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.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Roof Trusses for Design and Practicality

Roof trusses not only have an important purpose and practical use within the structure of buildings, they can also look quite aesthetic in your home. Oak trusses are often used as feature roof truss, as they’re not only durable, but attractive too.

With over 80% of homes now using roof truss as their roof support, it has taken over the traditional method of using rafters rather well. With such a huge percentage of homes utilising roof truss, there has to be some very good reasons as to why.

One of the reasons roof truss is favoured is because it can create a much larger and airy space. For those who desire an airy and open-plan home, the installation of roof truss is the perfect choice.

In addition, roof trusses are also much cheaper in terms of both production costs and labour costs. Roof truss can be installed onto a building incredibly quickly, which saves valuable time for construction companies and saves money for their clients. This is fantastic for those who need to move into their new home as soon as possible.

There certainly isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to roof truss. The design of trusses can be modified to specifically suit your home before installation. They can easily be modified to allow for skylights and air conditioning units you have (or plan to have) in your home.

It has also been shown that roof trusses are better for the environment. Smaller pieces of lumber are used, which in turn reduces the amount of annual wood waste. Many companies are now opting for more greener and eco-friendly methods of building construction, so the popularity and usage of roof truss for buildings is only set to increase.

Despite roof trusses being made of smaller pieces of lumber than traditional rafters, their strength and stability should not be underestimated. Roof truss lumber is joined together with strong metal connectors, allowing them to span long distances for larger buildings.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Ways to Make a Small House Seem Larger


Oftentimes it can seem that a home forever is a fleeting concept. A property which might have ticked all of the right boxes and seemed perfect in years past might now feel like a prison – and there’s nothing worse than overcrowding. As circumstances change, a house can seem far too small for comfort, especially for those of us with growing families.

What can be done about it? Well, it’s a difficult question. Often, undertaking work to improve your living situation is best, and there are a number of things that can be done with help of a specialist. BR Architecture for example are such a specialist. This fantastic architecture designers in Cheshire has a series of successful projects under their belt, and are with clients from the first steps until well after completion.

House Extensions
House extensions are technically quite simple, and thus can be far, far cheaper than moving home. The space an extra bedroom can provide is really quite staggering, but that’s not all extensions can provide. You’re free to get another room of any type with a house extension, whether it’s a study, a kitchen, family room, or even a complete blowout such as a home cinema room – a specialist such as BR Architecture can offer you a complete design package, from sketches right through to detailed drawings, making your ideas a reality.

Loft Conversions
Technically the same kind of thing as extensions, loft conversions can allow you much needed space for when you really need it to give you the best amount of space for the amount you’re willing to spend. BR Architecture provide an excellent service which will take away the strain of planning and the actual conversion, allowing you peace of mind that soon, you’ll be able to utilise unwanted attic space in a manner far more befitting than just cramming boxes of stuff up there.

New Builds
Quite a drastic option, but for a lot of us, only drastic will do. BR Architecture offer a new build service which, like loft conversions and house extensions, can truly take away all of the strains you’d associate with such a drastic thing. Sometimes, the only way to get something truly right is to start at the beginning, and BR Architecture can make your ideas and your visions come to life by covering the planning processes, building regulations, tenders, site supervision and even assist you with your choice of contractor for the project – or if you’d prefer, their choice of established professionals they can wholeheartedly recommend.

Whatever you decide, there’s options when you make the decision to take the plunge and create more space for yourself to suit your circumstances – and BR Architecture are there to help.

More Than A Layer of Paint



Sometimes your home needs more than just a new layer of paint or a change of furniture to give you the same feeling of enthusiasm you had when you first moved in. If you love where you live but you’re just a bit tired of the way your home has become to look over the years – why not opt for a modern conversion or extension?
It’s likely you’ll want to be at every point of the design process, so it’s essential that you select an architectural designer in Cheshire who involves and guides you through every sketch until the final plan.
BR Architecture come highly recommended from a number of very happy clients – some of which have returned to BR Architecture to design their second home. Not only do they use their own design expertise and ideas into the planning of your future extension or conversion, BR Architecture aim to incorporate every idea you have into it too.
Thanks to their expert guidance and innovative design ideas, the renovation to your home will truly be unique and bespoke to you. BR Architecture will also take the time to explain every part of the drawings until it's all clear, ensuring that you’ll be 100% satisfied with everything once the work is completed.
They’re also incredibly attentive, frequently updating you about every single design plan or change from day one. There won’t be the nuisance of taking time off your week to wait around for work to start or finish. When BR Architecture sets a timescale – it’s final.
BR Architecture is also a family business and understands how difficult it can be to arrange consultations with work and family life often getting in the way. They’re incredibly flexible, and are happy to arrange meetings at times which suit you best. Whether that’s early in the morning or once you’ve settled your children into bed!

