Gorgeous Bathrooms That You Might be Like

Celebrities grab our attention because of their extravagant clothes, complicated relationships and, most notably, their stunning homes. The size of their houses and celebrity lifestyles they live are pretty remarkable.

Although most of us will never experience this lavish way of life, it’s fun to see where our favorite celebs spend their time and learn about their taste in interior design. Join me as I take you inside the bathrooms of five of the most admired celebrities of our time.

1. Sarah Jessica Parker

We all know her as the star of Sex and the City and love her for it. Sarah Jessica Parker is no stranger to the camera and celebrity scene. According to Variety, the actress and husband Matthew Broderick recently purchased two side-by-side townhouses on a prime, tree-lined block in the heart of New York City’s wildly pricey West Village, for $35 million.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s two Manhattan townhouses both feature classic brick façades and bathrooms any woman would want to own. One of their bathrooms features a large white tub with nearby floating wood shelves and a newly installed shower with glass doors.

2. Adele

Her voice is incredible and her home is gorgeous. The next celebrity palace we’ll be entering belongs to no other than the legendary, Adele. The singer shattered sales records when she released her third album, 25, so it’s not surprising she recently made a home upgrade. Adele reportedly used some of that cash to scoop up this Beverly Hills spectacle for $9.5 million.

The 6,600sf home is in one of the city’s most exclusive gated communities, Hidden Valley, and is equipped with four bedrooms, six bathrooms and two formal living rooms. The backyard provides a private space to entertain neighbors (Jennifer Lawrence and Sofia Vergara), complete with a hedge-lined pool.

Adele’s cottage-style bathroom is just as fabulous as her vocals. The master bedroom has two large closets and a bright and beautiful bath. Her sanctuary has gray beadboard walls, multi-light windows, a skylight, hardwood floors, which on average cost between $250 and $7,000 to install, a large bath and shower covered in white subway tile. All I can say is, gorgeous!

How to Refresh Your Bedroom

After a long day, there’s nothing quite like resting in the comfort of your own bedroom. But over time, it may require a few updates to create a place where you can retreat away from it all. The smallest updates may make a difference in your bedroom makeover.

There are many DIY tips and tricks available to spruce up your bedroom. Some projects require expert skill and others may take longer than expected. If you’re looking for quick and easy ways to change the look of your bedroom, we’ve gathered the top DIY projects to update the look of your bedroom.

 

1. Paint Your Room

If you’re looking to dramatically change the look of your room, without knocking down any walls, then paint is your answer. A simple coat of fresh paint can give you an entirely new room, without making any structural changes. The average cost to paint a home interior is $1,655 if you choose not to DIY this project.

When it comes to choosing a new color for your room, consider your current style. Will your new color match your linens and furniture color? What atmosphere are you trying to create with your new look? These are all important questions to consider as we know that the psychology of color has a lot to do with your mood.

 

2. Dress Up Your Dresser

The furniture condition in your room adds a lot to the overall look and feel. But, you don’t have to go buy a new one. Simply update the one you currently have with a coat of paint. When it comes to painting furniture, the most important part is not what color you choose but rather how you prepare for the project.

You’ll want to clean and sand your dresser before you begin to paint, otherwise the paint will peel off the furniture. It’s not necessary to sand the furniture down completely just to remove the finish and rough up the surface bit. If you can, get a paint with primer included, otherwise, be sure to use primer on your project before you add color. For more inspiration on dressing up your dresser, see these ideas from BuzzFeed.

 

3. Create A New Headboard

You may rarely consider it, but your headboard can be a unique decorative element in your bedroom. Many people opt for a standard wood headboard, but you can easily make a one-of-a-kind piece for your bedroom by turning this into a DIY project. While there are many ideas out there, one of my favorites is the recycled window shutter idea. It’s a great project for a beginner and you can complete it in an afternoon! See a tutorial from Samantha Elizabeth.

Solution for damp problems

In recent years, due to government campaigns and free offers, more and more homeowners have been having wall cavity insulation added to their homes. In most cases this is a welcome addition that can save a homeowner as much as £275 per year according to the Energy Saving Trust. But in some cases, it has been shown to cause damp and mould problems and it may even need to be removed.

What is cavity wall insulation?
Most homes are constructed with exterior walls that have a gap between the outer brick and the inner block. This air gap can promote heat loss from the inside and wall cavity insulation is designed to fill this space. Usually an insulation material is pumped into the space – a job that should be done by experts to ensure that it no gaps are left and that your home is suitable.

Does wall cavity insulation cause damp problems?
Not always, but if it has been incorrectly fitted or your home is not suitable, it can lead to problems. The consumer company Which? carried out an investigation into wall cavity insulation problems a few years ago and they discovered that some homes are not suitable, but that some installers were not aware of the problem. If your home is affected by the following this may not be suitable for you:

Your outside walls are affected by driven rain or regular rainfall – this applies to certain parts of the UK where wall cavity insulation should not be fitted at all.
Your home is in an unsheltered position and not protected by other houses or tree cover.
Your brickwork is in poor condition with cracks or blown grouting or render.

