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Recent posts

  • How handy at DIY are you?

    Perhaps you’re a dab hand at DIY projects, or maybe you’re absolutely useless around the home. Recent research from the FMB allows you to compare your DIY skills to thousands of others across the nation – you can find out where your DIY skills rank!
  • Why not build your own home?

    When people think of building their own home, they tend to imagine it's going to be excruciatingly expensive. However, self-build is usually a lot cheaper than you'd think. When you throw in the amount of money people normally spend on bringing an existing home up to scratch, custom or self-build can prove to be a surprisingly economical choice (though the cost of land – which we aren’t able to include in our breakdown – varies from region to region). Below, we've showcased some of our winners from the 2017 Master Builder Awards. You may be surprised how much bang for your buck you can get going it alone... and if you fancy giving building your own home a go why not find a Master Builder to help?
  • How to master the Danish art of hygge in your home

    Tricky to explain and even trickier to say, the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced "hoo-ga”) is now immensely popular worldwide. The term comes from a Norwegian word meaning "wellbeing”. There is no direct translation into English, but it encompasses a feeling of cosy contentment and well-being by enjoying the simple things in life.
  • Award winning homes

    Last month we opened nominations for the Master Builder Awards 2019. To celebrate, we’re taking a look at some of the previous winners. So sit back with a cup of tea, read on and be inspired!
  • How to keep your renovation on budget

    Most home improvement projects, be it an extension, a new kitchen or structural works, come with one or two surprises when it comes to cost.
  • How to maximise space in a small bedroom

    If your bedroom is on the petite side, there are lots of ways that you can maximise space to make your room feel more spacious. If it sometimes feels like you have no room at all in your bedroom, this blog post is for you.
  • How to take the stress out of moving

    Moving house is one of life’s most stressful periods and so it’s important to do all you can to stop it being an overwhelming experience. These ten top tips will make moving a breeze.
  • Little changes that make a big difference to a home

    Sometimes a small interior change can make a big difference to how you feel about your home. If your home is crying out for a shakeup, but you don’t have the budget or time to tackle a large scale project, these little tricks will have you falling back in love with your home in no time.

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