Transform Your Floor With Paint

Transform Your Floor With Paint

 

Painting your floor can make the world of difference to the appearance of your home, and is not costly to do at all. Here are some tips on how you can transform your flooring with paint:

 

Go For White

Painting your floor white can make your home feel very inviting, and creates a fresh, airy ambience throughout. Not only that, but white can go with almost any other colour, so it gives you the opportunity to mix and match your white flooring with other vibrant colours.

 

Grey Tones

Sometimes white might be a little too bright for your interior, so a great alternative is using a grey tone. Grey tones are effective in most designs as their neutrality allows them to combine with most colours, including bright blues and yellows. In addition to its versatility, grey is also less susceptible to showing dirt than pure white.

 

Opt For Darkness

If you already have light walls, ceilings or furniture, then you could create a beautiful contrast and paint your flooring a dark shade such as black or brown. Darker shades are particularly useful in areas such as the kitchen or in the hallway, where dirt is known to build up.

 

Create A Distressed Look

Sometimes giving your flooring a more aged and distressed look can really enhance the overall character of your home. If you want to achieve this sort of look, then you could sandpaper parts of the floor after the paint has dried, in order to reveal the original wood, and then applying a wax or protective lacquer.

 

How To Save Energy In Your Kitchen

How To Save Energy In Your Kitchen

 

The kitchen is one of the most energy dependent rooms in a household, and this can be very taxing financially and environmentally. APT Renovation has looked at some of the ways that you can reduce the amount of energy you use in your kitchen:

 

Energy Efficient Appliances

Kitchen appliances can take up to 30% of your entire energy use in your home, which is why replacing your existing appliances with those that have graded A ratings is so important. Grade A appliances are the most energy efficient, and will be sure to lower your bills each month.

 

Temperature Regulation

If you want to significantly reduce energy use, then make sure you pay attention to the temperatures in your fridges, dishwashers and washing machines. The ideal temperature of your fridge should be between 3-5°C and your freezer should be around -18°C.

 

Regularly Defrost Freezer

Because the freezer is constantly switched on, it is naturally the biggest energy user in the kitchen. The best way to reduce this excessive use of energy is to regularly defrost the freezer, as the more ice that builds up, the more electricity is used to keep it cold. Keeping your freezer defrosted can save you up to £200 a year in bills.

 

Use Energy Saving Lights

Kitchens are where you prepare meals, so they need to be lit up well, more so than any other part of the house. Using inefficient bulbs will quickly consume untold amounts of energy in your kitchen, so you should consider going for LED lights. These come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can be sure to find some that will suit your kitchen’s décor.

 

 

 

Creative Ideas For Wardrobes

Creative Ideas For Wardrobes

 

APT Renovation specialise in creating made to measure wardrobes for your home, thanks to our bespoke joinery. We have looked at some creative ways you can incorporate wardrobes into your rooms:

 

Raised Wardrobes

A great technique for organising your wardrobes is to raise them above the ground and onto the wall. This will allow you to have even more storage for clothing, and to also free up some much-needed floor space.

 

Low Wardrobes

If your room is in a loft, or you are lacking in headspace, then the chances are you won’t be able to fit a full-size wardrobe in there. What you can do though, is put a low-hanging wardrobe in there, complete with an easy to access hanging tail and maybe some LED lights for the style.

 

Integrate With Bed

Some rooms come in awkward shapes, making it hard to fit in a wardrobe that is able to store all of your clothing. If you are finding it hard to fit a wardrobe in because of the obstructive angles, then you could build one directly over your bed. Not only is this efficient in terms of freeing up space, but it also creates a lovely aesthetic.

 

Shelf Rails

Another great way to free up more space in your room is to create a shelf rail, where you can hang your shirts and jackets up with pegs. This particular style of wardrobe not only allows you ample storage space but it also works very well with minimalist interior designs.

Bringing Out The Best Of Your Awkwardly Shaped Living Room

Bringing Out The Best Of Your Awkwardly Shaped Living Room

 

A lot of the time, we crave for perfection in our home, but as this is not possible, it’s wise to embrace the imperfections. As much as you want your living room to be symmetrical and look impeccable, sometimes its default shape simply won’t allow it to. APT have identified how you can bring out the best of your awkwardly shaped living room:

 

Experiment With Angles

If your living room has lots of sharp angles then you could consider combining these with some softer curved elements such as circular mirrors or arched lamps. The contrast of these shapes creates a striking look and gives your living room a more homely feel.

