To avoid a dull living room or bedroom, you can play with accessorizes like throw pillows on your sofa and bed. There are several block-print ones that you can buy already made, but a lot of people will probably have the same in their living rooms! To be more unique, you can block-print your pillows yourself, it’s so easy! What you need: – Pillow – Paintbrush – Paper plate or a painter’s palette – Rubber stamps – Water-soluble block-printing ink Start by pouring some ink into your plate or painter’s palette. OUR EXPERT ADVICEA plate is actually better than a painter’s palette, this way your ink will not be spilt everywhere. 2. Apply the ink onto the stamp and try to do it evenly. OUR EXPERT ADVICE The first tries are not going to be evenly but try until it does. 3. Apply the stamp onto your pillow’s fabric. OUR EXPERT ADVICEDo it in a confident way because on our first try it didn’t really look great. 4. Paint the ink as much as you need. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThat’s actually a good trick to make your pattern look better. 5. Leave your pillow’s fabric away for 48 hours, the time to let it absorb the ink and dry. OUR EXPERT ADVICEDon’t be impatient like us and leave it for 48 hours minimum, the result will be the best possible. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis tutorial is a great one, but you honestly have to be good at creating patterns to have nice cushions.
Cleaning is one of the most dreaded tasks that you have to do in your home that can take hours to do properly, but what if there was a way to be more efficient in less time? It turns out that we’ve been cleaning all wrong and are taking more time to do so with less to show for. Instead of cleaning every corner of each room that can take hours alone, clean your full house in the same time with these simple steps. You’ll never clean the same again after seeing this. Step 1- Have A Plan In Mind Too many people just aimlessly start in one room and stay there until everything is done with no plan in mind of where to go next or what needs to be done. Focus on the most spaces in need of cleaning and what is seen the most by visitors. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe have saved endless hours by having a simple plan in mind. Step 2- Set Time Allocations You can easily spend a couple of hours in the same room cleaning it head to toe, but this is only slowing you down. Allocate time for each room and get what needs doing first. This will make you fly throughout the house cleaning. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We admit that we have spent hours in the one-room but once we realised the importance of allocating time, we have spent less time while it looks just as good. Step 3- Use The Right Products If you aren’t using the right products for each object and area you are cleaning, then you are prolonging your cleaning time. A dry or wet cloth and tissue is probably your best bet for making everything sparkly clean. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Using the right products is more important than you think that we wish we knew sooner but we now have the perfect set up for cleaning. Step 4- Dust Down+ Clean Furniture Dusting everything down is a very important and underused cleaning technique that will really change the complexion of your room. Dry-dusting all furniture and cabinets, as well as the TV and picture frames, will give them life again. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We can’t stress enough how important dusting is, it leaves our house looking a thousand times better. Step 5- Clean Mirrors + Glasses Mirrors and glasses should be sparkling, but they are very prone to gathering dust fast so it is important to wipe or fully clean these regularly to keep them lively and sparkling. They will reflect the light and light up the room. OUR EXPERT ADVICEIf you want your house to sparkle, you need to make sure the mirrors and glasses are well cleaned, trust us. You are now efficient at cleaning after following these very simple steps that will have your house looking cleaner than ever in half the time. You can thank us later, we hope you didn’t forget to dust and vacuum.
If you’re looking for some minimal style, floating shleves are probably the best option to display your favourite books or vases. It looks super clean on a wall, and trust us, it’s not very complicated to hang! Here is the very simple process. The first step is to choose which shelves you are going to hang on your walls. You have different styles, and it’s up to you to choose the one you prefer. But what the floating shelves all have is an invisible system, a wall-mounted bracket which is going to be hidden in the wall after the installation. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe choose very modern and minimal ones to suit our apartment. Black and white tones were good and clashed with the colour of our walls. 2. Once you got your shelves, you need to know where to hang them! You can chose any placement you like, depending if you have one or several ones. Take the measurements using a level depending on when you’re going to place them and hold your shelves while drawing a line on your wall as a mark. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We did this together and it was more handy to take the measurements and draw the lines. 3. Place your shelf brackets on the line you traced on the wall and mark the screw holes also on the wall. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Don’t forget to mark the screw holes, because then you’re going to be lost. 4. Drill the screws through the brackets into the wall. Tip: start with the middle screws and make sure they are level when you finally attach the last ones. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis is a good step to do at two persons, to make sure your shelves are level. 5. Now you just need to slide the shelves over the brackets to attach them. You might also have securing screws included, that you’ll need to attach. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe didn’t have securing screws included and we think that it would have been better to have some! That’s it! We told you it was more than easy! Now you can use your shelves to display your favourite things in a stylish way! OUR EXPERT ADVICEOur shelves really look like they’re floating on our walls! It’s not great to put a lot of heavy things but it’s good for the style.
