• January 18, 2018 /  Property & Developer
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    Hike in Collector rates – Property market in Zirakpur suffers Owning a property in chandigarh has become a costly affair as the collector rate and the fee for getting building plan approved has been hiked by the authorities. A common man who is thinking of owning a small residential house in this region is hit badly by the hiked collector rates. Imagine, before April 1st, 2011, owning a small six Marla (150 sq yards) plot could be accomplished with the payment of Rs 75,000 (as collector rates) as compared to Rs 1,35,000 today for the same. The buyer will have to also pay Rs 45,000 for getting approval for building plan. The information about the hike is drafted on the basis of categories focused on location, for example the location of the property in concern is on the main road, on the link road, their placement in the municipal limit of Zirakpur etc. Registration rates for the land on the main road have been increased from Rs 1 cr to Rs 3.5 cr per acre. Similarly, the land rates have been fixed at Rs 1.5-2 cr per acre for the inner parts of property in zirakpur. Collector Rates Zirakpur Property LocationsPrevious NEW Main Road ( Per acre)Rs 1 cr3.5 cr Agricultural Land in Inner parts ( per acre)Rs 1.5 crRs 1.5-2 cr Commercial Property ( per sq yard)Rs 9,000Rs 18,000 Residential plots in named colony ( per sq yard) Rs 5,000Rs 9,000 Independent residential plots ( per sq yard)Rs 4,500Rs 8,000 Building Map Fees Residential Plot SizePreviousNEW 50-125 sq yardsRs 80Rs 323 flat rate for all sizes 250 sq yardsRs 213 Commercial plots All sizes Rs 350RS 2,815

    For commercial properties the rates have been increased from Rs 9000 to Rs 18,000 per sq yard. The rates in approved residential colonies have been increased to Rs 9000 from Rs 5000 and for residential sites without any name of the colony; the rate has been fixed at Rs 8,000 per sq yard.

    Hiking and fixing a same cost for building map approval fees for all sizes of plots will have direct impact on the property owner of small residential houses as it was Rs 80 instead of Rs 323 per sq yard now. For commercial property, there is a substantial hike in the rates; it has been increased from Rs 350 per sq yard to Rs 2,815 per sq yard. According to property consultants, -an end customer / buyer in the region would opt for flats in developments instead of plots due to hike in collector rates and building map approval fees-.

  • January 17, 2018 /  Room & Furniture
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    There is a definite increase in interest in furniture design. Perhaps its a reaction to the sameness of everyday mass produced furniture, or it could be a result of the recent economic fall out and a turning away from a throw away culture… whatever it is there is no denying the design and especially furniture design is back in vogue.

    There is a real sense of achievement in building your own piece of furniture; taking it from first conception to finishing the build.

    Furniture design, perhaps more than other design disciplines is an example of applied creativity. That is that in order for a design concept to function, it has to meet other criteria not least the laws of physics!

    You might have a great idea for a piece but the the question is do you want to be one of those have a go heroes that start with a brilliant idea in their minds eye which never quite matches in actual execution… if it gets finished? Or do you want to give yourself every possible chance or realising your dream furniture design by following the process design professionals use.

    Heres the Chippendale School of Furnitures 10 step process to realising your furniture design as executed for designing and building a desk facilitated during their woodworking course.

    1.Rough Sketch: Draw rough proportions working out required depth, width and height. Getting the perspective right is key to this first stage.
    2.Add Spatial Relations: Start with the bigger blocks of the piece and figure out the actual sizes of each.
    3.Complete Dimensions: Work out the overall dimensions making sure that the area of each identified block matches up.
    4.Choose design forms: Decide whether the desk is floor based or on a plinth and what height you prefer.
    5.Configure spaces: Decide on the depth and distribution of the drawers e.g. on left or right, depth, different sizes from bottom to top.
    6.How will you build it? Choose materials.. is it to be solid wood, are you using veneers, should there be decorative panels or do you want to introduce other skills into the design such as marquetry.
    7.Decide on component relationships: Figure out the dimensions of the top and sides of the desk, how thick should the different pieces be?
    8.Get into the details: Youll probably have worked these out way back at the first step but here is your chance to make sure that the details of your design vision will work in practice.
    9.Colour and finish: explore possible colours, finishes and types of wood that will compliment your design
    10.Choose accessories and hardware: find the perfect handles and hardware that will set off your design.

