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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Showers Without Doors

Do you like showers without doors? It is possible that you have ever considered installing one of them in your bathroom, but perhaps you have not stopped for a moment to think. Is it really convenient?

In this sense, below are some advantages, but also certain disadvantages that come with the use of showers without doors.

Advantages of showers without doors or without a sidewalk

The most obvious advantage of having a walk-in shower is that it is luxurious. A shower without a door can bring a modern and luxurious look to your bathroom.

Leaving the glass door can significantly reduce the cost of installation. However, a walk-in shower without curbs is often more expensive due to the special drain and tile work required to create the curb-free design. An option to save a little money on this option is to install the shower without a door, but with a small border or edge. This will allow you to do without the expensive special drain needed for walk-in showers.

A convenient feature of a shower without a door is that it will not conflict with the door to the bathroom. If you set it up correctly, you will avoid any conflict between the shower door and the door to the bathroom. By installing a shower without a door, you will create the illusion of more space because it can open up the structure of the room with this design and it can enhance the appearance of your bathroom .

Disadvantages of showers without doors

The downsides to a walk-in shower are mostly spatial. In a small bathroom, even with properly oriented shower heads, a sloping floor, and a perfectly designed drainage system, there will still be some splashing water on the floor.

We have built some showers that are not glass and are simply a tiled wall between the shower user and the rest of the bathroom. If your room is big enough, this can be a great option too!

Can you feel a little cold? Yes. One of the benefits of a shower stall is that it controls the air flow and keeps the heat trapped in the shower. Doorless showers do not offer the same benefits. So if you stay cold, not having a shower door could be a challenge for you.

Before deciding to build a shower without a door, be sure to weigh the pros and cons and make the right decision for your space.…

Landscaping For Pools: Check Out Some Inspirations

Find out which plants to use and what precautions to take to ensure your pool is spotless.

Summer is knocking on our door, and one thing is certain: the hotter it is, the more we want to take that dip and get some sun. Thus, it is also in the month of December that the demand for landscaping in swimming pools grows. After all, who doesn’t want this part of the house to look beautiful to welcome guests in the hottest season of the year? Check out our tips for pool landscaping straight from professional landscapers and dive into this idea!

Recommended plants

First, it is important to keep in mind that not all plants are suitable for this location. This not only in relation to beauty but also with regard to practicality when cleaning and caring. Thus, one of the most sought after options are the palm trees that, right away, already refer to beach environments. The phoenix palm and jerivá are the ideal species, as they are not very dirty and are very resistant to heat. In addition, they provide shade by reaching medium to large sizes.

On the other hand, most landscapers opt for a more colorful environment, invest in flowering plants. Hibiscus, gardenias, and amelias are good options as they do not need constant watering. Orchids and strelitzia are practical plants, as they require little care and do not make dirt. Want to know the best part? They should always be exposed to the sun.

For those who prioritize the aesthetics of the environment, ornamental plants can be a good thing. For example, the box and the drop of gold, which allow artistic pruning. Thus, they do not grow wildly.

Care

Now that you know which plants are best for areas near the pool, it’s time to stay on top of the care.

First, from the support of a team of landscapers, learn about the care of each plant in relation to irrigation and pruning and put them into practice. With that, they will always be healthy and beautiful.

Another important tip is to avoid splashing pool water on plants, as chlorine can damage them. In addition, perform cleanings every week in order to avoid the accumulation of foliage in the water and in the plumbing of the pool.

Finally, if you notice that the roots of the plants are too close to the pool, transfer the vegetation to pots or another part of the garden.

Inspirations

Did you like our landscapers tips? Then check out some landscaping ideas for swimming pools and get inspired!

 

 

 

Scuba Diving in Aqaba, Jordan

Aqaba, as I was saying, is synonymous with the sea and there you can engage in all kinds of
water activities from snorkeling (for most beginners), to diving and kitesurfing.

 

 

 

 

The most popular places to immerse yourself and hallucinate with the seabed in the area are:
 A power station (power station): In that area, it is common to find sharks and large
pelagics.
 First bay
 Ras Al Yamnaya
 King Abdullah Reef
 Black rock
 Rainbow reef
 Cedar Pride Wreck: in this area, we will find a sunken ship (the Tarmac Five). Even
the most expert divers can even venture into it.
 Taiyong: For more expert divers
 Japanese Garden: as you can guess from its name, one of the places with the most
exceptional flora and fauna.
 Gorgone
 Seven sisters
 New and Eel Canyon: It is a circular tour around two coral canyons full of marine life
such as scorpionfish. A step away, we will also find a sunken tank and plane.
 Al Shorouk: Another of the dives for the most experienced divers
 Yellowstone reef
 Blue coral
 Kiwi reef: We will find a reef of the most colorful and the favorite of the
photographers. Moray eels and lionfish are part of the small ecosystem that we will
find there.

There are several companies that organize excursions on small yachts in which you can
sunbathe, snorkel, and if you wish, paying a supplement, dive.

The prices are around 50 euros for the excursion. I did it with Deep Blue Dive and the experience
was very good. The staff was very attentive, the food was very tasty and we made up to 3
stops to swim/snorkel (one of them to dive). Even if you are not great experts, I assure you
that the experience is very worthwhile. The reef in the Red Sea is very high so even if you
don’t know how to swim very well, you can see everything perfectly. Its crystal clear waters
are an impressively intense blue. Just stick your head underwater to see hundreds of fish.

