Why we LOVE Concrete Worktops.

Concrete and the New Era of Design

We know what you’re thinking, “Really? Concrete?.. in MY house? LOL, that’s’ more suitable for a pavement top or to seal up a disused nuclear reactor, not for the place where I cut my celery.” Well, you’re in for a little surprise, as concrete is quickly becoming the world’s favourite artistic tool in which to craft kitchens of unparalleled beauty and significance.

You REALLY need to see what can be done with the magic of the ‘crete. Let’s begin by addressing the common misconceptions. Concrete worktops today are installed to they look akin to natural stone. This look is achieved through careful moulding and crating after being treated with acid staining that prices a look of granite or slate and can be done in any which colour your brain can conjure up. While that’s one of the more popular looks, you can incorporate any number of styles.

Ceramic, glass or stone tiles can be embedded in the form of concrete to form an incredibly attractive border or edge. This surface can be etched upon to give it an engraved pattern. The possibilities really are only limited by your creativity. And that’s hit the nail on the head – the reason that people like to use concrete is that it sets you free creatively.

Let the concrete set you free.

Concrete countertops are durable – it’s probably a bit spooky to say but concrete worktops are designed to outlast their owners!! They are extremely hard-wearing, perfect for resisting chipping and scratching. So you won’t have to replace it until comes a time where you feel it’s time to go.

Concrete counters are incredibly easy to maintain. They might need a reseal every few years but it’s a quick and easy job when it’s been done properly the counters won’t stain or sustain any bacteria. The counters will clean up lickity-split with some soap and water,

Concrete worktops give your home an upscale look, they will change your image of concrete forever. If you haven’t yet seen any yet you owe it to yourself to get in touch with a studio see their portfolio and witness with your own eyes exactly what is possible with this magical material.

It can add class and distinction to any bathroom, kitchen or any area of the home you see fit.

Reasons to Choose an Oak Door

There’s plenty of variety when it comes to choosing oak doors Chester. Which is right for your house, so much so that many people will be tempted to go for an alternatively produced door. However, we’ve written this blog because we feel very strongly that you would much rather benefit from investing in a properly constructed and carefully assembled Oak Door which is created from wood rather than another, lesser material.


Oak doors are incredibly durable, you should be making a decision that will withstand the test of time. If you choose a properly manufactured door which is a poor quality, then your home is sure to suffer in other ways, if not the price. It’s not worth saving a few quid over a low-quality door which won’t do the job very well, and then you must get totally replaced in a couple of years anyway. Choose a strong and stable door for your home.


Heat Insulation

Oak doors do a great job in trapping heat – making the perfect insulator, this is especially important as we head into the colder winter months. However, it’s also useful in summer, as the insulation helps your home to keep cool. Oak is a naturally dense material which makes it incredibly energy efficient.

It’s a Cold World Out There!


Complements other furnishings.

Oak is a very attractive make of wood. This means that it works well with other furnishings. From oak floors chester to cupboards, to tables and chairs, oaken doors complement many kinds of furnishings.

Reduce noise.

Do you just hate the noise pollution from another room coming into the room you’re in currently? Does it wake you up in the morning, keep you up at night and generally spoil your tranquillity?


Another benefit of an oak door is the price. Oak doors are incredibly affordable and can really help with a budget in house renovation and refurbishment.


There’s nothing quite like the visual appeal and splendour of a well-crafted oak door. Oak is a classic material which has been used for literally thousands of years. It can be used in an old-school fashion to give your home a cosy and comfortable look of ages past, and it can also be used in modern capacity to adorn your living space with a contemporary shimmer and sense of high quality.

So we hope there’s enough here to prove to you that the clever lady or bloke buys a door of oak! Best of luck with your door hunting.

Moving house easily and working with a removals company

removals north walesMoving house can be a huge disruption and make for lots of panic, confusion and period of unsettlement. There are definitely a few things you can learn before the big move that will make the whole process much easier to manage.

Before you begin, consider what you don’t need to take with you and think about getting a skip to throw these unneeded things away, making the process easier, to begin with.
You don’t need to leave everything to the day before the move. Make a priority packing list to take the stress off remembering your desired order of importance, before you begin considering the following tips:

• Calculate how many boxes you are going to need and get these in your hands well in advance of the move day. This gives you plenty of time to get everything packed and labelled before the removals company North Wales comes to collect your belongings. Think about the other materials you might need, such as strong tape, bubble wrap and packaging bags to ensure everything is kept safe.