  • January 17, 2018 /  Home & Estate
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    Residential solar power is the power that relies on sunlight or the power of the sun to produce electricity in offices, residences, etc. You can produce this type of power if you have solar energy panels installed in your house. True, you can purchase panels or a solar powered kit for this purpose, but, if affordability is your main concern, youre better off with DIY solar panels.

    For just a hundred dollars or an amount greater than $100 but less than $200, you can construct panels with your own two hands and with simple tools and materials. You may think that building the kits that provide residential solar power is difficult, but the truth is, the process is quite easy. You just have to follow the steps given in an e-book or a guide that concentrates on the topic of do it yourself solar energy panels. There are extremely affordable guides or resources found on the World Wide Web that will teach you to create a solar powered kit you can use for significant electricity bill reduction.

    If you only have very tight budget for setting up DIY solar panels, you should be aware that there are second hand materials or bargain materials you can purchase from various websites, specifically from eBay, that will make it possible for you to start your residential solar power project. If you wish, you can opt to build the panels one by one until youve completed at least four solar energy panels that are sufficient in producing electricity for a one to two bedroom house.

    The following are the basic materials you can use to come up with a solar powered kit:

    1.Solar cells

    2.A piece of plywood

    3.Copper wires

    4.Some glass sheets

    5.A resource on how to create DIY solar panels

    Remember to place the solar panels really close to batteries to decrease the possibility of loss of power in the cables. See to it too that the panels installed in the northern portion of the equator face southwards in order for them to receive enough amount of sun light everyday of the year. To make the most out of residential solar power, do not forget to clean the panels at least once a month. This just means wiping away the dirt or the dust that may have accumulated on your panels.

    The use of solar energy panels is an effective and safe solution to your problem of expensive or sky high power bills. Instead of buying a solar powered kit thats not light on the pocket, you should opt to build DIY solar panels.

  • January 16, 2018 /  Home & Estate
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    As the real estate roots began to gripping Delhi, the land needed to construct newer projects has begun shrinking. The need for vacant land to develop more residential and commercial projects led the builders to look for other regions. In the process, Noida has emerged as a very good option. Besides being close to Delhi, the national capital, land prices are comparatively lower here. Over the past few years, Noida has turned out to be the one of the favorite real estate investment options in northern India. Much has been invested to transform the outlook of the city completely. From residential to commercial infrastructure, everything becomes posh here. High rise buildings in the premier locations of Noida, recreational centers, schools, colleges, malls and hospitals have made the city stand out in the competition of developing metro cities. For residential options, you can find luxury villas, condos, farmhouses on one hand and affordable 2 and 3 BHK flats in Noida Extension on the other hand. In other words, there is a home option for middle class section as well as the affluent section of the society.

    Noida is a city where you can find almost everything that a well developed city possesses. The city has seen stupendous commercial growth as well. A number of small as well as multi national companies have set up their offices in the city. This in turn has led to increased employment opportunities in the city. The jobs are varied too in profiles. From pure technical jobs to jobs requiring soft skills, even part time opportunities are in plenty. It is due to the increased number of options that more people are migrating to the city with the purpose of settling down. For those with sufficient financial back up, there are high end residential options in the form of villas and farmhouses, while for persons with normal income, they have to look for affordable home options. There are many developers which are focusing on this section of the society. With a view to cater to the middle class home options, projects as Gulshan Ikebana by Gulshan Homz group of developers and the Nirala Aspire project by the Nirala group have come up in different sectors of Noida and Noida Extension. 2 and 3 BHK flats in these and many more such residential projects are available in easy installments to reduce the burden of a normal home buyer. The prices of residential properties in Noida are bound to increase in a few years time, so it would be a wise decision to invest in Noida homes now. w.

