What Comes Included in a New Home?

When looking to buy a property, one of the things you might try to picture is how those new rooms will be decorated and what features they will need. However there is one thing many new buyers don’t realise, and that is the new homely features already included in a new home.

Most new homes come with advanced security features, such as circuit breakers, fire and smoke alarms. These are the basics, but developers are also keen to provide ‘green’ housing that helps to protect the environment.

In terms of fixtures, fittings and appliances, new homes very often come with carpets and curtains, fridges and freezers, and all kinds of other things, thrown in for free. Even if they aren’t on offer, it always worth asking. Sometimes extra features are included in the price of the property, so always check what you are paying for.

Making Use Of Garden Pottery

A fantastic way to incorporate traditional, stylish objects into your outdoor design. Using garden pottery in outdoor decoration is both functional and distinctive.

Old pottery can be found in many second hand retailers and flea markets. This is great for those who want to save on their outdoor decoration, whilst adding a unique and stylish object to it.

Because of the wide array of pots available, there are pots of many designs and variations. From large planters, which function as large ornaments and decorative pots for medium and large plants. To smaller, feature jars which are designed to be used to hold a single, smaller plant, as well as add a touch of style to an area of a garden or interior.

Pottery is made from clay, which is then fired in a kiln until it has set. This means that the pottery, while hard, is delicate and may break if dropped or knocked over. Because of this, its recommended that the pots are placed in safer areas than other sturdier ornaments. So as to not be accidentally damaged.

Use of Garden Sleepers in Landscaping

Garden landscaping involves the combining of the flora, changing of the existing terrain and construction of structures in the garden. The structures do help to enhance the appearance of your home and creates more activities that can be done at home. Some of the structures you can do them yourself while others you require landscaping expert to come in. In article we will be talking about garden sleepers made from wooden railway sleepers and the significance they have when used.

Garden Wooden Railway Sleepers

When you want your garden to have a new look, railway sleepers is the perfect solution for that. Railway sleepers are found in rail-roads train tracks at the bottom. They are triangular in shape and they help the rails to be placed correctly. The wooden railway sleepers are made of wood which makes it very suitable to be used in garden sleepers. The railway sleepers can be used in any garden whether big or small.
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Choosing The Right Garden Fence

The garden fence is the perimeter of your outdoor home, a wall holding a piece of nature next to your home, a pen for you and your family to enjoy. It’s for these reasons that the garden fence can and should be considered as an important part of the home and garden.
The type of fence you choose will have an impact on the style of your garden. Ornate trellis fences say something completely different compared to traditional fence panels.
It is easy to overlook just how much of an impact the fence will have until it’s been physically put up. The fence acts as a sort of border, an underlying backdrop behind everything in the space. So whatever plants or decorative objects you place in your garden, it’s likely that you will be seeing your fence in the background every time you look at them.
So it can pay dividends to carefully pick the right fence for your garden.

Outdoor Living Designs, Inspired by Nature

A straightforward but elegant way to design your outdoor spaces is to use ideas inspired by nature.

Doing so is easy. Your garden for example, is already outside. So borrowing ideas from what is already there makes sound design sense.

Some of these natural ideas can include: Glass ornaments and semiprecious stones, wooden and glass furniture, utility items like outdoor heaters and stoves.

But its not just the physical things. Colours and materials can also become part of a theme of design that carries from nature, into how you style the garden.

For example, patterns colours can be taken from the outdoor spaces and used as a theme to help guide your design ideas.  Another great idea is to consider the lighting outside.

How you light your outdoor space can be done in a way that makes use of the features those spaces have. Lights in and around foliage, or spot lighting angled from the outside walls make great use of what is already there.

Patio Awnings for home improvement

Patio awnings are a great way to add space as well as charm to your home and the best part of it is you do not have to spend much. The idea of having the awnings is to protect your outdoor space from rain, snow and the harsh rays of the sun. When you have awnings, you can arrange for picnics, barbecues, and other family activities under the shelter of the awnings.

You can extend the awnings with columns and develop a canopy; this will cover the whole of your patio or may be just a part of your patio, as you desire. You can have awning extending from your patio to the swimming pool. Continue reading

Brining Indoor Home Design Ideas, Outdoors

When it comes to home design, the garden tends to take a backseat compared to the interior of a home.  But that doesn’t mean your garden has to follow suit.

It’s easy to take ideas from home interior design and apply them to your garden. You may need to modify said ideas, but the premise can transfer over.

Colour Schemes

Interior design tends to involve a lot of colour matching and complimenting. The way colours work is not limited to the indoors, those same colours can evoke similar reactions if they are used outdoors too.

