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DIY Projects: Garden Ponds

Have you ever looked at a garden pond and wondered how much it would cost to get one installed? With the price of digging out and building a pool in people’s backyard, a garden pond must surely cost quite a bit as well – but the truth is that people tend to make these themselves.

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Garden ponds are actually not that difficult to make as you won’t be swimming around in it yourself. Just find a weekend or two where you have all the time you need to get your hands dirty and get started so that you’ll be able to enjoy it before spring.

Here is a handful of tips in terms of building your own garden pond so that your neighbors can be glancing over at your garden with envy.

First: Repurpose or buy

First of all, you need to consider what you’re looking for. The bigger the pond is, the more money you might have to spend on it as smaller ponds easily can be made out of repurposing a very large flower pot or sink a rubber container into your garden. You could sink the flower pot in as well, though, but it will look pretty as it is just standing above the ground.

If you’re not that into repurposing stuff to make a pond out of, there are many alternatives to buy online instead. They will, of course, cost a bit more but may also look even fancier; have a look at this article, for example, to get started and consider your options first.

Keep in mind that any watertight vessel will do, really, so have a look in your garage before you decide on anything final.

Next: Mark out the area

Before you start digging, it’s best to mark out the area where you’d like to have your pond and lay the water circulation pipe that goes from the pump to the waterfall on the ground. Throw some soil on top of it, by the way, to save you the time of digging a trench to bury the pipe.

It’s a good idea to have everything you need for the job ready at hand before you start to do this so have a look at these sump pump prices right away. This will usually be the most expensive thing you have to buy so it’s better to get it over with as soon as possible.

Digging out the pond

After this is over with, you can start to dig out the pond. Terrace both shallow and deeper areas for plants, and remember to remove everything that might puncture your pipes such as sharp rocks, roots, and anything else you might find down there that isn’t pure soil.

Now you can place a layer or your container into the terraced area. If you’re using a liner, remember to simply spread it loosely within the pond and don’t stretch it tight as you might find that you need a bigger sheet.

Line the pond sides with rocks and place the pump container before installing the pump and filling the pond with water. Remember to decorate with some plants, rocks, statues and whatever else you might like.

Now you have a beautiful garden pond to make the time you spend out there even better.

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A Fresh Home Project To Work On

Now isn’t this something to get excited about. If you say no, then you haven’t worked on a home project before. It allows you to use your creation and your imagination, and turn a room from nothing, into something. But of course, you really do have to have the eye for it. A fresh home project to work from only comes by having a blank canvas, and for those of you who are completely bored of your homes at the minute, we’re sure you can agree that this year is the year to decide whether a move should be on the cards. If not, well you’re going to have a lot of stripping of your home to do. But no matter how you get your fresh home project, you still need to have those design ideas that will help you to turn it into something beautiful. If the only time you’ve done it before is when you moved into your first home, well you might need a bit of help! Keep on reading, and find out how you can have a fresh home project to work on, and what you can do with it!

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A New Home To Work On

A new home to work on is only going to come if you up and sell yours, which a lot of you might be itching to do. But although you’ll be itching to do it, it doesn’t mean that the process is easy to manage. However, we think companies such as William Pitt can really help you to get the ball rolling by telling you how much your home is worth, it’s then up to you to scour the market to find a home that you like the best! There are plenty of options out there for you, you just have to know what you’re looking for. Is it more space to be creative with, and ultimately to grow your family with? Its it the perfect location that your current home is lacking? Take some time to find what you’re going to love, and keep your creative eye in mind all of the time.

Design Ideas We Love

Sometimes it’s easy to struggle with design ideas, especially when they’re so many of them about! But the one we’re loving the most at the minute is the warm oak toned one. It can be used throughout the home, but is best using in the living room. Websites such as Pinterest will show you plenty of design ideas around this color scheme. As for the kitchen, we think the contrast of dark grays and whites work perfectly! It helps give that sharp and modern finish. For the bedroom, the white, grey and black color scheme is holding strong, and we’re glad it is!

Would You Consider Property Flipping?

Property flipping would become a hobby, as well as giving you that creative outlet that you need. It’s taking a home that’s super cheap and run down, and turning it into something beautiful. Plus, it’s a great way of being able to make those all important pennies!

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Restore Your Historic Home To Its Former Glory

Homes with character are rare and highly sought after. Unlike many generic modern homes, they can make you feel as if you live in a unique and special place – somewhere you can truly call home, rather than just a place to live.

