Alternatives to Organic Fish Emulsion Plant Food

Fish emulsion is a liquid organic fertilizer made from decomposed fish components. Although it gives a fast boost to plants and is high in nitrogen, some gardeners shy away from it due to its fishy odor. If you find the odor of fish emulsion undesirable, or want to deter raccoons and other pests attracted to your garden by the scent of fish, there are several other organic fertilizers.

Compost Tea

Compost tea is made by steeping compost in water to leach nutrients and generate a liquid fertilizer for plants. Put the mature compost into a burlap sack and tie the shirt. You will need 1 pound of compost a gallon of water. Fill bucket or a barrel with water and then submerge the bag of mulch. Joust the bag up and down several times. Repeat one or two times a day for five days. This keeps it and aerates the water. Remove the bag of compost and use the to water your plants. Quit using compost tea prior to harvest three weeks plants as a precaution against contamination with pathogens.


Human urine provides a high supply of nitrogen beneficial for plants and can be applied as a liquid fertilizer when mixed to a speed of 1 part urine. It can be added to compost tea, or poured to sawdust or hay and added to compost bins to earn compost. This free supply of liquid fertilizer is readily available, but some find the thought of using human pee from the garden distasteful.


Liquid seaweed fertilizer is readily available at gardening facilities and home improvement. This formulation provides a fast boost in growth to plants. Mix liquid seaweed fertilizer based on the manufacturer’s directions. While formulas should be mixed to a speed of 1 to 2 2 1/2 oz per gallon of water, directions may vary by product. Apply the solution with a sprayer or watering can. Liquid seaweed can be applied directly to the foliage of plants.

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There are a host of organic fertilizers made from a huge variety of animal, mineral and plant products. Many contain blended combinations designed to encourage healthy plant growth. Assess a garden center and browse the fertilizer section to find the right formula for you. Read labels closely as some, such as liquid bone meal, are designed to promote flowering, while some support foliage.

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Smart Kitchen Investment: Lighting Too, for Function and Great Looks

Lighting will be one of the most overlooked and underappreciated aspects of a kitchen during the design process. There’s an art to lighting a kitchen, even though lighting usually goes unnoticed unless it is planned badly. That is not found until after the contractor is long gone.

Recall the times when kitchens have been lit with one fixture in the middle of the ceiling and perhaps some fluorescent beams that would constantly flicker? There’s no explanation for this anymore, thanks to the vast array of lighting options and industry experts accessible to devise a personalized plan for your kitchen.

I talked with two such experts, interior designer Katie Anderson and lighting designer Randall Whitehead, concerning the value of investing time and money into a proper lighting program, and how to design the best strategy for virtually any kitchen.

Katie Anderson Interior Design Consultants

“Most people never really consider lighting,” states Anderson. “But good or bad, you will feel its effects with time both physically and emotionally.”

Investing in a well-lit kitchen is a herculean blessing. One, it increasesquality of existence. Consider it this way: When you walk around an unevenly lit kitchen, your pupils have to constantly adapt to the vivid and dark spots. Over time this may result in eye fatigue, nausea and a general sense of fatigue.

Bunker Workshop

If, on the other hand, your own kitchen is evenly lit, it may be a more effective workspace — regardless of the time of day. And lights you can dim produce a more celebratory mood when guests come over.

Randall Whitehead Lighting Solutions

The second reason to get a designing a well-lit kitchen is improved resale value. “Kitchens and bathrooms are the 2 rooms that help sell a home the most,” notes Anderson. “No matter how far you’ve put to a kitchen to enhance it, home buyers are not likely to appreciate it if they can not properly see everything — or worse, they view the space as gloomy. A well-lit kitchen only reads to everybody.”

Katie Anderson Interior Design Consultants

A perfect kitchen lighting plan includes four kinds of light sources: task, accent, decorative as well as ambient. Some light sources may have several purposes.

Hughes Studio Architects

1. Task lighting. This is the light by which you work. It includes lighting mounted to the bottom of upper cabinets to light countertops, lighting directed toward the kitchen countertop and lighting in the pantry.

Fireclay Tile

The colour of task lighting is equally important. “If you would like the light source to seem like incandescent at full blast, then select 2,700 Kelvin,” advises Whitehead. “If you enjoy the colour of dimmed incandescent, which is my taste, start looking for a light source that’s 2,400 Kelvin. These colour temperatures will blend nicely with the incandescent sources in adjoining chambers”

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2. Accent lighting. This source (also called focal lighting) highlights art and decorative items on the walls and atop upper cabinets that don’t move all of the way to the ceiling.

