The Use of UK Source Heat Logs In Our Buildings

Another interesting article surrounding the use of renewable wood fuels for our buildings. We are committed to using an eco-friendly source and from a UK company. As such our perfect partner for this supply is that of Lekto Wood Fuels who supply us with UK heat logs. As a supplier they do have to meet our strict requirements due our site of historic values.

Fixing a Washing Machine Levelling Problem

Firstly, yes we do have a washing machine in one of our buildings as we require it for cleaning purposes. With that out the way as to why it is relevant for our blog and also the fact that no doubt others have had the same problem and will no doubt benefit from this post.

Vibrations and other annoying noises coming from your washing machine may result when an unlevelled washing machine reaches its peak spin speed. In some cases, you may experience extreme vibrations and rattling which in some older houses and buildings can feel like the structure is moving too! Manufacturers of washing machines typically include levelling feet on the bottom surface of the washing machine. Using a measuring level, the feet can be adjusted to ensure that a proper level is achieved which should eliminate extreme vibrations. The levelling method of your washing machine might vary to what we found on ours, but the principle is the same.

Here is a step by step checklist to follow

Try rocking the washing machine on a diagonal axis.


For further tips and advice contact the team at Appliance Repair Phoenix AZ who gave us advice when we reached out on social media. All the way from Phoenix Arizona, but none the less the washing machines tend to be the same (although they call them ‘washers’).

Guttering System

When it comes to the maintenance of our buildings, this is always a keen topic for discussion. As we need to consider carefully how to spend the money that is generated. Upkeep and maintenance is of course of great importance and as such we do spend a significant amount of time on this. One of the most recent jobs we needed to look at was that of the guttering systems of our buildings. All of the buildings are old and therefore the guttering is too. We wanted to consider a solution that would provide minimal ongoing maintenance yet be cost effective. Our choice is for Aluminium Guttering as this appears to provide the best all round option.

The aluminium guttering can be made to fit in well with the design of the building, is relatively light, durable and will last a significant amount of time with little to no maintenance required. The aluminium can handle all weather types – extremely useful for the United Kingdom’s climate. The aluminium is good when it comes to rain and snow as it can handle this without rusting. It is quite a unique metal as once it is exposed, aluminium doesn’t corrode with the weather, it actually oxidizes and forms into a more powerful barrier which prevents against corrosion. The aluminium guttering that we chose has a black finish and looks like iron. In our opinion it has been an affordable option that looks exactly like what we had and has little to no maintenance.

aluminium guttering black finish

aluminium guttering black finish

When it comes to improvements of our buildings and site, we take great care in the selection process and all the stages involved. We take everything into consideration from the materials used, the way the product will look, the maintenance involved, the costs involved, the environmental impact and so on. We believe every aspect has been accounted for and are open to any questions with regards to this latest spend on improving our buildings.

Land Survey

With a recent project that we are planning on creating within the Hardirans Wall grounds required us to get help from an environmental consultant. Danny from Adeptus provided us with our required phase 1 desktop study which revealed everything that we needed to consider in terms of affect on the land.

The guys at Adeptus provided us with a clear and comprehensive report of the potential effects on the piece of land that we were looking to use. They carried out the report in compliance with government guidelines to ensure suitability for submission when it comes to us submitting our planning applications.

The main point in carrying out a phase 1 report is to reduce potential work load in the future and rule out an unnecessary work. Each section in the report let us know where no further investigation was required. Where additional site investigate is suggested, the report provides valuable information that helps with cost effective phase 2 investigation if required.

Why we need a Phase 1 Desk Study Land Report

It is an environmental assessment that collates specific information that is required in order to determine whether land has the potential to cause environmental risk.

The report included the environmental setting of the surrounding land and ecosystems. It takes into account the expected geology, hydrogeology and the proximity to controlled sources of water. Next reports the flood risk, previous site history, any contaminant source that are potentially present near the site.