Picking The Best Artificial Grass For Your Garden*

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Some Of The Advantages Of Artificial Grass

Recently, many people were talking about artificial grass or artificial turf. We often see this kind of grass in the arenas for sports that are played on the grass. We must say that artificial grass is really advantageous for us, people because it was really helpful especially for kids who were playing on the backyard and also for those people who were busy and doesn't have time anymore to cut their real grass and water it. But most of us still thinking about how we can get much better artificial turf.

Choosing the best artificial grass is really important because it will bring a lot of advantages when you were making a decision on what synthetic grass will you get on your house or business. It is also important to choose what will fit your needs and the requirements that you have whether it will be from a resident or commercial or a grass that is fit for sports, children and your pets.

Residential and Garden Lawns

Nowadays, it is really difficult to recognize natural grass because of the synthetic turf is becoming more common in the residential fields. And if you were looking for a low-maintenance garden, the artificial grass will be an excellent choice.

Which Lawn is Best?

The Luxury Lawn will change the visual attractiveness of your garden, it has 40mm pile which straight and curled that makes it look natural and it also has four different colors.

The Elite Lawn is much more realistic grass, it has 40mm pile with a combination of six different shades of green and three distinct fibers that makes it more realistic.

The Landscape Lawn will make your outdoor space elegant aesthetic even though is shorter with a 30mm. It will also look great no matter what the weather and it has a two-tone blade that is very durable.

Keep in mind that you must not use metal garden tools because it can damage your artificial grass and it also not easier with the use of a hose to rinse and wash it down. However, you must remove the debris and leaves daily and you must use a quick brush on a daily basis because it will maintain neat and tidy looking at it.

Meanwhile, when it comes to choosing the best synthetic grass on your garden guarantees that your outside lawn was great even if year around because an artificial grass can free your garden in mud and weeds.

Lawns for Dogs

When it comes to dogs' favorite place in the garden, they can usually leave deformed damage but when you have your best artificial grass on your dogs, you can surely say goodbye to the brown and yellow stained grass that they cause on your grass.

Which Lawn is Best for Dog Owners?

The best artificial grass when you have pets is like the Pedigree Grass. It is more strong and tough in the outside play and it also improved footfall and it will be easier for you to clean the messes because it has a shorter pile.

This kind of artificial turf is the best choice for dog owners because it has 15mm. Each of our available grass is safe with pets. It is also easier to clean and the blades were safe for dogs and their sensitive paws.

Pedigree Grass can use with the activity training of dogs.

Lawns for Sport

Sports spaces needed more durable grass because of the heavy footfall that can lead to more tear and wear in specific spaces like on a football pitch. In addition, there are some sports that are needed to be specific in areas for performances schemes like putting greens.

The Right Lawn for Sporting Activities

Putting Greens – Putting green required to keep the quality over time in order to lessen the force on gameplay for the amateur at home and clubs that are searching for high spec gardens. Premiere curl makes an outstanding grass for putting greens that make the professionals and golfers enjoy and likes it.

Tennis and basketball, however, needed a solid place for play. Meanwhile, the Tough Lawn gives the solid surface that these sports needed which lessened the negative impact on players when they were jumping and running.

There is still various kind of grass that is available that gives players a high-quality pitch. The best for this is the Luxury Lawn, True Lawn, and the Tough Lawn.

Lawns for Schools

Because of the demands that across in each season, the benefits of the artificial grass on school are tenfold which gives an imperative for a safe and durable play surface.

Benefits for Schools and Nurseries

It is perfect for playtime and Physical Education because it is long-lasting and durable. It is soft and flexible to fit in many different surfaces in outdoor and playground. It has no ongoing labor-intensive maintenance like mowing or watering because it is cost-effective. The effort is still needed for it to look good all year.

It is much safer than any choices that you have like natural grass that can be muddy and slippery when the weather comes and also the wood chip and tarmac that can cause problems to falls and trips.

When it comes to long-term basis, it is much easier to keep. Because it has an increased used it would not go plain or patchy. There is no puddles or muddy patches that we can see. You don't need to think about the grass stains.