“Recessed downlighting is a nice source of accent lighting,” says Anderson, “but people will need to recognize that such fittings produce a triangle of light and so need to be spaced according to the angled disperse they throw so there are no shadows.”

Randall Whitehead Lighting Solutions

3. Decorativelighting. This may include one or more pendant fixtures within an island or a peninsula. Additionally, it may be a chandelier over the dining area. “This type of light provides the jewelry in the kitchen,” says Whitehead.

Katie Anderson Interior Design Consultants

Pick a pendant or chandelier that has a warm shade of light plus also a dimmer switch so that it can place just the correct mood.

Hankins & Associates, Inc..

4. Ambient lighting. This indirect source offers an overall glow. “I like to put strip lighting over upper cabinets that don’t stretch all of the way up into the ceiling to make this kind of effect,” states Anderson. “It allows light to bounce off the ceiling”

Whitehead notes, “This result may also come from lighting mounted on the very top of support beams that run parallel to the floor in a kitchen with ceilings that are pitched”

Kenorah Design + Build Ltd..

Getting started with your own kitchen lighting program. To get the best results, consult with a lighting professional who will be able to produce a customized plan to suit your kitchen’s design, style and price range. You need lighting; you may also have them installed in the areas where they will help you the most.

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10 Unusual Places for Christmas Stockings

Christmas stockings conjure notions of cheer and joy as soon as you see them, which makes them a fantastic and effortless addition to holiday decor. Tradition touts, “Hang your stockings by the chimney with care.” But luckily, those without a fireplace or mantel — or even people needing to break with tradition — have many alternatives for hanging their stockings this holiday season.

In the window. Show off those festive stockings by hanging them for all the world to see. Use Control pins or a tension pole to prevent damage.

Christie Thomas

In the bedroom. While stockings at the bedroom may not be revolutionary, hanging Christmas stockings on the bed might be. Try them at the foot or — if you’re courageous — onto a tall headboard.

On doors. Hang them inside bedroom doorknobs or outside on your entry door. Utilize door wreath hangers as pins.

On a chalkboard. Display your sleeves by hanging them from cut a huge chalkboard, such as KeriAnne’s chalkboard made from a vintage window. Get creative and have your nearest and dearest compose their orders to Santa under their stocking.

On the stairway. Hang them in the banister. Hand made these beautiful knit stockings from old sweaters over at Remodelaholics.

On a ladder. Whether your style is contemporary or rustic, you can find a ladder for both and everything in between. Have not been able to obtain the ideal ladder? Make your personal, as Jenn has done here.

On a shutter. Similar to a ladder, a shutter, like this one from Clarendon Lane, could be transferred anywhere in the house — put on the floor, leaned against the wall or set on a sideboard. It can be mounted onto the wall horizontally or vertically, as shown here. The photograph ledge makes a fantastic substitute for a mantel and can be transitioned quite easily from regular decor to holiday.

From a branch. Utilize a natural element, like a branch or a piece of driftwood, in your holiday decor by placing it on your wall including Jaime has done here. Stockings could be hung using ribbon.

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On a sideboard or hutch. Hang one stocking from the surface of a hutch or hang multiple stockings from a sideboard utilizing stocking hooks.

On a string. Yes, you caught me. This is technically hung onto a fireplace, but do not let this picture fool you. You could hang this string anywhere — vertically or horizontally on the wall, or along the edge of a cabinet — to add a little holiday cheer. Use clips or clothespins, such as Melissa has done here, to hang every stocking.

Just remember: For each of these options, make sure that your hangers are mounted correctly and packaged carefully for security on Christmas morning.

Show us : we would like to see your sleeves, wherever they may hang. Have a photo and upload it to the Remarks section below — your photograph might end up in a showcased ideabook!

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American Architecture: Mission Revival

As a born and bred East Coaster, I’m particularly fascinated by architectural styles that are not widespread in my part of the nation. The California-born Mission revival style is on peak of this listing. Popular throughout the turn of the 20th century, the Mission revival architecture movement was inspired by the Southern California climate as well as also the details and materials connected to the area’s historical churches.

