Replacing the windows in my house

We have just bought a lovely new house in the country and isn’t a new-ish house it is a rather old house but it is beautiful and we love it. When we bought it when you that it needed some work doing to it which included new Windows new doors paint work regarding needed lots of work as well but we are prepared to do that because of the house so lovely in the perfect location.

We have put a lot of work into our new house we have had the inside repainted and have for some interesting colours we like white so white was used quite a lot but also we wanted to use a different colour on a feature wall which we did and we went for grey which we thought was fantastic it works really well.

We also needed to get our windows replaced which is quite an interesting job because there are so many windows to replace. Trying to count the number of windows wasn’t easy because windows are everywhere the small ones big ones rooflights glass door is double glazing triple glazing single glazing the window question is quite extensive. We weren’t sure which sort of windows we wanted to use as you know there are lots and lots of different types of windows old new style so we weren’t sure basically.

We eventually counted all the windows and they were 48 which seems like a lot but is the actual number we have in our house and doing some simple sums that was a lot of money to replace them all at once. The issue of course is getting all the windows replaced in the same format and the same style is not a simple thing to do and a great expensive though it is worth it in the long run because otherwise you have to get a glazier to come back and re-fit windows and getting a glazier isn’t easy in the first place and usually an expensive item so it’s best to plan the use of a glazier upfront.

We next needed to find a good glazier this isn’t an easy thing to do because we have no experience of the local glaziers in our area. Therefore we spoke to our friends and our new neighbours in our lovely little village to find out who they thought where good glaziers and who were not. We found a few glaziers that were recommended by our neighbours and friends we really wanted a local glazier to do the work because it’s always useful to have someone local and go back to if you have any problems especially with glass and windows.

We drew up a shortlist of glaziers came to 3 glaziers that we wanted to use so we contacted all 3, 2 of them were local and one of them was a national company and we got quotes from all three of them. Surprisingly the national company was not the cheapest, we have thought that being a national company it would’ve been cheaper because of the size and scale. We were pleased that the local company we actually preferred was the cheapest and it seems to be the most professional.

We contacted the local glazier that was the cheapest and the one we liked from the 3 to try and get some more discount because you should always try I think. We managed to get an extra 10% off of the price which was fantastic because the total cost for all the windows was a very large number it was in the thousands of pounds so very very expensive therefore, to get 10% off was a great achievement I thought and I would do because it was me who got the extra 10% off :-).

The glazier we chose was a local one as I mentioned earlier and the name of the glazier is www.gravesendglass247.co.uk. They came around to our house within four days of the order which was fine because that’s the time frame we wanted and they started work which lasted for about four days again which was agreed with us so we are very happy with the work I put in and the level of craftsmanship they adopted to get the windows in place and the way they cleared up and the whole way they dealt with the project, we were very very impressed.

I think the moral of the story is, it is important to take your time plan things and research your suppliers we had a great experience and very pleased with the windows so hopefully this is a little not lesson but maybe some advice on how to handle this if you’re thinking of replacing your own windows in your house.

Thank you for reading this I hope it has helped as I said earlier if you have any comments please get back to us with your email address and I will be happy to explain any more if I can be of any help to you thank you for now bye-bye.

Vacation in Destin FL

Are you looking to vacation somewhere warm, with beautiful white sandy beaches, and emerald green water but are hesitant at travelling out of country? If this is you, you really need to book your ticket to Destin Florida!

Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, and has the beautiful white beaches and emerald green waters that you’ve been dreaming of. Destin was once a small fishing village, it is now a popular destination for people from all over the world. The city is known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” alleges to possess the largest fishing vessel fleet in Florida. The city of Destin is located on a peninsula that separates the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay.

Where to stay:

Inn on Destin Harbor– this affordable waterfront hotel located in the heart of Destin has a beautiful waterfront pool overlooking Destin Harbor, each room has a private balcony, accommodations include complimentary continental breakfast with pet-friendly rooms are available. This boutique waterfront hotel has unique, Manhattan style bathrooms and is walking distance from restaurants, boat and is located in the Historic Downtown Destin Harbor District.

