How to prepare your home for autumn

Now that September has arrived and summer is drawing to a close, it’s a great time to carry out some home maintenance. While the weather may still be decent for a few months (you can never really tell with British weather), it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take a leaf out of the Scouts’ book and ‘be prepared’ by getting everything sorted out before it’s too late. That way, when the freezing weather hits, you can rest assured, knowing your home is prepared.  

Draughtproof your home  

Unfortunately, there is no way to escape the British weather (except by moving somewhere exotic, like Spain). However, if dropping everyone and everything you’ve ever known to escape a bit of wind isn’t for you, consider draught-proofing your home. This will prevent the cold from leaking into your home. If you’re not sure where to start, why not enlist help from the experts? If you need assistance draught proofing a home, the Handy Squad’s London handyman service can help. Give us a call at 0800-0 12 12 12, or request a free quote by filling out our online booking form 

Insulate your home  

Similar to draught-proofing, insulating your home can keep you warm. While draught-proofing stops the cold from getting in, insulation stops the warmth from getting out. Not only does it save energy, but good insulation can save you money on your heating bill.  

Related: Tips for insulating your home or office.   

Check on your boilers  

 Checking and repressurising your boiler once every six months is a great way to keep it healthy and extend its life. By keeping your boiler running efficiently, you will also cut down on any potential engineer costs. Depending on the age and type of boiler you have, you’ll need to use a filling key or filling loop (filling hose) to increase the pressure in your system.  

This can be tricky work, so there’s no shame in calling the experts for help. Our plumbers in London are always eager to help.  

Clean the gutters  

If your guttering ever becomes clogged with leaves, this could pose a number of issues. The rainwater may overflow, find its way onto external walls or cavities and create damp or mould.  

Cleaning gutters isn’t a particularly challenging task, but it can be messy, smelly and awkward, with some gutters in hard-to-reach areas. If you aren’t comfortable with heights, it may be a good idea to call a London handyman, as this job requires the use of a ladder.  

Bleed your radiators  

To ensure they are performing to the highest efficiency, it is good to regularly bleed your radiators. Any air trapped inside them prevents warm water from circulating properly, causing your radiator to be warm at the bottom but cold at the top. By removing this air, you allow for full circulation and an even distribution of heat. This is quite a simple task and can be easily completed by following instructions.  

Related: How to bleed a radiator 

Change up your decor  

Perhaps you’re getting tired of your old, worn wallpaper, and you’re thinking of changing things up? Now is a great time to start. Our London-based decorators will be able to hang new wallpaper and transform your home in no time! Is wallpaper not your thing? Our team could paint walls instead!  

Our decorators are polite, professional and fully CRB checked, so you can sit back and relax, knowing you’re in good hands. Our teams of electricians, carpenters, handymen and plumbers can help with any DIY or home improvement tasks. There’s no job too big or small for us. Give our team a call today on 0800-0-12-12-12 and let us know how we can help. Alternatively, request a quote by filling out our online form 

How to transform your patio

Is your patio lacking something, but you can quite figure out what? Do you want to make it stand out, without having to burn a hole in your wallet? Well, you’re in luck! The Handy Squad have put together this list of quick, easy and fun ways to revitalize your patio without breaking the bank. 

Give it a clean 

While it may seem obvious, a simple cleaning of your patio will go a long way. All you need to do is whip out your pressure washer and use slow, left to right movements to expel all the dirt and grime from the pavers. 

If, like many of us, you don’t just have a pressure washer lying around, why not call the professionals? Not only do our team have a large variety of tools, but they can jet wash the patio for you! Why bother wasting your precious evenings and weekends labouring away, when our team can get the job done quicker and more efficiently? Request a free quote today by filling out our online form or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12. 

Pick out the weeds 

Yes, we know this step can be a nuisance. While block paving can look stunning, it runs the risk of weeds growing in the cracks. Weeds are ugly, invasive and can make your patio look as though it has been neglected. For this reason, it’s best to exterminate them. 

