Do You Need New Windows?
Having new windows can have several benefits. They can boost house value, lower energy consumption, allow better air circulation and bring in natural light. However, when is the right time to replace them?
Windows need replacing eventually. If they have double glazing they should last up to 20 years. This depends on how well looked after they are, the weather and the sort of frame that surrounds them. If they can’t be repaired then they need to be changed as soon as possible.
If any of your windows have decay or distortion, or there is a problem with the double glazing, then replacing them is the only option. Wooden frames particularly can be difficult to keep healthy. Unfortunately, once any decay has appeared, it is difficult to reverse the issue. If the window is left, eventually you may struggle to even open and close it. Distortion happens when heat causes the material to warp. Issues with double glazing could mean cracking and irregular home temperature.
Bad insulation is an issue that can create expensive energy bills. If heat is escaping, you will have to use your heating more often, wasting energy and money. If you struggle to open the window, this can be a healthy and safety hazard due to a potential emergency exit being unavailable.
Other issues with your windows could be lack of sound proofing, drafts, leaks and condensation. One main issue could be that you simply don’t have double glazing. This could be why your house is overly cold or hot depending on the time of year. This is common with old buildings and can be resolved by replacing the windows, improving comfort levels and being energy and financially efficient. Call today for a free quote to fit New Double Glazing in Newport Pagnell.
Benefits Of Pressure Washing Your Driveway
Even though modern driveways and patios are low maintenance, they still need to be taken care of from time to time. They can still get dirty and ruin the aesthetics of your home, so a regular wash down can keep it looking neat and clean, preferably using a pressure washer.
The right jet washer will do the job in the quickest time, removing some of the more awkward stains. As no chemicals are used, pressure washing is better for the environment.
Unfortunately, weeds can still appear in any cracks on the driveway. Roots can be a problem, causing harm and pushing up from underneath. An expert can help to tackle these problems with a professional clean, particularly if a weed killer (environmentally friendly one) is used to reduce any regrowth.
Pressure washing will tackle any algae that may appear, which can potentially cause erosion on the driveway. It also stops the risk of anyone slipping on it as algae is slimy. Overall, professional pressure washing is definitely a good idea when it comes to taking care of your driveway, both health wise and style wise. If you need property maintenance in Newport Pagnell for Driveway pressure washing, call us today.
The advantages of having a conservatory built on your property:
- Brings your home and garden together
- Adds value to your home
- Gives you extra space
- Planning permission is relatively straight-forward
- Less costly than an extension if you are on a tight budget
- Wide range of styles
- Creates lots of natural light and uninterrupted views; an interior ambience
For more information on having a conservatory built on to your house, contact Mason property services, the Builders in Milton Keynes.
Do I need planning permission?
If you are undertaking a Garage Conversion and Extension it may be possible to carry out the work under Permitted Development rights. This is a Government initiative to make it easier to extend or alter your home without the need for planning permission.
The rules can be confusing so it is wise to consult you builder in Newport Pagnell and discuss your project so they can advise you of what steps you need to take to carry out the work.
Garden and Property Maintenance
Did you know that Mason Property services also offer a Garden Maintenance service?
Not only will they provide extensive property maintenance services in the Milton Keynes area, they also offer full gardening services for busy people who wish to enjoy a beautiful garden.
Masons can repair and replace fences, install your dream decking, patio or driveway and are available 7 days a week for domestic or commercial purposes.
With the latest rotary pressure washer technology, Masons can clean existing areas such as driveways and patios without damaging the surface.
With extensive knowledge of all areas of property maintenance, take a weight of your shoulders and use Mason Property Services today.
Time for a change?
If you're considering a new kitchen, rearranging the layout of your living area can transform the way you use the available space in your home. More and more people are opting for an open plan style of living area. The kitchen has always been the heart of most homes, even if they are tiny people will congregate where the food is being prepared!