Play Lawn has a 35mm pile and it is three-toned that's why it is the best synthetic grass that can be used in nurseries and schools and it is perfect for learning and playing because it has excellent recovery, durable, and it is resilient.

Looking to Save Money?

Easy Lawn is the most affordable when it comes to artificial grass, however, we can't guarantee its quality. It has 25mm pile straight and curled grass. And without lessening the quality of the product, we still can keep the costs down by eliminating the required things for a sand infill.

When it comes to maintenance, this artificial grass gives similar advantages just like other grass. Easy Lawn will still change the look of your garden, plus the fact that it is much easier to install.

Lawns for Roof Gardens and Terraces

To those people who were living in much-urbanized surfaces and those who need some greenery in their house, the synthetic grass can change your roof terraces with ease. A roof garden is really a pleasant and fine addition.

Which Grass and Why?

You just need to consider a shorter length which it can be with Lawnflex tiles when you were searching for the best artificial turf for your roof garden or terrace. Plus, the underlayer of it gives you a softer feel underfoot which makes your rooftop garden a natural feel even though it has a high height and it gives you an ample surface for your drainage.

Leisure and Landscape are the shorts pile artificial turf that is available in our area. Landscape gives a somewhat longer pile that includes an excellent aesthetic while the leisure offers a soft and fresh feel for a natural appearance which is best into balconies or smaller surfaces.

Turf for Exhibitions and Displays

We all know that having a well-designed display can have an impact on the crowd which means it can be a success on the event that occurs. Surely, you were looking for a high-quality display and the artificial turf is definitely one on your list.

Artificial grass surely makes your business stand out from the people because it gives a much-needed color, brings your exhibition space to life, and makes people talk about it.

Choosing the Right Lawn for Your Display

Surely, you were thinking to create a visual that will catch the hearts of the clients and customer that's why we highly suggested that you must use Prestige Lawn or Easy Lawn on your exhibition display.

Prestige Lawn has 40mm pile and it provides luxury feeling because it has a dense and rich artificial turf. It also has a straight and curled pile which makes it more realistic.

Easy Lawn, on the other hand, has a three-tone color mix that guarantees you that this synthetic grass is a high-quality option. It only has a 25mm pile length but even if it's shorter it still makes your exhibitions excellent. It is also the best choice for those people who have a smaller budget for event and exhibitions.

Both of this artificial grass provides you refreshing and natural feeling that guarantees that your display will stay on the minds of the professional clients and customers.

The Environmental Impact

Having artificial grass is very important nowadays because as we all know, it has a great environmental impact and more consumers and businesses like working and seeing the green and refreshing sight.

Buying and installing a synthetic grass to lessen your impact on the world whether in use on school, on your exhibition, roof terrace, or your garden.

It can use less water and electricity unlike when you have a real grass - it can't consume your time from cleaning up the stains and the muddy footprints of it, from watering, and from mowing.

It reduces the use of chemicals and pesticides.

Roof gardens and urban schools can encourage birds and insects into these spaces.

The Best Artificial Grass for Your Needs

After learning the different kind of artificial grass and their benefits whether it be on commercial, schools, or with pets, and residential. You can still guarantee that you will find the best choice that will fit on your need whatever the reason that you has for search the perfect artificial turf.

You can guarantee that looking the perfect synthetic turf for your purpose whether your purpose is to have a refreshing sight and keep your pet and children safe, you will surely find a perfect kind of artificial grass.

Surely, you have now an idea on what artificial grass was suited on your taste or maybe you have now made a decision on what synthetic turf that you will be installing on your garden.

Why A Close-Up Magician Is A Great Choice For Your Wedding Entertainment*

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Make Your Wedding, Erm, Magical?!

Your wedding is a very special occasion and while it is the newly-wed couple who should be the center of attention on this day, you cannot be everywhere at once. Your wedding day can be physically and emotionally exhausting, so by the time you get to enjoy your wedding reception, you can be forgiven for running a little low on energy. This is why it is a great idea to hire a close-up magician to keep your guests entertained and amused at one table while you mix and mingle at another.
It is very difficult to be everywhere at your reception and personally thank each individual guest for coming, so while you make your way around your guests, your close-up magician can help to keep the positive energy going and provide some fun for your guests while they wait to greet you.

