Tuesday, 15 March 2016

How SANIFLO works

You might have heard of the SANIFLO toilets, or you might be considering installing one at home. A few questions may arise: 
  • So, what is SANIFLO and how does it work? 
  • Why should I use SANIFLO? 
  • How is SANIFLO different from a conventional toilet? 
Here are some answers for you: 
  • The SANIFLO system allows you to install a toilet in a space without breaking the floor
  • All piping can be neatly hidden behind the wall
  • Upon flushing, all water and waste is drained into the pump
  • The smartly engineered knife system breaks down all waste into small particles
  • The cut down waste is then pumped out into a sanitary gravity drain (a soil stack or a septic tank).  

The video below can give you a nice overview of the overall principles behind the construction:

You are probably already getting an impression of how specific such a toilet is. Apparently it has a number of guidelines that need to be observed upon installation and both experience and expertise are crucial for that purpose.

The best recommendation is to get a qualified SANIFLO engineer to deal with your toilet installation.
Should you have decided to choose a qualified Saniflo engineer, please have a look at our official website, or contact us on:

T:   0800 130 3199
T:   0207 837 0129

E:  enquiries@express-handyman.co.uk

Thank you for choosing Express-Handyman!  

Friday, 24 July 2015

Saniflo Engineers

We are excited to inform you that now Express Handyman offers expert SANIFLO engineering services for all of our clients.

Our services include: 
  • Same day repairs
  • Fixing blockages and overflowing problems
  • Original spare parts installation
  • Faulty macerators diagnostics
  • Installing and replacing original Turboflush, Grundfoss, Edincare Hydrolux macerator pumps
We also provide the original spare parts, so that in case that you need any of them, we can provide you with the right one. 

If you would like to know some more details why it is important to choose a qualified Saniflo engineer, please have a look at our official website, or contact us on:

T:   0800 130 3199
T:   0207 837 0129

E:  enquiries@express-handyman.co.uk

Thank you for choosing Express-Handyman! 

Friday, 10 July 2015

Shimmer and Shine

Shimmer and shine - metallic paints in silverMetallic paint is one of the ways to add an unexpected elegance and a touch of luxury to your interior. When used on the ceilings, it can delicately reflect colours into the room.

Shimmer and shine - brush stroke finish of metallic paintsLight metallic pearl hues add overall luminance and rather absorbing the colours of the walls they would add an extra touch of light with a mysterious feel. Delicate pearl-white and sage-green hues will add just the right accent to a room, and they do not need to "match" the overall palette of your interior, or the other decorative elements.

Metallic paint is also an ideal solution to a formal room where you can capture the feeling of elegance. Used in the right way, the lighter colours can shimmer with a sense of formality and refinement. The warm silvers, pearl whites and inviting golds can add a breathtaking look to any interior.

When the paint is used sparingly, just to make a statement on details, it can immediately grab attention and add a bit of drama and interest. It is a clever way to tame any hue which is too intense.

The richer metallic hues have the strength of a theatrical performance and convey a strong dramatic feel. Using those stronger navy blues, deep reds or hunter greens in a tasteful dose can distinguish your house from all others.

Metallic paints are among the most exciting additions to the world of paints. They can be sprayed for a smooth effect, or applied with a brush to add extra texture and aged appearance. Both finishing touches can be stunning but the best results can be achieved only by the well balanced use of metallic paint within your interior.

Call our team of painters and decorators if you would like a  professional application of your chosen metallic paint in the desired technique!

Shimmer and shine - dramatic hues of metallic paints
Shimmer and shine - metallic paints in a formal room

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Redecorating Struggles

Redecorating your room might seem quite elementary at first sight but once you are up to it, a number of questions pop up in your head:
  • Paint or wallpaper? 
  • What colour?
  • How to get rid of old decoration elements? 
  • How to strip old wallpapers? 
  • What if I want to combine different colours? 
  • How about moving furniture? 
  • How to keep the floors clean? 
  • What sort of paint to choose? 
  • What are the right tools?
 ... and so on, and so on!

This is one of the moments you might consider hiring professional painting and decorating services like the ones offered by Express-Handyman. The difference between a professional and an amateur is that a professional does this all the time and is familiar with all the tricks of the craft.

True, they charge you, but they do all the work for you. They answer all those questions even before you have asked them. They use the professional tools which you will normally not even bother to look at when you go to the DIY store. They know how to avoid dripping paint or to hang wallpaper with minimum effort. Furthermore, they do everything quickly with a much better quality than an amateur. And when they are done, they clean up everything after them, leaving the whole area nice and tidy. 

Besides, think of all that valuable time you will save for yourself, your work or your loved ones!

Why wait? See the areas we cover and call us now!

We will gladly come and assist you on your journey to a freshly renewed home.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

New Design and Social Media!

We are excited to inform you that our official website is with a brand new design!

It now comes with an advanced user-friendly interface, optimized for mobile devices and sleek fresh look to match the development of our own company.
Express-Handyman Facebook
And that is not all! You can now find Express-Handyman on Facebook!

Join us there and become one of our friends and loyal customers! There will be frequent updates and pleasant surprises for all of you. 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Design Tips - Pictures and Shelves

A room with pictures on he walls looks completely different from one with bare walls. It is not only about your attitude towards art, nor does it concern your individuality only. It is about something much simpler - the effect of "opening dimensions"
If the pictures are framed behind glossy glass, they fall into the already mentioned light reflecting elements, but even when talking of oil painting, a photograph behind a matte glass or another matte surface, the presence of a colour element on the wall immediately changes the space. 

