Do I Need Planning Permission for an American Barn?

All You Need to Know Before Building an American Barn

Within this article, we will aim to answer the question on whether you need planning permission to build an American Barn on your property. We will examine the different rules and regulations and give you the most information you can digest that will help you with deciding whether you are able to build an American barn. Keep on reading below for the answers. American barns have become a lot more popular in the UK and they are becoming more visible. They offer your animals protection from the elements and give a sense of added convenience with your horses needs being able to be addressed all in one covered area. The rules and laws are different and have many different variables as we will discuss below.

What are your permitted development rights?

These are actually your right to build, develop, excavate, extend and carry out engineering work on certain properties without having to go through the whole planning permission process. These individual rights are in detail in a statutory instrument (No 418,1995) known as the Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order of 1995.

Development that is approved and permitted on property that is 12 acres or more of agricultural land is known as class A development. This gives you the rights to build, extend or alter a building including excavating or engineering operations that may be needed for the purpose of agriculture within the building.

A Typical American Barn Timber Frame Structure. Image credit: Off Grid News

The American barn building has to be below 5000 square feet. Since you will want to be keeping your horses in the barn it will have to be at least 400 meters away from the nearest non-agricultural building. But permitted development doesn’t include stabling, so you will have to apply for planning permissions to change the usage for your equestrian needs.

When it comes to planning an American barn it can be a grey area and will depend upon where you are located and what the rules and regulations are. Above all else, it is advised that you visit and talk to your local borough councillor who can give you advice that may help you in your quest for planning permissions to build your American barn. Also be careful when you pick your parish council meeting because you do not want to fall short of your goal in being able to get the rights to build the barn.

The main element from our experience suggests that the key to arguing that a barn should be allowed to be built will fall under the permitted development rights. Being able to build a strong planning and architectural case is essential. It must be that it leads the planning officers through the complex aspects of the legislation. Your building must meet the clear criteria that must be met. If your American barns do not meet all of the criteria, then it will be less then likely to get a secured permitted development permission.

The Interior of an American Barn is Warm, Dry & Comfortable. Image credit: Decorating Decor & More

Some of the major aspects that will affect your ability to get planning permissions for an American barn include such things as whether it will affect the environment, whether it will change the natural beauty of the landscape, whether it will interfere or be a nuisance to roads or highways among other things. Being able to be in harmony with the environment will be a factor on whether you can get permissions for building an American barn.

Another key factor about the issues related to the American barn is the stables that will hold your horses. If you did not have stables you would not have the problems associated with having to apply for planning permissions. You may or may not be allowed and given permissions. It really depends on where you live and what area of the UK that you are situated in. Living on agricultural land will give you more rights and freedoms when it comes to building but you will have to follow the rules and recommendations of your local government agencies.

Whatever you do, don’t build without the proper planning permissions. If you were too they would be allowed to tear down your barn. Above all else approach the process of applying for permissions with as much detail about your plans and make sure you do your research to appease the council so that they rule in your favor. Ultimately American barns are a great way to store and house your horses. The rights and permissions are different depending on where you live. You will have to follow the rules above all else.

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How to modernise an old kitchen by changing the hardware & handles

A Budget Friendly & Effective Kitchen Upgrade

How many times did you open and close that kitchen cupboard to get out plates and dishes? And what about that drawer where you store your utensils and cutlery? There is no doubt that certain doors and drawers are opened and closed more than others and chances are the hardware may need to be replaced after a certain number of years. Likewise, the knobs or handles may have lost their original appeal, become loose or discoloured and aged with continual use. It’s time for a change!

There’s Dozens of Kitchen Handle Options to Choose From. Image credit: DKB

So, have you ever considered modernising your kitchen by installing new hardware, handles and knobs? These seemingly small accessories are actually very important for your kitchen’s finished look as well as its ease of use. Besides, you will be amazed at the considerable difference new handles and knobs could have on your kitchen’s look and style. And the best thing about it is that it is not going to cost you a lot, and neither take you a lot of time.

It is important to remove the old handles and knobs carefully so as not to scratch the door or drawer. Count how many you will need, and add some extra ones to keep as replacements just in case.

Make sure to take one of each with you to the store where you will be buying the new ones. This is because ideally you retain the same size for ease of installation. Remember that there are the holes on the doors and drawers, and as much as possible you should use match them up to the new handles as well to prevent unnecessary drilling and filling. In such a way you would be making your life much easier as otherwise you might have to fill up the holes and apply wood filler of a similar colour, in the hope that it is not visible. Obviously this is easier said than done, especially for some materials.

