5 Things Only the Best Cottage Builders Will Tell You About Your Build

Ready to put your dreams to paper and start designing your custom-built cottage? Once you’ve finalized the purchase of land, your next step is to choose a trustworthy cottage builder. The choice is crucial to building a strong, durable home that withstands the elements and performs as well as it looks. The best cottage builders will guide you through the process of designing a build that lasts.


Here are five things a great builder will tell you during the design phase.


1. Your Lot Isn’t Perfect – And That’s Okay

Building a cottage on densely-forested or rocky terrain comes with challenges, as does building a lakeside cottage. Issues like erosion and drainage can cause serious problems if the structure isn’t build with them in mind, A good builder will notice and call your attention to these challenges as early as possible in the design phase of your cottage.


Working with the terrain you have chosen can mean your cottage might not look exactly as you originally envisioned, but the best cottage builders will find a way to bring your original design to reality in a way that ensures it will stand steady on the land.

2. Some Materials Are Harder to Work with Than Others

Stonework can look stunning on the side of a cottage, but that stuff is heavy and expensive to transport. Wood is classic cottage siding material, but not all builders have the expertise to work with it, and it’s demanding in terms of maintenance.


A good builder will flag these issues with you before the build is underway. It’s proof that the builder cares about more than just getting the job done and getting paid: they want to do the best job and use the most suitable materials.


3. Cottage Living Isn’t Always Easy

Having a secluded cottage away from civilization means peace, quiet and privacy. But it also means you’re isolated in bad weather (especially during winter) and farther away from essential services like fire and ambulance services. Plus, the seclusion makes cottage properties vulnerable to burglary.


The best builders will take time to ensure the cottage you’re designing is a safe and comfortable one, and that you’re prepared to face the tougher side of a secluded cottage life. They’ll talk to you about safe building materials (flammable vs. fire-retardant) and security measures.


4. There Might Be a Better Way to Build

Building a cottage on the lot isn’t always the best approach. Many contemporary cottages are custom-built in factory facilities to be shipped and assembled on-site. While you might associate pre-fab with the cookie-cutter cottages of the 1960’s and 1970’s, that’s far from what prefabricated cottages entail. In fact, many are indistinguishable from a cottage built any other way.

Pre-fab cottages are ideal for lots in remote locations, since it requires less commuting to and from the building site.

5. A Custom Cottage Really Can Be Custom

There are so many ways to make a cottage your own. It’s not only about the aesthetics. The entire cottage layout can be built to suit your family’s needs and desires, and the best cottage builders will work with you to come up with a building plan that does it all.

Need to accommodate someone who uses a wheelchair? Tell your builders you’ll need accessible facilities and an open floor plan with ample turning space.

Thinking of adding an addition when grandkids arrive down the road? A cottage can be custom-built in a way that makes building an addition trouble-free.

Want to live off-the-grid? Great builders will jump at the chance to work on an innovate off-grid cottage project.

Your dream cottage should be all yours. Choose a qualified, experienced builder who readily listens to your requests and respond with honest, intelligent feedback.

Effect Of Social Media On Global Healthcare: Positive Or Negative?

How can social media affect our global healthcare? Will it be positive or negative? Our technologies are getting more and more advanced as times goes by. One of it is social media. Social Media is so popular that even the young ones know how to use it. It influences every one of us and we often depend on it. As a user of social media, you are updated on the news, weather, your family, and friends’ lives. Using this platform helps us gather what we need to know, including our health. In a positive perspective, social media impacts our global healthcare in more advanced and helpful way by giving detailed and information to users. But it also has a negative result for using it as a tool for your own diagnosis.


For healthcare providers, the use of social media for them gives a positive result for exploring additional procedures that enriches their skills. It makes them advanced to the medical environment that provides a cutting-edge in health. For them, it is a research tool. They can publish their recent research, easily educate healthcare consumers, and direct the patients or consumers to their websites and landing pages for up-to-date information. They can market the pioneering services such as blockchain-based financial answers to other healthcare companies. They can post case data, photos, and outcomes as well as share patient assessments and statements. Lastly, they can give customer care and offer healthcare guidance through social media.


The downside or negative result is that users may become dependent on it. Like millennials nowadays, they seek more on the net than doctors. They give themselves their own diagnosis and self-medicate. In social media, we cannot deny the fact that it has a lot of information, but not all of it can be adopted or use by individuals. Using the social media in an incorrect manner can have a negative affect one’s life.


A lot of facts about the specific condition in health have a different explanation in social media. Without the healthcare professional assisting on what to do, your health may be in trouble. We still need the healthcare provider to give us the right advice for our health. Considering the benefits of social media, it can also bring negative effects to us by misusing the platform. Also, it is now considered as a comfortable way for many people to interact with their doctors. But remember that physician and patient confidentiality must still be observed.

Are Microbial Cleaners like Bio-Pure Safe for Dental Patients?

Relatively new to the world of dental evacuation cleaners, Bio-Pure is an alternative to chemical cleaners that is designed to eliminate biofilm that chemical flushing leaves behind. Although evacuation systems do not come in direct contact with patients, the fact that Bio-Pire does not use chemicals has left some dentists and hygienists wondering if the product is truly safe. Can practitioners and patients really trust a product that relies on “good” microbes to clean away harmful ones?

Safety of Microbial Cleaners

Companies that champion microbial alternatives, like Sable Industries (http://sableindustriesinc.com/) acknowledge that new products based on microbial sense will require rigorous testing and legislative approval before they are used in practice.

