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Home improvements – What you can do this 2017

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You may think it is a bit too early to think about renovating your home for the year 2017. But the New Year is fast approaching and you may want to do some home renovations to get a new kind of feel for the New Year.

With that in mind, we have come up with several new ideas for you to apply this coming 2017.

  1. New colours!

Nothing beats a newly repainted home for welcoming the New Year. Here are some of the best colours you can paint your house with:

  • Blue

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It is the colour of the endless sky, the colour of the vast and timeless sea. Good old classic blue. This is a great colour to repaint your house with because it emanates a feeling of calmness which helps you and the members of your family relax.

  • Parma grey

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This colour is a different variation of the colour blue. It is some kind of mixture of soft blue, grey, and a touch of lavender. It can be used as to colour for any part of your home. It is best paired up with some heavy black and white accents, which results in an elegant looking room.

  • Blue Heron

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This is a bolder colour than the last two. It is a mixture of blue and strong grey accents. This colour will give you the closest feeling of looking at the ocean. It is best complemented with the colours orange and yellow.

  • Rainstorm

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This colour gives a glamorous and exciting feel. This is somewhat a deep and more robust shade of blue which goes perfectly when paired with gold, brass, or any animal patterns.

  • Teal

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This is a mixture of the colours blue and green. A big plus when used as a colour for your furniture.

  1. Window treatments

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If you haven’t done window treatments for your home yet, I suggest you do. It is a great way to enhance the overall look of your home, both from the inside and outside. It also gives you a high level of privacy for any part of your home. Some blinds, such as perfect fit blinds, also contribute to your home’s energy efficiency, so that’s a big plus!

  1. Add a fireplace

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No matter how you look at it, fireplaces always give a certain feel to a home. It does wonders for making your home feel a lot homier.  This is one timeless décor for any home.

The best way to make the most of your fireplace is to make it the centre part of your home. Try rearranging all your pieces of furniture in your living room around the fireplace and feel the relaxing aura it gives off.

  1. Bathroom mirrors

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You may already have a bathroom, as most houses do. I bet you feel that it is a bit dull. In most cases, bathroom mirrors are not there for decoration but for utility. Why not have both?

Go for a useful bathroom mirror with a great design! Adding tiny details to your mirror’s frame, like a gold frame, will go a long way towards enhancing the bathroom.

When renovating your home, always go for quality. Quality counts more than you think and it will surely pay off in the long run. And remember, home renovation must never be a hassle on your part. Ask professionals to do the work for you.

Home improvement – Converting your loft in 2016

wi1Most people have the desire to extend their home space. Because the space their home provides for them at the moment just isn’t enough.

So they plan for home extensions. Most think that adding external home extensions is the best way to go. But now, some people are saying that there is another alternative: Loft conversion.

What is a loft conversion? It is actually transforming your loft or attic into an extra room with beneficial uses like a bedroom, entertainment room, storage room, gym and many more. Yes, you get that unused, dull, dusty old loft and turn it into a room of your dreams.

Is your loft fit for conversion? There are actually qualifications that you need to meet before you decide to convert it into a functional room. These qualifications are head height, pitch angle and type of roof structure.

– Head Height
Try measuring your attic from the bottom of the ridge timber all the way to the top of the ceiling joist. That should be more than say, 2.2 meters for it to be useful for conversion.

– Pitch Angle
A higher pitch angle means a higher central head height. If the roof is redesigned or if dormer conversions are used, the floor area can be dramatically increased.

– Roof structure
There are two main types of roof structures. These are the traditional framed type and the truss section type.

Traditional framed type
This roof structure is most commonly found in houses built before the 1960s where the ceiling joists and rafters, along with the supporting timbers, are cut and assembled on the site. This roof structure is often most suitable for loft conversions because it has more structural input.

Truss section type
This roof structure is most often used for houses made after the 1960s where factory-made roof trusses are used. This roof structure typically uses thinner (hence cheaper) timbers. Yes, it is cheaper but it is by no means weaker thanks to the addition of braced diagonal timbers making it have more structural integrity.

