Garages? Which?

Convert your garage and enjoy the extra space on the ground floor without reducing the natural daylight into other rooms. One of the major benefits of a garage conversion is cost. Converting your garage is more cost effective than moving to a new house, and is becoming much more popular. The cost of building a full extension or converting a loft is much more than a garage conversion. A standard single garage is approximately 150 sq ft. and that’s too small to fit a family saloon (and be able to open the doors!) but that’s a lot of extra living space if you convert it as an integral part of your house. The perfect solution may lie in a ‘part conversion’ where typically the front or rear of the garage might be retained for storage whilst the rest of the garage is converted into a useable room

Convert Your Garage No Matter its Size or Design

A loft prior to a conversion is essentially a wasted space, primarily used for storage. The same can be said of garages. Many homeowners in Ongar, Buckhurst Hill and Barkingside desire more living space but do not know how to achieve it. If looking into converting a garage, make sure your garage conversion company has experience in dealing with all different types and size of garage:

Single Garage Conversion

A standard single garage might not seem very big when used for its original purpose but when it has been professionally converted it can be surprisingly spacious. A garage conversion team must understand the building regulations and whether or not planning permission is needed. As a Federation of Master Builders accredited company, www.tcleonard.co.ukare always up to date with the regulations and understand all stages of the planning permission process.

Double Garage Conversion

A double garage can easily be converted into one large room or two separate rooms: a dining room and study perhaps, or children’s play area and a comfortable guestroom. A reputable company should talk to you and discuss your options before designing and building. At www.tcleonard.co.uk, not only do discussions take place before the work starts, but the client can take a look at previous work carried out by the company to get some ideas and inspiration.

garage conversionDetaching Your Garage from Your Home

If permission is granted for work to commence on a detached garage, it can offer exciting conversion possibilities. This involves a lot of detailed planning and building, with separate plans designed especially for each unique client. www.tcleonard.co.uk believes that each garage conversion should be priced individually, in straightforward terms, and with no hidden costs. After visiting and inspecting the site, we will give a detailed, all-inclusive quote with every consideration given to your budget.

Make sure the garage conversion company you choose does all this and more

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Better Coating Results With Pre-Treatments

5285693039_1c116d94ca_oClean metal by itself can be immediately powder coated but that will not give you superior performance and weathering characteristics. A good pre-treatment allows the powder coating to better bond physically to the metal, withstand exterior weathering, and prevents flash rust prior to powder coating.  Because of all the benefits associated with it, you should always consider adding metal pre-treatment to your coating process. There are a few of methods of pre-treatment. The first one is chemically etching the metal with an acid based product that promotes adhesion of the powder coating to slick or difficult to adhere to metals. Aluminium is typically a very slick substrate, so it needs some sort of surface treatment to remove oxidation and to etch the surface. Etching chemicals are usually more difficult to work with than the next method.

The second method of pre-treatment, phosphating, is used to improve the corrosion resistance of the product.  Iron phosphate is the oldest method of pre-treatment. It is a great way to improve the adhesion of the powder as well as doubling or tripling the corrosion resistance of powder by itself. In a pure steel fabrication process, it is the most common chemical pre-treatment. Zinc Phosphate is a more robust process that results in the best corrosion resistance for steel products that are meant for ships or near coastal areas. Besides etching and phosphating, a third method of pre-treatment is Zirconium Non-Phosphate pre-treatment. In essence, it is a combination etching chemical such as zirconium fluoride in a low solids acrylic sealer that bonds to the metal. This newer process is used for multi-metal operations and also combines well with cleaners for a 1-3 step spray system, depending on the chemical manufacturer. By using companies like envirotech-europe.com you can ensure that you have the right treatments for your metals whether this is aerospace or medical equipment.

If you are coating sheet steel, for example, you will usually only need light oil cleaning. Angle iron or castings often need sand/shot blasting to remove scale and surface rust. Aluminium is prepared differently than galvanised or regular steel; the oxidation layer of aluminum must be removed, which requires certain chemicals that provide a good etched layer for paint adhesion. Identifying which type of cleaning is right for your process is the first step in long-lasting, quality results.

Finally, your customer’s specifications will determine the cost and complexity of your pre-treatment process. If a tractor-trailer wheel needs to last 5-10 years on the road under heavy use in ice and snow, then the powder coater needs a superior pre-treatment process. A decorative base for an interior table would not need the corrosion resistance as the wheel, but might need a good etch or blast profile to prevent powder loss due to being bumped from time to time. An interior fluorescent light fixture would need neither improved adhesion or corrosion resistance, but would still need clean metal for the powder to be applied defect-free.

With all these questions answered, you’ll be able to implement a pre-treatment process that produces quality and consistent results for you and your customers.