During shopping for new hardware, it’s a good idea to take a photo of your kitchen with you so as to try to complement the style of the handles with the colour of the units. You are going to find countless styles of handles and knobs to choose from, and so it is normal to end up a bit confused. Just try to focus on the most important aspects, namely, the size, the material and the colour. Handles and knobs need to be durable as they are going to be grabbed and pulled countless times. So you need to look for a proper size, a comfortable grip and a durable material. Ideally stay away from styles which comprise a lot of intricate carvings as this will end up rather unhygienic since in a kitchen dirt and grime is normal.

When installing them, you will need to be careful. The screw will need to be long enough for the thickness of the door or drawer. Also, make sure that they fit well and sit flush with the backside of the door or drawer. Twist tightly so as to avoid wiggly results after a while.

Soft Closing Mechanisms Can Be Added to Doors & Drawers. Image credit: Alibaba

Replacing the door hardware goes hand in hand with replacing the handles. The hinges especially will need to be replaced after some time and there are some awesome soft closing mechanisms on the market that will give you that added luxurious soft closing feature as well. With new hardware, handles and knobs, the room will get a a much needed breath of fresh air and the finished look will be a transformed kitchen to be proud of!

What To Consider When Buying Running Shoes For Knee Pain

Minimise joint discomfort with appropriate running footwear

Knee pain is common to most people who run and most athletes have knee problems at least once every year. When you have a knee pain it will prevent you from not only running but also performing your daily activities. The severity and location of the knee pain depend on the involved structure and the signs include stiffness and swelling of the knee, popping sounds, instability, fever and impossibility to straighten the leg. There are different causes of knee pain such as poor alignment of the lower proximity, an over pronated foot, torn ligaments or arthritis.

Medication and rehabilitation of the knee are some of the best ways to help do away with the pain but you need to have the right choice of running shoes to solve this problem. Whatever shoe you wear while running has a great impact on the load you put on the knee joints, hence making the knee pain better or worse. When buying running shoes for knee pain you should consider the following:

Take a Gait Analysis

First have your gait assessment done so that you get to know your foot pronation, i.e. over pronation, supination or neutral. For over pronation, where the foot rolls inward as you run there is excess pressure on the knee joints so you will need to buy motion control or stability running shoes. These kinds of shoes have a hard thick material at the arch point which acts as a support and provides great amount stability hence the foot will not roll inwards. This is most popular with many athletes.

A Simple Wet Test Using Water & Paper. Image credit: Cork Orthotics

Supination is where the foot rolls outwards when running so the best shoes are those that offer flexibility and cushioning the foot. Don’t get stability shoes as they can exaggerate the rolling outward motion which could cause excess knee pain and other problems. For people with neutral pronation, buy stability shoes, but not motion control shoes. If you will be running on an uneven ground, you may need to buy a shoe that has extra cushioning

Get the Correct Cushioning

Buy a well-cushioned shoe which will help prevent shock to the knee as they absorb the impact of your foot on the ground. Mizuno running shoes are a very popular brand with runners who experience knee pain.

When you wear a well-cushioned shoe you will feel as if you are walking on air or on a pillow which is the best for your knee as the shoes give a great padding, support stability, and comfort. Some shoes have extra padding on the tongue and collar for additional comfort.

The soles should be well constructed. The midsoles should be firm enough so that they reduce over pronation, where people have low arches. It should be designed in a way it gives you a soft underfoot feeling as you run. The outer soles are made of rubber which is long lasting and it offers great traction and grip which will prevent you from slipping as you run. The grooves in the soles allow your foot to naturally move through the gait cycle. Having a stable heel and midsole will reduce the foot arch which will help prevent over pronation.

Mizuno Wave Inspire are great running shoes to lessen knee pain. Image credit: Wiggle

If the special shoe doesn’t help then you will need to have supportive orthotics which will help get your foot maintain alignment well. See a podiatrist orthopedist and they will help you know which position brings about knee pain by taking your feet models in different positions. They will then create for you custom insoles which will help align the ankle and foot hence reduce the pain.

The upper shoe part should made of a mesh material which allows your feet to breathe as you run and the inner lining should be able to keep the feet dry and cool.

