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Polished plaster for the office

If you’re looking for an original decorative option for your home, beyond the obvious choices of wallpaper, vinyl wall coverings, traditional paint or even tiles, consider Italian plaster wall finishes. But how suitable are they for the commercial business or office interior? Polished plaster finishes are ideal for commercial use, providing a natural, hard-wearing and original design statement. The finishes ...

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The evolution of balustrades

What are balustrades? Balustrades are posts, which support railings on staircases, balconies, decks, verandas and entrances. They are more than a practicality, however, as they can be used to enhance the look of both your indoor and outdoor spaces.   The evolution of balcony balustrades  Since first appearing in Europe in the 16th Century, balustrades were traditional made out of materials such as wood ...

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Laughter fuels Llandaff ladies

Marjorie Harmer downsized to a two bedroom apartment in Cwrt Pegasus in Llandaff, Cardiff, a few years ago and with the move came a whole new life. She says: “I lost my daily routine when I moved here and it was unsettling for a short time, but I soon made new friends and we got into a new (better) routine quite quickly. I haven’t really looked back. Everyone here has had to start again, but it is made very ...

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Polished plaster for the home

If you’re looking for an original decorative option for your home, beyond the obvious choices of wallpaper, vinyl wall coverings, traditional paint or even tiles, consider Italian plaster wall finishes. But how suitable are they for the home? Polished plaster finishes are ideal for residential use, providing a natural, hard-wearing and original design statement. The finishes can be used to create a wide ran ...

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Stop damp from taking hold

Recent research has shown that thousands of houses in the United Kingdom have problems due to damp, a source of irritation and misery for both occupants and house owners. Excessive damp can be caused by a wide range of factors, and many people think that the problems are beyond our control but this is not the case. There are three causes of damp - penetrating damp, rising damp and condensation. Penetrating ...

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Can you really afford your mortgage?

Before falling head over heels in love with your dream home, take a reality check and ask the most important question of all. Can you really afford the monthly repayments on a mortgage for this property? A home is the largest investment most of us will ever make, so seriously engage brain and calculator before whipping out a paint colour chart. Under new rules issued by the FCA, your mortgage lender has a r ...

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The rise of the barbecue cabin

Barbecue Cabins, sometimes known as Hobbit Houses, Barbecue Lodges or Barbecue Huts all originate from Finland. The cabins were developed from the traditional Kotas (similar to a tepee) used by the indigenous Sami people in Northern Lapland. They used to live in them. The cabins are still used by the Sami people today as well as now being used in a more commercial way for tourists in ski resorts and in Lapl ...

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Downsizing is not downgrading!

When you (or a relative) have lived in the same home for many years, it is naturally a wrench to leave, but in Karen’s experience it is a move that no one regrets. She says: “In all the years that I have worked in property, every downsizer has said: “I wish I’d done this earlier.” Downsizing is not downgrading, on the contrary, for many it is it upgrading as moving gives them an opportunity to buy some new ...

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Polished plaster: Should you work with an architect or an interior designer?

If you’re looking for an original decorative option for your home, beyond the obvious choices of wallpaper, vinyl wall coverings, traditional paint or even tiles, then you may want to consider Italian plaster wall finishes. But how do you go about pricing and ordering (or ‘specifying’) the finish? The huge variety of finishes and design considerations available with polished plaster finishes can be initiall ...

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10 helpful uses of ice around the home

Removing dents from carpets, thickening sauces & smoothing caulk. Ice isn’t only to cool your drink; Here’s 10 other helpful uses of ice around the home. The most popular uses for ice are to chill our drinks, for injuries and keeping bottles of wine cool! However, there are lots of other useful ways to use ice cubes, so here’s 10 ways to use them around the home.   1.     Watering house plants and ...

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