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Using a Professional Bathroom Planner

By |2008-08-27T00:00:00+00:00August 27, 2008|Bathroom Design|

With most bathrooms being in quite small rooms you may think that there's only one layout that will work and there won't be anything that a bathroom planner can offer you. But it's something worth considering, even if your bathroom is small, because they may be aware of arrangements and [...]

Installing a Bathroom: Professional Help or DIY?

By |2008-08-22T00:00:00+00:00August 22, 2008|Bathroom Design|

Although bathroom fitting is well within the capabilities of any competent DIY person there's a number of different skills involved so many people prefer to reach for the phone and get professionals in. As well as plumbing there may be carpentry and joinery to be done, tiling and perhaps even [...]

Options for Bathroom Radiators and Heaters

By |2008-08-17T00:00:00+00:00August 17, 2008|Bathroom Design|

Walking into a cold bathroom can be a real shock, particularly first thing in the morning. Fortunately bathroom heating options are more numerous these days and it's no longer a choice between radiators or the glowing red electric heater that never seemed to do much anyway. And even if you [...]

En Suite Bathroom: A Good Investment?

By |2008-08-16T00:00:00+00:00August 16, 2008|Bathroom Design|

En suite bathrooms have become increasingly popular and it's now not unusual for executive new build homes to have nearly as many bathrooms as bedrooms. They have also increased in popularity in the professional lettings market and 2 bed, 2 berth flats are not uncommon in new builds or conversions [...]

Should You Change a Bedroom into a Bathroom?

By |2008-08-15T00:00:00+00:00August 15, 2008|Bathroom Design|

Whether or not to do a bathroom remodelling project to make a bathroom from a bedroom is a problem that many householders are faced with. In practical terms it' ought to be simply a case of getting on with it as long as it's what you want, you can afford [...]

A Guide to Bathroom Electrics

By |2008-08-15T00:00:00+00:00August 15, 2008|Bathroom Planning|

The bathroom is one room in the house where there are even stricter safety standards than usual. Although it might seem that these requirements are an annoyance, particularly when you're trying to get the bathroom finished so that the family can use it, they are all designed to keep everyone [...]

Bathroom Cabinets and Storage Options

By |2008-08-15T00:00:00+00:00August 15, 2008|Bathroom Planning|

Bathroom storage is an area where a little work can pay a big dividend, as being able to hide the clutter can make a bathroom look a lot larger. The clutter comes in various forms, as well as the bathing and beauty products and the teeth paraphernalia the bathroom is [...]

Ideas for Kitchen Tiles and Splashbacks

By |2008-08-14T00:00:00+00:00August 14, 2008|Kitchen Ideas|

Ceramic tiles have always been popular for kitchen walls as they can withstand liquids and food debris can be wiped off them. They are usually put around the sink area and along worktop runs, between the worktop and the wall cupboards. The range of tiles on the market is just [...]

Kitchen Lighting for Atmosphere and Practicality

By |2008-08-13T00:00:00+00:00August 13, 2008|Kitchen Ideas|

Lighting in a kitchen is perhaps more important than in any other room in the house as it's vital to be able to see when you're preparing and cooking food. Apart from the dangers of cutting yourself when chopping food you need to be able to see that food and [...]

Make Best Use of the Corners in Your Kitchen

By |2008-08-12T00:00:00+00:00August 12, 2008|Kitchen Ideas|

Making usable space for the corners of fitted kitchens has vexed kitchen designers and planners right from the start. If you use ordinary base units and wall cupboards, no amount of kitchen design wizardry will arrange them without leaving a dead space at the corner that can't be accessed. Wall [...]

Advice on Electrics in the Kitchen

By |2008-08-12T00:00:00+00:00August 12, 2008|Kitchen Planning|

Getting the electrics right is an important part of kitchen design and it's vital to get everything in the right place. While doing a kitchen design it makes sense to completely over-spec the electricity supply and provisions for appliances and gadgets as it's not a job you want to have [...]

Using a Professional Kitchen Planner

By |2008-08-08T00:00:00+00:00August 8, 2008|Kitchen Design|

Using a kitchen planner is probably not the first thing on your to-do list when you're renovating a kitchen. But it's worth considering as some help with the planning process could lead you to a better laid out and more functional kitchen than if you flail around with it yourself. [...]

Kitchen Radiators and Heating Options

By |2008-08-07T00:00:00+00:00August 7, 2008|Kitchen Design|

Kitchen heating wasn't a really problem in the dim and distant past since the kitchen would be used for cooking and the oven or stove would warm the room up, making radiators unnecessary. But increasingly the kitchen is used as a family centre, particularly if it is a kitchen diner, [...]

Kitchen Fitting: Professional Help or DIY?

By |2008-08-06T00:00:00+00:00August 6, 2008|Kitchen Design|

Doing your own kitchen fitting ought to be possible for anyone who is a reasonably practised DIY-er, but whether or not they should do it is another matter. If they have the money, then it might be worth paying somebody else to do the kitchen fitting, if it means they'll [...]

Options for Kitchen Tables and Islands

By |2008-08-04T00:00:00+00:00August 4, 2008|Kitchen Design|

Three or four decades ago the kitchen table almost became extinct, as fully fitted kitchens pushed them out and our ideas for kitchen furniture didn’t allow for anything other than sleek base units, worktops and wall cupboards. Then about ten to twenty years ago the kitchen island began to appear, [...]

