Cast your mind forward

Ornate Interiors MD Ronnie Clifford wants you to break the mould… This is a call to arms!  We want you to break the mould and unlock the unlimited potential of your interior spaces. We have a very real chance to... View Article

Manage your build… and most importantly your budget

By James Bryden, Clearplan Project Manager. In a recent survey* of house builders and homeowners, it was found that 75% of respondents overspent. While spending your contingency can be a “joke” at dinner parties, in reality it’s no laughing matter,... View Article

Cut through the jargon of renewable energy

There has never been a better time to incorporate renewable technology into self-builds and refurbishments, thanks to the government’s latest ‘go-green’ initiative. That’s the message from Yorkshire Heat Pumps owner, Michael Wright, who says the new domestic Renewable Heat Incentive... View Article

Scottish property values set to decline by 20% with a Yes vote

The impact of Scotland independence could have massive implications on voter’s property value warns the leading Online Estate Agent eMoov.co.uk. House prices in Scotland have increased quickly in recent months amid continuing strong demand and investment into infrastructure and business... View Article

Insulation ‘Cashback’ scheme to deliver savings for all

Of all the ‘cost of living crises’ faced by householders, rising fuel bills are among the worst. Governments and their ‘eco-taxes’ are partly to blame, but subsidised renewable energy schemes can outweigh this growing burden. The latest is an insulation... View Article

Trees cause over £25 million damage to new homes

Over £25million of damage has been caused to new homes by trees over the last six years, according to figures released by NHBC. The UK’s leading warranty provider and standard setting body for new build homes is so concerned by... View Article

Gross mortgage lending continues to grow in April

Gross mortgage lending was an estimated £16.6 billion in April, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. This is 8% higher than March’s gross lending total and 36% higher than April last year (£12.2 billion) and the highest total for... View Article

The Build Show backs five per cent VAT cut

As new figures show that more than half of homeowners admit to paying tradesmen in cash in order to avoid VAT, a practice that is costing the Treasury £2 billion per year, the Build Show has reiterated its calls to... View Article

BPF: New Green Deal Home Improvement Fund welcome

The British Property Federation (BPF) has welcomed the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. It has praised the Government for launching sensible changes that will make the application process easier, but would like to see further details on what will... View Article