Why You Should Attend The National Painting and Decorating Show 2014

Colour is no doubt a major part of everyone’s daily lives. Anything, even just at home, each have shades from light to dark. It can be the chairs, the books, your clothes – all these are comprised of colours that make a difference, even though these advantages are not very much noticeable.

And when talking of colour, of course, paint is associated with it. Paint, by definition, is a substance applied to protect a surface. Besides this function, it also does great in decorating. There is no doubt that a good paint colour can beautify a room to an extraordinary extent.

Now, when you are one of the many London painters and decorators or even not, you better not miss this huge event.

This is to call out all of the United Kingdom’s industry of painters and decorators to attend the 2014 National Painting and Decorating Show!

It has been 20 years that this affair has been around, spreading the love and passion for colour, paint and décor. Its schedules are on the 18th, Tuesday, to the 19th, Wednesday of November, from 9:30 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon, both days. The venue is in the heart of England, so it is certainly easy to find. Come to Jaguar Hall 1 of the Ricoh Arena and just have fun!

Do not miss the chance and opportunity to join this biggest annual trade show. You should go visit to see and check the latest products. There are discounts and special offers too and you can only avail of them when you are there. Aren’t those great deals? Free samples will be given out too! You may even get to save money on your painting and decorating equipment. Supposing you are a supplier or you stock paints in your home, this can greatly benefit you.

The latest developments in the industry will be highlighted as well. These new ideas and innovations will be showcased and exhibited. Live demonstrations will even be done every 30 minutes. For the simple homeowner, you will definitely gain a lot of knowledge that you can then apply in your own household!

To make the show more enjoyable for everybody, there are also raffle draws and prices to be given away. Having something to bring these freebies is good, right?

And speaking of freebies, if you pre-register for the free tickets (yes, there is no entrance fee!), you get a deco bag filled with samples! But these are only while stocks last, so be early on the day of the event or go online and register. Indeed, being punctual has its perks.

What else? Well, you may even take home an enormous prise in the form of a car! Win a 4×4 off road Adventure, along with three others. You do not know, you might be the lucky show goer to drive the new vehicle.

This is the United Kingdom’s only national occasion for those in the painting and decorating trade. Get to learn more about the field, meet lots of reputable painters and decorators and enthusiasts and even bag some loot.

A Homeowner’s Guide to Saving the Planet

Humans are amazing. This past century, we have discovered many, many things. We are modernising the world itself. Our ways of living have improved so much in just a short span of time. But the humans’ rapid breakthroughs in technology had its consequences.

Yes, we made amazing discoveries to improve our day-to-day lives, we made life much more convenient, and we made the world a lot smaller by communications technology. But it came with a dire price. In the process of modernisation, we also did grievous damages to Mother Nature.

We have altered Nature’s landscape, and we have destroyed the habitats of some animals. We polluted our atmosphere and our lakes. We dumped toxic chemicals in bodies of water, which killed valuable marine animals, and we’ve created cars, which emitted harmful gas compounds that made holes in our ozone.

We enjoyed the luxuries of our modern technology and neglected the destruction we caused to our world. Fortunately, we humans have realised our dreadful error sometime in the last decade, and have made reasonable efforts in reversing the damage.

As denizens of our beloved Earth, we must not dismiss the efforts of our brethren in saving the environment. Everything we do counts.

As homeowners, we can start helping the Earth by altering some of the things we do to, and in, our home.

Plant some greens

We destroyed many trees and forests to build our huge cities. We burned extravagant amounts of fossil fuels in our factories and transportation, filling our atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other dangerous gases. And there aren’t enough trees to absorb the massive amounts of carbon dioxide.

By building a garden, whether outside or inside your home, you are actively helping in diminishing air pollution. And you’ll also receive oxygen and fruits from the plants.

Reduce energy consumption

We use electricity in our daily lives. In generating electricity, we consume fossil fuels. The method is relatively cheap, but it causes severe damage and pollution to our planet.

