Fireplace Options For Your Renovation

Fireplace Options For Your Renovation

Whether you prefer a gas or wood burning fire, you will find a wide range of opinions regarding the look and feel, cost, maintenance, convenience, and environmental responsibility for both fireplace options. The team at Style Plus take a quick look at wood burning and gas fires.

Fireplace Options

Woodburners

Modern woodburners are highly energy efficient, produce limited air pollution and use a form of renewable energy.

Burning wood is carbon-neutral because it is a renewable resource. However, burning wood cleanly is the key to making it enviro-friendly.

The large amount of radiant heat produced by woodburners suits many of our New Zealand houses. This is especially the case for the older, poorly insulated and draughty homes with high ceilings. A properly sized and installed woodburner can heat the whole home.

Fireplace Options

Gas Fires

The advantage of a gas fire is that it provides instant heat and has the look of an open fire, without the danger of the open flame or the need for firewood. Additionally, gas is more energy efficient than electricity (emitting less greenhouse gas emissions than burning it to make electricity in power stations).

A gas fire provides both radiant and convection heating, with the radiant heat warming objects in a room and the convection heat circulating the warmed air…

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Spa Room Design With Style

Spa Room Design With Style

Spa room design often starts with a desire to relax in your own environment. Your bathroom offers you a private space where you can take a relaxing shower or warm bath. So, why not turn your bathroom into an at home spa room with style?

spa room design with style

A while ago the health Spas were the only place where we can find a special relaxation environment. However, with the ongoing developing technologies, the ability to create a home spa space is simply a matter of a budget and planning.

SPA ROOM SPACE

Today the possibilities for a home spa design are endless. It basically depends on your style, life style and design inspiration.

spa room design with style

Considering how much time we spend in the bathroom over the course of our lives, it is in our own interest that we transform that room into a personal sanctuary – a spa room. After all, if the one room where you cleanse does not make you feel completely rejuvenated inside and out, then is it really worth wasting a part of your life in there?

The spa room would be a retreat where we can unwind, release those relaxing scents, and relax in peace.

SPA ROOM INTERIOR DESIGN

spa room design with style

The interior design planning phase of your spa room project is the most important part of the entire project. For example the interior design phase of the project would include some or all of the following elements;

• Conceptualisation – Concept Design

• Theme and Colour Schemes

• Hard & Soft Finishes

• Spa Bath | Sauna additions

• Furniture Design

• Lighting

Spa Bath

spa room design with style

Spa baths have always been a great way to unwind and relax. Whether it be a spa bath for one or a corner spa bath for two.

For a master bathroom with space to spare you could make it an intimate transition to another space area with a spa bath.

There are a variety of spa sizes to choose from, from small two person spa’s to the larger spa. It is important to think about who will be using your spa and plan accordingly.

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Choosing Rattan Furniture

Choosing Rattan Furniture With Style

Choosing rattan furniture can be a time consuming exercise.

The outdoor furnishings which you select for your deck area need to be welcoming, relaxing, and to project an image of elegance and charm.

Choosing Rattan Furniture

Whether you are eating or relaxing on the deck or patio, rattan style of furniture looks great. However, how do you select the appropriate design that looks good in your setting and are made to last?

Synthetic or Natural Rattan Furniture

Synthetic or Natural Rattan Furniture

Rattan garden furniture can either be made from natural rattan, one of over 600 species of tropical palms or from synthetic fibres. As a result, many people have difficulties deciding between the two options.

The reason synthetic rattan is produced is that natural rattan furniture does not always stand up particularly well to the climate of New Zealand and can be affected by mould if it becomes wet too often.

Synthetic rattan is usually resistant to the elements and more suitable for outdoor use in New Zealand.

Synthetic rattan is lighter and stronger than natural rattan. It is also extremely flexible and can be woven into an infinite range of shapes.

Some types of polyethylene weave are also resistant to ultraviolet light so they will not fade. For New Zealand conditions this is the type weave you need.

It is generally agreed that natural materials reflect a special sense of warmth that simply is not there in man made materials no matter how much they resemble the original. However, when it comes to rattan, it is hard to tell the difference between natural and synthetic version. Additionally, there is no difference between natural and synthetic rattan when it comes to comfort.

If you do prefer natural rattan you can make it more weatherproof by applying a coat of water sealant or lacquer.

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