Keeping Your Guests Happy

Most weddings have a little lull following the ceremony before the reception actually begins, especially if you are having a sit-down meal where your guests may have to sit and wait around for a while. Your close up magician can help to keep your guest happy and engaged during this time while you and your new spouse are taking the time to meet and greet with everyone.
A magician can keep a whole table full of guests amused with close up magic and card tricks, and this is the sort of thing that will appeal to both adults and children at the same time. The look of wonder on a child's face as different tricks and sleight of hand are performed is amazing and will hold their attention and prevent them from getting bored and tetchy while waiting for their dinner to be served.

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Choosing The Right Magician

You may well find some recommendations for a good close-up magic magician from friends or family who may have hired one themselves, or have been pleasantly entertained by one while attending a wedding reception. Word of mouth is always a great way to find a good quality magician, but remember that many magicians are booked well in advance, so don't leave your search for too long in case they get snapped up for your wedding date by someone else.
Local entertainment agencies are also another good way to find a reputable magician for your reception. Take a look at their customer feedback to see what others have said about their services. Check to see if they have their own website to get more information. Check out customer testimonies on their website and look for any video clips that they offer to get a feel for their style and to see if it will fit with your guests tastes at your wedding. Most magicians will work independently and have their own site as well as be available to book through an agency.

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Narrow Down Your Search

Resist the temptation to book the first magician that you come across. Do your homework and research their work, style and customer feedback beforehand. Check to see if they are members of any professional organisation or guild. Make a short list of your favourite magicians and arrange to meet each of them to see if you get on well together and you are comfortable in their company. When you meet with each magician they should be happy to show you examples of their work, be it video clips or actual live demonstrations to show their skills.
Having a wedding entertainer that is a bit different from the norm is a great idea. Not only will your guests be thoroughly entertained and occupied, but it will be something that your family and friends will always remember and talk about for years to come. For more information visit our website.

You Can Smile With Confidence With Lingual Braces*

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The Discreet Way To Straight Teeth And A Better Smile

When you think of braces you often picture an awkward teenager with a mouth full of metal. It is the reason many adults are actually put off from wearing braces in order to have their teeth straightened. I guess it isn't the most pleasant of images to have stuck in your mind. However, there is an effective solution that not only straightens your teeth, but is also very discreet and far more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

Welcome to the world of lingual braces! Lingual orthodontics works in exactly the same way as traditional fixed metal braces, but without the added embarrassment of having to display a mouth full of metal wiring when smiling at people, or talking in a meeting. 

The main difference between lingual braces and conventional braces are that the brackets are fitted to the inner surface of the tooth. This means that you can comfortably wear your braces without them being on constant display. In many cases, the only person who knows you are having orthodontic treatment is you.

This can have a profound effect on your self confidence, especially if your job involves a lot of face-to-face meetings with people on a daily basis, or you are required to talk, give speeches or deliver verbal reports as part of your work. You won't have to shy away from people or try to cover your mouth while speaking because you feel your braces would be a distraction to others.

Are lingual braces suitable for everyone?

Lingual braces may not be suitable for absolutely everyone, but as long as you are in good general health and you have healthy teeth and gums, then there will be nothing to stand in your way.

You may be wondering if lingual braces can be worn by people with all sorts of different incorrect tooth positions or have very crooked teeth. This should be no problem as the brackets are customised to fit each individual patient so that they perform to their fullest extent. There is no 'one-size-fits-all' when it comes to lingual braces.

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How are lingual braces fitted?

You will begin by having a silicone impression taken of your teeth. This means that your dentist can then craft the brackets to fit you perfectly. Lingual brackets are made using a gold alloy material and are designed to specifically fit on the tongue side (lingual side) of your teeth. Once the brackets are made they will be attached together by an archwire. This is also custom-made according to the measurements taken from your silicone impression. The archwire provides the gentle tension that actually moves your teeth into their proper position in the jaw. This will result in your teeth aligning and straightening comfortably over time.