  • January 16, 2018 /  Garden & Park
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    When your home simply looks and feels too small for all your current needs then you have two options: you either move in a bigger home or simply decide to enlarge the one you have. This doesnt mean though that you should buy the house next door in order to enlarge your current one but you should simply start looking into other ways of doing this. The best solution for this problem could have a simple answer: a garden studio.

    Investing in such a building can actually be a very good deal that one can make, especially because the studio can be used in more than one way. So you will not only enlarge your home but you will also have a room which you can use for a great number of things. Here are some examples of what you can use your garden studio for.

    Garden office. This is probably one of the most used features of the garden studio. For those that work from home or that simply want to finish some of their paper load in the comfort of their home, this is the ideal feature. You wont be bothered by anyone and you also wouldnt bother anyone if you choose to decorate your garden studio as an office.

    Garden workshop. There are many things around the house that we can do ourselves like fixing a pipe or simply redecorate our furniture. However, all the materials have to be stored somewhere and we also need a place where we can actually do the work without leaving dirty paint spots all over the kitchen floor. Therefore garden studios can be furnished in a simple manner so that one can have the space that they need for the DYI projects.

    Garden guest house. All of us have had unexpected guests pop over when we least thought, therefore the need for a guest house was extremely felt. The garden studio can be simply decorate with an extensible couch, a dresser and a desk and can become the best place where you can invite your friends to spend the night. A small bathroom can also be included in the studio so your friends wont need to worry about going to the bathroom in the main house during the night.

    Teenage room. You kids surely have lots of friends that come over all the time and even if you love their presence, sometime both you and them would want some privacy. With the garden studio you can create a room special for their needs. A big TV, a stereo box and a few potato cushions and they can spend their evenings with their friends undisturbed. Surely this would be a better option than having them leave the house altogether.

  • January 15, 2018 /  Property & Developer
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    If you are like many people you may have heard that there is the potential to make a lot of money through property investment. It is possible to do this but if you are a first time property investor there are things that you need to know and to keep in mind so that you dont end up taking a loss your first time out. While there are no guarantees and it is possible for experienced investors to get stung from time to time the following tips can help you minimize your risk and find great properties to invest in.

    Be Specific
    You need to be specific about the kinds of properties you want to invest in. Do you want to purchase residential or commercial properties? It is important to be specific about the kind of properties you are interested in investing in as it can help you narrow your search and refine the kinds of research that you will be doing on each of the properties you are considering. It can also help you find the right kind of realtor to deal with.

    Do your research
    You want to make sure you are doing your research before you invest in any properties. The kinds of research you will do will vary depending on whether you are purchasing a residential or commercial property. You need to look at property values and how they have changed recently, which types of properties are the most popular and even what comparable property values are like if you plan to make an offer to purchase.

    A good realtor will be able to help you with much of this research. They will have an idea of which properties are likely to appreciate most in value and give you information on zoning, comparables and other data that can help you make the right choice and potentially maximize your profits.

    Make sure your finances are in order
    Although this may seem obvious, it is a mistake that many people make when they are investing in properties for the first time. They may not realize the importance of having their finances in order before they begin looking. If you have purchased a residential property before but have never purchased a commercial property you may not realize the differences in interest rates and down payments that may exist.

    By having your finances in line before you begin looking you will be able to refine your budget and will be in a much better position to make an offer on a property when you find one you like.

