Posts

If there’s cash to spare, what home owner doesn’t love to invest in a little DIY project around the house? That wall you’ve been meaning to paint or that cupboard that needs a lick of varnish…or how about an entire room?

According to the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodelling Market Index report covering the first quarter of 2017, bathroom renovations, which previously held the number one spot on the ‘top remodelling project’ list, have been bumped down the list by none other than…(drum roll)…kitchens.

The other categories trailed kitchens and baths by a substantial margin yet whole house remodelling was cited as a common project by 53 percent of remodelers, room additions by 46 percent, and window or door replacement by 36 percent, so these all qualify as relatively popular projects.
Check it:

• Kitchen remodeling: 81%
• Bathroom remodeling: 80%
• Whole-house remodeling: 53%
• Room additions: 45%
• Windows/door replacement: 36%
• Finished basement: 27%
• Repairing property damage: 27%
• Decks: 25%
• Bathroom additions: 24%
• Roofing: 23%
• Enclosed/added porch: 23%
• Handyman services: 22%
• Siding: 19%
• Second story additions: 16%
• Enclosed/added garage: 12%
• Historic preservation: 9%
• Finished attic: 7%

Historically, kitchen and bathrooms have consistently ranked as the two most common types of remodelling projects since the inception of NAHB’s RMI survey in 2001. All those toilets, tiles, baths ad sinks – sat on, stood on…so much food and feet; remodelling seems inevitable!

For more information on all your plumbing needs, contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk

Source: Eyeonhousing.org – “Remodeling in 2016: Kitchens Reclaim Top Spot from Baths”

Once you’ve made the decision to refurb your bathroom, you’ll need to figure out whether you’re going to do it yourself, project manage other traders to fit your bathroom, or get a bathroom specialist to design and then see it through to completion for you. The experts at Home Owners Alliance has some great advice when it comes to starting a refurbishment project; here are some top tips that you might like to consider:

  • The type of bathroom you want – a practical family bathroom, en-suite, wet room or full-on home spa and personal sanctuary – as well as how much money you plan to spend, are factors that will help you decide who will fit your bathroom.
  • If it’s a fairly straightforward refurb, you might consider doing it yourself, which can save you up to 60 per cent of the cost! But before you decide to take on the project, do consider the time and difficulty of the job, and always get a professional in when it comes to gas or electric.
  • If you have a tradesman fitting your bathroom then buying the goods yourself – with their approval – can help to reduce the cost dramatically.
  • Whether buying the products yourself or getting someone in, it’s worth looking at the guarantees, especially for things such as grouting or sealant, which are costly to replace if they spring a leak. Look for lifetime or ten-year-plus warranties.
  • When deciding what your bathroom will look like, it’s better to start with a blank canvas to create a space that enhances your lifestyle, as opposed to using your existing bathroom as a template.
  • When it comes to practicalities it is important to consider what constitutes a realistic time-frame. Bathrooms can take between one and three weeks to complete (sometimes longer), and depending on the size of your house the work could be rather intrusive. It might be a good idea to wait until you go on holiday or even stay with friends or relatives.

For more advice on bathroom refurbishments, contact the team contact AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk.

Whether you’re looking for a tradesperson to tile your bathroom, fix your boiler or install a heating system there’s one thing that homeowner’s value above all else – punctuality! Punctuality is the single most desirable quality that homeowners look for in a tradesperson, according to new research by Plentific.com.  There’s nothing more frustrating than taking a day off work only to wait…and wait…and wait – and then be let down at the last minute.

Homeowners also like to know what’s going on; communication and organisation are top priorities when looking to get building, plumbing or engineering done around the house; 78 per cent of homeowners are more likely to hire someone who sends through a professional quote and 69 per cent prefer a tradesperson who creates a solid schedule.

Appearance is not that important for homeowners, which ranked somewhere near at the bottom of the ‘essentials’ table, with a modern, clean and professional looking van only influencing 47 per cent of homeowners, and a branded uniform influencing just 22 per cent. Age, last on the list, is also irrelevant when it comes to hiring!

Spokesperson for Plentific, Stephen Jury, said: “To improve the odds of hiring, tradespeople should focus more on their schedule, process and attitude before spending their well-earned money on appearances!”

As a homeowner, the biggest compliment you can offer a tradesperson who embodies all of the aforementioned characteristics is to recommend his/her services. At AA Cooper we offer free consultation and no-obligation quotes, and we pride ourselves on being punctual.  For more information, contact the team at AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk.

Source: hvpmag.co.uk – “punctuality is ‘most influential’ when hiring tradespeople”

The start of a year is always the perfect time for new beginnings…or bathroom makeovers. If you’ve decided that your bathroom is finally due the refurbishment you’ve been promising for months, the first thing you’ll need to do is figure out what you’d like it to look like. Ideal Home, font of all design knowledge, has happily pinpointed five bathroom trends that are sure to perforate stores and home shows this year:

  • Heritage style – created with period fittings and vintage-inspired glamour. Victorian- and Edwardian-style reproduction fixtures are popular, as is a geometric Art Deco look. Salvage yards, restoration specialists and auctions are great for heritage-style bathroom accessories. As for colours, soft blues and green are on trend. Metro tiles are great for Victorian and Edwardian bathroom themes, and black-and-white tiles create a distinct Art Deco vibe.
  • Glossy surfaces – create the illusion of space; adding shine they can boost light levels and are also easy to clean (bonus!). Flat-fronted, handleless high-gloss fitted furniture is a good choice if you want to achieve a modern feel. 
  • Natural – a natural-style bathroom can be achieved through the earthy elegance of natural materials like smart stone or wooden paneling (which is also a good insulator). Textured wall-coverings, antique taps and wooden elements, such as shelving and duckboards all serve to create a warm, relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom.
  • Drama and impact – juxtaposing bright, intense colours with statement patterns will certainly draw attention to your bathroom. Go for a modern look with high-gloss lacquered storage cabinets and coloured-glass shower panels. Or use iridescent wall tiles to add glamour to period pieces. Metal accessories will also add a hit of drama to your bathroom design.
  • Show stopping showers – wetrooms are hugely popular at the moment; they may involve some initial building work but the end result will be worth the investment. A gloss finish and materials such as glass and chrome will add to the sense of light, emphasizing your show-stopping shower, and key pieces (a vintage basin unit, for example) will imbue your bathroom with character.

Ideal Home has great suggestions (pertaining to all of the aforementioned trends) for bathroom makeovers that are budget-restricted, as well as those that can afford to splash out. Read “Brilliant bathroom trends you don’t want to miss in 2017” for more ideas on how to make your bathroom amazing!

For more information on all your plumbing needs, contact the AACooper on 01689 485007 or info@aacooper.co.uk