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Easy ways to create space in your living room

Your living room is, perhaps, the most prominent space in your home. Having enough space for you and your guests to relax in is of utmost importance if you’re looking to foster a healthy, welcoming environment. However, achieving the illusion of having sufficient space in your living room can be especially tricky. Here are a few tips on how to make your living room seem bigger:
Decorate the space in lighter colours
Darker colours make everything seem smaller. Try and avoid them by painting the walls a lighter, more neutral tone. This will immediately open up the space, making everything seem much bigger and far less overwhelming.
Make use of mirrors
Mirrors create the illusion of there being double the amount of space that there really is. Add a big, feature mirror if possible – you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it will make. Glass is also a really good decorative material to use as it will also make the room bigger. Consider a glass coffee table instead of a dark or wooden one.
Try and let in as much light as possible
Choose living room curtains that will allow for light to come into the room during the day. The more light, the better. The darker a room appears to be, the smaller it will seem. Opt for light-weight, airy curtains that will open up the space.
If possible, go for an open-plan kitchen and living room
While this is not always the easiest thing to do, creating an open-plan living space is always a good idea. Find out more about Sansbury’s services, and we will be able to help you come to a feasible, affordable solution. We specialise in [...]

By |July 3rd, 2014|DIY Tips, General|Comments Off on Easy ways to create space in your living room|

Things to consider before renovating your kitchen

Renovating your kitchen is not exactly the easiest thing to do. It’s a mammoth task that involves taking many things into consideration. It also needs to be done perfectly the first time around, because aside from the bedrooms, the kitchen is the one room in your house that you will use on a daily basis. There is very little room for error as the tiniest mistake could mean you can’t start your day with a healthy breakfast or your fresh cup of morning coffee. If you are considering a kitchen renovation, here are some things to consider before embarking on this mission.
Really invest in your countertop
Your countertop is the part of the kitchen that will experience the most wear and tear. Invest in something that is chip-resistant and long-lasting. Think about it: the countertop will be used for chopping and dicing, grinding ingredients with a mortar and pestle and kneading and rolling dough – all of which are heavy duty activities. Granite is always a safe bet. While expensive, it can guarantee you the longevity and reliability you need from a countertop.
Think logically
While this may seem like an obvious one, it’s important to think logically about the placement of everything from appliances to islands in your new kitchen. Over and above everything else, your kitchen needs to be practical. Trying to cook when everything is far apart or hard to reach will make every meal preparation a challenging one. Before the first change is made, carefully consider where you will put everything. If you need help, you can always ask a member of Sansbury Home Renovations and Maintenance’s team. They are friendly, efficient and professional.
Don’t overdo it with the [...]

By |July 3rd, 2014|Design, Maintenance, Renovations|Comments Off on Things to consider before renovating your kitchen|

How to make your home more energy efficient this winter

As winter approaches, so do the thoughts of increased electricity bills. The constant use of heaters and electric blankets, the need to switch those lights on earlier and the undeniable need for warm, hearty meals instead of a quick salad is sure to send those bills sky-rocketing. However, there are a few quick, easy and cost-effective ways to reduce your energy bills and lighten your carbon footprint this winter. Just follow these simple steps:
Change your light bulbs
Traditional light bulbs are far more expensive than you think, and they don’t last nearly as long as energy-saving ones do. Not only is the glow from energy-saving bulbs much brighter than the glow from regular bulbs, but they are also just as easy to install and change.
Insulation is key
You can ask anyone who works in renovations and maintenance – insulation is key during winter, for a number of reasons. It won’t just keep the house warm, it will protect the interior of the house from water damage. The roof is always the best place to start with insulating your home, especially in older houses.
Turn the heat down
Once your insulation is in effect, you won’t need to turn the heaters up as high as you ordinarily would. Turning a heater down by just one degree means that you could save up to a tenth of your current electricity bill, if not more. As a rule of thumb, heating any room up by just five degrees higher than the temperature outside will help your body temperature regulate to the climate, meaning you stay warmer on less heat.
Prevention is better than cure
Don’t let any drafts in. Instead, seal off any cracks coming [...]

