Joy's Flair http://www.joysflair.com Lifestyle, Fashion, Shopping, Beauty, Home Improvement, Business and more Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:08:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Pros And Cons Of Making Improvements To A Rental Property http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/pros-cons-making-improvements-rental-property/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/pros-cons-making-improvements-rental-property/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:08:06 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3790   Even though you might be a long-term tenant, sho […]

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The Old Anchor | Annascaul, County Kerry | Ensuite with Bath

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Even though you might be a long-term tenant, should you invest money on improvements to the home in which you live. Some people spend their entire lives in a house that belongs to their local authority. It is as much a home to them as it would be if they held the deeds to it.

 

It is a difficult question to answer, but we will try to get to the bottom of it today. If you want a new kitchen but don’t know whether to spend money on one, read on. Here are the pros and cons of making improvements to a rental property.

 

Pros

Let’s assume that you undertook a rental property search in Moseley and are delighted with the area in which you now live. The owner of the house may have agreed to a long lease, so you can put down roots for the foreseeable future. Here is why I think it is acceptable to make improvements to it.

  • Standard of living. Even though the surroundings are pleasant, we have a natural urge to improve them. A bathroom with a green suite might be functional, but it is not attractive. If you install a new suite and tile the room to bring it up to date, it will help the way you feel about your lot in life.
  • The quality of accommodation can have an affect on your mental health. An old, stuffy house might not help someone who suffers from depression. Think about those with breathing difficulties too; maybe new central heating will help over the winter.
  • Perhaps you can save money by improving the building. It may benefit from extra insulation that will bring the energy bills down. The boiler might be ancient and using more energy than it should. Updating it seems logical, and it will pay for itself many times over if you spend a couple of decades in the property.

 

Cons

Pouring your hard-earned cash into a building that does not belong to you is a tough pill to swallow. It is the landlord who profits from it at the end of the day. You will never own the property, so the money is not an investment for you.

 

Will the landlord maintain the features that you install? They are responsible for their fixtures and fittings, but what happens when you change them? It is an area that you must agree upon before you start work on the house.

 

Will the improvement increase the rental value of the house.? It wouldn’t be fair if you had to pay more rent because the improvements you undertake make it more desirable. I think you should discuss that too.

 

As you can see, the financial implications are what dominate the argument. Many people rent by choice and have no intention of moving out, so what is the harm in making the place comfortable and enjoying life there?. After all, you only live once as far as we know, so do it in style. As long as you have a secure tenancy and clarify the above points, I say go for it; what is the worst that can happen?

 

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Bathroom Building: What You Need for a Renovation http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/bathroom-building-need-renovation/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/bathroom-building-need-renovation/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:50:51 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3786 Building the bathroom takes several types of profession […]

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Building the bathroom takes several types of professionals, such as construction, plumbing, and electrical experts. Grey Bruce custom home builders endeavor to build large, safe, roomy bathrooms with all of the most desired appointments. In most cases, the home builder will act as the general contractor who manages all of the phases of bathroom building and home renovation in Grey Bruce or around the country.

 

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Start with Planning

All renovation projects begin with a basic plan based on personal needs and preferences. Once the specific renovation needs are determined, the next phase of the project is design by a professional. Building a new, attractive, functional bathroom begins with a custom design. In large homes, bathrooms are constructed in bedrooms, as well as designated areas like a master bathroom. Half bathrooms may adjoin a laundry room, or be included in a basement area. As such, bathrooms are designed with a specific square footage that fit into the home’s basic design. Make sure your design fits the room’s parameters.

 

Renovations and Repairs

Renovations, repairs, and installation are the third phase of the project. The degree of bathroom renovation will determine the actual needs to complete the project. A construction professional can redesign the configuration of existing walls to expand the size of the bathroom if space is available. They may also relocate bathroom fixtures like a tub or add a free-standing shower. The new design may include relocating the toilet or vanity, to make the room appear more spacious and modern. For the homeowner, this may require consultations with the renovation expert to determine whether new plumbing piping and fixtures are necessary. This depends on the age of the existing bathroom, and the location of water supplies and drains. A bathroom renovation can also include installation of recessed lighting and an exhaust fan. Tub and shower enclosures are also needed to protect from water damage to flooring.

 

Final Touches

The final phase of completion may include new accessories like cabinetry, designated storage closets, peripheral shelving, window treatments, and choosing coordinating bathroom linens, shower mats, and slip-proof rugs. Decorations should be thought of in terms of necessity first. Get everything needed in first, then think about where to hang that wall painting last.

