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Outdoor Fire Pits History Controlled Burning

  • Posted on November 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Controlling fire is the main reason that humans have covered the earth. We began our journey living outdoors, and a fire pit was the main method for controlling that fire. Humanity has been tied to fire since the dawn of history. It has been essential for our survival. We have used it to cook, to keep us warm and to keep us safe. Until we learned to control it, we were at its mercy.

It is the “control” that enabled the march to civilization. Fires start naturally, from lightning strikes, lava flows, and other natural causes. Presumably, we carried the coals left from burning wood from place to place until we learned how to create it when we needed it. A fire pit kept it where we wanted it. And we learned to make them.

The earliest fire pits were very simple. An area was cleared of vegetation and other burnable material; some cultures had whole rituals involving the clearing and consecration of the fire pit. It was ringed with rocks, and the fire was lit. Whole clans gathered around the communal fire. When it was time to move on, the fire was put out, and often the cleared vegetation was returned to the place, to hide the fact that people were there.

As civilization advanced, so did the fire pit. The main characteristic of it was that it held the fire and the wood that burned. As humanity became settled, they became more elaborate, and more permanent. With increasing urbanization, the need for a fire pit became necessary. People living in close confines meant that houses made of wood were more vulnerable to fire. No longer could we just light a fire on any cleared space. Fires had to be controlled even more carefully.

The first fire pits were simple clay bowls. As metalworking became more common, metal-bowls became possible for use. Copper was the first metal worked, but soon iron became the norm. Fire pits of metal with elaborate designs began to appear. Screens could be added to help keep sparks and other material from being thrown into the air. Copper is still being used by many traditional metal-smiths

Now outdoor fire pits are available in many designs, and many styles, from traditional, to tribal to modern, laser cut custom-made options. The wood-burning pit is a staple of many urban patios, a way to have a cheerful fire and gather as we once did, enjoying company and warmth. They have come full circle.

Humans have been walking the earth for centuries. Our need for controlled fire is the reason that outdoor fire pits have been with us almost as long. Return to humanitys roots and in safety and comfort with a beautiful fire pit.

Real Wood Flooring Not As Expensive As You Think

  • Posted on November 28, 2016 at 4:59 am

Real Wood Flooring-Expensive Or Not?

The beauty and warmth that real wood flooring offers is simply unbeatable. However, if cost is making you think twice about investing in this flooring option, then there are a few things you should know. Real wood floors are often considered to be the best flooring options as they have been known to withstand the ravages of everyday life whilst still adding a touch of elegance and style to your home. This type of flooring fits in easily with any home decor and style be it period style, modern, classic or traditional. Real wood flooring stands the test of time and manages to sustain its fantastic look for years after being set up. They are not only durable, but also easy to clean and maintain. Their hypo-allergenic quality means that they are extremely health friendly and since wooden flooring is completely natural, they are environmentally friendly as well. Real wood floors have proven to increase property value and houses with wooden flooring have been found to not only sell for a higher amount, but

also sell at a faster rate. doesnt require replacement and retains its value, which means they offer better value for money. So as you can see, installing these floors should be considered as a smart investment rather than an expense.

Looking For Great Deals On Real Wood Flooring?

If you are looking for a real bargain buy, then look no further than Source Wood. They are leading suppliers of high quality real wood flooring and offer a number of cost saving opportunities on the special offers section of their website. They run an extremely quality conscious business so you will find that all their products, including those on special offer, are of superior quality. All the latest wood floor clearance items can be found at their wood flooring sales centre at . These products carry no defect and often result from cancelled orders or end of contract of special orders that need to be sold to clear the way for new stock. You can also check their wood flooring buyers guide at to make sure that you are getting fine quality floors.

If you come across any product you like, you can request samples simply by selecting the request sample button to add it to your samples basket before heading to check out. Their free sample service is restricted to two per sales enquiry, however if you require more than two samples, they are happy to make arrangements for you to receive them. Almost all their real wood flooring is available for immediate dispatch except for custom made items. All their products are despatched to arrive within three days but can be delivered sooner if necessary. To discuss your requirements contact Source Wood at: sales: 08456 021781, telephone: 01379 652613, out of hours sales: 07557 688667 or you can email them at

Have A Great Experience With Outdoor Tv Enclosure

  • Posted on November 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Nothing can be fulfilling like spending summer afternoons in the backyard, patio or pool barbequing and socializing with friends. Even when you are visiting a local bar or restaurant, spending time in an outdoor location with a group of friends can be very rewarding. And there is no better way to enjoy moments outdoors than with your television set. This is where weatherproof TV enclosure come in. With this outdoor TV enclosure, you can have great entertainments without worrying about your TV getting spoil by rain and other weather elements.

