Guest Blog: CIL: What is it? And does it affect you?

Guest Blog: CIL: What is it? And does it affect you?
Our friends over at K Design And Build have shared this fantastic blog with us. It is all about CIL and how it affects the planning process. It’s important when considering a renovation or extension that you’re aware of all the potential pitfalls and hidden costs. One that catches a lot of people out is CIL, which stands for Community Infrastructure Levy. This is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities

The quick guide to buying your first home

The quick guide to buying your first home
Buying your first home is a huge step in your life. As house prices continue to rise and mortgage lending is getting tighter, it has never been so hard to step onto the property ladder, especially being a first time buyer! You will feel the sense of freedom and self-achievement when you buy your first home. It is the best feeling to finally get your own space and a place to call your own. No more rules from your landlord or parents. You can design your ...

10 things to do with your garden shed – A shedload of ideas…

10 things to do with your garden shed – A shedload of ideas…
Do you have a garden shed rotting away or filled with bits and bobs that you haven’t looked at in years? As summer is drawing closer, why not use some of our ideas to create the perfect summer retreat? 1 – Summerhouse Have you always wanted a summer house to show off to your neighbours? This is the perfect opportunity to do so. If your shed is not large enough you could also knock it down and re-build. Be careful though, if it is too large you might ...

Renovate a barn

Renovate a barn
Unused barns have massive potential when it comes to development. There are lots of things you can do with an old barn, so let your imagination run wild. Barns are an empty shell which means you can often create the home you’ve always wanted, whether it is a super modern dream home or a picturesque rural home with beautiful countryside views – there are few limits to what you can do. A rural barn gives you the benefit of location, as they are usually...

What are you doing when your children fly the nest?

What are you doing when your children fly the nest?
It’s finally that time. Your children have flown the nest and purchased a place of their own. We know it can be hard thinking about your children not living with you but we have 6 uplifting ideas to put you back in a happy mood. Have you ever thought about what you’re going to do with your new room? Are you the sort of person who is going to try and cling onto their child’s room and try and keep it the same as when they left? Try not get down about this...

Keeping your home secure this winter

Keeping your home secure this winter
As winter is drawing closer, the evenings have increasingly become darker and cold. This is the perfect environment for burglaries and other crimes to take place. Your home is your sanctuary and for some people it’s the only place you truly feel safe, so you need to adequately protect it against such crimes. These tips can help ensure security for your home by reducing the possibility of a break-in. Install a security light This one, easy thing could sav

Top tips on converting your dusty dank loft

Top tips on converting your dusty dank loft
Before you commence with any work, you need decide what you want to do with this space, work out a budget and determine if it is going to be possible. Having a plan and your ideas laid out is a good place to start. In most cases when you think of an attic you will picture a dusty, dark cramped room that looks like anything but a place suitable for living in. But if you convert it well, you will transform it into something completely different and likabl...