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The Changing Face of Domestic Windows

Home Automation Systems, Everyday Home Lighting Systems, Multi-room Audio, Video

Market research over the last few years has revealed that, as suspected, aluminium windows and doors are becoming more popular than other glazing products. This preference is even extending to the domestic market, with home owners throughout the UK discovering the beauty of aluminium.

In the past, aluminium has dominated the commercial sector, being the favourite option for all kinds of applications including shops, offices, hospitals and car showrooms. Whether it’s unobtrusive shop fronts or impressive curtain walling, it features in most of the awe inspiring buildings that appear in our towns and cities. The reasons for it’s growth in popularity are manifold when you consider its strength, durability, flexibility and recyclable nature. Aluminium frames offer a highly tailored solution, as this material’s strength is retained even when extremely slim. This means that large expanses of glass can be held in place securely, while maximum daylight and unhindered views are enjoyed. Bespoke designs are also possible, handy where awkwardly shaped windows exist.

Powder coating means a vast choice of RAL colours from smoky anthracite grey to vibrant red, again catering to individual needs. Whatever your taste or style of home, be it contemporary or traditional, aluminium ticks all the boxes. Aluminium looks fab with only a minimum of maintenance, and has a 40+ year life expectancy. Once finished with, aluminium can be recycled indefinitely too, making it highly eco-friendly.

The housing market has seen a significant role reversal where aluminium is concerned, with aluminium being requested more often. UPVC has in the past been the material of choice due to affordability and thermal efficiency. Advances in technology have started to give aluminium a competitive edge for windows and doors. Improved energy ratings for aluminium glazing products along with their imposing aesthetics have caused the tide to turn in their favour.

First Choice Aluminium H&P are specialists in high quality aluminium window and door products, and are happy to advise on all aspects of professional installation. Give them a call on 0161 678 9144

 

Home Cinema Installations, Security Systems, Aerial & Satellite Installation, Home Entertainment

Tool Hire South Ockendon

Home Automation Systems including Controllable, Energy Saving Mood Lighting

Some jobs are best done with power tools for speed efficiency and accuracy, they also take a lot less effort to use than hand tools. The most common type of electric tool, and one which you will find in most households, is a drill. This versatile tool enables many actions that just could not be easily done by hand such as making a perfectly round hole in brick or wood. This task is boosted by the ‘hammer action’ available in most modern drills, and many also double as a screwdriver.

A good quality cordless drill will give years of great service, and as long as it’s battery gets topped up, it is much handier than the corded version. A keyless chuck is preferable too, then you don’t have to search for the key each time you come to do a job.

A high performance drill and a variety of hand tools should see you through most DIY tasks, but you may also sometimes require certain other power tools for specific jobs.

Sawing wood, is one of the most tiring jobs, and one that demands constant repetition, so power saws are ideal for fast results, and with a nice sharp blade will go through wood like a knife through butter. Another job that gets an award for tediousness, is sanding which can’t really be skipped if a nice finish is desired.

A decent palm sander will scuff up a surface ready for painting, and they are good for tricky small areas or those with lots of detail. More substantial jobs such as floor stripping, will need a larger heavy duty sander. Bear in mind that these bigger jobs are best carried out with pro floor sanding equipment, which are much better at dust extraction and can be hired.

You can hire a wide range of well maintained, affordable power tools for your project in South Ockendon from Rhino Plant Hire.

Total Light Management, Dimmers, Automated Lights, Curtains, Projectors & Audio Systems

Tool Hire for Preparing Your Garden in Bishop’s Stortford

Home Automation Systems, Everyday Home Lighting Systems, Multiroom Audio & Video

This is the perfect time of year to start thinking about giving your garden in Bishop’s Stortford an overhaul, and also a great time for the unavoidable preparation! This stage is often dreaded, but those who skip it or skate over it very often end up regretting their haste. As we all know, certain aspects of gardening can be a little back breaking, but there are easier ways of doing things. A rotavator for instance is a very handy piece of machinery, ideal for making tedious jobs almost a walk in the park.

Used to break up, churn and aerate soil in gardens allotments and fields, these powerful pieces of equipment achieve fast results. Robust blades or rotors spin to break through soil, levelling the area, improving drainage and preparing the ground for growing crops, vegetables or plants.

A range of sizes are available as smaller jobs in gardens and smaller allotments require tillers, while fields, large plots of land and vegetable patches need a more heavy duty option like a hydraulic rotavator or cultivator. Before tilling ground that has never been tilled, water it well for a few days, then check that the soil has drained. If it is too damp, it will not produce the best results, also remember to get rid of any weeds before tilling. Take a ball of the soil and if it dents when pushed with your finger as opposed to breaking apart easily, it is still too moist, and you should wait.

