Thursday, July 28, 2016

If your neighbor builds over your boundary line what should you do?

This article is provided by Jesse Hughs.

Most people tend to get on with their neighbors, but from time to time there can be differences of opinion. One of the problems you can have with a neighbor is if they encroach on your property by building over the boundary line. The problem with this is that it can be difficult to establish exactly where the boundary line is. The only way to legally establish where the boundary is, is to hire a building or land surveyor. Once the boundary has been marked then it is illegal to build over it. 

You can see why it is so important to hire a professional to establish the boundary between two properties. If you do not establish where this boundary is then it is not possible for you to take action against a neighbor for encroaching onto your property. We are going to examine why establishing the property boundary is so important and what happens if the boundary has been crossed. 

Why do you need to know where the property boundary is?

If you think that your neighbor has built across the boundary of your two properties then you are obviously going to want to do something about it. If you want to take any sort of action you need to be able to prove that the boundary has been crossed. It follows that you can only do this if the boundary has been legally established. This is why you need to hire a qualified professional to do the work. Once the boundary has been established it is not legal for your neighbor to build across it.

What happens if the boundary is built across?

If your neighbor does build across an established boundary line you can take the matter to court, if no amicable solution can be found. It is possible for the court to make several different findings. It may state that any structure which has been built should be removed, it may make an award of compensation in relation to the encroachment or it may make an order for the land involved to be transferee or leased to the person who has encroached. It is not possible to say what decision will be made if you have a problem with a neighbor building over the boundary line; every case is different. 

If you want to try and avoid boundary disputes with neighbors it is usually a good idea to get boundaries legally clarified when you first move in. This may sound a little harsh and formal but it can help to prevent problems down the line. Of course there is no guarantee that your neighbor will not encroach on your property anyway, but at least you will know where you both stand should this ever happen. If it does then hopefully you will find the information we have provided useful in bringing the problem to a successful conclusion. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bring bathroom to a shine with a LED illuminated mirror!

This article is provided by Edwin Jackson.

As sunlight gives us energy, similarly, light bulbs work, that emits blue light waves and produces serotonin, which helps us to be focused, alert and awake. On the other hand, our brain produce melatonin when bulbs do not emit blue light waves, which makes us drowsy, relaxed and ready for a (good) sound sleep at night. So choosing the best LED illuminated mirror in your bathroom is more important than ever.

Why LED white bulbs are the best to use:

LED white bulbs in a bathroom save energy and money in the long run. It could be placed on the smaller base, on a surface or could be adjusted one that takes up less space. 

A dimmable light mirror is good to see your makeup in various settings. It is portable and could be asserted as handheld travel vanity mirrors. Before going out, you get ready by looking at yourself in the bathroom mirror with lights focusing on your face and body. The ceiling light is not an appropriate one and lighting should be emitted from around the mirror. Bright lights always ensure that you do not mess up your make-up or miss spot shaving. Use the larger globe bulbs with a style that illuminates the fixture placed above or around the mirror.

The total brightness level should be: 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens

The total color temperature should be: 3000-6000K

Clever and smart use of the backlit mirror creates the illusion of being more spacious than it really is. Illuminated mirrors include stemming free heated pad, an infrared sensor, ambient lighting with a shaver socket. So save some money to get the standard mirrors that comes with good features:

LED mirrors: We all know that lighted vanity mirrors are energy saving and waterproof. They are stylish and environmentally friendly, a great addition to a bathroom. Their long running time also makes them cost effective. What is more, this type of mirror can light up your bathroom with its lights.

Fluorescent backlit mirror is one of the popular mirrors where there is a use of fluorescent light tubes that are fitted behind the mirror teamed with glass etch so that it may allow the light to be emitted through. The backlit mirror gives a sufficient light that makes it easier to apply makeup or shave.

Infinity mirrors: It came up a few years back, where angled LED lights create an effect of never-ending series light with an impressive, stylish and modern look. The reflected view is not clear so before you get one, please keep this in mind.

Shaving socket mirror: This kind of mirror is meant for a modern day gent. It typically offers a perfect lighting option   with LED or fluorescent, teamed with shaving socket mirrors and having the facility of charging or operation of an electric   shaver. Also used for an electric toothbrush.

Heated demister mirrors: To avoid the swirling cloud of steam after a bath or a shower, this heated  demister steam has a thin pad that gets heated up, which is placed behind the mirrors and it has the tendency to stop the steam and condensation building up. 

None illuminated mirrors: Tile to half height behind the bathroom, install by adding a large mirror on the top half. If the whole wall is covered in a small bathroom then it looks bigger and better.

Vanity bathroom mirrors: It  comes in different varying   degrees of magnification, and is usually in the form of extendable ‘scissor’ arm that guides and makes it easy to give an exact position where required. It is also good for a close up view whenever you need.