The major needs for a basic bathroom renovation often include thinking about the toilet, vanity, cabinets, and the shower or tub. Once the planning for each stage is complete it is important to look over what else can be fixed and added to. In no time, you should have the bathroom of your dreams.

 

 

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Real Renovator: How to Perfectly Time Your Project http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/real-renovator-perfectly-time-project/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/real-renovator-perfectly-time-project/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:04:24 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3784 Real renovators love the challenge of buying homes, com […]

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Real renovators love the challenge of buying homes, commercial buildings, and properties they can renovate. These renovations result in increased property value as well as greater curb appeal. The integral part of any renovation is being able to properly estimate costs and manage the renovation project in the most timely, efficient manner to meet budgetary constraints.

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To perfectly time your project, there are several things you can do to expedite the goal of project completion.

. Setting a timeline for overall project from start to completion
. Creating a budget complete with final cost estimations
. Formulating a workflow timeline for labor involved in renovations

The Importance of a Renovation Project Timeline

Plot a timeline for the major phases of home renovations in four phases. These include:
. Estimating renovation costs
. Purchasing of items needed for renovations
. Labor-related time and costs for electrical, plumbing, roofing or drywall services
. Full and final project completion

Phase One: Estimating Renovation Costs

The first phase of any comprehensive renovation project should begin with estimating costs. Knowing in advance the cost of renovations to a home reduces the burden of unexpected outlays of cash. Also, estimating costs for various types of electrical, plumbing and other repairs and installations help renovators remain on budget.

Phase Two: Purchasing

Actual purchasing should be carefully monitored. The real renovator has the option of purchasing from the previously estimated vendor or supplier list. However, all terms of delivery and payment should be directly linked to the quality of products or services supplied.

Phase Three: Labor Time and Cost of External and Internal Installations

Labor, whether performed by the homeowner or outsourced contractors, should follow the purchase phase. For renovators who perform labor, compare labor costs with outsourced contractors’ labor charges. For example you might call Alberta Water Services to check their installation time and price for Calgary commercial plumbing, against what you can do on your own. See what the savings will be and use these toward other parts of the project. This helps balance time and labor to meet project budget constraints.

Phase Four: Full and Final Project Completion

A project’s fourth phase is full and final project completion. This means all building permits and other local compliance regulations have been approved, all vendors and suppliers have been paid, and the project meets original time, labor, design, budget and estimating plans as originally set forth in the project timeline and workflow timeline. A renovation project is considered “full and final” when all renovations are satisfactorily approved by the home owner.

 

Make sure you are starting on the right track when it comes to a new home renovation. Take time to consider the timeline and costs necessary to get everything done. It’s all up to you to make the project worth every penny.

 

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Banquet Hall

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It’s not easy to plan a wedding when you have a large family or a big circle of friends, and you’ll no doubt be needing a venue where everyone has space to eat, mingle, and dance the night away. A banquet hall is ideal for this kind of occasion, with many of these spaces offering space to seat hundreds. However, a big venue means a lot of decorating, and with the decorations and flowers costing an average of nearly £800. This means that you’ll want to find ways to decorate your hall without breaking the bank, so here are a few ways that you can enjoy stylish décor on the cheap.

 

Renting centrepieces

If you have a lot of tables, then this means you need a lot of centrepieces, and it can get expensive if you are having a florist make them professionally. Many places can rent out centrepieces, or the pieces needed for them, and this makes a DIY decorating job so much easier.

 

Items you could rent include:

  • Giant martini glasses
  • Goldfish bowls
  • Mirrors
  • Candle holders
  • Artificial flowers
  • Coloured stones

 

This makes it cheaper to decorate a large area, and whether you choose a traditional banquet layout, or have circular tables, this means that you can ensure there are plenty of centrepieces to decorate.

 

Chair covers

Chair covers are a common sight at most weddings, but if you have a lot of people coming then their hire can get expensive. When you are looking around Merchant Taylors banquet hall and other venues, you should find out whether they can be included as part of their package to avoid additional costs. Many venues have a supply of chair covers, coloured sashes, and linens that they will sometimes include as part of the cost if you negotiate with them.

