WIN - Hotel Collection Bundle from Silentnight

WIN - Hotel Collection Bundle from Silentnight

You could enjoy a feeling of five star luxury in your own home, with the fantastic Hotel Collection from Silentnight.

This premium bedding range of pillows and duvets combines supersoft fibre fillings with luxury embossed microfibre covers, for a truly indulgent, sumptuous night’s sleep.

The Silentnight Hotel Collection includes 13.5 and 10.5 duvets and premium pillows, sold in a pair.  All products are hypoallergenic, machine washable and suitable across the seasons. The duvets come with a five-year guarantee and the pillows with a two-year guarantee.

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.

Shared Ownership launches at L&Q’s The Rushgroves​

The Rushgroves by L&Q

New development The Rushgroves by L&Q is set to launch its first Shared Ownership properties on Saturday 27th October in Hendon, North London.

A collection of 55 properties ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments will be released in the first phase of Shared Ownership, with prices starting from £73,125 for a 25% share.

Further Shared Ownership homes, also incorporating larger three-bedroom apartments, are anticipated to be released during later phases of development.

Follow TV property expert’s advice on future-proofing your new home purchase

Clive Holland advises on choosing a new home

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of buying a new home, but choose carefully – you may still live there for years to come and it’s important that your home stands the test of time for your family…

OK, so you fancy buying a spanking new build or maybe you already have? Possibly, you’ve sold an older property and made the switch or you are first time buyers that have taken advantage of the government’s Help to Buy scheme? It’s a brilliant option that helps give you a leg-up onto the property ladder. You can find plenty of details online, via mortgage brokers and house builders etc, of course you can source great information via this very magazine and associated website too.  


Suna interior

With salary rises trailing behind house price growth, over the past twenty years London has seen the number of homeowners aged 25-34 plummet by over 20%[1]. For first time buyers looking to establish themselves on the London housing ladder sooner rather than later, Clarion Housing has recently unveiled Blackfriars Place, comprising 35 one and two-bedroom apartments in Southwark, that are ready to purchase through the shared ownership scheme. Boutique design consultancy, Suna Interior Design, were tasked with designing the show home for the scheme. Their brief was to appeal to the first-time buyer target audience and offer inspiration to first time buyers about how to decorate their own home, without breaking the budget. 

Space-saving tips for small kitchens

A small kitchens worktop and cupboards

By Richard Broadbent, Managing Director, Sinks-Taps

As the saying goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home. But not all of us are lucky enough to have large kitchens with tonnes of space for gadgets, storage and lust-worthy islands.

However, small kitchens don’t have to mean compromise. To help you create the perfect compact kitchen for your unique style, here are my top space-saving tips…

It’s all in the planning

A functional floor plan is important for any kitchen, but it’s doubly important if you’re lacking square meters.

Artisan – built with the future in mind

Artisan living room

Just a stone’s throw from the centre of Hove and a short stroll from the beach, Artisan is a contemporary collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom luxurious apartments available to purchase via Shared Ownership. Situated in the popular Seven Dials district and less than a mile away from the hustle and bustle of Hove, you’ll find a selection of quirky cafés, pubs, restaurants and shops all within easy reach.

Artisan also benefits from superb transport connections, with both Hove and Brighton railway stations just a short walk away. 

Home Security Solutions

Home Security app on mobile phone

National Home Security Month (NHSM) is due to take place next month for the fourth year running. The successful campaign aims to raise awareness around the importance of home security and why you shouldn’t let it be overlooked. 

With domestic burglary on the rise by more than 30%, a basic home security routine needs to be introduced. From Monday 1 October, NHSM will be covering all crucial topics for the next four weeks that informs you of different methods to protect your home.

Official supporters of NHSM 2018, GBC Group, the UK's premier retailer of quality garden and leisure buildings with branches throughout the UK have collated their top five home security tips to help protect your home and family alongside NHSM’s weekly focuses:

Get The Festive Feeling With Ingenious Damage-Free Command Hooks

Damage-Free Command Hooks

This festive season, why not deck your halls with style and sparkle and, better still… do it without damage?  Meet your new favourite decorating must-haves, Command Hooks and Strips from 3M. If you wouldn’t consider yourself a decorating expert, or even a DIYer, the Command Brand’s range of innovative hooks and strips from 3M will help you to hang your favourite fairy lights, wreaths and garlands, and get creative, without tools or fear of damage.

With help from our super-creative lifestyle and interior bloggers: Don’t Cramp my Style and Bodie and Fou*, this year we have created a range of stylish yet simple looks to add to our Christmas projects gallery, to give your home that added festive touch which is sure to turn the heads of your guests over Christmas period.

