Making your home more eco-friendly can be a costly business if you’re committed to energy independence and sustainability, and if you can’t afford to install solar panels or low-energy appliances you might be at a loss as to how to get started. Luckily there are a lot of ways you can reduce your energy costs and reduce your impact on the environment.
Outdoor home features are projected to increase in popularity this year and hot trends include outdoor kitchens, fire pits, entertainment spaces, pools and dining areas. Direct From the Designers offers consumers and builders innovative and best-selling house plans direct from the designers themselves.
We are already a quarter of the way through the year and I bet there are many of you who are yet to sort the garage out. With spring almost here, there is no time like the present to make more of the space within your home and what better place to start than with the garage. Whether you have big plans to turn your garage into something useful, or are rapidly running out of storage space, organising your garage doesn’t have to be a daunting task
Investing in a rental property can be an excellent source of long-term income, but getting the most out of that investment will require a certain amount of labor and expense. You may feel that it is perfect as it is, or you might decide that there is an endless list of improvements that need to be made before you’ll get the best possible value out of your property.
Your home is one of the most important investments of your life. But no matter if you intend to stay there forever or you plan to make a move sometime, it’s critical that that you do whatever it takes to increase the value of your property. Face facts, even if you don’t plan on moving right now, it’s impossible to know what the future will hold.
There are many words you could use to describe mold. How about sneaky, opportunistic, hazardous, persistent, smelly and scary, just for starters? Among the general population, you’ll encounter a variety of reactions to the “M” word. But among real estate agents, the mere mention of mold can easily trigger anxiety attacks, not to mention a string of other 4-letter words not suitable for publication.
Most people have half empty pots of paint languishing in their sheds and garages, but Crown Paints is a supporting partner of Climate Week and is opening the doors of its network of 119 decorating centres throughout England and Wales and Scotland. This will enable people to return their surplus paint for recycling. It’s all part of their ‘Kick out the Can’ scheme.
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) thinks making Britain’s homes more energy efficient should be supported with measures included in the UK’s upcoming budget. By adopting such measures, the British government would boost the construction industry and help householders deal with the issue of rising fuel bills. Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, warns that over nine million British households might be in fuel poverty by 2016 some nine million British households could be in fuel poverty.
Remodeling is an expensive proposition in today’s tight economy, which is why so many homeowners look to complete projects that generate the biggest bang for the their buck. Kitchens and bathrooms are often at the top of the list, but converting a suitable basement to living space may be a far smarter move in some cases.
No matter how small your apartment or how limited your desk space at work, there’s always room for a little plant life. In fact, having plants around you at work can help with your psychological health as well your physical well being. According to a recent study conducted by the Department of Horticulture and Landscape [...]