Month: March 2015

Air Tightness Testing of Building Envelopes

Air Tightness Testing of Building Envelopes

Air Tightness Testing of Building Envelopes
Unfortunately air tightness test failures at the pre-completion stage of a project can prove hugely costly in regards to the financial and programme in regards to the handover of the development.

If you ask Air Pressure Testing to be involved at the design stage of the project we can look at the design of the building envelope which usually saves our clients expensive and difficult remedial works at the pre-completion stage of a project.

In summary we can help our clients achieve compliance with Part L of Building Regulations by offering the following consultancy services:

Air Tightness Design review
We will carry out a review of the building envelope to identify any potential weak areas that may cause excessive air leakage and subsequently perform poorly during the air tightness testing.

Site Survey Inspection of Building Envelopes
During the construction of the project we can visit the site and inspect the workmanship and envelope junctions. A report will be produced highlighting any areas of concern and/or poor workmanship that may lead to potential air tightness testing failure.

We can check that buildings/s air tightness elements are fit for the intended purpose and will have the expected life span. Our operative’s expertise, skills and experience provide clients with pragmatic design solutions; to minimise the risk of the air tightness and fire enclosure test failure.

We have experience of auditing and advising on the correct air sealing works on all types of projects from a small server room enclosures – such as such as hospital intensive care units) right up to large distribution warehouses with floor areas in excess of 1000m2.

Our air tightness reports can be prepared, providing a schedule of works, which are cross referenced with relevant locations and corresponding photographs, this allows for a quick and easy site reference for all of your site staff and sub-contractors. Site audits should be carried out at critical points during the build programme, i.e. during the main construction of the external envelope. This will ensure that any potential problems are identified prior to the installation of ceilings etc. which makes remedial works very difficult due to restricted access. It will also reduce the chance of damage caused by operatives trying to access the air leakage areas.

In one such instance, our on-site expertise was used to good effect during the construction of four isolation rooms. The contract specification included an item for the Contractor to achieve an air permeability rate under 1m³/h/m². By carrying out site audits and site visits, the contractor achieved the stringent air tightness specification at the first attempt. This was achieved despite the air tightness test target being ten times lower than the standard building regulations standard. If the building fails the air tightness test, we can quickly undertake a low impact smoke test for rapid visual diagnosis of air leakage paths.

As part of our standard air testing equipment we carry both hand-held and large commercial building smoke generators. When the buildings pressurised the smoke is forced out through air leakage paths thereby providing conclusive evidence of areas requiring attention. During the air testing it is essential that you have a competent person such as your Site/Project manager available to witness the smoke test, so the site team has an understanding of the project/s air leakage paths and can start the sealing works straightaway. It is also essential that the site team have the correct materials on site so that the remedial sealing works can be started straight after the smoke test has been undertaken.

Contact Air Pressure Testing
Whether you need air tightness design/consultancy service or just a simple air tightness test, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure your building passes first time. If you are unsure of the air tightness services you require, please call us today on 07775 623464 or visit the Air Pressure testing website.

Alloy Wheel Repairs & Refurbishment in Glasgow

Alloy Wheel Repairs & Refurbishment in Glasgow

Alloy Wheel Repairs & Refurbishment in Glasgow
When you own a car, you want it to stand out from the rest. By customising the wheels on your car, you can express your personality and yet make your ride look so outstanding; people won’t be able to keep their eyes off it. Alloy wheels can make a big difference as to how your car or vehicle looks and drives on the road. Because of this, motorists – often led by the custom car fraternity, have been upgrading to larger alloy wheels for many years, replacing the basic steel wheel which is often fitted to a car with a set of custom alloys.

While they look great, alloy wheels can often present a problem for the motorist. Often the wheel itself won’t be as tough or durable as a conventional steel wheel and can be more easily damaged. When they are damaged, bent or curbed do you need to completely replace them? Replacing your wheels can cost a lot of money and, should you only need to replace one wheel, you may not be able to get the same style of wheel.

Alloy Wheel Repair is often not a simple process. The repair depends on the type of wheel you have, whether it is a painted, polished, or machined rim wheel with a painted centre. It also depends on the type of damage that has occurred. Whether your car alloys are subject to minor road scratches or major cracks, specialists alloy wheel repairs and refurbishment companies, such as Diamond Cut Wheels of Glasgow are able to rapidly repair and refurbish your alloy wheels to help get you back on the road again quickly and safely. And, at a fraction of the cost of replacement alloy wheels!

Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels offer specialist care and services available to help your alloy wheels maintain their top class appearance. A typical repair and refurbishment will be completed within 2-3 working days and a collection & delivery option is available.

So what is diamond cutting? This process entails skimming your alloy wheels with a high powered diamond coated buffer, leaving a sophisticated shined surface to your alloy wheel rims. A protective coat of lacquer is then applied to your alloys to finish off the process. Although a diamond cut finish is not possible on all cars, most of the alloy wheels we see can be skimmed in this fashion for the latest in alloy style and to give your ride the look that gets you noticed. It can even add a little extra protection against kerbside bumps and scrapes and chipping from the road. These hazards can leave unwanted markings and damage to your wheel trims, so get protection the diamond way with Diamond Cut Alloys.

At our workshop in East Kilbride, Scotland, our trained experts will carry out all that is needed to make your alloy wheels stand out from the rest; many of the jobs can be completed within 48 hours and we provide this service at very competitive prices.

There are many ways for you to contact us, you can call us and you can phone us on 07824 565280 or visit our website which provides full and comprehensive information on the range of alloy wheel repair and refurbishment services we offer throughout the Glasgow region.

Business:         Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels (Glasgow)


Collecting Thimbles. A Great Hobby for all the Family

Collecting Thimbles. A Great Hobby for all the Family

Collecting Thimbles. A Great Hobby for all the Family
Collecting thimbles is thought to have become a popular hobby in or around the mid 1800’s. So why do people become ‘digitabulists’ – a thimble collector. Many people develop their thimble collections because of the low cost, the lack of space needed to collecting thimbles, plus they can be purchased as a souvenir to remind a collector of the places of where they have visited or special occasions. Another reason is that for those who sew, thimbles are one of the essential tools of their business or hobby.

Thimble collecting can be rewarding, fun, and the costs covering a wide price range – part of its appeal to a wide and divers range of collectors. Very often the thimble is a perfect miniature display of art, invention and craftsmanship with antique thimbles to be found in every conceivable material: silver, gold, brass, porcelain, ivory, tortoiseshell and enamel.

Thimbles have been produced in all colours and designs for over a century and can be found in almost every corner of the world. Many thimbles will have been produced from some exquisite materials that have been richly decorated, which can turn out to be quite valuable, as well as beautiful to look at. The first thimble ever produced in England was in 1695 by a Dutch metal worker named Lofting. He called the ” thumb-bell,” because it was worn on the thumb when in use, and shaped like a bell. This shape eventually developed and changed slightly, but the name, softened into ‘thimble’, a term that remains and is in we common usage today.

The oldest thimbles are over thought to be over 30,000 years old and made from bones. First century thimbles originating from Roman times were made from bronze and tenth to fourteenth century thimbles from Europe and England were made from bronze or clay with basic decorations.  Thimbles from this era are typically quite expensive and difficult to find. Although the earliest thimbles were bronze, found in the ruins of Pompeii, thimbles were used by every culture and can be traced back to almost every culture. This is without doubt part of the attraction for many with a hobby that offers them so much variety? Plus for many collectors, their thimble collection will develop into a collection based entirely on specific periods, materials and designs.

However, new types and styles of thimbles are always being developed and many being issued to commemorate everything from Royal Births to tourist attractions. There is always a great selection of porcelain thimbles, China thimbles and ceramic thimbles available online at the Thimble Guild, where you can order thimbles and thimble cabinets online to start or complement your thimble collection.

It is relatively easy to start a thimble collection. You don’t need a lot of money to begin purchasing thimbles. Online thimble stores such as the Thimble Guild, car boot sales, tourist / souvenir shops and antique shops are all often good sources for locating thimbles. Often you can find attractive thimbles for a few pounds, ideal if you are looking to start your collection of thimbles. For those of you embarking on your thimble collection, it might help you to consider which type of thimbles you are going to collect. If you choose to collect all types of thimbles, the collection will have an eclectic collection and be extremely varied. This is commonly how people begin their thimble collection. However it may be you narrow your focus, and decide that you will collect only a specific style or type of thimble.

Thimbles are a great way to get into collecting. They can be visually attractive, easy to locate (particularly using the Internet), can be inexpensive and even a relatively large collection won’t take up a lot of space.  And although thimbles are not used as much in our daily lives as before, they are still a great ‘collectable’ and retain a special place in the homes of many modern day thimble collectors.

For more information visit the Thimble Guild website and start collecting today.

