The 3 Zones of a Kitchen

We’ve all heard of the working triangle in the kitchen (whereby you’ll find it easier to cook efficiently if your sink, preparation area and cooker/hob are all located to form a triangle) but have you heard about the three zones of modern kitchens? If you’re planning a new build, a renovation or a new kitchen, this could be very useful advice indeed. This has come about because people aren’t just using kitchens for cooking. It’s very true that this isn’t a modern movement. Indeed, in the 1970s, those building new homes with living rooms were considered to be somewhat strange to want to sit and relax in a room away from the kitchen. People have cooked, ate, entertained and indeed, used their kitchen as their main living area for decades.

The Burnaby

There’s a move back to it though with a kitchen functioning as the “hub of the house” as being very desirable. A space for family to congregate when eating; for children to do their homework while a parent is cooking; for friends to pop in and relax with a cuppa over a chat. This is being reflected in the design of modern kitchens so the three zones are:

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200,000 Jobs Posted on!!

200,000 Jobs Posted
Hi folks,
this week we exceeded 200,000 jobs posted on since we launched the website in June 2008. Based on the value of the jobs posted the potential value of this work to tradesmen and to the Irish economy is over €600 million. I’d just like to say thank you so much to all of the customers and tradesmen for your support over the last eight years.

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Interior Design Trends for 2017


If you’re planning on doing some decorating this autumn, you’re probably wondering what’s on trend for the autumn and winter and yet you want to know that they aren’t going to be a flash in the pan, that these trends will last for some time.

1. Wallpaper

To be honest, wallpapering just the feature wall (be it the fireplace wall in a living room or the wall behind the bed in a bedroom) has been going out for years. However, as it’s much cheaper to wallpaper one wall as you’ll only need three rolls of wallpaper for most rooms, the trend for the feature wall continued in homes long after we were told the trend had died. The mix and match on walls is finished I’m afraid.

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Video Testimonial from Gareth O’ Brien

Hi folks,
here is a video testimonial we received a while ago from  Gareth O’ Brien, Charlestown, Dublin 11. Gareth posted a job on and was very happy with the result.  You can see the video feedback below:-


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How to improve Storage in your Hallway

Do you get fed up of falling over shoes as you walk into your hallway? Are there schoolbags, hurleys, footballs and trainers strewn around? Is it a nightmare trying to find matching shoes at times? If it’s starting to get you down once you open the door to walk into the house, it really is time to do something about it.

While many of us will make more of an effort with our front hallway, after all, that’s where visitors come in and we did a post a while ago on making the most of the space under your stairs for storage, but the mess can really accumulate in a utility or small hallway off the back or side door.

Hooks & Baskets

storage hall

Source: Pinterest. This looks very stylish and yet is quite simply made, using wood to partition the different sections and it really looks like a piece of furniture in its own right. The baskets are handy for storing boots and shoes, and the footwear won’t be spilling out all over the floor. Notice that the hooks are double hooks, one part of it can hold the schoolbag and the other part will take the coat. The bench effect means that there’s a place for you to sit down briefly to put on a pair of shoes, important when children are learning how to lace their shoes. The narrow shelf at the top means that nice objects can be displayed which dresses up the hallway too.

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Results and Video of our August Draw monthly draw

Hi folks,

here are the results and video of our August Draw 2016. 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:-

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How To Make Your Home Ready For Autumn

Summer is coming to an end and there’s already foliage blowing around on the ground after the winds last week and some trees are starting to turn golden yellow and deep red. Now that temperatures will be dropping too, how can you make your home snug and more homely as we move into autumn and winter? This post will show you how to ring the changes of the seasons relatively easily.

1. Colours

You don’t have to redecorate to bring autumn into your home. You can ring the changes twice or three times a year by changing accessories like cushions and adding some cosy throws.

Autumnal cushions

Source: Pinterest

A couple of cushions in burnt orange intermixed with dark greens within your living room or bedroom decor scheme (if it suits the rest of the decor) are all you need to add that autumnal touch.

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Cashback Promotion Autumn 2016 Cashback Promotion
Hi folks, we’re delighted to announce that over the next few months we will be introducing  a number of cashback promotions.

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How To Let Lighting Steal The Show

Having the correct lighting in a room is essential for providing enough light but also for creating the desired atmosphere. “Correct” doesn’t always mean “bright” as sometimes you might prefer dim lighting for a relaxed ambiance but with a reading lamp for reading or working. With the vast array and beauty of light fittings now, it’s very possible to let your light be the statement piece in a room, either from the light design or from the effect created by its light source.

Bedroom Chandelier with a Difference

This Zeppelin light is interesting, it’s certainly similar to the traditional shape of a chandelier but it also reminds me of a droplet of water that just splashed and therefore, it looks quite endearing in an impressive way.

Lighting Zeppelin

Source: Pinterest

I like the way it doesn’t compete with anything else in the room. Everything is understated and yet impressive.

Task Lighting

These kitchen lights are also understated regarding their plain design but their size gives them impact and they will provide good task lighting for the kitchen island and this area of the kitchen.

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The Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards – Vote for us!!


Irish Blog Awards - Vote for usHi folks,
we’re delighted to have been shortlisted in the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. It is a great tribute to all of you, our users and subscribers who have supported us over the last 8 years,  engaging with our blog and other social channels. is an Irish owned website and was set up to give tradesmen in Ireland an opportunity to grow their business and to give home and business owners a chance to get up to 4 quotes from rated tradesmen. has helped to create and sustain jobs for tradesmen over the last 8 years with almost 200,000 jobs posted on our website during this period.  Thanks to you, has become the largest resource by far for tradesmen jobs in Ireland.

The voting has now ended.  Thanks so much to everyone who voted for us, we really appreciate it!

With Sincere Thanks
Oliver Dempsey
17th August 2016

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