What is Decor Rotation and Should You Do It?

Humans don’t really like change, but decor rotation is absolutely something we should do in our homes.

I’m a really fussy person, but when I do find the PERFECT thing, I won’t get bored of it. That perfect item could easily stay for 10+ years.

I know other people aren’t like that and change their mind every other day. No matter what sort of person you are, everyone should believe in decor rotation. Our homes can become so tired, dull and shabby looking unless you rotate your furniture and bring in new bits and pieces every now and then.

It can be hard when you become emotionally attached to something. If you’ve had a piece such as a sofa in your life for many years, you become attached to it. This is why we see so much clutter in modern homes, even though the properties might be new either in building quality and design or new for us as home buyers. We fill them with the same old stuff.

Every so often, it’s right to let go, even if the interior pieces you have given sentimental value to are working and functioning properly. Sometimes you have to admit to the contemporary styles and move with the times. What’s better is that you might find something that is more suited to your tastes.

 

Replacing the sofa

The living, beating heart and soul of the home is and always will be the living room. It’s where you go to relax and watch your favourite television shows. It’s also a place where you have meaningful talks with your guests, friends and family.

Older sofas tended to be curvy and only provide three seats. Modern, stylish sofas have a more domineering factor with their sharp straight lines. A modern sectional corner sofa made from leather would make a great addition to your home.

These sofas can easily seat around four to five, with the benefit of a couple of foot resting spaces. They are large and do require a lot of space in your lounge or living room. However, they are in fact incredibly light for their size. Materials such as oak and yew are used for the structure, and foam padding replaces cloth.

 

Minimalist kitchen dining

White kitchen with breakfast bar and oak bar stools

When it comes to decor rotation, one of the easiest points to start with is the kitchen area. Even if you have a dining area in the home, you’re more than likely to have a small table and some chairs in the kitchen as well.

Have a look at contemporary home furniture that can provide you with good sturdy tables, that don’t take up a lot of room, and chairs with the same ethos. Bar stools to your kitchen would make for great congregation areas, and spots where the children can have their breakfast. The strong yet spindly legs give height to the seats which themselves are curved for comfortable back support.

You can, of course, opt for fabric, tempered rubber or even leather seats if you wish. The various styles with similar approaches include japansk, ypster and leena. All have a great minimalist touch for maximum space.

 

A Re-Paint

Sometimes, it’s not just about your decor. A shabby paint job can make your home look dated. You should try and refresh your paint every 10 years or so. Even if you go for the same colour! A touch up will make a massive difference. Just double check you’ve got the right paint colour before you buy (unlike me with this classic paint disaster).

The decor in our homes can often act like a familiar aura. We can get attached and place emotions and sentimental beliefs on the interior designs, but always remember that moving with the times is healthy for your sense of fashion. Out with the old and in with the new, sometimes you just have to go for it.

 

 

 



 

 

7 House Installations for Winter

Home improvement can feel like a massive task.

You feel like there is always another job and each one is larger than the next. There are, however, smaller things that you can do that will help your house. They will help to keep it warmer, free from damp and in a generally better condition. These 7 house installations for winter will protect your home. 

 

Insulation

If you’re worried about the lack of insulation in your house, then consider getting a quote for more to be installed. You can get a professional in, but this can be a bit pricey. Instead, you might consider purchasing a roll of insulation from a DIY shop.

Remember you’ll need goggles and facemask when fitting it, but other than that adding the insulation isn’t a big job. Having more insulation in your house will help it to stay warm inside and stop the cold from getting in as easily. This might even save you money.

Other places to add extra layers of insulation include your hot water pipes and your boiler. This will keep your hot water warm for longer and mean that is available when you need it.

 

Double Glazing

If you don’t already, then you should consider getting double glazing. Me and Jay got lucky that our house was fitted with them just a few years before we bought it.

