Upgrading your Home this 2017: Living Room

Are you planning to do some renovations for your living room? This article will give you some helpful tips that you can incorporate in your projects this 2017. We will be discussing updating all dimensions of your living room ranging from design, security and functionality

Design

Brushed Metal is out– Industrial metals will be replaced with warm and shiny metals like gold and bronze are now the in thing.

Oversized furniture is out – it is now be replaced with leaner and multifunctional ones. Space has become expensive nowadays especially for urban dwelling. Furniture that maximises space is be used by more people

* Marble designs are becoming a huge trend – Notice in architectural magazines, Houzz and in Pinterest, most contemporary designs are now focused on utilizing marbles such as terrazzo. Check out the blogs of Terrazzo Australia to get more design inspirations

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Terrazzo living room flooring. Photo courtesy: Houzz

Cerused wood is the hottest wooden design– A cerused finish is a technique the brings out the unique grain of wood. This design trend will dominate cabinets, tables and chairs this year.

Cerused wood flooring
Cerused wood flooring on a living room. Photo courtesy: Houzz

Nailhead design is making its comeback – This is not a new trend but lately it had gain popularity in today’s generation. Designers use nail heads to create a pattern on an upholstered furniture. This can be applied to a sofa, ottoman chairs, etc.

Nailhead pattern on the accent of this furniture. Photo courtesy: Hotornotlive

Security

Protecting you homes is an essential part in upgrading your living room. You need to ensure that you have a safe and well-protected residence. Here are some must-have upgrades for your living room

Remote CCTV installations –  CCTVs has now become more affordable for consumers nowadays. It has become more user-friendly by enabling homeowners to view their properties remotely through the internet. As burglaries in Australia is still rising, it is best to prepare your homes against these.

Fire Alarms installations –  You invested so much in your living room and home. It is best to add smoke alarms and fire alarms to protect your property. This classic tool has become more sophisticated. It can be integrated with monitoring centers and you can track them remotely. This is perhaps one of the best property protection investment you can make.

Back to Base Monitoring is now a necessity – Combining CCTVs and alarms can provide you notifications on any alarming situations inside your living room and homes. Explore integrating them with superb monitoring services like Secom Australia. Their back to base monitoring can help provide a proactive service should there be any alarms or emergency situations caught by your security systems.

Home Warranties– home warranty is an exciting new service that will make Australian lives easier. A home warranty plan takes care of unexpected home repairs and their expenses. When a covered item breaks, you can call on your provider and they will have it fixed or replaced.

You can have your major appliances and components covered under this warranty. You can have a peace of mind that if your refrigerator, dryer or air conditioner breaks, someone will be there to fix it. To know more about this service check out Australian Home Protect.

Safe flooring solutions for Terrazzo Marble Stone

Slip, trips and falls are costly public health problems in Australia. The cost due to these is estimated to be a whopping 4 billion USD annually. In this article, we will discuss the importance of having safety flooring solutions for your terrazzo marble stone and how you can implement them.
Slips by the Numbers
Like mentioned above the costs is 4 billion USD per year. Hospitalization costs around 1.3 billion dollars. The most expensive legal settlements for a slip-related incident is around 2.75 million dollars. The cost of slip incidents is very expensive, especially for owners and builders.
According to the research of ATTAR (a NATA accredited for slip resistance testing), here are the cause of slips:
* Mindset
* Lack of familiarity
* Poor Lighting
* Excessive speeding
* Unbalanced
* Influenced of Alcohol
* Wet floor
* Uneven floor
* Unexpected change in floor surface
* Dirty and contaminated floor
* Uneven step and geometry
* Worn and old tiles

Laws Governing Slip Resistance
There are three laws to consider in implementing slip resistance for your projects. You and your contractor need to be aware of them for future projects.


