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The One – a 100,000 Square Foot Mega Mansion

In early 2020, a new house was completed in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, and the first steps were taken in the search for a potential buyer. But this was no run-of-the-mill, two-up, two-down new-build. In a land where big is, if not always beautiful, then at the very least something to be actively aspired to, it has been labelled both the world’s biggest and most expensive home. Unfortunately, the title of world’s most expensive home is now in some doubt after the asking price apparently dropped by $150 million during the pandemic. It’s now a snip at just $350 million. Size matters…

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How To Dog-Proof Your Garden?

Making the decision to get a dog is incredibly exciting. And, as any new dog owners know, there is a lot to think about. From deciding what breed to get to training your new furry friend, another important thing to do is dog-proof your garden. Whether you’ve adopted a puppy or a more mature pooch, gardens can be dangerous places with a wide range of hazards able to cause them harm.  There are a number of things you can do to keep your dogs safe when exploring your garden.  How to build a fence to protect your dog Perhaps the biggest…

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Top Tips On How To Lay Turf

Unsure about how to lay turf but DIY is your thing? Let’s take a look at some top tips on how to lay turf so we can change that! What turf should I use? You’ll want to lay purpose-grown turf, this will provide you with much quicker results and a healthy-looking lawn from the very first day of installation. By opting for fresh turf rather than sowing seeds and waiting for the grass to grow, you can save yourself time and wastage that’s usually associated with seeding your own lawn.  Tools you will need: Fertiliser Gardening knife Hose Rake Spade Turfing…

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Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)

Neil Sullivan & Sons are open and working in line with government advice to ensure your safety and ours with a contact-free service. Due to COVID-19, we are reserving the rights not to service certain areas due to government regulations. To find out if we’re serving your area, drop us a call. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time. How we support contact-free collections:  We’re closely monitoring the health of our staff. Gloves and masks will be worn to reduce spreading the virus through touching objects. We will not ask for your signature but will sign…

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How to Stain Concrete to Look Like Wood

Concrete is the optimal construction material, used for a variety of jobs because it’s durable and affordable, the only drawback is that it doesn’t offer the most attractive finish. That said, there are things you can do to get the best of both worlds. This month, Neil Sullivan & Sons are here to share with you some concrete beauty hacks, so you can achieve an attractive finish by painting your concrete to look like wood.  Cleaning concrete before painting the surface: Use a degreaser to lift any existing dirt  Use a straw brush to remove the dirt Rinse thoroughly with fresh…

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How Polish & Dye Can Transform a Concrete Floor

Polish or dye can take a concrete floor to the next level, making it a style statement for any hotel, home, business, office, or showroom. Not only that, but polished concrete is becoming a popular choice to add a touch of elegance to flooring without relying on coatings or wax. All you need is the right equipment and the right know-how; in this article, we explore why you should get this sleek, unique look for your home or business using polishing, dying and engraving.  What is Polished Concrete?  The process of concrete polishing is simple and involves adding chemical densifiers to…

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The Oldest Structures in the World

Today, massive structures can be built in as little as three years but that’s because we have cranes, lifters, bulldozers, dumpers, loaders, trenchers – you name it! But what about 4,000 years ago? How did the world’s oldest and most impressive structures come about? Neil Sullivan and Sons are here to talk you through the world’s most impressive buildings.   Impressive and oldest structures around the world: The Great Pyramid of Giza Also referred to as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops, this structure is the largest and oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World* and is…

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Concrete Clues About Stonehenge

You may have asked yourself how on earth was Stonehenge erected in 3000BC? Well, this is what we’re going to explore, through facts, recent research and specialist concrete knowledge.  How much do the largest Stonehenge stones weigh? First of all, we know that Stonehenge’s largest stones measure in at around 30 feet high and weigh 22.6 metric tonnes! And that’s just a part of it. Stonehenge consists of 30 standing stones creating a circle – and 5 stones larger stones situated inside the circle.  How and why was Stonehenge built? How: this large and cumbersome structure is said to have travelled…

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House Extensions for Every Budget

The price of house extensions can vary massively, depending on the scale of the project, where it is, your location and how you’d like to embellish it. That’s why this month Neil Sullivan will be delving into the whole spectrum of home extensions and what you can expect to get for your budget.  How much does a home extension cost? Depending on where you live in the UK, the cost of a home extension will vary depending on the labour costs of your area.  £1,500 – £1,900 per SM for a basic extension £1,900 – £2,200 per SM for a moderate…

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What is the Difference Between Concrete & Screed?

The primary difference between concrete and screed is that concrete is used for numerous high-strength applications, while screed is more commonly used as a top-level finish for flooring. Both are useful and popular materials for the construction industry, so let’s take a deeper look at the key differences between them.   What are they?  Simply put, concrete is a strong, durable material used in the construction and engineering industries to create walls, floors and other structures. It is created through bonding together cement, water and coarse aggregates, which together form a high-strength substance with multiple applications.  Screed is a mortar substance made…

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