Home & Garden

Home improvements can make a real difference to the appearance and feel of your home. You might well be surprised to learn just how much a little bit of care and attention can do to the overall look and feel of the place. If done well, you could find out that you’ve actually increased your home value by loads.




Understandably it isn’t always as simple as a splash of paint here and there. Some projects can be more challenging than others, and some of the seemingly simplest of tasks may end up not being quiet so simple, ultimately leaving you with a not so good look. We have all seen the DIY disaster type programmes on the telly to know what could go wrong. Doing work around the home without having the relevant experience can cost a lot more money to rectify. So be wise and hand your home improvements on to a professional and see the results for yourself.

The Herald & Advertiser has put together a collection of the very best contractors in your local area. By choosing one of these experts you can be assured that your projects will be carried out to a very high standard.

Local Heroes to showcase their work at BCTF 2019

The British Craft Trade Fair, now in its 45th year, is the largest and most well-established event of its kind, focusing exclusively on British-made artisan products.

The show will run from 7-9 April at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Show Ground, Harrogate, a fabulous state of the art venue with plenty of free onsite parking for visitors.

Every exhibitor at the show is guaranteed to be making their products in Great Britain or Ireland, creating beautiful articles with local rather than mass markets in mind. These include a great many exceptional designers and companies from the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

Alongside a fantastic array of well-established artisans there will be a large contingent of fresh new design talent exhibiting for the very first time at BCTF 2019.

Trade prices for the unique handmade works on display will range from just a few pounds to items designed for higher budgets and product categories are to include personalised gifts, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, silver and metalwork, fine art, greetings cards and stationery, woodwork, textiles, fashion accessories and homewares.

Show organiser, Margeret Bunn, says: “With the consumer appetite for British products at an all-time high, this is the perfect event for retailers seeking exciting local design talent and products with sound provenance and strong heritage values. Shoppers want to support more local, sustainable businesses and BCTF is absolutely dedicated to this essential sector of the trade.”

Local designers who will be exhibiting at the show include Adele Taylor, Becca Macdonald, Claire Baxter Fine Art, Contrary Mary Designs, Eleanor Tomlinson, Faye Stevens, Francesca King, ItsBalderston, Galeabel Studio Pottery, Jim Stringer, Jess Withington, Lindsey Tyson and many more.

BCTF is free to attend for trade and you can register for your free ticket by visiting the website: www.bctf.co.uk

Hammer and Anvil Creative Iron works Ltd was started following more and more requests for artistic metal work from our customers. It is a sister company of R&V Plant Services Ltd which specialises in Fabrication and welding. Our customers started asking if we could make gates and fences, which then led to decorative window grilles and then to sculptures, garden furniture and so on and the business took a life of its own.

Our in house blacksmith has over 35 years experience in his field starting as an apprentice at the age of 16 with Charles Pearsons of Hull. He enjoys expressing his artistic flair and is always up for a challenge. Some of his work can be seen in and around the Yorkshire area. Metal is versatile and can be lovingly worked in to a masterpiece with the right techniques. We work with our customers to help them achieve their visions. Some of customers don’t always know what they want and that is where our design services fits in nicely as we can work with you to get the perfect item.

As well as making Gates, fences, furniture and larger pieces we make gifts and trinkets such as pen holders, candle sticks, novelty hooks, door knockers, bird baths and feeders, the list is endless.

Get your Conservatory Winter Ready!

With Wetheralds, your local conservatory roof specialist

It seems that our fantastic Summer is drawing to a close, the nights are drawing in and there is a definite chill in the air. So, as we all retreat back indoors surely your conservatory is the best place to be to still enjoy the outside?

Unfortunately, the extremes of heat and cold can cause real problems with condensation and simply make what should be one of the best places in your house the last place you want to be. There is a permanent solution to these problems that will not only give you a room you can enjoy, but will add value to your home. In under a week you could be benefitting from a lightweight solid roof fitted to your conservatory.

Both the outside and inside of your conservatory would look like an extension to your home, with a range of choices of tiles, slates and roof windows – all at a fraction of the cost and time of building works. And perhaps the best thing is that you lose hardly any of the natural light gained from the conservatory, but you do get to sit in it all year long!

