IT’S IN THE PLANNING
Senior Interior Designer Caroline Flannery with Dublin based Interior Design Consultancy Level Design Solutions states that whilst your salon should certainly be chic and stylish it must also function as a working space. You will need to consider the layout carefully in order to optimise all available space and to ensure an effortless flow of people throughout. It is pointless after all to invest in state of the art equipment or expensive lighting and finishes if your staff are constantly tripping over each other or your clients are uncomfortable. Since salons normally offers a wide range of services it is usual to break up the floor plan into a number of separate spaces for example you may require some private treatment rooms for waxing and massage in addition to a more open plan area for nails. Consider the following elements whilst outlining the layout of your salon. Reception/Waiting Area The reception desk should face the entrance. Try to keep the desk away from the waiting area to protect client’s privacy. Consider using flat LCD monitors for a more streamlined contemporary finish. The number of seats will depend on the size of the salon but it is obviously not productive to have too many people waiting to be seen. Display and market product in the reception/waiting area. You should also provide a closed space for coats/bags if possible. Manicure and Pedicure Areas These sections should be close to each other enabling the sharing of common storage compartments and for ease of access. Clients should not be expected to walk across the salon whilst in the process of having a treatment done. Wash basins should be within close reach. Treatment Rooms Separate compartments should be provided for each treatment to ensure complete privacy, ideally these rooms will be sound proofed and should be positioned close to a WC/Shower. Storage Storage is an important element of the planning stage as units can be incorporated into the wall for a more streamlined finish. A sense of cleanliness and order can be achieved by storing products in closed cabinets or hidden shelves. Ensure that the therapists have all the equipment and tools they need within reach. Plumbing and Electrical Consider how many basins and electrical points you will require and try to incorporate these into your layout design. Written by Caroline Flannery BA(hons) DipHE LEVEL DESIGN SOLUTIONS – Dublin 15, Ireland www.leveldesignsolutions.com
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Referral Marketing for Home Improvement Contractors
In these tough economic times, it is imperative that home improvement contractors implement a fully-functioning referral marketing strategy. If they dont, they are potentially losing thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of dollars in sales and profits.
If designed and executed properly, this referral marketing system will help home improvement contractors:
Attract a steady flow of ready and willing customers for your most profitable services;
Give your business an UNFAIR ADVANTAGE by locking-out your competition from the best customers and the most profitable markets;
Build your image as THE authoritative home improvement expert in your area and command top-dollar for your services;
Enjoy the freedom to raise your prices year after year, while your competition has to discount to survive;
Generate a torrent of profitable referrals from existing and past customers through referral marketing;
Dramatically increase the VALUE and salability of your business;
Have your customers enthusiastically giving you permission to contact them for future business;
Have a 24 hour a day/7 day a week profit-producing referral marketing system that creates leads while you are sleeping, fishing, golfing, relaxing, and spending time with your family;
Dramatically reduce your workload so youll have plenty of time for yourself.
But with the demands on home improvement contractors to service their current clients while still hustling to find new ones, the referral marketing program that they institute has to be all-encompassing and not place more work in their already busy schedule. The last thing they need is a referral marketing program that includes a bunch of useless books and manuals they have to read, software they have to install, or huge home study courses that take months to complete.
Theres no doubt that the successful home improvement business is the one
that has the most effective systems for attracting, retaining and multiplying happy customers. Most home improvement companies are so obsessed with getting new customers that they completely ignore the gold mine of opportunities with their former and existing customers and never consider any type of referral marketing program. All this does is make the home improvement contractor rat race worse for those who participate… especially when the economy slows.
But, home improvement companies that know how to develop long-term relationships with their customers, have an active database of happy customers that they communicate with on a regular basis, and that can rely on their customers to feed their business (and their families and employees), day in and day out – year after year – even when the economy takes a dumpthose are the home improvement companies that are going to be successful through referral marketing.
Many home improvement contractors throw away thousands of dollars on ineffective advertising because theyre chasing that elusive new client. The truth is, their current client base if used properly through referral marketing can provide the instant sales and profit that they need. The value of a satisfied client is immeasurable when a properly designed and implemented referral marketing system is put in place.
Ceramic heaters are available many shapes and sizes. You could find ceramic infrared heaters for many applications, particularly they work well as transportable room heaters.
Portable ceramic heaters employ thin, highly conductive wires embedded in a ceramic medium. The ceramic medium is an inorganic, non-metallic stable prepared by the action of warmth and subsequent cooling. Ceramics have a crystal or partially crystal construction, or may be nebulous. Because most typical ceramic objects are crystal, the classification of ceramic is commonly restricted to inorganic crystalline materials.
The very nature of the ceramic parts utilized in transportable heaters makes them non conductive and good at absorbing and dispersing heat energy. The properties of the ceramic parts affords them to be more environment friendly and safer than different moveable electric heaters. Wire coil heaters simply run electrical energy by way of thin coils of wire. The electrons flowing by the coils create friction and therefore heat. If youve ever seen a wire coil heater in action you’ll be able to see the coils glowing red. The coils are extremely scorching and might create a fire hazard. A ceramic heaters ceramic components shortly and efficiently draw heat energy away from the wire thereby making a safer heating medium.
