominent elements if a loft conversion is added to a house.
The phrase ‘dormer window’ is utilized to describe a window that is styled in to the dormer.
You’re also able to sometimes get false or blind dormer windows, in this case they are just view-able from outside. These don’t provide any extra space and no real function other than “looking good” on the building.
You can find numerous distinctive types of dormer to select from, including the following:
• Gable fronted dormer: These are ridged roof windows where the frames rises into into a pointed roof. Sometimes they are called “dog-house dormers”.
• Flat roofed Dormer Window: Self-explanatory.
• Shed Dormer Window: Undoubtedly an fascinating technique as the eave is parallel with that of the main house rooftop.
• Bonnetted Dormer. A window that is rounded to the view and boasts an arched roof. It is believed this style of Dormer originated in Newfoundland, particularly the Southcott style Victorian row houses found in Jelybean Row, St John’s – do check them out, they are amazing!
With a bit of luck that’s provided you at least a little bit of an appreciation into the different types and nature of Dormer Windows which are on the market to embellish your house!
Find out more at http://dormerwindows.net
Every bathroom needs mirrors, but have you ever thought of the idea of illuminated bathroom mirrors? Amazingly, and I bet you didn’t know this, you could get a wide variety of bathroom mirrors with lights and you’ll be amazed at how much easier they can make your daily life in the bathroom!
Firstly though, Using lit mirrors helps conserve power by negating the need for main lights and may even be utilized to “provide” to a certain “ambiance” to your bathroom if the situation dictates – I think you know what I am talking about here!
Seriously though – There are actually lots of possibilities for lit bathroom mirrors.
But, the most important factor, besides looking good, is to help ensure that you are capable of seeing exactly what you’re doing in the mirror.
Moreover, in many situations bathrooms don’t have a window, it’s in these kinds of circumstances that lit bathroom mirrors might be really useful.
If you’re thinking about getting these mirrors, I have to warn you and suggest that it is better to get an expert, if possible a experienced electrician to fit them for you. Bathrooms are nowadays the subject of stringent wiring conventions and consequently need to be fitted by the book.
You can even get specialist bathroom cupboards with lit mirrors embedded, some even have built in shaver sockets and that is particularly useful. I’ve even heard rumors of movement activated illuminated mirrors, although I’ve not actually seen one but nonetheless – quite remarkable.
You can find a large range of bathroom mirrors with lights to select from, so it’s important to look around to make sure you buy the right mirror. You can choose one of these variations:
• LED Lit Mirrors
• Infinity Mirrors
• Cabinets With Lit Mirrors
• Mirrors With Fluorescent Tubes
• Lit Slimline Mirrors
• LED Lit Battery Mirrors
My personal favorite is the mirrors boasting those sparkly LED lights – I just love that sparkling effect. However those 3 dimensional LED illuminated mirrors are just so wonderfully different and quirky!
The selection available is extensive and you’ll find there’s a large variety of differing styles on sale, one of which will suit your preferences and I know you’ll find a bathroom mirror with lights that can really light up your face in addition to your bathroom!
Go to http://bathroommirrorswithlights.net/ For more information.