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A sustainable way of life is at our doorstep, how should we let it in?

[caption id="attachment_1131" align="aligncenter" width="2340"] Source: hammerandhand.com[/caption] When building a house, most people are concerned with constructing and running costs. There is, however, one toll that many overlook, one that Mother Nature pays. Commercial and residential buildings account for a tremendous amount of global CO2 emissions— around 39% in the U.S. But, even if these figures do not bother you, sustainable design has much else to offer. Advancements in green tech..

Plumbing problems: DIY or call a professional?

So your tap is leaking, or your toilet won’t flush. Is it worth calling out a plumber for these plumbing problems or should you try and fix the issue yourself with the use of a YouTube tutorial? With the plethora of information now available online from every DIY job you can possibly imagine, it can be tempting to try and fix it yourself and avoid paying an emergency plumber to do the job. There’s only one dilemma – often plumbing problems aren’t as easy to fix as you may think. Th..

Why you should consider LED lighting for your home

When you come to think about it, in some of the world’s oldest religious texts, as well as some of the earliest legends, we can clearly see human fascination with light. It is interesting how little changed in previous dozen millennia. Even today, in almost every aspect of our lives, the issue of light and illumination reigns supreme. Here, home decoration and home remodeling are no exception. However, no longer are we concerned solely with the visual aspect of illumination, as of latel..

7 Home Improvement Ideas to Increase Your House Value

Home improvement protects the largest investment many of us are ever going to make. We hope to have a healthy profit someday when we sell. To make sure we do, we need to keep a hand on things and steadily improve the quality of our asset. Here are some great home improvement tips that should keep you happily occupied all summer long. Increase Your House Value With These Home Improvement Ideas Give the Garden a Makeover - We get used to the way they things are too easily. The garden lawn..

How Professionals Make Their Paintbrushes Last Longer

[caption id="attachment_13969" align="alignleft" width="300"] Paint Brush (Anne Swoboda, ShareAlike Generic)[/caption] Paintbrushes are like motorcars, strawberry jam, and a great deal more besides. Buy cheap and the quality is missing. Buy at the top end of price and you are probably overpaying. We recommend buying in the third quartile – that is in the 50% to 75% bracket. That way, your paintbrushes last longer, provided you look after them. Understanding Brush Design Makes Paintbrushes ..

Packing for Moving: 7 Mistakes to Avoid

[caption id="attachment_625" align="alignright" width="300"] Packing for moving[/caption] No matter what advertising blurbs say about removalists taking care of everything while you picnic in the park, packing for moving and storage is a serious business. Here are the six mistakes to avoid. There are more but these are the big ones to watch for. 7 Packing Mistakes and 7 Hot Tips Not Having a Plan – We hear stories each week about folk who make no attempt to prepare for their move day...

Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

Do you remember Parkinson’s Law? It says that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. The same applies to the drawers we keep our socks in and the garages where we used to park our cars. We can move from a cluttered studio flat to a spacious four-bedroom spread but the clutter catches up with us sooner than we think, and it’s time to think about self storage. In fact there could be a number of reasons you suddenly have more stuff or less space for it such as moving in ..

Plumbing Inspections Save $1000’s in Water Damage

Ask any real property specialist, and they will tell you the value of land increases over time, while buildings and structures on it devalue as they deteriorate. That is unless we keep our homes maintained, and upgrade them periodically. [caption id="attachment_611" align="alignright" width="300"] Plumbing Inspection Tips[/caption] This is especially true when it comes to water supply and drainage. Close inspection to the plumbing is essential, as wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms ar..

Choosing a Painter: The Essential Steps

Choosing a painter to do the job can be a wise move even though painting is relaxing. This is despite the fact you may be able to do it cheaper. While DIY may save money, it does take time away from other things you would rather do. Besides, a professional painter works faster which means less disruption for people living in the house. You also do not have to buy expensive brushes and rollers and clean them afterwards. Here is how to go about choosing a painter to do the job. Get Recommendation..