Make Your Rural Home Innovative With These Funky Tips

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It is not just the big cities that should have all the fun. We suburban folk should also be able to flex our muscles from time to time. We are not sheep because we can set trends too! All we need is a bit of inspiration and a few tricks of the trade to make that happen. Here are a few of those tricks and tips that should transform your rural home into a modern masterpiece.

Buy Well

It sounds obvious, mainly because it is, but you need to buy quality equipment. Using suppliers like Accuride with quality equipment is a must. If you choose poorly, the odds are against you making your home innovative or creative. The main factor to get right is to buy innovative fixtures and fitting. You cannot always go with your gut feeling because it might not be the style or tone you are looking to employ. Always ask yourself does it fit the style you are looking to implement. If it doesn’t, it isn’t a good purchase.

Trust Your Gut

Once you have a good idea of what you want, you can start to trust your instinct. After all, you are not the same as everyone else, and there are a lot of choices. It is important that you implement some of your personality into your choices. That is the most innovative part of interior design. The best way to do it is to go with what you like.

Make Your Own

There is nothing more personal than creating your styles and trends. The fact that they are unique and exclusive makes them innovative and remarkably creative. Let’s face it; you won’t find them in any other home across the country regardless of where you live. A lot of people like to use their hobbies as a way of stamping their authority on their home. For example, if they are a painter or an artist they like to create a new drawing or painting to hang up. Plus, you can make it as contemporary as you like because you control the style and tone.

Talk To A Pro

You don’t have to do it by yourself because there are pros who will help you achieve your goals. Some companies and contractors deal with niches within industries, and they do it to a very high standard. For example, there are plenty of interior designs who deal solely with innovation. As well, there is a variety of conventional interior designers. Take advantage of them if you cannot do it yourself because you will only make it worse.

Do Your Research

All of the above need a bit of research before you pull the trigger, barring trusting your gut. Treat your research with the respect it deserves because it can make all the difference in the end. Making purchases too soon could turn your house into an innovative home, but not the masterpiece you are looking for.

So, if you do fancy turning your rural home into a contemporary work of art, these are five good ways to make it happen.

Working Away? Here Are My Top Tips For Managing Your Rural Home Remotely

Lots of people with homes in the countryside often have to work in the city during the week. For some, work can take them anywhere around the world. It’s nice to retreat to a home in the country where you can find peace and quiet in your own surroundings. So just how easy is it to work away and still manage a country home?

If you are spending weeks or even months away from your house at a time, it’s important to consider security and safety. While you are away, the weather could be quite bad. It’s a good idea to check the roof and windows before you leave. You want to feel confident that your home is weather proof in your absence.

If you are away for a longer period, you might want to consider renting out your home. Many people who work for the military find they are moving around with their job. Often you will be offered a choice of furnished apartment rentals relevant to your role. This means you won’t be needing your home for a while so you could have your home earn you some money in your absence. An estate agent or realtor could advise you further.

If you are renting your home out, you may want to put some of your personal possessions into storage. This could be within the house, or at a secure facility away from your home. Even if you’re not away, some of your items may benefit from being packaged away carefully. Dust can build up quickly in empty properties. It will save you a lot of cleaning on your return if everything is covered and put away.

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Managing your overheads while you are away can prove difficult. Direct debits and standing orders can ensure that your utility bills and taxes continue to be paid in your absence. You may want to set up a redirect for the mail. Alternatively, why not hire a property manager to check your property periodically and keep things running on your behalf?

If you have land that you manage around your country home, it can quickly become overgrown if nobody tends to it in your absence. Offering your neighbors or the community school an allotment there will help keep things running. If you have livestock, you will want a person you know and trust to look after them. You may need to hire some qualified personnel to look after things instead.

Renting out your home means the property is occupied and looked after in your absence. It can also generate income. Some of this income may need to go on property management and maintenance, but there should still be plenty left over. Short term tenancy agreements help to ensure your property is vacant again when you are ready to move back home.

It would be a shame to have to sell a rural home that you love just because your work takes you away from it. Managing your house remotely is possible with the right help. Speak to a local agent about your options so you can work away with peace of mind.

What You Need to Know About Renovating a Country Property

So you’ve finally bit the bullet. You’ve bought your dream home in the country and you’re excited to start a new chapter in your life. The problem is, the property has seen better days to and needs a little TLC to look its best again. Don’t worry, renovating a country home can be a great opportunity to impart your own tastes along the way. Here’s what you need to know.

