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Recent posts

  • Easy ways to make a house a home

    When you first move into a new place, it can be hard to make it feel like your own. Unless you have built your dream home, it’s probable that the colour scheme, finishes and fixtures were chosen according to the previous owner’s taste and don’t match your own. Here are some simple ways to express your personality and make your new home feel like your home. These are also great ideas for people who are renting and don’t want to invest money in renovating someone else’s property.
  • Should I add an extra bathroom in my home?

    Perhaps you have a cupboard under the stairs that doesn’t get much use and you’re tempted to install a downstairs toilet? Perhaps you have an especially large master bedroom and you fancy an ensuite bathroom? If this sounds familiar, read on!
  • How to make your home kinder to the environment

    Reducing your carbon footprint means using less resources such as gas, electricity and water. This will go hand in hand with reducing your bills meaning you can be more environmentally friendly and save yourself some money at the same time.
  • How to use less plastic in your home

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you won’t be surprised to hear that the world is facing an enormous plastic pollution problem. But it doesn’t have to be this way! If we all make an effort to use less single-use plastic, we can act together to protect our precious oceans before it is too late. With this in mind, we are looking at ways we can use less plastic in our homes.

    Most home improvement projects - whether they're an extension, a new kitchen or structural works - hold nasty surprises or the temptation to upscale at every point.
  • How to update a period property

    Living in a period property would be a dream come true for many people. However, clearly older properties require some work to get them up to a 21st century standard of living. These four helpful hints should help you get the ball rolling.
  • How to avoid disputes with your builder

    Using a Master Builder gives you the unique opportunity to contact the Federation of Master Builder’s Disputes Service in the unfortunate event that you need to raise a claim against your builder.