• When packing your boxes, check that you haven’t overfilled them both on a volume and weight basis. Making them too heavy is going to make it difficult for both you and the removals company North Wales to efficiently move your items.

• Use rigid and safe packaging boxes – there are a number of cheap options that will undoubtedly result in broken boxes, dropped or lost belongings and uncomfortable moving.

• Check that your contents are covered by insurance if they are of significant value, as things can go wrong, even if you have prepared to the maximum.

• Place all hazardous materials, such as paint, bleach and aerosols in a box on their own and keep them separate from your other items.

Unless you are not moving a significant amount of things, you will probably be unable to unpack everything on the first day. This means you need to have all of your essentials and daily items ready in a separate box or bag to avoid the requirement of digging through everything.

• Prepare an overnight bag for everyone in the family – make sure there are enough toilet rolls and toiletries for everyone to last until you’ve properly unpacked and settled in.

• Other useful items that should be kept close to hand include a torch, first aid kit and medications.

• If possible, ensure all your laundry is clean, as there can be big mix ups and trouble finding the clothes you need (that are clean) amidst the pile of stuff!

Be sensible with your packing

• Start packing well before the move date, it only gets more stressful as the day gets closer.

• Begin at the top of the house and move downwards – definitely start with the attic if you have one.

• Pack the heaviest items in small boxes, you’ll be tempted to fill them to the top and find that they are way too heavy to move!

• Pack one room at a time. It makes things so much easier if you know which boxes came from which room.

• Wrap your items individually and place in a box that has been lined appropriately for protection when required.

• Pack important documents together and keep them in a safe place!

By considering these top tips, you’ll ensure you are all set for a perfect transition between your old and new house – having you settled in in no time!

Cleaning Your Wood Burning Stoves Efficiently

Wood burning stoves are becoming an increasingly popular heating choice within homes. They are cheaper in the long run by cutting down on your energy bills and more environmentally friendly than gas and electric stoves.

When choosing a stove, you need to consider the size of your home and its interior design. Stovax wood burning stoves offer a range of both classic and contemporary style stoves to suit every home.

To keep your stove free from soot build up and avoid any possible health hazards, there are a few easy ways to keep it well maintained.

You many find that wood burning stoves often have soot build up on their glass doors. This is a normal process, but if not cleaned regularly, it can become unappealing, and obscures the view of your fires flames.


Every time you light a new fire you should wipe the inside of your glass doors to remove any build up. You can simply use a cloth or flannel with water to do this if the build-up is not too much. If the soot has been left to build-up over a long period, it will become baked onto the glass. To remove this, you can add some vinegar to the water you are cleaning with.

You should avoid using any abrasives, but if the soot still won’t budge, you can try using dish detergent or lightly scrubbing with wire wool to very softly scrape the soot off.

Soot build up in chimneys can be a fire hazard, you should consider getting a professional to check your chimney and flues every couple of years to be safe. The soot build up can be avoided by following a few simple rules.

Make sure you don’t burn unseasoned wood, as this creates additional smoke and soot. You should also make sure your fires are burning well; a fire which isn’t prepared very well will produce more smoke and soot.

Most of what is involved in protecting the longevity of your wood burning stove comes from good general practice and keeping up regular maintenance.

If you keep your stove well maintained, you will find that it will last for many years to come and continue to be an attractive, energy efficient addition to your home.


Getting Your Kitchen Ready For the Holiday Season

pexels-photo-196648When it comes to Christmas, most will go the whole hog when it comes to decorating the living room but when it comes to the kitchen; now here’s where the real challenge comes. Not only will adding a bit of Christmas magic, help to create a sense of continuity throughout your home but it will make your kitchen a special place to spend your evenings and spend time with your family in the run up to Christmas. Kitchens Anglesey use some tricks that keep the Christmas theme abundant in every area of the room.

Christmas candle display – This one is a super easy way to make your kitchen more Christmassy in seconds. It’s time to pull out the candlesticks because if there’s one time of the year they’re appropriate, it’s now. Create a small display if you like in the centre of a table by filling a vase or glass bowl with some left over baubles to continue the theme from your living room.

