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Minor Home Improvements That Make A Major Difference

February 17th, 2020 Comments off

We all want to make our homes as comfortable and attractive as possible – it makes them more pleasant to live in and more profitable when it’s time to pack up and move onwards and upwards.

But if you don’t have the wherewithal or skills to undertake a major refurbishment project like a full-blown two room extension or ornate orangery, can smaller-scale projects really deliver a decent ROI?

Switching up your cushion covers and replacing curtains won’t cut it – we’re talking tasks that don’t cost a fortune but make a permanent, positive difference to your living environment.

If you want to add new dimensions to your domestic sanctuary, here are a few fantastic minor home improvements that make a major difference.

Colour changes

Changing the colour of your kitchen, hallway or living room can have a subtle yet significant effect on its overall ambience.

For instance, classic blue is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020 and allegedly signifies a sense of anticipatory wonder about what lies ahead in life – that transformation in your home energy might be a bit of a tall order from a tin of paint, candle or chair, but if you’re stagnating in an ecru ensemble, this dynamic dusky shade is probably preferable.

Flooring fixes

Love the tactile, organic look or hardwood floors but can’t be bothered with the upkeep and expense?

Enter laminate flooring – it’s reasonably-priced, easy to fit yourself and comes in a variety of increasingly sophisticated styles that marvelously mirror the look of real wood. Plus, it’s much easier to clean than a carpet, which is a godsend when you’ve got messy kids and mucky pets.

Fascia and soffit switches

You might not give your roof a second thought during daily life (unless it’s falling apart!), but when it’s in tip-top condition, it can really refresh your home exterior.

The cost of fascia and soffit replacement can range from £1000-£3000 depending on the size and location of your property, but it’s a small price to pay for a roofline that really pops and presents the rest of your exterior in its best light.

Decked out

We can’t control the weather, but we can make sure that our gardens are organised to help us take advantage of blazing summer days or bracing autumn evenings.

And decking is one of the best ways of keeping our dear green places ship-shape – it creates comfortable and cosy areas for everything from barbecuing and sunbathing to stargazing and socialising. There are many suppliers to choose from, but Wickes is a good place to start comparing different designs.

 Doors of perception

Replacing your internal doors is an outstanding way of transforming your interior – it can let you maximise internal life and create spaces that are contained and cloistered, open and accessible or something in between.

We all want to make our homes as comfortable and attractive as possible – it makes them more pleasant to live in and more profitable when it’s time to pack up and move onwards and upwards.

But if you don’t have the wherewithal or skills to undertake a major refurbishment project like a full-blown two room extension or ornate orangery, can smaller-scale projects really deliver a decent ROI?

Switching up your cushion covers and replacing curtains won’t cut it – we’re talking tasks that don’t cost a fortune but make a permanent, positive difference to your living environment.

If you want to add new dimensions to your domestic sanctuary, here are a few fantastic minor home improvements that make a major difference.

Colour changes

Changing the colour of your kitchen, hallway or living room can have a subtle yet significant effect on its overall ambience.

For instance, classic blue is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020 and allegedly signifies a sense of anticipatory wonder about what lies ahead in life – that transformation in your home energy might be a bit of a tall order from a tin of paint, candle or chair, but if you’re stagnating in an ecru ensemble, this dynamic dusky shade is probably preferable.

Flooring fixes

Love the tactile, organic look or hardwood floors but can’t be bothered with the upkeep and expense?

Enter laminate flooring – it’s reasonably-priced, easy to fit yourself and comes in a variety of increasingly sophisticated styles that marvelously mirror the look of real wood. Plus, it’s much easier to clean than a carpet, which is a godsend when you’ve got messy kids and mucky pets.

Fascia and soffit switches

You might not give your roof a second thought during daily life (unless it’s falling apart!), but when it’s in tip-top condition, it can really refresh your home exterior.

The cost of fascia and soffit replacement can range from £1000-£3000 depending on the size and location of your property, but it’s a small price to pay for a roofline that really pops and presents the rest of your exterior in its best light.

Decked out

We can’t control the weather, but we can make sure that our gardens are organised to help us take advantage of blazing summer days or bracing autumn evenings.

And decking is one of the best ways of keeping our dear green places ship-shape – it creates comfortable and cosy areas for everything from barbecuing and sunbathing to stargazing and socialising. There are many suppliers to choose from, but Wickes is a good place to start comparing different designs.

 Doors of perception

Replacing your internal doors is an outstanding way of transforming your interior – it can let you maximise internal life and create spaces that are contained and cloistered, open and accessible or something in between.

If you can’t decide on the right designs, door supplier Oakwood Doors has an excellent range or stylish and practical products – you can thank us later.

We all want to make our homes as comfortable and attractive as possible – it makes them more pleasant to live in and more profitable when it’s time to pack up and move onwards and upwards.

But if you don’t have the wherewithal or skills to undertake a major refurbishment project like a full-blown two room extension or ornate orangery, can smaller-scale projects really deliver a decent ROI?

