Having a caravan on your drive, in your garage, or parked in a secure location, is your ticket out into the countryside for a cheap and cheerful holiday. With the whole of the UK and thousands of scenic destinations on your doorstep, hitching up your caravan for a quick getaway is one of the most satisfying ways to get a break from home - especially after having spent so long cooped up indoors during the pandemic. In this piece, we look at how you can keep your caravan in pristine working condition for the trips you’ll take in the future.

Outer Caravan Care

The outside of your caravan might look like a robust bubble, but there are plenty of seals and joins through which water might leak over time - especially if your caravan is exposed to the elements month on month. Older caravans are more likely to spring leaks, and to gather mould, than newer models - and you should take particular care, if your caravan is ageing, to maintain the outside of your little holiday haven.

You can do this by taking a survey of your caravan every couple of months. Where can you see moisture leaking into the inside of your caravan, and which part of the bodywork do you believe this is coming from? Use traditional leak-blocking material to help you fix these leaks, and prevent damp and other issues developing inside your caravan.

Inside Your Caravan

Damp is one of the biggest issues reported by caravan owners when they choose to take their caravan out for a short holiday. It’s no fun whatsoever to arrive at your destination, only to find that your caravan is damp, cold and clammy. Especially in the winter, this can become an almost unbearable feature of the interior of your caravan.

To avoid damp, leaks, mould, and smells in the interior of your caravan, it’s well worth reading this expert piece on 7 Common Caravan Maintenance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. It’s recommended that you perform regular maintenance on your caravan, including on the interior, to avoid larger and more expensive problems down the line.

Mechanical Issues

As your caravan doesn’t have a motor - although motorhomes do, and require you to diligently maintain them in order to be able to take them on the road - you won’t need to engage in work on an engine. But you still have two or three important mechanical parts, including the axle and wheels, the lights, and the tow bar that you use to attach it to your car, to look after.

All of these features require timely checking in order to avoid damage on the road, or faults that spiral into major problems if you fail to deal with them in time. As a minimum, before you head away on holiday with your caravan, you should check the lights, the tyre pressure, and the tow bar - ensuring they’re all safe and legal for use on Britain’s many thousands of roads.

Take care of your caravan throughout the year so as to keep it ready for last-minute getaways and longer, UK-wide holidays in the future. You’ll thank yourself for putting in a little effort.

Thanks to modern technology, your windows can be much more than just holes in the wall. With benefits ranging from enhanced resistance to intrusion, sound control, energy efficiency and many more, modern windows will enhance your comfort quite significantly.

If you are contemplating a window replacement, this might be a great idea, as your old windows may be holding your house back from its true potential. Here are the benefits to be gained from a window replacement.

1.Increased Home Value

While installing new windows will come at some cost, this cost will easily be compensated for by a considerable increase in the value of the house. Additionally, many buyers have been known to stall or walk away from a purchase once it becomes clear that a home has not been fitted with modern windows.

2.Better All-Round Security and Safety

The modern window provides the best of security features – they open easily to let you out in the case of an emergency, and they shut securely to keep intruders out.

3.Dust and Allergen Control

Modern windows sometimes have blinds and shades between the glass, which are effective at helping to keep out dust and allergens. This is particularly useful for people who suffer from allergic reactions such as hay fever. These windows are also safer for young children, as there are no dangling cords to potentially endanger them.

4.Improved Energy Efficiency

Modern windows will help you optimise your energy consumption by improving temperature management. This will save you a little extra expenditure on bills, and will help ensure that your air conditioner/heater enjoys a longer lifespan. For more information on how windows can help improve energy efficiency, contact expert window installers Wombourne Windows, who will be happy to help.

5.Noise Reduction

Noise can be annoying, and you probably don’t want to have to put up with it after a hard day at work, or elsewhere. Thankfully, modern windows come with noise-cancelling features such as insulating frames and triple-pane glass, which will help keep out the noise and will help preserve your peace of mind.

