Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Influential Architectural Styles

Architects in Chester can certainly define their work as an art in the form of the buildings, homes, offices, hotels, resorts and commercial buildings that they design. The imagination, science and technical knowledge involved to create such grand structures should be acknowledged, so we will do just that. There are several different styles of architecture that have influenced the designs of many structures throughout various time periods, so let's take a look at just a few of them here.
  • Adirondack – The rugged finish applied to the structural design of rustic cabins, boathouses and some homes, was first introduced by William West Durant. Dating back to the 1880’s, the design spread from the Adirondack Mountains to the Appalachians and Rocky Mountains.
  • Adam – Renowned British architect Robert Adam gives his name to this Eighteenth Century Neoclassical design that revolutionised the industry with its innovative design. Growing in popularity in the United Kingdom and America, especially between the 1790’s and 1830’s.
  • Art Nouveau Style – Translated from French to mean “New Style”, this form of architecture was introduced in Paris during a revolt against the formal and classical design in the Eighteenth Century. Common features within the Art Nouveau style include asymmetrical shapes, mosaics, arches, stained glass, and decorative surfaces such as curving or floral motifs.
  • Indian – The diverse culture and religious traditions found in India have certainly inspired the architectural designs of their structures and decorate surfaces. Inspired by the Western design form, the style is simple and distinctive.
  • Ottonian – Evolved during the reign of Emperor Otto in the Tenth Century, Ottonian Architecture drew much inspiration from the various existing structural designs such as Carolingian and Byzantine.

  • Victorian – An incredibly popular style of architecture during the reign of Queen Victoria in Great Britain. The design did not keep to traditional architectural methods. It was characterised by decorative surfaces, irregular floor plans, grand scale and overhangs.

Truly Unique Accessories for Your Garden

Summer is the very best time to get out and about in the garden, and also to enjoy doing it. There’s so much pleasure to be had in sorting things out – getting rid of the old, polishing up and revamping a new lease of life from the not-so-old, and of course populating your garden with the new is the highlight of many peoples’ summers. What’s not so great however, is getting the same sort of thing for your garden that every other house on your street has.

It’s very easily done – most garden centres within an area have multiple items in stock all at once, and something which is quite desirable for a garden can often be picked up by quite a few people. This is further compounded by the fact that your friends and neighbours more than likely have the same tastes as you – they know what looks good, just like you do!

Avoiding embarrassing garden accessory duplicates can be easy if you order online – but finding good quality products can be pretty difficult. Something might look amazing on Amazon or on other shopping websites, but when you open the parcel, it can easily be damaged within the post and lose a lot of what makes it such a good buy. There’s also a lot to be said for the fact that a lot of online sellers tend to embellish things in order to make something look better than what it is. A colour correction here, blowing up the size of something there, and you might have something that indeed looks impressive on the website, but when it gets to you it very clearly isn’t what you’ve ordered.

Rest assured, not all online sellers are like that. A good rule of thumb would be to buy British – while it certainly won’t mean that all of the perils of online shopping are averted, it means that a lot of them are taken away. Another is reputation. Greenhouse Staging for instance is a reputable manufacturer of a number of products including Greenhouse Staging (as the name might imply!) as well as heavy duty green house staging which can certainly stand the test of time. Their reviews are universally excellent, and Greenhouse Staging have numerous speedy delivery options which we’re certain will please everyone.

What exactly does Greenhouse Staging have to do with kitting out the garden? Quite a lot, actually. Greenhouse Staging also specialise in the manufacture of bespoke garden products which we’re sure are super-special and very different from absolutely everything else out there. Take their current marine and nautical accessories, for instance. This collection of vintage portholes have been reclaimed from Indian ship yards, which make them authentic and very much one of a kind.

When you’re looking for something which is well and truly unique, lots of garden manufacturers across the country have exactly what you envisioned in mind – so give them a try! You won’t regret it.    

Monday, 7 August 2017

Top Tips For Moving Home

Moving home will inevitably become one of the most stressful times in your life. The amount of time, energy and effort that is required to successfully complete a move is truly staggering. Even with the help of the trusted Removals in Wrexham and the North Wales area, preparations for moving home can still be a daunting task.

But where do you start your preparations? If a friend or family member has recently moved home then the best place to start would be asking them to divulge their highs and lows to see if there are any mistakes you can avoid.

