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.