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!).

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Luxury Apartments in Colwyn Bay with Coastal Views

We all want a home which matches our lifestyle, but it can be difficult to find the right one in the perfect location.

North Wales is a beautiful place which offers spectacular views, but many of those who desire a chic and contemporary property might feel that there won’t be much opportunity for them in this particular region.

For those who enjoy apartment living, you’ll be very pleased to know that a new development of contemporary apartments in Colwyn Bay is going ahead this year. Situated on dramatic cliff tops overlooking the coast, these apartments are the perfect match for those who have luxury and modern living in mind for their new home.

The location of the apartments situates them very close to the North Wales express-way, making your visits to cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Chester an absolute breeze.

These gorgeous apartments have been designed and developed by the prestigious and award-winning Blue Bay Homes. The two-phase development, known as ‘The View’ also features a collection of beautifully designed townhouses – which gained an incredible amount of interest and were snapped up very quickly.

It seems that the main ethos of Blue Bay Homes is to create stunning homes which always offer a coastal view – with their previous development of apartments in Deganwy known as the Bay View also receiving a great deal of positive attention.

It’s expected that The View apartments will garner just as much interest as the townhouses did, thanks to their contemporary design and their panoramic views of the nearby coast. Those who are lucky enough to own one of the apartments from The View can experience picturesque sea views from their living room and bedroom, as well as their own balcony, every day.

The surrounding location offers plenty for its new residents to do, including opportunities for fine dining, sailing and a variety of outdoor sports. The nearby towns of Conwy and Llandudno are excellent places to visit for food and drink and of course, a spot of sightseeing if you’re new to the North Wales area.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Redesigning your Home with an Architectural Designer

We can all get a little tired of the way our home looks. Sometimes it just takes a coat of paint or a new rug to make the place look refreshed once again, but often a bigger project needs to be undertaken to make us appreciate it once again.

If you’re currently a bit fed up with the way your home has been looking as of late, and have already decided that it’s going to take more than a quick visit to your local DIY store to fix the issue, you may want to be looking for architects in Cheshire.

You might even be tempted to pick up some tools and begin working on the home yourself, but this can leave a lot of room for error (even if you’re fairly confident after spending a few hours reading up on it all online…).

Allowing a skilled architectural designer to plan and take care of your new renovation is a wise investment - and it’s very likely they’ll bring forth attractive house design ideas that haven’t even crossed your mind before.

Deciding to have an architect redesign part of your home is a big decision. You’ll want one which not only has creative ideas, but also incorporates the vision you have for your home and makes sure that you’re in the know every step of the way.

That’s why if you’ve been looking for architects in Chester, that BR Architecture is a superb choice. You’ll be included throughout the renovation process, from the initial sketches right through to when the work actually takes place.

Quality craftsmanship is in the forefront of BR Architecture’s values, and it’s very evident in their impressive and extensive portfolio of home extensions and developments. Creative and contemporary, their designs are truly stunning and unique to them.

Having an extension designed and completed by an experienced architect can help to add a great deal of value to your home. If you’ve become so tired of your home that you’ve recently been considering moving to pastures new, having a house extension or renovation can be a much cheaper and less stressful option – and can often make you appreciate your house once again.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Underbed Lighting – The Best Idea of 2017

Tech blogs have collectively started to follow varying amazon sellers recently, and create content focused around a single idea – which has turned out to be an absolute hit due to the fact that it’s a rather good one, and provides an inexpensive way to have something truly special for your home. With the application of LED Rope Lighting and LED Strip Lighting, you can have an underbed LED Lighting system which will cast a beautiful warm glow out when you step out of your bed.

The application of these things is unquestionable. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with something you’ve forgotten? Perhaps you want to make sure that you locked the front door or you’re worried that you forgot to close a window. That, or you really need to use the bathroom. The first step out of bed is always the worst – it's dark, it’s more than likely cold, and you’ll have to stumble along blindly until you can reach the light… and pray that you don’t step on something pointy along the way.

