Bringing the seaside into your home

If you love the idea of recreating a bright, breezy nautical feel in your home, there are loads of ways introduce this to your décor. The beauty of a nautical theme is that is offers a great relaxed and easy vibe in the home, whether you live by the sea or not. Perhaps you want to recreate the joy of seaside holidays with a simple living atmosphere?

Colours

Coastal blues, light grey undertones and stonewashed hues are all popular colours to use with a nautical décor. Any shade of blue can be used and combined with other breezy hues of the same colour. For example, colours ranging from deep navy to lilac and everything in between.

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Simple

A simple palette works best for a seaside theme, in other words, colours that look like they’ve been sun-bleached. Soft creams, buttermilks and white give a fresh and crisp atmosphere when paired with blues. Any woodwork will look amazing if painted bright white, creating an airy feel. Team up with colour blocks of blue and white, stripes and some natural materials for texture and contrast, like seagrass, shells and sand.

Country kitchen

A seaside theme works great in a large country-style kitchen with lots of space to display vintage items like crockery and nautical accessories. Blue wood panelling combined with natural materials such as basket and netting will carry on the outdoor, watery theme. For a great range of Oars & Nautical décor items, visit https://www.couronnedeco.com/product-category/wall-decor/oars-nautical/

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The Bedroom

You might not think a bedroom is the right setting for a nautical theme, but a boat-themed wallpaper for example adds real character. Consider hanging small round mirrors around the room. Not only will this reflect the light better, but it also mimics the portholes of a boat. Cotton and chambray fabrics combined with furniture in leather and wood work well too.

Contemporary

Having a nautical theme doesn’t mean it must look dated or vintage. You can create a contemporary maritime décor as well. Fresh modern nautical looks include bold colours instead of pale and sun-bleached. It also incorporates sculpture and art. Why not consider a bold feature wall of rope-patterned wallpaper?

Other nautical ideas

Along with the bedroom, wooden and leather furniture is ideal for the dining room, especially a weathered and aged-look leather. You could also consider installing a wooden bench, hurricane lanterns, wall-hanging oars and sun-bleached, well-worn wooden flooring. Chestnut wood furniture with navy and chrome will create a more sophisticated naval look for your décor. Consider installing steel and candles to illuminate a dark corner of a room for a more industrial nautical appearance. Another great idea is to hang a ship’s wheel above the fireplace. You don’t get much more nautical than that!

 

Six reasons you need a grease trap

Grease traps are an overlooked but essential element of any commercial kitchen. Here are six top reasons that you need a grease trap.

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The environment

Whether you care about creating an excellent looking environmental audit to show stakeholders or you genuinely want a better future for your descendants, we are all now far too aware of why the environment is a key concern. We have all seen pictures of fatbergs; the grease from cooking is a major cause of sewer flooding and pollution. A grease trap means grease and fats are diverted from the normal waste system, reducing the overall amount of grease build-up not just in your pipes, but the pipes we all share.

Legal requirements

Once upon a time, having a grease trap was your decision, but the authorities are becoming stricter and stricter about how companies get rid of waste. Restaurants and commercial kitchens are now legally obliged to install a grease trap, grease interceptor or other means of grease removal under BS EN 1825-2:2002.

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Inspections

When the health and safety or food inspector comes to call, showing them evidence of a grease trap will go in your favour.

Money saving

Grease build-up can cause major blockages to your waterworks, which can be costly to fix. The price of a grease trap ranges from high-quality automatic traps and Stainless Steel Grease Traps to smaller options for small businesses, but they are always cheaper than the cost of multiple pipe fixes.

Make grease disposal easy

It’s important to dispose of grease and fats properly and a grease trap makes it much easier to collect your grease and fats in one place so they can be disposed of correctly. If you are not sure how to dispose of oil, grease and fat then contact your local authority waste disposable team.

Bad smells

A build-up of grease and fats in your pipes can cause bad smells to appear in your kitchen as food stuff clings to the fats and then decomposes. When the grease is separated and removed, this possibility is eliminated. To really ensure the bad smells don’t enter your main business area, keep your stainless steel grease traps regularly emptied, cleaned and maintained.

These six top reasons illustrate why grease traps are so beneficial to the good and conscientious working of a commercial kitchen.

Plan your perfect wardrobe

Did you know that you don’t have to choose what’s available in store? You can design your own wardrobe. The benefit of this is that you can have it exactly designed to suit your needs and how you want to display your shoes and clothes. You can fit it perfectly into your available space and be the boss of your wardrobe layout. Even the smallest bedrooms can benefit from a custom-made wardrobe that looks amazing and is highly functional.