The benefits of having lingual braces

There is no doubt that choosing lingual braces over conventional braces is sensible for adults. Here are the main benefits:

·         Hidden lingual brackets make your braces virtually impossible to see
·         Braces are individually customised for each patient
·         Braces are made from gold alloy material
·         You get precise and reliable results

Enjoying The Garden At This Time Of Year*

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'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Cicero

Well, yesterday was the warmest February day on record in the UK apparently with temperatures reaching more than 20'C in parts of Wales. I certainly made the most of the opportunity as I shall again today, as I enjoyed a relaxing cup of tea in the garden. Blue skies and an array of birds tweeting their tunes as the Daffodils, some yet to blossom fully, stand tall and proud, nature's way of letting us know Spring is finally on it's way and it was a soothing experience; a much needed moment of relaxation, ah, you just can't beat peace and quiet sometimes.

It did not last long. The blissful tranquility suddenly shattered somewhat by the excited, gleeful shouts of my two young nephews, ages four and nine. There faces alight with excitement at the prospect of being able to play out in the garden properly for the first time this year. I was then gently encouraged to finish my brew 'as quick as possible' and instructed by the youngest that it was now time to play!

 'Yessir', I replied. Not wanting to find myself the victim of a toddler sized beat down, it's remarkable when they attack just how chimp like they become, hanging off arms and legs and swinging whichever remaining free limb they have in my direction. On which note, I am curious to know why they seem to have an unerring ability to catch me off guard with a well timed drop kick to the crown jewels, or a sudden short sharp head-butt when you think they are after a kiss, as far as I am aware, there are no Glaswegian genes there.

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Blue Skies, Clean Air And A Rugby Ball

The game the boys fancied playing was Rugby, which is perfectly fine with me, particularly at this time of year with the Six Nations Championship on; it's rugby fever in our households at the moment. After the disappointment of seeing England lose against Wales at the weekend, it was nice to have an opportunity to play a bit of rugby in the garden in the sunshine for a couple of hours. We did various passing games, and tackling and running with the ball and kicking, and in a day and age where so many kids seem to be as pre-occupied as their parents with phones, video games and anything involving a screen. I cherish the fact that I get to do plenty of outdoors stuff with my nephews.

It is so important in terms of their overall development in my opinion, the leaps and bounds each one makes over time is pretty astounding at times. Being rugby and sports mad, I can see they are both developing in various areas from hand eye coordination, spatial awareness, confidence, accuracy, throwing, kicking, control, balance and understanding. The eldest at 9 in now shooting up, one of the biggest in his year,broad shouldered and big chested, he is strong as an ox and heavy set, yet he has speed, which I never ever had. He won three races on his last sports day, who knows, maybe an openside flanker in the making like his uncle.

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Don't Be Too Rough". The Constantly Repeated Words To The Four Year Old

The youngest at four can pick up a nine kilogram dumbbell and hold it with two hands, and he can walk some way carrying it at chest height. A fact I learned one day when I turned around to enquire as to his whereabouts having gone to get him a drink only to find him standing in the corner of the room, holding it aloft and saying inquisitively, “what's this?”. The Kettle bell has since been bolted down, as has anything else which could possibly cause himself a ruptured spleen. He can catch a full size rugby ball when thrown from within 6 or 7 feet fairly easily, as well as being able to take a pop pass at good speed, he also shares the fast gene with his brother, and has a natural sidestep man-oeuvre he has learned or taught himself via running in the garden.

He likes to start at the top of the driveway with the ball tucked under one arm, then he races down the drive and at the last minute adds a lovely curve to miss the shed on his right hand side by an inch or so. At this point due to the speed he is travelling at and with little room for error; he then has to power off on his left foot to then avoid being consumed by a very large prickly hedge on the immediate left and he finishes by touching down on the grass at the back of the garden. He has very good balance when he runs and it is brilliant to see them both outside playing together, having tremendous fun, and all for the cost of a ball!

