Making Home Improvements

Making Home Improvements

We moved six weeks ago and so naturally I am already dedicated to making home improvements. I’ve spent many hours (many) on Pinterest and similar interior design sites and have come up with some great ideas for our home. Here are a few ideas which might suit you if you are looking for a way to make better use of a space or ramp up the design aspect. Not all of these are suitable to our situation (we have a bungalow) but might be of use to you!

Create a Drawing Room and Re-Design Your Staircase

Move over Downton Abbey, the drawing room is making a modern comeback. A drawing room is a place of entertainment and relaxation. When you have guests around this is usually the room everyone will spend their time in. Because of this, homeowners take much more pride and care when it comes to the interior design of their drawing room.

Of course, there are lots of things that come together in order to determine the look of a room. When it comes to a room like this one, people tend to have one aspect that is the main attraction. This gives the room a striking and dazzling effect – the show-stopping edge most people are looking for.

There are many different ways you can achieve this. Some people like to invest in an extremely large canvas and therefore they let art take centre stage. Other people like to have pillars or other architectural structures put up. Some like to go for a really large television and thus have an almost cinema-like effect. And then there are others who opt for a beautiful staircase and this is their central point.

If your chosen drawing room has a staircase then it is recommended you think about how to make a feature of it carefully. You can use this opportunity to add a wealth of character, style and glamour to the room in question. After all, you need your staircase, so you may as well make it a beautiful one. You will be able to get a staircase specially designed for you. This means it will suit your drawing room perfectly, it will match your own personal taste and personality, and you can make sure that you stay within your budget as well. When deciding on the type of staircase you wish to go for you will, of course, need to consult with a professional who will use their expertise to give you advice.

Add a Roof Lantern or Rooflight

Is your home feeling a bit dark and dreary? This is an issue many homeowners face. No matter why your home has this issue, there are two good options for dealing with it when making home improvements. We had a house like this and the darkness drove me batty!

Roof Lanterns

A roof lantern, a glass roof elevated with side frames, is a spectacular home addition. Aluminium roof lanterns, in particular, are a wise choice. They add a touch of extravagance and grandeur to any property, whilst also bringing that much-needed dose of natural light. Additionally, roof lanterns often include vents, for improved airflow and temperature control.


Alternatively, why not go for a rooflight? This is a stylish window feature that will sit flat against the roof surface. A rooflight is the ideal option for those who require more sunlight but do not want such a drastic change.

Buy a New Shower Enclosure

When buying any product, it goes without saying that there are a lot of things which need to be considered. This is even more so the case when it comes to buying things such as shower enclosures, because once the enclosure has been fitted, it is very difficult and costly for it to be replaced again. This article aims to provide tips and guidance for those who are looking to buy a walk in shower enclosure for their bathroom.

A lot of people do not realise it, but one of the most important components of a shower enclosure is the actual tray. Some showers do not come with a tray; however this is inadvisable because one may experience trouble trying to find a tray which actually fits their enclosure. Therefore, take the time and effort to seek out an enclosure with a high quality and durable shower tray, otherwise individuals will find themselves having to buy a replacement product every so often. 

Aside from the shower tray, it is also important to consider the size of the shower enclosure. This is something which is obviously determined by the size of the bathroom in question. It is important to measure the space set out for the enclosure before one begins their shopping spree. Bear in mind that shower enclosures are available in a number of different shapes, and thus try and think creatively and efficiently when deciding where to place the enclosure. Speak to professionals and trusted friends you know who have had a new shower/bathroom fitted when making home improvements. Their advice and recommendations might be just what you need.

One last thing which is important is the style of the shower enclosure. Make sure that it is in keeping with the rest of the bathroom’s look. And remember that this is something people will not want to be replacing often, thus looking for something with a timeless trend is advisable.

Making Home Improvements: Ramp Up The Light

I touched on this before but it isn’t just your roof areas that need to let in the light. Choose your curtains or window coverings carefully as while you need privacy, you also need light. Use mirrors and lighter paints to maximise the light in small spaces.


What about you? When it comes to making home improvements what top tips do you have? Do you have a project or maybe just an upcycle task planned


Supporting Children Through Loss

Supporting Children Through Loss

Loss is difficult for all of us. When we lose someone that we love, it’s hard to understand, we feel a conflicting range of emotions, and it can be hard to just carry on with “normal” life. For children, it can be even harder which is why supporting children through loss as best you can is so important.

Touch wood and all of that, my two haven’t be touched by a bereavement yet. It is bound to happen at some point and as these things usually happen without notice we’ve had to talk between ourselves as parents about how we will handle such a situation.

Losing someone that you love is horrible, but at least as adults, we’re able to comprehend what has happened. For kids, the idea of someone never coming back can be hard to understand. Unfortunately, however, it’s an unavoidable thing. If you are lucky, your child’s first loss will happen when they are a little older and able to understand better, but there’s never going to be a good time. Here are some tips to help you help them at such a difficult time.

Supporting Children Through Loss: Use Simple Words

When talking about death, try not to overcomplicate things. You might have a lot of questions yourself, and you might spend time trying to understand what has happened, but your children don’t need these added burdens. Explain that someone has passed away and that you won’t be able to see them anymore. If you can, try to relate it to things that they do understand, perhaps something that they might have seen on TV, or the death of a family pet.

Talk About Your Own Feelings

Your child might never have experienced any emotions like these, or sadness on this level. They can find it confusing, and wonder if what they are feeling is right. Bottling up your own feelings, and hiding your sadness will only make things worse.

Don’t feel like you have to be strong for them. It’s actually more helpful to show them how you feel when supporting children through loss. Talk about how you grieve, and the things that you feel, rant if you need to. But also spend time remembering the person together. Talk about them, share stories and memories and make sure they know that this is ok. Death doesn’t have to mean that that person can’t still be a part of our lives. That’s how we are choosing to look at someone special passing on.

Talk About the Next Steps

Whether you want your child to attend the funeral is up to you. Your decision should be based on their age, how much they understand, and their own feelings about it. Either way, it’s a good idea to talk about the funeral, and what happens next. Tell them about headstones and funeral traditions. Explain what happens and what it means. Give them an idea of what different people believe, as well as your own beliefs, without forcing any upon them.

It’s also a good idea to talk about the wake (if this is something that your family is likely to do). Tell them that friends and family come together to share their memories and celebrate the life of the lost. Let them know that many people find this comforting, and it can be the start of feeling better. Tell them that it is ok to be happy and to laugh if they want to.

Answer Their Questions

Your child is bound to have a lot of questions. Be honest with them and answer what you can. If they ask something that you don’t know, or about something that you don’t believe, ask if they want to research together.

We’ve looked at supporting children through loss as a topic a fair bit and these are the important points that stand out to us too. Hopefully none of us will have to use any of these methods any time soon.

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