 

Incorporate The Steps

Sometimes a living room can have a large step that connects to the courtyard or garden. If the distance between the step and the floor is too large, then consider adding another level to them, to facilitate ease of access and to double up as a stool or piece of furniture.

 

Make The Most Out Of Sloping Roofs

Sloped roofs can often be a frustrating sight for many, but there are ways to incorporate them into good use. You could use the wall connecting to the sloped roof to create a beautiful bookshelf, or even shelving for plants and ornaments.

 

 

Chairs

If you’re already short on space in your living room or you have architectural obstructions, then it may be wise to opt against getting a bulky sofa, and instead have a few chairs dotted around to give it a more airy feel. Chairs with narrow legs will also help to reduce any sense of crowdedness.

Solid Wood Alternatives

Solid Wood Alternatives

 

Solid wood is often used for a vast array of surfaces in properties, especially for flooring, kitchen units and furniture. However, there are a few alternatives to use that can sometimes be better suited to your home. APT have looked at some excellent materials that you could use in your home instead of solid wood:

 

Bamboo

Although bamboo looks like wood, it actually comes from the grass family, and is a highly regenerative plant that grows very fast and is also eco-friendly. Bamboo can be used as a substitute for solid wooden flooring, as it is very durable and can come in a variety of different finishes, much like wood.

 

Cork

Cork is another durable material that is becoming increasingly popular, as it has many benefits. Not only does it look attractive, it is also eco-friendly as it is extracted from the bark of a tree, meaning no trees are cut down. For flooring, cork has a more warm and softer feeling than any other surface material, and it also has a very distinct, easy on the eye look.

 

Vinyl

Vinyl is a great substitute to use instead of real wood, and even though it is a synthetic man-made material, it can often look just as real as wood. This material is especially useful to have in your bathroom or kitchen where you want to achieve a wooden look, but don’t want the wood to get damaged by water.

 

Porcelain / Ceramic

Porcelain and ceramic are other materials you can use to mimic the wooden look for your bathroom and kitchen, as they are perfectly suited to areas of high moisture unlike wood. They also work for extensions such as conservatories where lots of sunlight comes in, as the colour of both these materials never fades.

How To Make Your Garden More Relaxing

How To Make Your Garden More Relaxing

 

Many people often neglect their garden space and don’t really bother to make it a desirable place to chill out. At APT, we believe that your garden space can be one of the most relaxing spots in your household. Here’s how you can transform it:

 

Create A Sense Of Privacy

Privacy has a large bearing on how relaxed you feel in your garden, as you can be safe in the knowledge that there are no prying eyes on you. Not only that, but if you put in some walls or fences that obscure you from your neighbours, then it also creates a sense of natural mystique.

 

De-Clutter

Getting rid of clutter in your garden will free up the space and make it a far more relaxing place to spend your time in. If you have any items that don’t belong in your garden then you should also consider moving them to another part of the house, and instead incorporating as many natural elements as possible. You should also think about trimming overgrown hedges and bushes to keep things neat.

 

Cozy Seating

If you really want your garden to be a space of relaxation, then you should choose the most comfortable seating possible, such as padded lounge chairs and sofas. You might even want to add in a hammock as well, where you can indulge in some quality lounge time.

 

Incorporate Water

Having a water feature in your garden is a surefire way to up the relaxation levels. Even if your garden doesn’t have space for a swimming pool, you could consider a hot tub, a fountain or even a pond. Just the slightest trickling of water can do wonders in creating a feeling of Zen.

 

 

 

 

How To Have A Great Living Room Layout

How To Have A Great Living Room Layout

 

Getting the layout right for any room in your house can be a very challenging task, and the living room is where you definitely want to get it spot on. Here are a few tips on how to create the ideal layout in your living room:

 

Position Sofa

As the sofa is usually the main seating area in the living room, you will want to select the right size, which means striking the right balance in terms of how many people it can fit, and how it is in proportion to the room. You will want to place the sofa in the best possible position to maximise your comfort, as well as the aesthetics. It may be tempting to have your sofa right up against a wall, but this can create a rather uninviting feeling, so try to leave a little gap instead.

 

 

Coffee Table

A coffee table is an essential piece of furniture for any living room, as it lets you place your drinks, food or devices down while you are relaxing. To supplement this level of relaxation, try to get a coffee table that is the same height as the cushions of your sofa. You will also want to select a coffee table the complements the theme of your living room, rather than one that is not in keeping with the décor.

