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How to paint on new plaster for perfect results

Newly plastered walls can add a sleek and stylish element to your home. However, correctly painting fresh plaster can be somewhat challenging. This is why it is essential to take a look at a handful of steps so that this surface will retain all of its beauty for years to come. Although we always recommend...

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Loft Conversions

Loft conversion – stay and make your home bigger for your growing family

It’s a conversation that occurs in every growing household at some point; do we go for a loft conversion, or do we move? The pattern is usually that your first home is small and snug – perfect for one or two. Then you decide to start a family, and before you realise it, that tiny...

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Damp Proofing

How to get rid of black mould, condensation and damp

Whether it’s due to leaking pipes, excess rainwater, or poor ventilation, there are several reasons that condensation, damp and mould can start to form inside a home. Unfortunately, the problems caused by damp aren’t only unsightly and smelly but can contribute to poor health conditions, such as nasal congestion, asthma and throat irritation. What is...

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Homeowner NewsNews

Double storey extensions could be allowed without planning permission

The government has announced plans to allow homeowners to undertake a double-storey extension without planning permission. We have asked the experts at the property advice website the HomeOwners Alliance to explain all. According to our 2019 HomeOwners Survey, one of the biggest barriers to undertaking home improvement projects is problems related to planning permission, which...

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Bricklaying: Stone restoration or replacement of brickwork?

Sometimes aged brickwork and stone can look beautiful. As the materials become weathered, they begin to display a certain period charm. However, sometimes, things can become decidedly less pretty. In fact, as brickwork and stone start to age, it loses some of its structural soundness. When this happens, homeowners can be left in a tricky...

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How to make your home more secure with outdoor security lights

Outdoor security lights act as a very simple and very effective deterrent to burglars. But only 1 in 4 homes in the UK have motion-triggered security lighting. The knowledge that any unexpected visitors will be met with light gives homeowners an added reassurance, particularly going into the darker winter months. Additionally, some outdoor security lights...

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How to sell your home before Christmas

If you want to sell your home before Christmas, there is still time – just. Prospective home-sellers will need to have their property on the market by Monday 21st October in order to sell their home before Christmas, according to a new study. Data from estate agent comparison website estateagent4me offers insight into the time...

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Carpentry & Joinery

Built-in wardrobes for your home

So, you’re thinking about built-in wardrobes. Did you know this is the most popular time of year to think about built-in wardrobes? It’s not surprising – it’s just that time of year, isn’t it? The air is cooling, and the leaves are turning… and we all finally leave the garden and turn our attention indoors....

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Real Homes Show Episode 13

Real Homes Show episode 13 is here. Laura Crombie’s invites you into her home to explain how to renovate and create an open plan kitchen to a budget. Checking It Out share some unusual cleaning hacks using baking soda, Join Anna Morley style editor who will be revealing how to bring a splash of mint...

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Bathroom Fitting

Bathroom installation, hire the professionals

There’s something about the autumn season and heading into winter that focuses our attention on our bathrooms. It must be our desire to feel cosy and warm and what better way than to unwind and relax than in a brand new bathroom. We spoke with Paul Urry from Brilliant Bathrooms about why you should hire...

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