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How to Renovate a Farmhouse

Renovating a farmhouse is a difficult and massive task, and with numerous interior design choices available, it can be tricky to choose a particular look across the whole building. Most people work hard to achieve the perfect balance between a nostalgic and modern style in their renovated farmhouse, and in order to achieve this blended look, you will need to consider each room as an individual space. For instance, you can make use of architectural designs for the stairs or dining area while on the other hand make use of a modern design for the windows, and modern furniture. Below we have comprised a guide for renovating a farmhouse to a perfect a traditional but modern look. Kitchen: The kitchen is the heart of the home; a space to prepare family meals, socialise, and sometimes and area doubled up as a dining room for families to spend time together eating … Continue reading “How to Renovate a Farmhouse”

Unique Flooring Ideas for a Beautiful Home

Like it or not, the flooring has a major impact on the overall look of your home, and in order to create that beautiful chic look we all dream of, occasionally it needs a massive overhaul. There are so many options in terms of different types of flooring to choose from, so there is no doubt that you will be able to find something you truly love which goes excellently with the rest of your interior design. However, with so many options to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to know which will be the best choice for your home. You might have a style, colour theme, budget and material in mind for your floor renovation, and all of these requirements are a consideration for your flooring. If you’re struggling to pick between the extensive flooring options, here, we’ve listed a few unique flooring ideas that can go a … Continue reading “Unique Flooring Ideas for a Beautiful Home”

Heaters or Dehumidifiers – which is best for you?

  Ensuring the most comfortable indoor environment can be a difficult task at the best of times, and deciding on the best method of sustaining a good temperature and humidity can be confusing. The method you choose depends on the environment as well as the type of flooring which is installed. Drying is a simple procedure of eliminating the humidity from an area; there are a variety of methods which can be used to carry out this task. The only hurdle in this task is to decide on the optimum option for you. Dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers are used to take out dampness from the air and replace it with dried air; a process which is repeated and reduces the humidity in the environment. Most dehumidifiers gather the water within them and you will be required to empty them on a frequent basis. The frequency of them being emptied is completely based … Continue reading “Heaters or Dehumidifiers – which is best for you?”

What Thickness Should Screed Over Underfloor Heating Be?

  When installing an underfloor heating system, it is highly important to ensure that the right type and thickness of screed is applied on top to get the most efficient results from your system. Using the wrong type of screed could land you in trouble and your efforts of obtaining a good heating system could all go down the drain. Every flooring project is different, and therefore it is essential to understand your building, its uses, and use the screed which is most suitable for it. For example, you are likely to receive the optimum solution with a solid floor when you have installed underfloor heating systems along with pipes concealed in screed and on top of the floor insulation. You can also receive heat upto 100 W/m2 in timber suspended floors. On the other hand, concrete floors take slightly more time to heat up but they retain the heat … Continue reading “What Thickness Should Screed Over Underfloor Heating Be?”

What Is Traditional Screed?

If you are looking to have a decorative floor installed or are planning to revamp your flooring, traditional screed is one of the most popular options available, boasting several substantial benefits to your overall project. Anyone who has tried to lay a floor on top of an uneven surface will know how difficult it can be. Laying a screed first evens out the surface so that you then have an even surface to work on. Simply put, a screed typically consists of a mix of cement, sharp sand and water in calculated proportions. It is used on top of the subfloor to provide a more levelled base on which the final floor finishes such as carpet, tile, laminate or solid wood can be installed. A screed can also be poured around or over underfloor heating pipes and other services to cover the systems. However, it has to be done professionally … Continue reading “What Is Traditional Screed?”

What Projects Could Liquid Screed Be Used For?

With a wide range of screeding options available, it is easy to get a little lost while trying to choose the right screed for your project. Following is a list of the different ways of using liquid screed for various types of flooring projects. We hope you will find this information helpful in choosing the right specification for your project. Liquid Screed Liquid screed is also sometimes referred as anhydrite screed or flowing screed. It is a self-levelling screed which is poured directly onto a floor for fast application. Liquid screed is lightweight, environmentally friendly and a strong material. Liquid screed is simply poured or pumped onto the floor that spreads out across the entire surface to achieve an even finish. Most liquid screed is made with calcium-sulphate as well as sand, water and various chemicals. The mixture is very quick to lay and is especially suited for large areas. … Continue reading “What Projects Could Liquid Screed Be Used For?”

Drying Your Liquid Screed

Now more than ever, the construction industry is under immense pressure. Apart from the obvious financial issues, these companies have to factor in: time restraints, environmental considerations, changes in technology, customer satisfaction, keeping ahead of competitors, as well as juggling a workforce which involves a multitude of professional trades. Delays can be quite expensive, annoying and can have a catastrophic impact on the project. When it comes to using screed for flooring, waiting for it to dry can bring the project to a grinding halt. Due to this, the further construction process ceases, whilst the workforce is not able to access that particular area. However, to get the best end results it is vital to let the screed dry properly before laying the floor coverings. What is Liquid Screed? Basically, liquid screed also known as “flowing screed” is a levelling compound that is added to the surface in order to … Continue reading “Drying Your Liquid Screed”

How to Avoid Common Screeding Mistakes?

Screeding is a simple act of applying a combination of ordinary cement with water and graded aggregates to the base of a floor. Generally, this process is carried out to craft a sturdy sub-floor, which is able to take on the final floor finish. Irrespective of how simple the entire process may sound, there is a lot more to screeding than trowelling on the sand and cement mixture. In the entire flooring process this is the most vital procedure, as screeding ensures a quality finish and longevity of flooring expanse. For projects that require high-quality and smooth floor finish, installing liquid screed is a great option. It is appropriate for various environments, such as industrial, commercial and residential properties. However, it is crucial to ensure that it is installed correctly in order to avoid any screed failures, which can be very expensive. Potential floor failures can occur if the screed … Continue reading “How to Avoid Common Screeding Mistakes?”

Tips for Keeping a Cosy Kitchen

In every house that oozes warmth and comfort, the kitchen is often the odd one out- cold, clinical and far from the heart of the home. Striking balance between cosiness and cleanliness is very tricky and perhaps the most crucial part to get right, especially in a room that needs to be functional. A sleek kitchen with a utilitarian feel may be the epitome of style right now, but there is no reason to make the most popular room feel soulless only to stay in trend. But, with the right styling tricks and accessories, it is possible to maintain a comfortable, cosy vibe in your kitchen. Here are a few tips to keep your kitchen cosy: Using Patterned Tiles as Splash-back If you are looking to add colour and interest to your kitchen while keeping it easy to clean, then Moroccan or vintage tiles can do wonders especially for kitchen … Continue reading “Tips for Keeping a Cosy Kitchen”

Underfloor Heating Options for Upstairs

Underfloor heating can be a bit of a task for most people as it involves a lot of detailing that you need to be extremely careful about. It is important to ensure that you have taken appropriate measures to carry out the entire procedure so that the end result is a proper installation. It becomes more difficult if you are planning to install underfloor heaters upstairs. Thus, it is better to make note of certain things like- Good Heaters: First and foremost you should take into account the type of heater that is suitable for your upstairs. At times you tend to overlook the quality of the heater mainly due to time constraints or controlled budgets. Thus, it is better to collect sufficient information as well as research the pros and cons of the heater that you are planning to install. You get a variety of options but selecting the … Continue reading “Underfloor Heating Options for Upstairs”