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Lovely New Bathroom?

Lovely New Bathroom?

What should go where? How do I maximise my space? Where do I start?

We provide the full service for a new bathroom (or any room), but here is a checklist to help you get started…

  1. Draw a rough sketch of your bathroom, showing the position of soil pipe and windows and doors and the height of the room.
  2. There are many fully back to wall wc suites available however some bathrooms must have an open backed pan due to position of soil pipe.
  3. Check if you need to have a raised a shower tray.
  4. Do you know what kind of system you have i.e high pressure taps on a low pressure system would require a pump.
  5. Do you require a water softener? Having one can prolong the life of your new bathroom and also combat scale that may already be in the system.
  6. Be aware of lighting even lighting will get rid of dark areas in the bathroom making colour matching easier.

For more advice or a quote on creating your dream sanctuary, please get in touch.

Dastardly Damp

Dastardly Damp

Damp problems can be a serious concern in any home, whether you are a home-owner or renter, or living in any style of property. At best it can be a nuisance and make a room feel cold, unwelcoming and unhealthy, and at worst it can indicate structural or weatherproofing issues.

Fortunately, damp can often be treated and prevented without calling in the professionals. There are also easy signs to keep an eye out for that might indicate a problem, and simple strategies you can employ to reduce symptoms in your home.

Identifying Damp

Damp problems are usually most apparent during the winter months, but you can look for warning signs at any time of year. The following checks should help you to identify the location of the problem;

  • Walls– Hold your hand against the wall, does it feel very cold or damp? Look for signs of mould or fungal growth which will appear as black speckled marks or grey growths on painted walls, woodwork and wallpaper. Flaking paint or curling wallpaper can also be an indicator.

 

  • Ceilings– As well as looking for signs of mould, pay close attention to the colour of the ceiling. Is it discoloured or stained in areas? Brown patches in the external corners and near chimney breasts can indicate damp.

 

  • Windows– Condensation on windows in the morning, along with small puddles of water along window sills, can indicate high moisture levels within your house. This can be both a cause, or symptom, of damp. Black mould may also develop on wooden and PVC window frames, and silicon sealant used around the edge of frames.

 

  • Bathrooms and kitchens– Inspect the grouting and sealant for signs of black mould. Check around window frames and on ceilings for similar damage. Look inside cabinets and cupboards to identify any areas of staining and mould growth, and pay attention to musty smells.

 

  • Furniture and soft furnishings– Black mould can grow on the inside of curtains, blinds and on upholstered surfaces such as sofas. Check the back of furniture for specks of mould and also for cloudy condensation on wooden and plastic surfaces.

 

  • Basements and unheated storage spaces– A musty, damp smell is likely to be first indicator of a problem here. In addition, check for staining and mould on painted walls and woodwork.

In the majority of homes, damp is caused by one of four following issues;

  • Insufficient ventilation
  • Penetrating damp
  • Leaking plumbing
  • Rising damp

 

You can prevent damp by:

  • Keep on top of outdoor home maintenance
  • Keep the home warm
  • Ensure the home is well-ventilated
  • Avoid producing lots of moisture
  • Take care when cooking
  • Remove excess moisture
  • Choose moisture-resistant décor finishes
  • Leave room to breathe

 

Damp can be a big job to get rid of but we are here to help take preventative measures as well as dealing any damp issues you may already have.  Get in touch for a chat and to find out more.

5 Tips for Renovating

5 Tips for Renovating

Renovating your home allows you to customise your home to your unique needs and tastes. You may be thinking of renovating your home and seeking the benefits, whether it be creating a more enjoyable space, reducing your energy costs or ultimately boosting your property’s value. This is your opportunity to create your dream home. However, knowing how to go about achieving your goals can be challenging and renovation does not come without its risks.

  1. Maintain Control Of Your Money

It is essential to have a budget, but more important is how you spend that money and manage your finances. There is a logical order in which renovation works should be undertaken and preparing a plan of action is a useful way of estimating the likely costs of your protect. Make sure to fix the price for a job.

  1. Have A Contingency Fund

Renovation projects are notorious for going over budget. This can be due to unexpected surprises resulting in more money being spent on the project. Ensure to have a reserve of money set aside to cover possible unforeseen future expenses. We recommend having a contingency of a minimum 10%.

  1. Find A Reliable Builder

A builder that is highly-recommended with a track record of reliability and good quality workmanship is worth his weight in gold.  We can provide excellent references and our portfolio speaks for itself.

  1. Don’t Compromise On The Services

Don’t compromise on the central heating, installation, the plumbing or the rewiring because of your overall concern for getting the space right. It is vital to get the services right first, getting any damp issues sorted and improving installation before starting on your renovation. By doing so you are spending on one of the most expensive things first, rather than last where compromises are more likely to occur.

  1. Communication Is Key

Communication is not only important to manage expectations with your builder but to also understand where you are in your project. What has been achieved? What is outstanding? What are the problems? This enables you to stay in control. By having a good relationship with your builder in a proactive and positive way you’ll keep their interest in the project. Good builders will communicate clearly with you however take the opportunity yourself to better manage your project.