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Preparing for a Renovation

When it comes to a large scale renovation of an important room in the house, such as a kitchen or bathroom, it is important to remember that you will not be able to use that room for the next few days or even weeks while renovations are taking place. It may seem like common sense, but in reality many people do not seem to realise how long full scale renovations actually take, particularly if you are making home improvements like knocking down or building a... ❯❯❯

Effective Ways to Keep Your Home Warm in Freezing Weather

When it’s freezing outside, the last thing any of us want to do is come home to a house that is chilly too. Yet depending on the temperature outdoors and how tight our budget is, sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge figuring out how to stay nice and toasty without spending our entire paycheck in the process. Luckily, there are some effective ways to keep warm in bitterly cold weather; ways that can still keep some dollars in your pocket. If... ❯❯❯

Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Their HVAC Systems

When it’s burning up or freezing cold outside, one thing that we find ourselves being extremely thankful for is our HVAC system. After all, that is what helps to keep the rooms in our homes at a comfortable temperature all year-round. And since we’re pretty sure that you don’t want to go a day without being able to use your unit, it’s important to know about some of the common mistakes that homeowners tend to make; just so that you... ❯❯❯

How to Reduce Heat Loss Through the Roof of Your Home

Anyone who paid attention in science class in elementary school knows that heat rises, so it should come as no surprise that your roof is one of the primary areas in your home where the heat you pay for can escape into the outside air. Unfortunately, this can lead to reduced energy efficiency in your home, as well as rising utility bills. And if you do nothing to pinpoint or correct the problem, your costs only stand to increase. However, you can find ways... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Tips and Tricks to Make the Ceiling in Your Home Look Higher

When you were first in the market for a house, one of the things that you might have found yourself looking for was a place that had high ceilings. Not only does it help to provide the illusion that the rooms inside of a house are larger than they may be, but high ceilings also bring about a lot of elegance and charm as well. Of course, if you’re reading this article, then it’s a pretty safe assumption that you didn’t get ceilings that... ❯❯❯

The Art of Home-improvement and the Practical Side of Refurbishment

Whenever you begin a home-improvement or domestic remodelling project, there is a tendency to become preoccupied with your choice of contemporary design trends. While this is an important aspect of the project, however, it is important not to lose sight of the practicalities involved with refurbishing a home or commercial property. These need careful consideration and attention to detail, as otherwise you will create a sub-standard quality of workmanship... ❯❯❯

Do You Really Need a Step Ladder?

The ladder is quite obviously an essential of any construction professional. Whether you’re a builder, window fitter, insulator or even cleaner, ladders are a crucial piece of equipment. The issue is, there are actually a number of different types of ladder, and you might need one set of ladders for one job, and a different pair for a different job. Ultimately, this could be quite costly, so you might start to wonder, do I need step ladders,... ❯❯❯

Spring Spruce on a Shoestring

It’s the time of year when most homeowners are rifling through their possessions in the throes of a Spring clean out, throwing away the dust-gathered clutter of Winter and opening the windows to let the new season penetrate through the home. Along with this large scale cleanout often comes the desire to redecorate, giving a new look for the year ahead. However, particularly with our economic climate being as it is, redecoration is not always that... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Staying Warm at Home Without Turning Up the Heat

If you look outside your window, there is a good chance that you are still seeing snow or rain falling – even though it’s officially spring. Your first instinct may be to turn the thermostat all the way up on your furnace and let the warm air flow. However, not only can this become quite pricey – especially after such a long winter – but it can also start to negatively impact the environment and the atmosphere. Luckily, there are... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Buying Land to Build a New Home

Have you been thinking about buying a new house? If so, have you ever considered purchasing some new land to go along with it? Although you might initially think that it’s expensive investment, the reality is that there are actually several benefits that come along with taking this particular approach. If you’re curious to know about some of the advantages that come with buying land in order to build a new house, we’ve got five of them... ❯❯❯