Mortgage approvals hit new high as buyers relish low interest rates

Mortgage approvals hit new high

Following recent news that UK mortgage approvals hit a nine-month high in summer 2018, coupled with interest rates remaining abnormally low, potential home buyers in the heart of Sussex have a great opportunity to land their dream new home.

Christine Tiernan, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson South: “Mortgage interest rates in 2018 have continued to stay low, allowing more and more buyers in the south to get onto the property ladder. New build homes are an attractive option to many buyers – offering benefits, such as subsidies like the government’s much lauded Help to Buy scheme, energy efficiency and cheaper running costs.”

So why buy new?

Hallway or corridor issues? Azalée has the answers…

Hallway or corridor issues? Azalée has the answers…

EXPERTS from the contemporary, luxury online store Azalée are offering advice this month (2018) on how to better utilise a corridor, hallway or narrow space in your home.

Azalée says organisation is the key and that there are a few clever design techniques, which can help you achieve the results you require.

All too often a corridor or hallway can become overrun with debris and used to store everything from bicycles to shopping bags, which means they can become an eyesore.

Spend an hour or so getting your problem area sorted and under control. It’s amazing how quickly a poorly used space can become a dream area, but you do need to put some time and thought into it.

Part Exchange Event Opens The Door To A Move Before Christmas

Barratt Homes - Part Exchange Event

An exclusive Part Exchange event is being held by Barratt Homes Northampton at its Saxon Rise development in Brixworth this weekend (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October), helping homebuyers make a hassle-free move before Christmas.

Those attending the Blackthorn Crescent development will be given the chance to seek professional advice on how to take advantage of the popular moving scheme.

Barratt Homes’ Part Exchange scheme means the developer purchases the customer’s current property in part exchange for a new home. The scheme cuts out estate agents and their fees and there is no chain. It also provides the customer with a guaranteed buyer for their home.

Average British Home has Seven DIY Projects That Need Doing

Man painting living room - DIY project

New research has revealed that the average British homeowner has seven DIY projects that need doing in their property, and 14% think they will never complete all the maintenance and DIY jobs in their home.

The average British household has seven DIY projects that have been left unfinished or not even started, and the majority of people have begun a project without finishing it. What’s more, over two thirds of Britons say that they have tackled a home-improvement task themselves before having to hire a professional in. 

British Families Go Alfresco

British Families Go Alfresco

IT’S BEEN A summer of alfresco dining for families, as new research has revealed that Brits have eaten in their garden more than they have at their dining table so far this summer. 

A survey of 1,003 UK adults carried out by interiors etailer,, found Brits have eaten in their garden 5.5 times on average per week, compared to just 3.1 times per week at the dining table since the beginning of May 2018.

The UK property market is evolving according to Furniture Choice

The UK property market is evolving according to Furniture Choice

To understand this emerging trend, online furniture retailer Furniture Choice conducted a UK wide survey and spoke with individuals who have already bought a house with a friend.

The research from Furniture Choice found that a surprising number of people are thinking about buying a house with a friend; over a third (38%) of the UK would consider doing so, with the biggest motives being unable to afford a property by themselves (54%), as well as not having a partner to buy with (42%).

“Topping out” marks the end of Cavanna’s biggest new homes project in Plymouth

Cavanna Homes Plymouth

The final tiles being fitted to the rooftops of the last houses at Cavanna Homes’ flagship development in Plymouth, mark the end of a seven year project to transform the site of the former Plymouth Airport into a new community. 

A topping-out ceremony with Site Manager Dave Mitchell and Assistant Site Manager Guy Jary celebrated the final phase of building work on the development near Derriford.  

In 2011 the Torquay-based family owned homebuilder launched its biggest single development project in the company’s 95 year history with Cobham Field on the disused approach to the former runway, parallel to Tavistock Road. 

Tackle your heating costs the ‘smart’ way

lady turning on the heating

If your energy costs are a big concern for you then you’re one of many other British households with the same worries. With gas prices expected to rise again this year, Brits will feel the squeeze once again thanks to inflated energy bills and rising household costs. So what can you do to tackle this head on?

The smart solution

Smart home technology offers one solution to beating the bills and it is becoming more common in homes up and down the country. Installing easy-to-use smart thermostats, for example, allow you to monitor your home’s temperature on a room-by-room basis, helping you to keep an eye on your energy usage via a smart device. Nearly half of UK homeowners have already reduced their energy costs using smart heating solutions.