But historical homes are problematic: they’re difficult to look after and hard to keep in good condition. As anyone who owns one will tell you, things can and do go wrong on a regular basis, leaving them in need of repair.

Do you own a historic house? Here’s what you can do to restore it to its former glory.

Learn About Its History

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One of the major draws of owning a historic home is, well, the history. We like the idea that a particular building wasn’t just generated en masse by a national developer, but was instead the product of individual effort and strife. If you want to restore your home to its former glory, the first thing you need to do is find out more about its history. Take a look at information in the public records office, and seek out previous owners to find out more about who built it and why. Check the internet for title databases to see whether you can glean any information about the lifestyles of the people who used to live in your home, and then consider this during the renovation.

Use Modern Upgrades With Care

Often it’s not possible to replace some features in a historic home, like for like. The original businesses that made them have either gone out of business or have updated their products considerably. What’s more, you probably don’t want to replace the boiler with an original replica – you want something that’s not going to let you down on long winter nights.

The trick is to find suitable replicas that are both reliable and maintain the house’s historical charm. Don’t change the architecture if you can avoid it, just use features, like fireplaces, which hark back to the original. Companies like Doiggs can also help you to protect particularly sensitive items, especially if you think your home may be at risk of external damage.

Use Period Materials

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If you own a historic house, you’ll want to avoid “modern” materials, such as vinyl, MDC, PVC and other monstrosities. Instead, focus on the type of materials available at the time. For many Georgian or Victorian houses, this will be hardwoods, brass, crystal, and slate. Often, you’ll want to update materials in your home because of wear and tear, but this is easy once you have an inventory of suitable ones at your disposal.

Hire Craftsmen To Retain Original Features

Rather than producing homes at the lowest possible cost – as many modern developers do – older builders used to pour a lot of effort into bespoke craftsmanship. The result is stunning features and decor in many historic homes, especially in communal areas and around staircases. Restoring these critical features helps to update your historic home, but it must be done correctly. Only hire skilled artisans with experience working with complex features.

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Autumn DIY Pumpkin Succulents

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It’s Autumn! As the days get shorter and the nights colder, making your home into a warm and welcoming space is essential. There is nothing better than coming home to a
cozy bedroom after a long day or getting compliments on your fall home decor when hosting friends over for dinner.

To help you transform your home into an autumn retreat, FTD
has a pumpkin succulent DIY for you to try. They walk you step by step through how to create this cute planter. The best part? It can last all fall and doesn’t need much care.

Once you understand the basics of creating this pumpkin succulent, you can get creative with design. Try out different patterns or alternate colored glitter to make a unique piece of decor for your home.

Let’s get started!

How to make a pumpkin succulent tutorial

 

Love this? Check out these Fall recipes perfect for a fun family weekend!

Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumble Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

 

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5 Smart Ways You Can Instantly Brighten You Home Interior

It’s never good when your home feels quite dark and gloomy. During the night, this isn’t much of an issue as you can turn the lights on. But, during the day, you feel like you’re living in a cave as it’s so dark and there are shadows everywhere. Aside from making you feel uncomfortable, all this darkness can detract from the lovely design of your interior. Therefore, it makes sense to try and brighten up your indoor spaces as naturally as possible.

What can you do? Some of you may argue that you can just turn the lights on during the day, and that ends the article right here! However, having your lights on during the day is not only a waste of electricity, but it’s also just plain weird. It feels odd having the lights on when it’s light outside, I don’t like it!

Instead, you should try some of these straightforward and smart ideas that will instantly brighten up your home interior:

Refresh Your Windows

Sometimes, your windows are guilty of blocking out a lot of natural light. This happens when they’re ancient and have become almost caked in dirt and grime. Or, it may just be the style of the window that doesn’t let a lot of light in. Regardless, you can solve a lot of your problems by refreshing your windows.

There are two distinct ways you can do this, and the first is to straight up replace the windows themselves. Find a glazier that will restore and install new panes and fixtures for you, which will improve your home quite dramatically. Not only will your house look nicer, but you can choose windows that let in light better and are perhaps wider than your old ones too. As such, your interior becomes a lot brighter and free from shadows.

The second option is less extreme, and it’s just to get the windows professionally cleaned. Often, you should do this first as it helps you see if the windows were just filthy. If things improve, then you can brighten up your home while saving a lot of time and effort too.

Change The Decor

Another widespread cause of darkness in the home is the decor you’ve chosen. Some people will rock really dark colors in their home that just don’t do a great deal to make it seem bright and inviting. Instead, you almost shoot yourself in the foot by creating a gloomy atmosphere. Now, it might not be your fault as you could’ve just moved into a house that’s decorated like this. This doesn’t matter, all that matters is you fix the problem!