The most effective, yet tedious way to remove weeds is by manually picking them out with a picking tool or by hand. Be sure to grab right down to the roots, to prevent them from instantly growing back. 

Another easy method of expelling weeds is pouring boiling salt water on them. It’s a great, natural alternative to weed killers, and is a lot cheaper too. Just remember to only pour the mixture on unwanted plants, and the boiling water will kill whatever it touches. 

Paint the tiles 

One of the most effective ways to completely transform your patio is by switching up the pavers. However, if there’s nothing physically or structurally wrong with the tiles themselves, there’s no point in replacing them. Why not grab a few pots of paints, a paintbrush and let your creativity flow? You could opt for a bold blue or bright red, to add a pop of colour to your garden, or a simple dark grey, for a modern look. Alternatively, you could achieve a stone marble effect by combining black and grey paint, and applying it in layers with a sponge. 

Don’t want to get your clothes covered in paint? Why not let the experts do the job for you? Give your local handyman a call on 0800-0-12-12-12 or request a free quote today by filling out our online form 

Replace the tiles 

If the pavers are broken, chipped or just overall unsalvageable, it’s probably best to replace them. There are hundreds of different stones, tiles and slabs to choose from, all with varying colours, sizes and textures. If you’re lacking inspiration or don’t know where to start, check out our outdoor paving ideas for an eye-catching patio. 

If you need help laying your patio, why not call the Handy Squad? Our team of expert London handymen are polite, professional, fully insured and CRB checked, so you know that you’re in safe hands. We also have teams of electriciansplumbersdecoratorscarpenters and locksmiths, who can help with almost any task.  

Decorate  

Sometimes, the best way to uplift your patio is by letting your personality shine through and adding your own flair. Start by showcasing some of your favourite plants and flowers along the lengths of the patio. If you’re feeling bold, you can mix and match some funky pots, but if you’re going for a more uniform look, opt for matching or themed ones. 

If your patio is still looking bare, why not invest in a nice garden dining set as a focal point? It doesn’t need to be an expensive set – just one that will complement the patio, while also providing a place for you to sit and enjoy the view. 

If you don’t know how to assemble flat pack patio furniture, our team are happy to lend a hand. They can also help with other DIY and home improvement tasks, such as replacing cupboard doorspainting door framesboxing in pipes and replacing tapsRequest a free quote by filling out our online booking form, or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12. 

How to replace a window

Are your windows old, letting in a draft or just desperately in need of a change? It can be an intimidating job to complete, which is why it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re doing it correctly. To help you, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to replace your old windows.

When to change a window

A general rule is to change your windows every 20 years, but you may decide to change it earlier if it no longer fits the aesthetic of your home.

There are a few tell-tale signs that your window needs replacing, for example, draughts and cold spots around the window, problems opening and closing the window and condensation in the interior windowpane.

Not only can some of these issues be a safety concern, potentially leading to mould growth, but some can cost you money. Around 30% of a property’s heat is lost through poorly performing windows, therefore, by ignoring your faulty windows, your energy bill will be a lot higher than it needs to be.

Measuring the window space

Using a tape measure, measure the width of the window, from the left jamb to the right jamb. Repeat the measurement at the top, middle and bottom of the window, using the smallest measurement as your true measurement.

Now, measure the height from the top jamb to the windowsill, repeating this three times at the left, centre and right of the window. Take the smallest distance as your true measurement.

Check the squareness by measuring diagonally across the window from both sides. If there’s a difference of over 1.25cm between the readings, consider contacting a professional.

It is crucial to get these initial measurements right, or you could end up with an impossible task. Too much pressure? Why not leave it to the experts? The Handy Squad’s London handyman service can help you! Request a free quote today by filling out our online form or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.

Buying a new window

Using your measurements, visit a DIY/home improvement store and look around for windows that match the style you’re going for. Alternatively, you could look online.

It’s a good rule of thumb to buy a window around 1.5cm smaller than your existing opening, as it’s easy framing to existing frames to make them smaller.

Removing your old window and frame

Start by removing the inside stops with a thin pry bar, trying not to damage them as they will be reattached later on. You can use a thin blade to score along the edge of the frame if there’s any paint in the way.

