Home Improvement

The Benefits of Designer Radiators

Gone are the days when heating systems were always unsightly and boring afterthoughts that wouldn’t be given much attention in a home. Now, to suit an ultra-modern makeover or even a subtle upgrade to a traditional room, you may choose to opt for stylish designer radiators in your home instead. If this isn’t something you’ve really considered, we think it’s time you did!

This may involve a matching set for multiple rooms in your house, or just a radiator or towel rail for a bathroom that matches the rest of your suite. When it comes to designers, the best known brands are often the best quality options, including names such as Reina, Aeon and MHS. One supplier of all these is Trade Plumbing, bathroom radiator and heated towel rail & rack specialists in the UK who were kind enough to pass on some advice about what you may be looking for. Here are some of their top benefits of opting for high-class heated towel rails and radiators.

1) Effective heating – Quality products always work better than the cheap alternative. Your objective is to heat your room, and the best designer radiators are built by experts to ensure they maximise the heat supplied to your bathroom, bedroom or anywhere else you place one.

2) Fuel efficiency – Another great feature of high quality heating systems is that they have a great impact with just a little input. If you’re replacing an old system, it’s likely to be much more costly and less efficient to run than a modern alternative with new technology.

3) Extra safety – A designer radiator built to a high standard is much less likely to be damaged by impacts of daily wear-and-tear, which will avoid accidents and the need for repairs. It’s also unlikely to damage your system or affect your other radiators if there is a problem, since you can easily check that is adheres to the appropriate safety standards. Continue Reading

Home Improvement

Heating System & Radiator Buying Guide

Replacing your home’s heating system doesn’t have to be a headache. In fact, you can turn it into a real selling point and add a lot of value to your property if you get it right. There is a vast selection of designer radiators and heated towel rails on the market. The Heating Boutique, a leading UK supplier of designer radiator & heated towel rails, have kindly provided us with their basic guide including all the main points you should consider on your mission…

1) Choose the size – Firstly you should be calculating the available space you have. The exact size of the radiator you choose for each room may vary, but it’s probably easier and better to be consistent. Make sure you measure accurately and find out the exact size of the area you have available before making a choice.

2) Choose the type – Radiators can be categorised into distinct types. Column radiators are generally the most traditional shape, with multiple tall columns in a row in order to maximise the surface area (which allows heat to leave the radiator and disperse into the room). Modern vertical radiators may offer a good alternative if you’re lacking space, as they can be place in narrow spaces. Horizontal shapes to fit below shelves or windows can have the same effect.

3) Choose the power level – The heat output of a radiator will directly affect how well it heats your room. The size of your room and how insulated it is will determine the overall effectiveness of your heating system, so you can put these parameters into an online calculator which will tell you how powerful your radiator needs to be. Continue Reading

Home Improvement

The Most Common Plumbing Mistakes

Many people see plumbing as an easy job that can be learned quickly, and wouldn’t hesitate before launching into DIY plumbing projects around the house, or even at work. Unfortunately this can have costly consequences if it doesn’t all go according to plan.

Here are some of the most common mishaps when it comes to plumbing and heating jobs gone wrong, and how we suggest you steer clear of them.

1) Hiring the wrong help

Employing a local handyman or an inexperienced plumber for a job that goes beyond their expertise is generally a bad move. Only choose a plumber who is confident taking on a project like yours. You may instead opt for a reputable company like Gasteam, who are among the leading plumbers in Milton Keynes and Bedford as well as regional specialists in commercial level plumbing, heating and boiler servicing. A company like this may be perfect if you’re not sure what work you require.

2) Steep pipes and sharp angles

If you’re installing your own piping as part of a plumbing job, you need to be extremely careful with the slope of the pipes. If you place them at steep angles, especially those draining water out from your appliances and bathroom fittings, the water can move too quickly which makes it easier for solid deposits to build up. For example, fat can clog pipes under a kitchen sink over time if the water can drain off too quickly. Sharp corners in pipes that are inaccessible can also contribute to this. Make sure all slopes are gradual, only sloping down by about 0.25 inches for every 12 inches of piping. Continue Reading

Home Improvement

Common Home Improvement Mistakes

Many people are worried about getting too deep into home improvement projects because they see them as a deadly minefield with too many potential pitfalls to bear thinking about, let alone the fact that they can cost a lot of money and still go wrong. We don’t think that should put you off, though, as long as you consider what you can do to minimise your risk. Being aware of the most common errors people make when it comes to remodelling should help, so here are our pointers on what to avoid.