Switching up your cushion covers and replacing curtains won’t cut it – we’re talking tasks that don’t cost a fortune but make a permanent, positive difference to your living environment.

If you want to add new dimensions to your domestic sanctuary, here are a few fantastic minor home improvements that make a major difference.

Colour changes

Changing the colour of your kitchen, hallway or living room can have a subtle yet significant effect on its overall ambience.

For instance, classic blue is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020 and allegedly signifies a sense of anticipatory wonder about what lies ahead in life – that transformation in your home energy might be a bit of a tall order from a tin of paint, candle or chair, but if you’re stagnating in an ecru ensemble, this dynamic dusky shade is probably preferable.

Flooring fixes

Love the tactile, organic look or hardwood floors but can’t be bothered with the upkeep and expense?

Enter laminate flooring – it’s reasonably-priced, easy to fit yourself and comes in a variety of increasingly sophisticated styles that marvelously mirror the look of real wood. Plus, it’s much easier to clean than a carpet, which is a godsend when you’ve got messy kids and mucky pets.

Fascia and soffit switches

You might not give your roof a second thought during daily life (unless it’s falling apart!), but when it’s in tip-top condition, it can really refresh your home exterior.

The cost of fascia and soffit replacement can range from £1000-£3000 depending on the size and location of your property, but it’s a small price to pay for a roofline that really pops and presents the rest of your exterior in its best light.

Decked out

We can’t control the weather, but we can make sure that our gardens are organised to help us take advantage of blazing summer days or bracing autumn evenings.

And decking is one of the best ways of keeping our dear green places ship-shape – it creates comfortable and cosy areas for everything from barbecuing and sunbathing to stargazing and socialising. There are many suppliers to choose from, but Wickes is a good place to start comparing different designs.

 Doors of perception

Replacing your internal doors is an outstanding way of transforming your interior – it can let you maximise internal life and create spaces that are contained and cloistered, open and accessible or something in between.

If you can’t decide on the right designs, door supplier Oakwood Doors has an excellent range or stylish and practical products – you can thank us later.

If you can’t decide on the right designs, door supplier Oakwood Doors has an excellent range or stylish and practical products – you can thank us later.

We all want to make our homes as comfortable and attractive as possible – it makes them more pleasant to live in and more profitable when it’s time to pack up and move onwards and upwards.

But if you don’t have the wherewithal or skills to undertake a major refurbishment project like a full-blown two room extension or ornate orangery, can smaller-scale projects really deliver a decent ROI?

Switching up your cushion covers and replacing curtains won’t cut it – we’re talking tasks that don’t cost a fortune but make a permanent, positive difference to your living environment.

If you want to add new dimensions to your domestic sanctuary, here are a few fantastic minor home improvements that make a major difference.

Colour changes

Changing the colour of your kitchen, hallway or living room can have a subtle yet significant effect on its overall ambience.

For instance, classic blue is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020 and allegedly signifies a sense of anticipatory wonder about what lies ahead in life – that transformation in your home energy might be a bit of a tall order from a tin of paint, candle or chair, but if you’re stagnating in an ecru ensemble, this dynamic dusky shade is probably preferable.

Flooring fixes

Love the tactile, organic look or hardwood floors but can’t be bothered with the upkeep and expense?

Enter laminate flooring – it’s reasonably-priced, easy to fit yourself and comes in a variety of increasingly sophisticated styles that marvelously mirror the look of real wood. Plus, it’s much easier to clean than a carpet, which is a godsend when you’ve got messy kids and mucky pets.

Fascia and soffit switches

You might not give your roof a second thought during daily life (unless it’s falling apart!), but when it’s in tip-top condition, it can really refresh your home exterior.

The cost of fascia and soffit replacement can range from £1000-£3000 depending on the size and location of your property, but it’s a small price to pay for a roofline that really pops and presents the rest of your exterior in its best light.

Decked out

We can’t control the weather, but we can make sure that our gardens are organised to help us take advantage of blazing summer days or bracing autumn evenings.

And decking is one of the best ways of keeping our dear green places ship-shape – it creates comfortable and cosy areas for everything from barbecuing and sunbathing to stargazing and socialising. There are many suppliers to choose from, but Wickes is a good place to start comparing different designs.

 Doors of perception

Replacing your internal doors is an outstanding way of transforming your interior – it can let you maximise internal life and create spaces that are contained and cloistered, open and accessible or something in between.

If you can’t decide on the right designs, door supplier Oakwood Doors has an excellent range or stylish and practical products – you can thank us later.

If you can’t decide on the right designs, door supplier Oakwood Doors has an excellent range or stylish and practical products – you can thank us later.

We all want to make our homes as comfortable and attractive as possible – it makes them more pleasant to live in and more profitable when it’s time to pack up and move onwards and upwards.

But if you don’t have the wherewithal or skills to undertake a major refurbishment project like a full-blown two room extension or ornate orangery, can smaller-scale projects really deliver a decent ROI?

