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DIY: The Ultimate Paint Brush Guide

If you’ve just moved into your new home and fancy covering the entire build in a fresh coat of paint, why not take it upon yourself to do the task yourself rather than hiring in the professionals. Not only will it save you money, the experience of learning to “paint properly,” and taking part physical in the renovation of your home, is one that will stay with you forever.

Picking the right brush for the job is key!

Picking the right brush for the job is key!

To point you in the right direction, here is the Healthy Hideout’s Ultimate Paint brush guide to get you started- There’s no room for excuses now;

  • The Paint Roller – The one tool that springs to mind when you think of painting. Be sure to utilise the paint roller when covering large flat surfaces such as walls and ceilings. There are typically two types of roller – Long haired and foam covering. Utilise the long haired covering for the artexing and textures walls, whilst the foam roller is perfect for smooth, freshly papered or plastered walls.
  • The Gloss Brush – Suitable for use with oil and water based paints. Perfect for getting into awkward areas such as windowsills and the tops of doorways. Flagged at one end to ensure the gloss flows smoothly, a good quality gloss brush should leave a perfect finish with no brushmarks.
  • The Emulsion Brush – Typically made from hard, synthetic bristles this brush is designed to not “soak” up water based or matt based emulsion paints. This ensures that more paint goes onto the walls, rather than being wasted onto the brush. Be sure to look out for “no loss bristles guaranteed” or something similar. There’s nothing worse than “dried” in bristles.
  • The Masonry Brush – When painting brick or any other type of stonework, be sure to get hold of a good quality masonry brush designed for smooth and textured paint. Crimped bristles coupled with an angled head ensure that the paint is quickly picked up by the brush and released onto the surface.
  • The Woodcare Brush – Bristles should be durable and hardwearing with flagged tips. The size of brush will depend on the size of item you’re painting. If you painting a garden bench, use a smaller brush to ensure the paint is applied to the grain properly. If you painting a fence panel, a larger brush will ensure your not painting until the sun goes down.

Widely available from many home and diy stores, paint brushes are easy to get hold of. Just make sure you’re picking the right brush for the job. Have you painted anything recently? The Healthy Hideout would love to see any photographs or recent home painting you’ve done.

How to Self Build – 7 top budget tips

If you’re planning to start your own self build project soon, you may or may not have realised how important it is to plan your budget in detail. With proper analysis of figures and costs, you may find yourself increasing expenditure and even extending your loan.

How to self build, and how you should be spending your available budget requires attention and skill, but with the right execution anyone can do it. Here are the Healthy Hideout’s 7 top tips for sticking to your self build budget:

  • Site choice – When choosing where you want your self build to start, be sure to pick a pre-levelled site with good drainage whenever possible. Slanted or sloped areas with poor ground conditions can quickly become a nightmare that eats through your self build budget.
  • Service location matters – If you ensure that all services are close at hand including water, electricity, gas and drainage you’ll spend less money having these services extended to where you need them. Installation charges for such services can be incredibly expensive.
  • Simple self build – Many houses rely on the classic four walls with sloped roof for a reason. A classic box is the most cost effective way of enclosing a space, with a sloped roof being very efficient at shedding rain and snow during bad weather.
  • Keep it standard – If you stick to using standard materials in standard sizes you’ll find yourself saving a lot of money as they are generally cheaper. Bespoke materials tend to cost to more, but if you do want to add a sense of difference, use effectively and sparingly.
  • Practical placement – When deciding where your kitchen, bathroom and toilets go, try and keep them as close to each other as possible. This will minimise the cost of further drainage pipes and makes long term maintenance easier.
  • Natural light is crucial – Maximising natural light into your property not only improves your sense of well-being and mood, it also saves you money on electricity bills.
  • Maximise insulation – Insulation is a cheap investment (even cheaper from utility suppliers) that will help protect you against rising fuel bills for many years to come. Be sure to complete insulation in the roof, exterior walls and ground floor – If you’re based in the UK, this is now required under building regulations.

Now all this may be denting the image you have of your perfect self build dream, but you don’t have to conform to the above and make it look boring. Budget restraints such as the ones we’ve discussed force us to come up with solutions we may not have come up with before. Let your imagination run wild!

Have you just finished your perfect self build? Did you stick to budget? We’d love to hear from you.

10 Renovation Tips you need to know

If you’re planning to renovate your home on a grand scale, it’s not uncommon to feel intimidated about the attention required to ensure a successful project finishes as you wanted it.

It may not be a problem for those of us who are moving at a manageable pace, completing room by room, but for those of tackling the entire establishment, sticking to schedule is key.

Top 10 home renovating tips

Here are 10 top tips you need to consider for your renovation:

  1. Try not to go on holiday leaving builders or workers on site to handle your project. If you managing the project yourself, you need to demonstrate your presence to ensure that build pace and concentration does not drop. Mistakes cost money to correct.
  2. Don’t compromise – If this renovation is for your own home, you need to remember that you will be living in it after completion, not the builders. This applies to both materials and build methods.
  3. If you’ve never managed a project with a scale such as this, try to get someone involved alongside you who has. Project management is a full time job and you can’t afford to lose your way.
  4. Watch your bank balance and keep track of all building costs weekly. When an invoice pops up make sure you pay it as soon as possible and file away the receipt safely. Utilise spreadsheets so you can keep an eye on the running costs throughout the project.
  5. Schedule the entire project and make sure your workers are keeping on track, meeting deadlines or preceding them if at all possible. This way your project moves efficiently whilst everyone knows what they are doing and when.
  6. Keep in constant contact with your foreman ensuring they have everything they need on site, when they need it. There’s no need for “We didn’t finish this because we didn’t have this.”

    Planning is key!

    Planning is key!

  7. Double check the specification of all products, appliances and materials before work begins on the site. Ensure everything is ordered and delivered to site on time – You simply won’t have time to be waiting around for a particular part to arrive due to delays etc.
  8. Trade discount can be your best friend when used properly – Pressure your suppliers to give you the best possible prices, ensuring that you visit multiple merchants comparing the best deals.
  9. Set up a trading account with the building merchant that you decide to use. Organising one at the beginning of your project means that you’ll qualify for trade discounts whilst making it easier for your site foreman to order extra materials should he need them.
  10. Get involved – This is your project at the end of the day. You can save money doing parts of the project that you feel comfortable completing, such as painting, digging or even sanding!

For more innovative ideas and expert advice, why not grab a copy of George Clarke’s latest book “The Home Bible” – An endless resource of information you should really know before starting any project. Click below for more information:

DIY Plumbing – online!

A new resource has been launched to allow would-be plumbers to have a go at some do-it-yourself plumbing around the home. Not only is this an opportunity for those interested to develop their own understanding and skill set, it’s a great way to save money on that new shower enclosure installation you’ve been planning by completing the work yourself.

Heating and Plumbing solutions (http://www.heating-and-plumbing-solutions.com) provide an endless resource of guides from working with plumbing basics to more complex tasks such as installing a new bathroom suite or changing your boiler.

The service is available immediately for an annual fee of £30 per year. Considering the costs you may save doing the work yourself this really is a “no brainer”. There is even an online support service that allows you to discuss plumbing matters and any questions you may have with the experts.

Top find!