• DIY & Improvements,  Home and housing

    Big Construction Firms Protecting Their Turf

    There’s no question that in the construction business, it really feels like “when it rains, it pours.” This is an industry that has seen the meanest kind of droughts, gang-buster spurts and the leanest profit margins. At the same time, though, when the industry turns around, as it started to do in 2014, it can suddenly seem like the industry is nothing but sunshine and daisies. According to Sageworks (a financial firm), sales for privately held construction companies grew at an average rate of 17% in 2014, making it the second fastest growing industry, behind real estate brokers and agents, an industry that grew 23%. It was followed by four other construction-oriented businesses:…

  • Bedrooms,  DIY & Improvements

    5 Home Improvement Jobs Best Left to the Experts

    You might think you’re a DIY expert, however, with 220,000 of us turning up at hospitals with DIY-related injuries, and the risk of finishing a job sub-standard, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the experts.  Here are five good examples.   5. Wall Papering Wall papering is one of those tasks everybody thinks they can do themselves.  The reality, however, is that as with most home renovation projects, it’s best left to the experts.  Lining up the edges of wallpaper sheets is easier said than done, particularly when you’re covered in wallpaper paste and have been working for a full day. In contrast, painters and decorators will have years…

  • Décor,  DIY & Improvements

    Start a New Trend and Raise Value with Home Improvements

    Whether you intend to sell your home, or simply improve it for your own personal comfort, there are some smart new ideas out there. Conservatories are hardly a new concept, but the latest incarnation is one worth serious though. Let’s take a look at this new style of conservatory. Traditional Home Improvements Building work that improves your home is a solid way to increase its value if you are looking to sell up. While increasing the size of a house is the safest way to increase value, an actual extension can often be incredibly expensive and building work of that nature is often prone to running over budget or taking…