Home Trades Services is a joinery and home building company located in Edinburgh. We specialise in loft conversions and home extensions as well as kitchen and bathroom refurbishments and all types of joinery and carpentry work. This blog will give useful information and hints and tips to readers interested in home improvement.
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So you are going ahead with a brand new loft conversion – fantastic news! But is there anything you can do to help ensure the whole process runs smoothly? As loft conversion experts in Edinburgh, Home Trades Services have been The post How to Prepare for Your New Loft Conversion appeared first on Home Trades...
So you are going ahead with a brand new loft conversion – fantastic news! But is there anything you can do to help ensure the whole process runs smoothly? As loft conversion experts in Edinburgh, Home Trades Services have been involved in lots of successful loft conversion projects. Here are some of their tips to help yours go exactly to plan.
A loft conversion is a wonderful way to increase the size of your property. It can add value (sometimes as much as 20%), be relatively quick to complete and can be carried out throughout the year, regardless of the weather. However, as with all building projects, having lots of tradesmen working in your home can sometimes be stressful. Anything that you can do beforehand to speed up and smooth out the process is definitely time well spent.
At Home Trades Services we specialise in loft conversions. If you are thinking about converting your attic have a look at our short video below to get an idea of what is involved. If you would like any more information, The post Building a Loft Conversion – Video appeared first on Home Trades...
At Home Trades Services we specialise in loft conversions. If you are thinking about converting your attic have a look at our short video below to get an idea of what is involved.
If you would like any more information, please get in touch or give us a call, we would love to hear from you.
As time served carpenters and joiners in Edinburgh, we know how important these skills are in ensuring the quality of timber products built, or installed, in your home or business. The actual difference between the two disciplines of carpentry The post Tasks That Need a Professional Carpenter or Joiner appeared first on Home Trades...
As time served carpenters and joiners in Edinburgh, we know how important these skills are in ensuring the quality of timber products built, or installed, in your home or business. The actual difference between the two disciplines of carpentry and joinery is probably not known by many people. Traditionally joiners ‘join’ pieces of wood together in a workshop e.g. doors, frames etc. and carpenters install them on-site e.g. roof trusses, stud partitions etc. In practice, although there is some cross over between the two specialities, it is often worth employing a company that can offer both skilled trades.
Below are some examples of tasks where it makes good sense to employ the expertise of a good carpenter or joiner
The roof, walls and floors keep your home standing. Any modifications to timber in these areas e.g. roof trusses, joists and stud walls, need to be done by someone who knows what they are doing so that structural integrity is maintained. If this work is carried out incorrectly the strength of the structure could be compromised and your home could become unsafe.
Pre-made drawers, shelves and wardrobes are relatively cheap and readily available and in many situations do the job well. However built in storage is ideal for smaller or unusual shaped rooms as a good carpenter will make the best use of the available space. Built in storage can also be designed specifically to meet your particular need and can even add a touch of luxury to a room.
A hand crafted staircase can be a beautiful focal point in any home. The price of wood can vary enormously but even a staircase made from a cheaper wood can look stunning if it is designed well, built with care and finished properly.
We all know people who have fence paneling that blows down at the first sign of wind and whose decking is either unfinished, difficult to clean or contains planks that need replacing. Many people attempt these jobs on their own, which is fine. However like many things, the sign of a job well done is not just how good it looks but how long it lasts. Experience, joinery skills and using the correct tools for the job will inevitably produce better results that last much longer.
Well fitted loft ladders can provide easy access to a whole new area of your home. A good carpenter will be able to position the hatch correctly so that it does not affect the structural integrity of the attic space. The ladder that extends through the hatch must also be anchored correctly to ensure that it can take the weight of a grown man.
If you are thinking of undertaking some home improvements that require a professional joiner or carpenter, please get in touch with us or give Steven or Kevin a call on 0131 478 7079. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Thinking of carrying out some improvements to your property? Did you know that some improvements can add a lot more value to your home than others. We have created an infographic with information, ideas and tips. If you would like The post Home Improvements (Infographic) appeared first on Home Trades...
Thinking of carrying out some improvements to your property? Did you know that some improvements can add a lot more value to your home than others. We have created an infographic with information, ideas and tips. If you would like to discuss your home improvements further, please get in touch with us at Home Trades Services in Edinburgh. We have experience in all areas of home improvement, including extensions, kitchen refurbishments, loft conversions etc.
As experienced kitchen fitters in Edinburgh for many years, we know that a beautiful bespoke kitchen can add value to your home as well as being a huge selling point when it is time to move on. However as well The post 7 Design Tips for a Fabulous New Kitchen appeared first on Home Trades...
As experienced kitchen fitters in Edinburgh for many years, we know that a beautiful bespoke kitchen can add value to your home as well as being a huge selling point when it is time to move on. However as well as looking great a well designed kitchen should also work well on a practical level. More than any other room it needs to be well thought out and planned. Mistakes at this stage can be expensive to rectify later. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect space.