Planning permission isn’t required but Building Regulations are. A reputable supplier like Wetheralds will include in your free quote everything from the initial visit from a trained Wetheralds Surveyor, the replacement roof through to plastering and the removal of the skip! Importantly we are the only national supplier that is an LABC Partner installing replacement conservatory roofs – as a customer you will receive visits from a LABC inspector to monitor the quality of our workmanship before a Building Regulations Certificate is issued to you.

So, if you would like another room to enjoy in your home this Autumn/Winter and throughout the year, why not consider a replacement conservatory roof. Contact Wetheralds on 0800 612 3777 for a free visit from a trained Wetheralds Surveyor for your free quote or visit wetheralds-roofsystems.co.uk to see what our customers have to say.





Local company ‘fuels’ their workforce with 7 new apprentices
West Yorkshire based fuel distributor Craggs Energy has recently recruited 7 new apprentices as part of their brand new Apprentice Academy.
The 12 month scheme will provide the apprentices with commercial business skills, a sales qualification and a guaranteed job within the company upon completion of the course. During the year the apprentices will be exposed to all elements of the business including sales, finance, operations and marketing. With the support and funding of Calderdale Council, a purpose built training and office space has been created for the Academy, ensuring a suitable professional working and training environment for the apprentices.
Initially the apprentices were invited to attend an open morning where they were able to find out more about the scheme and have a tour of the workplace. After completing the application process they were put through their paces during an assessment day held at the company’s Head Office in Cragg Vale. During this assessment day, the applicants spent the day working both individually and as part of a team on a wide range of tasks and presentations before having a one on one interview with CEO Chris Bingham.
Chris said “It was really important that we found the right candidates for the scheme – and I’m sure we have!”
“We’re only a young company but we are growing very fast, we have identified that as we grow we need to keep adding to our talent, because of this we have invested heavily in the academy. If it works as we expect we hope it is something that we will be able to run every year!”
As a former ‘Calderdale New Business of the Year’ award winner, Craggs Energy is expanding rapidly with the company currently distributing Heating Oil, Red Diesel and other fuels and lubricants across the North West and Yorkshire from its four depots. The company now employs more than forty full time members of staff.
The seven apprentices, aged from 16 to 20, live between Hebden Bridge and Huddersfield and will travel daily to the Cragg Vale office. Robbie Rouse, Sales Operations Manager said “we are delighted to welcome our apprentices to the Craggs Energy team and are excited to see them progress through the next 12 months!”

EFFORTLESS LUXURY WITH THE PERSONAL TOUCH THAT YOU DESERVE

The search for your perfect kitchen can be exhausting – negotiating with salespeople working on commission, baffling discounts and suspect special offers. What you really want is someone who can guide you through the process in as simple a way as possible. You want someone to say, “no problem”, when you tell them you want the best value for money with absolutely no compromise on quality. You want to hear the words, “leave it to us”, when you say you need to remove a wall to give your kitchen more space. And you want to be told, “all done”, and know that you can believe it.

It is understandable that the D.I.Y trend continues to improve in popularity. With recent innovations in technology wherein useful tools and equipment are available to consumers, accomplishing any type of renovation, refurbishment, or remodeling can now be made possible without the need to hire professionals.

However, deep down we all know that the majority of improvements we want doing to our home are well beyond us… even that doesn’t stop us trying though! And we have all seen the DIY disaster type programs or visited a friend’s house with lopsided tiling in the bathroom, peeling wallpaper or dodgy plumbing. For things like bathroom fitting and tiling, kitchen building and fitting, plumbing and electrics, floors and wall tiling, laminate and solid wood flooring, plastering and even just painting it is advisable that you do not try it yourself. As well as not fixing it down correctly there could eventually be problems with moisture or cracking under strain. So… let’s say we do indeed do the job ourselves… once we’ve tried and failed we will either ‘put up’ with the result or we will have to pay out again for someone to put it right – all in all it ends up being a lot less hassle and a lot more cost effective to get it right the first time!

That’s right, if a homeowner wants quality services and quality results; he should consider hiring a contractor.

In addition to being able to provide that perfect finish you will also be able to get their experience including creative input and knowledge of safety procedures.