Talk to an Expert

No one shoe is meant for all runners so buy your shoes in a running specialty store and get to try various brands and types of shoes so as to get which works for you.

Make sure you replace your running shoes after 300 miles so that you avoid poor alignment, which is caused by broken down shoes.

If you get proper footwear then you will not have a problem going about your daily activities and you will not be slowed down by knee pain.

How to waterproof plywood sheets

Protect your plywood from dreaded delaminating

Plywood is a very commonly used material for both residential as well as commercial projects. Many DIY woodworkers prefer to use plywood because it is easy to build and to assemble with, apart from the fact that it is really affordable when compared to other materials. Plywood is also used for underlayment purposes, for siding, and even for subfloor installations.

Considering all these applications, it is important to appreciate the longevity of plywood. Unfortunately it is a known fact that plywood is susceptible to moisture. Should it come into contact with water or moisture over time, it could easily start to deteriorate and the laminations with split. This is because it will start to rot, develop mould and destroy the adhesives that hold it together. Therefore it’s important to waterproof plywood sheets so as to avoid this from happening, while also increasing their life expectancy considerably.

Plywood showing early signs of water penetration. Image credit: Angie’s List

Since plywood is a laminated material, it accepts waterproofing easily. Plywood is basically made by gluing layers of wood together and then it is finished by applying veneer. Plywood is in fact comprised of several different layers of veneers which are glued together at right angles. As there are several layers, this leads plywood to end up being more vulnerable to water and moisture damage. Should plywood be exposed to water, the glues will end up disintegrating. As the wood will begin to rot, the layers will peel away from each other over time. Thus, waterproofing plywood is critical.

Waterproofing with latex & oil based sealants

There are various types of waterproofing that can protect plywood. The most common type is the paint or spray-on liquid latex. Another form of plywood sheets waterproofing is by using penetrating oils and sealers.

Before applying the waterproofing material it is best to wipe the sheets and sand them. When wetting the plywood sheets, its grain will raise slightly. Then when the surface dries, it is important to sand the sheets lightly using a 100 or 200 grit sandpaper, in order to sand that grain back down and get a smoother surface for the waterproofing material to be applied on more effectively.

There’s many plywood waterproofing products on the market. Image credit: homedit

Flip the plywood panel over so as to apply the waterproofing material onto the other side. It is also very important to apply the waterproofing to all of the edges of the plywood sheet as the aim to create an impermeable surface. In fact the edges tend to be more exposed and they may naturally end up wicking up water. As a general rule of thumb it would be best to apply several coats of the waterproofing material, until it seems that they can take no more. Allow the solvents to evaporate between one coat and another. Generally three coatings tend to be enough.

As soon as the liquid latex dries up it will look and feel just like plastic. This is the protective layer which will safeguard the plywood sheets from moisture, water and other elements as well.

When the paint is used, it can be applied quite easily by using a roller. In fact rollers facilitate the process considerably. One can also use a brush too. In case of the spray-on option, it is best to use an electric sprayer that is used for paint in order to facilitate the application process, as well as ensure an even application. If you will be using a waterproofing material such as linseed oil, this can be applied using a brush or even a rag. With an oil-based waterproofing material, brushes tend to offer the best possible coverage.

It is best to use sawhorses so as to keep the plywood sheets at a reachable level. It is also best to carry out this waterproofing process outdoors since there will be fumes present. When one is outdoors the fumes will evaporate quickly.

Plywood is a very good building material, and it is also a very cost effective option if you were to compare it with other materials. However it is really important to waterproof it. Even though there are different grades of plywood, with different glues that hold the veneers together, they all tend to be susceptible to moisture. They will have varying degrees of water resistance, but it is still highly advisable to have them undergo the waterproofing process as this will greatly help in increasing the lifetime of the plywood. This will significantly prolong the useful life of what you will be building with the plywood sheets, especially if you are aware that these will be placed in a place where water is present. Plywood can even be used outdoors if it has been properly waterproofed. Speak to your local plywood supplier who can help advise you on the best grade and thickness of plywood for your next project.

How to Observe the Moon for Beginners

While the Moon might appear to be serene and peaceful, this was not always the case. The Moon bears the scars of a violent bombardment of the inner solar system by meteors, comets, and other large pieces of rock that ended about 3.8 billion years or so ago, but the good news is that the presence of these scars offers novice star gazers an excellent opportunity to learn how beginners can use an astronomical telescope to best effect. Here is how to get the best views of the Moon.