6.Enhanced Kerb Appeal

Windows have a potentially powerful effect on any house, when used in the right way. One of the most important ways in which windows can help improve the quality of your home is by providing optimal amounts of natural lighting. This beautifying effect of new windows extends both to the interior and exterior of the house, therefore increasing its kerb appeal. As noted previously, if you’re looking to sell, this will drive the value of your house up, and even if you are not selling, you will enjoy the comfort provided by a significantly better-looking property.

7.Low Maintenance

For busy people, low-maintenance windows are important to have. Fortunately, most modern windows do not require an extensive cleaning routine, and with features such as between-the-glass blinds, you will need to do minimal amounts of dusting and other cleaning.

Key Takeaway

New windows can significantly improve the value of a house, provide optimal amounts of natural lighting, make it safer and more secure to live in, provide better temperature, increase its kerb appeal, require much less in terms of maintenance and provide other benefits. Though they will require a higher financial outlay initially, this will likely prove to be well worth it in the long term.

 

Home offices are very common nowadays and a lot of people love the idea of working from home. A designated space in your home for being productive is a very good idea. But where to begin? How do you know what kind of room, what kind of decor, what supplies you will need to make a home office suitable for you? Well, to find out how to build the perfect productive space for your home, keep on reading.

1. Well Lit Room

Wherever you are working, the light in the room should be sufficient. Your home office should be bright and should have a lot of space for natural light to come in. While deciding on which room should be your home office, you should definitely keep the lighting in mind. The room should be naturally well lit with lots of room for cross ventilation of air. The room shouldn’t feel too stuffy, otherwise you will find it difficult to work in this room.

2. Have The Office Essentials

If you are a stationary enthusiast, then this will be your favorite part. Head to your nearest office supply stores and stock up on all of the office essentials. These will mostly include things like papers, notepads, pens, sticky notes, journals, binders, etc. Also, having a desktop computer in the office is a good idea. Making your room look like an office will increase your productivity, so having all of the essentials which complete a conventional office will make you work easily and efficiently. 

3. Wooden Floors

Wooden floors are the perfect addition to a home office. In most offices, laminate or vinyl flooring is used, but wooden floors are the perfect liaison between feeling at home and working in a professional space. The look of wood is classic yet stylish. It adds a lot of character to the room and it completes it beautifully. Wooden flooring looks very minimal and professional, making them perfect for your home office. You can either go for hardwood floors or engineered hardwood flooring. Both will look beautiful, in fact, engineered hardwood is more durable and reliable than ordinary wooden floors. These floors are made to last for a long time.

4. Organized Room

Your office should be organized at all times, so you don’t fall into a deep pit of finding lost papers, when you need them the most. So, having all of your important papers in labeled binders and folders is a great way to stay organized and having everything you need in one place. This will save you a lot of time in the future. You will know exactly where everything is. 

Extending Dining Tables

By Pete | @kingpetey | 17 Jun 2020

The dining table is the heart of a home. And, if you’re looking to create a unique space where the people you care about will love to gather and connect, then you need Adventures in Furniture. 

Designed with flexible living in mind, our extending dining tables can be expanded for family gatherings and dinner parties, or folded away for a more intimate dining experience. What’s more, with a wealth of styles, sizes, materials and colour options, all our extendable dining tables can be tailored to your tastes, lifestyle and space. 

Built with the highest-quality craftsmanship and passionate about long-term furniture rather than cheap disposable pieces, your extendable dining table will be made to last generations. And, with ethically sourced materials and considered, sustainable design at the heart of everything we do, your furniture is better for the environment too.

Ready to be inspired? 

Bianco table

The Bianco table is a gorgeous design, suitable for any contemporary interior. With clean lines and a minimalist vibe, the table features splayed, tapered legs and comes in a variety of sizes. The solid wood range also has a selection of finishes, from a very pale white-washed oak to an exquisite oiled black walnut. Beautiful Fenix tabletop options are also available. 

The extending Bianco dining table folds out easily and requires no extra storage. Ideal for both everyday use and special occasions, the table is perfect for trend-setters seeking that sought-after Scandi style.

Zurich table 

The Zurich table design boasts slender, rounded and tapered legs that fit flush to the corners. Adding extra seats to this extending table is simple. The leg sections simply roll out to reveal internally stored extension leaves which can be opened as needed. So, the Zurich is as functional as it is stunning. 