Hampton Inn & SuitesDestin– is another affordable location, only steps from the sandy beach. This hotel offers easy access to popular attractions and shopping. Each guest room hotel offers a range of modern amenities including an LCD TV, free WiFi and, work area. Each morning Hampton offers free hot breakfast including eggs, waffles and breakfast meat for its guests. For guests who are on the go grab a free ‘Hampton on the Run’ Breakfast Bag, available Monday through Friday. This hotel also has an outdoor pool, and on-site fitness center.

Henderson Park Inn – is the ultimate beach inn for individuals who want to step outside their room and feel white sand underneath their toes. This award winning inn is known for being ultra-romantic, awith charming oceanfront terrace overlooking the white-sand beaches of the Emerald Coast. This adult- only boutique hotel features Victorian-inspired furnishings and is all-inclusive except for dinner. This is the ultimate romantic getaway, and has everything you could ever want.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa – offers incredible onsite activities such as golf, watersports, sailing, and tennis giving guests the option to relax on the sandy beach or be as active as they want. This location also has sensational dining options with the Sandcastles Restaurant & Lounge, Hadashi Sushi Bar, and spa so you can give yourself some TLC.

What to do:

  1. Beach (obviously). With beaches like this, it is a given.
  2. Chartered Fishing! (I mean, they are the luckiest fishing village in the world, right?) Some of the fish you might be lucky enough to catch include:Red, White, & Black Snapper, King Mackerel, Grouper, Triggerfish, Shark, Bonito,Grouper, Scamp, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Sailfish, Marlin, and Tuna.
  3. Dolphin Watch and Destin History Cruise. Everyone loves dolphins, especially when they are happy and safe in their natural habitat. You can see these intelligent and beautiful creatures up close (from a respectable distance) engaging with each other – it’s a magical experience.
  4. Destin Trail Riding. Trail riding is so much fun, doing it in the Florida pan handle is even more fun!
  5. Destin Harbor Private Sailing Excursion.
  6. Shopping (at the upscale outlet mall of course)

And lets just say that there is much, much more to do.

Where to dine:

  • Caribbean Joe’s- is known for their fresh ingredients including homemade bread. This family run business also has a great selection of local craft beers. This place is known for its sandwiches, so if you are grabbing a bight for lunch give this place a try.
  • Louisiana Lagniappe- is where you go for gulf seafood with a Creole flair. This restaurant provides an upscale waterfront dining experience suitable for the whole family.
  • Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood- if you are craving a steak, this New York style steakhouse is a must try.
  • The Surf Hut- is an excellent choice if you are looking for ‘beach fare’. This place is known for its Seafood, Oysters and St. Louis Style BBQ!

Now that you know where to go, what to do, and where to dine there is nothing left to do but to wish you a great vacation and the adventure of a lifetime. And I fully recommend  the limousines there, they are lovely and great friendly companies.

 

A Day Out in NYC

One day in NYC isn’t nearly enough. The Big Apple has so much to do and see, honestly, you could be touring for a full week and not see it all. But if you seriously only have a day to venture out in NYC there are some definite things you have to do!

It is essential that you see Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (who goes to NYC and doesn’t see these places?). Furthermore, you definitely need to take a bike ride through central park; there are so many places to rent bicycles and this way you can see the park in a time efficient manner (one day isn’t a lot of time).

For lunch you need to do something that you normally wouldn’t do at home. If you want to do something different and unique you should go toMargon. Margon is an incredible hole in the wall restaurant that serves drool worthy Cuban- Dominican cuisine. However, if you’re not feeling like trying something new you can pick up a sandwich to go from The Picnic Basket. The Picnic Basket is known for its gourmet sandwiches and espresso. Either way, you are guaranteed some mouthwatering goodness in New York Cityfashion.