As your kids begin to get older and are no longer reliant on you to bring them to the toilet or wash their hands for them, they will move on to bigger responsibilities. This will include going to the bathroom by themselves and being able to wash their hands, burhs their teeth and do their business. But they aren’t fully grown yet to be able to use these so they will need a helping hand or a helping step in this case. A step stool around the house and specifically the bathroom will be your kids’ best friend as they try their best to be independent. Find out how to create the perfect step stool that your kids will love. What You’ll Need Box already made at a suitable height Sandpaper Premium Paint Painter’s Tape Hardware Store Playground Sand OUR EXPERT ADVICEThese products are handy to get and are not expensive, and also very easy to use. Step1- Sanding Down Before you get to painting you will need to sand down your step box to make sure it is a smooth and clean surface to work off as well as softening the sharp edges to make it safe. OUR EXPERT ADVICESanding down the product is almost as important as anything else, we live by it. Step 2- Applying the Painter’s Tape To make sure that no paint blends into an area that you don’t want and to ensure a crisp line, apply painters tape to each corner along with the wood. OUR EXPERT ADVICENever paint anything without first applying Painter’s Tape, we made this mistake once before but never again. Step 3- Painting This is where the fun and creativity starts as you should have premium paint in the colours that you want and design in mind to start working. Work one side at a time with one coating and leave to dry, apply a second coating if needed. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We love nothing more than to paint, big or small, it is like a release from everything and clears the mind. Step 4- Applying Playground Sand To keep the surface firm and eliminate the risk of slipping, grab some hardware store playground sand to get a firm grip on the step to make it slip-proof. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis is often forgotten, but it is for the safety of your children, we always finish off products with this. Your kid’s step stool should now be complete and looking incredible that your kids will look forward to hopping onto it every day. This is going to be extremely useful and helpful for them and will give them their much-needed independence.
Even if your dog enjoys the cosiness of your home, if you have an outside area, he will love spending time outside as well As a shelter or just to rest outside, your dog will need his proper little house, that you can easily build yourself in a few steps. By doing iy yourself, you can make your dog a very unique and customized house and he will love it! What you need: – Jigsaw – Carpenter’s pencil – Seven 1/2 inch exterior grade plywood sheets (4ftx4ft) – Circular saw – Roofing nails – One 1/2 inch long nails – Straight edge – Hammer – Carpenter’s Square or Speed Square – Roofing materials like three-tab composite shingles or rolled roofing – Primer – Exterior latex paint – Caulk and caulking gun – Paintbrush – Eye and hearing protection Start by marking and cutting the rear and front panel of the dog house. Also, don’t forget to think about your dog’s size when making measurements! Then, you’ll need to cut the door. If you want a rectangular shape, take two of the panels and cut off a 1-foot strip on each of them. A 3-foot by 4-foot section will remain from each of the panels after this process. Be careful not to make the door too low as it doesn’t appeal to a dog to enter in the house, 24 inches is a good average height. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We did and we couldn’t understand why our dog didn’t want to go inside his house! Draw two parallel vertical lines for the door width. Finally, cut the door using your jigsaw. OUR EXPERT ADVICEBe very careful with the jigsaw. Take your front panel and build your triangular shape for the roof. Mark a mid-point at the top of this panel, that will be the top of the peak. Put the straight edge on the board: one end on the mid-point mark that you’ve done just before, and the other 20 inches further down the side of the board. Do the same thing on the other side to get your inverted V-shape, and then cut your panel with the circular saw. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThe circular saw is also dangerous so use it carefully. To make the rear panel, use a sheet of plywood. Put your front panel on the top of your rear one and draw the shape all around, as a template. Cut your rear panel using your circular saw. To make the side panels, take two more plywood sheets and cut them in order to make sheets of 20 inches by 48 inches (dog house length). To create nailing surfaces, cut four two-by-fours at 20 inches long. You’ll need to put these on the sides of the panels and to nail them from the other side. OUR EXPERT ADVICETo be honest we were to during this process and it helped a lot. For the roof peaks nailing surfaces, cur four boards at 15 inches each. Nail these boards along the roofline. For the floor nailing surfaces, cut two two-by-fours boards at 29 inches each. Nail them along the front and rear panels bottoms. For the side panels nailing surfaces, on the top and the bottom, cut four two-by-fours each at 36 inches long and nail two on each side panel horizontally. OUR EXPERT ADVICEBe very precise with the measurements, and don’t do like use and be approximative. We had troubles during the process then and had to go back to the previous steps to fix our mistakes. Put the front and rear panel together and also the side panels to create your rectangle. Nail them together with the one 1/2-inch nails. Cut and join the floor by putting the house on the top of a plywood sheet, mark the footprint on the sheet and cut with the circular saw. To cut the roof panels you need to lay one of the plywood panels and make a mark on the board at the right size. Then cut with the circular saw. Do the same on a second plywood board. Nail the two on the top of the house. OUR EXPERT ADVICEYour dog house is taking shape now, if it doesn’t look like a house, then there’s a problem! If the house has gaps, especially the roof, you can fill them with caulk to avoid water to go inside for example. For the finish touches, you can add shingles to the top of the dog house and paint it (don’t forget to prime before!). That will be one happy dog! OUR EXPERT ADVICEOur dog house had quite a few gaps that we had to fill with caulk, and it didn’t look as perfect as on the picture, but our dog was quite happy at the end of the day!
Manufactured homes often use vinyl wall panels that have a shiny finish that includes some patterns printed on the paper under the coating and over the gypsum. Giving your walls the best makeover is vital to making your house a home and giving it that lively and warm feeling when you walk in. A single change of colour to the walls of your home can change the entire look of the home. This is the best way to get the best finish from painting your vinyl walls. What You’ll Need Paint Brushes And Rollers High-Quality Primer + Paint Long Sheets or Rugs Sponges and Cleaning Solution Painters Tape Spackle OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe had so much fun doing this, so we hope you get the same enjoyment, once you have the items the fun begins. Step 1- Prepping The Room You will need to have the room set up perfectly before you begin making so you don’t make a mess. You’ll need to clean the walls before starting with a rug and fill in any gaps with spackle before letting dry. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe have rushed into painting jobs before and they’ve been a disaster so make sure a plan is in mind, it will be less messy. Step 2- Applying the Painter’s Tape Painter’s Tape is a painters’ best friend as this is almost just as important as anything else because it covers the areas where the paint should not be. This is placed over skirting boards as well as the corners of the walls and any light switches. OUR EXPERT ADVICEPainter’s Tape is a vital part of the process that some people ignore, but trust us, you need it for the perfect job. Step 3- Priming The Wall Applying the primer before the paint is pivotal to this process. You will use a roller brush to prime the walls with a light coating. Adding the undercoat will ensure the durability of the paint and protect the surface. OUR EXPERT ADVICEPriming the wall with the roller is one of our favourite parts and we think you’ll enjoy it too. Step 4- Painting The final process is getting down to the painting itself by choosing the right colour to add to the walls with the right premium paint brand. You can add one coating and then wait for it to dry and add another for the best finish. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Our favourite part of all is getting down to the painting with whatever colours you’ve selected, it is so fun. You now have the perfect guidelines to create unique and lively walls in your home to really stand out and give it that cosy and warm home feeling. Getting the right colour is vital so choose wisely.
