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Cool off from this summer heat with these 18 outdoor showers: http://archdg.co/KzAR8cv

Posted by Architectural Digest on Friday, 13 July 2018

This video literally flushed away all our working focus and got us thinking about vacation. 🙂 Doesn’t it relax you? Just seeing water pour from the sky and you enjoying and controlling it?

There are a couple of places where you can go for a holiday and enjoy some of the best outdoor(ish) showers designed.

Architectural Digest did a top 18 of the best exterior showers/ baths in some interesting locations:

Calistoga, California/ Cartagena, Colombia/ Kona coast, Hawaii/ Thailand/ Los Angeles/ Palm Beach, Florida/ Napa Valley, California/ Bali/ Malibu, California/ Miami…

18 Inspiring Outdoor Shower Ideas for Every Style

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Searching for summer project with your kid(s)? We’ve got a tutorial on how to build a bird feeder that can be completed by children over 5 years old.

How to Build a Bird Feeder

Just to convince you, here are the main steps:

Lay out and cut the parts

Make the top

Build the base

Wire the base

Make a hole for the wire in the top

Make the seed holder

Assemble the feeder

Fill the feeder with seed

Make a hook for the feeder

Hang the feeder

And if that still looks too complicated for you, here is a plastic bottle turned into a bird feeder. Perfect for your balcony or your rear garden.

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Measurements to improve affordability for UK houses could include a price freeze for the next five years. This is the main suggestion made by think tank IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, to the Bank of England.

Think tank urges government to introduce five-year house price freeze

The reason is logical and the phenomenon has been happening visibly on the house market lately: easy lending options (offered by banks) influence the house prices. Prices rise and potential buyers need more money… lent from banks. This is a cycle that will keep on repeating itself. Unless the Treasury decides to stop prices from rising.

However, these measures will have a big impact on every potential buyer, but especially on first-time buyers. Details on the article on Property Reporter.

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Nature inspired decorations are a trend and a trick if you consider the fact that most of them are cheap and look great on any interior.

We found a helpful article for those of you looking to add a bit of ‘mother-nature’ in their homes.

HOW TO DECORATE YOUR HOME WITH NATURAL RESOURCES

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Here are the main ideas anyone can implement:

-> choose a fresh centerpiece to draw attention upon.

-> create an indoor garden. The visitors’ eyes will be pleased and the lungs will benefit from the extra-fresh air.

-> pick a natural wood flooring. Or use the one already installed if your home came with this advantage.

-> small nature corners can be created by using stones, pebbles, seashells or rocks. All brought home from your holidays.

Show us your natural spot inside the house! Maybe you had an even more creative idea to bring nature inside your home!

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Letting a place for a holiday has become a more and more popular habit over recent years. According to a recent study, the most searched for destinations have recorded a rise in prices.

Welsh holiday hotspots see UK’s biggest price rise

But which are these destinations everybody is talking about? Which are the hotspots most searched for? Here are some of these destinations.

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

The Forest of Dean is a geographical, historical and cultural region in the western part of the county of Gloucestershire, England.The area is characterised by more than 110 square kilometres (42 sq mi) of mixed woodland, one of the surviving ancient woodlands in England. A large area was reserved for royal hunting before 1066, and remained as the second largest crown forest in England, the largest being New Forest. Source: Wikipedia

People usually search for self-catering cottages in this area.

Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons is a mountain range in South Wales. In a narrow sense, the name refers to the range of Old Red Sandstone peaks which lie to the south of Brecon. Source: Wikipedia

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Kent Downs

The Kent Downs is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Kent, England. They are the eastern half of the North Downs and stretch from the London/Surrey borders to the White Cliffs of Dover. It is renowned for its natural beauty. Source: Wikipedia

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Isle of Sheppey

The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent, England in the Thames Estuary, some 46 miles to the east of London. It has an area of 36 square miles. The island forms part of the local government district of Swale. Source: Wikipedia

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Are you looking to move to London or elsewhere in London to try to be nearer to some green spaces? Check out some areas of London we’d recommend if you want to be closer to a park. You can have the best of both worlds, with the bustle of Central London and the serenity of a local park both on your doorstep.

 

Camden

Camden is a great area to explore and to live. The thriving town offers a diverse range of street food and odd bits at the market, there are great bars, restaurants and comedy clubs and there’s the well-known ‘Round House’ if you’re a fan of live music. Just ten minutes’ walk, though, and you’ll find yourself taking in incredible London skyline views from the top of Primrose Hill or having a peek into London Zoo from Regent’s Park. This is a gorgeous park to wander around, to feel like you’re in the heart of the countryside.

 

Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green is a great spot, putting you ten minutes on the bus from Shoreditch in one direction and ten minutes in the other direction to the gorgeous Victoria Park. The park offers a large outer track, and Chinese gardens, as well as access onto the Regent’s Canal, giving you plenty of places to explore on a weekend. Victoria Park Village, next to the park, offers plenty of eateries and pubs after you’ve tired yourself out in the park too! In the summer, there are a number of visiting festivals, including Lovebox, All Points East, Citadel and Creamfields. As a cheeky bonus, Bethnal Green sits on the Central Line, getting you to Tottenham Court Road or Westfields Stratford in around 15 minutes too.

