Replacing the doors and windows in your home

If you have old style wooden doors and window frames in you home then you may decide that you want to upgrade to UPVC.

Changing all your windows and doors can be expensive but somethings it is better to get them all done at the same time as you are likely to get a better price than if you had them done separately.

Often the old style wooden doors and window frames do not have double glazed glass in. Double glazing makes a huge difference to the amount of heat you can retain. This will help reduce your energy bills which is more important than ever this year with the rise in energy prices going up and up.

Before committing to having the work done, be sure to get a few quotes to allow you to compare costs. Also try and find reviews for the company you wish to use before deciding to use them. It’s not always the cheapest company that is the best.

You may be able to get a great deal if you wait until the new year as many windows and door companies have a sale in January to drum up some new businesses.

Creating a winter wonderland in your garden

It is not long now until Christmas is here and many people are already dying to get their decorations put up. Most people wait until December to put their decs up but for some the middle of November is late enough.

It is not just the inside of our houses that we like to decorate for the festive period. More and more people are investing in lights for the outside of the house too. With the awful couple of years that many of us have had due to the pandemic, people are wanting to make the most of the special time we get to spend with our friends and family. Creating a winter wonderland in your garden is the perfect way to bring some festive cheer not only to your home but to the rest of the street.

Christmas decorations and lights can be expensive so it is worth keeping an eye out for items in the sale. These can often be picked up in the January sales.

You need to ensure that any lights that you have for the inside or outside of your home are safe and are installed correctly. Only ever use proper outdoor sockets for pluggin in your lights on the outside of your property.

Buying your first home

If you are currently in rented accommodation or living with parents or relatives then you may be looking to purchase your own home. These days, it’s is no easy task purchasing your own home as long gone are the days of 100% mortgages. Most mortgage companies like you to have at least ten percent deposits but ideally twenty percent. With the average three bedroom home in the UK costing in excess of two hundred thousand pounds that is a huge amount of money to have to save up. With the cost of living rising too, many young people are struggling to get their foot on the ladder. Some government schemes may help them such as the equity loan which tops up their deposit up to twenty percent. The buy must have at least five percent deposit but the government can then loan them up to an additional fifteen percent. This offer is only open to people who have never owned a home before.

If you are considering buying a new build then you will need a minimum of fifteen percent deposit. You may be able to go down the shared ownership route if you are not able to get a mortgage for the full amount that you require.

Transforming your room with clever lighting

If you have recently decorated a room but it still doesn’t seem quite right, it could be that the lighting needs to be changed.

Lighting is so very important to the ambience of a room yet very often it is a bit of an afterthought. You may spend hours agonising over which wallpaper looks the best and which pictures or ornaments will complement the design, without really giving a thought to the lighting. You should try and decide what lights you want and wear prior to the decorating as if you need walls chasing out or new lighting circuits put in then you will want to have that done before you decorate.  

Dimmable bulbs are a great option as they allow you to have the light when you need to do something but make it more relaxing and calm when chilling out.

Many people install under cupboard lighting in the kitchen so they can have a subtle light on all the time. This is usually done by gluing an LED strip under the cupboards with can often be either battery powered or mains powered.

You can even have smart lighting installed in your home which can be controlled via an app or smart devices such as Alexa.

Bespoke Glass Rooflights for Stunning Homes

Rooflights make homes more beautiful through the incorporation of additional natural light. Glass rooflights are even more aesthetically pleasing, with beautiful clear glass looking up into the sky. Bespoke glass rooflights are the perfect solution where aesthetics matter but an out of the box solution will not work for one reason or another. Be it a lack of appropriate sizes, or a need for a more custom design, a bespoke glass rooflight is the perfect choice in every respect. It will give you the flexibility to specify the design you want in the dimensions and specifications you need, freeing you up to make the most of your home and create the aesthetic you are dreaming of.

A custom rooflight does not necessarily need to be a design that is wildly different or that really pushes boundaries. It can be as simple as crafting a rooflight that is just slightly different in terms of its dimensions and that will be the perfect fit for your roof. Many rooflights come in numerous standard sizes, but this does not necessarily mean that there will be one that is right for you, especially if your roof is smaller and the space is tighter. This can limit the choice of standard rooflights that you could have, and the ones that are available might still not be quite right. Getting a bespoke rooflight instead is the more logical choice in this situation, as you will be able to guarantee you are getting exactly what you want. It might also be the opposite case, and you may have an extra large roof space. This might happen if you have a ground floor extension with a flat roof and you want a rooflight to fit into most of it, and you are not keen on having multiple rooflights. You may find that there is simply not one that is big enough, therefore a bespoke rooflight would be a better fit, where there is no limit on the size. Some roofs are just not a standard shape and have slightly more awkward dimensions than usual. If this is the case, a standard rooflight will usually not work as they tend to come in quite uniform square and rectangular sizes. Based on that, a rooflight for a more unusual roof shape or size may need to be custom made.

Aesthetics is the other big part of choosing a bespoke rooflight. You can specify the style of rooflight that you would like, whether or not it is readily available as a standard rooflight or not. With the choice of flat glass rooflights, fixed rooflights, rooflights with hinged opening for ventilation, and even walk on rooflights that you can stand on (making them great for a balcony or veranda), there will be a design choice that you will like. Based on this, you can find the style that best suits you and your personal preferences, and make it your own by turning it into a beautiful bespoke glass rooflight for any part of your home.

