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YES, this Saturday. 

If you haven't heard about the retreat, we will be spending some quality time with each other and work on each other's businesses. We will be debuting our Moving the Needle workbook, as well as establishing the basis of our private mastermind group for the year.

It's very exciting!

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5 Important Reasons That Steel is the Sensible Choice in Modern Home Construction

Thinking about steel framed structure, people will usually imagine a barn or factory unit, but steel now has a major role in the construction of private homes too. No longer do people balk at the idea of metal being the main structure of their homes, and architects and designers alike are happy to work with it. The benefits for your home are numerous and outweigh the use of wood in many ways. Here are a few of the ways that your home could benefit from a steel framed structure.

Design

 Using steel in your home allows you to be much more flexible with your design, and a major benefit that attracts architects to using it is its strength across a span. Huge room space can be incorporated into a home because the horizontal I-beams are incredibly strong and need no support along their length.  Because of the lack of load bearing walls required inside a home, it also means that redesigning your home in the future is much easier without having to fit supports in your house.

Durability

Steel is a great material to use in construction; it is strong enough to take incredible loads and it lasts much longer than other building materials (25% longer than wood). Unlike the wood that is used so often when building a house, steel will not twist or warp unless it is subjected to massive stresses, the damage to buildings associated with wood shrinkage will be nullified, and it will require much less maintenance. Once you have your steel in place, it will not move or change shape until you want it to.

Speed

Building with steel has huge benefits in relation to the speed of a building's construction. You can have the steel made to your specific designs by a reputable company, like Steel fabrication london By Cannonsteelsltd.co.uk*,while you are waiting to start your project, and they will deliver it as soon as you want to start building the frame. The ease with which the sections are bolted together will also reduce the time spent erecting your frame, meaning that the overall time spent on the build will be enormously reduced

Cost

The scrap generated when building using wood is estimated at being 20% compared to 2% for steel, and that translates into a direct saving on your budget. When you factor in the savings in man hours for the actual construction, and the reduced maintenance because of rot, mildew, and insect attacks, the actual savings can escalate dramatically. This genuine saving is a great way to build a house that you could never afford using wood throughout the construction.

 The Environment

The environment is a huge issue that is facing the world, and using steel in your home means you are being proactive in helping to conserve our resources. There is no cutting down of forests to burden your conscience, and as steel is 100% recyclable, there is no effect from its disposal that harms our atmosphere water supply or soil. One more benefit to the environment is the fact that your steel will have been manufactured in a workshop, and all of the waste will be recycled by them too.

Steel certainly has benefits over wood in the construction of a home, and though the traditional home builder may not agree, steel is probably the building material of the future. All you need to do now is consider your walling material; have you considered steel…?

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*This post is sponsored by an UK company, therefore it contains a link to an UK company. However, there are also many comparable companies in the US, simply one click away with a Google search. 

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Tips on Transforming Your Garden

There is never a sadder sight than that of an unloved, unkempt garden. It’s enough to make anyone weep … well, maybe not, but still, they look bad and so something should be done about it! I’m making a stand, right now. Let me help you turn you garden into a place you can be proud of and want to show off to everyone passing by on the street. 

Let’s Start with an ‘Easy’ One

Clear up some space. If you haven’t given your garden a little TLC in recent years then you might have a build-up of rubbish, from bricks to dead plants, from bin overspill to empty plant pots. Clear this away, cut back some of the encroaching bushes and Triffids and you’ll notice a marked improvement. Your garden will look cleaner and bigger. Once this is done you can start thinking about how else to transform your garden. 

Good Flower Choice

One you’ve cleaned up the place, it’s time to put in some great flowers and plants. The flowers need to complement each other and you don’t want to go crazy. Little is more in my opinion. It’s sometimes nice to do a theme. For instance for the flowers you might like to do red, white, and blue. 

Get a Pool

This is my best advice and this is for two reasons: they look stunning and they are so fun! Now, I’m not going to ignore that pools can be quite expensive, however if you can afford one, really consider going for it. Talk to a company like compass-pools.co.uk* and see what they can do for you. With pools, you could get an infinity pool or even a garden paradise pool, it’s up to you, but they come in all shapes and sizes and so look around and see what’s out there.  

You’ll Always Find me in the ‘Garden’ at Parties

Make your garden is a sociable one. Give it tables, chairs, parasols, cushions, fire pits etc. Make it a really nice place to be in the summer and early autumn. With a few well-placed pieces of furniture you can make your garden a paradise for parties. 

Lighting

Once your garden is looking lovely, with the above suggestions, it’s time to light it up. Get creative, there are brilliant garden lights for sale around the internet and shops and you can make your garden – literally – sparkle with these lights, carefully placed around the garden for optimum effect. 

Try Your Hand at Landscaping

It’s easier than you think. In this context all I mean is to make the floor of your garden standout in places. Don’t just have an expanse of lawn. Try having a tiered effect, or perhaps a slate or pebble shrubbery (my mind wanders to Monty Python’s Knights who say Ni). 

Get on With it!

It’s not difficult to make your garden look good and it shouldn’t cost much. You have to be prepared to work a little, but in the end, trust me; it will all be worth it. 

Images credit 1 Better Homes & Garden 2 Better Homes & Garden 3 Two Thirty Five Designs 4 White and Gold Design 5 Apartment Therapy 6 Pioneer Settler 7 Pinterest


*This post is sponsored by an UK company, therefore it contains a link to an UK company. However, there are also many comparable companies in the US, simply one click away with a Google search. 

We've also set up a Pinterest Board for more landscaping & gardening ideas for you.

What did you think of these ideas? Do you have any ideas for transforming the garden? Share them in the Comment section below.