Uses of Centrifugal Blowers and Exhausters

The words ‘blower’ and ‘exhauster’ are often used interchange-ably, but they are slightly different. Blowers usually produce higher pressure than exhausters, so they’re used where more energy output is required. Blowers and exhausters have a variety of functions, such as running the heating and cooling systems in HVAC equipment. Here are a few more uses.

Dewatering construction and mining sites

Sludge dewatering systems are an essential part of any construction operation. Sometimes, while excavating the foundation of a building, the water table is exposed, releasing massive amounts of water. Other times, water is deliberately poured onto the site to cure the concrete base of the foundation. This wastewater can’t just be released into the sewers, since it contains sand, soil, silt, mineral salts, and construction materials that could clog the system.
The wastewater is therefore passed through a sludge dewatering system to separate the solids into a cake and make the water safe for re-use. Blowers and exhausters are used to create a vacuum beneath the filtration membrane, pulling down the water and leaving silt and substrate on the surface. Blowers are also used to dry the solid waste into a disposable cake. The same process is used to filter wastewater after rinsing metal ore and rock quarry products.

Intense ventilation

There are lots of different situations where the movement of air is crucial. We have already mentioned heat distribution in domestic and commercial air conditioning systems. Exhausters and blowers can be used manually or they can be automated in the form of a thermostat. External ventilation is a common application as well.
Examples of the use of blowers and exhausters outdoors includes the reduction of air pollution at landfills. Smelly, potentially toxic emissions are sucked out and disposed in a safer way. In underground mines, coal shafts, and quarries, blowers are used to extract methane and increase oxygen levels. It’s an essential part of mining and prevents miners from suffocating. Exhausters are equally helpful for extracting vapour from soil deposits.

Food and beverage applications

Blowers and exhausters are a key component of filtration systems in the food and beverage industries. Spinning centrifugal filters are used to separate edible wastewater filled with items like fruit pulp or vegetable starch. The equipment is utilised in canning factories, wineries, and snack packers. Potato factories apply exhausters and blowers in the early stages of production when they wash, peel, and slice, and rinse potatoes.
Blowers can also be used in the fermentation stage of alcohol production, to dry out the barley, hops, and other grains as they are extracted from the spirits and beer. Centrifuges divide the liquid from the floating solids. Blowers are sometimes applied to the top of a centrifugal vat, to blow the surface foam and debris into a dedicated chamber where it can be further dried using an exhauster and a filtration media.

Metal processing

From cooling heated metal and filtering coolant fluid to drying sheets of powder coated spikes, roofs, or construction panels, blowers and exhausters are involved. Roofing products like Zincalume and Colorbond, as well as galvanised balustrades and fencing materials are all treated with multiple layers of film. From the primer that coats the surface to the ultra violet protectant, each stage must be applied, baked on high heat, and then dried completely before another coat is applied.

Household appliances

Blowers and exhausters dry the layers more evenly than air or sun-drying. The controlled action of an exhauster or blower also gives a well-timed effect that prevents the coating from scratching or drying. On a much smaller scale, blowers can be used to clean out the components of computers, heaters, or even car interiors.
Centrifugal technology is used in unlikely areas as well. Blenders, vacuum cleaners, and hand mixers all use centrifuges to spin their blades. They often have tiny fans inside them to cool down the overheating parts as well, and while they’re not industrial blowers, they’re miniatures based on the same technology, so technically, they’re in the same family.
Blowers and centrifugal exhausters are two commercial devices are often taken for granted, but as we can see, there’s a lot to be said for blowing hot (and cold) air, and there’s so much that can’t be done without these massive powerhouse fans.

Business and Marketing

The Beauty of Pull Up Banners

Promoting your product at POS (point of sale) or an exhibition to attract potential new customers is crucial and the design and aesthetics should be taken into consideration when purchasing equipment and banners to display your brand image. With so many products on the market, making the choice of which display banners to use can seem overwhelming and should be selected with some considerations in mind such as placement, portability and the location of your exhibition. Pull up banners have been a popular choice by brands across Australia due to their functionality and easy use. They are retractable and can be printed in high definition print to maximize your visibility to potential customers.