This allows a house roof to be installed in a span of a single day. But truss section types have no load bearing structures underneath, so it requires a bit more work to open up space and add some significant structural input.
Loft conversions have several types, here are some of them:

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– Room in room loft conversion
This type of loft conversion is by far the cheapest. This only usually involves floor reinforcement, adding skylights, adding insulation, installing a staircase leading to your loft, electric and heating, and of course fire safety measures.

– Dormer loft extensions
This type of loft conversion does not require that much dramatic change to your roof. It involves adding dormer windows. This will significantly increase the habitable floor space and is used to add a deal of head height which opens up new options for you in regards to stair placement.

All in all, loft conversions are a great option for extending your home space. You need to consider the benefits of this and think about the necessary things you need in order to achieve this project.

10 Useful Home Improvement Ideas

Even with an existing home, many people are still not pleased with their interiors. Maybe this is because design is very much evolving. There are many new and updated styles that come and go and when you want to follow the trends, it can really be difficult. Anyhow, there are ways that you can improve and update your residence.

  1. Walls

When it comes to vertical area, of course, walls take much, if not all, of the space. Hence, their colour can definitely change the atmosphere of a room. And so, if you apply a fresh coat, for sure your home will have a totally changed look. Supposing you prefer other styles and patterns, wallpaper application can do the trick.

  1. Flooring

Horizontal area, on the other hand, will mean the groundwork. Same with the walls, its changes can really make a difference. Either you completely alter your floors or paint them as well. This can all be performed.

  1. Furniture

Do you have old furniture pieces? Make them look good as new by coating it. You can even do it with fresh and bright colours such as yellow, pink and blue. If you want new ones, it would be good if you get rid of what you have now and then buy those. This will surely save you, money wise, in the long run.

  1. Technology

Supposing you are going to order new articles of furniture, you might as well invest in ones that have appliances already installed in them. For example, there are now kitchen counters with ovens and stores integrated within.

  1. Storage

You can now save space with storage units that can be incorporated in furniture and other structures in the residence. An instance would be the stairs. Under it, you can make it into a bookcase. For the bed, below you can turn it into a depository as well.

  1. Windows

A home’s focal points are the windows. Leaving them plain can make them unattractive and even dangerous. Investing in treatments and furnishings will have you protected and will leave you with a house that is pretty looking.

  1. Doors

Similar to the windows, doors can elevate the character of a room. They can appeal with a modified colour or even form.

  1. Lights

Fixtures do not have to be boring. Do not go for regular ones; pick out lighting like unique chandeliers. They will absolutely brighten the surroundings in a perfect way.

  1. Positioning

How all elements will be arranged is essential. The space must be utilised to the fullest and with an organised setup, it can be achieved.

  1. Nature

Going green can perfectly help the environment and the Earth in general. Supposing you want to go eco-friendly, all you have to do is select home components that are of natural materials.

All these, from painting and decorating in Chiswick, can definitely be arranged. This is through the help of the right people, of course. You should certainly be on the lookout when it comes to entrusting your residence to the professionals.

Go for Highgate decorating and there is no doubt you will have the improved home that you so want.

Make Your Garage Look Great and Clean Forever

It is usual for homes to have garages because most homeowners have their own cars. But garages have been more than car ports now; they have become hoarding and storage places for everything and anything. They even double as laundry and work rooms.

Now, some of you may think that it is time to stop all the messy madness and start to clean and organize everything. That is indeed an awesome idea! But then, how and where do we start this project?

For your garage to look great and clean, of course there are more ways than one. First and foremost, you have to assess the whole situation. You have to examine your garage, whether you have a big or a small area, how unorganized is it, how far are you willing to go for this undertaking. After that, you have to plan on what you are to do with your space. To park your automobile is one thing, but how about the remaining spaces? When you have already determined the purpose of your garage (again, aside from being a car park), then designing and/or renovating would be easier because you have a plot in mind.

