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Questions You Need To Ask Yourself When Considering An Attic Conversion

Converting your lifeless attic into a living space that could be filled with joy and laughter one day, is a fantastic way to fully make use of all the space in your home. Utilizing the attic is a task unlike any other around the house because it’s essentially an integral structure that is a part of the roof, which is the most fragile part of any home. However, it gives you so much creative leeway to convert the attic into a room totally of your choosing which could not only be a great asset to your living standard but increase the price of the home. Whether you choose the new room to be an additional bathroom, living room or bedroom, the financial rewards are too great to miss. Many people convert the emptiness into a study, where you can get away from the noise of a busy household and purely focus on your paperwork. The first step is to plan sufficiently so the tricky stumbling blocks of design can be tackled with a driven purpose.

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The inspection 

 

Before your heart can set on any particular idea for the space, check that converting your attic is feasible. You could go the easy route and hire an inspector to come to your home and learn the history of the property, the materials used and the structural safety that the building codes the local authority or company adhered to. Although, you could also make some simple checks to see for yourself before getting a second opinion. The ceiling needs to be around 10 to 12-feet high in order for it to be deemed safe, as banging on the support beam and metal bars is bad for your and the house’s health. In that regard, the floor also must have the correct support to withstand many people walking on it at different locations in the room.

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Making it comfortable 

 

It’s important that your potential space has modern regulations on insulation that were used during construction. This means you should have r-30 insulation in the walls along with r-13 in the ceiling so that you’ll be protected from windchills and have an adequate room that keeps the heat in. Having the proper insulation will also save money on an energy bill. Equally important, there needs to be at least one window from which sunlight and fresh air may peer through. Following the same principle as the insulation, seek to hire a company like Buckingham Double Glazing, which specialises in proper window construction. You can then choose whether you want aluminium or wooden frames for a modern or rustic style. Pick out where you would like a window using knowledge of which way your home faces so as to get the most sunlight available. From then on, the installation will be focussed on maintaining the integrity of the surrounding structure.

 

The real price 

 

There’s a big difference between an estimate you might have gotten to the final quotation. An estimate is the contractor’s guess as to what the conversion might end up costing you. However, the quotation is the final price after every question of safety, design, materials, time and labour have been calculated. Before work can be done, you will be given a list of the overall expenditure and the items to be bought, so make sure your budget is sufficient.

 

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Everdine, a healthy, frozen meal delivery service

Have you ever had one of those days when you have got dinner out to defrost but come cooking time it’s still frozen? Well this happened to me today, so I started riffling through cupboards looking for an alternative dinner option (spaghetti hoops on toast maybe?) when I remembered this week I had been sent an everdine delivery by tornado to trial! Dinner was saved!

 

Everdine supplies frozen, one person portion sized meals, which are healthy and interesting. The selection from the supermarket is dull (to say the least) and poor quality (or at least the ones I have bought have been, it’s pot luck whether you get any meat in them and they turn out soggy and mediocre) but everdine offers interesting meals and the quality is great.

How it works

Select your plan: 8 meals or 12 meals vegetarian or classic. 12 works out slightly cheaper per meal (£6.90 vs £6.40).

Select frequency of delivery (1-4 weekly) and day of delivery (Friday or Saturday)

Select your meals: it auto selects 8 dishes for you, if you click “change meals” you get the full list. You can click on the meal for full details, nutritional info, calorie content, full list of ingredients and allergy info.

Then enter your details and order.


Who are these for

They aren’t cheap, if you want cheap go to the supermarket and stock up on lasagnes and Mac cheese, but these are really interesting and really tasty! They are great for those people who live alone, or maybe have different shifts to the rest of the family so you eat alone and you don’t want to cook a whole meal for one person. Or perhaps for that one night a week you have a club and end up eating later than everyone else. Or like us, it’s great in the freezer for those days you fail to defrost dinner in time!


Example meals

An example of the meals currently on there site are below:

  • King Prawn Miso Raman
  • Cajun Blackened Salmon
  • Roast Duck with Blueberries
  • Lemon and Black Pepper Chicken
  • Warm Pea and Asparagus Orzo Salad
  • Speckled Lentil Chilli with Parisienne Potatoes
  • Slow Cooked Beef and Beetroot Bourguignon
  • Singapore Noodles
  • Tofu and Shitake Mushrooms with Blackbean Sauce

If you would like to try Everdine they are offering all my followers a £25 discount, sign up here.

Please remember if you just want a one off delivery you will need to cancel your subscription.

*please note, items were provided free for the purpose of review. But all words and opinions are my own.

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Kitchen Makeovers That Won’t Break The Bank

The kitchen is the heart of the home.

It’s where we eat, drink, laugh and cry. It’s where we prepare and eat food, socialise, enjoy a glass of wine and yes, if it’s been a rough day, it’s where we slam cupboard doors.

Any kitchen worth its salt is something of a workhorse. Meals are prepared, cooked and cleaned up after every day. Plates and glasses are dropped and shatter, crumbs disappear into nooks and crannies never to be seen again, knives and cleavers miss their marks and gouge nicks in worktops.

