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09/07/2019: The history of the pressure cooker in relation to modern home improvements

In every home, there are items used every day that we all take so much for granted that we hardly notice they are there. It's only when starting to research the history of these modern-day essentials that the connections, coincidences and twists of fate that brought them about become apparent.

Take the humble pressure cooker for example. This has been saving time and retaining the vitamins and minerals in our food since it was invented what? 50? 75? 100 Years ago? Well, surprisingly, the first one was made by a French physicist, living variously in Germany and Britain in 1679. Denis Papin revealed his 'Steam Digester' in collaboration with Robert Boyle. It seems that at the time, its main purpose was to remove the fat from bones so that they were easier to grind into bonemeal.

After a number of explosions, Papin added a pressure relief valve, which later gave rise to the piston steam engine. Papin used that to make the world's first steam powered paddle boat. The principle of the pressure cooker was that as the pressure in a vessel increases, so does the boiling point of the water. This allows cooking at far higher temperature than in an open or conventional pan. The contents are surrounded with high pressure, high temperature steam, so cook very evenly, very quickly and without loss of their valuable vitamins and minerals to surrounding water.

It took until 1864 for commercial production to commence, with a model offered to the public by Georg Gutbrod (does that really translate to 'good bread'?) in Stuttgart. The first patent for a pressure cooker was issued in 1918 to Jose Alix Martinez for his 'olla exprés', and things really took off for pressure cooking in 1924 with publication of the first cook book specifically for pressure cooking recipes.

Modern pressure cookers have a number of flexibility and particularly, safety enhancements, but still follow the 17th century principle of steam pressure being controlled by a weighted valve to keep pressure of around 1 Bar, increasing the boiling point of the water by some 20° C.

So, what has all this to do with an extension, conversion or refurbishment of your house? Surprisingly, quite a lot. Not exclusively in the pressure cooking sense, but in the sense of having an expert team on hand to keep track of the latest convenience, comfort, safety and energy saving options for building homes that work the way their owners want them to.

If you are planning any building work from a small extension to a complete new build, get in touch with our team for an initial discussion of your plans by calling the number shown or clicking in the header of any page to send an email.

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30/05/2019: Greenways at Ovingdean, Sussex Rises Above Ground Level

With the latest phase seeing the completion of groundwork for this project, the floor pads are being laid and the buildings are starting to take shape above ground.

It is always an exciting stage of any building project, whether that be a new build like this one, or a conversion, renovation or extension, when the shape of the outline becomes evident.

Progress seems to speed up when a building reaches this stage too, so keep looking back regularly to make sure you miss nothing in the completion of what could be your next new home. These highly unusual properties are now available to buy off plan, so for more information, call Joey at Move Revolution, on 07703 838287, or click in the header of any page to send us an email.

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10/05/2019: Are you looking for a new home in the South East?

If you are and you want something special, with space for your family to enjoy, take a look at our For Sale section.

There are now three THS Homes sites with prestigious, beautifully built and finished homes that are out of the ordinary, comfortable and energy efficient.

Access the information using the For Sale link on any page of our web site for more information.

You may prefer to make more of the home you already have instead. We would be delighted to hear from you about your plans for extensions, conversions or renovations. Just call us on the number shown, or click in the header of any page to send us an email.

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02/05/2019: Effective design and choices can make life easier

Cleaning your home has come a long way over the years. I remember in the 1950s, at one particular pub, we had one particular cleaner with a penchent for wrapping the vacuum cleaner cord so tightly around its spigots that it often broke.

On one such occasion, the injured appliance was wheeled into my father's office with the words "The cable's broken again". Sighing, my father picked up a pair of scissors and cut through the cable. There was a blinding flash and a huge bang, scissors, vacuum cleaner and father all shot in different directions.

Yes, it would have been nice if the lady concerned had unplugged the appliance first. Even nicer, if any of the modern range of vacuum cleaners had been available then, the cable wouldn't have suffered any damage.

We are spoilt for choice now with cleaners that stand upright, or those that roll along on wheels, some with bags, without bags and all with more robust cable connection. You can even build one into the fabric of your house, needing only a hose to remove dust, which is then disposed of directly into the drain. You don't even have to empty the canister.

However you choose to keep your house clean, at THS Homes we believe that with effective design, effective heating and ventilation as well as careful choice of materials, even this task can be made easier. That is why even the smallest detail is taken into account when working with clients at the planning stage for their new home, extension or conversion. The less time you spend cleaning, the more time you can spend enjoying your home. Call us on the number shown or click in the header of any page to send us an email to let us know how we can make your home more beautiful and easier to manage.

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17/04/2019: Greenways, Ovingden is ready to buy off-plan

This development of two highly individual 1850ft2 homes is well under way. By visiting the gallery page in our site, you can follow the progress of your new house from plan to reality. This page will enable us to share every phase of a building project over the next 9 months to turn-key finish. As principle contractor 'THS Homes ltd' will supply its own, in-house, highly skilled tradesman and trusted team of sub-contractors to deliver the project to the highest standard and level of finish.

Look back from time to time to see what stage of the building process we've reached. The images shown here are a selection of those available to demonstrate the overall progress and key stages, with the full project portfolio being visible in our photo gallery.

Both of the 1850ft2, detached 4 x bedroom, 2 x bathroom houses are available to purchase off-plan, NOW! enabling the end user to adapt the specification to their individual tastes once exchange of contracts has taken place.

Please contact Joey 07703 838287 of Move Revolution for further details.

The earlier in the build process exchange of contracts takes place the greater the degree of flexibility on adapting specification. Any additional costs incurred in altering the specification will be charged to the purchaser.