Manage magnification

Image credit: en.wikipedia.org

Image credit: Wikipedia.org

The image above shows the Moon magnified by ±50 times, which is good for getting the “big picture”, but to see smaller details like individual craters, you need to increase the magnification considerably. However, magnification is probably the single biggest problem novice star gazers have to learn to master, since high magnifications are not always better.

It must be remembered that telescopes do not magnify images. Telescopes only gather light, on the principle that the bigger the mirror or objective lens is, the more light the instrument gathers. Magnification takes place in the eyepiece, with the focal length of the eyepiece determining the degree of magnification, but high magnifications reduce the field of view, which means that at excessive magnifications, an object, or feature on the Moon can break down and become invisible.

Clearly then, there must be a happy middle ground, or magnification at which an object becomes visible, without either getting distorted, or the field of view becomes so small that not all of the object fits inside the field of view. Moreover, as the field of view becomes smaller as magnification rises, all movements of the telescope are magnified as well. For instance, if the telescope’s tripod is not steady and prone to transmitting vibrations to the tube, these vibrations can be magnified to the point where the image becomes so unstable that no detail can be made out.

Nonetheless, the Moon is able to “tolerate” high magnifications better than any other celestial object, which means that magnifications of up to about 200× times can be used to pick out smaller objects and features, such as the central peaks in major craters.

Observe the Moon at the right time

Image credit: www.britannica.com

Image credit: Britannica.com

The problem with the Moon is that it can be so bright that an image can be washed out because the telescope gathers too much light. The image above is a perfect example of what happens when the Moon is fully illuminated by the Sun. Because sunlight strikes the Moon straight on, much of the light is reflected straight back at the observer, which does not make for an enjoyable viewing experience.

Therefore, the trick in observing the Moon lies in looking at those parts of the Moon that are not fully illuminated, such as the area around the terminator, which is the area on the Moon where light transitions into darkness. In this area, sunlight strikes the Moon obliquely, and the resulting shadows have the effect of accentuating details that would otherwise be drowned out in the Sun’s glare.

Consider the image above that clearly shows the terminator, along which details of craters are clearly visible at a relatively low magnification. Nothing can be seen to either side of the “grey zone”, but with some practice, the same level of detail can be seen as the instrument is made to track the progression of the terminator.

However, because the Moon “wobbles” in its orbit (that is inclined with respect to the both the ecliptic and the earth’s equator) around the Earth, sunlight strikes the Moon at different angles at different times, meaning that in practice, an object that was visible close to the terminator today might not be visible a few days later.

More tips and tricks

As a general rule of thumb, the best time to view the Moon is during the two “quarters”, which is when only about 25% of the Moon’s disc is illuminated, but even then, there are many factors that can influence an observing session- and not always in a good way. Therefore, to prevent disappointment, here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind to enhance you viewing experience.

Mask off your telescope

If you are using a big telescope, say, a 10-, or 12-inch reflector, limit the instruments’ light gathering ability by masking off some of the aperture, even during times when the Moon is not fully illuminated. Simply cut a hole of about 5-6 inches in diameter in a piece of cardboard, and tape the mask over the telescopes’ open end. However, leave enough room for some light to pass around the secondary mirror- if the hole is too small you won’t see anything, so experiment with masks until you find a configuration that offers the best views.

Orient your view

Image credit: Philippe Tosi

Image credit: Philippe Tosi

Can you spot what’s wrong with the image of the Moon as shown above? In this case, the crater Tycho, the bright spot at the top of the globe with the bright ray patter emanating from it, is in the “wrong” place. Some telescopes invert images, so if you have never seen the Moon through a telescope before, your first view might not be what you expected to see: depending on the number of optical elements (mirrors and/or lenses) in the instrument, you might see the Moon upside down, or even mirror-reversed, which can be somewhat disconcerting.

Thus, when you purchase your first telescope, ask the dealer how you will see objects through it, because seeing the Moon upside down might make it vastly more difficult to learn to find your way around the thousands of craters, mountains, rilles, and other objects that make the Moon one of the most fascinating objects in the solar system.

Arboriculture Assessments: Preserving & Managing Trees

Keeping our green spaces maintained and protected

The British Standard that relates to trees and development, stipulates that an Arboricultural Impact Assessment needs to be prepared after a tree survey has been carried out. These recommendations in relation to demolition and construction works are important as trees are very often affected by such projects and activities. As such the purpose of arboriculture assessments is to provide a written account of the various effects that any tree loss would imply should it have to be carried out for any form of development. The various issues that would need to be addressed will also be listed.

