Roof lanterns – are they right for me?

beautiful-room-with-roof-lanternRoof lanterns are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in urban properties or where space is at a premium. Many confuse them with skylights, and although there are some similarities, roof lanterns have a bigger role to play in the home than a skylight. But does that increasing popularity mean that they are also right for your home? This month we explore the benefits and drawbacks of roof lanterns to help you decide.
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How your kitchen can add value to your home

house-in-london-with-a-unique-front-door-1If you have been thinking about moving or perhaps renovating, then you could be wondering what it is that can add the most value to your home. Even if you have no plans to move any time soon, any renovation is sure to add value in the medium to longer term. And few things can add more value than updating your kitchen. Let’s take a look at why this is and how you can maximise the return on your investment in any kitchen renovations, larger or small.
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Unique front doors – why do it?

house-in-london-with-a-unique-front-door-1You may have seen others’ front doors and marvelled at their uniqueness. They may have any one of a number of things that makes them unique: colour, material, design, tradition, wackiness. There is no right or wrong when it comes to designing a front door that will set your home apart from others, whether by making a big design statement or by giving your home a timeless elegance that transcends everything around it.
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Everything you need to know about sustainable timber

sunlight-between-trees-in-woodlandLast month we talked about the various types of wood that are available to help you better understand the choices you have and how the different options apply to different uses – from window and door joinery to large and small pieces of furniture. This month we want to tell you more about the sources of wood – in particular, the ones that are more sustainable allowing you to make an informed choice of material for your home with a much lower impact on the environment.
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Guide to wood types

wood-grainWood, perhaps the most common building material anywhere. As a natural product it is easy to find and fairly straightforward to work with. And while we may not build our homes and furniture almost entirely out of bamboo like they do in some parts of the world, we do rely on it a lot as a building material. So what options are available to us? What are the pros and cons of each? We take a closer look at wood this month and try to answer some of these questions in order to help you make a decision on the right wood type for whatever it is you may need it for.
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Timber joints and summer maintenance

carpenter-tools-creating-dove-tail-joints-in-woodIt’s been pretty hot lately and we have all been feeling it! What’s more, it is still only July, so if this record summer heat is to continue we could have more hot spells over the next couple of months. Our homes are feeling it too, particularly those areas that have natural materials such as timber which will react to changes in temperature and humidity. How can we look after them so that they are not stressed with the large change between our very cold winter and our super-hot summer? Let’s take a look at the properties of timber, how it is used in our homes, and what we can do to look after it well.
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