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How to entice house guests with a comfortable abode

Some homeowners tend to get embarrassed about the state of their homes — specifically when it comes to house guests. While many people would be happy to make significant improvements, the fact that they can be expensive discourages homeowners from taking the plunge.

Thankfully, just because it has to do with improving your home doesn’t mean that it has to be expensive. There are ways to entice house guests without necessarily paying exorbitant amounts to get the job done. Here are some of the best ways to push for an accommodating and comfortable house.

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Liv Butler

Liv Butler


New partnership between Places for People and ilke Homes to create 165 new homes at Exmouth Junction, Exeter

A new development of 165 homes is being proposed as Places for People and ilke Homes announce they have entered into their second site partnership to deliver new homes on vacant land at the former Exmouth Junction, Exeter.

ilke Homes and Places for People have submitted a planning application for new homes to Exeter City Council and are working together to set a new standard for development in the city and provide affordable homes in this prime location. The homes, which will be constructed largely using modern methods of construction, will provide much-needed affordable homes...

A beginner's guide to tiling 

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Thu, 09/30/2021 - 6:09am

Choosing the right tile can make or break the aesthetic of your home, it is the cherry on top of any interior design project. Tiling can drastically spruce up lackluster floors and boring walls, that are currently a far cry from what you envisioned. Tiles not only add just a splash of color but character and texture as well. With the large variety of tiles to choose from, there is definitely something for you. It may seem like a complex task to start especially if you are not sure how to begin, but this comprehensive guide will help you kickstart the preparation process.

Choosing the...

How to maximise the space in your child’s bedroom

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Sun, 09/26/2021 - 10:18am

Whether your children are growing up, or you’re planning on welcoming a new addition to the family, making the most out of your child’s bedroom space can be difficult to achieve. With a mixture of toys, junk, storage and cupboards taking over the space it’s difficult to know how one child sleeps comfortably in there, let alone any more!

As your child grows, they’re going to need more space but just because their room is a little cosy, it doesn’t mean they have to miss out on relaxing, playing and enjoying their own personal space. In this post, we'll explore how to maximise the...

6 things to consider before renting your property on Airbnb

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Wed, 09/22/2021 - 12:40pm

The demand for Airbnb’s has greatly increased in the UK. People who would like to try their hand at hosting visitors and earning some extra income in the process are making for a growing market. Before you jump into this, here are some things to consider:

Develop your property's online presence

When it comes to promoting your Airbnb property, you want to start with a strong online profile. A potential guest will ask questions and look up reviews about properties they're considering staying at. You should make sure that every detail of your apartment is well presented to...

Footing the cost? Cost per square foot of property in Exeter area rises to 8% higher than the UK national average

Exeter’s rocketing property prices have seen the average cost of one square foot of property in the city and nearby areas climb to £305, according to new data from Zoopla . That’s 8% higher than the UK national average, which currently stands at £282 per square foot.

The data examined property prices in Exeter, East Devon and Mid Devon and reveals that in Mid Devon, the average cost of property per sq ft is £277. In Exeter, the price rises to £312 per sq ft, while climbing even further in East Devon to £326 per sq ft.

While East Devon’s prices are the highest across...

What is MDF and how to use it

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 09/20/2021 - 7:36am

MDF is a great construction product because it's relatively inexpensive, an excellent choice for woodworking, pretty adaptable, and can be used for various applications. But getting the best results from it is all about understanding the product and avoiding some common mistakes. In this article, we will get to know about the working and applications of MDF. Besides this, you'll learn how to use it and where to avoid it.

What is MDF, and how to work with it?

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is a synthetic product composed of fine particles of wood compressed under intense...

Reupholstering furniture is the latest trend for homeowners

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Sun, 09/19/2021 - 8:16am

A lot of people like to work on home projects. The latest is reupholstering. Click here to find out more about it.

Find a Builder: Hiring the Right Person or Team for Your Project

Find a building contractor you can trust and make sure they're the right fit for the job with our expert advice

Find a builder for your new project and rest easy that they are the right person or team for your project. From lounge extensions to self build s, each project will require a different specialist team.

If your job is big, seek your builders’ advice as soon as you have the initial drawings through. Get them in early, and they may provide crucial advice that will save you time and money.

They may have built something similar previously, affording you the...

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The benefits of investing in hand-crafted furniture

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Tue, 09/07/2021 - 6:24am

You're trying to decide on a new living room set. With so many options, it's hard to choose only one. Here's another possibility: Hand-crafted furniture. Many people think that they want something modern, but it doesn't speak to them when it arrives. There's no soul or character to it. That's not what you get with hand-crafted items. They have warmth and charm, which is hard to find in mass-produced items.


Hand-crafted furniture is as much art as it is a valuable household item. During the creation process, a lot of care and attention is given to every piece....

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