Once the stops are out, the inside sash should slide out with ease. Some sashes are connected by a chain or cord, so it’s good to have a friend help with the procedure and cut the sash free.

Slide the upper sash down and remove the parting stop, which is a thin strip of wood that sits against the upper sash, and the sash should slide out easily.

Clean up the remaining frame, removing any old paint or caulk. Check for rotted wood by running a flathead screwdriver along the frame – if there’s any crumbling or soft spots, call a professional to inspect it and potentially install a new frame.

Need a helping hand? There’s no shame in enlisting the professionals. Our decorators in London will arrive with all the necessary tools and equipment to help you complete your task quickly and efficiently. Request a free quote today by filling out our online form or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.

Installing the new window

First, have a friend help you lift the window into the frame to check it fits. There should be a 1.3cm-1.9cm gap around its perimeter, as planned.

Run a single 0.95cm bead of waterproof, exterior-grade caulk along the exterior stops and two beads along the sill, then have a friend help you lift the window into place. Secure the window with a loose screw in the upper jamb.

Open and close the sash to check for levelness and ensure that everything’s working smoothly. If it is, insert a shim between the window and frame next to each predrilled hole, and drill the screws that come with your kit into each hole. Use a handsaw to trim any shims that stick out.

Finishing touches

Hammer three galvanised-finish nails into the left, middle and right of each stop that you put back into place. Go outside and use exterior-grade caulk to fill any gaps that are less than 0.64cm, and use foam-rubber backer rod to fill larger gaps. Apply continuous beads between the replacement window and the existing frame, being sure not to caulk the gap between the sashes and the jambs of the replacement window, or it won’t open.

If you need help with any DIY projects, why not call The Handy Squad? Our team of experts can help with almost any task, such as replacing lights, fixing ceiling cracks and hanging up doors. We can also help with bigger projects, like interior and exterior redecorating and kitchen installations. If replacing your windows doesn’t fix your draught problem, we also offer a draught proofing service. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

How to paint your walls like a pro

Are your walls cracked, peeling or flaking? Is the paint fading over time, leaving you with a dull, lifeless surface? We know how tempting it can be to just grab a brush and start repainting, but it’s important to be aware of some painting fundamentals, which will save you time and effort in the long run. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to paint your walls, just like a pro!

Preparation is key

If you’re painting over old paint, start by filling any holes or cracks. Wash the surface of the hole to ensure there aren’t any dust particles or grease, then use a flexible scraper to work wall filler into the hole. Allow the patches to dry, and sand them down with fine sandpaper. Try to ventilate the area while sanding, and make sure to wear a mask.

Next, using a new piece of sandpaper, sand the entire wall, rubbing in a circular motion. The goal is not to remove the paint, but to add texture, giving the new paint a better surface to bind to. You can also use your sandpaper to remove any peeling paint.

To remove grease, dirt and grubby finger marks, wash down the wall with sugar soap, or a mixture of detergent and warm water, and rinse with plain water after. Be sure to wear gloves, as sugar soap is slightly acidic, and can irritate the skin.

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? There’s no shame in calling the experts. The Handy Squad’s team of London decorators can help with the whole process, from filling cracks in walls, to plaster patch repair and painting. Give your local handyman a call on 0800-0-12-12-12 or request a free quote today by filling out our online form.

Protect your surroundings

Once the wall is dry, start covering switches, sockets, and skirting boards with masking tape. Between coats, remove and reapply any masking tape to avoid the adhesive removing any paint.

Try to move as much furniture as you can out of the room, to avoid ruining it with paint, and to give you a larger area to work in. Change into some old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and lay a sheet on the floor to catch any paint droplets.

Painting

Primer is great for helping new paint stick and stand out while cutting down the number of coats you need to use. It’s essential to use if you’re painting a light colour over a darker one, or the new coat may be drowned by the latter.

Start by mixing your paint and primer with a stirrer – do not shake as this could allow dried paint from the lid to fall into the mix.