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04/04/2019: Who can ever forget the Duchess potato peeler?

Another innovation to impact on commercial kitchen life when I was a pub kid back in the 60s was the Duchess Potato Peeler. Of course, being the modern caterers that my parents were, one was duly purchased.

The device comprised a plastic bowl at the bottom with an inner cup, covered in coarse abrasive. The latter was caused to rotate by water pressure introduced via a hose connected to the kitchen tap.

This action removed the potato peel, which was then convenently washed into a sink tidy. Progress could be monitored through a hole in the semi-opaque plastic lid.

With a flourish, my mother set the machine going with a number of large potatotes inside. With hundreds of potatoes to peel each day, this was surely going to be a boon. We trotted off to do something more interesting while this modern marvel did its work. Of course, trotting off etc., wasn't in the book of instructions, and when we returned, all that was left was what resembled a number of white peas spinning on their axes.

Things in kitchens have moved on a long way since the 1960s and the choice of apparatus available to make your domestic bliss even more blissful is immense. The one common thread that runs through every kitchen that we install in one of our extensions, conversions or new build homes, is that the kitchens all work the way the home owners want to work. Every item in the specification is chosen because it is the best for the way you want to use your kitchen, not just because it is the newest, most esoteric or most costly. If it contributes to your greater kitchen pleasure, it is in. Otherwise it can go and rotate on its own axis.

Give us a call or click in the header of any page to send an email and tell us how you want to work in harmony with your kitchen.

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09/03/2019: To move or not to move?

As families grow and expand, space in many homes begins to seem a little scarce. Teenagers' bedrooms are no longer just places to sleep. The bathroom queue seems never ending. Kitchens must adapt to changed eating patterns as timetables for work and study evolve.

Time to move? Maybe.

Perhaps it is time to talk to a specialist in extensions and conversions to gain the space that you need without going to all the trouble and expense of moving. There are many good reasons for staying put such as:

In many parts of the country, each additional room can add a hefty six-figure sum to the asking price. Then there are direct costs to physically moving your family and possessions, which can be substanAs families grow and expand, space in many homes begins to seem a little scarce. Teenagers' bedrooms are no longer just places to sleep. The bathroom queue seems never ending. Kitchens must adapt to changed eating patterns as timetables for work and study evolve.tial. In most cases, we find that the cost of even major changes can be much less than moving.

With sympathetically planned conversion, extension and renovation works, the disruption to your normal life can be much less than the heartache of packing, moving and unpacking again. As family people ourselves, we understand that life must go on even when undertaking a major home renovation. Our specialist team works with you to make sure that the schedule fits in with your way of life.

If you were to move, how many people would you have to inform. The list seems endless and can take up vast amounts of your valuable time. Extending your existing home saves a lot of paperwork.

All the reasons that you chose your existing home are still valid. You get to keep those, like the area, your neighbours, travel arrangements and the character of the building.

If your family is still at school, moving even a short distance can cross the boundaries of catchment areas, causing unwelcome disruption to the people you care for most.

THS Homes specialises in adding useful living space to existing properties with care for comfort, convenience, style and character. Extra rooms can be added, existing space can be re-purposed and converted, or a combination of both. This can make sure that your home works the way your family needs it to. Lofts, garages and even landings can be converted to useful living space. Adding en-suite facilities can relieve the pressure on bathrooms and modern, convenient kitchens can utilise space better to make sure that everyone gets fed when they need to be.

Our specialist team has a wealth of experience in making more useful space available. Call us or click in the header of any page to send an email for help at every stage from planning and design, dealing with matters of permissions, construction and final decoration. From changing a single room to major refurbishment of substantial properties, you can be confident that the result will exceed your expectations.

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04/03/2019: Your Home, Your Way

As a child, one of the biggest treats for me was to be allowed to use the Bonzer catering can opener in the kitchen of my parents' pub. It's funny how pub parents can always disguise work as a treat, isn't it?

Anyway, it always felt good from the satisfying 'thunk' as the cutting head pierced the can, through the smooth movement of the large handle to the final 'ting' when the lid was free.

Small things like that mean a lot, not only to a child, but feeling good about the things that we use in our everyday life makes a huge difference to our overall happiness.

That's why THS Homes believe that the most important step in any extension, conversion or renovation project is to listen to the people who are going to be living in the house and using the facilities, day in, day out.

By helping you make the right choices, then making a beautiful installation, THS Homes will deliver a new living space which is just the way you want it in terms of appearance, comfort and ergonomy.

If you are planning to make changes to your home in the south east of England, have a talk with our team of experts, who are there to help you personalise your home, your way. Simply click in the header of any page to send us an email.

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27/02/2019: Web site relaunch

Having been responsible for a large number of high-profile housing developments over the years, it seems a perception has grown up that this is all we do. To make sure that nobody is deterred from asking about smaller projects, our web site has been re-launched to bring back to the fore the work on extensions, conversions and renovations which has been, and will continue to be the mainstay of THS Homes' activities.

Take a look at the new site for examples of work carried out on a wide range of buildings from re-purposing a parades of shops to sensitive restoration and refurbishment of listed buildings from Tudor times.

Whether your plans include a major extension involving a footprint change to the building, or a simple re-purposing of another room, garage, loft or landing, your project will receive expert attention.

Extension or conversion of your existing home is most often more cost effective than moving and cuts down on the disruption to family life immeasurably.

All our work is carried out to the most modern standards of environmental friendliness, energy efficiency, comfort and style, in keeping with the character of the original building and the area. Call us, or click in the header of any page to send an email.

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