Friday, 13 January 2017

Is It Time to Remodel Your Kitchen?

If you’re tired of your kitchen and its layout, perhaps it’s time to update or even completely remodel your kitchen. More than just for aesthetic reasons, remodeling your kitchen might have more benefits than you might have already considered. We spoke to fitted kitchens Bangor suppliers to find out exactly why most people upgrade.

Energy Saving – Incase you haven’t already considered, upgrading your kitchen could actually save you a lot of money. Old lighting and appliances can be expensive to run by today’s standards and if they’re not working as well as they used to, it makes you consider why you’ve held onto them for so long! Most appliances today are A-A+++, which means that they are at their most efficient to run, comparative to industry standards. One of the more renowned advances in lighting are LED’s, which only cost a fraction of the amount of a standard light bulb to run and will last a lot longer.

Lifestyle – The family lifestyle is always changing, and with most people changing their kitchen every 7-10 years, you may not be using in the way you used to. You might now have more children or perhaps they may have grown up and flown the nest? Maybe a change in work schedule means that you have less time on your hands and you need the appliances that can keep up. Well, today's appliances are more efficient than ever and are able to offer you mini, full or even timed cycles to suit your needs. Washing machines are becoming even more intelligent and can offer you a cycle that means you need less drying time or even less ironing.

Remodeling your kitchen means you can completely start afresh and create a layout that works for you right now. The possibilities are endless, and you can easily split your room up to create two different spaces or even open it up to create one large, open and airy room.

Value – Remodeling your kitchen is known to increase your home's overall value. It doesn’t always need to cost you the earth either and if you’re about to move home, the last thing you want to do is install the kitchen you’ve always wanted.  So if you’re on a budget, explain this to your kitchen fitter and they will source the right materials to help you achieve fantastic results.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Modern Day Roof Truss

Many many moons ago, in the early day of building houses, the roofs were constructed flat. As you can probably imagine this was not practical, but people were none the wiser, and it was also the cheapest option.

Needless to say, these very unpractical roofs didn’t last long and started collapsing within no time. Fortunately time has moved, and now when building a house, a roof truss acts as the skeleton of the roof, holding it all in place.

Roof Trusses are essentially a frame that is joined together by steel nail plates to support the shape of the roof. They are generally bespoke products to suit the construction of every individual house. The measurements have to be exact to the size of the roof to eliminate any weak points. It has to be strong and sturdy to withstand the chosen roof covering and strong weather climates.

A Roof Truss consists of three main characteristics:
  • The timber needs to be strong but lightweight, this is achieved by using kiln dried and strength graded timber. 
  • The design has to be 100% accurate and any changes that occur throughout production needs to be clarified with the structural engineer to prevent collapsing. 
  • An engineer is also required to connect the timber as the slightest change within screws, bolts or pegs holding it together could diminish its strength resulting in the collapse of the roof. 

Roof trusses are extremely reliable, but like anything - things may go wrong. Certain measures should be in place to prevent anything undesirable from happening, as the collapse of a roof can have many damaging effects to both the home and home owners.

If the roof truss is exposed to damp over long periods this can cause the timber to lose its strength, even if treated, however this is more common in older properties but something that certainly needs to be addressed if affected.

Another issue in older properties caused by damp is dry rot and insect damage (wood worm) and sometimes joint failure if the trusses have been joined by Mortise and Tenon joints as they can be eaten by woodworm.

When building a house, the roof truss is essential within construction. Make sure you seek advice from a well established, well respected company to ensure you purchase a sturdy roof truss that will be around for the duration.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Warm up your house this winter!

Winter’s well and truly here, and we’re feeling the chill. There are a multitude of products out there which can avail the cold a little this winter, but we find there’s no amount of blankets that can keep the chilliest houses warm. Central heating isn’t a bad invention either, but for proper warmth that feels natural (and quite frankly nice) there’s absolutely nothing better than a good stove.

Stoves are pretty uncommon in most houses, which means that they’re very sought after. But what do you look for in a stove? There are some of us that prefer the traditional look when it comes to these useful and practical statement pieces, to better match the character of older houses.

As such, manufacturers such as Dunsley Stoves and most particularly their Yorkshire wood burning stove are in high demand. This beautiful stove bleeds character, very solid construction and has a built in thermostat which is designed to directly monitor your central heating temperature and controls the incoming air into the stove in order to regulate just how fiercely the fire within it burns – in order to meet the requirement you place upon it.  

