Category: Building Materials

What is sustainable furniture?

Those looking to make more ethical and environmentally friendly buying decisions when furnishing their home should look for sustainable furniture options. Sustainable is a word that is often used interchangeably with terms like ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘green’, but does it really mean the same thing? Sustainable definition The dictionary definition for sustainable is: “able to be…




Tips for decorating your living room mantelpiece

The fireplace is the heart of a living room, with families gathering around it every evening. There’s nothing cosier than sitting in front of the fireplace at home, feeling the warmth and watching the flickering flames. Whether you have an open fire, log burner, gas or electric fire, it’s likely your fireplace and its mantelpiece…




How to insulate a garden shed

Whether you plan on turning your garden shed into a home office, gym, art studio, or playroom, insulating it is an essential part of creating a comfortable, warm and habitable environment. Converting a garden shed into a useful and comfortable room can add valuable extra living space to your home and help to improve your…




Tips for improving your period property’s kerb appeal

Improve your period property’s kerb appeal to fall in love with your home all over again. There’s no place like home – a saying that’s particularly true when you’re returning home to a property that looks elegant, tidy and welcoming. If your property’s exterior is beginning to a look a little tired, neglected or drab,…




Trough plants for colour in autumn/winter

As we say goodbye to the summer, those once vibrant trough gardens can start to look bare, brown, and sorry for themselves. Carefully curating a trough that is full of plants that thrive in colder conditions can help to inject colour and beauty into your garden throughout the colder months. Our top tips for creating…




How to create a fall when laying a patio

When laying paving slabs, it is important to include a ‘fall’ to help water to drain off the patio. Adding a patio to your garden can provide you with a comfortable outdoor living space. Invest in some garden furniture and some potted plants and your patio will soon become your family’s favourite place to spend…




Why choose a reclaimed cast iron fireplace?

Elegant, ornate, and bold, a cast iron fireplace can bring any interior to life. As well as being a stunning feature focal point, a cast iron fireplace is also a powerful source of heat, creating a warm and cosy environment. Here are six reasons why a cast iron fireplace is an excellent investment for your…




How to care for stained glass windows

Whether original or reclaimed, stained glass windows are an attractive feature that can add real value and kerb appeal to your home. Keeping beautiful stained glass windows clean and free of dust and debris enhances their appearance and increases their longevity and value. Stained glass windows are delicate and should be cleaned and maintained with…




What are encaustic tiles?

Patterned tiles have added interest and style to interiors around the world throughout history, making them a timeless addition to any home. From intricate, modern, multi-coloured patterns, to bold and simple monochrome designs, patterned tiles are now more popular than ever. If you’re considering adding some beautiful new tiles to your home, one of the…




4 alternative uses for a garden shed

The humble garden shed, typically a small wooden structure full of cobwebs, hibernating critters, and garden tools. Whilst garden sheds are a convenient place for storing garden tools, they have so much more potential. Many people are now transforming their garden sheds to add extra space to their homes. Here are just a few inspiring…