Archive for January, 2010

Underfloor Heating for Beginners

Friday, January 29th, 2010

An ambitious DIY project, not too far removed from serious property development, is installing a new kitchen. Underfloor heating is a great way to heat it and should only take you about a weekend to do. Don’t worry, it may sound daunting, but it’s hardly the province of architects and you won’t need a degree [...]

The Bathroom Spa

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

In the past, bathrooms were considered places of pure functionality. However, in more recent times the bathroom has assumed a place as one of the most important rooms in the home. Indeed, apart from the kitchen, the bathroom is probably the place where we spend most of our time. No wonder then, that more and [...]

What is Travertine and what is it used for?

Monday, January 25th, 2010

They say that Rome was built on Travertine, which to some extent it was, certainly many parts of it was, including large quantities of Travertine used for the Colosseum which dates back to the year 80AD! Belonging to the limestone family of stone Travertine is a beautiful natural stone which in its purest form is [...]

Gazebos – creating a focal point for your garden

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

To ensure years of enjoyment from your garden gazebo, it is important that it is cared for and maintained properly.  Of course, it depends what material your gazebo is made from. If your gazebo is made from vinyl then all that is required is an occasional wash with soap and water.  Vinyl gazebos are the [...]

The Advantages of Water Underfloor Heating

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Water underfloor heating is nothing to do with a system gone wrong, as you may think when you first see it. It is simply one of the two main systems that can be installed when you choose underfloor heating. Water underfloor heating refers to a pipe work system, whereby electricity is use to heat the [...]

How to Replace a Bathroom Basin

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Well, OK, this isn’t exactly a major property development project, but the idea of replacing a bathroom sink sends some DIY-ers into panic. Anything that involves water seems to mean only one thing, ‘Get a plumber.’ Except it doesn’t, this is a project any practically minded person can pull off. First of all, check that [...]

From the quarry to your home - granite worktops

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Granite is an igneous rock which if formed by magma and is a major part of the Earths continental crust; it is typically made up of mica, feldspar and quartz. Granite is hard and durable and has gained widespread use as a constructional material, where it is used for floors, pillars and granite worktops. Granite [...]

Home improvements that save energy

Monday, January 18th, 2010

In the current economic climate and the impending climate change, saving energy in the home has become a priority for most of us. There are various ways to save energy in the home while being eco-friendly at the same time, here are some of the best ways to save money and help the environment: •    [...]

Cost of Underfloor Heating When Professionally Installed

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

As with most things, the cost of underfloor heating is going to vary and the best thing you can do is get a quote. For a professional installation there are two options open to you.  The first option is to seek out an underfloor heating company that will quote you based on the cost of [...]

The Essential DIY Toolkit

Monday, January 11th, 2010

For anyone who’s not quite ready for property development, but is not averse to DIY, perhaps suspended somewhere between painting/decorating and confident plastering, assembling a good, practical toolbox is an essential step to honing your skills. But just what should you include? Here are few ‘must have’ items for any basic toolbox, you can add [...]