When you think of the British garden, a swimming pool isn’t something that often springs to mind. The UK’s notoriously turbulent weather and poor climate certainly doesn’t offer much chance of year-round bathing in an outdoor pool. However, the expense of having an indoor pool built are staggering, with costs starting around £60,000 and rising quickly depending on the size and quality. In the right setting and with enough homework, a small pool outside can be a luxury worth having.
Remodelling your home can be quite expensive. Unless you’re careful, even the best budgets can start spiralling out of control. Before you know it, you’ve spent twice as much as you wanted. If you’re striving for high quality at the cheapest price, there are some top ways to save money.
Create a Realistic Budget
One of the most important things to do if you’re trying to keep remodelling costs low is to create a realistic budget. It might not sound it, but allowing a slightly larger budget for a project can actually save you money in the long run. This is because you don’t have to cut corners which can be a false economy, especially if there are major problems and you end up making expensive repairs.
Most roofs are fitted with fascia boards, which are the timbers fixed onto the edges of rafters, hiding them from view. Roofs and roof timbers overhang the walls of a house. Soffits are fitted to bridge the gap between the wall and the edge of the roofline.
The area covered by soffits is not exposed to the weather and so wood is often used to make soffits. However, wood will take in some of the moisture in the air, and over time will warp and distort. Replacing timber fascias and soffits with Upvc is a common job for roofers.
Wall rendering is a wall covering method applied to external walls to protect the brickwork. There are different styles of render and plasterers will be able to advise on the options available, and the best solution for your property. This article discusses these different types of render and the prices for rendering different types of UK homes.
The differences between plastering and rendering
The biggest difference between plaster and render is the simple fact that plaster is applied to internal walls, and render to external surfaces. The ingredients that go into making render are cement, sand, and water. Often lime is often added to the mixture. Different proportions of cement, sand and water are used in rendering and plastering. The main differences are as follows:
If your home is well insulated and you are looking to make even more energy savings, switching to air source heat pumps could be an option. Ideal for homes with no mains gas available (because the installation costs alone are high), or if you want to replace electric central heating (night storage heaters). This article discusses the following:
- What air source heat pumps are
- How they work
- Heat pump installation costs
- Air source heat pump running costs
The heat pumps may not be a perfect solution for every home and so it is vital that you get the right advice from a reliable and trustworthy heat pump specialist.
We’ve all experienced it at some point – loud noise coming from a road, neighbour or party when all you want is a few minutes of peace. If it’s becoming a constant problem, however, then you need to take action and this often means taking steps to soundproof your home.
Though you can hire professionals, soundproofing can be can a relatively easy DIY project, especially if you’re tackling a floor. Alternatively, if doing the work yourself seems a little daunting, you should head online to a website like Quotatis to find contractors in your local area who can help.
There’s no telling when a pest might invade your home. From miniscule insects to gnawing and destructive rodents, it’s essential to eradicate them as quickly as possible if you’re to safeguard your property.
Knowing there are pests in your home can be extremely stressful too, so it’s best to get the professionals in to deal with them quickly and humanely. Many councils offer advice on how to get rid of pests, and some may even provide free eradication services.
Though originally used for fruit picking, cherry pickers are a fantastic piece of equipment which can make all manner of difficult jobs far easier. Whether you’re working in the media industry and need one to make aerial shots, or just want a steady platform from which to replace fascia boards or guttering on your home, these cranes can be ideal. Luckily, cherry picker hire prices aren’t that expensive either, and be very cost effective when compared against scaffolding expenses.
Mini diggers are an extremely useful bit of kit, and if you’ve got a DIY project on the go which involves some major excavation work, hiring a digger instead of toiling away with a spade can be the perfect way to get the job done quickly. Hiring a mini digger isn’t as cheap as you might think, and though there are some reasonable daily rates, upfront deposit costs can be a nasty surprise.
Though many people living in the city take sewer systems for granted, if you live in a rural location you’ll know only too well the importance of septic tanks. Where there’s no mains sewage to connect to, homes need a septic tank fitted. This provides a place for baths, toilets and dishwashers to drain into. They need emptying at least once a year depending on their size, and are an essential component of any drainage set up.
If you’re looking into septic tank costs, there are five main factors you need to consider. Each of these can affect the price for both the installation of a new system or the replacement of an old tank.
If you live in Scotland, you may have noticed the sudden flurry of solar panels on residents’ rooftops over the past decade. With the increasing importance of sustainable living, interest in this green energy source has soared.
Solar Panel technology has certainly come a long way since the 1970’s. Currently, there are two dominant technologies used for solar panels:
Photovoltaic (Solar PV) – converts solar energy into electricity and uses it to power household electrical products/lighting.
Solar Thermal – heats water that helps significantly to reduce heating bills.
