Three Storage Secrets to Transform Your DIY

There’s nothing more frustrating than when tools go missing in between jobs. Sometimes they get borrowed without permission, but often it’s down to careless storage and not having dedicated storage places. DIY jobs go much more smoothly when what you need is right at your fingertips.

 

Keep Tools in Tip Top Condition

Anyone with a keen interest in DIY soon amasses an impressive collection of tools. Not just screwdrivers and hammers, but drills, routers, jigsaws and sanders, paint sprayers and air compressors or nail guns.

They all take up space, and if not stored correctly when not in use can quickly fall into disrepair and fail next time you try and use them. Damp conditions are a particular enemy.

Consider how often you need specific tools, and you’ll probably find you don’t need everything at home all the time. When you’ve invested considerable sums in good power tools, self storage is a viable option in between projects. They’re in convenient locations so it’s easy to fetch the tools you need for particular jobs, and return them (appropriately cleaned and prepared) to storage when the job’s done.

Security is a definite advantage. Garage and shed thefts are increasing in cities everywhere, and self storage provides all the lock-up security you’ll need to protect your investment.

 

Create a Bespoke Tool Storage Area

Storage areas inside the home are numerous, but we often don’t use them as efficiently as we could. Finding hidden areas of the home can unlock space for numerous DIY tools, but keep them out of sight at the same time.

Under the stairs is a prime storage area in many homes, and makes a convenient repository for larger tools you don’t want to risk to the shed. A few shelves and hanging hooks transforms a dumping ground into organised tool storage.

Another location is the space beneath kitchen cabinets. Many hand tools are long and flat, making them ideal candidates for this often overlooked home storage area. Take off the existing boards that block the area and put either sliding or hinged doors in their place, and you have long storage areas where a multitude of tools would fit.

Organise the Small Things

Keep tabs on fixings and other easily losable bits and bobs with these ingenious ideas:

  • Screw the lids of jars underneath shelves. In the jars, keep small fixings then, when you need them, simply unscrew the jar from where it hangs in plain sight under the shelf.
  • Cut a hole in the side of a plastic water bottle, and fit a hook or eyelet to the lid. Drop nuts, bolts or screws inside the bottle, and hang it on a hook fitted in a pegboard.
  • Fashion a drill block by drilling holes into a length of wood. Use it to hold drill bits of various sizes, keeping them handy and easily recognisable.
  • Customise narrow shelves in the workshop to hold screwdrivers, wrenches or other hand tools by simply drilling holes of appropriate sizes to drop them in when not in use.
  • Fix wooden pallets to the garage or shed wall to create somewhere to stand up tall garden tools like brushes or spades.
  • Use magnetic knife strips to hold smaller metal hand tools, saw blades or knives.
  • Fit bulldog clips to the wall for quickly hanging up gardening gloves or gauntlets.
  • Keep power cables tidy by looping them over lengths of plastic waste pipe fitted high up and perpendicular to the wall, or hang hooks you can use for the same purpose.

Organising storage for DIY tools can be both creative and satisfying, not to mention time saving when future projects go smoothly

 

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Update your home with your heat source.

Designer radiators have a strong reputation for creating a sense of style within a home, whether that be in your lounge, bathroom or even in your hallway. Not only does a radiator become your source of heat, it provides the home with it’s own unique touch. When choosing a radiator, we all know that they will provide a sole purpose of warming up the home, but a designer radiator is much more than that – they reflect the interior design of the home by creating a style statement.

The style of radiator that you choose to have within your home interior will create a powerful appearance, with the unique design.

Mirrored Radiators

Combining your radiator with your full length mirror will maximise floor and wall space in a clever, unique way. The last thing that the majority of us do before leaving the house, is to check ourselves out in the mirror – why not do that with a warm, cosy atmosphere? This beautifully styled radiator brings a practical product your home, along with a modern interior input. Visitors in your home will notice this elegant focal point, it adds style to any room and will compliment any decor. These vogue vision radiators are built to last, giving your home a perfect long lasting feature.

Towel Radiators  

When updating a home with designer radiators, the bathroom is often overlooked, however, there is nothing worse than stepping out of a warm bath or shower into a freezing bathroom. With so many options on the market, what is stopping you from updating the bathroom interior? Towel radiators are a functional factor to incorporate into a bathroom, the ladder effect adds practicality with being able to hang towels to dry. We all love a warm fluffy towel to have waiting when we get out the shower.