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Starting Again After Handling The IRS

Owing the IRS has become slightly less painful since they loosened the rules for people who are struggling to pay their IRS tax debts. The goal is to make it easier for individuals and small businesses to pay back taxes and to avoid IRS tax liens. The IRS’ new rules are part of its ‘Fresh Start’ programme now available. If you qualify, the Fresh Start can help you with IRS tax forgiveness, a reduction in IRS tax penalties and a reduction in the amount of paperwork you need to provide the IRS. The most important part of this new programme apply to IRS instalment agreements and the Offer in Compromise programme. If you owe more than fifty thousand dollars in tax debt you are required to submit an IRS collection information statement.29920407053_8ff68e2df3_o

You can also pay down your debt to fifty thousand dollars so you qualify for the streamlined instalment agreement. The Offer in Compromise programme is one that allows you to settle your tax debt for less than you owe if you can prove to the IRS that you cannot afford to pay back the debt. The Fresh Start has relaxed the rules for qualifying for an Offer in Compromise which has expanded the number of taxpayers who are eligible to qualify. The IRS will now look at two years of future income for most Offers in Compromise instead of calculating projected future income over the entire time remaining to collect on the tax debt, which could have been as long as ten years. You can now have the monthly payment you make on your federal student loans counted as part of your monthly allowable living expenses, as long as you can supply proof you are making the payment. Your monthly payment to pay delinquent state or local taxes may now also be recognised as an allowable living expense.

An instalment agreement gives taxpayers who owe the IRS and are unable to immediately pay, the option of paying over time. The Fresh Start programme has made it easier for taxpayers to qualify for a streamlined instalment agreement. In order to qualify you must set up a monthly direct debit payment and have your tax returns filed up to date. Companies such as platinumtaxdefenders.com can give you advice on how to set up a payment plan and guide you through the paperwork required to set up instalment agreements with the IRS. If you owe fifty thousand dollars or less you can qualify for a streamlined instalment agreement. Under the old rules, you could not owe more than twenty five thousand dollars. The main advantages are that you pay less in penalties, interest continues to accrue on the debt but the late pay penalty is greatly reduced. You don’t have to submit your full financial information to the IRS in order to qualify and you have six years instead of five to repay your tax debt.

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Why You Should Hire A Decorator

Do you have plans of redecorating your home? Or do you have a new home that still needs an interior design? Well, if you think that you will be wise if you do it yourself or if you hire a mere decorator, you are wrong. There would be a huge difference if you will hire an interior designer with www.timeless-interiors.co.uk. Decorators and interior designers are different. Decorators are those who can also design your home’s interior and can be very talented. Interior designers take those skills to the higher level and have finished a degree which means that they have studied much on how to design a home’s interior. These people are professionals.

So, if you want a good interior design, hire the right person. Working with an interior designer would pay you back ten-folds since the results are not just beautiful but also lasting. You can try comparing a home done by an interior designer and that of a home which was done by the homeowners alone. Although, we are not discouraging homeowners to be creative but we are just trying to lay the reasons why it would be advantageous to hire an interior designer. Here are some points below.

Why You Should Hire A Decorator

1. They are more knowledgeable.

The mere fact that interior designers have studied about the field is already enough reason to trust them on interior design matters. They have the know-hows and the skills on what to do with your home. You can tell them what you want and they can help you achieve a beautiful home interior. Interior designing is their field of expertise, so you do not have to worry. These people are professionals and would always give their best in every project since that is what they love to do and it is how they make a living.

2.You’ll get what you expect.

For sure there is already a picture in your mind on how your interior will look like. But you might not be sure on how to do it. When you hire an interior designer, he will be the one to take charge of all that and no doubt; he can have a better picture of how you want your home to look like. When the design is done, you will be happy to see an interior just like how you want it to be. It can even exceed your expectations.

3. You can achieve an energy efficient home.

If you are concerned of the environment, you can have a green interior and save energy. Do you know how to do that? Well, an interior designer does. He knows what to use for your flooring, window treatments, lighting fixtures and others. He can help you save a lot of money making your home energy efficient. Also, you can help keep the environment clean.

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Different Types Of Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen cabinet options may seem endless. While you know that the material, finish, and design style of your kitchen cabinets will determine the overall look of your kitchen, it is also important to keep in mind that how your cabinets are made will determine the timeline of your kitchen remodeling project. There are three main types of cabinets available with www.jgkab.co.uk: stock, semicustom, and custom. The cabinets that you might choose toDifferent Types Of Kitchen Cabinet browse in order to gather design inspiration at a local home improvement center or cabinet discounter are either stock or semicustom kitchen cabinets. If the price tag for new cabinets is more than you expect or if you just want to update the look of your cabinets with new cabinet fronts, kitchen cabinet refacing may be the best option for you.

