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.

BUDDIES RECRUITED AND GIVEN FIRST TASK AT SCHOOL IN ANDOVER

The pupils who are taking part in the new Building Buddies Award scheme

Five star Hampshire developer David Wilson Homes has begun its new school award scheme, The Building Buddies Award, at Vigo Primary School in Andover as creative pupils look forward to an academic year long project.

The Building Buddies Award is being hosted at the local primary school close to the homebuilder’s Locksbridge Park development, guiding pupils through the construction process with four exciting activities.

This specially designed scheme is intended to encourage children to show an interest in the industry, helping them to consider a career in construction from an early age.

The cost of turning a house into a home

Sunny information on new homes

With more than 5 million British households currently living in private rented accommodation, new research from Sunny reveals that millions could be risking their tenancy deposits by making changes to a rented home without permission but more importantly, they are using their own money to improve the landlord’s property.

The figures from Sunny identified that 82% of renters have spent their own cash on making home improvements to transform their home, spending on average £880. 

3 ways to prepare your kitchen for the festive season


kitchen at Christmas

Now that autumn is here, the days are getting darker and the temperatures are dropping, it could only mean one thing: Christmas is coming! There’s no doubt that this is the most wonderful time of the year, with so many events and festivities taking place. And, for some, this means opening their home for dinner parties and gatherings, as well as the big day itself. If it’s the first Christmas you’ll be spending in your new home, you’re bound to want everything to be perfect. So, if you’re planning on being the host with the most this festive period, it’s time to get your kitchen prepared with our top three tips.

The Best Free Apps That Can Find You a Home

New build homes found by using apps

Moving house is always a stressful event, whether you’re buying your first family home or moving with your university friends into a student flat. Whatever your age and wherever you’re moving to, we all need a helping hand when getting from A to B with a million boxes in tow. Of course, the first (and often the hardest) step is finding the perfect home. To make things slightly easier for you, Midland Home Buyers have found the very best free apps that will find you your dream home, so the next chapter of your life can finally start.

Renting Apps

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Three ways to spice up your home this autumn

Black Sofa contrasting with white walls - Autumn Style

Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, Rebecca Snowden shares her top styling tips for autumn 2018

As the temperature starts to drop and you look to spend more time cosied up at home, there’s no better time to update your home decor and spice up your living space. Some of the biggest trends to enter our homes this autumn include a move towards earthy colour combinations, cushy neutrals, and layering up different textures for a cosy feel. 

With these key trends in mind, Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice offers her top styling tips to bring your home to life this autumn.

1.   Accessorise with comfy textures

Interior DIY tips to run your home in an energy efficient way

Man doing some interior DIY with his dog

How we decorate our homes can make a huge difference to the amount of energy we use and pay for. Here are some top tips from Hoppy on how use interior design for your home in an energy efficient way:

Rearrange furniture

If your main source of heat is covered by large pieces of furniture such a sofas or cabinets then the heat won’t travel very far and it won’t be keeping you warm! Arrange your furniture around radiators instead to give the heat plenty of opportunity to circulate and heat the room. 

Cavanna Homes supports young adults to leap into the construction sector 

Cavanna Homes builders

A group of young people in South Devon have been given a chance to sample a career in construction thanks to an initiative supported by Cavanna Homes. 

Eat That Frog is a community interest company who work across the South West, which is providing a two-week academy course for young adults to give them a helping hand into the construction sector. 

The first construction academy course was held at Parkfield in Paignton. Students are given a range of practical tasks with hands-on activities, a test, and a level one qualification in health and safety. 

How to make your new home your own

Bedroom in new home

You've scrimped and saved for months, sacrificing holidays, nights out and weekend treats and now you’ve finally got your hands on the keys. The keys to your very own home. Bricks and mortar that you can call your own. But whether it’s a new build with a blank canvas or an older property in need of some TLC, you’re going to want to put your own mark on it to reflect your style and personality.

This piece should offer some tips to help you create a home you’ll be proud to call your own, without it costing the earth.

Choose your colours

Budgeting For Bathrooms

Budgeting For Bathrooms

When budgeting for your new bathroom, tiling is a crucial consideration.  Tiles are the hardest thing to replace and are exposed to lots of traffic and frequent cleaning. Therefore, it makes sense to spend the money on something you know will last and you will enjoy for longer.

