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.

How to Make Small Kitchen Spaces Work


If you’re looking to upgrade your smaller sized kitchen, you might be finding that you have more of a challenge than everyone else. You’ll want to make it look more spacious, clean and tidy whilst incorporating all of those modern amenities you need to make it a more versatile space. Kitchen designers Rhyl have some tips to help you make the best of your kitchen.
Consolidate – It’s very easy to make a smaller kitchen look untidier compared to a larger kitchen. Of course this is because there is more activity in a more confined space. In an ideal world, you’ll want it to look tidier and to achieve that, you’ll need to consolidate. It means making perfect use of your entire kitchen to create beautifully clear worktops and more open space for you to work in.
Make good use of the wall space – Instead of having cupboards that overflow with all the utensils that you need, it certainly makes more sense to extend your cabinet space all the way to the roof. Older style cabinets will only reach so high, leaving you with plenty of inaccessible wasted space. On the other hand, why not go for cabinets that drop right down to the ground with plinth drawers.
Lighter colours – It’s no secret that lighter colours open up spaces and reflect light. Use this inspiration for your cupboards, counter tops and splash backs to create a more inviting space for you. If you can, incorporate this into your crockery try create the appearance of an uncluttered kitchen.
Multi Use Cabinets & Accessories – Just because you don’t currently have the space doesn’t mean you should go without. Nowadays it’s incredibly easy to incorporate multi use cupboards and accessories that will help you to get the best out of your kitchen. Fold away tabletops, hide away bins and hidden ingredients cupboards are all great ideas that can be incorporated into your kitchen’s design.