Ways To Renovate Your Home So It’s Just Like New

We all get bored from time to time and let’s face it most of us face impulse control issues, and it’s no different when it comes to our homes. No matter what we never seem to satisfied with how it looks, and when it comes to this point if we can afford it we end up moving to what we think is an upgrade and so the cycle begins all over again. But what if I could tell you that you could stop that process in it’s tracks?

With the simple help of a building company you can make your house your home all over again. There are so many building processes that are available that you can completely remodel and remake your home into something that even you can be proud of. But what exactly can a building company like Entire House do for you?

Extensions

Are you getting tired of not having enough space or simply want an extra room, then why not consider an extension. With building contractors you can use your imagination and create a perfect space just for you. Not only that but it is the perfect way to give your home that little extra thing that you feel it has been missing with little effort needed on your behalf.h_extensions9461

Home Renovation

If you want to decorate but you are struggling to put a concept together for yourself then with the help of a building contractor you can work together to remake your home until it fits perfectly with your lifestyle.

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Loft Conversion

Another thing that a building contractor can help you with is making the most of the space that you already have. Most people fill their loft spaces with junk and everything that they don’t need but hiring a building contractor means you can take that space and make it something worthwhile.Sheffield-loft-conversions

Tips On Maximizing Space In Your Home Garage

Garage-Storage-10When it comes to saving space in the garage, it is not enough to just setup garage shelving. If done poorly or randomly, garage owners will not experience significant changes or the benefits of space saving. This makes garage shelving companies a demand in the market instead of the garage shelves themselves. Since most people prefer to arrange their garage personally, here are some useful tips in maximizing garage shelving.

  1. Group tools accordingly – Tools should be organised by their functions or types. Wrenches should be grouped together as well as for bolts and knots. Drills should also be separated. This way you know where they are located and will be able to choose the right size for the job. If you have paint cans, they should also be in the same shelf or neighbouring shelves.
  2. Label shelves – Labelling shelves is crucial to locate tools easily. Each shelf should be labeled accordingly and make sure that the tools are returned to the correct shelf to keep the shelves organised. Labels should not be permanent as you might need to rearrange the garage shelves if you are adding new shelves or if the additional tools will no longer fit on the current shelf the same tools are located.
  3. Heavy to light – Heavy equipment should be placed at the bottom shelves while lighter tools at the top. This prevents putting too much weight on the top shelves which could cause the shelves to buckle under the weight. In case of such an occasion, arranging your shelves in this way can avoid serious injuries of being crushed by the shelves.
  4. Place shelves on the farthest from the car – It is hard to retrieve tools from the shelves if there is no place to stand in front of the shelves. By placing the shelves away from the car, there is nothing which can hinder you while getting tools from the shelves.
  5. Use hooks to hang other equipment – There is equipment such as shovels, garden tools or bicycles which could not fit on the shelves. In order to minimize the space these pieces of equipment take up, using hooks to hang them will be ideal.
  6. Install shelves which you will be using – If you have few tools and limited space, do not setup a lot of shelves since they will not be efficient and could take up unnecessary space. Just install additional shelves in case you need them in the future.

With these useful tips, you can maximize garage space and optimize the use of your space while adding style and aesthetics in your garage.

Saving Money In The Home

When it comes to home bills you have to be careful, especially since our economy is in a recession so things are especially tight. But when it comes to consumption in the home you also have to consider being economical. Many companies are now coming up with technology that you can install that will save you money. Though it may cost to install them you will see a return in no time when it comes to the money you save on your bills. But what technology is available at the moment? Here’s a few you might consider:

Solar Panels

A solar panel is a device that absorbs the sun’s rays and converts them into electricity or heating that you can use in the home. Though it is better to install panels on a south facing side everyone can make use of them in their home.solar-panel-home

Current Transformer

A current transformers refers to a device that alternates the electricity current. With a current transformer you can rest assured that there is no electricity being wasted. This is therefore both more economical and will save you money as you are not paying for any extra than used.SF6_current_transformer_TGFM-110_Russia

Fireplace

It sounds odd since most modern homes now have central heating however a fireplace is a great way to heat the home without even having to consider bills though you will have to consider the costs of firewood however that is much lower than if you consider the price of gas now.Fireplace_Burning-1

Electricity Monitoring System

One problem with the consumption of electricity in the home is that we often don’t realise how much we were using and so tend to over consume. Therefore with that in mind by installing electricity monitoring system in the home people may be a little more conscious.Electric Plug

Five Reasons a Conservatory Would be Great For Your Family

A conservatory can be a great addition to your home, adding an elegant old-world feel even to modern construction. These glassed in rooms have been appearing in homes since the 16th century, when those with wealth and prestige set out to cultivate the citrus fruit brought to them by distant travelers. These rooms have seen use as attached greenhouses, or as sunrooms that bring the light of the outdoors in even during the colder months. There are numerous ways your family can benefit from having a conservatory in your home.