A Feature Window with Plantation Shutters

A Feature Window with Plantation Shutters

A Feature Window with Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are now considered a very desirable window dressing, which can help make them the perfect investment for your home – adding value and making it more appealing to prospective buyers, should you be consider moving on or selling. Unlike curtains, which typically won’t increase the value of your home, window shutters are considered to be a permanent fixture in your home and this means that they’re usually included in its valuation.

As a result, if you’re planning to sell your property in the future and are hoping to get a good price for it, it makes sense to wooden shutters in order to improve its value whilst setting it apart from other properties in your area.

Aside from being beautiful a feature window can be a focal point that lights up a room, so it’s important to make the most of framing it. So how can Plantation Shutters help. The answer for many homes are plantation shutters, which can add texture, depth and an elegant look to any home decoration.

Traditional interior designs, in which wood and natural colours figure prominently, are complemented perfectly by wooden plantation shutters with a matching wood stain, and well-constructed plantation shutters will also add an element of integrity in a world increasingly taken over by window treatments consisting of flimsy materials that are not made to last.  Those with more modern tastes or a love of bright colours needn’t worry that plantation shutters won’t work in their home.

It may be a good idea to think about having custom made Plantation shutters for your property. The design will depend on your needs, wants and the style of your windows. The Beautiful Shutter Company offer a range of styles will complement existing decorations in any home, meaning that all windows can have an elegant, well-proportioned finish.

When choosing what type of finish you would prefer for your windows, why not take a look at the front of you property form outside. For inspiration, a skyline may suggest a colour or review the theme you have inside the property. Whatever your choice of style and finish,  plantation shutters can bring your room alive using your views as inspiration.

Aside from the aesthetics of your property and the windows themselves, there are a number of well recognised reasons the application of plantation shutters could benefit you and your house:. These include:

Allowing Natural Light & Privacy Bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas are perfect examples of rooms where privacy is often essential but natural light a requirement. Plantation shutters can often help obscure the view in but still allow natural light to enter, designed exactly to your own specifications.

A Difficult Space to Fill Particularly in modern properties with very small or very large window, it can be difficult to make the most of their natural position and shape. Plantation shutters which come in full length or half height are custom made for each window. In large windows this frames beautifully.

Design & Function in Harmony Environmental, sustainable design ideas stay very popular and trendy. Environmentally friendly building materials, organic design and large interior windows beautifully incorporate indoor-outdoor aspects into modern architectural designs and produce pleasant and healthy environment. Big windows create no boundaries interior design, connecting rooms with the nature.

Simple to Clean Easy to clean, Plantation shutters can be cleaned without having to take them down or pay expensive a professional cleaning company to help. Unlike curtains, they typically don’t trap dust particularly when a property is stood empty for any period.

Helping the Sale of a Property Natural colours, paired with big windows and high ceilings in sitting rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms or kitchens create neutral, easy to maintain, beautiful interiors and timeless rooms. These can all help in the promotion and sale of any property.

The Beautiful Shutter Company brings a wealth of experience to the window dressing industry and is committed to providing homeowners with the perfect set of high-quality plantation shutters for any home. To learn more about our wide selection of shutters or to book an appointment, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Shutter Company website.

Updating Your Summer Wardrobe with the Country Collection

Updating Your Summer Wardrobe with the Country Collection

Updating Your Summer Wardrobe with the Country Collection
As outdoor temperatures gradually begin to rise, one often feels renewed: birds can be heard chirping, snow is melting to reveal early spring blossoms, and the days are beginning to lengthen. When these and other signs of spring first appear, it’s important to consider that when spring arrives, summer is not far off.

If you plan to attend a country wedding or go on holiday this summer, it will be well worth your while to take stock of your existing summer wardrobe and consider whether the items you currently have on hand will allow you to rise to any special occasions on your calendar for summer. If not, now is the time to identify items which are due to be replaced.

Think of it as part of your spring cleaning: out with the old, in with the new. Although it may seem too soon to shop for summer clothing, warmer weather will be here before you know it. When it does, you will want to have your wardrobe fully updated so that you can look your very best for any events you know of well in advance as well as for any invitations for social or professional gatherings that may come up suddenly.

A Sumer wardrobe update may be as simple as replacing any items which have been around for several years with a few versatile, up-to-date summer holiday dresses, skirts and tops in summer colours which can be mixed and matched. Most brick-and-mortar shops are already beginning to display their spring and summer fashions, making now the perfect time to beat the rush and find the exact items you need.

Country Collection has been in the business of producing clothing for the country lifestyle for over a century. Our summer dresses, skirts, tops and other separates are exclusive of design, and all items on our website come with free returns and a no-time-limit guarantee. Try us today – you have nothing to lose, and we’re certain that you will love your updated summer wardrobe!