Stock Cabinets
Stock cabinets are preassembled or ready-to-assemble cabinets with www.jgkab.co.uk that are available at most home centers and cabinet discount stores. Manufacturers and dealers keep a selection of stock cabinets in inventory, so they are ready for delivery on ordering. If the cabinets you choose require delivery from the manufacturer or warehouse, it may take a few weeks to receive your order. Typically constructed of engineered wood and steel-sided drawers in standard sizes, the options are limited. While stock cabinets can be finished, cabinet boxes are usually made of less expensive material than the fronts of the cabinets. Some manufacturers offer a higher-end version of stock that includes standard options of rollout trays and dovetail joints. Stock cabinets are the least expensive option.

Semicustom Cabinets
Available at most home centers, cabinet retailers, and design centers, just as the name implies, semicustom cabinets are standard premade cabinet components that allow you to mix and match the pieces to your specification. Oak, maple, and cherry are popular materials, and special finishes are available. They can be framed or European style. Most design centers have assemdled kitchen cabinets, so you can have a look at the possibilities that each offers. Options can include plate racks, sliding shelves, wine racks, and glass doors. Designers employed by the suppliers can help you decide what package might suit your needs the best. While there is a display of the various configurations of cabinet options, you will have to order your particular cabinet design and wait about six weeks for delivery.

Custom Cabinets
Custom cabinets are the best choice if you are not on a tight budget and if you do not have a fast-approaching time deadline. Unlike stock and semicustom cabinets, custom cabinets are not constructed until you place your order. Material possibilities may seem endless, because you can also choose exotic woods and reclaimed wood. Cabinetmakers can paint or stain to your choice of material, to your specifications. Door profiles and design and storage options are also only limited by your budget and the cabinetmaker you choose. Some cabinetmakers can complete a modest cabinet order in as little as a few months, but be aware that it could take much longer.

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Laminate VS Hardwood? You Decide

Homeowners have a lot of choices when it comes to flooring. Solid hardwoods are still an enormously popular choice, but laminate flooring has come a long way, and some consumers prefer the benefits of synthetic materials. Consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to flooring and companies like arcflooring.co.uk can help. Solid hardwoods are still an enormously popular choice, but laminate flooring has come a long way, and some consumers prefer the benefits of synthetic materials.

What’s the major difference between solid hardwood and laminate flooring?

Hardwood floors are an excellent choice for any part of the home, except for bathrooms due to the high moisture.  Hardwood flooring comes in two basic types: solid wood planks or engineered planks. The solid type is made from a single piece of timber that has been milled to a uniform size, and they do not contain a core or underlying layer.

Advances in production techniques make it easier for manufacturers to turn out high quality flooring that looks like real wood. Engineered hardwood floors, sometimes called laminate hardwood floors, are manufactured by laminating several individual layers together, but it’s still considered a hardwood floor because the surface layer is a thin slice of real hardwood veneer. The difference is that the visible textured layer is not real wood, but a high quality image of wood, or other natural texture, that is stuck on to the substrate or underlying core layer.

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Laminate has a benefit over hardwood because it’s constructed with built-in tongue and groove joints that make for easy installation with no need for messy glues or adhesives. It is also factory pre-finished, which means that it can be used the moment it has been laid in place.

What are the benefits of solid hardwood?

Solid hardwood is much more durable than laminate. They can be sanded and refinished with the same results and it can easily last more than 50 years.

There are also advantages to finished and unfinished hardwood. If you want to match the existing woodwork, you may wish to go with unfinished so it can be stained to blend in. However, prefinished also has some great benefits: longer finish warranties, uniform stain application, and a cleaner environment. Also, the direction the boards are laid make a difference; diagonal boards make the room appear larger, but you’ll need more material.

How do you clean and maintain hardwood floors?

Hardwood floors require little maintenance and cleaning is easy. Periodically mop them with a product that is safe for urethane finishes, and don’t use oil- or ammonia-based cleaners. Always blot spills and spots with a damp cloth as soon as they happen. For tough spots, such as paint, markers or lipstick, use mineral spirits on a clean white cloth, then wipe with a damp cloth. Wood goes through a natural ageing process called patina. Sunlight can also accelerate this condition. Moving area rugs or other items that may cause this effect from time to time is recommended.

How does pricing and installation vary?

The price of hardwood flooring depends on the species of tree and the application, and usually starts at £5.50 per square foot. Installation time will vary depending on the square footage, finish and if installing engineered or solid hardwood floors. If installing a prefinished hardwood floor, you can move your furniture back the same day.