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Time Spent In The Garden Is Time Well Spent

Don't think Granddad will be too impressed by a little bit of the damage done to some of his lawn and areas used for our kicking practice, but most of the daffodils survived relatively intact. That said, with the onset of Spring he will no doubt be heading to the garden center in the coming weeks and stocking up on all kinds of bulbs, seeds, fauna and flora as well as topsoil and fertilizers. In a couple of months it will probably look a lot different and much more colorful and vibrant.

The boys love spending time working in the garden, raking leaves or planting seed,  analyzing bugs and creatures, and putting flowers, petals, daisies and such under their microscopes and magnifying glasses. Like all kids, they are full of questions about everything and it's brilliant to be able to get a bit of unexpectedly good weather (for February) and to enjoy our 'tiny' little corner of the world a bit more!

Long may the glorious weather continue and I hope you all get an opportunity here and there to enjoy some of it while we can. The simplest things in life are often the most important.

Written by Michael David*

10 Weird And Wonderful Things About Flats/Apartments*

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Flats building insurance specialist Deacon shares 10 Weird and Wonderful things about flats!

With the current rate of global population growth, experts forecast a rise of approximately 1.8 billion people over the next 30 years worldwide. This means that the population will rise from the current 7.6 billion inhabitants to 9.8 billion by the year 2050. 

It can be difficult to visualize such vast numbers, so let's change the unit from people to seconds. So, if 1 million seconds takes just under 12 days to elapse, can you quickly estimate how many days a billion seconds might take? Well, it would take roughly 31 years, 251 days to elapse. which makes you realize just how vast a number a billion is in any context. The difference between millionaires and billionaires is actually quite a lot as it turns out.

The British Government estimates that there are approx 2.75 million private leasehold flats in England - which actually accounts for about one eighth of all dwellings in England, not including statistics from Scotland and Wales. Flats and apartments therefore account for quite a high proportion of homes in the UK. So when we were told 10 weird and wonderful facts about flats, past, present, and future, by Deacon Insurance* who are themselves specialists in blocks of flats insurance we felt we just had to share them with you. 

1. What Do The Romans Have To Do With Flats - They Lived In Villas! Right? . . . 

It certainly came as somewhat of a surprise to me to learn that like with many other things the Romans were the first civilization to realize the spatio-economic benefits of building domiciles skywards with what we could easily recognize today as being akin to modern day flats/apartments. It wasn't all luxurious country villas and exotic bath houses for the ordinary rank and file. As the ever increasing population in Roman cities posed more significant housing challenges it forced the Romans to learn new methods and invest in building structures which were higher and much stronger than previous buildings.

Critical to this process was the use of concrete, which allowed them to create new architectural forms and when combined with the standardization of a building brick, this step forward allowed for a relatively quick, reliable and durable construction. The earliest Roman multi-storey blocks, which would usually feature shops on the ground floor, with apartments on two or more floors above, were called 'insula', which translated from Latin means 'islands'. This name stems from the fact that these insulas would often occupy an entire city block, rising above all of the roads leading around the tower block created the illusion of an island surrounded by the sea.


2. Forest Flats You Say???

Forest flats in the heart of the northern Italian city of Milan are an unusual yet ingenious way of incorporating nature and beauty into an architectural form which often times is anything but beautiful. This particular incarnation of flats is the brainchild of a clever Milanese architect named Stefano Boeri. His concept for the 'Bosco Verticale' or, 'Vertical Forest' in English, uses more than twenty thousand trees and plants with which to adorn the high rise buiildings from top to bottom. Due to the the stunning effects of balconies covered with beautiful fauna this concept has now been followed the world over from China and the Far east to the Netherlands. Most people are cognisant of the need for greenery and that trees are good for cities, and as you can see from the images below, they are very eye catching and quite stunning in their own way.


