Exterior Home Improvement Projects That Add Value To Your Home

Posted on 04/01/2017 By

There are a number of home improvement projects that can add significant value to the value of your property. Two that I like are enhancing the landscaping or your gardens, and also adding concrete work to your  patio or driveway.

Installing New Landscaping

More and more people are now moving away from the traditional lawn and flowerbed garden and moving towards including more eco friendly materials into the existing landscaping. It is possible to dig up your existing lawn, and then replace it with a fescue grass that requires a substantially less amount of water every month which is not only saving water, but will also save you money, if you are on a water meter. In addition, there are a number of what are now classed as eco-friendly shrubs, again these require a minimal watering. You can also get trees that can manage in any type of humidity and also only require a minimal amount of watering, if any at all.

If you don’t have much spare time for gardening then you can replace your existing lawn with gravel.The gravel is available in a range of sizes and a variety of colours. The gravel reduces the amount of time spent cutting the lawn  and watering it in the summer months. Landscaping with gravel can be decoratively designed to enhance the overall look of your garden and add that extra bit of appeal to it.


Installing Concrete Driveways and Patios

There are a number of in-expensive ways to create a concrete driveway or patio. You can use cobbles, bricks, concrete, tarmac and now even coloured resin drives. Which ever one you choose they will help to improve the overall beauty and functionality of your home. Depending on how proficient you are as a DIYer you might require some professional assistance in laying the driveway. Once laid the driveway will provide  solid surface for parking your car, which can also help in the winter when the snow is laying.  As with the landscaping project adding a new driveway can add significant value onto your house.

So there are two exterior home improvement projects that can be easy to do, and are also very affordable. Research by the real estate bodies has shown that for every £1 spent on these type of home improvement projects you can expect to achieve nearly £2 back from your investment.

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Traditional And Modern Pedestal Sinks

Posted on 25/06/2015 By

Decorating experts acknowledge the ability of a pedestal sink to serve as a useful and attractive space saving device. It also helps to keep the overall cost of your bathroom refurbishment down. The reason is because fitting a pedestal sink takes less time to fit than to install a sink and vanity unit.

Obviously if the bathroom fitter is being paid by the hour then anything that reduces the amount of time on the job is less cost for you.

The Traditional Style Pedestal Sink

When bathroom fitters leeds started fitting bathrooms into houses, the bathroom usually just had a basic porcelain bowl, which was seated on top of a porcelain stand. The bowl usually came with a splash back and a soap dish.

As with all things as technology becomes better new and more modern designs come out, the humble sink is no different. Designers have chosen to change the character of the standard sink and pedestal combination. Designers have come up with ideas using all sorts of materials, iron, chrome, stainless steel in their numerous pedestal designs. Other designers have  even gone as far as to remove the pedestal all together and build the sink into a vanity unit. Those design changes have brought in the more modern sink units.

The Contemporary Style Sink Stand

In getting away from the common sink, designers and manufacturers have tried using an assortment of modifications. Some have replaced the traditional white coloured porcelain sink with a shiny stainless steel sink. Some have changed the shape of the pedestal to look like an upside down cone, others use tubing shaped stands. However other designers have focused on the style of the sink itself.

The modern designers have replaced the curves of your sink with more modern angles. That replacement has led to the introduction of rectangle shaped pedestals or units, which support a square, rectangle or multi sided shaped sink. The majority of the modern day sinks are designed to be used with single inlet mixer taps.

Stands and Basins The Specifics

When not fashioned from metal then the majority of sinks are still white, other colours are available these days, but the best seller is white.

another issue which has been resolved by most householders is the disappearance of the sinks edge. This problem has been solved by using a nice looking shelf, one that can be attached to the wall just above the taps.

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Cast Iron Baths vs Acrylic Baths

Posted on 24/06/2015 By

When you’re designing and fitting your bathroom, it’s important have an idea of what the best option for your bathroom would be and as such what the options available are in order for you to make an informed decision. Predominantly most baths on the market are acrylic baths, however there is a rising trend in the sales of cast iron baths. When you’re undertaking a bathroom redesign then the bath is often the centrepiece and as such you need to consider all your options.

What Are The Differences?