1) Great For Your Family’s Health!
There are a number of health problems related to not getting enough natural light, one of the most prevalent being seasonal depression. By having a cozy indoor place that is regularly flooded with natural light, you and your family can benefit from an abundance of all natural sun, without having to brave the elements!

conservatory2) Great For Your Pets!
Pet lovers know that some of our animal friends just aren’t suited to going outdoors in certain weather conditions, but this doesn’t prevent them from trying to be furry little escape artists! A well-lit conservatory can be a great indoor area for your animals to get a little outdoor exposure. If you have cats, you could even plant their favorite catnip and cat-grass to aid digestion in a flowerpot there too, all grown in the natural light of the sun!

3) Great For The Elderly!
Staying active is important for aging family members, who often have health issues that can make mobility a bit of a challenge. Not to mention the risk cold winds could pose to an elderly family member; something as simple as a persisting cold could be tiresome or even dangerous. This naturally lit sunroom of your home will provide them with the opportunity to do a little indoor gardening or a bit of tai chi, and make reading easier with the full, natural light of the sun!

conservatories4) Great For Your Children!
There are so many reasons why outdoor time in the sun is important for growing, developing children, the most important of which would be the need for Vitamin D in their little bodies, which allows the body to absorb the calcium their bones need so much. Having a conservatory allows your children to bask in the sun’s rays during the cooler months without running the risk of catching a sniffle.

5) Great For Fresher, Better Tasting Meals!
Conservatories provide a rare opportunity to bring fresh herbs into your home all year round. By using a portion of this internal space as a greenhouse, you can feed your family deliciously savoury meals, even in the middle of winter. There is no doubt that produce grown at home tastes better than what you could ever get at the grocer’s!

These are just a few of the ways your family can benefit from having a new conservatory added on to your home. These spaces are beautiful, add value to your home, and can turn simple family gatherings into a truly special event.

External Rendering for Your Home

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If the external of your house is looking as if it has seen better days, external render may be the way forward for you. External rendering is an easy way to get rid of that currently unattractive external appearance of your house. Rendering changes the outer finish of your house, and allows you to change the colour or texture of the external finish.

Costs

External rendering can range in costs, depending on the type of rendering, materials used, and whether you would like a company to do it for you. For a sand and cement scratch coat and a topcoat followed by paint, costs will range from £28-£34 per meter squared.

Guidelines

You do not require planning permission to render your home, as long as you have development rights and are not situated in a conservation area. You may want to check if you have the rights to alter your property.

Preparation

If you do not take certain precautions, the render finish is likely to fail. Before rendering, your walls should be surveyed and any structural repairs should be made. External details must be removed, including piping and alarms. Edges of windows and doorframes will be covered with metal stops or angle beads, which will provide clean edges. You will also need to clean the wall. Remove any plants growing up the wall, and scrub off any mould, preferrably with a bleach solution.

Rendering

A fabric render mesh is applied over any wall insulation, embedded into the first coat of render to reinforce against cracking. After this, more coats of render are applied. A primer and top coat are also applied. Rendering is designed to be self-coloured, so there is no need to apply paint over the top. Different finish options are also available, from smooth to textured finish. Finally, external pipes or alarm systems can be reapplied. The total process of external rendering can be expected to take 3-4 weeks, including time allowing layers to dry. It is likely to get cold overnight, allowing moisture in the render to freeze, causing expansion. Therefore, you should cover the rendered walls overnight to prevent this from happening.

 

 

 

Homeowners Advice: Common Places to Hide The Spare Key

qr_with_bubble_606-5228146Spare keys are essential, for many occasions. If you have locked yourself out, lost a set of keys or had your keys stolen, spare keys are needed to get back in your home! But, where do we leave them?

The most common places to hide spare keys are under a plant pot (19%); under a bin (13%); under a rock (13%); under a doormat (10%); under a gnome or garden ornament (8%).

Most thieves are opportunistic, and looking for an easy target. They will often search outside for a spare key in these obvious locations listed above. This means that they can quietly let themselves in without having to break a window to get access.

