Garage Storage Ideas

Ever wondered how to get more from you garage space? Doormatic Garage Doors have produced this handy infographic giving you some hints and tips on how to get the most storage space possible from your existing garage space. You can read up on these tips in the infographic below.

For more ideas on how you can improve your garage space, you can visit the doormatic website, which is always up to date with the latest buying advice, garage door and home improvement ideas.

Pet-perfect luxury vinyl flooring

Despite being unable to ask dogs for their input, it is crucial that you consider our four-legged friends when choosing new vinyl flooring. There are many benefits to installing luxury vinyl flooring that you may not even be aware of.

Why luxury vinyl flooring loves dogs

Patented Scratch-Guard technology means there’s no chance that your little pup is going to wreak havoc on your flooring as they take their first adventures around your home. 

Vinyl flooring has a protective coating over many layers of synthetic materials, which work as a defence mechanism against sharp objects, for instance; dog’s claws. Though vinyl flooring can be cheap, it is recommended that you opt for a reasonably priced high-quality vinyl flooring. If the price is suspiciously low, you may not get enough bang for your buck.

Other bonuses include the heat balancing affects that the many layers provide. On a hot summer’s day, your dog can lie down on cooling vinyl flooring. Dog beds are recommended for winter however, if you have underfloor heating you won’t see any change to the condition of your vinyl flooring.  

 

Safety first

Dogs are prone to quick movement; therefore, you should ensure the vinyl flooring you choose is textured or embossed to ensure your dog doesn’t hurt themselves, moving through your home. This is also vital if your dog is of an older age or is in recovery from an injury. 

Helpful tips 

As a dog owner you know that mess can often be left in the wake of your best friend bounding towards you. Vinyl flooring ensures that you can spend more time with your dog and less time cleaning up the fallen dirt from their paws. All vinyl flooring options are easy to clean with a simple sweep or a mop. 

Precautions can be taken to prevent food and water bowls leaving stains in the area they are placed by keeping a towel or cloth underneath them. A regular cleaning schedule will help prevent build ups of fur which can get trapped in dirt and mud.  

What to do now

Having a dog in your family doesn’t mean you can’t have the style of a state-of-the-art home. Luxury vinyl flooring is durable and diverse in style, meaning there is no harm done to your pets or your interior design scheme. 

Amtico specialise in vinyl flooring your home that is based on natural oak and stone designs. Browse their Signature Woods, Spacia Stone and even Abstract ranges for inspiration. If you’re looking to achieve more within the design of your flooring, Luvanto Click and Herringbone, Design or Endure Pro will ensure a balanced relationship between your pets and your flooring.

Why does my fridge smell

Why Does My Fridge Smell?

So, you want to know why your fridge smells? Here’s the short answer: bacteria. Microbes thrive in areas that are moisture rich, which is why your fridge is such a hub. Whether it’s spilt food or condensation, once the moisture gets in, the bacteria will start to multiply and, eventually, leave behind a foul smell. 

There are a number of different ways to combat this and avoid the need for a fridge repair – let’s take a look.

Lower the temperature

If the smell isn’t too overwhelming, the first thing that you can do is turn the temperature of your fridge down a few notches. Ideally, your fridge should be at or below 4°C, however, if the temperature outside is a lot hotter than usual, or if you live in a particularly humid place, you might want to consider lowering your fridge’s temperature to 2 or 3°C to compensate.

Check inside the fridge door

Given that items in the fridge door don’t tend to get as cold as items at the back of the fridge, these will be the ones to spoil first. With this in mind, if you’ve noticed a nasty smell coming from your fridge, make sure to check the fridge door first – particularly if you store things like milk and eggs there.

If everything seems OK with the door items, work your way to the back of the fridge until you find the source of the pong.

DIY prevention

There are a lot of different things that you can use to remove the smell from your fridge, some of them are probably just sitting in your cupboard too. For example, you could try placing a dish of baking soda in your fridge to absorb the smell. Don’t have any baking soda? Don’t worry, coffee grounds will work just fine. 

