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How To Update Your Bathroom Without Replacing It

Our bathrooms are one of the rooms that get frequently used in our home. The same can be said for the kitchen. So it is no surprise that both those rooms are the ones that can add value to your house. Especially if you are considering selling it anytime soon. However, as expected, both those rooms can cost quite a lot to replace. Out of the two, the bathroom is the one that can be made to look different without the need of replacing your existing bathroom suite. If it isn’t bad then why not consider these tips to update your bathroom.

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Think about the accessories

One sure fire way to make the bathroom feel different is to add some new accessories. This can be even better if you stick with a colour scheme or theme. A great theme for a bathroom is nautical and there are some fabulous ideas on websites like Pinterest to inspire you. If you want to stick with a colour instead then this could work with the towels, toothbrush holder and cup. You could even add some vases or flowers to brighten the room up.

Add a new towel rail to make the room feel different

A great way to make your bathroom look updated is to add key features. One way of doing that is to consider a wall mounted heated towel rail. They can look very sleek and modern and give your whole bathroom a new look. There are a lot of different choices out there. So it’s worth checking out websites like http://www.bathroomradiatorsuk.com/electric-towel-rails.html to see what is available.

Consider a feature wall

If you have a wall that is painted then why not make something of it. You could paint it a different colour to match your new colour scheme. Or if you are happy with the colour then why not add some photographs in frames or something different like mirrors or framed prints. A feature wall can be what draws the eye into the bathroom. It can give the roll a whole different feel.

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Look at the little details in your bathroom

Sometimes it’s just looking at the little details that can make a big difference to how your bathroom looks. It’s noticing things like mold developing in the bathtub seal or shower. It’s making sure everywhere has been cleaned. This room gets used so often, and although you may regularly clean these things need a little more work. There are some great DIY remedies online to help solve some of these issues.

Make big changes elsewhere in the room

If replacing the bathroom suite isn’t an option then consider changing some of the other big features instead. Things like flooring or a new sink unit. Even wall mounted shelves or mirrors can make the bathroom feel totally different. It means spending some money, but not as much as it would be to have the whole room remodelled.

I hope this has inspired you to update your bathroom.

Renovating Your Home? Here’s How To Plan It

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Renovating your home is a big task. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just moved in or have already been in the house for a few years. The whole renovation can take a lot of time and effort. And, if you’re not too careful, it can easily eat into your bank balance! So it is absolutely important to sit down and carefully plan it all out before you begin. Want to know what you need to think about before starting work? Read on to find out more!

Set A Budget

You need to budget before you do anything. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on the whole project. Once you’ve decided a number, it is super important that you stick to this. Let all the workmen know what your budget is so that there is no chance they will overspend on materials. If the project seems to be going over budget, make some changes to the work. Don’t go over budget as this can be the thin end of the wedge, making it all too easy for you to end up in debt. You’ll find that house renovations on a budget are possible, they just take some careful consideration.

Talk To Different Workmen

If you are having a lot of different structural and electrical work done, you will need to hire a few different handymen. When looking for a company to hire, try to get personal recommendations from friends and family members. If no one has a workman to recommend, take your search online. Just because one company offers you the cheapest quote, doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the best. You need to find the perfect balance of competitive price and excellent workmanship.

Try Samples
These days, local DIY shops will let you have samples of almost everything. You’ll be able to take strips of paper with samples of their paint colours that you can stick to your walls. This will help you choose the perfect colour scheme for your home. If you are thinking of using natural wood in your home, you should be able to find samples of different woods as well. If you can’t find any in the shop, ask the shop assistance about it.

Buy Furniture After Renovating

Don’t buy new pieces of furniture before you have done all your renovations. Otherwise, you will have to move heavy sofas and dining tables so you can do the decorating. Another benefit of waiting till all the work is done is that you can then match your furniture to your decor. Once the interiors are all finished, you will be able to have a better idea of which style of furniture will work best in your home. A perfectly planned room with complementary furniture and decor will last a long time. A lot longer than a hodge-podge design, at least! Meaning you won’t have to make frequent home improvements!

Home renovations are a great way of creating a warm and comfortable family home. Sure, they can be stressful but follow these tips and it will all go very smoothly!

4 Home Improvements That Help Homes Sell Quickly

If your home has been on the market for quite some time, it may not be selling because it doesn’t have the wow factor. So how do you add that all-important extra-special something that makes it irresistible to buyers? One of the easiest ways is to carry out some home improvements that can improve the overall quality. Potential buyers don’t want to see a badly decorated house or one that needs a lot of work doing to it. If you take care of all the hard work, your home will sell quickly and at the price you want. Ready to attract buyers with your home? Here are the five home improvements you need to do.

