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The Reason Why Wood-Burning Stoves Are So Popular

The Reason Why Wood-Burning Stoves Are So Popular

Although there is plenty of high-end tech that makes heating our property a much easier endeavor, there are those who...

In With the New: Mobile Apps That Can Help With Home Improvements

In With the New: Mobile Apps That Can Help With Home Improvements

In the grand tradition of pretty much everything in life, there are always brand new things to help improve existing...

Construction Hire 101: 3 Things You Should Not Be Without

Construction Hire 101: 3 Things You Should Not Be Without

When you want to build something, it is often best to go with a fully licensed construction firm. However, that...

Learning From Lit: 4 Books You Should Read Before Construction Projects

Learning From Lit: 4 Books You Should Read Before Construction Projects

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The Reason Why Wood-Burning Stoves Are So Popular

Although there is plenty of high-end tech that makes heating our property a much easier endeavor, there are those who are looking to instill a rustic option that pays tribute to the past. Wood-burning ovens are becoming a frequent addition to many homes, regardless of whether they’re modern apartments or historic townhouses, but what is it that makes wood-burning stoves so alluring?

A Wood-Burning Stove Help You Become Self-Sufficient

Due to the use of wood, a wood-burning stove can help you become self-sufficient and not have to rely on your power supplier for heat. Those looking to make a little more effort when it comes to collecting wood will find that they’re held to ransom at the excessive prices that can occur when using conventional heating devices, especially during the winter.

This is why so many people are keen to find a reliable wood-burning stove supplier in Glasgow.

Helps Cut the Cost of Fuel 

It goes without saying that gas and electric continue to be expensive, but due to the cost-effective nature of a wood-burning stove, making the switch could be an investment for the long-term.

Of course, a wood-burning stove won’t be able to contend with all aspects of your fuel bill, but it can help when it comes to the heating.

However, it’s important to ensure that you’re using good-quality wood. Finished wood could means that are some impurities, whereas damp wood could mean that you fire doesn’t burn as well as you’d like.

Looks Great in Any Home or Business

You would be forgiven for thinking that wood-burning stoves are limited to a certain type of property, but the truth is that they look great in any premises, regardless of whether it’s commercial or residential.

A wood-burning stove makes for a great focal point or be the ideal addition to a room that’s dedicated to downtime.

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Cozy modern interior living room with wood burner

Wood-Burning Stoves are Reliable

Although the power supply to our home is fine for most of the time, there are those who have to experience a loss of services for a few days. Although the lack of electric can limit what you’re able to do at home but staying warm is more important.

Fortunately, if the conventional means of heating the property let you down, you can rely on your wood-burning stove to provide heat for the duration. Due to its simplistic design there is very little that can go wrong with a wood-burning stove, meaning that you always have a way to heat the home should the conventional methods let you down.

Not Only for Heating the Home

Many people will be keen to purchase a wood-burner stove due to the comfortable ambiance they give a room, but there are stoves that can help provide hot water as well.

If you’re looking for a more convenient and reliable way of obtaining hot water without having to pay excessive fuel bills, then the use of a wood-burning stove is a worthwhile consideration. This is ideal for holiday homes, meaning you’re not paying for heating charges when you’re not occupying the residence.

Kinder to the Environment

Nowadays, most people are doing their part when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint. Some may cycle to work instead of driving, whereas others may be recycling. Those who invest in a wood-burning stove can be confident that its use is much kinder to the environment than their fossil fuel counterparts.

Although there are many benefits to owning a wood-burning stove, it’s important that the stove is maintained in the right way. Fortunately, there’s no complexities in this regard, it’s simply about looking after your new stove.

You Don’t Need to Have a Chimney

It’s a common misconception that you need to have a chimney to enjoy the benefits of a wood-burning stove, but this isn’t the case. Those who don’t have a chimney can still enjoy the benefits of a wood-burning stove thanks to a twin-flue wall system. So regardless of whether you’re looking for several wood burners for a large property, or one for a small apartment, there will always be a stove that suited to your needs.

