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Deck access is an important factor in the design and creation of this important type of outdoor structure. No matter how complete the landscape design is made, even the most luxurious deck will not be used unless it can be seen from the inside, unless an easy way to get at it is provided and if its uses are in conflict with the uses of any adjacent interior room. Visual access, actual access and compatibility have the power to spell the difference between successful and unsuccessful deck designs. There are practical solutions to these potential problems. 1. Visual access - Basically visual access means being able to see the deck. However it should also mean extending a tangible invitation into this outdoor space. Windows, French doors, atrium doors, sliding glass doors and screen doors easily provide visual access even when they are closed.
However, it is not essential to view the entire deck in order to want to go out and enjoy it. Just a glimpse can be more effective in drawing one in than a complete view. It may be necessary to rearrange interior room furnishings in order to see some of the deck. It may also be necessary to rearrange furniture on the deck so that the deck might be seen from the inside of the home. In landscaping a deck it is essential to include techniques which will entice guests outside by providing visual hints of the destination. At least some of the deck area should be seen from more than one interior room while the most complete view would be from the room that adjoins it. To improve the visual flow select decking and accents whose colors and patterns resemble the decor of the interior room. This similarity will establish an indoor-outdoor connection at a glance. 2. Actual access - This refers to the physical procedure used to move from the inside of the house to the deck outside.
 Actual access should be simple and easy. Wide doorways create an inviting transition between house and deck making the deck actually feel like part of the room. If possible avoid having to step too far up or down to move from the interior to the exterior. This would necessitate the level of the deck being close to the level of the interior floor. In case the deck is much lower than the exterior door of the home, add a landing or an entry deck to avoid having to step down immediately upon leaving the house. This threshold provides an opportunity to get one's bearings in moving from the inside to the outside. If a landing is not practical create steps that are wider than the doorway. This will create the illusion of spaciousness and at the same time provide an area that can double as a casual seating area. 3. Compatability - The success of the deck design may depend largely upon how the nearest indoor room is used even when all of the other design elements are complete.
This results from the fact that a deck is used more often when the general purpose of both the outdoor and indoor spaces is similar. A small deck adjacent to the bedroom would not be ideal for party space but would be a perfect choice for coffee and the morning paper. Frequent dining would necessitate the deck being close to the kitchen even if a self-contained kitchen is a part of the deck. In the case of entertaining a practical and effective location for the deck would be close to the public rooms of the home such as the family room or great room. Decks that serve 2 or more functions should be large enough to be accessible from a number of rooms. Often a wraparound deck is an ideal choice for this. If privacy is an important issue, look for options to limit access such as the use of tall shrubs, hedges, screening, fencing or an overhead structure such as an arbor or pergola. For entertaining the opposite is true. Look for ways to increase access such as adding doorways from rooms used to entertain. Consider also exterior paths and walkways that permit guests to move to and from the deck without having to navigate through the home. Visual deck access, actual deck access and compatibility are vital factors that have a tremendous impact upon the effectiveness of the deck design chosen and the measure of enjoyment by homeowners and their families.



