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Home Maintenance & Renovation

Written by experienced and enthusiastic experts, our array of well-researched and informative features has been created to inspire and advise you to help you make your home a better place to be.

Garage Doors

Converting Your Garage

Converting a garage is a relatively inexpensive way to create more space for your family. Our guide gives you the basics you need to begin.

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Woodwork And Tiling

For some people woodworking and tiling seem like black arts but with the right knowledge, a good set of tools and attention to detail most of us can achieve a good finish.

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Basic Garden Design Tips

Are you creating a new garden, or renovating an existing outside space? Our basic garden design tips will get you on your way to a glorious garden.

Outdoor lighting

Installing Electrics Outside the Home

Running electrics outside gives you lots of flexibility for using outbuildings and the garden but it’s a complex job that will probably need an electrician.

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Heating And Cooling Systems

There are quite a few alternatives to gas and electric heating and the choice is getting larger as ecological issues and climate change come to the forefront of our lives.

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Adding A Porch

A porch can be a very worthwhile and useful addition to a house although there are some rules to follow to make sure it doesn’t turn out to be the street’s carbuncle.

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Labour Costs

Labour costs are a big proportion of the cost of a renovation project but there are ways you can control those costs and make sure you pay a fair price for good quality work.

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Draught Proofing Your Home

Draught proofing your home is an important weapon in the fight to save energy and money. Fortunately it’s not difficult to DIY.

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Re-arranging Interior Walls

Modern living needs different living spaces to those that period houses offer, so it’s worth considering a rearrangement of internal walls to give you what you need.

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Central Heating And Boilers

There’s a bewildering selection of boilers these days and almost as many different heating systems to select from. We guide you through the maze.

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Door And Windows

Doors and windows play a large part in defining the style and feel of your house, form the outside at least, and any renovation project should play close attention to them.

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Terraces And Patios

Patios and terrace areas, including decking, the new fad of the century, are all excellent ways of making the garden space part of the home and therefore much more attractive and usable.

Roof-top gardens

Building a Rooftop Garden

Building a rooftop garden is a fantastic way to gain a relaxing and peaceful space. Renovating has never looked so good.


Get Professional Renovation Help

Professionals are important to the success of any renovation project but how can you decide where you should use a specialist and where is it safe and sensible to do the work yourself?


Accessible Kitchen Equipment

Doing a property renovation is the ideal time to create a kitchen that everyone can access regardless of disability.

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Improving Your Home Storage

If your growing family’s starting to feel the squeeze, take a few minutes to read our tips for improving home storage.