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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Home // How an extension can add much-needed space to a family home


When you’re a parent, it can feel like you’re constantly craving more space, and making some big changes to your family home can be brilliant for the whole family!

Coincidentally, many homeowners in England are now temporarily free to build bigger extensions without planning permission, so if you’re in England, now could be the perfect time to expand. Even if you’re elsewhere in the UK, an extension is still a great idea anyway! Here’s some ideas for how a home extension can add much-needed space to a family home.

The conservatory extension 
A conservatory is a rest area, and because they’re typically built onto the back of a home, there’s a great view with lots of greenery around and open sky above. Because conservatories are less busy than other rooms in terms of functionality, they can be a perfect place to store things like paperwork, receipts and even food and drink. Or if you're me, plants. Lots of plants! A conservatory also makes a great place to eat, with doors opening out into your garden in the summer, and all that natural light makes it a great place to use as an art studio if that's your thing.

Above garage extension 
Many homes have a garage that juts out of their property, instead of being tucked away within. It functions fine, but there’s an awkward gap above that would do well to be filled. Well, above garage extensions make that possible, building rooms that can sit quite nicely above the space.

Providing the existing foundations can support a new room built on top of them, this option can also be more affordable than building a ground floor extension. There’s less work to do, so costs are lower, but of course, there’s no guarantees your garage will be able to take on a new room above it as it is. Still, a new upstairs room will always be beneficial for space, and professional builders will be able to make that happen for an affordable cost. 

Small side and rear extensions
It’s not always the case that an enormous additional room is needed, and a less taxing add-on will suffice instead. In that case, smaller side and rear extensions might be suitable, which can function as a small sitting room. Because of their size, they can feel discrete and closed-off from the rest of the house, giving the parents a space that feels more private and tailored to their personal tastes.

The size of an extension isn’t everything either, so long as you’re creative and strategic with the space you have. For example, a small side and rear extension could also be fashioned into a bigger-than-usual closet, filled with things like shoes, clothing racks, umbrella stands, coat hooks and more. This might well free up clutter in your entrances, remove mess and trip hazards, and just enable you to have a tidier house. A side extension can also be used to make the rooms you currently have larger.

Adding space can minimise mess and chaos elsewhere. When families get bigger and more hectic, an extra room can go a long way in calming things down and keeping the home clean and tidy. There’s a wide range of extensions that can be built on top, at the back or at the side of your house, so decide what works best for you and move forward from there.
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Monday, 15 July 2019

Style // Changing Your Workout Wardrobe to Suit the Seasons



With every passing season, people make drastic changes to their wardrobes to suit the current weather and to embrace the current trends. Despite this, many people (me included) wear the same few outfits when exercising or playing sport even though the weather can have an enormous impact on how you feel while exercising.

It is a good idea to change up your workout gear with each passing season as this will help you to exercise comfortably, plus it gives the chance to freshen up your look and feel confident while you are exercising. Here are a few key changes that you could make.

Colourful Leggings 
Spring and summer is a time that is all about life, energy and colour. You can embrace this by switching out dull black leggings for something more fun, colourful and eye-catching. You can find a wide range of stylish and practical women’s leggings and breeches online which will look great during the warmer months of the year and allow you to workout comfortably.

Exercise Shorts 
Similarly, when the temperature begins to soar you will not want to feel restricted by leggings or workout trousers. Switching to exercise shorts can help you to stay cool and help you to feel confident whether this is in the gym, on a run or playing sport.

Training Tops 
It can be hard to know what to wear when you are exercising in the colder months especially if you are outdoors. You will be cold initially but likely to get warm once you get going so you will want something that will help you to stay warm but you can easily take off after a while. Training tops are ideal for this and they can look great and be paired with anything too.

Headwear 
Headwear is not always necessary but can be smart if you are exercising or playing sport outdoors. During winter something like a beanie will help to keep your ears warm, but when summer comes round you could opt for a baseball hat or a visor which can be helpful in keeping the sun out of your eyes.

Workout Tanks 
Working out can get sweaty and hot especially in the summer months. Workout tanks are ideal for the warmer weather because you get flexibility and freedom and if you opt for a breathable material they can feel light and won’t stick either.

It is a good idea to change up your workout gear with each season particularly if you will be exercising outdoors. In addition to being practical, this is also a good way to freshen up your look and give you a confidence boost. Buying new exercise clothing should also give you the extra incentive to exercise regularly and achieve your goals too.


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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Create Your Own Sensory Garden



What exactly is a sensory garden? Well, a sensory garden is an outdoor space that's filled with a large variety of smells, textures, colours and sounds designed to interact with our senses. You can make a sensory garden to your taste and indulge your senses or to spark the interest of your children with the outside world. Whether you're after a peaceful shaded place to sit and read a book or your looking for the hustle and bustle of the vegetable patch creating a sensory styled garden is perfect.

Creating fun zones such as a games board made from different coloured slabs, having different smelling herbs and flowers, wind chimes in the background or berries to pick and eat are brilliant ways of creating a family-friendly sensory zone.

Have a look at these lovely ideas to help create a sensory garden for you and your family to enjoy:

Think About Sound 
The sound may not be one of the first things that you think about when it comes to your garden or gardening; however, it's a big part of the outside world. Of course, you have all the natural sounds such as leaves rustling in the wind, birds singing, water running and splashing on the ground in a thunderstorm but you also have the capability of adding in beautiful features such as trickling water into a fish pond or wind chimes that play a tune in the breeze. If you do install a pond into your garden, it's a good idea to research Pond Filters to prevent it from becoming dirty, and always make sure safety netting is used around small children. Listening to your garden can be relaxing and exciting at the same time, try sitting with the children and seeing what sounds they recognise.

Think About Taste 
There certainly is a lot that you can include when it comes to taste. You could get the children involved in choosing some vegetables, fruits and herbs to grow. Not only will they enjoy choosing what they're going to growing in their garden, but it also heightens the chance that they will want to taste them once they're ready. It's a good idea to have plants such as berries or herbs that you can also allow them to taste while you're outside. Once you've to grow a crop, it's also a brilliant way to involve them in the cooking.

Think About Colour And Texture 
Colour and texture can go hand in hand when it comes to creating an outside sensory space. They make a good mix when it comes to both building materials and plants. When you're looking to add colour into your garden a lovely way to create a personalised area for each of your children is to use an individual pot where they have space to add a few of the colours and textures that they enjoy. If you're unsure about the safety of some plants, speak to your local gardening centre for advice. For feel, there is an abundance of materials you can use to create exciting walkways, games zones or stepping stones. Why not have the children create their stepping stones using pebbles and glass beads for a good summer project?

These are just a few ideas to get the juices flowing with ideas for your sensory garden. Do you have any other ideas that you could share in the comments section below?
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