For this reason, The Herald & Advertiser has put together a collection of the very best contractors the local area has to offer.

By choosing one of our experts – you, as the home-owner can be assured that projects will be carried out in the most efficient and effective manner that will leave you smiling and looking forward to hosting guests.

No doubt you will have heard of the John Longley Kitchen and Bathroom studio which has existed on Barnsley’s Park Road for 35 years.

Maybe you are one of the many people who has a stunning John Longley design in their home? Or maybe you are a long-time customer who has purchased more than one kitchen or bathroom from the firm?

The business has always been headed up by South Yorkshire born and bred owner, John Longley, however, the time has come for John to retire and hand over the reins to long-serving employees Tim McCall and Frances Greetham.

John started the business in 1980 when he set-up a plumbers merchants and bathroom showroom in the old high-street Co-op building.

Kitchens followed shortly after with the Barnsley business initially stocking brand Spring Ram.

Today the showroom looks very different to the way it did when it began life in 1980: over the years it has undergone a couple of big revamps, but has always presented the best in kitchen and bathroom design.

The bathroom showroom houses beautiful displays with quality products from Vitra Sanitaryware, Clearwater Baths, Kudos Showers and Pegler’s Brassware to name a few.

The newly refurbished kitchen showroom is dedicated to stunning, high-quality German kitchens by innovative supplier, Nobilia, with a mix of elegant, contemporary and country style kitchens on display.

John Longley has favoured German kitchens for more than 20 years, as they offer forward thinking design, great value for money and long product life expectancy.

‘New’ owners of the business Fran and Tim are keen to maintain the same commitment to quality and design the firm has always been known for.

Tim has worked at John Longley Kitchen and Bathroom studio for more than 20 years. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to designing both kitchens and bathrooms, as well as offering a full project management service.

Frances started working at the firm more than 12 years ago as a bathroom designer and project manager. Over the past year she has been working alongside John and Tim in the kitchen department in readiness for John’s retirement.

Visit Tim and Fran at John Longley Kitchen and Bathroom studio, 90 Park Road, Barnsley, to see how they can help create your dream design………………………

7 Home Improvement & Remodelling Ideas that Increase Home Value

1. Remodelling the Kitchen

Most people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, and because of this, updates in this room pay off. Just don’t go overboard. A basic rule is that you should never make your kitchen fancier than the rest of the house, or the neighbourhood.

2. Bathroom Addition

If your home only has one bathroom, you can recoup a large chunk of your investment by adding another one. When it comes to finding room in your house for an extra bathroom, take a look at any extra rooms or underutilized spaces. Consider other spaces, such as closets or areas under the stairs, too. If you want a half-bath you need at least 18 square feet. If you want a full bath, including a stand-up shower, you need at least 30 square feet. If you want a bathtub, make sure you have at least 35 square feet to work with.

3. Reinventing a Room

Adding more square footage to your home with a new room can be an incredibly expensive project. Although you can recoup some of your investment, anywhere from 50%-83%, this project’s costs can quickly spin wildly out of control. Instead, reinvent the existing space in your home to save money. Finish a basement, or convert the attic to a bedroom. Many homeowners can also add small apartments in, or over, their garages – which they can then rent out as a room. But just before you start demolishing walls and rafters, try to think about the ways that you, and potential buyers, can use the space. Versatile rooms have greater appeal to potential buyers. Basements frequently work well as second living rooms, or game rooms. Many people also turn this space into a small apartment for an aging relative or a tenant. Attic spaces often work well for craft rooms and game rooms, especially if they have high ceilings.

4. Adding Energy-Efficient Windows

These days, buyers shop for homes with energy efficiency in mind. Old, drafty single-pane windows are a major turn off. You will also save loads of money in the long term and have a warmer home.

5. Deck Addition

Adding a deck increases the value of your home. Outdoor livings spaces are becoming increasingly more desirable. If you make your deck and your backyard more appealing, your house will be more appealing to prospective buyers when you decide to sell.