Vogue Radiators

Vogue radiators are simply stunning and will add elegance to any home interior. The radiators are a traditional style, combined with a present day design to make them practical for all living spaces. Vogue radiators are considered to be a piece of art, due to the gorgeous layout, the designs are very unique whilst still being useful. The stylish designs are made from brass with stunning chrome finish on the framework. These radiators can be featured in any room, they add class and style to living areas and also update a bathroom to a sophisticated space, and they also double up as a towel hanging space.

How to use storage for a less cluttered Christmas

There’s no getting around it – Christmas equals clutter. And while it’s gratifying to treat your family during the festive season, decoration overkill coupled with a fresh haul from Santa’s sleigh could leave your house swamped with too many unnecessary bits and pieces from both the coming Yuletide, and ones that have gone by.

A simple answer is to clear away the old to make way for the new. This can be done in a few easy steps, so read on to see how you can beat the clutter and become storage smart.

Before

Have a thorough clear-out. Now is prime time to wade through your wardrobe, drawers, cupboards or toy baskets to identify anything your family no longer use. It’s important to have a realistic attitude during this task. Anything you or your child hasn’t worn or used for over a year isn’t likely to ever be picked up again. And if you have to blow the dust off, then this is a sure sign it’s lost its entertainment value.

  • Store away bulky furniture. To create space for your tree and guests, using self storage can be a godsend. Self-storage facilities offer a host of benefits, including round-the-clock surveillance, 24/7 access to goods, and a wide range of available storage room sizes. Putting aside bulky items or furniture for the holiday period can give your home the space it desperately needs for entertaining.
  • Rein in the Christmas decorations. We all know at least one person who buys up the decoration aisle each year in a bid to beat the neighbours – perhaps you’re guilty of this? But the truth is that once the merrymaking is over, light-up Snowmen and full-size reindeer will only burden your home with excess clutter. Either take the minimalist route by opting for simpler decorations, or stow away these ornaments in handy self-storage facilities to relieve your home of items that only have seasonal value.

After

Part with unused gifts. Do you have a cupboard full of unwanted Christmas gifts? If your relatives’ questionable taste has left you accumulating a host of neglected items then it’s probably time to part ways. Before launching into this year’s Noel, why not spread some festive cheer by bagging up your old gifts and sending them onto worthy causes?

  • Store away your wintry objects for next year. Now flexible, affordable storage that relieves the stress from your home, self-storage is becoming an increasingly popular answer for homeowners across the world. When it’s time to dispel the decorations from your home, or if you need to tuck away seasonal sporting equipment for next winter, self storage is a safe, convenient option for households struggling for space.

 

We wish you happy holidays, and hope that these tips will help your home breathe easier once more.

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.

 

 

 

How To Cut Down on the Cost of Moving

While many expenses are unavoidable, there are plenty of ways to keep costs down by planning ahead, comparing prices, and rethinking your presumptions about your moving options and expenses, says Kate Hart. She is an home and office relocations manager at Fantastic Removals, a removal company based in London.

Read below to find out what else she has to suggest on how to cut down on the cost of moving.

The average cost of a move

Most companies are hourly based. They charge by the number of hours each booking takes. Also, most of them have a minimum booking hour which most of the time is 2 hours. If the job needs more than two hours to be completed they will charge by every half an hour extra according to their individual prices.

So, it’s hard to say how much a service would cost you, which in most cases is the biggest problem between companies and customers once the service is completed.

If you are going to book with a removal company, the best tip is to check their deals to combine two or more services in order to reduce the overall price and save money.

How to move without booking a removal company

To complete the move by yourself you need to follow those simple instructions: start packing as early as possible, make a good moving plan and be extremely organised.

What is important to sort out in advance?

  • Тake with you only the things you need, so you will save both time and money;
  • Sort out your things before you begin to pack and decide what you actually need and what can be thrown away;
  • Anything that can be donated or sold is an extra bonus as you avoid waste and reduce your own possessions down.

Label everything or your move might be a disaster!

  • Best way to stay organised during the whole relocation process;
  • Label up some boxes for each room and keep everything together;
  • This will also ease the process when you are settling in at your new place.

Hire a van for the day or ask a friend(s) for help:

  • If you can get the move done in a few trips hire a van for the day and drive yourself;
  • Definitely find some friends to help you with the loading and unloading;
  • Make sure you get a van which will fit your larger pieces of furniture and use your car for smaller items if you have one;
  • Always move the big stuff first.

Plan your interior decoration in advance

Planning in advance will always save you both hassle and nerves later down the road. A small room can be challenging to decorate, especially if you are running on a budget and you lack creative ideas on decorating rooms. If you place many small pieces of furniture, your new home might become crowded and cluttered, while large pieces might preoccupy the room leaving less space for everything else. It’s important to keep the right balance in everything.