Which is the best choice?

Depending on what you are looking for in a bath, then the choice is one that could split opinions. For those who want to add a unique touch of class to their bathroom and enjoy a more relaxed atmospheric soak, then a cast iron bath is a great investment. If you are willing to look past the larger outlay than you would get from a normal bath then they are worth looking into, especially as a stylish centrepiece bathroom will add value to your home.

A cast iron bath is a sound investment, and should the economy continue to recover as it currently is, then having stylish rooms will help boost the value of your home no end, and help you create a bathroom everyone in the family will love.


Plumbing Problems How To Prevent Them

Posted on 24/06/2015 By

3D render of a plumber fixing a leak

Plumbing problems can cost you a lot of money, not only from having to get them fixed but also from the damage the water can do to your home. But by being slightly prepared and understanding how to look after your plumbing can save you time and money.

One of the first things that you can do to protect your home from water damage is to install a flood alarm. A flood alarm is a device that creates a sound when it comes into contact with water. With a flood alarm fitted you will be quickly alerted if there are any issues with your plumbing.

The next thing to check is how well does your toilet flush. If you have to fiddle with the handle to stop the water from running constantly, or you need to flush it several times to get the toilet to flush properly. Then its time to change some of the parts in the toilet cistern. This is not an expensive task and if you are on a ater meter then it could save you some money as well.

If you have a plumbing job that is too big for you to do then its time to get a professional plumber in. When you are getting quotes, always ask for a written quote. A professional plumber will include the material and labour costs on the quote so that you both know the full price for the job up front. If you do not get a written quote then when the plumber starts work you do not have anything to reference too incase of a dispute.

If you live in an area with hard water then it is a good idea to check all your intake hoses for washing machines, dishwashers etc, often in case of limescale build up which could split them. You can use limescale remover if you want to but it’s nearly as cheap to simply replace the hoses themselves.

if you are doing your plumbing yourelf then you need to ask yourself, “How good is my soldering?”. One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of people make when trying to solder is that they do not get the interior of the fitting and the outside of the pipe nice and shiny. You should use a piece of fine emery cloth on both surfaces until they are clean and bright. When you are soldering always remember you must heat the fitting and not the pipe. When you heat the fitting the solder is drawn into the fitting by capillary action.

If you have a blocked toilet and need a plunger, then you need one with a flange that sticks out from the end and fits into the hole in the base of the toilet bowl. These work so much better than the classic cup style plungers as they are able to create a much tighter seal in the drain.

One of the biggest causes of blocked sinks and baths is hair. When hair is combined with a build up of soap it can completely block your sink, shower or bath. The best way to prevent loose hairs from getting into the pipes and causing a blockage is to place strainers in each of the plug holes to catch the hairs before they go down.

As mentioned at the start of the post by knowing how your plumbing works and thinking ahead, you can save not just money but a lot of time as well. There is nothing worse than a plumbing incident to ruin your plans for the day. By simply following the advice in this article could save you money and time.


How To Lay Laminate Flooring

Posted on 23/06/2015 By

When it comes to laying laminate flooring it is as easy as following the written instructions found on each of the packs of laminate flooring that you buy. Each piece of laminate flooring has a tongue down one side and a groove down the other. the pieces of laminate flooring then interlock with each other by sliding the tongue of one plank into the groove of the other plank. Hardwood flooring is designed in exactly the same way, a tongue down one side and groove down the other. Now and again you may have to tap the planks gently to get them to join together properly. But the overall the process of installing laminate or hardwood flooring is fairly straightforward and uncomplicated.

Even though the majority of the manufacturers use the Uniclic technique to join the planks together it is still essential for you to have a read of the instructions as each manufacturer can have a slightly different method for joining their laminate or hardwood planks. If you are unsure as to how the flooring planks join together, the easiest thing to do is to go to the web site of either the flooring retailer or the flooring manufacturer. One or both of these sites will usually have a page or two discussing laying the flooring, there might also be a PDF
document explaining laying the flooring in detail which you can download.