Dampen a paint roller with a wet rag and place a pan liner in your paint pan for easy cleaning. Pour your primer into the pan and apply the primer in a ‘W’ or ‘M’ motion on your wall with a roller. This ensures an even coat is applied throughout. Use a smaller brush to work the primer into tight cervices and harder to reach areas. Allow around four hours for the primer to dry.

Before you start with your paint, check that you have enough for your wall and then mix it thoroughly. Grab a new paint liner for your paint pan and pour the paint into it.

Use a small brush to start painting around the edges of the wall and around any sockets or switches, which should be covered with masking tape. Don’t overload the brush with paint, and take your time with it, to achieve a professional finish.

Using a paint roller, paint in ‘M’ or ‘W’ motions, making sure not to go too fast or the paint will splatter.

Once the first coat has dried, it is advised that you add at least one additional coat on top of this, for a good finish. When everything has completely dried, remove any masking tape to reveal your finished wall.

As well as professional decorators, the Handy Squad has an expert team of London plumberselectricians and London carpenters who can help with almost any DIY-related and home improvement tasks.

Additionally, we offer help with bigger projects such as kitchen installations and tiling. If you’re seeking professional advice or want to request a free quote today, you can give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12 or simply fill out the online form.

Adding colour to your garden

With summer just around the corner, we can’t help getting excited. We’ve finally escaped the monotony of winter, and everything is coming back to life. When you’re out in your garden enjoying the sun, wouldn’t it be nice to have a garden that reflected those same feelings of joy and positivity? Here are some ways to ensure that your garden is as bright and cheerful as you are!

Paint the shed

To some, a shed may seem like more of a necessity than an accessory… but why not make it both? It’s a common misconception that sheds should be neutral earth tones to blend in with their surroundings, when in reality, a shed is an opportunity to brighten up your garden. Pastel greens, blues and pinks look delicate and beautiful, and bold oranges and purples make a statement.

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Why not call The Handy Squad? Our team of London Decorators can do the job quickly and efficiently, allowing you and your family to relax, knowing the job’s in good hands. Our team can also paint rooms, hang wallpaper and much more. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

Decorate with plants

Flowers are the easiest and most budget-friendly way to bring your garden to life. There are thousands of variations to choose from and lots of room for creativity. Warm colours such as orange, red and yellow create an upbeat, energetic mood, whereas cool tones like blue and purple create a calm, relaxing environment.

Don’t let your creativity stop at the flowers – you can experiment with different plant pots too! Say goodbye to classic orange terracotta, and hello to colourful, wooden or patterned ceramic pots. Visit your local garden centre for inspiration or paint an old pot yourself!

Colour your fence

Fences are essentially the walls of your garden, so it’s important to include them when redecorating. Adding a trellis to the top of your fence is a great way to introduce colour without repainting, as it allows you to decorate it with climbing flowers or vines.

If you do decide to repaint your fence, remember: hot colours advance (or seem to come towards the eye) and cool colours recede (or seem to go away from the eye). In other words, if you want your garden to appear bigger, opt for cooler colours.

If your fence is discoloured, rotting or just no longer fitting the aesthetic of your garden, it may be time for a new one. Installing a fence can be hard work, so why not leave it to the experts? The Handy Squad’s team of London Carpenters will come fully prepared with all the necessary tools, equipment and materials needed to help build your perfect fence. Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

Garden seating areas

As well as providing you and your family with a place to sit back and relax, garden seating areas often serve as focal points, making them a great place to add colour. If you’re not willing to fully commit to bright, colourful tables and chairs, decorate with bold, statement pillows or a vase.

Bright flooring

The colour of your floor can play a huge role in the overall presentation and feel of your garden, especially since it takes up such a large surface area. Wooden decking can be stained or painted in a variety of colours to stand out and looks great when decorated with plants! Alternatively, a bright patio will lift spirits and improve the overall aesthetic of your garden.

