7 ways to use leftover construction material in your home

So you finally built your ideal home and are now living in it. You want to keep adding little things to it to make it look even more beautiful than it already is, but the construction itself drained your pocket. This may make you feel frustrated, but the solution is right under your nose. You can always find extra materials lying around when your house is built. Most people make the mistake of throwing these materials away, but these can actually completely change the look of your house at very low cost.
Here are a few ways to get your desired home without breaking the bank and creating waste.

1) Use leftover tiles to make coasters for glasses or trivets to put hot pans on. They can even be broken up to be used in mosaics for décor.


2) Bricks can be used to make a nice pathway for a rustic garden. For those winter family barbecues, you can use all those extra bricks to make a firepit. A unique idea is to store some bricks in a corner, and use them to make an easily adjustable barbecue grill.


3) Woodwork always leaves over oddly shaped pieces of lumber. You can use these to make small bookshelves, picture frames, or a trellis for the garden. A cute birdhouse is also a possibility.


4) Use those leftover pints of paint to repaint tired old furniture and give it a new look. You could even unleash your inner artist and make a mural on a wall of your choice. Go the full length and decorate the cans to use as pen-holders or small pots for a kitchen garden.


5) Metal scraps are a bit more complicated to handle, so you should probably get a professional to work with those. You can have pieces of metal welded into a unique mailbox or a decoration piece.


6) Those pretty wallpaper scraps that are left over can be used to mount small frames to spice up a plain wall. Using scraps, you can even line your drawers and cupboards, keeping them dry and giving a really classy look.



7) Even something as seemingly boring as concrete can be used to give your house a facelift. You can use concrete to make stepping stones for a garden pathway and press bits of coloured glass or marbles into the wet concrete to give a unique look.


You can use these ideas or even let your own creative juices flow to make your home unique in a very environmentally friendly way.

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Easy tricks into making a small living room look big

You don’t have to be disappointed looking at your small living room, there are plenty of ways you can make it look bigger than an actually big room. Just follow these easy tricks into creating an illusion of big room out of a small space.

  1. Ditch the curtains: As pretty as some curtains might be, they’re not an essential. Especially in a small space, you need all the light you can get to give a spacious effect. So ditch the curtains and go for gauzy sheer white drapes if you need cover.
  2. Have a statement piece: Just because you have a small space does not mean you need small furniture to fill it up. Get a statement piece, probably a sofa in a bold colour and keep the rest minimal.
  3. Keep it light hued: From your furniture to the walls, carpets and everything else. Keep everything in light tones, you could go for a white base (i.e walls) and add pastel furniture. This would give a spacious impact.
  4. Use mirrors: Mirrors can make your room look twice the size it actually is, if placed in the right position. Use a big mirror to cover an entire wall in a way that the entire room reflects in it and see how magically it transforms your room.
  5. Add a dash of colour: Since the rest of your room will probably have no colour, it is advisable to add maybe a dash of it to keep things from gettimg boring. The ceiling is a good place to try this. Paint the ceiling a colour that pops, maybe a bright purple or orange. It will, very subtly, make your room very fun.
  6. Save space: By making shelves on the walls and not getting big chunky shelves you can save up floor space and add dimension to your room.
  7. Include plants in your indoor: Indoor plants make your room look fresh and airy, place them in small clusters in corners or get a big. It will definitely add colour to your room without going overboard.
  8. Space things out: You don’t necessarily need to shove your furniture against a wall to create space. Play with angles to create an illusion of space.
  9. Enjoy your tiny space: Small spaces are awesome! They’re easy to maintain and less hassle. So sit back and sip on chae in your adorable little lounge.

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Is your house making you sick?

Funny question to ask, but doesn’t make it any less important. Now before you decide your house couldn’t possibly have anything that’s impacting that cough that won’t go away, or that fever that keeps coming back, check out our list of ways your house could be making you sick.

Even if you are an absolute neat freak, there are so many things you can overlook in your house. Take a second to think about it. When was the last time you had your curtains washed (most of us leave them up there for months at a time!). You’ve done your hunt against the roaches, but have you protected yourself against the repellents? Your paint had lead and now it’s chipping off – do you know when to start worrying?

Hold the mould

If sunlight cannot reach major parts of your house, the environment becomes fertile for fungus. In some cases, you could be completely oblivious to its presence behind racks, on the floor, on walls hidden behind furniture pieces (or even inside the furniture).

Lack of proper ventilation and sunlight are the culprits. Watch closely for mould production and attend to it as soon as you find it. Mould spores can find their way into your system through the nose and cause a whole host of infections. So be sure that the air inside your house is free from fungus.

Reading between the fabric

Fabric allergies do exist and are not restricted to skin alone. Fabric that sheds microscopic fur can create breathing problem for some people. Always be careful while buying cloth for upholstery. The same applies to the carpets, rugs and floor mats.

Your blanket, mattress and furniture items can become breeding grounds for germs. Make it a habit to place padded furniture, mattresses and blankets out in the sunlight periodically. Most importantly, arrange for proper ventilation inside your house.

Chemicals galore

The stuff you used to clean your house can also be hazardous to your health. So if you don’t feel well after a certain disinfectant has been used to wipe the floor or clean your bathroom, be sure to change it. Similarly, read labels for the products you use, including the toothpaste, shower gel, soap, shampoo, and even hand lotion. Try and go for organic products since the likelihood of them having too many chemicals and hurting your health is fairly low.

We all constantly try to protect ourselves from all the stuff making us sick outside our houses, so much so that we end up forgetting about the inside entirely. Do a quick survey of your home to see if it needs some protective measures too. Keeping your house healthy is the only way to building a happy home.

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Islamabad International Airport to be inaugurated on August 14, 2017

The inauguration of the New Islamabad International Airport has been delayed a couple of times in the past due to improper planning and mismanagement. The project missed two deadlines in October and December 2016. You can read more about the issues that kept the facility from becoming operational last year by clicking here.

As of late, things seem to be changing as Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif is more interested in inaugurating the project during his tenure. On January 19, 2017, Federal Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal talked to the press from the premises of this facility, stating that the PM will inaugurate the New Islamabad International Airport this year on August 14. According to Iqbal, the inauguration would be a gift from the PM to the nation on the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan.

Iqbal couldn’t help mentioning how difficult it has been for the government to continue with development work on the new airport, which had genuine flaws. The flaws included its poor design, poor road access, water shortage and problems regarding gas and electricity supply. He also threw light on how effectively the government has dealt with these issues and has added additional facilities such as a Category III runway instead of Category II, construction of 15 bridges instead of 9, installation of a new grid station, and laying down of a new gas pipeline.

Commenting on the current status of the project, Iqbal said that the airport is about 90% complete so far and the remaining 10% will be completed in another 7 months. In anticipation of the airport’s opening and also due to the addition of new link roads connecting the airport with Kashmir Highway, the neighbouring housing societies have been witnessing a constant rise in demand and rates of property.

During the last few months, a prominent rise in property prices has been seen in Faisal Town, Shalimar Town, Top City-1 and Mumtaz City. Real estate experts expect that property rates in the mentioned society as well as several others located in close proximity to the new airport will see a further 25% rise in rates in the next 5 months.


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