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Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, design, decor, interior design

Choosing the Right Type of Windows Mississauga Bathroom.

Selecting the right type of windows Mississauga for your bathroom should not be something daunting if you understand what to look for in terms of energy efficiency and privacy. Although bathrooms are not some of the home areas where energy efficiency is of great concern, that doesn’t mean that you should consider this aspect when choosing windows for your bathroom. You should still select well-operating window units.

Apart from choosing high energy efficient window units, you should also make sure that your bathroom windows in Mississauga are offering sufficient ventilation to your bathroom. In addition to that, such window units should offer some privacy while at the same time letting natural light in.

  • Things You Ought To Know When Purchasing Bathroom Windows.

The bathroom usually receives a lot of humidity. All the moisture that builds-up in the air when you use a shower needs a place to go out. This is why it is essential to install at least a single window in your bathroom that is operable. Having an operable window in your home ensures that you don’t have to run your fun often.’ It re recommended to ventilate your bathroom for at least 15-20 minutes every day to minimise the levels of humidity in the air and avoid condensation formation on the windows.

There are many risks associated with poorly ventilated rooms. One of those dangers is mould growth that spreads to the walls and around the bathtub. Mould normally grows in warm and humid conditions, and your bathroom offers an excellent environment for mould to thrive. If nothing is done about it to prevent it from spreading, it can cause respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies, not to mention discolouration of the walls. However, if your bathroom is adequately ventilated, the issue of mould can be dealt with entirely.

  • Crank Windows for Bathroom.

If you are looking for energy-efficient replacement windows Mississauga for your bathroom that will offer you excellent energy efficiency, then you cannot get it wrong with crank windows, especially awning and casement windows. 

As opposed to sliders that come with weather-stripping, crank windows are fitted with compression seal around the area where the frame meets with the moving sash. The work of a compression seal is to create a perfect airtight unit when you close the window and prevent heat loss. However, you should know that though these window styles are more energy-efficient, they come at a high cost, which is 15-20% more compared to sliding windows. 

  • Awning Combination.

A more ingenious trick is to use awning windows together with the fixed windows Mississauga. Combining these two styles of windows helps boost energy efficiency while at the same time maintaining the operation of the windows and proper ventilation.

  • Slider Windows.

Though they cannot be compared with crank replacement Mississauga windows when it comes to energy efficiency, sliders are still an excellent option for homeowners. They are inexpensive compared to crank windows, but still, provide reasonable energy efficiency, and they allow you to open them when you want to allow natural light into your bathroom.

But as we said earlier, sliders depend on weather-stripping to fill the open space between the window sashes. These spaces are vulnerable to freezing, especially in cold winter months. So if you decide to use slider windows Mississauga, you may want to use them along other features such as Low-E coatings to enhance their energy efficiency, especially when temperatures drop below -20 degrees.

  • Multiple Windows Mississauga in Your Bathroom.

The main aspect of having windows in your bathroom is to offer ventilation while at the same time providing acceptable energy efficiency and privacy. That is why you should consider to install multiple windows and include some units that are operable to allow airflow in your bathroom and ventilate the room. 

  • Privacy Glass.

Privacy is critical in bathroom replacement Mississauga windows. That is why bathroom windows should be fitted with privacy glass to prevent visibility but at the same time, be able to let in natural light in the bathroom. 

However, if you are considering to use a privacy glass in your windows, remember different privacy glasses offer a different amount of light. So, be specific about what you need.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, design, decor, interior design

How to Successfully Complete a Home Design Project

If you are guilty of starting home design projects but never seeing them to completion, then you need to change your attitude and how you approach design projects. A kitchen or bathroom remodel won’t complete itself, after all. 

Most people will admit to having various unfinished design projects in their home, but once it becomes a pattern and you never finish anything you start, it’s time to reconsider your thinking and take it on with a different angle. 

