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Vinyl flooring has had bad press in the past, dismissed out of hand as being too cheap and poor quality. OK, so there is a lot of cheap, poor quality vinyl around but if you look carefully there are some beautiful, stylish and practical examples out there too . Vinyl has a lot going for… Read more »

 

 

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A Simple Guide to Getting Started Self-build projects have been known to be expensive and intimidating, although over the last few years, building your own home has gotten a lot easier. There are over 6 million people in the UK who want to build their own home and over 1 million in progress, according to This Is Money. Now… Read more »

 

 

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How to get the most out of your garden this winter Winter is the time your garden slumbers, riding out the worse that the British weather can throw at it, from heavy rain to sub-zero temperatures. It is the season in which we curl up in front of the fire, warm, cosy and protected against… Read more »

 

 

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Lighting design is one of the most important aspects of your home building or renovation project, but is too often an after-thought. The advantages of LED lighting are now well known and, in fact, it may be compulsory that you choose LED to meet building code standards. But it’s not just the position of the lights that… Read more »

 

 

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Before sifting through loads of plot finder websites, you might find this very useful… Frustratingly, there isn’t a one-stop-shop for finding your plot of land. Unlike house buying, where you can pretty much rely on RightMove & Zoopla to pick up everything on the market, there are a plethora of plot finder websites out there… Read more »

 

 

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Q: Do you need planning permission for a side return extension? Very possibly not! This is such a common project in UK towns and cities, for good reason. Many Victorian terraces have this strip of garden space that is so often dark and under-used. Claiming this space back internally can transform a kitchen or living space, without… Read more »

 

 

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Where can I find an affordable interior designer? If you’ve already started searching for your interior designer, you might have come across some beautiful websites from interior design companies displaying fabulous high-end projects. But if your first thought is, ‘My budget is nowhere near this!’ you’re probably looking in the wrong place. You might also… Read more »

 

 

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“Landscape Gardener” … “Landscape Architect” …”Landscape Designer” … “Garden Designer” … “Landscape Contractor” … there are so many terms for landscaping companies who might help with your garden project, no wonder you’re confused!   Can’t I just use a builder? Thinking of calling in Joe who did your neighbour’s loft extension? Although they might be competitively priced… Read more »

 

 

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What is a kit house? A kit house is pre-designed and pre-fabricated, usually bought to site flat-packed. Kit houses have become increasingly popular with self-builders, perhaps after the famous ‘Grand Designs’ episode with the German ‘Huf Haus‘. There are now many kit house companies in the UK.   What are self build kit houses made of? Most commonly… Read more »