County Stone's manager Paul and head sawman Matt returned late last night after a very successful trip to Portugal on Monday. They visited three active quarries including 'Moca Cream', 'Rosal' and 'Moleanos' and selected the perfect stone for the fireplaces. Read More
You've located the spare trestle table and five mis-matched chairs, you feel as though you bought out Sainsbury's and you can't see your kitchen worktops for all the seasonal paraphernalia that covers them. You're cooking Christmas dinner for a large family and it's a little stressful, to say the least.
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Whether you've just finished work on a new home or you're just looking for ways to improve your humble abode, we all quietly hope to live in a home with some kerb appeal. Don't be perturbed - wanting to live in a stunning home is not to be narcissistic or ego-driven.… Read More
The modern kitchen can be hard to maintain. We all want them to look as if they were installed yesterday, but cooking is a messy art. The worktop is painted with tomato sauce, stained with wine and bejewelled with the kid's sticky sweets. It's not just stains we have to deal… Read More
Quartz is fast becoming as popular as granite when it comes to kitchen and bathroom worktops and countertops. Both have their own particular strengths, ensuring whatever stone the consumer opts for delivers a sturdy worktop, but quartz has a wealth of qualities that ensures it can stand side-by-side with the ever-popular granite… Read More
When it comes to desirable kitchen features, a quartz worktop ranks pretty highly. Together with soft closure cupboards - maybe a five ring Neff hob and an in-built wine chiller too - a quartz worktop is one of those items that home-owners covet and when they finally have their own, they want… Read More
As one of the most abundant minerals on Earth, it makes sense for quartz - chemical name Silicon dioxide - to be used for a variety of applications. From watches, jewellery and building materials to bathroom and kitchen worktops, quartz is a highly available material that makes up 12 per cent of… Read More
The bathroom can be a sanctuary for men and women. In the same way Clark Kent enters a phone booth and comes out as Superman, the bathroom is our safe haven where we can enter a dishevelled mess but exit a radiant, gorgeous version of ourselves.
Despite its importance, the bathroom can… Read More
The essence of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art, is that balance and calm can promote health and possibly good fortune. It's an ethos that many people, far and wide, have adopted and incorporated into their home.
One of the most important rooms in Feng Shui philosophy is the kitchen -… Read More
It can be tricky to decide what type of flooring to have in your kitchen, as there's such a wide range of choice. Just like every other material, wood has its own pros and cons and it's not an ideal choice for everyone. However, floorboards can work in a kitchen if… Read More
A full 14 percent more men cook now than they did in 1965, according to a study cited by Esquire. The rise could be put down to the modern man's newfound cultural interest in cooking, an increase in innovative gadgetry for the kitchen or simply as a backlash to the amount of ready-meal/processed foods on the… Read More
Great lighting in the bathroom is crucial. You need to see what you're doing in there, right? Whether you're lathering up for that morning shave, putting in contact lenses or applying that thick coat of mascara, it's important you're not 'working' in the shade. If nothing else, you could risk a slip,… Read More
Bring a little seaside luxury into one of the most important rooms in your house. Adding a nautical look with ship and beach elements is right on trend, allowing you to turn your bathroom in to a seaside haven. The nautical look is easy achieve and the wonderful thing is you can add… Read More
There are a lot of issues that need to been considered when planning a new-build or renovating an existing home. One of these main concerns is how many bathrooms your house may need.
Get it wrong and you could see yourself fighting for a shower in the morning if you don't… Read More
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house. It is a necessity for everyone to use it, so making it look as appealing as possible works in everyone's favour. Whether you want a bathroom that you can turn into an at-home spa or one that can manage… Read More
Granite worktops can add value to kitchens and can give them a modern look. However, if the rest of the decor in the room doesn't complement the worktop correctly, then it is a wasted opportunity.
Choosing the correct right scheme can be tricky at first, however once you know the shade… Read More
In the lead-up to redesigning a kitchen from top to bottom, it's hard to know where to start. Sure, you may have a few ideas for the type of cupboards you want and a couple of colour schemes that you plan on staying well clear of, but gathering all the pieces and putting them together is… Read More
Men who are looking to put a more masculine stamp on their bathrooms may find they come up short when doing their research. After all, many interior decoration publications are largely geared towards women or families, so offer precious little to men thinking of doing away with anything too ornate, decorative or otherwise typically "girly".
Despite… Read More
Bathrooms are often the forgotten room. Most homeowners spend vast amounts of time hanging family photos above the fireplace and picking out the perfect paint colour for their bedroom, but what about the bathroom? It can be tricky to apply your personality to a bathroom, so here's some tips on how… Read More
Homeowners are always conjuring up ways of creating space in their property and sometimes this has to come at the expense of the dimensions in another room. Around 50 years ago the emphasis would have been placed on creating space for a bigger kitchen, but recent evidence suggests the cooking hub is actually the room that's suffering the most.
Research from… Read More