If you’re wanting to do some shopping NYC style you must go to Bergdorf’s. Bergdorf’s is the last New York–centric luxury department store, and even if you can only shop with your eyes, it is a wonderful place to go and dream of couture designers. If you are able to do some shopping (with more than just your eyes), to fit into your tight schedule you can have a personal shopper to help you out and you can have the real NYC experience.

For a little bit of live culture visit The West Village. This area features the zigzag streets that have inspired numerous beat poets, folk musicians, and activists.It is full of eclectic boutiques, delightful townhouses, and legendary bars, cafes, and shops. It is a great place to go if you just want to people watch.

For a special seafood dinner visit Marea. Food by award-winning chef Michael White, a chic ambience, and located on Central Park South means you will enjoy many aspects of this fine dining experience. However, if Italian-style seafood is not your thing try Annisa for inventive contemporary American cuisine inspired by global food traditions.

Finish your night off Sex in the City style for some cocktails at Apotheke in Chinatown, Dutch Kills in Long Island City, or Pegu Club.

If you manage to get this all done in one day, you get the best of both worlds (the tourist and the New Yorker). If not, then it’s obvious that you just need to plan another visit to the Big Apple.

7 things to do in Middletown, New Jersey

Middletown is a township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, with a population of approximately 66,522and is one of the oldest sites of European settlement in New Jersey. Middletown was originally founded on October 31, 1693 (that’s right, Halloween). It is now known as being one of the best places to live in the United States due to its low crime rate,prosperity, access to cultural activities, public school system, and excellent commuting location.

Not only is Middletown a wonderful place to live but it is a beautiful place to visit. There is so much to do and see. So if you are new to Middletown or you are just visiting here are some things that you absolutely must do in Middletown NJ.

  1. Deep Cut Gardens – Tucked away,the Deep Cut Gardens are a place that you must visit. Filled with history, gardens are beautiful in every season. If you want to visit a place where you can take beautiful photos, this is it!Also, make sure that you check out the greenhouses! You can see the beautiful orchids, ferns, and beautiful mature bonsai.
  2. Sandy Hook Lighthouse – If you find history amazing you’ll want to visit the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse was built on June 11, 1764 by Isaac Conro. This historic landmark was originally built to aid mariners entering the southern boundary of the New York Harbor. It was occupied by British soldiers during the Revolutionary War, and following which was transferred to federal authority. While you are visiting the lighthouse you should visit…
  3. Fort Hancock- a former United States Army fort located at Sandy Hook. In 1893, Fort Hancock installed the nation’s first disappearing gun battery in the 1950s anti-aircraft missiles from Project Nike were based at FortHancock. It is now a memorial park.
  4. Huber Woods Park – If you’re visiting Middletown and you want to go for a nice stroll, Huber Woods Park is a great flat walk in nature. You get to witness the beautiful wild all around you. Just be cautious that you don’t get lost, and enjoy.
  5. Ideal Beach- If you want a quiet waterfront place to have a picnic, this is the place for you. While there are no shops right by it, it is the perfect quiet place for an intimate date.
  6. The Gravity Vault- this huge rock climbing gym is a fun way to get your exercise and a little adrenaline going at the same time.
  7. Moses D. Heath Farm Exhibit – This is fun for people of all ages, offering a variety of exhibits includinga blacksmith shop,an educational garden, a sugar cane mill, and exhibits of antique farming tools and more. This museum discovers the influence of farming on the region, as well as traces the history of the Heath family.

Visiting a Friend in San Diego

 

Recently, I was lucky enough to visit a friend in San Diego. There is simply nothing better than the hospitality of a good friend, it’s safe to say that I had the experience of a life time. Before going to Dan Diego I really didn’t know what to expect, but this city on the Pacific coast of California is known for its beaches, warm climate, and gorgeous parks.

When I arrived he had a friend round from close by, who was also visiting, he was from Encinitas and owns a pest control company there, very interesting man.

