Anyone with an older property may recognise this problem: there is often just one door that at some point has been fitted with a pull handle instead of a lever. These are not always ugly, but have often discoloured or degraded over time.
Recently, I removed a door at my place whilst flooring was being fitted. After rehanging the door and pushing it closed to check whether it would need any edges planing down, the door wedged in the frame and the plastic handle chose that moment to break clean off. Luckily, I have full height tilt n' turn windows and could easily escape - my only wish is that the window cleaner hadn't been doing his rounds to witness the world's most ungraceful cat burglar!
Eventually, you may prefer to fit a lever handle, but I think this pull handle from Laura Ashley
makes an elegant alternative to the extra work and is currently in the sale at £16.80. If only I'd spotted that one before...
Not Knowing my Own Strength
For those that are not local to the area, or ones that are thinking of moving in to Blackburn with Darwen, you may not realise how many green areas are only a stone's throw away from busy roads and town centres. These range from recreational parks and gardens to open countryside, with many public footpaths adjoining rivers, canals and reservoirs in-between. These snapshots were taken on the trail which leads from the top of Bold Venture Park up through the moors to Darwen Tower, which was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's diamond Jubilee. Somebody with more botanical knowledge may be able to name the white flowers covering the hills - to me, they are reminiscent of Dr Seuss' Truffula trees!
Other places to explore include Witton Country Park, Corporation Park, Whitehall Park and Sunnyhurst Woods, but the moors can't be beaten if you are looking for far-reaching views and wish to be left to your own thoughts.
As mentioned before, we believe it is important to keep wastage and landfill to a minimum, so have set up a Facebook page
to cheaply sell off excess materials from our homestaging & renovations services. Please also check it out for clever ideas on reusing and recycling materials.
There are a number of home renovation projects that have the ability to create a lasting first impression on potential buyers. One such renovation work is replacing an old flooring solution in favour of a new one. Of the many flooring materials that suit residential properties, wood is a popular choice. It has the potential to uplift the interior when fitted in good taste and to a high degree of workmanship. Leading estate agents indicate wood flooring as a premium feature making the property more saleable. If you are considering wood as the basis for your flooring solution, here are your options and government noise regulation related to flooring.
Flooring and Noise – 2003 Building Regulations
Under the 2003 building regulation (‘The Building Regulations Approved Document E’), property owners have a legal obligation to reduce noise pollution. Applicable in properties that were erected or renovated after 2003, these regulations address many sources of noises in flat and houses whether these are residential or commercial in nature, including noise that originates from flooring.
Flooring noise is created due to footsteps and due to passage of sound between two areas. In the case of flooring, these regulations are met by fitting an underlay layer below the flooring material. An underlay includes two important features, noise reduction measured in percentage and acoustic insulation measured in dB.
Type Of Wood Flooring
Homeowners that are new to wood flooring are often under the impression that there’s only one type of wood flooring. In fact, there are two types and fitting an incorrect type under certain circumstances will result in expedited wear and further costs. The two are solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring.
Solid Wood Flooring – Solid oak and walnut are the two most popular types of wood flooring in the UK. Each floorboard is made from complete wood and suits most properties well. It inherits two natural limitations that all natural woods share, which are susceptibility to damage from wet conditions and expansion in the face of high temperatures. Therefore solid wood flooring is suits across the entire properties with exception of the bathroom and kitchen areas (wet conditions) as well as fitted over under floor heating (expansion from heat).
Engineered Wood Flooring – Engineered walnut and oak flooring are made from wood and artificial materials. The top layer is made from solid wood, while the floorboard’s core is made from MDF, Plywood and Softwood. The use of solid wood as the top layer ensures that it looks identical to the previous type, however the use of artificial materials does mean a shorter service life. Engineered wood flooring was introduced in order to overcome the limitations of solid wood and so it can be fitted over under floor heating and in wet areas as well.
Solid Over Engineered Wood Flooring
Most homeowners can fit either of the two provided the natural limitations of wood do not come into play. Solid wood flooring benefits from a longer service life, but of the two types it is also the more expensive option. Engineered wood flooring may not offer the same service life, however you can fit them across the entire property without having to worry about expedited wear.
If you have any question, leave your comment below.
Information by Jonathan Sapir M.D at engineered walnut flooring suppliers, Wood and Beyond.