  • January 14, 2018 /  Home & Estate
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    Estate agents and property developers have sold, leased or rented properties to customers in the same traditional method for quite some time. Small photographs in the property section of newspapers and specialist magazines, 2 or 3 photographs on a company website and feature displays in their office windows.
    However in the USA, Canada and Asia real estate sellers have embraced the power of video to advertise commercial and residential property to a global audience. With 80% or buyers starting their search for property online using the internet, it’s a logical step to take.
    Property videos can be viewed by potential customers where ever they are in the world, 24/7 365 days a year. Instead of the usual 2 or 3 photographs, a slideshow video can incorporate 20 to 30 photos and those with a bigger budget can have their property professionally filmed. A property filmed from the customer’s point of view (POV) allows the buyer from the comfort of their home or office to have a virtual tour of the property and surrounding area as if they were there.
    Titles and banners can incorporate more information about the property, music, voice-over or narration and even presenters can add that extra professional touch to engage the buyer to sell them their perfect property.
    Property videos are the essential first viewing. They save the estate agent, property developer and buyer time and money from wasted viewings.
    Property Videos can be embedded onto the estate agents website or uploaded on to popular video hosting websites such as Youtube and many more. The URL links can also be emailed to clients to view at their leisure.
    So imagine a buyer is in New York, Dubai or Hong Kong. They can view a number of property videos from their desktop or mobile phone before they fly to London knowing that what they’ve seen online has given them a fuller picture of their investment and are ready to buy their new home in the UK’s capital.

  • January 10, 2018 /  Room & Furniture
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    The job market is riddled with great competition, and so you need to set yourself apart early. Unfortunately, the only weapons at your service are a piece of paper and some information. How you present that information is going to determine if you get that awaited for interview. Try making use of some of these great tips to write impressive resume cover letters. For the purpose of this article, we will use a generic job of “Office Furniture Purchaser” to illustrate the main ideas.

    * Don’t use up your first paragraph with a boring introduction. Grab their attention first. Give them the reasons you are qualified right off the bat. E.g.: Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to apply for your advertised position as office furniture. am keen to talk about the high points of my career from the past 15 years in the office furniture industry with you.

    * Don’t use old stand-bys like “Attached please find my resume…” Your prospective employer can SEE your resume; they don’t need you to tell them it is there. Avoid statements that waste space. If you need to refer to your resume in your cover letter, use statements like this: E.g.: My CV will clearly illustrate I am a qualified and skilled office furniture purchaser with a proven track record in budget saving techniques. There, you just told them that you have experience, and you know how to save them money, AND you have a resume.

    * Use simple, uncomplicated language in your cover letter. If you are educated, they will know that you can use big words in the interview. E.g.: I would love to work with your team, and establish my record breaking office furniture purchasing experience with your company.

    * Make sure you mention your job requirements, and mention words used in the ad in your resume as things you can do. It may look blatant, but it does have a positive effect on the mind of the prospective employer. For example, if the ad says, “seeking detail oriented and efficient time manager for Senior Office Furniture Buyer”, you want to say… E.g.: My skills include a flawless attention to detail, commitment to meeting deadlines, and multi-tasking experience as a Senior Officer in a National Furniture Division.

    By following these simple suggestions, you will have a resume that will make a good impact. Good luck!

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  • January 10, 2018 /  Property & Developer
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    BlackBerry is one of the leaders in Smart Phone market for the last few years. At this post-recession phase their business is still going strong. BlackBerry applications, when introduced, have impressed the business men and tech savvy young generation a lot, who love to do a lot of multitasking on a go. It has millions of users all over the world and hence it is a source of business for many developers. The number of users are increasing day by day which indicates a very bight future.

    The industry scenario can inspire the BlackBerry developers. An ideal programmer should be efficient in Java ME and Object Oriented Programming. The developer should be aware of the limitations of the underlying Java ME platform. A professional developer can be a great choice to be hired if someone is serious to explore the opportunities in the BlackBerry app market.

    Java is platform-independent and supports easy application logic and creative thinking. The Java Development Environment (JDE) is a consolidated development environment (IDE) used for BlackBerry and it is provided by the company itself. JDE needs the Java 2 SDK to run properly. The app codes are written in C++, Java 2 and support Micro Edition (J2ME). BlackBerry App World was started in 2009 and gradually gained the momentum to become the repository for different apps. RIM has presented several great new apps to the world. Highlights have been given to Open GL, the 5.0 API library, and Widgets. This 2010 is an significant year for BlackBerry developers.

    BlackBerry Widgets is very helpful even for the developers with limited coding expertise on HTML, JavaScript, CSS, SQlite. Google Gears has created feature rich applications for this platform which has been proved to very useful for the apps. But developing a BlackBerry Application with little knowledge can produce a substandard app which may not work properly with higher versions of the BlackBerry. An application should be intuitively designed and should be well presented to attract the users. To achieve this, you need a team comprised of both good programmers and efficient graphic designers.

