Complete Guide To Hiring A Builder for Your Home

Complete Guide To Hiring A Builder for Your Home

As an interior designer, I am used to hiring a builder on behalf of my clients. Whilst I tend to work with a small group of builders and tradies I know and trust, how can you find the best builder for your home? How do you know who to trust? To start with, understand what you need when hiring a builder. What are your main expectations? What is the scope of work? Is a cost-effective quote more desirable than a quick turnaround? Would you like builders with a proven track record for the project for which you want to employ…

An Extra Bedroom From Your Unused Garage

An Extra Bedroom From Your Unused Garage

Do you need an extra bedroom? Have you thought that an unused garage could be a waste of essential space in your home? Converting it into an extra bedroom could help you to get the most out of this space. If you have a growing family, an extra bedroom could prevent the need to upsize to a bigger home. Alternatively, it could be somewhere for guests to stay or even somewhere for a lodger to stay. Adding an extra bedroom could also add value to your home, allowing you to make more when you finally sell up. A garage conversion…

Is A Home Swimming Pool Worth The Investment? Pros and Cons

Is A Home Swimming Pool Worth The Investment? Pros and Cons

A home swimming pool used to be a sign of wealth and luxury in a home. Considering the amount of money required to actually build the thing and maintain it, this is still the case. But is the investment worth it? Are there really enough advantages to outweigh the disadvantages of installing a home swimming pool? If the idea has ever crossed your mind, then here are a couple of pros and cons that will either cement your drive to get a pool or put you off the idea entirely. PRO: A Home Swimming Pool Is Great For Recreation Pools…

How To Choose The Right Skip Size for Your Renovation

How To Choose The Right Skip Size for Your Renovation

The skip size for your renovation or garden overhaul project is important. If it’s too small you’ll need more than one. And if it’s too big then you’re just wasting money. So how do you choose the right skip size for your renovation? If you are hiring a skip for rubbish removal, one of the main decisions you need to make is the right skip size. Needless to say, you don’t want to underestimate and end up with a skip that is far too small. Equally, while it may be tempting to simply go for a bigger skip than what…

5 Ways To Make A Dark Space Seem Lighter

5 Ways To Make A Dark Space Seem Lighter

When your home feels too dark and dingy, it can be really depressing. It makes your home feel like a place where you don’t want to spend time. That’s never the way it should be in your home, so now is the perfect time to make the changes that’ll turn your dark space into a much lighter and brighter one. Here are some of the steps you should take if you want to make a dark space seem lighter. Choose Lighter Flooring One of the first things you might want to think about when making changes in your home is…

New Kitchen Design Questions To Ask Yourself

New Kitchen Design Questions To Ask Yourself

My interior design business undertakes more new kitchen design and open plan indoor/outdoor living projects than every before. It’s a highly popular home renovation. However there are important questions that need answering before you start. The kitchen is the heart of the home. Going through a new kitchen design renovation can take up a lot of your time (and money). When you start planning your new kitchen design, you may not know where to begin. You have to think about everything thoroughly before you go ahead and take the plunge. Engaging a creative kitchen design professional is a great start…

Less Stress Decorating With 4 Expert Tips

Less Stress Decorating With 4 Expert Tips

Less stress decorating can be achieved even if you’re an amateur decorator. Using 4 easy expert tips, you’ll be able to revamp a room this weekend and be happy with the results. Whether you love putting on your overalls and splashing paint about or not, sometimes decorating your home can be a stressful process. Re-decorating can offer unfamiliar challenges, unforeseen circumstances, and be pretty hard work physically. Happily, there are some steps you can take to make decorating a little less stressful. These expert painting tips will definitely help you. Less Stress Decorating #1 : Use Dust Sheets. The first…