With over 20 years of experience within architecture and many satisfied recurring clients, BR Architecture appears an obvious choice for those looking to renovate their home in the Conwy or Cheshire region.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Practical Design Services in Chester and North Wales

How many times have you pondered the flaws of your home or your business? For a few of us, it’s difficult to get around design faults that came with our buildings, and we can often feel like they’re driving us up the wall.

Instead of moving home or premises, have you considered consulting a professional Architect in Cheshire?  Practising in both North Wales and the Cheshire region, BR Architecture have a very strong portfolio of fantastic designs and completed projects under their belts, and they’re proud of the fact that they provide a warm, friendly service which is absolutely transparent about all areas of your renovation or new build.

With glowing reviews across the board, BR Architecture will truly listen to your thoughts, and provide you with the guidance you need when it comes to your designs, as well as turning ideas into sketches, sketches into plans, plans into action, and finally action into the home or the business premises you’ve always wanted.

BR Architecture’s services are absolutely tailor made and highly professional- from start to finish. They’re very qualified and extremely friendly – going above and beyond to make sure that you understand every single detail about the work which is to happen.

Even if the project itself has a demanding timescale- your demands for the highest quality possible throughout your build will be met with absolutely no delays and no hidden extras. Essentially, this company is the absolute package, and if you’re considering a residential or commercial renovation or even a new build entirely, BR Architecture have the skills, the tools, and the knowhow to make your dreams reality.

BR Architecture provide an utterly professional service and pride themselves on making the design process simple, from start to finish. Give them a call today to see what they can do for you.  

Making Your Landed Estate Work for You

Landed Estates are a bit of a strange beast. While most tend to think that owning and managing a Landed Estate is a matter of arranging the odd party every now and again, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s quite a large amount of planning and management that goes into absolutely every aspect of running a Landed Estate, and it can be very daunting for absolutely anyone, regardless of prior experience.

If your Landed Estate is either housing or industrial land and you generate your income in the form of rent or fees for services provided by the facilities on your land, you’ll already be very well aware about the fact that help can come in multiple forms, and also keenly aware that most forms, such as estate agents, can be highly undesirable.

Thankfully, there is a solution to have which will guarantee you all the help and support that you need, to have help and support to hand which will work for you – and only for you. Swayne Johnson Solicitors based within Llandudno, but with branches throughout the whole of North Wales and even a branch in Chester – are a team of wonderfully qualified, suited and booted solicitors in Chester and North Wales which work for you- not for anyone else.

They can provide you with all of the help and assistance you need in matters pertaining to your estate, in a timely and speedy manner with absolute attention to detail and even better, a very genuine understanding of the role of support thanks to their experience in relation to such.

Whether you need assistance with matters such as succession planning, Trusts, property transitions and commercial development, farming arrangement (even including Agricultural tenancies) Charitable status, dispute resolution and litigation (whether your concern is Easements, Boundaries, or even Landlord and Tenant matters) or even employment advice, Swayne Johnson have the experience required to make your life much, much simpler.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Kitchen Styles From Around The World



Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house; whether it’s family time, relaxing or eating. It’s for this reason we want to make sure that its stylish, convenient and durable taking the best from the old and new to create the best kitchen yet for your family. With this in mind, kitchendesigners Anglesey will take elements from kitchen styles all around the world to create a style that’s perfect for your family.

French Country Kitchens are renowned for being comfortable and beautiful. The delicately finished wooden cupboard doors offer a unique finish that shows attention to detail. As a patisserie lover, you might enjoy the incorporation of natural stone that is so often found in French kitchens. Traditionally the cool stone helps to create the best pastry by preventing the butter from melting. What’s more, it’s a durable material that will stand the test of time both in style and durability. Traditionally, French cupboard doors are painted earthy tones which means you can easily change up the colour scheme if you wanted. If you’re quite the chef, why not add a traditional French hanging rack for all those extra utensils.

Italian kitchens are better known for their warm and rustic style. Incorporate wooden surfaces to your work tops for that added earthy feel.  If you’re looking for that family appeal, add an island with seating to provide an additional seating area for family members. As for flooring, go for terracotta style tiles with a modern twist so style up the traditional.