Once you have the information you required to start laying the laminate flooring, a good idea is to have a practice run in an area where it will not matter if you don’t make a perfect job or you have to lift the planks up and start again. This will give you practice at getting it right prior to you laying the laminate flooring in a more important room in your home, such as your living room. One thing that you must remember to do prior to laying hardwood flooring is to open the packs the night before, this will let the hardwood planks acclimatise to their surroundings. However if you are laying laminate flooring then opening of the packs the night before is not really necessary, you can just open them as you are about to use them.

If you are building a new home or refurbishing your kitchen then you must have your kitchen cupboards completely installed before you start laying the laminate flooring. If you are laying hardwood flooring however, because the hardwood boards are heavier and stronger than the laminate ones you can install the flooring first then install the cabinets on top of the boards. Obviously having lai
d the floor first means that when installing the cupboards you are going to have to be more careful so that you do not scratch or dent the floor.

Another aspect of understanding how to lay laminate flooring is knowing which areas of your home are best suited to laminate or hardwood flooring. Laminate and hardwood flooring are very versatile products and can be laid over just about any type of surface, however there are rooms in your house where it is not recommended to lay laminate or hardwood flooring. Rooms where it would not be a good idea to lay laminate flooring are:

  • The toilet
  • Wet room
  • Sauna

or any area with a lot of water that requires mopping out regularly. Laminate and hardwood flooring will become damaged if exposed to moisture for any length of time.


The Benefits of Free Standing Furniture

Posted on 19/06/2015 By

The Advantages of Free Standing Furniture

Free standing home furniture is different from the normal built in furniture in that you can move it around, creating new layouts at will. Free standing furniture includes items like beds, book cases, lamps, stereo units, coat racks, speakers amongst other items. This mobility can make them particularly useful for all around your house or in your office. It gives you more flexibility in how you wish your home to look, you can also change it quite easily at a later date depending on your mood. Free standing units are popular with students living in dorms, or to those who are living in temporary accomodaion as it can give a room a more personal feel. If you are also a bit of a nomad an move house often then free standing units are also great then as you can take them with you and don’t need to purchase new every time you move. If when you are leaving you are taking all the furniture with you then this could reduce the value of your home. However fitted furniture like, cabinets and kitchens can also make selling your home difficult as potential buyers may not like them and as they can be expensive to replace, they that they will be “stuck” with the your layout and colour scheme.

For instance, a lot of older homes have fitted units especially in the kitchen area, this can add value to your house but if you decide to move again, you will not be in a position to take the furniture to your new home. On the other hand Free standing fixtures, because they can be very easily mixed and matched can quite easily give you the individualism you want. Free standing units are also portable so if you decide to move on you can take them with you if you want to. Fitted units in the kitchen can also give a cramped feel while free standing lets you maximise space by having wall spaces clear, the room seems more open. Previously most kitchen units, sink, cupboards, dressers etc where fitted in a kitchen, but nowadays  businesses can provide all of them and even central islands as moveable single models.

Free standing furniture is also now been used in many offices as a cost effective way to creating a contemporary office feel. These include things like desks, tables, wall models and partitions amongst other points. The benefit of this in an office setting is that free standing units can be reconfigured easily, doing away with the need to have expensive maintenance when the metrics of the office change. This makes them an obvious decision for those companies whose office metrics are changing often. There are now new hybrids of renewable woods like eucalyptus and new types of veneers available which give the office a more homely feel without negatively impacting our environment. Also since a lot of our time is spent in the office, free standing units can be utilised to make the office a more pleasant place to be and less of a mechanical and industrial environment, making the office staff feel more calm and relaxed and therefore increasing their productivity.

With free standing units you can also have more input in how your home or office is laid out. You might decide to use the free standing units to provide various focal points and height differences to make the room feel more interesting. Free standing furniture apart from being both functional and stylish also free you from the rigid constraints of fitted furniture. Also due to its mobility free standi
ng furniture can be considered an investment, you can take it with you when you
move or you can hand it down as an heirloom.

We all today either spend our time at home or at work. Individual stand alone furniture units can add a bit of charm to any room in your home or your office. If you shop around and make a good choice then a free standing unit can have a long life span and it can grow. For example you can buy modular furniture for your home entertainment systems, these can be expanded to include your new purchases. Overall free standing furniture has an endless array of design possibilities for your imagination to play with.