Category: improvement

Top 5 Things to Replace for New Home Owners

Moving into a new home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. There are a few things you can do to make the most from the move.  Top 5 Things to Replace in a New Home 1)      Tear up old carpets and replace them with hardwood floors. With hardwood floors, it’s generally easier to maintain since you …

A Cost Benefit Analysis of Solar. Worth it?

A Cost Benefit Analysis There are many people worldwide who are now stepping up and converting over to solar energy. When we take a look at the transition to sustainable energy there are also a number of property owners that still consider this upfront expense to be far too great for them to buy into the …

Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?

(HIB) - We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours... and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It's easy to forget...

Home Foundation Problems

Due to poor soil conditions homeowners often encounter foundation problems in their home or business. It is quite common that over time buildings to shift and sink. When a property experiences a cracked foundation, it can lead to a multitude of issues with the structure. Being of aware of signs that cause foundation failure can prevent …

Three Essentials for a New Bathroom

A lot of people ask me about bathrooms, which isn’t as strange as it sounds as I’ve been designing them for nearly 20 years now. With so many different styles available nowadays it’s always an adventure designing a bathroom for someone. It’s honestly a lot more fun and creative than it sounds. Obviously there are staples …

Installing a Wood Burning Stove

It’s hard to beat the crackle and flicker of a log fire for creating a cosy ambience in your home – not to mention the warming glow it provides in the cold of winter. Despite this, since the advent of central heating, fewer and fewer families have enjoyed the unbeatable combination of toasty heat, warm light …

How to Make Your Home Accessible for the Elderly

  If you or someone you know has had mobility issues and are struggling to get around your own home, then you could be putting yourself at risk from trips and falls. However, you can minimise this risk by making it easier to get around your home, and by making your home safer. Age UK is …

A Buyer’s Guide to Bathroom Tiles

If you’re renovating your bathroom, the thing that’s going to make the biggest difference is the tiling. Knowing what to go for and visualising how it will look with your suite isn’t easy, which is why we’ve complied this comprehensive guide for those looking to retile their bathroom. Get Some Samples Whether you pop into a …

Top Tips for Adding Value

When it comes to home improvements, while making your home a better place for you and your family is the most important consideration, it’s also a good idea to think about how you might be adding value. If you think there’s a good chance that you’ll be putting your real estate on the market in the …

The Difference between Beautiful and Model is in the Details

Many people say no matter how often they try to recreate a look it falls flat somewhere. The fact is it is very difficult to step across the invisible line between really beautiful and model like when remodelling or changing the design of a room. The difference is typically found in the smaller details.

Bathroom Updates on a Budget

Bathrooms receive an inordinate amount of attention when pondering remodelling but with good reason. Frequent use and water cause them to age and look old faster. Repairs are more common than in other rooms giving need for work on a more frequent basis. Comfort and convenient features are more easily appreciated there than in other areas.

HOW TO ENSURE HOME IMPROVEMENTS ADD VALUE

It is no secret that well thought out, thoroughly planned and precisely implemented home improvements can add value to any property; however it is becoming increasingly common to hear of DIY SOS situations that despite their best intentions have resulted in catastrophic results. With homeowners becoming progressively pressured by rising bills, higher taxes and depreciating property …

Why is the Water in my Faucets brown and cloudy?

When the water coming out of the faucet turns brown or cloudy, it can be quite alarming; you expect water to be clear and colorless. Though it may seem unappealing, cloudy or discolored water is not necessarily “dirty”. These qualities may be caused by a number of reasons; not all of them adversely affect the health …

Using your garage as a gym

Have you ever looked in your garage and thought “I really should make more of this space?” You’re not the only one – people now convert them into anything from bedrooms to utility rooms. If you’re looking for an alternative to your local gym, it might be time to bring your exercise regime into the home …

Home improvement projects to surge in number in the US?

If you’re one of the many people looking to get the most out of your home this winter – or perhaps deferring any tasks until next spring – then you’re not alone. According to the latest statistics, it appears that more and more people are seeing the value in their own homes, getting away from the …

PEX Tubing Importance and Uses

The PEX tubing also known as PEX pipe is an excellent alternative to conventional piping structures made with metals like copper or with chlorinated polyvinyl chloride or other materials. The high performance and great strength of these tubes make them most preferred form of piping units to be used for all sorts of plumbing applications. The …

Why You Should Never, Ever Undertake DIY Roofing

Many homeowners are struggling for cash; times are tough and money is tight but under no circumstances should you ever undertake your own DIY roofing- except if you are qualified and trained. Why not? Well unless you want to cause more damage to your roof and hurt yourself in the process, stay well clear. Nobody wants …

How You Can Reduce Your Building Site’s Carbon Footprint

Any building site, regardless of how large or small it is, will end up being an area that will have a quite large carbon footprint. Building sites require an enormous amount of energy not only in terms of supplies and goods, but also with a large amount of people and equipment needed to get the site …

Adding a touch of 2013 with your Kitchen Cooker Hood

When people talk about kitchen design, you can understand it’s not always the most stimulating conversation. A cultured conversation might not stretch to splash backs and lighting locations but more people are staying home now due to the economic situation. This means that they have time to really take a long hard look at their interior …