    The easiest way to develop an app which can generate revenue is to hire dedicated & professional team of BlackBerry App Developers who can build the right application to meet your requirement.

  • January 8, 2018 /  Garden & Park
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    Filing status is an important factor as this determines which tax bracket you fits in and how overall taxation process will progress. The taxes New York city has to pay may vary according to the tax filing status.

    Tax filing status depends on :

    A.Marital status

    B.Family situation

    There are five Tax filing status

    1)Single

    If someone is unmarried , divorced or legally separated according to state law on December 31st that person must file as a single person for that year.

    2)Married filing jointly

    This applies to a person’s marital status on 31st December . If you are married and file a joint tax return than your tax may be reduced .For filing a joint tax return, both spouses must report their income , deductions and credits . This is an example of one convenient way New York Taxes can be paid.

    3)Married filing separately

    Tax filing Ozone Park separately creates a different situation for both people filing for tax. There could different tax brackets for tax filing separately .This sort of tax filing ozone park provides few benefits and is suitable only in such situation if each individual wants to be responsible for their tax filing. This type of tax filing Ozone Park is less beneficial , when doing so you cannot claim for these

    a.Tuition and fees deduction

    b.Student loan interest deduction

    c.Tax free exclusion of US bond interest

    d.Tax free exclusion of social security benefits

    e.Credit for elderly and disabled

    f.Child and dependent care credit

    g.Earned income credit

    h.Hope or lifetime learning educational credits

    4)Head of household

    If you are unmarried and pay more than half the maintenance cost for oneself and some a dependent. Filing as a head of household has many benefits rather than filing as a single status. New York Taxes can get tricky when you qualify for more than one Tax bracket.

    5)Quality widow or widower with dependent child

    If the tax payer’s spouse has died during last two preceding years and he/she doesn’t remarry during this duration then they may file for New York taxes as this status .After two years one may file as head of household if not married till then.

  • January 8, 2018 /  Property & Developer
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    Whether it is your kitchen, dining room, living room, basement, garage or any other room in your home, you can get every repair, renovation and painting work done with the help of specialized services of a painting contractor Cleveland.

    Varied Services To Avail

    You can get any major or minor painting or renovation work done by the professional painting service. Without disturbing your routine work, the expert painters accomplish the painting job skillfully. They work for the maximum number of hours by making minimum noise to complete the task.

    Painting for aluminum siding, drywall repairing, carpentry, masonry work, chimney repair, step repair, renovating interiors and exteriors, exterior and interior painting, window replacements and installation, roof repairs and roofing, gutter cleaning and installations, commercial and residential painting, repair and installing ceramic wooden and other kinds of flooring, hourly handyman services, cleaning stained and dirty roofs of moss, streaks, dirt etc. and various other jobs.

    Check Out Online And Offline Reviews

    The best way to find out if the painting contractor is good or not, is to look up reviews as well as testimonials. If the painter is a good and reputed one, then you are sure to find some of the most excellent references posted on the web and also offline. Such companies feel extremely proud to offer specialized painting services since years together to their old and new customers both.

    In fact the painting contractor takes great pride in posting the reviews on their website on a regular basis. It is the quality of references which says a lot about the painting company. Just by reading a few of the reviews you can ascertain whether or not the company is one of the most sought after ones.

    Outstanding Service

    If there is any rectification work to be done then all you need to do is make just one call and the experts will be present the very next day to do the rectification. This just indicates, the outstanding service provided to all customers who are more than ready to recommend the company.

    The painting contractor ensures that the service vans have a special professional marking and the best of materials. However, if the customers desire to use any specific products of their choice, then the house paintingcontractor Cleveland would also be very happy to work with them as well.

