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Detached garden extension

Garden extension in home

Home having garden extension

Many home owners are interested in increasing the beauty of their homes in several ways. Changing the décor doesn’t always bring out the inner beauty of a home. Sometimes a home extension is what you need. There are several kinds of home extensions which you can experiment with but one of the best one is to do a garden home extension. Your garden should your pride and the envy of the neighborhood.

First of all decide upon the design. Sit down with your interior decorator and constructor and come up with a plan. Stay within your budget and choose something that suits your taste and your pocket. Then select the material. If you want a natural feel, you can go with a glass room with wooden framework. Also garden extensions may mean a greenhouse if you have green fingers. Other uses could be like for a study or a recreational room or even an extra guest room where you can use cement or wooden walls.

Distemper VS Emulsion

Constructed home

Image of constructed home

If you want to paint your home then you have two options. One is that you can use distemper paint or you can go for emulsions. Both have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to painting the house. Distemper is also known as cement paint. This is called so because such kind of paint can be applied directly on cement walls without any other coating on them. They are a cheaper option and they stay good for more than 5 years. Distempers are used for both interior and exterior walls. The usually need two coatings.

On the other hand, if you settle for emulsions, then you can have smoother finish for your walls. This is oil based and it gives a shine to the walls. Being better in quality, emulsions are a little costlier as compared to distemper paints. They also last for about 10 years which is very beneficial. These work well in a single coat and are somewhat washable too.

Process of applying emulsion on walls:

There are varied categories and type of paint available. And one of them is emulsion. Emulsion is water based paint. As compared to oil based paint, working with emulsion paint is far better. Many home owners find it efficient and suitable for their home. There are many benefits of applying emulsion on walls like it’s easy to clean and maintain and it avoids the potent odors that comes from the oil based paints.

Well, the process of painting the walls with emulsion is pretty much easy and similar to painting the walls with oil based paint. Basically, you can apply it as applying any paint on the walls. You need to consider only minor changes and features that are important while applying emulsion on the walls. The stapes of applying emulsion on walls are stated below.

Applying emulsion on walls:


Overcoat emulsion paint

Overcoat emulsion paint

Start the process by purchasing right type of emulsion material that is suitable to your home. There are many things you’ll be in need of. You’ll require a basecoat of white emulsion surplus to that an overcoat of any color you like to apply on the walls. It is important to select right type of overcoat because only the overcoat will be seen.

Basically, the emulsion paint comes in three different types of finish:

  • Vinyl soft sheen
  • Vinyl matte
  • Vinyl silk

Each and every type of emulsion finish has its own advantage. The matte emulsions helps in hiding the imperfection on the walls. Vinyl soft sheen emulsion helps in offering longer durability. It is among the list of highly durable material that is efficient in handling high moisture areas as compared to the other two. But when it comes to the glossiness, it tends to increase and grab the attention over the imperfection on the walls.

When you’re applying or purchasing the white emulsion basecoat, it’s advisable of purchasing matte finished. The overcoat can be of any one amongst the three because if the basecoat is matte, it helps in increasing the glow of the overcoat applied on the walls.

Select the right type of tools for painting the walls using emulsion. It’s advisable of cut in the paint surrounding the corners of the walls by using a paint brush. And the rest of the walls should be painted by using a roller. Normal size of the paint brush should be of at least 2 to 3 inch. And rollers should be selected according to the effects you want to have on the wall.

Foam, lambwool and mohair rollers are some type that is suitable for painting. As per the rule, make sure of using roller with greater thickness. It helps in evenly spreading the paint on the surface of the wall.

Before you head ahead, it’s advisable of cleaning the surface of the walls. Remove any decorations on the walls and even the furniture. As you’re painting the walls, cover the surface of the floor by using a plastic material cover. It will not damage the floors. If there’s a radiator attached on the wall, consider removing it off or turning it off. But, it’s advisable of allowing the radiation to be cooled before removing it off from the walls.

