Colour ‘temperature' can make an enormous difference to the feel of a room, and even how well you work, rest and play
As we get ready to turn the clocks back and the nights start closing in, there are lots of jobs on the house that needs sorting before winter really comes a-knocking. But what are the main ones that you should add to your to-do list?
Safety in the home has definitely improved since the 19th century, when one of the leading causes of accidental death in the home was by burning
Masonry bees are a common type of bee that like to attack old or badly maintained mortar or cement between bricks.
As the chill sets in, we look at ways to heat your home
A first time buyer shares their experiences with lofts!
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
How can you keep your garden blooming in the hot Summer months?
In a slow market, buyers are getting more choosy, looking for a perfect property inside and out. While you can’t change the size of your plot or location, here a to-do list to keep your outdoor space looking neat and attractive.
Knocking through to create a kitchen-diner
Graham Fisher, painter and specialist decorator, describes how to make your redecorating project as professional as possible.
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.
Once you have decided what you want to do, you need to find out if you need planning permission or building regulations approval
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.
Did you know when selling your home, a messy garden can be a big turn off and could lose you £60K?
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
Increase your quality of living
When buying or renting property, people are rightly starting to think harder about noise issues that may affect them once they get to their new home. After all the house-hunting, stress and, at times, breathtaking expense, how must it feel to hear the first bark of the neighbour's dog in the back garden, or to be kept awake until the early hours on the first Friday night by a continuous stream of pedestrians on their way to a nightclub - or worse still, by the distant but persistent sound of the music from the nightclub itself?
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.
If you are having any building work carried out on your home,and it goes wrong, what should you do?
Refurbishing a kitchen should be based on more than just looks. Here are our top tips to creating a fashionable and functional space
Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to spruce up your home. Here are some quick and easy ideas.
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!