When it’s alteration time it is time to talk about doors

When performing alteration on a house or a room, people tend to focus on a lot of things. The layout, the floor, the lighting and a whole range of other considerations. But very seldom is there much conversation about the doors. Yet doors are such integral parts of a room – after all they are how you enter and exit the room and you cannot be in a room without going through a door. Yet despite this not much attention is paid to the door. So perhaps next time you…

Cost effective ways to add value to your land

Buying land as an investment is generally viewed as a good idea. It is an investment that opens up opportunities to develop or to farm or, if in the right place, to ride the wave of market appreciation and to simply return a profit when you sell after a few years. But, owning land is not necessarily easy or cheap. The questions of what to do with it and how to help increase the value are very real. So, if you find yourself with some spare cash that you are…

Tips for making the perfect man cave

For most men he idea of a man cave to which they can escape is a dream, but not a reality. Sure, for the single man who lives alone it is easy – the whole house is essentially a man cave. But for the married man or gent who is in a long-term relationship the man cave is almost always an unattainable ideal, no matter how tolerant the wife is. But there are ways to make the dream come true. It will probably require a bit of effort and planning…

Making your bed the best on earth

It might sound like a strange thing to say, but there is more to bedding than meets the eye. There is a big difference between an ordinary bed and one where a conscious effort has been made to add comfort and style. And it is not about throwing more continental pillows and scatter cushions onto the bed, like so many hotels seem to think is he way to go, it is about the attention to detail and the little things that really make a difference. So, if you are looking…

Five ideas to make your house more eco-friendly

In the era of global warming and rapidly declining natural resources like fossil fuels, it is very important that we start to think ecologically smart when we are kitting out our houses. As the saying goes, think global, act local. And thinking local starts at home where there are a lot of simple changes that you can make which will have a major impact on the world. Well, maybe not if you are the only person doing them, but if every household started doing it then we really would be…

Four simple ways to improve your office environment

Is your place of work a little staid and uninspiring? Chances are that the answer to that question is ‘yes’ because there are way too many offices that are so focused on the work that they forget to focus on the work environment. And that is okay for a while, but an ugly and uncomfortable work space eventually gets on top of the people working there with disastrous results. Productivity drops, absenteeism rises and staff turnover increases. It is surprising how much an effect the work space has on the…

Selling your development made easy

Buying land, developing it and then selling the resulting apartments is a great recipe for those with building know how and skills. Or for that matter for anyone in the associated industries like architecture, law, financing or even engineering. But the truth of the matter is that those are the easy parts of the process. The real key to success in the property game comes in the sales and marketing department. Because the truth is that being able to build a high-quality block of apartments is quite easily done –…

How to Design Comfortable Stylish Living Room

Your living room is the space you go to relax, unwind, and spend quality time with the people you love. It’s no surprise then that most of us prioritise comfort when it comes to designing our living room and choose the furnishings we want for the space. However, it can feel tricky to get the balance right between style and sophistication and that much-needed feeling of comfort. Use these tips to create a living room that’s just as cosy as it is beautiful.   Make your personal taste a priority.…

What You’ll Need For Your Home Renovation

As every homeowner who’s been through this kind of project can tell you, a home renovation can be a seriously big deal. This is particularly true for homeowners who are planning large scale renovations to their home that require full-on extensions and substantial construction work to the property. If you’re considering making some major changes to your home this year, make sure you have these crucial things. An Experienced Contractor  Unless you have the extensive skills and equipment required to do the job yourself, chances are you’re going to need…

What You’ll Need For Your Home Renovation

As every homeowner who’s been through this kind of project can tell you, a home renovation can be a seriously big deal. This is particularly true for homeowners who are planning large scale renovations to their home that require full-on extensions and substantial construction work to the property. If you’re considering making some major changes to your home this year, make sure you have these crucial things. An Experienced Contractor  Unless you have the extensive skills and equipment required to do the job yourself, chances are you’re going to need…