 

Favours

Favours are often part of the decoration of the tables, fitting in with the theme and offering thanks to your guests for attending. However, if you have professional favours made they can end up costing a lot per head, and when you have a whole banqueting hall full of guests this will soon add up. Look for ways to cut down on the cost of your favours, such as buying cheap organza bags in your wedding colours and filling them yourself, or having a friend with crafty skills make something simple. By personalising each favour, you also avoid the hassle of having to buy place settings, and that’s another small amount saved that adds up.

 

Draping

If your hall is a little bland or utilitarian, then it’s easy to soften the edges or cover up any unflattering patches, and draping is an easy way to do so. There are many companies who will be able to decorate the hall with large marquee drapes, and this can be a cost effective way of decorating a big space with minimal effort. With soft lighting, this can create an elegant and romantic look that’s ideal for wedding receptions.

 

No matter how big your wedding, there’s always a strict budget to stick to, and you don’t want to spend a lot on decorations and those little extras. By hiring a banquet hall, you can have plenty of space for ceremonies, receptions, and evening parties, and this gives you a flexible space that can be decorated for traditional or contemporary occasions. No matter what your wedding style, a banquet hall gives you many options, and means that you can invite all the loved ones you like without having to worry about fitting them all in.

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Why Businesses Host Business Events at Unique Venues http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/businesses-host-business-events-unique-venues/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/09/businesses-host-business-events-unique-venues/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:27:20 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3777   Growth and optimism currently characterise the e […]

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Growth and optimism currently characterise the events industry in the UK at the present point in time according to the trade body EVCOM (Event & Visual Communication Association).

Whilst the research shows the volume of events in 2013 was lower than the previous year, 2012 – 1.25 million compared with 1.3 million – both the number of delegates and delegate days were higher in 2013, which is also the forecast for 2014.

That’s good news for businesses in the UK events industry and businesses looking to put their best foot forward with the events they host.

 

Why Host a Business Event?

Businesses host events for any one of a number of reasons, most of which relate to business promotion – there’s a lot of excellent exposure to be garnered by hosting a successful business event.

Whilst the most prominent business events are hosted by large companies, that doesn’t mean small businesses shouldn’t also host business events. For although they likely won’t have the same budgets to work with or the same guest pulling power, the same benefits, when the event is successful, apply.

Exposure is the most prominent reason for businesses to host events, particularly those held at unique events venues that are, in many cases, attractions in themselves, though there are other reasons why businesses of all sizes and sectors should consider hosting an event at a unique venue.

Attendance fees don’t deter people from attending events – not all events are subject to attendance fees – and when attendance fees are charged and people attend regardless, it’s a sure sign that they’re interested in the event, that they believe attending is in their best interests and offers them value, and that they’re interested in the business’s message, making them likely candidates for the business’s target audience.

Events also present an excellent opportunity to meet with clients face-to-face and interact in a way that digital interactions, interactions that are fast coming to define business communication, can’t play out. “There’s something different about meeting face-to-face and having a conversation that’s not delayed or happening through Facebook messages or limited to 140 characters,” says Karen Hartline, Mashable’s event manager.

The opportunity to establish a relationship with current and future clients on a more personal level is an opportunity that’s too good to overlook, making event hosting an excellent marketing method, one that offers greater opportunities than other methods of marketing, even social media which is frequently hyped as the best means of client interaction business owners have.

 

Hosting a Successful Business Event

“Anyone can throw a great party, but this isn’t about throwing a great party. It’s about hitting business objectives,” says Tres McCullough, co-founder of Fathom, a New York-based experiential marketing firm.

This is a great point to make about hosting events because there’s so much more involved in hosting a successful event than sending out invitations and putting on a bar tab for attendees, and whilst ensuring everyone in attendance has a great time is a key ingredient to a successful event, there must be business objectives to meet.

“What people do wrong is they don’t have a clear objective,” says McCullough, “A lot of companies have a great idea, everything is water-tight and clear, and they race to execution mode. The event engages the client base, goes off without a hitch. Then it’s gone.”

Business objectives, although very important to have, aren’t everything and businesses should also be looking to make an outstanding impression by, amongst other things, holding their events at unique venues of London in order to make the events they host really stand out in the minds of attendees.

Unique venues are often historical venues that have seen many prominent events in the past, and indeed unique, historical venues can really attract attendees, which is naturally very important when there’s an attendance fee involved, which often goes to a charity after the costs of venue hire, etc. are deducted.

