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conseratory

Some advice before you add a conservatory

A conservatory is a great way to add an extra room to your house and usually they can be constructed off site and them assembled far more quickly than a brick or stone and mortar room could possibly be.

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Are printable flooring designs the future of interior design?

Technology is moving at break nose speed and now affects every part of our lives including our homes. Smart home accessories such as wireless entertainment systems and computer controlled heating systems are becoming really popular as people embrace this new technology, and UK Flooring Direct think that they have come up with the future of flooring – custom designed and printer flooring.

Garden office

The garden office is a winner all round

By adding a home office in your garden, you will not only be relieved of the grind of the daily commute to your place of work, but you will be a winner by saving the cost of this as well as adding value to your home; making it much more attractive to buyers.

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Homeowners go green to save money rather than to help the environment

Although eight out of ten homeowners are implementing ways to save energy in their homes, it seems like the majority of them do so to save money and not for environmental reasons. According to new figures released by M&S Bank, 80% of home owners have made at least one green improvement to their home in the last year including fitting energy saving light bulbs, recycling and switching off lights in unused rooms.

Architectural Plans

Planning Permission - a necessary evil?

Planning Permission.

It’s there to protect us, but often it can seem as if it’s there to frustrate us.

As you wander around Britain’s towns and you’re likely to wonder what the planners were thinking of when some schemes were passed. Part of the problem is that you don’t always need planning permission. There’s an amount of development that’s allowed in most areas under what’s known as ‘permitted development’, however if your building is listed, or you’re in a conservation area then you’ll need planning permission for pretty much everything, and sometimes that might even include painting your fence, or cutting down your trees. (more…)

Open plan kitchen

Design trends for 2014

We may already be more than a month into the new year, but what better time to start thinking about new ways to change the design in your home to be more trendy than now, when all your other resolutions have gone out the window? This year’s design trends are turning away from the shabby chic of the past and towards a more simplistic look created alongside bold and dramatic pieces.

bathroom

Transforming your bathroom

There are some simple ways in which a competent DIY person can transform the look of a bathroom without having to dig into the credit card and spend a lot of cash. Creating the effect of more space can be achieved by some simple and easy additions.

insect screen

What are Insect Screens?

Insect screens are a type of blind that can be fitted to windows and doors to keep out insects, such as flies, wasps, moths and mosquitos. They are a good idea in conservatories, and will be of particular use in the summer months. Insect screens are used in commercial buildings, especially those where food is being prepared. However, they are also useful in the home setting as well.

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