Asian Style Kitchens bring about a very masculine feel to your kitchen, with bold design and sleek colours. If you’re a fan of dark worktops, then this is the style for you. You can be picky with an Asian style kitchen, working well with either light, mid tone or dark woods. When it comes to lighting, go for concentrated spots of dim bursts yet bold over your island. As long as you maintain earthy tones you can go as bold as you like with your clean lines.

German kitchens are favoured for their sleek, efficient spaces. If you’re a lover of modern spaces, then a German inspired kitchen might be the right choice for you. Here you can let the bold and beautiful run wild with colourful worktops and surfaces that reflect your personality

Friday, 4 November 2016

How to make the moving process as smooth as possible

Moving home is often considered one of the most stressful things you can do and according to Zoopla, the average Brit will move 8 times during their lifetime. This means a lot of stress, even for those who have done it a number of times before. We spoke to removal companies Wrexham, to find out what the recommend when it comes to making the moving process as smooth as possible.
Start packing as soon as you can – The best thing you can do to start packing as soon as you can with the items you don’t use so often. But be sure to build a system first so to save you time and energy when you finally move into your new home. Collect your used newspapers, magazines and bubble wrap which will be a great help when it comes to protecting your delicate possessions during packing. Mark your boxes on at least two sides so when it comes to the unloading, you can drop off the right boxes in the right rooms, making the unpacking process so much simpler.
Book your removals well in advance – To get the best deal, book your chosen removals as soon as you have a moving date. Last minute availability simply isn’t worth risking mishandling your worldly possessions for. Established removals are built on a reputation for moving your items, quickly and safely, using the correct equipment. They have the right experience to take the stress out of moving day
Notify Checklist – This step could save you save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run. It’s so easy to forget about notifying every single utility provider, credit card company and subscription about your new moving day and new address, but you if you don’t, you could well be charged for services beyond your occupancy period in the property. And, the process to recover funds is troublesome, requiring documentation to prove departure from the property. Furthermore, having financial documentation delivered to the incorrect address is a gateway for fraudsters to take advantage of. So, the best thing you can do is to categorise the all the people you need to notify into:
 
·         Services & Utilities (water, gas, electricity, tv licensing)
·         Financial (banks, credit cards, council tax, employer, insurance)
·         Health (dentist, doctor & optician)
Motoring (breakdown recovery, DVLA, vehicle registration)

A Case for Decent Greenhouse Staging


With the advent of the internet, there are a number of Greenhouse Staging manufacturers taking to the web – whether it’s through social media, spammy ads or otherwise, shouting to the heavens about providing greenhouse staging that’s far too cheap to actually sound correct.

While it might seem that you’re getting a bargain, more often than not you’re likely getting a product from countries such as China.

What may have ran through your head at the time of purchase will almost certainly be proved – that the deal you signed up for was too good to be true.

More and more reports are surfacing of people that feel they’ve been “scammed” by pitches for greenhouse staging – with cheap foreign staging more than often being untreated and at worst, unprocessed, poorly assembled, mismatched lengths, missing parts, and more than likely absolutely unbuildable even by those with a degree in IKEA.

Shockingly in addition, some reports even indicate that hapless customers hoping for a quick, easy, and cheap solution to greenhouse storage don’t receive anything whatsoever – and if they do, receive notices from Customs of their purchase being destroyed. Why?

A lot of foreign manufacturers use timber from trees which are simply not allowed into the UK.

Knowingly or unknowingly, your product is cut, processed into lumber, and slapped with poor treatment. Poor treatment or no treatment at all will leave bark on your staging, which is strictly forbidden due to pest concerns. Foreign bark from the following species of trees is not simply not allowed to enter the UK:

  •           Sweet Chestnut
  •          Oak
  •       Maple
  •          Poplar


Unfortunately, if any staging made from these trees meets HMRC Customs, it means that it will be destroyed and you may be required to pay for such.

There’s a way around this. Order from a reputable manufacturer based in the UK, and it’ll save you a whole lot of trouble in the long term. North Wales based Greenhouse Staging offer reasonably priced, top quality heavy duty and folding greenhouse staging that you'll enjoy for years to come. The wood they use is responsibly sourced, and carefully processed from log to product.
Furthermore, if you have any issues, they can be reached via telephone or email. Their site is online 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and you'll be delighted with their choice, their prices, and the level of service you can only get by buying British.