Save on gas

The cost of transportation might rise unexpectedly if you get stuck in a traffic jam. So it’s a good idea to plan your trip in advance and avoid rush hour. Besides saving you money for extra fuel this approach will save you a nerve-wracking experience as well. After all, moving house is a daunting task by itself and you don’t want to make it harder by wasting money on fuel or getting stuck on the road.

Cut off your service early

Inform your utility companies beforehand that your are going to move. Otherwise you might end up paying for a service you no longer use and that’s not something you want to happen. Paying bills on both places simultaneously in addition to your moving expenses can ruin your budget, so plan accordingly.

Invest in insurance

Okay, it may sound counter intuitive to spend money on insurance when you are trying to save money on your move. But think about that – what is the total cost of your possessions? As you are packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking lots of things can go wrong. Is it worth the risk? Consider this – how much it’s gonna cost you to replace a cracked display on your 50-inch TV? Sofas, beds, wardrobes – all these cost a lot and it may take a lot of money to repair or replace them. So why not go out and explore what insurance options you have in case of unfortunate events during your move. You might pay a little, but it will save you a lot.

Reuse old packing materials

Try not to give money away for packing materials. You can save some already used plastic bags or left boxes. You may kindly ask in the local supermarket for boxes that they will throw away. Also, see if your friends are able to lend you whatever they have left.

* Additional advice: Make an online research on how to move without booking with a company, because it is not that easy as it seems.

However, it is not impossible!

How to sell or give away rather than move

To make it easier think about the items you are about to sell or give away. Very likely you have gotten a lot of use out of them and they  served you well, now it’s time to pass it along. In doing this, first and foremost, always be realistic in your price setting. You are not trying to recoup what you’ve spent on something! Your goal is to ease your move and make it less stressful.

Furniture

People online are constantly scouring websites looking for bookshelves, nightstands, couches, dining tables, etc…

“Find a trustworthy website, create an account and upload good quality pictures together with small descriptions of the furniture you want to sell.” says Simon from K-town Furniture.

Clothing

People are selling clothing on Facebook, but you’ve got to have a lot of patience and some really high end stuff and well preserved clothing items.

“Kids clothes generally sell well at garage sales. However, if you still have some left overs, consider donating them as hand-me-downs to friends or to the Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, Oxfam and to some thrift shops.” says Harris from HomeDecorExpert.com

Books

If you have hundreds and hundreds of books that you love  but you would never be able to read, it’ best to only keep the most favourite ones and sell or donate the rest. You could set aside some money and buy yourself an E-reader as a present and start collecting the books you have sold on it. I know it’s not the same, but that is the future and it’s much easier in case you decide to move again or when you are traveling and want to bring some reading with you.

Everything else

When people come to buy your furniture, clothes or books be sure to mention to them that everything else in the house will be going as well. They might very well know someone who needs to fill up a cabin or a new apartment.

If someone is coming to buy a bookcase, ask them if they need any books. If they want a microwave, offer them your pyrex dishes too.

Yes, moving in/out can be both exciting and extremely happy time to experience. Regardless, expenses are usually part of it, no matter how wonderful otherwise. But by keeping an eye to the financial aspects of the move and taking simple steps to reduce the costs, will significantly lower any stress or material difficulties. One thing is for sure, this will make your transition to a new home and community easier for yourself and your family.

Keep This in Mind When Dealing with Water Damage

If you or someone you love is dealing with damages from flooding, a leak, or broken appliances, you probably have a lot of questions, and rightly so.

Water causes all sorts of problems, some of which are very hazardous, long term, and extremely expensive to deal with. There are usually no quick fixes or easy answers. Proper water damage restoration takes expertise, time and money. So when your home is affected by flooding or a leak, it naturally fills you with anxiety and questions.

Allow us to help ease your anxiety a bit by providing the most important details you need to know about flooding and water damage repair. They could help you make the best of a bad situation.

What You Should Know About Water Damage

Many don’t realize that flood damage is much more sinister than their belongings getting wet. Simply drying items doesn’t make them safe or salvageable.

So, to help you determine what you can keep, what you can restore, and what you need to toss after flooding or leaks occur, here are some important things you should know about it:

 

  • Standing water, even if it has only been present for 12-24 hours, can seep through your drywall and insulation, and even compromise the wood frame behind it.
  • Furniture can suffer damage even if it is not sitting in standing water, because of the dampness and moisture in the room.
  • Mold develops within 24-48 hours.
  • Upholstered furniture, rugs, and materials quickly results in the development of mold, mildew and bacteria, all of which are serious health hazards.
  • Undetected moisture can continue to damage materials, causing them to shrink, split, delaminate, and deteriorate.

