House and garden

  • Building an extra bedroom step-by-step plan

    Building an extra bedroom often increases the value of the house. First start by making an inventory of the required facilities. Check whether the room is sufficiently ventilated with fresh outside air, and check whether electrical groups will possibly be overloaded. Also look at the costs in relation to the budget to check the feasibility. ...
  • Ballistol: a natural oil with many uses

    One of the most versatile maintenance and cleaning oils that exists is Ballistol oil. Since the beginning of the 20th century, this oil has been used for a wide variety of applications, ranging from firearm maintenance to riveting, to treating wood and disinfecting wounds. Moreover, the product is extremely safe to use because of its largely natural origin. ...
  • An autumn piece with natural material and without costs

    Autumn pieces are for sale in every flower shop, but not for nothing, while the materials are ready to pick up in the fall. Not only in the woods, but also in parks and in your own garden. All you have to do is collect them and turn them into something at home. Those who are not very handy with awl and binding material can also put together an attractive autumn piece without tools. ...
  • The Japanese knotweed: a plant that is difficult to control

    One of the most stubborn plants that can hardly be eradicated is the Japanese knotweed. The plant is so strong that municipalities in the Netherlands where the Japanese knotweed is found, spend a lot of money to ensure that this usurer can no longer take root. Often in vain. And to think that the Japanese knotweed does not naturally originate in the Netherlands. ...
  • Autumn decorations: carving, drying and storing pumpkins

    The pumpkin is a true autumn fruit that is primarily associated with Halloween. Pumpkins are a family of the pickle and cucumber and are therefore usually eroded and enriched with candlelight during the Halloween and St Maarten year parties. In addition, pumpkins can serve as the basis for various other garden and home decorations. ...
  • Keep out the heat with outside sun blinds for skylights

    When the sun shines, you notice quite quickly that the sun gives off a lot of heat. When the sun shines on the windows, it quickly gets warm in the house. You can solve this by hanging up indoor blinds, but then the heat still lingers between the glass and the indoor blinds, with the result that you cannot completely exclude the heat. ...
  • Great tickets for children at camp or school classes

    Nowadays, the children go away from school almost every year for a week: forest classes, bicycle classes, snow classes, sea classes, sports classes and so on. Or the kids go on camp with the (sea) scouts or the giro. And then of course they like to receive mail from the home front. Make an original card yourself. ...
  • Is a constant thermostat temperature the most energy-efficient?

    Many people use their central heating thermostat to heat up the house when it is cold outside. Heating a house costs energy and therefore money. To keep the energy bill as small as possible, it is important to use energy efficiently. According to some people, a constant temperature in the home would cause low heating costs, but this is a misunderstanding. ...
  • Ornamental grasses are easy to combine with perennials

    You can place different plants side by side in the garden at random and fully enjoy this combination. But there is often more to be gained from a plant than you would think at first sight. The beauty of a plant can be emphasized or enhanced in a subtle way. You can do this by giving a plant or plant group the right neighbor. ...
  • Insulation values ​​explained: Lambda, R, U and K

    A warm-fired house loses heat to the environment in cold periods. This heat loss can be limited by insulating a house. Four commonly used insulation parameters are: the Lambda value, the R value, the U value and the K value. These values ​​tell how well a material, a construction or a structural part insulates. ...
  • With these plants you make (endangered) bees really happy!

    We can no longer ignore it: wild bees are not doing well. A number of these species are under serious threat or are already extinct. Together with the other bee species that are vulnerable, they are on a red list. But luckily we know better and better how we can help these bees. ...
  • Is dried hogweed as a decoration toxic?

    The hogweed is a wild plant with beautiful white flowers. When dried, the bear's claw is a favorite as a home decoration. Dried bear's claw can easily be used in floral arrangements or decorated in a beautiful vase. Dried hogweed can be bought at the florist, but the hogweed can also be found in nature. ...
  • Replacing the loft ladder with a fixed staircase - What are the costs?

    If you want to involve the attic in your house as a fully-fledged living space, you must replace the loft ladder with a fixed staircase. This is also a good investment for the sale of the house. An attic floor can be seen as storage space, but you can also create an extra bedroom there. A fixed staircase to the attic ensures that it is no longer a closed part of the house. ...
  • Consideration between stucco and fiberglass wallpaper

    Wall finishes that are often used are stucco and fiberglass wallpaper. Both have similarities such as paintability, but there are also major differences. Often the costs for parts are higher, and it takes longer before painting can take place. Fiberglass wallpaper is more resistant to shrinkage cracks that occur in the substrate, is easier to clean and application is easier to master. ...
  • Doing odd jobs in the house: solving creaking steps

    You go to bed late at night and you don't want to wake anyone up. You walk carefully and calmly up the stairs, that one step is so hard that the whole house is awake. Also secretly reaching your room after you came home too late from a step evening is not possible. Time to tackle the problem of that creaking step. ...
  • Stained glass mini course - Make your own windows or panels

    Stained glass will be a hobby for one person and his or her work or craft for the other. Stained glass has been used in window frames since time immemorial. Originally, window glass was used on a limited scale and the glass could only be manufactured in a limited size (swinging). ...
  • Dry air in the home: causes, problems and solutions

    In the winter the heating is on all day long in many houses. This ensures a pleasant temperature, but it also has disadvantages. Not only energy consumption and the environment, but also your own health and the health of pets can suffer. The humidity is low which can cause dry skin, cough, headache and problems with concentration. ...
  • Trendy house plants: the stag or platycerium

    Stag horn or platycerium was a very popular houseplant in the 1960s. After that he went out of fashion for a while but now he is loved again and gets a deserved place in the living room. This fern fits into any interior, from vintage to modern and sleek. He does require the right care, so not ideal for someone who has no green fingers at all. ...
  • Making Surprises - Dirty, fun and crazy Santa Claus surprise

    Zo richting 5 december zullen velen een Sinterklaas-surprise maken. Ben je op zoek naar surprise-ideeën, tips en voorbeelden van simpele, leuke en gekke, vieze of smerige surprises? Een voetbal- of tennisveld, een hand van gips, een microfoon of toffee van karton of papier zijn eenvoudig te maken. Een rollade met papier-maché, vieze watten & stroop surprise, een kunstdrol of een cadeau, ingevroren in een ijsblok. ...
  • How can you save an Amaryllis bulb until next year?

    Flowers and plants brighten the living room of many people. There is a wide variety of flowers and plants for sale. The Hippeastrum, for example, is a very popular bulb. A Hippeastrum is commonly referred to as Amaryllis. However, what people call Amaryllis and also sells to florists under this name is not Amaryllis. ...