Available in lavish walnut and rich oak, the Zurich can also be made with a Fenix top for a real statement piece that is perfect for the rough and tumble of energetic dinner parties and everyday life.

Mason table 

Our Mason extendable tables are strong, hard and durable. With chunky round and straight leg options, the Mason looks robust and is perfect for people who value timeless, classic design. With a hidden butterfly mechanism, simply pull the legs towards you and effortlessly extend to seat more people.

Available in a range of sizes, finishes, materials and colour options – including natural timber, ingenious Fenix, and super-stylish ceramic - our sophisticated Mason table can be tailored to your exact requirements. And it’s built to stand up to the reality of daily life, with completely scratch-proof and easy to clean options available.

Tate table

The extendable Tate table takes modern simplicity to the next level. With clean lines and no unnecessary fuss, the Tate is both authentic and super-stylish. 

Tate tabletops are available in warm woods and Fenix (the very latest nanotech matt material for easy cleaning). And the legs come in a stunning selection of metals, including rusted steel and graphite for a striking stripped-back industrial look. 

Flow table 

Made from 100% solid wood with filled knots, the Flow extending table has a 24mm oak top. Available in natural ‘live’ or straight edge options, the Flow is super-contemporary and super-stylish. 

The striking extendable Flow table showcases legs that combine oak and black powder coated metal, with straight and U-shape options available. So, for a unique design feature that is sure to wow, the Flow has what it takes. 

The very best extending dining tables. Only from Adventures in Furniture 

Why buy pre-designed when you can create a bespoke dining table that will stand out and perfectly fit into your home? 

At Adventures in Furniture, our beautiful, extendable dining tables are as distinct as you are. And. once we have helped you to create the perfect piece for you, we’ll get it delivered and installed in your home in a matter of weeks. 

It really is that easy. 

Food is one of the biggest expenses for any household, and one of our basic needs, but it’s also where many of us end up overspending by making basic mistakes. A lot of it has to do with our lack of understanding of the food business, and business in general. We often make errors and seek convenience, and don’t understand how the food business makes money by selling us things we could easily do ourselves. Here are some easy and simple ways that you could save on everyday food purchases.

Stop Buying Transformed Foods

One of the greatest tricks of the agro business is selling everyday products at a way higher price simply because they’re in a different form. Frozen chips should not exist, no matter what anyone says; you could easily enjoy a much better meal at home by chopping your potatoes yourself, or getting a chip cutter. So, before putting a bag of frozen vegetables into your cart, try and think whether you could get the same product for less.

Never Buy Take Out Full Price

Most nutritionists would tell you to get off take out altogether, but there are some times when only a slice of Domino's pizza or a curry from the corner shop will do. In these cases, take advantage of coupons and specials whenever you can. 

You can easily find Domino's vouchers online through coupon sites. We also suggest you sign up to their newsletter. They will send Domino's vouchers straight to your mailbox. There is no reason to pay full price when there’s always some deal somewhere, so spend your money wisely and make sure you can get a deal whenever you can.

Get Yourself a Chest Freezer

Getting a chest freezer could be the number one best purchase you’ve ever made if you’re trying to save on groceries. You could take advantage of meat sales, or even buy primal cuts and save even more. You can even bulk cook your meals and freeze them for use at a later date.

One more thing: don’t use minced meat unless you mince it yourself. Depending on the brand, you might find all sorts thrown in there. Get yourself a meat grinder, and get your cuts from a reputable butcher in your neighbourhood. This way, you’ll actually know what’s in it, and will get much more value for your money.

Learn How to Preserve

Another thing you have to learn is how to buy in season and preserve. You can extend the shelf life of many products by transforming or pickling them. Roma tomatoes can be turned into sauce. Turnips and cucumbers can be turned into pickles. Be creative, and you’ll find ways to stock up and reduce your costs as a result.

These are just some of the ways that you can save money on food purchases. Just learn how to think outside the box, and don’t overspend by falling for some of the agro business’s oldest tricks. What changes will you make?

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