WIN A Deluxe Double Spring/Summer Bedding Bundle With Dormeo

WIN A Deluxe Double Spring/Summer Bedding Bundle With Dormeo

With more pleasant weather (hopefully) on the horizon, we can begin to look forward to enjoying the spring and summer. However, this means that those warm, sticky nights when it's too hot to sleep are on their way, too.

To make things more comfortable, we've teamed up with mattress and bedding specialist Dormeo, to offer you the chance to win one of their Deluxe Spring/Summer Bedroom Bundles in a double bed size, which should help you sleep when the temperature creeps up.

Each bundle is worth £59.99 and contains all you need to kit out your bed for the summer, including:

Win £500 off your legal fees with Direction Law

Solicitor at desk

Buying your first home is supposed to be an exciting and joyous occasion, and we’ve got just the thing that is guaranteed to put the icing on the cake. Enter our competition for the chance to win £500 off your legal fees.

We all know buying a house is a costly process, and all the additional fees and charges involved might seem endless, so to help you on your way, Direction Law is giving one lucky Homefocus reader the chance to bag this fantastic bargain.

Boasting a legacy that dates back to 1976, Direction Law is one of the most reputable names in the industry, offering you sound legal advice on a range of issues, including specialist knowledge in shared ownership and Help to Buy.

Exploring Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes

Photo of new home example of available on shared ownership scheme or help to buy schemes in UK

Have you ever heard the words “shared ownership”, or “Help to Buy” but always wondered exactly what people were talking about?

The world of affordable home ownership might seem like a complex one, particularly for first-time buyers, but here at HomeFocus we strive to cut through the jargon and tell you exactly what you need to know.

Thanks to the sky-high prices of homes and houses nationwide, people right across the country are being priced out of the open market, and add that to the extortionate cost of renting, it’s no wonder that people are struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.

However, there are affordable home ownership schemes in place to help you buy your own home - and the key word there is affordable.

Anglian and Sophie Robinson Help Brits LIVE A LIFE IN COLOUR 

Anglian and Sophie Robinson Help Brits LIVE A LIFE IN COLOUR 

So many homeowners want to recreate the swoon-worthy interiors seen in glossy magazines or on Instagram feeds, but the fear of using colour creeps in and they retreat back to…magnolia. This summer, Anglian Home Improvementshas teamed up with top interior designer Sophie Robinson, to discover the best ways for UK homeowners to live a life in colour.  

Known for her passion for colourful interiors, who better to provide inspiration and advice on how to allow your personality and individuality shine through in your home than Sophie Robinson.  

Big Ideas For Small Spaces - Gardening Ideas For Your New Home

Big Ideas For Small Spaces - Gardening Ideas For Your New Home

All hail the return of gardening to the ‘cool’ list. The nation is once again embracing gardening for reasons including decoration, wellness and sustainability. However, many of us think we lack the space to fulfil our green-fingered dreams.

By 2030, its estimated 92 percent of the UK population will live in cities where gardens come at a premium. In response, people are coming up with creative ways to maximise outdoor space to grow food, relax and support wildlife.

If you’re keen to jump on the horticultural band wagon but lack square meters, The Greenhouse People have provided us with an essential guide to becoming a successful urban gardener…

Local family get helping hand in move to Crest Nicholson’s Nightingale Fields

Local family get helping hand in move to Crest Nicholson’s Nightingale Fields

Amy and Ed Field had been saving for several years before finding their dream home at Crest Nicholson’s Nightingale Fields in Wokingham. Using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, the couple and their children, aged nineteen, eleven and five, were able to move to a home which allows them to spend more time together as a family, while remaining in close proximity to the local schools.

How to protect your home when renovating

How to protect your home when renovating

Renovation is becoming more popular than ever. People are moving house half as many times in their lives and twice as many Brits are now planning to extend their home rather than move house. Renovation, big or small, normally means making structural changes to your home, so it’s important to think carefully about how to protect your home when work is underway. A recent report reveals that the most popular insurance claim for home renovations and extensions is theft of building materials, closely followed by escape of water.

Create a fresh, welcoming home this spring with Zoflora

Create a fresh, welcoming home this spring with Zoflora

Zoflora has been proudly producing concentrated disinfectant in Yorkshire for almost 100 years. 

For a simple spring clean, try Zoflora’s helpful top tips:

Oven

Cleaning your oven can seem like a labour intensive task, but not for much longer! Try mixing bicarbonate of soda with water and spraying the solution onto the surfaces of your oven – making sure to avoid the heating elements. Leave overnight and wipe clean the next day.

