Homes & Gardens

How much does an extension cost in 2021?

Average house extension prices are between £15,000 to £125,000 , but this varies depending on the type of extension you want to have.

Find out more about the cost of extensions in this guide from the National Association of Building Contractors . ...

Early success for new homes in Barnstaple as Elan extends stamp duty savings

THREE eager buyers have snapped up new homes at a just launched development in Barnstaple, where Elan Homes has extended the Stamp Duty holiday. Featuring 57 homes in the first phase, Pickards at Larkbear is part of the wider 820-home new neighbourhood taking shape off Old Torrington Road.

Elan released a small number of homes for sale “off plan” in early January and has already...


Work begins on new homes in South Brent

Work has started to build 40 affordable homes in South Brent.

Leading partnerships business, Vistry Partnerships, have joined forces once again with the South West’s largest housing provider, LiveWest to tackle the region’s housing shortage with this high-quality development which will be delivered as affordable housing.

The new development will deliver 25 homes for...

home improvements

The most profitable home improvements you can make before selling it

Selling a home can be an excellent experience for both the buyer and the seller. A seller will get a fair amount of money to invest in their new house, and a buyer can get a new home. However, a buyer will demand a tip-top house when they are buying. They will want the house to be in perfect condition and will spend no extra money on repairing the home after buying. Therefore, you have to...

New research shows people in Devon more likely to make life-changing decisions as result of pandemic

Over two thirds of people (70%) in Devon say the Covid pandemic has made them more likely to make big decisions in their lives in order to take back control, according to new research carried out by leading housebuilders Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes. [i]

Added to this, over half (53%) of respondents said time spent with life ‘on hold' in 2020 has actually accelerated big life...

Why it makes sense to pay for a removals service as you grow older

Let’s face it, removals service can be expensive, this is why the majority of home moves are done by individuals or with the help of friends and family.

Moving my house by myself with some friends help is all great when I was in my twenties when all my friends wanted was an ice-cold beer after the day's work is done, but I’m turning 48 next year and to be honest, my back is not what...

South West sees growing number of house hunters

Hayne Farm by Sovereign, a Shared Ownership development in Honiton. Priced from £56,000 for a 40%v share. Available on Share to Buy.The South West of England has seen higher numbers of hopeful first time buyers searching for a property in 2020, according to new figures from property portal Share to Buy. Despite a period of economic uncertainty, Share to Buy have recorded a 54% increase in the...

What the new Help to Buy scheme means for first-time buyers in the South West

PROSPECTIVE first-time buyers in the South West will soon be able to apply for the government’s latest Help to Buy scheme – but it comes with a price cap.

The current Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme, which was launched by the government in 2013, gives first-time buyers and homeowners an opportunity to buy a newly built property worth up to £600,000 with just a 5% deposit.


Larkfleet Homes South West launches final homes in idyllic Devon development

Larkfleet Homes South West releases final homes to prospective buyers at sought-after Willow Heights development in Devon.

The development is set in the countryside between Exmoor National Park and Dartmoor National Park and is located within the small, picturesque village of Witheridge.

The Willow Heights development has a total of 65 two to four-bedroom homes, including a...

Loss assessor urges SW homeowners to take extra autumnal oil tank care

Leading and award-winning loss assessor, Aspray, is warning southwest homeowners – a relatively large proportion of whom heat their homes with oil [1] – to take extreme caution to avoid oil leaks and spillages during autumn and winter and to get the right insurance in place.

With many rural homes being off the gas grid, the use of oil as a heat source is commonplace in many villages...

Barratt Homes deliver leading wildlife conservation and ecology measures at Berry Acres

A brand new housing development in South Devon will include a newly renovated home for owls and bats and follows extensive measures to protect a pair of rare cirl buntings at the site.

Construction has begun at Berry Acres , just outside Paignton, where Barratt Homes is building 187 much needed new homes. Steps taken by the five-star builder to protect local wildlife will result in...