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We Love Our Customers

We Love Our Customers

Quiet simply – We Love Our Customers! We love how they react to our projects upon completion.

Our team always ensure that a project is managed exceptionally well from start to finish.  Even the little aspects that some builders take for granted, like cleaning up each day, communication with the customer as well as completing on time and in budget is why time and time again Milestone customers come back to us.

From the outset we ensure regular communication and our customers vision are accomplished and where necessary add little touches that make the overall finish give the WOW factor.

We’re very unique in the communication field as we operate a project management online portal system which we give our customers access too.  This ensures that our customers can see the progress of their project as well as the budget, comments, notifications etc. This has proven to be highly successful with our customers as they feel they are in control of what is happening at any given time and also gives them the confidence that their project is progressing well throughout.

As well as this fabulous project management portal our customers can be sure that each and every day, the site/your home is left clean and tidy to avoid disruption to your lives as much as possible.

At the end of the day we want to enhance your life by creating a home you can be proud of with minimal disruption.

Still in doubt? Check out our recent video below or get in touch.

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Kitchen Storage Solutions Tips

Kitchen Storage Solutions Tips

Kitchen Storage Solutions Tips; Keeping a tidy kitchen cannot only make cooking meals at home just a little bit easier, but also a lot more pleasant. Get your kitchen organised, with plenty of good storage space, you might find yourself spending less money on eating out. Here are six kitchen storage ideas that will cut the clutter and create a well organised kitchen where cooking is a pleasure.

Top Row:

Keeping pots, pans and lids together is one of the biggest obstacles to organising your kitchen. If you can install a two-tiered cookware organiser. It helps you store pots and pans while maximising the most out of your cabinet space. Say goodbye to reorganising pots, pans or lids every time you take one off the shelf.

Countertop space is essential to a functional, organised kitchen, and nothing eats up space like small appliances– especially the larger, heavier machines such as mixers or juicers. We say keep them in a cabinet, and if possible seek out a kitchen heavy duty lift system do the heavy lifting for you. When you’re done et the lift system/shelf lower it back into the cabinet, out of sight.

Middle Row:

Although herbs and spices are small, they consume a lot of space inside cabinets. Improve your cooking efficiency with a in cupboard spice rack or pull down shelf from Howdens (as pictured). It’s the easiest way to keep spices organised, stored and close at hand!

Save time searching for scissors or stamps by giving your junk drawer a makeover. If you’re not sure where to begin (a.k.a. having a really messy junk drawer), start by emptying everything out. Once you’ve sorted things you want to keep and things you want to discard, repurpose household items like small food jars or egg cartons as storage for small items. Then divide and conquer by using a tableware drawer organiser to hold anything from batteries to lint rollers. Also to be extra organised label the containers so you know what is in each one at a glance.

Bottom Row:

Finding enough cabinet space in your kitchen can be a never-ending battle. While it’s hard to make new cabinet space magically appear, installing shelves isn’t as difficult. Consider adding floating shelves to your kitchen walls for a stylish way to store everyday items like mixing bowls or crockery. This is also a great project for a chef who loves having cookbooks close at hand.

Noisy baking sheets is a familiar noise in most kitchens. Keep your cookie sheets, drying racks and pizza pans in upright storage with a cabinet tray divider that rolls out. Install a second tray divider specifically for cutting boards, cheese trays or pizza peels.

Spring Clean your Oven

Spring Clean your Oven

Spring clean your oven; Below is a completely safe, natural and effective way to clean your oven — no harsh chemicals and no high-heat auto-cleaning with smoke detector funny business. It takes a little time and some elbow grease, but the payoff is well worth it. Plus, you most likely have everything you need to take on this project already in your cupboards.

If you’ve recently moved into a house or have neglected your oven for some time, then the oven may be coated with a black, sticky grime, burnt on food as well as numerous other residue. It may look as if someone has roasted a dozen whole chickens without using a pan.

Obviously you can call in the big guns which will cost you upward of £55 for a thorough deep clean and if you are on a budget sometimes this is not an option. However if you are like myself and obsessed with cleaning and being house proud this is also not justifiable cost each month.

You can buy extremely harsh chemicals that will eat through any remaining debris, but the fumes are strong enough to singe off your eyebrows. The accompanying dizziness probably isn’t worth it either.

However there is an alternative by cleaning your oven naturally with a little vinegar, baking soda, and good old fashioned elbow grease!