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Getting The Most For The Metal You Use

Since stainless steel appliances made the transition from restaurants and institutional kitchens to our homes relatively recently, we didn’t have a chance to learn how to clean them. And even if we had, their instructions probably would have included stainless steel polish, which usually contains acids and other chemicals that aren’t very safe for people or the environment. Fortunately, harsh chemicals just aren’t necessary for making stainless steel sparkle. Several cleaning methods, listed below from least to most intensive, use nothing but all-natural household products.

Did you know that if you wanted everything in your kitchen to be stainless steel, it would be absolutely no problem at all? The consumer demand for stainless steel appliances and gadgets wasn’t always so high. The spike in stainless steel’s popularity is probably due to a combination of factors: it’s hygienic, easy to maintain, and more eco-friendly than plastic. Plus, it’s shiny. With most products being made from stainless steel, it’s no wonder that large companies like envirotech-europe.com use highly intensive solvents to clean their medical and aerospace equipment.5285693039_1c116d94ca_o

  • The gentlest method of cleaning stainless steel is to simply wipe the surface with hot water and a soft, clean cloth. Then dry the metal thoroughly with another soft cloth to prevent water spots. When using this or any of the other methods, remember that stainless steel has a “grain”—tiny grooves running in one direction across the surface of the metal—and it’s best to clean with the grain rather than scrubbing across it. Some people will tell you that this is to avoid scratching the metal or lodging particles of dirt in the grain where they can cause rust to form. This may very well be true, but scrubbing with the grain also seems easier and more effective.
  • If plain water leaves behind some dirt or grease, try adding a gentle detergent to the water. Use naturally derived, biodegradable dish soap, and found that it removed a little of what water alone had missed, including some grease. If you’re cleaning stainless steel pans or tableware, this is the best method to use. Cooked-on food can usually be removed by soaking the pan in the soapy water and using a sponge with a gentle scrubbing pad.
  • Don’t get impatient and use steel wool; it can scratch stainless steel or leave behind particles that may rust. And again, remember to rinse and hand-dry the stainless steel after cleaning.
  • Grease can be dissolved with rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth. I was impressed with how well this took the grease off my pizza oven. Some of the thicker deposits didn’t respond to a once-over with the cloth, but if you keep rubbing at them with the alcohol, and they will disappear completely within a couple of minutes. As with the other methods, it’s important to rinse off the alcohol and dry the metal to make it shine.

Stainless steel is a steel alloy containing at least 10.5% chromium. When chromium comes into contact with oxygen in the air, it forms chromium oxide, so a thin layer of chromium oxide always sits like a skin over the surface of stainless steel, protecting it from dirt and moisture. This is what makes stainless steel “stainless,” meaning it usually comes clean easily and rarely rusts. It is not, however, impossible for stainless steel to stain or rust. If food or dirt is allowed to sit on stainless steel for a long time, it can hold moisture or acids against the surface of the metal and cause it to corrode or retain some of the colour of the grime. This is why it’s important to clean stainless steel on a regular basis

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4 Reasons To Ask For Decorating Help

Everyone deserves to live in an incredible space that brings you comfort and joy. Your space should not only look amazing, but it should be a reflection of your personality and style, and it should function in a way that works with how you live your life. It might sound impossible, and that’s because incredible interior design does not happen by chance. Great spaces are carefully explored, planned, and curated by professionals like timeless-interiors.co.uk.

Unfortunately, many people get confused or intimidated by the idea of hiring a professional interior designer. You (or your client, if you’re a designer reading this) might be concerned about the process of working with a designer as well as the costs of doing so.

You’re going to save money. Ever bought a piece of furniture that looked so good in the store, but was a too big once you got it home? Ever painted three or four times trying to find the right color palette? It may seem like like an oxymoron because you’re going to have to pay the additional designer’s fee, but the truth is that hiring a designer can help you avoid costly mistakes and help you make design decisions that will increase the value of your home. And if you’re on a tight budget, a designer is going to know how to get the best value out of what you can spend. An experienced designer is used to working on a line item budget and will help you understand where every penny is going.

You’re going to save time. We’d figure to start off with the two things most people wish they could have more of: time and money. Just like hiring a designer will benefit you financially, a designer will also save you on time. A designer already has a trained sense of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done, and they’ll be able to anticipate any obstacles that may come up.

You’re going to get professional assessment. When you hire a trained designer, you get an immediate plan of action for your space. Professional interior designers went to school and had several apprenticeships to do what they do. A trained pair of eyes will see things you’re guaranteed to miss. Interior design is a delicate balance of art and science, and good interior designers have studied both, so they know how to put them together.

You’re going to have a qualified liaison. A good designer will know how to speak the language when it comes to architects, contractors, and building owners. This is crucial in managing time and money. Strong communication between the interior design and the lighting, furnishing, and architecture is absolutely key. For example, proper outlet placement is going to depend on how you want your furniture placed. These types of issues should be addressed before any construction, and an interior designer will know exactly which issues need to be brought up.

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