Turn off any electrical outlet and cover them with an old t-shirt or plastic shield. Even you can make the use of painter’s tape for covering them. Apply the painter’s tape on the edges of the floors, ceiling and the skirting boards. It’s easy to remove it and helps in protecting the parts of the home from emulsion paint.

Now, it’s the time to clean the walls. Start scrubbing the wall by using mild detergent sand warm water solution on a clean cloth. Damp the cloth and rub it on the surface. It will remove the oils from its surface. After applying it, let it rest for some while and rinse it off with clean water.

Even you can rinse, dry and scrub the walls by using a clean rag. But, make sure of drying the walls before you start applying emulsion. As emulsion is water based paint, so applying it to water based surface might not properly adhere on the surface.

Don’t forget to sand the walls. If your current wall surface is shiny, smooth or glossy, rub and scrub the surface by using 50-grit sandpaper. It will help the emulsion adhere on the surface smoothly. Wrap the sandpaper around the cork block and gradually work on the wall surface. After completing with this step, make the use of small bristle brush from sweeping off accumulated dust and debris from the walls.

Start the basic process of applying emulsion on walls:

Emulsion paint applied by using a roller

Roller used for applying emulsion on the walls

Stain the paint well before applying it on the walls. Emulsion usually develops skin and lumps if sits for a longer time. It’s advisable of straining the emulsion well before using it. Don’t forget to work according to the instruction manual of the manufacturer. Many brands differ in the mixing practice.

Even stir it well. Place cheesecloth or tights on the paint bucket, and pour the mixed emulsion through the cloth. It will remove any skin of lumps in the paint. It will strain the most solid pieces present in the paint. Make the use of wooden stirrer for mixing the emulsion before the use.

Apply the basecoat over the walls. Using it will help in covering the current design and pattern. It offers prevention towards showing original color from showing through the ultimate paint on walls. For preparing the basecoat mixture, Take a part of white emulsion paint and mix it with four parts of water in a bucket.?

Now, apply the basecoat similarly by cutting in the seams using a paint brush and then apply the paint on remaining surface by using a roller. It’s advisable of drying the basecoat thoroughly say for at least a day and then apply the overcoat.

You should always paint the seams first before painting the whole surface. Cut in the emulsion around the edges of the walls by using a paint brush and after completing this, make the use of roller for painting the emulsion on rest of the areas of the walls.

Cutting in should be applied on the edges and areas where roller cannot reach. These include areas on the walls that are touching the ceiling, intersection of walls and floors. Don’t forget to seam the sides of electric board, switch plates, windows and doors. You can also make the use of different tools like large paint brush, and painting pads. But, for the sake of consistency, rollers are the most suitable amongst all.

Let the emulsion dry completely before you apply overcoat. Even, you might need to apply more than one coat of emulsion, but make sure that each coat is dried completely before applying another one. Let the basecoat dry completely before applying the overcoat. If you’re going with dark colors, you’ll need more coats of basecoat. And for light paint, one or two coats of basecoat are practicable. For applying better means of emulsion, check for the manufacturer’s instruction before applying it.

If any emulsion drops falls on the floor or window frames, it’s advisable cleaning them immediately. It’s even easier to clean because it is water based and gets cleaned easily. Get off the spills before it gets dry. But, if the paint gets dried, you’ll need to apply a thinner paint for wiping off the area affected.

Process of cutting in:

During the entire cutting in process, fill up the kettle bucket and drag it while working. Make the use of a wide paintbrush for enjoying best results. Don’t dip whole of the bristle brush into the paint, sonly dip ¾ of the paint brush.

Start by painting a straight line by holding the brush in ninety degree from the surface and apply the emulsion by using straight strokes on the long edges of the walls. Apply the first stroke of emulsion on the edges and wait until it dries, now apply the second coat and make it sturdy to last for long. Even, recoat the corners or the intersection of three corners at time, it might sound tricky but applying it with careful means makes it an easy process.

After completing with the work of cutting in, immediately start with applying the emulsion on rest of the wall. Don’t wait for the cutting in to get dried completely. If the emulsion of cut in dries completely, the difference might be visible of painting the rest and the edges.

