Saturday 28 May 2022

Invictus and the Natural Home Feel

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Should you be looking to embrace a more natural feeling for your home when you look to reorganise the look of your home, one option that can provide lasting appeal would be luxury vinyl flooring - which is a far cry from the old vinyl products of the early 90s.

If you are wanting the look and feel of a real hardwood floor without the hassle and expense of fitting the real thing, Invictus offers a perfect replica of real hardwood flooring with a guarantee of it lasting much longer and withstanding much more abuse, in fact, it's lifespan is over three times longer.


Light or Dark

Some people consider dark woods to give a dull or depressive appearance to a room but this doesn't have to be the case. It can add a different mood to your room whilst adding a sense of rich tones.

If you want to impress your friends and visiting family members, dark wood certainly attracts attention, but it really is a case of personal preference. On the opposite side of the shades, a light hardwood look brightens up the room and provides a more classical feel of the outdoor lifestyle within the home. 

Whether you choose a light or dark tone vinyl, one of the benefits of vinyl over hardwoods is that you won't need to sand it down to keep it consistent over the decades, so it makes this flooring much lower maintenance. 

Consistent Features

With many designs available from the Invictus flooring brand, you get the opportunity to match tones with any existing wood furniture you already have within your home. That can range from tables to doors to seating, or your cabinets and wardrobes.

Some people like the feel of a matching theme throughout the house and choose to have the same colour palette and flooring in all rooms. It can give a sense of your home being carved out of a giant tree, more than built from the ground up. Vinyl flooring has so many design and style options for you to choose from. You may opt for planks or tiles and all can be manufactured to size avoiding those tricky corners, borders, and fixtures.

Saturday 7 May 2022

Tips To Help Your Children Deal With Stress

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While we might think of stress as something that only adults deal with, stress is also very real for children. There are a host of things that kids can feel stressed about and when it happens you want to make sure you're there for them and can help them through the tough period in their life.

Whether they’re going through exam stress, or you’re splitting from your partner and going through divorce lawyers, any big change is going to impact them and you want to be ready. You want to ensure you’re on hand to have them feel cheerful and back to themselves in no time at all. Here are some of our top tips to help your children deal with stress. 

Ensure they know you're there for them

One of the most important things you can do during a stressful time in your child’s life is to let them know you’re there for them. Make sure they know that no matter how big or insignificant their stress might feel, it’s never too small to talk about and that you’re there for them. By having them open up and confide in you, you can rest assured they will continue to do so in the future and you can help them in the best way possible. After all, you know your child and will know how to help them get through this time.

Encourage them to have fun

Children are meant to have fun and it’s a great way to help them to deal with stressful periods in their life. Make sure they put aside time to go and play with friends and do things they really enjoy. No matter what the stress is, having time set aside to go and play or do something they love can help distract their mind and make them feel much better about the time ahead. This is equally as important for teenagers too, as they can become overwhelmed with stress, especially around exam time.

Choosing Between Moving Home or Extending

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Are you wondering if it’s better to extend your home or move to a new house? Choosing between moving home and extending your house can be quite difficult. Both processes can be very costly and disruptive. However, each of them also has various benefits.

As your family grows, your current home may start to feel cramped or not sufficient to suit your needs. So how do you know if an extension or a new home is the best option for you? This article will go over three of the most important questions that you should ask yourself if you are struggling to choose between moving home or extending.


Will An Extension Add Value to Your Home?

When making a decision to extend your home, you will have to consider if the extension is the right option for your specific home. If you get an inappropriate or poorly executed extension, this can actually reduce the value of your home if you end up wanting to move home in the future.

It's important to remember that any exterior extension work on your home will impact and reduce the land available on your property space. With this in mind, it’s important to consider what you will be gaining as well as what you’ll be losing.

Luckily, there are many different types of extensions, so you'll likely find one that benefits you and helps increase the value of your home. Adding an extra bedroom to your home can increase the value by around 15% onto the value of your home. Whilst, the addition of extra space in the kitchen or an added bathroom can add around 5% to the value of your home.


Do You Have The Budget For An Extension?

This is something that only you can answer, and it will depend on how long you are planning to live in your current property.

If you don’t see yourself staying in your current property on a long-term basis, then it may be worth considering whether an extension would be worthwhile for you. The average cost to build a one-storey extension on your home is around £1200 - £2000+ per square metre, depending on the location of your property.

In addition to the cost of the extension itself, you will also need to factor in the cost of planning permission, which is often over £200, and any additional costs such as the addition of fixtures, fittings and redecoration.

However, in most cases, it works out much cheaper to extend your property rather than move house – especially if the reason for the extension is for additional space. Buying a larger property than the one you're in now will usually work out more expensive due to all the lost costs like removals, solicitors fees and stamp duty. It’s important to think carefully about your budget and how much additional space you’re looking for.