Mission revival architecture commonly includes the following characteristics:
Smooth stucco or plaster sidingLow, pitched roofRed roof tiles
Overhanging eaves with exposed rafter tails
Shaped roof parapets Large square columns Arched doorways and windowsCovered walkways and arcadesRound along with quatrefoil windows All the seven pictures below beautifully exemplifies the movement’s unique characteristics. What is your favorite Mission revival detail?

EASA Architecture

An arched major entry welcomes visitors to this Hillsborough, California, Mission revival dwelling.

Tracery Interiors

An intricately shaped roof parapet sets the Mission revival tone in this Homewood, Alabama, home.

EASA Architecture

Covered walkways are found on particularly large Mission revival homes.

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

In a Mission revival home, you’ll frequently find yourself marveling in its barrel-vaulted ceilings and quatrefoil windows.

James Glover Residential & Interior Design

Smooth plaster siding, wide overhanging eaves, exposed rafter tails, arched doorways and windows, along with a red tile roof define Mission revival.

Conrado – Home Builders

A quatrefoil window provides a front-and-center focal point to this Mission revival home.

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Exposed rafters and large square columns create a covered Mission-style arcade.

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Decide on the Ideal Pendant for Your Kitchen Isle

It appears as if every kitchen remodel in each corner of the globe now comprises an island or peninsula. And over most of the islands and peninsulas hang three little droplet lights.

Builder-grade pendant lights have become as predictable as maple and granite. And it is a shame. Because the lights that hang over your kitchen peninsula are a terrific chance to amp things up a bit and bring a whole lot of design into the mixture. Think of them as your kitchen jewelry — a little bling to liven up the ensemble.

Listed below are 19 pendant lights of unique styles. Some are somewhat more subdued, some are major scene stealers, but none of them are same old, same old.

Tim Cuppett Architects

Clear Glass Pendant Lights

Clear glass qualifies to the subdued end of things, but it can also be incredibly lively and elegant and sculptural. It’s best if it is hand blown off and a little wabi-sabi — air bubbles and all.


Globe pendants are extremely popular today (since they were in the ’70s) and may be passed over on first consideration due to their size. However, have no worries — you can see through them! Even in a smaller kitchen that they do not overwhelm.

Cablik Enterprises

A statement is made by A bunch of hand-blown bulb-shape pendants with effect.


Industrial Pendant Lights

These broad aluminum pendants are sculptural (inspired by Indian baskets) but have a rough-hewn industrial quality about them. Muscular although Modern.

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

Lights, camera, action. These classic stainless lamps remind me of light used in film production. They’ve a crisp, clean look (provided that you maintain them polished) and look like they were made for actual cooks.

Capoferro Design Build Group

The black version of the film production lamps. Much more industrial and serious looking.

This long-armed reading light makes a perfect job lamp for over the peninsula and gives the room an edgy, industrial look.

Insignia Kitchen and Bath Design Studio

Do not let their good looks fool you; these adjustable weighted pulley lamps are also hard workers.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

Colorful Pendant Lights

There are a great deal of horrible colored pendant lamps on the market; you see many of them hanging from the light aisles of big-box stores. However, a better approach is to find some color. These four bowl-shaped lamps in four different colors add little dollops of design pizzazz. Hanging them at various heights makes them stand out even more.

Woodmeister Master Builders

These blue light lamps add a sudden dash of the exotic into this very conventional kitchen.

Meredith Ericksen

Period-perfect ’50s-inspired lamps for a vintage-inspired kitchen.

ZeroEnergy Design

Oversize Pendant Lights

Like color, size disturbs a great deal of people. However, there is no reason overhead pendant lamps need to be teeny tiny (except possibly very low ceilings). Going oversize makes a huge effect and can really liven up an otherwise plain room.

Oversize block lights mimic the traces in the remaining part of the kitchen.

These big silver domes most often hang in the midst of a room, but I love them as over-the-island accent lamps.

Mark MacInnis Architect

This line of giant black dome lights is the major decoration within this kitchen.

Inspired Interiors


I just love chandeliers in kitchens. They are so pretty and surprising, and they can really soften up all of those difficult lines and smooth surfaces. This contemporary version keeps the clean lines of this room but adds sparkle and a touch of the female.

John Kraemer & Sons

A large, dramatic black chandelier over a large, dramatic black island. They were made for one another.

John Kraemer & Sons

Two largish chandeliers take the place of the typical plain hanging pendant lights and provide this kitchen lots of glamour. Together with the hood, they have a different French look.