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Increase Curb Appeal

If your home looks scruffy from the outside, people are just going to walk right on by. So you need to boost its curb appeal. Sort out your front garden so that it’s blossoming with lots of flowers. Paint all your doors and window frames so that they look as good as new. Install some new garage doors so your garage looks very secure. You’ll be amazed at how effective taking care of the outside of your home can be!

Add An En Suite

If you have a big master bedroom, it is always worth adding an en suite bathroom to it. This may be a pricey investment, but it will certainly add a lot more value to your property. And buyers love to see en suite. It adds a touch of luxury to your home as well as practicality. After all, who wouldn’t want to roll straight into the shower first thing in the morning! It also provides privacy if the next homeowners ever have guests staying over. Thoughtful finishing touches such as heated towel rails can make all the difference, too.

Clean Your Carpets

Carpets can be terribly worn and torn after years of use. And these are some of the first things that viewers will notice. Especially if they are starting to look grimy! So it is a good idea to get on your hands and knees, and start scrubbing! You can buy special vacuum cleaners that can deep clean, as well as many cleaning solutions that you just need to rub into the carpet. If you can’t be bothered with all this effort, hire a professional carpet cleaning company to do all the hard work for you!

Redecorate

When looking around a property, potential buyers will be trying to imagine how they can put their own stamp on it. If you have a very distinctive style of interiors, they could find it difficult to see their very own style in the rooms. So before you have any viewings, it will be worth redecorating and creating a neutral environment. All you need to do is paint your walls white and remove any vibrant patterns. It could also be beneficial to remove and distinctive pieces of furniture.

Once you have made these home improvements, your house will be irresistible to buyers!

Utilising space in your home

We’ve been in our house15months now and still have lots of little bits to sort out.  When we moved in I saw potential in 2 little spaces in our kitchen one been the understairs cupboard and the other been like a utility that was called the “coal house”.  The previous owners used both as junk storage.  This is what I have done and it hasn’t cost me much money either.  Just proves you can do a lot with small spaces without breaking the bank.

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This room once was a storage room, painted in a dark horrible colour that made it look dull and dirty, which housed a wooden storage unit full off rubbish, a washing machine, fridge/freezer and general junk. I gave it a lick of white bright paint to make the room look bigger.

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It is not a very big room but it is big enough for what I need it for.  There was no worktop there when we moved it, but I said I wanted to add a worktop to be able to put things in there e.g the microwave to keep the worktops in the kitchen free.  So to save a bit of money I phoned round kitchen places to see if I could get a pieces (I only need 1metre length) for as cheap as possible,  Well after phoning round I managed to finally find a company that had a perfectly sized piece for…FREE.  There is still plenty of room aswell both on top and underneath.

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Again, when we moved in this room was used as a junk room,  We cluttered the room with dog food, alcohol/Beer – Obviously most important thing, coats, ironing board and anything that would fit really.  Then I thought one day I want to maximise this space and make it in to something that was useful.  I said to my dad, can we make this room into a pantry?   He didn’t see why we couldn’t.  With me and my fiance working full-time it was difficult to find time to help my dad get it sorted, other than weekends but we always seemed to have something on.  Finally a few long months May bank holiday Monday arrived and my parents said they would come round and help get it started.  This is what it looked like before, a shell that we used as a junk store, coats, paint, alcohol, ironing board, dog stuff and more….

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After a few weeks of cutting and prepping wood and painting it all to give it a nice finish.  Then it was time to cut some battens to create the supports to fix the brackets on to.  It’s not a difficult task but took a good few hours to complete, lots of drilling, screwing and sawing later, These are the end results.

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As you can see we made sure there was plenty of spare room at the bottom for the alcohol.

I am in love with my pantry/understairs cupboard (Sad I know), but it has given us so much more space to utilise in other cupboards and drawers.

What spaces have you changed in your house?

Your Guide to Kitchen Remodelling

Remodelling your kitchen is a big task, but it can also add a lot of value to your home. This guide will give you the help you need to get the process off to a start.

Consider Your Needs First

Everyone wants something different from their kitchen, and everyone uses their kitchen in a different way. So, before you do anything else, you should have a think about what you need from yours. Consider how you use your kitchen and how you’d like to use it in the future. Remodelling your kitchen is all about getting it exactly how you want it, without worrying about other people’s opinions. You can get ideas from other people’s kitchens and from magazines and blogs.

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Hire the Best Professionals

If you are going to make a success of your efforts to remodel your kitchen, you need the help of professionals. They will be the ones who take your eventual plans and turn them into a reality. There are many different types of professionals that you will need though. You will need to hire construction workers to do the work of carrying out the kitchen remodelling. But you will also need plumbers from a company like www.bestportlandplumbers.com. They will sort out your new kitchen’s plumbing demands.