Always take care when using this type of equipment, and use safety precautions like wearing padded gloves and ear defenders. Stay in control of the machine at all times and don’t let your mind wander. Let the rotavator do the work, this will stop you from becoming quickly tired and save sore muscles. The outcome should be perfectly flattened ground ready to transform into a vegetable plot or beautiful lawn.

You can hire a rotavator to save money, but ensure the company you use are reputable, and that they maintain their hire equipment regularly.

Home Cinema Installations, Security Systems, Aerial & Satellite Installation, Home Entertainment

 

Renewable Energy in the UK

Audio & Visual Systems Products & Services. Home Entertainment, Aerials & Satellite Systems

 A recent announcement relating to renewable energy has caused quite a stir within the UK, as for the first time, more electricity has been generated by renewable sources, than by coal and gas. A report from the National Grid Tweeted that in June of this year, 50.7% of power in the UK was produced by wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning. Weather conditions where perfect being both sunny and windy, and if nuclear power was added into the equation the figure jumped to 72.1%.

Offshore wind farms have also given impressive results, at one point creating a tenth of the UK’s energy, and easily justifying their cost. There are definite goals which the British government are working to attain, which include widespread use of renewable or green energy sources. It was estimated that energy produced in this way would save consumers £500,000 over the summer. Wind power was the clear winner here, with other forms of clean energy close behind. These include systems like air source heat pumps, solar panels, biomass fuel, and there is some interest in harnessing untapped geothermal resources.

Renewable energy sources are a positive and vital alternative to fossil fuels, supplies of which are being rapidly depleted. The world will require 60% more energy by the year 2030 and green energy could potentially balance demand and supply.

As awareness is raised about looking after the environment in a responsible way, we have seen positive developments such as promotion of clean, renewable energy, widespread LED lighting installations and low carbon emissions replacement technology. Schemes like the Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-in Tariff have also played their part. There are more choices in energy supply too these days, with the emergence of renewable energy tariffs.

 

Multi Room Audio & Visual Installations. Multiple Rooms, Mood Programmes, Zone Lighting, Home Automation

The Important Role of Interior Design

Interior Design, Design & Build, Refurbishment, Renovation, Project Management, Concept to Completion Service

mbsintWhether at home or in the office, dynamic and cutting edge surroundings can be extremely inspiring. The trend these days leans increasingly towards features which are not only aesthetically pleasing, but have some sort of function. The days when an item could proudly take centre stage in a room whilst having no discernible use at all, are swiftly disappearing. As downsizing is a necessity for many, space is also often an issue, meaning everything which occupies an area of the home must justify itself.

Interior design can be likened in importance to architecture, as it deals with structural harmony and practical solutions. Collaboration between professionals offers more productive results, where a new build or refurbishment are under way. Architects, builders and interior designers who are able to communicate during the crucial planning stage will have an added comprehensive understanding of all requirements, leading to a streamlined outcome. Interior designers are frequently able to carry on where planners have left off, and can bring a specifically bespoke solution for the customer.

This happy alliance can lead to the home owner receiving the home of their dreams, as an experienced interior designer will identify areas that could be improved or suggest alternative options. This helps enormously, as it is often difficult to decide which design aspects will adequately meet your needs and lifestyle, and these points are many times only discovered once they are in everyday use. This can mean being stuck with a less than satisfactory and disappointing outcome, which would incur extra cost to put right. An interior designer is focused on the needs of the client, and armed with a good idea of what they desire they will also advise on aspects of décor, like lighting, colour and theme. These design specialists will also take into consideration the available budget and time restraints.

Multi Building Services Ltd, offer the services of a highly qualified interior designer, who is knowledgeable about their unique design and build service. Providing this service ensures an exceptional rate of customer satisfaction, and allows Multi Building Services Ltd, to deliver a fully rounded concept to completion service. Call them on 01245 861 351 for advice about your home improvement project.

New Build Homes, Extensions, Conversions, Kitchen & Bathroom Installation, Wrap Around Construction Service

Stay Safe with Electrics

Dedicated Cinema Rooms for the Home, Multiroom Video & Audio, Surround Sound Systems

tke-imageWhenever electrical work is carried out, care should be taken to keep everybody involved including the contractor and anybody in the area during or after the job. As we all know electricity is capable of causing a number of problems from electric shocks to burns, exposure to arcing or injury from explosion caused by sparks igniting dust or vapours. A shock can result in a subsequent fall from a ladder or scalding and care has to be taken whether in a domestic, retail or industrial setting.

