Derek Lotts's blog - 2018

Derek Lotts writes about décor, gardening, recycling and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all these fall under self-improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. He blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator.

Home Repairs You Should Never Cheap Out On When Renovating Your Home     by   Derek Lotts

27 November 2018

People are always trying to make ends meet, and when it comes to home remodeling, it can become so expensive (the average price is $39.957 ) that you need to do your best to save every dollar you can...

A Legal Guide to Purchasing an Aussie Luxury Home     by   Derek Lotts

12 October 2018

With so much information already circling the Internet, prospective homebuyers often ask themselves why they should even bother finding a real estate agent, when they can easily catch all the tips and tricks online...


Architectural Trends to Watch Out For in 2019     by   Derek Lotts

09 October 2018

With the 2018 coming to an end, the architecture industry is already thinking about what will come in the new year. The prospect of change is looming, and advancing technologies and materials are set to overhaul the way we design and build...

How Much a Home Renovation Can Really Cost     by   Derek Lotts

27 September 2018

Remodeling a home can often become messy, exhausting, and frustrating. Next to all the details you need to keep in mind, the final price is the last thing you want to change, since it is rarely lower than expected but very often much higher. So, how do you avoid such an unpleasant surprise?...

Choosing the Best Garage Option for Your Home     by   Derek Lotts

29 August 2018

When it comes to home design, it’s safe to say that people have a couple of pretty huge blind spots. How else would you explain that we so meticulously plan every detail of our living rooms and pay so little attention to our garages?...


Home Design Ideas That Make Comfort a Priority     by   Derek Lotts

25 August 2018

If we had to define home in one sentence that would probably be: “The place we feel comfortable in”. This comfort is made of various factors, including the people you are living with, the neighborhood you’re in, but especially the interior design...


Australian Leading Home Designs     by   Derek Lotts

27 June 2018

Australia is among the top ten countries with the fastest growing population , and as such, it is always in the process of construction and coming up with innovative design solutions. The architecture trends are driven by environmental practices, society, culture, and new technologies...

5 Considerations for Your Kitchen Renovation     by   Derek Lotts

25 June 2018

A kitchen renovation is one of the most expensive remodeling projects you can take on, but it is also the most rewarding one. Not only do you get a more beautiful space to cook and share food with your loved ones, but you will get a massive return on investment if you decide to sell one day...


Homes Spa Design Ideas     by   Derek Lotts

13 June 2018

You love going to the spa, but you simply don’t have enough time to pamper yourself with this kind of luxury every day. Luckily, we have a quick solution for this – make your own spa room at home. You like the idea, don’t you!?...


Building Construction Process: Top 5 Essentials     by   Derek Lotts

11 June 2018

While pre-planning and pre-preparation to some constructors might seem like a waste of time, it’s actually crucial for a successful building process. If there’s no solid plan in advance, it’s highly likely you’ll end up wasting a large portion of your budget and breaking through all the deadlines...


Essential Home Renovation Considerations     by   Derek Lotts

21 May 2018

Renovating your home can be a fun project that will provide you with a more comfortable home environment. However, renovations can quickly get out of hand if you don’t have everything planned out...


4 Major Construction Project Considerations     by   Derek Lotts

05 April 2018

No matter if you’re a homeowner or a general contractor, it’s safe to say that every construction project you start is going to be challenging...


Construction Company Startup - 5 Must Haves     by   Derek Lotts

28 February 2018

Considering how many construction companies there are, it can’t be difficult to start one, right? Well, not exactly. Sure, becoming a contractor is not that hard but starting a construction company that rests on solid foundations is far from easy...


Advanced Materials and Technologies for Greener and More Sustainable Construction     by   Derek Lotts

28 February 2018

There was a time when all construction was green. Nomadic people of the steppes relied on felt and wooden yurts as they followed their herds. Archaeologists in Ireland and Galicia are reconstructing Celtic roundhouses which had straw bale and mud walls and literally green roofs...

Bathroom Renovation – 5 Possible Issues     by   Derek Lotts

26 February 2018

Your creative bathroom renovation can quickly turn into a nightmare when you’re not ready for possible problems. Even if you’re really skilled in this type of work, things can get out of hand and you can end up soaked in water because your pipes have burst...


Small Patio Design: Keep It Functional and Chic     by   Derek Lotts

09 February 2018

If you love to spend time outside, then you probably dream of having a large backyard with a lot of space for al fresco meals, outdoor parties and family gatherings. But, sometimes life doesn’t care about what you want and you end up with a small patio that barely fits your furniture...


Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home     by   Derek Lotts

08 February 2018

When it comes to tiny updates and interior ‘refreshments’ – the easiest ones are usually the most effective ones. And even though there are probably hundreds of them, here are the best of the best that can apply to every single home...

New Trends in Construction Materials in 2018     by   Derek Lotts

26 January 2018

In the year 2018, many interesting construction projects will be built in every part of the world. A 50km transit lane consisting of a series of bridges and undersea tunnels will connect Hong-Kong, Zhuhai and Macao, the three major cities on the Pearl River Delta...


Australia’s Modern Home Building Trends     by   Derek Lotts

25 January 2018

In 2017, Australia saw a lot of people building their own homes. Of course, this means witnessed a lot of new home building trends emerge. And as more and more young people are designing their homes, we can expect quite a few trends to gain some extra attention in 2018...

5 Reasons to Install a Backyard Spa     by   Derek Lotts

12 January 2018

You’re thinking about getting a pool, but you’re concerned about the space. Perhaps an outdoor hot tub sounds more fun? If you like to swim, why not get both? With a swim spa, you get all the therapeutic and relaxing features of a spa, but also get to swim against the strong jet current...