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Keeping your home healthy against mould

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Mould in the home

Mould is a serious issue. It isn’t nice to look at when going about your day and it certainly isn’t doing your home any favours in the long run. Some people think that that a little bit of mould won’t harm them or their home, but it can cause long-term health issues and major structural damage to your home. In order to counter act the effects of mould, you might need to get in touch with a builder and joiner. With that in mind, What Causes Damp & Mould? Here are three ways that you can protect your house against mould growth.

Extractor fans

You should have multiple extractor fan installed in both your kitchen and your bathroom, and make sure that you use them every time you cook or have a bath or shower. Cooking and bathing produce moisture, which then settles on surfaces which causes condensation and ultimately mould. Therefore, using an extractor fan to remove this excess moisture reduces the possibility of Damp In The Home.


Ventilation really helps in preventing mould growth. You need to ensure that there is a good flow of air throughout your house, especially in areas where lots of condensation can build up, such as your kitchen and bathroom. You can do this by opening windows whenever possible, and making sure that all air vents are open and unobstructed.

Dry wet clothes outside

Wet clothes are yet another major source of mould growth in the home. Many people will dry their wet laundry inside, usually either nearby or on top of their radiators. This is a critical mistake to be making. You need your radiators to be unobstructed in order for them to work properly and reduce mould, and putting wet clothes on them simply increases the amount of moisture in the air in your home, causing more mould growth.

If you need any Mould Removal services and would like to get in touch give us a call on 0131 447 5327

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Conservatory & Kitchen Extensions

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When adding improvements to your home it brings new life into a property and simultaneously adds value to property. When thinking about Property Extensions there is always the thought of where to put it and the Cost of Building An Extension to your property.


Kitchen extensions are especially good at adding value and improving your home. Many young families will want the kitchen to be the heart of the property; this goes to show that kitchens really do sell houses!


A conservatory is another option to consider when you want to add extra space to a home. Conservatories can often be cheaper to build to a single storey extension and are a brilliants way to increase living space in the home.

We would recommend checking with the local planning authority before any extension work is commenced as some properties are in a conservation area or their property is listed so they will need permission. If you start Building Without Planning Permission, there would be complications further down the road.

Please get in contact with us to see how we can help to provide bespoke window and door frames for the extra living space you want in your home!

Call us on 0131 447 5327 today!

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Wall & Floor Tiling

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Throughout this blog we’re going to go through what wall & floor tiling entails for the joiner and why it could be a good move to Tile Your Walls & floors.

Tiling work can be done both inside and out, this includes homes of customers, small projects like Tiling A Bathroom Wall or big projects tiling numerous big rooms. Plus, building in all weather conditions. The work is performed on houses, industrial and commercial buildings, churches, and out installations, swimming pools and more.

The work is laid out through drawings similar to architecture, for example, all the measurements need to be marked and set out so that the tiler knows what to do and so that the finished product is of a high standard for the customer.

Why would I need Tiling?

The facts are; you might not need to re-tile your floor / wall(s). However, if you want or need a fresh look for your home or business then you need to ask yourself, Rip out or replace? Both of these are viable options, it just depends on your preference.

Here at George Hardies we offer Tiling Jobs to our customers.

Give us a call on 0131 447 5327 today!


Loft Conversion

Benefits of a Loft Conversion

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The benefits of Converting Your Loft are endless. With lots of home owners increasing the size of their home instead of moving house at the moment, it truly is a great way to optimise space that is readily available. Throughout this article we are going to go into two of the many reasons you should convert your loft.

Increase the value of your home

By creating a habitable space the square footage of your home increases. With that view, in most cases the loft conversion pays for itself in terms of enhancing the value of your home. In fact, Housing Market Research in the past has shown that the house value can increase by up to a huge 20%.
The most obvious advantage to Designing A Loft Conversion is the additional space. You can create an office, an extra bedroom or even a couple of rooms and a bathroom and for some families the added space is a real indulgence.

Planning Permission

The majority of standard extensions and additions to your home require planning permission. Most loft conversions do not need granted planning permission unless it substantially alters the appearance of your home. This can save valuable time and money as opposed to adding an extension to the side, front or read of the house.
By using a professional and reliable company with experience in converting a range of loft spaces, the new room and stairs can really feel like they are part of the original build.
Making your stairs flow and creating them in the same style as the existing stairs can provide you with the impression that the loft room has always been there.
Speak to our Loft Specialists here at George Hardies about converting your loft. Call now on 0131 447 5327

When should you bring in a professional?

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We’ve all been guilty of biting off more than we can chew when it comes to a D.I.Y project, but when should you call in a professional? We’re taking a look at some of the most common interior decorating tasks and when you should pick up the phone and call a professional.

Unless you’re a qualified Joiner & Carpenter or builder, we think anything that involves structural work should be left to the professionals.

Likewise, if you’re dealing with a problem that has the potential to cause structural damage and need dry rot treatment or damp proofing, you should leave it to someone who knows what they’re doing. The worst case scenario is if you’ve don’t get professional help which could make things worse, and you might end up needing to spend more money to correct the faults.

There are things that are you can probably do yourself like painting and wallpapering. But if you can afford to hire help you might find the experience less stressful and time-consuming.

If you need building work done by Recommended Builders UK, contact us here on 0131 447 5327 for a quote for peace of mind and a quality finish.