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Basement Conversion to gain more space

Posted on September 8, 2021 at 11:34 am

BWithin the UK some properties have basements.  Normally seen as dreary places, they can be converted if you need more space but don’t want to move home.

This blank canvas gives you usable space that could be used in a basement conversion project.

Firstly think about what additional space you need within your home, this will help you come up with ideas. Do you want more living space? Have you always wanted a music room? Are you in need of an extra bedroom? There is so much versatility in a basement room.

Once you have decided on what the room will be, you need to choose a contractor to complete the construction project. Choose someone who has experience in basement conversions.  You will need damp proofing, structural reinforcement and a lot of vision. For period properties, it is even more essential you choose someone experienced.

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How to Choose the Best Lighting for Your Bathroom

Posted on August 9, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Bathroom lighting can be a difficult thing to get just right. Vanities, tubs and showers all require different lighting choices but there needs to be style and cohesion in the overall design. Here are some of the top recommendations to help you choose what will work for your space:

• Plan for layers of light. It is beneficial to have three layers of light in a bathroom. A combination of ambient light, task lighting (for daily grooming) and accent lighting will ensure that the light is distributed evenly.

• It is not mandatory for the style of the different fixtures to be exact, however you should ensure the fixtures have the same finish, to maintain unity. Brass or Chrome are the most versatile finishes as they can easily complement other bath accessories.

• Size is another thing to keep in mind. Make sure that the fixtures are not too large or too small. If the bathroom is a good size you can accentuate its size with a chandelier, for example.

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Benefits of fresh flowers in your home

Posted on July 29, 2020 at 9:41 pm

Fresh flowers in your home can bring in many benefits aside from the aesthetic appeal they give your home. We have listed the top 5 benefits that having fresh flower displays in your home can bring.

1. Reduce stress – Studies suggest that fresh flower displays can reduce your stress levels.

2. Mood-boosting – research suggests that simply having fresh flowers in your home can boost your mood.

3. Air-purifying – certain types of flowers can clean the air around them and reduce toxins.

4. Compliment your interior – flower displays tend to be a focal point of any room and will improve the interior of your room. Placing brightly coloured flowers in a plain room can completely change the feel of the room.

5. Health benefits – we often give flowers to sick people but have you ever wondered why? Aside from the morale boost, some studies suggest that certain flowers can reduce anxiety, blood pressure levels, and reduce feelings of pain.

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Is wallpaper outdated?

Posted on June 30, 2020 at 10:04 am

Back in the 80s and 90s wallpaper was a massive trend which saw nearly every single wall in peoples home covered in wallpaper. Typically, each room had a different theme and most were brightly coloured. In more recent years we have seen home interior colour schemes settle down with lots opting for neutral tones instead of brightly coloured floral print walls.

The great news is that wallpaper themes have massively grown in recent years and you can purchase thousands of different colours and styles. Even if you do want a neutral interior you can purchase neutral wallpaper that comes in wood effect or a minimalistic pattern which will give your interior that little bit extra rather than plain painted walls.

We recommend not to go overboard with wallpaper and opt for a feature wall instead of whole rooms. Wallpapering is a big task to put up in the first instance and even harder work to remove so when it comes to restyling your interior removing one feature wall will be minimal effort.

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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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