Friday, 23 June 2017

Price Comparison: Fitting Your Own Stove vs A Stove Fitter

Many of us are taking the plunge into purchasing, owning and enjoying our very own wood burning stoves, and a stove can be different things all at once. A good wood burning stove can be the central feature in a room. It can be the focal point – the feature, the envy of the neighbours and of course a very good conversation point. However, decoration of course isn’t the only purpose of a good wood burning stove.

A stove is also a functional piece of equipment. Many of us use stoves alongside our own central heating systems in order to save money every winter when the rough weather comes along. Stoves help in a time of austerity and the rising costs of utilities, and for very many of us, the use of a good wood burning stove means warm, toasty winters instead of cold and miserable ones.
A stove is also a great object to provide atmosphere. You simply don’t get the feeling from dull heat from a series of radiators that you do from a fire radiating warmth across your face and across your room, and feeling cosy can easily be the defining factor in what drives people to buy stoves. Of course, your home is your home and it should be the one place in the world where you can feel supremely comfortable, so this isn’t a bad thing.

But how much will it cost to fit your own stove? Quite little it seems, compared to hiring a professional to undertake the job for you. Hypothetically, say you were to employ a shop fitter, it would likely be around £1500 - £2500, and that’s not even including the stove in question. Were you to apply a little elbow grease, your own ingenuity and of course your own labour, the job would cost you around about £300. That’s an incredible saving, and of course it’s really not that difficult. Fitting your own stove is rather simple, and the biggest headache you’re likely going to experience when doing so is liaising with your local building regulations authority in order to do so.

There are a number of online guides which can help you when it comes to filling out the appropriate forms and showing that you are a competent person to install your own stove out there, so don’t let nervousness get to you. A self install of your own stove is safe, and can help you save a substantial amount of money.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Why You Should Choose a Professional Removal Service For Your Home Move

When its time to move home, you can easily be swayed into thinking that it might be easier to take on the removals yourself. When you think about the process as a whole, there are more things to consider than you first thought. Here are just some of the things you should think about when weighing up whether you should use a removal company Chester or not.

Experienced – The first thing you’ll already know is that a removal company is highly experienced in moving your items safely to their new home. They’ll know how to manage you larger items correctly, with the right equipment so that you they aren’t strained.

Insured – Of course, using a professional service will also offer you the piece of mind, knowing that their services are insured. This means that all your belongings will be protected, in the unfortunate instance of damage during the house move.

Cost effective – If you decide to go ahead manage the house move yourself, the likelihood is that you’ll have to hire reasonable sized van to carry all of your items. When you add this up, along with the time and effort to move your items – it can easily turn out to be not worth your while in the end.

Less stress – Moving home is incredibly stressful as it is, without having to micro manage every possession in your home. Hiring house removal companies Chester means that you can sit back and let the professionals manage your move whilst you look forward to settling in to your new home.

Your removal company will come to your home and carry out a survey to understand how much you will have to move on the day. This means they can choose a van size that will mean a single convenient trip and give you accurate estimate of the full cost upfront.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Which Greenhouse Staging is Right For You?

There’s a lot of greenhouse staging suppliers out there. If you’re after the perfect greenhouse staging for plants, be it folding or heavy duty green house staging for sale, there’s so many suppliers – be them giants like B&Q and B&M or even smaller companies dotted around the UK. But what exactly is the best bet for those looking for good value greenhouse staging, but don’t feel like paying through the nose for it?

Greenhouse staging takes on very many shapes and forms as well, so it is imperative to sidestep the offerings from larger companies, and get what is perfect for your greenhouse. Look for a company which makes their own greenhouse staging, as well as those that offer custom offerings to help you truly get the very most out of your greenhouse space without scrimping and without compromise. (after all, if wasted space means that three seedlings cannot fit on your staging, that will mean that three plants cannot go in your garden a little later on!)

Speaking of customisation, look for a supplier which can manufacture bespoke greenhouse staging with customisation options. As the years roll by, you may need more space, or less space, and so being flexible can really be an asset in years to come! With greenhouse staging from certain manufacturers, you can add and remove shelving as needed – without compromising your staging’s strength or durability.

Treating your greenhouse staging is more than likely a task which doesn’t rank high in anyone’s wish list, but you can be pleased with the knowledge that certain greenhouse staging manufacturers do tend to treat their stagings as they are made, which will prevent you from having to do the same thing.

The bigger companies don’t do any such thing, and you’ll more than likely find yourself having to treat your greenhouse staging as soon as you receive and assemble it.   

Friday, 9 June 2017

What the Results of the Election Mean for Property

As the whole of the UK look toward the results of last night’s election, the shadows of Brexit seem to grow ever larger. Insecurity is growing across the nation, and the result of the hung parliament has made people in North Wales and beyond concerned for what is to come. The housing industry in particular has even more reason to be worried. The act of developing housing estates is of course perturbing for most housing developers, as the cost of building has historically gone up, and the skillset required to build houses is often not ideal due to a lack of construction workers across the UK.

Essentially, housebuilders and construction workers are very in-demand, as the youth of today find it an unappealing career choice. And then there’s Brexit. Brexit brings with it further challenges, with the cost of importing materials which will be part of trading with the EU after the UK has formally left – the falling value of Sterling, and of course the recent election result which means that as Brexit talks start, the possibility of the UK being able to negotiate a fair deal have just got slimmer with no certain winner of the election.

So how can the UK housebuilding and construction market stay afloat when it seems that the odds are stacking and stacking against them each day? The answer is ingenuity. The UK has a great reputation across the world for its variety of incentives including BREEAM. BREEAM is the world’s leading standard in sustainability, and focuses on all aspects of sustainable building – whether ventilation, insulation, low impact materials, and flood resilience.