Alternatively, contemporary stoves are a beautiful centrepiece to any modern house. Brands such as Morso Stoves are very sought after, and these brands are but a few of a bigger variety of manufacturers which are known for their absolutely amazing design. These stoves certainly possess the wow factor in their build, quality and their design – and are a fantastic investment and a very real talking point within your home.

Fires Online is an excellent supplier of a number of wood burning stoves, and are truly experts in the field. Don’t be dissuaded by the fact that it’s online – it’s actually another trading handle of the very respected RN Williams of St Asaph, which has been involved within stove supply to the greater UK area for a number of years.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

North Wales Housing Developer Introduces Luxury Help To Buy For Colwyn Bay

Reputable and esteemed housing developers Blue Bay Homes, credited with the fantastic Bay View Development within Deganwy, have announced that their new project- The View By Blue Bay, is subject to the Welsh Government’s Help To Buy initiative – widely praised to assist hard-working members of the public take steps in order to purchase their own home whereas they cannot otherwise due to budget constraints.

The Help To Buy scheme assists buyers whom are buying a new-build home which is up to the value of £300,000, have a minimum of 5% of the deposit price of the property they wish to purchase, can afford the repayments on a conventional 75% repayment mortgage, and are buying the property for personal residence. Essentially, Help to Buy is considered an excellent scheme which can give buyers an initial foot up – whereas normally, even if they can afford a mortgage, the first step is beyond their means.

Wales’ Help to Buy Scheme differs from the similarly titled scheme within England. Unlike the English Help To Buy Scheme, those who are not first-time buyers are welcome to apply for assistance. However, the grant cannot be afforded to those who are buying a secondary or tertiary residence. The point of Help To Buy is assistance toward those that need it, and second and third homes are quite simply not for those in need.

While there are a handful of Help To Buy developments already existing within the North Wales region, finding one as well-connected to major North Wales towns such as Conwy and Llandudno, as well as Rhos-On-Sea and Colwyn Bay itself is a difficult task. These beautiful Help to Buy apartments in Colwyn Bay are quite frankly wonderful.

The View by Blue Bay Homes seems to be enviable for a number of reasons. Great location, Wonderful natural views, and extremely high build quality with a number of bespoke features included in every apartment and house to ensure a buyer’s choice is reflected within the decor.  That, in Help to Buy, is extremely special and not often seen.

The properties are partially furnished at the build, with each boasting a stainless steel oven and hob with a stainless steel and canopy hood, together with a fridge freezer, a choice of high-quality kitchen cabinets with a range of finishes to choose from, an integrated dishwasher.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

6 Kitchen Purchases You Won’t Regret

When buying a new kitchen, it can be hard to separate the extravagant from the necessary when you haven’t had the luxury of trying them out before. Fitted Kitchens Anglesey have put together the must-have items that should always make the list when it comes to your fitted kitchen.
Double oven – At first you may think a double oven is a an unnecessary luxury but we’re here to tell you that it’s definitely not! Many make the easy presumption that the only time they’ll get use out of it is on Christmas day, but when you think of all the items that need different cooking temperatures and times you’ll soon realise how much easier it could be to have a double oven. What’s more, they are usually installed at counter height making inserting bulky trays a lot less tricky. Supervising food is a breeze, without needing to bend down to see how your food is cooking.
Hot Water Tap – A time starved family will be reaping the endless benefits of this handy appliance. Whether it’s for tea and coffee or for cooking, the hot water tap will take away the need to wait for boiling. You’ll have no need for a kettle ever again, which will give your kitchen a much simpler look. You needn’t worry about ridiculously expensive bills as the Quooker tap costs as little as 7p per day on standby.
LED lighting – This kind of energy efficient lighting is becoming more and more popular in kitchens now it has evolved to be warmer and more natural. They’re extremely versatile; allowing you to be  able to spot light an island or highlight a whole wall with rope lighting.
Fridge with ice/water dispenser – Yes, although it seems like everybody has fridge water/ ice dispenser many actually don’t! It’s a modern saviour that offers a simple convenience that makes a big difference. Ice cold filtered Water is served straight into your glass, and then topped up with Ice –great for when you have guests who want to help themselves.
Built In Appliances – If you don’t have the luxury of a utility room, think about having your appliances built or boxed in when getting your next kitchen. This will give a feeling of continuity to your kitchen. Washing machines and dishwashers can easily make your kitchen look a bit messy when you can’t find appliances that don’t suit the look and feel of your kitchen. And after all, you should be able to buy an appliance based the strengths of its ability rather than its appearance, letting you pick an appliance that suits you best.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Luxury Homes at Incredible Prices