 

Work Around The TV

Most people arrange their seating to face their television. If you have a large wide-screen TV, then you will want to make sure all your seats are placed accordingly. If you want your living room to be more of a social hub, then you could consider a sliding door to conceal the TV when guests are over.

 

Artwork / Plants

Putting up some beautiful artwork on your walls can make the world of difference to your living room, and give it its own personality. For best results, you should think about hanging up the art pieces at average eye level. Additionally, adding some plants into the mix is an effective way to freshen up the place and make your living room more inviting.

 

Victorian Houses-The Typical Features In A Victorian Property

Victorian Houses-The Typical Features In A Victorian Property

Victorian architecture dates back to 1837 until 1901 when Queen Victoria sat on the throne. To this day, Victorian houses are prevalent all over the country. Here, we take a look at the typical features in a Victorian property, and what their defining characteristics were:

 

No Garages

As cars were first invented towards the end of the Victorian era, architectural designers did not foresee the need for garages. Most people would have travelled by foot, horse and cart or steam train during this period, which is why many Victorian homes to this day have to rely on on-street parking rather than garages.

 

Tiles

Geometric tiles were heavily used in Victorian properties, particularly black, white and blue mosaic patterns. Terracotta was also a common colour used in kitchen and dining areas, with a range of different shapes and designs.

 

Small Rooms

As fire was the only means of heating during this period, most rooms would have a fireplace in them. Because of the lack of heating as well, it was unpractical for rooms to be large, so for insulation purposes, rooms would generally be on the smaller side.

 

Joinery Quality

The more elaborate the joinery was in the fixtures of a property, the higher status this property had. This included ceiling roses and intricate and decorative coving, which were common features in the more luxurious Victorian properties.

 

Porches & Terraces

Another common feature in Victorian design were the front porches that included steps and gables. Just like the quality of the joinery, the size of the porch had a direct correlation to how grand the property was. Terraces were also designed very compactly and right next to each other, despite the fact that many families had over 8 children in 1 household.

How To Garden If You Don’t Like Gardening

How To Garden If You Don’t Like Gardening

 

If you don’t have enough time to keep up with the maintenance of your garden, or you simply don’t enjoy the gardening process, then there are ways to keep it still looking good. APT Renovation has looked at some ways that you can keep your garden attractive without much effort:

 

Artificial Lawn

Although this may be taboo for many diehard gardeners out there, if you really want to minimise the amount of upkeep needed, then having an artificial lawn will do just that. Unlike natural grass, you won’t need to use any electricity or petrol to keep it trimmed with a mower.

 

Reduce The Amount Of Plants

If you have fewer plants in your garden, you will be able to look after them with more ease. This is because it can be quite tricky to attend to a whole host of different plants, as they all require different levels of care and attention.

 

Keep Your Plants In One Spot

Keeping your plants in one designated area in your garden will make your life far easier when it comes to maintaining them. Having a garden that is abundant with plants can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, so keeping things simple will be a great help.

 

Plant Pots

Instead of the difficult maintenance of bedding plants, it might be a better idea to opt for plant pots in your garden. This is especially helpful if you have a concrete surface and want to still make it feel natural and green.

 

 

Things To Consider Before You Get A Wet Room

Things To Consider Before You Get A Wet Room

 

 

Wet rooms are becoming increasingly popular in British bathrooms, and it is easy to see why. Generic white shower enclosures are starting to be a thing of the past, as wet rooms are a great way to add style and space to a bathroom. Here are some things to consider before you go ahead with a wet room:

 

Waterproof Everything

Perhaps the most important thing to consider before you make your wet room is to ensure that everything is fully waterproofed. To do this, a waterproof membrane must be laid on the floor and onto the walls in your wet room. Getting this right will mean that you have a fully functioning wet room that doesn’t leak.

 

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is highly recommended if you decide to go for a wet room, as it helps remove water on the floor by evaporating it. It’s also highly effective in creating a cosy and warm feeling, as tiles usually get very cold.

 

Select The Right Tiles

Having a wet room means literally just that, your floor is going to be wet after someone has a shower. This is why it is important to select the right tiles that are slip resistant, particularly if you have any children, elderly or disabled in your household.

 

Correct Drainage

In order for your wet room to work properly, you need the water to drain away efficiently. There must be a soft slope in the floor to let the water travel into the drainage. You can do this by fitting in a pre-formed tray of your existing tiled floor.