Furthermore, BREEAM has done wonders to help the UK export. There are a number of British housebuilders which have a variety of developments throughout the UK, from as local as Gwynt y Mor – Brand new apartments for sale Rhos on Sea which are built to BREEAM standard - incorporating local supply, local companies and local workers. Politics might be politics, but quality itself always wins out. Jobs can be sustained by investing in the area around us, and taking advantage of local supply in particular.

BREEAM standards are getting more and more important as time goes on, and BREEAM in itself is one of the highest building standards which can allow the UK to continue to export.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

How to Create a More Environmentally Sustainable Kitchen

More of us are giving a thought to how we are impacting the planet. So much so, new homes are now being built in a more sustainable manner to meet the demand of more environmentally aware buyers. But did you know that a greener kitchen can increase your home’s overall value? This is because more people believe that their homes both hold most value, yet uses the majority of the home's energy.

So how are fitted kitchens North Wales going about this?

LED Lighting - According to a leading UK energy supplier, lighting is our homes second largest energy expense, next to heating. So it makes sense that we use energy efficient lighting, to save us both energy consumption and money.

Sustainable worktops and cabinets – Many fitted kitchen brands today are becoming more environmentally friendly by sourcing their materials ethically. Some wood products might even have the FSC stamp of approval which means that the wood is certified

Energy saving appliances – This one should be a pretty easy feat for any kitchen buyer. Just make sure that your next appliance has an A+ Energy rating or above. This will be clearly labelled on your item before you purchase. Sustainable kitchens are probably the one circumstance where the old works beautifully with the new so don’t be afraid to make a statement here.

Reclaiming special pieces – There are certain decorative items you can give a new lease of life to make your kitchen something special. Lampshades or shelving is an easy way to incorporate reclaimed items which can be recoloured to suit your style.

Grow your own herbs – Your kitchen designer will be able to incorporate features that will help you keep more sustainable kitchen such as the ideal hub to store your indoor herb garden. Or ingredients drawers to keep the food you already have, fresher for longer.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Universal Design and Public Involvement in Construction North Wales

Individual design is seen in many things in modern life. Whether it is something as simple as a haircut, a set of shoes being tailored for an individual, or something else entirely, it is very easy and very apparent to see things being designed for individuals. Take Construction North Wales for instance, having a house designed is often the work an architect undertakes – but for the majority, they elect to live in housing which has been designed for a demographic and an idea – and not for them especially.    

Universal Design is geared toward understanding what people do on a day to day basis, and then deciding the best thing to be delivered at the time where it matters. If you compare a home today to what it was 20 years ago, you’ll more than likely see a few differences, and we’re certain that it isn’t just cosmetic. What is relied upon in a home has changed so very significantly in the form of internet access. Widely named the Fourth Utility, internet access is a must in houses nowadays, no matter where you build or what sort of housing you are building.

What is also imperative is user involvement in the design process. Should a construction firm engage a large amount of people, their own design by that virtue will accommodate a wider range of people than the one which the brief perhaps started with. Take North Wales based Brenig Construction for instance. In a region, North Wales, which historically has had quite a lot of naysayers and objections, even protests – to land development, Brenig Construction involved local people in their build of Penmaenmawr Road in Llanfairfechan.

The properties constructed were affordable housing for the community, to be added onto previous developments, something which typically would invoke ire from the existing property owners. Brenig Construction’s design was universally inclusive, prompting interest in the developments. Furthermore, their work in using sustainable materials sourced only from the North Wales area, supply firms from North Wales only, as well as creating jobs in construction for apprentices.

Universal design and public involvement in which results in far more projects being viewed favourably and far more public demand in builds – and are the starting points to creating communities to be proud of.

Staying Safe Whilst Doing DIY This Summer

Summer is on its way and it’s the best time to give your home a makeover, as we all know it how difficult it can be to motivate ourselves during the colder, darker months.

Lighter mornings and longer evenings means you’ve got plenty of time to get those changes done that you’ve been wanting for a long time.

When it comes to giving your home a makeover you have two options. There’s the option of paying a professional to take care of everything for you, or you can give it a go yourself with some brave DIY.

There are pros and cons to both options, and it all depends on how much of a makeover you’re looking for. If you are planning on going it alone, you’ll need to make sure you have all the right equipment before starting. RN Williams, builder’s merchants in Denbighshire offer a range of tools, materials and supplies for both personal home use and commercial purposes.

When it comes to attempting DIY (especially if you don’t consider yourself a dab hand at it) is to ensure that you take as many safety precautions as possible. Most safety precautions simply take some common sense, but it’s always best to ensure that you tick all the boxes, so here are a few safety measures to keep in mind.

Before starting a job, always make sure you’ve stocked up on safety goggles and dust masks.

You might not notice the effects of dust right away, but prolonged exposure can lead to respiratory problems over time.

If you’ll be using loud power tools, it can help to use ear defenders. Much like dust, loud drilling equipment isn’t likely to affect you right away – but it certainly can over time.
These can be bought from any typical DIY store and are well worth the investment for the sake of keeping your hearing.

Always make sure you’ve got a fully stocked first aid kit which is within easy reach at all times. It’s best to have someone around whilst you’re working on your home just in case any accidents do happen, but if this isn’t possible – keep your first aid kit close to you in case you need to quickly bandage yourself in an emergency.

Make sure to avoid wearing loose clothing or any jewellery which could become caught up in your electrical tools whilst you’re operating them. Those with longer hair should always ensure that it is safely tied back to reduce the risk of accidents occurring.

Once you’ve made sure that you’re in a safe working environment, you can then begin the task you’ve set out to do. Completing a renovation to your home by yourself is likely to save you a great deal of money, as well as giving you a sense of pride (as well as a great looking room!).