1. Redeveloping Historical Buildings with Non Destructive Testing

    Posted on May 16, 2018 by Andrew

    Non Destructive Testing (NTD) involves the use of scientific techniques to assess the current state of a building, civic engineering structure such as a bridge, canal, aqueduct, or work of sculpture. Lots of old buildings have been reclaimed renovated and turned into housing, office buildings or to serve some other functional purpose. People who fancy a life in the countryside buy a 300 year old derelict barn or other farm building to convert into their dream home. In addition, historically important churches, castles and stately homes and Listed Buildings are always in need of renovation. Read more…

  2. Front Doors Make a Huge Difference

    Posted on December 18, 2017 by Andrew

    Every homeowner around the world knows that one of the best ways to increase the value and improve the aesthetics of your home is to look into completing home improvement or renovation projects. These can vary from homeowner to homeowner depending on their comfort level of doing work around the home, as well as what the home needs to look its best. Many homeowners tackle interior projects, such as remodelling the bathroom or the kitchen, but exterior projects can often make an even bigger difference. One great way to change the appearance of your home and improve its functionality is to install a new front door. Choosing a new door for your home is exciting as it allows you to think about how you want your home to look from the outside, ensure your home is as safe as possible, and ensure that no bad weather or cold or hot air can easily get inside your home. Read more…

  3. The Benefits of Foil Based Insulation

    Posted on November 17, 2017 by Andrew

    Construction insulation can take many forms but you will notice that some types are more prevalent than others. Foil is a material that is often used to enhance the performance of insulation, making it far more effective at its job.

    If you’re in the market for high performing building insulation, keep reading to learn how a foil based insulation could benefit you. Read more…

  4. Green Plumbing: How to Stay Eco-Friendly

    Posted on November 08, 2017 by Andrew

    Many homeowners might think that they don’t need to use any eco-friendly products to not be wasteful.  However, you’d be surprised at just how much water and energy are wasted every single day without their knowing. This is especially apparent when it comes to plumbing. Going the environmentally friendly route with your plumbing ensures that not only do you save on both water and energy, but you’re going to be saving on costs as well! Read more…

  5. 4 Things You Must Do Before You Start Laying Your Floorboards

    Posted on August 10, 2017 by Andrew

    Enthusiastic DIYers can easily install their own solid wood flooring, but it’s important to follow the correct steps. Four of those steps should actually be taken before you even get started laying down the boards, and here they are. Read more…

  6. Upgrade Your Cottage with a Hot Tub

    Posted on July 10, 2017 by Andrew

    If you happen to have one of those older houses with a bigger garden and a detached cottage perhaps, you should count yourself lucky because houses these days are built rather small and in addition to the house itself being small, there’s not much space for anything else. The typical modern day home these days doesn’t even have space for a decent garden, let alone something like a shed or a cottage, so you should definitely count yourself lucky if you have one.

    Truth be told though, your cottage is probably outdated and might need a bit of an upgrade, particularly since the traditional cottage was perhaps designed and built with the idea of housing live-in domestic staff in mind. Not that everybody whose house has a cottage had live-in domestic staff or even had a need for them, but design-wise that’s exactly what a cottage comes across as.

    So what are the upgrades you can add to your cottage to make it a bit more modern?

    One of these upgrades is the addition of a hot tub, whether you want to use the hot tub yourself or indeed if you perhaps plan to rent the cottage out over a long-term agreement or you want to have guests over occasionally, like tourists who are in town for a bit. Even if you do plan to rent the cottage out in this way, nothing should be stopping you from enjoying the hot tub yourself whenever the cottage is vacant.

    By the way, renting the cottage out for short stay tourists or even over a longer term is a great way to pay yourself back for what you’ll inevitably spend to purchase the hot tub, have it installed and maintain it alongside its running costs. You’ll undoubtedly have to save a bit to have some running capital though, quite simply because it’s not really such a good idea to take out financing for something like a hot tub unless of course, you’re absolutely sure the money is going to come back via something like renting the cottage out.

    A lot of the cottages for rent on iKnow-UK have benefited greatly from adding a hot tub. People tend to pay a higher price for a short stay or holiday if the cottage or lodge has a hot tub. The site is great for cheap hot tub holidays too. If you’re thinking of renting your cottage out as holiday accommodation, look into iknow to boost your profile.

    So if you do decide to add in a hot tub as part of the upgrades to your cottage, you’ll inevitably have to redecorate as well to perhaps modernise the interiors just a little bit. Otherwise, the hot tub may look out of place and come across as a bit tacky, to say the least.

    It doesn’t have to be an indoor hot tub either and in fact, an outdoor one may perhaps make more sense if you have space outside since it’ll allow anyone to enjoy it instead of being limited to the occupants of the cottage itself. If the cottage has more than one room which you want to rent out, making it an outdoor hot tub makes even more sense since you can always add the hot tub as an amenity which people will surprisingly be willing to pay that little extra for, even if they only end up using it just once or twice or not at all in some cases.

  7. The benefits of choosing stone effect flooring for your home

    Posted on June 14, 2017 by Andrew

    From traditional flagstone styles to contemporary modular tiles, stone flooring is a fantastic design choice as you can choose from a range of different looks to suit any room. If you want to get the appearance of stone without breaking the bank, stone effect flooring is a great alternative and becoming increasingly popular. Read on to find out why so many homeowners are opting for stone effect floor tiles. Read more…

Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings

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