Creating a cosy and warm environment in your bedroom is all part of making a house a home, as well as showing your personality through your four walls. You can create anything on these walls or putting anything in this room that makes it unique to any other part of the house as it is yours. Looking at the same drab bedroom every night can get quite depressing so shake it up with some incredible DIY decor ideas to really liven it up. Take a look at the best ways to transform your bedroom and make it Insta-worthy. Make Your Wall Inspiring Your walls are what you will see the most and stand out the most in your room, and with four of them to get creative with, anything is possible. Placing some inspiring quotes on the wall or having pictures of idols will give you moments of inspiration and never get dull. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We love to get creative with our walls, it adds your own personality to it and looks amazing. Incorporate A Canopy A bed without a canopy can be so dull and boring, make your room like any fairy Princess by making your very own canopy and hang it surrounding the bed. This is a very romantic and feminine addition that adds a bit of extra glow and class to the room. OUR EXPERT ADVICEYou won’t know yourself until you get a canopy in your room, we have adored ours and it makes the room look so much better. Paint The Ceiling If you’ve had a bad day and are glaring up at a bland white ceiling, it won’t make you feel much better so spruce up your ceiling with a bit of colour. Your room will feel warmer and add a bit of life to it with unlimited colour to choose from as well as designs. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We can’t stand a drab ceiling, get creative people, use your imagination, we have stars on ours. Shake Up Your Furniture If you are getting bored of the same old room, it’s not just everything around it that you can change, re-arrange everything from your bed to wardrobes. This will give your room a whole new feel and create extra space as you shift and dispose of unneeded objects. OUR EXPERT ADVICE A simple change in the position of your furniture can open up your room to more opportunities which is why we always chop and change our room. Install Shelves You can make so much more room by installing shelves to place all of your belongings neatly that will make your room look very organized. Don’t be afraid to shake things up by getting creative with what goes on the shelf. OUR EXPERT ADVICE You don’t realise how much extra space you have until you get shelves installed, we can finally see under our bed again. Your room will have an entirely new feel when you get creative with it and add a few DIY methods to re-create a unique and personalised feel. Never settle for bland when there is so much room for creativity.
Are you tired to buy products that are bad for your health and also the environment? If you need to remove old paint on metallic elements in a natural way, here’s the answer: boiling water. It’s also a cheap, easy and fast way to do it without damaging your items. Here’s the simple process. What you need: – metal scraper/putty knife – disposable aluminum tray – lint-free cloth – boiling water Start by putting your piece of metallic hardware in your pot or aluminum tray. Make sure to put something under to protect from the heat of the boiling water next. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe forgot to do it and we ruined our table underneath! So be careful. 2. Heat the water. Once it’s boiling, pour it over your piece of metal. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Always be careful with boiling water as well. 3. Wait until the paint on your item starts to bubble, for about five minutes. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe really advise you to wait five minutes, it is the right amount of time for it to start bubbling. 4. If the paint doesn’t bubble, drain the tray and repeat the process with boiling water until it starts bubbling. OUR EXPERT ADVICEIt happened to us and we had to do it again, and it worked the second time. 5. You can start to scrape the paint in the tray while it’s in the water. To protect your hands, wear gloves and make sure the water is not boiling anymore not to burn yourself. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe were too impatient and didn’t wait and it hurt! So don’t do the same. 6. Take your metallic item out of the tray and scrape the paint leftovers with your scraper. OUR EXPERT ADVICEYou don’t have to scrape too hard, the paint will go away itself! 7. Most of the time, the metal underneath the paint of your item is tarnished. To remove any dirt or tarnish, use your lint-free cloth to remove it. OUR EXPERT ADVICEOurs was very tarnished and we used the lint-free cloth which helped a lot. If you want an old effect, you can also leave some of the tarnish. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe did the same process and it worked very well, some paint was left on some corners thought but we managed to take them off.
Drive-in theatres are a cool concept and if you want to build one for your personal use, you can easily do so. You can now turn your backyard into an outdoor theatre and enjoy your evening with your friends and family watching your favourite movie under the stars. All you are going to need are PVC pipes and a drop cloth. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Did you really think it is going to cost you a lot? Well, the best part about this DIY movie screen is that it is pretty easy on your pockets. It will just take you a few hours to put up your screen together. With the help of a hacksaw, cut the PVC pipes into two seven-foot and two three-foot sizes and fix a pipe elbow to one of the seven-foot pieces on each side. Now, take the five-foot PVC pipe and attach at both the elbows. The next step is to add a T-joint to the five-foot sections and attaching the other seven-foot piece to the other side to complete the square frame. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Really easy! You don’t need to be an engineering genius to create this. We created this in no time and even the kids could help you set it up. Now, at the bottom of each T-joint, attach the three-foot PVC pipes. You screen frame is ready and it’s time for you to put up the screen. Cut the drop cloth into a 6×7 foot rectangle and fix on the square frame of the PVC pipes. Make sure that the cloth is not wrinkled. Fix the cloth with the help of an adhesive or you can also sew the edges. Fix the screen on the ground with the help of U posts and your personal outdoor movie theatre is ready. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We followed the same steps and the size of the pipes but you can choose to build a screen of the size you want. All you need to do now is send an invitation to your friends, select the movie you want to watch throw in a packet of popcorn into the microwave. Enjoy your movie under the stars!
