Thursday, 13 April 2017

The Benefit of LEDs in 2017

In recent days, many of us have started to invest in LED products for the home and for the garden. Whether this is proverbially dipping your feet into LED products, such as investing in LED light bulbs for your home, treating your garden with a series of LED based products which are both beautiful and energy efficient, or even rehauling the home entirely with LED products, the savings which can be made by investing in LED Lighting are absolutely gigantic.

But what sort of benefit can LED lighting such as LED rope Lighting and LED strip lighting bring to the workplace? Lots, actually.

There’s very many articles that cite the effectiveness of LED lighting on the agricultural industry, the benefits of human-centric LED Lighting, or even articles which suggest that LED Lighting is starting to be used in grand ways on the lighting of the world around us – in the form of attractions and destinations, even down to the fact that certain councils in the UK (and states in America!) are starting to invest heavily in LED street lighting which allows far greater visibility at night, and far less cost and C02 output.

This benefits both you and me, the organisations paying for the technology, and even the planet at large. The benefits to LED Lighting are absolutely huge, and it’s little wonder that the world in itself has embraced this technology for a little while now.

Even the smallest shop can reap the benefits of LED Lighting – finding a good supplier and having access to a variety of LED products can turn even the drabbest, smallest shop into something absolutely amazing which will wow customers with an amazing array of designs which are only limited by your own creativity.

LED Lighting is so versatile indeed that a series of attractive shades and hues can be formed to provide absolutely any design possible. Take North Wales based Galeri Caernarfon Cyf, for example. This small bar and café benefited from the application of LED ribbons and controllers from local, North Wales based companies in order to make something truly special indeed.

It’s never been easier to go LED – whether you’re a large or a small business.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Don’t Move Home Before You Read This

Many of us have considered putting our houses on the market. If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then familiarity breeds boredom. The same can be said for your house – spending so much time in one area can lead to a very critical viewpoint on very many imperfections within a building, and we can become obsessed enough with what we deem as flaws, that we can often hastily put a house on the market without thought for the complications of doing so.

There are multiple reasons why putting a house on the market can be a nightmare – so before you do so, check out our reasons to hold onto what you’ve got.

Solicitors are expensive, and an ordeal. Who wants to deal with matters such as land property searches, deed searches, and land registry fees all over again? No-one. With the time a solicitor takes to complete a transaction firmly between 4 and 12 weeks, moving can feel like an absolute ordeal, even when things go right. When things go wrong, it can be (even more) costly, and stressful all around.

Estate Agents Fees - Generally considered no joke, estate agents fees are yet another cost associated with moving, and can run into the thousands upon thousands. There’s no preparing for them – once they hit, it’s always dismaying and can be the difference between being able to do what you want with your new home, and not.

Architects in Chester and Cheshire can often be less expensive than the above. The services of a good Architectural Designer in Chester can bring your existing home to life, and make it exactly what you want and need, without fees, stresses, and taxes. You might not believe it, but any house, given enough care and attention can be made a home, all that’s needed is an expert that can help with matters- working on your terms and providing you with a series of options to get the very most out of where you live.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Outstanding Apartments - Soon!

We’re delighted to tell you that our favourite development of the year – The View By Blue Bay Homes – has commenced on phase two of their wonderful The View Development, which is set to incorporate a series of high quality and very high end sea view apartments for sale in Conwy.

As Blue Bay Homes are quite storied and proof of their works form some of the best housing options within the North Wales area – we’re more than excited to learn that phase two of this development, stunning high-quality apartments situated within Colwyn Bay – are already off to a good start.
These apartments are designed to perfectly compliment the fantastic new build luxury apartments standing alongside – the beautiful and fantastic The View Townhouses, which have all been sold within their first month of being on the market.

Both of these outstanding developments are designed and developed by Blue Bay Homes – a team of expert developers that endeavour to provide high quality luxury housing in select coastal locations. Specialising in design which is perfectly married to the majesty of the coastline, Blue Bay Homes provide sea view apartments for sale North Wales that’s more than a little bit special. So what exactly can you expect from your home at The View?

Quite a lot, it seems.  

While it’s no secret that Colwyn Bay is perfectly central to very many locations and attractions along the North Wales coast, there are a series of beautiful and interesting towns which will provide you with very many things to see and do. Llandudno is very close to The View – this Victorian town both historical and filled to the brim with all manner of high street shops and very many independent shops for something a little bit different.