 

The bottom line—water damage is often not visible to the eye, and serious, hazardous consequences can develop in a very short period of time. It takes proper equipment and knowledge to fully achieve water damage repair.

 

DIY Water Damage Restoration Tips

While you definitely need to call in the professionals for serious damage, there are some things that you can do on your own to lessen the impact and restore your items. Here are some quick tips:

  • Set to work IMMEDIATELY since deterioration and mold development happens fast and repairs are more costly and difficult the longer you wait.
  • Turn off electricity to the flooded area.
  • Remove all furniture and items from the room as quickly as possible.
  • Pull up the carpet and pad—they will need to be trashed.
  • Remove the water and ventilate the area by opening windows and placing a humidifier in the room.

The above steps, when executed as quickly as possible, can prevent problems from spreading or becoming severe and lessen repair costs significantly. For more tips, check out this article on how to save your furniture from water damage.

 

When To Call Professional Water Damage Repair Services

That said, in many cases, you will still need to call in water damage restoration companies to professionally assess and restore your property and belongings.

If the water has been standing for over 12-24 hours, you will definitely want to call in the professionals. By that point, you would have mold and mildew developing and potentially dangerous bacterial growth. A professional restoration service will be able to detect and properly remove these so that your home is safe.

 

Choosing Restoration Companies

When looking for restoration companies, you will want to be careful to choose one that has experience and proper certifications. This is no time to call in the average handy man.

Different types of materials must be treated and restored carefully, or else they could be ruined. A certified and experienced repair service will know how to treat your home and belongings without damaging them further.

If you live in the Denver, Colorado area, you can look to Restoration Logistics for your restoration needs.

5 Ways to Increase Natural Light in Your Home

Natural light boasts many health benefits, as well as saving you cash on your utility bills and generally creating a better aesthetic in your home or property (avoiding that orangery glow of lamp uplighters in every room).  So, ensuring your home is making the most of natural light can transform your property, not only making it a better place to live, but also adding value to the property too.

Some of the Health Benefits associated with natural light are:

  • Increased Serotonin (the body’s natural anti-depressant)
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased levels of vitamin D (required for healthy bones)

These health benefits can contribute to a better quality of life in general.

As a result of these benefits, many builders, employers, and home owners are now looking for ways to increase the amount of natural light in their properties due to the numerous benefits it offers.  This technique is known as ‘daylighting’: increasing the amount of daylight entering a property so as to reduce utility costs, and take advantage from its health benefits.

Natural light is a practical solution to expensive lighting and heating bills, and creating effective natural light sources in properties is increasingly important.  You will notice that many newly built properties now feature larger windows and skylight windows to take advantage of opportunities to use natural light throughout the property.

Here are some ways you can increase natural light in your property:

  1. Skylight Windows:Installing flat roof skylights is by far the best method for increasing natural light in your property.  Flat roof skylights can flood a room with natural light.  This is a particularly useful method for extensions, and darker spaces such as narrow hallways and bathrooms.
  2. 2. Bi-Folding Doors: These are a great feature in Kitchens and Living Rooms, bringing a little bit of the outside in.  Bi-Folding doors cover a vast area of space, and you can install them to almost take up space across thewhole wall, letting in lots of natural light.
  3. Making use of slopedceilings and roofs:  If your property has sloped ceilings, they can be practical in directing natural light into your property.  Slopes facing away from the fenestration area (the placement of the windows/doors) improve surface brightness, so they act to direct more light into the space as they can help direct more light into the room.

You can also install skylight windows into sloped roofs to optimise daylighting, which is great for loft conversions and attic rooms.

  1. Reflection: Carefully planning reflection of the natural light entering your property can also make a huge difference for darker spaces.  Reflection of natural light can be achieved through the careful placement of mirrors to reflect light back into a room; large shiny tiles can have a similar effect.  However, you will need to take care to avoid direct beams of light as this can pose some health and safety issues as well as leading to discomfort (from overheating, glare etc.)

Alternatively, you can decorate using specific colour schemes, such as bright whites, and pastels, which absorb less of the natural light entering the room almost making it ‘bounce’ back off the surface and lighten up a room.

  1. High Windows:Installing high windows is one of the most effective methods for increasing natural light into a property, and this is best achieved through the installation of skylight windows.  High windows allow for more daylight to enter the property due to their positioning, without creating too much brightness.  Skylight windows can also offer a practical solution to rooms and spaces where a regular window would be difficult to install e.g. basement conversions, exterior walls with an obstructed view.

Creating more natural light in a property has no end of benefits, and can even add to the design of your property.  Think carefully about what you want to achieve with natural light in a particular space, then consider the best option from there.