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Landscaping Calgary, What Is Landscaping Design?

Calgary landscapers and garden design is the design of public and outdoor environments to achieve specific needs or objectives. These objectives may be in the case of a public park, for example, the planting of an area include seating for park users, lighting and a playground for children. Landscaping is also known as landscape architecture, which is perhaps a clearer term, since landscape gardeners will design generally, to plan, construct and monitor the development of an area that have been contracted to work. Many additional services are often offered by landscapers to the residents of Calgary due to the nature of the work, may include the building, carpentry, tree surgery, fencing, and tillage. Landscape design is one of the most important things you can do to improve your home and life. To truly enjoy your home and your garden we watch the latest TV shows and the latest magazines to gain and read about landscaping, some ideas of what we could really want our yard to look like.

Your landscaping should not be too complicated; hence your family and friends would be afraid of getting near it, fearing of not going to damage your entire beautiful garden. Let your garden be maintenance free and simple as possible, but must have gorgeous views. There are numerous designs and alternatives for a little seclusion for meditating and for you to sit and read. You might also prefer a fence around an area for games and children place to play so as to save your garden from unnecessary harm. You want it to be low-maintenance, so you will not attend to your garden throughout the weekend, but to enjoy it. Suppose you have a large garden in your in Calgary, but you want a minimal maintenance, plant drought to limit the maintenance tolerant plants and only a patch of grass surface. Make several regions for your garden. You can lay brick paving in the garden to make footpaths or walkway.

There are landscape designs for which are specifically for watching butterfly and bird. To get this design, add flowers and herbs in the elevated bed or wooden boxes that will add color to certain areas of your backyard garden and decks. Landscaping ornaments such as small pools, fountains, birdbaths, bird feeders or anything you may be able to discover design how the garden will be used throughout your life.

Sometimes we want a little privacy in our gardens and backyard areas, but you do not need a fence in your surrounding in Calgary instead use raw erect fencing as long narrow trees, high hedges lattice. The trees and hedges can allow you seclusion from neighbors and the latticework to give different regions in your garden. If you own pets, it is normal to fence your yard so as to keep your pets and other animals out. Your personal creativity and budget will determine how your landscape would be in your home, from front yard to back yard.

Professional Window Tinting Advice

If you're someone thinking about getting your windows tinted, whether it is for a residential or commercial application, then there are a series of points you should be aware of so you make the best decision for your particular environment and situation.

The first and undoubtedly the most crucial thing you need to discriminate about window film is the difference between good window film and bad window film. Here's why:

Good quality window film will last for the life of your windows but bad window film will barely last 2-3 years, depending on the rigours of your environment.

The only way for a non-professional person to tell the difference between good and poor quality film is price and guarantee. When inquiring with a supplier, be sure to ask how long the film is guaranteed for. If it's not at least 12 years save yourself the pain. And also beware of the shady operator who offers you a guarantee on cheap film and hikes the price, to make it seem like it's good film, but will either not be around, or simply do nothing if you get back to them because your tint has degraded.

Here's the tip, (and by the way I've found this to be true with most things in life), if your only consideration in getting quotes is looking for the smallest possible price, then you will naturally find yourself with the bad product and the real price you pay will be in 2-3 years when your windows start to blister, fade and/or peel and look ghastly. Be warned, the cheapest price is most likely to lead to regret!


There are many and varied benefits you can get from window tinting, so the first thing you should be sure of is the most important reason for installing window tint.Lets look at each advantage in a little more detail so you can better recognize the most appropriate solution for your application.The main advantages of good quality window tinting are:

Heat Rejection: Premium window film rejects heat by blocking as much as 73% of infra-red radiation through windows. That really is cool! UV Blocking: Premium window film blocks up to 99% of IR radiation from coming through windows. And as a bonus, it also eradicates 93% of glare, which does wonders for your view and makes things look really cool!

Privacy: The right film will also provide daytime privacy, allowing everyone inside to be cooler, enjoy the views, and at the same time have total privacy from prying eyes during the day.

Impact Safety and Security Films: These specially designed films stop glass from fragmenting on impact. Safety films are designed to withstand the force of human impact, while security films can withstand a bomb blast without shattering. Since the collateral damage from accidents where windows are broken comes from shards of glass spraying like shrapnel, or large sections of glass dropping like a guillotine, the major problems associated with safety are avoided. It also stops your windows from becoming a soft and easy entry point for burglars, because both the impact and noise required to break and enter is so noticeable thieves, would rather just move on in search of an easier, 'softer' target.