Home design projects require commitment, dedication, and a whole lot of effort. If you come home from work exhausted, there is no question about why you don’t feel up to finishing that project. 

If you want to change this, and often feel guilty about leaving projects uncompleted, then take on this advice.

  • Plan Before You Start

It can be tempting just to get stuck right in on a project and see where the flow takes you, but this approach will not see you through to the end. 

Before you even pick up your tool kit, thoroughly plan what you are going to do. It’s crucial that you know where to start and where to pick up next time after you finish. It can be incredibly demotivating to try to pick up on the project a week or two later, only to be unsure of where you had left off the last time.

Planning will also give you a better overview of the project and whether you can feasibly complete it by yourself.

  • Set Goals

Motivation is vital for projects that will take some time. Set goals for yourself to achieve. Aim to have all of the kitchen cabinets installed within two weeks or have the bathroom plumbing installed and working by the end of the next. 

Goals like this can help you to envision the end result and give you the boost of motivation you need to keep going. 

  • Ask for Advice

Even if you have decided to take on a design project by yourself, there is no harm in asking family members, friends, or even expert designers for their advice on the project. To get the work done faster, you can also get help from experts for replacement windows.

If you are struggling with installation but have the design down, here’s a great resource: www.gkandb.com.

  • One at a Time

If a project isn’t going your way, it can be incredibly tempting to abandon it and start another, but these will simply leave many unfinished projects. 

Make sure you finish a project to the best of your ability before you start working on something else. Having multiple ongoing projects at home can make it a more stressful environment, and you certainly won’t have the energy to work on them all. Before you start replacing the tiles in the bathroom, make sure you are happy with the kitchen first. 

If you have a one project at a time rule, you will feel more encouraged to finish one design project so that you can get on with another. 

Lokal Eatery & Bar, Vaughn Lowery, Jersey City, New Jersey, 360 MAGAZINE, Abraham John ARCHITECTS, Mona Panjwani, Walter Donadio

Lokal Eatery & Bar

By Vaughn Lowery

Jersey City officially opened up one of the swankiest restaurants on their waterfront with magnificent views of Manhattan. Mona Panjwani is the proprietor and visionary of this establishment. After 12 days of having their doors opened, they have built a team of individuals who are personable, approachable and possess a strong sense of ownership. Literally a recipe for prosperity.

With sufficient space, Lokal Eatery & Bar can comfortably sit up to 200 customers and is the perfect destination for a rehearsal dinner, trunk show, celebratory engagement and/or corporate gathering. Towards the rear, there’s a semi-private area with its own seating, lounge and sound system to drown out the clutter of what’s taken place in the main arena. “Lokal” murals, perfect for social engagement, are sprinkled throughout the spot which were constructed by a local commissioned artist. Adding an element of youth and elegance similar to its milieu. Overall the architecture and intent of this eclectic eatery have an industrial yet modern feel. Iron gates frame the bar and above the 30-foot island hangs a custom lighting installation.

Nestled in the heart of a rising luxury neighborhood within JC, this venue is destined to become one of the area’s most popular draws. Executive Chef, Walter Donadio, has managed to fabricate a tantalizing menu of appetizers, small plates and entrees which are certain to keep you coming back. Some of his best infused tapas and items include succulent scallops, rock shrimp, sauteed mushroom bowls as well as a vegan surf and turf packed with savory lentils. Most of their components are locally sourced and fresh from the Garden State – right down to the blueberries featured in some of their signature drinks.

Often times, you inflict a new place and the waitstaff is uncertain on what to recommend. That’s not the case for Lokal. Many of their squad members were well-informed on what they offer and even had ample recommendations for their handcrafted cocktails. Our favorites were their Elliott Stubb (reminiscent of an old fashioned) and Jerry Thomas – cucumber water iced cubes make this drink refreshing.

