RESTORING LISTED BUILDINGS

RESTORING LISTED BUILDINGS

One of the most unique things about living in Stafford, or on the British Isles in general, is the sheer volume of history we see around us each and every day. You rarely have to venture far to find an old building in this area. This is wonderful for those of us who are interested in architecture and local history or, in my case, both. I’m certainly grateful to live in a country that shares a similar respect for heritage buildings, as I feel that, although the rules and regulations can occasionally be quite burdensome, Historic England does a tremendous job preserving these listed buildings.

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Attic Conversion and The Benefit Of Dormers : Action Trussall

Attic Conversion and The Benefit Of Dormers : Action Trussall

Constantly we are being bombarded with newer, updated models of just about everything. Phones, computers, cars, and yes, even building tools. The world is constantly changing and it seems like we see new technologically advanced products replacing older, outdated models each and every year. Newer products, improved techniques, better tools – there are people out there who devote countless hours of their lives to innovations designed to make our lives easier, and believe me, their efforts are greatly appreciated. Whether we are talking about purpose built tools crafted specifically for tradesmen or more widely used technological advancements, such as the mobile phone or computer, there is no doubt that these advancements have made my life easier, both personally and professionally, and I’m sure the same could be said for you.

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Taking Advantage of Natural Light : 29 Little Tixall Lane

Taking Advantage of Natural Light : 29 Little Tixall Lane

In this day and age, there is no shortage of cost-effective, environmentally sound ways to keep our homes lit. Since the days of Thomas Edison, we have seen a constant stream of new innovative lighting technologies hitting the market, and there is little reason to think these developments will stop anytime soon. The greatest source of light, however, has been around long before Edison, and exists naturally in our world. Or, to be more specific, our solar system. I am talking, of course, about the sun.

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THE BENEFITS OF RENOVATION FOR RETIREES

THE BENEFITS OF RENOVATION FOR RETIREES

Here in Staffordshire, and the world over, people require different things from their homes at different stages of their lives. Young couples, and maybe even newlyweds, may simply be looking for a roof over their heads while they save money and plan for the future. Younger and middle aged couples are often looking for a place to settle in and establish roots, and could be looking to expand their homes to match their growing families. For recently retired or soon to be retired people who have seen their adult children move out, their needs are typically quite different.

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF RESTORATION WORK

DIFFERENT TYPES OF RESTORATION WORK

Making the decision to upgrade or restore the family home is itself no small task, but even after making the decision to move forward, there are still a number of other decisions that must be made before the work can commence. There are many decisions to be made, from setting the budget to hiring the right contractor, but one of the most vital decisions is also, on the surface, one of the simplest. What kind of project are you looking to take on?

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WHY ‘PART WORKS’ ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEST AVOIDED

WHY ‘PART WORKS’ ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEST AVOIDED

There have always been DIY books and tip sheets that show people how to perform skilled tasks they were previously unfamiliar with. With the rise of the internet, and the ‘youtube tutorial’ in particular, the amount of informational renovation resources available has grown exponentially. Overall, this is great – just last year I managed to take apart and fix my computer by following a step by step guide from a university student on the continent. I felt a great deal of satisfaction fixing the thing myself, and saved some money in the process.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUST

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUST

Whether you are visiting the dentist, boarding an aeroplane or sending your children off to school, trust is an important factor in our day to day lives.

We trust that our dentist is a competent professional, and that he was adequately vetted by his dentistry college. We trust that we will leave the dentist chair with our teeth in better shape than they were, or that we will have a plan in place in order to make that a reality.

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THE DANGER OF ASSUMPTIONS

THE DANGER OF ASSUMPTIONS

As we all know, it is often unwise to proceed with important life decisions based solely on assumptions. The same is true for home renovation projects, yet, having been employed in the field for nearly two decades, it is something I hear about far too often. Homeowners ‘assume’ that the job will be completed on time. Contractors assume that they will be compensated upon finishing the work. Homeowners assume that the vision of their renovation that exists in their head is the same vision that the builder has. The list goes on and on, ad infinitum.

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HIRING A BUILDING CONTRACTOR OR RENOVATION SPECIALIST? TRY TO AVOID THESE SEVEN COMMON MISTAKES

HIRING A BUILDING CONTRACTOR OR RENOVATION SPECIALIST? TRY TO AVOID THESE SEVEN COMMON MISTAKES

Although I’d like to think that the vast majority in the building contracting and home renovation industry are a hard working, trustworthy bunch, the unfortunate reality is that this is not always the case. There are a number of unethical practitioners in this industry, preying upon unsuspecting homeowners by giving shoddy services whilst making unreasonable demands for the works carried out.

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