ADA Transitions

The best transitions are no transitions. But let’s face it.  We hardly ever have only one flooring material through out our homes.  The best we can do is make the transition as smooth as possible.
The Americans with Disabilities Act sets standards and guidelines to insure public safety and ease of accessibility within a space.  Below is the minimum requirements set for a beveled flooring transition.  This sets a standard from one flooring material to another and insures that the changing of materials does not create a tripping hazard or prevent fluid movement from material to material.

It reads like this:

ADA

And visually looks like this:

ADA

…ummm……whaaaa??

Exactly.

What does this mean in your home?  If flooring transitions are not carefully planned for, it could mean you might have a toe catcher like this.

Below shows a tile/wood combination butted right up to each other.

Tiles of the same thickness can make a smooth transition from on to another in a area like this barrier free shower.

Small metal transitions strips are often used to glide easily from one material to another like shown in this cork to carpet transition.

Another safe way to address area rugs are to inset them into the surrounding flooring material.  This example is shown with hardwood flooring.

Commonly, marble thresholds are used at bathroom floor transitions.  These work best when they are flush with the surrounding materials.  This one also serves as a wonderful clean starting/stopping point for the penny round mosaics.

How fun is this dining are defined by the hexagon tiles?  And the transition…practically seamless!

And lastly, this bathroom tile has an inset of teak flooring that rests above the shower floor drains.  Perfect idea for a seamless no slope shower design!

Hope you have a nice trip and see you next fall!!

Pets!

Nowadays a pet is much more than a “best friend”—it’s an integral part of your family, and therefore, your home. And while, naturally, we all love to spoil Fido, no one wants a home to look (or smell) like a kennel. Certainly, pets have basic needs, but it is also possible to have a stylish home and a happy “best friend.” Here are a few fun dog and cat beds we love!
How cozy is this for your sweet kitty!?
Cat Bed

If your kitty would prefer to be off the floor….like my cats…here is a great option!

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Does your pet need an extra step to reach those higher places? How sweet is this?

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For that perfect pooch in you life check out this bed! I love that it also functions as a side table!

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If you are a fan of the double function as well, how about a bed that also functions as a planter?

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If you have two pets that are buddies but would prefer their own bed space this bunk-bed option is perfect!

This is my absolute favorite! What pet wouldn’t love a camper of its own?

For the slightly more posh pooch in you life check out this modern beauty!

Pets love a schedule as much as kids, they like to know what to expect and when to expect it. When it’s feeding time what type of dish do you serve up your pet’s meal in? Here are some of the “fine china” options for pets.

I love these feeders because they attach to the wall making them easy to sweep and mop under. I have some messy eaters at my house and this would make cleanup a breeze.

These are simple and fun!

For a mix and match option I love these!

For my final pick in feeders I love the cut-outs as well as the color options for these feeders!

Is you pet living in style?

By |June 21st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Kick-Back in the Garden!

Chances are if you have a green thumb you’ve already got a nice start on your summer garden space. Now it’s time to kick-back and enjoy that space. Here are a few of our favorite spaces!

We love the multiple layers of this layout!

The simplicity of the concrete planters shown here give a very calming feel to this space.

The popular trend of raised bed gardening is branching out from your typical expectations. Here are some we love!

What a welcoming view to come home to!

Another growing trend is the idea of a living wall. There are many ways to achieve this idea. From the very simple DIY project to the more expansive walls there is bound to be a wall that inspires you.

I love the idea of having a small herb garden on the wall in my kitchen.

For the DIY gardeners here is a simple way to make use of your vertical space outdoors. This idea is perfect for succulents.

If you have the space for a garden like this…..I'm jealous!

This massive garden is a labor of love!

With some open green space, a little elbow grease and patience you could be bringing in delicious goodies such as these!

What do you have planted this year?

By |June 19th, 2013|Jennefer, Outdoor Spaces, Summer|Comments Off on Kick-Back in the Garden!|