Made-to-Measure Blinds for Your Home

Made-to-Measure Blinds for Your Home
Even though autumn is here and winter will soon be upon us, it’s still not too late to consider replacement windows throughout the home. For some homeowners, the decision isn’t about whether it’s time to replace the windows (in many older homes with the original windows, the answer is a resounding “yes”) but what to do next. Some people might worry about their decision being determined by the window treatment options available for the windows they are interested in as replacements.

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There is no reason to let this be a limiting factor, because a number of reputable companies offer made-to-measure blinds for unusually-sized or unusually-shaped windows in the home and conservatory.

You might be thinking that for both windows and window dressings, you’re limited only to the inventory available at your local home improvement shop, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is becoming more and more common for homeowners to custom-order everything for their home from windows themselves to luxury bathroom upgrades. If you’re interested in a particular type of window that you think will suit your home particularly well and even improve how it looks from the street, then don’t hold back! The right supplier of made-to-measure blinds will be prepared to offer you a quote based on the window’s measurements and the type of blinds you would like to install.

If your home has a conservatory, then conservatory blinds are an excellent way to improve energy efficiency in the space, allowing you to use your conservatory all through the year. If you’re worried about the cold coming in through the glass, opt for blinds in thick materials which will prevent air currents from passing through or heat being lost through the glass panes.

The Beautiful Blind Company is a family-run business in the North East specialising in made-to-measure window blinds and conservatory blinds. With our expertise and commitment to providing the best possible service on every installation, you’re certain to love the bespoke blinds you order from us.

For more information or to request a free quote, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Blind Company website.

Looking at Starting up a New Business

Looking at Starting up a New Business
The gov.uk website offers a diverse range of information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you’re self-employed or a sole trader. Here is a summary of the information offered on this website.

A Business Idea
If you’re thinking of starting up a business, you’ll first need to come up with a realistic idea that you can turn into a product or service.

Research your Market
Research your market to identify potential customers. Talk to them and find out if your idea is meeting a real need. Test your business idea with potential customers to check if there’s real demand for what you’re planning to sell. This lets you find out about any problems and fix them before you’ve wasted too much time, effort and money.

Develop and plan
Develop and plan, test your product or service with real customers, make changes, and test it again. Keep doing this until you’re sure there’s a demand for it. Develop and change your idea based on what you’ve found out about your customers’ needs before investing. Deal with any problems you’ve found with your product or service, including the way you’re planning to make and sell it. Go back to your customers and test again. Keep doing this until you’re confident that they’ll be willing to pay what you’re asking, and that you’re meeting their needs.

Identify Potential Partners & Suppliers
Find partners and suppliers and think about who you’re going to work with to develop and sell your idea. Many businesses start with just one person, known as a ‘sole trader’. If you set up as a sole trader you’ll be self-employed, which means you’ll be your own boss. You’ll also be responsible for managing your own time, looking after all of your company’s admin and accounts, taking risks with your own money, particularly if you’re leaving full-time employment.  Whether you set up as a sole trader, partnership or limited company, your business is likely to involve working with more people to develop and sell your idea, including partners, suppliers and distributors.

Setting up your Business
Work out which legal structure is right for you and your business, and whether you want to sell shares. You’ll need to decide which legal structure is right for your business before you register and start trading. It’s important to understand the different risks and benefits before you choose whether you set up as a sole trader, limited company or partnership affects.

Business Funding
Explore different sources of business finance, from bank loans to government-backed schemes. When you start a business, there’ll usually be period when you’re investing lots of time, effort and money before you start making a profit. It’s important to research your market to make sure your customers will really pay for your product or service before you do this. Once you’re confident that they will, you should explore different sources of funding to help with the costs of starting up your business.

Sound Insulation Testing in London

Sound Insulation Testing in London
London is a massive city containing in excess of 5 million dwellings. In this overcrowded and often noisy environment it is essential that robust acoustic design is incorporated into all new and refurbishment projects form the offset.

To help enforce good acoustic design principles pre completion sound testing was introduced July 2003, this resulted in all new build properties and conversions which were built after this date are require 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be tested.

Sound insulation Testing is carried out between pairs of rooms separated by party walls or floors. The two ‘habitable’ areas that usually require sound testing are living rooms and bedrooms, although other rooms can be tested if this is not possible, i.e. kitchen to bedroom.

APT Sound Testing undertakes UKAS accredited Part E sound testing throughout London and the South East. We have extensive knowledge regarding the way different materials and construction methods can influence the results of a sound test, so we can always offer robust and cost effective acoustic design advice to ensure your compliance with Part E of Regulations. Our usual road map for design advice is:

Site Visits & Precompletion Testing
We offer Acoustic Site Survey Visits to let us view the existing site construction. This allows us to check for potential problematic areas such as lightweight blocks haven’t been used in the existing construction. It also lets us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturer’s guidelines, thus avoiding crucial onsite mistakes. In our experience a sound test failure is often due to the poor workmanship rather than the actual design. The site survey visits negate the risk of sound test failure.

We also undertake sample sound testing of the existing construction. This offers an accurate overview of the acoustic performance of the existing partitions which enables us to offer an acoustic design which correlates with the existing construction.

Acoustic Design Considerations
Avoid using lightweight blocks in the inner envelope construction as sound will travel along light block-work both vertically and horizontally from dwelling to dwelling.

The use of resilient suspended ceilings will help improve the performance of the floor partition.

Use a high quality resilient acoustic membrane on top of the floor to improve the impact performance of a floor.

Ensure all penetrations are fully sealed where they terminate through floors and they are adequately boxed with acoustic quilt and two layers of plasterboard.

