Fitting Out Your Kitchen? Here’s What You Need to Know

Refurbished kitchenIf your resolution for the new decade is to give your kitchen a new breath of life, there are several things you’ll need to keep in mind. But before delving any deeper, there’s one thing you need to consider, and that is how you want the project executed! You could handle the project yourself or have a kitchen designer handle it for you. Alternatively, you might be thinking of handling part of the job and have a contractor take care of the more complicated bits. Either way, one of the things that should be your top priority is making sure you’ve organised your schedules.

When planning a kitchen fit-out, you need to ask yourself one question, how long will it take to fit out a kitchen? This question is what we’d consider an open ‘piece of string’ type of question considering that it’ll depend on the complexity of the fittings … Read More

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

With energy bills at an all-time high, many homeowners are on the lookout for ways to bring their energy consumption/bills down. Making even the most straightforward updates (such as weatherproofing your windows, doors, etc.) to your home can help bring your energy costs down. This article outlines five simple and easy ways to make your home more energy-efficient, some of which will cost £20 or even less. You can find further ideas at Fourwalls.

1. Install Water-Saving Showerheads

The type of showerhead you use can have a significant impact on the volume of water consumed per minute, and the frequency at which the boiler or hot water tank has to be refilled. That said, it would be advisable to switch to showerheads designed to save water-draw, commonly known as water-efficient showerheads. These showerheads limit how much water comes out per minute, saving you both heating and water bills. This … Read More

Coronavirus May Have Huge Impact on Property Markets

British townMany people have been forced to stay indoors for a long time because of the lockdown. Coronavirus is going to have a big impact on different areas of life. This will be more than just a change in how people feel about their home. There is a chance of it having a big impact on the property markets across the world.

When people are faced with wage cuts, massive unemployment, job uncertainty, business failures and other challenges, it is hard for them to consider making a big investment like buying a home. This usually results in low house pricing, which was seen during the last recession and credit crunch that impacted the UK, US and many other countries around the world.

There was a 1.7% decline in house prices in May 2020 compared to the previous months, and this is according to the Nationwide house price index. This has become … Read More

Main Benefits of Investing in High-Quality Energy-Efficient Windows

Low-E glass is arguably the most energy-efficient type of glass available today. This low emissivity glass features an extremely thin layer of metal oxide on one of the internal surfaces. The role of this coating is to reflect heat and prevent it from escaping the room, while also allowing the light outside to pass through.

The distance between the two or three panes can have an impact on the energy efficiency of these windows. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t draw the conclusion that the bigger the gap the better. Many experts consider 16mm as being the optimum, but in some circumstances smaller gaps could work better. Another method to improve the performance is to fill the gap with an inert gas such as krypton, xenon or argon. These gases are able to insulate better than air or vacuum.

Old and inefficient windows are usually the culprit for high energy bills. Apparently, heat … Read More

Controlling Noise in Construction

Construction worker and machineryIn terms of construction, it appears that the only way is up. Anyone who visits the nation’s capital will notice the huge amount of high-rise construction and building work that is taking place along the banks of the River Thames in addition to the business districts. And this investment is not only taking place in London. The entire nation is undergoing a resurgence in residential and commercial premises development, changing both the visual landscape and fiscal environment.

The Value that Construction Provides to the Economy

Government figures show how valuable construction is to the British economy. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that record-breaking figures of £113,127 million were reached by the end of 2018. That is reflected in the continued increase in the number of construction companies operating in the country. At this time, a record-breaking 325,736 firms were operating in Great Britain, which was a 3.5% … Read More