Let’s face it, our kitchen takes a beating.

When the heart of our home starts to lose its lustre it’s no surprise that many of us balk at the prospect of a triple bypass!
Replacing your kitchen and undergoing deep renovations can be an incredibly expensive process. Moreover, you might be especially reticent if you’ve already got your dream kitchen.

So here are some ways in which you can give your kitchen a facelift without breaking the bank.

Cabinet revival


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Your cabinets are a key part of your kitchen’s aesthetic and when they start to look faded and worn they can give your kitchen a dowdy look and feel. The good news is that reviving your cabinets in many cases is as simple as a lick of paint.

Opting for light, neutral colours will give your kitchen a sense of space and lightness, making it feel fresh and breezy.

Top-Down reorganisation

Your worktops take up the lion’s share of the kitchen’s surface area and since they’re where all the action is, they’re one of the first things to start looking shabby.

Fortunately, replacing your worktops is one of the most effective ways of renewing your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.

The range of worktops on the market is huge and designed to suit pretty much any taste or budget. Laminate worktops are versatile and cost-effective but if you prefer a more classic aesthetic there are types of wooden worktops to suit any taste too. Whatever material you choose it should be fairly easy to tailor your worktops to your existing space and appliances.

Floor it!

The floor takes the brunt of every spill, every dropped plate and every shattered glass, so don’t be too surprised if it finds itself needing a facelift after a few years. Fortunately, in many cases reflooring is cost effective and easy as new flooring can be laid down over the old.

Vinyl flooring is relatively cheap and comes in a huge range of textures and finishes although if your kitchen has a more traditional appearance there’s no substitute for a natural wood finish.


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It’s what’s inside that counts

Since we’re removing things from and putting things back into our kitchen cupboards on a regular basis, it’s no surprise when our storage becomes cluttered and unusable. Before we know it, our surfaces are bedecked with all manner of jars, tins and utensils.

For many of us it’s a simple matter of reorganising our kitchen storage regularly. In extreme cases it might be worth looking into some new storage solutions.

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Dreaming About Buying A Holiday Home? 

Today, a lot of families love to travel, using every school holiday and bank holiday to get away. The only downside to traveling as a family is that once the kids reach school age, you can only really get away in the school holidays when prices triple. How a lot of parents are getting around this issue is by investing in a holiday home of their own, so that when it comes to traveling all they have to pay for is the transport. Continue reading “Dreaming About Buying A Holiday Home? “

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Get in Good Habits and Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

With summer well on the way, it can be easier to save money on bills around the home. You can dry your laundry outside, and there isn’t a need to have your heating on. You use fewer lights in the daytime, and might even use less gas for things like cooking. So it is can be easy to get forgetful about ways to cut the costs of our bills at home. But if we establish some bad habits in summer, then it can lead to us carrying on that way when the cooler temperatures come back. So what are some good habits to get into, to take care of our home, as well as keep costs down? Here are some ideas for you. Continue reading “Get in Good Habits and Make Your Home More Energy Efficient”

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Fixin’ Kitchens: Small Changes With Big Impact


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The kitchen is arguably the most important room in the house. You will spend a lot of time here, either cooking or performing other jobs. And, your guests will also spend a lot of their time in the kitchen; especially at parties. This sort of room is perfect for gatherings. But, a lot of people aren’t happy with the kitchen they have. Having something entirely new would be too expensive, though. And, this makes it hard to improve the situation.Thankfully, this doesn’t limit you when it comes to changes small things. To help you out, this post will be going through the best parts of your kitchen to change to have maximum impact.

To start, you should be considering the appliances you own. These sorts of items will often look old and bad after a few years of use. This is partly because of changing styles. But, it’s also because they tend to be used a lot. This sort of change can be made as you can afford it, though. So, it’s not too hard. For example, a lot of people will replace something small, like a kettle, for something nicer. Then, you can save for the next item. Once you have that, you save for the next, and so on.Modern appliance design is being moved much more in the direction of looking good. This makes now the best time ever to be shopping for this sort of item.

Next, you can think about some slightly bigger jobs. A lot of people paint their kitchen once and then leave it for many years. This works for other room. But, unfortunately, the kitchen is used far too much for this rule to apply. Instead, you should be painting your kitchen every couple of years. This isn’t all bad, though. It gives you the chance to change the style of the room by using a different option. And, it will make it easier for you to maintain a beautiful room.A website like https://www.dulux.co.uk/en can help you to find the best options for your kitchen. They have loads of choices; without making it hard for you to make the decision. Along with this, you could also consider getting some new tiles; if you’re feeling adventurous.

This next area is one that caused a lot of people trouble. When you’re used to it, it can be very hard to notice when something like your sink needs to be updated. And, it can also be hard to realise how much of an impact this part of the kitchen has on the rest of the room. Choosing these items should be done with care. It’s best to start with the sink and choose the taps based on that.A website like https://www.tapwarehouse.com/category/ceramic-kitchen-sinks can help you to choose the best option for your kitchen. And, a lot of the choices come with taps. So, you don’t have to spend loads of time looking for something to match. Instead, you can simply by the items together.