Shelves and Decorative Elements
Open shelves can serve a double purpose - functional and aesthetic. Similarly to pictures, they add variety to the wall but also they can fill in narrow bays and serve their original purpose - storage or display. These can be decorations, CDs, books or other aesthetically appealing items. 

No matter the combinations or styles you choose, it is always a good idea to keep in mind the balance principle of juxtaposition.


  • Glossy and matte elements
  • Light and dark colours
  • Patterned and solid textures
  • Warm and cold hues
  • Smooth and textured textiles
  • etc.

Thus you avoid excessiveness in either of the extremes, and above all balance is what matters most.

If you want a personalized design consultation or simply need some handyman help when installing the shelves and hanging the pictures, do not hesitate to contact us on:  
T:   0800 130 3199
T:   0207 837 0129

E:  enquiries@express-handyman.co.uk



Thursday, 3 October 2013

Design Tips - Glossy and Reflective Surfaces

Another way of multiplication of light is the use of glossy and reflective surfaces. It is not necessary for them to be mirrors - they might also be: 
  • framed pictures, 
  • chromed metals, 
  • candle holders, 
  • plasma TV, 
  • decorative elements

Here are some tricks and advice that you can use to complement to the design of your space: 
  • Mirrors and reflective surfaces multiply light. This is the reason it is a good idea to position them facing towards lighter areas or light sources in order to bring in more light into your room
  • They optically increase distance, so it is appropriate to be put parallel to the dimension that needs to be increased. 
  • If you bend a large mirror with a heavy frame on the wall, it will "catch" the ceiling which will bring in visual interest to the space
In case that you are experiencing troubles to hang your heavy mirrors or any of the decorations that you might have, do not hesitate to contact Express Handyman! We can also send you a designer for a personalized consultation which can make your interior even better!

T:   0800 130 3199
T:   0207 837 0129

E:  enquiries@express-handyman.co.uk


Design Tips - Wallpapers

Design Tips - WallpapersMoving on the topic about accents on the walls, another option is the use of wallpaper. Wallpapers are frequently disregarded as difficult to put without the help of a professional painter and decorator, expensive or pretentious, but the fact is that they are offered in a great variety and after all it is not obligatory to cover he entire room (some people even use wallpapers on the ceilings!). 

Here are some tips how you can use a wallpaper in an intelligent and modern way:
    Design Tips - Wallpapers
  • You can use a single roll of exquisite textured or textile wallpaper on a single wall or even a part of it, so that you can define a separate area and thus create an illusion of breaking the space. 
  • An example of an optical illusion is the use of vertical stripes. Use them in order to make the room look higher. However, it will make the sector look narrower
  • The use of horizontal stripes will optically increase the horizontal dimensions and decrease the verticals. 
  • An alternative to traditional wallpapers are vinyls which are also offered in incredible variety, and they can also be personalized, including customer's  customization. 
  • Use a paintable wallpaper if you want to bring in variations later on. 

And remember - in case that you need a hand when putting the new wallpaper, do not hesitate to call Express Handyman! We will send our painting and decorating experts to handle the entire scary process of wall covering, so that your room will look as if taken out from a catalog!

Design Tips - WallpapersDesign Tips - Wallpapers

Design Tips - Light and Colours

... And then there was light
Design Tips - Light and ColoursLight is a major factor for he perception of space. The lighter a room is, the larger it looks. Aside from adding light sources like lamps or candles, there are a number of other ways to shape the space. 

Colours are nothing  but reflected light rays. Their use and combination are a subject of multiple researches but here are some quick tips for you.

Frequently recommended in small spaces are light colours, as they are the ones which reflect light the more and thus create the illusion of space. Therefore, white should be the absolute leader when it comes to interior colour; however, a significant disadvantage is it gets dirty very easily, especially when it is on flooring. 

Regarding the walls, white is still a classic but yet - it might be regarded as boring, sterile, conventional or impersonal. That is why you can use light pastel colours with the preferred hue. 
  • Yellow and orange tones bring in a touch of sunlight
  • Greens and blues relax
  • Pinks and purples add delicacy and femininity  
  • Neutral varieties are ivory, cream, beige, light grey
  • Grey should be used very carefully because it can stimulate depression
  • Using contrast is an interesting and modern solution - paint a theme wall in a saturated or dark colour as an accent.  
Design Tips - Light and Colours
Design Tips - Light and Colours

Interior Design Consulting

When choosing a home, there are a number of requirements. An ideal home should be simultaneously functional, comfortable and spacious. 

But what can you do when urban modern construction is often restricted to small spaces, and budget plays a major part? Thus, the chances of getting a flat with small rooms increase drastically.   

Even though it brings additional challenges, do not fall into despair! We are here for you with some tips and tricks which can help you with the decoration so that you can optically create the illusion of larger space. Check out our blog occasionally for new ideas and inspiration from the world of interior decoration!

In case you need a professional interior design consultation for your home or office, you can also contact Express Handyman and our design specialists will be at your address for a personalized offer which will bring a fresh and stylish twist to your place.