Category: Building Materials

What are air bricks used for?

Air bricks can be used to reduce condensation and prevent expensive damage to your home. Generally, air bricks look like your standard building brick, but with holes in the side. Air bricks are built into a building’s structure to help to create airflow and ventilate the property. They are commonly found underneath suspended ground-level timber…




Using reclaimed chimney pots in the garden

Searching for an unusual, ornamental garden feature? Reclaimed chimney pots are both attractive and practical additions to the garden. Throughout history, chimney pots have had as much of an aesthetic purpose as they have a practical one. 17th century chimney pots tended to be very tall, whilst 18th century chimney pots were often characterised as…




Replace or repair a damaged floorboard in 7 simple steps

Creaky, damaged, or loose floorboards all require either replacing or repairing to keep your floor safe and attractive. If the damage is restricted to just one or two boards, then repairing or replacing the section should be a relatively quick and easy task. The instructions below are for removing and repairing square-edged floorboards. Remove the…




How to prepare floorboards for painting

Give tired, old, wooden floorboards a new lease of life with a lick of paint. Painting floorboards is one of the simplest and most affordable ways of changing their appearance. As well as being a simple DIY task, painted floorboards can make a big impact, becoming a key interior feature. The sky’s the limit when…




How to build a barbeque from reclaimed bricks

Nothing beats the taste of smoky barbecued foods eaten in the great outdoors. If you’re fed up of crouching over disposable barbecues, but can’t justify the cost of an expensive shop bought one, why not build your own for a fraction of the cost? Reclaimed bricks are an affordable and eco-friendly building material, perfect for…




Can wooden floorboards be warm and energy efficient?

Wooden floorboards can add elegance and sophistication to your home, but can they also be warm and energy efficient? There’s no doubt that wooden floorboards add a certain rustic charm and natural beauty to any interior. But whilst they look beautiful, can floorboards really match the cosy feel and warmth of a carpet under foot?…




5 ways to make your home feel cosier this Christmas

Hot drinks, scarves, thick frosts, and long candlelit evenings, there’s no doubt that Christmas is the cosiest time of the year. Get ready for entertaining and making memories with friends and family this Christmas with these five tips for creating a cosier home. Makeover your fireplace There’s no cosier image than a family gathered around…




5 reasons to buy upcycled furniture

Upcycled furniture offers a unique and eco-friendly alternative to new, mass-produced furniture. Whilst some people enjoy the process of upcycling their own furniture, it’s not for everyone. If crafting and DIY isn’t your thing, then buying furniture that has already been upcycled allows you to effortlessly obtain unique and sustainable items for your home. Here…




Characteristics of gothic furniture

Ornate gothic furniture and décor can add character, grandeur and atmosphere to your home’s interior. Give your home a gothic-style makeover or simply add impact to your interior with a single gothic statement piece. Whilst modern gothic style is sometimes painted as a little tongue-in-cheek and Halloween-esque, traditional gothic architecture and design was breathtakingly refined…




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…