Top Tips for Choosing Curtains and Blinds

The way you dress your windows can make or break your room scheme. Not only does the design you choose need to be attractive, it will ultimately dictate the amount of light and privacy in the space. Here Victoria Smee,... View Article

Gardeners ‘question time’ at the Ideal Home Show 2018

Running from 17 March to 2 April, the Ideal Home Show sponsored by Zoopla* hosts top gardeners Katie Rushworth, Skinny Jean Gardener, David Domoney and Alys Fowler as the show celebrates its 110 anniversary this year at Olympia London. The Ideal Home... View Article

Who do you trust now?

A BBC Inside Out investigation has cast huge doubts over using ‘trustworthy trader’ websites such as Rated People and MyBuilder, after it was found that fake profiles could be readily created on both the websites. While many of these types... View Article

Improve indoor air quality with the experts from Airflow

Airflow Developments, the leading specialist in home ventilation, will exhibit at Grand Designs Live from the 5-13th May at London’s ExCeL. For homeowners, self-builders and architects alike, Airflow provides a wide range of high performance, energy efficient and award winning ventilation... View Article

UK appetite for self-build soars

Enthusiasm for self-build is growing rapidly in the UK, as Government legislative support, increasing awareness of the Right to Build Register and the launch of the UK’s first custom build development ‘plot shop’ at Graven Hill in Bicester have together... View Article

Julia Kendell: 2018 trends for all areas of your home

Julia Kendell, BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’ guest designer and spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March, NEC, Birmingham), looks into the 2018 trends for all areas of your home. Bedrooms “The focus for the year ahead will be on functionality... View Article

Fact of the Week – 12th February 2018

The world’s largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors would have to walk 15 miles to see the 322 galleries which house nearly three million works of... View Article

Framework Directive for energy-related products

In October 2009, the European Commission (EC) published a framework Directive for energy-related products, thereby extending the scope of application to products that use, generate, transfer and measure energy. This includes products under the previous scope (e.g. electrical appliances) as... View Article

Is your project protected?

With property prices ever-increasing and the eye-watering cost of moving, more and more people are opting to stay in the current home and undertake renovation work or build an extension, whether to add value or create a more practical space... View Article

How to specify a staircase

Richard McLane, Founder and Design Director of Bisca, explains why consulting a staircase specialist is as important as consulting a kitchen or bathroom specialist. Unless you are a serial self-builder, building or re-modelling your own home can be one of... View Article