But before you proceed in executing your plans, you must deal with the existing garage clutter. Look into them – an effective way to manage your things would be to classify them into three categories: Keep, Donate or Sell, and Throw Away. You have to be thorough and practical. Learn to let go of the stuff that you do not really need and just occupies space. And there is the renowned garage sale, right? Obviously, its intent is to clear the garage of the unnecessary and even make money out of it.

A major investment you should make is for garage flooring. Since the floor is basically the whole space, much attention should be given to it. The AxleTile range of garage floor tiles are of high quality and come with different colors and styles. Whatever your overall concept for your garage is, there is no doubt one of them will be suitable and perfect. With good garage flooring, you will be able to protect your floor from damage and chemicals that can be emitted by your car. It can make the place safer for you as well because the even floor will save you from any accident like falls or stumbles.

Painting the walls a new coat is recommended as well. Be sure to purchase washable paints so that they are easy to clean and maintain. For dirt to not be very visible, you can make use of dark colors if you prefer to.

The garage can function as a storage area, even if you admit it or not, so you must wisely use the space. Create a layout of the position and arrangement of everything you will put inside. There are even ready-made storage cabinets and containers that you can buy in hardware stores. Moreover, you can label them for easy search and identification.

It is your sole responsibility and duty to do what it takes if you want a good-looking and spotless garage.

Smart Searching Tips


Google Searching Tips:

Check out these tips for smart searching on Google.

On Google’s Advanced Search page, you can type any of the above in the bar next to “Domain” to eliminate any .com or personal website hits.

Go to “Google Web Search Features” and try the shortcuts offered for searching.

Here’s a video on Google search Tips and Tricks:

 

*  The following domains in an internet address indicates reliability. 
.edu (US higher ed)
.sch (school – used outside of US)
.k12 (most US school sites)
.gov (US government (add country code for outside US)
.ac (higher ed outside of US, usually with country code,

example:    .ac.uk

.mil (US military)

 

* The following may indicate you’re on a personal website:

~ (tilde sign)
% (percent sign)
the word “user” or a personal name “jaba” is in the    address after the domain name and the first forward slash “/”

 

*  Try scholar.google.com or academic.live.com designed for academic searching.

 

* If you can’t find the owner or publisher of a website, go to easywhois.com and enter the URL of the site you would like to research.

 

*To see where a website ranks, go to alexa.com

 

* If you want current news articles, only minutes or hours old, go to Google’s news.google.com.

In a nutshell:

 

Educational Sites

*** = Great website

 

1.  www.ambleweb.digitalbrain.com

General Resources Site – Literacy, Numeracy, History, Geography, Science, Interactive Whiteboard Activities and Games.

 

2.  www.educate.org.uk

General Resources Site with plans and worksheets – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, PE, ICT, History, Geography, RE, Art, DT

 

3. www.enchantedlearning.com

A website with lots of different activities – Art, Literacy, Geography, Science, French,

Also has time filler activities such as quizzes. Also good for Christmas and Easter art activities.

 

4. http://www.focusonphonics.co.uk

A great site focusing on phonics – Literacy

 

5. www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/websites/junior.html

A website offering a long list of links to resources – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Interactive Whiteboard

 

6www.tre.ngfl.gov.uk

A website offering resources for all subjects – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE,

 

*** 7www.primaryresources.co.uk                  (Superb Website!!!)

A great website offering resources for all subjects – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard

 

*** 8. www.snaithprimary.eril.net

A great website offering History and Geography resources – Geography, History, Interactive Whiteboard

 

9www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachingandlearning

A website offering resources and lesson plans in most subject areas – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Assemblies

 

*** 10. www.teachingideas.co.uk

A website offering resources and ideas in all curriculum areas. – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard, Time Fillers

 

11. www.teachingpets.co.uk

A website offering resources in many curriculum areas – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, Art, Music

 

12www.geocities.com/tesprimaryronan

General resource website for most subjects – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music,

 

13. www.thinks.com

Website with all sorts of puzzles and brain teasers.