The concept of the work triangle is traditionally used to design the most efficient kitchen layout. This is done by arranging the sink, cooker and fridge on 3 different walls so that if lines are drawn from one to another they form a triangle. The idea behind this is to minimise the number of footsteps needed when cooking in the kitchen. More recently due to changes in the way we live, the idea of kitchen zoning is becoming more popular. Creating zones or areas set up to accommodate certain tasks have also been found to maximise efficiency as well as making the kitchen more sociable. The most popular design ‘zones’ at the moment are cooking, food preparation, baking and cleaning.
Work surfaces can make a kitchen look more spacious. Also think carefully about the type and quality of the surface. Plain or high gloss surfaces can look stunning but can also show every crumb.
The dishwasher can need emptied every day and it makes sense to make this as easy as possible. For easy transfer of items, make sure there is enough space to have the dishwasher door ajar at the same time as the cupboards/drawers for the dishes.
Make sure that you have planned for enough sockets. These can be positioned at various points above your work surface (on the wall or splash back) or in your work surface (pop up/retractable)
We all now have a number of recycling bins as well as our normal bin. Remember to design your kitchen to accommodate these, either in a cupboard or in an out of sight corner.
Good under cabinet lighting can set the mood and make a kitchen look fabulous as well as more enjoyable to work in when it is dark. To save hassle, it is worth investing in long life LED lights and before making your final choice always check how easy the bulbs are to replace.
There are many types of hob available, electric plate, gas, ceramic, induction, gas on glass. Each type has different heating and cooking advantages and disadvantages. However cooking on a hob can be messy and keeping it clean can be time consuming. Gas hobs with many parts can be particularly tricky. It can be worth making this a consideration when choosing a model for your new kitchen.
If you are planning a kitchen refurbishment it is always a good idea to speak to an experienced local company that can provide all the trades necessary to install your new kitchen from start to finish. If you have any questions about your kitchen installation, Home Trades Services would love to hear from you. Please contact us or give Kevin or Steven a call on 0131 478 7079
If you have made the decision to add a spacious loft conversion, or a much needed extra living area downstairs or even carry out some general renovations, finding a good joiner or builder in Edinburgh to do the work, The post 5 Tips to Help You Choose the Right Builder appeared first on Home Trades...
If you have made the decision to add a spacious loft conversion, or a much needed extra living area downstairs or even carry out some general renovations, finding a good joiner or builder in Edinburgh to do the work, can be a daunting prospect.
There are so many stories in magazines and on TV about dodgy tradesmen, dangerous workmanship and half finished jobs that you may quickly be put off before you even begin looking. But it is worth remembering that in a matter of a few weeks, a good joinery or building company can give your home the extra living space you need or give a complete face lift to a tired or dated kitchen or bathroom, as well as adding extra value to it.
It goes without saying that asking friends and families for personal recommendations is usually the best way of finding a builder you can trust. You can see their standard of work first hand and ask about workmanship, timekeeping, tidiness etc. Unfortunately not everyone is in this position and some will have to do their own research. If this is the case you should of course do your homework and get at least 3 quotes, check testimonials and reviews etc. But is there anything else you can do to help you make the right choice?
Below are 5 tips to help you find the right joinery/building company for you.
Although not always spot on, sometimes trusting your instincts on how you feel about someone can be the right thing to do – assuming you have done your homework first and are working from a shortlist. Finding someone that you feel your family will be comfortable having about your home is crucial. Trust and confidence in your builder are also important. They will be in your home, often without you there and you need to be able to trust their judgement when dealing with unexpected and unforeseen problems which can arise on a build.
By meeting your builder face to face, you can assess how easy it will be to discuss progress or bring up any concerns you may have. It is essential that you employ someone who can explain things clearly, to avoid any crossed wires.
Very often on a build a variety of tradesmen are needed (e.g. electricians, heating engineers, plumbers, tilers etc). Find out if they are appropriately qualified and experienced and how long the builder has worked with them. Adding a beautiful new fitted bathroom is a great idea but at the end of the day it will leave you with no end of problems if it has been installed by a poor plumber or inexperienced tiler. Also check that the builder accepts complete responsibility for the quality of the work carried out by his sub contractors.
You need to know that you are covered if the builder goes out of business, or if your property is damaged during the build.
You don’t want to find yourself with a stunning new kitchen but a garden full or rubbish to get rid of (rubble, wood, bathroom sanitary ware, kitchen cabinets etc.) If a skip is needed, agree the best place for it to be situated e.g. in your drive, in the street etc.
Looking for the right joiner/builder can be a lot of hard work but by following these tips you will at least be looking in the right direction. You will then be able to enjoy your fabulous new kitchen or stunning living room extension knowing you made the right decision.
If you would like to discuss any joinery or building work with us, please give Steven or Kevin a call on 0131 478 7079 or get in touch here.
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