Every now and then a survey comes along which is a really good reflection of the state of the nation and this one, from  Samsung Electronics UK, is more revealing about where we are now than it might at first appear. The company, with whom I have worked several times, asked me to be involved on a campaign about moving house – timely as it turns out since today is the day – and so I am sharing the results with you alongside a few last images of The Mad House.

The Samsung survey found that more people want an eat-in kitchen for entertaining

The Samsung survey found that more people want an eat-in kitchen for entertaining

They found that 62 per cent of us are looking for something different than we wanted 10 years ago. On the face of it that might not seem surprising, after all, times change and priorities with them. But let’s dig a little deeper to find

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The use of heating appliances is widespread, as heating appliances provide much needed warmth. Heating Appliances can make living even in inhospitable and chilly conditions bearable. The use of heating appliances is therefore a much-needed necessity for a lot of people living in cold conditions, as it can help them adjust to their surroundings. 

These days, people are looking for wood burning stoves as a greener alternative to conventional heating methods. Conventional heating methods can be a problem for the environment, as they are nearly half of all energy consumption. Conventional heating methods also make up 40% of energy related carbon dioxide emissions, which is a lot of carbon dioxide being generated that could otherwise be prevented. 

This can be prevented by using alternative heating methods, ensuring that you make a difference to the level of greenhouse gases being produced every year. Alternative heating methods depend on two factors-affordability

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If you’re a homeowner with central air, you probably enjoy that feature of your house very much. If you reside in a city or state that gets hot in the summer, turning on central air can feel luxurious, especially if your unit succeeds in cooling your home evenly. If you feel comfortable everywhere in your house during the summer, that’s a sure sign your central air unit is doing its job.

central AC unit repair

However, a time might come when your central air unit isn’t providing you with the cool air you expect when you turn it on. If you’re short on cash or like to handle DIY projects yourself, you might wonder whether you can do the repair job rather than calling in the pros. We’ll talk about that in the following article.

You Can Play It Safe by Calling the Pros

The short answer to whether you should try to fix

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It is never too early to start your fall home improvements for the holidays. To start, create a warm and cozy space, and from there you can expand your projects. It can be as simple as changing the wall color of your living space, moving furniture around, creating ambiance with outdoor lighting, or purchasing a fireplace. Making your guests feel welcomed this fall is simple with these classy home improvement trends. 

Earthy Tones

Conventional colors for the fall are typically orange, red, and yellow. Add sophistication to your home with warm, richer tones such as deep greens, blues, and browns instead. These colors add character to any space without overpowering it. While these earthy tones are nontraditional for the fall season, they will bring warmth into any space and make your home more inviting just in time for the holidays.

If you’re not willing to commit to these richer tones,

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This week, we’re transforming a breezeway that looks almost accidental into a more inviting entrance.

Delane Caldwell’s breezeway to her front door is just a narrow hallway to the backyard, but we’re going to find a way to incorporate it more as a living space.

The Projects

Grinding the concrete smooths out the uneven surfaces of the patchwork slabs. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Refinish the Concrete Slab

The concrete in the breezeway looked like a patchwork of slabs. So, to create a uniform-looking slab, we smooth the concrete surface with a grinder.

Coating the breezeway with concrete epoxy paint creates a uniform color throughout the breezeway. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

After we sweep the dust away and rinse the slab off with a water hose, we paint the new smooth slab with a base coat of white epoxy paint. 

After the base coat dries, we pop

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