We think people move to the countryside for a few key reasons. They are trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They want a bigger home to raise their children and choose a place where homes are cheaper. Or, they are looking for a quiet, comfortable place to retire from the stresses of work. These are all great reasons to move and buy a new country home. But they often forget about the benefits of living in the city and are surprised when they lose them. These lost benefits are mainly due to the state of a rural home (more…)
I think the first thing that struck me when I moved out of the city into a rural home was how old-fashioned and out of style it looked. Certainly, the place had a quaint little character of its own but it wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted the peace of the countryside while also living in a modern, stylish home. It took me some time to figure out how to collide these two concepts but eventually I managed it. I looked at each room in my home and decided the best way to improve it. The best part was that it ended up costing me a lot less than you would perhaps imagine.
The first thing I thought about was how to accessorize my home. As silly as it sounds I thought about my house as a brand new outfit. Then I thought about the little things that would bring out the colour and style already there. I started by sprucing up the windows with some small decorations. I added a couple of vases of flowers and some smaller ornaments. As well as this, I hung some lights around the curtain hook. These are switched on in the evening and look terrific, even in the summer months.
The next thing I noticed were that the walls of many of the rooms were looking a little bare. I went shopping online for some classical art prints and bought the likes of Van Gogh. I now have a print of one of his most famous pieces hanging up over my fireplace. It goes quite spectacularly with the rest of the room, and I do feel my living room would look empty without it.
When I moved to the country, I was leaving a small apartment for a large rural home. Unbelievably, once I had unpacked everything the house was still looking cramped and cluttered. I soon discovered this had nothing to do with how many things I owned but how much of it was out on display. The bathroom, in particular, looked overrun with belongings. But, then I found a vanity cabinet sold by Bella Bathrooms. It fit in perfectly with my room and was a stylish accessory to store everything I needed.
In other rooms like the bedroom, I bought a couple boxes that now fit snugly under my bed. These are easy to assemble and keep all my books neat and out of site. The room looks a lot better now.
I quite liked some of the fixtures in the rooms of my new home. For instance, there’s a truly stunning chandelier that hangs over the dining room table that I would never part with. But in other areas the fixtures looked out of date and out of place. I decided to replace them with modern designs, and this only cost a couple of hundred. These bring a whole new look to the rooms they are in.
Once I was finished with the improvements, my home looked modern and stylish. It was a modern haven and the perfect rural home.
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It’s that time of year where the leaves change color and start to fall from the trees. What this means is that Autumn has come to party, and soon, winter will be upon us.
While there are lots of good things about winter, it does present some problems for your home. The drastic changes in weather can prove highly problematic. As a result, many people find that their homes are at greater risk during the winter months.
But, what are the biggest issues your home could face during winter? I’ve picked out the three most common:
There’s a high chance you will encounter more plumbing problems in the winter than any other time of the year. When temperatures drop, it’s easy for pipes to freeze over. This leads to cracks forming and, in some cases, pipes bursting. If your pipes go bust during winter, you’ll be left with no way to get water into your home. To say this is a minor inconvenience is an understatement! Sure, you can buy drinking water, but it will be tough to shower or wash any dishes. Many people suggest that the solution is keeping your house warm. You can do this by making sure it’s properly insulated and that the heating works.
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One of your main concerns will be with your roof. When winter arrives, it brings a lot of harsh weather. This means howling winds and very low temperatures. All this bad weather can have a horrible effect on your roof. If your roofing is old, or in poor shape, it can easily get damaged. When you have a damaged roof, it can lead to cracks and holes forming, which will them leak when it rains. This then brings water damage into your home, which you do not want! Your focus should be on checking your roof for any signs of wear and tear. If you notice any problem areas, look at getting them fixed. You may even find that you’re better off getting a whole new roof fitted.
No one wants their boiler to break down because it’s an inconvenience. But, if it breaks down in the spring or summer, it isn’t that big of a deal. It’s warm enough for you to live without heating or hot water for a few days. But, if it breaks down in winter, then you’re in a load of trouble. Boiler breakdowns are common during the winter time because of the temperature. This is because people are likely to have their heating on almost all day. When you use something a lot, there’s more chance it will break. My advice would be to check that your boiler is working properly – you may not have used it in a while! Also, check to see if it needs servicing or will need it during winter. It makes more sense to book servicing before winter approaches, to ensure there’s less chance it can break. A broken boiler can be harmful to your home and your health, so be aware throughout winter.
You shouldn’t feel bad if your home has become cluttered and messy. Living with children often means your days are spent cleaning up and tidying things away. However, it’s easy to let the work get on top of you, and so you need to make positive changes. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to work any harder than you are at the moment. You just need to use your head and employ some clever techniques and strategies. So long as you follow all the tips on this page, your home should be smart and clutter-free very soon. As with anything in this world, sometimes you have to take precautionary measures. (more…)
If you are just starting your journey toward rural living, then you may be excited about having so much space to enjoy. After all, many city dwellers struggle on in tiny little studios and apartments. You may have mastered the art of making the most of little spaces. Even if you are living rurally, you still need to be good at this. After all, not every country home is brand new with the modern conveniences you are used to.
One of the biggest problems for rural living is managing the kitchen. It is usually the main entrance into the home. That means muddy boots and muddy paw prints all over the floor. It could be where you manage your laundry as well as your cooking. The kids could be using the kitchen table for crafts and housework.
Rooms like the kitchen are multifunctional. If you like your home to be a little more organized, then you might be in need of some storage solutions. Start with your food supplies. Many rural communities can be cut off in bad weather. This means you will need to store more supplies in the house. Use your kitchen cupboards wisely. Some foods are prone to attracting little visitors!
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If you do have a problem with pest control, don’t despair. Once you have called out the professionals to get rid of the problem, you can clean up and work on prevention. Plastic containers with sealed lids are great for storing some foods, but others can be damaged by the lack of air. Cakes and biscuits don’t last well in plastic tubs. However, you can keep them from pests by selecting a cupboard that is free of cracks or holes they can get into.
Some mice will seek out your paper supplies. Whether you are storing the paper for recycling, or it is part of the kids’ craft supplies, you must seal it up. Choose storage drawers that are stackable or part of a wheeled unit. This means it can be pushed out of the way, and wheeled back in when the kids want to access it.
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A big country kitchen dresser looks amazing in a rural house. However, the wood can be prone to woodworm. To protect the items inside, use small plastic containers. They stack well in dressers because the storage space tends to be square. Food larders are naturally cooler than the rest of the home. However, be sure to seal up any cracks and crevices to the outside. Store your food in boxes that make them easy to identify and access.
Your country closet can also be converted into useful storage space with some stackable containers. This allows you to store foldable clothing in the closet to free up the dresser drawers. It also helps you to organize and find things easier.
Built in furniture can go against the character of some rural properties. Plastic containers can easily be stacked and hidden out of the way to avoid being an eyesore. See what you can create with some old tubs today.