Bricks + Mortar

Home Makeover Tour: Ranch with Open Floor Plan

Home Makeover Tour: Ranch with Open Floor Plan

Let’s go on a home makeover tour with Diana Smith who will share beautiful tips for arranging and decorating an open floor plan ranch-style home. Truly one of our most popular lifestyles, open plan is here to stay. This home makeover tour isn’t a single home; it’s showing great concepts from different homes. This way, you can pick and choose the ideas that suit your floor plan and lifestyle. So… have you always wanted a home with an airy, stripped-down appeal that invokes minimalism and communal living? If the answer is yes, then an open floor plan is just the…

Builders From Hell… and How To Banish Them

Builders From Hell… and How To Banish Them

Builders from hell are the biggest stress point for people building and renovating a home. As an Interior Designer, I speak with clients who have had awful experiences (luckily not with anyone I have recommended). So what can you do? Choosing the right contractor is vital when you’re building or renovating a house. You need to spend time comparing quotes and asking for recommendations from previous customers to make sure that they’re reliable… and not builders from hell. Even then, there’s the chance that their work won’t be up to scratch or, in some cases, might not be finished. If…

4 Ways To Achieve The Ultimate Perfect Home

4 Ways To Achieve The Ultimate Perfect Home

When it comes to where we live, we can all have the end goal of getting the perfect home at some point in our lives. But is that truly achievable? I’d say YES! Do you like the idea of having a forever perfect home designed exactly how you want it and suitable for your exact needs? You’re not alone. You may have to go through a few properties and climb up the ladder to get it, but we are all capable of living in our perfect home at some point. I wanted to share with you 4 ways you could…

Exterior Home Maintenance You May Have Forgotten

Exterior Home Maintenance You May Have Forgotten

Exterior home maintenance is a crucial supplement to all the pretty things you do to create a stylish home. And the reason exterior home maintenance is so important is for functional reasons, before style. The exterior of your home is the first thing people see and judgements are made from a quick viewing. While you may pay attention to painting, cleaning windows, sweeping paths and planting colourful flowers there are important exterior home maintenance issues. If neglected, these issues will start to degrade the value of your home, not just its appearance. Mould growing on your roof, chipped stone paths…

New Home Move? Don’t Overlook These 7 Things

New Home Move? Don’t Overlook These 7 Things

First of all, congrats on your new home move! It’s a big step and one that can completely change your life! However, now that the fun part is over, here comes the dreaded new home move and all the stress, clutter and inconvenience a new home move brings. There are a few things you mustn’t overlook when moving if you want to have a safe and cosy relocation. Ensure your safety One of the first things you should do after your new home move is change the locks. Even if you’re moving into a brand new home, you can’t know…

Ready To Start Saving for Your First Home?

Ready To Start Saving for Your First Home?

Got a dream home in mind? Now is the time to start saving. If that’s easier said than done you may need a few tips to help you. Your dream home doesn’t need to be a fantasy. However, you are the only person that can turn it into a reality. If you are ready to start saving for your dream home, there are a number of steps you will need to take in order to get to your destination. But it will be oh-so-sweet when you get there! With that being said, read on to discover some top tips to…

Exterior Home Improvements Done Right

Exterior Home Improvements Done Right

Exterior home improvements can be overlooked in the excitement of interior design. Let’s face it, that’s where most of the fun is, right? However, when we do own a home it’s important to think about the best exterior home improvements to add value based on first impressions. Upon entering the home, the interior design options are limitless. That’s because our home is one thing that we can make our own. We control how we want it to look, and no one can tell us any differently. If you one day decided that you want to paint your bricks blue –…

Exterior Maintenance: Don’t Neglect What Protects Your Home

Exterior Maintenance: Don’t Neglect What Protects Your Home

The exterior maintenance of your home is an important element in the safety, security and re-sale value of your home. Don’t think it’s out-of-sight, out-of-mind. You probably can’t see all the problems with your home’s roof, gutters or even the upper brickwork unless you use a ladder anyway. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore potential exterior maintenance problems. Out of sight, out of mind is a mantra by which too many people live, whether they realise it or not. That’s why you should pay attention to the exterior maintenance of your home to feel secure and to increase the…

