Daily Archives: July 10, 2018

Need a fix for domestic bliss

Need a fix for domestic bliss

With so many period renovations potentially ending in disaster, Tsarine, is a new company specialising in researching fixtures and fittings for period renovations is set to revolutionise the property market.
Trying to marry modern lifestyles with period properties is no easy matter as many home owners are finding to their cost. Homeowners pushed for time might easily miss some fundamental considerations which at best will take them over budget and at worse affect the long term value of their property.
In the UK homes are everything. Homeowners pushed for time no longer need to wait for their dream home. We analyse the technical information and track down the unusual so our clients don’t have to. It’s their project but we help them realise it faster.
Many professionals buy a period property to turn into a dream home. Homeowners are looking for usability and flexibility of modern systems while retaining a period feel. This is time consuming. We present people with the options, resources and materials so that they can make informed choices. Not only does this save time but professional advice can save homeowners from making expensive design mistakes which can be irreversible.
The five biggest renovating mistakes of self renovators are:
1. Underestimating the time and effort necessary. Time is money. Homeowners need to weigh up long term investments against short term savings.
2. Not seeking professional advice. Buildings inspectors offer invaluable advice, a full surveyors report will identify any potential issues. The local preservation society could have some useful contacts (some areas have restrictions on the type of building materials that can be used – this can increase costs). Protecting and restoring existing features correctly is important to the buildings long term maintenance.
3. No vision of the end result. Think the dream at the beginning; it’s important to get the infrastructure in place for wiring and pipe work, for example. Think outside the box, and then start the planning this will ensure the objectives are clear and the budget is fixed. This will improve relationships with traders and avoid any ‘add on costs’.
4. Ignoring formal procedure. Ensure planning is sought from the outset. Building regulations and any local restrictions for the area need to be identified, especially any limiting factors e.g. type of brick.
5. Failure to set a realistic budget. A considerable amount of time and effort is necessary to be able to manage the project budget and all areas have to be explored to achieve this. One simple means is the need to negotiate appropriate discounts with local suppliers and merchants, based on the scale of business they can expect.
For more information visit www.tsarine.co.uk.

Siding With Your Neighbors

Siding With Your Neighbors

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House siding is a very important decision to be made when building a new home or reconditioning an older home. Very careful consideration should be taken when choosing the right siding for your home. There are many types of siding available to the home owner today. Products range from vinyl siding, aluminum siding, cedar siding, stone siding, log siding, brick siding, and stucco siding just to mention a few. Many factors need to be considered before choosing the right siding for your home.

The style of your home is of course a major factor on choosing a proper siding. You certainly would not want to apply log siding to a Victorian home, or cedar siding to a Mediterranean style home. Do some research on your style of home to see what type of siding best suits your needs.

Hopefully your home is compatible with other homes in the neighborhood. So you will want to choose a siding that blends with the rest of the homes in your neighborhood. You will find that making friends will be easier if you are not a distraction or a detriment to property values. In other words, a pink and purple house may not be welcomed in some neighborhoods. Try to enhance the entire neighborhood with your choice of siding.

Now personal preference should also be considered, but that should have started with choosing the type of home that you purchased in the first place. Another huge factor is one’s budget. Perhaps brick siding is not within your budget, but vinyl siding is. Then choose a vinyl siding that will blend well with the neighboring homes. If you so wish to attempt the project yourself to save installation expenses, there are books available on how to install vinyl siding. If that is not an option, then a reputable siding contractor is the way to go.

Many historical neighborhoods have zoning committees that have to approve any home building or home renovations. If your home is in such a neighborhood, then you should consult with the committee first before proceeding with any selection of your own.

If there are no zoning regulations in the neighborhood regulating the color of your home or the type of siding allowed, it still may be a good idea to consult with your neighbors. This will not only be a good way to make friends, but they may have some very good ideas that you never considered. Just remember, you are going to be a part of the neighborhood and are going to be living with these people.