If you’re selling a home what do the Estate agents do?

It’s time to move on. Your home is no longer fit for purpose and you need to get more space. If the family is expanding or you need to downsize, whatever the circumstances you are going to have to face up to selling your house. Let’s assume that you can get the necessary finance to buy the new place and you’ve got a buyer for yours (this is the ideal situation and it shouldn’t be taken for granted that you’ll find yourself in this situation straight away). You are now going to need the skills of TGRES Merging with Alex Clark Glos who are a Gloucester Estate Agents. This might be your first forays into the world of the estate agent and you’ll have no doubt heard a few stories. Let’s have a look and see what an estate agent actually does for you.

5 Tips For Choosing Piles For Private Construction

The construction of a cottage, a private house or a villa is not complete without erecting a foundation. This is the basis of the basics From the correct type of foundation and the quality of its execution depends on the durability of the erected structure. In private construction, different types of bases are used, but more and more often the choice falls on the pile foundation. It can be used on any type of soil, regardless of the level of groundwater, allows you to carry out all work in the shortest possible time, but its arrangement requires special equipment. In addition, you need to decide on the type of piles, because depending on the material, installation method and other features, their properties are very different.

4 Tips On How To Clean The Iron

How do I clean the iron? Such a question often arises even among the owners of cutting-edge technical means for ironing clothes and things (in another way you will not call modern irons).

Indeed, if you plunge into the recent past and compare the iron that was heated at the expense of burning coals in it with the modern miracle of technical thought, you can see how much the engineering genius seeks to relieve a person’s life even in such seemingly trifles, creating complex and intelligent devices.

How can double glazing save me money?

It is pretty clear how double glazing can make your home look better, feel warmer and more cosy and add value to your property. What isn’t as clear is how can forking out on installation save you money? You might be surprised! Here we look at just how much it can save you and in what ways:

How much?

Figures from the Energy Saving Trust give an approximation that an average semi-detached house could make savings of between £85 to £115 on their energy bills by removing single glazed windows and replacing them with double glazed ones. The double-glazed windows must be of an ‘A’ grade quality for this saving to apply. If you’re not blown away by this figure, remember that high quality double glazing will last you around 20 years before needing replacing. So, times those figures by 20 and the figure seems more impressive.

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How is this possible?

Saving money on your energy bills is possible because of the way double glazing lowers the amount of heat loss from your home. It works like any other form of insulation in that they have a layer of insulation between the panes, reducing the amount of heat that can escape. Single glazed windows often suffer from condensation, where the cold air meets warm air and produces water droplets. This isn’t an effective way of maintaining the heat levels in your home. For Double Glazing Leicester, visit absolute window solutions

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What if you have older double glazing?

Depending on when your double glazing was installed, you might find modern technology has moved on considerably and you might not be saving as much money on heating as you think. Chances are your existing double glazing won’t have the same ratings that are currently used, similar to electrical appliances for energy ratings. ‘A’ rated windows will provide you with the greatest heat retention and money saving on your energy bills. Older double glazing could be failing without you realising and often gets air trapped between the panes, resulting in trapped moisture and fogginess. If there is evidence of this then, you most likely could do with a repair or replacement.

For long-term money saving and a home that feels snug and warm whatever winter throws at you, replacement double glazing makes perfect sense. Aesthetically, your home will also look amazing and it’s an ideal way to increase the value of your property.

An introduction to timber frame construction

Timber dwellings formed some of the earliest man-made housing in the UK. The oldest timber houses built here were constructed in the Bronze Age; a very well-preserved example in Cambridgeshire is circular in shape and has been dated to around 1000 to 800 BC. Timber homes are still well-loved today and have experienced a particular surge in popularity in recent years.

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The process of building or extending a timber frame house is very different from other methods of construction, and this article serves as a brief introduction.

Advantages of timber frame construction

Timber frames offer many advantages over other methods:
– Offsite construction can be used to deliver a finished structure to a site, offering considerable time savings
– Routes are readily available for wiring and plumbing
– The structure of the frame provides preexisting openings, making it very easy to position and fit windows and doors
– There’s a simpler critical path for a project without brickwork
– Building site delays due to bad weather are significantly reduced

Overview of the construction process

A timber frame is built up a storey at a time in accordance with the building plans. Wall panels are then fixed on, and a waterproof layer is affixed to cover external timber. A void is created between the wall panels and frame to accommodate insulation and additional polyethylene water-proofing. Roofing is then attached to the frame before internal works can begin on the house.