Recycling Options for the Kitchen

By |2008-07-30T00:00:00+00:00July 30, 2008|Kitchen Planning|

With the current focus on ecology, recycling and carbon-reduction it's not surprising that green issues have entered the kitchen. There are two main areas of interest, the first concerns the use of materials and methods when renovating a kitchen, the second is about aiding recycling in the kitchen on a [...]

Cooking and Food Preparation in Your Kitchen

By |2008-07-30T00:00:00+00:00July 30, 2008|Kitchen Planning|

Cooking and food preparation are the main intensive tasks that people perform in a kitchen and with the trend towards fresher and healthier foods this is unlikely to change in the near future. Worktop space is key to a kitchen design that allows you to prepare food in comfort, doubly [...]

Kitchen Planning: Finding a Layout that Works

By |2008-07-30T00:00:00+00:00July 30, 2008|Kitchen Planning|

Kitchen layout is all important, if you are doing a whole kitchen renovation, it's a chance to fix all the things that annoy you about the current kitchen design. However your kitchen planning will need to be accurate because it will be difficult and time-consuming to change the basic layout [...]

Should you use Kitchen Design Software?

By |2008-07-28T00:00:00+00:00July 28, 2008|Kitchen Planning|

With so many people now having PCs at home it's no surprise that someone embarking on a kitchen design should consider turning to their PC to make the job easier. But is it worth the aggravation of buying it and learning how to use it, particularly if you're only going [...]

Installing Kitchen Appliances

By |2008-07-24T00:00:00+00:00July 24, 2008|Kitchen Planning|

These days kitchen appliances are often designed to go straight into fitted kitchens but kitchen design must still take into account the installation limitations of the various different appliances. And in a modern household, fitted kitchen design needs to take care of a number of different appliances such as: Hob, [...]

Replace or Repair Damaged Windows

By |2021-05-24T08:54:41+00:00July 2, 2008|Doors & Windows|

Repairing windows and doors doesn't have to be a job for the specialist. Glass and frame repairs are possible on wooden framed windows but realistically only with single glazing, not double glazed windows. Aluminium and PVCu double glazing window and door replacement or repair is probably best left to the [...]

Replacing International Plugs With British Plugs

By |2021-05-24T08:54:32+00:00April 3, 2008|Electrical Repairs|

Many of us travel abroad for our holidays or on business trips and take advantage of the sometimes vastly reduced prices when it comes to electrical and electronic equipment. When we do so however we buy these items fitted with the plugs used to conduct electricity in the country of [...]

Preparing the Surface for Painting

By |2021-05-24T08:54:34+00:00August 10, 2007|Decorating Tips|

Paintwork creates the final look and personality of your home so it’s worth taking your time to prepare surfaces properly. Read on for tips on how to prepare ceilings walls and other types of surfaces for a professional paint job. Preparing Walls Plenty of preparation will be needed if a [...]

Replacing a Standard Light Switch with a Dimmer

By |2021-05-24T08:54:32+00:00August 10, 2007|Electrical Repairs|

A dimmer switch is a perfect of way of becoming more energy efficient and providing attractive enhancement for decorations and furnishings around your home. On this page you will find information about fitting a basic dimmer switch onto an existing standard light switch. It’s a fairly easy DIY job but [...]

Replacing a Fuse and Resetting a Circuit Breaker

By |2021-05-24T08:54:32+00:00August 10, 2007|Electrical Repairs|

Replacing a fuse and resetting a circuit breaker is an easy DIY job. Below we share the basics on what you need to know and what you need to do, to get everything up and running again. Always follow appropriate safety guidelines when tackling electrical DIY. Fuses and Fusebox Fuse [...]

Cleaning Gutters and Drainpipes

By |2021-05-24T08:54:38+00:00August 8, 2007|Household Jobs|

Cleaning your gutters and drainpipes is a useful habit to get into. Overflows can allow damp to enter your brickwork and damage the interior of your home. On this page we provide useful tips on how to clean your guttering and drainpipes effectively. The Guttering System The basic guttering system [...]

Painting the Exterior of Your House

By |2021-05-24T08:54:35+00:00August 8, 2007|Decorating Tips|

Painting the exterior of your home as a DIYer can be a daunting task especially if you are tackling a large surface. But don’t worry if you follow our guidelines below you can achieve excellent results. Advice on Buying Paint Consider carefully the type of paint you need for every [...]

How to Unblock a Blocked Toilet – Guaranteed!! Using Just a Mop and a Bag

By |2021-05-26T11:07:50+00:00May 22, 2007|Plumbing Repairs|

A blocked toilet can seem like an emergency job requiring a plumber to remove the blockage... but do not panic, as it is a task which is often easy to fix by using our FREE yet simple method. In the first instance we are going to try a mop and [...]

Choosing the Right Paint for Purpose

By |2021-05-24T08:54:34+00:00May 8, 2007|Decorating Tips|

A bewildering number of varieties of household paints are available these days from an ever increasing number of brands. To make things easy for you on this page, we list the common types of paints and their popular uses. Remember, taking the time to select the best type of paint [...]

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