3. The Seventy Year Time Capsule

This is a rather unusual yet brief introduction to a story which I found to be interesting. Prior to the outbreak of hostilities in the 1930's that would become known as the Second World War, and with the Germans looking to conquer the European mainland (which would largely come to fruition); a young woman fled her Parisian apartment for the south of France, she never returned. Her name was Marthe de Florian and she was a famous actress. 

The strangeness is not that she didn't return, as during that period of time millions of people across the continent were displaced. The weird thing is that the owner of the building never noticed that his tenant had gone and not returned. I don't quite know how such an oversight could be made, but when the owner died in 2010, experts were called in to his property to access the value of his estate. Upon opening the front door they walked 70 odd years back in time, the flat was absolutely untouched and looked exactly as it did all those decades prior. Must have been a slightly eerie feeling walking in and seeing that.


4. Shape-Shifting Buildings You Say? Have You Lost Your . . . Oh Wait . . .

It may sound completely bonkers or like the stuff of science fiction, but the world’s first shape shifting rotating tower block is set to be unveiled in Dubai by the year 2020 according to architectural firm Dynamic Group. The images below look every bit as inspiring, futuristic and incredible as one might have guessed. Dubai and the middle east are definitely pushing the boundaries of architectural structures. I would love to go visit and see them all for myself at some point in the not too distant future. It's the only real way to grasp the scale of something so large. 


5. Recycling On A Huge Scale

Here in the UK at present there are some absolutely huge re-cycling projects taking place across the country in inner cities. Familiar buildings are being saved from demolition and reducing levels of neglect for such buildings in effort to convert these huge places into flats and living accommodation. This is obviously great in terms of putting a beautiful building to good use, rather than simply letting them fall into a state of disrepair and becoming an eye sore. In fact due to the architectural significance, history and beauty many of the original features of these building are being carefully maintained and in some cases restored in order to preserve the legacy of those who built them so many generations ago. The BBC Television Centre at White City is one example, as is Battersea Power Station and the Hoover Building in London. The first residential tower block in the UK, "The Lawn," was constructed in Harlow, Essex in 1951. It too is now a Grade II listed building. Conversions are taking place across the country and there seems to be no shortage of buyers for urban loft apartments especially so in prime city-centre locations, so we can probably expect the current trend to continue as developers look to cash in.


6. What The Hek Is That Noise?!

Chinese planners aren't quite as sensitive as their British counterparts it seems. They certainly didn’t let a little thing like a railway get in the way of the need to build more flats in the emerging mega-city of Chongqing in order to help solve the ever increasing inner city urban population. The train line actually goes straight through the residential building and it is every bit as crazy as it sounds! I don't know what safety measures are in place, but perhaps safety wasn't at the forefront of the planners minds in this case given that people could get hit by a train just upon opening their front door! However, I bet it certainly gives those who live there a greater sense of appreciation for life once they finally do make it out of their building safely! :)


7. Where In The World Are The Tallest And Smallest?

Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest skyscraper in the world standing at 72 metres high, but that is set to change. In 2020 the 1000 metre mile high Jeddah Tower, with serviced apartments, is set to claim the prize of being the world's tallest building, for a while anyway. While in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with serious concerns of overpopulation looming, they've gone tiny. The city has built two person apartments that are only 50 square feet! But when it comes to the largest, then first prize has to go to The Copan Building in Sao Paulo, familiar to Sim City players as a building they can drop in. The 38-story residential building comprises over 1,160 apartment units and is home to more than and 5,000 residents!

The Tallest . . .

Dubai can currently lay claim to having the world's tallest sky scraper, the Burj Khalifa, which stands at an astonishing 829 metres tall, with 163 floors. It has been the tallest building in the world since it was topped out in 2008. However, should plans in Saudi Arabia materialize then this record is set to be broken. The 1000m tall Jeddah Tower looks set to be completed sometime next year (2020).

The Smallest . . .

Back to China here for a look at what has to be the antithesis of the kinds of development going on in the Middle East. In the city of Wuhan, local government and planning officials have decided upon a rather non glamorous solution. With a rapidly rising inner city population they have decided to build tiny two man apartments which are only 50sq ft in total. Don't think I'll be moving there anytime soon.

