4 sleek flooring trends for your bathroom

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Tiny bathroom? No problem. This translates to a big budget for a small space. You can choose from the most expensive materials, an option you can’t make use of in your other living spaces. Lavastone, for instance. Bought from the volcanic slopes from Italy and France, hardened lava adds so much depth to the bathroom and being both water and stand-proof—is functional too.

Inventive Tile Lay Patterns

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There are three steps to this: Firstly, opting for rectangular tiles rather than square ones. Secondly, integrating 2-3 different colours of tiles (not more, not less). Finally, tiling them in a slanted manner in place of usual horizontals.

The colour combinations of these rectangular tiles and choice of tile is completely at your discretion. Make use of unique lay patterns, for they instantly uplift an average bathroom to its slightly more eclectic version.

Eco-friendly Floors

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Sustainable architecture is so much in demand. From the use of sustainable raw materials in miniature home accessories to the bricks in mammoth architectural projects, eco-friendly home trends have become common.

It then seems only apt to use eco-friendly materials for our bathroom floors. Functionality need not be of question, however, because there are durable flooring materials that happen to be eco-friendly too!

Linoleum or cork are two such materials (both water-proof and durable) and are very different from each other. Incorporate one of them into your bathroom’s wet (shower) area. The difference in texture from when you step onto the bathroom’s dry and wet areas will pack in a neat punch.

Solid Prints

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Offering a long-term solution for people who love exuberant prints (like large florals or zebra stripes) but eventually tire of them, the solid print consists of your favourite print alongside a complementary shade of colour.

Bring this simple design technique onto your bathroom’s floors by combining delightful printed tiles with neutral ones. This will liven your bathroom and keep it grounded, at the same time.

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4 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN RESEARCHING AUTOMATIC GATES

Domestic access control systems – simply referred to as Automatic Gates – are becoming increasingly popular amongst home owners in and around Oxfordshire. Automatic gates are often installed for their security benefits, but these gates can also have a large social and visual impact on your home, driveway or wall perimeter.

Here at Broadsword, we have compiled our top 4 factors to consider when making that all important purchase:

1. SECURITY

Most definitely the paramount feature when researching automatic gates. Access control systems are primarily installed for their security features and you should always ask for detailed specifications from any gate supplier.

2. AESTHETICS

Whilst attractiveness is not at the top of everyone’s list, you should always look to get the most for your money when considering an automatic gate system. Gate aesthetics can be the difference between your “final two” so make sure you investigate alternative finishes, polishes and colours. After all, it would be a shame to compromise on something that you’ll pass through every day!

3. BUZZER

The buzzer – or security terminal – is the user interface for your access control system and is the feature that individuals interact with when approaching your property.
If you have regular visitors or you are installing a gate for an elderly or disabled person, consider the ease of use and how it may affect others. Security terminals come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so make sure you put yourself through the motions and ask: what would you be comfortable using on a daily basis?

4. DISTANCE FROM YOUR FRONT DOOR

It may seem obvious, but the distance between your access control system and your front door can have a huge impact on the overall purpose of your gate. If you are installing an automatic gate for security purposes, does the distance from your property render the gate ineffective? If you are hoping to install a gate for aesthetic reasons, ask yourself: does the gate compliment the style of my house? Or is the distance far enough from your property not to matter?

If you would like to discuss your own requirements or are considering investing in access control systems, please get in touch with a member of the Broadsword team!

 

 
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4 reasons why you should plan a garden redesign in winter

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Often it’s in the height of summer – when the sun is beaming down and plants are blossoming – that we think about how we want to improve our garden. As we’re sitting outside, we can see what needs doing and what changes we want to make. 

But award-winning garden designer, Michael John McGarr of Warnes McGarr & Co, recommends planning ahead and actually booking in any garden design and landscaping work in winter.

Here are four reasons why:

1. IT’S LESS DISTURBANCE TO YOU AND THE FAMILY

Ensure you get to use your garden in the summer, because if it’s being landscaped, you definitely won’t be able to use your outdoor space. It’s unlikely you’ll be sitting outside in the sun that much in late autumn and through into winter, so it’s the perfect time to begin a redesign.

2. IT’S EASIER FOR YOUR GARDEN DESIGN TEAM

It’s much easier for your garden team to work with a garden when it’s not in full growth mode in the summer. Plants and shrubs will be dying back for the winter, and weeds won’t be growing voraciously. Generally, when there’s less foliage and greenery, it makes your landscapers’ job much easier!

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3. IT’S LESS DISTURBANCE TO WILDLIFE

It’s hard to be a garden designer and not have a love for wildlife and its place in the garden. It’s much better to do a big garden project over the winter when there’s not as much wildlife out and about to disturb.

4. IT’LL PROTECT YOUR PLANTS IN THE LONG-TERM

It’s much better to move and relocate plants and shrubs over the winter when they aren’t growing or flowering. You probably won’t want to keep every single plant, but it’s much kinder to those that you really do want to keep to be dug up and moved around in the colder months.

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