Now that the clocks have gone back and it’s dark by teatime, we can certainly feel winter knocking at our door – but let’s just hope that it doesn’t knock the door down! Now is the time to start to protect your home from the ravages of winter, so have a look at our helpful tips below and make sure that winter leaves you cosy in front of the fire, rather than in the middle of a building nightmare!
Clear your gutters and drains
There’s no point in pretending that this is at the top of anyone’s wish list of fun things to do, but this relatively simple task can prevent serious problems later on. Clogged gutters and drains can cause leaks and water damage to the roof, walls and foundations of your house, so make sure that the winter rain can escape safely. Whilst you are cleaning them out, it is also a good time to check for any damaged areas of guttering or pipework and get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Insulate, insulate, insulate
As the temperature outside drops we all want to make sure that we are toasty and warm inside, but rather than just relying on cranking up the heating (and with it your energy bills), make sure that you are making the best use of the heating that you have. Approximately a quarter of the heat in your home is lost through the roof, so if you only do one thing, insulate your loft. Here in Bolton, Wisecraft have extensive experience of providing all forms of insulation so why not give us a call and we can come round, asses your needs and provide a free no obligation quote – we don’t even take sugar in our tea! What have you got to lose – other than serious amounts of heat that is!
Make sure your lagging isn’t lacking
Frozen or burst water pipes cause no end of trouble and can lead to pretty hefty repair bills, but it really is relatively simple to avoid this whole horrid problem, with the simple addition of some external foam insulation called lagging. This will keep your pipes nice and warm and protect them when Jack Frost visits. Simples really.
As with insulation, there’s no point in heating your house just for it to just vanish out of cracks around windows and doors. In many cases a simple application of sealant around draughty window and door frames will be enough to solve the problem, but sometimes it can just be time to call time on old windows and doors and replace them with a newer and more energy efficient version. If so give Wisecraft a call and we can provide and install shiny new ones that are sure to keep your toasty all winter long.
For advice, to arrange a visit, get a no obligation quote, or even just for a chat, give the lovely people at Bolton Builders Wisecraft Ltd a call today.
These days the kitchen really is the heart of the home and so when embarking on a new one it is vitally important that you get the layout right. Even a shabby old kitchen with a great layout is better than a shiny new one where nothing is in the right place!
Here at Wisecraft the good people of Bolton have been relying on us to provide the very best quality kitchen with the very best layout for years, and that is what we promise to deliver. All of our kitchens are a pre-built exactly to your specification with solid backed carcases, so installation is quick simple and they are built to last.
So you know who to get your kitchen from, but what types, style, colour and layout should you choose? Our kitchen experts will help you with all of the decisions but there are few things that it’s worth bearing in mind sooner rather than later, and many of these centre on achieving the perfect layout.
The Kitchen Triangle
Accepted ‘Wisecraft Wisdom’ suggests that all of the very best kitchen layouts place the 3 most used spaces; cooker, fridge and sink, relatively close to each other in an equidistant triangle. There is nothing more annoying than continually having to traipse across your kitchen every time you want to grab something from the fridge, or blundering around with pans full of water from the sink on your way to the hob.
Proximity of Most Used Areas
Along with the kitchen triangle it is also important to think about where you should place other heavily used kitchen areas. For example try to ensure that your dishwasher is close to the sink – wandering across the kitchen with dripping pots is just an accident waiting to happen. Also think about the position of your bin. Ideally this should be close to both the dishwasher (for food leftovers) and close to your main food preparation area. Either that or spend hours cleaning up after bits of dropped food after ‘the great chopping board to bin kitchen traverse’!
Finally make sure you carefully consider exactly what you use in your kitchen and make sure that you have sufficient storage for those. A drawer that’s positively crammed full of pans is never going to be anything other than annoying. And running out of room on the spice rack after putting on salt, pepper and mixed herbs could also be somewhat infuriating!
So to find about more about creating your perfect kitchen, contact Wisecraft Ltd for your free no obligation visit.