When blocking up a doorway or entryway in a brick wall, it is important to make sure that the new section is tied into the existing wall. This can be done in a variety of ways, as we will show here.
There may be one of several reasons why you would want to remove your fireplace, from simply wanting to replace it with another to just wanting to get rid of a fireplace altogether to update the look of the room.
If you are planning to add a doorway or window to a load-bearing wall, you will almost always be required to support the load of the wall above the planned opening with a lintel.
Keeping the external part of a wooden windowsill sound and free from rot is essential. Windowsills are designed to draw rainwater and other moisture away from the house but cannot do this properly if the windowsill is not protected by paint or varnish.
Radiators don’t have to be boring. If your boring radiators need a bit of a facelift, why not create a wooden case for it, add a screen and paint it?
Adding Wooden Panel (or Close Board) fencing along the boundary to your property is not only good for privacy and security, if done properly and maintained well, it can also add to the appeal of your home.
Painting exterior masonry is one way to help keep it in good condition and can prevent water invading the brickwork, stonework or render. Masonry paint comes in several different types, each of which is more or less suited to a particular application.
There are several options available to you when thinking about finishing exposed wood both inside and outside your home. This guide will hopefully help you choose the right finish for the job at hand.
It is a little known fact that paintbrushes actually improve the more they are used, as long as they are looked after.
If you are planning to leave your house for any length of time, it can be a good idea to completely drain your plumbing system to avoid frozen and burst pipes (especially in houses with older systems).
A monobloc tap replaces two taps (hot and cold) with a single unit from which both hot and cold water is supplied. Your main task here is to adapt your existing pipework to fit the tap tail fitted to the monobloc fitting.
There are several different types of stoptap and isolating valves used in the plumbing around your home. If you plan to undertake any plumbing jobs, it is useful to know the different types and where in the plumbing system they are used.
For the first time tiler, drilling into tiles may seem a bit daunting and after all of the planning and preparing, what you don’t want is a cracked tile caused by a drifting drill bit. However before you start, try looking for some alternatives.
Ceramic floor tiles can really add appeal to a room. But as well as aesthetic value, ceramic tiles also have the added bonus of being hardwearing, easy to clean and cool in the summer. Laying them is not too much of a job, but preparation is key
Although tiles provide a generally hard-wearing finish, a hard knock (when moving furniture for example) can crack or chip them. Replacing a single or even multiple tiles is a fairly simple task.
Laying a Patio successfully requires planning and preparation, along with a solid foundation. Learn how to lay a simple paving slab patio that will look fantastic and last for years with little or no maintenance. The advice and tips shown here can be applied to a patio two metres square, or 20 metres square. Marking [...]
Even if you only have a couple of bikes and a few tools in your shed, the cost of replacing them could still be several hundred pounds. On top of that, tools stored in your unsecured shed could be used to gain access to your house.
Learn how to build a stylish brick barbecue that includes cooking, serving and storage areas. The build is easier than it may sound and should be achievable in a day or less. Although it may be initially more expensive than buying a steel barbecue, a brick barbecue will last for many years with little maintenance [...]