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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|

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|

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|

Welcome to our new website!

We’re thrilled about the launch of our new website! Watch this space for more blog posts, news and building advice.

 

By |October 1st, 2013|General, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome to our new website!|