Not as Expensive as You Think

Different people will have different requirements when it comes to purchasing a wood-burning stove, so the price of a stove can vary. However, this doesn’t mean that the purchase of a new wood-burning stove has to leave you short.

In fact, when it comes to purchasing new items for the home or business, you will often find that a wood-burning stove is a good investment, especially given its money-saving properties.

Although there are many benefits available when it comes to purchasing a wood-burning stove, it’s important that you choose a stove that is safe and fit for use. Many manufacturers and retailers will ensure that all the necessary safety precautions are in place, as will those who install the wood-burning stove, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant.

Choosing the right company for your wood-burning stove purchase and installation not only ensures that you’re given a stove that suits the character of your home or business, but also one that is cost-effective and built to last.

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In With the New: Mobile Apps That Can Help With Home Improvements

In the grand tradition of pretty much everything in life, there are always brand new things to help improve existing knowledge and processes. Today, we wanted to put a spotlight on mobile applications. Specifically, we wanted to discuss mobile apps that can help with home improvement tasks and projects.

WikiHow

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If you’re a big fan of the website Wikipedia and the information that you can get there, then you will simply love this mobile app. It’s like Wikipedia but it gives some pretty detailed instructions on how to do a wide variety of tasks. If you’ve ever needed to change a showerhead or learn how to glue together some pieces of wood, this mobile app will have instructions for you.

Handyman Calculator

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If you’re a big fan of the whole DIY movement, you will know how annoying it can be to come across instructions which carry units of measurements that will require conversions. This app will do the work for you. All you have to do is to input the information that you need and it will run it through the formulas until you get the answer.  This app also has fractional and density calculators for those who want a really thorough calculator.

Pinterest

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Yes, that app. A lot of weddings, christenings, and even homes are now affected by the information that people find on this app. If you are unfamiliar with it, Pinterest is a sort of idea board where people “pin” photos and articles that they would like to recreate in their own homes or offices. The whole “peg” approach of Pinterest can help give you inspiration about a space that you aren’t utilizing to its optimum capacity.

Photo Measures

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Available for both Android and iOS systems, this is one app that is pretty handy. It’s the sort of app that you will be thankful for when it comes to measuring your space when you’re thinking of buying furniture or adding or subtracting from the space. All you have to do is to take a snap of a space that you’re planning on working on and it’ll tag on notes that you’ll need. It will help you measure the space, and even tell you the present shade of paint or wallpaper that you are currently using.

In the world that we live in today, it is quite important to take advantage of our existing technology. After all, it only makes sense to do so. There are hundreds of mobile apps that can be downloaded for free or for a small fee. Just be sure to check which app is compatible with the OS that your phone or gadget is running before you hit that download button.

Going through our list, which mobile app do you think is something that you could use?

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Construction Hire 101: 3 Things You Should Not Be Without

When you want to build something, it is often best to go with a fully licensed construction firm. However, that isn’t the only thing that you should make sure of. Today, we wanted to place a bit of focus on three particular things that you should not be without when you hire a construction firm.

Without further ado, here they are:

A Contract

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In order to protect yourself and your investment from any ‘accidents’, it is always best to have a written, signed, and notarized contract between yourself and the construction firm that you are hiring. In your contract, there should be clear parameters on what counts to be a breach of that contract.

That way, you’ll be sure that you’ll have any safeguards from any unforeseen events. You can also use the contract as the jump off point for any future negotiations with that particular firm.

A Clear Goal

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When you hire a construction firm, it would make no sense to have no plan. Unless the firm you contact has an architectural firm to give you an idea of what to build, it is generally better to have a clear plan of your own.

That way, you won’t get side tracked by any “improvements” that they may suggest you add to your existing project. A clear goal helps to keep your budget whole as well. After all, if you stick to the plan, your budget shouldn’t suffer in the least.

An Established Budget

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Never ever lie about your budget. The contracting firm you talk to can actually help you achieve your plans at a negotiated price provided that you were completely honest with them at the beginning. If you renege on the plan and have them build something that you can’t afford, that’s cause for them to take you to court.