However, Bio-Pure’s evacuation cleaner has been safely used in practice for years, recognized as being completely safe for plants, animals, and of course people. Unlike chemical cleaners, it can be used anywhere there is organic waste and water. If the product spills, it can be easily swept or scooped up and the area washed with water.

That is not to say there are no precautions required when using the product. The product’s safety data sheet warns against allowing Bio-Pure to come into contact with the skin and eyes, as it may cause irritation on prolonged contact. As for ingestion, consumption of large dosages may product gastrointestinal disturbances, which is much less than one could expect from ingesting a similar cleaner that uses chemicals.

As for its effectiveness as a way to deal with microbes, Bio-Pure is so effective at eliminating bacteria that it only needs to be used twice a week, whereas chemical cleaners must be used at the end of each day to produce the same level of hygiene.

Why Use Microbial Cleaners?

As microbes have continuously built a resistance to chemical cleaners, dental practices have had to introduce increasingly more toxic chemicals to combat them. At the same time, there has been growing awareness among medical practitioners and the general public of the dangers of “super bugs”: microbes that resist all current means of infection control. It’s clear that cycle of ever-stronger chemicals and bugs will eventually become unsustainable.

Along with the cost savings that come with not having to use the product daily, this is one of the reasons why more dentists are using microbial cleaners like Bio-Pure.

Should I Walk My Cat?

You have probably noticed it: the surreal sight of someone taking a cat for a walk on a harness. No, it’s not necessarily some weirdo feline that thinks it’s part dog; cat walking is definitely a thing. Now, not every cat will be into this, but it can’t hurt to try because walks provide an excellent source of exercise as well as a wonderful chance to bond with your pet.

Here are some steps to follow if you wish to give this a shot:

Start Indoors

After purchasing the appropriate cat harness, try walking her indoors. You should be able to get a pretty good idea within a few days whether your cat is interested in being walked. Reward her with treats to help with the process.

Start Slowly Outdoors

When you think she is ready to try going outside, do it tentatively. Try an enclosed area where there are not a lot of distractions. Let her sniff around and find her bearings. Chances are she will be a bit overwhelmed at first, particularly if she is rarely outside, so be patient and give her time.

Go for Walks

Do this a few times. If you think your cat is ready for a walk, try a short one to start. Monitor how she reacts, particularly when encountering other people, animals, and distractions such as vehicles.

If you encounter problems, try changing the route or location of the walk. You can also return to using quieter areas with less stimuli and working your back to a point of comfort for the cat.

Not all cats will adapt to walking. Some are just homebodies and cannot be trained. The best plan is to introduce your cat to walking as early as possible. Older cats are pretty set in their ways and far less enthused about learning new things.

Safety Committees And Their Importance


There are a number of things we should be concerned about in our day to day working lives. Employers have a responsibility to their employees to make sure that they are working in fair, safe, and equal environments. Employee deaths are a liability that nobody can afford. Current statistics show that companies that face reoccurring, and prevalent lawsuits are more likely to face bankruptcy than other companies. It is your responsibility as employer to make sure you are compliant with the most recent and up to date workplace hazard and safety standards.

Things like hardhat protection, fall protection, hand rails, etc. There are several things that employers need to be aware of in the the emergence of workplace lawsuits. One man recently was a working for a client of mine using automated machinery and had his hand pulled into a grinder resulting in a fairly gruesome injury known as a degloving. Luckily, doctors saved his hand and the man returned to work two months later- but employers need to be aware and prepared for such events. The result of that incident was that a safety committee was formed. This committee pushed forward an initiative that placed importance on JHSC.

For individuals working in outdoor environments there are a lot of potential stressors that can present challenges. For example, there was a landscaping company recently down south where an individual working near a muddy marsh was eaten by an alligator. Not only are prehistoric era dinosaurs a present and very real threat but also things like Water Moccasins, Scorpions, and many other environmental hazards. Exposure to common pesticides, poisonous bushes, and others are also common issues.

In general, there are so many variables when it comes to safety in the workplace that there are entire organizations designed to teach and inform others of the information, such as the Public Services Health and Safety Committees . Please remember to be safe at work and remember your legal rights as an employee.

When I Explored a Shipwreck

When I was a student I used to be very overweight and not active.  After realizing how unhealthy I was, I took up swimming as a health benefit. Eventually, I had the great opportunity to explore a shipwreck for the first time. It was such an amazing experience to see something that is just frozen in time, and really just allowing you to explore the past, and mistakes of the past as well. For me, my first shipwreck is the World Discoverer, which sits in Roderick Bay on Nggela Island. It was so awesome to explore it, and I felt that I allowed my training to be complete. See ever since I was a kid I wanted to be like Indiana Jones. Now I feel like I am because I have explored over 1500 ship wrecks.

When I first got there I thought “What have I gotten myself into?” It was really overwhelming to see and think that everything was dead and rusting. To be honest (even though I had been assured otherwise), there were many fears I had about the ship toppling over. So what I feel is the most important thing when exploring your first shipwreck is to always make sure that you are safe and comfortable in your own skin. Once I got in the ship I was a lot better and I had a great time exploring the ship! Not only was it a great experience, it was also very beneficial to my health! Swimming is one of the greatest workouts and I loved being able to explore underwater. Sometimes all it takes is just thinking outside the box to be active and this was a great way to do it!