Fridge

Put The Spare Room To Good Use - Barratt Homes

Put The Spare Room To Good Use - Barratt Homes

PUT THE SPARE ROOM TO GOOD USE WITH ONE OF OUR PROPERTIES AVAILABLE NOW AT SAXON RISE, BRIXWORTH

Leading homebuilder Barratt Homes is offering homeowners in Northamptonshire some fresh inspiration on putting their spare room to good use with their Chesham Special style home at Saxon Rise in Brixworth.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton said, “For those who don’t require the extra bedroom in their new home, they have the freedom to use the room however they wish and transform it to their own liking.

“Social media has been abound with hot tips on home organisation so we’ve gathered together some of the best examples of innovative ways to use a spare bedroom.”

Barratt Homes’ top spare room suggestions for the Chesham Special are:

Homebuyers Invited Show Home Launch With Birds Of Prey Show

Homebuyers Invited Show Home Launch With Birds Of Prey Show

HOMEBUYERS INVITED TO EAGLE-Y AWAITED SHOW HOME LAUNCH WITH BIRDS OF PREY SHOW IN MILTON KEYNES

David Wilson Homes South Midlands is inviting Buckinghamshire house hunters and Milton Keynes residents to its Eagles’ Rest development this weekend, where a special Birds of Prey show will be taking place to mark the opening of three brand new show homes.

On Saturday 26th May, an extensive range of feathered friends will be welcoming visitors to the Fen Street development from 1pm during a static and flying display that is not to be missed.

This exclusive event is to celebrate the leading developer opening the doors to three of its new show homes at Eagles’ Rest, providing keen homebuyers with an opportunity to view the desirable properties.

Moving Events This May At Fairfields, Milton Keynes

Moving Events This May At Fairfields, Milton Keynes

Exclusive events are set to be hosted by leading developers’ Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes Northampton this bank holiday weekend; 26th & 27th May 2018. These events will provide keen homebuyers with expert advice on making a move to their Fairfields development in Milton Keynes.

Fairfields Barratt Homes will be hosting a Help to Buy Event and Fairfields David Wilson will be hosting a Stamp Duty Event.  Both Sales Centres will be open between 10am – 5.30pm all weekend.

Visitors attending the events will be given the opportunity to speak to the onsite Sales Advisers for professional guidance on how to make a swift and affordable move to a brand new home. 

Astrop Grange

Astrop Grange

Astrop Grange is a new venture for Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) as it provides shared ownership housing specifically for those over 55 and gives residents the option of downsizing in order to meet their retirement needs.  

Working with various organisations to promote and explain the ‘concept’ of shared ownership and the equity release that this scheme can give residents GUHG has also provided a part exchange option and our Independent Financial Advisors have tailored a bespoke service to potential buyers that not only looks into housing costs but also factors in ongoing retirement income requirements. To help residents make the move, GUHG also offered to pay £750 towards legal fees on completion.

Leading homebuilder takes swift action for declining birds

Oakfields

Five star housebuilder David Wilson Homes has taken a swift initiative at its Oakfields development in Harbury to provide homes for feathered friends as well as new residents.

A carpenter for David Wilson Homes crafted some handmade swift boxes which have now been put up on the show homes and throughout trees at the Bush Heath Lane development. The homebuilder is hoping to provide a home for the fast flying birds, whose breeding numbers have nearly halved in the last 20 years due to declining nesting sites.

John Fitzgerald, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said:

Homebuyers invited to Eagle-y awaited show home launch with birds of prey show

Eagles Rest

David Wilson Homes South Midlands is inviting Buckinghamshire house hunters and Milton Keynes residents to its Eagles Rest development this weekend, where a special Birds of Prey show will be taking place to mark the opening of three brand new show homes.

On Saturday 26th May, an extensive range of feathered friends will be welcoming visitors to the Fen Street development from 1pm during a static and flying display that is not to be missed.

This exclusive event is to celebrate the leading developer opening the doors to three of its new show homes at Eagles Rest, providing keen homebuyers with an opportunity to view the desirable properties.

How to create your dream outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchen

Have you ever looked through the pages of interior glossies and lusted after the impeccable Outdoor kitchen on offer? Yes, us too.

But creating the perfect alfresco dining space doesn't have to be reserved for show homes and warmer climates. By following some simple design advice, you too can create a versatile outdoor space, which – even in the UK - can be used all year round...

Plan it out

You wouldn't start an indoor kitchen renovation without first having a fool-proof plan, so why would an outdoor one be any different? 

Older Person’s Shared Ownership Totnes

Quayside

Quayside offers a unique collection of retirement apartments for those aged over 55. The 30, one and two-bedroom apartments offer a contemporary open-plan living layout, private balconies or terraces with views over the Dart Valley or the inner courtyard space. Kitchens are fitted with modern appliances and shower rooms include walk-in showers. The apartments offer great communal facilities and services including an on-site bistro, a pamper suite and hairdressing salon, a meeting and activity room, large reception area and beautifully designed communal gardens and seating areas. The experienced, scheme management team are on-hand to provide support and help to organise activities for the residents too.

