Preventing Condensation

prevent condensation Beds Blast Cleaning
Prevent condensation with  Beds Blast Cleaning

Damp in the home can be a structural nightmare. Once it takes hold, the integrity of your house can be compromised by rot in the timbers and the crumbling of walls. To help avoid the probolem you should make a start by reducing condensation in the home. In this article, Bedford based damp proofing specialists, Beds Blast cleaning, provide tips for preventing condensation

Build Your Own Chicken Coop

Chicken coop plan - Cock and Pullet
Chicken coop plan – Cock and Pullet

I you are considering keeping chickens in your garden you’ll need a coop and run.  Obviously, if you are not the DIY type, you can buy chickens, coops and runs from a chicken specialist  like Cock and Pullet, however, if you prefer the challenge of building your own coop, then we can help you.

Cock and Pullet,  suppliers of Chicken coops in Bedford have put together a really helpful article on building your own chicken coop

Buzzing Bees

Caffeinated flowers - Cottonbuds Florists Northampton[t
Caffeinated flowers – Cottonbuds Florists Northampton[t
A recent research paper from the University of Newcastle has proven that bees are more likely to re-visit flowers which have a higher concentration of caffeine in the pollen. Regular re-visits by bees are particularly important to flowers  as the chance of pollination is of course increased

The increased caffeine content in the pollen behaves like a drug and encourages the bees to return to the flower. Certain plant species naturally produce caffeine, examples include Grapefruits Mandarins and, unsurprisingly, Coffee Plants.

The caffeine levels levels in these plants is naturally limited, the reason being that excessive caffeine would create nectar with  a bitter taste which would discourage the bees.

This article was provided by cut flower specialists, Cottonbuds Florists of Northampton

Lap Panel Fencing

lap panel fencing from Osborns
Lap panel fencing from Osborn Fencing Milton Keynes

Planning a new fence? One of the simplest types of fence for the DIY  types is the Lap Panel variety. Ready made and straightforward to fit, they come in a huge variety of styles. Osborn Fencing of Milton Keynes explain more about lap panel fencing and what to look out for. Follow this link to read about lap panel fencing.

Caring for Laminate Worktops

laminate worktop by Build My Kitchen
laminate worktop by Build My Kitchen

The surface of your laminate worktop is water resistant, however, the core material and adhesive used in the construction, won’t be. When your kitchen worktop was fitted, the joints, edges and cuts-outs for sinks etc. should have been adequately sealed to protect them.

You should plan to wipe down and dry your worktops on a regular basis to avoid moisture getting into any of the joints or down any edges or cut out areas.

Whilst your laminate work surface should be heat resistant you should always place a trivet or suitable place mat or cutting board on your work-surface before setting down pans which have come direct from the oven or hob. If you don’t do this, you increase the Chance of the surface lamination lifting. If you are a smoker, don’t rest lit cigarettes on the counter as they will discolour it.

Though laminated worktops are very resistant to normal wear and tear, it is quite possible to scratch the surfaces so don’t chop your vegetables directly on the top, use a chopping board.

Laminated work-surfaces are fairly resistant to most chemicals around the house, but you do need to take care. In particular watch out for strongly coloured foods such as beetroot which may cause discolouration, also, avoid using bleach directly on the surface.

Clean your worktop regularly cleaning using warm water and a mild detergent and where necessary, a non-abrasive cleaner. Don’t use scouring powders, bleach products, oven cleaners or abrasive pads.

Article provided by Milton Keynes Kitchen Installers, Build My Kitchen

Comtemporary Kitchen in Milton Keynes

Contemporary kitchen from Build My Kitchen M
Contemporary kitchen from Build My Kitchen MK

The customer, based near Milton Keynes, wanted a modern, contemporary Kitchen in an open plan style to help make their kitchen the focal point of their home.  Two rooms were knocked through and a large extension  added.  This created a property with a social and multi-functional living space.  The clients wanted the kitchen to have an inviting feel and one that was not too stark.  Modern Cashmere gloss cabinetry was chosen for its modern contemporary feel,  and this was complemented by a composite tri-stone worktop to add warmth to the scheme. A versatile centre island was incorporated to provide lots of helpful storage space, in addition to adding a social focal point of the design.

Article by Milton Keynes based Kitchen suppliers, Build My Kitchen