Apart from this arboriculture assessments are considered to be very useful tools to provide an assessment of the value of the particular trees in the wider landscape. The impact of any statutory controls will also be highlighted, along with any mitigation procedures that might be considered suitable. Any concerns that the local authority might have over any aspect of the development will also be addressed in arboricultural assessments.

Protected Tree. Image credit: Save Our Woods

Protected Tree. Image credit: Save Our Woods

Thus it is evident that having an arboricultural specialist carry out an evaluation and then prepare an arboricultural impact assessment to support the documentation for the submission of a development proposal is essential. Most likely if one tries to submit such a proposal, without a supporting arboricultural assessment, this will be requested by the authorities.

Actually an arboricultural assessment is considered to be the first step in the preparation of a more detailed development and management plan. Basically if a development is going to be proposed in an area where there are trees on the site itself, or even in the vicinity, such an assessment is basically a must. The arboricultural specialist that you hire for such a task should be experienced and professional as the survey needs to be carried out thoroughly, and to do this properly experience as well specialised tools and software is required. The arboricultural specialist will go on the potential development site and carry out a thorough survey of the trees, along with an evaluation of the most feasible protection measures to be in accordance with the rules and regulations relating to construction works. This can increase the chances of having the planning permission granted.

Particular emphasis will be placed on tree risk assessments. This is required so as to assess the likelihood of a tree falling in a given period of time, as well as to evaluate the targets that could be at risk should it really end up falling.

Protected Pine Trees Killed. Image credit: The Telegraph

Protected Pine Trees Killed. Image credit: The Telegraph

Arboricultural assessments play a key role in securing the safety of trees, most of which are mature trees that make up a part of our heritage in Kent landscape. These need to be conserved as much as possible, without unnecessarily restricting development works. A balance needs to be struck between urban development and the trees because both are important.

Arboriculture assessments and constraint plans, coupled up with tree risk assessments are of utmost importance. An arboricultural consultant will also offer advice on demolition and construction works that may need to be carried out in the proximity of trees or in tree protection zones. Advice will also be given when it comes to the management of woodlands and specimen trees. In case of tree preservation orders, an arboricultural consultant’s advice is also considered indispensable. Arboricultural assessments are carried out in accordance with the British Standard BS5837:2012, and the way it is carried out is somewhat standardised since it needs to take into account the trees’ particular arboricultural, ecological, landscape and cultural values. Their estimated remaining contribution is also taken into consideration.

Simply put, arboriculture assessments contain an appraisal of the situation of a site and the trees on the site and within its proximity, at the pre-construction stage. The arboriculture assessment will also detail the trees’ health and the potential impact that a construction project or development could have on the trees and vice versa, by the trees on the finished structure, should it be approved and completed. Recommendations are thus made on possible protection measures to be implemented during the construction work, and guidance on specialist construction methods for any structures that will be close to the trees. Professionally presented arboricultural assessments, along with tree constraint and protection plans thus need to be given importance to help in the permission for a proposal to be granted.

Top Tips On Getting Your Bespoke Kitchen Designed & Fitted

There are many people who still don’t understand the importance of setting up the kitchen appropriately when moving or building a new home – until they actually start using the kitchen on a daily basis and realise their mistake!

This makes a lot of people decide to give their kitchens a luxury refurbishment after a few years. However, with all the time and money lost, they keep wondering why they did not pay more attention to the kitchen and its fittings when it was time for it. Hence, the chances of repeating such renovation more than twice or thrice in one’s lifetime are slim – mostly because redoing a kitchen is a costly affair.

Considering The Costs Of Bespoke Kitchens And Fittings

The present economic situation puts a lot of people’s budget on a constraint. However, bespoke kitchens in London can be found without spending thousands of dollars on high maintenance kitchen appliances. All you need to do is to look for simple, bold and valuable appliances that will save you the time. You can stick to lamination on your kitchen cabinets and counters with water resistant and heat proof materials and still ensure that your kitchen fittings are bespoke.

Utilising Your Space: Things You Need To Know

Knowing how to utilise your kitchen space is important while fitting your appliances. Ideally, a spacious kitchen is the only answer to fitting all the appliances. However, there are practical solutions you can consider – and in general, accommodate your basic appliances such as a refrigerator, a microwave and a sink.

