Your guide to planning permission

By | November 15th, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

If you have never carried out a renovation project, planning permission can fill you with apprehension. Here is our simple guide to planning permission which will help guide you through the process. What is planning permission? Planning permission is granted permission to carry out work to your property. It is your local planning authority who will grant you

Financing your renovation or extension project

By | November 7th, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

The ideal way to finance your extension, conversion or renovation is to have the savings without having to borrow. But with renovation projects costing a significant amount, it's not always realistic to save up and have all of the funds available before starting the project. We always advise that which every borrowing option you take out, you

5 of the Best Artificial Christmas Trees in 2017

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: All, Interiors|

It's officially time to start planning your Christmas decor, so here are our very favourite artificial trees Christmas tree in 2017 that will suit all budgets and styles. 1. Whistler 7ft Classic Christmas Tree, B&Q (£86) SHOP NOW This is the ultimate snowy Christmas tree for your home and we absolutely adore it.

5 tips when planning your kitchen lighting scheme

By | October 29th, 2017|Categories: All, Kitchens, Lighting|

A well planned lighting scheme will transform your kitchen into something quite spectacular. We're now using our kitchens for much more than just cooking, so it's important to get the lighting right to enjoy everything from dining, relaxing and even doing some homework! 1. Map out living zones with different lighting If your kitchen is

What to consider when planning an en-suite in a loft

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: All, Bathrooms, Conversions, Extensions|

Incorporating an en-suite in a loft conversion is a great way to add value to your home in addition to the obvious practical benefits. Here are some of the things to think about before starting your loft conversion - from practical plumbing to maximising the layout! Embrace sloping ceilings Instead of going against the nooks and slopes,

How to design your bathroom like a pro

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: All, Bathrooms|

Renovating your bathroom doesn't need to be a big investment and with some clever planning, you can have a designer looking bathroom without the price tag! 1. Plan the lighting carefully Lighting can make such a difference to your bathroom, making it appear like a designer bathroom without having to spend a fortune. As a minimum, consider lighting

7 great white marble looks for around your home

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: All, Interiors|

We seriously love white marble around the home and the trend is very much here to stay! From marble effect tiles to modern task lamps, we have chosen our very favourite buys to embrace this look in your home. 1. White Marble Hexagon Wall & Floor Tile, British Ceramic Tile (£65 per metre²) These tiles are

What type of material should I choose for my bathtub?

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: All, Bathrooms|

With product and technology improvements, there is so much choice now available when choosing a new bathtub. Remember that there are pros and cons to each of the popular materials - your choice will ultimately be dependent on who will be using the bath and the scale of your budget! Acrylic Acrylic has long been the

Our top renovation product swaps to make big savings!

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

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.

5 of the best budget acrylic bathtubs

By | September 12th, 2017|Categories: All, Bathrooms|

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

Where do I start with my extension?

By | September 8th, 2017|Categories: All, Extensions, Planning|

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,

11 tips to help sell your home

By | September 7th, 2017|Categories: All, Interiors|

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

Right to light – 5 things you need to know

By | September 3rd, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

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

What you need to know about planning permission for extensions

By | August 23rd, 2017|Categories: All, Conversions, Extensions, Planning|

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

Should I choose bi-folding or sliding doors?

By | August 22nd, 2017|Categories: All, Windows & Doors|

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

How to introduce green into your bathroom

By | August 9th, 2017|Categories: All, Bathrooms|

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

Expert advice – understanding the right to light

By | August 9th, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

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

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