Wire management is always a dilemma for interior designers, and always a sign that planning for it was not an after-thought. But in the event it was overlooked, here are some really cool ideas for wire management throughout the house that won’t break the bank.
Base color is neutral, whites, greys, beige with “pops” of color
Color in accessories, art, and nature
Use of an antique or two is ok, depending on the piece
No elaborate window treatments, main purpose is privacy
Lighting design is critical
Clean sleek lines
Contrast of texture and shiny creates interest
Personalizing with accessories is important
Natural materials, woods, stone, leather
Emphasis of architectural features
Different degrees of contemporary- soft, relaxed, Euro, minimalist
Many different degrees of traditional design from formal to very relaxed
Many different flavors, French, Early American, Italian, English
It is very difficult to mesh the flavors
Color in fabrics and accessories
Fabrics play a big role in traditional design
Mix mass pieces with form pieces of furniture
Use of collections integrated in the design
Symmetry creates a more formal design
Use of neutrals can be useful to relax the design
Antiques are critical for a successful design
Elaborate window coverings are more easily integrated
Transitional Decor/Eclectic Interiors
Very personalized use of accessories
Very difficult to achieve a successful design without professional assistance
Pieces of contemporary and traditional design
Take care with color to not overdue with lots of neutrals to offset.
Do not clutter. Remember less is more.continue reading
Termistop flanges and blockouts are designed to give PCO’s
a non-chemical, long-lasting termite protection at the service penetrations through the slab. Once installed, Termistop eliminates these hidden termite entry points because the mesh is too small to squeeze through and too hard to chew through. Termistop stops termites in their tracks. PERIOD!
Termistop is International Code Council approved for new construction, has completed 9 years of USDA Forestry Service Testing with no failures, and recognized by Green Building Industry professionals. Termistop is designed to eliminate the need for chemical retreatments in the interior of the home, giving homeowners a termiticide-free living area.
Termistop flanges and blockouts are designed to give PCO’s a non-chemical, long lasting termite protection at the service penetrations through the slab.
Why Do I Need It?
By nature, concrete slabs set, shrink, expand and create gaps between utility pipe penetrations and the concrete itself—gaps large enough for termite entry. Termites commonly use such piping as direct highways right into homes or structures.
And often, termites that enter homes through these areas go undetected longer which enables them to do far more damage before being discovered. This damage can lead to repair bills in the thousands!
Green Building Benefits
Termistop Flanges and Blockouts are a non-chemical solution that prevents termites from entering the home at the service penetrations through the slab. The stainless-steel mesh creates a “physical barrier” to termite entry when it “keys” into the concrete. By addressing these areas during construction with Termistop flanges and blockouts, PCO’s reduce the need to apply chemical termiticides within the living space of the building.
Many green building programs around the country emphasize the use of physical barriers and non-chemical termite solutions. Termistop qualifies as a physical barrier in many of these programs and will capture points for the builder in some of the green building rating systems.
Termistop and the full Termimesh system have been specified in many high-profile green building projects around the United States in both residential and commercial construction. Listen to what one of the premier green building architects in the nation has to say about the product. For more information visit www.termistopusa.com.continue reading
Incandescent, Halogen, Fluorescent, LED – Which is best? Wattage is not the proper indicator for the amount of light a lamp produces. Refer to lumens for that reference.
Also critical for lamping decisions is color temperature. Refer to the following chart for help in deciding which lamp to buy.Lumens
Typical ProductEfficiacy (lumens/watt)Est. Annual Energy Use*Est. Annual Electricity Cost*125 3 watt CFL415 kWh$0.60150 3.5 watt LED436 kWh$0.70185 15 watt krypton1227 kWh$2.93210 25 watt incandescent846 kWh$5.01 ambient lighting400 9 watt CFL4416 kWh$1.80450 8 watt LED5615 kWh$1.60460 40 watt incandescent1273 kWh$8.02500 10 watt CFL5018 kWh$2.00 general room lighting800 12.5 watt LED6423 kWh$2.51890 60 watt incandescent15109 kWh$12.03900 15 CFL6027 kWh$2.931,000 12.5 watt LED downlight8023 kWh$2.511,180 75 watt incandescent16133 kWh$15.041,200 20 watt CFL6035 kWh$4.01 suitable for reading1,750 100 watt incandescent17182 kWh$20.061,750 29 watt CFL6053 kWh$5.82
How does halogen enter into this mix? As a point of reference, a 60 watt halogen lamp produces as much light as a regular 100 watt incandescent lamp.continue reading
* Estimated annual energy use based on 5 hours per day. Estimated annual energy cost based on electric rate of $0.1099/kWh (Jan 2011 US national average)
This table provided by EFI.