Homes & Gardens

The National Association of Building Contractors takes the headache out of finding the right accredited builders

Finding a builder in England is quite easy. Finding an accredited builder who provides first-class work is another story, The National Association of Building Contractors are here to help and is winning praise in the process .

It’s a big decision and serious commitment to have an extension built on a home, to have a room or rooms renovated, or to move forward with another significant home improvement job. Probably one of the most important factors involved in having a great experience, with quality work done at an attractive price (that stays on budget) is finding the right...

Liv Butler

Liv Butler


6 Home improvement ideas with composite decking

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Tue, 06/15/2021 - 6:42am

Need wonderful, easy ideas that you can use to enhance your backyard and garden? You are in the right place! Consider laying composite decking boards, hanging one or two outdoor string lights, constructing a gazebo or placing lanterns in areas around the yard. Pick one or a few of our ideas; just the tiniest touch can completely enhance or add value to your home's exterior while instilling a sense of comfort, elegance and unique vibe to your property.

Why use composite decking for your home improvement project?

Composite decking offers unrivalled long-lastingness and...

Reasons to use a furniture delivery service

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Sun, 06/13/2021 - 12:54pm

A stunning piece of furniture can add joy and pleasure to your home. It's hard to buy furniture, however, when you don't know what wood and finishes have been used on specific items in your home. As fast as the human life has evolved, the trends in furniture buying have also evolved, and the new trend is to buy furniture online.

Shopping online isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you need to purchase new furniture for your house. Instead, you look for alternative ways to shop. Unlike life in years gone by, getting a trained carpenter to customise your furniture at home...

All you need to know about stone cladding

Natural materials are pretty commonly used indoors as well as outdoors due to their incredible quality. They offer loads of amazing advantages, and this is why many people opt for stone cladding. This provides a natural texture to their walls that not only looks good but comes with many advantages as well. Individuals are given the choice of choosing the kind of stone they want, be it limestone, sandstone, and more. They can even opt for stone cladding panels according to their preference.

Advantages of stone cladding

Thinking of whether you should opt for stone cladding...

The benefits of brick cladding

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Sat, 06/12/2021 - 9:20am

Brick cladding is a process that involves using bricks to cover another type of material. It is quite commonly used in today's world. People use it for buildings, houses, hospitals, offices, and more. Brick cladding actually comes with a number of incredible benefits, and that is why most people out there opt for it. Have a look at some of them down below.

• Less maintenance

The thing about brick cladding is that it results in less maintenance of the building. Moreover, if it gets dirty, all you need to do is wash it, and that's it! However, if you opt for painting your...

Trading Standards urges renters not to be caught out by banned tenancy fees

Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has launched a new campaign to help prevent renters in the region being caught out by fees that have now been banned.

The law on what landlords and letting agents can charge tenants when beginning, ending or changing their contracts has changed.

It means renters can no longer be asked to pay extra for things like professional cleaning and having pets, or charged for references and credit checks.

The changes mean that there is only a limited number of fees which are still allowed by law.


What to look for when buying plants for indoors

Indoor plants have become all the rage these days. In the past it was always the older generation who were keen on plants, but more youngsters are becoming green fingered. In this article, we will look at the different reasons for purchasing plants among all age groups. Curious what drives them to "go green"?

Working from home

More an more people are working from home, it's now is quite normal to work 2-3 and sometimes even a full week from home. This makes it of utmost importance to have a nice environment to help productivity. Research shows that plants can help create such an...

5 budget-friendly wall decor ideas

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Mon, 06/07/2021 - 3:50pm
Keeping up with the walls

We all want our homes to be picture-perfect from every corner and have every picture with Instagram-worthy backgrounds. But with so many things to spend on, getting an aesthetic wall is something we relate to as an expensive investment. Without a budget, things can pretty easily slip out of our hands. We are here to satisfy all your cravings for getting on-trend furnishings.

Listed are five ‘on trend’ affordable DIYs to get your walls en vogue:

Mirror-mirror everywhere

If you see yourself taking mirror selfies every time you see a fancy mirror...

McCarthy Stone releases name of new Topsham development

Authored by LaurenBluck
Posted: Fri, 06/04/2021 - 10:14am

McCarthy Stone, the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities, has revealed its new Retirement Living Plus development, on Bewick Avenue in Topsham, has been named Pym Court.

Pym Court has been named after the recently appointed Club Board Chairman of Exeter City Football Club, Richard Pym CBE. Richard’s appointment continues a strong family footballing legacy within the area - his grandfather was legendary Exeter City goalkeeper Dick Pym, who signed to the team in 1911 and went on to play a remarkable 186 consecutive league matches. The Topsham born player later...

A return to the city? The rural dream is over

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Fri, 06/04/2021 - 6:58am

As restrictions begin to lift, the property market in cities and urban areas are welcoming demand once again according to reports.

It had been a struggle for people looking to sell in cities, as the demand for more space, cleaner air and cheaper living in rural areas captured the imagination of many buyers. The likes of Cornwall, Devon and Yorkshire saw a huge rise in interest, particularly from people living in cities. However, that demand is beginning to wane and according to reports interest in cities is beginning to pick up once again.

According to studies, year-on-...

Files from the Farmhouse: Sofa and loveseats to plush up your space

Files from the Farmhouse: Sofa and loveseats to plush up your space

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Wed, 06/02/2021 - 3:08pm

Room feeling a bit clinical? Soften it up with some incredible accent pieces and a nod towards classic farmhouse design.

Farmhouse style is such an incredibly variable style. When pressed to its limits, the rustic interaction creates moody, pensive, and cosy scapes, perfect for feeling calm, quiet, and closely kept. Play off of the industrial themes and suddenly you're transported into a more modern and stark scape, using the clean lines to accentuate natural textures and patterns, softening the sleek look of contemporary design. More than these examples, the aesthetic lends...
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