Finally of course there's the matter of looking good. Good quality window film also makes windows look good; and for many people it's the aesthetic charm that tinted windows add that is the driving force for their installation.

ISSUES RELATED TO CARS & VEHICLES The next point I want to discuss is relevant to drivers and it concerns installing the darkest legal tint on your car or truck.

In all States and Territories of Australia, the darkest legal tint legally allowed on a vehicle is one with a VLT (visible light transmission) level of 35%, on all vehicle windows (excluding the front windscreen, which cannot have any window film except for a visor strip across the top). The northern Territory and Western Australia are the only exceptions. In the Northern Territory you are legally allowed a minimum VLT of 15% for windows behind the driver; and in WA you are allowed 20% VLT on windows behind the driver.

So here's the point. Most cars already have a slight tint in the glass in the front windows, so this needs to be taken into consideration when adding tint to a window. Here's what I mean.

If the factory installed windows on your car already block 30% of light, when a film with the "darkest legal tint" of 35% is added to this glass, it will emit only 35% of light into a window that is already only emitting 70% of light, so the end VLT will be impacted by the addition of both tint ratings.

This needs to be taken into consideration because if a driver by mistake fails to comply with tinting laws, the result can be a fine. But even worse, if a vehicle is involved in an accident and its illegally dark windows are considered by the court to be a contributing factor, this could mean the nulling of your insurance policy, leaving you exposed to the full financial implications of the accident. And if that's not bad enough criminal charges could apply if property is damaged or people are hurt.

The last thing to consider is that by modifying a vehicle with illegally dark windows, the vehicle is deemed unroadworthy, which means the driver can't drive the car again until it has been put through roadworthy testing, in which case the illegal tint will have to be stripped off the windows. That's why the combined VLT of both the glass and film really should be considered when you're selecting the appropriate tint.

So what's the moral of this story? When it comes to tinting windows, make sure you use a quality product and that your installer has the expertise to be able to offer you the best solution for your circumstances. That way you'll end up with a range of benefits, instead of a number of issues.

Constructing An Eco Self-build Home

One of the best ways to help out Mother Nature is living in a home that's eco-friendly. If you have plans on building a house, there are quite a number of green features you can incorporate, some of which can even scale down your electric bills:

- A green roof containing native species of plants - Solar photovoltaic panels to be placed all over the topmost edge of the roof - A sunspace or curtain wall of glass to allow high levels of insulation - A mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system, which enables fresh air to enter and circulate throughout an airtight building - An air source heat pump for sustainable hot water

All these elements can be found in Stephen and Vivienne Brayzier's self-build property. To get an idea of the perfect eco home, look no further than theirs.

The couple was first able to get the land for their house through a good friend. They were offered a piece of her garden, located in the village of Porthcothan Bay in Cornwall. The concept for the design was a live/work type of home composed of three bedrooms, a workshop and an integral studio. The Brayziers brought in architect Mark Innes, who also happened to be an eco specialist, to develop the house. Vivienne mentions how Mark 'was brilliant in designing the house to fit its surroundings' and how the finalised design made it appear 'tucked into the landscape'. The fade, meanwhile, was planned to stand out by looking sharp and modern.

Construction of the home involved steel, brick and block. Pavatherm recycled wood boards were also used as a wraparound for its exterior. A combination of insulated timber frame on the first floor and blockwork on the ground level served as its foundation. A 2.5-metre high retaining wall made of concrete-filled pot blocks was built to shield the ground level, and the external walls were clad with cedar and finished with traditional hung slate. The end result was a nice and cosy dwelling that would care for the environment. As for energy expenses, the Brayziers' days of relying on bucketfuls of fuel could be put behind thanks to all the solar power being maximised by the south-facing rear with its solar panels and glass curtain wall.

For a home like theirs, the only addition we'd recommend is something that requires minimal electricity but provides a ton of benefits an air powered lift. It's a product of cutting-edge vacuum technology and mainly relies on air pressure to transport passengers. Having one of these home lifts established in your house would make going up and down floors much easier and safer. As these elevators are air tight, there's a cushion of air whenever they descend, which zeroes the risk of dangers such as a free fall. Imagine using one of these to conveniently go back-and-forth between your studio/workshop and bedroom or kitchen? They would definitely provide more hassle-free trips than taking the stairs. We have no doubt that you should get one for your eco-friendly home. You won't be disappointed!