Choosing our skirting boards

When we decided to buy our 1950’s forever home, we knew it needed a bit of love. It hadn’t really had much work done on it, so we wanted to replace the bathroom, strip the wall paper from the children’s bedrooms and get them ready to move in. However when we got the keys and started to look at the house a bit more it wasn’t just the bathroom and a bit of paint.

The bedrooms only had one plug socket in them, so we needed an electrician in to do that, which then meant the rooms would need skimming by a plasterer. We decided that we may as well get the electrician in to add more plugs to all of the bedrooms, so we only had to get the plasterer in once for upstairs. One job just rolls into another.

For the electrician to add more sockets we needed to remove some of the skirting boards, but for the plasterer we needed to remove all of the skirting boards. With that comes the need to buy all new skirting boards, the small paint job in the bedrooms became costly quite quickly.

Choosing skirting boards

I then set about looking at options for skirting board, I really didn’t know that there are so many options for skirting boards. Different styles, different heights, different finishes. It’s quite a minefield of skirting boards.

The Skirting Board Shop online have a great selection, some more ornate styles that would suit a Georgian style home, or someone wanting something more traditional. I loved them, but in all honesty I don’t think they would fit with the style of house and also all I could think about was how much dust they would hold in the pretty groves.

choosing skirting boards

They also had some quite modern styles, with a thin line running through. I really liked this, I could see them within my brother in laws cool modern home, but not for me.

choosing skirting boards

In the end we choose something that was quite similar to what was already in place. It’s quite simple, with no curvy bits that will collect the dust, we also went for one that is already primed. We had spoken about having wooden skirting but both felt that we would look better going for the more standard white skirting boards. I felt we would need to change the doors if we had wooden skirting boards. We measured the heights and thought the 94mm chamfered and rounded style would suit the room best.

They height of skirting boards varies from only 44mm up to 194mm. I really like a couple of other styles but they didn’t come in the middle size.

I cannot wait to see what they will look like when they have been completed. It’s all very exciting.


*Thank you Skirting Board Shop for sending me lovely skirting boards for our forever home.*

Your Summer Home Is Just Around The Corner

Well, summer is just around the corner… we know that for sure. As the weather starts to get warmer, we can’t help but dream of those summer months, and all of the time we want to spend relaxing in the sun, being with friends and family, and just generally having fun. But as for your home, that might be a while away before it’s ready for the summer, simply because it’s coming around quicker than we thought. As the weather was warmer this winter, it has as well made it so much warmer for the beginning of this year that we have had already. So since this is being sprung upon us quiet quickly, it might be that you’re going to have to sort your summer home asap. Just a few tweaks here and there, and you could have you home ready in no time. We’ve got a few things that we can suggest, that would turn your home into the perfect summer home that you need. So take a few minutes to have a read of the tips below, and see how much they help you!

Your Summer Home

Making It Fresh & Summery

The first thing that you want to do, is get rid of anything that’s going to bring that summer vibe away. For a lot of you, it will be the colours that your home is using, and the accessories that you have. So let’s think about your bedroom as an example, because there is no worse feeling that getting home on a boiling hot day, to go into a boiling hot room that’s dark and not inviting. So to summer it up, you need to think about changing a few things. You could start simply, and change your duvet and bedding to something that’s light in both colour, and weight. You could then think about changing your furniture colour to white, and lightning up the room by giving the walls some fresh paint. If you have quite a dark room at the minute, say through using the colour grey, the contrast with the white furniture, and perhaps changing your blinds and curtains to white, will help to lift the colour of the room a little bit!

The Perfect Garden

The perfect garden definitely does exist. It has to be one that you’re literally so excited to get into at the end of the day, when the summer air is still warm. But swapping things around in your garden can get expensive, so you might want to check out websites such as Alice’s Garden, to see what garden furniture you can get. The furniture is going to the main relaxation source in your garden, so you want to make sure that’s large, padded, and ready for a great summer. Getting a good BBQ is also essential. Cooking out of the little trays each time is rubbish. If you want that true BBQ flavour and cooking, you’re going to have to invest in a proper outdoor style grill, which will no doubt cook up a storm!

Things To Consider When Installing Decking in Your Garden

Transforming your outdoor area might be the solution you require in order to enjoy your outdoor space more. In the UK, we don’t often see a lot of sunshine, so our time outside is limited anyway. So if you’re thinking of installing decking in your garden, here are some things to consider.

Things To Consider When Installing Decking

Have A Budget Available

First and foremost, you need a budget. Decking isn’t the cheapest thing to install in your home and depending on its size, the price may get more expensive the bigger you go. So it’s important to start off with some research and looking into what you can afford and what companies can offer in the way of spreading costs for the work done. Alternatively, you may have the DIY skills needed to do the job yourself, and that will end up making it much cheaper. Either way, you want to have a budget available to pay for it.

Mark Out Where You Want It

The next step is knowing where you want to put it. Depending on the size and shape of your garden, you need to figure out where the best place it can go in terms of its appearance of functionality. If you’re using the space as a place to set up for the sun, you want to pick a spot where the sun hits that part of the garden for the majority of the day. You also want to think about the view and what you want your decking to be looking out onto as the height will make a difference to what you can see. Maybe you’re lucky enough to be backed onto a beautiful landscape, and therefore there may be a certain part of the garden which is best for seeing this view.

These are all things you want to decide on before starting the work. The last thing you want is to have spent lots of money and time building it, to find that it’s in the wrong place and having to start all over again.

The Decking Materials

The materials you use for your decking is equally important to everything else, especially when it comes to weather conditions and the durability of different materials. Wood is usually a popular choice, and you can get plenty of it from Oakdale Fencing. But there are other alternatives to consider. There’s composite decking which is made from recycled materials like plastic and wood fibres. Aluminium is also another, as well as plastic. If you go for wood, the type of wood can vary depending on how weather-resistant or pressure-treated you want it. Of course, they all come with different price points, so it’s whatever suits your budget really.

Decking can add something different to your outdoor space, and it’s a great feature to have. So if you’re considering decking for your garden, make sure you research and plan it all out before spending your hard earned money! Once it’s built, you’ll likely find you spend more time out in your garden than you did before.