Need some help fitting your patio or flooring? The Handy Squad’s London handyman service can help you! Our team of experts can help with almost any task, such as replacing lights, repairing leaky toilets and hanging up doors. We can also help with bigger projects, like interior and exterior redecorating and kitchen installations. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

How to prepare your home for April showers

It’s finally springtime in the northern hemisphere, which means longer days, blossoming flowers and lots of baby animals! Unfortunately, spring also brings April showers. It’s easy to get distracted by the warmer weather and get caught off guard when it starts to rain. So, here are our top tips on how to prepare your home for April showers.

Check your gutters

During spring, we get to watch trees come back to life and bloom beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, foliage can easily fall into your gutters and clog them up, causing drainage issues.

It’s a good idea to clean them out before the April showers hit, or the rainwater may be blocked by debris and forced to spill over the sides, potentially leading to expensive water-related damages. Alternatively, clogged gutters can lead to sitting water, which can cause rust and algae growth.

It’s possible to clean your gutters yourself with a ladder, some thick rubber gloves and a garden hose. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you can always hire a company to do the job for you.

Check for leaks

After a long winter, it’s important to check your home for leaks. Any structural flaws or damage like holes, cracks and gaps may allow water to seep in, which could result in flooding or mould growth.

On the roof, look for missing, warped, rotting, peeling, broken, blistering, or buckling shingles and fix them immediately. Also, check for loose material or wear around chimneys or vents.

From the inside, keep an eye out for dark spots, sagging, spots where outside light shines through and ceiling cracks.

Got a leak in your roof that you don’t know how to fix? The Handy Squad’s London handyman service is here to help. Our expert team can assist with all your roofing and guttering needs. We can also fix ceiling cracks and repair leaky taps. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

Check sealer

Caulking can crack and shrink during the winter months, so make sure to repair the seal on your doors and windows in time for April showers. Properly sealed windows and doors will also hold cool air in during the summer months, saving you money on air conditioning!

Has your house been feeling cold lately? The Handy Squad’s decorators in London can help reseal all your doors and windows. If this isn’t enough, we also offer a draft proofing service! Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

Flood prevention

If water runs towards your house rather than away from it, you need to solve the grading issues before the spring rain attacks. Try finding ways to divert the water, like installing a French drain. Check that your street drains are working properly and aren’t clogged by any dirt or debris. If you believe a drain is blocked, alert your local council immediately, as it could result in flooding.

Pamper your lawn

After a harsh winter, your lawn may be looking a little lifeless. Refresh your turf by seeding bare patches and removing weeds before they multiply. A well-kept lawn should be flat and even in order to prevent areas of flooding when it rains. It’s also worth servicing your lawnmower – you’ll be using a lot more for the coming months.

Need help with and DIY or home improvement projects? Why not call in the Handy Squad? Our expert team of London Handymen will come fully prepared with all the necessary tools, equipment and materials needed to help you complete any task. Our team can help tile wallsrepaint kitchen cabinets, replace electrical boxes as well as completing bigger projects like bathroom fitting and interior and exterior redecorating Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

Get your home ready for spring

Spring has finally sprung in the UK, blessing us with longer daylight hours and warmer weather. It’s a season of new beginnings and growth – and a great time for us to start preparing our homes for summer.

Paint interior walls

As spring approaches, we see nature coming back to life. Trees blossom, flowers bloom and dull leaves turn bright orange. All this change is likely to leave you itching to brighten up your home with a pop of colour! Repainting your interior walls is a straightforward way to renovate your home, and leaves plenty of room for creativity.

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Why not call The Handy Squad? Our team of London Decorators can do the job quickly and efficiently, allowing you and your family to relax, knowing the job’s in good hands.

Reseal your windows and doors

Since caulking can crack and shrink during the colder months, spring is the best time to repair the seal on your doors and windows. Also, properly sealed windows and doors can hold cool air in during the summer months, saving you money on air conditioning!

Repave your driveway

Your front garden is the first aspect of your house that any guests or passers-by see – so why not make a good first impression? Over the winter months, ice, mud and tire rust can wear down your patio, so spring is the perfect time to restore it.