If you’d rather shop around for a solution, we recommend grabbing some silica mats. These can help keep smells at bay by preventing premature produce rot.

Finally, a deep clean

You may not want to, but a deep clean could go a long way to removing the smell entirely, and then you can start fresh. So what are you waiting for? Get all of the food into a cooler with some ice and get cleaning! All you’ll need is a wipe and your disinfectant of choice.

Start by removing each shelf and cleaning them individually, this will make it a lot easier to get to the back of the fridge.

 

No luck? Give us a call

If, even after the cleaning, the smell still persists, then it’s probably time to make the service call. There’s a chance that the foul smell could be coming from the drip pan underneath the fridge. It could even be a damaged water filter creating the smell. Either way, you will need a professional to come and take a look at it.

0800 Repair is an appliance repair company that you can rely on. All of our engineers are DBS vetted  and we offer a no fix, no fee service too, so you get peace of mind when you choose us. For more information about the repairs that we carry out nationwide, get in touch with our team today.

 

Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas to Beautify Your Yard in 2020

The yard is one of the most important parts of your property that determines how much your home stands out in the neighborhood. When it comes to caring for the house, the yard is an integral part of the setting that is the first impression that you make on your guests and influences your property value. If you’re on a budget but want to get creative with the space, there are a few inexpensive landscaping ideas to consider to beautify your yard to ensure that you can show it off.  

 

Add Clusters of Planters  

If you want to make a statement that draws attention to a specific area of the yard, consider adding a cluster of planters for increased visual interest. The flowers or plants can be grouped based on their color shade, type, or height to ensure that the arrangements are both beautiful and eye-catching. You can also make the foliage look like it’s spilling out of the planter to ensure that it looks natural with how it’s on display in the yard.  

 

Use Perennials  

When you don’t want to spend a lot of money on beautiful flowers to plant in your yard, opt for purchasing perennials, which are colorful and will add extra drama to exterior of your property. Although the perennials may be considered an investment for some people due to their price tag, they last longer than other types of plants and can become a permanent fixture in your yard or garden throughout the year.  

 

Plant Plenty of Trees  

One of the best ways to beautify your yard is to plant plenty of trees, which will create a lush setting where plenty of shade is present. Consider lining the yard with trees, which will frame the space and keep it enclosed for added privacy. You can also hire a company like Tree Survey to add trees to walkways or areas of high traffic to draw more attention to specific areas that lead up to the house or the backyard.  

Create a Flower Bed Border  

Adding a stone edge to your flower bed will frame the garden and can prevent it from blending in with the rest of the yard. A flower bed border will create a finished look that separates the flower bed from the rest of the garden. Using stones for the border is an easy and affordable way to create the beautiful feature without having to hire professionals to perform the project.  

 

Install a DIY Water Feature  

Water features are common in yards because they add an upscale touch that incorporates added visual appeal to the space. Instead of investing in an expensive water fountain or pond, opt for making your own water feature with the use of an old whiskey barrel and an iron teapot for a fountain waterfall that is tranquil and inviting. You can place the water feature in the middle of the yard or in the flower bed to beautify the setting. 

How to find the perfect Windows for your Home?

Just as you’d take plenty of time when choosing new furniture or décor, selecting the ideal windows for your home is an important decision that requires plenty of consideration. With so many styles, finishes and openings to choose from, it’s essential that you choose glazing that will enhance the exterior of your house whilst ensuring your home remains insulated and secure.

Whilst the cheapest way of fitting windows to a new house is to use white PVCu windows, hardwood, composite and aluminium windows offer a lot for design options and a wealth of stunning finishes. With all this in mind, the team at Martindale Windows Northampton have taken a look through the world of windows to give you a deep insight into what each style of window will provide along with the pro’s, con’s and sots of each.