Do you have an old window and don’t know what to do with it? Well, we got you sorted: why not making a stylish coffee table with it? It’s an easy process, here it is! What you need: – a large window pane – pieces of wood for the box – hinges – 4 leg braces – 4 legs To begin, take the dimensions of your old window that you are going to use to make this coffee table. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We used a round window and it was actually very difficult, it’s better to use a square one. 2. Then, to make the box, you need a square piece of wood for the bottom, and four 1×6 trimboards. OUR EXPERT ADVICEYou should really respect theses proportions, because then your table is going to be very, very deep! 3. Nail these elements together. OUR EXPERT ADVICEBe careful with the hammer while nailing them. 4.Put your window on the top of you box. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThe top of your box is the empty part, don’t do like us! 5.Take your chest hinges and screw them to connect your window part and box part. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe connected them the wrong way and then we couldn’t open the top part of the table. 6.Take your leg braces and screw them in on the back of your box, in each corner. OUR EXPERT ADVICEScrew them well or your table is going to be wobbly. 7.Then take your table legs and put them on the braces. OUR EXPERT ADVICESame here, place them well on the braces if you don’t want to spill your coffee while using this table! You have one unique coffee table now! OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe made this coffee table as well and it looks very nice but it’s not very handy to put anything on it with the window panels!
Even if we only open the faucet when we need and never let the water running, we’re wasting water and money if we don’t have the right faucets aerators. A low-flow faucet aerator is a solution to save water and money. When you fully open it, the rate is of 4 gallons per minute with a classic faucet aerator, whereas if you place a low-flow faucet aerator, it will be 2.5 gallons per minute. Follow our super easy steps to install one and save a lot. Use a wrench to unscrew the old aerator of your faucet OUR EXPERT ADVICEHopefully it is not too full of limescale, because it was for us! 2. Take your new low-flow faucet aerator and place it on the of the spout 3. Screw it on OUR EXPERT ADVICE Be careful while screwing it on and do it well for the water not too leak when you’re going to open the faucet. … That’s all! OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe change for a low-flow faucet aerator recently and the savings are amazing, the flow is lower so it can be annoying sometimes but you get used to it.
One of the toughest things to do is save money, especially when you can’t figure out where you are going wrong. A lot of it can come down to what you are buying for the kitchen which is probably where the most overspending is done. It is almost too easy to spend money on food with convenient takeaways at your service and eye-catching deals in shops. Find out five simple ways to avoid overspending and save yourself a life-changing amount of money like never before. Meal Prep For The Week Most people when they go shopping will pick up whatever looks appealing and they think will last them the week. This is where you are going wrong as you should have an idea in mind of what you will eat every day. This will make you buy specific products instead of needless pickups. OUR EXPERT ADVICEBuy for the week and no longer, trust us, it works and you’ll feel better about yourself because of it. Buy Reusable Kitchen Items One thing that is making your budget take a hit is buying one-off products that never get a second use. Replacing these with items that are reusable will make a huge difference and save you money during your shopping spree each week. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThese items include paperless towels, cloth napkins and sandwich bags which are great additions that have saved us hundreds. Mind Your Kitchen Appliances Your kitchen appliances are the most important thing in your kitchen that you use on a daily basis and need to cook your food. It is important that you take care of these not only for this reason but also that home appliances can be quite dear. OUR EXPERT ADVICEYou want your appliances to last years, not months, we still have the same pots and pans for 8 years. Stock Up On Coupons Coupons are arguably the best way to save money when it comes to food from excellent deals that supermarkets are offering through coupons. Building these up will save you a lot of money on your next shop, especially if they are the product that you are looking for. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe can’t count how many times these have saved us money on our weekly shopping spree. Watch Leftovers The amount of food that is thrown out each year in homes is outrageous and accounts for millions, hundreds of which you will have contributed to. Try at all costs to avoid throwing out leftovers, instead cook a bit extra to use for lunch the next day leaving no wastage. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis will encourage a healthier lifestyle as we constantly use leftovers for lunch the next day. You will start to notice little by little each week the money that you are saving which really does add up. This money can be put towards a family holiday or almost anything if it is built up long enough. Try your best to remain strict by following these steps.
