5 reasons you should invest in decking for your home

November 22nd, 2015

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garden decking with metal bistro furniture

With the recent run of horrendous winter weather, thoughts don’t immediately turn to decking; but it’s actually a great time to give it some consideration. An opportunity for a bit of unhurried thought mulling over options in terms of position, design, materials and finish. There’ll be a few months to put money aside… and also the chance to get a reputable & professional company such as EnviroBuild booked in before the spring rush. Then you can sit back and look forward to your lovely new decking being installed and ready to use the moment sunshine reappears. Here are five reasons to invest in decking for your home.

decked extension surrounded by trees

1. It can increase the value of your property

Decking can add considerably to the value & saleability of your house – providing it’s well planned and well executed – it needs to feel like an integral & coherent part of the house/garden scheme. Simple, timeless styles are preferable – and products with a long life expectancy and accompanying guarantees are most desirable. Poor quality decking with cheap, poorly installed materials will never add value.

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2. It’s eco friendly

Wood plastic composite (wpc) decking, which is the material used by EnviroBuild, is made from 60% recycled wood fibres and 40% recycled high density polyethylene. Both products which would have otherwise ended up in landfill.

Decking with osteopurmum flowers

3. It’s practical

This composite material is easy to maintain and comes with a reassuringly long guarantee. It doesn’t need to be stained or treated. It won’t split, splinter, warp or rot and the composition inhibits mildew growth. It’s also safe as it’s slip resistant.

Decked area with deckchairs

4. You can do it yourself

You can get the professionals in to install the decking, but if you’re practical and handy with tools, then it’s definitely a potential DIY project. There is lots of information online to help you successfully install decking yourself.

Decking with far-reaching views over countryside

5. It’s good for you!

Having a decked area in your garden encourages you to spend more time outdoors; with all the benefits of relaxing in the fresh air, pottering in the garden or watching the nature around you. It might do wonders for your social life too… all those parties you’ll be hosting on your new decking! :-)


Home Tones: Pewter

November 21st, 2015

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We’ve chosen a metallic shade for this week’s Home Tones topic. It’s not a sparkling, showy metallic like gold; but it possesses a rich, reflective quality all the same – and a real depth of colour which can be quite sumptuous. This is especially so if it is warmed up with accessories made from wool, cashmere, suede or fur.

It can form a neutral scheme with different shades & tones of pewter subtly layered on top of each other – or lifted with colours such as purple or yellow which work very well. It compliments all types of wood too – from a contemporary beech kitchen worktop against a shimmering pewter coloured splash back – to the classic look of antique pewter sitting on richly patinated oak furniture.

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Gimme Five: Yoghurt makers

November 20th, 2015

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selection of 5 yoghurt makers

We both remember having yoghurt makers at home when we were children. We also remember them being used a couple of times and then languishing in their boxes at the back of the cupboard, never to be seen again. I recall home made yoghurt as being ghastly – little more than sour milk!

We eat quite a lot of yoghurt in this household. It usually forms part of breakfast, and sometimes dessert. Fudge has a couple of spoons in the morning too as it seems very good for his digestion in terms of reducing gas (we won’t dwell on details, but a good tip for dog owners that one). Our tastes have become a bit more refined since our childhood days. We like a bit of creamy richness, not too sweet & not too sour – blueberry, figs, strawberry and vanilla are favourite flavourings.

If you make your own, you can enjoy it plain & natural or squeeze over some runny honey, pop in fresh fruit, add it to cereal and even cook with it. I sometimes use it in my bread dough and Justin adds a few dollops to curries.

Yoghurt and yoghurt makers have come a long way since the 70s. We have a couple of favourites. The robustness of the Cuisineart and the flexibility it gives of making just one small jar at a time or up to six 125 ml pots + two 250 ml pots – as well as it doubling up as a cheese maker – makes it a real contender. The favourite though, is the cute Me & Yo; of course this was going to be the winner with it being bright orange and all!

  1. Cuisinart YM400E yoghurt and cheese maker: £69.85, Amazon
  2. Klarstein 1 litre Me & Yo: £22.90, eBay
  3. Steba yoghurt maker: £47.99, Wayfair
  4. EasiYo mini yoghurt maker: £7.49, Lakeland
  5. Vonshef digital yoghurt maker: £49.99, Domu