Most home and bar owners are making their outdoor locations more comfortable by installing outdoor TVs. These TVs are truly handy, especially during sporting and other entertainment events. However, installing a TV in an open area can be a huge challenge. You have to start off by finding the right screen, choose the right size for the location and then figure out how to protect it.

Your outdoor TV option

Modern flat screen TVs come in two types: liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and plasma TVs. Both types come in a variety of sizes from 20 to 70 inches. Most people prefer plasma to LCD TVs for outdoor usage because of their high contrast levels. However, the modern LCD TV come with backlight technology that give them high quality outdoor digital signage.

options does not just stop with LCD and plasma. Some manufacturers produce brands that make great outdoor TVs more especially because they are waterproof and can operate in a wide range of temperatures. However, such screens come with a huge price tag than the conventional systems.

Any screen placed outdoors need protection from the elements. This is where outdoor TV enclosures come in. These enclosures are protective cabinets designed to accommodate standard flat screen elements (both LCD and plasma). The TV enclosure is waterproof, ensuring that no rain or water elements can get into the contact with your screen. But, their protection does not stop with this.

Within the , climatic systems ensure a stable internal temperature, thus no matter how hot or cold the location is, your screen will still remain functional. In addition, these enclosures are manufactured using steel, thus providing strong protection against vandalism while providing protection against elements.

Outdoor TV covers or enclosures are designed to house standard devices. They provide cost effective solution for outdoor TVs as the combined cost of plasma or LCD, on top of the cost of enclosure usually equates way lower than the price of an expensive outdoor TV.

Growing Tomatoes in your Home Garden

  • Posted on November 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Growing tomatoes is one of the easiest and most fun vegetables to try in a home vegetable garden. There are many great varieties to choose; from small cherry tomatoes, to medium sizes for salads and sauces, and large slicing varieties. Nothing tastes better than a vine-ripened home-grown tomato. If you haven’t yet eaten one, you are missing out on one of the greater pleasures in life! Store-bought tomatoes pale in comparison. So, if you don’t believe me, try growing tomatoes in your garden and see for yourself!

When choosing cultivars, it all depends on your preferences. If youre for flavor, then home cultivars are best. If you want uniformity in size and shape as well as pest and disease resistance, then commercial cultivars are for you.

Which Variety to Choose?

With over 7,500 tomato varieties, you might not know where to begin in choosing tomato plants for your garden. Luckily, most garden centers only offer 5 to 10 of the most popular varieties that will grow well in your area and climate. You might want to start with one cherry tomato, and one larger variety such as “Early Girl”, or “Beefsteak” which are both good for slicing, sauces, and salads. (If you plant more than one plant, be prepared to give away tomatoes to friends and neighbors, or perhaps you will want to try your hand at canning your own homemade salsa, sauce, or tomato juice.)

When and Where to Plant

Growing Tomatoes

It is time to plant tomatoes in the ground when the weather starts to warm, after all danger of frost has passed. This is because growing tomatoes prefer 8 hours of sunlight a day at temperatures between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal conditions necessary for successfully growing tomatoes are soil pH levels of 5.5 to 6.8, presence of abundant organic fertilizer or compost in the soil, and deep planting. If possible, till generous compost matter into the soil. Depending on your choice of varieties to be planted, you will have to allocate space between plants from 12 inches apart (dwarf varieties) to 36 inches apart (trellised types). Many gardeners recommending planting your tomato plants by laying them at a 45 degree angle, and covering not only the roots, but one half of the plant with soil. Surprisingly, the tomato plant starts growing straight upwards in just a few days time.

Tomatoes make excellent container plants. If you are limited for garden space, growing tomatoes in pots placed in a sunny location will provide an abundance of fruit. Tomatoes are always a good choice when planning a container garden in a sunny location. Use a good quality potting soil with added compost or fertilizer to fill your containers. Immediately after you transplant your tomato plant, place a “tomato cage” over the small plant. As your plant grows, it will have the necessary support in place to keep it upright, and to keep the branches from breaking. Don’t wait to add the cage later, as it is hard to get a large plant inside the cage without damaging or breaking some of the branches. (Yes, I learned this the hard way.)

