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The changing face of modern architecture

Posted on: June 29, 2020

After the first world war there was a move to try something new in architecture. The old ways of empire such as Doric and Ionic columns were becoming outdated and it was time for a change. The Art Deco movement was the first to gain some traction. It featured a move towards windows at the front and a rounded frontage. Rather than show the brick work a rendering of cement was blasted onto the front…

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Saving space in your bedroom

Posted on: June 29, 2020

Not everyone is blessed with a large bedroom and if you are a little on the narrow side, you could do with some space-saving genius hacks. It’s all about making the most of the available space you have, so here are some ideas to maximize space and have the bedroom of your dreams: A young person’s room could have a fold-down desk instead of a freestanding one taking up valuable space. When not in use,…

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Do you know much about ceiling roses?

Posted on: June 29, 2020

When thinking about interior design, how much have you heard about ceiling roses? Despite there being many places to hang lighting in a modern home, the most common and easy place to hang the main lighting is in the centre of the ceiling. Ever since the Victorian times, homeowners have chosen centrally-located pendant lights. However, the mess of cables and equipment involved can damage the aesthetics, so the ceiling rose was created to conceal the…

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Who is responsible for repairing or replacing a gas meter box?

Posted on: June 26, 2020

If you notice that your meter box is damaged, do you know who should be charged with the task of replacing or repairing it? It used to be that the gas and electricity boards had a responsibility to repair or replace the meter box, but deregulation changed that. It was then no longer the responsibility of energy suppliers to repair or replace a meter box. You may think that it is not important, but the…

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How the Middle Ages gave us the Mortgage

Posted on: June 25, 2020

The Middle ages roughly date from the end of the Dark ages to the 15th Century. We like to think of it in somewhat romantic terms of Castle’s, Knights and Damsels in distress. It was, in fact, a time of disease, religious intolerance, a life spent toiling in fields for a Baron and then having to toil on your own small piece of allotted land. It could be brutal and harsh. The Feudal system, along…

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Choosing a Tree for a Smaller Garden

Posted on: June 17, 2020

The presence of trees is one of the most soothing things in nature. The calming effect that trees have on us is enormous, as well as the fact that trees are good for the planet and provide a valuable habitat for wildlife to live. If you are considering adding a tree to your garden but are concerned by the size of your garden, there are some trees that are better suited to a smaller garden.…

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Modern day systems we have to thank the Romans for

Posted on: June 15, 2020

The Roman Empire shaped a lot of Britain and there are many modern day systems that we have to thank them for. Here are just a few of them. Image credit Plumbing – the Romans used aqueducts to bring fresh water into their homes and developed some of the earliest drains to take away the wastewater from their homes and streets. It was a much more sophisticated system than had been previously seen in the…

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How to Improve Your Home’s Exterior with Paint

Posted on: May 27, 2020

With so many different options for remodelling your home, the first step of how to improve your home’s exterior is deciding what your needs are. There are plenty of things that you can do for your home, but you may have to consider some very basic things. You may want to get your gutters cleaned every year or so, or perhaps there is a crack in the pavement and you are considering fixing it. It…

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8 Top Tips for Installing a New Laminate Floor

Posted on: December 12, 2019

Read these tips to make sure your laminate floor looks great and lasts well. Image Credit 1. Check the Skirting Boards If you want to retain the skirting, you’ll have to remove it during installation and then re-lay it. Some older houses have a beading at the bottom of the skirting board, and this will need to be taken up. 2. Check Door Clearances The door needs to be able to clear the new floor,…

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