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The 5 steps to remortgaging to pay for your home improvement

Have you decided that this is the year to undertake that big home project? Maybe it’s the year you extend into your loft or get the open plan kitchen of dreams. Whatever the improvement, remortgaging is a popular way of financing an expensive home improvement project. The property advice website HomeOwners Alliance have 5...

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Open plan living: Making the right decision

Open plan living has been around for a very long time – I remember my parents ‘knocking through’ back in the early 80s, making what was once the (small, dark) kitchen, the ‘back room’ and the ‘front room’ into one big open plan kitchen living room. It was astonishing to my 70’s kid brain –...

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Replacing artex

Looking at the smooth pinkness of the silky ceiling, I couldn’t help but let out a sigh of relief. I know we could have done the new plasterboard ceiling ourselves. I know we could have possibly worked out the plastering eventually. But honestly – having a qualified person come in and take on the biggest job...

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Cost to render a wall

Rendering walls is one of the UK’s most popular forms of finishing external walls – and for a good reason. Here’s how to get it right. There’s a lot to be said for rendering walls. It’s part of our building heritage, it creates a subtle, uniform finish; it doesn’t require an additional foundation for support;...

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Effectively streamlining your communal space – everything you need to know

The communal areas of any living space are what makes a house a home, projecting the soul and character of an interior and playing host to all the crazy happenings of day-to-day life. As such, these rooms deserve a carefully considered design as a means of effectively streamlining their space. Today, we’re exploring a variety...

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Home Office: Streamlining A Professional Home Environment

Working from home is becoming more and more popular among today’s workforce, as the increasingly interconnected nature of our world means it’s an absolute breeze to stay connected to the office, wherever you are. Staying connected is the easy part – staying focused is a little trickier. Without the oversight and encouragement of colleagues and...

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4 costly home improvement projects & the value they add to your home

Whether you’re looking to invest in a home renovation plan that will add immediate resale value on to your property or you’re in the market for a project which will set you and your family up for the future, larger home improvement projects are a secure way to ensure the value of your property increases...

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