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Lighting Leading the Way

Building Contractors, Renovation, Refurbishment, Electrical, Lighting, Kitchens & Bathrooms

 

lightingWhen redesigning or updating your home, [very popular in the last little while due to lockdowns etc] lighting can be a game changer. It can change the atmosphere and hint at the personality of homes and occupants. Simply repositioning the lighting in a room can have a massive effect on mood and feel. Different rooms throughout the home have various needs where lighting is concerned. Kitchens may require strongly lit areas to carry out activities like reading recipes etc. Alternatively, living rooms are more suited to soft, relaxing lighting.

Like any other aspect of home design, lighting trends vary from season to season and technology increasingly plays a part. Styles include vintage lighting, Art Deco, mid-century modern, contemporary and so on. Softer colours and brushed metallic finishes have been extremely popular recently. Shades such as ‘greige’ have emerged, which is a sort of blend of grey and beige. Also favourite is a sort of gold and silver mix, a gentle merging of the two. This look sits comfortably within just about any décor be it ultra modern or traditional.

Industrial and retro styles are making a reappearance too, albeit in a more elegant and refined form. We are seeing sleeker, metal rich products in a range of tones, with striking retro fixtures. They typically look more artsy than past versions, in fact more reminiscent of sculpture than light fittings. The latest ‘must have’ lighting often features unique geometric designs and clean lines. Also people are loving curved shapes taken from nature or even a mix of styles.

Lighting whether for domestic, retail or office applications has played it’s part in the push for more environmentally friendly solutions. LED lighting has been replacing the obsolete incandescent bulbs on a vast scale. Not only do they use less energy but they last so much longer, avoiding the need to keep replacing bulbs. You can also easily tailor LEDs and get the desired look for your rooms.

 

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Quality Homes Planned for Basildon

 

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Energy Efficient WindowsBasildon will see a new £200m development, after planning permission was granted recently. Inland Homes expects to start the project in the autumn and after a section 106 has been agreed with the council. A section 106 agreement can:

  • restrict the use of or development of the land
  • demand specific activities or operations to be carried out in relation to the land
  • require payment of sums of money, towards future maintenance costs for example
  • ensure land is used in a certain way.

The new Basildon development will cover 54 acres and comprise of 700 new homes and 25,000 sqm of commercial space at Gardiners Park Village. A site will also be provided for the construction of a new school and sporting facilities. Inland Homes joined together with Homes England to submit the planning application. The land is set to be acquired in gradual stages over a period of 5 years. Homes England is the government’s housing accelerator, and has an expertise in driving positive market change. They play a part in enabling developers to make a difference by providing homes, and improving communities and neighbourhoods.

Chief executive of Inland Homes Stephen Wicks, said: “Acquiring and taking brownfield sites through the planning system for development lies at the heart of what we do. Inland Homes has once again demonstrated its skill and tenacity in being able to deliver planning on these complex sites in order to create sustainable communities and homes for the future.

The new homes will of course have to incorporate a certain amount of green technology, and energy efficient additions such as insulation and double glazing. These are now requirements in the world of modern building, working towards lower carbon emissions. For enquiries on energy efficient replacement glazing for your home call specialists Trade Window Services on 01702 557137.

 

 

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Should You Get That Building Work Done?

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ConstructionOrganisations such as the Federation of Master Builders have set out some important guidelines for those planning building improvements. It’s all about staying safe in this current climate, and addresses the question of whether to go ahead with projects in places like Croydon.

Points include: –

Being prepared

There is a campaign called ‘Work Safe, Safe Work’ developed by TrustMark, which aims to inform consumers about how to prepare for planned construction work. You can also find out the most helpful key questions to ask a builder at each stage of the work.

Be aware of rogue traders

As if Covid 19 isn’t bad enough, it has given rise to opportunist fraudsters, who wish to take advantage of home owners wanting to get jobs done and dusted. Normal caution is sometimes thrown to the wind when fast and cheap work is offered. Trading standards worryingly reports increased activity of this kind, and urges people to be patient.

Leave it to the professionals

Don’t be tempted to carry out substantial work yourself, apart from things like painting and decorating. This of course particularly relates to work with electrics or gas which can be extremely dangerous.

Don’t pressure your builder

Do not put pressure on your builder to cut corners where health and safety is concerned. Due to the virus, building projects are likely to take a little longer as new rules will be in place.

Make use of remote contact

Good communication is crucial if work is to get done safely and to the satisfaction of all parties involved. Keep in touch and updated with your builder by phone, email etc, but stay aware of cyber crime.

If there is any work you feel able to do yourself, you can hire tools and equipment [even small diggers] from specialists like Rhinos Plant Hire. Rhinos offer an outstanding range of high performance products from major manufacturers.