The future is bright for Lokal Eatery & Bar. And, with a strong location, menu and bar, it’s set to be one of the most prestigious brunch/dinner spots for global foodies, making it a firm contender for three Michelin stars and a James Beard Award. Subsequently, it’s extremely apparent that Mona and her crew are meticulous and pay close attention to details.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*Brunch is Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm. A perfect place to relax and kick back with friends as well as family before the week starts. If you eat meat, be sure to try the lamb burger. The Bloody Mary and Margarita are sure to get almost any party started.

**Happy Hour is daily from 5-7pm.

ABOUT TEAM LOKAL:

CHEF: Walter Donadio will serve as Lokal’s Executive Chef.

Donadio is a Michelin star kitchen trained chef with over 17 years of versatile culinary professional experience managing the provisions of fine dining for hotels, restaurants and country clubs. His experience spans the globe from various chef positions at Richy’s DMCC and Café Habana in Dubai to The Smith, Nobu Fifty Seven, Le Circ and Brasserie in New York, along with supervising kitchens at Hilton and Marriott in New Jersey. Passionate about food since growing up in his grandmother’s own restaurant, he loves combinations of flavors from different cuisines and is always searching for the perfect balance. He is a graduate from the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center).

OWNER: Mona Panjwani

Panjwani opens Lokal as an events industry vet in the Northern New Jersey region. She launched an events production company in 2014 and came across the idea to create Lokal more recently while seeking a venue for her own company. The gorgeous waterfront eatery in Jersey City – which will primarily serve as a full service restaurant and bar is also complete with event and private dining spaces – combines all of Panjwani’s skills, passion, experience and goals into one. Panjwani is a member of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson County Women Rising and LadyDrinks South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Networking Professionals. She has been a Jersey City resident for a decade.

ARCHITECT: Abraham John ARCHITECTS

A multidisciplinary architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban planning firm founded in 1967. Abraham John & Alan Abraham are the Joint Principal Architects of Abraham John Architects. Abraham John Architects’ design approach is to re-connect architecture with nature, make optimum use of space, natural materials, lighting & landscape to reinvent and transform living environments and urban spaces. The firm works at multiple scales and with various organizations right from private clients to corporates & NGOs allowing itself to experiment and diversify its work.

LOCATION: Crystal Point Condos

2 2nd St, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302

PHONE: +1 201-222-6800

Land Rover Defender Debut In 2019

Land Rover North America today announced something to celebrate in the New Year, the next-generation Land Rover Defender will be offered for sale in both the U.S. and Canada, starting in 2020.

Testing of the new vehicle is already underway around the world with the first development mules and prototypes reaching North American shores earlier this month. Testing on the continent provides valuable data to engineers given the wide variety of terrain and surfaces available in America. Engineers will subject the vehicle to rigorous test extremes to make sure the new Defender is the most off-road capable Land Rover vehicle ever; operating in temperatures from -40F to +120F while driving the test vehicles on- and off-road at altitudes of more than 13,000 feet above sea level.

“There are a handful of automobiles that are beloved around the world and stand for a brand, a country and a distinct way of life. The Land Rover Defender is such a singular vehicle,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover North America. “On behalf of Land Rover and our retailers, we are proud to announce the voices of American and Canadian customers has been heard: The all new Defender will be for sale here starting in 2020. This announcement is a holiday gift to our Defender fans in North America and a hint of what’s to come in the New Year.”

Series Land Rover vehicles have garnered a cult-like following for both their iconic design and reputation for rugged go-anywhere utility, making them among the world’s most capable off-road vehicles. In the time since they were sold in the U.S. and Canada, “NAS-Spec” Defender vehicles have appreciated in value significantly and are widely sought after as collectors’ items for both off-road enthusiasts and those who appreciate the design aesthetic of the vehicle.

The Series Land Rover vehicles haven’t changed much since the idea for the first model was dreamed up shortly after World War II by the Wilks brothers on the shores of Red Wharf Bay, Wales, more than 70 years ago. With each successive design – from the Series 1, 2, and 3 Land Rover vehicles, to the later “Defender” branded vehicles – changes were largely evolutionary, rather than revolutionary.

