It is that time of year again when we look to the trends for the coming year. If you’re planning on getting a headstart on the interior design trends for 2020, these are the trends to be looking out for:-
It’s not that long since automatic dishwashers and washing machines, timers on cookers, microwaves and video recorders were life-changing for many. No more washing clothes in twin tubs and passing them through wringers. No more having to arrange your social life around a favourite television programme. But as we enter 2020, appliances have incredibly advanced technology, all designed to make our lives easier, more efficient and more relaxed. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a person who has everything or you’re updating your home and want to make your life easier, here’s a selection of smart appliances that may become indispensable.
here are the results and video of our November 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 October was held on November 30th. The results are as follows:-
Whether you are remodelling your whole kitchen or just replacing the cooker, which oven and hob to opt for is an important decision. Here we are going to explore the advantages and disadvantages of the three main choices: ceramic, induction or gas.
recently we did a House Extension Cost Survey with some of our tradesmen. The question was how much would it cost to build an average 40m2 single story rear extension excluding VAT with apex roof finished to a good standard and ready to furnish? I have attached a sample of the replies we received below with some tips provided by the tradesmen:-
The vast majority of tradesmen are hardworking genuine people. Nevertheless, when you are posting jobs, it is very important to take the same precautions online as you would offline. Below I have listed some tips safety tips for hiring a tradesman. By safety tips, I mean how to keep your money safe and how to ensure the work is carried out to a high standard as well as ensuring the work itself is carried out safely. I have posted these tips many times before but they are extremely important so I am posting them here again. Please make sure to read and implement them if you are hiring a tradesman to carry out work in your home or business. Also, please share them with your friends:-
As winter approaches and you’re starting to make your home cosier with textured cushions, warm rugs, autumnal colours and perhaps by lighting an open fire or wood stove in the evenings, here are some ideas for cosying up with some very different seating options. Hammocks and swings aren’t just for the garden, they can be enjoyed indoors too, the perfect place to have a nap, or snuggle up with a good book, feeling comfortable and cocooned.
here are the results and video of our October 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 September was held on October 20th. The results are as follows:-
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.