Homes & Gardens

Planning consent granted for sustainable homes at Winslade Park in Exeter

Exeter based Burrington Estates has secured planning permission for a collection of 34 sustainable three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, and four affordable two- and three-bedroom homes at their flagship development at Winslade Park in Exeter, Devon. This vibrant multi-use site currently hosts both commercial office space as well as state of the art leisure facilities.

The 86-acre site has received £28 million of funding from Paragon Development Finance and is already a buzzing hub of activity with premium sports and leisure facilities such as a gym, swimming pool, spa, creche...

Kitchen Units: What to look for when buying your cabinets

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Fri, 05/20/2022 - 8:44am

When it comes to replacing your old kitchen cabinets with something more stylish and functional, there’s a wealth of options, meaning it can feel overwhelming to choose the right style. Whether you prefer a classic shaker style, contemporary high-gloss, or good warm grains, there are kitchen units for sale to suit both your lifestyle and your unique needs.

Getting it right from the first shopping spree is important because kitchen units not only play a huge role in how your kitchen looks, but they can also be strenuous for the budget too. The bright side of the matter is that the...

High quality wood furniture every home should have

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Fri, 05/20/2022 - 8:32am

A home is a place for relaxation and downtime. In all its variations, furniture is essential for you to have both. How can one relax after a hard day’s work without a sofa on? Or how can you host without a coffee table for snacks and beverages?

Of course, home furniture extends far beyond the living room. There are so many rooms to populate with furniture, and some furniture pieces may be more practical than others which may purely exist for aesthetic reasons.

But no matter what kind of home you’ve got, there is always a need for high-quality wood furniture – and this...

6 Things You Should Know if You're a First-Time Renter 

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Fri, 05/20/2022 - 5:41am

Getting your first apartment is really exciting. You get to set your own rules, decorate any way you want, and be wholly independent. At the same time, that kind of power can be terrifying if you don’t know how to live on your own, especially if you have little money or resources.

What to Know As a First-Time Renter

Most of us don’t learn how to pay our taxes, fill out a renters application, or buy renter’s insurance, and that’s okay. This article will teach you how to rent your first apartment.

1. University Towns Have Accommodations

If you’re moving out for university...

Tips for decorating on a budget

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 05/19/2022 - 6:01am

With the current cost of living crisis going on at the moment, luxuries like decorations and décor have fallen down the list of priorities for many homeowners and renters across the country.

But, having a beautiful home should not be a luxury and there are ways you can decorate your home on a tight budget, in order to get the beautiful home you deserve. So, today we have spoken to decorating experts to get some tips on how you can decorate your home on a tight budget.

Set a Firm Budget for Your Project

The first step for any home improvement project when you’re...

How to Make Your Modern Kitchen: 11 Must-Have Accessories

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Wed, 05/18/2022 - 6:40am

The kitchen is the heart of your home, especially for those who love to cook. Being a functional, multi-functional space, it should be such that it is enough to function and be comfortable in it. Therefore, kitchen accessories are the most important items in the kitchen. This is because kitchen accessories are the ones that determine how easily you can work in your cooking arsenal.

  • Swap Out your Faucet

The taps have come a long way. They are now available in a variety of shapes, finishes, and configurations. Change your regular version to get a unique...

What to look for when wanting to buy a king mattress

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Tue, 05/17/2022 - 6:46am

If you feel cramped in your small double bed at night, it might be time to upgrade. A king mattress can be ideal for couples and families alike. You might know about a queen size already, but a king is even bigger. While the 16-inch difference between a queen and a king mattress may seem insignificant, that space can make a huge difference in your quality of sleep each night. However, there are things you need to consider when looking to purchase one. To help you make the right choice, here are some top tips so you know what you look for when buying a king mattress.

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Topsham developer reveals a list of interior trends for retirees

Authored by LaurenBluck
Posted: Mon, 05/16/2022 - 3:14pm
Met curtains and garden gnomes are OUT, and home gyms and EV charging points are IN, according to new research

A new study of people in the South West aged 65 plus from the developer behind the Pym Court Retirement Living Plus development on Exeter Road in Topsham has revealed a list of interior trends for retirees, that are IN and the ones that are well and truly OUT.

The study, by leading developer of retirement communities, McCarthy Stone, has found that today’s over 65s in the South West are after top spec home security systems (a must for 46 percent), electric vehicle charging...

How to Get a Survey Quote When Selling Your House

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Fri, 05/13/2022 - 6:15am

Surveyance of property is deemed a vital part of the real estate process, particularly because it can significantly impact the sale of your home. Knowing the property lines of the home or property you wish to sell is important if you want to secure the best pricing deal.

Some property lines are marked evidently by certain roads or landscape changes, while others remain completely indiscernible or may have gradually changed as years passed by. To obtain the most accurate understanding and measure of your property, it’s wise to opt for a property survey and get a survey quote while...

New regeneration vision for Haven Banks retail park presented for public consultation

Exeter is set to have a vibrant new neighbourhood with new homes, retail and leisure facilities and new green space as part of regeneration proposals for Haven Banks retail park.

Experienced developer Coplan Estates and joint venture partner Welbeck CP have launched a public consultation to invite feedback on their plans for the regeneration of Haven Banks retail park at Water Lane and Haven Road, south of Exeter city centre.

With Matalan and the Range having closed their stores and relocated to other premises in the city, the retail park is now predominantly redundant....

6 ways to reduce your energy bills

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Fri, 05/06/2022 - 5:10am

Home owners across the UK are experiencing are experiencing the biggest squeeze on their energy bills in decades. This has been driven by political and economic factors relating to the supply chain of key distributor countries. While we can’t do anything about cross-country frictions, what we can do is make changes to reduce our energy needs and therefore energy bills. Here are 6 ways we can do exactly that.

  1. Insulate our homes properly

The more insulation you have the better your home is at retaining heat energy. This is perhaps the most effective way to...

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