  • First Things First – Write everything that you need to do in a list. Having a to-do list with things that need checking off will prevent the smaller things from being forgotten. This could be bank account details, driving licence or insurance details. All this information could all be jotted down in a single notebook or backed up onto a disc.
  • Changing Utility Companies – Imagine moving into your new home only to realise you forgot to inform your utilities provider of your recent move. Make sure to arrange to have your metres read on the day of moving to drastically reduce the risk of service interruption.
  • Change of Address – Contacting places like your doctor, vet, dentist and solicitor about your change of address in advance will save you a lot of potential and unnecessary stress further into your move.
  • More is More – Having too much packing material is a far better situation to be in. If you total up the amount of boxes that you are going to need, add another 3 or 4 to that amount. There is always a guarantee that something has been forgotten about during packing preparations that you will need to accommodate for. Also, having various sized boxes will help with packing efficiently.
  • Van Hire – Once you have the total number of boxes you need, you will easily be able to determine the size of the van that you will need to hire. You may find that you only need to hire a smaller van than you may have initially thought. Contact your nearest removals company to get an accurate price for van hire.

  • Ask For Help – If you do decide to move everything yourself, do not hesitate to ask for help from your friends and family. Moving heavy boxes can be potentially damaging; to your prized possessions and most importantly to yourself. There is absolutely no shame in needing a hand from loved ones.

Being prepared and efficient when moving to a new home can make the whole process quicker and easier. Having undamaged furniture and hot running water to come home to will surely ease any stress or headaches that may occur.

Friday, 4 August 2017

How To Properly Dry Your Firewood

Choosing wood heat over conventional central heating has never been more easy, or even more worthwhile. With electricity and gas prices going up significantly year after year, (funnily enough, always in winter…) it has never made more sense to invest in becoming self-sufficient for your everyday heating.

Wood burning stoves are a fantastic way to enjoy wonderful heat which certainly doesn’t feel lacking this – wood is a far cheaper fuel than electricity or gas, is in abundant supply, and using wood burning stoves to heat your home is easier than ever before with the innovations which have been forged by a number of stove manufacturers such as Dunsley stoves, Aarrow and Charnwood.

Saying that, every little helps so we have prepared a short guide to help you get the very most out of each log. The best thing is the most obvious, of course. Cutting your firewood 6 months (or longer) in advance can prevent the production of creosote when you burn – something which robs your stove of efficiency significantly.

Did you know that “green” or undried wood contains up to 50% of its weight in water? Your wood burning stove will have to bring this mass of internal water up it its vaporization point before it can even burn the log, so do consider the importance of properly trying out your wood.  

A lot of mistakes rookie wood burners make is not letting it breathe. Dumping wood outside isn’t enough, as the elements can make the wood wet enough to rot. Furthermore, putting it under a tight-fitting tarp isn’t an option. Yes, a tarp might protect your wood from the elements, but it also won’t let it breathe. Consider using a pallet to store your wood, to keep it off the ground, but don’t make the mistake of filling the pallet with wood in a row-to-row manner.

Doing this will mean that the wood simply won’t get the ventilation it needs in order to breathe, and also to dry out. A word to the wise: Using older, ragged tarps to cover the newer ones, and shield the wood from destructive ultraviolet light.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Leaving Property In A Will? This is What You Need To Know

If you’ve ever been tempted to get a DIY will and save a few pounds in the process, it may come back to hurt you later. Professionally drafted wills in Llandudno North Wales have never been easier to get and have never been cheaper.

Most charities such as the British Heart Foundation and Age Concern UK have teamed up with numerous solicitors in North Wales to offer wills which are obtainable at a discounted rate. These schemes are intended to ensure that in the vital matter of what happens when you are gone, disadvantaged people have the same right to draft a will as others.

Dispensing with legal advice in the matter of wills should not be advised under any situation, and a recent High Court case has proved that while DIY Wills do really look quite tempting, there are some legal effects created by wills as legal documents that laymen simply cannot anticipate and cannot protect against.

In the matter of wills, the failure to adhere to certain guidelines can be absolutely devastating. What you leave behind can directly influence the fortunes of those who you love, and no risk can be taken with this. A very recent example of DIY Wills not being able to hold up in court is the story of a woman leaving her estate (worth £437,508) equally to her three sons who were alive when she died.

The woman had five sons total, but two of them died before she did, which left the inheriting three.

An issue arose in her DIY Will when the daughter of one of her sons (which passed away before she did) claiming that she was entitled to inherit her father’s share of the estate. The brothers which were still alive argued that the gift left by their mother would have lapsed upon her son’s death – that you cannot leave someone money or consider them if they are already dead.

It fell to the High Court to decide that while a straightforward interpretation of the will in question supported the surviving son’s arguments, the Wills Act 1837 (section 33) states that inheritance passed to descendants who have passed away automatically goes to their children, should they exist.

The High Courts decided that because there was no mention of the woman which wrote the will wanting the Wills Act to be ignored – that it would apply, and the surviving daughter which was never even named in the DIY Will received her dead father’s share of the will – almost £50,000, and a half share of the mother’s estate - much to the chagrin of the surviving sons.  

