Hall Makeover With Laminate Flooring

We have lived in our current home for over ten years and in that time we have done a lot of upgrading including replacing the carpet upstairs, putting in a new kitchen and most recently a new bathroom. The next think on our list is a hall makeover with laminate flooring. The hall is the one area in our home that has been completely neglected but I want to transform in into a bright welcoming space that instantly makes us feel at home.

Laminate Flooring

The first thing we will do is replace the dated flooring with modern laminate flooring. With seven people living in our home the hall sees a lot of foot traffic with people constantly coming and going. Carpet just wouldn’t work for us with five children at home. As well as the dirt that gets trailed in from outside, the children manage to create a lot of mess travelling from the kitchen to the living room and vice versa. Spilled drinks, trampled Play-Doh and craft supplies including the dreaded glitter are just some of the messes our hall has to contend with on a daily basis. As well as being stylish, laminate flooring is strong, durable and easy to keep clean. A quick vacuum or mop depending on the mess will keep the floor looking brand new.

 

Accessorise

As well as new laminate flooring we will also be giving the hall a fresh coat of paint to brighten it up and adding some accessories. The main accessory we will be adding is a radiator cover. Radiators are quite ugly to look at so adding a radiator cover is an affordable way to make the whole area look prettier. As well as hiding the radiator, the radiator cover can be used for displaying accessories. These might be purely decorative like flowers and candles or they could be practical like a letter holder and key dish.

 

Finishing Touches

Once the painting is done and the laminate flooring and radiator cover are in place, all that will be left to add are the finishing touches. A storage bench will be the ideal piece of furniture to store shoes along with hats, scarves and gloves. Hopefully it will prevent them from being scattered all over the house! It will also be the perfect place for the children to sit and put on their shoes. It will also mean when they take off their shoes any mud is contained to the hall. With the laminate flooring any mess will be quickly and easily cleaned. We will hang a mirror above the radiator to create more light and make the area feel bigger. A piece of artwork on the opposite wall and a few cushions on the bench to give the area a pop of colour and our hall makeover will be complete.

 

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Looking Behind The Curtain When Home Viewing

Being a home buyer should only be a temporary state. You’re moving home, and you’re currently in the process of searching for a new house. Viewing homes can be a nightmare, or it can be a great experience. Sometimes the seller will try to avoid answering certain questions and other times you’ll see that what they have said previously on the phone isn’t true. Very rarely will a home that looks too good to be true turn out to be that way. Viewing a home and getting an accurate picture of the home in just a few minutes takes skill. Most of all it takes a sharp eye to see behind the curtain and figure out what kind of home it really is. On the surface it could look strong and sturdy, but during the winter the floorboards might creak and crack underneath the pressure. So what do you need to do to get the most amount of information from a viewing in the quickest time?

Never trust face value

It might sound harsh, but the main thing you must not do is believe every word the seller or the real estate agent is telling you. When you enter the home, keep a sharp intellect about you and focus on what you see and what you don’t see. The agent will be giving you a tour but no doubt, they and the seller worked out a deal or a plan to only show the best bits of the home. For example, they will take their time showing you a great garden. However, they will rush through a room that has mould and mildew on the walls, signs of a leaking water pipe as the wallpaper has bubbled and risen off the surface. So, just for good practice, never trust what the person giving you the tour says at face value.

 

Venture further in

When viewing a home, it’s your right to inspect every available part that’s open to you. Go into each corner of the living room, look at the skirting boards, the floor colour in the corner compared to the rest of the room. You should be checking the corner of the ceiling too, and look for cracks and signs of structural fatigue. When you’re shown a window on the 1st floor or any floor for that matter and the focus of the agent is the view, go further in to have a look at the window sill. Sometimes an issue can be right in front of you but the job of the agent is to momentarily distract you away from it. Can you see signs of rainwater leaking in?

Check the logistics

If a home has passed your eye inspection, then call in a professional team that will give you the low down on the logistics of the home. Check out homebuyer surveys and costs to see what will happen when you do. They’ll check the quality of the roof, the strength of the walls, make sure the electric, gas and oil are costed accurately, and also check the quality of the drainage and insulation.

Be on your guard to sweet talk when you’re home viewing. The agent is working for the seller, and they both want to get paid. By polite but be sceptical also. Call in the experts when you think you have a winner and venture further in to inspect every nook and cranny.

 

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Five Ways to Ensure That Your Food Business Is Successful

Small restaurants have it rough when it comes to becoming successful. Both medium and small sized restaurants have a tough job of maintaining a satisfied customer base while also trying to ensure that they have room to grow. So to help you out, we’ve prepared five unique tips to help you ensure that your food business is successful, even if you’re just in the planning stages.

1. Ensure that there is an excellent customer experience

Your patrons are going to expect you to deliver a top-notch quality experience. This includes impeccable service and excellent food. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to make everything absolutely perfect for the customer. As a small food business startup, you’re allowed to be more laid-back and casual. As long as your customers aren’t being treated poorly, your food, service and the experience as a whole will spread and you’ll get plenty of positive reviews.

 

2. Focus on food safety to build customer trust

Customers aren’t going to trust you if you’re not following any kind of food safety procedures. It doesn’t matter if you are following them either–the idea is to show that you’re actually following them and show that you’re following them by using signs. Catering signs promote food safety and they’re visible to both staff and customers. This puts the customer’s faith in your ability and it also keeps your staff reminded of how to handle food in your business. Be it the kitchen, in the dining room or even while serving, it’s often important to remind your staff of standard food safety practices to ensure that they’re following protocol.