By |June 4th, 2014|DIY Tips, General, Maintenance|Comments Off on How to make your home more energy efficient this winter|

What to consider before renovating your bathroom

Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is one of your home’s most important spaces. It needs to be convenient, relaxing and well equipped for all members of your family. That’s why it is pivotal to make sure that your bathroom is always in tip-top condition. If you’re considering making a few changes and renovations to it, think about the following factors before embarking on what could turn out to be quite a mammoth task.
Trust the experts
A bathroom’s makeover is not as easy as any other room’s would be, especially because things like tiling and plumbing need to be considered. For any big tasks, get experts involved. Sansbury Renovations & Maintenance, for example, offers a wide range of products and services that could make the whole experience much easier and far less stressful. Not only do they have the expertise to complete the task properly, but it will probably be completed much more efficiently than if you had to do it alone.
Carefully consider your choice of tiles
The tiles you choose for your bathroom need to be durable, and preferably, easy to clean. They also need to be a fairly safe option, as wet tiles can become a serious hazard. We recommend going for a textured tile, or lots of smaller tiles with numerous grout lines, this provides extra grip.
Height is important
When it comes to bathroom accessories such as towel rails or robe hooks, you need to consider the heights of everyone living in the house. There is no set formula for working this out, but you need to make informed decisions about where to place things – you don’t want to have to stand on your tip-toes every time [...]

By |June 4th, 2014|DIY Tips, Renovations|Comments Off on What to consider before renovating your bathroom|

How to choose a colour palette for your home

Choosing a colour palette for your home is no easy task. It’s quite a daunting undertaking, but we have put together a few easy tips on how to choose the perfect colour palette for your home.
Don’t choose your wall colours first
As counter-intuitive as this sounds, it’s best to first gather all your other décor pieces, such as rugs and furniture. These are harder to find and are generally more expensive than wall paint. Find the pieces that you love and then build your colour palette around these items. That way, you can find the shades that tie everything together and make your home look finished.
Consider the room you want to be a feature room
For most people, this is the living room. Once you know exactly what you want in this room, you will be able to pick a colour that ties the rest of your home together. Remember that this is the room that visitors are most likely to settle in, so it generally creates their first impressions of your house.
Remember that the lighting in your house will affect the colours
The light in your house will change throughout the day. Choose colours that can withstand this transition, no matter what time of the day or night it is. Any room or corridor’s truest colours are shown in the natural light of the day, so be sure to take this into consideration when choosing your hues.
Sample everything before you paint
All DIY/paint stores will have sample pots of paint for you to purchase. Before you paint your walls, no matter how sure you are of the colour, sample a small section of your wall with the paint sample [...]

By |May 12th, 2014|Design, General, Renovations|Comments Off on How to choose a colour palette for your home|

How to choose the best renovations company for your home

Making sure that you have a good contractor to renovate your home is one of the most stressful tasks that many of us will ever undertake. Your home is your haven, and to have other people come into it and make changes to it is not the most comforting thought, no matter how wonderful the end result promises to be. Fear not, we’ve put together a guide on how to choose the best company to do renovations and maintenance to your home.
Research
The internet is a wonderful thing, and it will give you all the information you need to make a decision. Have a look at some of the most popular contractors online – there’s a reason they have a following. Make a list of about four or five who seem promising, and from there, look at what they’re experts in. Then, depending on what your needs are, narrow down the best candidates to work on your house.
Look at references
Read customer testimonials , speak to anyone you know who has had work completed by them, and even give the company a call and ask to see their portfolio. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your contractor – at some stage, you will be seeing them every day for weeks at a time (depending on what you’re having done to your home, of course). It’s also extremely important to trust your gut feeling – go according to what you think is right. It will help you make an educated, informed decision.
Communicate
When you meet with your contractor, it’s extremely important to tell him or her exactly what you want and what you don’t want. Get a feel for their response [...]

By |May 12th, 2014|General, Renovations|Comments Off on How to choose the best renovations company for your home|

How to add value to your home

The property market is a tricky one. There are so many factors that could potentially have an impact on the value of your home, which is important to consider given the fact that for many of us, our house is the most expensive asset we will ever own. That being said, however, there are some sure-fire ways of adding value to your home. Sansbury Renovations and Maintenance can help you do so. Just have a look at their portfolio.

Of course, plunges in the property market cannot be helped, but your house will fetch more than one without any of these value-ads:

Landscape your garden

Gardens are huge attractions. Potential buyers or tenants want to know that they will have a space to relax and unwind with their family and friends. A garden that looks good and is well-maintained can play a huge role in affecting the decision of anyone coming to view your house as a prospective home.

Add a pool

Just like well-maintained gardens, pools are also a huge draw-card. They provide a place to relax as well as a place for countless hours of fun to be had. A sparkling, blue pool will instantly add value as it looks appealing and will, no doubt, be a major factor taken into account by potential buyers or tenants when considering your property.

