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- Maximise Your Decorating Potential - Part Two
"If you want a good finish you need a good start"
This is the second part in a series of decorating articles aimed at helping the home decorator get a professional looking finish with tips from the pro’s. Each section gives simple steps to take to prevent common decorating mistakes that are easy to avoid. Continue reading
- Maximise Your Decorating Potential - part one
“If you want a good finish you need a good start”
Painting walls, doors and other such areas around the house is one of the most common decorating DIY projects we are likely to take on. Many DIY jobs have acquired unwarranted but popular phobias through the swapping of horror stories down the pub. Drilling through a wall to put up some simple shelves only to burst a pipe is a classic. This coupled with a misunderstanding that some decorating and DIY jobs require a detailed knowledge of technical terms and a wealth of experience to be completed means that people are far more likely to pick up a roller than a router. Continue reading
- Live or Let Buy... Could The 'Buy To Let' Market Work For You?
Last year saw another rise in the number of buy to let (BTL) mortgages being given and 2010 rebounded 10% higher than the total for 2009. The impact of the banking crisis shook up lenders to revise the promiscuous and financially licentious nature of their lending with its ‘let's cross that bridge later’ attitude to credit. The structural survey on the ground our heavily overpriced housing market was built on came back showing signs of heavy subsidence, the foundations required underpinning which has subsequently cost the UK billions. Unfortunately, to use a technical term, this was a ‘double whammy’ on the economy as a whole. Continue reading
- Working From The Modern Home Office - part two
Honey, I'm Home!
A survey by the Confederation of British Industry showed that around half of all firms now offered at least some opportunity for employees to work from home even if only occasionally. The figure for full time home workers is estimated to be around 10% of the overall working population but this includes some self employed sectors so figures are only approximate. There is no doubt however that the number of people now working from home has risen massively in the past decade (see accompanying part one article) even though the debate still rages as to whether employees are more productive working freely at home, able to take care of ad hoc home duties or under the eyeball of the boss in the workplace.
- Working From The Modern Home Office - part one
Honey, I’m Home!
Around a third of all the journeys to work in the UK during the snowy weather seen at the start of February 2012 were badly affected by it. Schools closed and even the trains suffered in the bad weather so the option to work from home has potentially many benefits and that’s before the expected chaos two extremely busy weeks of sport will bring to the UK this July.
- Weather-Proof Your Home
The last couple of winters have been unusually harsh. We've had to contend with heavy snow, gale force winds, severe storms, and temperatures that are far colder than normal. This has caused trouble for a lot of home owners,
- External Oak Door Frames: Strength, Durability & Style
Oak Door Frames
The opportunity to redesign the welcome that your house gives to you and your guests doesn't stop with the choice of door. It's worth thinking about the frame the door sits in, poetically parallelled by this French proverb;
“a picture without the right frame is like a landscape without the sky” Continue reading
- Design Basics: Complete the Look with Lighting
So, you've spent most of your time off work re-decorating your home. You've laid new carpets, painted every ceiling, painstakingly re-tiled and re-wallpapered every room, and put together the perfect set of furniture that matches your shiny new solid oak doors. You want to enjoy your hard work, but something's not quite right. Things don't look quite as shiny or as glamorous as they did in the show room. What's missing? Most likely, the thing behind all your problems is lighting. Continue reading
- Nice work guys
Great to see the team working together.
Being a quick growing online retailer brings many challenges, we have had exceptional, sustained growth over the last 18 months and we have had to cope with a quickly changing retail landscape. New staff have been bought in and new systems have been created from scratch and often many times over until it seems that we have the perfect method of dealing with new challenges.
We have been away for the last 5 weeks and left the business in the hands of our staff, some old and some new, one even starting while we have been away. To say that I have been impressed would be an understatement as the comments from customers and the visual moral in the building is great to see. The team is hugely positive with good results to boot. Older members of staff are helping the newer ones and the newer ones are challenging some of the ways we do things and even pushing out newer and improved systems simply with a fresh pair of eyes.
So to all of our team thanks for your extra effort in January, it is impressive to see what a great atmosphere has grown and the smiles that are beaming.
If this is the start of 2012 then the following months should be really something for everyone to look forward to.
Thanks again from Nick and Claire