Shed vs. Summerhouse

The shed has always been a standard feature in the majority of gardens in the UK. We dump our tools in there, we dump clothes in there, or some of us arrange our things very nicely in there. But things are changing, sheds are no more a standard feature. Sheds are normally the area of the house the man can use to store items related to his hobbies. For example a model railway set or a miniature pub.

 

The summer house has never been as popular as the shed until this point. Right now there is serious competition. It is attracting more men who are happy to store the tools wherever they can indoors in order to benefit from an additional outdoor room that improves the value of the home. It also extends the time that you can spend in the garden each year. It can be used as a casual office, a play area, or even an area to dine in.

Deciding on whether you want to have a summerhouse or a shed depends on what you actually want to do in your garden. Thus we recommend start with what you need. Then it will become clear which road you should take. Either way as with any choice with the house we recommend you do your research as much as possible to get the best thing for your needs.

Prices go up in line with the size and with sturdiness. Most of these items will also need you to lay a shallow foundation beforehand. If you are unfamiliar with Summer Houses we recommend you visit a friends or families first in summer and in winter to understand how they function and check that they are right for you.

5 tips for when you are viewing a house to buy

Buying a house is very exciting, but buying a house is also scary for many. It’s sort of like having a tattoo. Something you can change but you have to go through a lot of effort, so it’s best to make the right decision first! This article give you tips when you are going to view a house to buy. Use these then thank me later!

 

1) View the property in bad weather

Anywhere can look good on a glorious summer day. That’s why it’s called a glorious summer day! But when it’s a bit miserable outside you want to know that the house will still smile at you when you get home after a hard day at work! So it’s a good idea to view the property in bad weather.

2) Don’t be shy

Follow your instincts. Ask whatever question comes to your head. It’s better to find out now then to find out that the noise was actually a leak coming from the roof after you bought the property! This is going to be your pride and joy so ask all the questions you want. There are no stupid questions!

3) Pay attention to location

The property may be close to a train track. Ask yourself what this means. The property may be close to a football stadium, ask yourself what this means. The property may be very far from a bus stop, ask yourself what this means. Ask yourself as many questions about the location as possible. Think about the different scenarios possible.

4) Look for a south-facing or east/west facing property

What is a south facing or east/west facing property? It’s a property which gets some sunlight. You don’t want to be in a house like Golem (the character from Lord of the Rings). No you want to have some sunlight so you can pop the kettle on and be proud. Ask the homeowner about it, take your compass with you, but make sure you get to the bottom of the sunlight situation!

5) Check the parking

Just check the parking. You don’t want to faff about every evening getting a parking space. Check the parking and specifically ask the question.

 

A guide to garden water features

Whether it is warm or cold outside I look in my garden and I am proud of my water feature. In fact, I am very proud. The slight patter of the water as it hits the surface, it acts as a mirror to the sun. And also it attracts a lot of wildlife, giving m garden a lot of character. I’ve worked with many homeowners over the years and it appears that more and more people are realizing the benefits of a water feature now more than ever.

But with anything in life diving in is not always the best answer. In this article we give you a few points to consider when planning out your water feature.waterFeature2

Water feature safety

Safety first is always key. So think about who will be using your garden. Do you have small children or toddlers? If so maybe it’s best to wait a couple of years until they are old enough to understand the dangers. Does your next door neighbor have any small children? If so this may not be a factor stopping you from implementing a water feature, however you may want to speak to your neighbor just in case the kids decide to wander over!

You can use a fence as a control and this is what the majority of people do. And also another option is to use a fence. Otherwise maybe if you go for something like a bubble fountain it may be a less risky option.

Choosing a featurewaterFeature

It’s not always straight forward when choosing a water feature. This is something you don’t want to rush. Sometimes the idea may come to your head straight away. For others it may take months of research and conversations with the wife or husband. A goof gardener can help you decide, especially from a practical perspective. Generally it comes down to taste and style, however there are other practical things you must know. For instance, the size and types of filter you may need, and how deep to dig. The list goes on, get a gardeners advice!

Pond maintenance

waterefeature3Most water features generally don’t require a lot of maintenance. However if you have a pond it’s slightly a different story. The more fish you have the more quickly your pond will become dirty. It’s good to have a clean pond in general. Doing small things such as using a skimmer to remove the leaves and cleaning the filter will determine how often you need to clean it. Keeping plants in the waters should save you some cleaning as they compete with the algae for sunlight.

The Non-DIY Generation

If you are my age you already know what I’m talking about. If you have any kids my age they will have already asked you for help to do some tasks that you’d describe as basic. There was a time where life was simpler, things were a lot slower, and many people took up DIY as a hobbie.

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Proud customer who says NO to DIY.

This time period i’m mentioning is a thing of the past. Many home owners these days don’t want the hassle of tiling their kitchen, or even putting up a shelf. Its not that they are lazy, in some of the cases at least. Its just that they want to spend their time doing other things. Things that are cool. Most home owners these days don’t find fixing a burst pipe, or even slotting in some new laminate floor as cool. They want to get out the house, hang out with friends, read some books, or do anything else!

Homeowners are now moving to apps like Taskaway. Which allow you to browse through local Tradespeople, and book them through your phone. And they are loving it because its simple to use.

We are interested to hear from other home owners or anyone who is still doing DIY. Feel free to get in touch.