 

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6 Benefits of Air Conditioning in the Workplace

Building Contractors, Air Conditioning, Renovation, Refurbishment, Extensions, Conversions, Kitchens & Bathrooms

 

As the summer gets ever nearer, many are wondering if we will have much hot, dry weather this year. Heat can be pleasant if you’re in the garden relaxing, but not too much fun if you are in a warm, stuffy office. Once back at the office and trying to work, you may just appreciate the advantages of air conditioning. It’s well known that a stifling work environment is uncomfortable and not conducive to concentration. 6 benefits of professionally installed, high quality air conditioning include:-

1. Energy Efficiency

Air conditioning systems of all types are becoming increasingly energy efficient, with evolving technology. They can cool and heat a building extremely effectively, ensuring a constant and comfortable temperature. This is achieved while at the same time limiting energy use and reducing fuel costs and also the building’s carbon footprint.

 2. Comfort & Control

Changes in temperature whether exterior or interior are responded to immediately maintaining consistently comfortable surroundings. Some advanced systems can recover heat from areas that are warmer, and distribute it where needed.

 3. Humidity Reduction

The result of a humid atmosphere is general discomfort, as the body feels hot and sticky. Workers may feel sluggish and disinclined to get their tasks done. They can also become thirsty, with the consequence of frequent bathroom breaks.

4. Air Quality

Offices filled with staff are breeding grounds for coughs, colds and worse! Air conditioning systems purify the air using special filters. This reduces bacteria, dust, allergens and odours. Filtered air is essential where people suffer from respiratory conditions.

 5. Quiet Function

The latest hi tech systems are exceptionally quiet, meaning less disturbance for busy workers. This is the case even when the air conditioning is working flat out dealing with excessive heat.

 6. No Equipment Damage

Technology in a modern setting produces lots of heat as well as humidity, which needs to be removed. Heat etc can interfere with the smooth operation of office equipment, which is where air conditioning can help.

For advice on reliable supply and installation of high performance air conditioning systems call CSM Installations on 0208 5965163

 

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Drop Dead Gorgeous Windows

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Windows provide visual impact to your home, and the dressings you choose are the key to a fabulous look. Curtains and blinds are not merely a way to control how much light enters the home, they should be attractive and functional also. If you want spectacular windows, made to measure curtains and blinds are the way to go. You can stay within your budget while having curtains that you love, and which have been skilfully made just for you. The range of bespoke, made to measure curtains from Applewood Interiors will have you spoilt for choice. Applewood source their fabrics and materials from some of the most outstanding manufacturers around. Names like Decora, Prestige Textiles and Tropical Paradise, offer exquisite designs and patterns to take your rooms to a higher level.

Advantages of high quality made to measure curtains and blinds include:-

Completely Personalised Solution
Your choice of window dressings and soft furnishings reflect your personality and taste, and there are so many variations these days. Whether you desire bold, rich and sumptuous shades and eye catching patterns, or a cool, sleek and minimal feel, you are assured a perfect result.

Affordability
Mass produced ready made curtains and blinds will usually be cheaper than made to measure versions. Although with online companies such as Applewood Interiors, this is seldom the case. This is because their website is their shop front, meaning no overheads, and that saving is passed onto their customers. These curtains and blinds are carefully crafted, yet still cost on average 30% less than high street stores.

Perfect Fit
Professionally measured and fitted curtains and blinds are a world away from ‘off the shelf’ products. With Applewood, you can sit back while they visit your home and correctly take accurate measurements. This is particularly helpful where your windows are not the standard size or shape.

Applewood Interiors will come to your home in places like Billericay, Ingatestone and Wickford with a vast selection of samples from their range. You can browse at your leisure, and benefit from their expert advice and guidance.

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Expand your Space

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Many new builds are pretty compact these days without things like built in closets, and if your home has a lack of storage space it can be frustrating. A good way around this is to have an extension or conservatory added, or perhaps a garage/loft conversion will solve the problem. If these options are not possible for whatever reason, you can still create some extra space by using ingenuity.

Before you decide on your best course of action, try to have a bit of a clear out, most of us have items of clothing that we never wear, or wore once five years ago. Scaling down and getting rid of clutter can be a little nerve racking, but if you make your mind up not to keep anything damaged, badly fitting etc you could be on a winner. Once you have achieved this step you will know just how much storage space you need.

Storage that is built into items such as beds or headboards is ideal for keeping bedding and other items tucked away. An ottoman at the foot of the bed looks the part and comes in very handy for storage and seating. Airtight vacuum storage bags are a must for duvets and pillows, reducing their size considerably once the air is sucked out. Boxes may be kept under beds that don’t have storage drawers, and hidden using a valance sheet.

Mobile hanging racks for clothes can be used with covers to avoid dust settling, and over the door hangers for scarves and bags. You can affix cork boards to the wall with hooks or pins for hanging jewellery on. Look around antique and second hand shops for furniture that you can personalise with chalk paint or the like. You can also buy good quality bespoke storage systems from places like Ikea.

For items that are seasonal so not needed for half of the year like thick jumpers or Christmas decorations, consider renting a storage unit or container. These can be extremely affordable and serve to free up lots of space in your home. You won’t know yourself!

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