How to bring a little Marie Kondo into your renovation project

Following the popularity of Netflix series Tidying up, Sian Astley, property expert for the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (28-31 March, NEC, Birmingham), shares her tips on how to bring a little Marie Kondo into your life if you’re embarking on a big renovation. She’s currently... View Article

Four interior trends to watch out for in 2019

Lorna McAleer, interiors expert from made to measure window blinds brand, Style Studio outlines four of the biggest home décor trends for 2019.  Lorna has also selected products from the brand’s NEW collections to showcase how to ‘get the look’. Trend #1... View Article

Getting water-proofing right

If you are installing a concrete basement or other below-ground structures, getting your waterproofing specification right to combat leaks is crucial, as they can undermine your entire project. Yassar Altaf from Sika answers readers’ questions on long-term approaches for controlling... View Article

Editor’s letter

One of the key things to remember in creating a happy and successful self- build is to remember your neighbours. You’re likely to be getting hundreds of deliveries over the course of a build, so anything you can do to... View Article

The decline of the conventional floorplan and room names

Jason Orme, property expert for The Homebuilding & Renovating Show (28-31 March 2019), says: “Our homes and the way we use them reflect the way society is changing. If we look at the history of the homes since mediaeval times, there’s a definite... View Article

Graven Hill opens the door to custom build new homes

Graven Hill, one of the country’s most innovative self-build and custom build villages, is holding its first ‘Hard Hat’ event of 2019 on 26 January. The event will give visitors the chance to view the custom build new homes that... View Article

HETAS success with Trading Standards

HETAS’ work with Trading Standards has seen great results with rogue installers who misled consumers confronted and stopped. Members of the HETAS team were required to act as witnesses in a court case which resulted in a rogue installer from... View Article

Garador staff donate food to local food bank

In the run up to Christmas staff at the UK’s leading garage door manufacturer, Garador, have been collecting food parcels to donate to their local food bank. The Lord’s Larder, which is based in Yeovil, has been providing emergency food... View Article

What lies beneath?

With kitchens and bathrooms costing tens of thousands of pounds it’s important that self-builders and homemakers protect their investment from the ravages of limescale With 60% of the UK living in hard water areas limescale can be a real issue... View Article

How to keep your neighbours happy during extension works

In the excitement of planning extension works to your home it is easy to forget all about your neighbours and their concerns. However, even the smallest additions to your home can cause significant disruption to your neighbour’s everyday lives, whether... View Article

Ones to watch in 2019: Five key kitchen trends

New year, new kitchen? With the new year just around the corner, LochAnna Kitchens Managing Director and founder, Paul Jenkinson, gives his top 5 kitchen trend predictions for 2019 and beyond. 1. The True Handleless Kitchen  With handleless kitchens being... View Article