Growing Tomatoes

When planting tomatoes, always plant them on their sides and then cover the whole root and part of the stem with soil. Dont worry since the plant will grow upright in just a few days. You may also want to trim your tomato plants to maximize their growth. Be sure to trim only the non-fruit bearing branches. These branches do not have any flower blossoms or small tomatoes growing on them.

As to water and fertilizers, just make sure that these are provided in moderate quantities. Once the plant is well established and small tomatoes are beginning to grow, it is not necessary or desirable to water as often. Infrequent deep waterings are best at this point.

Seeds or Seedlings?

Although you can cultivate tomatoes from seeds, as a beginner you should start with the transplant varieties. You can purchase transplants at your local garden center. Shop early, as garden centers and online stores sometimes sell out of the more popular varieties early. When setting out the transplants, you can add starter fertilizer if needed, and cultivate it into the soil. Growing tomatoes as a beginner is sometimes a challenge, as you do not want to disturb the plant’s fragile roots when transplanting. So be very careful! Also, you will want to transplant during cloudy days or in late afternoons. If you must transplant it when the sun is very hot, provide temporary shade for the plants, even that made of newspapers. If possible, build trellises or cages to support the tomato vine, and help keep the fruit off the ground. As you can see, growing tomatoes is quite easy. And nothing in the world beats the taste of fresh home grown tomatoes from your vegetable garden! You will be amazed at how delicious and flavorful vine ripened tomatoes taste. You will save money and enjoy much superior flavor with your home-grown tomatoes.

Terraces and paved Gardens.

  • Posted on November 26, 2016 at 8:26 pm

One of the aims of garden planning is to associate the garden with the house so that one unit is created. The garden, viewed through a window, should be a natural extension of the house. The eye should sweep freely across an open lawn to the perimeters, to the prospect of hidden surprises behind curves, or be drawn to an apparently distant focal point.

The uniting link between house and garden is the terrace, usually leading from the living room into the garden. The shape and size of the terrace are usually determined by the garden area and by aspect. Where a new terrace is being built, it should ideally harmonise in shape with the garden.

A garden design based on curved lines should be repeated in a rounded terrace, and a formal rectilinear garden outline should be echoed by a square or rectangular terrace. Existing terraces can be made to conform to a curved garden design by hiding sharp corners with low-growing shrubs, or by adding to the front a curved strip of contrasting stone material as a standing area for planters.

Rounded terraces can be straightened out to some extent by means of additional stones of different material and colour, or by planting slender pyramidal trees at either end of the terrace.

A sunny or lightly shaded terrace will be used as a living and entertaining area in summer. It must, therefore, be large enough to accommodate garden furniture, such as tables and chairs, and to give easy access to both house and garden. Even where the rear of the house faces north or east, and a sunny sitting-out area is better sited somewhere else in the garden, a terrace against the house still provides a natural link between house and garden. It pushes the garden away from the immediate house walls, creating a feeling of space and opening vistas.

Older houses are often raised well above the garden area, and an existing terrace may be an elevated platform shut off from the garden by a low stone balustrade. Here, ornate planters are perfectly at home, and formal planters placed along the balustrade, or pots containing trailing plants, enhance the mellowed brickwork.

The outline of the steps leading from the terrace to the garden can be softened with planters or with plantings of low, graceful shrubs on either side. The bed at the foot of a balustrade can be treated as for a retaining wall and planted with shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.

Most modern houses are built with the ground floor raised only a few inches above ground level. The terrace is on the same level as the garden, and steps are therefore unnecessary. On any type of terrace, leave small planting pockets between the stonework for cushion-forming plants, such as artemisia, armeria, dianthus, thyme and small-leaved mint or even the tiny rock rose (helianthe-mum). Reserve these planting pockets for those parts of the terrace that are not used for furniture or frequent walking.

Small beds can be made at the rear of the terrace next to the house wall. Climbers – for example, roses intermingled with clematis – can then be trained up the wall and above the windows. This is not feasible on walls with large picture windows; these are better embellished with a slender pillar rose or a camellia on either side.

Dark corners near doors or on the shady side of the terrace are ideal for shade-loving perennials such as hosta, primula and lily-of-the-valley, and for shrubs like mahonia and skimmia.

