We all try to do our bit these days to be kinder to the planet, whether if it’s by recycling household waste or opting for renewable energy providers. However, it tends to be the small changes that can add up... Read more
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As the home improvement project that tends to involve the most structural work, it is no surprise that loft conversions involve a lot of technical terms and design features that can be difficult to wrap your head around. Here at Opun we believe in simple, honest communication between experts and homeowners; we hope this jargon buster will go some way to bridging the gap between the two.
Kevin McCloud, everyone’s favourite home design guru and presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs was quoted in an interview that the most important room in the home was the bathroom , stating that you could get by without a bedroom or even a kitchen but the WC was essential. If you follow Kevin’s school of thought... Read more
Of all of the popular home decor styles out there, the modern rustic look is perhaps the most puzzling. The two terms that make up the style — ‘modern’ and ‘rustic’ being almost oxymoronic. One bringing to mind sleek, clean... Read more
The living room, when you think about it, is a bit of an odd space. It’s a room that’s designed to be there for nothing but recreational purposes — it’s job then is to be comfortable and decorative. As a result of this you’d think that this is the place we would focus most of our attention on when trying to spruce up the house. However, what we tend to do more often than not is ignore this room entirely.
If you live in a victorian property with a back garden, there’s a good chance the property features the much maligned ‘side return’. A common architectural feature of the time, where one side of the house has a narrow strip... Read more
Small jobs can go a long way to changing the feel of a room and could inspire you to think about carrying out some more substantial home improvements. Here are a few small DIY ideas to get you started…
If you had your decking installed many years ago, it could be looking pretty sorry for itself by now. It may even be so bad that you’re considering ripping it up. Not so fast. You’ll be surprised however how quick and easy it can be to restore it to its former glory. Here’s how…
How can you go about transforming your bathroom into a beautiful, relaxing home spa? Here are our suggestions…
Just the thought of spending a warm summer’s day lounging in the garden is enough to evoke those feelings of blissful contentment, but what if your home could provide you with that same feeling of being in the great outdoors,... Read more