Home renovations can be so costly when you want everything to be perfect. Ultimately you might need to make some compromises along the way to make sure you don't blow your budget! We have rounded up our favourite product swaps which will save you significant amounts on your budget without compromising on finish or quality! 1.
Are you planning a loft conversion, extension project or large renovation project? If you live in England and Wales and are planning building works, it is imperative that you are aware of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and how it may apply to your development. We caught up with James McAllister, Chartered Surveyor and Director
Are you replacing your bathroom but don't want to spend a fortune? Acrylic bathtubs are a good option and have improved so much in quality in recent years - they are far stronger and more durable than they once were. We have chosen the best budget acrylic bathtubs that will look great in your bathroom
You've made the exciting decision to extend your home and can't wait to add more space and value! But where do you actually begin? Our handy step by step guide fills you in...breaking it down into simple steps! Image source Express Bi-Folding Doors Step 1 - Get planning!!! Before you speak to any professional,
Here are our top tips to help sell your home - and they may just increase the value too! 1. Keep your entrance smart It's worth tidying up the front of your entrance and getting rid of any clutter. Re-paint the front door to a welcoming shade such as a pale green, and put a couple of
If you live in England or Wales and are extending your home, you must be aware of the right to light and how it will impact your neighbours property. Here are the key things you need to know about the right to light. 1. The right to light act is separate to planning permission There is
Applying for planning permission can be one of the most painful parts of starting your extension, especially if you have never been through the process before. But fear not, we have answered the most common questions around planning permission for extensions to help you get off to a smooth start! How much does it cost to
Can't decide whether to choose aluminium bi-folding or sliding doors for your new extension? We look at the benefits of each to help you decide which is best for your home! Think about your budget If you are choosing the same style of aluminium frame, sliding doors will always come in more expensive due to
If you are looking to move up the property ladder by adding value to your home, here are the best renovation projects to choose. We always recommend that before you start planning any project, have a chat with your local estate agent to find out whether it will add value in your local area. Make sure you
When Pantone announced greenery as the colour of the year for 2017, we saw various shades of green pop up everywhere around the home - from bold wallpaper prints to striking painted green kitchens units. Jo Crane, Designer and Showroom Manager at Ripples Bathrooms, explains how to introduce green into your bathroom, though products, pattern and
If you are a home owner developing your property or your neighbour is carrying out some work to their property, it's important you both understand where you stand with regards to the right to light. We caught up with the Right of Light Consulting who are a team of Chartered Surveyors specialising in all aspects
A home renovation or extension is the perfect time to look at how eco friendly your home is and make sure it's kinder to the earth. Not only will an eco friendly renovation help the environment, you will also notice a difference in the efficiency of your home and your energy bills. We caught up with
Patterned tiles are having a real moment in the bathroom and are a great way to add some texture or colour. We have picked out our favourite patterned bathroom floor tiles to inspire you! 1. Toulouse Pont-Neuf Tiles, Fired Earth (£191 per m²) We adore the French look of these classic Encaustic tiles by Fired Earth.
Planning an extension to your home? Here are our great tips which could save you thousands on your home extension! 1. Keep the design and materials simple A modern design with lots of glass will look amazing, however it will cost you more for the design, materials, labour and will also likely require planning permission.
The perfect rug can completely change the look of your room whilst making it more homely and comfortable too. We have chosen our favourite patterned rugs to add some style to your home! 1. Afaw Berber Style Rug, La Redoute (from £99) This rug is so famous it's got it's own Instagram account (check it out for
A well planned shower can make a huge difference to both the look of the bathroom and your morning shower experience. So if you are planning on installing a new shower, check out what to consider to get it right! 1. Who will be using the shower? Is the shower part of an en-suite to
We are often asked about whether you need a contract with your builder before you start your home renovation project. Often a good working relationship feels like it should be enough, however with so much time and money invested in the project, we recommend that you do enter into a contract. Not only does it
One of the first steps in kicking off your renovation project is finding and a good Architect. The right Architect can help you throughout your project and be key in creating the home of your dreams. We catch up with TW10 Architects who share their tips to finding the best Architect and also chat about what a
Whether you have a large family bathroom or a compact shower room, we have chosen our favourite stylish bathroom storage solutions to maximise your space and keep your bathroom looking fabulous! 1. Waffle Wall Storage, Loaf (£95) This wire rack from Loaf which will give your bathroom an instant update, channelling the industrial look that
A significant proportion of the budget for your renovation project will be on professional fees and application costs. The great news is some of the fees may not apply to you depending on the work you are carrying out. We have covered the most common fees that you are likely to pay, however remember that the