Paint the walls:

Painting the walls by using a Roller

Roller used for painting the wall

For painting the walls using emulsion, add and pour the paint into a paint tray. It’s advisable of using a paint tray specifically designed for using paint rolls. The tray should consist of skunked and slightly slanted platform. Now, pour the emulsion directly in the sunken well.

Dampen the roller sleeves, you’re going to use for painting. Pour or dip the soft roller brush into the water and squeeze out the reaming water from the roller. It’s advisable of removing the excessive water before you step ahead. You can even squeeze it or you can pass the roller on a paper towel material. Performing this will help the emulsion to adhere correctly and evenly on the surface.

Prepare it and load the roller. Dip the roller into the paint accumulated in the tray. Spread the paint evenly on the sleeves of the roller by passing it up and down and lift the roller out from the tray. Make sure the paint on roller should not be dripping or excessive, it might damage the show and beauty of your wall.

You’ll need only a light coat of paint. For getting rid of excessive paint, roll the roller again on the platform of the tray. Follow a specific motion while using roller for applying the emulsion on the surface. Work either in M shape or in W shape.

Start with the bottom and rise towards the upward direction and so on. Repeat the diagonal strikes for painting the walls. Change the angle and cover the entire area of wall. At last, attach some final touches and here you go with best application process of applying emulsion on the walls.

Emulsion Painting Tools:

Tools Uses
Paint Roller Painting the emulsion on the walls
Paint Brush Painting the seams for cutting in
Painter’s tape Covering the edges of floor, windows and electric boards
50-Grit Sandpaper Making the surface eligible for evenly adhere the paint
Paint Stir For stiring the emulsion paint
Paint Tray a stray used fior roller for painting
Clean Rags For removing any solid elements from the emulsion


Roofing options for your home

Various roofing options for home

Types of roofing options

The roof is one of the most important aspects of our homes and needs to be properly maintained.

If you need to have the roofing repair done on your house, then there are various options that you should research before you begin the project.
The first thing that you should do is judge your situation and figure out which roofing option might be the right one for you. Once after you have done your research and talked to roofing professionals, you can choose the one that you can afford based on their recommendation for your home.

You can also compare the prices of similar products from various stores or contractors to find out which one might be the best deal for you. Some of the roofing options currently available in the market include the asphalt shingles, slate roofs, wooden shakes and shingles, ceramic roofing and metal roofing. With such vast choices available in the market, you are sure to find a suitable one for your home!

Must have accessories while painting your home exteriors

Painting home exteriors with brush

Accessories for painting home

Having a house is a dream for many and you may want to decorate it in your own way. Well the first step of decorating your house is to get it colored. While coloring you need various accessories that help in the coloring procedure. If you appoint workers to color your house you will see that they are starting from the exteriors. They bring brushes and sand papers along with them. While coloring, they first take the previous color away by brushing it with the sand paper.

This makes the surface even and then they apply coats of paint either by using thick brushes or in the modern format they apply rollers. The use of rollers has made work easier for the workers because a lot of space is covered with a roller unlike the traditional brushes. The rollers do not take much time and the work is completed earlier than what should have been taken with brushes.

What are the hidden costs of painting a home?

Guy painting his wall

Wall painting by a guy

While you paint a house, it’s not just the paint cans’ cost which you have to consider. Mostly, when such a job has to be done, there are many hidden costs included which people forget to calculate and plan out. Here are some of those hidden costs mentioned to give you an idea on how to prepare yourself before a paint job. Always remember to buy good quality paint so that you don’t have to spend money again and again on repainting jobs.

Apart from the labor costs, you have to pay them extra if you are painting over a damaged wall. The repair costs of the old wall have to be taken into account. Also, the whitewash prices and the plastering of cracks and holes is something to consider. Apart from all this use of the primer, scaling and sanding costs are also included in your labor bill. Finally, lamination costs are needed to be considered for protection of your newly painted walls.

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