Homes & Gardens

4 Useful Tips and Tricks that will Keep your Home Safe and Sound

No one ever wants to think about their home being broken into, or any other type of disaster striking, but the unfortunate reality is that it happens all too often. From fires to floods, there is a myriad of ways that your home could be damaged or destroyed – and that’s not even taking into account the intentional acts of vandalism and theft.

That’s why it’s so important to do everything you can to protect your home, and that starts with making sure it is as safe and sound as possible. Here are four tips and tricks that will help you d that:

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Three interior door models that are also design items

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 08/04/2022 - 7:38am

In terms of design, the Italian houses have always been a top-notch benchmark for every architect of every generation. From the fancy villas built between 16th and early 20th centuries to the most contemporary buildings, Italian architecture and interior design have always steered the international taste and defined aesthetic canons, becoming an object of imitation and admiration basically everywhere. As evidence of it, you just have to browse any international architecture magazine, to discover that “Italian-style villas” are scattered everywhere, from Florida to Thailand, from South...

UK Trends in Bathroom Technology

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Tue, 08/02/2022 - 7:25am

UK Trends In Bathroom Technology

Technology has invaded all spaces in our homes including the bathroom. Thanks to technology, you can adjust the lighting, water temperature, and more with a voice control or remote control. There are plenty of tech-aided enhancements available now that can make your daily routine safer, efficient, comfortable, and relaxing. Once considered luxury items, smart devices are now used by many households.

Why do people choose tech-assisted gadgets for their bathrooms?

The technology-assisted bathroom fixtures and fittings are increasingly...

Butterfly scientists call on public for help

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 07/25/2022 - 9:50am
Butterfly Conservation launches this year’s Big Butterfly Count with a warning that time is running out to help save species.

Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation are today urging the whole nation to help Britain’s butterflies by taking part in the Big Butterfly Count.

Butterfly Conservation revealed in May that half of Britain’s remaining butterfly species are now on the Red List and threatened or near threatened with extinction. Last year’s Big Butterfly Count saw the lowest ever number of butterflies recorded. As butterflies and moths are an important indicator of the...

Lord Mayor of Exeter opens new retirement Show Suite

Authored by LaurenBluck
Posted: Thu, 07/21/2022 - 11:35pm

There was cause for celebration last week as the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Yolanda Henson, officially opened the new Show Suite at Pym Court – the latest development from the leading manager and developer of retirement communities, McCarthy Stone.

To mark the occasion, the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Yolanda Henson, joined the sales team at Pym Court, to perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the show suite at the Retirement Living Plus Development on Exeter Road.

Councillor Yolanda Henson said: “I was thrilled to be invited to the opening of the Show Suite at...

Advantage South West adds Foot Anstey LLP to two of its legal panels

Advantage South West has appointed Foot Anstey LLP, to its 'Development New Build' and 'General Property' legal panels.

Advantage South West, which delivers better social housing through collaborative working in the South West, is owned by four housing associations and currently has multiple members from across the South West supporting its goal of achieving affordable social housing in the region.

Foot Anstey will join six other law firms on the 'Development New Build' panel and three other law firms on the 'General Property' panel. Foot Anstey's experts are able to assist...

5 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Natural Things

A home's decor may significantly affect how you feel while you're in it, and some decorating decisions can help promote that feeling of tranquility. Stress can be reduced in a well-designed place that is furnished with your favourite things. With the help of these decorating suggestions, you can make your home a relaxing, stress-free place to be. But, of course, the best method to design your home without breaking the bank is with natural items.

You can use lovely, natural home goods to adorn your home. Living spaces with personality are made from cozy, aesthetically pleasing...

How much does a new vacuum cleaner cost?

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Wed, 07/13/2022 - 6:23am

The task of purchasing a vacuum cleaner appears easy. With so many vacuum cleaner options , it is simple to overspend on a poor device. Some examples of vacuum cleaners are upright vacuum cleaners under the Shark brand and canister vacuum cleaners under the Miele brand.

Any vacuum cleaner's cost will vary depending on features like the filter system, bin size, and guarantee.

Filtration device

A vacuum cleaner's filters ensure that the dirt and debris it collects stay inside the dust container. A vacuum with inadequate filtering would therefore release dust through its...

Using wall lights to decorate your house

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Mon, 07/11/2022 - 7:27pm

Wall lights light your room in a way which does not overshadow other rooms and are perfect if you are looking for a light that focuses on a particular object. In a versatile way, wall lights have the benefit of directing the light according to your lighting purpose.

Wall lights are suitable for hallways, living rooms, and bedrooms. Wall lights can bring life to different areas in the home without losing charm and elegance. You can decorate your rooms to appear aesthetically pleasing and unique with the right wall lights.

How to use wall lights in your home decoration...

7 tips to keep costs down when building a kitchen extension

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 07/07/2022 - 7:01am

The cost of a kitchen extension can change tremendously depending on where you are in the UK, the size and shape of the extension you want to build, the materials you use, the quality of the contractor, and the overall complexity of your project. That being said, there are ways to keep costs down. Let’s a take a look at a few.

Tip #1: Find the right balance between your extension size and its build costs

Any properly designed and constructed kitchen extension comes at a price. So, to avoid breaking the bank, you’ll need to achieve the right size / cost ratio. How much...

LiveWest set to build 218 rural homes in Devon over the next two years

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/05/2022 - 8:05am

A leading housing association is set to build 218 homes in rural areas across Devon over the next two years.

In a week when the housing sector celebrates Rural Housing Week – a yearly event organised by the National Housing Federation – LiveWest has demonstrated its commitment to rural housing by building 508 rural homes in the past two years.

LiveWest has invested close to £44m in rural homes during the last financial year having built 264 homes in rural areas.

In the last two years, LiveWest has built 31 homes in Crediton, 21 homes in Bovey Tracey, and...

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