If these issues affect you, water could penetrate the outside walls of your home and literally soak the insulation. This is then transferred to the inner walls of your home causing damp and mould. The only solution at this stage is to have the insulation completely removed, the outer walls repaired and the insulation re-installed – a lengthy but effective solution.

Great Ideas For Your Home

For a parent-to-be, there is much excitement surrounding the arrival of your little one. So much preparation surrounds this day where your baby will come home and your new life as a family will begin together.

If you’re anticipating the arrival of a baby boy, you may be eager to start decorating his nursery. Picking out the theme and color scheme of your son’s room is an exciting time, but can often be overwhelming. Here are a few ideas to help you get started planning the perfect nursery for your baby boy.

As fun as it is to choose a theme and paint, you must consider safety first. Here are some points to consider when it comes to nursery safety.

 

The Crib

Many times, the focal point of a nursery is the crib. Cribs come in many variations and styles, so it’s important to look at the options that are up to government standards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that slats in the crib should be no more than 2 3/8” apart.  The crib frame should have no knobs or hooks attached. They also say that cribs older than 10 years should not be used, as they may not meet today’s standards.

 

The Changing Table

You may keep supplies near the changing table, but you’ll want to keep any personal care products out of reach for your baby. Also, be sure to never leave your baby unattended on the changing table, as the guard rail is not enough to prevent accidents from happening.

 

Rid The Room Of Potential Hazards

You may not think about it at first, but the room itself may pose some hazards for the baby as he grows older. The average cost to install childproofing devices is $439 depending on what you choose to install. Cover all outlets that are unused. The best covers are ones that cover the entire outlet. Keep cribs, changing tables and playpens away from windows, where your child may be tempted to play with the window cord.

New Year In Your Home

When it comes to color, it’s important to stay up-to-date on current trends, as they can change quickly and often. A new year is a perfect time to begin updating old colors around the house to popular hues, especially if you plan on selling soon.

Pantone, whose mission is to be the leading experts in color, release their “color of the year” to guide designers, decorators and homeowners in what they believe to be on trend. These choices are made based on popular choices as well as representing current events. Pantone announced that the 2017 color of the year is “Greenery.” It’s a spring green color that’s sure to brighten up any space. Here are a few ideas on how you can utilize the color throughout your home.

Pantone describes their color of the year selections by “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” After blending two shades in 2016, rose quarts and serenity, Pantone chose a bold and bright color that is in line with color trends we’ve already observed for the year. Greenery is a cheery yellow-green hue that Pantone describes as “a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”

This color is perfect if you’re changing your home and wanting to start fresh. It blends well with other bright colors like pink and blue, or can be an accent to a black and white color scheme.

Painting A Room

What better way to start fresh than with a new coat of paint? Greenery can add a pop of color to any room with an accent wall. I love the idea of incorporating this color with stripes, as it looks great with bright white. Creating an accent wall is an easy DIY project that can be done in an afternoon. It’s also a great way to play with colors without committing to painting the entire room first. To see how you can to this yourself, read How To Paint Striped Walls.

Permission for solar panels

Enhancing your home with a new extension is a great idea, but you might want to take the opportunity to make it even better by adding solar panels to the roof. After all, you will now have a large space that needs to be heated and more roof space to accommodate the panels. Doing it all at the same time can be a great idea and even save you money in the long run.

For the most part solar panels do not need Planning Permission, but you may find that your home is subject to some of the restrictions that currently exist regarding the installation of solar panels on the roof. These restrictions are as follows:

  • The solar panels should be positioned so that they do not have a visual impact on the area or the external appearance of the building. Ideally this means putting them on the back of the house
  • The panels should be removed when no longer required
  • The panels cannot protrude further than 200mm from the roof slope and cannot be installed any higher than the highest part of the roof (but not on the chimney!)
  • Panels cannot be installed on a listed building or within the grounds of a listed building
  • Solar panels cannot be installed on a designated monument site
  • Panels installed in conservation areas cannot be fitted to the front of the house or building
  • Permission must be sought from the leaseholder for installations on flats and the management company must be informed

While you will not need Planning Permission if you fit into the above criteria, you will still need Building Regulations approval. The electrical work, the load capacity of the roof and the registration of the builder will all need to be checked. The installer needs to be registered under the Competent Person Scheme or your panels will not be eligible for the feed-in-tariff.

What about home planning an extension

People choose to extend their homes for a variety of reasons – to add value, to make it more balanced or to simply give them more space for a growing family. Whatever your reason may be, you still need to make sure that you are properly prepared for the extension and that you have thought through the main considerations before you start. The following list of 5 things to think about before you get started on an extension will ensure that the project gets going without a hitch.

Planning permission

Before you even start you should consider whether your extension will require planning permission. The rules for planning in your area are detailed at the UK Planning Portal website and there, you can find out if your extension will come under permitted development or if you will need to go through the planning process. This could add as much as 3 months to the time it takes to complete your project, but it does ensure that your extension is legal and that your neighbours are aware of what is happening.