It makes a massive difference to how warm your house stays over the winter months and could save you on your heating bills. This will make your house a lot more energy efficient and means that you’ll have fewer expenses over the winter. If you do choose to get double glazing installed, consider whether you need to have the exterior of the house renovated, too.

Getting this done at the same time could help you to tick off multiple jobs at once. If you choose to get some weather-resistant fibreglass like the products provided by Architectural Fibreglass Mouldings Ltd, then your house will be ready for whatever the winter throws at it.

 

Curtains

A great way to warm the house in winter is to open your curtains early in the morning. This lets in sunlight which will naturally help to warm your rooms.

However, it is just as important that you close them when it starts to get dark and the outside temperature begins to drop. This will help to lock in the heat you have generated throughout the day. If you don’t already, consider getting some extra thick curtains to hang in winter as these will do a better job of retaining heat than regular ones.

After months of having cellotaped curtains hanging, I’m going curtain/blind shopping this weekend! Our large living room window has a big radiator underneath it, meaning we can’t get full length curtains. We’ve decided to go for a fabric blind that pulls down, and having fake curtains hanging around the window that don’t close.

 

Cover Floorboards

If you have exposed floorboards, then you’ll be losing heat.

You don’t have to carpet your house, but a rug comes in handy. You’ll especially want to cover any floorboards in your sitting area and bedroom as you’ll likely spend the most time in these rooms.

You can buy a rug that matches the current design of the room. If you want to, you could get a different one for summer and winter that are of a different style and thickness. If you haven’t tried it yet and are still struggling to keep your house warm, then get a few rugs, and it will definitely help.

 

Install An Extractor Fan In The Kitchen

A lot of homeowners still use an open window as the main way of removing steam during cooking. This is not a good solution, especially in winter.

In winter you don’t want to let the cold in or the heat out, so you are less likely to open the window and let the steam from cooking escape. This means that added moisture sits in your house and can cause damp, mould and other unpleasant difficulties.

If you don’t have an extractor fan, then you should get one installed. It will suck up all of the moisture produced while cooking and you won’t need to open the window any longer. It sits just above the oven, and many even come with a light fitting to make cooking in the evening that much easier.

 

Replace Doors

All of the doors in your house will contribute to locking in heat in their own way.

Your front and back doors are the first line of defence for your house when it comes to the cold. If you feel like your exterior doors are doing a poor job of keeping the heat in and the cold out, then consider getting them replaced. It is a small change that could make a big difference.

Inside your house, your doors will help keep the warm air inside each specific room. For example, your bedroom door will help keep you warm at night. If you feel like these doors are not adequate then again replacing them could prove to make a big difference for how well heated your house remains throughout the winter months.

You might also want to replace your doors if you feel like a change or they are starting to look old and tatty.

 

Fix or Replace Your Roof

If you’ve noticed cracked tiles or feel like you are losing heat through your roof, then it could be a sign you need it fixing or replacing entirely.

If you have confirmed that there is an issue, then your best bet is it hire a professional to take a look. They will be able to assess what the damages are, give you a quote and let you know in detail what improvements need to be completed.

You could take a shot at fixing and replacing tiles yourself, but the last thing you want to do it cause more damage and for it to cost you more in the long run. If you do decide to take a stab at fixing your roof, make sure there is someone around to hold the ladder and that you are safe on the roof.

The same principle will apply to any shingles or other kinds of roofing you have. Any cracks or breaks in the can cause leaks, damp and other major issues for your house. Something you don’t want any time of year but are especially bad in winter.

 

What to do with your house when you go travelling

Worried about what to do with your house when you go travelling? There’s a few options.

If you take a look at people’s bucket lists, you’ll find that there tends to be one common factor in the majority of them: travelling.

We are a nation struck by wanderlust. We want to escape the everyday and open our eyes to know parts of the world, different cultures and stunning landscapes.