Defect Diagnosis & Remedial Advice With over 30 years’ experience in building acoustics, we are able to diagnose the reasons for the sound test failure and recommend a cost-effective solution. Often, the reasons for the partition failure are obvious to the test engineer in which case the advice will be minimal and subsequently the cost for acoustic design advice will be minimal.

Sometimes, there are more technical issues which require more detailed diagnosis and invasive investigation, such as large amounts of noise flanking due to serious design faults, e.g. the use of lightweight blocks in the construction of an apartment development.

Whatever the problem we can usually find an acoustic solution that will satisfy Part E of Building Regulations. If you have a project that’s needs acoustic design advice or needs sound insulation testing then please contact us at via the APT Sound Testing Website or phone us directly on 0203 669 2650 and we should be able to offer you an expedient acoustic solution to help you achieve practical completion.

Improve Your New Home with Plantation Shutters

Improve Your New Home with Plantation Shutters
So you’ve just bought and moved into your new home. Congratulations! Now that all the headaches leading up to closing are behind you, it’s time to begin your new life in a home that you can now call your own.

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Adding Plantation Shutters to your Home
Since most homes do not come with window treatments of any kind, this is one of many design decisions that you will have to make. While blinds are standard in bedrooms, you may find it worthwhile to dress up the windows in the main living space a bit more, particularly if you expect to do a lot of entertaining. In living rooms and perhaps even the dining room and kitchen, you can create an elegant yet homey look by installing plantation shutters.

For every home and every homeowner, there are suitable plantation shutters. If your new neighbours seem to be all of two metres away when you look out the window, consider café-style plantation shutters. The great thing about café-style shutters is that they allow you to keep the bottom windows covered and the upper ones open, allowing light to come in without sacrificing privacy.

If you work a late-night job, on the other hand, you might do better to install full-height or solid-style plantation shutters so that you can block out the most light possible during daylight hours so that you can have adequate rest. These are just two ways you can make your new home look fabulous by adding texture and depth with the added practicality of not having to worry about nosy neighbours or air leaks around windows.

The Beautiful Shutter Company has been producing and installing plantation shutters in homes across the UK for years. Our years of experience and commitment to providing a high-quality product will ensure that your home is outfitted with plantation shutters that suit your exact requirements.

For more information or to book your home appointment, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the beautiful shutter company website today.

The Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty in Glasgow

The Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty in Glasgow
Visiting the salon is something many of us regularly enjoy, spending some time being pampered and then leaving looking great and is the perfect way to boost your confidence and feel refreshed. Ellen Conlin is a Hair and Beauty salon in Glasgow that is definitely worth checking out. With two separate salons available they easily accessible, no matter where you are within Glasgow, they also offer an impressive range of quality hairdressing services and beauty treatments.

Their Hyndland salon has been long established as ‘Masters of Colour’ and they are one of the few salons locally that have the knowledge and expertise to create any colour you desire, regardless of your natural colouring, age or hair type and condition. As an award winning clinical centre Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty are also able to offer treatments such as Microdermabrasion, DermaluxTriZone and EA Peels.

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty are a 5 star rated beauty business originally opening their flagship hair & Beauty salon in Hyndland in Glasgow’s famous West End 15 years ago, later following their success they went on to open a second hair & beauty salon in Giffnock.   As holders of a 2012 silver Investor’s in People accreditation and 2015 Investor’s in Young People accreditation, Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty have high professional recognition, they have also achieved a wide range of awards and certificates from various Glasgow hairdressing and hairdressing business competitions. With recognition like this and co-owner Ellen’s four decades of hair dressing experience it’s easy to see why they are such a successful business.

Making an appointment to visit one of their pleasant and stylish salons couldn’t be easier as they give the option to book online as well at http://www.ellenconlinhair.com/ , their website also provides information about the different treatments that are available, a full price list, customer reviews and much more useful information, including a 3d tour around each salon.

With air-conditioned salons, a great range of reading material provided and complementary refreshments you can be sure to spend your visit to either Ellen Conlin salon in total comfort. All staff members are dedicated to providing an expert level of customer care and aim to make sure that you have an enjoyable and relaxing experience. No matter what your reason for visiting you will receive a full initial consultation where you will be able to explain exactly what you want done, and expect to be kept fully informed during the treatment process so you can be certain that you will be happy with the final result.

The range of hairdressing services available is really impressive with a choice of cuts, colours and extensions all available there is no limit to how much you can change the appearance of your hair! All salon staff are educated to the highest possible standard within their chosen specialist field and with specialist hair treatments such as Nanokeratin Hair Restoration and Smoothing System on offer they also know how to help you maintain your hairs condition and appearance, even after you have left the salon. If you are pushed for time they also have the option for you to visit the Blow Dry bar so you can quickly have your style refreshed.

There are so many different beauty treatments available that you wouldn’t really ever need to visit another salon again! You can choose from a range of options including waxing, tanning, manicure, pedicure, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, threading, made up application and eyelash extensions, all treatments are carried out by professional, friendly staff that are highly qualified in their chosen field. There are skincare specialists available that can advise you on a combination of advanced prescriptive treatments that can solve any skincare condition, and help you create a personalised skincare programme that is tailored to your needs. The revolutionary Dermalux TriWave skincare treatment system is also available which is able to actually help to renew and repair the skin and limit any signs of damage.

With many offers available for returning clients including the VIP card, which offers many benefits including the opportunity to collect points and receive discount offers, as well as a wide range of professional standard products available to buy it is easy to see why Ellen Conlin is one of the most popular Hair and Beauty Salons in Glasgow

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty
Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty provides these and many other services. For hair and beauty treatments that will leave you looking and feeling your very best, call our Glasgow salon today on 0141 339 8223 or visit the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty website today to make your appointment with a new look.