Chester Building Services are pleased to announce that we are now members of TrustMark. TrustMark is a not for profit organisation, licensed by Government and supported by consumer protection groups. TrustMark’s members are all local, trustworthy and reliable tradespeople who operate and our endorsed to government standards.
Added peace of mind – If you are a householder looking for a good quality, reliable firm to carry out work inside or outside your home, TrustMark really helps with this difficult and often confusing task. By choosing a firm that is a member of TrustMark and local to you, you will be guaranteed a reliable and professional service. Click HERE to view Chester Building Services entry on the TrustMark website.
“TrustMark has been successfully providing consumers with an impartial assessment of the standards of local tradespeople, to help them make informed decisions when hiring contractors to improve their homes”.
Vince Cable, Secretary of State.
To find out further details about TrustMark and how it operates, please visit their website: www.trustmark.org.uk
Do you have a kitchen fit for a mouse? Stressing that you won’t have any room for a sink, let alone dishes to fill it with? lovehome.co.uk have come up with some tips on how to maximise your living space so it feels a little bigger than a mouse house.
Careful planning and well thought-out storage solutions can help you make the most of a teeny tiny kitchen. Think glossy cabinets, glass doors and neat integrated appliances and you’re well on the way to achieving a functional, gorgeous kitchen.
1. Make the most of high ceilings
If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchen with high ceilings, why not make the most of all that extra space. You can build wall-hung cabinets up to the full ceiling height and use them for storing the things you tend not top use every day. In this design glass-fronted cupboards help you keep track of what is stored where, and a set of folding steps hangs on the island to make accessing the top cupboards easier.
2. Use the top of wall units for storage space
Often a neglected area, this space could be used either for display purposes, or simply to store tall objects. Choose long, thin brick-shaped cabinets rather than the traditional oblong, to visually widen a small kitchen.
3. Opt for open kitchen shelving
Open shelving looks modern and informal and won’t encroach on valuable worktop space in your small kitchen. Use baskets and hang cups and mugs from the underside of shelves. Open shelves can also be used to display attractive crockery, jars or glassware.
4. Move small appliances off the worktop
With worktop space at a premium you won’t want any bulky appliances and microwave ovens take up a lot of space. Mounting the microwave inside a kitchen cupboard on the wall instantly frees up more working space.
5. Incorporate a breakfast bar
When it comes to small kitchen design ideas, steal a few tips from the professionals and think outside the box. Fitting a length of shaped worktop attached to a run of units instantly creates a low level table or alternatively an extra area of working space.
The Planning Portal is a great first step when you’re thinking about having an extension built to your home. It is the UK Government’s online planning and building regulations website, and has handy, easy to understand information on current rules and regulations when it comes to home extensions and building.
The website even has interactive portals that take you through different requirements of extensions with easy to understand images and descriptions. Click here to view what you need to consider when building a conservatory, or visitwww.planningportal.gov.uk/
Thinking about having your home painted? The Traditional Building Company have given an interesting view into the paint we use in our homes, and how it could be damaging our health in the long run.
Why most paints should carry a health warning
We can spend up to 80% of our lives inside buildings, yet few people realise that our indoor environment can be up to ten times more polluted than outdoors. Without knowing it, we may spend the majority of our time surrounded by a mixture of toxic emissions from all types of chemical products that we use in our homes and work places, including synthetic paints. Petrochemical paints release harmful vapours known as VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) into your home or work environment. VOC’s contain known carcinogens. This ‘off gassing’ can continue for years after application, long after the smell has gone!
The production of synthetic paints also has a detrimental effect on the environment. The production of one tonne of synthetic paint can sometimes produce up to 30 tonnes of toxic waste. The US Environmental Protection Agency puts paint on its top-five list of environmental hazards.
Natural paints, on the other hand, are non-toxic, give off no VOC’s and are therefore particularly suitable for children, allergy sufferers and people who may be unable to tolerate the fumes from chemical paints. With natural paints, there are no paint fumes, so windows do not have to be left open in the freezing weather and you don’t have to leave the building. In fact one brand of natural paint we have used contained lavender essence and this was the only smell which filled the room when it was painted.
Natural paints are made largely from renewable raw materials such as plant oils, or from materials that are in plentiful supply such as natural earths, clays and chalk. The ingredients are processed in a less wasteful and polluting way.
Unfortunately, buying a natural paint is not as simple as choosing a paint which states it is eco-friendly, natural or organic. Many established paint companies have jumped on the band wagon and describe their range of paints in this way. However, crude oil could be described as a natural or mineral product by those intending to mislead the consumer. At The Traditional Building Company we promote the use of Earthborn paints as they are the only UK paint brand to be awarded the prestigious EcoLabel Flower symbol.
For more information on The Traditional Building Company click here or visit http://www.traditionalbuildingcompany.com/index.html
To extend, or not to extend – that is the question. For most, the decision will come down to three things: cost, space and timing. But did you know that adding a kitchen extension can add between 10 – 50% on your property value? So in the long run, time and money well spent.
If you think that you may like to transform your kitchen into Julia Child’s dream but don’t know where to start, don’t fret! Below are some simple points that you should ask yourself before you start tearing down your back door. Continue reading “Kitchen Extensions – What to Consider” »
Forget the days of a typical children’s bedroom loft conversion, or a cramped space to store all your bits and bobs that you can’t live without but never use, the new era of loft conversions is all about the most creative way to utilise this potentially awkward living space.
Feeling like you want to be in on this trend, but can’t come up with any ground breaking, space maximizing solutions? Cast your eye on our list of slightly different ways to utilise your loft space. Continue reading “Loft Conversions” »
When it comes to choosing what type if roofvstructure you would like many people leave it up to the designer to decide. But for large roofs. Then a truss design can save you time and money.
Vaulted ceilings. Dutch barn detail and other designs can still be achieved.
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Subsidies for renewable heat schemes have been increased to encourage uptake. The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is available to people who install renewable heat technologies such as ground source and air source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal systems. This scheme is due to run until March 2014 when the delayed Renewable Heat Incentive will be launched to pay subsidies to domestic installers based on the amount of heat generated.
New regulations come into force on 30th May 2013 that increase permitted development and change of use rights in England so that some building work can be undertaken without the need to apply for planning permission. This is a temporary arrangement for 3 years until 30th May 2016. Continue reading “Increased permitted development rights and relaxation of change of use rules” »