Whether it needs a fresh coat of patio sealer or a brand-new look, our London handyman services are here to help. At the Handy Squad, we can help with anything from odd jobs, to plumbing and electrics. Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

Make use of garden space

It’s that time of year where we all experience a sudden urge to spend time in our gardens, making the most out of the beautiful weather. Luckily for you, there are hundreds of ways to improve your outdoor space without spending a fortune.

You should start with some basic maintenance; pull out any weeds that are poking through the soil and remove fallen leaves and twigs. Next, mow your lawn and trim any surrounding bushes. Once you’ve taken care of the essentials, you can start to bring your garden to life with vibrant flowers, wind chimes or even a birdbath.

It’s also a good idea to assess your outdoor space for any damage such as broken fences, peeling paintwork, or a run-down shed. Fixing these problems would immediately improve the appearance and feel of your garden.

Need help putting up a new fence or repainting a shed? Why not call in the Handy Squad? Our expert team of London Carpenters will come fully prepared with all the necessary tools, equipment and materials needed to help you achieve your perfect garden. Our team can also tile wallsrepaint kitchen cabinets as well as completing bigger projects like bathroom fitting. Request a free quote by filling our online booking form.

How to organise your garage and shed

Have you used your garage and shed to dump unwanted clutter? Now spring has arrived, it’s time to Marie Kondo your storage. Get ready for the warmer weather with our simple organisation tips for your garage and shed.

Declutter

The first step to organising should always be committing to a de-clutter. Make two piles on the lawn of things to keep and things to throw away. Letting go of items that are old or you don’t use is the best way to free up space. If there’s anything in good condition, donate to a charity shop or pop it online to sell for some extra pennies.

Clean floors

Once the shed or garage is empty, you can clean the space. For the floor, a stiff bristle brush is perfect as it can grab stones, dried mud and other hard debris. Finish off by vacuuming the remaining dust. Putting down rubber runner mats is a great way to make cleaning outhouse floors easy. Simply whip them out for a quick vacuum when needed.

Sort out shelving

Spruce up rusted metal or weathered wooden shelves by sanding them down. Then, to make your clean last longer, touch them up with a fresh coat of rust-resistant paint or wood varnish.

Get organised

The key to organising your shed is shelving. Utilise all types such as wall, ceiling or free-standing shelves to make the most of the space. You can also put hooks on the wall for quick access to garden hand tools. For larger tools, a wall-hanging tool rack will help free up some floor space. If you need help putting up wall-mounted hooks and shelving, hire a handyman in London, The Handy Squad.

To organise smaller bits, you can utilise plenty of garden items. Old paint pots, buckets or plant pots can all be used as storage. Pop anything from paintbrushes, shears or bulbs inside.

Make rummaging through your shed a breeze by sorting everything by groups. Have dedicated spaces for painting, gardening and DIY tools. Always make sure to store sharp and harmful tools out of children’s reach.

Next, organise by how frequently you use items. Stuff you use regularly like a bike or lawnmower need to be accessible, at the front. Keep anything you hardly use towards the back. You can conveniently grab what you need, without making a mess.

Decorate

Now the organising is done, why not finish the job by revamping the exterior. A lick of paint or some outdoor lighting will make your shed feel like a whole new place. The Handy Squad can help you out with all your decorating needs.

These organisation tips were brought to you by London Cleaners, TidyChoice, an online platform for domestic cleaning services. TidyChoice provides one-off, regular cleaning and housekeeping services. Head to their blog for more great organisation tips.

Outdoor paving ideas for an eye-catching patio

Do you want your garden to look great all year round? The perfect patio can blur the boundaries between inside and out, transforming your garden into an elegant continuation of your interiors. Once installed, patios are long-lasting and require very little maintenance.

Shape and sizes

When searching for paving slabs for your patio, it’s easy to play it safe and fall into the trap of only considering identical, square or rectangular slabs. Although there’s nothing wrong with that particular style, it’s worth thinking outside the box and checking out the other options. Creating a sophisticated patio doesn’t have to be boring. Curved or diamond slabs can create a playful yet smart design while using several misshaped tiles can create a mosaic look.