Even the design of the previous generation Defender remained largely unchanged for the 33 years it was produced. Instantly recognizable by its rugged squared-off exterior, round headlights and signature rear-mounted spare tire, the Defender and all Series Land Rover vehicles have been lauded the world over; driven by farmers, military and police, celebrities, and even royalty. By one measure, it’s estimated that a Series Land Rover was the first automobile many of the world’s population ever saw in person.

With an all-new exterior and interior design, as well as a suite of the latest driver assistance and connectivity features available, the next-generation Defender will be a revolutionary product for Land Rover with even broader public appeal. When it debuts in 2019, the new model will represent 70 years of innovation and improvement in just one model year; honoring the model’s history for rugged durability, while thoroughly remaining a Defender for the 21st century.

All will be revealed in 2019.

Luxury Architecture Firm IR Architects Launches Architecture VR/AR Studio AVR

Los Angeles-based architecture firm IR Architects today announced the launch of its sister company AVR (Architectural Virtual Reality) Studio, a virtual reality (VR) studio specializing in architecture. Led by CEO Ignacio Rodriguez and AVR’s team of professional VR developers, seasoned architects and interior designers, AVR will produce interactive VR walkthroughs of real-estate properties, ranging from concepts to in-progress previews, for their upscale clientele. The virtual renderings of properties will also incorporate detailed interior designs, providing a virtual staging of the space and most accurate representation of a finished blueprint. The VR property models allow clients to experience a new property prior to breaking construction ground, allowing for approvals, edits and additions, ultimately saving out-of-pocket costs and time on future revisions.

AVR Studio stems from the needs of IR Architects’ clientele, who required a better way to visualize their property beyond traditional renderings, in order to cut down on costly revisions. Clients, developers and financial investors can experience future properties at their leisure with a VR head-mounted display. Viewers are immersed in a fully interactive three-dimensional environment that provides a virtual representation of the building as a whole, including every room and hallway, down to pieces of furniture within. Some of the highest-level VR models allow viewers to maneuver throughout the property and open doors, turn on the television, experience future poolside and city views. With expert guidance and collaboration from the lead interior designer on a project, the virtual environment can also provide textile choices, countertops, floor designs, and other specific decor features that bring the space to life. AVR’s models will illustrate every detail of a property, from the countertops and floors to lighting and property planning, while also providing accurate scale, depth, and spatial awareness.

Click HERE to watch an informative video of AVR’s design and business practices.

“AVR Studio is going to radically change how client’s design, review, and approve projects in the future,” notes Founder of IR Architects and AVR Studio, Ignacio Rodriguez. “The challenge that many people feel when trying to understand two-dimensional architectural plans will no longer be an obstacle, as with VR, we are all speaking the universal language of volume and space.”

AVR Studio also collaborates with leading real estate agencies in the Los Angeles region to produce VR models of their current and future property listings to communicate the design to potential clients and beyond.

Rodriguez is a self-made and visually-driven architect with an impressive slate of multi-million dollar properties and estates throughout the Hollywood Hills and Southern California that are amongst the largest properties in America. He is a vigorous force in the highly-competitive world of Los Angeles luxury residential architecture and is pushing to disrupt long standing architecture and real estate business models with the use of innovative technology.

About AVR

Fusing cutting-edge technology with luxury architecture and interior design, AVR Studio is a virtual reality (VR) studio generating comprehensive VR property inspections. Driven to showcase finished exterior and interior designs of high-end real estate models to clients prior to breaking ground, AVR leverages the power of immersive technology to benefit clients and ease the complex construction process. The futuristic company offers cost-saving efficiency combined with clarity on the proposed designs to clients, developers and financial institutions.

AVR Studio and its reality-based VR techniques are at the helm of the architectural industry, making them well poised to disrupt the status quo and make virtual inspections the new standard for development projects.