It is also important to have a good ventilation system nowadays to save your home from the smoke and smell that may result from cooking. A properly fitted vent in your kitchen is therefore not a privilege, but something you definitely need.

The best way to utilize your kitchen space and make most of your fittings is to always leave the ground free of things. That way, you will make your kitchen space easier to move around and design it for easy cleaning – with no things piled up on your floor.

The most practical advice you can use when utilising your kitchen space is to use as many shelves as you can – therefore leveraging your wall space as much as you can. Cabinets can be fitted at an appropriate height – but you must make sure that they stay away from the heat and grime.

Kitchens & Fittings: Styles And Designs

You can find the perfect fitted kitchen for your home by consulting with an experienced and knowledgeable interior designer. Instead of doing things of your own and risking this job, an interior design contractor can help you choose the best style for your kitchen and fit all the appliances so that you use the space in the most economic way.

For example, the L-shaped kitchen appliances are known to save the maximum volume of space in your kitchen, while the gutter kitchen has the opposite effect. Tips and tricks like these can save you – however, they are very related to the availability of space in your kitchen.

Choosing Suitable Lighting For Home

Aside from utilising the space in the right way and making sure that you go for a great kitchen design, your kitchen can fail to deliver the ‘wow’ effect if there is no lighting that accents your kitchen’s best features accordingly. The truth is, even if your kitchen holds many fittings and appliances – without proper lighting, it is definitely not worth your money.

Therefore, choosing a number of small and top-quality lights spaced evenly in your kitchen achieves the expensive look you are aiming at. However, making sure that these lights are practical for cooking, cleaning and searching for things ‘in the dark’ is a consideration you must have in mind.

The Final Word

Ash kitchens, oak kitchens, knotty pine kitchens, in-frame kitchens, painted kitchens and a lot more… these are among the most popular choices for kitchens and fittings you can consider.

However, making sure to work with a professional interior designer or decorator should be on top of your list. That way, you will get professional advice that transforms in the best treatment and the greatest return on your investment.

Family Solicitors & The Services They Offer

Family solicitors are those who specialize solely or mainly in family law matters. This includes divorce, separation, annulment, and other matrimonial issues. Such cases are very difficult as emotions come into play, and things become even more problematic when kids are involved.

Before hiring a solicitor in Kent, you need to make sure that you find one who not only specializes in family law but also one that you can afford. The fees charged by family solicitors vary a great deal. Nobody likes to pay thousands but this is often what happens in legal services. And in any case you need to make sure that you are getting proper legal guidance and assistance as the way the case gets resolved will affect deeply your life and possibly the future of your kids, if any. Therefore, even though you will need to take into account the fees involved, you also need to keep any eye on the experience and reputation of the solicitor that you ultimately hire.

The solicitor should be board-certified in the field of family law. This means that he or she specializes in family law cases and issues. To be certified a solicitor will need to pass a test and also show that he or she has significant experience in handling such cases. This certification needs to be maintained, and this calls for continuing education to make sure that the lawyers stays abreast of any changes in the law. Board-certified family solicitors are likely to charge more for their services, but one can put his or her mind at rest that they are indeed experts in their field of work.

Apart from reputation and experience, it is important to consider other aspects. For instance, does the solicitor look trustworthy? Is he/she able to make you feel comfortable with him/her? Is he/she empathic? Is he/she too busy to hear you out and understand what you really wish? These are questions that you should ask yourself before deciding which family solicitor you should hire. The solicitor has to be experienced and qualified, but he/she also needs to have other skills and characteristics which could possibly help to make this experience a bit less stressful to you.

A person who works well with people, knows how to explain things plainly, takes the time to listen to your doubts is the best for your case. One great example of this is a law practice called Worthingtons Solicitors based in Folkestone, Kent.

The solicitor should also be comfortable in court and have a track record in negotiating settlements with your spouse’s lawyer. Meeting with the solicitor in person and checking out reviews that other clients posted about him/her online are great ways to help you ascertain if he/she is the best one for your case. Remember – the way he/she tackles your family issue is going to have a deep impact on your future as areas such as child custody, visitation, and division of property are going to come into play here!

Selecting a facilities management company in London

Running a business is not easy. With daily operations and other work activities, facilities management ideally needs to be assigned to a third party specialist. Apart from general cleaning, there are various other things that need to be seen to, especially if the business premises are somewhat large, or if there are several people working there.

