Spice Up Your Home

Spice Up Your Home

Living in a home is more than just having a place to stay. We’re moving shortly (10 days and we still haven’t packed) but the new place already feels like home. Your home is somewhere you feel at home, somewhere you love and somewhere you are proud of. We’re there already with the new spot!

We have grand plans for the new place and you’ll no doubt hear all about these soon enough! I’ll be posting about adding a new look to each room and so have put together these ideas for you to get started with thinking about what you can do with your home.

The Driveway

We are so grateful to have a driveway where we are moving. On street parking is an absolute pain. We’re determined to make the most of the driveway though as it’s one of the first things you see when you approach the home. First impressions are important so you’ll want to make sure that everything is tidy if your focus will be on making the most of your driveway too. It’s easy for the drive to become a little messed up with various bits of dirt and stone making its way onto it.

It’s wise to give the tarmac a little sweep every now and again to avoid the neglected look. You can also give the drive a spray with a pressure washer if you want to go one step further. After years of the floor taking a beating from the elements, it can slowly become very dirty over time – so slow that you don’t even realise it is happening. A blast with a pressure washer will show you the difference that was made.  

Your Garden, Your Home

When you think about making your living space better looking, what you do to your garden will be near the top of your list of priorities, surely? You’re going to want it to be either as close to flawlessness as possible – you’ll be looking at it a lot, or wonderfully wild (in a deliberate kind of way). The first thing you’ll want to do is to clean it and clear it. If it’s a bit of a mess, make sure everything vanishes – a tidy garden is very comforting. In terms of additions, things like potted plants, ornaments, and fish ponds are very lovely looking and add to the comfort of being sat out there.  We’re going with simply but with seasonal surprises. More on this later!

Get A Conversion

A popular thing to do nowadays is to take a certain part of the house and convert it into something more practical. The most popular choice is to take the loft and turn it into an extra bedroom or office. Obviously, your loft is going to be full of stuff, but if they’re no longer hold any value or you can find another area to store it all, then you could turn that attic into something beautiful. Another good idea would be to take your garage and make it into something other than a place to store old stuff – if you don’t use it for your car, that is. But who parks their car in a garage anymore?  

Our grand plans for the garage are very much steeped in geekery, which won’t surprise you if you know us or have read many of my other blog posts.

Get An Extension

If you need more room or just want to add an extra part to change the style up a bit, you could apply for permission to get an extension built onto the house. You might need an extra bedroom or an office space. You could even put a lovely conservatory out the back. This isn’t something we’ve planned but is a great idea if you are looking to add value and space to your home.

Move To A New Home

If you fancy a big change, you could just up sticks and move to somewhere new, like we have. Sometimes you need to pick a whole new place and carry on from there. A good idea to freshen things up would be to have a little look at some new homes that are being built. There are tonnes of companies that are creating new places every day, so if you wanted to check out some Redrow new builds, you could just head online and see what’s available from the likes of them and others. When you buy an entirely new place, you get to decide almost everything, so a personalised design would come as part of the purchase. If, like ours, your home is a little older, places like Rightmove can be great for having a nosy inside people’s homes for inspiration!

There is no wrong way to breathe new life int your home but if you are looking to make changes, this is a good place to start! 

 

Choose Engineered Wood Flooring

Choose Engineered Wood Flooring

We’re moving house very soon, and this has reminded me of previous house moves and my attempts at making cheap and cheerful flooring look like a premium floor covering. I haven’t been able to achieve this look and to be honest I’m not sure that many people can. I believe that when it comes to flooring you need to choose something that is designed to offer a quality feel, finish and that will last. That is why this time I am choosing engineered wood flooring.

We’ve all done it, or at least considered it. We’ve looked at wooden effect lino, cheap and cheerful laminate and other perfectly fine flooring alternatives but if I’m being honest, they really haven’t done the job. We love period properties and are moving into our newest house to date soon, a 1930’s bungalow which has been sympathetically renovated and kept the original charm the original architect clearly worked hard to include. To put anything other than engineered wood flooring down would, quite frankly, be a crime!

Having the engineered wood flooring ticks all of our boxes, from affordability to a long-lasting, hard-wearing finish that looks and feels great.

What is Engineered Wood Flooring?

Engineered wood flooring is very cleverly put together layers of plywood which are expertly finished with a layer of high-quality real wood. Less wood, therefore, is used than the traditional wooden flooring, making it both cheaper than solid wood flooring and better for the environment. Basically, if you are looking for a solid wood floor but don’t want the associated costs, engineered wooden flooring could be just what you’ve been looking for.

Can You Use Engineered Wood Flooring Anywhere?

engineered wood flooring

Thanks to engineered wood flooring being a little hardier it can be used for the majority of rooms although is not suitable for high moisture rooms such as bathrooms. This is because the top wooden layer could be damaged by the water leading to expanding and swelling. To preserve a long-lasting finish we wouldn’t use that type of flooring in our shower room for example. For your lounge, dining rooms, offices, entrances, hallways and more this type of expertly engineered wooden flooring is the perfect solution.  

Installing Engineered Wood Flooring

When it comes to flooring that has the word “installed” attached I’ve always chickened out. I’m much more of a slap it down and hope for the best kinda girl. This might account for some of the dodgy finishes in the past! With engineered wood flooring it is apparently very easy to do it yourself, which means not having to employ someone to fit it. There’s a really good guide on how to fit engineered wooden flooring here.

In Summary

We can’t wait to move and put our stamp on the new property. Despite my lack of decorating skills and previous cowardice when it comes to painting and flooring, this time I’m determined to put the extra effort in, in order to enjoy a finish that really feels like home. Watch this space!

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