Always remember that when it comes to construction and construction firms, it is always important to play it smart. Make sure that you have a contract, a clear goal, and an established budget when you’re thinking of building something.

In your own experience regarding hiring construction firms, what particular thing do you think people should not be without?

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Learning From Lit: 4 Books You Should Read Before Construction Projects

So you’re interested in building something; good for you! It’s always a big thing when someone decides to create something. Before you get started, however, it’s best to top up your knowledge about construction first.

Today, we wanted to share some books that we think you should read before you undergo any construction projects.

Do It Yourself House Building: The Complete Handbook

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This book by George Nash just might blow your mind about DIY construction projects. This book is usually considered to be a bible of sorts for anyone who is planning to build a conventional American home. The instructions are thorough and there is enough visuals to provide any type of learner a good chance of fully realizing the task at hand.

How to Build Your Dream Home without Getting Nailed

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While this particular book isn’t heavy on the images, the instructions are quite easy to follow. Not only does it combine the theory of the construction but it also give every level of builder a chance to really get to know the basics of construction. What’s particularly interesting about this book is the fact that it encompasses the different parts of the home so you can have a modular approach if you wanted to.

Building Your Own Home for Dummies

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Ah, the titular “for dummies” series! The first building your own home title came out in 2005 so the information may not quite match what we have today. However, we still recommend this book as it provides a very clear perspective for any potential homeowner or project handler. This book discusses the bureaucratic side of things so you’ll have a better of what you’ll be taking on when you decide to start a construction project.

This book series also comes with extensive forum support and newer versions of the book are published. So your knowledge can grow with each newer version of the book or you can even discuss particular topics in the “for dummies” sites that are quite numerous around the web.

How Your House Works

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Beyond knowing how to build a home—or knowing what goes into building a home—it is important to know how it’s supposed to be working at the end of the project. This book discusses the ins and outs of electrical, plumbing, heating, and so many other basic house-centered knowledge that you will wonder how you managed before reading this book.

Additional knowledge should always be welcomed when you’re considering on undertaking a relatively new task. New and useful knowledge can help you secure better experiences and can even lead you down the path of saving more money. If obtaining physical copies of the book is too taxing for you, there are always electronic versions available on Amazon or in your preferred retail store.

Which particular construction book would you be inclined to read?

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Wallpaper Tips: How to Choose the Right Wallpaper for Your Interiors

In the world of interior improvements, what you do with the wall really makes the difference between a good room and one that is just screaming for a makeover. If you turn back the clock to around the twenties, pretty much every home everywhere had wallpapers installed. Of course, like in all trends, it went out of style.

The thing about trends and style is that if you just wait long enough, old things can become new again. So yes, wallpapers can become popular once again and people are scrambling to find out how to choose the right wallpaper for their interiors. This is what we will be focusing on today. If you’re presently aiming to pick out wallpaper for your space, here are a few tips for you:

Consider the Theme

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Every room has an intrinsic theme that is based on its usage. For example, the den of a home could be used as an office or an artist’s retreat. The type of wallpaper that you choose should work with the theme rather than being contrary to it.

Consider the Usage

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It often stumps a lot of homeowners when they are asked how much surface area will be covered by the wallpaper. It is entirely possible to choose only a single wall or to use the wallpaper partially. You need to consider how you are going to be using the wallpaper in order to utilize it properly and optimize it as well.

The effect of wallpaper can vary depending on what you are intending to use it for. Are you going to use the wallpaper to add drama to a room? Are you going to use it for highlights? Considering the planned use of the wallpaper can really help you select a good one.

Consider the Lighting

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Lighting in a room is everything. If there is a surplus of light in the room, having a wallpaper shade that is too bright can be rather taxing on the eyes. If the lighting in the room is muted, having a wallpaper shade that can add a lighter shade would be good.

Consider the Temperatures

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If you live in an area where it is mostly humid and warm, having thick wallpaper or wallpaper that cannot stand moisture can be a bad idea. It would be good to pick a wallpaper brand that is build to withstand moisture (yes, there are brands like that now).