By conserving energy, we are reducing the harm done to Mother Nature. It is obvious that we can’t just stop our use of electricity, so what can we do? Avoid energy waste and be more energy efficient.

Here are some things you can do to be more efficient in energy consumption:

  • Insulating your roof

If you live in cold areas, you probably use heaters so you can stay warm. But the heat it generates eventually escapes to the roof. To make your home more energy efficient, insulate your roof so that the warm air will stay inside. You can also convert your loft while you’re at it. You can find more information on this at Fulhamlofts.co.uk.

  • Replace old appliances

Ten years ago, we used appliances, but we didn’t know that it consumed significant amounts of electricity to function. But because of the advancement in technology, energy efficient appliances are now available.  These appliances are two to ten times more effective than their old counterparts.

By doing these things, you will help save our planet, you will enhance your home’s beauty, and you will be saving money on your energy bills. So, what’s not to love?

Striving for an eco-friendly home: How-to tips


A lot of projects elevate your home and also enhance your family’s way of living. You can enjoy these projects’ advantages and updates if you work on these. And once you have done these developments and make environment-friendly upgrades, you can begin earning from your investments through green energy technologies.

Kitchen Renovation

cl2As to a lot of people, they consider the kitchen the heart of homes. That’s why upgrading the kitchen will benefit you. Studies show that you can get your investments back for 60%-120% on remodelling your kitchen. But don’t overdo it. Your kitchen shouldn’t outshine any other part of the house or your neighbourhood.

Effectiveness of Paint


If we’re talking about the expenses of renovating your kitchen, it can range from $5,000 up to $75,000 or even more. You can definitely see your money’s worth by considering your kitchen’s colour. Having a vibrant paint and a fresh look of colours can improve how your kitchen looks. And another is, paint can cost you less.

Use Appliances that are Energy-Efficient


Use appliances that are energy-efficient and replace your old ones. These type of appliances are environment-friendly and since they use less energy, it will help you save your money. In looking for new homes, buyers will consider those ones that can save them money.

Adding Bathrooms


If you want to build an extra space for a bathroom, look for any unused rooms or spaces in the house. These spaces may be closets or those spaces under the staircase. The space requirement varies depending on which kind of bathroom you want. It will require around 18 square feet for a half-bath, 30 square feet for a full bath with a shower, and 35 square feet if you want to include a bathtub.

Adding bathrooms can cost you a lot, depending on the additional accessories you like and other add-ons you want. It would be best if you check constantly on different home depots since they often have great discounts on their toilets or sinks.

Renewing a Room


It will be an extremely expensive project to add more area to your house for a new room. Yes, you can earn your investment back on putting up a new room, but the 50% to 83% of that can be uncontrollable. You can see examples of this in TV shows. Their house remodelling begins with a $15,000 budget and ends up to $30,000 or even greater when they encounter problems during the remodelling.

Instead of building a new room, recreate an existing one to save money like turning your attic (see Mansard loft) into a bedroom, or have a basement. A lot of people also adds small rooms in their garages for renting.

Home improvements can come with a lot of expenses, but it can also bring a positive way of living. With better appliances that will cost you less, in the long run, being creative and resourceful towards the designs and efficiency of your rooms. All of this can help add up to your happiness and satisfaction within the four corners of your home.

Planning permission rules for loft conversions 2016


Are you thinking to extend your livable space in your home? Maybe add some external extensions to the side or back of your home? Or maybe even converting your dusty, useless loft above your ceiling and turning it into a useful asset?

I tell you, converting your loft is the best option for extending your usable space in your home. It adds a great deal of property value and is a less expensive option than adding external extensions. It also recycles your supposedly unusable space in your attic.

If you are planning on converting your loft into a habitable space, you may not be considering it to be subject to some building restraints like those typical house extension projects than is normally attached to the front, side, or back of your home.

Yes, a loft conversion for your home is usually considered by authorities to be a permitted development, meaning it does not require an application for planning permissions. But certain conditions and limits must be met.