Phase two launched at Kenton Lane Farm, Harrow

Kenton Lane Farm

Following the success of phase one at Kenton Lane Farm in Kenton, Harrow, Clearview Homes has just released a further selection of three and four bedroom homes to the market. 

Kenton Lane Farm is an exclusive collection of 26, three and four bedroom family homes and five tastefully converted farmhouses and former dairy properties set less than three miles from Harrow town centre. 

Shelley West, Sales and Marketing Director for Clearview Homes comments:

No need to do it your-shelf with Barratt and David Wilson Homes during new homes week

New Homes Week

Five star homebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes are inviting Bedfordshire house hunters to down tools for a DIY amnesty during New Homes Week (May 14th to 20th) and consider the advantages of a new home.

74% of residents living in the county admit they would spend up to £5,000 on DIY, a survey conducted by the local developer has revealed.

Barratt Homes Northampton and David Wilson Homes South Midlands, which are both building new homes at a range of developments across the county suggest people should take a look at their selection of properties to see a home that’s ready to move into with no additional work necessary.

Pupils get a happily ever after at Barratt Homes’ storytelling event

Storytelling event

Stories were brought to life in front of the eyes of pupils from Church End Lower School thanks to a storytelling event organised by Barratt Homes North Thames who is building homes in Marston Moretaine at Marston Fields.

The leading housebuilder invited professional storyteller Richard York, a member of the Society for Storytelling, to spend time at the school telling stories to the pupils and engaging them in the literature, to mark National Share a Story Month in May.  

Mrs Straccia, Forest End Head of School at Church End Lower School, said:

Multi-trade students given a glimpse of the construction industry

Leading housebuilder Westleigh Homes has given a talk to construction students from a local college and invited them for a tour of its St Mary’s Park development in Leicester to provide an insight into work in the industry.

A total of 35 Level 3 Built Environment learners, followed by a group of Levels 1, 2 and 3 Bricklaying, Plastering, and Carpentry and Joinery pupils from Leicester College, were given a presentation by Mark Dixon, the Senior Site Manager who oversees work on the collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes close to the city’s thriving centre.

NOT SO SQUEAKY CLEAN

hygiene

BRITAIN is a nation lacking in hygiene when it comes to their home appliances, according to new research.

A survey of 1,015 UK adults carried out by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk, revealed an overwhelming 71% of those surveyed said they don’t regularly clean their home appliances.

When quizzed on how often Brits clean their home, the data revealed it is the washing machine which is cleaned the least. 

In fact, Britons clean the washing machine just once per year on average, according to the research.

Cleaning the oven came in second place, as respondents said they do this appliance twice per year.

Beechwood Barca score sponsorship with leading housebuilder

Our Space Your Place

Leading home-builder David Wilson Homes North West has supported the Beechwood Barca Under 7s by sponsoring their new kit and buying new goals through its Our Space Your Place community initiative.

The scheme aims to support community projects and local charities throughout the North West.

The Under 7s are part of Beechwood JFC, a club which has FA Chartered Standard status and is one of the oldest junior football clubs in Runcorn, having existed for over 30 years. 

This is the first season for Beechwood Barca and the boys have been improving week by week whilst playing in the Warrington League. All of the young players are encouraged by their coaches to develop their skills as well as being good representatives for the club.

Budding archer shoots and scores sponsorship in Nuneaton

Long Shoot

Local housebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes, who are developing the new The Long Shoot, have sponsored a local Archer in Nuneaton who is aiming to take part in the 2024 Olympics.

Hannah Rowley, 14, has been given £1,000 towards her training and is currently on the Archery GB World class performance pathway.

She lives close to the housebuilders’ new development The Long Shoot in the town and is currently competing for local and national titles.

Paul Rowley, Hannah’s dad, said: 

Bovis Homes - Delivering quality over the decades

Bovis Homes - Delivering quality over the decades

Much has changed in the world since Pat Haggerty worked in the payroll department at Bovis Homes more than 40 years ago.

What hasn’t changed is the home builder’s commitment to building quality new homes and stunning communities across the south east, and Pat knew just what she was getting when she recently moved into a new Bovis Home in West Sussex.

The spacious four-bedroom detached home at Bovis Homes' Hampton Park location in Littlehampton is ideal for Pat, her daughter Dawn and granddaughter Teri-Rose.

Leading homebuilder names road at scholar’s place after Alsager family

Charles Bennion

Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West has honoured a local Alsager family, by naming a street at its Scholar’s Place development, Charles Bennion Road after the farmer who used to own the land.

The Bennion family formerly farmed the land that the development is now built on, before it was the subject of a compulsory purchase order in 1940.

Charles Bennion was the owner of the land prior to World War II and his Grandson Charles Bennion has fond memories of playing on the land as a young child, which has become poignant in recent years as he now suffers from Alzheimer’s.