The housing market is a funny place, and lots of us tend to look for something extra-special as a first choice when we’re after a new place to live. For lots of us in varying circumstances, we look at the very best of the best for quite a while as we commence our housing search, and inevitably, we find that what we want is out of reach.

It’s sad – very much so. Most of us then start lowering our standards, lowering our expectations, and peruse thousands of monstrosities via online estate agents. The least atrocious houses are then viewed, and the long process of haggling and waiting for a current owner to find somewhere themselves in order to get out of your home begins.

It’s exhausting, and it’s very, very stressful.

You’ll be pleased to know that there is an alternative. Blue Bay Homes – the creator of the very well received and unabashedly popular Bay View Development (which is argued to have turned Deganwy into a very viable and desirable place to live, when before it was quite simply unthinkable)  have a brand new project nearing completion – The View by Blue Bay. While indeed Bay View was very well appreciated for its fantastic location on the forefront of the Deganwy Quay, The View by Blue Bay Homes is even better.

This luxury development takes pride of place in a highly enviable location on the Cliffside of Colwyn Bay, and the views of the sea are absolutely incredible. The entire development has been built with this in mind, and the properties on the inside are just as wonderful and just as special as those on the outside. Every property boasts UPVC windows, and French doors that lead out onto a gloriously large patio, or a balcony. You’ll be well advised to take breakfast and meals upon these features – as the view of the sea is absolutely magnificent and can easily qualify as one of the very best coastline views within the UK.

Blue Bay appear to have thought of absolutely every one of their customers’ needs with this glorious development of new build houses in Colwyn Bay, as each property has an absolute abundance of electrical sockets, TV and telephone points (if you can bear to tear yourself away from that majestic sea view!) and have pre-wired satellite which is ready and waiting for your Sky Plus box. Furthermore, essentials such as smoke alarms and burglar alarms are taken care of. All are mains fed, and ready to go.

We recommend that anyone looking for somewhere to live checks out what Blue Bay have to offer – this development looks very, very special indeed and we can’t stress going to take a look for yourself enough.

New Homes and the Environment

What’s in a new home? For many, a new home provides many things. You might be coming up to looking for a new home, and there’s so much choice around, you might not know where to turn. New build houses are very viable choices, and environmental friendliness might not have come into your thoughts when searching for a new home. That is, until now.

Did you know that new build houses are built to enhanced environmental standard? Older homes (especially those built before 1990) will not have been built to any sort of specification. Other than being fantastic for the environment, you stand to gain a lot from the purchase of an environmentally friendly home such as a new build property. The benefits are varied and many, but for most people that search for property, but most people have one thing in mind for their new home.

Financial savings are absolutely paramount when it comes to a new home, especially with the cost of living rising yearly within the UK.

New build houses are built to the very latest in environmental standards, so they’re significantly cheaper to run than the home you’re living in now. Energy efficiency is highly important, and new build houses tend to generate a whopping 60% less carbon dioxide than houses built in the 90s. This is an absolutely astounding figure. The 1990s, after all, are only 20 years ago. Houses built before then are even more of an ordeal to pay ongoing utilities for.

It’s estimated that new build homes such as Blue Bay Homes’ fantastic The View Development within Colwyn Bay in North Wales – boasting brand new apartments and new build houses in Colwyn Bay can save you, compared to a home built before 1990 – an incredible £500 off your energy bill every year.

Blue Bay Homes’ The View is a fantastic development in general, featuring easy links to work, a fantastic location within an enviable position on the North Wales coastline, and offers you high specifications, your choice of interiors, and some excellent fittings as standard. There's even new build apartments in Colwyn Bay to boot!

When you look into finding a new home, give a new build a try. You can’t go far wrong with one when it comes to keeping your energy bills under control.