The last item on this list isn’t very big at all. In fact, if you have everything to complete the work; it might only take you an afternoon. Over time, a lot of kitchens start to look worse for wear. Cabinet doors will start to sag, and the whites won’t be so white anymore. To solve this issues; you just need to put in some work. Sorting out cabinet doors will usually be a case of simply tightening some screws. Once you’ve done this, it’s time for a deep clean. Kitchens will often get very dirty. And, this shows. You can’t hide this area of the room very well, either. Instead, you just have to deal with it. Restoring your kitchen to its former glory may take the use of some harsh cleaning products. So, it’s worth doing some research to make sure that you don’t choose the wrong options.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start working harder on the part of your home that you use the most. A lot of people ignore this sort of work. But, this will result in feeling bad about a room that has to be used all the time. For the amount of work you have to do, this is all very much worth it. And, in most cases, it won’t cost much at all to make changes like this. Just do plenty of research to ensure you make the right decisions.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Small Home

We’re told that bigger is better when it comes to homes, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Having a big home just makes it easier to get the home you want. If you’re smart, then you can transform a small space into a home that you’ll love. In this day and age, there’s always a way to get around whatever problem you might have: if your issue is that you’re struggling for space, then don’t worry – just take the tips we offer below, and you’ll be able to get the most of our small living spaces.

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Mirrors

You need to make it look like you live in a bigger home than you actually do. This is all about tricking your mind so that you think your living spaces are bigger than they actually are. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure there are plenty of mirrors hanging around your home, as they can make a room look much deeper and cavernous than it actually is. You’ll always be able to always catch a look at yourself throughout the day: double win!

Decluttering

If your home is big enough, then bags and bags of clutter stacked around your rooms won’t make all that much difference. You’ll have enough extra space to cover up for the issues that it brings. You don’t have this luxury if you live in a small space. If that’s you, then you need to keep your home tidy of junk and belongings. This doesn’t mean adopting a minimalist style and not having things in your rooms: it’s just about ensuring that everything that’s in your room has a purpose. If you’re a hoarder, it might be time to get sort through your belongings and make some difficult choices about what should stay and what should go!

Play to Its Size

You know the saying, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”? The same goes for homes. There’s no such thing as a small home because it’s all relative. If you have an interior decoration that is obviously too big for your home, then it’ll look small. That’s why it’s important to play up to your home’s size.

When you fit curtains, look at https://www.montgomery.co.uk/shop/made-to-measure-curtains and get custom measured curtains that are right for your room. If you’re looking at radiators, then get ones that hang vertically rather than horizontal. It’s all about thinking about the size and shape of a room’s essentials.

Finding the Right Furniture 

If you go into a home furnishing store and pick a piece that you like, you might get home and discover it makes the room look too clunky. Of all the things you’ll be buying for you, none will have so noticeable an impact than your furniture. Because you have limited space, you need to be making sure you have the right furniture for your home. Note, though, that you don’t always have to buy small. You should avoid bulky furniture, but large pieces can have the unexpected effect of making a room look bigger.

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Storage

You don’t have to choose between having space in your home and owning the things you want to own. You just need to get creative with your storage and look at new options for hiding your belongings away. Do you know that you probably have many more storage options than you realise? You can add storage under your stairs, under tables, under the bed, and more. As you walk through the home, take a look at all your spaces and ask whether it might be suitable for another storage space.

Having the Right Colours

The color scheme of a home can dictate everything about how we feel about a home. It gives a room its tone and greatly influences how we perceive its size. If you paint a room with dark colors, then it’ll naturally look smaller; fine if you have a big room and are trying to make it look cozy, less fine if you have a tiny home and need to make it look bigger. Instead, go for brighter colors. You should avoid going for white walls, as although it might make the room look bigger, it’ll also make it look uninviting. Go for soft yellows and creams instead.

Using the Corners

The corner of a room is comfortably the most neglected part of the room. Everything tends to face toward the centre of the room, when really you can make a room look a lot bigger if you make the most of the corners. Adding tables, reading corners, and the like can bring the corner into play in the room, and will expand the room just enough to make a difference.

Big Windows 

To get the most of a small home, you need to be letting in as much natural light as possible. You can do this by adding big windows – and make sure they’re clean – and adding French doors that open up to the back of your property. They’re relatively small additions to a home, but can make the world of difference, and increase its value at the same time. Also, don’t underestimate just how much of an impact having plants inside your home can have! They bring a touch of the outdoors inside and help make a room feel less claustrophobic.

Get Creative 

Your home is unique, and so are you what you want to achieve with it. If you want your small home to be the best it can be, you’ll need to get creative and put your thinking cap on what is the best way you can use the space? There is a lot more you can a room than most people realize, so if you want it to be the best it can be you’ll need to look at a room for what it is: a simple space with four walls and a ceiling. Check out some of the best small room designs at http://freshome.com/30-small-bedrooms-ideas-to-make-your-home-look-bigger/ for inspiration.

 

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