 

*** 14www.topmarks.co.uk

A website offering resources for all the subject areas – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard.

 

*** 15. www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk    (Superb Website!!!)

A fantastic school website. Has a mixture of resources, games and activities for all curriculum areas. Also has many links to other websites. – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard.

 

16. www.sln.org.uk/geography/primary.htm

A geography resource website – Geography

 

17. www.mape.org.uk/activities/index.htm

A website offering Literacy and Numeracy resources including some onscreen big books – Literacy, Numeracy

 

18. www.enjoymaths.co.uk

An website offering a range of Numeracy worksheets and other materials –  Numeracy

 

19. www.tes.co.uk/teacher/brainteasers/index.asp

This site has loads and loads of Numeracy brainteasers. Good for extension work – Numeracy

 

20. www.emaths.co.uk

Has many Numeracy activities including some for the interactive whiteboard – Numeracy, Interactive Whiteboard

 

21. www.n-yorks.net/curriculum/subjects/maths/info.html

Another site offering many Numeracy worksheets – Numeracy

 

22. www.nrich.maths.org.uk/public/index.php

Numeracy problems mainly for the higher achievers – Numeracy

 

23. www.cardiffschools.net/~roelmann/whiteboard/general1.html   (Interactive Whiteboard only)

Interactive resource site for all the curriculum areas. Also has links for other websites, –   Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music,

 

24. www.counton.org/index.html           (Interactive Whiteboard/ Class PC only)

This website has many games and activities for the interactive whiteboard – Interactive Whiteboard, Numeracy

 

25www.edcompass.co.uk         (Interactive Whiteboard only)

Loads of resources for the Smart board – Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music

 

26. www.interactive-resources.co.uk   (Interactive Whiteboard/ Class PC only)

Numeracy activities for the interactive whiteboard – Interactive Whiteboard, Numeracy

 

27. www.teacher.scholastic.com/activities

Many resources for most curriculum areas – Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music,

 

28. www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/numeracy/publications (Interactive Whiteboard/ Class PC only)

Numeracy Interactive resources linked to unit plans – Interactive Whiteboard, Numeracy

 

29www.bbc.co.uk/schools/numbertime                    (Interactive Whiteboard/ Class PC only)

Interactive Numeracy Games – Interactive Whiteboard, Numeracy

 

*** 30. www.bbc.co.uk/schools (Superb Website!!!)

A fantastic website offering a wealth of activities – Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music

 

31www.mccollam.com/fun/geoquiz                (Interactive Whiteboard/ Class PC only)

A fun interactive quiz on the countries in the world – Interactive Whiteboard, Geography

 

32www.literacymatters.com

Full Literacy plans for all year groups – Literacy

 

*** 33. www.teacherxpress.com                         (Superb Website!!!)

A fantastic web page which has links to other websites covering the whole curriculum – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music

 

*** 34. www.mathszone.co.uk

A website offering Interactive and other Numeracy activities – Interactive Whiteboard, Numeracy

 

35. www.ltscotland.org.uk/storybook              (Interactive Whiteboard/ Class PC only)

Literacy resource website which includes story telling and activities – Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy

 

36. www.geocities.com/SEN_resources/resources.html

Numeracy and Literacy resources mainly aimed at SEN children – Literacy, Numeracy

 

37. www.storiesfromtheweb.org                        (Interactive Whiteboard/ Class PC only)

Online stories and associated activities – Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy

 

38. www.tlfe.org.uk/home.htm

General resource website for most subjects – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music,

 

39. www.victorians.org.uk                       (Interactive Whiteboard/ Class PC only)

A great online site for the Victorians. – Interactive Whiteboard, History

 

40. www.ancientegypt.co.uk                   (Interactive Whiteboard/ Class PC only)

A great online site for the Egyptians. – Interactive Whiteboard, History

 