They’re versatile

The beauty of pull up banners is their versatility. They come in a range sizes and can are tailored to suit your needs. They work well for indoor applications and used in conjunction with other banners can create a feeling of depth that will draw people into to your display. They are also great for outdoor use as they are portable, are stand-alone, and can support themselves. There is no need for anchor points and messy tie-in systems. Simply put the banner in the location required and pull it up. And then hey presto! You have an ideal solution to your promotional display needs.

They grab the eye

Pull up banners are great for displaying vital information to attract and inform potential customers to your booth. Pull up banners come in single and dual sided and are great for omnidirectional coverage. Pull up banners can also be used to steer and guide the potential customer to your promotional display. Try positioning them either side of your booth, with your frame and your brand logo, and get the exposure your brand deserves.

They are long lasting

Pull up banners are built with longevity in mind and are durable to outdoor and indoor conditions – designed to stand up to the daily wear and tear of setting up and packing down. They roll down and pack away into an easy to carry case and are ideal for easy transportation and storage – ideal for the constant set and pack downs that a rigorous promotional campaign demands.

They look bold

The banners are printed in high definition color, to the finest detail, ensuring your brand will stand out from the crowd. Using state of the art printing, your pull up banners will become a work of art, while displaying your brand bright and bold for the world to see.  When you’re planning your display, consider it holistically. Always consider the color scheme in a holistic manner and try using multiple banners to display a message. This will add depth and intrigue to your interesting display. Also, try using multiple pull up banners, each set to a different size, to create special awareness and depth to your display. This will grab the attention of passers-by and see that your brand gets the exposure it deserves.

They’re cost effective

Pull up banners are cost effective. Pull up banners are a relatively cheap way to enhance your display so it makes an impact and stands out from the crowd. The beauty of this is that you can buy a few and position them in various locations around your stall, displaying crucial eye-catching info about your brand and bring in new customers.
Pull up banners are an ideal way to display vital information in a point of sale environment. They are also a great way of letting customers know about special offers and discounts available in your shop front or commercial residence. Use them out the front of your shop to advertise the latest and greatest that your company has to offer and watch the number of walk-in sales increase.
If your business or company is a little off the beaten track use pull up banners where all the general foot traffic is, to direct customers to your business and get your name out there.
The beauty of pull up banners is obvious, from their sheer versatility to their functionality and cost-effectiveness. Pull up banners are a great way to promote and advertise your business. Whether you’re trying to attract attention, or inform your customers of a new item, or promotion, pull up banners are the go-to promotional tool. They are easily transported installed and erected. Pack down is also a breeze making them the ideal banner for any location indoor or out.
So next time you’re deciding to promote your brand, have a look at portable pull up banners. They have been doing favours in the form of promotions for a multitude of companies nationwide, and if used creatively can really open up your promotional space and direct much-needed customers to your business. Pull up banners are a stylish way of promoting your brand and displaying vital information – plus they are built tough to serve you for many years to come.