Child-Friendly Home Tips For Non-Parent Homes

Child-Friendly Home Tips For Non-Parent Homes

You might think that it’s only parents who need to make sure that they have a child-friendly home and safe places for youngsters. But that isn’t actually the case. In fact, it’s worth non-parents trying to create safe havens for young children as well. If you are an auntie or uncle and regularly look after your nieces and nephews, then a child-friendly home is a must. Even if you aren’t related to any young children, you might have close friends who often come around for a visit. Not too sure what you need to do to make a child-friendly home…

5 Hidden Reasons Your House Won’t Sell

5 Hidden Reasons Your House Won’t Sell

When it’s hidden reasons behind your home not selling how are you supposed to figure out why? Here, I expose the top hidden reasons and what you can about them. There’s a big shortage of housing at the moment so people often make the mistake of thinking that it will be easy to sell their house. If there aren’t enough houses for every buyer, surely you won’t struggle to find a buyer? Increased demand has pushed prices up with many buyers struggling to secure a good mortgage. So when they DO have the money, they may be pickier and look…

Property Changes for Opening A Home Bed and Breakfast

Property Changes for Opening A Home Bed and Breakfast

Property changes can be big or small when you decide to share your home with strangers. But why would you do that anyway? Would you enjoy getting up early in the morning and cooking eggs lots of people? Do you long to welcome people from all over the world into your home and stay up late into the night swapping stories over a glass of wine? If so, then you may be one of the many people that dream of running a bed and breakfast business out of their own home. However, before you can turn your private residence into…

The Unexpected Costs of Owning a Home

The Unexpected Costs of Owning a Home

Unexpected costs can completely derail your plans for buying, building or renovating a home. So if you are thinking about owning your first home, there are many different factors that need to be considered. One of the most important areas of unexpected costs is the financial commitment. You must ensure you can afford the expenses associated with home ownership. A lot of people assume they can afford a home without considering all of the unexpected costs entailed. The sale price of the home is just the beginning. It’s after you’ve signed the sale documentation that expenses you may not have…

Top Five Construction Industry Trends for 2018

Top Five Construction Industry Trends for 2018

Top Five Construction Industry Trends for 2018: From Technology to Safety Every year ushers significant changes to the world of construction, and 2018 will be no exception. Modern technology is constantly evolving construction industry trends with many contractors opening up to new ideas and concepts, which is indeed the key to keeping the competitive edge. So, from today’s standpoint, the outlook for the whole industry is bright, and despite few big challenges, it even seems dazzling. In 2018, the engineering prowess will take us to new heights and prompt us to think even bolder. So what are the construction industry…

Top Tips for Bright Sunshine All Year ‘Round

Top Tips for Bright Sunshine All Year ‘Round

Bright sunshine filling your home all year ’round will certainly be a panacea for the winter blues. With three great tips you’re own your way to eternal sunshine. For most people, being able to add a conservatory or an extension to their home is a luxury. The addition of a room that fills the house with bright sunshine can be a game-changer on how the space your home is used. A conservatory is usually considered to be a ‘summer room’, because expansive glass windows cover most of the room allowing sun to shine in. This heats the room and, with…

Home Perfection: Fall In Love All Over Again

Home Perfection: Fall In Love All Over Again

Has your home perfection slipped from your grasp? Has your sparkling castle become tarnished? When you first move into your perfect home you’re likely to love everything about it. You’ll think it’s home perfection on a stick. If there were any issues, you will have most likely of noticed them before buying, and fixed them as early as possible. But we all know all too well what happens after a few years. You’ll start to notice annoying little issues that get on your nerves, yet you never seem to have enough time to fix them. Are we right? Well, with…