The holiday season is here. We all wait for the magical month the entire year. The season of good food, gifts, lights, decorations, and get-togethers with friends and family. But there is just one thing that leaves us worried – the expenses. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We are always left scratching our heads after the festivities are over and our bank balance is low. No matter how much ever you have planned, you always end up spending all your money on a lot of unnecessary things and regret later. This year, let us plan carefully and budget our Christmas celebrations. To start with start budgeting your gifts. Prepare a list of people for whom you have to buy gifts. OUR EXPERT ADVICE It is always good to prepare a list keeping in mind the likes and dislikes of people and making sure you are not crossing your budget limit. Plan how much you will be spending on buying gifts so that if one or two items go above the budget, it can be balanced while buying the other gifts. There are also a lot of great discounts available online. Do proper research and shop ahead. You can also make gifts at home. There are a lot of DIY gift ideas available on the internet that help you with it. OUR EXPERT ADVICE This is not complicated at all. We created a lot of fun stuff for our friends and everyone loved it. Instead of splurging on buying stuff for decorating your house, you can either upcycle last years’ decorative items or create new ones at home. You can create a lot of interesting stuff with ribbons and colourful papers and even gift boxes. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Save a lot of fo money on buying wrapping papers and gift boxes. To buy food and drinks, prepare a list of items that you would need. Do not buy anything that you are doubtful about using for the Christmas dinner. Also, buying in bulk also gets you great offers at the grocery storesOUR EXPERT ADVICE A small tip: Do not spend much on sweets and chocolates. You might receive a lot as gifts from your family and friends. If you don’t have a lot to buy, you can go grocery shopping with your friend and avail the offers available. Stick to the list you prepared and do not waste money on things you do not need. These simple hacks will help you save a lot of money that you might have been spending unnecessarily all these years. Hope you have great holidays. Merry Christmas!
LEDs are good not only for the environment, but also for your bank account! It’s getting more and more popular in houses, but have you switched yet for LEDs? Here are basic things to know before making the move! It’s an easy move You only need to replace your incandescent bulbs with screw-in LED bulbs that have a close performance to the incandescent bulb. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThe thing is that we didn’t know that they’re more expensive than the incandescent bulbs! They use less energy To sum up the idea: the LED lighting system converts 95% of the energy consumed into light, whereas incandescent bulbs convert only 10% of it. The 90% left is just heat. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis is something crazy that we didn’t know either, ad it is so much energy wasted. They last The whole point is to save money, right? Well, buying the LED bulbs will be more expensive than buying incandescent ones, but prices tend to drop lately. At the end of the day, it is a long term investment: some LED bulbs can last up to 20 years, whereas incandescent bulbs last approximately 2 years. Also, your energy consumption is reduced to 70-90% with LED bulbs, making you save between $30 and $80 on your bills over the bulb’s lifespan. OUR EXPERT ADVICEIt’s true that we bought our LED bulbs maybe three years ago and they seem to be lasting so far! They’re flexible with light direction Did you know that LED lighting was directional? Well, your incandescent bulbs send light at all angles and don’t direct in where you want or need it. Another bad point. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe have them at home and it’s actually really cool to be able to direct the light where you need it, when you’re reading for example. They have a range of color temperatures Each LED lightbulb has what is called a Correlated Color Temperature (CCT), corresponding to a Kelvin (K), which is a temperature scale. If the number of Kelvins is low, the light will be warmer and more yellow, and if it’s high the light will be colder and bluer. This choice depends on your preference and the ambience you want for each room. It’s another kind of customisation that LEDs allow you to do. OUR EXPERT ADVICELEDs can seem a bit cold, but we chose a different colour to have a warmer atmosphere at home and we’re delighted. They’re kind of dimmable When switching for LEDs, check that they’re compatible with your dimmer switch. Most LEDs are dimmable but check before and try. OUR EXPERT ADVICEOurs were compatible even if we forgot to check, so to avoid any disappointment, always check. So, ready for the big LED move? OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe switched to LEDs in every room now and we don’t regret it at all! We didn’t have to change them yet and we save money as well, it’s a really good investment.
You might have spent all your life’s saving to build the house of your dreams. And maintaining it another task. From the walls to the plumbing, everything needs to updates in order to keep the house in the perfect shape. But the most important part that we forget is to keep a check on the foundation of the house. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Most of us commit this mistake. But worry not. It is not something that cannot be fixed. Any damage or crack in the foundation can destroy the whole house. Your dream house sits on the laid-out foundation and keeping it safe is important. A detailed assessment of any visible damage to the foundation is necessary on a regular basis. OUR EXPERT ADVICE You can start slowly in a step by step process. Start checking one part of the house first before moving on to the other part. Once you have assessed the damage, it is time to determine how bad it is and then you can move to the repair process. You need to clean the site and then start with repairing the small cracks first. Mix up concrete and patch up the small cracks completely. To fill up the larger cracks, you need to fill them up with concrete till the core. Reassess your work after the concrete dries up. OUR EXPERT ADVICE It is a pretty simple task and will not even take much time to finish. But it is really important to keep the foundation of your dream house strong. Make sure that you completely seal off foundation walls so that there is no further occurrence of any other damage.
Everyone wants to make their new house a home, but not everyone knows how. This is where we come in to give you some changing ideas free of charge to give you the perfect home that will be your own unique living space. You’re going to kick yourself that you never thought of some of these ideas, they’re so simple and don’t cost a penny, check them out! Add Mirrors The addition of mirrors into each room will not only look great but it will also open up your space and brighten up the entire room as it reflects the light. There is nothing worse than a dark and dull room, this will change that. OUR EXPERT ADVICEAs well as brighten up the room, you can never have enough of looking at yourself from all angles with mirrors. Move Furniture The position of your furniture can really make a difference to a room just by moving the cabinets, tables and couches or beds. It will give a different feel to the room and should generally be centred around facing the television with extra space. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe’ve been guilty of moving the furniture too often with those who don’t like change, but it brings a new feel to our house. Decorate Walls Bland walls can be very dull as they make up most of the room, so a dull wall means a dull house. Decorating the walls with art or photo frames will put your own feel into the room and make it unique and truly a home with family photos. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe received endless compliments about our wall designs that are packed full of family portraits as well as colourful wallpapers. Go Green Plants and Flowers aren’t just for outside, they can have a huge impact inside and bring a sense of life to the house. They are known to positively impact our mood and will give off a delightful smell. Invest in some well-known houseplants. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe were a little hesitant about this but we could not be more wrong as it completely changes the feel for a room, we highly recommend. Keep It Clean One small thing that can make your house a home is simply keeping it clean and tidy and not letting it get messy with clutter thrown everywhere. You’ll be surprised at how many houses are like this, so don’t let yours join the list. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThere is nothing worse than a dirty house, we cringe at the thought of our home gathering dust, so you could class us as clean freaks. With these easy and free additions, your house will become a home in no time and add a completely different look and feel that you and your visitors will love every time entering the house.