Hosting a successful business event isn’t exactly straightforward and there’s usually a lot more involved than most businesspeople realise at first; however, with the right venue and a good understanding of what’s involved, including the need to meet business objectives, hosting an event at a unique venue offers many outstanding benefits.

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Seriously Cool Items You Didn’t Know Your House Needed http://www.joysflair.com/2014/08/seriously-cool-items-didnt-know-house-needed/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/08/seriously-cool-items-didnt-know-house-needed/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:16:58 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3769 The list of cool household items you didn’t know your h […]

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The list of cool household items you didn’t know your house needed continues to grow longer by the day and is now as long as the Quirky Pod Power extension cord, an outstanding item for all you technophiles out there who can never seem to get enough juice running throughout your pad to power all your digital devices – but as in the immortal words of Ron Popeil, and later Australia’s Tim Shaw, ‘But wait, there’s more!’

And indeed there is, much more in fact!

 

Silicon Beer Savers

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Keeping bubbles alive by sticking a fork or spoon in your half drained bottle of beer is officially a myth and the sooner you accept that fact and pick yourself up a few silicon beer savers the better for everyone, especially your mates whom you try to pass them off on. They retail for about $7.

 

The Dish Drainer that Drains Into the Sink

This item has proven remarkably popular in a short period of time and has fast become one of those ‘I can’t believe I don’t have one yet’ items.

They cost around $45, though it must be said that if this floats your boat you really need to get out more, if only as far as your backyard to laze about in various degrees of undress in the really cool – not in a literal sense of course – collapsible hot tub discussed in glowing terms below.

The Collapsible Hot Tub

 

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Yes, finally! If you have a grand to blow on something really cool this year, make it a collapsible hot tub. This is the best new release camping item on the market in recent years and you don’t need to venture out into the great outdoors to enjoy it either – your backyard or living room will suffice. $1,000 well spent!

 

The Kickball Ice Cream Maker

 

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We all scream for ice cream and many of us scream even louder when we realise how much weight we’ve gained upon hitting the scales the next day! The kickball ice cream maker is here to make ice cream safer for consumption by blitzing calories before you even have a chance to put them on.

Just stick all the ingredients inside – cream, sugar, ice, flavours – kick it about with the kids for 20 minutes and you’ll have burned enough calories to deserve treating yourself. Retailing for $35, it’s an ingenious, must-have item.

 

Graffiti Rug Roller

 

Graffiti rug roller

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Not sure about the retail price, though if you’re into making your own household decorations then the graffiti rug roller is for you and it’s most certainly worth whatever it retails at.

Take an image of your choosing, convert it using the software provided and the Graffiti Fur will take care of the rest!

Recently showcased at Vancouver SIGGRAPH 2014, this cool item made a huge impression on those in attendance.

 

A Bed Riser with Built-In Power Strips

 

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Can’t seem to rise and shine as you’d like? With a bed riser with built-in power strips there’s no need to struggle out of bed any longer, just hit the switch and rise up.

Admittedly they’re intended for storage purposes, i.e. to store more junk under one’s bed, though they’ll make great Christmas gifts for your friendswho find it difficult to get up and about in the morning. Just $30!

 

The Remote Control Mop

 

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Ever tried to get the kids to do their share of the housework and failed miserably? In that regard, you’re hardly alone as many of us mums and dads would love to get the kids to help out around the house but nothing seems to work – they know we wouldn’t deprive them of pocket money because we’d never hear the end of it and ‘no television until it’s clean’ was another threat that never worked well either.

The remote control mop seems set to destroy that long-running trend by making housework as much fun as it’s possible to make housework. The remote control mop retails for around $50-60.

If you can’t believe you don’t own any of these cool, must-have household items, there’s no time like the present to introduce your better half to your new iPad controlled, poolside tranquility pad – it’s built for two by the way!

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Holden Colorado: Luxury and Style on the Road http://www.joysflair.com/2014/08/holden-colorado-luxury-style-road/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/08/holden-colorado-luxury-style-road/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:42:56 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3262 Chevrolet is popular for its mean line of cars and the […]

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Chevrolet is popular for its mean line of cars and the Holden Colorado could be their biggest and meanest 4×4 SUV to roll on the road. The Colorado actually has a wide range of models, but for those who would love a smooth road adventure and travel tough off-road environments, then the LTZ 4×4 crew cab is the car for you.