One of the best parts about visiting a friend is that they can take you to all the places tourists want to see and all of the places that tourists don’t know about. I felt as though I were part of a club, welcomed into the places that tourists want to know about but are hidden from their eyes and coveted by locals.

I found the San Diego zoo pretty remarkable, even as an adult. You can see the beautiful Panda’s at the zoo which may remind you of Will Farrell’s “Anchorman”, but in all honesty, this is an incredible zoo with breathtaking animals. The Torrey Pines State Reserve is one of the wildest places withinthe Southern California coast featuring the maritime chaparral, and miles of unspoiled beaches- its definitely on the must go list. La Jolla Cove is coveted by snorkelers as the water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. For scuba lovers there is also a world famous dive site that is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve that you can visit- so if you go make sure you bring a bathing suit and be prepared to be amazed.

Kearny Mesa neighborhood is the heart of the Asian community in San Diego, and is where you go for Asian cuisine. This neighborhood is packed with Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese food restaurants. It is also the place to go if you are looking for a good Asian style food market.

San Diego’s Little Italy is also a must go. It is filled with restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and bars… so maybe skip breakfast before you go because as I found, you’re going to want to try everything.

Furthermore, I discovered that San Diego has a more than vibrant night life. The heart of which is is in Downtown’s animated Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Quarter is literally filled with rooftop bars, nightclubs, jazz clubs and restaurants. A significant amount of the clubs feature live music or stage shows such as flamenco dance and burlesque shows. It’s a pretty amazing place to go, and if you do go to San Diego prepared to come back to the Gaslamp quarter a few times!

I honestly had a blast and can’t wait until the next time I get to visit San Diego (and my friend of course). But if you aren’t as lucky as I am, and you don’t have a friend there to show you around I hope I have given you some hints as to where you need to go and what you need to see.

Safe travels!

Welcome to my blog

In my opinion, which may be a little biased, being a dentist is the most rewarding jobs of all time (despite many people dreading having to visit the dentist), because we have the necessary tools to help give people a confident smile, a healthier mouth, and help people in other areas of their general health.

Many people don’t realize that oral health (dental health in particular) is very much related to overall health. Have you heard the phrase “healthy teeth, healthy heart”? It’s a rather precise saying. By making sure your mouth is healthy, especially your gums, may mean that you have a lot more than a gorgeous healthy smile… but it can help to keep your heart healthy too. There has long been a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, although researchers haven’t figured out what the exact link is. Some research has pointed to a direct link between clogged arteries in the legs and gum disease, so this is a pretty good argument as to why it is important to take good care of your teeth and gums. There has also been studies that indicate that bacteria from gingivitis could enter the brain through nerve channels or through the bloodstream which could even lead to the later development of Alzheimer’s disease. Gum disease has also been found to cause respiratory infections in the lungs, including pneumonia. Gum disease has also been related to diabetic complications, as Inflammation of the gum tissue and infection can make it harder for your body to control your blood sugar and aggravate diabetes symptoms.

Although we may not be your favorite people to visit, regular dental appointments for cleanings and check-ups are important, our team of dentist and hygienists work together to check for cavities and plaque or tartar on your teeth in addition to your gums. Although you may not notice, we also look at your tongue, throat, face, and neck- we do this to make sure there are no signs of trouble, swelling, or cancer.

We also do a professional cleaning of your teeth, which we know is usually our clients least favorite part, especially when we use our special tools to remove plaque and tarter (this is called scaling). After your teeth are scaled, they are usually polished to remove any surface stains on your teeth.Finally, we do a good floss job to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.

For those of us in the dental profession, our goal is to make sure you have a healthy teeth and gums. We will also give you pointers on how to keep your teeth healthy and look for areas of improvement.

Even though you may not be happy to come see us, as a dentist, I am happy to know that I can benefit your smile and your overall health. Your smile when we are finished with your appointment is the most rewarding part of my job.