It's easy to get carried away with the cost of a new kitchen, experts will advise to always take into account the value of your home in proportion to the cost of the kitchen. Take advice from your local kitchen specialist who can offer you a full personal design service and help you with creative space saving ideas which will add value to your home. For a value and quality Builder in Milton Keynes, call Mason property services on 01908 211 476.
When Milton Keynes was 'born' 50 years ago it was in answer to the acute housing shortage in London. With a target population of 250,000 it has become one of the most innovative and discussed cities in the UK.
There are plans to build 28,000 new homes by 2026 to keep abreast of demand but much of the existing housing stock is now in need of modernising and upgrading. A new bathroom and kitchen are usually top of the priority list, or a home extension to accommodate a growing family. There are many high quality Builders in Milton Keynes who have the expertise to advise and assist residents and landlords keep their homes in good condidtion.
New Glass technology in Building
A scientific researcher team led by head scientist Dr Hasan Baig based at Exeter University have developed a solar powered glass block that can be used in building any structure, in building design to generate their own electricity. They use the latest new technology, integrated photovoltaics, to produce bricks, for production that can be used either in new builds or as part of any renovation. The blocks are to be named Solar Squared and are similar to standard glass blocks, but more cost effective, due to the energy benefits, they also provide insulation and will be available in a wide range of colours and patterns. For more information on house extensions and renovations in Milton Keynes call Mason property services.
If you,re considering investing in your home and want to know which option will provide the best return for your money, the insurance company Towergate have studied the market and come up with a list of 10 home improvements that will add value to your home.
They suggest that the project that will give the best return on your investment is a garage conversion, adding a potential 20% increase in value to your home. It's important that any conversion is carried out professionally and to a high standard, so if you are looking for a Builder in Milton Keynes, call Mason Property Services Ltd who specialise in providing a complete service for House and garage conversions.
New White paper on Housing sector
At a meeting of the Town and Country Planning Association’s New Communities Group held in October, Sajid Javid the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government stated that housing was his "number one priority".
He is releasing a White Paper in November which will outline plans to "make sure that we release land in the right places and include measures to diversify the market, we don’t have enough SME builders, and we must increase the different types of homes, including custom build".
He said that to combat the housing crisis, it would only "work if every government department works together, we need consensus in parliament as well, I want to work with the opposition on this."
"It's a big challenge and it’s about time we did something much more radical in this space, I need the help of the New Communities Group, TCPA and other organisations to give your ideas and thoughts."
Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Minister for local government and housing was also present and said: "Housing numbers are important but it’s the type and quality of development that matters. Good quality development can help to get buy in from local people… the garden city principles provide a framework for this."
Hugh Ellis, TCPA interim chief executive commented "I am delighted government recognises the important role of the TCPA New Communities Group".
Going forward it is critical that government reinforces the need for quality and inclusion, as well as housing numbers. The forthcoming Housing White Paper provides a once in a generation opportunity to create the kind of places the nation so desperately needs." To keep on top of your property maintenance in Milton Keynes, call Masons property services.
Dulux phone APP
If you are one of the 30% of people who find it difficult to imagine your home painted in a different colour the updated smartphone app – Dulux Visualiser – could be the answer to your prayers.
The original app was launched in 2014 and was downloaded more than 10,000,000 times. It has now been upgraded with new features and is available now for the iphone and will be obtainable soon for android phones.
Using the app is easy, you simply open it, use your phone as you would a camera and point it at the walls you want to change. You can then choose a colour from the vast Dulux range and tap the screen to change the colour of your wall. As if by magic the wall changes colour before your eyes and you will have a pretty good idea of whether the colour you have chosen will work. Once you are happy with your choices you can save it and then share your design with your friends and family on social media.
A major advantage of this app is being able to show your professional Decorator what you have in mind for your new colour scheme. Getting their opinion on what you have decided on will help you to create the changes you were looking for. They will be able to use their expertise to help you enhance your design and explore options like paint finishes and varying shades. For all your Property Maintenance in Milton Keynes call Masons today.