Basic services like cleaning are indispensable. But one cannot stop there as there are other aspects of facilities management, such as waste removal, seeing to hygiene supplies, as well as any repairs or renewals.

Maintenance and caretaking are as important as normal cleaning needs, and need to be done just as regularly. Then there are other services which may be needed every now and then, but which will still require time and effort. These include blind cleaning, deeper cleaning, decorating services, window cleaning and in some cases, works relating to gas works, electrical and plumbing jobs. For these services and others, a facilities management company is therefore required, and one needs to make sure that the company that is hired is a good one.

First of all, one needs to take into account the years of experience of such a company, because their expertise and knowhow depends a lot on that. Staff will be better trained and more dedicated, and the company would want to keep up a good reputation.

It is important to check if the company can offer a tailor made service which will cover all of your facilities management needs. Office cleaning and property maintenance is offered by most of such companies. However not all of them may offer landscaping and refurbishment services.

Waste removal, recycling, seeing to hygiene supplies and pest control are other services that can be offered by a reputable facilities management London company.

Carpet cleaning is another important service, especially if fitted carpets are installed in several areas or rooms. And carpet cleaning is not only vacuuming. Stains may need to be removed, and this calls for specialized care to maintain good hygiene and prevent the spread of germs that lead to allergies and illnesses amongst your staff.

Window cleaning is another service that needs to be handled by someone who can do the job well. Dirty windows will make those working inside feel gloomy and unmotivated. It will also give a dreary look to the office premises, which does not deliver a good image of your company. Facilities management companies will be able to use a range of methods, according to the types of windows and how they are positioned. Abseiling, cradle, jet washing, and reach & wash methods are among the most popular, and such companies will have trained the window cleaners how to go about it safely but efficiently. They will also have the required tools and equipment to do the job well.

Sunreaders: There’s a Whole World of Styles Out There

Sunreaders are the latest types of sunglasses. As the name suggests these are reading glasses that are used outside. Sunglasses are precursors of sunreaders. Therefore, many of the qualities that were already present in sunglasses are now present in sun readers as well. The major difference is of course the presence of prescription glasses in sun readers.

Advantages of sunreaders

Major advantages of sun readers include:

  1. They save your eyes from the sun’s UVB and UVA rays provided they are certified to do so;
  2. Allow users to enjoy the warmth that sunlight offers after harsh winters or even in winters where it is possible to enjoy sunlight in the day time;
  3. A user can now spend more time at the beach or by the pool or in the countryside, without feeling discomfort in his or her eyes;
  4. Prevent eye damage, fatigue, wrinkles around the eyes as well as any strain on the eyes thanks to the inclusion of prescription lenses;
  5. Leaves both hands free to hold the tablet, e-reader or book as the case may be;
  6. Easy to carry around;
  7. Looks stylish and will complement any outfit.

But buying sun readers is not easy. It is necessary to:

  1. Select the right tint;
  2. Select the right size;
  3. Select the right type;
  4. Select the right material from which the lens is made;

The tint or the lens color is usually quite dark. However, some of the colors can distort colors more than other tints. Green and gray are safer bets. Obviously sunreaders will be larger than your conventional eye glasses. But how large should it be? You need to see comfort first, and then take a call on how it looks on your face too.

When it comes to selecting the right type of sunreaders, many questions come to mind such as should I opt for bifocal or essentially sunglasses that are meant only for reading? Much depends upon how much time you intend to spend basking in the sun, reading books, using your tablet or Kindle or other devices. You also need to choose between standard sunreaders or polarized sunreaders. The latter is more effective against glares.

You might also be moving in and out from home, several times, if you are going to be near your swimming pool or in the garden or lawn. That strains the eye muscles because they would have to adjust to sharp variations in light, very fast. With the self-tinting variety, the adjustment to light is facilitated by the sunreader rather than your eye muscles.

New technologies prevent smudges, scratches, and stains on the glasses as well. While picking any sunreader it would be better to include such technologies as well. The last consideration for choosing any sunreader would be the material that is used to make it. Formerly, sunglasses were essentially made from thin glass, and these are expensive as well as fragile. Nowadays, cheaper alternatives are available, which include lenses made from high quality plastics that are skin friendly as well. While selecting the material, it would also be necessary to confirm whether the sunreader would offer your eyes the desired level of protection from the sun’s harmful rays as in these cases quality is what matters most.