  • January 6, 2018 /  Home & Estate
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    Huge growth potential is perceived in real estate in Gurgaon in the coming future. Gurgaon has always been in the forefront of real estate business in India. As a matter of fact, the city is the emerging corporate centre of India. Major infrastructure investment companies such as Omaxe, DLF, Parsvanath, Ansal, etc. have many completed and ongoing projects in the region. Also, there is a host of realtors and real estate consultants in the area who are instrumental in keeping the market vibrant with business transactions. Small-time players and individual investors are keenly involved in the residential as well as commercial property dealings in the city. Even rental property market also has good growth potential in Gurgaon.

    Gurgaon property market has been facing a slump in concurrence with the global economic meltdown. However, it has been a temporary and transient phenomenon. Now, industry sources are of the view that Gurgaon real estate is poised for ever greater appreciation in the coming future. The growing urbanization and commercial significance of the region contributes to the higher demand for properties in this corporate hub. Industry insiders say that barring the recent recession, there has been a consistent 25 to 30 per cent annual appreciation in Gurgaon properties over several years. The economically strategic location of the city is the main reason for the growing real estate value.

    The primary reason for the growing real estate value in the locality is the close proximity of Gurgaon to the national capital. Now India is emerging as a major world market. In consequence, most of the major multinational companies have shifted their focus to the Indian subcontinent. Those companies coming to India to set up shop in the national capital find the nearby Gurgaon more ideal and appealing. This is because Delhi is already congested and there is scarcity for space. Further, the Haryana government is keen to arrange sufficient infrastructure and allow concessions. Also, the availability of land and the scope for further development are the other attractions of the region. This has necessarily facilitated huge growth potential in Gurgaon real estates.

    Growth in real estate value is also attributable to the sophisticated infrastructure in the region. In recent times, there has been much growth in the transportation facilities in the Gurgaon region. The Jaipur-New Delhi National Highway, the Gurgaon-New Delhi Expressway, the New Delhi-Gurgaon Metro Rail, the proposed Gurgaon Metro Rail and considerable road developments that took place in and around the city, etc. have made the access to the city very much convenient.

  • January 4, 2018 /  Home & Estate
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    People having workplace in Noida and Greater Noida prefer Noida Ext as their desirable location. In Noida Extension several projects are lined up to develop which provide the best housing ideas for both buyer and investor. New Residential Projects are developing rapidly in NCR. Noida Ex. is quite suitable location because it is equally distant from Noida and its nearby areas. Apartment culture is widely accepted by the residents. Builders are also taking on account of requirements and designing the supreme quality standard architectural units to set up a sky high reputation in the real estate industry. They provide the most luxurious and comfortable residential units. Development in New Residential Projects in Noida is mainly having the existence in villas, studio apartments and 2/3/4 BHK apartments. Furthermore, there is a splendid growth is marked in Noida Extension with all the modern amenities. Several new projects are designed exclusively in the manner to provide a lavish lifestyle to buyers. An exotic location surrounded with greenery makes it more viable and gives immense soothing atmosphere to the buyers. There are various specifications available in varying price range which can be picked by the buyer according to the requirements. Builders of such projects provide a chance to live the way of life as you seek. Keeping your privacy intact the luxuries are served in the best level. The multiple numbers of investors are in search for a better option to invest so this is the right time and right place to invest with tremendous results. Builders are offering an adequate discount to the buyers on their left inventories.

    Residential Properties in Noida Extension makes the dream come true for buyers and investors in the sense of developing the residential units. They offer you the world class luxury and all the ultra modern facilities to avail in such significantly low price. To possess your dream home near the beginning and in credibly good price there are various options to reside. As the lavishness comes to the general mentality, the life is imagined in an own unique way of each so they provide you with the enchanting services are like Spa, Jacuzzi and Sauna make your selection worth. The apartments are designed in an artistic and robust manner which would introduce new valuable features like gas pipelines and wifi enabled premises. The most important thing to consider is an advanced technique fire extinguisher. Thus, planning to invest capital in residential unit will surely be fruitful if invested properly. The uniquely defined and purposely made green apartments make people feel joy in the commendable location. Projects in Noida Extension are very much precious to commend about their location and services provided in such a feasible amount of price.