The fantastic town of Bangor provides excellent restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars, which will ensure that you don’t miss a good night out. Caernarfon is also very reachable, and its beautiful castle is an excellent day out for all of the family.

North Wales has had a lot of investment within it throughout the past 20 years, and it’s really becoming an excellent destination to holiday, thanks to its very many beautiful towns and things to do, and it’s becoming more and more worthwhile to settle down there. 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Human Benefit to Sustainable Building

The construction industry is a finicky one, and notoriously and historically, it has been very well known to reject most concepts of change. The construction industry is rather unique as well – of all industries, it has been one of the rarest ones – which wilfully adheres to old principles and old ideas, before change seems to be too difficult, and too hard.

When it comes to concepts which have been proven to lead toward a better and a more profitable future, such as sustainable building, the construction industry at large seems to have snubbed it. Though it can’t be stated of all civil engineers and construction companies, there has been the same reaction toward the need to move toward green building and BIM based systems which has been plaguing the construction industry in other areas, such as the presence of women in construction as well as a deficit in fresh blood to an industry which is suffering a lack of workers, as older contractors retire.

What exactly does sustainable building offer which traditional methods don’t, you might ask.

The answer is so very many things. There’s the obvious, such as taking measures to ensure that the toll on the landscape by construction is minimised, as well as less known facts such as the fact that sustainable building is attractive to buyers due to its mission of decreasing the impact the built environment has on human health. Essentially, sustainable buildings sell well-being – something which you really can’t put a price on due to the fact that it is a new and exciting product to the market.

But, there’s also the industry in itself which directly benefits thanks to sustainable building. Take North Wales based Brenig Construction, for instance. This civil engineer in Denbighshire , North Wales, is very well known for its dynamic and open minded approach toward new things within the construction industry, and in addition, adhere to all manner of sustainable building guidelines.

Throughout 2016 they partnered with North Wales based social housing provider Cartrefi Conwy in order to build Maes Glanarfon in Llanfairfechan, some very much needed affordable homes within North Wales – an area well known for being deprived.

How does this change the construction industry, you might ask. The answer is rather simple. As part of their guidelines within sustainable building, Brenig Construction were tasked with only using local firms and local materials in order to complete these houses. As such, Brenig Construction have directly supported 300 jobs within the North Wales construction industry as result of only a single project – including 4 apprenticeships.

Sustainable building almost certainly has its uses within the long term. It can be seen everywhere – not just limited to the happy residents of Maes Glanarfon, but in the whole of North Wales.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

DIY Garden Paths - Gravel Pathways & Stepping Stones

Warmer days are on the horizon, which means many of us will be spending more time outdoors, especially within our own gardens.

If you’re planning on hosting a few BBQs in the upcoming months, or perhaps just want a beautiful garden to relax in, it might be the right time to give the place a bit of TLC and a makeover.

Giving your garden a makeover doesn’t have to mean forking out hundreds of pounds to have a professional come and do it, with building merchants North Wales, you can buy all the supplies yourself and give it a go. It doesn’t have to be a huge change, but knowing you’ve successfully completed some DIY on your own is a great feeling.

Before making any drastic changes, take a look at your garden and try and think of what it is lacking. If it’s looking a bit dull, adding flowers and plants can make a huge difference. If you have sheds in your garden, adding a bit of paint or re-varnishing them is also a good way to make a change.

Laying Stepping Stones

Adding stepping stones to different parts of the garden can be a nice touch, and is a fairly easy task.

Once you’ve selected slabs to match your garden, arrange them on the lawn where you’d like them to go.

Cut around the slabs with a large shovel, take them off, and dig the soil out to allow for 50mm of gravel. Gravel works to support the slab, and needs to be compacted down before placing the slab back on top.

Alternatively, you can fill the dug out section of soil with cement, which will ensure your slabs will stay fixed down for much longer. For the best cement, one part water, two parts cement and three parts sand is the recommended measurement.

Laying a Gravel Pathway

 A gravel pathway can also look attractive within a garden, and is a task which can be completed within a day.

Before picking up your shovel, determine exactly where your path will go, and mark it out with string so you can keep it even and steady once you begin digging.

Once it’s all planned out, excavate the designated area down to around 4 or 5 inches. You’ll then have to add wooden edging boards to the sides of the path, holding them in place with wooden pegs.
It’s always best to choose edging boards which have been treated to withstand wet weather.