I hope that you found the information above helpful, please get in touch via Haesel@readysteadygo.me
with suggestions for future guest blogs. Don't forget to leave any questions for Jonathan below.Agent X
Someone near QEGS
independent school - which is currently applying for Free School status - would like to move from a large semi-detached house to a property in need of renovation; a person with two properties in need of refurbishment requires a bungalow in the Knuzden area; and someone is looking for a buyer for a chain-free bungalow located in Darwen. If we could tweak just a few of the facts, we would have a chain! Many people are in the early stages of considering a move or a first purchase, but we hold details confidentially even before you are quite ready to put up a For Sale board. This is an ideal foot in the door for people who aren't ready to tell everyone that they have been considering a move, or for sellers that have home improvements to make before they feel their house is ready to market. It is also a slower-paced level of marketing which gives you more thinking time and prevents you being bombarded with low offers from buyers cashing-in on the tougher market following the recession. At the opposite end of the scale we welcome people looking for a quick sale, who don't mind lowering their asking price to achieve this and are more compatible with investors and first-time buyers. The more houses we get on our books; the more potential there is to introduce people to their dream property.
If you are interested in, "hearing it through the grapevine" and becoming part of our network, or for more details on any of the properties mentioned above, register your details on the buyers
pages of the website. Alternatively call or e-mail us directly.Agent X
Airing on the 27th June 2013, Ready Steady Go will feature in an episode of the American programme, House Hunters International. For British viewers without HGTV, clips may be on YouTube at a later date.
Locals may recognise Brockhall Village, Oswaldtwistle and Darwen amongst other areas. More details on the programme can be found here: Link to HGTV site
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A while ago, I mentioned the value of shopping around for price comparisons, with the promise of examples to follow. These smart settees also all double up as occasional beds and would be ideal for a guest bedroom or a living room with a relaxed atmosphere. If you have no preference over the small detail variations, look at previous customers comments and their star ratings then weigh up the quality against the cost:
See if you can guess which sofa bed retails at £700 (currently in the sale at £200); which is £299 and the bargain one at £199 before clicking the links. All prices correct at time of writing.
They say that if you are developing a property to sell, the first thing to tackle is the garden, so that the plants have time to establish themselves by the time you are ready to sell (if you ask me, the first thing to go
is the garden, as it gets temporarily cluttered up with skips or everything that you are stripping out from inside the property!).
If you are more like me, you may only be thinking of venturing out into the garden now that the sun is finally making an appearance. Currently attempting to establish themselves despite good-idea-at-the-time chickens trying to scratch up anything planted in the borders are: rosemary, red gooseberries, blueberries, blackberries, chillies and tomatoes, as well as pot-luck shake-and-rake cottage garden flowers.
When trying to sell, I wouldn't recommend much more than ensuring your yard or garden is neat and tidy; fences and flagstones are in a good state of repair; the lawn mowed; power-washing or hosing down where needed and adding some pots with colourful flowers which can be taken with you when you move. If you are staying and want to make your outdoor space comfortable for the Summer ahead, there are some nice items of outdoor furniture around at the moment. My favourite find is this outdoor daybed at Debenhams, makes a change from bistro sets and benches! There are no reviews at the moment, but it looks like a good way to keep children sheltered when the sun is out. Until the 7th of May, there is also 10% discount and free delivery on anything at Debenhams if you use the code TK94 at the checkout. For budgets that don't stretch to this, they also have some colourful melamine picnicware and trays - must say I'm tempted by the chicken patterned one...Agent X
As part of our 'Fresh Start
' services, we offer interior design and sourcing to commercial clients as well for private homes.
Samples have just arrived this morning for some toilet cubicles, with a view to the upright panels being grey and the doors being a shade of green. Two pale colours combined can look wishy-washy and non-descript whereas the dark grey and zesty green may be overpowering and a little foreboding - so the question remains: classically smart dark grey complemented by a paler colour, or a zingy bright green offset by a lighter shade of grey?
But you can bet that many Blackburners have another colour on their mind today - the Blues!Agent X
Since we started offering homestaging and decluttering services to help people present their property at its best before selling, we have had many requests for objects to look out for from collectors and other local business owners. These have ranged from reclaimed materials to furniture which is in need of a little TLC to pickle forks! This vintage-style cake stand is my favourite find of the week at just £5. With a view to being environmentally-friendly, leftover building materials may be available from our sister company Fresh Start. This service may be expanded, depending on demand - supplying excess materials for other people's projects would be preferable to filling skips and landfill! If you would like help with organising and presenting your home, please ask about our decluttering and interior design services. Prices are worked out on an hourly rate and will vary depending on your property's present condition, but initial consultations are always free of charge.