Clapham

Clapham has a reputation which precedes it, as a great area for people moving to London. The area offers easy access to Central London on the Northern Line and a lively atmosphere, with plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you entertained. The area also has the lovely Clapham Common, a large expanse offering many exercise classes and a Park Run to local residents. If you fancy more of a wander, you can head down Northcote Road towards Battersea and head over to Battersea Park too. The area is great for those first moving to London – offering a bit of peace away from the city but an environment where you can make friends and socialise easily.

Forest Gate

If you fancy experiencing East London life, Forest Gate is a great option. Sat right outside Stratford, Forest Gate is close to Westfields shopping centre, local bars, restaurants and amenities. Forest Gate is on the train line in to Liverpool Street and close to the tube options at Stratford. As well as this, Forest Gate sits close to the Olympic Park and Wanstead Flats – both lovely green spaces to explore. The Olympic Park is a great space to discover, and you can easily jump onto the canal path here and head up towards Walthamstow.

 

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When you put your property on the market, it’s important that you do everything you can to make sure it looks as aesthetically pleasing as it can be. Here are some of the ten biggest turn offs for potential buyers or renters when they look at a property.

Damp

A whopping 70% of people stated they’d be turned off at the sight of damp patches or stained walls. This is often due to how expensive it can be to fix and can also indicate further issues within the property, like a leaking gutter or roof.

Property in poor state of repair

Next was a property that’s in a poor state of repair. This isn’t a surprising one since repairs can get very expensive quickly and are often time consuming.

No garden

It appears that 57% of people consider a garden a deal breaker. Despite the inconsistent UK weather, many buyers are always after the opportunity at least to plant some flowers and grow vegetables.

Bad smells

Many homebuyers appear to be turned off by poor smelling homes, which shouldn’t surprise many. Examples could be smells caused by pets, food and cigarettes.

No space for parking

Over half of homebuyers stated that parking was another deal breaker when selecting a new home.

Poorly lit rooms

54% of people were put off by poor lighting; hardly anyone wants to come home in the summer to a house where the lights still need to be turned on, so it’s important to keep your home properly lit so it feels welcoming to viewers.

Unfinished works

About 54% of individuals stated that unfinished building work was off-putting when it came to buying a house. Viewing a house that looks like a building site isn’t very appealing and neither is the thought of buying one.

Small rooms

51% of homebuyers said a home with small rooms was a turn-off. This is probably because of the increasing popularity of open plan areas. Small spaces are often advertised as ‘cosy’ but it appears many homebuyers aren’t looking for this.

Small kitchens

It seems 44% of individuals would be put off by a property with a small kitchen. A kitchen is the hub of many homes and if there isn’t enough space for wining and dining guests it often won’t be considered.

Poor DIY

Good intentions aside, bad DIY is off-putting to 43% of homebuyers. An unfinished curtain rail or skirting board can look tatty and gives off the feeling that the property isn’t care for. When the time comes to conduct viewings, we suggest just putting the tools down.

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Anybody having plans to changing the doors this summer? We found a great idea to make them look brand new by using the old doors and just refinishing them.

The complete DIY project in this step-by-step guide on ThisOldHouse:

  1. Remove the door’s hardware
  2. Sand the flats
  3. Scrape the moldings
  4. Hand-sand profiles and clear away dust

  5. Seal door edges before rehanging

  6. Choose a finish and apply first coat

  7. Apply final coat and reattach hardware

Seems easy enough, but it takes some courage to start! 🙂 Best of luck! Show us the result if you do it! Or maybe you have some other secret way of refreshing the doors…???

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If you’re one of those green-lovers that would easily grow an entire garden inside, you will probably love the concept of this New York apartment…

Photo source: HomeBNC https://bit.ly/2ymOlpw

If you still like gardening, but not to that extent, we recommend a very relaxing way to add some living green plants to your apartment.

8 Apartment Balcony Garden Decorating Ideas you Must Look at

50 Ways to Redeem Your Balcony Space

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Anybody who ever experienced moving houses under a deadline or searching in a critical moment for a roof over their head know the feeling. The feeling of solitude and desolation to be unable to know exactly if and where you’ll rest your head at night.

Right now, there are over 120 000 children in this situation. These are the figures of children living with their families in emergency housing. The real problem is: the number of families living in temporary, emergency, accommodation rose by 500% in the last 9 years.

Temporary or emergency housing is paid by the government. And the yearly sum allocated to solve this problem was of more than £105m/ year in the last 8 years. It sums up to almost £845m of public money.

But the solution to this problem doesn’t stand only in the hands of the government. Landlords might have a win – win solution to the problem of these families if only they would consider reducing or eliminating deposits.

The following article on Property Reporter mentions the problems, but also suggests some very good solving to the housing problem of those in difficulty:

Landlords losing out due to sky high deposits

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