Have you noticed that pergolas are making a comeback? I provided examples of pergolas, explaining their advantages, in a recent blog post but even in the month since then, I’ve noticed they are surging in popularity. Dermot Bannon, the architect in the popular TV programme ‘Room to Improve’, has recommended them to two home-owners this season so far. Speaking to an owner of a sawmill recently, he said he is receiving lots of orders for wood for pergolas in recent months.
A pergola is usually a wooden structure of upright pillars which support beams at intervals. The beams create a canopy ‘roof’ thereby it resembles an outdoor room. Pergolas can be a striking architectural features of your home whether the beams are left bare or covered with foliage. The pillars provide ideal uprights for climbing plants, many of which will be self supporting, although do bear in mind that the pergola needs to be strong enough for their increasing weight as they grow up and across the ‘roof’. Which are the best climbers for pergolas? Below is a recommended selection.
here are the results and video of our September Draw 2019. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!
The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of August was held on September 28th. The results are as follows:-
Winter is coming. It’s been a pretty good summer and cool rooms have been very comfortable when it’s hot and sticky. But as nights lengthen, the air chills and the rainfall increases, how are you going to make the rooms in your home cosier? Let’s start with the bathroom.
Kitchens aren’t just for preparing and cooking food. They are often the hub of the house providing a space to eat, to entertain, to relax and spend time with family. It should be a comfortable and pleasant room to spend time in: bright, calming, cheerful and restful.
If you are planning to redesign or update your kitchen in 2020, here are seven of the key kitchen design trends for the coming years.
here are the results and video of our August Draw 2019. Each month we have a draw for everyone who hires a tradesman and provides feedback. So not only do you get up to 4 quotes from Rated Tradesmen but you also are in with a chance to win a cash prize as well!
The draw for everyone who hired a tradesman and provided feedback in the month of July was held on August 30th. The results are as follows:-
It’s still August but the evenings are drawing in, we’re getting April showers and there’s definitely a chill in the air. I see many people have already started lighting their fires and stoves in the evenings. I’ve been tempted to but so far, have resisted, relying on throws and cushions to make me feel cosy.
Although the weather is to be good for the next few days, it’s time to get ready for autumn, not just in your wardrobe with more layers and winter boots, but also in the home. Having a cosy home makes it more welcoming in the evenings, a place to feel enveloped in comfort, almost like being wrapped in a snug blanket. So, what do you need to do? Will it take a lot of work and expense? Here’s our top tips.
It’s not long now till schools are open again for another academic year and now is the time to start preparing for a good homework / study routine for your child. Having a clear desk where they can get into the ‘study zone’ will make doing their homework and revising for exams easier.
Younger children usually prefer doing their homework at the kitchen table and it means you can sit beside them to help or just be there while you’re working in the background. When they go into secondary school, they often need a quiet space, away from noise and distractions, where they can focus on the work in hand – and not have any excuses for not getting their homework done!