How to Design a Professional Style Kitchen in Your Home

If you’re someone who truly enjoys spending time in your kitchen, have you ever thought about giving it a bit of an upgrade? We don’t just mean changing the walls to another color or purchasing a new kitchen table; we mean actually renovating it so that it appears to be a professional kitchen. If initially this sounds like a huge task, we can understand why you might feel that way, but actually it’s simply about knowing the steps that... ❯❯❯

5 Basic Home Security Tips for New Homeowners

When you buy your first home, whether it’s turnkey or a fixer-upper opportunity, there’s probably some work to be done. With an older home you may need to do some major renovations, but even new homes need some personal touches with paint and flooring. So one thing you might not immediately hone in on when it comes to your property is the level of security. And since you definitely don’t want to experience a home invasion robbery,... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Dealing With Plumbing Issues in a New Home

A new home will have its unique kinks that you need to work out. Inevitably, things will crack, break down or show signs of misalignment. This is simply par for the course. Once you work through these issues, thought, things will become more normal and equalized. However, when it comes to plumbing issues, you need take extra special care – mainly because your plumbing and drainage system is such an integral part of your home’s ability to... ❯❯❯

An Essential Guide to Circular Saws

Circular saws are an invaluable piece of equipment for all serious DIYers. With a single, sharped-toothed metal blade, they are capable of high speed precision sawing which yields fantastic results. For people looking to cut through large sheets of plywood or make long linear cuts – without spending an arm and a leg – circular saws are invaluable. Whether you choose to buy a cheap one from a budget hardware outlet, or if you invest in a... ❯❯❯

Traffic Management on Site

Seven workers die every year on construction sites as a result of accidents involving vehicles. A further ninety-three are injured. That’s one hundred more than it should be. The law stipulates that construction sites should be organised so that vehicles and pedestrians using site routes can move around safely, but these people weren’t safe. Construction site vehicle accidents can and should be prevented by the effective management of... ❯❯❯

Mini Diggers: Useful Tips for Excavating Foundations

Performing excavation work yourself, such as for a new extension in you home, is very manageable, provided you adhere to correct health and safety procedures. Here are some top tips to help you on your way. Determining Excavation Depth In general, strip foundations should be around 1 metre deep, though this may vary depending on the building. After you’ve dug this, you’ll need to call in the District Surveyor, to ensure that the base provides... ❯❯❯

Low Cost Heating Solutions for Homeowners

With fuel bills rising constantly, most homeowners and homebuilders will be looking to find the cheapest, most efficient way to heat their homes. In the current economic climate, relying on expensive and energy-sucking heaters is no longer a viable option. Here are some great alternatives that save energy, as well as money. Proper Insulation Having proper insulation installed in your home is not so much a form of heating as a form of coldness prevention.... ❯❯❯

Easily Identifiable Home Roofing Problems

Roofs are a large investment. In order to protect your investment and ensure that it can last a lifetime, you need to be aware of signs that you roof may be damaged. Here a some of the most easy to identify home roofing problems for homeowners to keep an eye out for. Often you can tell a roof needs maintenance from the inside. If you notice, indoor leaks, dampness, stains, bubbles, bulges or discolorations, you likely have an exterior roof leak on your... ❯❯❯

Basics of Hardscape and Landscape Design for Homeowners

When working on the exterior of your home, it is important to consider both the landscaping and hardscaping of your property. Landscaping refers to the garden, plants and greenery of a yard and how they are arranged. Hardscaping refers to the non-plant design of a yard such as patios, walls, furniture and more. Here are some of the basics of hardscape and landscape design for homeowners. When focusing on hardscape, you can usually make drastic, positive... ❯❯❯

5 Window and Door Weatherstripping Tips for Homeowner

Weatherstripping is one of the key components in a home’s ability to retain energy and maintain even temperatures. In fact, many homeowners discount the importance of weatherstripping and then wonder why their energy bills are so high. Although there are also a plethora of other reasons why weather stripping is so important. For instance, it prevents moisture and condensation from building up in the window casements – moisture that can cause... ❯❯❯