Reds, purples and other deep colours work great not just in the bedroom, but in the garden too. Colours like this contrast against the brightness of the outdoors and the green hues from the plants. Employ this colour buy using coloured cushions, furniture and table ornaments matched in the tones of your choice.

Transform Garden Furniture With Outdoor Upholstery

Having a garden space near the home is great. The splendour of the outdoors right next to your house for everyone to enjoy.

Like the home, the garden is a great place to put furniture in. But unlike the home, only certain kinds of furniture are suitable, and usually ones without any fabric which simply aren’t as comfortable.

There is a solution however, and that’s to use specially designed outdoor upholstery on garden furniture.

Outdoor upholstery is designed to be durable, whilst maintaining the comfort of fabric. It is a great addition to standard garden furniture, which usually does not come with upholstery covers or cushions.

Adding upholstery to furniture takes a certain degree of skill to do, but it can make a huge difference to the traditionally hard garden furniture we are accustomed to.

It does not only add additional comfort, but the choice of right outdoor upholstery fabrics can help create suitable mood and add a touch of personal style to any ensemble.


Outdoor Heaters

Outdoor heating is used regularly by businesses and home owners alike. The ability to remain warm whatever the temperature outside allows outdoor spaces to be used all year round.

There are many different heating systems available. The size of the area that needs to be heated will have a big effect on what heating system will be required.

Sometimes and depending on where you live, the temperature outside gets too low even for the best outdoor heaters. In this circumstance the heaters will struggle to keep even a small area warm, rendering them useless.

But most of the time heaters will comfortably keep an area warm, allowing it to be used whatever the temperature.

Heaters are also great in the rain. While it may not be the cold that is of the greatest concern, the comfortable heat is still a welcome luxury in the unfavourable conditions.

Handling smoke damage

Even after a small fire eruption we could face some problems hard to take care off. Although it is easy to get rid off stuff that is partially or completely burned, smoke damage repair could be a much bigger challenge. Smoke is essentially small airborne liquid, solid or gas particles. What happens is that during a fire break out these little particles tend to stick to your walls, ceiling, furniture or any other objects. Not only does it leave hard to clean up stains but also fills the house with a bad odour. Let’s not forget that smoke contains a lot of chemicals which means that inhaling these particles might cause some serious health problems.

First of all, we should act swiftly. Smoke damage repair is most effective immediately after the fire. The longer you let your items sit after being exposed to smoke the harder it will be to remove the damage. After we open windows and try to get as much fresh air possible inside, we should start working with odour and stains.

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  • Garage Doors

    Garage Doors are an important decision for any home owner. The type of door that you choose will come to define what you use your garage for, and how suitable it is for the task.

  • Garden Decking

    Garden decking can do wonders for improving the look and feel of your garden. Not only do they look great, but they provide you with an optimal seating area, which is ideal for having a sheltered area as well, like with an awning.

  • Fitting Turf to Your Garden

    There are many different garden designs throughout the towns and cities in the UK, and in London you're likely to come across many shaped lawns. Some enthusiastic gardeners are keen to make the lawn a standout feature in its own right, and professional landscapers can easily roll out turf in London so that it complements the additional garden areas, such as the borders, flower beds and patios.

  • Using Real Wood for Exterior Design

    There are clear differences between beautiful real wood garage doors and wood laminate doors. A proper solid oak door feels heavy and secure, while it is unique, with its own colour, texture and individual set of imperfections and knots.

  • Outdoor Design Touches for Commercial Properties

    Outdoor design for commercial properties can be just as, if not more, important than interior design. This is because first impressions are crucial in terms of attracting new customers, and low-cost exterior design touches can make a big difference in influencing customer behaviour. A shop canopy is not only practical and durable, it can also be pleasing on the eye, and whether you opt for a folding arm or drop arm canopy, you’ll get plenty of choice in terms of colours. Many branded, decorative awnings can improve the look of a shop, whilst providing outstanding protection for living and recreation areas.

  • The Different Colour Options for Tile Trim

    When deciding upon which type of trim you’re going to have for your tiles, colour is definitely the most important factor. Black tile trim can be used to provide greater contrast in a style of design, or white trim could be used as a more understated alternative.

  • Buying Bulbs in Bulk

    If you’ve got a big garden project coming up, a great cost saving measure is to find iris flower bulbs for sale in bulk straight from the suppliers. As these are the same companies that sell to garden centres, you usually get your bulbs more cheaply by purchasing them direct.