Plan to make your kitchen space work
If you’ve spent any time looking into kitchen design you’ll know about triangulation – the movement between fridge, sink and cooker, your three main work stations. The bin (or the recycling centre as it has now become) may add a fourth. But give some thought early on to the way you store everything else, from that dusty ice cream maker you got as a wedding present, to the tea and coffee space which you’ll be at several times a day. Getting this right will be critical to making your, probably expensive, new kitchen work best for you.
Our kitchen designers tell us about many of the storage challenges they face, and they have passed on a few tips. (more…)
6 things you should organise before meeting a builder
Good builders in Cambridge are in demand and they can be difficult to get hold of. So to make the most of their time (and yours) it is important that you have key things in place when you meet them. The list below outlines six things you should organise. (more…)
Save your home from a house fire
Every year in Britain there are thousands of house fires, and most of these start accidentally. Most are minor, with no injury or even a need to call out the fire services, but a small number are more serious, even fatal. The risk of fire lurks almost everywhere in the home so it’s important that you know how you can reduce the chance of a fire starting in your home and reduce the risk of injury.
It is easy to imagine that it wouldn’t happen to you. And this is more likely to be the case if you are alert to the most common causes – most of them are avoidable – and take the necessary steps to protect your home and loved ones.
The 10 most common causes of house fires
Help our feathered friends in Cambridge
Winter is just around the corner and our little feathered friends need help over the cold months ahead. There’s lots we can do to help by leaving out the right food in the correct conditions as well as practical changes you can make in your garden to encourage their survival. So here’s our advice on how to look after garden birds in winter in Cambridge.
Where to feed them
Bird tables are ideal, as they keep the birds out of reach of cats and give some protection from aerial attack. But some birds, such as dunnocks and blackbirds can prefer ground feeding. If you have a ground feeding station, make sure it is exposed so that cats have less opportunity to pounce. (more…)
10 ways to create a better functioning bathroom
Bathrooms are much more than just functional spaces in our homes. They are a place to relax and de-stress after a long day. A hot steamy bath or shower is joyous for this, but the resulting humidity can be damaging if not properly managed. So, keep your bathroom well ventilated because a steamy bathroom leads to condensation which can lead to mold and mildew.
A bathroom is a humid environment which means it’s not a good idea to store things that may be affected by humidity. Whether your bathroom is palatial or bijou here are some tips to declutter so you can enjoy luxurious serenity and have a better functioning bathroom too.
What are the top jobs for winter?
Keeping the house warm is one of them, but don’t neglect your garden and outside areas, either. These are some pre-winter jobs to think about that will be home improvements you will appreciate.
Our tradesmen, like so many others in the Cambridge area book up fast, particularly electricians, handymen and builders. Do yourself a favour: get sorted and get organized to avoid disappointment and costly quotes.
Here are some things you should be doing to get your home ready for winter
A little older, a little wiser
Coming up to the two and a half years of scuseme I have been reflecting on my journey. Setting up an online business was uncharted territory and certainly something new for me and I am particularly proud of my achievements.
Wherever you are in your life, now is as good a time as any to take stock of what you’ve done and accomplished in your life. And for that reason, it’s important to celebrate the successes. Above all figure out what more you’d like to do with your time now that you’re a little older and (maybe a little) wiser. Whatever your goals there are many benefits to trying something new.
I recall an episode of Desert Island Discs with Malorie Blackman. The famed author explains why every year she likes to learn something new because she likes to take on a challenge to stretch her mind, imagination and ability. Wise words indeed.
Here I reflect on some of the new things I have tried (or hope to try) in Cambridge. (more…)
8 key considerations to find an electrician that’s right for you
When it comes to sorting out electrical problems most of us are wise enough to call in a professional. Inevitably where there are opportunities there are opportunists and unscrupulous unskilled electricians operate in a surprisingly poorly regulated field.
How to find an electrician you can trust in Cambridge
So ask the right questions, follow these instructions and you will find the right electrician: someone who is a trusted, local and recommended expert in the Cambridge area. (more…)
7 key considerations to find a plumber that’s right for you
With so much information out there it may seem that you are spoilt for choice, but make the wrong decision and you could end up with a ‘cowboy’. You have to trust the information that is provided.
How to find a plumber you can trust in Cambridge
Ask the right questions, follow these instructions and you will find the right plumber: someone who is a trusted, local and recommended expert in the Cambridge area. (more…)
7 key considerations to find a builder that’s right for you
With rapidly spiralling house prices in Cambridge, a growing number of homeowners are choosing to extend their existing property to gain extra space without having to sell up. And although the cost of building an extension can be significant, it is a sure-fire way to add value to your home.
Whether you want a new build, an extension or an internal reconfiguration to make better use of your existing space, you will need to have good design plans. You will also need to find a builder you can trust in Cambridge to turn your design into a reality; on time and on budget. (more…)