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Getting Your Home Ready For Winter

Although we are smack bang in the middle of summer right now, the weather can turn quickly. Before you know it, winter will be upon us, and you will be wondering whether or not your home is ready for the harsh climate that season can bring. If you live rurally, things can become even more complicated because a heavy snowfall can cut you off from society. With that in mind, here are some things that you can do to ensure your home is ready for winter.

Check Your Insulation

If you have poor insulation within the rooms of your home, you will spend a fortune on heating your house this winter. Typically, you can feel a room is colder than it should be. Or, you can check the windows. If they are wet on the inside or your walls near the window feel damp, the room is poorly insulated. You can fix this by installing new windows in your home and perhaps considering upgrading to double or triple glazing. This number determines how many pieces of glass separate you from outside and has the added advantage of reducing noise.

Make The Repairs

There are other repairs you can make to your home rather than just improving the insulation. In fact, many people tend to put off making repairs to their home until it is too late. The problem is during winter the weather often will not allow you the right circumstances to fix your home. That is why you should act now, getting all those little jobs done before the weather turns for the worst.

Sort Out Your Heating

We have already talked about insulating your home, but you should also think about regulating your heating. That means only heating the rooms in your house that you need to be heated to save on bills. Also, you can ensure that the inside of your home is kept at the optimum temperature. You can do this using Academy Air residential equipment. The company offers a hi-tech thermostat that will allow you to alter the temperature of your home with ease.

Prepare For The Worst

If you are living in the country, you do not know how bad winter will be or how long it will last. That is why it is always best to be prepared. Power cuts are common during winter with snow affecting power lines. That is why it is best to ensure that you have a good supply of candles and matches. You can also think about buying an alternate power source such as a backup generator. However, most people tend to survive without an expensive piece of equipment like this.

You should also be thinking about food and medicine, in case you get snowed in. Stock up on food by filling your cupboards and freezer. Make sure that if anyone in your family needs medicine you have a good quantity of it inside the house in case of an emergency.

Once you have taken all this into account, you can enjoy the rest of summer knowing you are already prepared for winter.

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The Most Challenging Home Repairs & Improvements We’ve Taken On So Far

Not too long ago, we traded our hectic city lives for a peaceful rural cottage. It’s the best decision we’ve ever made, and we’re certainly not looking back! However, it came with its fair share of challenges. Not least, a handful of repairs and improvements that we’ve had to take on. We’ve loved taking this fixer-upper and turning it into a cosy home, but it wasn’t easy. This morning I found myself thinking back to those first few months in the house. The stress of repairs came flooding back! Here are some of the trickiest jobs we had to take on.

Foundation repairs

Living in the country comes with the difficult job of working with nature! Living in the country meant that our home was built on less-than-suitable ground. The house itself had a little problem with subsidence. In layman’s terms, it was sinking! We’re only talking about a few cm a year, but we didn’t want it getting any worse. We hired the experts to do a full slab foundation repair before we moved in. We’re happy to say the house has been steady ever since!

Chimney repair

One of the best things about living in the country is access to a real fire. In our tiny city apartment, we were lucky if we could keep a candle burning. Now we have a huge fireplace with a roaring log-burner. Despite our initial excitement, we had to fix the chimney first! It’s an old house, and the brickwork and cement had begun to crumble near the apex of the roof. We didn’t trust ourselves to DIY this essential repair, so this was another one for the experts.

Double glazing

We love living in an older property. It has so much more character and personality than a city apartment. There’s a sense of history in the walls and there’s a warmer ambience. Of course, there are compromises with an older house. For starters, the cottage didn’t have double glazing. We put this near the top of our list so we could keep the house warm and energy efficient. Since putting in double glazing, the energy bills have come down significantly!

Installing solar panels

Despite the country lifestyle, there’s still a little hint of city thinking in our brains! We’re still keen to keep costs down and make technological additions. We wanted to find the perfect balance of rural living and modern technology. There’s no reason they can’t work together. So, we decided to install solar panels. After all, we’ve got acres of space and it doesn’t hurt to be a little more self-sufficient. The installation cost is quite high, but we anticipate making the money back through energy savings.

Renewing the damp proof course

Lastly, we had to tackle a rising damp problem in the kitchen. It’s quite a common repair for an older rural property. It’s a fairly simple process of injecting preventative chemicals into the wall. It didn’t take long (but it did make a mess of the kitchen!)

Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking back to it! But I’m glad we took the time and got the problems ironed out. Now, we can sit back and enjoy our wonderful new house.

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