What To Avoid In A Granny Flat Company

You’ve realised a granny flat is your only option to solve the problems you have space for, but also want to attract a carer, parent or grandma who would love to be able to stay with you while keeping their independence. Great news! The next step should be finding a reputable builder that can get it done cost-effectively and quickly.

However, this isn’t the time when you should be lenient – there are things people tend to completely ignore in all other projects, yet during this one, they pull through without thinking twice. If you want your project not only to succeed but also look nice and operate smoothly, make sure you avoid these mistakes:

1) Not having an open conversation about the layout (and thus the price) of the project.

Having a design and layout clear from the start is important for many reasons. First of all, you don’t have to waste time going over it again and again – something that can be very frustrating with a limited amount of time before work starts. Second, it’s money down the drain if you change your mind or find out there’s a better solution for this or that problem after construction has already begun.

Thirdly, most scammers will try to come up with cheap solutions they know won’t last long but still meet your needs at first sight – imagine buying a handful of nails just to discover they’re too short/thick/long etcetera! In conclusion: always have an idea about what you need and be open-minded to suggestions and changes.

2) Not taking into consideration the safety measures necessary to protect everyone around (and in your home).

There’s a lot of responsibility you will have to undertake once your carer, parent or grandparent moves into your house – which is exactly why it’s important not only to make sure they’ll feel good but also safe. One of the most obvious things one could forget is checking out whether there are any gas/electricity/water meters near their future bedroom and what would happen if anything went wrong with them during the night.

It might seem like something unimportant, yet it isn’t when that happens: just imagine waking up surrounded by flames because your walker didn’t know that after midnight you aren’t able to use the stove/hairdryer/tea kettle/etcetera!

Also, think about how will they open and close the windows – there’s nothing more embarrassing than an old person falling out of a window or trying to push it up with all their might (and most likely failing). Finally, always remember that accidents happen even when we don’t realise it: make sure your parent, grandparent or carer has enough lighting and is well-informed on fire escape routes!

3) Not checking whether their room meets building & safety codes.

Believe it or not, but most building and safety codes were created for good reasons – no matter if those are preventing fires from happening, water leakage in the house or just making sure that carer, parents or grandparents are well-protected against being thrown down the stairs.

As the customer, you have every right to make sure it will be done according to safety codes and if at first, they say it’s impossible because ‘they don’t do this’ – feel free to find another contractor!

4) Forgetting about pricing altogether.

You know things can get tricky when you start thinking about budget. And believe me, there are always ways to cut corners even though you’re trying your best not to – not mentioning how easy it is to end up with a ‘budget renovation’ which equals nightmare time afterwards.

Remember, your building & safety code doesn’t change whether you want a granny flat or a million-dollar mansion – and the similar rule applies to other aspects such as materials, finishes, etcetera.

5) Not having a payment agreement.

One of the most common problems when it comes to building a granny flat is how much money should be paid at which times and for which services etcetera. It’s best if you make a written agreement with your contractor to avoid confusion and misunderstandings later on – plus, no one wants to end up paying twice or getting ripped off!

In conclusion: always have a clear understanding from day one about what price includes/excludes, when will you pay etcetera!

10 Helpful Tips For A Clearer Skin

Many of us have experienced acne in our lives, and it is a truly terrible experience. However clear skin need not be a myth, or out of reach. Luckily some people have found some helpful tips that have allowed them to clear up their skin.

1) Always wash your face with warm water- never hot!

A lot of acne can come from the pores being blocked by dirt and oil on the face. If you allow this buildup to happen then the impurities get backed up into spots on your face which can cause pimples.

The best way to clear these pores is by using warm water- never hot! Warm water helps open up the pores for all of the oils and toxins to be washed away. Hot showers do not help clear the pores, and it can actually make your skin worse.

2) Use honey to clear up spots

Honey is one of the best natural remedies for clear skin because it has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. If you mix equal parts honey and lemon juice together (a tip from dermatologist Dr Jessica Wu ) you will get a very good cleanser that will clear your pores on a deep level.

Leave this mixture on for about 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water to close the pores again. This leaves behind clear healthy skin on the surface of your face without any spots or dryness.

3) Make a vitamin C toner at home

Vitamin C is excellent for clear skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties. If you mix vitamin C powder with rose water (a tip from beauty vlogger Caroline Hirons) then you can make a clear skin toner that will reduce redness, clear up spots and give your face an overall healthy glow.

4) Tea tree oil should be used sparingly

Tea tree oil can clear up spots, but it should only be used in moderation. If you use too much then the tea tree oil will start to dry out your skin which can cause irritation and clear up blemishes even faster. The best way to use this is by mixing a few drops with your moisturiser to clear up spots overnight.

5) Use apple cider vinegar as an astringent

Apple cider is another natural remedy you can use to clear up skin. Apply it with a cotton pad, and leave it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off. This toner will clear your pores by killing the

6) Use cucumber to clear up dark circles under the eyes

Dark circles under the eyes is not just caused by bad sleep, stress or genetics. If you have these dark circles then it means that there is congestion under your eyes. This congestion occurs because of lack of circulation in the blood vessels under the eyes which leads to swelling and puffiness.

You can clear this congestion by placing slices of cucumber on top of closed eyelids for about 10 minutes every few hours. This will clear up the blood congestion under your eyes which will clear up dark circles for good.

7) Use baking soda to clear blemishes

Baking soda is another great natural remedy because of its effectively cleansing properties. If you mix equal parts water with baking soda then you can make a paste that clears any impurities on your face without drying out your skin or causing any irritation (a tip from beauty blogger Farah Dhukai).

Baking soda actually strips away dead skin cells which allows new ones to come through, and also clears away excess oil on the surface of the face which causes acne!

8) Avoid touching your face as much as possible

Touching your face is a clear way to spread dirt and bacteria from your hands onto your face. This can clog up pores, clear up spots and irritate the skin which will make clear skin seem impossible to achieve. It makes clear skin even harder to get because you are constantly irritating it!

9) Switch your pillow cases every week

Pillowcases are clear breeding ground for bacteria, dirt and grime. By switching your pillow case every week you will clear away all the dirty substances that irritate your clear skin before they can cause any problems. 10) Drink enough water This means about 1-1.5 litres

10) Sleep more & worry less!

The general rule of thumb for clear skin is that it requires 8 hours of a rest a night. Getting a clear nights sleep can clear up your skin because it allows your body to rejuvenate and repair the skin cells that have been damaged during the day.

Worrying about acne can cause stress, which in turn causes more acne- so try not to worry! Instead try out these tips for clear skin and you will be left with clear healthy looking skin in no time!

What do you think? Let me know what you think in the comments below.