Building regulations

This is quite distinct from planning permission and most extensions will require building regulations approval, even if they do not need planning permission. Essentially, buildings regulations ensures that your extension is safe and that it meets the current legislation for the type of work you are having done. It is a simple process and probably won’t slow down the build too much. It usually involves one or two visits from an inspector to ensure the work is being carried out to their rules and regulations.

Insurance

Before you do any work at all you should check with your buildings insurer to find out what their rules are when it comes to building work. Most builders will have the necessary site insurance, but don’t take their word for it. Ask to see their certificates and and get your own insurance if you are not sure. If you are leaving your home during the work you need a special type of insurance to cover this.

Put Off Buying a House Near Fracking Sites

In a new survey commissioned by House-Extension.co.uk, and conducted by OnePoll, it has been revealed that up to 64% of homeowners would be less likely to buy a house, if it was situated near a fracking site. This is perhaps not that surprising, as proximity to infrastructure developments such as power stations have always been a consideration for house buyers. With news this week that the government has overturned Lancashire County Councils rejection of an application by Cuadrilla to setup a fracking operation, it looks as though Fracking could well be here to stay, with more applications underway for new sites across the country.

In the survey conducted by OnePoll, on behalf of this website, 1,000 respondents across the UK were asked if they would ever consider buying a house near a fracking site, and whether they were for or against fracking if it reduced their energy bills.

Over 64% of respondents said that they would be reluctant to buy a home near a fracking site. In response to the question, 21% said that they were somewhat unlikely to consider buying a home near a fracking site, and 43% stated that they were very unlikely to do so.

When looking into the ages of the respondents, 45 to 54 year olds were most unlikely to buy a home near a fracking site (68%) compared to 59% of 18 to 34 year olds. There was also a higher number of women (63%) who stated that they were unlikely to buy a home near a fracking site compared to 54% of men.

Conversely, when respondents were asked if they were for or against fracking if it reduced their energy bills, 32% said that they were in favour of fracking. This sentiment was almost matched however by 31% of respondents who stated that they were against fracking even if it resulted in lower energy bills.

The age old question about home

Should I stay or should I go? It’s a common dilemma for homeowners looking to upgrade their living space. On one hand, you could sell up and move to somewhere better, or alternatively spend the money improving your existing house. Should I sell my home and move into the one that best suits my needs, or shall I just improve the home I am in and turn it into my dream home? It really is a tricky one and not least because there are pros and cons on both sides. You need to consider a huge range of questions before making this choice and the answer may still not be clear.

The question has been even further complicated by the recent vote in the UK to leave the EU and its somewhat unknown effect on house prices. The Nationwide reported recently that house prices saw a slight rise of 0.5% in July 2016, but that they felt that the EU decision could reduce demand overall. This rise compares to more than 5% in the previous year. If house prices were to fall this could seriously affect your choice about whether to sell or improve.

The pros and cons of selling

  • If house prices are falling, you may be able to get the house you want at a cheaper price. If you are downsizing this might work in your favour. But of course you will receive less for your home
  • You will be able to choose the exact home that suits your needs, but there may be a lower supply as house prices will be depressed
  • The costs of selling (fees, solicitors etc) may be less than the costs of extending
  • Banks have become very averse to offering mortgages – so getting an increased one may be tricky
  • The work is already done and you won’t need to live with the mess and disruption of home improvement work
  • You may find it hard to sell your home in an uncertain market

The pros and cons of improving

  • You already know your home, the area and your neighbours – those things won’t change if you stay put
  • The costs of improving may outweigh the increased value of your home – especially if Brexit really takes hold of property prices
  • You may not be able to afford to improve your home to the extent you would like
  • Getting a loan may be cheaper than ever due to very low interest rates – so improvement may actually be easier than increasing your mortgage
  • You get to improve your home to suit you – not the previous owner

Tips for choosing external doors for your home

The fact is that your front door is the first part of your home that visitors will see and many of us want to choose the most attractive door to make the best impression. But should you be basing your choice on how the door looks, rather than how it performs? Probably not – because choosing a pretty front door might be something you regret in the long term. Follow our tips on buying the best exterior doors for your home so that you can trust your door will do everything it needs to do and more.

The material

This factor is probably the most important of all considerations when buying your new door. While a solid wood door may look lovely you should be aware that if it gets wet, it will swell and as it dries it will shrink. This continual change in size will mean it is frequently sticky and gaps will appear letting in draughts. These doors are best for doors that are very much under cover and not exposed to wet or cold. For a wood look you can choose a composite door which will have fewer of these issues and it will need very little maintenance – unlike wood. UPVC is also a good option, but they can be unattractive – but you will have no trouble with them becoming sticky or draughty.

Glazing

Do you want your door to have any glass? You should be aware that any glazing will inevitably mean that you more draughts around the door, however glazing can be very practical for seeing who is outside and for letting in light. You may prefer to have double glazed windows to each side of the door and a peephole instead. This is certainly down to preference as the best doors are still very secure even with glazing.