Painters Decorators Archive

Hall lighting

Hall lighting The most important thing about lighting hall and stairs is to ensure there’s enough light to be able to move around safely. High levels of general lighting are recommended and it’s particularly important that the lighting on the …

Ceilings

Ceilings In a narrow hall or landing the ceiling, although the same height as other ceilings in the house can seem unusually high. It’s partly the narrowness that gives the feeling, but the tall walls of the stairwell can add …

CARPET LAYING

  Carpet laying One wrong cut and a large expanse of carpet could be ruined, so if you’ve spent a lot of money, on a Wilton or an Axminster for instance, you might think the cost of paying a professional …

Doors

Doors Doors provide privacy by filling entrance holes in walls. At the same time an external door has to keep out rain, draughts, noise and intruders, an internal door also provides a degree of soundproofing and may need to control …

MOVABLE PARTITIONS

MOVABLE PARTITIONS Movable partitions are useful for when you want to change the shape of a room temporarily or to shut part of it off for some of the time – to save on heating bills, or to make a …

Forming an arch

Forming an arch You may choose to have a more decorative opening in the form of an arch, possibly with doors and screens. An arch can be structural, to support the construction above, or simply decorative with a hidden beam. …

LIVING SPACE

IMPROVEMENTS ROOM BY ROOM LIVING SPACE Living space means rooms like sitting rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, studies and playrooms. The Sorts of improvements carried out in these rooms are usually to make things more comfortable and convenient. A fair proportion …

Ceilings and Lighting

Ceilings and lighting A kitchen ceiling is one of the most vulnerable ceilings in a house: it’s attacked from below by dirt, steam and grease from cooking and as it’s often under a bathroom floor it can be damaged by …

Planning House improvements

Planning improvements Deciding where to start work in a house which needs an overhaul isn’t easy, especially if you have to live in the house while you’re working on it and if, as is likely after moving, money is in …