Like any other new buildings, any changes in your loft require building regulations to make sure that you follow safety measures. These building regulations are what they call Parts L, K, B, and P.

Part L demands that every loft should have insulation. Part K requires minimum headroom of 2m in all escape routes like stairs to prevent anyone from accidents like falling. Part B is all about fire safety. Lastly, Part P calls for electrical safety and that means you need to hire a professional to make sure that everything is under control.

And also, adding of up to fifty (50) cubic meters, or forty (40) cubic meters for terraced homes, fall under permitted development. But if you are living in some places like in a conservation area or a listed building, you will need to secure a planning permission. You will also need a planning permission if you are considering on altering your roof height or shape.

Roof lights and dormer lofts can also be considered to be permitted developments and it must not be sitting forward of the roof plane on your home on the principal elevation. They also must not be higher than the highest part of your existing roof.

Here are also some conditions from planningportal.co.uk that homeowners should meet for any loft conversions:

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses*
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses*
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
  • Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas**
  • Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves
  • The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.

So before anything else, homeowners should ensure that everything is under control to avoid violating laws or rules or even accidents caused by lack of safety measures in your homes. At the end, safety is all that matters.

Home tips: 4 things you can do to help save Mother Earth

The Earth, the planet we live in, as we know it is slowly dying. That is an undeniable fact. And for centuries, we humans have done nothing to prevent or even to slow down the inevitable.

The technology we have is becoming more and more advanced and with it comes even more destructive substances for Mother Earth. But slowly and steadily, we have come to know and admit our mistake. People are now advocating for a more “green” environment.

We should do our part in helping stave off our world’s demise. It is the least we could do considering all Mother Earth has done for us.

Now, eco-friendly projects are being launched. Engineers are now discovering ways for their machines and infrastructures to be more environmentally sound.

So we, as citizens and as the only intelligent race of the planet, should also lend our help in saving Mother Earth.

Now we can do a lot to help. Every little thing counts. As homeowners, we can help by tweaking and changing little bits in our home.

Here are 4 things you can do to help save Mother Earth:

  1. Replace all your old light bulbs


Yes. I told you, even little things count. Those old light bulbs waste a lot of energy and that essentially means a lot of Mother Earth’s resources are wasted.

They use up about 90% of energy to convert to heat and light. Not to mention it only produces a meagerly annoying light. Now, think about all the energy wasted. Buying LED bulbs and fluorescent lamps can significantly lower down your energy bills.

      2. Insulate your roof


It is a reality that our home tends to be either too cold or too hot. We get uncomfortable so we spend a lot of money on temperature altering appliances.

These devices emit loads of destructive elements like CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) that can harm our atmosphere.

Here’s a thought. Why not insulate your roof?

Insulating your roof causes heat to get trapped inside your home making it a great deal warmer inside. You won’t have to rely on heaters and other similar appliances anymore.

Companies like Chiswick loft conversions specialises in turning dusty old lofts to purposeful new rooms which come with roof insulation. 

       3. Replace your old appliances


Saving energy means saving the Earth. Old appliances are very inefficient and use up a lot of energy. Take for example an old refrigerator. It consumes about three times more energy than a new one. If you replace your old appliances for new ones, you will not only be saving a lot of money on energy bills, you will be decreasing your overall energy consumption thus helping to save our planet.

       4. Go for green


What better way to save Mother Nature than by placing nature all around you? By planting or placing trees and plants around your house, you will be decreasing the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide content. And your house will look very enchanting with all the greenery around.

Let us all help save the earth in our ways. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you do big or small things, it all counts.

The UK Economy’s Effects On Concurrent Construction Industry Performance

Britain’s economy will grow at a slower pace this year and faces serious risks from weak productivity and a troubled euro zone, a leading think-tank has warned. That’s what most articles these days are complaining and reporting to the public.


The troubles of the construction industry were underlined in a closely watched business survey suggesting that the second quarter kicked off with a sharp slowdown in activity and new work. For us, that is not a “new” issue in the side of the construction companies. It is well-known even from the beginning of the industry. That is why everyone should be careful on what they are issuing about when it comes to construction news and update.