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Our family loves a big vehicle as it does not only provides a comfortable ride but its cabin offers decent proportions all-round and good adequate storage options. My boys were quite impressed with the latest design, style and luxury of this vehicle. It is a dream car indeed for many but you have to get to know it in-depth to really fall for it. Despite its huge size, the Colorado is said to drive like a cloud, well big cloud if you must say. It has amazing torque, power and grunt that would make anybody want to step up. It has independent double wishbone suspension as well as coil springs at the front end and leaf springs at the rear for extra clearance which makes driving her completely comfortable and smooth all the way.

 

Driving this crew-cab can be tough; you need to pay attention when you are parking or while you are driving. Its monstrous size will make parallel parking and angle parking almost impossible to pull off. This parking dilemma has been fixed with the LTZ model, for a new reversing camera that accompanies rear parking sensors is one of its prime features.

 

The Holden Colorado LTZ 4×4 crew cab value, features, design and over-all performance as a do-it-all workhorse is definitely a best buy for the family’s new ride.

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Tips to Creating the Bathroom of Your Dreams http://www.joysflair.com/2014/08/tips-creating-bathroom-dreams/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/08/tips-creating-bathroom-dreams/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:34:19 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3766 When it is time to design your new bathroom, you must g […]

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When it is time to design your new bathroom, you must get it right. After all, it is likely to cost much money, and you will have to live with it for many years to come. A beautiful room can add value to your home and make it easy to sell in the future should you decide to.

You will see thousands of different suites and vanity units, and we cannot recommend one to you because everybody’s taste is different. But there are a few principles you should follow to make sure that your bathroom design will be a success.

Here are some top tips for creating the bathroom of your dreams.

 

The Kassandra Bay Hotel Interconnecting Family Room bathroom

Photo credit: Kassandra Bay Resort, on Flickr

 

Natural Light

As in any room, natural light is a vital feature in this setting. Many bathrooms have tiny windows that do not allow in enough light. Think about enlarging them before you start work on the interior remodelling. A new window frame is inexpensive, and it will only take a builder a day to enlarge the opening and install it. If they fit a new lintel, it might take two days, but that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme. The benefits of extra light outweigh the inconvenience of the building work.

 

Artificial Light

New LED light fittings are perfect for bathrooms. They work on low voltage, and many come with a suitable IP rating that makes them safe for moist atmospheres. These lights will make the glass, and expensive chrome fittings sparkle.

 

Layout

Nowadays it is possible to move your bathroom fittings to any location within the room. Texas Plumbing Diagnostics reckon that modern, flexible pipes can make the job easy. Here are a few things to consider when working on the layout of your project.

 

  • You will have to move the sewer pipe if you reposition the toilet. The pipe is usually six inches in diameter and is not easy to hide under the floorboards. It might be beneficial to leave it close to its original position to negate the need for extra boxing in the room.
  • We are so used to seeing bathtubs against a wall it is easy to forget that you can install one in the middle of the room. Roll top freestanding baths are en-vogue again and are a stunning feature in most settings, whether they are modern or traditional.
  • You have an opportunity to install two or more sinks for when there is a rush for the bathroom in the morning. This place is the cause of many arguments as people rush to prepare themselves for the day. When you consider the small cost, the argument for an extra sink is compelling.
  • Think about a separate shower cubicle rather than installing one over the bath. Install some high quality sliding glass doors.

 

Tiles

The room must be tiled from floor to ceiling if you are to achieve the high-quality ambiance that you seek. The current trend is to use the same product on the floor and walls. Avoid those with intricate patterns; they make the room look smaller than it is. Designers often choose large tiles with natural patterns such as marble or slate.

 

With the knowledge here, you should be confident in your approach to the room. Remember though, just because you like bright orange, it doesn’t mean everybody else will. White is usually the best color for the suite. I wish you success in your latest project; it is an exciting time.

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How A Few Paving Stones Can Revamp Your Outdoor Spaces http://www.joysflair.com/2014/08/paving-stones-can-revamp-outdoor-spaces/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/08/paving-stones-can-revamp-outdoor-spaces/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:10:17 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3761 Many people say that we don’t spend enough time outdoor […]

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Many people say that we don’t spend enough time outdoors. That’s worrying, and it’s most worrying for children. If kids don’t spend time outside – and most of them don’t – then it can mess up their lives in the long run. They’ll get used to living indoors. They won’t get enough vitamin D from the sun. They’ll lose the art of outdoor play. They’ll become unfit. These are all terrible consequences of a life without the great outdoors.