Mirror cabinets: For extra storage these mirror cabinets are the best and worth, includes LED, shaver socket and fluorescent with a grand array of sizes and shapes. The mirror cabinets are the double sided mirror door, manufactured from aluminum and has movable internal glass shelves. These mirror cabinets are the infrared sensor that turns off and on.

Properties to be considered: Always check the mirror magnification option and 5x magnifications are the right one while you can select the higher, depends on the preference. Make sure you select a good size, especially when you buy a swivel mirror. 

Ensure the correct dimensions that fit in your   bathroom and always check how tall the base is and know whether it will fit in the space with a limited height.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Ways to Improve Natural Light in Your Home!

This article is provided by Izzie Shaw.

With the sun out in full bloom we tend to have the windows and curtains open, blinds up, and as much sunlight entering the house as possible. Truth is, you really can not beat natural light. How much natural light you get will depend on how big your windows and doors are, where they are facing and what is around you. If you feel like you can not quite get enough of the outdoor sunshine in your house, here are a few things you can do to try and help. 

1. Use mirrors carefully.

Mirrors are great, they can make rooms feel bigger and help you to bounce some of the natural light you are getting around the room. Try to place them on a wall adjacent to a window, this will give the illusion of actually having another window and reflect the light across your space. Plus, you will get the same great views. 

2. Get patio or french doors.

This option is a little more expensive (and only really works downstairs) but can hugely increase the light you will get, especially if your garden is south facing. Companies like Oakwood Doors have an extensive range to choose from, some of which will completely transform the room. Choosing something which is majoritively glass will obviously have the best results. You could also replace any interior doors for doors with glass panels, allowing the natural light to spread from room to room. 

3. Choose the right colors for your walls and ceiling.

If you have white or off white walls, you will have to go for a flat white ceiling. If your walls are darker or more rich shades then try to have your ceiling a little lighter or a nice off white. Glossy paints can help to spread light, but quite often people do not want what appear to be shiny walls, so go for something with a nice matte finish. This would not necessarily be reflective but can help reflect light. 

4. Let the light in! 

This may seem a little obvious, but you really need to let as much of the light in as possible. Keep windows which get a lot of natural light to them free of any plants or picture frames. Also, try to make sure your curtains are hung wider than the window frame, so no material covers the window. 

5. Move your furniture around. 

Most of us focus on making the most of the space within a room, so push all out furniture flat against the walls. When you have furniture next to any kind of window or glass door it is going to limit the amount of light which can spread past it. Try to keep everything a foot or two away if possible, or rearrange the room to maximize the light that can enter. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Nine Outdoor Living Tips for Your Home!


An emerging trend we are seeing is the natural flow from your home to your outdoor space. To achieve this, it is essential to align your outdoor area with the architectural style of your home. Consider all the elements here, like your selection of outdoor furniture pieces, surface colors, and other accessories such as plants and rugs. The styles and materials in general should complement each other and not conflict.


Consistency is key when setting the right mood for your outdoor area. Try to avoid mixing and matching too much as this will hinder your ability to create a theme. It is really important to keep in mind what you are trying to achieve here to avoid confusion when selecting the right outdoor furniture and accessories. 

Get Inspired

If you are stuck for ideas or feeling a little overwhelmed, take a break, make yourself a coffee, jump on the computer and start searching to get inspired. There are a myriad of blogs and other design websites that have ideas and resources which have been created to help you. If you are still a little uncertain, then you may need to contact a design consultant to help out. 


When planning for paved areas, it is important to work the patterns out to scale, to see if there are any obstructions or obstacles. If you decide to use brick, then a simple weave pattern will blend in quite nicely. The slightly more detailed herringbone pattern is also a great choice for many outdoor spaces.

Native Flora

As a general rule of thumb, native plants to your region will thrive as opposed to exotic plants. They also tend to attract local fauna such as birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. In addition to this, most native flora has already become accustomed to growing in your region, meaning less irrigation and general upkeep. 

Reflecting Elements

Water features are a great way to enhance your outdoor living area. Bringing this element to your existing space can add powerful effects and enhance the overall mood of your setting. Water movement is both calming and intriguing, depending on whether you are relaxing or socializing. On sunny days it can also act as a natural mirror, reflecting the beautiful blue sky as well as other beautiful aspects of your garden.

Sensory Experience

When planning your outdoor space consider all five of your senses. Our sense of vision is for obvious reasons the most powerful, however, by adding other little nuances to trigger our other senses (sound, touch, taste and smell) you will enhance your overall experience when relaxing or entertaining guests. 

Be Yourself

Probably the most important step is staying true to yourself. Your outdoor living area should evoke a sense of belonging. When planning to create this homely getaway, be sure to incorporate the natural landscape of the region. This will create a certain style that reflects a sense of place. It is highly important to incorporate our personality and what we love into the overall design and planning to maintain that personal touch. And last but not least, remember to have fun with it!