Doing your own home improvements can help you to save money but only if it’s done properly. DIY disasters can be costly and unsafe. Some tasks are always best left to the professionals – while others are suited for DIY.
In the past, bathrooms were white, clinical spaces. Today, with so many styles and colours, it’s hard to know where to start when planning your dream bathroom.
It’s perfectly possible to revamp your kitchen on a tight budget - and it will help sell your home.
Cosy. You know instantly when a house feels cosy. You can’t quite put your finger on it only that you have found a little corner of home
Ask any homeowner what’s on their wish list for their extension or refurb, and chances are they’ll say a home that’s lighter and brighter
Should you refurbish your new pad before you unload all your belongings? With the best will in the world, if you can afford to refurbish your new home before you move in, the answer has to be yes!
What is the legislation regarding the protection of bats in houses?
Do you have a spare room in your home and need extra cash? Have you ever thought of becoming a resident landlord? You may be able to earn £7,500 per year tax-free under the rent a room scheme.
Graham Fisher, painter and specialist decorator, describes how to make your redecorating project as professional as possible.
What is there to know about hanging pictures up on your wall? This can be fairly easy. You just mark a spot, bang in a nail, and then hang the said picture, end of story. Right?
Not all landlords or landladies are bad. Unfortunately there are indeed some unscrupulous ones but we are not all like that, it is a minority who give us all a bad name.
Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to spruce up your home. Here are some quick and easy ideas.
Anyone who has been through building works knows nothing ever goes to plan. Even with the best intentions; walls can collapse, pipes can be drilled through and a neighbour’s property can be damaged.
Knocking through to create a kitchen-diner
If you are having any building work carried out on your home,and it goes wrong, what should you do?
Once you have decided what you want to do, you need to find out if you need planning permission or building regulations approval
When do I need to apply for Planning Permission, and when can I make alterations to my house without?
Refurbishing a kitchen should be based on more than just looks. Here are our top tips to creating a fashionable and functional space
How can you improve your Garden?
Looking for ways to breathe new life into your garden? There’s no need to spend a fortune on a landscaper. We have put together our top tips to revitalise your garden and increase the value of your property as well
Bathrooms are functional spaces but can be beautiful and stylish too. Is your bathroom in need of a facelift?
Top Tips for improving your bathroom
Transform your home in no time
Rising property prices means improving rather than moving has become an attractive option for home owners. But it can be daunting embarking on a home improvement project for the first time. Whether you're planning a simple bathroom refurbishment or a major two-storey extension, here are a few tips.
Think small, but stylish
Finding enough space in your home can seem like an impossible task. Whether you’re tight on space or you’ve simply just got too much stuff, storage is a reoccurring problem in many households. While making your rooms bigger by some form of magic isn’t an option, there are however some really simple things you can do that will instantly give you that extra space you desire!
It's got a seriously bad rep
Cue the relentless Japanese knotweed or fallopia japonica – the bane of homeowners, property developers and governments alike. So evasive and threatening to our eco-system, if you’re caught planting or growing it in the wild (why would anyone want to?) it’s considered to be a serious wildlife offence. It’s also a pain to get rid of and infests pretty much anything within its wake – including the rock hardest of structures. Even a herbicide solution, considered to be a cost-effective and sustainable removal method, means it can take 1 to 3 years to get to work effectively. No wonder the JK has a bad rep!
What it means in old buildings
There is little doubt that nearly all the old houses that have survived until now must have been built reasonably well and it is unlikely that they had any problems with damp in the beginning. The problems that do develop often fall into one or more of the following categories.