Vaillant or Worcester Boilers

Vaillant or Worcester Bosch boilers, Which one is the best?

The top spot in the battle of the gas boiler always comes down to two makes, Vaillant or Worcester Bosch.

Both brands consistently come out on top with the consumer and installer for reliability and ease of use.

If these boilers were cars, they would be the BMW or Mercedes.

When it comes to cost, yes they are a little more expensive than the average boiler, but the saying you only get what you pay for is true.

Both brands offer long warranties on their boilers of up to ten years, but these warranties are of no value unless an annual service is carried out and recorded.

Worcester was originally a British company before they joined the Bosch group, now known as the Worcester Bosch Group.

Vaillant, which originates from Germany is a family run business and started in business over 140 years ago.

Vaillant pioneered the very first combination boiler many years ago and as we all know, is now the most installed boiler thought out Europe.

Both companies have won many awards over the years for their different models of boilers, as well as their customer service, and are still winning awards today.

Boilers today, are very complex in that now they are basically controlled via a mini computer which is built into the appliance.

Gone are the days when a boiler was a lump of cast iron, a thermostat and burner, now they are built to be environmentally friendly but, most importantly save on those high fuel bills.

So how do you choose a new boiler when you are looking to replace yours?

The first piece of advise I would give is to contact a boiler installer, ensure they are Gas Safe Registered to work on boilers.

Arrange an appointment with them to discuss your replacement boiler.

Once they arrive, ask as many questions as you can re the boiler replacement.

The best thing to do is, before they arrive when you think of a question, write it down, that way you won’t forget.

One question to ask is, which brand of boiler do they recommend, Vaillant or Worcester?

Both companies offer a big range of models for both LPG and natural gas, as well as a wide range of energy-saving controls.

All in all, both Vaillant and Worcester boilers are the two to choose when looking for a new boiler.

Understanding Handrail Construction and Terminology

Handrails are one of the features many homes have and in this article we will discuss the terminology you need to learn to communicate with your architect or interior designer. Handrails have three main parts:

The Handrail

The handrail is the part you physically hold onto. Handrails come in a variety of materials such as wood, metal, stone or even glass. There are a few main rules you need to follow when designing the handrails for your home. First the hight for most residential applications is no less than 36 inches and no more than 37 inches high. I general I stick to 36 inches to the top for most residential projects.The second is you want at least 1 1/2 inches of space between the handrail and the wall so your hand can comfortably wrap around it without being caught between the two. Your design options for your handrail are endless combinations that can give your home the feel you want.

Posts are what secure the handrail to the stairs. These are where the strength of the handrails come from. Posts come in many material types and styles. Most common post types are wood and metal but stone, glass and other materials can also be used. As a general rule you want your posts to be able to handle at least 200 lbs of side force to keep up to building codes. Be warned there are posts being sold that are decorative and do not support the minimum weight requirements.

Balusters are what fill the space between the handrail, posts and the stairs. They also go by the names of spindles and pickets depending on the railing type and use. There are many styles and options available depending on the home style you want to create. Some material options are wood, metal and glass on most stair cases. Balusters typically run vertically with the posts but modern designs have them going horizontally and in many direction in the case of architectural iron balusters. As a rule of thumb you want the spacing of the balusters to be tight enough that a 4 3/8 inch ball cannot pass through the spaces so that a small child cannot slip through.

Hopefully this article has given you a grasp of the terminology your designer or contractor will use. Now that you know what the parts are named you should easily communicate your ideas.

Rustic Modern Interiors and Furniture

The rustic-modern interior trend is a welcome change from vintage rustic taking a break from the fussiness about aesthetics. Rustic exposed unfinished beams and brick walls with natural wood or stone floors furnished with antique furniture and natural fabrics. That’s a style I enjoy exploring.

Incorporating rustic elements into our homes in a casually sophisticated ways such as using an antique door as a headboard. The key here is the display. Open up the doors so that the two door panels hand on either side of the frame and hang a beautiful iron lantern to complete the design. Simple iron nightstands and a long trunk at the end of the bed with hand woven artisan crafted bed linen. The idea is to be understated. Rustic patina mirrors sit over a long dresser with a contemporary modern chair defines the look.

Salvaged arches make phenomenal floor mirrors mix with plush upholstery, industrial chairs, and lots of vintage white. The reclaimed old door coffee table and fire console give the right amount of texture to an otherwise modernistic room. A bright yellow carved armoire against the white wall gives the pop of color. Rustic furniture mixed with modern functional chairs with clean lines gives the sophisticated edge. Sophisticated design mixes with a rustic white door dining table and leather chairs.

The kitchen is more towards a rustic industrial style with steel framed windows. White paint and granite counters keep the modern edge contrasting with an antique tribal carved Damchia which has been converted into an island making the piece more functional.

Fresh yet worn with the tender love of family get togethers the daybed sits in the corner. Use soft colors in the powder blue and iced violet spectrum and keep the level of distressing on cabinets soft. No curtains on the windows give a feeling of open space

The bathroom vanity is made from old beat up doors sideboard with a granite top and vessel sinks. Pendant lights and plain glass showers with marble tiles wall to wall give the bathroom understated sophisticated modern rustic elegance.

The library has a huge carved antique bone table with white upholstered armchairs and a bench on the other side. Modern bookshelves line the wall which is packed with classics and encyclopedias. The main wall is dedicated to family pictures framed in old carved wood and burnished brass. Nostalgic and vintage yet modern, comfort is the key element in this design.