An assessment of risk should be carried out covering factors such as who could be harmed, how the level of risk has been established and what, if any, precautions have been taken to avoid that risk. The type of electrical equipment used should also be taken into consideration along with the surroundings. It is important to ensure that the electrical equipment or installation is suitable for its intended use, and that it is used appropriately. A wet environment can be hazardous where electricity is concerned and if equipment is unsuitable it may become live in addition to the immediate area. Devices such as circuit breakers and fuses must be checked to ensure that they have the correct rating for the particular circuit they protect. Locks are advised for isolators and fuse box cases. It is essential that all plugs, sockets, cables and fittings are suitably protected for the area they are located in. Machinery should have an easy access isolator or switch in case of emergencies.

Maintenance is an essential factor with HVAC systems, electrical items, machinery and appliances, including portable versions which should all be checked visually. If plugs or connectors are damaged there are makeshift taped repairs to cables, or wires are visible the item should be immediately withdrawn and either repaired or replaced. Sometimes stains or burn marks are noticeable which are an indication of overheating. Where repairs are required, qualified electricians like Turn Key Electrical, should be consulted for a safe result. It is best to thoroughly check items which receive heavy use frequently as they are more likely to become damaged or worn. Sockets should not be overloaded and cables should be kept from trailing and causing trips and falls. Make sure that staff know how to use electrical equipment safely, and are aware of the danger signs of malfunction.

Quality Cinema Seating, Touch Screen Control Panel. Plasma. LCD Projection Automatic Complete Audio Clarity, Telescopic Footrests & Reclining Positions.

 

Home Automation Systems for Safety and Convenience

Home Automation Systems, Everyday Home Lighting Systems, Multiroom Audio, Video

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Home automation concepts used to be the stuff of futuristic fiction like some of the weird and wonderful gadgets in the 007 movies. The idea that you could vary the temperature in each room of your home, create a mood for each individual room with lighting, music and TV instantly and effortlessly would have seemed like an unattainable dream. Even when away from home it is now possible to check that all is well, that your home security is functioning properly, and that you will return to your preferred environment.

With smart home automation, you can schedule a bespoke set of actions to kick in which will make your life easier and more enjoyable. Take for instance automatic home lighting control, you can decide when you wish your lights to turn on and off, and the level of ambience. This is not just for people who love owning the latest state of the art technology, but for those who want to save money and add convenience to their busy lives.

Lights can automatically illuminate a path on entry in to the home for safety and accessibility, triggered in ways like opening the front door, pushing a keypad button, or deactivating a home alarm system. Lights can be programmed in many different configurations, at whatever time of the day or night. You may wish to illuminate frequently used pathways such as from the bedroom to the bathroom when needed, without having to search and feel around for switches. There will be no stubbing of toes or stepping on Fido with gentle lighting, you can also avoid disturbing others with a loud click and bright light. Your lights can fade gradually to black in the amount of time you set, in order for kids to drop off to sleep.

When away from home the lights can be set to mimic your routine, so that the house looks occupied. Sensors tell the lights when there is adequate natural light available prompting them to turn off. Unnecessary energy use is detected and checked, if anything has been inadvertently left on, alternatively lights will be activated when desired, great when your arms are full of packages etc.

Of course with low lighting, comfortable atmospheres and smart home automation systems at your fingertips, a feeling of glamour and opulence is assured. For added comfort,check out the beautiful and luxurious Kylie Minogue bedding range from Angelina’s, and to help the stresses of the day melt away. Some of the amazing bargains you will find at Angelina’s will guarantee sweet dreams.

Home Cinema Installations, Security Systems, Aerial & Satellite Installation, Home Entertainment

Effortlessly Controlled Environments

Home Automation Systems including Controllable, Energy Saving Mood Lighting

 

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The term ‘mood lighting’ highlights an element of interior design which affects the senses and emotions. When this type of lighting is applied skilfully, the whole ambience of a room can be controlled or changed, usually in order to induce a feeling of wellbeing. Lighting is often thought of as simply a practical thing, illuminating spaces and making it possible to see better in them. However on entering a home where lighting has been designed and carefully placed, there is an unmistakably different perspective. The profile of the rooms are raised somehow, and given an air of luxury and sophisticated chic.

Lighting within the architectural environment has the power to influence the viewer, and is utilised extensively by interior designers, who realise its importance. Even the most stunning room, filled with beautiful furnishings and spectacular décor, can be enhanced beyond recognition when mood lighting is introduced.

Varying levels of illumination along with ‘soft’ [diffused] or ‘hard’ [direct] light are used to produce a particular mood atmosphere such as restful, contented, happy, optimistic, peaceful, thoughtful or even stimulated and refreshed. A selection of tones and colours are available along with an impressive line up of lamp designs. The impact that lighting has on us is often overlooked, not only influencing how we feel but highlighting objects in a room. A striking and dramatic result is achieved by light which is focused on crystal, metal or sumptuous fabrics, reflecting shiny surfaces or emphasizing texture. Paintings or ornaments take on a special importance when illuminated. Shadows of different intensity also play a part in creating the feel of the surroundings. With light you can conjure up a happy bright family environment or transform it instantly into a romantic and intimate setting.