Law 1 Building Code of Australia / National Construction Codes
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) includes safety performance requirements for safe design. Most commercial buildings are required to provide slip-resistant surfaces for safe movement, specifically in areas of emergency access and egress. The slip-resistance requirements of Clauses D2.10, D2.13 and D2.14 of the BCA states that non-slip and non-skid surfaces must be installed on pedestrian ramps, stair treads and landings. Furthermore, other parts of buildings may need to comply with disability access requirements.
Law 2 The Access to Premises Standards 2013
The Disability (Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards 2010 is Commonwealth legislation which tries to improve access and use of facilities so that they are accessible for all. The improvement in the design not only provides a safer environment but help to facilitate community interaction by reducing barriers that may affect the participation of disabled persons.
Parts of buildings that are required to be accessible must have accessways to and within certain areas. An accessway is defined as a continuous accessible path of travel as defined in AS 1428.1, which in turn requires an accessway to be slip resistant. Whilst many may argue that slip resistance is not a specific prescriptive requirement, the requirement for slip resistance appears to be an inherent requirement as not to discriminate against those who may have difficulty walking on slippery and/or polished surfaces (for those with difficulty walking on highly reflective surfaces).
Law 3 State-Based Occupational Health and Safety Acts and Regulations
While Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) or Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) regulations and models are set to be harmonized, this won’t be for a long time yet. However, the general principles essentially require employers and those who have control (or part thereof) to show due diligence in ensuring that the risk of injury due to slips, trips, and falls are reduced to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).
This essential requires that floors are to be non-slip, non-skid or slip resistant through performance-based criteria rather than prescriptive requirements.
There are also usually duties for responsibility for the design of the workplace, which extends to those who design, specify or supply floor surfaces intended for places of work.
How can we make Terrazzo align with safety?
* Make sure when mopping the floors are not left wet
* Make sure your tiles are clean and do not have slippery stains (oil, food, etc)
* Make sure to use warning signs during maintenance and cleaning of floors
* Utilize terrazzo pavers for outdoor flooring. These tiles are honed in the factory and shot blast to give the tiles an anti-slip texture. Each tile is individually chamfered for that prestigious look. It is anti-slip, easy to clean and can withstand elements.
* Utilize terrazzo tiles/terrazzo in-situ with Honed Anti-Slip Finish. The floor is ground on site to a honed finish. If the non-slip finish is required a non-slip additive is added to the manufacturing process that enables the floor to achieve at least an R10 finish that will not wear off. This is very useful for high foot traffic areas.
* Observe the construction of your flooring. Make sure it is even. Coordinate with your architect or engineer on this.

Different Types of Pavers and their Applications

There are different pavers that you can apply for your outdoor works. These pavers are designed to be durable and robust, ideal for outdoor environment. In this article, Terrazzo Australia will discuss the different types of pavers, their pros and cons and how you can apply them for your construction projects.

What Constructions Projects can Pavers be used?

Before we delve in on the different types of pavers, we need to understand what are pavers and what projects can we apply them. Pavers are flat pieces of stone that are usually group together. They are used to cover a path or area.

Sample construction work of pavers. Image from The Concrete Network

Pavers are also referred to as paving stones. These are considered a popular outdoor flooring option. Very similar with tiles, they are manufactured in factories and comes in different shapes, sizes and colors. These are installed on site. Pavers are usually installed in compact base soil and sand.

Pavers do not have grout between joints, it offers a more permeable surface allowing liquid such as water to easily pass through. Pavers are being utilized for patios, driveways, walkways, swimming pools and gardens.

Different Types of Pavers

Brick Paver– real bricks that are made up of clay and cured by baking inside a kiln tend to be more expensive. These material is extremely tough and durable.

Pros:

* Very tough and durable.

Cons:

* Limited colors and patterns that can be used.

* If you are looking for a generic brick look and would like to make it very tough, this material will work well with your project.

 

brick paverExample of Brick Paver photo courtesy Landscaping In Michigan

Concrete Pavers– the type of pavers are the most commonly used. They are made up of cement and aggregates. These are compressed and air cured to increase their strength. These type of pavers are ideal for driveways. If you are on a budget and require mass implementation of pavers, this is a good option to explore.

Terrazzo Concrete: Outdoor Flooring

Terrazzo concrete is one of the strongest yet most elegant materials that can be used for construction projects for outdoors. The material is very tough and can withstand extreme weather: cold, heat and rain. The material can be customized to create artwork floorings for gardens, patios, pools, walkways, etc

What is the composition of terrazzo concrete?

Terrazzo is made up of various hard aggregates such as granite, river pebble, quartz and basalt combined with a cement binder. The pavers are honed in a factory and shot blast to give the tiles an anti-slip texture. Each tile is individually chamfered for that prestigious look. These can be can be used to various precast units such as stairs, coping, curbing or public furniture.

Applications of terrazzo concrete for outdoor flooring

We scoured the web to showcase how you can use this material for your outdoor flooring. We curated the best implementation we have seen so you can use at as inspiration for your next project.

Hykes Residence

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Source: Houzz

This cottage house was designed by Anders Lasater Architect. This was inspired by classic California style. This modern and transitional beach cottage used rattan chairs and tropical plants.