Police statistics reveal that over 6,000 home burglaries each year are the result of gaining access due to finding a spare key. Despite a general decline in burglaries, there has been a rise in burglaries as a result of access with a key.

There are many negative effects of leaving a spare key outside your home, outside of the physical loss and emotional stress. Insurance companies are less likely to pay out for a theft as a result of a thief finding a spare key.

If a person is not physically mobile enough to allow other people access to their homes, or if you cannot be home for a visitor, a spare key is needed, but there are alternatives to leaving your key exposed. So, do not give a burglar free access to your house and possessions! Think about leaving spare keys with a neighbour, friend or family member, or investing in a key safe to store your spare!

If you trust your neighbours, leaving a key with them is a good alternative to leaving spare keys outside your home. This way, you can simply knock and ask to use the spare. They will recognize you and hand over the key with a smile! Key safes from Fast Keys are discreet places to store your keys safely. They require a code for access, thus making it accessible to only you and those with the code!

Common Plumbing Problems In Your House

feature2Every house has its own plumbing issues once in a while. Whether it is the gas line or the water line, plumbing is very important to keep everything running inside the house and into the different appliances needing them. The plumbing inside your home is comprised of many different parts, probably the most important part being the tubes. As for plumbing tubes, plumbers now use acrylic tubes to replace old and worn plumbing tubes made of different materials. Acrylic tubes has a lot of advantages which include durability, a light weight and rust resistance. If you haven’t switched to acrylic tubing yet, here are the common plumbing problems you will often encounter in your house.

  1. Dripping Faucets – A dripping faucet is more than just a hassle of the constant dripping sound you can clearly hear during night time. It can lead to a lot of wasted water. If all houses would have a dripping faucet, there would be metric tons of water wasted every day. Though the main cause could be a loose or damaged seal, a bad plumbing tube could still lead to have frequent dripping faucets.
  2. Low Water Pressure – Water carries dissolved minerals which can deposit on metal pipes and can lead to low water pressure. By replacing the old pipes with acrylic tube, such deposits can be prevented and avoided in the occurrence of low water pressure.
  3. Running Toilet – A running toilet can be caused by several factors including the fill tube. However, if you replace most parts with acrylic products including acrylic tube, you will not have to worry about running toilet as often as other people do.
  4. Leaky Pipes – Leaky pipe is the most frequent plumbing problem you can encounter. Metal pipes rust which can lead to leaks. On the other hand, regular plastic tubes can break easily. With acrylic tubing, both issues will be addressed. Acrylic tubes are very durable and do not rust.
  5. Slow/Clogged Drains – Drains are also a problem if they get clogged. You need to make sure that aside from asking for a professional to fix the blocked drain, have the professional check your plumbing and if there are any tubing problems that are causing the slow or clogged drains, replace them with acrylic tube.

There are different plumbing problems you will come across. You need to know if you can fix the problem yourself or if you will need a professional plumber to help you fix them. If ever you encounter a plumbing problem which frequently occurs, do not hesitate to have a professional check your whole plumbing system to have the problem completely resolved.

 

Benefits of Professional Tree Surgeons

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Although it is cheaper to perform gardening tasks by oneself, some things are best left to professionals, with regards to safety concerns and correct execution of the task at hand. Tree surgery is one of these tasks, which has many benefits when executed professional as opposed to by an amateur.

Tree surgeons have a range of different services, including pruning and removing trees.

Safety

If is entirely possible to fell a tree by yourself, yet this is a dangerous process. Trees are extremely heavy, and controlling one as it falls is a difficult process. The weight of a falling tree can cause lifelong damage. By hiring a professional tree surgeon, you ensure the safety of those involved in felling the tree.

Superior Finish

A professional tree feller will be able to do a cleaner and better job than an amateur will. This ensures that your garden is not ruined by a failed attempt of tree felling.

Disposal

Many tree surgeons will be glad to dispose of the tree and its stump, allowing it to biodegrade or putting the wood to good use.

Attention to Detail

Many tree surgeons help to reduce the shadow cast by trees by carefully trimming some under branches, which allows lighting below the tree canopy. Recycling

Tree surgeons often recycle plant trimmings, turning them into mulch. They will offer this for your garden or give it to other people.

When you have garden issues requiring attention, figure out if you can perform the task at hand yourself or not. Think about safety and your skills. If you do not think you can execute the task alone, seek the services of a Kings Cuts Trees. Whether the task is large or small, professional tree surgeons are guaranteed to execute the task safely and without damaging your garden.