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  • 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.
  • Summer home improvement projects

    Whether you’re an experienced DIY-er or whether you’ll need to hire a professional to help out, the summer is the ideal time to assess, repair and make upgrades to your home. With wind, snow, rain and ice out of the picture, it is the perfect time to tackle the home improvement projects you’ve been putting off all year.
  • Easy DIY jobs for first timers

    We asked 2,000 home owners from right across the UK what jobs they had done around the home. Almost 80% of us have painted a wall and over 70% of us have put together flat-pack furniture.
  • Six natural ways to cool your house down in a heatwave

    The UK is due a heatwave this week, with temperatures expected to hit 30°C in many parts of the country. In these warmer conditions, it’s tempting to plant yourself in front of a fan or perhaps even turn your air conditioning on, if you’re lucky enough to have it. However, there are many other ways to fend off the hot weather without landing yourself with a hefty electricity bill. We have looked at six easy hacks to keep your home comfortably cool.
  • 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!
  • Seven interior design styles

    With so many different interior design styles out there, the choice of what style to choose can sometimes be overwhelming. We have rounded up seven of our favourites to help inspire your home’s makeover.
  • How to make a property stand out to tenants

    Whether you’ve invested in a buy-to-let property or are planning to rent out your own home for a period of time, it will pay to make your home stand out to prospective tenants. In some parts of the UK, there are lots of choices out there for tenants. In the most part, it only takes a few tweaks to make a home much more rentable – these top tips will help your home stand out.
  • Are you too afraid to hire a builder? You’re not alone!

    Hiring a builder and taking the plunge to start a home improvement project can be an incredibly daunting process. The horror stories we hear about in the media give the impression that if you hire a builder, your home may will be left in turmoil while a cowboy builder gallops into the sunset with all your money.

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