Terrazzo concrete was used for the flooring. The table is also made up of concrete and terrazzo tiles. The fusion of terrazzo floor/benchtop and rattan creates a resort atmosphere for the place.

Open Patio

DesigningIdea Terrazzo
Source: DesigningIdea

Dark gray poured Terrazzo was used a flooring for this patio. It is combined with synthetic rattan furniture. The merger between these elements gives justice to the scenery of the place.

Jasmine Corona Del Mar

terrazzo flooring

This is another exquisite implementation of Terrazzo. Jasmine Corona Del Mar reminds you of high-end resorts in Spain. The fusion of terrazzo and furniture give a relaxing and entertaining feeling on the roof deck. This is a perfect way to enjoy the sunset.

Rustic Terrazzo

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Source: Rusticterrazzo.Blogspot.com

Terrazzo is very flexible, especially on design. Complex shapes and emblems can be created using Terrazzo concrete. This allows architects and home builders to add more creativity in their design. Mixing these complex shapes can give accent to your gardens and fountains.

Doheny

patio design
Source: Houzz

We really love the minimalist design of this place. This patio is from Los Angeles USA. The white and gray tone adds the modern flavor of the patio. The combination of the pool, furniture and terrazzo creates an atmosphere of relaxation and peace. Focus on clean lines and minimal colors makes it the place divine.

The Leeward

Houzz
Source: Houzz

We really adore this place. The architect used a pinkish tone of poured terrazzo. The terrazzo concrete was shaped beautifully throughout the pool, creating footsteps. Terrazzo was constructed to become poolside seats and contain a fireplace. This creates a romantic scenery perfect for relaxation and escapades.

Rockledge

designed by Horst Architect

This was designed by Horst Architect for a home in Orange county. Implementation of terrazzo concrete is superb. Flooring is made up of terrazzo. The fireplace is also made up of terrazzo.

How to Choose the Right Terrazzo Suppliers

Almost all high-end homes and commercial establishments have embraced using Terrazzo tiles for their projects. Terrazzo offers elegant design and durability for floors, pavers, benchtops etc. So how do you find the right Terrazzo supplier for your dream project in Australia?

 

ualities to Look Out for with a Good Terrazzo Supplier

Experience– you need to see the track record of the supplier. Is the supplier well-established? How long have they been into the business? What are the projects that they implemented? Who are their happy clients?

Years of experience are proof of their craftmanship and reputation. Their experience can help guarantee that they know what they are doing and will put your best interest at heart. You are investing for a long haul, you need to ensure that your supplier can deliver.

Attention to Detail– setting up flooring, benchtops and other furniture using terrazzo is considered an art form. Your supplier must have strong appreciation on design. They must have that artistic inclination to make sure that your homes and establishment gets the beauty and grace it deserves.

If they see some risks or they see something off with the plan and design, they will not hesitate to give their points to correct it. This is a sign of mastery to their craftmanship. Something that will make them stand apart from the rest.

Loves Collaborating– A good supplier will recommend designs for you. They will even walk you through so you can get the best implementation for your project. For them, they understand that collaborating with the designer and owner will yield better results.

These people have mastery on what they are doing. They will give suggestions on the best approach to achieve your targets.

Capacity to Deliver– this is very essential especially for large projects. You need to check if the supplier can deliver large quantities. You need to check if their team is capable to assemble and implement your terrazzo inspired projects.

A good supplier should also have good tools and people. Check their equipment and process. Make sure they are aligned with high standards and your expectations.

Verified Source– you need to check where they are getting their materials. There are suppliers that source their materials abroad particularly China. You need to test if the materials they are using are durable and the quality of the design is top-notch.

Terrazzo tiles should be composed of the finest materials so it can last a lifetime. You need to check your supplier on how good their manufacturing process. Ask your contractor for feedback from these suppliers.

Terrazzo Australian Marble has its own factory and quarry here in Australia. It follows strict standards in creating the tiles. The level of quality assurance performed is very high. Ensuring that what you get is indeed superb.

Service Warranty– check their service warranty. Normally a good supplier will give you a good warranty. These people are so confident with their implementation. They will not hesitate to give you a good warranty. Companies that have shoddy workmanship refuse to give generous warranty.

Hope this article enlightens you on selecting the right terrazzo supplier for your next project. If you have any questions feel free to contact us so we can assist you >>  http://terrazzo.net.au/contact