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Five reasons why you should consider home improvements

In today’s market, there’s just as much emphasis on home improvement as there is purchasing a property. Homeowners across the world are now spending more money, more frequently on home improvements, in an attempt to add some extra class to... View Article

Go ‘au naturale’ in 2017 with natural fibre carpets

Natural carpets are considered to be the next big trend in the flooring world. There is currently a wide range of beautiful, natural flooring products on the market that are purely made up of contemporary plant-based fibres. But aren’t natural... View Article

Build your way to a green home

More than one house every minute will need to be refurbished in the UK by 2050, a recent survey claims. The authors of a report to Parliament advise that 25 million existing homes will not meet the insulation standards required... View Article

Editor’s comment – March/April

As I write this in sunny Sussex, the property industry is gathering in Cannes for the annual MIPIM knees-up. This year the handshake-heavy event features the somewhat alarming proposition of UK councils on a charm offensive to attract funding in a post-Brexit world.... View Article

Grand Designs Live returns to London for 12th year

Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is set to return to London ExCeL from 29th April – 7th May 2017. This unique event promises to break down the conventional limitations to home building and offers visitors a... View Article

Five steps for a smooth project

To ensure a home improvement project runs smoothly, Judith Turner, head of ADR and senior ombudsman at The Furniture Ombudsman has the following advice. 1. Buy from a trader who is a member of an ADR scheme When it comes... View Article

The Red Thread: Nordic Design

The Red Thread explores the simplicity and functionality of Nordic design, both past and present. The book takes its name from a Swedish expression, den röda tråden (the red thread) which is a metaphor for the essence of a story... View Article

Right to Build Expert Task Force launched

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has announced the launch of a new Right to Build Expert Task Force, with Richard Bacon MP as its ambassador. The Task Force will help local authorities, community groups and other organisations... View Article

White Paper supports custom-build

The Government’s long-awaited White Paper, Fixing our broken housing market, has pledged support for custom-build housing. It states that “Fewer homes are custom-built in England than many other countries, but there is evidence of more demand for them including from... View Article

March budget responses

In response to today’s Budget, Will Waller, Market Intelligence Lead at Arcadis, said: “Today’s budget is a function of the geopolitical ‘tight rope’ that Britain is about to walk for the next two years at least.  Buoyed by the UK’s... View Article

Materials 2017 registrations soaring with high purchasing power

Delegate list abundant with architects, project managers, contractors, and many more… With less than two months remaining until Materials 2017 opens its doors, registrations of high calibre delegates from national and international architecture practices, housebuilders, and developers continue to climb.... View Article

More red tape will damage installer businesses says IDHEE

The IDHEE is calling for a major sense check before adding any further bureaucracy and accreditation initiatives that limit accessibility and incur costs for installers. The latest round of recommendations made in the Each Home Counts (Bonfield) Review raise concerns... View Article

New kitchens lead to healthier lifestyles

For many, a new kitchen means a healthier lifestyle, according to the 2017 Houzz UK Kitchen Trends Survey. The survey of over 3,100 UK homeowners using Houzz, who are in the midst of, are planning or recently completed a kitchen... View Article

Materials 2017 announces CRASH as official charity partner

CRASH, the construction industry’s charity, has been announced as Materials 2017’s official charity partner for the event. CRASH is a unique, practical charity that assists homeless and hospice charities with construction related projects. Good architecture is highly significant to the... View Article
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