Personal Improvement

Why We Are so Impacted by A Smile

It is in our nature that we all like to be around happy people and with the perfect smile, maybe you are the one folks get drawn to as well. The reason why we feel attracted to smiling people is not only because we instinctively want to interact with that person, but also hoping their happiness and positive mood might make us experience the same emotions, hence a smile can be contagious and might lighten up some other person’s mood as well. A big open smile not only signals friendliness but also makes you seem more approachable, thus, your smile can be your greatest gift to the world.
People, who smile often, are commonly satisfied with their life and find it easy to engage in social activities. As we usually smile at a positive situation, our muscles contract and reduce our stress level, which enables us to cope better with negative emotions since smiling increases endorphins in our body. Recent reports reveal that smiling people tend to be healthier and make the person even look a lot younger as the muscles used for smiling actually lift the face.
An attractive smile can be the best outfit you’re wearing and might open a lot of doors as it makes you look positive and confident in many life situations. Whether you need to ask a stranger for directions, have a job interview or simply smile at the barista when she hands you your morning coffee. When you smile, you’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed, and sincere and people will treat you differently. Even in professional life, a nice natural smile can be persuading and it is proven that smiling people close more deals and sales, which can then lead to job promotions and other work offers. And the great thing is, that a smile is universal. If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place, maybe even a foreign country with unknown cultural habits, and language is a barrier, smile, as it means the same all over the world: a smile is the global sign of friendliness.
Suffice to say that if you don’t smile, you are maybe missing out on opportunities, as life could be less exciting and enjoyable due to the fact that people might hesitate to approach you. And since a smile can change your life, you should take proper care of the teeth you are showing. If you have to hide your smile because you’re not happy with your teeth and have to cover your mouth to hide them you may come across as insecure and unfriendly, which might have a negative impact on your social and professional environment.
If you are embarrassed to show your smile, you might even avoid eye contact and shy away from people. To prevent this from happening, make sure you practice oral hygiene regularly by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing them daily to prevent tooth decay. Also, an appointment at the dentist should be scheduled on an annual basis for a professional clean to prevent the build-up of plaque and to make sure there are no bigger dental problems before they become costlier and in the worst case even irreversible.
If you already have a problem with your teeth and are not confident enough to smile, consult an oral health professional. There are great dental solutions for you out there, ranging from invisible braces to straighten your teeth, restoring a chipped tooth and replacing missing ones by dental implants. The high-quality services a dental clinic offers are countless but will certainly give you a great new look to improve both, your smile and your life.


Delicious Dessert Pizzas to Try in Your Pizza Oven

Wood fired pizza ovens are great for cooking up a family feast. Think of amazing thin crust pizzas, a roasted leg of lamb or a whole snapper baked in a salt crust. Even desserts come out as a culinary highlight from a wood fired pizza oven such as meringues and apple tarts and brioche butter pudding.  But what happens when you take one of your favourite foods and turn it into a delicious sweet and mouth-watering dessert? Dessert pizzas make great treats and we have put together three delicious dessert pizza recipes for you to try out with your friends and family.

Cinnamon Roll Pizza

Two of the greatest things ever to combine, cinnamon roll and pizza drizzled with a cream cheese glaze. This dessert will bring all generations together.

Cinnamon Roll Dessert Pizza
Cinnamon Roll Dessert Pizza (Source:

Ingredients for the dough

  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. salt

For the Cinnamon spread

  • 0.5 cup soft butter
  • 0.5 cup brown sugar
  • 0.5 cup rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp. cinnamon

For the glaze

  • 4 Tbsp. butter,
  • 50g cream cheese at room temperature,
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar,
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla sugar


  • Heat your pizza oven to a temperature of 400 degrees and push the embers to the back of the oven.
  • Mix the warm water, sugar and yeast together and let sit.
  • After about 5 minutes add flour and salt and mix until smooth. Let the dough rise for 10 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out into one big pizza crust or divide into two, let rest again for another 10 minutes while making the spread.
  • Combine butter, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon in a small bowl and spread on the pizza.
  • Bake the pizza for 8-12 minutes or until the edges are brown.
  • Beat butter and cream cheese together for the glaze, adding vanilla sugar and confectioner’s sugar carefully until the mixture is thick, then drizzle on top of the baked pizza.


Nutella Strawberry Pizza

This pizza is the perfect comfort food as nothing is better than chocolate combined with fresh food. And pizza, of course.

nutella and strawberry pizza
nutella and strawberry pizza (source:

Ingredients for the dough

  • 3.5 cups Flour
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. salt

Ingredients for the topping

  • 1Tbsp. melted butter,
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar,
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon,
  • 6 Tbsp. Nutella,
  • 6 large strawberries, hulled and sliced,
  • 2 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar.
  • 2 Tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips


Prepare the dough like above and fire your pizza oven to 400 degrees. After the dough has proven roll out to 2 pizzas and drizzle them with the melted butter. Mix sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top of the bases. Bake for about 6 minutes until slightly brown. Take the pizzas out of the oven and spread the Nutella on top while still warm. Add the sliced strawberries and sift the confectioner’s sugar over the pizza. Heat the chocolate chips on a microwave and drizzle the warm chocolate over your dessert.

