Save energy by insulating your home

spray foam imageSaving energy by insulating your home makes common these days because transforming your home into one which is environmentally friendly would help you to conserve energy and also be more efficient with your energy usage. Not only will this help you to enjoy the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere of your home, but it will help you to save money at the same time.

One of the easiest upgrades that you can do for your home, and to start to change it into an eco friendly project is to look at upgrading your insulation. By insulating your home, you can actually conserve energy by keeping it warmer during the winter season without using a lot of electricity. Not only would it help you during the winter seasons, but during the summer season you can keep your home cooler, meaning less use of your air conditioning system or room fans. Read the official view of adding home insulation to your exising home here

If you really want to save energy by insulating your home then you can choose from a lot of different kinds of insulation designed for homes. Below are few eco-friendly and traditional insulation which are used commonly these days:


Fiberglass is the most common among the different kinds of insulation that are available. It is a pink material which is widely used in a lot of homes. Since, it was discovered to be a health hazard; there are people who don’t want to use the fiberglass insulation material. It can cause breathing difficulties, skin irritation and few other dangerous health conditions which affect the body of the humans. However, it is the cheapest option, and there are now irritation free options for fibreglass insulation, which is very welcome if you have ever worked in an attic laying insulation.

Recycled Denim

Recycled denims are the most eco-friendly type of insulation that can be used in homes. As you can figure out from the name itself, this insulation material is actually made from old jeans. This insulation is 100 percent recycled from any used denim clothes. Therefore, there are no health hazards if you are using this for insulation. There are no toxic chemicals attached to it which would cause any kind of serious health issues which the fiberglass insulation can sometimes do.


Aerogels are a new type of insulation that are designed innovatively for homes. Aerogels are frozen silica smoke which is made of 99 percent air, it is hard to believe but it is indeed true. Though, it is light but it is also very strong. Since, it is transparent; it easily allows natural light to enter the home and that is particularly useful if you are installing insulation in windows and skylights. Presently, aerogels are considered one of the best insulators in the world.


Cellulose is an inexpensive kind of insulation. It is made from the recycled pieces of the torn newspapers and is very easy to install. Since, it is made from papers; it has a disadvantage of catching fire easily. Moreover, it is also subject to pest and moisture damage.

Soy Foam

Soy foam is a kind of insulation foam which is spray-in and it is made from soy bean oil. Although, soy foam is a bit more expensive than many others, it does the insulation job quite efficiently. The soy foam needs to be sprayed on the walls along with water as the blowing agent. It then fills in the cracks and instantly it solidifies. The wall’s moisture would then be evaporated and would not be trapped.

See Soy Foam application in the video below. It is quite amazing to watch…

With the so many different kinds of options, you can choose the one that best suits your home and your budget, but whichever option you choose, you are sure to be saving money, making your life a little cosier, and helping save the planet into the bargain. Now that has to be a good thing.

Planning a kitchen

nice kitchen layout


One of the first jobs in our new house at least is to upgrade the kitchen. This is an ongoing project, and we have barely made a start, but after looking at some kitchen design ideas I thought it was a good way to kick off this blog. I hope the information here is helpful.

The layout of a kitchen is not an improvised idea, far from it. There is an area of movement with the famous triangle of activity, as well as the distances from sink to oven to fridge that need to be considered. These rules of the installation of a kitchen always need to be considered. Nicolas Sallavuard, certified architect, gives us the low down.

The flow of clean and dirty

Back from the dining room, plates and dirty dishes are placed on the worktop. Before being placed in the dishwasher, they get emptied to  the trash and eventually rinsed in the sink: these three items (garbage, sink and dishwasher) must be close to each other with a simple and easy circulation. Closets, cabinets and drawers that can store clean dishes should also be near the dishwasher, so that with little effort you can remove the clean dishes and fill up with dirty ones.

The heights of the worktops and cooking appliances depends on your size. Remember however that in case of rental or resale, your successors will not necessarily be the same size as you. The work plan must be at waist height (85 to 95 cm) so you can reach the bottom of the sink without bending. The oven is placed preferably at eye level. A bar shelf should be at the height of your elbow (between 110 and 115 cm).  The highest cupboards top shelf should be about 220 cm.

Always Measure

Large household appliances such as the oven or dishwasher, fits into a square of 60 cm, so that should be considered when working out your work plan. Also these days, kitchen designers prefer increasingly deeper apertures (65 cm) for increased comfort.

For easy movement around your kitchen, leave 70 cm minimum free to your furniture. 90 cm allow you to easily bypass a closet or an open dishwasher. 120 cm allows 2 people to work in the kitchen without bumping in to each other.

Get the light right

Even if a sink is  placed in front of a window, the natural light is not usually enough. The layout should take into account the lighting required for safe working and mood lighting.

You must have general lighting a main ceiling light can do the trick, which will provide an average brightness in the entire room. Install also strong lights trained on different areas of the work area. Directional spots, arranged in wall units, are ideal.

Do not overlook also mood lighting, especially if the kitchen is open to the dining room, in which case sideboards may have china cabinet lighting, lamps and uplighters can all add to the overall room light but with a softer gentler feel.

For more kitchen design ideas, check out the House and Garden website here, and the video below has lots of useful tips.