You can help your children rediscover the joy of being outside. All it takes is a little care and attention towards your garden. Lots of us have gardens that resemble unkempt wildernesses, not areas where kids can play. That’s easy to solve. As it turns out, just a few creative uses of ordinary paving stones can turn your garden into a paradise fit for play. Here’s how.

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You can use paving stones from Easy Pave in a variety of different ways. Let’s say you’re worried about monitoring your children if they’re out in the garden. Paving stones can make a fantastic patio. A patio at the top or bottom of your garden can be the perfect place to keep watch over your kids. You can also catch a few rays there without getting a wet backside from your grass. Another use for a patio could be as a place to socialise as a family. You could stick a barbecue on it and invite the neighbours round. That way, all the kids in the neighbourhood can get together and play in your back garden. All that, from the cost of a few paving stones!

Paving can also solve a few issues that may stop you from letting your kids outside. You can use them as stepping stones between the home and the garden area. That’s good for younger children, as it gives them a safe place from any thorns or nettles. There are lots of dangers in gardens, but stepping stones can act as a ‘safe zone’ for any children who can’t recognise hazards.

Child's play

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You should also consider using paving to act as a wall in larger gardens. That way, you can separate your garden into different areas. That can be a great way to give the children their own designated area in which to play. Walls are most useful for parents who grow plants or vegetables in their garden. They can act as a barrier, protecting the plants while encouraging the children to play. What’s more, giving the children a walled area of the garden can give them a sense of responsibility. If they’re in charge of maintaining their section of the garden, they’ll feel more mature. Encouraging responsible play is a great way for your children to move towards adulthood.

You might not think that a few paving stones can revamp your outdoor spaces into fantastic and safe play areas. As you can see now, that’s not the case. A garden is an asset to any home. Make the most of it. Your kids will thank you for it if you do.

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Outdoor Living Space

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There is a common fear among home owners that revamping the outdoor living space is going to do some serious damage to your bank account. This fear, usually results in an outdated garden, finished off with a couple of dying pot plants, and $10 chairs that you picked up from your local hardware store. It’s funny, we spend so much time and effort perfecting our interior areas, that we neglect the exterior – a space that should really be the extension of the inside, not the Amazon jungle. If the idea of entering your overgrown yard makes you cringe, perhaps it’s time for a makeover! Whatever your budget, here are some simple ideas to transform your garden into a relaxing oasis.

 

Freshen the Walls with a Coat of Paint

It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for reviving and old space. If timber is already a feature in your backyard, you’ve probably noticed that without the right maintenance, they struggle under the harsh elements. You’ll firstly need to prepare the surface before you start coating over with a fresh lick of paint. Simply peel the existing paint, and lightly sand the area to provide a smooth base for re-painting.

 

Revamp Your Outdoor Accessories and Furniture

Unless you plan on keeping that plastic outdoor setting – which I’m assuming you don’t – a dining or lounge suite is essential to creating a relaxed and comfortable vibe. If you have pre-existing outdoor furniture that’s a bit faded, there’s nothing a colourful pop of fresh paint can’t fix. However, if you plan on purchasing a new suite, consider outdoor coverage for the wet months, or a product that is durable enough to withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at it. You could include a love seat for a private feeling, a wooden dining setting for potential dinner parties, and a large weather resistant umbrella to keep it protected.

 

Create a Magical Feel with Outdoor Lighting

Your home isn’t left in the dark, so why would you treat your outdoor space the same? The right lighting can truly make or break a space. If you’ve packed it out with a sea of bright lights, you’ll constantly feel like you’re under interrogation. If you’ve got a few candles sparingly placed around the yard, you’ll likely spill your supper. There are a plethora of garden lighting products to choose, with the favourite being weaving fairy lights around the trees to create a magical and whimsical ambiance. Another option is including inbuilt spotlights along your garden bed to create a light feature on your wall. Even if you have a limited budget, you can always opt for garden lamps and lanterns, which have a rustic appeal.

 

Make an Entertainment Area with an Outdoor Patio

Even the most inexperienced D.I.Yer has the ability to install a patio in their backyard. This is a highly effective way to dress any garden, creating a designated space for entertaining. Start from scratch with concrete slabs, wooden panels, bricks or tiles, or if you’re feeling a bit scared at the thought of arranging your space, call on a specialist like Additions Building to help you through all the planning and process.

Have you recently updated your garden space? What are your simple yet effective ways of sprucing up an area? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

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