More Than £3.5m To Be Invested In Northamptonshire

DW Homes Director in Northamptonshire

More than £3.5 million is set to be invested in and around the Northamptonshire market town of Thrapston thanks to Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ new development.  

The funding, which totals £3,508,494, forms part of the planning agreement for the new development, located on Market Road, and will be used to support services and improve facilities for both new and existing residents of the town. 

Among the contributions are £1.7 million towards primary and £1.3 million towards secondary education, as well as £100,000 for public transport and an £80,000 library contribution. 

Barratt Homes’ development Charter’s Gate and David Wilson Homes’ site The Nurseries will bring a range of different properties to the market town. 

How LPG is helping to build affordable housing 

Flogas laying LPG takes underground for affordable housing

With an ongoing governmental drive to significantly boost housing development and the precarious nature of Brexit delivering industrywide uncertainty regarding labour and costs, providing affordable housing in the UK is an issue that appears to be consistently debated and discussed. 

Positive initiatives and efficient processes are needed to help the sector deliver the number of homes that Brits can pay for — which is where LPG energy is proving an attractive asset. Here, we’ll explore how LPG is assisting in the provision of affordable housing for UK buyers and why it’s vital that the sector and government gets behind it if they want to hit targets and meet housing demands. 

The shared ownership options are open for over 55s

Older Persons Shared Ownership - couple jumping for joy on a bed

Editor Victoria Galligan looks at spending the grey pound on a new-build property – but is shared ownership suitable if you’re heading towards retirement? And what should over 55s look for in a property?


So you’re over 55 and looking into shared ownership – and why not? Many people are working into their 70s nowadays and whether it’s a change in circumstances, moving out of a rental property or a move to be closer to family, there are a plethora of reasons why you may be looking for your next home.

No Home Truths For Women

No Home Truths For Women

1 in 2 women have fibbed about a home interiors purchase they have made, according to new research.

A survey of 1,017 UK adults carried out by interiors etailer,, found UK women are most likely to lie about the cost of new interior purchases, with a massive 54% confessing to having done this.

39% of these say they feel no guilt whatsoever about these kinds of little lies, as they ultimately improve the home.

Furthermore, 66% of those interior shopping fibbers say they would continue to lie about purchases to benefit the overall aesthetic of the home.

Family of Wiltshire WWI veterans set to launch new community called Weston Meadow

Phil and the Westons at Weston Meadow

A brand-new community is set to be unveiled in Wiltshire later this month. David Wilson Homes is opening the gates to its Weston Meadow development in Calne on September 22 with a special open day, marking the first time people have been able to see inside. 

The development will be opened by Gordon Weston, whose family inspired the name for the new community. Gordon’s parents Walter and Ada Weston both served in WWI and survived and David Wilson Homes named the development Weston Meadows in a nod to the impact they had on the area.

More than a dozen homes to be built on outskirts of Warwickshire

An artist’s impression of how some of the finished homes will look at the new Meadowview Homes development in Austrey.

14 new homes are set to be built by developers Meadowview Homes in the village of Austrey,following the sale of a plot of land through property experts Mather Jamie. The 1.53 acre site, off Norton Hill, in the south east of the village, will be the Derby-based luxury housebuilder’s first ever development in Warwickshire, with an exclusive selection of brand new high-specification properties.

With views over open farmland, the site is in an attractive location, and already has Reserved Matters Planning Approval for 14 dwellings and an access road approved by North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Interior design: Escape the snow by going retro

Retro interior design collection from Icon - grey fluffy beanbag

A fusion of contemporary and retro style and a focus on wellbeing in interior design can help turn your home into a warm, welcoming escape from the cold this winter, says trend analyst and designer Allison Chatten…

As lead designer at British furniture brand Icon, Allison says ‘future retro’ is set to be a very popular trend this winter. “It’s about refined sophistication and combining a love of vintage and heritage with a more playful, modern atmosphere”, she said. “In short, it’s combining contemporary fabric technology, an awareness of mood-mindful textures with looks inspired by high-end 60s and 70s fashion and design such as Prada and Hermès.

Help to Buy South

Help to Buy South home

Help to Buy South is the Government appointed agent for Help to Buy Schemes in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol, North Somerset and Mendip. Help to Buy South are the point of contact for first-time & next-time buyers wanting to move home in an affordable way. 

The schemes include Shared Ownership and Help to Buy Equity Loan. 

The Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme enables you to buy a new build property with a 5% deposit and borrow up to 20% of the value of the home in the form of an interest free* equity loan from the government. You will then need to raise a 75% mortgage to cover the remaining cost of the home.