PVCu Windows

PVCu (plastic) windows have dominated the windows market since their original introduction in the 1990s as a they offer the simplest of all window solutions. Whilst his solution is no longer deemed to be environmentally friendly, at an average cost of between £4000 and £15000 per property, they do offer a relatively cost-effective solution and require little maintenance. However, they can look cheap and reduce the value of period homes and can be difficult to repair if broken.

Composite Windows

Formed around a timber window frame with a weather-proof capping, composite windows are generally used on houses that have harsher climates as they are extremely durable. Available with triple glazing and in range of modern designs, composite windows provide a very low maintenance solution that offers extraordinary insulation. However, at around £10,000 to £25,000 per home, composite windows are one of the most costlier solutions.

Hardwood Windows

As a solution that is extremely durable and more aesthetically pleasing than PVCu windows, hardwood windows are often used for traditional homes and can be tailored to your style with a range of different stains. Whilst slightly more expensive than PVCu windows at between £8000 and £22,000, hardwood windows provide a much more natural look and great longevity.

Metal/Fibreglass Windows

Made from either steel, aluminium or fibreglass, this particular type of window is often used on more contemporary homes to give a sleek and sophisticated style. Whilst metal/fibreglass windows offer a very low maintenance solution and are more stylish than PVCu windows, they’re not as thermally efficient as wooden windows and as slightly more costly than PVCu windows at around £8000 – £20,000 per home.

Window Style: Casement, Tilt or Sash?

Although you may now know the type of windows that you’d like to go for, before fitting your next set of windows it’s also important to consider the style of windows opening that you’d like to go for. With 3 options to consider, there’s a range of benefits from each type.

Open-out Casement system

As a traditionally British option that has been very popular across the UK for a number of years, open-out casements are available in a variety of styles and finishes. Whilst large casements tend to be the cheapest, but you can also select a slightly more expensive small glazed (Georgian style) solution that is often used in country style houses. This particular style is usually made in modular, standard sizes, keeping costs at a minimum.

Tilt and Turn system

This particular design provides a more continental-style window opening that opens inwards and looks best on modern homes. The ‘tilt’ option provides ventilation with security but are typically made to order, meaning that the overall cost can be quite a lot more.

Sash window system

As the mainstay of Georgian and Victorian housing, the sash window is still widely used on traditional-style new builds. Because the sash window is normally made to specification, sizes can typically be non-standard and so can carry quite varying costs depending on the size of your home.

Conclusion

With such a wealth of different options available, finding the right windows for your home is mainly down to the budget you have and the style of property your looking to improve. For a typical town home, we’d opt for either composite or PVCu windows with an open out or tilt and turn finish, whereas if you’re looking to fit-out a traditional rural home we’d recommend either hardwood or composite windows as they offer a much larger selection of stunning colours and glazing finishes.

 

 

 

Giving The Inside Of Your Home A Makeover

If you have not decorated or updated the interior of your home in a while, it can start to look tired and dreary after a while. There are many things that you can go to counter this, and below are some ideas that will help you turn your home into a vibrant and inviting place once more.  

Add Some New Furniture 

One of the easiest ways that you can transform your home is the addition of new furniture. You do not have to do your entire home all in one go and can update the furniture one room at a time, which will also mean you do not have to break the bank. You may wish to choose some Art Deco bedroom furniture for one of the bedrooms or go with something more modern and contemporary. Changing the furniture in your home is one of the least disruptive ways that you can transform it with as little hassle as possible.  

Decorate Your Home 

Another way that you can transform the inside of your home is to decorate either with wallpaper or paint and breathe new life into the rooms. If you are not going to change the furniture, you will need to choose a colour scheme that is going to match the furniture and the flooring. You can do this one room at a time and ensure there is not too much disruption. You can choose to decorate your home yourself, although if you are not very good at decorating and DIY, you can also choose to employ the services of a professional who will be able to do the job very quickly. The price for this can vary, so it will all come down to the budget that you have available. 