In very small gardens, the paved terrace may cover the entire area. If a high wall surrounds the garden it can be decoratively covered with climbers growing in planters. Shrubs and other flowering plants can be grown in more planters, window-boxes, troughs and hanging baskets.

‘Where space allows, a small, low pool, set off-centre, makes an attractive feature, planted with one or two water lilies.

Know About Iranian Architecture

  • Posted on November 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Iranian architecture displays a class and elegance that cannot be matched with any other style of architecture and design. It is quite distinct from that of Muslim countries. The major features of Iranian architecture are: structural ingenuity basically in vault and dome construction; a skill of decoration with freedom and intricacy incomparable to any other form of architecture.

The pre-Islamic buildings include the remarkable Elamite ziggurat at Chogha Zanbil. Baked brick was used for outer surfaces by the 12th century BC. Most of the greatest buildings were built with a religious purpose, and even in secular buildings religious influences are entirely absent. Palaces were present, and their shapes, sizes and colors varied according to the ruling dynasty.

The first great development of ancient Persian architecture took place under the Achaemenid dynasty during the Persian Empire, from about 550 to 330 BC. There are numerous remains of Achaemenian period, including two palaces, a sacred precinct, a citadel, a tower, and the tomb of Cyrus.

Royal architecture under the Achaemenid also included tombs cut in solid rock, of which the best-known examples are those at Naqshah Rostam near Persepolis. Little is known of the popular building practices of the period, but archaeologists believe that the ordinary dwelling was made of mud brick. After the conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great, Greek influence, in its late, Hellenistic phase, was predominant in the arts of Persia. Examples include fragments of bronze sculpture found at Shami, and the Parthian sculptural reliefs at Behistun.

During the Islamic period “mosques” became the major buildings in Iranian architecture. Outstanding examples of early Islamic Iranian architecture include the Mosque of Baghdad built in 764, the Great Mosque at Samarra erected in 847, and the early 10th-century mosque at Nayin.

After the 17th century, Iranian artists copied European paintings and engravings, and the native traditions declined. But Iranian architecture still managed to leave a huge impact on the world.

Architectural Evangelist Advocating Innovation In Architecture

  • Posted on November 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Architectural Evangelist is a one of a kind architectural newsletter broadcasting the message of the cause, effect and need for innovation in the field of architecture. It is the brain child of a team of designers, architects, content developers,and technicians. We are speaking to architects, students, builders, interior designers/decorators and re-modelers. Architectural Evangelist braces the change of seasons with our centralized them of spring in the first issue. Our aim is to maintain Architectural Evangelist as a quarterly issue, with news and updates about the business of offshoring, architecture and design; How Tos; creative inputs from design experts, technical professionals and industry gurus; and articles, resources and everything in between.

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Garden Design – Style That Suits You

  • Posted on November 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

In the early periods of the Twentieth century, the new look of modern architecture began in Europe and the trend was spread to the other parts of the world, at a later stage. Basically speaking, modern architecture is only functional and not decorative. The modern architecture specifies structural mass buildings and ensures ordered surroundings.

It is true that garden planning has not subjected to modern style, when compared to the changes and styles developed in respect of architecture of buildings. This is because, that traditional material and practises have not changed much as far as gardening is concerned. Garden is not functionally practical, but of decorative in nature. Since garden is nothing but a natural field, containing natural elements, such as plants, flowers, etc. it is not possible to follow the characteristic of modern architecture.

Modern Designing of the Garden

During these modern days, plants are arranged in a garden in new forms to suit the scales and proportions of the newly constructed buildings of the modern era. People like to provide space in a garden, which could be used to suit our social habits that are changing often. The main idea of modern gardening technology is that, it is designed to be an extension of home, to be utilised as a place of comfort for the entire family, rather than a museum of plants. The additive parts of the modern garden are furniture, swimming pool, shelters, lighting arrangements and other decorations.

Naturally, house owners will be pleased to have peaceful surroundings, as a place for relaxation, when they are tired of strenuous work, during the whole day. Most of the people make their own garden developing, except for some hard work like grass cutting and other skilled works. If you do not take up the gardening as your hobby, you will have only fewer varieties of plants or flowers. Moreover you should be careful about the utilisation of the garden space to picture an appreciable design.