If you are moving to a new area, be sure to do your research

If you are considering moving house or buying / renting a new home then you should ensure that you do your research before deciding exactly where to live. It may be that you are limited as to where you can live as you need to be close to your place of work, children’s school or family.

When property searching it can be very easy to fall in love with a property without really considering where it is and what’s close by. You firstly need to establish if you want to live in the countryside, in a city or somewhere in the middle. Living in the countryside can be great and very relaxing but there are also downsides. You may find it hard to adjust to country live it you have previously lived in a city. Simple things such as the convenience of the shops being on your door step and takeaways galore can take a while to adjust to. Often people have to relocate for jobs in which case you may want to live as close to work as possible.

When doing research think about not only the street that you will be living on but also surrounding streets, especially ones that back on to yours. Have a look at the local schools and their Ofsted reports if you have children or are planning on having them.

Replacing the internal doors in your home

When it comes to home improvements there are a number of different changes you can make that can have a huge impact. Some of the changes may be quite expensive to implement whilst others can be done on a very small budget.

One what to make a big impact is to change your internal doors. If you have plain doors that have no detailing or panelling then replacing then for ones that do can really make a room look more stylised and classier. New doors can cost upwards of £60 each but often you can pick up second hand ones for as little as £10 a door or possibly even for free!

When shopping for replacement internal doors it is important to remember that they are not all the same size. You do need to get accurate measurements and be sure to compare it to the doors that are already in place. If you get doors that are a little bit too big then you can simply plane some off the top or bottom, but if you buy doors that are too small then there is not much you can do and you will need to buy different ones.

Is your garden summer ready?

Finally it seems that summer has come to the UK although it is still quite up and down at the moment, we do seem to be having some nice weather. As we are never quite sure how long the good weather is going to last, it is important to try and get your garden ready in advance so you can make the most of it when the sun does shine. It may be that you want to build a patio are or decking and get some new furniture or maybe you want to create a play area for your children to enjoy.

It is important to think carefully about space when creating your perfect garden layout, especially if you have a relatively small garden. You need to think about where the sun is during the day, as you may want your child’s play area to be set up in the shade but your chairs to be set up in the sun. When it comes to play equipment, you are often limited by the space you have. Trampolines can be a lot of fun, but do take up a large amount of room. If you do not have room for a swing and frame then you may be able to attach a swing to a tree, this will not only save space but also keep the garden looking more natural as lots of people do not like the idea of having lots of bright plastic toys.

What should you do in preparation for selling your home?

Lots of people have been stuck in their homes for the past 12 months and you may of realised that it no longer meets your needs. If you are considering selling your home then there may be certain things that you need to do to it to get it ready to go on to the market. Some changes you do to your home may add more value to it such as installing a second bathroom or building an extension. Other changes you make to your home may not add much or any value but will make it more saleable. If you are looking for a quick sale then you will want to do as much to make it more attractive to buyers as possible without spending too much money. If you are in no rush then you may be able to invest slightly more into the home as long as you are confident you will get a health return on your investment.

You need to make a list of work that should be completed before the home goes on the market and ideally create a timescale for each project. This will give you something to work towards and make sure that all the work gets completed in time for when you want to put it up for sale.

Home improvements on a budget

If you desperately want to do some home improvements but are struggling to find the funds to do so, then below are a few simple ways in which you can make a difference without breaking the bank. Over the last 12months many of us have spent a lot more time in our homes and gardens. This may of made you notice areas of your home that you feel need improving but you may also of been hit financial and be struggling for money. If this is the case then all is not lost. There are many ways in which you can make a big difference to a room in your home without having to take out loans or spend all your savings.

Often decorating is the easiest way to make a big difference. Kitchens are often one of the main rooms in a house that people say they want to change. They get a lot of use and because you are constantly cooking and cleaning in them, they tend to get a bit grubby over time. It may be that you want to change the cupboards and the tiles around the kitchen, but this can be a big job and will often cost thousands of pounds. Lots of people chose to just replace the cupboard doors rather than the carcases too which can cut the price, but even this is still not cheap. Lots of companies now do cupboard paint, allowing you to totally transform your kitchen for less than £20 a tin. This paint comes in a variety of colours and often requires very little preparation. You can change the colour of your kitchen easily with cupboard paint at a tiny fraction of the cost for a new one. You can also change the door handles which again will give the kitchen a whole new look and feel. There are some great makeover images on the internet giving you ideas of how to paint your kitchen to give it the wow factor.

If you feel your living room is looking a bit dated, then a lick of paint can do wonders. Also, simply tasks such as decluttering and replacing tired old ornaments with more modern ones or artificial plants can give the room a new lease of live. If the carpet is worn out then why not hire a carpet cleaner. Not only can this give your carpets a fresh clean look, but it makes the room smell lovely and clean. When decorating you may want to stick to one or two colours and then you can add a splash of colour using furnishings such as cushions, rugs, candles and tie back. If you then decide you want to change the colour scheme, this is easy and cheap to do.