 

3. Utilize social media as much as possible

One of the most underrated ways for small restaurants and food businesses to grow their brand name is to use social media. While it might sound strange, social media can be a fantastic way to grow a user base and get more people interested. Not only that, but if your products are successful and popular, then they’ll quickly spread throughout social networks and you’ll start to see more and more customers popping up thanks to online recommendations from influencers and friends of theirs that have visited your food business. 

 

4. Friendly and knowledgeable staff

It’s also important to have staff that are knowledgeable and capable of delivering excellent customer service. No one wants to visit a restaurant that is unfriendly, boring and where the staff has no clue about the menu. If one of your waiting staff is asked “What do you recommend?” or “What’s the special for the day?” then they’re expected to know.

 

5. Good food is a must

The atmosphere and the experience are also important, but perhaps the most important aspect of starting a successful food business is to actually have good food. The food will ultimately be the star of the show and no matter how good your restaurant or store is, the food is what you want all of your patrons to remember you for. Without good food, you don’t have a foundation on which to build your food business!

 

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The Marks of Good Designers for Your Home Interiors

While architects and designers take up both residential and commercial decor projects, not everyone tastes success. Consequently it goes around the designing industry that successful designers are born and not made.
Interior design is all about transforming a space to your own tastes, making a statement. The designers count on their knowledge of aesthetics, functionalities and safety measures for enhancing the look of the residential and commercial interiors and exteriors. Keep in Mind, that the architects and designers are also individuals, and they have distinctive approaches to revamping the homes or offices.
In this article, we shall dwell on some of the personal traits that make them successful.

Empathy is their core competence

All successful designers are empathetic. Being empathetic has got dual advantages. It helps to understand the users and the teammates which are vital for successful completion of a project. They understand the clients and their needs as much as possible for implementing that into the décor theme. Understanding the teammates is also essential for putting the right man behind the job and to get the best out of him.

They have good listening and communication skills

As the owners of the home and offices like to decorate the spaces in ways that reflect their choices and preferences, all successful designers are great listeners. They listen intently to what the users have to say about the project and combine that with their professional skills for delivering the best. Designers are also very good communicators. They always interact with the electricians, plumbers, painters etc to make the project successful.

They are good storytellers

Successful architects and designers are very good in conceptualizing a project based on the narratives and organize their thought for designing what they call ‘parti pris’. They use this to decide the chronology of the steps for making the decor convey a specific theme. Often, the users have specific requirements of natural light and sometimes they also want to avoid certain shades. The good designers take care of these issues by maintaining the flow of the design.

Empirical is their key to success

The best architects and designers think like the scientists. As decoration is a profession, you cannot decorate homes on a whim. Successful designers think critically and analyze all information collected so that designs can be enhanced by preventing irreversible mistakes.

They are out-and-out meticulous

The job of the good designers is basically to find solutions to various design problems and for that they treat nothing as insignificant or too small and pay great attention to detail. They are always consistent in their approach and combine different decorating elements nicely to create a harmony in the interior.

Thinking out of the box is their strength

The best designers bring new life to the home and office interiors and exterior spaces. For them, every project has to be one-of-a-kind in terms of aesthetic and functional considerations. So, they always play with their creativity and imagination to transform the residential and commercial interiors and exteriors into a nice piece of art.

They know how to engage the senses

Good designers know how nature influences our mood and performance. When people are surrounded by elements of green, they are psychologically moved by these elements and feel relieved from stress. Moreover, lush green colour also has a calming effect on the ambiance. That is why they always include green elements in the home and office decor. But, there are some associated pitfalls of using the live plants for interior and exterior decoration. They need regular care and maintenance to keep them alive and healthy and if you do not have a green thumb, the issue becomes very serious.

This is why the good designers opt for faux greens. These are now professionally made, and look absolutely like real plants. Moreover, these are available in plenty of varieties like indoor trees, large indoor plants, front yard landscaping plants, landscaping plants, etc. The great thing about these silk plants is that they come in standard bases and are easily installable. Since these do not have any sunlight requirement, they can be placed even in the dimly lit corners. They need no maintenance and unlike the live plants that have a waiting period, these continue to adorn the place from day one.

They know how to take risks

Good designers and architects are very good at taking risks. They look at things from different angles and always try to do something extraordinary enliven the place. Often, they make the doors and windows bigger than the normal sizes for imparting a spacious feeling and making those instantly recognizable.

They are familiar with codes

Every locality has some building, electrical and plumbing codes. Good architects and designers always keep this in mind while making new design plans. This prevents any unwanted hassles and forced changes after completion.

They simplify to amplify the design

Every design and decoration project is different, and they are really complex having much paraphernalia. Successful designers have a unique knack for eliminating the things that are not vital, so the vitals may speak. There are many design areas, where one can state better by simple designs like basic shapes and simple colour choices making the space look chic and classy.

They have nice colour balancing skills

Colours have immense effects on the moods of the people around, and these also affect the functionality of the space. Successful designers are familiar with colours and their impact and balance colour cleverly for a great effect.

They are familiar with diverse design styles

While decorating residential and commercial places, no one likes a room to be the mirror image of another. But, they prefer complementary designs in the homes and offices. Moreover, they also do not like their places to look like the adjacent buildings. All successful architects have a thorough knowledge of the diverse styles and techniques of designing for making their project a unique one.

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