Posts Tagged ‘creative’


Taking the Train? Don’t Forget the Sink Plunger!

August 9, 2017


A brilliant piece of ingenuity! Oh, and by the way, TBS sells these – just click here: Industrial Sink Plunger.

Do we have a new market here: commuters?


Vintage Apple Crates as Furniture? Oh Yes!

August 1, 2017

Now here’s a genius idea! Wooden apple crates turned into imaginative and versatile pieces of furniture.



We’re convinced, what about you? We’d be interested in your thoughts. Please use the COMMENTS option.

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You can find more details and another picture here.


An Attractive Home 12 Feet Wide? It’s All in the Design

July 18, 2017
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Have you got a plot that you think is too narrow for a viable build? Think again! These pictures are of a home in an old district of Barcelona, Spain. The plot was only 3.7m wide and very long, connecting two streets. No problem for architect Ferrolan Lab, as you can see.


The nature of the site meant ensuring the right amount of natural light could enter, so there are plenty or windows. It also meant exploring the vertical dimension, where most homes would use the horizontal. So the home has many levels and sub-levels, according to the owners’ requirements.


A pretty resounding success, we say! You’ll find plenty more information and pictures by following this link.

And if you’re wondering how best to remodel a narrow space in your property, TBS can help.


Got a Stone or Brick Interior Wall? Make a Feature of it!

July 6, 2017
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It’s our pleasure today to link you to a blog post from L’Essenziale Home Designs, written by the excellent Anna Nahman (to whom many thanks).

Down the ages, exposed stone or brick walls in homes were routinely plastered over. There simply weren’t the tools and techniques available to keep on top of the dust. And houses were much more functional – aesthetic pleasures were reserved for the rich in their mansions.

But today, there’s every reason to make an attractive feature of any exposed masonry interior wall. Anna lists these advantages:

– natural, ‘earthy’ look and feel

– durability and easy maintenance

– huge variety of materials which can fit any style or budget

– eco-friendliness

–  beautiful and rich texture

– ongoing visual interest

– good sound insulation properties


She goes on to offer 13 ‘Design Tips and Tricks’, covering use of lighting, furnishings, texture and highlighting.

The article is written from an Interior Design perspective, but it raises issues that could be productively taken up by the building and decorating trades and by DIY-ers.


Thinking About a Loft Conversion? Here Are Some Tips

July 4, 2017


With finances tight these days, moving house can be beyond people’s budget. Which is why it makes sense to consider extending your present home.

The loft space in your house can, with a bit of imagination and planning, be made into a thing of beauty – adding value and character to your home.

These pictures may give you some ideas.



What about planning regulations? In the UK, a loft conversion is considered a permitted development, with certain conditions:

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
  • Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas
  • Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves.

You can find out more by visiting this link: Planning Portal – Loft Conversion

Here is a handy link for practical considerations: How to go about planning a loft conversion. Needless to say, TBS will be happy to advise you at every stage from planning to execution – just give us a call!

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