Mill Road Bridge Closure
Mill Road is an iconic part of Cambridge. Steeped in history, diversity, community spirit and plenty of independent traders, it’s no wonder that The Sunday Times (14 April 2019) described it as the ‘mile-long beating heart’ of the area. Today, July 1st, Mill Road Bridge closes for 8 weeks. This is to carry out work to expand the railway below which includes the modification of one of the arches. Still, the bridge will be open for crossing by pedestrians and cyclists, who must dismount, for all but a handful of days during the period of the works. (more…)
Should you project manage your own home building project?
Whether you project manage your own home building project will depend on several things. The size and scale of the project – particularly the level of major structural work or additions – and your budget.
Building an extension or a major renovation requires a lot of work, and it would be prudent, for those who can afford it, to invest in a professional project manager to oversee the entire process. You can hire either an architect or an interior designer (or both depending on budget) for your project. They are likely to offer an ongoing project management service. This option will add additional costs to your project. But you will be paying for a reduced stress experience. (more…)
10 things you may not know about inclusive homes
I take a lot of interest in the design of an inclusive home because I have elderly relatives and a family member who uses a wheelchair. So at the recent Cambridge Home and Garden Show I was lucky to stationed next to Vaila Morrison, an architect with a particular passion for inclusive design and sustainability. And as an influential blogger and founder of The Inclusive Home, Vaila shares her valuable insights about the inclusive home with scuseme. You will discover things that you can incorporate into your own home improvement projects, especially in relation to future proofing. Over to Vaila… (more…)
How to control the volume of traffic in Cambridge
On Wednesday 29th May I was interviewed by a BBC journalist to share my opinions on the proposed introduction of congestion charging in Cambridge. Scuseme was approached to reflect the voice of a Cambridge based independent business. Furthermore, because I work alongside many independent tradespeople, the journalist was keen to get an impression of their views. The programme, BBC Politics East, is on Sunday 9th June. (more…)
What motivates your child?
It’s that time of the year when there is so much pressure on children to pass exams. Whether they need the results for entrance exams, to get an apprenticeship or into a college or university, or simply to get the job they have their heart set on – their exams are their sole focus (and if they aren’t – it’s likely to be even more stressful for you!)
We all deal with stress in many different ways and our children are no different. (more…)
Don’t let DIY spoil your Bank Holiday
May sees Cambridge at it’s best, with the start of so many exciting and tempting events and activities, such as Eat Cambridge, Thirsty Biergarten and the Cambridge Beer Festival. Lots of people use Bank Holidays for tackling DIY projects; I’m not sure DIY is not for everyone. If you don’t want to get the toolbox out and head up a ladder this bank holiday or if you don’t have the skills, finding a local recommended professional is the best way to get the job done properly, leaving you time to enjoy the Cambridge festivities and the summer months ahead. (more…)
Mobile services …. a lifesaver
Making an appointments is sometimes difficult, so the convenience of reliable mobile services can be a lifesaver. You may be just too busy, work unsociable hours, are elderly, a commuter or a frequent traveller. Perhaps you prefer the privacy of your own home for a particular treatment or may simply want to treat yourself. Whatever your reason, a mobile service that comes to you at home or in your workplace, can provide the perfect solution. I spent some time discovering what mobile Cambridge has to offer by speaking to business owners and drawing on my own experiences. (more…)
Get smart. Get results.
Like many people I’ve had some bad experiences; I’ve taken a heating engineer to the small claims court, suffered hair loss from a poorly trained hairdresser and been sworn at by a rude gas engineer who refused to fix a problem he had created. But I’ve learnt from these and got much smarter.
It’s no surprise, trying to find the right person for the job can be daunting and stressful. And it usually doesn’t make much difference whatever service you need, be it a hairdresser or a builder. All you want is the peace of mind that you will get perfect results. I‘m going to share some of my hair-raising hair experiences to demonstrate the key things that you need to think of when looking for the right person. (more…)
Nine Lives Saved: Be a Hero
Diane Denton is my sister, and a liver transplant recipient. I couldn’t be more proud of her. After her terrifying ordeal she is making a fantastic recovery. Dane is now passionate about raising the importance of organ donation. Her experience opened our eyes to many things, but significantly the importance of organ donation. I didn’t know that with organ donation you could save up to nine lives. I also want to take the opportunity to pass it on that from spring 2020 the law around organ donation in England is changing. (more…)
Minor jobs you should be able to do
Scuseme is all about helping connect you with experts who can fix your domestic breakdowns. A few years ago, most of us would be able to undertake some of the minor jobs ourselves, but my tradespeople tell me that nowadays it is more common to ‘call in a man’. However, there are some basics which we should all know about. I’ve listed a few suggestions below: (more…)