The community for anyone interested in house renovation!
Are you in the middle of a renovation project? Got some advice regarding home improvement? The share it here.
A selection of the latest House Renovation news and blog posts.
The benefits of suspended ceilings In any home or commercial office, utilising the neglected space above your heads by installing a suspended ceiling can significantly benefit the space as it delivers on both practicality and style.
Loft Conversion: An Expert Guide for Extra Space The cost of your loft conversion will depend on multiple factors including the existing roof structure and pitch, specification and the extent of remodelling work or alterations needed to accommodate the new staircase. Here, we've listed the different types of loft conversion and their approximate costs:.
Colour Psychology: Orange When I wrote my book I carefully created the chapter on colour psychology in order of the colours of the rainbow as that made sense in term of how to approach them. In this series for the blog they have been completely random - often turning up according to what else I was writing about that week.
Why Hire a Local Roofing Company? Whether you are building a new home, remodeling, doing maintenance or doing urgent repairs, you might be needing a separate contractor to work on your roof. This is a crucial and tedious job. The outcome could predict your own comfort as well as the total value of your property, should you decide to sell or lease it in the future.
Tracked vs. Recessed Kitchen Lighting If you decide to renovate your kitchen, there will be a lot of important decisions to make. Metal or tile backsplash? Wood or stone countertops? White-enameled cabinets or natural wood? One of the most fundamental decisions is the choice of task lighting in your new kitchen.
4 ways to get the indoor / outdoor living look for less Have you ever seen images of beautiful homes with wide expanses of open walls, leading out to sun-drenched patios with infinity pools that fade into the bright blue sky, and thought, "I want that"? If so, you're like many people in a growing trend to bring the outside in.
Dispelling Home Burglary Myths To help secure home, read these common myths brought to you by Liberty Insurance Ireland about burglaries and get the facts needed to help you protect your property. Myth: You don't need a home alarm system if you live in a safe area with a low crime rate.
Timber Frame Beginner's Guide Factory prefabrication is by far the most popular route chosen by self builders, as manufacturers have to work to strict quality control methods, ensuring the correct specification of materials are used and a high degree of dimensional accuracy is achieved.
Trenching vs. Boring to Install Underground Utilities Both trenching and boring come with distinct advantages and disadvantages, so the decision of which to use will ultimately boil down to your budget and the layout of your property. If you're unsure of which process is best for your property, you can always contact different contractors to get expert opinions and price estimates.
Buyer's Guide: Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring The broad appeal of hardwood flooring has made it a popular choice among homeowners. It has a classic aesthetic that matches a variety of styles, whether you're working with a traditional interior or something more modern. However, as you evaluate the many flooring options, you may see the appeal in engineered hardwood.
How to Grow Swamp Hibiscus Here's how to grow swamp hibiscus in your yard or garden:. I live in Devon, England and had one of these grow in my garden a few years ago. I didn't know what the plant was or where it came from - it just appeared from nowhere! I kept loads of seeds and took photos, which I showed to several garden centres but they couldn't identify it.
How to Spruce Up a Summer Garden with Tropical Plants As the summer heats up, consider adding some tropical plants to your garden for a splash of luxury. The large, waving foliage and lush growth habits add a cool, inviting touch, and the plants themselves are naturally tolerant of the heat and humidity of summer.
The Fast, Easy Way to Clean Baseboards They can really take a beating! If it's not the dust bunnies and dirt that accumulate in these areas, it's the small scuff marks that develop over time. Fortunately, there's a Simple Solution! Joe Truini breaks it down into two steps:. So, why does this work?
How to Size — and Visualize — a Kitchen Island - Today's Homeowner Wouldn't it be great to see exactly how much space a kitchen island will take up before it's actually installed? An inexpensive way to get a realistic sense of this space is to construct a full-scale model of the island out of cardboard. A great place to pick up oversized boxes is an appliance store.
4 Tips to Have a Cool, Summer-Ready Home You can expect climbing temperatures and high cooling bills each summer. But here are some simple tips to cut those energy bills.
The Secrets Your Garage Door Reveals About You JB Doors discuss the secrets your garage door reveals about you and the things you didn't know you should consider before buying a garage door.
Timber Frame Houses: 12 of the Best If you are wondering if timber frame is for you, we've collected the best timber frame houses in the UK to give you a healthy dose of inspiration for your own project. If you want to know more details about the timber frame systems available and their costs, check out our timber frame beginner's guide.
July Lawn & Garden To-Do List How does your garden grow? If it needs some help, check out our July to-do list!
Quiz: where should you move based on your dream home? Well, now's the time to put your mind at rest. Take our quiz to find out! Every country has its own unique design culture and architecture, so where would you best fit in? Would a preference for the romantic and timeless make Paris a perfect location, or would a love of the classic and urban put London on the cards?
How to Install Tile on a Concrete Porch or Patio Want to tile a concrete patio or porch, but wonder how that differs with indoor tile installation? Here's everything you need to know about the process!
How to Clean a Grill Using Aluminum Foil and Vinegar Here's a simple way to clean the cooking surface on a barbecue grill using aluminum foil and white vinegar. The acid in the vinegar cuts through grease and cooked-on food, while the foil acts as an abrasive to remove the food residue. Watch this video to find out more.
MADE.com launches organic cotton bedding and towels Some of you may remember that last year I went to Portugal with made.com to see the two factories where they source their ceramics. Both family-run firms - one of which had employees who had been there for over 30 years.
5 Must-Have Tools for Construction Projects Whether you're new to do-it-yourself projects or an old pro, certain things should remain on hand at all times when starting a new construction project in your home. With every job, having the right equipment is the difference between showing off the completed project and spending money to correct problems.
4 Signs That Your Home Has Plumbing Leaks Leaky pipes lead to big utility bills — that's why regular inspections are necessary. Here are 4 signs that you definitely have a plumbing leak.
If you're interested in home renovation then you'll love our forums, news, blogs, videos, podcasts and much more!
We've got some great videos covering complete home renovations, specific projects, 'how to' videos and helpful guides.
Listen to a comprehensive array of house renovation podcasts covering all perspectives from developers to home owners.
We've got some fantastic DVD's, books, tools and guides and in our marketplace.