Pinecones, mistletoe & holly –Bring the outdoors in and arrange some pinecones and dried holly around your candlesticks and cabinet displays. If you really want to put a modern twist in it, you can spray paint your pine cones to suit you kitchens colour palette. If you’re already in love with the decorations you have, you can make a bit more of a festive feel by adding some red, gold or silver coloured ribbon around your candles, plants and lampshades.

Fairy lights – Now the nights are drawing in earlier, you may be looking for more light for the kitchen. Fairy lights will help set the ambiance of your room, being bright enough to light up and draw attention to an area of your kitchen without being harsh on your eyes. Place some battery powered fairy lights in some old large jars and dot them around your kitchen to add magical spots of lights.

Christmas Wreath – Add a Christmas wreath to the centre of your kitchen window or on your kitchen door to add a truly festive theme in an instant. To make your own, it’s simple. Tape each end of a pipe insulator together (or swimming noodle if that’s more accessible) and start gluing large baubles to it using a glue gun. Once the majority is covered, glue smaller baubles in the open spots so you can’t see any more foam. You’ll have a colourful and very professionally finished wreath that matches your theme in no time at all.

DIY timber decking – a ‘How to guide’

decking north wales builders merchant

Decking really is a multipurpose outdoor surface. You can either build your deck as a stand-alone feature to take advantage of the gardens sunniest spot, or extend your internal floor space by attaching a deck to the front, side or back of your house. This arrangement looks fantastic when the deck is linked to the house by a set of French or folding sliding doors.

Timber is an incredibly versatile and beautiful building material that works fantastically as the material to create your decking with. Decking is a multi-purpose outdoor surface that can be built as a standalone unit – or as an add on to your home that acts as a perfect area to enjoy lounging on those warm days.

A decking project requires the use of quite a few materials that are readily available from RN Williams Builders Merchant in North Wales in order to result in a fine quality end product. The amount of material does of course depend on your unique circumstances in respect to size and scale. Ensure that the timber decking that you use is pressure treated for outdoor use or thoroughly soaked in wood preserver before installation.

Here we have put together a basic ‘how to lay timber decking’ guide:

Step 1: Decide where you would like to build the deck and proceed to compress any loose soil with thumper of heavy roller.

Step 2: Lay weed-control fabric over the decking site to endure that there will not be any unwanted greenery poking through your finish decking.

Step 3: Lay concrete slabs at the corner and centre points of the space you want to deck to provide a solid and stable foundation to begin laying the decking on. Keep wooden frames clear of the damp ground and ensure that you check that the slabs are level. Get the level as close to perfect as possible by adding and removing slabs where necessary. You could also use wooden posts that are especially designed for this purpose.

Step 4: Create a simple box frame that will allow the decking to overhang by the thickness of a board at each edge around 32mm but check the thickness of the boards you are using).

Step 5: Lay the joists inside the frame so that they have the correct gap in between them around (400mm)

Step 6: Nail joists in place – recommended to use a nail gun to undertake this part, often available for purchase and hire from builders merchant’s North Wales.

Step 7: Once the main frame is complete, check its level, and if the frame needs lifting by a small amount to make it level, sections of slate or even floor tile can be added where necessary ensuring you get a level deck.

Step 8: Make up or purchase some pointed stakes that fit your frame and screw them into the ground to prevent the structure moving around.

Step 9: Measure, cut and fit noggins staggered along the centre line of the frame that will be able to provide extra strength. You can mitre the points where the decking planks meet with a mitre saw available from sevral builders merchants in North Wales. Lay these in positions and mark them with a pencil before you go ahead and cut at them, with 45 degrees set on the saw.

Step 10: You can now begin laying the decking planks and should proceed to fixing them with two screws at each joist.

Step 11: Once the decking planks are fixed, mitre the outside corners using the method described in step 9 and proceed to sand the rounded edges.

Step 12: Fix a decking plans around each edge where the area underneath may be seen. The face of this plank should fit flush with the edge of the outer panels and create a neat finish.

Step 13: If there is a big drop onto the ground, you can easily add a step by making up a framework wide enough to take two decking planks. You are able to face the vertical part of the step with decking while reducing the width of the frame by the thickness of deck plank that you use. Proceed to level and fix the frame all around the deck.

Step 14: Make up/ purchase stakes and hammer them in place to secure the framework before you finally finish by mitring and laying the decking planks and adding screws to each joist. Screw decking panels to the front face of the step to create a neat finish.