But there tends to be one thing holding the majority of us back: fear of the unknown. We don’t know where to start! How do we save up the deposit necessary to get from A to B? Will we get lonely? Where do we actually want to go? Perhaps most importantly, do we have to give up our home? Let’s focus on the last factor in the list of worries for now. Here’s some tips on what to do with your house when you go travelling.

 

Throw Caution to the Wind

The first approach (and perhaps the most financially viable one too) is to throw caution to the wind. Sell up everything you have and start planning your around the world trip.

This is perhaps the best way to go about things if you’re planning to travel for an extended or indefinite period of time.

If you’re out gallivanting across the world, it’ll be relatively difficult to keep up mortgage or rent payments at the same time as supporting yourself on your adventures. The best way to go about things is to give the notice to leave on your rental property once your contract ends, or sell your property and keep the proceeds in a savings account to be used when you return and intend to settle back down.

You don’t necessarily have to forgo all of your belongings either. You can keep your beloved items in high quality self storage facilities, where they will be kept safe and sound until your return. Bear in mind, however, that this will only really work for those with few responsibilities back home. If you have children, pets, or others who depend on you, this is unfeasible.

This is the most risky way of going about travelling. I’d only suggest doing this if you were going for longer than three months.

 

Save Up

If you really adore the place you’re in at the moment and can’t bear to see it go, you can always save up sufficient funds to cover your agreed payments until your return. This, of course, means you won’t be able to jump on the next plane out of the country.

However, it will allow you to head out later down the line safe in the knowledge that your property is waiting for you back home whenever you decide to return. It’s also a good backup in case you don’t enjoy travelling as much as you anticipated and want to cut your journey short. You don’t have to worry about returning back to your home country and having nowhere to live!

 

Take Shorter Journeys

A third option is to take shorter journeys intermittently. This makes your travels feel more like a holiday, but you can get away and check back up on things back home regularly too. Essentially, you get the best of both worlds!

Jay has had a full-time job since the age of 17, when he started his engineering apprenticeship. This means that we were never able to go away for three weeks at a time, or go travelling together. We then bought our house, which means funds towards travelling aren’t at the top of our list. We’ve decided to see the world together, but just in little bits at a time.

We want to see all 7 continents, even if this means going away for a week at a time, every year.

 

As you can see, you have several options available to you regarding what to do with your house when you go travelling. You can do things completely as you wish according to what’s most convenient for you and your needs. So, don’t put things off any longer! The world is your oyster, and it’s time to start exploring it.

Unexpected Areas Where You Can Save Money On Your Property Bills

Could you save money on your property bills?

Being a homeowner means that you have a lot of expenses each month. Not only do you have your household bills, but you could also be saving for renovation projects and jobs you wish to take on.

But with the same outlay each month, and perhaps the same income, how can you save money on your property bills that can then fund other areas? The proof is in your bills and with a bit of savvy thinking, you can potentially save a lot each month.

Some of these things are even options you can revisit every few months to ensure that you are saving the most you can be. I have outlined some of the ways you can do it but feel free to share some of the other ways you save money on your property bills in the comments below.

 

Keep that water bill down

Your water bill can be a big outlay each month. Often, you don’t have control over what you spend initially because you may have to pay water rates rather than be on a water meter.

However, there are still some things you can do that can benefit both aspects of a water bill, or could help you use less if you are on a meter. You could potentially use your own water supply from your own land. This is a valid option, and companies like Nicholls Boreholes could help you out. They look into the drilling aspect to get the plumbing in motion to have your own water source, which means you save.

Other things you could consider is collecting rainwater in your garden which can be used for watering plants and your lawn during the warmer months. A hosepipe or water sprinkler system can use a lot of water, which on a meter can be costly.

 

Reduce energy costs

Your energy bill can be a big outlay, and thankfully you have more control over it than you think. First of all, consider changing some of the habits in your home, for example, switching lights off and not putting things on standby can really help reduce your energy outlay.