41. www.request.org.uk

A good RE resource website – RE

 

42. www.eduwight.iow.gov.uk/curriculum/foundation/geography/keystage2

A good geography website – Geography

 

43. www.mathslessons.co.uk/resources/resources.htm

An alphabetic list of Numeracy resources and plans – Numeracy, Interactive Whiteboard

 

44. www.qualityteachingresources.co.uk

Resources and worksheets for a variety of non core subjects – DT, Art, Geography

 

45. www.e-gfl.org/e-gfl/curriculum/resource/pss.cfm?subject=Mathematics

A resource site for a variety of subjects – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard

 

46. www.keystage123.co.uk/worksheets_03.htm

Links to other pages with lots of resources! – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard

 

47. www.firstschoolyears.com

Excellent resource site for KS1 children. May be good for Lower Achievers in Year 3/4 – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, SEN

 

48. www.lgfl.net/lgfl/leas/greenwich/accounts/subjects/ictteam/web/resources/primary

 Great website offering full ICT plans with resources – ICT

 

49. www.lgfl.net

Lots of really good content for the classroom and interactive whiteboard – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, Geography, Music, Interactive Whiteboard

 

50. www.cadburylearningzone.co.uk

A super site for the Victorians – Numeracy, History, Interactive Whiteboard

 

51. www.train.stockton.gov.uk 

Another really good website. When you load page click on Curriculum along the top and then resources which is down the left hand side – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT, Interactive Whiteboard, Christmas Activities

 

52. www.plattsy.co.uk.

A good little website with some useful links. Resources are linked to year groups which is particularly good – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, SEN

 

53. www.thegrid.org.uk/learning

A variety of resources for all the curriculum areas – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, SEN

 

54. www.galaxy-h.gov.uk

An interactive website looking at PSHE areas including healthy eating – , Interactive Whiteboard, PSHE

 

55. http://www.fours.co.uk/

A site offering a variety of resources – All Subjects

 

**** 56. www.ict.oxon-lea.gov.uk/whiteboards.html

A superb site for Interactive whiteboards – Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy, Numeracy

 

57. www.lgfl.netwww.lgfl.net

A site which offers and links for many different areas of the curriculum. Also hosts some superb ICT plans – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard

 

*** 58. http://nwnet.org.uk/pages/index.html

A fantastic site for the Interactive whiteboard – Interactive Whiteboard, Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, Geography,

 

59. http://www.iwb.org.uk

Another great Interactive whiteboard site – Interactive Whiteboard

 

60. http://www.ithink.org.uk

A good site to use when teaching PSHE

 

61. http://www.syntheticphonics.com

A website to use when teaching synthetic phonics – Literacy

 

62. http://stories.lgfl.org.uk

Website with talking stories – Literacy

 

63. http://holnet.lgfl.net/lgfl/accounts/holnet/upload/index.htm

Website which covers the History of London including the Victorians and the War – History

 

*** 64. http://www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk       (Superb Website)

An amazing website which includes interactive links and resources for all subjects. A must visit! – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard

 

65. http://www.teacherbooks.co.uk/

A site offering free catalogues on a variety of subjects.

 

66. http://www.thinkingoutofabox.co.uk/

Thinking cards produced by Chris Henshaw. Excellent challenges for children to try in the morning or if they finish early.

 

Website which also has a teacher links area:

 

*** 68. http://www.timeforcitizenship.org – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard

A great new website designed for teachers, parents and children.

 

69. http://www.fours.co.uk – , Numeracy, Science, History, ICT, PE, DT, Geography, Art, RE, Music, Interactive Whiteboard

A superb website with loads of resources.

 

*** 70. http://www.ks1resources.co.uk – KS1 Resources – Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT, History

An excellent brand new website which has loads of fantastic resources on. Well worth a visit, especially if you teach in KS1

 

71.  http://www.primary-teacher-uk.co.uk – Primary

Probably the best Primary Blog available on the Internet at the moment. Well worth a look!