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Chandeliers can be contemporary, also. In fact, I believe they look best in an eclectic room where frilly and elaborate are somewhat less expected.

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Fresh Ways With Wood Paneling

Wood paneling of the ’70s might have gotten a bad rap for being dark and gloomy, but today’s fashions, combined with a variety of bright or white accents pave how to posh interiors that sense anything but drab. The trick is with everything you decide to balance the look of the wood paneling — possibly a white accent wall or loads of natural light — as well as the style and volume of timber paneling from the space. Once you hit the balance, your home will feel equally bright and sophisticated. Have a look at the pictures for 11 fresh ways with timber walls.

Accessorize with contemporary art. Think daring photography or anything with a great deal of energy and color.

John Maniscalco Architecture

Lighten the floors. These maple floors allow the wood paneling to act as an accent wall rather than controlling the distance.

Pure Design by Jerry Bussanmas

Wood with light or white furniture. These colors bounce against the wood paneling that is , developing a feel contemporary and tidy. Yes, I understand all of you with kids and pets are writhing. However, furniture in creams and whites may be functional if you go the slipcover route vs. upholstery.

Michael Fullen Design Group

Introduce bold pops of color. Notice how this arrangement contains three dark furnishings: 2 chairs and an ottoman, nevertheless it feels unbelievably bright due to the colorful rug, throw pillows and draperies.

Ian Engberg

Don’t forget to look up — and down. If your ceiling and base moldings are dark, particularly with wood paneled walls and deep floor, brighten up things with white or cream colors for both.

AT6 Architecture : Design Build

Let in the light. When there is anyway to maximize natural light, do it. So the sunlight can spill in rid your windows of blinds or drapery. Skylights and windows create a impact.

Craig Denis

Get your light right. Even if your space has access to plenty of sunlight, every room needs to get its lighting right come night. Make sure you have a mix of ambient and task lighting so that the entire area has balanced lighting.

Studio William Hefner

Incorporate the snowy accent wall. An accent wall in a light color gives wood paneling a dose of warmth.

Tanner Vine – 2Go Custom Kitchens Inc

Limiting the total amount of timber paneling lets you enjoy the beauty of dark timber without overdoing its heavy effect.

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The Family Home: Living With Kid-Size Furniture

This past weekend, my husband and I made a quick trip to Ikea on the hunt for two things: a cheap couch for our family area and a child-size dining table. I’ve been busy collecting the cutest classic child-size chairs you’ve ever seen and needed a contemporary small table to finish the set.

I’m happy to report we abandoned Ikea that day with just what we had been searching for. Ever since that time, our two youngest children have been enjoying school, coloring and coming up with every other excuse to use their new table and seats. Who knew providing kid-size furniture would be life altering?

Here, I’ve gathered some stunning images of ways to incorporate kid-friendly furniture into every space of your property.

Jeremy Kohm Photography

Sure, such well-designed kid furniture would be easy to match in almost any area, but it looks especially quaint close to this large, lovely window.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Adding a play table in your child’s bedroom makes great sense if you have the space. If not, think about adding a vibrant rug to some corner of your living area to make your child feel comfortable.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Older children require a place of their own too. This larger table (with vibrant markers as a centerpiece) fits right in with the room’s decor and makes the perfect space for homework and drawing.

RW Anderson Homes

If you have a spare space, begin amassing smaller furniture to make a play area that’s all for the kids.

David Howell Design

Most children go through a stage during which they love trains. When they outgrow that stage, this table can be utilized as an art table which still fits into any of those grownups’ rooms.

Andrew Snow Photography

Putting a small dining table and chairs in a spacious, multi-use place in your home will allow you to keep an eye on exactly what the small ones are up to.

Ike Kligerman Barkley

If you have a tiny table are concerned about space for seats, look at purchasing a few cushioned stools. The stools can easily be tucked beneath the table or moved from room to room for perfect kid-friendly chairs.

Thrifty Decor Chick

A vibrant mini drop leaf table fits nicely in this grownup area and can be recreated with a keen eye on Craigslist and a quart of paint.

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Seal the Deal With Fiber Cement Siding

Hardie plank: Nearly everybody who has considered re-siding their house or building an addition or a brand new home has heard of it. However, what’s Hardie plank, or more properly, fiber cement board?