Lemon Pizza

Unlike the cinnamon roll and chocolate pizza, this dessert is a light and refreshing dessert.

lemon pizza
Lemon pizza (source: )

Ingredients for the dough

  • 3.5 cups Flour,
  • 1.5 cups warm water,
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar,
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast,
  • 1 Tbsp. salt

For the topping

  • 3 thinly sliced lemons with thin rinds seeds removed,
  • 6 Tbsp. butter at room temperature,
  • 100g mascarpone or ricotta cheese,
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar


Prepare the dough like above, let rise and fire your pizza oven to 400 degrees. Roll the dough into two pizza bases and spread with your mild cheese, assemble the thin slices of lemons on top. Bake in the oven until brown, remove and top with dollops of butter and sieve the powder sugar over the pizza. Serve immediately.

Home and Garden

Removing Carpet Stains Sorting Fact From Myth

There are a lot of myths surrounding carpet stain removal – with old wives’ tales and recipes to remove those stubborn stains from your carpet. From the absolutely ridiculous, to the more typical stain removers, this article will dispel myth from fact, as we road test some of the more unconventional methods of removing stains from your carpet. From beer – yes that’s right, beer – to shaving cream, the internet is flooded with these do it yourself solutions to your stain removal needs. Those pesky tea and coffee stains will become a thing of the past once we get to the bottom and sort fact from myth.

How to Remove Stains from Carpet


Apparently, beer can work as a stain remover to remove tea and coffee stains from your rug. This method sounds like the person who came up with it was drinking beer when the light bulb moment sprung into their booze-addled brain. Tipping beer on tea and coffee stains on your rugs is not advisable, as when you do remove the tea or coffee stain then you have to worry about the beer stain. So beer is probably not the best method for removing those tough stains.

Shaving Cream

Apparently, if you dab small amounts of shaving cream on your carpet, this will remove a juice or soft drink stain. This method is also supposed to be good on grease and oil stains. I’m not too sure of the science behind it but this method almost removed a stain. Not as efficient as a professional cleaner, although it will remove small, rather fresh stains from your carpet or rugs around the home.


A mixture of salt, water, and vinegar is said to good for removing stains around the home. The acidic nature of the vinegar helps break down and remove stains from carpets, rugs and can also be used to remove stains from your clothing. But remember to use it sparingly, as the acid might dye your clothes and carpet a few shades lighter.


By applying salt to a freshly spilled wine stain, it will soak up and lift the wine from the carpet. This method works well if you can freshly catch the culprit and apply the salt immediately to the stain. A simple old wife’s tale technique that works well. If you don’t catch the stain in time, unfortunately, the salt will not help and you will have sought other methods such as hire professional carpet cleaners Sydney.

Baking Soda

The much loved, by mothers from around the world, powder is often used when those nasty accidents happen. If your child vomits or urinates on your carpet – baking soda to the rescue! Simply sprinkle on some baking soda as soon as possible and this will help lift the stain and destroy unwanted nasty odors. After the baking soda has done its job, simply vacuum up the powder. Tougher stains might call for equally as tough measures and will require a second application or maybe even professional cleaning.

Ice Cubes

We’ve all found used chewing gum stuck somewhere, only to stepped on and smeared into the carpet. The sticky mess is difficult to get out of the carpet. The old wife’s tale goes that if you put ice on the chewing gum it will harden and be easier to remove from the carpet. This method didn’t seem to work and will definitely go into the category of myth.


WD40 is found in nearly every shed across Australia and commonly used for lubricating rusted bolts or greasing where needs to be greased. It has been said that WD40 is great for ink stains. Simply squirt someone the stain on your carpet, wait five minutes and wipe it up. I tried this method and although it did remove some of the stain, there were still visible marks remaining on the carpet. This method works a little and is good for small stains.