6. Energy-Efficient Insulation

If your home lacks basic insulation, and has old doors that let in plenty of hot and cold air, home inspectors working with potential buyers will include this in their reports. Homes that haven’t been modified with energy efficiency in mind cost more to live in and maintain. Updating your home to save energy doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. You can add extra insulation to your attic for very little, and this small change can save you hundreds each year on your utility bill. Also, seal cracks around the house to save even more money on energy costs. Anytime you feel a draft or cold spot, you’re in an area that leaks air. A very cheap and rewarding energy efficiency thing to do is to replace all your light bulbs with, yes you guessed it, energy efficiency ones. And if you need to replace your hot water heater, consider spending a bit extra to purchase a high-efficiency water heater. Savvy home buyers know these water heaters can really trim energy bills.

7. Basic Updates

Basic updates add the most value to your home. Keep the paint fresh, fix the roof when it leaks, replace wood that rots, and get rid of any mould that you find. These types of chores keep your home from deteriorating over time. Buyers want a healthy, solid, safe home, and they look carefully for signs of routine maintenance.

Stone Walling Specialists

Heritage Masonry is owned and operated by Richard Remde and Thomas Moore stone masonry company based in Skipton, North Yorkshire incorporating all aspects of stone and building masonry, restoration, landscapes and groundwork.

With over 18 years’ experience and an increasing portfolio of new and exciting projects we are fast becoming one of the leaders in our field and the preferred contractor to some of the UK’s major developers.

It is a reputation we have earned through the quality of our employees, our attention to detail, consistent performance and on-time delivery.

At Heritage Masonry, we take pride of every job and make the project our primary goal. We are proud of the relationships we build that last well beyond the life of a project. That’s why more than 70% of our new business comes from repeat clients.We are building the benchmark through the service we provide in delivering dispute free, reliable and rewarding construction experiences.

If you need assistance with the design of your project as well as build then we are more than happy to help. We can provide stone mason supplies in the best materials, both local and throughout the Uk. With our contacts for stone, we have access to providing the best experience to ensure that your project will be to the highest of standards, securely built and aesthetically pleasing. Please review examples of our work in the gallery section of this site.

Autumn Gardening

Autumn is the mellow season. Berries are looking their best, there are oodles of vibrant warm colours out there, some misty mornings, piles of rusty coloured leaves that long to be crunched, and best of all there’s still plenty of sunshine to be had.

Although all the hectic flowering and reproductive activity of the summer is now over, it doesn’t mean those with green fingers need stop doing what they do best. For the keen gardener, there’s still plenty that can be done, and what better a time to be gardening than out in the fresh outdoors amidst all the wonderful smells and colours of autumn. Why wait until spring to get the most out of your garden when autumn is the best time for planting?

Now is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. Warm soil from summer and frequent rainfall are the ideal conditions for plants to establish themselves before winter. Although container grown plants can be planted any time of the year, they are easier to care for if planted in autumn or winter, as they need less watering than ones planted in spring or summer.

autumn and winter holsAnd it may seem rather a long way off to be sowing summer flowering plants, but the forward planning will be rewarded by an impressive early display. Many annuals can be sown in autumn. Autumn sowing is suitable for annuals (plants which are sown and flower and die in one year) that tolerate frost. Some of these annuals can be sown directly in the ground, and will withstand most frosts. Others are not quite so robust, but when covered with cloches or horticultural fleece when frost is forecast, they should be fine. Alternatively, they can be sown in pots and kept frost-free over winter. The benefit of sowing in autumn, and not spring, is that you’ll have a much earlier flowering display. This technique is not suitable for half-hardy and tender annuals unless you have access to a heated greenhouse.

Bulbs make a fine display and are one of the easiest and most rewarding garden plants to grow. They can be planted in containers or borders, especially daffodils, snowdrops and tulips. Tulips come in all shades, from dark purple to white, and bloom at a time of year when many plants only offer muted colours. Other bulbs, such as snowdrops and scillas, are some of the earliest flowering plants in the garden, brightening up the short days of very early spring. Planting summer-flowering bulbs such as lilies and gladioli can provide dramatic, tall blooms that are scented. Do plant spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, crocus and hyacinths , along with hardy summer-flowering bulbs like lilies, alliums and crocosmia by the end of this October. Tulips need to be done in November.https://www.cawheating.co.uk/

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