Fiber cement plank in its current form was developed in the 1980s from the James Hardie corporation as a replacement for asbestos cement board. A blend of sand, sand and cellulose, it can be produced in panels, as lap siding and as trim pieces. As it’s durable (many manufacturers warranty the product for 50 decades and the finish for 15), low maintenance, available in many sizes and textures, and easily painted any colour, fiber cement is an perfect siding choice.

Art and designers have taken to the substance’s adaptability. Not only is fiber cement available as a flat lap siding for traditional-style houses, but it also comes in panels that mimic stucco such as Prairie and Craftsman-style houses, shingle panels for both Arts and Crafts-style houses and smooth panels for more modern designs.

Although the longest-lasting finishes are factory applied, the substance can be painted on-site such as wood siding. This makes for easy touch-ups and repairs in addition to the ability to change colour. Below are ways to make use of fiber cement board on home exteriors in a variety of fashions.

Shade it contemporary and daring. Available in large, smooth panels, fiber cement board is excellent for the outside of a contemporary house. The rectangular grid made by the joints between panels provides the outside structure and sequence. The capability to finish the substance in any colour allowed the architect of the home to pronounce each volume so that the layout of interlocked cubes is readily apparent.

Nic Darling

Use it in order to blend in. Fiber cement is a chameleon-like substance. Whether your site is a luxury suburb, a bucolic country field or a gritty urban zone, then it can be coloured and arranged to match the setting.

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The secret is in the joint. The fiber cement panels can be butted to each other or can be installed using a show between every panel. The James Hardie company has developed a very simple installation system when a show is desired. While this show creates a different shadow line that is perfect for a modern design, the joints between panels can be treated in a number of ways.

Blue Brook Architecture

Joints can be full of a contrasting colour to create a two-dimensional appearance.

AIA, Bud Dietrich

Panel joints can be coated with a contrasting colored fiber cement trim to create a Prairie-style appearance.

Beard + Riser Architects

Fiber cement trim also can be colored to match the panels for a modern aesthetic.

Mix it up. An especially powerful method of using fiber cement panels is to combine them with other substances. Or you can join fiber cement lap siding with fiber cement panels. The perpendicular and also gridded panels produce orthogonality using the lap siding.

WA Design Architects

The ability to combine this siding with other substances is one of its great features. It works in a sleek and machined look …

Stuart Sampley Architect

… and at a more rustic and vernacular approach.

WA Design Architects

The panels, that can be quite large, can be trimmed, stacked vertically or positioned horizontally into a stack bond pattern.

Great Neighborhood Homes

Make mine conventional. Most fiber cement board is utilized as horizontal lap siding, perfect for conventional and colonial-style houses.

M.J. Whelan Construction

Many newer houses with conventional styling use fiber cement siding. For a house with a massive exterior surface region, the substance can be utilized in a variety of textures in addition to for shingles at the upper gables.

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It’s also offered in a board-and-batten configuration.

Candlelight Homes

The substance can be completed in a large choice of colors.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

One of my favorite approaches is to use both the lap siding and the panels at a Craftsman-style configuration. This can be particularly successful when re-siding an present house to create something unique.

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Retirement Reinvention: Boomers Plot Their Next Big Move

We’re on the cusp of a great migration that will fundamentally change the landscape of America. It is a simple matter of numbers.

We of the boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, are retiring. The oldest people have started reaching what the Social Security Administration calls “full retirement age.” The likely result over the next decade or so will be a migration from the North into the South. Obviously, not all those 80 million people will decide to move, but those who do will cause massive changes to the built environment.

Just as boomers generated sequential surges in the construction of K-12 schools, suburban home, shopping centers, faculty expansions, more suburban home, vacation homes and hotels; our generation will cause the building of a tide of “retirement home.”

In a feeling, this migration is going to be the final chance boomers might have to reinvent themselves. So what locale and type of dwelling will they select for their golden years? A single-family detached residence? A community of condominiums, townhouses, villas or other attached forms? Will it be on the water, nestled in the woods, by a river, overlooking a fairway, perched atop a hill, place among the cacti or at an urban setting with all the conveniences? Will it be a modern equivalent of the Plains Indians’ cellphone, light-on-the-land teepee, fixed in place, or some blend of the two?

Let us take a peek at some of the chances.

Water, palm trees and an incredible pink blue sky: A house in Florida or the Caribbean has for its reward that wonderful blend of sky and water with you in between. It is a life that disturbs us to love and enjoy each passing blur, each shade of lush green and each rising and setting sun.

