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Brick fire places using brick slips

I love a going to a traditional pub, open fire places, exposed brick work and a warm cosy feel. Over the years having exposed brick work within your own home has changed, it become popular to plaster over everything to make it look pristine.

Now, however it is becoming popular to add brick work into your home. Not only in older properties or for warehouse styled interiors but also in a more modern family home. I now know a few people that have had large extensions completed and had one wall what looks like an internal l brick wall. When in fact it is a brick tile or brick slip that are tiled onto the wall and looks just like an external brick look. It honestly looks fabulous.

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Feature Wall – brick slips

Feature Wall UK are a company that specialise in brick tiles, brick slips and stone veneers. I love the idea of having a log burner sat within a traditional looking chimney fire place, with exposed brick work. Using Feature Wall UK’s brick slips or tiles I can have that traditional look within a more modern house as their tiles are heat resistant, just perfect for a log burner.

It means you are able to build a chimney breast within your home using plaster boards and then use the brick or even stone slips to create something that looks fabulous but is also affordable.

The brick slips are not only suitable for in doors, but they are weather proof so they are perfect for outdoors. Many people are using them to add to the render on their homes, to add a little bit of extra design.

The brick slips are not only a cost effective way to add character to your home they are so lightweight and suitable for those who DIY lovers as they are easily fitted.

I love the idea of adding a more traditional brick slip to the back of a fire place for a log burner to sit in. It is definitely going onto my list of must haves for our forever home. What do you think to adding some brick slips to your home?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Stylish skirting boards

I have recently been thinking more and more about what I want from our forever home. I know that when we find our forever home it will be something that will need renovating. With renovating a property comes time, money and a lot of patience. It doesn’t stop me dreaming about how I would like things to be. The kitchen, bathroom, garden, living room, children’s bedrooms, paint colours.

The more I see beautiful interior styles on various website, good home magazine (yes I subscribe) and in the large department stores, the more I start to think about the details. I know we don’t have our forever home yet, I don’t even know what the layout will be like. All I do know is that it will be in village location, miles away from the nearest town, just perfect.

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Stylish skirting boards

During one of my many forever home planning’s, I started to look at skirting boards. I think I had been to a friend’s old Edwardian house, which has skirting boards that must be almost a foot high. I then started to see different styles of skirting board everywhere.

Honestly, I had no idea that there are so many styles available. Skirting World specialise in skirting boards, architrave, window board they have a few different styles to choose from, plus they deliver all over the UK.

I really like the modern styles, they are like nothing I have seen before. Although very modern isn’t quite what I will be going for, they would look fabulous in the right places.

I think my favourite would be the heritage skirting board it really has that traditional feel that I love. My home will be quite traditional in style, I like older more vintage items of furniture. My dark wood dress and bureaux are among my favourite items. So opting for something that has that more traditional feel would suit what I have pictured for our home more.

The only thing for me about pretty skirting boards is that they take that bit more cleaning. I’m not the best cleaner in the world, but I think that using the right vacuum cleaning tools, I will be able to keep my skirting boards looking pristine all of the time.

What do you look for when choosing items for your home? Do you like something modern or do you prefer something more modern?

 

*this is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Keeping warm with new central heating

The colder months are almost upon us, some mornings I am waking up to a freezing cold house. My Hubby then moans and already wants me to put the heating on. I have a rule that the heating doesn’t go on until October and I like it to be as late into October as possible. I think it just isn’t quite cold enough to have it on just let, pop on a jumper or a blanket instead.

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Our house is quite old and very very cold. A few years ago when the house was being renovated we added new windows to the back of the house and left the front hoping they would last a couple more years. However, the first winter in the house was freezing. The bedrooms in the dormer part of the roof, were so cold. The children had to have extra blankets on their beds at night. The following year we had new windows put in but it has made no difference, it’s still freezing cold.

Anyway, while renovating the house we needed a new boiler, new radiators in some of the rooms. New boilers and radiators do not come cheap. Just like every other part of house renovation, sourcing a boiler that you want, that does everything you need then finding someone to fit it is not easy.

New central heating options

My Hubby looked at the different types of central heating systems to see what would be the best. Affordable, economical, the right size for it’s location. I then had the task of finding someone to fit it.

There are three different types of wet central heating boiler options. A combi boiler, that heats mains water as required and does not need a water tank. A conventional boiler, that heats water and pumps it to the radiators and using a water tank. A system boiler which is basically a conventional but does everything in one unit so taking up less space.

Boilers are a bit of a mine field to me, but after some advice we went with a combi boiler, it’s been great. Finding someone to fit it wasn’t quite so easy. Plumbers are always so busy. After ringing round people who had been recommended to us, I found a local company who could fit it for us. It’s never easy to find someone who is trust worthy to fit a boiler and deal with all of the gas side of things.

I should think that when we come to moving to our forever home, we will again need to put in a new boiler system, fingers crossed it will be a nice simple process. 

Do you have any tips for finding tradesman?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*