Worth a Mention . . .

In Sau Paulo, Brazil, The Copan Building, at 38 storeys, is by no means anywhere near the tallest in the world or even in Brazil. However it's still worthy of a mention for the simple fact that with around 1160 apartments it is called home by upwards of five thousand inhabitants. Which is quite staggering in my humble opinion.

World's tallest

8. Going Underground And Underwater?

Again with this one we are teetering on the brink of Sci-Fi surely? But lo and behold, architects are now seriously considering building downwards as a viable alternative to building skywards. In 2011 a so-called 'EarthScraper' for Mexico City was proposed, the Greater Mexico City area being one of the most heavily populated cities in the world with over 21 million inhabitants. That's approximately a third of the total population of the United Kingdom.

Although the Mexico City plan is the only serious plan put forth of its kind, the concept is most definitely on the drawing board, with a whole range of obstacles and challenges which would need to be overcome. With technology expanding at such a rate it might not be as far fetched as it might seem. Give it time. After all, with 70% of the earths surface being covered in water, Aequorea a visionary city that would be built off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has already been proposed. This kind of makes the whole subterranean 'Earthscrapers' concept seem quite fathomable by comparison, to the layman like me anyway. Again, give it time, the future looks set to be every bit as crazy as we we could imagine.


9. Most Expensive

Having lived in London myself it certainly came as no surprise to me, nor will it to many of you, that the city ranks at No. 2 in the world for the most expensive cost of a city centre flat beaten into second place only by Hong Kong which I have to say did surprise me slightly. 

As an interesting aside, MSN Money investigated the different costs of living in UK cities with an emphasis on housing being a major component. Unsurprisingly, they found that London is the most expensive place in the UK to live; where they estimate that in order to lead a relatively comfortable life one would need about £7090 per month. Oxford, Edinburgh and Brighton took the next spots all with a figure of around the £5000 mark. With such extortionate living costs it is little wonder why so many tens of thousands of people choose to commute daily rather than living close by to their work. 

If money were no object how much would you be willing to pay for an apartment? Well in October 2018 the UK's most expensive flat was valued in October 2018 at a cool £160 million. The address? 1 Hyde Park. SW1. Which to be fair is a cool sounding address. Not sure it's quite worth such a hefty price tag though.


10. The Last Word . . . The Legacy Of Feudalism

People are often surprised now in the 21st century that it is still possible to lose your flat and be left homeless if you break the terms of the lease or don’t pay the necessary service charges!  Of course in practice, it’s become more difficult over the years for a freeholder (also known as the landlord) to evict people and reclaim homes, but it most definitely can and does happen

Where did such a feudal practice come from? Well, Land Law in Great Britain can be held at least partly responsible as the system in place in the UK today can trace it's roots way back to just after the Norman Conquest of GB in 1066. King William the new Lord of this realm was as business savvy and astute as he was absolutely fearless and brutal. He along with other powerful Lords would often grant 'inferior interests' aka leases in land and then in turn take an income from it themselves. King William at the higher end of this would reward many of his loyal friends and supporteres with vast estates in his newly acquired kingdom. These men were given titles such as Baron and it was up to them to make sure they collected all of the rents due from the inhabitants of their particulara area of jurisdiction. From these monies, the Baron would then send a percentge to the Crown, - if he valued his life that is. 

Interestingly enough, covenants on freehold properties only go as far as to define what you cannot do with regards to the property itself. With leasehold property they can also define what you must do in order to remain legal and above board. So for example, this might entail a directive to pay for the upkeep of an asset which might still be owned by the freeholder. 

In Scotland the system is quite different, there is no 'feu duty' - and so the equivalent of the British 'ground rent' could be set up post 1974, and no residential lease for more than 20 years could be created.

*Deacon has specialised in providing buildings insurance and associated products for flats and apartments for more than 29 years.


Deacon is a trading name of Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered Office: Spectrum Building, 7th Floor, 55 Blythswood Street, Glasgow, G2 7AT. Registered in Scotland. Company Number: SC108909 FP1129

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