Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category
The advent of TV shows like Changing Rooms in the 1990s changed forever the way people in the UK thought about their homes. People became more confident in using DIY products themselves rather than hiring in a painter and decorator, and also became bolder about selecting colours and furniture or expressing themselves through the décor in their house. As with everything, fashions in interior design come and go. A few years ago it was all about feature walls with bold wallpaper, before that wallpaper borders with different designs of wallpaper above and below them. So what are the main trends we are going to see in interior design for 2011 and beyond?
My family and I have lived in this house for near on ten years. The kids are growing up fast and we need some more living space. We are quite fortunate to have enough bedrooms – that is why we chose this house in the beginning. The only problem is we only have one living room, so we struggle to meet everybody’s needs. When the kids have friends around we all have to sit in one room. This causes problems with the television and means me and the wife do not get any time alone or are not able to watch our preferred programmes.
So what is our solution?
We have considered moving but due to the current house valuation situation and the high costs involved, this is not an option at this moment in time. So the only other option is to extend. We will need to gain planning permission and get builders and before we know it, we are back to a very expensive project.
Did you know that in the UK at least more people are killed in accidents in the home than die on the roads? 76 people are killed in domestic accidents every week compared with 66 in road accidents, according to Department of Trade and Industry figures and more than 2.8 million people needed hospital treatment following home accidents.
So who is to blame for this epidemic of domestic disasters?
Unless you believe in natural selection weeding out genetic incompetents, I think we should point the finger at TV home improvement and DIY programmes.
These frankly encourage people to take on what are clearly over ambitious projects and building work by themselves when they really shouldn’t tackle opening a can of tuna unassisted! These TV shows naturally focus in their limited time segments on people getting on with the job, rather than showing the time it takes to plan the work.
Home owners all over Europe love to remodel and spruce up their homes in order to make them the place of their dreams. Even in tough economic times, DIY home repairs still continue to thrive. But it’s during these tough economic times that we can use all the help we can get in saving a little bit of money.
If you’re a DIY hobbyist, or simply a home owner that needs to get some work done, here are five DIY tips to help you save money in 2011.
1. Invest Some Time in Research
For a lot of people, the whole idea of shopping is a nightmare. So to help you better cope, forget about shopping and do some research instead. The more research you can do, the more likely you are to get a better price. The Internet is especially helpful in finding what different stores have to offer, and you might even save money by ordering materials online.