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Can you pour concrete over concrete?

Can you pour concrete over concrete?

Over time, concrete hardens and becomes less porous. Hardening can cause imperfections. Additionally, concrete can sink into the underlying ground. Hardening or sinking can make a concrete slab unlevel, in which case water may puddle on concrete. A common method of resolving this issue is to pour concrete over concrete over the top of the current surface. If you are experiencing an unlevel concrete patio, driveway, or sidewalk, you may wonder how to add concrete to existing concrete. For a…

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Top design tips

Top design tips

Maria Speake runs salvage company and design practice Retrouvius with partner Adam Hills. They skilfully blend reclaimed pieces into modern settings. Here are the top tips from this decorator: Do have plants in your home – not stiff flowers in vases, but living plants. Do try outrageous decor in your ground-floor loo. Lose your inhibitions and go for something really bold and fun. Do remember that small rooms can be wonderful, so opening up a space isn\’t always the best solution….

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What makes a design classic?

What makes a design classic?

It takes time for something to become iconic. Anyone who believes in the existence of an ‘instant classic’ has inhaled too much PR. But what exactly is a design classic? It’s a question framed by the devil to torment the cautious.   First, you need to distinguish between the classical and the classic, a point of difference that can be lost on the careless. Classical architecture has origins in the Greek and Roman eras. Order, proportion and a limited range…

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How to Decorate Your Home

How to Decorate Your Home

How to decorate your home is a collocation that elicits strong responses at both ends of the emotional spectrum. People either love or hate getting busy with rollers, ladders, paste and paper. Then there’s the subjective mire of what ‘decorative’ means. For some, it connotes flounces and vivacity galore; for others, simplicity, wood and white.   How we choose to pretty, perfect or camouflage our homes is a profoundly personal decision. It could be a tangible expression of something going…

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Bath in bedroom

Bath in bedroom

    Bath in your bedroom is the ultimate luxury. More decadent than an en-suite, a stylish freestanding tub makes the ideal spot to unwind in privacy and comfort. Bathing in the bedroom has grown in popularity since a change in building regulations in 2008 that now means water and electric sockets can be placed in the same room, so long as they are at least three meters apart. Putting a beautiful bathtub beside your bed is both extravagant and practical….

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Easy bathroom updates – 3 tips

Easy bathroom updates – 3 tips

Simple tips for revamping what you already have… 1.Give your bath a makeover Turn your tub into the focal point of the room by updating its side panel or cladding. Use reclaimed wood for a rustic vibe or mosaic tiles for something more glamorous. Freestanding baths can be given a quick aesthetic lift with a simple lick of paint. 2.Install window shutters The new generation of shutters are built to withstand bathroom condensation, so you don’t have to worry about…

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Winterize house: six easy ways

Winterize house: six easy ways

From draught exclusion to masonry checks and warm scents, here’s our all-inclusive practical guide to combating the cold. 1. Illuminate your space. Candles are used in Scandinavian countries on an almost daily basis. They\’re placed in front of open fireplaces or on windowsills for instant atmosphere and warmth. The best are made from vegetable oil: these burn more evenly. Lighting makes all the difference when darkness falls early. Try hanging low-level pendant lights above tables, and place up lighters behind…

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Eco design in restaurant

Eco design in restaurant

  Brighton-basedrestaurant Silo\’s ecological philosophy extends from its food to its furniture. Brighton\’s new zero-waste restaurant, Silo, has an interior that\’s as carefully considered as its menu. The venue is the brainchild of Douglas McMaster, who takes a hands-on approach to preparing food: rolling oats, baking bread, making butter and brewing beer. Carcasses of meat are bought in from local farmers, fish comes from Catchbox (a cooperative that supports small-scale fishermen) and food scraps go straight in the compost. \”We\’re…

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Modern walk in wardrobe

Modern walk in wardrobe

You don’t need the shoe collection of Imelda Marcos to require a bespoke storage solution. Here’s our comprehensive guide to creating your dream closet. Why have one? A walk-in wardrobe is a practical storage option. Think of Sarah Jessica Parker’s closet in Sex and the City. Storing clothes, shoes and accessories in this way allows you to stay organized, keep everything in optimum condition and see belongings at a glance. What’s more, it can be a big selling point for…

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History of kitchen – from 1970s to present day

History of kitchen – from 1970s to present day

From a fondness for Formica in the 1970s and Aga aspirations in the 1980s to the latest high-tech, multifunctional cookspaces, kitchen trends have always reflected social and cultural movements. In the 1970s, “kitchen designer” was a profession that had yet to beinvented. Kitchens were smaller than they are today and were often positioned at the back of the house. Most were intended for just one person to work in, with cabinets along the walls and perhaps a window near the…

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