I love this idea as it’s one of the easiest and most fun to do. All that’s required is a little renovation of your interior design. Assess your dark rooms and think of brighter colors that will make them feel less dark and more bright/happy. White is obviously always a good color to use on the walls as it will reflect natural light and really brighten up any room. Not only that, but you can get wallpapers that are primarily white, but also use other colors/patterns, which mean you can have fun re-designing your rooms as well.

Obviously, you can choose any bright colors you like, but I only used white as an example because it’s the best example to choose. Some other colors might be a bit too ‘out there’ for some people, while white remains neutral. This means you can come up with an interior design theme that stays in fashion for a long time as well.

Make Good Use Of Mirrors

Ah, mirrors – one of the most underrated interior design features on the planet. People think this item should only be used in bathrooms or bedrooms to give you something to look at when you’re getting ready. However, they have so many more uses as well. We all know that mirrors help open up a room and give the illusion of more interior space. But, they also serve to brighten up your interiors as well.

You see, mirrors are incredibly reflective, which means that light will bounce off it back into the room. If you position your mirrors smartly, you can use the natural light coming in through your windows to reflect all over the room. It almost acts as a daytime light, totally illuminating the space. But, the clear difference is that mirrors don’t run on electricity so your energy bill won’t go through the roof!

Another reason I love mirrors is that they can be used to complement your interior design as well. A grand mirror in your living room can completely tie everything together and make the whole place feel more connected. It’s a decoration, as well as a reflector of light!

Switch To A Different Flooring

Carpet has its pros and cons, but I don’t think it’s very beneficial in the modern era. Sure, it can add warmth and comfort to your property, but I think some neatly placed rugs will do the same when put on top of a different flooring option. Plus, ideas like laminate, vinyl, and tiled floorings will help brighten up your home as well.

How? Well, it’s pretty much the same effect that mirrors have on your property. These floorings are all quite shiny – especially tiles – which means they reflect the light and bounce it around the room very well. It will definitely be considerably different compared to what a carpet or some old hardwood flooring will bring to your home. Here, they can act as a bit of a light dampener – if that makes sense. No light reflects off them, and they almost suck it out of the room and create a sense of dullness.

Consider Installing Skylights

Fair warning; this idea won’t work for every room in your home. However, where it makes sense, it will be unbelievably useful. If you don’t know, a skylight is basically a window in the ceiling. It lets it light from the sky, which can illuminate an entire room. Typically, you see these in attic bedrooms or places where you can install a window in the ceiling. A lot of people will have kitchen extensions to make this room stick out from the rest of their home, giving them the ability to install a skylight and bring more natural light into that particular room.

This idea is also trendy for upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms as well. If you can do this, then it’s so highly recommended as it instantly changes the outlook of a room. You produce another light source (along with the standard windows), and it can make the space feel much brighter and create a happier atmosphere.

On the topic of installations that don’t suit every room, I’ll include a bonus one for you; patio doors. These are great if you have a back garden and want to connect your home to it. The way most houses are made, you have either the kitchen/dining area that sits at the rear of the house, with the garden behind it. Sometimes, you have a back door leading out, but you should change to a patio door. This will give you some massive ceiling to floor windows that also function as sliding doors. Therefore, you get loads of natural light in this room when you want it!

Final Thoughts: Why Should You Brighten Your Home Interior?

I’ve given you all my ideas to help you brighten the inside of your home, but I thought I’d wrap things up by telling you why this is something you need to do.

For one, there’s the clear benefit of just getting to enjoy your home more. Who wants to live in a shadowy home? No one! It totally brings your mood down when you’re in dark areas, whereas it brings your spirit up when it’s light. Plus, you can improve the way your home looks and really bring out all the fine details in your interior design work.

From a more practical point of view, this is essential for anyone selling their home. If you want a quick sale for a reasonable asking price, then your home must look bright and attractive. Nobody wants to buy a house that looks dark and shady; it’ll be on the market for years!

Finally, and this is something I touched upon earlier, you reduce the need to turn the lights on during the day. If you focus on bringing more natural light into your property and using it to your advantage, then there’s no reason to have the lights on until it’s dark outside. This can save you an absolute flipping fortune in energy bills! As a consequence, you can use some of these savings to revamp your home and make it look even better.

On that note, you know why it makes sense to brighten up your home interior, so go ahead and get started. Run through all the ideas mentioned above, and pick out the ones you think will work best for your property.