You could also switch to more energy efficient appliances or change bulbs in your home for lighting. Another more drastic approach could be to switch to solar energy which means having panels placed on your roof.

 

Shop around for the best deal

One thing a lot of people miss out on is a saving that could made by simply changing the provider.

Most companies save their best rates for new customers, and doing this alone could shave off a heck of a lot of pounds from your monthly outgoings each month. Websites like uSwitch could help you see the potential savings you could be making.

 

Are you entitled to discounts?

Finally, are you missing out on savings that you are entitled to? Living alone or as a single occupant means that you can get discounts on things like council tax and TV licenses, amongst other bills like your energy and water rates. Ask the question and see what you could be entitled to.

 

I hope that some of these options help you save money on your property bills. Every little amount can add up to a big one!

Creating a Home Extension Fit for Work, Rest and Play

Whether you’ve started to grow your family or you’re simply outgrowing the space you’re in, creating a home extension could help you avoid the stress of moving.

But how do you make sure the space you create is fit for all that’s asked of it? And just where should you put those extra feet and inches? If you’re struggling to find a quiet spot to do your daily yoga, need a nook for all the kids’ toys or an office space to call your own, these are the points you can’t gloss over when creating a home extension fit for work, rest and play…

 

What, where, how?

Sometimes it’s really obvious where you should put new walls. Other times, your options aren’t quite so clear cut! For the most part, extending over existing structures, such as adding a bedroom over a garage, tends to be the most fuss-free option.

Check your foundations

You’ll need to check the strength of your foundations to make sure the room below can take the weight and also apply for planning permission to cover any increase in height or change in roof pitch, but it can be a very cost effective way to add space. If your home is in a high demand area you could also add a substantial amount on to the value of your home, particularly if you add a bedroom.

If you do have a garage and you don’t use it for car or other storage, converting it into an extra room might be another savvy way to get some additional room without too much expense. Unless you live on a new build estate, you shouldn’t need planning permission to carry out this kind of conversion. However, if you decide to build beyond the existing walls of the garage, an application is required.

Location

Before you start shifting your motor and moving your sofa, think about the logistics of not having a garage and how it might impact you in the future. If you’re a car owner, do you have another safe and permanent spot to park your car? And, if you were to sell your home in the future, could having no garage potentially hold back a sale? To cover all bases, you could ask your architect to plan a conversion that can easily be reversed if necessary.

Finally, if you’d like a totally brand new area to completely transform your home, choosing where to locate it is all about where you can afford to sacrifice outdoor space without intruding on neighbours’ boundaries. You’ll find some great tips for staying neighbourly and avoiding disputes in this article.

When you’re extending past the walls of your current home, you will need to apply for planning permission and of course, consider how your new layout will work. Will you need to go through one room to get to another and if so, will it disturb the general use and purpose of the space in question?

Layout can be even more important than size and space. If you get the layout wrong, your extension may not get the use it deserves.

 

Let there be light…and warmth too!

Once you’ve thought about how and where you’ll grow your home, it’s time to move onto the finer details. The level of electrical work you’ll require will depend how near your extra feet and inches are to existing wiring and if you’re planning to run heating or just lighting into the room.

If you’re creating a home extension downstairs or converting a garage, bi-fold doors can make a sensible addition to your plans. Choose something energy efficient with floor to ceiling panes like these from Vufold. You’ll have the bonus of lots of light when needed along with an attractive and convenient route to your outside space.

Your choice of doors and windows will impact any heating requirements too. You may want to match the style of those elsewhere in your home. Energy efficiency should also be a checkpoint on your list. Especially if your extension isn’t sheltered by other areas of the building.

For more compact spaces where you don’t want to sacrifice floor and wall space to radiators, underfloor heating can be a worthwhile, though not inexpensive, investment.

 

Hopefully this post has given you a few pointers for creating a home extension. If you’ve already completed your extension of dreams, maybe you could enter your efforts into the don’t move improve awards?