Need some help choosing or fitting your patio? The Handy Squad’s London handyman service can help you! Request a free quote today by filling out our online form or give us a call on 0800-0-12-12-12.

Textures

Paving slabs come in a wide range of textures, allowing you to perfectly match them to the aesthetic of your property. For a traditional, rustic garden, consider natural stone in dark neutral tones, and for a contemporary garden, try smooth, glossy porcelain slabs for a sleek look. Make use of free samples to help you experiment with different textures and discover which look best compliments your garden. Remember, if your garden space isn’t sheltered, opt for a non-slip finish, to minimise the chance of an accident.

Colours and patterns

Before choosing a colour, consider the theme of your house and whether you want it to continue to your garden. If your interior is modern and neat, white slabs would be perfect for continuing on the aesthetic. However, mud and dirt easily stand out on a white background, so your patio will need to be cleaned fairly often to maintain its opulence.

For a more exciting, child-friendly space, why not use colourful or patterned slabs? Painting old, plain patios is an easy way to brighten up your garden and give the slabs a new chance at life.

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Our decorators in London will work with you to help you create your dream patio. Our team can also paint front doors, repair cracks on walls, gloss skirting boards and plaster patch repair. Request a free quote by filling out our online booking form.

Pebbles, gravel and small stones

Filler stones can be great to decorate the gaps between individual pavers and lawns. They come in a variety of colours and sizes and can be used to solve drainage issues. They’re quick, easy and can be bought by the bag, making this a great DIY project.

It’s important to make sure that the stones are stable enough not to fly around every time someone steps on them – this can quickly make your patio look messy. To prevent this, add filler stone to the gaps in the pavers at a slightly lower height than the slabs, preventing them from overflowing. Smaller slabs should be bordered with smaller stones, like pea gravel or decomposed granite, whereas bigger slabs with bigger gaps should be filled with bigger stones, like Mexican beach pebbles.

Accessorise

Bring your patio to life by adding lights, plants and maybe a few chairs! Adding lights allows you to enjoy your beautiful patio at night. But don’t worry – you don’t need to run electricity out to your garden, try using solar-powered lights. As well as charging themselves, these lights will turn on automatically as it starts to get dark, meaning you don’t have to worry about manually turning on each one.

Adding plants can break up the monotony of any single-coloured patio and will add texture and delicacy, creating a cosier, homely space. Hostas are great for shady patios, and look beautiful in pots, containers or when planted directly into the ground. Other plants good for softening the edges of a patio include lavender, catmint and pulmonarias.

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How to paint a wooden shed

Are you looking for an easy way to add style and personality to your garden? Why not give your old, run-down shed a new chance at life with a fresh coat of paint? This simple renovation can transform your back garden into the bright, sophisticated living space that you deserve.

Colour scheme

First, decide on what colour you’re going to use. If you’re looking to blend your shed in with the garden landscape, muted blues, greys and greens are a great choice. However, if you’re looking to make a statement and have your shed as a focal point, opt for more bold, dramatic colours, like pink and orange. If you can’t decide, a general rule is to choose a colour that accents your garden but complements its surroundings.

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Preparation

Using a stiff bristle brush, clean the surfaces of your shed. Make sure to remove all moss, dirt and debris, or it could stick out beneath the new paintwork. Wrap sandpaper around a block and scrape to remove any old, flaky paint from the panels.

Place down a protective sheet, to prevent paint from dripping onto the grass/floor and tie back any plants that may get in the way. Using masking tape and newspapers, cover any windows, locks, handles and anything else that you want to protect.

Change into comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on, and put on some gloves to protect your hands.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before painting a shed, as you don’t want to get disrupted by rain or snow.

Painting

Stir your paint mix thoroughly, then start to coat your shed from top to bottom. Using either a brush or a roller, go from one side to the other on each panel, following the grain of the wood. Use a smaller brush to go over any details, such as trimmings and vertical edges.

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Finishing touches

Leave the shed to dry, then consider adding a second coat if necessary. Remove all masking tape and protective sheets and check out your stylish new handiwork. Don’t forget to snap a picture and show all your friends your garden’s new edition!

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