Should you hire a professional to install blinds?

Posted on May 30, 2020 at 10:07 am

Homeowners now more than ever are keen to take on DIY tasks and many do a fantastic job but certain tasks do require a trained professional. Blind installation although it may seem fairly straightforward is actually a complex task that benefits greatly from calling in the professionals. It only takes one incorrect measurement to turn into a fitting disaster.

By calling in a professional it will potentially save you money – if you do install them incorrectly you may have to replace one or more blinds which are not cheap to buy. You may also require specialist tools to get the perfect finish for your blinds and an at-home DIY attempt may leave your blinds looking bodged and ill-fitting without the correct tools.

A specialist company with have all of the tools, experience, and knowledge to fit your new blinds perfectly. By using a professional company, you can be sure that your new addition to your home’s décor will be left looking sleek, modern, and aesthetically pleasing.

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Top three 2020 kitchen trends

Posted on April 29, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Are you looking to update your kitchen this year? Perhaps your kitchen is looking a bit old and tired or you just fancy a complete change. We’ve made a list of the trendiest kitchen schemes that are already dominating 2020 just five months in.

1. Two-tone – huh? Yes, you read that right, this is the year to ditch one colour kitchens and opt for a two-tone colour scheme. It can change the whole feel of a room and is an interesting twist to your kitchen’s aesthetic.
2. Smart storage – with kitchens requiring so many items from herbs and spices to pots and pans, now is the time to consider smart storage. Well-placed, concealed storage is a must for the aesthetic of any kitchen.
3. Green is the new white – in recent years we have seen many kitchens with a shiny clean white aesthetic. 2020 is the year for green, think emerald or forest green.

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Tinted Glass in a Rooflight

Posted on February 28, 2020 at 12:12 am

Glass rooflights can give beautiful clear views of the sky above. They can also cause glare, which can make it difficult to see computer or television screens. Wherever you might be, glare can be a problem in a home or an office, and you might instead need to choose tinted glass. This doesn’t have to make the room any darker – tints are available in a variety of shades that will change the light very little but will ensure that it is reflected away from the glass. This then gives a good degree of comfort for people using the space and ensures that they’ll be able to see screens better and will have protection from the light where needed.

You can see the various colours available in a rooflight catalogue and can see samples of the glass before you buy. This then gives you a good idea of how it would look in your home, so you can picture it for yourself. Some glass is tinted an almost bronze colour, whereas other types of glass are closer to a natural appearance.

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Rooflights – a Year-Round Home Improvement Product

Posted on December 22, 2019 at 10:18 am

Rooflights might be closely associated in your mind with sunlight streaming in through the summer months. You can just imagine the lovely natural light they will add to the space, making it feel much brighter and more welcoming. However, it’s not just a product that has uses in summer. The winter can be a time of year when you miss natural light more than usual, and rooflights can really help improve this.

Installing a rooflight is a good option for year-round sun that will add colour and brightness to your living space. Modern rooflights made by a leading brand and sold by a reputable supplier will be highly thermally efficient so there’s no need to worry about cold spots or condensation. Just make sure you choose an option with adequate glazing, like double or even triple, or a quality double or triple skin if you are buying a polycarbonate rooflight.

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A Gorgeous Rooflight to Light up a Kitchen

Posted on November 28, 2019 at 12:04 am

A rooflight can be used to great effect anywhere in the home, but perhaps nowhere more so than in a kitchen. Any kitchen space can benefit from more natural light and more sun streaming in through clear glass windows – so why don’t more people have rooflights in kitchens?

The answer might not be completely obvious. It’s possible that people might think having a rooflight installed is difficult, or that it would cost too much. The truth of the matter is that it’s neither – it’s very easy to get the rooflight of your dreams. Flat glass rooflights are very high quality but don’t cost too much at all, making them a great investment for your property. Look at your options and see what might work in your kitchen. You’ll be surprised at the different it can make.

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Rooflights: Choosing Where to Put Them

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 10:30 pm

Rooflights are a major investment in the home and their positioning is integral in getting the most out of them. It’s important that you make the right decision about where you have them fitted if you want them to brighten up your home and bring in as much natural light as possible. When you’re spending a large amount of money on a rooflight, then you’re going to want to get the most out of it.

Think about where your home could most benefit from a rooflight, perhaps in an area where it is darker or doesn’t receive as much daylight throughout the day. Think about the logistics too, as a rooflight will often need a flat roof, and will require plenty of space. Ask an installation professional to measure up for you and make sure the rooflight you want will fit into the space you have – and if it doesn’t, they can suggest alternatives.

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Designing your Home, Your Way

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

Home design is a personal and individual thing, but you might not think that to look at the home magazines and inspiration websites that most people use. They all give nice advice, but they all give the same advice, informing you about what is in fashion. Within a few months, these same home design styles might have gone out of fashion and you will be left with a home that was styled to please the masses, not yourself.

By all means, use home design magazines and inspirational materials to help you in your decision. Just don’t rely on them too heavily and make them to be all and end all of your decision to decorate your home in a certain way. Take the ideas you like, discard the ones you don’t and make your home your own. You will appreciate it much more this way.

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Is it Time to Replace your Conservatory Roof?