Image Credit: flickr.com/yortw

DIY How To – How To Put Up A Shelf

DeWalt Power ToolsThe First step to any DIY project is to get the right tools. You will find these from the numerous builders merchants in north wales.

In this case the correct tools would be;

-Measuring Tape
-A Good Drill
-Spirit Level
-Screwdriver (and various size screws)
-The shelves and brackets you will be putting up

After you have got the right tools the next step is to measure up the shelves themselves and where the shelves are going to go. When you are measuring up accuracy is the key. Having a sloping or uneven shelf isn’t really good for anything. So hold up the shelf to the wall and mark the height you want the shelf to hang at. You must then also hold up the brackets in line with the marked height for the shelf. And mark these points through the mounting holes already on your brackets. Make sure it is all level before you start the next step, which is drilling!

Make sure your drill has enough battery to begin with. Then you must drill carefully into the wall where you marked through the mounting holes in the bracket. The hole should be roughly ½ a centimetre deeper than the length of your wall plug. This task should be easily achieved by most drills on the market but to ensure this I recommend using the DeWallt DCD990M2. Make sure your drill bit is long enough and the right diameter for the screws you will be using to mount the brackets.

Place the wall plugs in the drilled holes, now hold the brackets on the wall with the holes lining up perfectly, now screw the screws through the bracket and into the wall. Repeat this with both brackets and make sure the brackets are in the wall securely and have no play in at all.

The next step is to place your shelf on the brackets. This may come across as a simple task but what’s the use of an uneven shelf? To begin with place the shelf on the brackets. Then get your spirit level and place it horizontally on your shelf and check how level the shelf is, if it is not you may want to adjust they position of the brackets by unscrewing the screws slightly and moving the brackets up or down accordingly. When you are happy with how flat your self is its time to attach the shelf to the bracket.

To do this carefully drill holes from the bottom of the shelf up through the holes in the bracket to ensure that the shelf will be completely flush to the wall and be as sturdy as possible, now screw through the holes you have made with a screwdriver and make sure the screws are tight.

After all these steps are complete you should have a sturdy shelf, to finish off just go over all the screws ensuring they are as tight as possible. Now you have a sturdy place to put away anything you desire.

How To Improve and Maintain The Look Of Your Hardwood Garden Furniture

garden benchIt is that time of year when we are thinking about putting the garden furniture away before the frost starst to settle in, but before you do, there is some tlc required to keep your garden furniture in tip top shape.

At the start of summer you may have dragged out your old hardwood garden furniture that at one time looked stunning but now seems old and drab.

Do not consider throwing away and replacing your garden furniture or putting up with an aged dull appearance because there are easy ways to breathe life back into the wood.

With hardwood the furniture will have been treated and stained originally and most of these cause the wood to naturally change colour as they age anyway. You will find most hardwood garden furniture you buy starts out with a greenish hue that fades to a deep golden brown but over time that fades to a silvery grey colour.

Now many people like the natural fade of the wood but if you feel it looks old and tired it is not that hard to give it a top up.

Weather and sun can also have an impact on the state of your garden furniture so adding coats of wood stain will help revive it. If you really want to get rid of that greyish tinge a lick of wood paint is the way to go.

What you Will Need
120 grade sandpaper
Synthetic Brush
White Spirit
Garden Furniture Reviver/woodcare/wood stain


Start by lightly sanding your garden furniture as this helps the new stain coat stick better and last longer.

Gently wipe down the hardwood furniture with the white spirit to remove dirt and dust from the sanding process.

Stir your wood stain well before use. Apply 3 even coats of stain, leaving 4 hours between each coat. Brush in the direction of the grain making sure to cover all the end grains.

If you wish you can also add a layer of natural hued wood paint as well.
Leave the furniture 48 hours before use.

RN Williams Builder’s Merchants in North Wales have a great range of stunning garden furniture, decking, fence panels as well as garden accessories to keep your garden furniture in great condition.