Money should not be a barrier to obtaining a will and having a say in what will happen with your assets after you’re gone – and numerous solicitors and charities within North Wales and beyond agree that people should not feel that they have to get a document which does not cover them for the sake of having something, rather than nothing.  

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

What Does Regeneration Mean for Housing?

Regeneration is a subject which is frequently spoken of within North Wales, and as such, the region attracts funds (most commonly public money) from the Welsh Government in order to invest within the area. This is achieved through the hire of construction Denbighshire who then undertake varying works in order to promote economic growth within the regenerated region. These works, usually residential or commercial, then contribute toward smaller scale works which vastly improve the quality of life directly in the area and all around it.

Regeneration was not a commonly used term before the late 90s, when it became a leading policy of the New Labour Government which were elected between 1997 and 2010. The emphasis of regeneration was to bring the UK back from the decline throughout varying areas of the UK which had suffered from downscaling of the industrial and manufacturing economy which dated back to the early 70s.

Projects such as the Millennium Dome and the 2012 Olympic Park were both commissioned to stimulate economic growth, and to use vacant and contaminated sites which were seen as holding back the development of the immediate area. However, regeneration is not a term which only applies to larger projects.

In North Wales in particular, regeneration is happening – and the fact it is on a smaller scale than such large projects is nothing to be ashamed of. Regeneration targets what is needed - and in the case of these efforts smaller ways do not mean inferior ways, as long as the regeneration project is right.

This mentality has been played straight with the coastal town of Rhyl, in North Wales. If anything, the regeneration effort within Rhyl has been truly significant and a good guide for the rest of the North Wales region due to the fact that the regeneration works have enabled other works to happen.

Within North Wales, regeneration works have been undertaken for the purpose of securing long-term change by improving places and making them far more attractive to residents and investors - but that is not where successful regeneration should end. Regeneration is best achieved in stages - as the work of local firm Brenig Construction completed in the seaside town of Rhyl has shown.

Their work within Rhyl has been a good example of regeneration via varying works- and a truly successful endeavour.

Their works on the West Rhyl Green Area were facilitated through the demolition of two terraced rows which were considered an eyesore by visitors and residents alike.

This work by Brenig Construction has paved the way for other works as a direct result – the demolition of more abandoned rows of houses to provide brand new housing which is attractive to residents within Rhyl, as well as being ideal accommodation for a starter home.

Furthermore, works on the Rhyl Coastal defences have been part of the wider Rhyl regeneration project, as well as very many other projects.

Regeneration in action can often be caused by a single project, but is far more than merely a single project. Successful projects on a consecutive basis can open up opportunities to continue the work - as well as realising the ultimate aim- creating far more equal communities and places to be proud of.  

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Top 10 tips for choosing the right style carpet for your rooms

Before you jump right in and deck out your home with brand new carpets North Wales, there should be some consideration upon the best approach and your requirements – ensuring you get the most from your carpets for years to come.

Here are our top tips for choosing the right style and fibre carpet for your rooms:

1. Choose the right colour. This might seem obvious, but colours are sometimes different to how they appear in photographs. For this reason, it’s recommended that you either; go and view the carpet North Wales in real life or request samples, which will minimise your risk and ensure you pick the right coloured carpet.

2. Consider the area where the carpet is fitted when looking at price. The amount of wear, footfall and general soiling will vary from place to place, thus ensuring you get more durable carpets for these places. For example, a downstairs hall way will receive much more usage than any of the upstairs. Don’t take the cheapest option here, as it will show wear fairly quickly.

3. Measure your room fully and accurately – including the spaces by doorways and any alcoves in the room. It is fairly common for people to forget these measurements and in turn creates more hassle for them going forward fitting the carpet.

4. Consider carefully your carpet underlay as it influences your carpets overall feel and long term durability.

5. Read up on the carpets care guidelines – some can be cleaned with small percentages of bleach mix, whilst others will lose their colour or stain. Ensure you know how yours needs caring for.

6. Be ready for your delivery or fitting to take place. If you are awaiting a delivery, ensure you have space and the ability to move your carpet rolls around (they can be heavy)!

7. Fitting time – consider who is going to do this… will it be you on a DIY job? Or will it be a professional fitter? You should ensure that you choose someone who will do a perfect job and do your new carpets justice!

8. Ensure the tools are ready for you to do the job (if DIY)

9. Think about the additional accessories required – the carpet underlay, the door trims and the perimeter trims will all be needed to successfully fit the carpet

10. Review your provider and/or fitter… this is the best way to share experience and kind words about anyone that is worthy of it. Many suppliers and fitters earn their reputation this way, so do help them out!

Gaskins Carpets North Wales are a reputable supplier and fitter that can offer you advice and complete carpet fitting with gorgeous carpets.