My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Beautifying your home inside and out

Recently, I have been posting quite a bit about home improvements. In the lead-up to our imminent house move, we are all getting excited at the thought of settling somewhere for more than a few months! We have moved so many times during the last few years, for one reason or another, we are looking forward to being able to make our house a home for once.

We've talked about creating bedrooms that the kids can be proud of, adding splashes of their personalities through accessories and decorating, we've dreamed of the perfect garden and talked about all of the wonderful things we would fill it with. We've imagined having enough space to have a playroom or dedicated play-space for the children and their millions of toys and we've smiled at the thought of claiming back some of our living space that has slowly become dominated by toys over the past 5 years.

The Munchkin Patch wants to settle now!

The place that we call home is very important to us. After all, as the saying goes: 

"An Englishman’s home is his castle". 

Here in Britain we have relationships with our homes like many other European countries. We take pride in how they look both inside and out, and want to create a comfortable and beautiful nest for our family to grow up and us to grow old.

DIY projects

That’s why DIY is always one of the most popular pastimes in the UK. Each year we spend billions trying to make our homes nicer places. Whether it’s painting, building, repairing or extending, it all makes a difference and adds to the value. And, as you may have noticed, it does get a little rainy here in the UK, so we also need to do what we can to protect our properties from the ravages of water. Brickwork, metalwork and especially woodwork need lots of protection from water damage. We need to make sure it is sealed and painted so that wood doesn't rot and bricks turn to dust. That means that it’s a good idea to keep on top of the little outside jobs.

Don’t neglect your windows

Making sure window frames are sealed and painted regularly will help to keep your woodwork looking good for longer. However, there are times when even this is not enough and you need some more serious work carried out. Sash windows repair is an especially in-demand service in the UK as collectively we are very fond of this kind of kind of traditional window design. As sash windows have moving parts, they need to have the mechanism looked at 
and checked every now and then. Rotten beams and sashes need to be replaced and cords and runners greased and checked.

You’ll be amazed at the difference some repaired sash windows can make to the appearance of your home. Brightly painted and restored wood will instantly add to your curb appeal and the monetary value of the property. So, if your windows are looking a little tired or it’s time to give the outside (and inside) of your home a little facelift, then why not look into sash window repair? After all, it’s only right that your own individual castle should have some good defences against the attacking elements.

I grew up in a home with sash windows, and now, where I live, they are very rare. The birth of double glazing many years ago seemed to bring us such a huge variety of designs, the traditional varieties seem less and less common. However, I adore sash windows and love the traditional feel they bring to a building. I know if I am lucky enough to move into a property with sash windows, I'll be very happy to maintain and keep them. 

Another little potential job to add to the ever-growing 'to-do' list!

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