To learn more about our ladies’ fashions for summer, visit one of our Brampton- or Salisbury-area shops, call us on 0844 573 5310 or visit the Country Collection website today and start updating your summer wardrobe.

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty Glasgow

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty Glasgow

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty Glasgow
Well, the big referendum is over, and people are going back to what they were doing before. No matter which way you voted and whether you’re pleased with the outcome or not, one thing that’s for certain is that your skin and hair don’t know the difference.
If you have colour-treated hair that is feeling the effects of changes in temperature and humidity, then you will probably benefit from a visit to your friendly neighbourhood…blow-dry bar?

Yes, you read that correctly. The blow-dry bar has made its way from sunny California eastward across America and has now leaped across the pond to Scotland, and manes all around the UK are enjoying the boost that comes from specialised blow-dry treatments. Obviously, there’s not enough that can be said for a high-quality cut and style, but some styles require more maintenance than others between cuts, and the blow-dry bar is the perfect solution – especially in our rainy climate!

But you might be asking, what exactly is a blow-dry bar? In a nutshell, it’s an innovative salon service that allows you to choose from an array of specialty blow-dry treatments. The most basic option generally includes a wash plus a choice of “blow-outs” that will achieve a bouncy, sleek or wavy – whichever you choose. A more extensive blow-dry would also include a deep-conditioning treatment or one to freshen up your existing hair colour.

At salons equipped with a deluxe blow-dry bar, clients can also receive a manicure and makeup application for a special occasion or night on the town. If you’re wondering where in Glasgow you can find such a service, then look no further.

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty has been at the forefront of innovative skin and hair care techniques for years, and we have introduced the blow-dry bar concept to its hair and beauty salon in Glasgow with busy clients in mind who have specific needs that our blow-dry bar can fulfil.

For more information or to experience the ECH difference, simply stop by the salon, call 0141 339 8223 or visit the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty salon in Glasgow.

Ladies’ Merino Knitwear for Spring and Summer

Ladies’ Merino Knitwear for Spring and Summer

Ladies’ Merino Knitwear for Spring and Summer
Spring and summer are just around the corner, and clothing shops across the UK are already beginning to display their newest fashions for spring and summer. Tempting though it may be to turn to fashionista predictions of what will be popular this spring and summer, it is important to keep in mind that such declarations typically only apply to adolescents, very young adults and others who, shall we say, either have a particular image to keep up or no particular image to keep up.

If you’re like most people, you earn a steady income and have certain expectations to meet, chief among them being that you conduct yourself like a person with a sensible head on your shoulders. To present yourself in the most favourable light possible, one must have clothing to fit the part. Whereas a variety of clothing retailers focus on what’s “hot”, your priority is to look smart, trustworthy and capable, and clothing that reflects a contemporary yet sensible taste goes a long way toward earning the respect that your lifestyle and accomplishments deserve.

When shopping for summer clothing, consider attractive separates in a variety of colours, patterns and materials that will allow you to stand out within your professional and social groups as someone with impeccable taste and whom others might see fit to emulate. Cotton is a must-have, of course, but less-common materials such as fine-gauge merino wool, in summer colours, make beautiful and durable summer tops that are every bit as comfortable as cotton.

Make this the summer that you stand apart from the crowd with attractive merino wool clothing that turns the ordinary into the truly extraordinary!

James Meade has been producing ladies’ merino knitwear and other dresses and separates right here in the UK for over 30 years. Our merino V-neck and crew-neck tops are of the finest quality available, and all items in our catalogue come with free returns and a no-time-limit guarantee.

For more information about our selection of ladies’ merino knitwear or to request a catalogue, call us today on 0844 573 4970 or visit the James Meade Ladies Fashions website today.


Hansgrohe Designer Bathrooms – Improving your Home

Hansgrohe Designer Bathrooms – Improving your Home

Hansgrohe Designer Bathrooms – Improving your Home
One of the best things a homeowner can do to increase enjoyment of the home and improve the odds of selling the home at a good price is to upgrade the bathrooms. Particularly where older homes are concerned, a stellar bathroom remodel increases the home’s resale value by making it more appealing to potential buyers of all ages.

Fortunately, more people these days are in a better position to take on home improvement projects of this size, and a number of bathroom design features that were once purely the domain of palatial residences have become more affordable and more widely available. If you feel ready to take that step toward significantly improving your home for now and for the future, it is wise to learn more about bathroom upgrades that have become popular in recent years and that will provide the best value both in terms of your own enjoyment and a potential home sale.

