Homes & Gardens

North Devon MP makes Green Homes plea

Authored by Mary

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, has urged home energy efficiency businesses and local tradesmen to sign up to a new scheme aimed at making homes carbon-efficient in the area. The Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme launched in October, aiming at providing grants that cover two-thirds of the cost of work carried out in homes that reduce their carbon footprint. The scheme will give...

How can local gas engineers adapt to online market disrupters?

Authored by Sarah Parker

Do online boiler installation companies offer new opportunities for engineers or are they a hindrance?

In recent years, online boiler installers that have adopted the Uber-style model have become a common concern and area of heated debate in the industry, with many installers blaming them for driving down prices and increasing competition.

For instance, according to...

Interesting inspirations for outdoor furniture for autumn

Authored by Sarah Parker

With summer slowly dwindling, the outdoor entertaining season is upon us. Autumn is probably the best season for most as it welcomes the freshness of cooler weather and the fleeting beauty of changing leaves. Outdoor dining is a lovely way to enjoy the season and mingle with family. Whether you have a petite patio or a sprawling backyard, a spruce-up is a must-do for the new season. There is...

Picture Perfect Retirement Homes Index

Authored by News Desk

The UK’s top picture perfect retirement homes have been revealed by comparison website , with the likes of Victorian Gothic mansions and contemporary city-chic flats showing that stylish later living is pushing against stereotypes.

Luxury age-exclusive villages have been on the rise in the UK , offering both community and style. Usually aimed at those 55 and older, these...

How to Give Your Christmas Table Some Class In 2020 

Authored by Mary

It’s been a tough year for everyone, and right now, we don’t know what the restrictions for Christmas and other Yuletide gatherings will be. We may be faced with very limited options at the Christmas table, or we may be given a few days' grace to allow families to celebrate together.

Whatever happens this year, why not finish the year off with a bang and go for a classy Christmas...

Enjoy the garden this winter with a chiminea or firepit

Authored by Mary

With ever-changing restrictions in place on how to behave especially in public, private outdoor spaces like gardens, courtyards and communal gardens become invaluable even though the summer months have passed by now. To spend even the colder evenings outside as cosy as possible no matter if you are alone enjoying a good book after a long day or you are sitting outside with your loved ones...

Demand for home offices fuelling house moves

Authored by Mary

Working from home is set to be a lasting legacy of the Covid-pandemic, driving a demand from house hunters for space to set up a home office.

That’s according to national housebuilder, Bloor Homes, who report that enquiries from people planning to buy a home that’s geared up for home working have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

Sara Parker, Sales Director at Bloor Homes South...

Keeping your house sale on track after accepting an offer

Authored by Mary

Getting an offer on your house or flat can be a naturally exciting time, and it means you can start to think about moving to your next home. But it’s also a time when you need to be extremely cautious and vigilant because nothing is confirmed until the contracts of sale are signed. Knowing about problems that can occur will help you to avoid or fix them.

Why nothing is certain even...

Tips for hiring an electrician

Authored by Sarah Parker

Do you own a home that is having electricity problems? If so, it can be very tempting to try to diagnose and solve the problem on your own. However, if you don't have a lot of knowledge about electrical issues, you could be at risk of making the situation even worse. It takes a great deal of experience to try fixing bad wiring or an outlet. Rather than trying to learn from watching videos or...

How to use decking to make the most of your Devon home

Authored by Mary

Devon is the part of England that most people aspire to live in one day, and it’s no wonder. It’s home to some of the most beautiful coastline in the country, as well as gorgeous unspoiled countryside and pretty country villages and towns.

If you’re someone who is lucky enough to be living there already, then you probably want to make the most of your home! One great way to do that...