One of the main challenges that people face when building or renovating a home is understanding how it will all look when it’s put together. Once the dust has settled and you actually start living in the property, what seemed like a good idea can often prove to be intensely awkward. Electrical systems are some of the most important things to get right. They’re very hard to pull out and re-do at a later date, so you need to be sure they meet your needs from day one. Here are our top tips to getting it right the first time.
You can only ignore that mould-blackened sealant round the shower for so long. However scrupulous you are about your cleaning, sooner or later it’ll start to discolour and become a bit unsavoury. And there’s a more pressing reason to deal with decomposing sealant – if it starts to split and come loose then it’s not doing its job any more, and water can start getting through.
Buying a new build is a great way to get on the property ladder. You generally won’t have the worry of doing any major renovation work for a good few years, and everything feels clean and fresh to help you get settled in. However, although all this newness is fantastic, the design and layout can sometimes feel a little bare. Of course, you can add your own touches to the space, but what additions can you make to truly reflect your personality and give your property a unique feel?
Hygge interior design ideas have been a popular feature in homes for the past few years. This concept is typically associated with winter décor themes and adds warmth, cosiness and general contentment to your living spaces.
Looking to make a statement in your home? Opting for a more conscious design theme can be a great way to develop a real sense of aesthetic identity. With the revival of retro design in recent years, a modern take on classic ideas is becoming a great way to enhance and improve your property. Take a look through any design magazine, though, and you’ll see rooms which have been lavished with thousands of pounds worth of designer materials. Surely you don’t need to spend so much to achieve a little retro appeal? You don’t - here’s what you can do to get a ‘70s vibe on a budget.
Last week we covered the steps that need to be taken before you begin to make any changes to your rental property. Now, we will cover the changes you can make once you have the necessary permission from your Landlord.
Giving thanks for the season with Autumn decor
In 2017, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth issued an advertisement, via her royal staff, looking for a full-time curtain and cushion maker for Buckingham Palace - an employee who would, no doubt, be kept busy with 775 rooms to work on.
Like clothes and, even food, home DIY is dictated by fashion. Just as you wouldn’t want to be caught wearing yesterday’s double denim, home trends can quickly become dated and out of vogue. We take a look at some of the trends from last year which are still popular in 2019 and, those that are on their way out.
Even the home you live in counts as an investment, and should be run like one. One of the most important things to consider when making large-scale home improvements is which ones will increase the value of your home the most. Another is which can be done least expensively, giving you a higher return on your investment.
4 ways to increase the income you receive from your properties in 2017
People buy the homes they fall in love with, not necessarily those that are the best value. If you need to ensure a fast sale, here are a few things you can do to make that ‘love at first sight’ moment a lot more likely.
Nothing makes a room look more tired or scruffy than walls with scuffed paintwork or peeling wallpaper. Even the tiniest of blemishes can become a big problem in a room that you spend a lot of time in. Thankfully, there is a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive solution - two of them in fact!
With eight bank holidays a year, the next of which is in less than a week's time, whether you're jetting abroad or to the coast, home security is an essential consideration. While we would all like to think that we still live in a world where leaving your doors unlocked isn't a problem, sadly, that isn't the case. Whether you're popping over the road or across the ocean, your house should be on lockdown.
Everyone wants the best quality workmanship, but no one wants to pay the highest rates. At the same time, no one wants to end up with a ‘cowboy builder’ either – having to replace everything they do wrong could easily end up being even more expensive!
On Trend Or Left On The Shelf? Are Pantries Worth It?
Standing the test of tile - why patterns are here to stay
In 2018, patterned tiles were everywhere - literally. As the trend took hold, we began to see patterned tiles on walls, backsplashes and, most significantly, kitchen and bathroom floors. At the time, many home-owners resisted the trend, convinced that it would be no more than a fad which would be gone by the time the Christmas decorations went up. Despite these convictions, 2019 is proving that patterned tiles aren’t going anywhere for the time being - with good reason.
Renovating your home is a significant investment, especially if you’re deciding on big changes to floor plans and layouts. It’s also an exciting time too, as you’re probably bursting with ideas to make the space stylish and homely. Getting these ideas on paper, however, can be the tricky part. There are lots of things to take into consideration, including measurements, perspective and colour themes. So where do you start?
We all know that Pinterest is great for looking at pictures of cats and spying on the lifestyles of the rich and famous but, it can also help with decorating our homes.
Interior Designer Nate Berkus, once said, “Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” Rather than a pristine show home worthy of a feature in a magazine, more and more of us are choosing to put our own stamp on our homes in order to make them as individual as we are. We’ve put together some household trends for 2019 that’ll make your home stand out from the crowd.