Since you are concerned with your privacy and if there is only a little space in your garden, you usually create screens of closely woven lattice, opaque plastics and broad boards of plywood, to separate your garden from the neighbouring surroundings. The high raised walls built with stones or planting of high rise trees along the boundary is too expensive for a small garden.

Plants in unusual form are planted in front of the flat surfaces to cast changing shadows and in fact this effect is given by lattice or louvers.

Commercial Design and Decoration

  • Posted on November 24, 2016 at 11:28 am

In modern world, every building is being designed and created with excelent and high quality out lookings and eye catching.Because without a better design you can’t approach your office and as well as home services. Most of the commercial spaces where all businesses are run, are now build up with fantastic design and decoraton with special kinds of materials like different types of tiles. So without using modern and high quality design tiles none can decorate his office as well as commercial areas professional and modern. And if you can’t build your commercial spaces more professional, you can’t approach your business because people first choose out lookings and better designs. So to make a modern commercial building you must use proper tiles. There are a lot of tiles in the market but all are not good and modern and as well as better materials. So first you need to choose better tiles for your commercial decoration purposes. So among all kinds of tiles glass tiles, metal tiles, mosaic tiles, stainless steel backsplash etc are popular. There are also a lot of kinds of mosaic tiles, glass tiles, metal tiles, stainless steel backsplash with various color, pattern, design, sizes and metals. Suppose for metal tiles, if you go to market you can see few hundreds of kinds of metal tiles available with thousands of design, color, pattern, sizes and styles.I will show you few of them such as Serene Steel Ice Glass Mosaic Tile, Sicily Snow White Brick Steel & Glass Mosaic 12×12 Tile Backsplash, Vintrav Steel Blue 1 in. x 2 in. Glass Mosaic Tiles, Breeze Stylus Steel Ice Pattern 1/8″ X Random Glass Tiles, Serene Steel Ice Venetan Pattern Glass Mosaic Tile, 2 in. x 2 in. Stainless Steel backsplash Polished Mesh-Mounted Metal Mosaic Tiles, Stainless Steel backsplash Metal 1 in. x 2 in. Mosiac Sheets on 12 in. x 12 in. Sheet, Stainless Steel backsplash Metal 1 in. x 1 in. Mosiac Sheets on 12 in. x 12 in. Sheet, Circular Stainless Steel backsplash Metal 1 in. Diameter Mosiac Sheets, Metal Silver Stainless Steel 2×2 Square Tiles, Stainless Steel 1/2″ X 2″ Metal Tile Stacked Pattern and many mores.

All these above tiles are available on Mosaic Tile Direct. You will find various types of metal tile and other tile with high quality design and modern lookings with good metarials. Thanks

Crystal Soil For Indoor Floral Arrangement

  • Posted on November 24, 2016 at 8:43 am

Water Crystals is another name for Crystal Soil aka Water gel beads, crystal mud, or waterbeads.Water Crystals is a water absorbent polymer that is translucent, odourless, bio-degradable, 100% non-toxic, re-usable,stainless and environmentally friendly.

It has various uses including Floral and candle arrangements and can be used in the home, office or at events,weddings and other functions.It costs a fraction of the cost of marbles and comes in assorted colours. The different colours are derived from food dye. When soaked in water it can inflate to more than 100 times its original size.

Because water crystals come in assorted colours you can select the colours that match your home decoration such as your curtains, sofa, walls. Of course you need a clear vase or bowl.You can either use one colour,layer different colours or mix various colours together. One of my favourite combinations is when yellow is mixed with clear Crystals.What about Clear and Red layered on top of each other? It would certainly fit the motif of Christmas decorations. But water crystals are for everyday use and not just for christmas.

It helps to experiment with different colours and find the best colours that work for you.Its also amazing to see how these crystals grow from being as small as sesame seeds to the size of acorns.Dont stay up and watch it though as its like watching paint dry.

Water Crystals do not only come in different colours but also shapes. There are three main shapes most commonly used. The Pearls, which is probably the most popular, the cubes, and irregular crystals.

Water Crystals cost less than you think and are ideal gifts for friends and family.They not only provide aesthetics for your home interiors but are functional in supplying a steady stream of water to plants and cut flowers. You dont even have to water your plants as often.The steady stream of water ensures plants and flowers get water as and when they want it and not before and this results in healthy plants and cut flowers that last longer.

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