Creating a Baker’s Kitchen

Kitchen StorageIt’s that time of the year when the bakers come out with the most irresistible and fascinating desserts, bread and pastries. Among baking competitions, charity bakes and ‘The Great British Bake Off’, we just can’t seem to get enough of our favourite pastime. Not only are we going crazy for the retro baking equipment, our modern day kitchens are being transformed into the idealised bakers kitchen, with everything you need to create that perfect bake. Knowing, how desired these kitchens are, kitchen designers Conwy are leading the way in bringing those idealised kitchens to you with plenty of hidden gems to make every serious baker’s dreams come true. Here are some of the elements kitchen fitters Llandudno recommend:

Open shelving– A dedicated baker will always utilise open shelving where possible, creating that real ‘lived in’ feeling. You’ll need easy access to those ingredients you use regularly and trawling through cupboards just won’t do once you’re in the middle of it all. Think about having your cookbooks easily to hand. If you like the idea of shelving but your tall walls are slightly intimidating, you can easily add a built in stepper stool into your lower cupboards for ease.

Appliances – A warming/cooling drawer is just what you need if you love to entertain or having guests stay regularly. Your best baked bread results will come from a dough that is well proved, whether you proffer it hot or cold. Once you’ve baked your delicious delights, a cooling drawer will come in very handy – or perhaps to keep those ingredients that don’t keep as well as you’d hope. When you’re entertaining, store wine bottles for guests to help themselves to whilst you’re in the midst of food prep. A double oven will always be welcomed for those busy days when shelf juggling won’t do the trick.

Storage – Incorporating specialised drawers for easy access and storage for baking trays, pots and pans will be the biggest gift you can give yourself. No one likes having to get on their knees to reach all the way back into a gloomy cupboard and rearranging every pot and pan in sight. Bulk storage drawers are a great alternative, helping you search and store utensils easily. Rotating cupboard shelves are also very convenient.
If you don’t have a pantry, drawers will work just as well for your ingredients. Spice drawers are becoming ever more popular as well as stainless steel airtight ingredient bins for a professional finish.

Technology area – This is certainly one for those of you who love to follow cooking shows and online tutorials. Create a space you can set up a tablet or incorporate a small television. USB ports will do nicely here, particularly if your kitchen is your most well used space in the house.

Added furniture – It’s good to think about the additional furniture you might want to add to your kitchen and not totally occupying it with built in pieces. A traditional baker’s kitchen will have a good mix of both new and old. A pastry table for example, is traditionally lower than your other surfaces, using a cool, solid stone. Roller shelving adds a nice touch, for adding a handy space that can be moved around the kitchen.

Creating a Country Kitchen

Country KitchenIf you’re looking for a more country kitchen feel in your home no matter if it’s a modern or traditional build, you can create your perfect country kitchen with a few styling ideas. Your kitchen fitter in Llandudno will help you decide what will and work but it’s always great to do a bit of research first and get the ideas rolling.

Highlight your kitchens natural features

Country kitchens are renowned for being warm and comfortable spaces for friends and family. At the heart of it all is great craftsmanship, timeless pieces and a real living space that is meant to be enjoyed by all. If you’re lucky enough to have a traditional building might want to take it back to basics and reveal bare bricks and wooden beams. Adding wooden cupboards and doors is a great way to add the natural feel of the kitchen. Here are some great ways you can add the country feel to your kitchen.

Add an island

Adding an island is a great way to add a feature if you’re lacking natural character in the room. It’s a great way to hide away those pots and pans and particularly opens up the counter space if you’re a fan of work top appliances. If you’re looking to go more French, add a hanging rack above your island.

Paint in colour

Instead of the modern use of black and white alone, add some colour with soft minks and sages on feature walls and cabinets. The great thing about painted cabinets is that they can easily be transformed in a few years’ time if you’re partial to a change of colour.

Traditional styling

Use traditionally styled appliances and crockery to give your kitchen more character. What’s more, although traditional, they’re leading the way in the kitchen being favoured by chefs over very modern appliances. Don’t be afraid to show off your most loved kitchenware pieces by using glass front cupboards, this will add to your country styling. Antique kitchen would work particularly well on display. Always go for a strong, solid wooden dining table. This is the big feature of any kitchen so the more natural looking the better.

Surfaces & kitchen flooring

The key here is to use as many natural materials as possible. Although they might be more costly in the short run, wooden flooring won’t date like the use of tiles might.  Using unpolished granite would work well in creating a sturdy, natural worktop that requires less maintenance.


Think about using antique jugs and pots to house a little bit of nature in your kitchen – a great centrepiece for your dining table. A little herb garden would be a great addition over the kitchen sink where they can easily be watered.