Unique Bathroom Ideas for A Stunning Result

Unique Bathroom Ideas for A Stunning Result

Wet areas RULE! And it’s the unique bathroom ideas that will add value and interest to your home. So make your bathroom stunning with these unusual ideas. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. It can seriously add value to your home if you get the unique bathroom ideas right. You may not ever be planning to sell, or at least not planning to sell for a while. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t create an amazing bathroom that everybody can enjoy. The fact is, the bathroom is used multiple times daily, so it should…

The Psychology Of Open Plan  Interior Design

The Psychology Of Open Plan Interior Design

Open plan interior design is more popular than ever. Traditionally, the concept of a room was known and agreed upon. Everyone knew what a room constituted and no one disagreed. The premise what that whatever was inside four walls was considered a room. The space inside was given its own freedom and privacy. However, contemporary home design has turned this concept literally on it’s head. Now you will find that the modern home has the bottom floor completely open. Open floor designs are being sprung up all over the world. Not only does it save on building and construction, but…

Your Elegant Penthouse Can Be Beautifully Cosy Too

Your Elegant Penthouse Can Be Beautifully Cosy Too

An elegant penthouse is the perfect place to enjoy living in the city or at the beach. Views for miles, open plan living, party balconies and rarefied air. So can you have elegance AND cosiness in your penthouse? Here’s how. The plush nature of elegant penthouse living can add a lot of pressure when it comes to décor and style. Such spacious homes demand a little sophistication. However, does it have to come at the expense of that cosy comforting feeling we all love so much? Here, we’re going to take a look at a few key tips that can…

New Neighbourhood? How To Settle In Fast!

New Neighbourhood? How To Settle In Fast!

Moving to a new neighbourhood can be a very exciting time for your whole family  indeed. So how can you feel right at home in double quick time? You might think that once you have moved all of your belongings into your new neighbourhood and home, that all the hard work is over – you can start to settle into your new house, right? Well, you are almost there; there is just one last thing you need to do before you start to relax – make yourself at home in your brand new neighbourhood! It can take a lot longer…

Buying Designer Furniture for Your Home…The RIGHT Way

Buying Designer Furniture for Your Home…The RIGHT Way

When purchasing designer furniture for your home there are several decisions you need to make. From style to budget, no-one wants to make a mistake. Here’s how not to. Designer furniture must be well-considered. The four main areas on which to make a decision are; the budget. How much can you afford for the right piece? the style. Will it be classic or more edgy? the colour. Neutral? Bold? Patterned? the fabric. Leather? Linen? Velvet? Stain-Resistant? Pet proof? However, before you begin to consider these attributes, first decide whether you want luxury designer furniture or high street furniture with a…

My Forever Home. What Do I Need To Consider?

My Forever Home. What Do I Need To Consider?

A forever home is the one you know you will live and love in for a very long time. It’s the dream home that’s no longer a dream… it’s close to being a reality. So what do you need to consider? If your long term dream has been to build your own forever home tailored to your needs, and you are close to the goal, you will have to start thinking about the project in detail. There are plenty of things that can go wrong, especially if you would like to manage everything to save money. Below you will find…

5 Quick and Easy Home Moving Tips

5 Quick and Easy Home Moving Tips

These 5 home moving tips will help you to be organised and less stress when your moving house. It’s a lot of upheaval so it’s best to be prepared and start planning early. Home moving is an incredibly stressful process and whether you’re completely new to moving house or you’ve done it a million times before – it never gets easier. There are so many things you need to remember to do and no matter how well you do them, it always seems as though something goes wrong. To help you avoid the stress of a home removal, I’ve put…

Fabulous Pre-Workout Meals for Strength and Stamina

Fabulous Pre-Workout Meals for Strength and Stamina

Pre-workout meals will help you to have the strength and stamina to get through a tough session. But it’s not about ANY food, it’s about the RIGHT food for health, fitness and success. Exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps you to maintain a healthy weight. It reduces your blood pressure and your risks of developing heart disease and high blood pressure. It can help to improve your posture and get a good night’s sleep. Regular exercise is also great for your mental health, your skin, your stamina and your confidence. There are so many benefits…