Posted on May 6, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Conservatories add a lot to a home – extra space, more value, a place to sit and relax away from the rest of the home. However, they aren’t necessarily the most efficient way of expanding your home if the conservatory is beginning to age and it’s not as well equipped as it used to be. One of the first things you might need to replace is the roof, as the existing roofing can easily get worn down by years of rain, wind, snow and other weather. Many homeowners in and around Cambridge already have conservatories, as the area has grown and become popular with families who want to expand and improve their space. This means there is a lot of call for companies that can install a conservatory replacement roof in Cambridge, as people will specifically look for these services when their conservatories begin to get older.

How do you know it is time to replace your conservatory roof?

Cambridge isn’t known for its especially harsh weather conditions – it’s not a coastal area where roofing might become eroded and damaged by sea air, and it’s not in a particularly cold part of the country that gets a lot of snow. Erosion will happen over time, until gradually, you will start to notice that your roof isn’t in peak condition any more. You might start to experience particular problems that are more serious, like a leaking roof, or a lack of insulation. It might be that your roof is simply becoming old and tired in appearance, getting covered in moss – or just simply looking old fashioned.

There are many reasons why you might decide to upgrade your conservatory roof instead of waiting for it to get old and damaged. A new roof can improve your home and make your conservatory better, which for some people is a very good reason to upgrade a roof and they will feel it’s perfectly good value for money.

You can also choose to have different kinds of roofs to the one you have currently, which, if it is older, will most likely be a glass or polycarbonate roof. These are not at all energy efficient, so the conservatory will feel the heat. Conversely in winter, it will usually be too cold to use the conservatory, unless you use a great deal of heating. It is now becoming more popular to have tiled conservatory roofs, which are energy efficient and won’t cause the conservatory to heat up too much. At the same time, in winter, it will be a more ambient temperature as the heat won’t all escape out of the roof. By getting this extra usage out of your conservatory, you can easily justify the price of having a new roof installed. If you feel that a tiled roof will be eliminating too much light, or you have some good views of Cambridge that you want to continue enjoying, you can also choose solar glass. This will filter out UV rays and reflect away heat, allowing you to enjoy a more comfortable, consistent temperature inside. 

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Furnishing a Barn Conversion – What Do you Need to Think About?

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 10:44 am

Barn conversions are beautiful and unique and they require the same kind of approach to interior design. It won’t do to have a barn conversion with a modern, soulless kitchen and new carpets everywhere – it takes some more careful consideration than this. You need to complement the character, otherwise it’s not worth investing in a barn conversion.

Solid wood is a good way to keep character and to work with the existing features of the barn conversion. Many barn conversions have lovely high beams and rafters, so they feel light, bright and enjoyable spaces to be in. You can have a barn conversion that is small, and it will often still feel larger than other types of home. You can enjoy a barn conversion by opting for furniture that mixes the old with the new, in much the same way as a barn conversion does itself. Choose upcycled or vintage furniture that has character in abundance.

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Some Different Types of Hardwood that you can Burn

Posted on March 31, 2019 at 10:42 am

There are various types of hardwood logs that are good for burning in wood burning stoves. Using a quality hardwood will help you create a better, longer burning fire that will be more beneficial in the home, generating more heat and generally looking the way that a fire should. In fact, good quality hardwood can generate around 50% more heat than softwood logs, making it a more environmentally friendly, more economical type of wood to burn in your stove. For many people, these are the two main concerns when it comes to firewood: that it isn’t too expensive, and it is having a positive impact on the environment. It’s also less work for you – you’ll spend less time tending to your stove and making sure it is well stocked.

Why is hardwood a good choice?

Hardwood is an excellent choice for your home and your log burner. You can enjoy a better quality of burn, as hardwoods come from trees that are slower growing and denser. Seasoned hardwood is the best choice for a good quality fire, as there will be lower moisture content. Fully seasoned logs are those that have a moisture content that is lower than 20% in total. It will feel lighter than unseasoned wood, due to the lower levels of moisture. It will usually look drier as well – peeling and cracking bark, and cracks in the wood itself, are tell-tale signs.

What are the different kinds of hardwood that you can choose?

There are many types of hardwood that will create an excellent burn. Some are easier to get hold of than others. These are some of the most popular types of hardwood that you can burn in your log burner, and that are easy to source in the UK:

  • Ash. This is often thought to be the best quality hardwood for burning. It won’t produce a lot of smoke, but will produce excellent flames, making it a good choice for your home. It will give off lots of heat and is also quite quick to season, so you can obtain seasoned ash wood logs quicker. It’s environmentally friendly and can easily be sourced all over the UK.
  • Birch. Quicker burning than ash, birch won’t last for quite as long, but it will provide a very good heat. The flames will be big enough, and of a good quality, and many people enjoy the smell of birch wood burning.
  • Beech. Beech logs will burn well, but the downside is that it can take a long time to season – beechwood has a high moisture content. This might be one for people who have log stores and can wait for wood to dry out at home.
  • Oak. This is a popular hardwood that is widely available for log burners. It is largely thought of as one of the best types of wood you can buy for a log burner, as it will keep burning for a long time, even when only the embers are left.
  • Elm. This wood burns well, though it takes slowly, so might need to be used along with another type of wood to get the fire started.

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