Are you looking to create a bespoke bedroom complete with fitted wardrobes? Fitted wardrobes offer the best way of maximising the space in your bedroom. While freestanding wardrobes give you the flexibility of changing your room around when it suits you, there is a lot of dead space on them.
Instead of having the tops of your wardrobes collect dust, why not invest a bit of money, time and effort and have fitted wardrobes installed.
Sometimes, there’s only so much your vacuum cleaner can handle. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a powerful machine that sucks deep into the pile of your carpet, dirt, grime and dust will build up over time. And if you’ve got kids and pets – well there are going to be spillages and accidents that stain the carpet
Eventually, all carpets look a little tired and old and are in desperate need of replacement. However, before you rush out and end up spending a lot of money on something brand new, money can be saved by calling in some professional cleaners. The resulting deep clean can be quite astonishing, giving your carpets an entirely new lease of life.
One of the simplest ways to add some curb appeal to your home is to build a porch. Pulling out the front door and making the most of an entrance is an immediate way to please the eye and create a great focal point.
A new porch might also offer you some much needed space for bags, coats and boots; notoriously bulky and hard to store items. And, with energy costs being so high, anything to help prevent heat escaping is an added bonus.
When they’re done right, porches can be an extremely elegant addition to your home. They’re also very affordable.
Anyone whose home has one too many dark corners understands the importance of lighting. A fantastic way to bring more light into your property is with a roof window.
These allow the sunlight to flood into your home, transforming those dark and dingy areas, such as converted lofts and stairwells, into real wow factors. They can add a pretty penny to the value of your home too.
Commonly called Velux windows, sky lights actually come in all manner of forms, and from many brands; Velux is just one of the more popular companies.
There’s quite a luxury in having a garage. The best aren’t only a place to secure your car, but function as a storage space for bikes, gardening equipment and other bulky items too. Some garages might even have a small toilet and an area to work.
When you’re drawing up your budget for external builds and projects, it’s extremely easy to underestimate the costs of building a garage. It’s just a single-story box, right? Wrong. You should treat garages in the same way you’d consider an extension, and so you’ll need a budget to match.
So, what is the cost of building a garage?
At first thought, you might not think concrete would cost very much. The price of pouring a foundation might seem quite inconsequential given the budget for the rest of a build.
However, if you get the price of concrete wrong, or aren’t au fait with a few of the industry’s common practices, you might suddenly realise your ready-mixed concrete has just become a lot more expensive than you thought it would be.
Fitting a heated towel rail will add style and functionality to your bathroom. There are a variety of designs, styles and finishes available on the market to suit your personal preference. If you possess electrical wiring and plumbing skills, you will probably fit a heated towel rail a welcome challenge.
Types of heated towel rails
You can install heated towel rails either in your bathroom or bedrooms. If mounting in the toilet, you will need to adhere to the Electrical Wiring Regulations for special installations. There are two types of heated towel rails:
- Electric towel rails.
Energy efficiency is crucial in this climate of increased fossil fuel consumption.
The windows contribute about 20% of heat lost from houses with old double glazed windows.
The air gap between the sheets of glass in double glazed windows will fail over time.
Symptoms of failed double glazing include condensation on the inside of the glass layers.
Replacing all your windows is the only solution when double glazing units fail. Replacing your windows with new double glazing is an option, but for a couple of hundred pounds, you can go triple glazing.
Most homes have a hot water cylinder to help meet their hot water needs. Hot water cylinders will last a very long time and will only need replacing if they leak, or if you are upgrading to a bigger capacity.
Replacing a hot water cylinder can be a simple task to an experienced professional. However, for a DIYer what may initially seem like a simple task can quickly turn into a nightmare.
If you are comfortable with the plumbing skills needed and are making a like-for-like swap, then have a go. If on the other hand, you think more work may be necessary, you should seek the services of a competent plumber.
Some homes in the UK have an immersion heater as a backup source of hot water for the central heating system.
An electric immersion heater heats the water in the storage cylinder and provides hot water when the central heating is switched off. Immersion heaters often come on during the off-peak hours to take advantage of lower electricity tariffs.
Depending on the size of the hot water cylinder you may have one, two or even three heating elements.
Why is it only at the most inconvenient moment that a boiler breaks? Like the coldest week in winter, or just as you’re going away for a few days. Replacing boilers can be extremely expensive, and the average modern boiler costs between £1,500 and £2,500. When you’re suddenly faced with finding that amount of cash or trying to cope with no heating and hot water, it can be extremely scary and daunting.
Luckily, the government has created a number of schemes over the past decade to keep the most vulnerable people in society warm and cosy. The Winter Fuel Payment was created as a way to help the elderly keep up with ever increasing energy bills.
Though you might not think it, having your loft insulated can have a significant effect on your energy bills. The costs of heating a home continue to rise, and they’re not expected to become cheaper any time soon. If you’re in charge of the bills, that means more and more expense every year. However, many homes across the UK qualify for free insulation, so you could start saving money almost immediately.