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Bathroom Renovations

Entertaining Made Easier With a Conservatory

Lean-to conservatories can be a god send when it comes to planning a BBQ. As is often the case, depending on the weather to guarantee a dry day can be a thankless pursuit. When planning that outdoor barbeque, with family and friends expected, there’s nothing worse than looking out the window to see an ominous black cloud quickly rolling overhead. Rather than cramming everyone indoors, wouldn’t it be better to have the best of both worlds? What you want is the feeling of being outside yet avoiding a drop of rain. This is where a uPVC conservatory can prove its worth.
A lot of people may be unsure regarding conservatory prices in the UK, due partly to our unpredictable weather and the idea that they’re only really useful on warm, sunny days. This isn’t particularly true at all, when used efficiently, conservatories can be used all year round. People use them not only as sun lounges but as offices, bedrooms, second living rooms and playrooms. Adding a conservatory, quite simply, gives you more living space. This can be especially useful for a growing family, looking at the options of extension or moving home.
Although conservatory prices may seem costly, they can often prove cheaper than moving to a bigger property. Even for the price of decorating a new home, that money could go some way to purchasing a perfectly nice conservatory.
With a conservatory you get fantastic natural light, making it a unique room in your house. With the large amount of glass, it looks and feels like no other room and can really lift your mood on a bright day. Even on a rainy day, they can be very relaxing, especially with good heating. The sound of rain against the roof whilst you remain warm and dry indoors.
In the evenings they also offer a wonderful ambience, making them perfect for dining rooms. What better way to enjoy your meal as the sun goes down and the sky above you turns to dusk?
Then of course, they offer a great transition from indoors to the garden. It helps bring the natural feel of the garden in to the house, especially if complemented by a nice patio or decking area. It can give your home a limitless feel, as you’re not restricted by 4 solid walls. They are perfect for garden parties and barbeques, as they allow guests plenty of space to sit or stand, in complete shelter, while enjoying the sights of the garden. It also helps keep people together rather than having a few people sitting outside, with others indoors and out of sight.
There are many benefits that certainly outweigh a conservatory price tag so why not take another look for yourself and think about investing for the summer?…

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Basement Renovations

Is a Green Bathroom Remodel in Your Future? It’s Easier Than You Think!

If you’re planning a bathroom remodel in the near future, why not explore the new products and materials designed and produced to save money and save the environment? No longer in the expensive category of only a few years ago, these new products and materials compete very well with everything else out there. And when you compare the cost advantages over time, the allowances offered by manufacturers and the government, its crazy not to at least consider a green bathroom remodel.
Toilets, for instance, have come a long way, baby! Today you can’t even buy one that uses 3-plus gallons of water to flush. And, if you recall the buzz about the inefficiency of the newer “low flow” models of a couple of years ago, you’re operating on a false premise. A green bathroom remodel wouldn’t be complete without looking into a new toilet! New designs, larger discharge and smarter manufacturing provides toilets with operations that match their older counterparts flush by flush. In fact, you probably won’t even notice you’re doing your part for the planet when you flip the lever!
Your bathroom vanity countertop can also now be made to be both beautiful and Earth loving with the use of recycled materials. These include recycled glass, scrap aluminum, concrete and (if you can believe it) old recycled paper. Some very attractive countertops today are made by combining paper, fly ash-a by-product of coal combustion-and an eco-binder, such as epoxy. You may have even had a morning cup of coffee at a favorite bistro on a paper countertop and not know it! Some are made entirely of recycled glass, with a new unique look and are comparable in cost, strength, heat resistance and durability to granite.
The bathroom floor is getting some attention, too. Linoleum, invented in 1863 (think Civil War) now has some real competition. New types are so healthy for us and our environment that they cover the floors of many large Health Care facilities and hospitals. There are even floors made by using a pressed combination of burlap, canvas, linseed oil and flour! Almost makes me hungry. Laminate flooring can be manufactured to look like almost anything and tiles are made in a wild array of planet friendly styles and textures. Even the rugs have gone green!
What about the walls? Your green bathroom remodel could even mean painting the walls… er… green. How about soy based paint? Clay paint, which can look like adobe is a natural choice and one that will give the room a rustic or Tuscan feel. You can have your milk and paint it too… by using all natural organic milk paint. Not only do these paints look beautiful, but they last as long or longer than regular latexes. Also, new paints are coming on the scene all the time to not only make your home brilliant, but many are made to fight germs and reduce mold and mildew!
Low flow, water saving faucets and shower heads are designed now to feel just like the old kind, but use much less water. This is due to atomizers and pulsators that mix air and H2O and reduce the actual amount being delivered. This not only saves water, but the energy to heat the water as well. And, the new designs are very cool, with new materials and finishes to match anything!
So, before you start in on that bathroom remodel, think about making it a green bathroom remodel. Take a look around your bath and see what you can do to bring that room into the twenty first century! Then go spend some time in a big box retailer or plumbing or bath fixture store. See what they have to offer and how you can save some money and the planet while you’re there.…