Have you ever dreamt of growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs? Well it’s within everyone’s reach! You just need an outside space, big or small, there’s no problem. You can’t compare eating your own vegetables, but it’s also a way to save money and the environment. Follow our advices to create your Garden of Eden! The space If you have a big space, well, you’re lucky! You can either go big and use all of it or just allocate only a short plot in your garden. For smaller spaces, you’ll need to get pots and planters, by being careful with their shapes. For example, square pots are wider and are more used for salads and herbs. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWhat is not written is that big pots and planters are expensive! So you’re actually more lucky if you already have a big garden! The tools If you’re a beginner, no need for complicated tools. Buy only what you need, mostly basics to start with. Your tool collection will grow at the same pace as your gardening experience. Don’t rush and trust us! OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe started by buying basics as well, and to be honest it was enough, unless you really try and do complicated stuff some day. Prepare the ground Anyone know that our dear greens need sun and a bit of water to be happy (just like us!). So before planting or placing your pots outside, have a look at your garden and choose the brightest spot! Also, check the soil: stones or thin soil aren’t great to plant. If needed, build raised beds before planting and you can also add some soil improver or manure. To avoid dampness, check the drainage before planting. And last but not least, always read carefully the instructions when buying a plant, to be sure to build your garden in optimal conditions. OUR EXPERT ADVICEIf your soil is not great, you’re going to struggle a bit to be honest because you will have to fix this building raised beds. Plan You can’t plant anything anytime of the year unfortunately! Plan everything by building your own calendar and search what plants would work best for your space. You can also check seed planners online. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe’ve tried the seed planners and it’s actually great and helps you a lot! Select Here is some help to choose the easiest vegetables and fruits to grow: – Vegetables : spinach, leeks, onions, courgettes, radishes potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce – Berries: raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrant, blueberries – Fruits: plum, cherry, apple, pear OUR EXPERT ADVICEThey actually are the easiest and really don’t need a lot of care, so it’s a good way to start with these. … and the most important advice: enjoy! OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe had no experience in gardening and these few tips have been really useful. The only thing is that as many hobbies it’s a budget, especially paying for some plants or trees.
House fires can completely throw your life out of gear. It not only causes huge loss but is also traumatizing. OUR EXPERT ADVICE We understand how much it would hurt losing your dream house in an incident like that. If you have recently suffered from a house fire, here are a few important things you must do before starting to set up your house again. The first thing to do is to find a place to relocate to help your family cope with that terrifying experience and especially if you have children and pets. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Kids do not cope really well in such a situation. So, you must take extra care to normalise them. In the case of huge losses, you can also reach the disaster relief agencies. take some time to recover from what just happened and plan on the next steps. Contacting your insurance agent and alerting the police should be the first things you must do after moving to a safe location. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Informing the cops did help us secure the house from the burglars who might be lurking around in search of an opportunity to steal. The insurance people will help you start with the repair work as soon as possible or will help you search for a new place and the cops will provide security to the house from the robbers. Plan your finances wisely and create a list of damaged goods and all your important documents too. Before you return to collect your belongings from the house, make sure that the fire marshall has declared it safe to enter it. It might be dangerous entering the house without getting clearance from the fire department as the structure would have become weak due to the fire. Also, wait to get clearance to turn on certain utilities in your house.OUR EXPERT ADVICE It is a difficult time but when handled correctly, you might be able to fix the problem much more efficiently. We hope no one ever goes through this situation ever in their life. But if ever this happens, this is how you can put your life back on track without making any mistake.
Everyone wants to have unlimited space in every part of their house but this is almost impossible, or is it? We have put together the best tips and additions that you can have that will give you the ultimate amount of storage space that you never knew you need. You won’t know what to do with this much new space for items, we hope you have a lot of items that need a new home, find out how to get this extra space the easy way. Built-In Shelf Cases We’re sure you have plenty of movies and cd’s hanging around in unwanted spaces, so give them a home in a full wall-length shelf casing. You can also add books and anything else that might fit in here that is going to look neat and tidy. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThey have come in so handy in our home as we are big book fans, so now there is a neat spot for them and not scattered everywhere like before. Pot Racks Pots and pans take up a lot of space in drawers and all over the kitchen really so give them their own spot with racks either on the wall or ground. This will free up space in your cupboard and drawers for other needs and are now easily accessible. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe finally gave in and got a pot rack after constant rearranging and we could not be happier, it is so convenient. Storage Chest A storage chest is a great addition to almost any room as they can hold anything with a deep space available that will take away the messy look from any room and free up leg space. You can get one that fits and blends in with the rest of the room. OUR EXPERT ADVICEYou won’t believe how much extra space your house will have, we pack everything in here from the kids’ toys to personal belongings. Storage Bed The bedroom can get very messy with clothes, shoes and almost everything else you own that makes its way into the room. Having storage units connected to your bed will give you so much more room for activity and no room for dust under the bed. OUR EXPERT ADVICEJust picture a storage chest, but the size of a bed and you have a storage bed. Since we have gotten one in, there are fewer items taking up floor space. with the amount of room. Tools Shed The garage is probably the messiest room in the house that gets dumped with all of your once used tools, boxes and sports equipment that are taking up space. Find a neat home for these by getting a shed specifically for holding these items until you need them. OUR EXPERT ADVICEIf you don’t have a tool shed you are missing out on valuable space, our lives have changed since we invested in one. You will be able to add a crazy amount of storage space to your home by adding these simple additions to your home that are convenient as well as creating space. You won’t know what to do with the extra space.