Learning to Thrive with Bipolar Disorder
Many of us want things to be just right, but when it crosses over to needing to be perfect all the time, it becomes an impossible ideal that can never be reached. That becomes very frustrating and exhausting. What is “perfect” anyway, is it what you believe or what someone else believes? This becomes even more exhausting if you are trying to keep up with what is perfect for someone else like your mother-in-law or maybe even your own mother. If someone else is driving you to be perfect, you need to stop letting them rule your life.
Once you have got all the other “voices” to stop pushing you to perfection, you then just need to work on yourself. Sometimes “Good Enough” is good enough. So what if you have a few spots on your dishes after they’ve been run through the dishwasher? Unless you’re having a major event or party going on, let it go, it’s good enough. So what if your house isn’t spotless and completely cleaned top to bottom? When you are in a depressed state, it’s hard to get out of bed sometimes, much less clean everything. So quit kicking yourself when you’re down. Your house doesn’t have to be perfect all the time.
Among the most effective and easy-to-install insulation choices for your enclosed carport, garage or metal building is foam board. The same stuff that NASA has used to insulate a space shuttles external tank, keeping its liquid hydrogen fuel at minus 423F and its liquid oxygen tank at near minus 297F to prevent ice buildups on the inner fuel tanks exterior surface, can be used to keep your metal carport toasty in the wintertime and cool during the summer.
While fiberglass insulation works by slowing down the rate of passage of heat into your home during hot summers and out of your enclosed carport, garage or metal building in winter, foam board insulation brings that passage to a halt by completely sealing all cavities and spaces in your structures walls. These unsealed voids are the primary source of energy loss, which means more money out of your pocket and into your energy providers coffers.
Enclosed car port foam board is a bit more expensive than fiberglass and may require professional installation. But its “R value” (its measure of thermal resistance) can be three times that of fiberglass. The higher a structures R value, the better its insulations effectiveness. If you plan to spend lots of time in your carport, garage or metal building (for instance, if you plan to use it as a workshop, office or recreational room), the long-term energy cost savings over fiberglass can be significant.
Home improvement is a catching trend. People improve the state of their household so that they can enjoy a better life and take advantage of the renovations. Some people opt for home improvements to increase the resale value of their place. Whichever the reason, there is no denying that any change done to the home gives it a much fresher and approachable look. However, most of the renovations are done for the interiors, like getting granite counter tops for kitchen or perhaps installing new flooring for the home. The exterior of the house is an untapped resource of real estate glory. Exterior of the house can be improved by installing designer windows or getting vinyl siding for the house or even constructing conservatories. Curbing your front yard or lawn is the latest mode of renovations.
Suburban areas have a capacity to accommodate a fairly large garden in their front or back yard. There can be several elements incorporated into the landscape provided they can be separated. Concrete curbing offers this advantage. It helps isolate the flower bed from the lawn and disallows the weed or any rubbish to get in between. Concrete is the perfect element for curbing as it is strong and can be molded in any shape. Besides, it does not rust or rot like metal or wood. It can withstand the harshest of climate. There is also an option of adding dye to generate any desirable colour to the mix. The concrete borders can thus be matched to the colour of the house or perhaps in contrast. Concrete Landscape borders are popular as they can be laid around any given structure without any problems. These are very easy to install and can be completed in short amount of time. The concrete is mixed and fed to a machine which then extrudes beautiful and continuous border around any structure you desire. You can avoid cars from being parked on to your lawn by laying down curbs between the driveway and lawn. In this way, your garden can be tread mark free.
Parking lot curbs has become a necessity in every commercial establishment these days. These are made of plastic and resin and are placed actively around the parking spaces. It helps control traffic jams and prevents any mishaps. The parking chaos subsides and becomes much easier and smoother. Parking lot curbs are made out of material that can withstand snow, rain and strong sunshine. These are made with enough care so that they can maintain their structure even after bearing the entire weight of cars and trucks.
While you might think that wallpaper is unhip, uncool or simply not shabby chic trending fashion designers believe that wallpaper is a quick and inexpensive fix for those not-so-chic cabinets and drawers throughout your home. Wallpaper can transform any space from drab to fab in a matter of minutes. Don’t think that it’s possible? Check of these fabulous ideas for wallpaper throughout your home, and do not forget to include them in your next kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling project.
Backs of Cabinets in Kitchenhen
Unless you have top-of-the-line, custom designed cabinets or if you have just completed a kitchen cabinet reface as part of a kitchen remodeling project, your kitchen cabinets are probably not as trendy and beautiful as you would like. To spruce up those boring kitchen cabinets and make your new tableware stand out as it should, apply wallpaper to the inside back of your kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinet backs are usually painted or vinyl so they do not always hold up as they should through the years, but adding wallpaper to the inside back of your cabinets can help spruce up your cabinets quickly, easily and affordably.