Mood programmes are just one element of electrical Home Automation Systems from Optic Control Ltd, allowing you to alter your rooms with just a light touch of the finger. We offer energy saving, controllable mood lighting from names like Lutron and Rako. Our high performance products bring some the most innovative technology into play, with smooth remote control of lighting, audio systems, home cinemas, curtains, French doors and other solutions, providing full enjoyment of your home. Many businesses and organisations, have taken advantage of our system installations in order to present their company in the best possible light [excuse the pun!]

Our products are frequently integrated into high quality, new builds as part of the initial design, making the property contemporary and exceptionally desirable. Multi Building Services Ltd, Essex, offer all building services from the fitting of air source heat pumps to complete new builds. They use only NICEIC approved electricians as part of their highly skilled team. Their interior design service offers a functional and outstanding home environment possibility, with a range of expertly designed styles like contemporary, rustic, classic, shabby chic and Scandinavian.

Total Light Management, Dimmers, Automated Lights, Curtains, Projectors & Audio Systems

Specialist Diagnosis & Treatment of Headaches in London & Essex

The Headache & Migraine Specialist network brings together neurologists and physiotherapists with GPs and other health professionals in understanding the causes and treatment of all types of head pain. By sharing research and developing areas of best practice the Headache & Migraine Specialist network are seeing some remarkable results in the majority of their patients.

The key to the finding the right treatment for head pain is in the finding the right diagnosis.

The first stage following referral to any of the practices in the Headache & Migraine Specialist group is assessment. A full medical history is taken, followed by a physical examination by a specialist physiotherapist. In most instances this will determine the type of headache and the correct care pathway.

In some instances it is necessary to refer a patient back to the GP or on to a neurological consultant but for most patients effective treatment can begin straight away.

The International Headache Society has identified more than 300 distinct types of headache but these can broadly be broken down to 3 main classifications: migraine, tension type headaches, and cluster headaches. The causes of headache vary from type to type although common triggers include genetic factors, hormone imbalances, intolerance to certain food & drink, posture and stress.

Very often there is not a single cause but the headache is the result of a combination of factors that together reach a threshold that instigates the pain response. This is the reason why a cup of coffee, for example, may have no effect one day but the next day it could tip the balance to severe head pain. 

One of the most common causes of head pain identified by the Headache & Migraine Specialist network is cervicogenic problems associated with the neck and shoulders. Fortunately, with the right intervention, it is also one of the most responsive to treatment.

For more information on the types, diagnosis and treatment of head pain visit www.headacheandmigrainespecialists.com.

Specialist Diagnosis & Treatment of Headaches in London & Essex

Expert Financial Help & Advice for your Business

Experienced Chartered Accountant offering Tax, Accounts, Bookkeeping, Vat, Business Start-Up Support, Financial Help & Advice, Essex

 

cul It is tempting when running your own business to want to do everything yourself rather than delegate tasks and hope they are carried out to your required standards. This is understandable, but there are a few aspects of any business which should really be handled by the experts. One of the most important of these is of course the finances and business owners can contribute to these processes by staying organised, and keeping receipts and records up to date. A skilled hand is required where bookkeeping and accounting are concerned, even when the business owner feels capable of handling this side of the business. A professional and reputable chartered accountant is the best person to help and advise on any kind of financial matter including bookkeeping.

Many companies have realised the advantages of using outsourced bookkeeping, as opposed to employing their own in-house bookkeeping services. Reasons for this include the fact that with an outsourced bookkeeper, you only pay for the service when you need it. Costs rise where a full or part time employee is taken on to deal with these specific issues, plus there are the lost productivity costs to consider. An outsourced bookkeeper will alleviate time constraints, allowing you to concentrate on other business procedures. These finance specialists are highly focused on the job in hand, and utilise the very latest accounting technology and software, for greater accuracy thus reducing any risk of mistakes.

Our web promotion partner John S Culwick [Chartered Accountant] offers a uniquely personalised service including bookkeeping, accounting, taxation and business start up support. A bespoke customer focused service is provided giving you the benefit of knowledge, experience and reliability within the financial arena. For all accountancy services, tax returns, year end accounts and financial director services for companies and self employed individuals call 01268 680702

 

Financial Advice, Personal & Corporate Tax, Accountancy, Payroll Bureau Service, Company Formation for Self Employed Individuals.