Switching up your cushion covers and replacing curtains won’t cut it – we’re talking tasks that don’t cost a fortune but make a permanent, positive difference to your living environment.

If you want to add new dimensions to your domestic sanctuary, here are a few fantastic minor home improvements that make a major difference.

Colour changes

Changing the colour of your kitchen, hallway or living room can have a subtle yet significant effect on its overall ambience.

For instance, classic blue is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020 and allegedly signifies a sense of anticipatory wonder about what lies ahead in life – that transformation in your home energy might be a bit of a tall order from a tin of paint, candle or chair, but if you’re stagnating in an ecru ensemble, this dynamic dusky shade is probably preferable.

Flooring fixes

Love the tactile, organic look or hardwood floors but can’t be bothered with the upkeep and expense?

Enter laminate flooring – it’s reasonably-priced, easy to fit yourself and comes in a variety of increasingly sophisticated styles that marvelously mirror the look of real wood. Plus, it’s much easier to clean than a carpet, which is a godsend when you’ve got messy kids and mucky pets.

Fascia and soffit switches

You might not give your roof a second thought during daily life (unless it’s falling apart!), but when it’s in tip-top condition, it can really refresh your home exterior.

The cost of fascia and soffit replacement can range from £1000-£3000 depending on the size and location of your property, but it’s a small price to pay for a roofline that really pops and presents the rest of your exterior in its best light.

Decked out

We can’t control the weather, but we can make sure that our gardens are organised to help us take advantage of blazing summer days or bracing autumn evenings.

And decking is one of the best ways of keeping our dear green places ship-shape – it creates comfortable and cosy areas for everything from barbecuing and sunbathing to stargazing and socialising. There are many suppliers to choose from, but Wickes is a good place to start comparing different designs.

 Doors of perception

Replacing your internal doors is an outstanding way of transforming your interior – it can let you maximise internal life and create spaces that are contained and cloistered, open and accessible or something in between.

If you can’t decide on the right designs, door supplier Oakwood Doors has an excellent range or stylish and practical products – you can thank us later.

If you can’t decide on the right designs, door supplier Oakwood Doors has an excellent range or stylish and practical products – you can thank us later.

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WoodFest comes to Cardiff

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WoodFest Cardiff is coming to Wales to celebrate how the country is using wood in design and construction.

Taking place between February and May and featuring a variety of events, WoodFest Cardiff will focus on low carbon housing, connecting communities, local timber and healthy building products. It is organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good, in collaboration with The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), Woodknowledge Wales, Western Timber Trade Association (WTTA) and many more.

As the climate emergency continues to dominate the news agenda, WoodFest Cardiff will demonstrate how building with wood can help. A series of events, seminars, exhibitions and site visits will take place throughout the coming months. WoodFest Cardiff is a learning and knowledge-sharing opportunity for architects, engineers, placemakers, planners, developers, contractors, industry and political professionals.

One of the highlights of WoodFest Cardiff is TRADA’s annual university challenge. Hosted at Cardiff University between 17 and 19 February, 60 students from 30 UK universities will showcase their talent by creating a design concept for a sustainable housing community using timber. The brief is given by Wales & West Housing, with judges from a broad cross-section of disciplines such as engineering, architecture and landscape architecture, including 2019’s Stirling Prize winner, architectural practice, Mikhail Riches.

During the university challenge, Cardiff University will be hosting an evening event dedicated to building performance. The keynote speakers are energy consultants Nick Grant, from Elemental Solutions, and Sally Godber, of WARM, who will share how to achieve Passivhaus standards and their experience of using timber.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will host a series of events. Workshops exploring the concept of Active Building will be held in Swansea on 20 February and in Cardiff on 27 February. Sustainable design in historic buildings is the theme for a seminar in Machynlleth on 30 March and an interactive seminar on Inclusive Environments will conclude RIBA’s events in Cardiff on 22 April.

Further events, held by Woodknowledge Wales, include the following:

  • Rob Thomas, director and architect at r+m studio in Cardiff, will talk about the exemplar zero carbon build solution developed as part of the Home-Grown Homes Project (HGHP), at the Welsh School of Architecture in February.
  • A TRADA event exploring timber construction and manufacturing as part of the HGHP research on better manufacturing homes will take place on 19 March.
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University is hosting an invite-only pilot day on measuring building performance on 7 May with Diana Waldron, lead on building performance within HGHP.
  • Jane Anderson from the Alliance of Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) will deliver an invite-only workshop on embodied carbon alongside Pentan Architects on 20 May.

Christiane Lellig, Wood for Good campaign director, said:

“WoodFest is proving to be a successful way to bring together the key people involved with design and construction to discuss the benefits of timber or to share their discoveries.

“The built environment is under scrutiny in terms of the environmental impact that buildings have on the planet. WoodFest is an opportunity to learn more about decarbonisation and net zero carbon emissions and how wood can be part of the solution to this global issue.”

Keep up to date with the latest events for WoodFest at www.woodforgood.com

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