Other dive centers in Aqaba:
 Dive Aqaba
 Arab Divers
 Aqaba Adventure Divers
 Ahlan Aqaba
 Aqaba International Dive Center

Prices are around 80 euros for a dive but depending on how many you dive there is always
the possibility of negotiating it.…

Building A Terrace: 3 Key Steps For A Successful Project

 

Building a terrace: what better way to enjoy the garden in fine weather? Project preparation, choice of materials, implementation, budget: we have prepared a complete guide to make your project a success with your eyes closed!

Do you already dream of basking in the sun, a cold beer in your hand, surrounded by a few friends on your freshly finished terrace? Well. But before we get there, there is still a bit of work and reflection!

 

Do I need a permit to build my patio?

  • NO, if your outdoor terrace is built on one level and does not exceed 20 m².
  • YES, if your terrace is raised from a certain surface:
    • From 5 to 20 m²: prior declaration of work
    • more than 20 m²: building permit

However, the notion of “heightening” can be subject to interpretation: it is, therefore, preferable to contact the town planning department of your municipality of residence to avoid unpleasant surprises. And besides …

  • If you are a co-owner, you must obtain the authorization of the Trustee.
  • The installation of a guardrail is mandatory if the fall height is greater than 1 m

What is the ideal location?

Depending on the orientation of your house and the garden space you have available, the location chosen for your terrace is decisive.

  • THE ORIENTATION No: west or south of preference, to enjoy maximum sunlight and prevent mold growth
  • The wind exposure: If your garden is in a particularly windy area, you will likely anticipate adding a wall or a fence around your terrace
  • The slope: to promote the flow of water, a terrace must have a 1.5% inclined plane. If your land slopes towards the house, you will need to provide drainage or an elevation of your patio. It is essential to check the stability of the ground: it will be decisive for the choice of the type of installation of your terrace.

What is my budget? Calculate the price of your deck

As with all development or renovation work, the budget you can devote to your project will be decisive. To evaluate it, you will need to know the surface of your future terrace as well as the type of coating desired. The price of the terrace can then experience significant variations depending on the particular constraints of your site and, of course, the quality of the coating materials used.

Installation and realization of the terrace

The type of installation depends mainly on the coating chosen for the finishes of your Terrace:

  • Tiles and natural stone Concrete screed
  • Granite pavers, interlocking pavers, cement slabs, gravel slabs Laying on the sand
  • Wood or composite boards Installation on a pedestal, installation on joists
  • Installation on joists and joists

Create the foundations

As with the construction of a house, the creation of a terrace begins with the realization of the foundations. We start by delimiting the excavations with a line, allowing a space of 20 to 25 mm for the formwork. To calculate the depth, know that the finished level of the terrace must be 2 to 3 cm below the threshold of the door. The foundations are therefore about 30 cm and include:

  • The bottom layer (rubble, stabilized by a mixture of sand and gravel): 8 to 10 cm
  • The reinforced sole (8 to 10 cm)
  • Screed and decorative covering (3 to 5 cm)

The concrete slab

To make the ground load-bearing and stabilize it, we then pour a reinforced sole, generally in two stages:

  • The first layer of 4 to 5 cm
  • Installation of the reinforced mesh
  • The second layer floated immediately

The formwork will be removed after complete drying, approximately 1 week. You will then have to wait another month before laying the final coating. A double gluing is preferable to ensure the good fixing of the tiles.

Laying on sand

The foundations are then dug to a depth of 30 to 40 cm with a slope of 2 cm / m to allow the water to drain. The sand bed is then deposited on the bottom layer, consisting of rubble or bricks. The finishing coating can then be laid on a layer of approximately 8 cm of sand / cement mixture.…

The Advantages Of Installing Solar Energy At Home

If you are thinking of putting solar panels at home, you should know that it has many advantages, both for the electric bill’s savings and its clean and sustainable energy.

Taking the step to photovoltaic self-consumption does not imply the total disconnection of the electricity grid, but rather prioritizing the consumption of energy produced by solar panels installed in the home itself. Still, when solar panels work in a house, electricity consumption is significantly reduced. This is one reason why it is convenient for the power of the self-consumption installation to be equal to or greater than the home’s consumption.

Another advantage is that a surplus self-consumption installation delivers part of the electricity it produces. That is not used to the conventional electricity network, which means discounts on the bill.

Furthermore, photovoltaic solar energy is clean and renewable. It does not involve direct polluting emissions or emissions related to global warmings, such as CO2. It is also very quiet, making it perfect for residential areas.

Although from the outset, it may seem that the cost of the installation is high, the useful life of a domestic installation is estimated to be around 25 years, so that amortization is assured.

The truth is that the economic savings are immediate: it begins at the same moment that the photovoltaic panels begin to produce electricity. Once the installation has been amortized, the energy savings are net. A self-consumption facility will also improve the home’s energy certification, and therefore, the value of the property is increased.

The self-consumption installation is especially suitable in single-family homes with an individual roof or a large garden without too much shade. However, it is also possible to share the same installation between several owners of a building.

There are various suitable formulas for starting photovoltaic self-consumption, always bearing in mind that certain technical and administrative requirements are necessary. Which formula is more appropriate in each case will depend on your preferences.