Mixing cornstarch and milk is also supposed to be said to remove ink stains from carpet. The logic behind is that the paste congeals and soaks the ink up from the carpet. Simply make a paste from milk and corn-starch and apply it to the stain directly. Wait a few minutes and then wipe it up. Again this method did work fairly well but again, there were still visible signs of the stain on the carpet.
So we brushed on a few the effectiveness of few do it yourself stain removal remedies. Some more effective than the others – and some not living up to expectations at all! Most of the aforementioned concoctions work to some degree, although they will not completely remove stains from your carpet. Sometimes the only thing you can do is call a professional and let them deal with it. Or you could troll the internet for more remedies and hope that one works…


How to Make The Most Out of Your Backyard

Whether you own your home or rent it, your back yard is probably one of your favourite parts of the house. It’s a space for the kids and pets to play – if you have any. You can use the yard for yoga, exercise, barbequing, gardening … your options are endless. Here are a few suggestions you can consider when it comes to maximising your yard.

Install a pool

If you’re a home-owner and your space is big enough, then a pool is a good option. It forms a centre for family bonding, offers good exercise, and increases the value of your property. However, even if you’re a renter with less space, you can install a smaller above-ground pool. They don’t require excavation and can be easily moved or dismantled when you move house, so as long as your landlord and local council allows it, go ahead. It only takes a day.

Put up a playset

Depending on the age (and number) of your children, an outdoor playground module is another good option. It could be a small Billy Cart Rocker. This single-child unit needs less than 10m2 of yard space (3m x 3.3m) and is made of Australian timber that is rot-proof and termite-proof. If you have more space (and more children), you could for a larger playset that accommodates the varied interests and ages of your children. You could even buy an inclusive play module like the Town Layout, which has regular game spaces as well as specialised spots for differently-abled kids, all in the same playset.

Do some landscaping

You don’t need green thumbs to have a beautiful yard. Lots of landscaping services are available, and they can work within your budget. They also offer maintenance services, so they can come by once a month or so to keep everything green and gorgeous. You probably just need to water your yard, and they can set up an automated sprinkler system to handle that for you. Work with your landscaper to find out what works best for your yard. It could be as basic as healthy, quick-growing turf, or as complex as topiary and flowering plants.

Put in the right fence

Yes, your fence makes a difference to your back yard. If it’s unkempt and full of gaps, unwanted pests can sneak in, soiling your yard, spreading diseases, or potentially harming your kids. The wrong kind of fence can encourage burglars and make your yard look ugly. There are lots of options, ranging from glass balustrades and tubular fences to brick walls, PVC panels, and live hedges. Think about the amount of maintenance you can manage before you make your choice. PVC fences require the least fuss, while hedges need a paid gardener.

Consider building a shed

If you have a lot of room, a work shed, or garden shed makes a lovely addition to your back yard. It’s functional too. It can provide storage for your tools, double as a home gym for your weights, be used as a home office or entertainment spot. It can even be a hobby room for music practice, crafts, woodwork, metalwork, or painting. If you’re into traditional photography, a shed makes a great dark room. And you don’t have to build it from scratch. You can buy a flat-pack shed made of prefab components that can be assembled in a day.

Construct a pergola

If you don’t have enough space for a shed, you could put up a pergola. It’s not as functional as a shed, but it offers a shaded area where you can relax and entertain, and you can use it for some hobbies, like writing or painting. A pergola has vertical pillars and a partial roof. You can decorate the pillars with coiling vines, either with or without flowering plants. Put some outdoor furniture under the pergola to make a cosy nook.

Start a hanging garden

Most people focus on decorative landscaping, but you can create something functional as well. You know all those internet articles about starting a kitchen garden on your window sill or back ledge? You can start one in your yard too. You don’t need too much room, and you don’t even need the fuss of excavating your paving or grass. Just dig a pole into either end of the yard, stretch another pole or wire between them, and suspend some tins, tubs, or flower pots with seedlings. You can grow cherry tomatoes, spring onions, lettuce, strawberries, or herbs like oregano, chives, thyme, parsley, basil, or sage.


Solutions to An Expanding Family

The world’s population is approaching eight billion, but the distribution isn’t balanced out. China recently reversed their one-child policy an Denmark is promoting baby-making vacations, while many third world countries are actively pursuing birth-control initiatives. On a smaller scale, families expand every day through a variety of methods.
With the global economy still in a hole, adult kids are moving back in with their parents, sometimes bringing spouses and children with them. At the other end of the spectrum, elderly parents are moving closer to their kids, both for emotional support and practical assistance. Sometimes they move next door, other times they take the next bedroom.
Then of course there’s the regular expansion model – having a partner and making (or adopting) babies. Whatever the reason is for your family’s expansion, you need more living space, and if you can afford it, you have several viable options. They all involve money, and lots of it, plus a good deal of licensing and planning.