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Plan Out How You Use Space Carefully

Start this part of the process by making a floor plan. This will decide how your room is used and what the layout will be like. When you are doing this, you are not thinking about what the kitchen will look like. You’re simply focusing on how the room will be set out and navigated. You need to make sure that there will be enough space for you to move around and do everything you need to do in the kitchen. It will also help you to decide where you want to put all the different appliances to suit the space you have.

Select All the Fixtures and Furnishes

There are many different fixtures and furnishings that your new kitchen will need to have. So, you need to spend some time selecting what you want them to be. It’s a good idea to start with the kitchen cabinets. You need to decide what colour, finish and door style you want them to have. Then you should move on to choosing the countertop material. The colour and type of material you choose for the countertops is very important. Then you need to choose the appliances, sink, flooring and lighting. You can find out more about kitchen lighting at places like www.familyhandyman.com.

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Finalising, Deadlines and Finishing Touches

Once you have done all the planning and buying, you need to finalise everything. This is when you sit down with the construction people that you’ve hired and give them your final plans. Once that has been done, they can buy any extra materials that they might need and set a deadline for its completion. Make sure that everyone is happy with the deadline. You might want it done a little quicker, but it’s best to let them do the work properly and safely. When the work is all done, all you’ll have to do is add the finishing touches.

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How My Bedroom Became My Sanctuary – Guest Post

If you had looked at my bedroom only a few weeks ago, you would have thought a teenager was sleeping in it. The paint was loud, the curtains were thin, the room was cluttered with clothes and pink nick knacks everywhere, and the bed was less than inviting. This was the last room wanted to retire in at the end of the day because it took a huge effort just to get comfortable in there. I decided I had enough and was going to take back the bedroom and make it a place I wanted to spend more time in both during the day and each night.

What I did?

The first thing I did was decide on a theme for the bedroom. The part of room was painted a soft sand color, with the trim a light blue tone. It instantly looked like the colors I would expect to see at the beach. My next move was to go to CutPriceMattresses and find a new 4ft6 double mattress. I choose a great deal on a new firm innerspring mattress set that arrived a few days after i placed my order.

Next I got some new long curtains that matched the trim and almost look like flowing waves as the wind blows through the windows. I painted some shelves I found at a yard sale to look old and worn. The chipped white paint is awesome for giving anything that worn out look. I placed all the little accessories around the room up on shelves, then added in some fun touches. I filled glass vases, jars, and glasses, with beach sand and threw in some sea shells too. Now the room actually had some of the beach in it.

The comforter and the pillows were all tossed, replaced with beautiful earth tone colors that gave the bedroom that soothing look it was missing. I placed some tan candles on the end tables and put all the junk either in the closet, in drawers, or in the trash. Each day I add a few fresh cut flowers to my vase on my dresser, and the room is simply the best looking in my house. I look forward to reading in the bedroom on my days off, and definitely retiring in there each night.

Interior Designing – Our home where the story began

Since before I owned my own house and were even looking for a house I had my perfect house set out in my head, what sort of furniture and colour schemes I wanted, what sort of layout I wanted it e.g. wanted separate lounge, but didn’t mind kitchen/diner. I wanted a 3 bedroom house (forward thinking for when starting a family), didn’t mind about the garden size but wanted some sort of garden as have got green fingers so like spending sunny days doing a bit of digging and planting seeds and flowers to add a bit of colour.

So after a couple of years of searching for houses we finally found one and it pretty much ticked every box in my head, it consisted of entrance hallway, leading to Lounge and then off to kitchen/diner, in the kitchen there was a separate room which was called the coal house but I have turned it into the laundry room adding a work top for extra storage, and an under stairs cupboard which we are having turned into a pantry as it is a really useful space to have. 

When it came to deciding the decor I already knew what colours I wanted in each room.

Lounge: – Creams and browns with a feature wall I wanted it warm and Inviting especially when it is winter time so you can feel warm when it is snowing out.

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Kitchen/Diner: – In Creams, Purple and Chrome colours

Our Bedroom: – Neutral with feature wall where it will be warm and cosy where you can curl up any time of day

Bedroom 3:- Magnolia, Clean and neutral for any visitors/family to stay and feel cosy.

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Bedroom 2:- Magnolia – Currently this is my craft room where I make my handcrafted cards and accessories

Since owning the house I have become very house proud, everything has its own place, and I certainly like it kept neat, tidy and clean. Most of all I love my family and friends coming over.

We have had the house 12 months now and there is still lots of little bits to do in it and if we ever want to change the colours and styles it will be easy to do so as we have kept it neutral.

What is your colour schemes in your house?