Christopher A Rose AIA, ASID

Maybe we favor a 200-acre “backyard.” We would like the expansive vistas and all that green but do not wish to worry about maintenance. In addition, we need a place of community, with a clubhouse and a social life that retains our evenings and days filled with action to replace the old 9-to-5 grind.

Andrew Hinman Architecture

Many of us boomers will hear the call of the open road. We’ll proudly display all those state decals on the side of the RV as we consider in what this vast country has to offer you. And if we are fortunate enough, we’ll have a place we could go back to whenever we need. It’ll be a place that we simply drive the RV around and anchor ourselves while the batteries get recharged. A property yacht indeed!

Carney Logan Burke Architects

How about a cabin somewhere on the Great Plains? A place of reflection and solitude, where we establish a bond with character that could only be located there.

Many people, thankfully, will stay up North near family and all that’s familiar. Cold and snow are all components to be enjoyed. Skating, skiing, sledding, hot cocoa by the fire, snow angels and much more are all things to be cherished and celebrated instead of to be escaping from. A location nestled in a wood however near a little town might be just the right answer.

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Those people who stay near home and kids might need to be certain that we’ve got our own space, even if it’s attached to our child’s house. Something that’s not too little, not too far away rather than a burden on us. Maybe this is a location where, when it is just too hot in the South or cold in the North, we locate ourselves for a few months. Or perhaps it’s a permanent house that we’re able to escape from for travels across the world.

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And who among us would not want their very own small pied-a-terre? While this might be the year-round residence, it might also be that special place we go to once in a while, once we would like to observe the glowing lights and enjoy city life.

For many, this can be an out-of-reach luxury that makes no sense as a first or second residence. In these cases, we could home swap or perform a temporary rental. Just think, with no 9-to-5 grind along with the kids on their own, getting to research many different lifestyles and places could just be what the doctor ordered.

Sure, there are some who state that people haven’t saved and sacrificed enough to ride into the sunset and revel in their golden years. While the fantastic Recession has made it hard for many, especially where the property markets took a nose dive, the reality is that tens of millions of people are financially protected. And, like they have done in every decade since the 1950s, they will guide the way in a lot of things.

Inform us about your dream retirement house. Are you currently staying stuck or planning a move? Please tell us how are you going to make it a reality, and the way you’ll love yourself once you get there.

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Acid-Etched Concrete

Acid etching is the process of roughing up the glossy surface of concrete with compounds. Concrete can also be roughened with a grinder, but acid can do it with much less dust and muscle strength. Acid creates tiny holes at the surface of the concrete, enabling it to bond with topical treatments like paint, epoxy or stain.

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Typically muratic acid can be used to chemically treat concrete so that it can form the proper bond with topical surfaces. This concrete needed metal flakes sprinkled while the concrete was wet, then the surface was acid etched.

Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Inc..

Acid combined with stain will etch and colour the concrete at precisely the same time. Applying stain can be tricky, and puddles and thin areas should be avoided to prevent the look from being mottled.

Victoria’s Interiors

The more the acid is left on the surface, the more porous the concrete becomes more. Note the grainy pits at the surface of this kitchen floor. After etching, a neutralizer has to be implemented to block the chemical reaction. Some acids time out so that neutralizer isn’t vital.

Artisan Custom Homes

Even with a careful use of an acid or stain chemical, a pure amount of imperfection will lead to. A marble-like effect is created, because the acid is unpredictable. The result is a superbly distinctive surface.

Hufft Projects

Concrete also has to be acid etched before you can apply epoxy. Epoxy is a polymer-based adhesive or paint which has a plastic feel to it. Thicker than paint, it’s the benefits of being stronger as well as oil and heat resistant, and it fills in surface imperfections easier. Epoxy flooring are common in professional garages.

RD Architecture, LLC

The industrial look of this floor was created with an acid stain and the stubborn leftover adhesive from the original floor. Sometimes the top situations arise from mishaps.

Genesis Architecture, LLC.

Acid stain comes in many different colors. Color can also be added by sprinkling pigment onto the moist surface after the concrete is poured.

Treoma Design

Whether the acid happens before the stain, epoxy or paint is added or not, the amount of sheen or gloss is determined by the clear topcoat. A high-gloss topcoat reflects light but also creates the surface.

Holly Marder

This concrete flooring has been acid etched and then painted with a low-sheen paint, making a matte look, and a topcoat was not utilized.

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