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Decorative mirrors have always been used to add that special touch to a room. No matter how beautiful the mirror, if it is dirty and discolored, it will add nothing to the decor. However, because of their ornate and sometimes intricate designs, they can be hard to clean and to keep clean. To ensure that decorative mirrors maintain their beauty and last for years, the right material and cleaning procedure must be used. Not every product advertised as being great for cleaning mirrors is really good for decorative mirrors. As a matter of fact, just plain warm water is an ideal cleaning solution for mirrors and their decorative finishes. Anyone can clean decorative mirrors safely if they use the right tools and take time to learn what to do. Tools Needed o Lint-free rags o Rags that are smooth and grit-less (prevents scratching) o Some q-tips o Old newspaper and paper towels o Compressed air A good homemade solution for cleaning mirrors, especially for the eco-friendly home owner, involves mixing 2/3 water with 1/3 rubbing alcohol.
 Adding a few drops of ammonia or dishwashing liquid to the solution works as well. Another solution is to combine a quart of water with a cup of white vinegar. Use only on the glass and not the frame. A properly cleaned mirror will sparkle and be free of streaks and lines. What to do Pre-clean the mirror to get rid of any heavy build up of dirt. This will make the actual cleaning a lot easier and less messy. Pre-cleaning is especially important for decorative mirrors that were in storage or that have not been cleaned in a long time. Only plain water is needed for the pre-cleaning stage of the process. o Do not saturate the cleaning rag. If it is soaked, wring some of the fluid out before using it to wipe the mirror and frame. o Once you are satisfied that the glass is clean as it can be, use the newspaper to dry the glass.
 Newspaper polishes the glass and so gives it a nice sheen. (Make sure to use newsprint that does not run.) If using paper towels instead of newspaper, use a clean sheet for every pane. This ensures that no residue is spread as you work. Once the mirror is clean, it is necessary to ensure that no fluid is left on the edges. If fluid is left on the edges, it may seep onto the glass and damage it. Excess fluid can also wreck a nice wooden frame. Reach the gunk lodged in the creases and corners of intricate frames with a moistened q-tip. This is possibly the hardest and most time-consuming part of cleaning a decorative mirror. Compressed air can also be used to remove some of the build up in grooves; just take care not to hold it too close to the frame or glass itself.
Some Important Dont's While paying attention to what to do when cleaning decorative mirrors, it is also important to be aware of what not to do. Some major dont's when it comes to cleaning mirrors, but especially decorative mirrors are: o Never spray cleaning solution directly onto the mirror. Cleaning solution should always be sprayed onto a lint-free rag and then used to wipe the glass. o Avoid using any cleaner that contains harsh ingredients like acids and alkalis. One way to always remember this is to stick to the three A-s of glass cleaning: avoid acids, alkalis and abrasives. o Avoid getting any liquid onto the frame itself. Whether it is made of wood or other material, liquid can discolor the frame and in some instances even change the finish completely. If an antique decorative mirror still has spots after a thorough cleaning, it needs resilvering. Resilvering may, however, show up other defects like scratches and age signs, which may require major refurbishing to get the mirror as close to its original state as possible. Once the mirror has been cleaned, any other work that is needed will be easier to see and identified.



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There are many considerations to be made when looking for the right home office furniture. Ask yourself a few important questions before you decide which type of home office you want. 1. What kind of people will be frequenting your home office? 2. What is your budget? 3. Should the furniture be suited towards long-term use or short-term use? 4. How much space do you have in the room you are furnishing? 5. Do you prefer modern or traditional style furniture? The types of home office furniture you purchase will obviously be very different depending on the answers to questions like these. Make sure you have a plan before you begin shopping so that you don't waste time and money looking for things you don't need. Let's go through each question and figure out the perfect home office set for me.
Then you can easily follow my example to figure out your own needs. The answer to question number one is quite simple. The only people that will be frequenting my home office is me and my husband. We don't have any kids and it will be used mainly for our home computer, printer, and filing of important documents. The answer to question number two will determine where you may buy your furniture. I've set aside about a $2,000 budget for myself. If I do my shopping online I can find great deals on whole sets of home office furniture for this price and possibly even less. Competition on the web causes retailers and wholesalers to compete for your business. This brings the prices down and allows us to save a lot of money over many brick & mortar furniture locations.
Question number three is important because you must take into account the length of time you will use the furniture. It may come with you to future homes. In my case, I will plan on a long-term use of my home office furniture. I must make sure I purchase items of high quality and durability. Question number four asks how much space is available in the room. Obviously, this is one of the most important pieces of information. This will determine the size and number of pieces you decide to buy for your home office. Personally, I have a medium sized room, about 20' x 15' devoted to this project.
The last question is also very important and will decide the final look of your office when it is finished. I have always been more partial to modern furniture with sleek lines and smooth finishes. Now that I've answered some crucial questions I can start my online search for home office furniture with a good idea of what I'm looking for. I will most likely purchase a three piece matched set of modern style home office furniture including a computer desk, credenza, and filing cabinet for under $2,000. I want to make sure the set is durable and long lasting. I also want to make sure the dimensions are correct to fit in my room. Now I just need to start my search. Follow these rules and you can also have the perfect home office at an affordable price. Happy shopping!


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