  • January 2, 2018 /  Garden & Park
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    If its a nice summer day and the familys all around the house, maybe it would be a good idea to spend some quality time outside with outdoor garden games. Spending times with family should be a fun experience and shouldnt cost much money (in fact it can be absolutely free) the garden is a magical place that can really solidify family bonds especially if everyone enjoys the experience. Living in a nice suburban home is a luxury most Americans forget about, although they keep their gardens and yards well kempt they often neglect the actual utilization of the garden. Get-togethers are even more fun when there are games to enjoy.

    A Little Something for Everyone
    It is important to keep in mind fun activities that your entire family will enjoy from the youngest child to the parents. Fun games such as Twister can be enjoyed by the family while literally getting close to each other. Fun games such as scavenger hunts are a great way of teaching your children the vast plethora of different things that can be found in the garden, scavenger hunts can be arranged where they will bring back certain items that can be found in the garden. These can include tools, special leaves or flowers, even funny looking rocks. The whole family can get involved if you split into two teams and make a competition out of it. Outdoor garden games such as scavenger hunts are a great competitive way of teaching your children how to look for various things.

    En Otro Vez
    Another activity that can be fun and absolutely free is to set up a pirate treasure hunt that will bring your children around the yard looking for certain landmarks and counting their paces. This is a great way of introducing your children to the art of cartography and orienteering. This is an important life skill that your children will cherish for the rest of their lives. Outdoor garden games should challenge them mentally and physically to better their development into young adults. You can even leave some sort of treat as their treasure and you can also make the maps they have to follow more and more difficult as time progresses.

    Closing Thoughts
    The main point in playing these games is to have the whole family enjoying, when both parents are working and spend little time with their children it is necessary to spend truly quality time with them instead of sitting around staring into a television as most families do. Outdoor garden games are a great way of insuring tight family bonds.

  • January 1, 2018 /  Architecture
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    In the architectural world, just as in the worlds of food, clothing, and design, as styles come together we have whats called fusion. In fusion, often disparate elements come together to create a cohesive union, and sometimes seemingly harmonious elements come together in a not so harmonious way. In terms of architecture, a truly interesting blend happened in the beginning of the 20th century, melding together the elements of Spanish Mission revival style with the hip sleekness of Art Deco.

    Art Deco buildings are known for their futuristic, sleek, dramatic, geometric flair. Cubes, zigzags, and futuristic chic came together to express the growing machine age in the United States. In the roaring twenties and early thirties, the jazzy Art Deco architecture was sweeping the nation. The Art Deco style found its inspiration from many different sources. The austere shapes and curves were taken from the Bauhaus School and the streamlined modern technology-looking design was melded with images of icons from the Far East, Greece, Rome, Africa, India, and Mayan and Aztec cultures. But above all these, Art Deco took inspiration from an architectural discovery in Egypt.

    In 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon, thrilled the world with their discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Egypt-chic soon swept the nation and influenced the design of clothes, jewelry, furniture and graphic design. And of course, architecture.

    Another style that was popping-up at the same time was the Spanish Mission Revival style, and in California, these two disparate styles found a way to come together in harmony as Hollywood actors were clamoring to get their homes built in the chic Spanish style. California isnt the only place to see the beautiful union of these two styles.
    Hawkes Bay has some tremendous Art Deco and Spanish Mission Walks. Hawkes Bay is located in Napier, New Zealand. Following a devastating earthquake in 1931, the whole commercial heart of Napier was destroyed, but the city was about to be reborn in the newest architectural style, and to become the hottest city. In Hawkes Bay, you get to see all the styles right next to each other: Spanish Classic, Spanish mission, and Art Deco, all side by side.

    There are also places in the United States that show this great mixture of styles and iconographies. Take for example a lovely Spanish Revival building in St. Louis, by the architect T.P. Barnett, son of George I. Barnett, another famous architect in St. Louis. The T.P. Barnett building is particularly interesting because it also has Art Deco influences, making it one of the most unique buildings in the Grand Center region of St. Louis. Certainly the next time youre in St. Louis, you need to visit this Spanish Revival building on Washington Avenue.