Have you checked if your house is well insulated? It is something that we tend to forget and it is always good to check before the winter cold comes. If not well insulated, you are going to loose a lot of energy and money. To protect the environment (and your bank account!) here are six parts of your home that need good insulation and how much you’ll be able to save if well done! Solid walls Solid walls can be insulated either from the inside or the outside. As they let through twice as much heat as cavity walls, it is good to insulate them properly. From the inside, you cant fit on the wall rigid insulation boards or fill in a stud wall with some insulation material. If you choose to do it from the outside, you can fit one layer of insulation material to the wall and then cover it with a special type of render. This costs more than insulating a cavity wall, but it’s worth it as you could save from £115 to £415 a year. OUR EXPERT ADVICETo insulate walls yourself is not complicated but it will cost you, so be ready to pay a good amount for the materials. Cavity walls Cavity walls (two walls with a gap in between) don’t let as much heat as solid walls going outside and are cheaper to insulate, so that’s first good point. First, you need to know what type of walls you have in your house. When your house’ bricks have a regular pattern if you look at the exterior, this means that you have cavity walls. If the pattern is alternating, then you might have solid walls. Savings can go from £65 to £250 per year. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis tip is not a 100% sure, so always ask someone else’s advice before doing anything yourself. Roof and loft To insulate your loft or attic, you can use rolls of mineral wool insulation. The house will be warmer, but be careful, the roof space won’t be. So you also need to insulate pipes and water tanks for them not to freeze. You can save up from £115 to £215 a year. OUR EXPERT ADVICEOur pipes and water tanks froze once, and trust us, it’s better to insulate them. Floors Seal the gaps between floors and skirting boards with a DIY store sealant. If you have concrete ground floor, you can put rigid insulation on top of it. But if you have suspensed timber floors, you can insulate them by putting mineral wool insulation under the floorboards, supported by netting between the joists. You can save from £25 to £65 by doing this. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe saved about £45, so it’s actually working and it’s always a good amount to save. Tanks, pipes and radiators Did you know that you could insulate them as well? You can insulate your hot water cylinder with a cylinder jacket and your pipes with foam tubes. Insulating behind your radiators for example will reduce the heat that you’re going to loose. You will save money and your radiator will stay hot longer. You can save about £89 a year. OUR EXPERT ADVICEDid you know that you were losing heating behind the radiators? We were surprised as well, but it makes sense now we see it too. Draught-proofing Tired of always having gaps around your windows or doors? A simple, cheap and effective way to solve this is to use sealant to fill them. You can save around £25 per year. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe don’t really know how much we saved for this one, probably not that much, but the most important was that we didn’t have any more breeze coming in!
Finding a good plumber for your house is important as the plumbing system in your house could be complex. If you just hire someone without much experience, you might destroy your house. There are a few steps that you must follow when you are looking for a plumber to fix an issue in your home. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe all waste a lot of of time trying to look for the best plumbers in our neighbourhood and often end up hiring the wrong person for the job. Choose the right kind of plumber required for the job and do not forget to ask for their licence and insurance. Ask the plumber for the references for the recent projects handles by the plumber. This will give you an idea if the person you are going to hire is the right fit or not. Choose companies or agencies that are members of trade associations. Note that while talking over the phone, did they pay attention to the key details you mentioned and if were polite to you.OUR EXPERT ADVICE We tried calling a few agencies and talking to some of them was not a very great experience as they would not share the details we were looking for. So, beware! A quick internet search can give you hundreds of options to hire a plumber but is that the best thing to do? Look for Facebook neighbourhood pages. OUR EXPERT ADVICE You can look for groups on social media where people also put advertisements for such jobs. Also, a personal referral from family and friends about a plumber that has previously attended to their problems is also a great way. There are a few good websites too that can help search for the kind of person you are looking for. OUR EXPERT ADVICEGoogle search with the right keywords might help you as well. Before hiring someone, ask them if they have done that kind fo fixing/installing job before and if they will take guarantee of their work. Communicate as clearly as possible about the problems, your budget and the concerns. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThese tips did help us find the right person to fix the plumbing issues at our house. We hope these tips help you find the right plumber to attend to your plumbing needs.