Construction and manufacturing remain below their pre-crisis strength and NIESR, like other forecasters, expects most of the momentum for growth this year to come from consumer spending. The biggest single uncertainty facing the UK economy was how quickly productivity can be improved. Prices of both food and other goods were lower than a year ago. Non-food prices have been falling for 25 months in a row while food prices have fal

New CDM Regulations 2015

It is not to say that Construction sites are entirely dangerous and no doubt that they are risk free. Whether it is building or repairing a structure, there are still many processes that come with working in these conditions. As a result, it is definitely necessary that laborers be given the proper and safe state to spent their time and effort to work in.

Required? Yes, it is, businesses and contractors should endow vast protection for their own employees. With many electrical and chemical working workers can be exposed to, many medical issues can arise.

The construction market constantly exaggerates economic progress when there is an upsurge, which often leads to productive market growth. As anticipated, the skills shortages emerge, with material shortages also reported in the house building sector, which was the first to emerge from the previous recession.

The preceding 2007 CDM Regulations are being replaced to make it easier and convenient for everyone involved to understand what they need to the job safely. Petite and average size construction businesses will have to make a plan and manage health and safety when the Construction Regulations 2015 come into force. This means that for the first time in construction work, whether it’s a new bathroom fit out or an extension will need a construction phase.

The Key changes of the New CDM Regulations 2015

• The revised legislation applies to all projects including for the first time domestic jobs.

• All projects must have a written construction phase plan.

• The role of CDM coordinator in the previous CDM Regulations 2007 has been removed and replaced with a new role of principal designer.

• There is a duty to make sure all persons doing the job have the right skills, knowledge, training and experience.

• Some domestic and non-domestic projects will have to be notified to the Health and Safety Executive by the client.


Safety For Construction Sites

It is not to say that construction sites are entirely dangerous but there is no doubt they are not risk free. Whether it is building or repairing a structure, it stands that there are many processes that comes with working in these conditions. Therefore, it is definitely necessary that laborers be given the proper and safe state to spend their time and effort to work in.

Required it is, that businesses and contractors should provide immense protection for their own employees. With the many chemicals and electrical workings that workers can be exposed to, many medical issues can arise.

As a construction person, you should not enter the premises if you are not in complete gear. Over your clothes, you must wear a safety jacket to cover yourself from foreign objects that can hurt you. This is the same when talking of your head. Hard hats must be used. Gloves and shoes that you put on should fit just right as well because if not, they are not really serving their purposes.

For your eyes and face, there are safety glasses or face shields, especially when you are to do cutting, grinding and welding activities.

Employers should certainly impose to workers to really wear the appropriate safety gear. If not, they should not be allowed in the site because again, the place is just plainly harmful without the essentials. Beforehand, a business owner should assess the surroundings and then take action in eliminating anything and everything that is unnecessary and simply hazardous. For example, if there is any lifting operations, you must assure that the whole process will be secure. The person you are to assign in controlling should be an expert too to stay clear from any miscalculations of any kind.

It cannot be avoided that laborers will work with heights. There are towers and platforms that one or two must climb up to finish a part of the structure.

Falls and slips can then be likely. With this realization, it is then deemed necessary to provide safety netting, for instance, so that even if a worker will accidentally descend from high, there is a blanket that will save him from injury and bodily damage.

Electrical wirings and all that are normal as well and so, the best thing to do would be to map these lines. In this way, anyone who is to walk the premises will not, say, slip on them and cause any accidents as big as fires and even deaths.

All in all, this is really a partnership between employees and employers. If both or even one does not value safety, then that is just bad. Still, it is a must for workers to individually take care of themselves as they are in the construction site and practice preventive measures. But it will really pay off if contractors will really go out of their way to furnish and prepare the area to be conducive for the job that is to be done.

