1. 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    Truth be told though, your cottage is probably outdated and might need a bit of an upgrade, particularly since the traditional cottage was perhaps designed and built with the idea of housing live-in domestic staff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.

  2. 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…

  3. Earth Day

    Posted on April 29, 2017 by Andrew

    Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on the 22nd of April, worldwide. This is celebrated to encourage people to go green and to protect the planet. Its main aim is to make people realise that the blue planet is a wonderful place to live, and that we should keep it clean so that our future generations can have a decent place to live. There are many organisations which work day and night to make this aim a reality. Read more…

  4. 8 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    Posted on November 30, 2016 by Andrew

    Carbon footprint. Remember that? About five years ago you couldn’t avoid the buzzword for measuring our own personal carbon emissions. Well guess what? Carbon emissions are still a very real problem in our world and here is a gentle reminder of all the things that you can do to help the planet lower them. Eight small tasks and decisions that won’t hinder your life but if collectively done will see a better outlook for this place we call home.

    Read more…

  5. Staying In Balance With Nature: Living an Observant Life

    Posted on November 23, 2016 by Andrew

    A big part of the “green movement” has to deal with balance. And specifically, the balance between man and nature. It’s impossible to control the specifics of what lots of people across generations and cultures are going to do with this desire, but it is possible to find your own path through the middle. Read more…

  6. Green Living Choices During Specific Life Events

    Posted on November 18, 2016 by Andrew

    Green living is a choice that matters across all different aspects of your life. Partial green living might be something along the lines of trying to recycle whenever it’s convenient, but if you really want to do your part for the environment, you really need to think in broader terms. Read more…

  7. How To Reward Yourself For Living Green

    Posted on October 28, 2016 by Andrew

    At the current moment in history, it can be a little tough to live green. Environmental consciousness hasn’t been around long enough for it to be profitable for major companies, so products and services with high carbon footprints are still the norm. From a farming standpoint, everything is more expensive to be ecologically friendly as well. Which means that as individuals, our choices become limited and more expensive. 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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