Go green

An environmentally-friendly house is one that will appeal to everyone. Greener houses have been known to produce lower running costs because of power and water saving alone. Apart from the fact that reducing one’s carbon footprint is a key aim in today’s society, reduced household costs is something that will never fail to attract buyers. So, adding that solar-powered heating or geyser blanket you’ve been thinking [...]

By |April 15th, 2014|General, Maintenance, Renovations|Comments Off on How to add value to your home|

How to heat up your home this winter

The sudden drop in temperature can only mean one thing – winter is well on its way. After one of the country’s hottest summers on record, the days of hot chocolate, thick socks and winter onesies are fast approaching. As wonderful as spending evenings in front of the fire place may sound, we can really only enjoy it once we’re properly prepared for the rainy days and icy cold. Sansbury offers a range of services, including interior design and renovations that can make your home that little bit more winter-friendly. Take a look at some of the suggestions we came up with on how to heat your home in time for winter:

Seal the cracks

Prevent cold drafts from getting into your home by sealing off any cracks and spaces between doors. Sealants are easy to use and are lasting, making it a permanent solution to beating the chilly weather. You’d be surprised at just how much cold air can get through all of those tiny cracks.

Use thick curtains

As pretty as your flimsy summer curtains may be, they easily let out heat and let cold air get in. The thicker the curtain, the greater the heat retention. So, if you have a heater in your living room, a thick curtain will trap the heat better than a thin one.  It’s a simple fix and winter curtain fabrics can be just as beautiful as their summer counterparts.

Look up

The one rule that Grade Seven Science classes taught us is that hot air rises and cool air sinks. If you live in a double story house, spend more time upstairs. It will be infinitely warmer than downstairs, and you will spend less on electricity bills trying to heat the [...]

By |April 15th, 2014|DIY Tips, Renovations|Comments Off on How to heat up your home this winter|

Four ways to maximise storage space in your garage

Your garage needn’t be a dirty secret or an uncluttered mess with these great tips that will maximise space and ensure an organised and pleasant garage.

A garage by its very definition is a building for housing a motor vehicle, but most garages end up being the ideal place to store items that you don’t need in everyday life such as garden equipment, sports gear, camping apparatus and DIY hardware. So how do you store these items effectively and still have space for your cars? Below you’ll find four tricks of the trade that maximise your available garage space.

Maximise the space on your walls

Tools such as hammers, wrenches, saws and drills take up a lot of space and don’t always fit into a tool box. A great way to store your tools is to hang them on the wall, preferably above your work bench. An easy way to achieve this is to mount a board on the wall and hang tools from hooks or nails which have been knocked into the board. A clever life-hack is to stencil the outline of the tools on the board; this way you know which space to return them to.

Use versatile work spaces

Collapsible tables and counter- top work areas are great space-savers. An easy way to achieve this is to hinge a counter-top to the wall and have sturdy legs that fold beneath the table. You can easily assemble the table when needed and store it away neatly once done. Workbenches with drawers and shelves will also increase the storage space available.

Install shelves

Select one wall of your garage as a dedicated storage wall and put up sturdy shelves, making them deeper the higher you go. Make sure to organise [...]

By |March 7th, 2014|Maintenance, Renovations|Comments Off on Four ways to maximise storage space in your garage|

7 Tips to Give Your Bathroom a Facelift

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house yet it’s so often forgotten about. No one wants to unwind in the bath surrounded by rather dreary walls and sad-looking cabinet exteriors. Injecting new life into your beloved bathroom doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune; it’s about being smart about the changes you make and not being afraid to get a little creative. Here are seven easy tips courtesy of the renovations and maintenance experts at Sansbury that will help you give your bathroom that much needed makeover.

1) Lose the Clutter

The first vital step is going through your bathroom and getting rid of any unnecessary extras. Having a million and one bottles, containers and knick-knacks covering every surface in the bathroom can be overwhelming, not to mention unappealing. Be strict with yourself and throw away the things you no longer use or want. Hopefully there’s a cabinet or cupboard in there already that you can use for storage but if need be you can always buy some decorative storage containers. They help to neaten things up and they look good doing it. It wouldn’t hurt to give everything a good scrub too.

2) Face Paint

A new lick of paint has been known to change the feel of a room entirely. This is definitely true of the bathroom as well. You can choose to go along with the existing colour palette in your home or you can go with a colour scheme that is completely different – as long as you love it. It’s important to bear in mind that lighter, more neutral colours can make a room look deceptively large which is particularly great if you have a pokier bathroom. Darker [...]

By |March 7th, 2014|Design, DIY Tips, Renovations|Comments Off on 7 Tips to Give Your Bathroom a Facelift|