When you say the words ‘basement flat’, most people probably imagine the same thing: a dark, damp, musty room with lurid artificial lighting and the upstairs property’s bin bags right outside your window. But, in actual fact, basement flats can be comfortable, stylish and spacious, if they are cleverly decorated and lit. While you’re never going to get the flow of sunlight that you would in a normal flat, there are ways to use lighting to brighten up the space in a way that feels natural – creating a cosy, open and breathable living space. So, with that in mind, here are some tips on choosing the best lights for your basement flat. (more…)
Picture this: you’re at work, the kids are at school, and you suddenly get the horrible feeling that you forgot to lock the door to the house. Your heart sinks. You’ve got an important business meeting to attend in 15 minutes, so it’s not possible to make it home in time to check. Then you remember that you can connect with your CCTV from your smartphone and quickly see that everything is in order. Great. You feel instantly relieved, and can now get back to focusing on your meeting. You have peace of mind that your home is secure. (more…)
Creating a futuristic home that can respond to your needs, even when you are not there, is not as expensive and complicated as it sounds. In a matter of years, consumers have seen mobile-controlled heating, lighting and electricity evolve into affordable everyday commodities. Consumer technology hasn’t quite caught up with the artificial intelligence and ‘living’ appliances that are being developed in some laboratories, but it’s not far off. (more…)
When a new customer contacts us about rewiring their home, we can sense an air of trepidation. They have visions of their home being ripped apart from within, leaving expensive damage and a whole lot of mess.
Yes – rewiring can be disruptive, since we need to tackle every single socket and cable. But every home is a different case, and you may find that rewiring is less messy than expected. (more…)
Big energy companies are launching more and more smart home initiatives. British Gas is marketing its Hive thermostat, while Google is behind a rival, Nest. From energy to security, smart home technology is slowly becoming commonplace in our homes. Over the next 5 years, we’ll see more and more devices becoming ‘connected’, and we’ll be able to control more appliances from our phones.
New technology is always great, but will it be cost effective? We’ve looked into the cost of upgrading to modern smart home technology.
Connecting Your Home
Right now, many smart home products use WiFi, which is a very affordable technology. Your phone, thermostat and alarm systems can all connect via your router, and communicate with the outside world via your internet connection. (more…)
If you’re thinking about buying a property, or you’ve recently moved in to your house, you might be aware that the whole thing needs rewiring. Normally, house rewires are picked up on the survey, or in a subsequent electrical safety check. Occasionally, we see conditions imposed on mortgages until the wiring is sorted out.
Rewiring often fills the homeowner with dread; it sounds expensive and disruptive. In actual fact, it’s not a difficult job in the hands of a professional, and it will probably cost less than you think.
What Happens During a Rewire?
Rewiring a house means stripping the electrical cabling and replacing with new, including the sockets that terminate in each room, and the lighting. At the end of the circuits, the new cables need to be properly connected to the consumer unit in the house. (more…)
Home automation was once the stuff of sci-fi movies, and those glossy control panels seemed a rather strange addition to the home. Little could we have known how popular the tablet PC would become, and how versatile it would be in helping us live more efficient life styles.
Automation technology is very affordable and accessible these days, with smart smoke alarms and intelligent ‘learning’ thermostats retailing for a few hundred pounds. Automated home lighting is even more affordable, and offers useful energy efficiency and security benefits. (more…)
Energy companies are under scrutiny due to the high profits they make, yet prices seem to keep on rising regardless. The average UK home now pays £1,200 a year on fuel, yet by the time your Direct Debit’s been taken (and your bills potentially estimated), you might be parting with a fair bit more.
Now more than ever, it pays to economise on your use of gas and electricity. Here are three simple ways to bring those bills back down. (more…)
Going green means making changes in every area of our lives. We may not be able to rebuild our houses or buy a brand new car, but we can make small changes that add up to positive results: walking a bit more, using the right bins, or choosing less harmful products.
When you hire a contractor, think about the impact they’re having on the planet. While some don’t prioritise their green credentials, others make it a priority to cut back on waste and pollution. Many electrical contractors create a large amount of waste and fail to dispose of it properly. (more…)
Wherever you live, finding the right electrician to carry out your work at home, or in the office, can be a veritable nightmare. Unless they come highly recommended by a previous client, you have no idea whether they will be competent, professional or even competitively priced. By the time you have spent hours trawling the internet, coming up with a shortlist and then getting three comparative quotes, you will be feeling understandably frustrated.
Hiring an electrician in a massive city like London can wind up being a headache that we can all do without. So how do you get the right person first time? And how do you avoid the cowboys?
Finding an electrician in London
If you live in the London area, you have literally hundreds – if not thousands – of electricians to choose from. You should be looking for NICEIC Approved Contractors from the off. The NICEIC accreditation means that you’ll already have peace of mind, knowing that they are fully qualified, and have been recognised as providers of safe electrical services.
NICEIC contractors may cover full electrical installations, re-wiring projects, safety checks for older properties, upgrades to homes and business premises and even alarm installations. We don’t recommend hiring anyone who doesn’t show you a valid membership certificate.
The full electrical rewiring package
Whether you have already been through the experience of having work carried out on your home, or this is your first experience, you might be aware that if building work has to be carried out at the same time, it can be a relative nightmare to coordinate the two.
Look for a full building-works package to supplement all of your electrical projects. If you have taken on a home that requires a full refurbishment, or your existing house rewiring needs to be upgraded for the 21st century, try to find competent tradesmen that can turn their hand to other jobs: plastering, heating and plumbing, house extensions, loft conversions, and even painting and decorating to finish off the contract.
If you do this, you’ll get the job done faster, more cohesively, and with fewer risks of delay. After all, if you just have one company travelling across London to help you, you’ll cut back on delays and inefficiency.
Forget your worries
Electrical design and installation work can be complex, time consuming and expensive. That is why you need to get it right first time by choosing a company that you know will carry out the work to a high level finish and at a competitive and affordable price for the London area.
Why run the risk of taking on unregistered or unprofessional tradespeople that have not been rated or recommended? To do so can result in unfinished projects, major losses of time and money and even dangerous safety issues being left unresolved and incomplete.
Make the right choice now. Place your contract with MD Bespoke Solutions to get it right first time. There’s just no need to risk hiring a cowboy electrician in the London area when we have attentive, friendly and experienced staff ready and waiting to help.
Contact us today for more information
We have recently completed a number of projects in London including:-
- Full property rewiring in Kensington
- Fire alarm and flat rewire in Hoxton
- Consumer unit and flat require in Battersea
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