Life under the stairs: How can you make the most of that awkward alcove?

Life under the stairs: How can you make the most of that awkward alcove?
That awkward space under the stairs is often an area of neglect. It is used for abandoning school bags and muddy boots, which is the most familiar scene. But it doesn't have to be that way. Restore order into your home by turning an unused space into a beautifully efficient room by turning it into the thing you have always wanted, but never had room for. Wine room Why not turn the empty space into the wine cellar you have always dreamed of? Whilst th

The worst things you can do to your home

The worst things you can do to your home
If you’re planning on improving your home any time soon it may be best to read up on the things you want avoid. Bad design ideas can ruin the way your home looks and feels and that’s the last thing you want. We have compiled a list of some of the worst things you could do… The killer neck-ache Although it may look like a great decorative feature, having your TV way above a fireplace can be a bad idea. Do this if you want neck pains and have an un-enj

Do you want to become a successful Landlord?

Do you want to become a successful Landlord?
If you are contemplating becoming a landlord or a property manager, now would be a good time to build up a portfolio. Property prices are all over the place at the moment and it’s the perfect time to potentially snap up a bargain.  Building a great portfolio can take time and resources, but often mortgage lenders are happier to lend to a landlord because the rental income pays off the loan. London When looking for an investment you need to take into

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 ...

How to keep your home cool this Summer

How to keep your home cool this Summer
Let’s cut to the chase. Over the past few weeks it has been getting hotter and hotter and it’s only going to get warmer over the next couple of months. I know that I for one am always dreaming of a cool home without having to purchase an air conditioner. It is very tempting to plant yourself within a couple-foot radius of the nearest fan or crank up the AC, but you could get the same effect for much less! We have the secret! Read on to find out how you can...

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...

Do you have the worst estate agent in the world?

Do you have the worst estate agent in the world?
If you thought your estate agent was a pain, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that you may have got off lightly. We have gathered up some horrific stories about the worst estate agents and now you can find out what really happens in your house when they just don’t care… The estate agent who stole Have you ever been so hungry that you’ve eaten food from a client’s home? A gentleman in London sure has! As he was showing prospective renters

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...

Why is getting a Survey so important?

Why is getting a Survey so important?
Discovering a problem in your home is devastating. The immediate thoughts are always: how much will it cost? Is the house going to fall down? How am I going to fix it? Too many people faced with this situation attempt to address it alone, taking advice from someone with a vested interest in stretching the truth (who stands to gain from securing the repair works) and paying over the odds for what could have been a simple solution. This situation is just ...

Maximising space in a small home

Maximising space in a small home
Whether you live in a small apartment in a beautiful city, in a cute one bedroom cottage in the country or a three storey townhouse, space is very much an essential part of ensuring that you are enjoying living in your home. For a lot of people, creating space can be a difficult job. So below we have listed some ways of maximising space in your home and in those smaller rooms that need it the most. The first step of creating artificial space is to use y...