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More detailed information on this construction technique can be obtained from a wide variety of architects or timber frame construction company such as timber frame homes from QTFHOMES. There is also a wealth of information available online, such as this interesting guide from the Forestry Comission: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Timber-frame-buildings-a-guide-to-the-construction-process_D496.pdf/$FILE/Timber-frame-buildings-a-guide-to-the-construction-process_D496.pdf.

The cost of building a timber frame house

The cost of building a timber frame house is comparable to a more traditional construction.  However, timber frames are usually quicker to build, which can lead to savings.

Extending your timber frame house

Adding an extension to a timber house can be complex as the structural stability of the timber frame house can be compromised by adding an extra section. This means that additional work may be needed at the design stage, and extra work may be added to the build itself to shore up the new structure.

How to Make a Pair of Curtain Tiebacks

Curtain tiebacks are an underestimated part of decor within the home. Here is how you can easily make a pair yourself.

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Creating the Template

You will need fabric for the tiebacks, buckram, a tape measure, paper or card for the template, thread, and 4 1″ diameter curtain rings.

Envisage how you want the tiebacks to look, and measure their width by looping the tape measure around one of the curtains. On your paper or card, draw a line this length horizontally and add a line down from each end, forming a shape like a staple. Make a small mark in the centre underneath your line to represent the deepest part of the tieback. Draw a curve to connect the bottom of each downward, going through the middle marking.

Cut out half of the template so that when you fold it over you can cut the other side symmetrically. Gather back the curtain with the template to ensure it’s the desired fit.

Measure Your Material

The width needs to be as wide as the tieback plus one inch. The total length should be four times the length of the deepest middle part of your tieback plus another two inches. You will also need two pieces of buckram of equal sizes to your template.

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Tiebacks can add a touch of sophistication and make your home look more expensive. It’s important therefore to consider the material you wish to use, such polyester or cotton poplin fabric, with cotton poplin fabric from Higgs and Higgs a good choice.

Creating the Tiebacks

Fold over the top approximately 2cm more than the depth of the tieback, and then put the top straight line of the template along this fold. Draw around the template, leaving a 0.5” gap, and pin across this outline to keep the fabric layers together. Cut across what you’ve pinned and do the same for the next tieback. For the buckram pieces, simply draw around the template and cut it out.

Open the tieback material out and pop in the buckram, on its wrong side, against the centre fold. Press together the edges with 0.5″ surrounding it, which can then be folded over around the buckram. Next, stitch these edges together. The curtain rings should lastly be sewn on the inside around an inch from both ends.

Easy organising tips for a more efficient garage

If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, don’t follow the trend and use it to store the family’s unwanted rubbish. Instead, make it work for you.

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Empty

Garages all over the country are clogged up with items of unwanted furniture, children’s toys and household items that are never used but kept just in case they might be needed. Have a massive clean-out. Empty your garage and car boot of all the items you have not used in the past 12 months, and try to make a bit of money out of unwanted items. Clear the space and then start again.

Storage

If you want to be able to park your car in the garage, you need to use all the vertical and ceiling space, removing as much as possible from the floor. There are a number of flexible wall storage systems suitable for garages that can be adjusted to fit your requirements. For cheaper options, inexpensive wire shelving, baskets and hooks will give you optimum storage.

Equipment

Garden tools can be hung on the walls. Racks are available for items like rakes, spades and garden forks. Even items like lawn mowers and trimmers can be attached to the walls, maximising floor space. Items such as camping equipment, children’s garden games or Christmas decorations, which are not used all year-round, can be stored in plastic storage bins suspended on ceiling tracks from the garage ceiling.

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Organise

Group similar items together. That way, you know where everything is. Keep paint cans and decorating items together, group tools and DIY equipment together, and place car maintenance items in their own area. If you do a lot of DIY or car maintenance, consider a clipboard attached to the wall with useful telephone numbers of suppliers, such as silicone hose manufacturers Goodflex Rubber.

Racking

A neat and tidy shoe and coat rack will encourage everyone to place wet coats and dirty wellies in the right place. If you want to use your garage as a workspace, plastic drawer units will keep everything in its place, but make sure you label all the drawers.

Garages don’t have to be a messy area where you have to keep the door shut to avoid prying eyes. Your garage can be a tidy, useful area that works for you and your family.