What You Need

  1. Oven (obviously)
  2. Baking soda
  3. Water
  4. Rubber gloves
  5. Damp dish cloth
  6. Plastic or silicone spatula
  7. Spray bottle (use a rinsed out old cleaning spray bottle if you have one)
  8. White vinegar

Instructions

  1.  Remove your oven racks and anything else you have inside the oven.
  2. Make a baking soda paste: In a small bowl, mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Adjust the ratio of both as needed until you have a spreadable paste. For me this took about 3 tablespoons of water to get the desired spreadable consistency.
  3. Put on your gloves for the next part.
  4. Coat your oven: Spread the paste all over the interior surfaces of your oven, steering clear of the heating elements.  The baking soda will turn a brownish colour as you rub it in; it also might be chunkier in some places than others. That is fine. Just try to coat the whole oven to the best of your abilities, paying attention to any particularly greasy areas.
  5. Let it sit overnight: Allow the baking soda mixture to rest for at least 12 hours, or overnight.
  6. Clean your oven racks: Meanwhile, clean your oven racks with are brillo pad (or several dependant on how bad your oven is)
  7. Wipe out the oven after 12 hours or overnight, take a damp dish cloth and wipe out as much of the dried baking soda paste as you can. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to help scrape off the paste as needed. I found that the damp cloth was enough for me, but a spatula might come in handy in those hard-to- reach places.
  8. Spray a little vinegar: Put a little vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you still see baking soda residue in your oven. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and gently foam.
  9. Do a final wipe down: Take fresh clean damp cloth and wipe out the remaining foamy vinegar-baking-soda mixture. Repeat until all the baking soda residue is gone. Add more water or vinegar to your cloth as needed while wiping to really get the oven clean and shiny.
  10. Replace the oven racks and anything else you keep in your oven, and you’re done!

Admittedly there is a bit of elbow work that goes into it however there is with any oven cleaning product depending on how dirty your oven is, but this way you will be fume free and it is less harmful to you, your children and pets as well as the environment too.

Happy spring cleaning.

As always, thanks for reading. B x

Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring Cleaning Guide: Whether or not you freely admit to it or not everyone at some point in their lives does a thorough spring clean of their homes – or if you’re super posh and not a tight Yorkshireman you’ll employ a Cleaner to undertake the mammoth task.

However if you are a tight Yorkshireman, slightly thrifty or simply love cleaning we have compiled a few pointers that should help you on your way to a beautiful sparkling home;

  1. Load up your dishwasher.  But not with dishes but with glass light fixtures, toothbrush holders and various toys.  Put it on a gentle cycle and skip the heated dry and detergent.
  2. Wash your windows on a cloudy day: If you try to clean windows on a sunny day the cleaner you use will dry onto the windows before you have managed to wipe it off, therefore you’re best to clean windows on a cloudy day or only clean windows that are not in direct sunlight. Use vertical strokes on one side of the window and horizontal strokes on the other side of the window, so if you see a smear you will know which side of the window needs the attention – therefore saving you time.
  3. However unlike the above, do your dusting on a sunny day – dust always appears in the most unusual places when a stream of sunlight hits it.
  4. Double up on doormats; Have one outside and one inside.  Make sure you clean them regularly so the can productively collect the dirt by hosing outside mats and vacuuming indoor mats
  5. Dust the forgotten places like curtains and lampshades.  Place curtains in a dryer for 10 minutes on a air only cycle to get rid of dust.  Alternatively if you can machine wash put them in the washer and then hang out on the line immediately so that the crinkles will drop out with the weight of the curtain thus avoiding too much ironing to be done.  With lampshades simply attack them with a lint roller.
  6. Pet hair on upholstery and curtains; scrap the lint roller for a simple pair of rubber gloves.  Simply put them on, dampen them and collect the fuzz.
  7. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to pay attention to the thing under the sheets. Press firmly with your vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean the sides.Then, spot-clean stains with upholstery cleaner or mild suds. After spraying, let dry, then sanitise with a disinfectant spray like Lysol or Dettol.
  8. Kitchen grime is a mix of dust and grease.  Make sure the extractor fan is on every time you cook to keep away grease and regularly clean all doors, cabinets, work surfaces and handles with a good strong detergent.
  9. To make stainless steel truly sparkle and remove finger marks, rub a small amount of baby oil onto it and use a dry soft cloth and work with the grain
  10. Clean your cleaners.  Make sure filters are cleaned, bags/buckets are regularly emptied and wiped clean with a damp cloth and any threads caught in the vacuum head are removed.
  11. Dig into grout, mix 3/4 cup of bleach with a litre of warm water, get a old toothbrush and a pair of rubber gloves and start scrubbing.  Be careful not to get the liquid on clothes and upholstery as it will discolour them
  12. With a cap full of flash in a small bucket of water clean all tiles in your bathroom and kitchen and watch them sparkle plus your rooms will smell lovely

Do you have any more useful spring cleaning tips that you would like to share – if so get in touch, we would love to hear them.

As always, thanks for reading.