When it comes to choosing the type, color, and print of wallpaper, it all boils down to your personal preferences. While there are a few guidelines that can help you choose wallpaper, it is ultimately your own preferences which will dictate what sort of wallpaper is ‘right’ for your interiors.

So when it comes down to it, how do you select the right sort of wallpaper for your space?

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DIY vs. Hired: Pros and Cons of Each Construction Approach

Construction and improvement plans need a certain amount of planning and consideration before going through with it. There are, after all, so many things to cross off the list before starting. When it comes to thinking about doing any construction or improvements, people tend to have an internal discussion on whether they’re going to DIY or to hire a construction company.

Each approach does have its own set of pros and cons. This is what we will be focusing on with today’s discussion.

DIY

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The advent of the DIY (do it yourself) has risen significantly in the age of the internet. The information that is needed to do small or large construction projects by them is readily obtainable by anyone who has an internet connection or a library card.

Of course, the DIYs have its own pros and cons:

Pros

  • DIY jobs can save you money – when you do not have to pay for costs of labor, the overall cost of the project goes down.
  • Complete control – when you are the one who is completely in charge of the project, you don’t have to stifle your creativity or your plans. A lot of the time construction firms employ architects and engineers that have very specified ways of doing certain things. Your plans may end up being subject to their processes.

Cons

  • Quality – when you aren’t particularly trained to handle construction projects, the overall quality of the result can suffer quite a bit. Don’t be surprised if the end results has an amateurish feel to it when you are a complete novice when it comes to construction.
  • Project Duration – when you are subject to trial and error, the overall completion of the project may take longer than initially desired. After all, you are solely responsible for the completion time of the construction.

Hiring a Construction Firm

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Going with a construction firm is one of the options pursued by the people who want something built. Here are some of its pros and cons:

Pros

  • Professional Quality – established construction firms rely on providing clients with superior quality results.
  • Contractual Protection – good firms will always protect themselves and their clients with a contract. Should there be any delays or issues, the contract should protect the client.

Cons

  • Expense – construction jobs by construction firms will cost you a pretty penny. You are after all paying for labor costs, materials, hardware, permits, and so many other things.
  • Fraud – this is something that can happen to pretty much anyone. There are fraudulent firms out there that can fleece you out of a lot of money and leaving you with shoddy workmanship.

So when you’re thinking of building something—anything—you need to have a frank conversation with yourself and with other people involved. Always consider both the pros and cons of DIY and hiring construction firms.

If you were to build something, would you DIY or would you hire a construction company?

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What You Should Avoid When it Comes to Improving Your Space

When you happen to have a home or an office space, improving that space to suit you is always an instinctual need. Today, we want to discuss what you should avoid when you’re aiming to improve your space.

Avoid Taking On Too Much

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When it comes to changing the immediate environment, it is generally a bad idea to take on too much. Taking on too ambitious plans can end up overwhelming beginners. It is also fairly easy to lose track of what’s being done.

It is generally best to stick to one item of improvement at a time. That way you can save your money and have a sitting in period to determine if the improvement is actually helping the area.

Avoid Breaking the Bank

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Budget always plays a big part in any improvement plans. When it comes to making any improvements to your space, always consult your means. If larger scale improvements like paint or lighting or even additional shelving are a bit out of your present budget, you can always think of making smaller improvements.

Do not underestimate how small improvements can elevate a space. Do not be afraid to experiment with smaller scale add-ons like pillows or a portrait. You do not have to break the bank in order to improve the interiors of a space.

Avoid Making Impulsive Decisions

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General improvements should be thought out. It is always important to stay level about any improvement decisions that you’re undertaking. Impulsive decisions can end up costing you more and the end result may not be ideal.

As much as possible, it is important to have cohesive plans in order to avoid any mishaps. When you’re planning on adding or removing from your intended space, it is always important to really think things through.

Improving your space doesn’t have to be complicated or extensive. It can be something as simple as adding or removing a few pieces. We hope that after reading this article you’ll have a better idea of what you should avoid when it comes to improving your space.

So tell us, what sort of plans do you have for improving your space?