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.
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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|

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|

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|