If there is an easier way to love our life day to back we are going to take it. This starts first thing in the morning when you enter the bathroom, there are some hacks that you don’t know which are going to change your life. There can be quite a lot of cleaning up done in the bathroom but with these simple steps, your life will be so much easier and will save you some valuable time. Find out what they are. Get Rid Of Creases In Clothes Bringing in a creased top or pants while you are showering will help get rid of the tough creases due to the build-up of steam. This will save you time ironing as it will be almost ready to wear. OUR EXPERT ADVICEYou don’t know how much time we have saved in the mornings doing this instead of ironing, give it a go. Add Extra Curtain Rod You won’t believe the extra leisure you are going to have from adding an extra shower curtain rod into your bathroom which will give you extra storage. You can hook some storage containers onto this to store all of your products instead of all over the bathroom. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe can’t stand a messy bathroom, so when we installed a second rod we were in dreamland with no messy sinks anymore. Amplify The Sink If you enjoy listening to some music while getting ready in the bathroom simply put your phone into the towel-dry sink which will amplify the sound. This is going to make your mornings go faster with your favourite songs playing. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis has given us some memorable singing moments in the shower that we think everyone needs to brighten their day. Add Oil To Toilet Roll This may sound weird but hear us out, add some essential oil to the inside of the cardboard on toilet roll to leave your bathroom smelling nice with the fragrance used. The cardboard is very observed and will soak up the oils and give off the scent. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe didn’t think this would actually work but how wrong we were, we can’t go back now, we advise you to do the same. Bring In A Ziploc Bag If you enjoy using your tablet or phone in the bath or shower but are afraid to use it, simply pop it into a Ziploc bag. This way you can either hold it and watch Netflix in the bath or hang it somewhere and play music. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe’ll admit that we have spent a lot more time in the bath since we discovered this, it is a genius tip that everyone needs to know. Your bathroom life is going to be so much easier and more convenient with these amazing hacks that you wouldn’t have even thought about. Your morning can get off to the perfect start now which will leave you in a good mood for the day.
We all love playing with bubble wrap. Best stress buster ever. It is also great to wrap your precious items to keep them safe. But did you know bubble wraps can also trap heat and can help keep your house warm during the winters? OUR EXPERT ADVICE We could not believe it either but then we tried it ourselves. And blimey! it works. Winters are tough time trying to keep the house warm and cosy with the radiators and the heaters and the electricity bill shoots up too. Insulating your house with bubble wrap will not only keep your electricity bills down but will also help you keep the heat trapped inside your house. OUR EXPERT ADVICE Trust us, our electricity bills did come down and the house remained warm for a longer time. All you are going to need is a sheet of bubble wrap and a water spray bottle. Cut the bubble wrap sheet to the size of the window where you want to fix it. Spray the window with some water and place the bubble wrap on it, thus sticking it on the glass pane. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis is the simplest and cheapest trick ever to keep your house warm. It increases the isolative value of the window, thus trapping the heat inside the house. We hope this trick helps you stay warm and cosy this winter and keeps your electricity bill under check.
When selling your house, you want to be able to get every last penny out of it and hope that it goes for a price higher than what you bought it to make a profit. This should be no problem as hopefully, you have made it better and added things that were not already there. The more that your house has that differs from others in the area, the more chance it has of selling for a better price. There are some simple changes and upgrades that you can make in your home to make it look more attractive and help improve the price. Find out what they are. Break Out The Paint Adding a lick of paint to anything makes it more attractive and more appealing to the eye so this is exactly what you need to do where suitable. It can make a room or anything look like brand new which will up the appeal of it and make your house stand out. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe were surprised by how much of a difference this made to our home. If we had known that earlier we wouldn’t have sold it. Upgrade Landscaping This first thing that potential buyers will see when arriving at your house is the landscape and the condition that it is in and its surroundings. Keeping your lawn neat and tidy and adding a few nice flowers to add a bit of colour will give a lovely look to the landscape as the curb appeal is vital. OUR EXPERT ADVICEYou can never underestimate the importance of landscaping, thankfully we had a lovely one which got us a few extra dollars on the sale. Give Bathroom A Makeover The condition that the bathroom is in is much more important than you’d think as it needs to be in excellent condition with a modern feel to it. Getting a mini-makeover by installing vanity units and a walk-in shower is very appealing to buyers. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThere is nothing nicer than a sparkling clean and modern bathroom which we upgraded a few years before the sale, but it definitely benefitted the price. Outdoor Dining Area Having an outdoor dining area with tables and chairs and a walkway is a great sight to see as new buyers can picture spending summer evenings out there. Invest in having this door as it will work for you in the long run with a good return guaranteed. OUR EXPERT ADVICEProbably the best thing we did to our former home was installed an outdoor dining area for casual gatherings which was a key factor for the buyers investing. Add Crown Molding Giving your home a makeover with some crown molding will really give it that extra bit of wow and become an attractive sight to buyers. It is a quick and inexpensive way to catch the eye and flare out the finished top edge of your interiors. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe didn’t think this would make much of a difference but how wrong we were, the new homeowners noticed it immediately and loved it. Your house will definitely have been bumped up in the price market by making these small, simple changes that will have a big impact on the overall view of the house.
Warming up water for a shower or bath can cost, especially because water heaters run all the time. To avoid this and save money, the best solution is to get an electric water heater timer. This way, you can just program your water heater to work only during specific hours, in the morning and the evening only for example. It is very simple to install as well, here’s our guide. Start by turning off the power off of your electric water heater from the circuit breaker to be safe. OUR EXPERT ADVICEThis is a very important one, and to be honest, we almost forgot to do it, so be careful! 2. Think well before placing your electric water heater timer. You’ll need to be able to reach it easily and the wires need to be able to reach the power source. It would be best to install it on the wall, checking that it is level and plumb. OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe put it in a wrong spot and it was actually really annoying trying to reach it so we had to move it. 3. Check that you have enough cord before installing it. Cut the power wire to the water heater. Take the wire and strip back its insulation, then connect it into the timer control. Make sure that you mark clearly the screws to be able to connect the wire. Take the other wire and connect it toward the water heater to the timer’s screws where it’s written “To Water Heater”. OUR EXPERT ADVICE This step is actually a bit complicated so we advise you to it with someone. 4. You’re all sorted and ready to save money! OUR EXPERT ADVICEWe tried this at home and it’s actually great if you take showers everyday at the same time, but a bit annoying when you take unexpected showers in between these times and have to turn the water heater on again.