Renovate your home

If you’re a home-owner in a reasonable neighbourhood, you can expand your house. This depends on the size of your lot and any restrictions from your local government or housing association. You’d have to think about what new features you need. Is it a nursery for the new baby or an extra room for your older parents? It may even be a self-contained unit for your adult child or sibling and their family, or a guest wing for in-laws.
If you want a complete ‘home’, you could convert the garage, attic or basement, complete with its own bathroom and kitchenette. An en-suite nursery can be converted into a room for elderly parents. The adjoining door will be helpful if your new resident is ailing.
A childhood room can be expanded by splitting external walls and stretching the room’s square footage outwards. A section of your living room or dining room could also be closed off to create additional living space. Make sure you get all the required permissions from your regulatory authorities, and don’t forget to warn the neighbours.

Buy a bigger house

Plan B is to move house. You could sell your current home or rent it out for additional income, then buy a new place, if your finances allow it. Make a wish list of preferred neighbourhoods, access to work and schools, and price range. You should also include more practical concerns, like the number of bedrooms, a yard, or a pool.
There’s usually a trade-off between location and amenities. If you pick a suburb further from your CBD, you can get more square footage, both inside the house and in the surrounding yard. However, it may translate to a longer commute and more home maintenance in terms of hygiene and landscaping. You may also be limited by proximity to relatives.
If you’re not ready for suburban living, you might buy adjoining apartments. This can be helpful if part of the family requires partial independence and privacy. Siblings with families of their own may pool their limited resources and buy flats next to each other, though the stable family will take up the bulk of the cost. You could also rent out the house next door for your family members, until they get back on their feet.

Park a tiny house

An interesting alternative is to fix up your garden shed and turn it into a residential space, if your community allows this. It will require insulation, electricity, and running water, though these services can be shared with the main house. You can partition the shed into a sleeping area and an entertainment area, and put in relevant furniture
Do a complete audit and resolve any issues like leaks, gaps, rodents, lighting problems, and security issues. Alternatively, buy or construct a tiny house and park it in your yard. There are plenty of commercial designs available, and if they need to, your family members can simply drive it away when the time comes.
The advantage of a tiny house over a refurbished shed is the utilities are already structured. Tiny houses have their own lines of pint-sized electronics and accessories, including compost toilets, mini cookers and sinks, tiny fridges and washing machines, and convertible multi-purpose furniture. They can be constructed in 2 to 3 months by the average DIY enthusiast.

Install a granny flat

Wheeled homes aren’t for everyone, so you could go with a granny flat instead. In Australia, the regulations are quite specific. It has to be self-contained and can’t be more than 80 square metres. Fortunately, you can buy a pre-fab granny flat which can be assembled and erected in less than a day. It can be as big as two bedrooms, with a bathroom, and kitchenette, and even a porch. It’s perfect for grandparents, recent college graduates, or adult families that suddenly find themselves back home.

Home and Garden

Feng Shui Tips for Your Granny Flat or Home Office

Everyone’s reason for adding a Granny Flat to their home is different, but typically they all have one thing in common: they are looking to add more space to their living area to create more calmness and harmony in the home overall. Today we’ll take a look at how adding some elements of feng shui to the design of your Granny Flat (whether you’re using it as a bedroom or home office) can make your bedroom more peaceful or make your home office a more productive space to work in.
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placing objects within a room to create an optimum flow of energy. Feng translates to “wind” and Shui translates to water, as wind and water are associated with good health in Chinese culture and thus, the practice of feng shui is meant to bring you good health and good fortune. Feng shui dates back over 6,000 years and incorporates elements of philosophy, astronomy, and astrology.
One important concept within feng shui is the idea that everything has chi or energy. A second important concept is the idea of yin and yang or the balance of opposing forces or energies. Overall the idea behind feng shui is to create balance and positive energy within a room so that you feel at peace in the space.

