Housing developer unveils showhomes at Banbury development

Housing developer unveils showhomes at Banbury development

Following the launch of Bloxham Vale housing development earlier this year, a local housebuilder is inviting the public to celebrate the opening of its brand new showhomes.

Redrow Homes South Midlands is unveiling the Cambridge, Harrogate and Grantham showhomes on Saturday 2 June, with guests invited to enjoy canapes and cocktails from 11am-2.30pm.

Visitors are invited to find out more about the beauty and practicality of the four-bedroom homes, which offer a superb balance between family life and personal space. 

Barratt homes plants its feet firmly in wildlife gardening

Barratt Homes

Barratt Homes has teamed up with the RSPB to give its customers five top tips this season on how they can give nature a home while the warmer weather is kicking in.

The tips and tricks on what to do as the seasons change are fun for all of the family and have been carefully selected by Barratt Homes to fit around a small budget and a time frame of less than two hours.

So if you want to do a little bit to help preserve Britain’s wildlife or you want to transform your garden for all of nature to enjoy this season, Barratt Homes and the RSPB have got you covered.

1. Create nature highways and byways

A Teacher's First Step Onto The Property Ladder - Hightown Shared Ownership

A Teacher's First Step Onto The Property Ladder - Hightown Shared Ownership

A young teacher has been able to take that all important first step onto the property ladder by applying for Shared Ownership with Hightown Homes. 

After signing up to Hightown’s shared ownership scheme, 27-year-old primary school teacher Lizzie Battams was able to move out of her parent’s home, and now owns a 50% stake in a one-bedroom maisonette in Hemel Hempstead.  She rents the remaining share at a subsidised rate and can increase her stake in the property over time.  

Lizzie says:

“When I found out that my offer was accepted, and I was finally going to be a homeowner I felt elated!  It’s hard to find somewhere affordable, especially in Hertfordshire so it all felt too good to be true! 

Mother and step-daughter decide to further careers together at David Wilson Homes

Bertone Manor

A mother and step-daughter from Northamptonshire have decided to further their careers in housebuilding together by joining David Wilson Homes South Midlands for the new Bertone Manor development.

Deborah Brown (57) and step-daughter Jenni Brown (30) both joined the Northampton based division recently and are already settling into their new roles.

Deborah, who previously worked as a Sales Adviser at a smaller housebuilder, has taken on a similar role at the division’s Bertone Manor development in Barton Seagrave. Jennie, who was working in various sales roles for developers before, now works at the divisional head office as a Sales Progressor.

Deborah, who lives in Raunds, said:

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.

Matt Poll, CEO at Neos, the UK’s first smart home insurance provider, shares his top tips for making your renovation plans are a success.

Make sure you choose the right professional help

Luxury apartments launch at Park Avenue in Sunbury

Park Avenue

Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson has launched 24 new apartments at its Park Avenue development, located in the town of Sunbury. Birchwood House offers a collection of two-bedroom apartments situated amid natural scenery and carefully landscaped grounds. Aimed at first-time buyers looking to take their first steps and second steppers wanting to move up the property ladder, as well as those looking to downsize, many of the homes are available on the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

How to decorate your home with soft furnishings on a budget for Summer

How to decorate your home with soft furnishings on a budget for Summer

Wallpaper and paint can help to create a beautiful space, but it’s soft furnishings that make a house a home. Adding fragrance such as scented candles are a wonderful way of making your home feel cosy or more intimate.  In addition to fragrances, rugs and cushions in a variety of textures and colours add the finishing touches to your home and complement your space adding comfort and luxury. Picking the right soft furnishings for your home can be surprisingly simple with my top tips: 

Incorporate personality

Bickering Over Household Rules

Bickering Over Household Rules

When it comes to the home it seems we are a nation of rule-enforcers, but this could be at the expense of a harmonious household, according to new research. The survey of 1,067 UK and Irish adults conducted by heating oil supplier, Super Saver Oil revealed how more than half (53%) have fallen out with a household member over rules in the home.

In fact, 1 in 3 (33%) of adults questioned wished they lived on their own because co-habitants don’t follow rules in the home.

When quizzed on the rules in the home, the most common rule was revealed as no shoes on the furniture (62%).

Meanwhile, no phones at the dinner table came in second place, with 46% admitting to implementing this rule.

An emerging interior design trend for displaying rugs on walls is elevating the humble rug to an ‘objet d'art’.

The Rug Seller

Daniel Prendergast, Design Director of The Rug Seller, explains more about the 2018 ‘rugs as wall art’ trend and highlights statement rugs to ‘get the look’

Homeowners are taking a different approach to rugs in home décor; more of our customers are searching for hand-crafted/ statement designs and even replacing ‘art’ by hanging rugs in the vertical space.

This new outlook is reflected in the fact that Pinterest searches for statement rugs have rocketed by 236% in 2018 (YOY).

Tips to sleep in the heat

Tips to sleep in the heat

When Britain’s temperatures soar it results in thousands of people feeling exhausted, restless and downright cranky as they struggle to get a good night’s sleep against stuffy bedroom temperatures. 

While most homeowners are prepared with blackout blinds to combat light entering a room in the battle for summertime sleep, it’s actually unusually high temperatures that Brits are most unequipped for. 

As experts in creating the optimum sleep environment, The Fine Bedding Company has looked at all of the key factors that can affect a quality night’s sleep – temperature being the main one.

Helen Johnson from The Fine Bedding Company offers this advice for sleeping in the heat.

Room temperature