Saturday, June 30, 2018

Looking To Upgrade Your House? Start With Your Kitchen

Upgrading a house takes some time and effort. It’s something that can cost you a lot of money, if you’re going all out with your renovation, or it’s something that can be done on a strict budget. Either way, it can add value and a lot of texture to your living space, and that’s always worth it to make sure you’re as happy as can be when you’re at home. But where should you focus your efforts if you’re just starting out on this journey? Why, the kitchen of course!

Having the most amazing kitchen possible is all very much a matter of opinion, but there’s quite a few general themes to follow when it comes to kitchen design. In the modern day and age, there’s all kinds of styles, and whether you’re upgrading for yourself or because you plan to sell one day, you should use these themes to good effect. And below are just a couple of these theme ideas for you to follow if you feel your kitchen could do with an upgrade.

Stick to a Colour Scheme

Even when you’re trying to add in some pops of colour, make sure you don’t go crazy with how much yellow or bright blue you’re introducing to an otherwise neutral landscape. Unless you like that look of course, otherwise it’ll just seem completely out of place! Not to mention it’s going to save you a bit of money in the long run, as not everything is going to need to be repainted and you’re not going to have to put up new, multi coloured shelves in all of your cabinets.

Add an Extension

Whether you’re the kind of person who wants an add-on conservatory or someone who just wants to eat in the breakfast nook by the window, adding an extension onto your kitchen is going to be a great idea here. And with companies like Lowe Design and Build on your side, you’re going to be able to do it in a variety of manners and styles; have something to fit the rest of the house, or use this space to have the actual modern upgrade you’ve always wanted. It might not be possible to scrap the entire house in your bid to go contemporary, but this is definitely doable!

Try a Different Lighting Style

Even just where you hang your bulbs can make a huge difference in how your kitchen looks, so make sure this is a spot you stop off at in your bid to upgrade your kitchen. Having a cascading chandelier on your kitchen ceiling might seem a little overkill, but it could really complete the space if it hangs over an island. Similarly, having some jar lanterns to cover your bulbs could really bring in that rustic feel that every buyer out there secretly loves, so don’t underestimate this move.

Upgrading a house is something a lot of homeowners want to do, and now you have the chance for the kitchen of your dreams!


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Making Your Backyard One of Your Property's Biggest Assets

When we talk about making our properties an appealing place, we tend to focus all of our efforts on interior design. This isn’t all too surprising. After all, we do tend to spend the majority of our time inside our homes rather than outside of our homes. While we really should invest in our interiors, it’s important that we give our backyards a little TLC too. They still form a significant and valuable part of our property and should be treated as such! So, here are a few different things that you can do to make your backyard one of your property’s biggest assets!

Keeping On Top of the Gardening

Now, when it comes to having an attractive backyard, the absolute minimum work that is required is a little maintenance. You can’t expect your garden to look a perfect picture when you step out the back door if you’ve neglected it for months on end. So, here are a few basics to bear in mind and keep on top of.

Mowing the Lawn

First things first, you’re going to have to take on one of gardening’s most basic tasks - mowing the lawn. Now, the best way to go about this will depend entirely on how out of control your garden may be when you’re starting out your project. If the grasses are of a manageable length, you may be able to simply run the mower over it. But if they are long and reaching part way up your calves, you have a bit more of a job on your hands. Your first responsibility when dealing with long grass is to check for debris. You don’t want to run the lawnmower over anything other than grass, so pick up any litter, rocks, or chunks of other materials. Once everything’s clear, you may want to use a strimmer to hack the grass down to a manageable length. Finally, run the lawn mower over the whole green expanse and you should have a wonderful lawn in no time. Rake up the cuttings and you’re good to go! If you want a particularly neat finish, you can run the strimmer around corners and hard to reach areas too.

Pruning Trees and Bushes

Now, from the pristine appearance of trees and bushes in public spaces, you could be easily mistaken into thinking that they keep on top of themselves, naturally growing in neat formations. But this really isn’t the case. If you have trees or bushes in your garden, you have a commitment on your hands to maintaining them. If you neglect them and leave them to their own devices, they’re quickly going to (literally) grow out of control. Before you know it, branches will be covering your windows and creeping over the fences into your neighbours’ properties. This is why you need to make sure that they are pruned and tamed. Now, pruning trees and bushes may seem simple. Most of us assume that you merely need a pair of sheers and can set about trimming them yourself. But when it comes down to it, achieving a completely flawless finish takes a steady hand and years of experience. but it’s extremely difficult to achieve a completely neat finish without years of practice and experience. So, you might be better off putting the shears down and calling the help of a professional who will know how to cut your foliage down to perfection. Look for someone with experience not only in pruning, but also in thinning, crown lifting, section felling, and completing crown reductions to a perfect finish.

Adding Accessories

Once you’ve completed the gardening basics, you have a blank canvas on your hands to work with. This is where you can start adding functional and quaint accessories to your backyard to make it a more appealing space to spend time in. Sure, if the space is neat and tidy, you may be tempted to spend more time out back. But nobody wants to sit on the cold, hard floor. Invest in a couple of outdoor beanbag lounger where you can kick back and relax with a book or a glass of wine. If you enjoy making the most of the sun, invest in. If you have little ones around or simply enjoy the feeling of the breeze running through your hair, you might also enjoy swing chairs! All of these accessories make the space more comfortable, homely, and appealing.

Helping Wildlife Out

Everyone loves a backyard that feels in tune with nature and there aren’t many better ways to be in tune with nature than to actively invite wildlife into your outdoor space. Not only does this help local wildlife, but it ensure that your backyard is brimming with life - from beautiful bird song to pretty butterflies flitting along through your airspace. Here are a things that you can do to encourage this.

Establish a Pond

While ponds may not be the best option for those with kids and pets (any expanse of water could pose a safety risk), they are great for anyone else. Not only do they act as a source of water for various land species, but you will see little eco-systems starting to establish themselves within the pond itself too!

Set Up a Bee House

Bee houses are extremely easy to build. Placing one in your garden won’t mean that you will suddenly have a hive on your hands. But it will provide a safe space for a few bees, giving them somewhere to rest and flourish. This is extremely important, since their numbers are dwindling. You could also plant some bee-friendly plants in your flower beds, such as Annual Scabious, Bee Sage, Rosemary, Sage, and Sea Holly. Native plants such as the Common Poppy, Goldenrod, and Lesser Snapdragon are all great too.

With just a little effort, your backyard truly can become one of the most attractive features of your home! What’s more? Your work will benefit local wildlife as well as yourself, so you can give yourself a pat on the back along the way!