Natural, clean colours Neutral and cool shades of blue, grey, white, silver and black give a sense of both cleanliness and serenity as compared to gaudy colours or gold or brass accents, which are best saved for other parts of the house. One exception to this rule is the powder room: unlike the trends in master bathroom remodelling, it has become ever more popular over the past year to add dark hardwood flooring, furniture-like cabinetry and other colours and accents more commonly associated with other parts of the house.

Master shower cubicles To some extent, bathtubs in master bathrooms are going out of fashion, being relegated to children’s bathrooms and replaced in the master bathroom by multiple-head showers with frameless glass enclosures. When opting for multiple shower heads, installing two or more different kinds of shower heads adds value in that different home buyers will then have options which suit their individual preferences. Brands such as Hansgrohe bathroom taps and showers should meet the needs of most anyone undertaking a bathroom remodelling project.

Let there be light! Lots of light in the bathroom is also very popular nowadays, contributing as it does to that light, airy and above all, clean feeling that everyone wants to experience upon walking into the bathroom. Consider adding skylights wherever space allows – even directly above the shower cubicle!

Warmth Features that make the bathroom warmer and more inviting in cool weather are also increasingly common. After all, who wants to step out of a deliciously warm shower taken under the natural light from a skylight and step onto a cold surface in an equally cold bathroom? Features such as heated floors and designer radiators, from brands such as Bisque designer radiators through to Reina, are much more affordable than in years past and a very worthwhile component of a larger bathroom remodelling project.

P.T. Ranson has been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years. P.T. Ranson has more than 30 years of collective experience and a commitment to providing the best possible products and service for each individual bathroom remodelling project. When buying online from P.T. Ranson, deliveries on the UK mainland are free of charge. For more information, call today on 0191 4696999 or visit the PT Ranson Website today.

Award Winning Wedding Photographers in Durham

Award Winning Wedding Photographers in Durham

Award Winning Wedding Photographers in Durham & the North East
As anyone who has ever been married knows, a great deal goes into planning a wedding. How many people will we be able to invite? Where to hold the ceremony and the reception? Which florist, invitations and very importantly, which wedding photographer to use?

The quality of the wedding photography is an especially important consideration, as the photographs will shape your memory of the event for many years to come. It will serve you well to consider how you would like your happy memories preserved and to discuss your wishes with your photographer before the big day approaches, particularly with the following aspects in mind.

The Bride, Groom & Guests
Wedding photographers are very aware of the importance of capturing the exquisite beauty of the bride. However, since there are two people getting married on the big day and both typically have friends and family in attendance, there are a great many other people to consider! Remember to capture precious moments shared by all, realising that the wedding is just as momentous an occasion for many close friends and relatives in the wedding party as for the bride and groom. Be sure that the joy of this special day is memorialised for them, for others in attendance and even for future generations who will look to your wedding photographs as indispensable pieces of the family history.

The Wedding Venue
While elopement is hardly uncommon, most engaged couples consider every possible option before deciding on the venue where they will exchange vows, be it an historic church in an urban setting or a cottage in the country. Planning an outdoor wedding and see clouds outside on the morning of the big day? Fear not! For wedding photography purposes, an overcast sky is ideal, as it results in even lighting and removes any possibility of unsightly shadows on the nuptials’ faces. Keep in mind, too, that the wedding rehearsal presents yet another, arguably better (since stress levels will still be relatively low) opportunity for wedding photographers to work their magic. If you wish to have sunny skies captured in some of your wedding photos, then you will double the odds by arranging to have photographs taken at both the rehearsal and the wedding. Regardless, an expert wedding photographer will also make every effort to capture the beauty of the setting in which you utter your vows and even include a few close-ups of objects of interest to help you complete the happy memories of your wedding day for years to come.

Colour Photography versus black-and-white
While colour photographs are obviously more modern, there is still something to be said for moments captured in black-and-white. Much like the hazy, muted Instagram effect that has become all the rage among amateur photographers on social media in recent years, the absence of colour adds a magical element that the immediacy of a crisp colour photograph simply cannot. Many experienced wedding photographers offer both options, so be sure to discuss this option with your photographer as well.

2Tone Photography are an award winning wedding photographer in Durham and the North East, providing this service for almost 10 years. Our love of photography, storytelling and life itself ensure that we will beautifully preserve what may very well live on in your memory as the happiest day of your life.

For more information about our services and rates, call 2Tone Photography today on 01207 290314 or visit the 2Tone Photography website today.