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Making Minds Work For Modern Renovation Designs

Feb 28, 2008
It is very alarming to see the number of incidents of home improvement scams increase. Some contractors would initially agree on your terms for the project. But they would later ask for your permission to acquire a loan with higher rates and terms.

Elderly people are more likely to get scammed. Some contractors would take advantage. Overcharging, unnecessary work, or failure to perform the work stated in their contracts are just to mention a few.

Some indoor air pollution comes from heating systems. Furnace ducts can become dusty or even moldy. When air blows through them it can spread mite feces and mold spores throughout the home. As disgusting as this sounds it is actually quite common. Ducts should be cleaned at least once a year, or anytime you notice a feeling of stuffed up sinuses whenever your furnace is on.

Laminate flooring, counter tops and cupboards can be the source of some problems as well. Formaldehyde and adhesives used to preserve and hold together particle or fiber-board can gas-off toxic fumes. These fumes can result in headaches and an overall weakened immune system. New carpets often produce these fumes, as well as harboring more dust than other floors. To avoid these fumes, choose natural flooring such as wood or tile, install tile or granite counters, and look for cupboards made of real wood instead of pressed-board.

There are a lot of chemical additives that are used to treat things like upholstery fabrics. If you find yourself getting head-aches ever since you got new living-room furniture and drapes, it could be from the flame retardant and stain resistant chemicals that these products are often treated with. Some manufacturers are now choosing safer, less toxic flame-retardants, and if you suspect you are sensitive, it might be best to look for these alternatives.

There are a few ways that you can deal with this using the principles of feng shui. If you have a rush of energy bombarding your home because your home is located at a T-junction, you can place a bagua mirror above your front door to deflect the chaotic energy. You can also plant trees or bushes at the end of your driveway to help shield your home against this energy. If you enjoy statuary, you can also play statues in front of your home that are protective - Buddha, Kwan Yin, dragon, and lion statues all work well for this.

If the energy around your home is stagnant because it is located at the end of a cul-de-sac, you can help to change this by installing water features near the front door of your home. When you do this, make sure that they are features that contain moving water, such as fountains or waterfalls. If it is not practical to use water features in front of your home, you can also use landscaping elements that represent flowing water, such as flags, wind chimes, or other freely moving objects.

Having a home located at a T-junction or cul-de-sac can seem like a significant challenge to many people, especially if they do not know why the energy around our home is not harmonious.
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Jon Caldwell is a content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://allabouthomerenovation.com
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