Green Architecture, and Smart Design

Month: August 2018

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Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Electrician

The phone directory is filled with electricians for hire. No matter where in Australia you live, there are bound to be multiple electricians from whom to choose. Most people will just pick the first electrician they find without first asking any initial questions.

It is important to ask the right questions before hiring an electrician, or else you could end up with someone who will do a less than satisfactory job. Not only that, the electrician may overcharge you for their services, too. For this reason, learn everything you can about this person before you hire them.

Unsure where to begin? Here are the top five questions you should ask electricians before hiring one:

1. Do you have a license to legally conduct electrical work?

All towns, cities and states require electricians to have a license. Given the dangers involved with electrical work, a license proves that your electrician has …

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Finding The Perfect Fire Pit

If you love camping or spending late nights outside, you may want to get some kind of fire pit. However, a fire pit says a lot about you and can even say a lot about a theme of a party. You may be having a hard time trying to find the perfect fire pit, but there are a few things you can do to find the perfect fire pit at a great price.

Visit Department Stores

The first thing you can do is visit several different department stores in your area, and these should be stores that are known all over the nation. Many of these stores should have fire pits, but they all will differ in price and style. You should also find out if any of these stores offer custom-made fire pits.

Contact Private Companies

The next thing you can do is contact private companies that sell fire …

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Gaining a Competitive Edge Through Appearance

Have you ever drove past a business and known they are successful just by that first glance you had at their exterior? You haven’t even gone inside, but you are sure that their products and services are top notch. This is the first impression you want your prospective customers to have when they go past your location. All it takes to create this image is curb appeal. Just like with your own house, you want your business to look its best from the road.


A well-kept lawn and the pop of color that flowers provide will make people feel at home as they approach your business. Use trees in large spaces. If your store front doesn’t offer this much room, consider planters placed on each side of the door. Simple urns filled with blossoms and greenery look best. If you need help caring for your landscaping, the lawn maintenance

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Kitchen Flood: How to Respond to Structural Damage

You turned on the faucet or activated the dishwasher, and now there’s a flood soaking your kitchen floor. Don’t panic because your homeowner’s insurance might cover the recovery costs. Take a deep breath and learn how to correctly respond to a household emergency. Specific steps will lead you to a gorgeous kitchen afterward.

Fix the Damage Source First

No recovery efforts can occur if the damage source is still operating. Shut off your water, and call a plumber. Leaking pipes must be repaired so that further moisture doesn’t saturate the kitchen. If the kitchen still has some water on the floor, try to drain it out. The repairs can be quickly reached and fixed with easy access to the pipes. Most plumbers will work with you to create an affordable fix during an emergency situation.

Hire a Remediation Team

Plumbers will fix your pipes, but the surrounding damage isn’t part …