1. Limit Electronics

If you’re using your Granny Flat as a bedroom, try to allow as little electronic devices in as possible, or use cabinets or drawers to hide them away when not in use. According to the principles of feng shui, these items take away positive energy from the room. They also allow stresses from your work and social life to enter the room, making it more difficult to relax and sleep. The same goes for exercise equipment-if possible, keep it out of the room. You’ll associate it with high energy activities, making it harder to sleep.
If you’re using your Granny Flat as a home office, it will probably be more difficult to limit electronics. However, it’s still useful to have a place to hide your devices out of sight if you need to take some time to think deeply to work out a problem while offline.

2. Fresh Air

Maintaining a good flow of air throughout the room generate positive energy in the space according to the principles of feng shui. Whether your Granny Flat is a bedroom or home office, make sure you can easily open a window to let in fresh air. Essential oils are also great for freshening and energising the air in your room, just make sure they are true essential oils and not fragrance oils, which often contain harsh chemicals.

3. Placement of Bed or Desk

In any room, there is a position of power that should be reserved for the room’s inhabitant to observe the entirety of the space. Whether it’s a bed or desk, you’ll want to place it opposite of the room’s entrance. The entrance of the room is where energy flows in, so you don’t want to block the stream by placing the bed or desk too close to the door.
Wherever possible, you should also strive to orient the bed or desk so that there is a solid wall behind it. Feng shui notes that a wall of windows behind the power position can make the room’s inhabitant feel like they are vulnerable from behind, and thus lacking control in the room. If it’s not possible to have a solid wall behind the power position, a headboard or high-backed chair will do.

4. Colour

The colour of your room will have a big impact on how you feel inside it. For a home office, soft yellows, pale green, or blue-green are great colours to calm you and keep you free from distraction. White can help foster mental clarity, while earth tones can help to ground you if you are easily overwhelmed. For a bedroom, earth tones, especially those in the range of human skin tones, are recommended to help ground you as you fall asleep.

5. Visuals

In a home office, you don’t want your desk to face a blank wall, as this can cause you to feel that you are constantly facing insurmountable obstacles in your work. Instead, hang up text or images related to your work ethic or what you are working to accomplish. Some family photos are ok, but too many can invite in distractions from your home life that prevent you from excelling in your work. More photos of family and personal interests are fine in a bedroom setting, just be sure not to create too much clutter on the walls
Finally, make sure to choose furniture with rounded corners and choose soft but adequate lighting to reduce stress and avoid eye strain.

Home and Garden

Décor Ideas for Your Granny Flat

Granny flats have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the surging prices rent and owning a home. If you can’t afford to move out, then move into a granny flat! It’s the perfect combination of independence and comfort – but how do you make your little flat feel like a home? We’ve wrapped up a list of some of our favourite décor ideas for styling small spaces such as a granny flat.

Going green

Indoor plants are a fantastic way to improve the air quality around your living space and brighten up a room. Houseplants absorb a certain amount of carbon dioxide, meaning they have a natural ability to clean the air. This is a wonderful benefit to small living spaces in particular, as the cleaning effect will be stronger and more recognisable.
Selecting a variety of indoor plants with different sizes, leaves and pots will add interest to any room. You can really get creative with your choices as there is such a large variety of greenery on offer, so choose a plant that reflects your personality and tastes.
Studies have actually shown that the sight of indoor plants actually improve a person’s mood and reduce their stress levels – which can never be a bad thing!
Lastly, choose an indoor plant that you know you’ll be able to maintain. Many plants only require watering on a weekly or even a monthly basis, which is a wonderful low maintenance option.

Open and airy vs warm and cosy

Small living spaces can be decorated in more ways than you might expect, but it’s a good idea to pick a design theme before purchasing furniture and decorations. A warm and cosy design is perfect for the cooler months – think faux-fur throws, plush cushions and luxurious satin sheets. Dark mahogany colours and wooden textures are perfect for recreating a cosy ski chalet look – you can curl up on the sofa at night with a book and feel like you’re in your own secret haven!
During the hot summer months, you’ll want to give the impression of open, airy spaces – even if your space is limited! This can be achieved with several techniques. Keep colour to a minimum -indoor plants will provide a splash of green, while brassy accents will add a modern luxe touch. An all over bright and white look will create the illusion of a continuing space between the floors and the walls, while sheer curtains will allow the natural light to radiate throughout the room. Keep all fabrics light in colour and thickness – think pure cotton and linen rather than heavy leathers and textiles.

