NHBC, the UKâ€™s leading warranty provider and standards setting body for new build homes, is offering the following tips to keep your home watertight and draught free for the coming winter:
There are many things we can and should do to protect our homes from the effects of harsh weather and good planning also helps to reduce maintenance and utility costs.
Gutters: Gutters should be cleaned out at least once a year to remove leaves and debris. Wet patches on the walls below (both external and internal) may indicate that gutters or downpipes are blocked.
Thinking about buying Double Glazing and looking for the most comprehensive information possible?
Then look no further, as Excelsior Information Systems (the owner of UK Home Ideas) has just launched www.AboutDoubleGlazing.co.uk, to provide high quality information, to answer all of your questions and ensure that you are well prepared to make the best choice and get the best deal for this all important purchase: Researching double glazing on the web, Excelsior found that there are very few sites giving first-class information and independent advice on the subject. So Excelsior set out with a mission to create the best double glazing website in the UK, offering an independent source of information for the double glazing buyer â€“ and AboutDoubleGlazing.co.uk is the result.
Quenton Fyfe, Excelsiorâ€™s MD commented, â€œBecause we are a publishing company rather than a double glazing company, we have no agenda, or bias, and we can give you an honest overview of the whole market, with no hidden agendas, and no strings attached.â€
The Playhouse Company is offering some really attractive seasonal discounts on some of their playhouses, with guaranteed delivery and installation before Christmas, if ordered before the 30th of October.
The Companyâ€™s workshops are busy all year round, creating wonderful playhouses to delight children and parents alike. (Just like Santa and his elves)
The Christmas offer applies to four of their standard and most popular playhouse designs and will ensure endless hours of healthy play and pleasure that will last way beyond Christmas day:
One of the UKâ€™s leading home improvements companies Anglian Home Improvements, has launched a ground-breaking way to help consumers understand and choose the best energy efficient windows for their home.
Anglianâ€™s â€˜EcoGainâ€™ windows are designed principally to decrease energy usage, while their â€˜EcoRetainâ€™ windows keep heat loss to a minimum.
The difference between the two is how â€˜EcoGainâ€™ lets in more sunlight, which importantly acts as free heat.
Both of these products have been planned to throw light on the complex conventional windows energy rating system that baffles consumers.
Research shows that todayâ€™s families would prefer to create additional rooms, rather than demolish walls to make open plan living areas, which was a popular trend in the nineties.
Spaceslide UK surveyed more than half of UK parents (with children under 18), who said that they would prefer to have an additional room in the house for kids toys, home working, games consoles and studentsâ€™ study. This survey is supported by a 36% increase in sales of room dividers in the last 12 months.
Construct a home office, family study room or playroom in under three hours for less cost.
Spaceslide, the online supplier of DIY Room Dividers, has also compared the cost of creating an additional room using its room divider system, versus employing builders.
TV DIY and gardening guru, Tommy Walsh has launched a fast and competitive shopping comparison website, with an impressive inventory of merchant contributors and a wide array of products; Tradessupermarket.com is aimed at the construction trade and DIY enthusiasts.
As the UK faces its toughest recession since the 1930s, Trades Supermarket launches at a welcome time for tradespeople and consumers, who want to find the best deals for building materials and tools, including drills, kitchens and flooring: For consumers who donâ€™t have the skills of tradespeople, but want to â€˜have a goâ€™ – a section on-site called â€˜Tommyâ€™s Trade Secretsâ€™ provides a portfolio of video diaries by Tommy and his friends undertaking DIY tasks. The footage provides helpful hints and tips and advises about the necessary material and tool requirements. Tommyâ€™s Deals is another section on the site, this time dedicated to bestsellers and deals of the week and is categorised by hand-tools, powertools, work-wear and materials. In addition to listing the products of the UKâ€™s larger and more well-known merchants including B&Q, Screwfix and Wickes, smaller independents are also included, providing an important balance of materials, tools and prices, from brands such as Makita and Ryobi.
Commenting, Tommy Walsh, said: â€œIn Tradessupermarket.com we have a site, which not only stores a large catalogue of products, but can also be used as a resource for DIYers who need practical help at home, be it a lesson on how to plaster a wall or hang a door.
Everest, one of the UKâ€™s leading home improvement companies, has launched a new business arm, Everest Energy.
The business will initially operate in the Meridian television region across the South of England prior to a national roll-out, and will focus exclusively on selling and installing boilers and central heating systems, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which generate cheap green electricity from sunlight, and a selection of other energy efficiency products for the home.
Simon Jarman, Everestâ€™s Managing Director, said: â€œEverest has been improving homes for many years with its energy efficient windows and we feel that the time is now right to move into energy generation.
Either clogged up with clutter or jam-packed with junk, garages are frequently overlooked or can remain ignored and unloved.But now GarageFurniture has introduced a cost-effective and stylish solution, for reclaiming your space and transforming this often neglected zone, into a spacious and functional new room:A clever system of modular work-benches, storage cabinets and tidy units, has specifically been designed to endure tough conditions and create a safe and stylish work area.Six popular combinations of garage storage and workbench solutions are available to order, starting from just Â£550, or single cabinets can be purchased individually allowing customers to personalise and tailor the system to meet their own requirements.Tall towers with the shelving and base cabinets offer an ideal DIY solution and these are complemented by the drawer cabinets, which double the size of the workbench space.Whether you need a tool tidy, garage organiser or a general home workshop, GarageFurniture is the perfect storage solution.All of theÂ units are made of high density MDF, both heat and moisture resistant, to ensure resilience in a normal garage or storage environment.Cabinet doors are wrapped in vinyl for extra durability and adjustable heavy duty stainless steel support legs and industrial locking castors, allow tools to be moved around easily, providing the sturdiness and flexibility required in a working environment.Tough 32mm MDF workbenches, roll out cabinets and aluminium alloy handles mean GarageFurniture offers a hard-wearing storage solution that is both practical and smart.Featured here is the Storage Cabinet & Workbench Combo 1.A really neat and clever storage solution if you only have limited space available.The floor space of this solution is 2.4m. With both wall and base cabinets there is plenty of storage space and with both base cabinets on castors, your workbench area increases to 2.25 square metres once rolled out.Priced at Â£550 Exc. VAT.GarageFurniture also has distinguished â€˜greenâ€™ credentials:Carcasses are 100 per cent reusable and the packaging is all made ofrecyclable materials.Products are supplied flat-packed to maximise shipping efficiencies and minimise packaging.To find out more about GarageFurnitureâ€™s products please visit the website.Tel:Â (0208) 953 9988.
TimberWindows.com is pleased to announce the launch of The English Glasshouse.
The company, which produces bespoke timber orangeries and conservatories, as well as roof lanterns and pool houses, is already setting new standards for the industry.
With each building constructed individually to suit not only the style of house, but also to take into account the preferences and style of the Owner – the fact that there is nothing mass-produced is obvious.
With homeowners looking to maximise entertainment opportunities within their own four walls, and the increasing need for the type of relaxation that comes with reading a good book, those who can, are choosing to install home libraries to safely store their treasured tomes.
Yiangou Architects has designed a variety of libraries, dependent on client style and requirements, and in some cases has had to think outside the box to maximise the space available.
The Yiangou Architectsâ€™ standards and aspirations are as high as yours; their aim is to help create some of the most considered and well-crafted buildings in the country.