Hiring Portable Loos For Your Construction Sites

Working at a construction site is really no joke. You will be up to so much labour underneath the heat of the sun and all that. It is a job that requires both physical and mental strength to be able to survive. Moreover, you can’t be lax or negligent because it can affect your work and maybe endanger you.

Now, that is why employers and contractors alike should provide great working conditions to their men. It is necessary and legal to do this, so that those employees will be able to offer themselves for labour. Businesses can also be assured that the quality of the work will be better because the workers are satisfied and thus, that will appear in their production and output.

One of the many things that should be provided for these employees are building site toilets. These should be set up because they are important for the goodness of their health and well-being.

It is normal for these men to eat and drink a lot to give themselves the energy to continue the days of labour. Well, after all these, going to the toilet may not be instant but it will come. And when that happens, it will be good that there is a loo or two that is around, so they can be able to relieve themselves.

If you implement mobile toilets, you actually increase their production rate because they will not have to go far. The loo that they are to utilise will be just at a near and safe distance. This then also implies that they will not waste their energy and time to find a restroom. Instead of using those for their work, they will be expending it to look for a toilet – this is a scenario that can happen if there is not an accessible one. Therefore, it is really essential to place these units around the construction site.

Size and quantity are factors you should consider as well. A portable loo is, basically, a one man cubicle but you can order a kind that is a bit more spacious. It all depends upon your preferences actually. Next up is how many should you get. You have to keep in mind that not just one but maybe two or more may want to use the toilet at the same time. You do not want them to fight on who is to go first, right? Hence, the quantity is dependent on that.

Get in touch with portable toilet hire Cambridge if you need them for your building sites. They offer secure and sanitary comfort rooms that for sure you and your employees will be able to respond to the call of nature fast and easy. In addition, toilet paper, soaps, fragrances and other toiletries will be supplied, so you will be comfortable inside. Rent now and see the many benefits that these mobilities can bring for everyone and most importantly, to the construction project. There is no doubt the undertaking will be done smoothly and seamlessly.

Useful Garden Construction Laws and Advice

useful gardens

Gardens can be simple or luxurious, depending upon its owner. Both styles can be complex and demanding as much as you let it be. But they are precious and require proper attention. Nonetheless, when you have decided to renovate and take care of your garden, here are some guidelines that you should follow.

An ample amount of knowledge in gardening and landscaping will certainly not hurt. Take the time, especially if you are in no hurry, to study on how you can better cater to the needs of your lawn. Learn on how to maintain flora and perhaps vegetation. There are books and magazines that focus on these topics and you can look some info up on the Internet as well. This will broaden your view on the subject and will further widen your choices.

With a whole new understanding under your belt, you can now apply and relate it to the selections you make. From the division of the garden space to the design and positioning of objects such as plants and flowers to relaxing and lounging spots, you now have the know-how on how you can use your garden to its full capacity. Whether you are starting from scratch or just continuing the work previously done on it, take advantage of each of the skill you have picked up from studying gardening.

If you wish to put your money on it, then it will be for the better, though garden construction and renovation may not cost a lot. But if you choose to spend your money, then it would be more effective and definitely wiser as well if you know, in complete details, each of the things you invest your funds in. In particular, you can hire landscapers and garden builders Crouch End has and ask for their good and sensible opinions. They provide services like gardening and construction packages that satisfy the customers’ requests. They are also up to survey and evaluate your garden area, give appropriate suggestions and offer garden maintenance. Both parties can discuss and come up with the ultimate plan to operate with.

All the same, the final decision lies with you, obviously. This can be very practical for you as the client because it is your money you are using. That realization should be enough for you to be decisive at all times. Be open to what your hired landscapers will recommend, but do not let them sway you into elements you do not want and/or need, because, for the record, it will be your regret and disappointment, not theirs.

The quality and longevity of your garden construction can depend on you and the enterprise you employ. This garden project is big in itself so one concluding advice would be to be ready in devoting your time, effort, patience and most importantly, money. This is not a task that is easy – it will need a period of work and labor. Still, when you are to see the final outcome, there is no denying these all will be worth it.