The importance of having a nice bathroom

It doesn’t matter if you’re planning to sell your house or if you want to live in it for many years to come – the bathroom is still one of the first places you should consider renovating. Here is why having a nice bathroom really matters.

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The bathroom is like a visit card of your precious house; one that you can often take for granted. Think of it this way: if you organise an open house event and invite people to come and see your house, they will ask about the bathroom. And not only will they want to know how many there are, they will want to see each and every one of them. They will enter and inspect them each thoroughly. The condition of bathrooms reflects on the whole house and its owner.

The bathroom symbolises hygiene, and as such it has to be impeccable. Few things detract buyers from a house more than a worn out, dirty bathroom; a room visitors enter expecting cleanness simply cannot be in bad shape. A clean, bright, nice bathroom will increase the value of your house immensely.

But it’s not only the potential buyers that matter, the quality of your bathroom plays a vital role in the quality of you and your family members’ life. It is the place where you and you loved ones kick off the day of and prepare for its challenges and pleasures. Make it a pleasant space to be in and you’ll begin your day in a better mood.

The bathroom is more than just a place you start your day. It’s your home’s sanctuary where you can lock yourself up and take a break from the bustle and bustle of everyday life. In fact, if you ask a professional to remodel your bathroom you might end up with your own, private spa at your home. For inspiration make sure to check Choice Bathrooms website.

Then there are the more down to earth, practical reasons to have a well-designed and maintained, beautiful bathroom. For one, it’s a matter of personal safety; it’s not hard to have an accident in a room with slippery floors, electrical sockets right next to running water and bad ventilation. It’s only in a nice, well-designed bathroom that you will be able to feel secure and relax a bit.

By lowering electricity and power bills it will surely help to relax you, and a professional, modern bathroom design can help with that. Modern bathroom accessories might cost more up-front but over time this initial investment will result in lower bills due to a reduced consumption of energy and water. The planet will thank you too.

It’s true, bathrooms are one of the more expensive rooms to decorate. They are labour intensive and require sophisticated materials including professional plumbing, lightning and such. Despite all this cost, it’s simply worth the effort and the price to have a nice bathroom. Life is simply too short to have an ugly bathroom in the house.

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Tips for Productivity When Working From Home

With the increase of technologically based professions and part-time and freelance work, working from home is becoming more and more common. While working from home may sound easy, it can be hard to stay productive, so here are a few tips to increase your productivity.

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Get Organised

When working from home, it is easy for your workspace to become cluttered and disorganised. It is important that before you even start work, you begin to de-clutter. Storage solutions, like those offered by Elbowroom, are perfect for getting your home office or study organised. Invest in plastic totes, trays, and bins to organise your documents, textbooks, stationary and computer accessories. It is most effective if your storage containers are labelled and either transparent or colour coded. This will allow you to find things in your workplace quickly and effectively. It may also be a good idea to invest in some document security crates to store business records, tax invoices and or previous work samples. Just remember, an organised office is a productive office.

Set Yourself Goals

Goal setting is the best way to clarify what you need to accomplish and in what time frame. Depending on your profession and your work style, you may like to set daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly goals (or a combination of these). It is most effective if you write these goals down and pin them up in a place that is visible while you work. This will remind you of your deadlines and motivate you when you look up from your work.

Remove Distractions

In today’s technological day and age, there are many things that can distract us. When we are on the computer working at home, with no one else around, it is easy to become distracted by Internet searches, online quizzes, online shopping and computer games. Perhaps the most disrupting technological distraction is social media. Interfaces such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are incredibly addictive. It is important that before you begin work for the day you shut down any unnecessary tabs on your Internet browser and prevent yourself from accessing social media and games. Not all distractions, however, are technological. If you have young children or pets, make sure that they have something to keep them occupied while you work and check on them in your breaks.

Take Regular Breaks

While it is important that work comes first when you working from home, you will be much more effective if you take regular breaks. Taking a short 5-minute break every 20 or 30 minutes is far more productive than working for 3 hours solid but then giving up and watching television for the rest of the day. You can treat these mini breaks as rewards for being productive. In your short break you can do something such as making yourself a snack, pouring yourself a drink, playing with your pet or playing a short game on your phone. Just remember to time yourself to prevent that 5-minute break turning into a 1-hour break.

By setting goals, removing distractions, taking regular breaks and organising your workplace, you can make working from home productive. So who here works from home? What are your top tips for increasing productivity?

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10 Beautiful Bridges around the World

Bridges truly are a feat of engineering and human innovation. We have been constructing bridges as a means of getting from one place to another, over any number of obstacles, for many decades now. From the humble log positioned over a stream, to the grandiose welding, steelwork and mighty cranes involved in today’s bridges, there is no doubt that humans just wouldn’t be where we are today without them.

Literally. There are so many beautiful bridges in this world that it is hard to narrow it down to the ultimate crème de la crème. However, there are some bridges that stand out as the most elite, the most impressive structures: the most beautiful bridges in the world.

Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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To begin, let’s look at our very own Sydney Harbour Bridge. Any tourist would be able to recognise it as it is one of our most photographed landmarks, and rightly so. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge and took eight years to build, first opening in March 1932. Incredibly, because steel contracts or expands depending on what temperature it is, the bridge is not completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 18cm!

Bosnia

Stari Most

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Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”) is located in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Hersegovina. This bridge stood for 427 years before it was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. It was then rebuilt after it’s destruction and reopened in 2004. This construction’s resilience and deep history makes it a truly remarkable object of study. In the Iranian city of Isfahan, Si-o-se Pol, or ‘The Bridge of 33 Arches’, stands grandly at 295 metres long and 13.75 metres wide. It is solely constructed from humble sticks and stones, and was commissioned in 1602 by Shah Abbas I, making it yet another bridge that is rich with historical significance.

Japan

Akashi Bridge

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Spanning mightily across the Akashi Strait in Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge took almost 12 years to build. Also known as the Pearl Bridge, it is the longest suspension bridge in the world, stretching across the Strait and connecting Kobe on Japanese mainland to Iwaya on Awayi Island.

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