Failing to plan – You need to remain calm and do everything in the appropriate order if you want to succeed. Start with the initial planning stages, work out all your potential costs and only go ahead once you’re confident you have a backup plan for anything that could go wrong. If your plan hasn’t changed since you first started, you’re probably not ready to begin.

Here are a few home improvement planners that can help with the process:

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Interior Design

Modern Shabby Chic on a Shoestring

Shabby chic is an amazingly versatile trend that you can implement in so many ways to give your home some character. It might surprise you how shabby chic elements can fit in seamlessly with modern decor and give your room an injection of personality with very little effort or budget. Here are some of our favourite tips for adding a little rough-around-the-edges style to your home.

Woodwork – Get hold of some old wood and get to work on some DIY! You can make pretty much anything depending on the materials you have available. Some large piece of old barn wood are perfect for making a simple shelf or coat rack, or you can turn an old storage crate into a table for your bedroom or garden.

Metal Furnishings – You can get hold of some real bargains if you’re looking for basic, industrial-style furniture. Shelving units and tables made from unpolished metal tend to be the cheapest options around, but with some tasteful decorations they can look perfect in a cosy living room or bedroom. Adding some ornaments, books or candles to these metal structures can really soften them, and still works out very cheap. Continue Reading

Money & Finance

Boost The Value of Your Home

Whether you’re selling your house, renting out a property or you just want to make sure you’re investing wisely in your home, knowing the best and simplest tips for improving your property’s value is extremely handy. Not everyone realises the simple tricks you can do to instantly add value, so here are some of the top things to consider.



Add an extra room

This may not be the simplest way to add value, but it tends to be highly effective. A simple way of doing this is to build a conservatory, which adds something special to your living space. Ideally it should flow continuously with your existing living room, as open plan as possible. A step up from this is to convert your loft or basement into an additional room, which takes more effort but adds more value since it’s more flexible.



Repurpose your garage

If you have a garage attached to your house, it almost certainly has more potential as another room than it does as a garage. Unless you’re one of the rare examples of people who store an actual car in their garage, turn it into an extra living space to offer something more unique to potential buyers or renters. Continue Reading

Interior Design

Original Flooring Ideas

The flooring in your home can become something you barely notice after a while, but it can also transform the entire look of your room if you get it right. Carpets are relatively simple to fit but they don’t necessarily have a great lifespan or bring out the best in the rest of your furnishings. Here we look at a few alternatives that you might not have considered.

Bamboo – This particularly fashionable wood has been used for flooring for a long time, but only recent developments in the way it is processed have allowed us to choose from the wide range of bamboo options on the market now. It’s extremely hard, even compared to other hardwoods, especially if you opt for the strand-woven variety, and looks amazing in a large, open plan room that shows off the unique grain and colour.

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Home Improvement, Interior Design

Add a Whole New Room to Your Home

How we choose to use the space in our home is often determined by the total number of rooms we have. That’s why a property’s value is usually directly linked to how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has, too. Each room serves a function, and the configuration of your building determines how much storage you can have, the furniture you can fit in and so on. You aren’t limited to your current setup, however! It’s possible to add an entirely new room to your room, freeing up useless space and giving you a ton of new options. Here are some of the most fun ideas:

Study Space – This works especially well for children, especially when their bedroom is primarily a play room. By converting some unused space into a small study, you can create a dedicated space for studying that’s completely separate.

Games Room – The alternative for getting away from the clutter of toys and games is to hide away the games room! This one works for both kids and adults, giving you a space to store all the fun stuff that you don’t want cluttering up your room every day. Continue Reading