To secure the edging boards to the pegs, you’ll need to use a drill. Once the boards are secured, it’s time to add a layer of weed-proof material to the soil path. This can be cut to size with a utility knife. Allow the material to slightly overlap to the sides of the edging boards.

Now that the weed-proof layer is done, it’s time to add a crushed stone base. This should be about 2 inches high. After adding the stone base, you’ll need to ensure that it is compacted down. A rammer or a roller will get this job done quickly for you.

Once the stone base is compacted, you can then add your gravel. Rake the gravel along the path and leave to settle. You’ve now got a lovely gravel path in your garden!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Adriondack Chairs for Your Garden

One of the hottest trends of 2017 is the rainbow craze, which involves using the brightest and boldest colours in order to make even the most drab environment move from zero to fabulous in one fell swoop. Saying that, we don’t think the rainbow craze is likely to take off within your interiors. After all, there’s a fine line between livening something up and making it gaudy.

But what about your outdoors? Gardens tend to be considered free reign when it comes to self expression, and we’ve found just the thing to embrace the rainbow craze and probably have the most chic and bang on trend garden possible for 2017.

Greenhouse Staging, which is considered the UK’s leading shop for greenhouse staging, is an excellent little website which offers a number of seriously cute bespoke garden elements – such as custom furniture and more practical things such as greenhouse staging in all manner of varieties. Whether you’re after potting benches, greenhouse staging or even folding greenhouse stagings, the choice is there and a lot of it can be custom made.

You would consider greenhouse staging to be this company’s forte, (after all, the clue’s in the name.) but we navigated away from the more gardening related products within the website (sadly, we don’t have a greenhouse) and stumbled upon a fantastic find – and probably the cheapest legitimate set of Adirondack Chairs we’ve ever seen.

Greenhouse Staging offer a fantastic assortment of Adirondack Chairs which will turn your garden into a fantastic, fantastic place to be this summer thanks to their fantastic colours and functional, but quirky design.

Imagine sipping cocktails on one of these beauties, with all your friends around you. The colours on these chairs are so bold and so very bright, and the fact they’re made from 100% recycled plastic that would normally sit in landfill is amazing.

There’s so many colours available, we can’t see their stock of these chairs lasting long. Get in there and get yourself a bargain to really kick summer off!  

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Quick DIY Fixes - Bathroom Taps

Many of us shy away from doing DIY in our homes. Of course, having a professional come in and fix something is always a wise choice, but there are certain things which can be fixed through a little bit of DIY.

There are a number of plumbers merchants North Wales which can supply all the parts and equipment you need for the task, and online guides can help to guide you through the process step-by-step.

You’ll save yourself some money in the process, as well as having a sense of pride for tackling issues in your home without having to call a professional in. Never try to fix anything which involves gas, as this can lead to serious health risks.

Fixing a Dripping Tap

The non-stop dripping of a tap can drive even the most patient of us a little crazy. Thankfully, there’s typically a quick fix for this, which doesn’t take too long. A dripping tap is usually caused by a worn-out tap washer, which can be replaced without the need for a professional.

1. Before you start, remember to turn the water off!

2. To replace the washer, you’ll first have to unclip (or unscrew, depending on the style of your tap) the top of your tap off.

3. Once it’s off, a retaining screw can be found underneath. You’ll need to unscrew this to allow for the tap knob to come off, which will then reveal the valve.

4. Now that the valve is exposed, use a spanner to unscrew anticlockwise and remove it. The valve contains a washer on the bottom of it, which is what will need replacing.

5. Typically, washers are held in place with a screw. Remove the screw and remove the old washer before replacing it with the new one.

Fitting Bath Taps

Whether you’re fitting taps onto a brand new bath, or perhaps just replacing older ones, it’s a task which can easily be completed within 30 minutes.

1.      Before starting, ensure that the hot tap is ready to be installed on the left side of the bathtub.

2.      Unscrew the nut from the bottom of the tap, then lower it into the tap hole on the bath. If there are no tap holes present, you will have to drill them yourself.

3.      Underneath the tap hole, you then need to screw the nut back on. This can be done by hand.

4.      Tighten the nut with a spanner once you are happy with the taps position.

5.      Tap tails may need to be fitted onto your water pipes, depending on how your plumbing has been set up.

6.      Check for any leaks by turning the water back on. If a leak occurs, try tightening the connections with a spanner.