A work of art

Even if a granny flat isn’t your final destination on the property ladder, purchasing some key ornaments and paintings is an investment that you can take with you across a number of homes. Do your research into the artists and styles that best reflect your interior tastes and preferences. Maybe you enjoy and relate to landscape ocean-side paintings, or perhaps an abstract piece has more complex levels for you. Your taste in art might change over time, but it’s important to hang something on the wall that you actually like to look it – so don’t be convinced to take on any hand me downs when it comes to artwork, unless you really like them!
It’s not just wall art that brings a place to life – ornaments and homewares also play a very important part. It can be easy to accumulate a lot of junk over the years, so try and keep your decorations and trinkets to a minimum. That way, you’ll only purchase items that you truly like. A $500 ceramic bowl will last a lot longer on your shelf than a cheap and tacky ornament! Plus, a few key decorations can really tie a room together – especially small spaces in a granny flat. So, next time you’re in a homeware store, make sure you give that “must-have item” some thought before you make an impromptu or lacklustre purchase.

Home and Garden

Alternatives to Timber Fencing to Consider for 2018 Renos

Oh. My. God. My 2017 renovations were a freaking nightmare. The guy that we hired to do project management turned out to be a slacker. We had issues with all sorts of contractors. The whole project ran seriously over time and over budget – we’re talking months and 10’s of thousands of dollars.
Now, I know that this isn’t exactly an uncommon story. I’d heard colleagues at work talk about it plenty of times before. My supervisor chatting about how her tilers put down the completely wrong tiles and managed to crack a bunch of them, too. That the height of her second floor was wrong – dear god. Or how about my best friend’s extension was supposed to be completed in March last year and then haven’t even put the slab down yet? I guess that’s what happens when you have 2 children under 4, a husband who works very long hours, and the council keep rejecting your building applications. Maybe they’ll have it finished by 2020! Who knows!
Anyway, the only thing that seemed to go right with my own home renovations was the front fence. At least my place looks alright from the street front, it’s got that going for it!
After so many slip ups from the project manager I decided to go out and find a fencing company myself that’d do the job. I just couldn’t trust this guy not to put me onto someone cheap and dodgy and then upcharge me for it anyway.
At first I was thinking about going for timber fencing because I’ve always loved the look of it. However, after doing some reading of some blog posts and experiences that other people has had with wooden fencing I decided against it. Wooden fencing needs more upkeep and doesn’t last as long – which isn’t really my vibe. I want to put something in and have it last! I’m not that kind of person who find doing house upkeep sort of like meditation – although I know that many people do.
So instead of wooden fencing, I settled on tubular fencing. This type of fencing is those upright metal type posts. Combined with a lower brick fence this can look really classy and homely – not like the metal fences I’d imagined earlier.
I mean, of course there are other options too. You have the full brick wall. This one is good if you would like a lot of privacy – obviously, because people can’t see through it unless you have x-ray vision! Privacy screening is kind of a mix between the two. You can’t see in unless you are really looking. But those are the main three types of fencing that are available for homeowners.
While hubby seemed to think a full brick wall would be nice, I decided in the end that it wasn’t a good idea. A full brick fence obscures the front of the house, which means that if thieves go to get in they’re also obscured while doing so. My neighbourhood isn’t exactly the Bronx, but it’s also not the safest in the world in terms of break ins – yes I’ve looked at the stats, I do my research. So I nixed that idea.
Anyway, the company that I decided to go with built an amazing, sturdy, tubular aluminium fence that looks great and I’m very happy with it – unlike the ongoing issues that I have with some of the rest of the renovations that we had done. But hey! What can you do? My tip? It takes effort but engage contractors yourself and do your research in advance before doing anything.