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Courtesy of RIBA Courtesy of RIBA

47 London buildings have been awarded 2019 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regional Awards. Each year, RIBA Regional Award-winning buildings set the standard for skilful, accomplished architecture across the UK. All winning buildings are now in the running for RIBA National Awards, which will be announced on June 27, 2019.

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4 hours 17 minutes ago

If you live in a home that was built before 1978 then there is a good chance that it contains lead-based paint. If you are planning any major renovations or works on your home, you need to know whether there is lead paint present. This is because any chips or flakes of paint that contains lead can present a hazard to the health of your home’s occupants.

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Since 1978, lead-based paints have been banned from use in the home due to the serious impact that lead can have on human health. Some states had enacted lead bans long before the federal government caught up. Lead paint is one of the most common sources of lead poisoning, as is lead-contaminated dust.

Why Do I Need to Worry About Lead?

If your home is old enough to contain lead-based paints, then this is something that you need to be aware of whenever you undertake any DIY work in your home. If you think lead might be present in the surroundings then you need to establish this well ahead of time so you can ensure you take the proper safety precautions, such as using respirators and doing your best to contain potentially toxic lead.

Lead presents a particularly serious hazard for young children. It is, therefore, important that young children are discouraged from licking or chewing any lead surfaces. Lead poisoning can cause a number of serious long- and short-term health issues and even small exposures can be serious when they are prolonged.

Lead Sources Inside the Home

If your house was built before 1978, make sure that you keep all of your painted surfaces in good shape and clean to avoid the accumulation of dust. Deteriorating household paint can lead to dust contaminated by lead. This dust will then become airborne if it is disturbed. If you have small pets like a hamster or small cat, lead-contaminated dust can be dangerous to their health.

The Environmental Protection Agency has found that lead safety violations are much more common than previously thought. It is, therefore, imperative that homeowners understand the danger that lead presents and how to minimize its presence in the home. Lead can leach into older pipework, causing your entire household to be exposed to lead.

Lead From Outside the Home

Soil that has been contaminated by lead can easily be tracked into the home, leading to further lead exposure. The severity of this will depend on how high the lead content in the contaminated soil is. For example, the soil around buildings that have been painted with lead-based paints will similarly be contaminated.

Lead exposure has the potential to cause a number of very serious health effects, both in the short and long term. While newer homes should be free of lead, any home built before 1978 will likely contain lead paint. If your home does contain lead paint, you should assume that the dust in your home is also contaminated with lead. Make sure to vacuum regularly and maintain your painted surfaces as best you can.

5 hours 17 minutes ago

When you are looking to lay a garden from scratch there are three options: grow it from seed, lay artificial grass, or go for turf – which means you get real living grass from day one. There’s no one right or wrong solution, but real turf is incredibly popular simply because it is both an incredibly easy option and it gives you an instant lawn which looks great.

Types of natural turf

You may be surprised to learn there are several, although most are specialty types, designed to be, say, hard wearing for sports pitches, fine for golf and bowling greens, or wildflower, which delivers what the name suggests and is lovely as a border. The majority of ordinary householders choose a top quality all-around product such as rolawn turf.

Turf may seem like a miracle solution to a garden area that desperately needs a makeover, but there are both pros and cons to laying turf which it pays to be aware of before you go ahead.

The pros & cons of using Rolawn Turf for your garden

The Pros

·         It’s excellent quality.

·         Your Rolawn turf will last for a long time.

·         You can be assured that the seed quality is top notch.

·         The seed on your turf has been distributed evenly so there will be no bald patches.

·         There’s no need to spend half the day on bird patrol like you have to do with a newly seeded lawn.

·         You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood with your impeccable grass lawn.

·         Rolawn turf is treated with their Profresh® system (created by Rolawn). This patented, and unique system means your turf is delivered just as fresh as the moment it was harvested.

·         There’s no risk involved when you order Rolawn turf, as every single order delivers the same top quality turf grown from specially selected seeds proven to grow into a hard wearing, disease resisting grass with consistent color.

·         You are buying from a business with over forty years of experience behind them.

·         The soil turf grows in is crucial to the end result, and Rolawn’s turf soil is nutrient-rich, with great drainage and all the turf needs to put down roots really quickly.  

·         Unlike some turfs Rolawn’s isn’t rushed along. Instead, it is nurtured, receiving round the clock care, and not even considered for cutting until it is absolutely ready. No wonder it’s the healthiest turf around.

The Cons

·         You do have to wait for 3 – 6 weeks to use the lawn freely (but it’s still a lot sooner than you would wait for seed grass to be ready).

·         Turf does need to be laid the day it is delivered to avoid it becoming less than perfect.

·         It takes one or more people with plenty of energy to lay it.

·         It is best to have your turf delivered unless you mind your car getting dirty.

If you are looking for turf that will never fail to deliver exactly what you want then the advantages to buying from Rolawn say it all.

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© Ed Massery © Ed Massery
  • Architects: GBBN
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • Category: Pavillion
  • Area: 121.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Ed Massery

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Nobody wants to list their home and have it sit on the marketed for months on end. When you decide to sell your house, you are usually excited about the possibilities of buying another home. Ideas start racing through your head on which neighborhood and what size house you want.  But you don’t want to put the cart before the horse, and there is nothing worse than having a home sit on the market for an extended amount of time.

When you stage a house, it gives buyers a sense of where things go and how it would appear if they lived in the house. Staging a home could mean renting furniture or clearing out and dusting off your existing décor.

Declutter Your Home

The first thing you will want to do is to take an objective look at each room in the house.  There should be no clutter laying around.  Rooms should have furniture and décor but not extra things laying around the place.  If you have items that don’t belong on the rooms, it may be a good idea to either bring some of it to the garage or even better rent a storage space and remove the clutter from your home.

Ross Quade, an Austin Relator, explains, “You want to create an environment that is clean and inviting. Similar to what new model homes look like when you tour them.”

Focus on Important Rooms

Some rooms in a house are more important than others. For example, the phrase kitchens sell homes very turn in the case.  The kitchen might be the most critical room in the house. As such it is critical that the countertops are clean and not cluttered. If you have too many kitchen appliances on the counters, you may want to box some up and store them away for a while.

Other than the kitchen the master bedroom and the family room are where people spend most of their time. It is imperative that these rooms show well.  If you need some inspiration look at a home magazine and see how they set up and stage their rooms.

Removing Furniture

Chances are if you have lived in your home for a reasonable amount of time you have extra furniture and things laying around your home.  Have a look around and ask yourself if a room will look bigger if you removed an end table or a recliner because in almost all cases the answer is yes.

Let the Light In

One of the most overlooked steps to staging a home is the lighting. First, you will want to make sure that every light bulb in the house is working.  If you find a burnt out lightbulb replace it.  Next, you will want to open up the shutters or curtains to let as much natural light into the home as possible.  Dark homes can seem depressing.  As a general rule of thumb when it’s time for a showing open all the window coverings as much as you can.

Curb Appeal

Keep in mind that curb appeal is the first impression people will get of your home.  If you have overgrown trees and shrubs, hire a gardener to thin things out.  Don’t forget to pull all the weeds in both the front yard and the back.  You may even want to plant some flowers or bushes if you have bare spots that could use some greenery.

Final Thoughts

Selling a home is probably the most expensive thing you will ever sell in your life.  It is vital that you take the necessary steps to get as much as you can for your house as well as sell it as fast as you can.