Should You Convert the Front Garden into a Drive?

Have you been considering if turning your front garden into extra parking is right for you? Creating additional off-street parking can really add considerable value to your home, especially for housing in expensive urban areas. It can be an ideal solution if you struggle for parking, have multiple vehicles and have enough space in the front. The good news is that in many cases you do not need planning permission to create or replace a driveway. It comes down to area, material and ensuring you have PD rights. If it is a porous material, such as gravel or permeable asphalt or block paving and you have PD rights, you usually will not require planning permission. If it is more than five square metres of impermeable material, planning permissions will most... Read More »

5 Reasons To Get A New Conservatory Roof

Have you installed a conservatory roof before? Perhaps you have one on your home that has added to its overall appeal. These are designed to have a transparent top, or they could have skylights, allowing the sunlight to come in. As with most conservatories, they will have a stylized roof, leading down to windows all around the perimeter. These are typically set off to the side of a home, providing the people inside with the beautiful view of your property. Here are five reasons that you should consider getting a new conservatory roof if you have had your conservatory for years. Five Reasons To Get A New Roof On Your Conservatory The first reason that you should consider upgrading to a tiled conservatory roof is if it is slowly leaking.... Read More »

Choosing Wood Flooring Responsibly

Wood flooring definitely offers a timeless beauty and elegance that many are attracted to. The problem is that some hard woods take a very long time to grow, are rare and are not ethically harvested. There are however, several alternatives that are earth friendly and can offer the same look as exotic hardwoods. Sustainable Flooring Options: Reclaimed Wood Flooring (salvaged from another property) Vintage wood will add value to your home, is aesthetically pleasing, generally very durable, and can be painted, white-washed or stained any colour. However, it must be examined thoroughly and could amplify sound, but this could be mitigated with the use of rugs. Bamboo (a quick-growing grass that can be worked into hard-wearing floorboards) Bamboo is quite easy to clean, water resistant, inhospitable to dust mites, repels... Read More »

What Room Is Oak Flooring Best Used For?

Of all of the different types of flooring materials that you can use, authentic oak flooring may be the best choice. It is very sturdy, capable of withstanding even high traffic areas, and slight damage is not very noticeable even if it is there. The cost of oak wood flooring is the main drawback for most people that wanted. It can be extremely expensive. If you can afford the cost, or find someone that can offer you an exceptional deal, you may wonder where you should put this flooring material. Let’s discuss what room would be the best choice for placing oak flooring in your home. Why Oak Flooring Is So Popular There are so many things that can be said about oak flooring. First of all, it is extremely... Read More »

Are Tiled Conservatory Roofs Better Than Glass Or Polycarbonate Roofs?

If you have recently built a conservatory, or if you are thinking about doing so, you may want to pay close attention to the type of roofing material that you use. There are many choices to choose from, some of which are much better than others, and it all depends on where you live and how much money you have to spend. In many cases, people will choose between tiled, glass or polycarbonate roofs. All of these have benefits and drawbacks. Here is an overview of why you should choose any of these, as well as things to look out for, when you are deciding on the best roof for your conservatory. What Is A Tiled Roof? Tiled conservatory roofs are similar to what you would put on a regular... Read More »