Bathrooms

Expert Advice from Ted Wood, Partner & Architect of Botelho Wood Architects A shower head attached to the outside of a wall or column, with a concrete paving slab set in the ground, is a simple, idyllic delight. On a perfect Bermuda evening, the shower waters both the lawn and the garden, requires no cleanup, offers sky views, and an essence of freedom (plus some degree of modesty). However, as...

Plumbing – Top TIPS straight from the plumber!

One of the most joked about—but least discussed—aspects of running a home, has to be the bathroom. Like much of what goes on in the water closet (and a lot goes on in there), most people shy away from thinking too much about it.  But understanding your plumbing system can save you a lot of time and money (particularly here in Bermuda, where water is such a precious commodity), as well as prevent...

Tips for Creating a Sophisticated Spa Oasis at Home

1. Fabric Textures: For those finishing touches consider fabrics that have a subtle pattern or even a metallic texture for bath mats and towels. 2. Pebble Stone Floor Tile: Capture the calm of the coast line with this tumbled marble pebble tile underfoot. 3. Onyx Wall Tile: Use a large format honed onyx or tumbled limestone reminiscent of pearlescent beach sand for the shower walls. 4. 3D Wood Wall...

The World of Storm Systems

A storm, squall, cyclone, typhoon, gale, hurricane, thunderstorm…the list could go on. There are many names out there for rainy weather. As Bermudians, we are adept at checking out the forecast and listening in on storm watches. The summer’s not the same without one or two hurricane warnings. But do we really know much about them? We use these names interchangeably but they do mean different things....

GENERATORS – 7 tips for maintaining your portable generator

Here we go again—rummaging through your garage for your portable generator. A hurricane will be bearing down in just a matter of hours, but just when you go to fire your backup power source up… nothing! The generator won’t start. Don’t be stuck with a broken generator. Proper generator maintenance is essential if you want to avoid panicked maintenance calls and unneeded, last-minute...

Get Ready! It’s Hurricane Season

Making sure you’re safe during the storm! Investing in storm protection for our homes is one of life’s necessities when living on an island. We know it can be quite expensive… but the price of NOT doing it can be far more. If you have lived in Bermuda long enough, you’ve surely experienced a storm or 2 or even the thrill of weathering out a Hurricane and know how much damage can occur. At...

Air Conditioning Tips to Save you $$

Summertime, and the living is easy. The living is also HOT, sweaty and can get a little uncomfortable in the land of sun and fun; so retreating to a gloriously cool air conditioned home after being in the oppressive heat of the day is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. Thank goodness for a comfortable air conditioned oasis. Of course, the downside is that your air conditioning unit at home will be...

Our Top 5 Home Efficiency Life Hacks!

1. Use Power Strips Power strips (aka surge protectors) are ideal when it comes to powering off excessive devices and plugs. Some energy hogs (Like PC desktops) never really “turn off” when you turn off their switch. Plug them into a power strip, then just flip that strip off, and all those hungry devices will stop eating energy simultaneously. 2. Unplug Unused Chargers Cell phone and battery...

Dream Closets

Organise every room, it couldn’t be easier! After months of being at home, we’ve all had a lot of time to realise how great – or not so great our homes are. It’s been a time of assessing and upgrading many areas in our homes as we spend more time at home this year. For most of us, our bedroom closet is one of the main areas that we could use some organisational expertise. Perhaps this time has...

7 Packed Lunch Hacks

Expert Advice from Keelin Hankin BSc RD, Registered Dietitians at Island Nutrition Lunchtimes can be tricky from tempting meals at local restaurants or grills to readily available office treats. Packing a lunch is great way to save money as well as helping to maintain a healthy balanced diet. 1. Prepare Prep and chop some fruit and/or veggies at the beginning of the week or at the weekend so they are...

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