Change The Flooring 

You can also change the flooring in your home which is another way to give it a new lease of life and improve the aesthetics of the interior of your house. There are many different options available to you as you can choose from a wide variety of different carpeting, as well as other materials such as vinyl flooring, or you can also decide to install wooden floors. The best choice is going to be determined by your taste, budget, and the state of the floor underneath. If your floors are uneven, then wooden flooring may not be the best option. Again, if you have the skills and time, this is something that you can do yourself. Alternatively, you can employ the services of a professional flooring company and have them transform your home in no time at all. 

You can also get plenty of more advice on transforming your home by searching for related articles online. 

A Combination Of The Above 

If you have the budget and the time, you can also choose all the above which will go a long way in transforming your home and make you feel as if you have a new house entirely. Using a combination of the above methods will have your home transformed into the envy of your neighbours.  

Top 5 Tips for Small Gardens in 2020



We know your pain. You’ve moved into a new home and you’re eagerly anticipating making it feel like your own. You can’t wait to get out into the garden and start making changes and planting new flowers and shrubs. But you get out there and find that your green space is smaller than you remembered it, or it doesn’t quite have the room you expected for all your grand garden plans! Fear not – we are here to give you our top 5 tips for getting the most out of small gardens. From useful lawn care advice to planting tips, we’ve got it covered.

Make the Lawn Beautiful

The lawn is the absolute centrepiece of any garden. It is what you notice first and if it isn’t cared for, it will drag down the look of the whole space. No matter whether you have acres or a few feet, if you make your lawn beautiful it will make your garden more inviting and a more enjoyable place to spend time in. You can achieve a lush lawn in a number of ways, but it boils down to DIY or hiring a professional. Both have their benefits, but if you want to have the most stunning lawn and consistent treatments throughout the year, we would recommend leaving it to an expert. However, if you want to get your green fingers on your lawn, there are plenty of DIY guides out there. Make sure you regularly rake, mow and water your garden for the nicest lawn that will have your neighbours green with envy!

Keep it Simple

Try not to overpower or over-plant your garden if you are struggling on space. Sticking to a few statement plants or trees will not only make your garden look more stylish and chic, but it will give the impression of space and openness. Make a few trees or plants the central focus of your garden and then create symmetry around this. If you have a lot of plants it can quickly appear cramped and make your small space even smaller. Having fewer plants also means you can take a little less time tending to the garden and more time enjoying it.

Use Height to Your Advantage

Climbing plants, multi-layered planters, garages and walls are the friends of small gardens. Anything that you can do to extend your garden upwards is a good thing. This gives you considerably more space to be creative. Having plants growing upwards will also give you more privacy from neighbours if you are living in close quarters with other flats or homes. There are many structures available that allow you to plant fruit, vegetables or flowers in a multi-storey way. Hanging baskets are also an easy option when adding plants to your garden at different height levels. Take advantage of all these options and don’t be restricted to the single level landscape of your small garden.

Furniture with Multiple Uses

If you have room to add some seating to your garden, ensure it has multiple purposes that can be used throughout the year. If you don’t do this, you are missing out on a huge space-saving aspect of your garden. There are benches available which double-up as storage boxes, for you to pack away gardening equipment or other garden accessories. If you are getting chairs for the garden, make sure they are stack-able or fold away to become smaller. It is also better to buy garden furniture which can be left out all year round, as you may not have the storage room to put them away during winter months.

Trick the Eye

One way to make your garden appear bigger than it is, is to use elements which accentuate and enlarge your garden. Think reflective surfaces, shiny plant pots and light colours throughout. If you are having some paving or gravel, make sure it is beige or a similar shade to open up the space and make it feel lighter. Mirrors in the garden not only make it feel more stylish and add an element of interior design, they also make you think there is more space than there really is. As much light and reflection you can bring to your back garden, the better. It’s all about the illusion!