With LED Underlighting, you’ll get a beautiful warm glow coming from under the bed as you put your first foot down. The length of the lighting can be configured by you – and you don’t have to worry that you’ll wake up your partner. The glow itself can be configured by you too, and the fact that it is under your bed means that more than likely, your partner won’t even notice it – which will allow you to get up and do what you have to do – and only worry about keeping quiet enough to not disturb them. So much better than stumbling along and hitting a light!

Unfortunately, reports have shown that the LED Underlighting suppliers on Amazon are now officially sold out of their product, but never fear. Check out The LED Choice Guide’s tutorial on how to create your own LED Underlighting in less than 5 minutes, and for cheaper than the listed prices on Amazon or beyond.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Finding The Best Stove Deal on the Internet

Many of us are turning to investing in a wood burning stove to stave away the chills of winter (and in some cases, spring and summer as well!)  as well as lots of purposes, such as supplementing existing central heating systems, and of course everyone wants quality stoves from reputable manufacturers at bargain prices. It’s a competitive market – all you have to do is do a quick google search to find a slew of stoves from many different brands.

It seems that stove suppliers and distributors are aware of this as well, the variations in price are incremental at best. That, and there may be a few hidden terms and conditions which might push the price up far beyond any competitor. What may seem like a fantastic deal just by the virtue of  being cheaper may have varying surcharges and added extras which stand to put the price up far beyond what you may have thought.

That, and the same adage for internet shopping still applies – even in the world of stoves. If something seems far too good to be true, it more than likely is. There are numerous stories of people getting bargain stoves from big name manufacturers and them… not quite being as intended, instead crafted in the style of well known manufacturers, with a far lesser standard of work than what is acceptable.

For finding the perfect stove at the most upfront price possible, there’s an excellent site out there called FiresOnline which will give you a bottom line when it comes to your stove. FiresOnline provide figures which are inclusive of VAT and delivery, and can guarantee their quality. All of their stoves are from reputable manufacturers, and are guaranteed genuine articles.

Whether you’re after a Charnwood Wood Burning Stove, a Stovax Wood burning Stove or even brands which are not British, such as Franco Belge, Esse or Dovre, you’ll be well served with FiresOnline, and their helpful staff are just a phone call away at all times.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Many of us don’t seem to make major changes to our homes exterior appearance. It seems that the interior is often considered more important when in reality, they should be considered at around about the same level. Sure enough you could say that placing a few exterior decorations makes a difference at this period, but we want to talk about long term difference. While planting a few new flowers in the spring time brightens the exterior up we believe that there are better ways to make your exterior more attractive. Here decorators in North Wales offer their advice on how exactly you can spruce up your outside.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to give your exterior more of a personality is to decorate your front door and refresh your exterior paint. Here we have entailed a couple of ideas on how to pick a great exterior feature for the front door and achieve a successful paint job.


Many will think that door pieces are only for those trying to employ somewhat of a traditional vibe. However, there are numerous styles and sizes available. You are able to buy a pre-made wreath in any superstore, though the real fun and personalisation will come following the making of the wreath yourself.

When making a wreath, the best and easiest way is to use grapevine bases. These are great as they already look pretty. As they have natural spaces between their vines, it is easy to insert your own plants, flower stems, greenery, ribbon and other decorations – all without added adhesives. You’ll be able to decide yourself if you want decorations all around, or simply on a certain area. Once completed, hang it for all to see your crafty creation.

Whether its seasonal or longer term, this is a great way to add character to your exterior.

Paint Job

Applying a new exterior paint job will make a huge difference. Most people don’t repaint their exteriors for years or even decades. Over time, the paint job will have taken a battering from the weather, thus consequently your exterior will be much duller and worn in parts. When applying a brand new layer of paint – or changing the colour completely, you offer a complete new lease of life to your property. 

While exterior painting such as touching up certain areas can be done by yourself or by a local handyman, there are decorating contractors North Wales that are on hand to help those in the area.

An article entailing tips for achieving a great interior paint job can be found here with ProPaint. These decorating contractors North Wales can offer advice and exterior painting for buildings.

Just a few changes by adding a wreath or refreshing you paint can go a long way. There are countless advocates of refreshing your exterior paint job on an annual basis, ensuring your home or commercial property is looking clean, fresh and attractive.

Wreath image by Tony Alter / License
Painted Garage image by Yankee Barn / License