Compared to natural stone floor tiles, Porcelain has the advantage of being very easy to maintain making it a great choice for domestic use.  It’s lightweight and doesn’t stain which is perfect for bathrooms.  In terms of budgeting, prices also tend to be lower than the equivalent stones and while ultimately it comes down to personal taste, porcelain does give all the benefits of stone but without any of the maintenance.  

How To Achieve The Coastal Trend

Coastal trend sofas

The coastal trend is a great one for refreshing your interiors, as it is all about recreating that carefree, relaxed atmosphere found by the sea. However, this doesn’t mean you have to fill your room with the typical seashells and fish associated with this scheme. For a slightly more subtle look, start with a base of neutral tones inspired by classic seaside scenes and build on top of it. 

Cotswold Inspired Interiors

Cotswold Inspired Furniture

When people think of the Cotswold's, they tend to imagine rolling hills, ancient woodlands and thatched stone cottages, and it is this quintessentially British style which is embodied in this kind of interior scheme. Today’s modern country interiors combine cool contemporary colours with a timeless, classic feel that’s just as at home in a London townhouse as a country pile.

To achieve this look, consider selecting solidly built wooden furniture pieces which will stand the test of time. Although exposed wood always looks great, painted furniture is another fantastic way to unify a scheme or add bursts of colour. When paired with natural textures and rustic accessories, it is easy to create that effortless country feel which is at the heart of the Cotswolds.

The True Cost Of Buying A Home

The True Cost Of Buying A Home infographic

New research reveals the added costs that first time buyers may not have accounted for. After the deposit, searches and solicitor fees, property buyers spend an average of £10,743 on additional, essential costs such as buying furniture and upgrading their homes within the first five years of buying.

Surveying over 1,000 homeowners across the UK, online retailer Furniture Choice can reveal just how much buyers fork out on building work, decorating and furniture once they have purchased their property.

How to be eco-friendly and save money around the home

Eco-friendly solar panels on roof of a house

Creating an eco-friendly home can be as good for your wallet as it is for the environment. Nowadays it can be a  struggle to know what the best solutions are, but The Lighting Superstore has plenty of tips you can do inside your home to boost its eco-friendly credentials while saving you money.

Insulate

Insulating your home not only reduces heat loss. It creates a more stable temperature eliminating hot and cold spikes and can mean significant savings on your household bills.

Layer It Up With Tips From Cormar Carpet Company

A bedroom with Cormar Carpet

Gone are sterile spaces and in, is the new mood for depth and distinction. In short it’s all about layers, layers and more layers! According to The Cormar Carpet Company layering personalises a look and takes it from utilitarian to special. 

“It’s as simple as adding colour, texture, patterns via flooring, throws, curtains, and accessories,” said David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar. “Each layer brings colour and texture to the room but be careful you don’t overdo it – too much layering can look messy so the key is balance.” 

Benefits & Uses Of A Garden Room

Woman inside her garden room

Restriction of living space within a home is an obstacle which many can relate to. This is often one of the reasons new hobbies or interests do not develop as there is just not the room to these bring ideas to life. When extending upwards, outwards or sideways isn’t an option, consider developing the outdoors instead. Come rain or shine, a pre-fabricated garden room from Lidget Compton is a great solution for additional space and will add value to any property big or small. 

Garden office

How To Get That Warm Feeling This Winter with ECO Duvet

ECO Duvet

Snuggle under a luxurious ECO duvet that hasn’t cost the earth to produce

The Fine Bedding Company ECO Duvet, from £45

https://www.finebedding.co.uk/products/fine-bedding-eco-duvet

The new ECO Duvet has been created by an eco friendly bedding brand championing sustainable production. (In fact the company has just been awarded the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) – showing it is leading the way in its processes.) 

The ECO Duvet is the UK’s first luxury duvet made entirely from recycled materials, 100 per cent of it – from the cover to the filling.

ScS Trend Update: Autumn/Winter 18

ScS Trend Sofa

If you’re looking to refresh your living space this Autumn, why not explore some of the season’s top interior trends at ScS? Whether it’s luxe fabrics, woodland materials or introducing blocks of colour, with these top picks from one of the UK’s largest furniture specialist, staying in this Autumn has never been so appealing!

Moving on from Scandi-Chic

The Nordic countries continue to influence the UK home interiors market with their effortlessly stylish and modern approach to living. The Riviera Corner dining set combines a stainless-steel design with a sleek wood finish to make a contemporary statement in any home. With smooth, clean lines, this unique dining set will elevate your space and give it a polished look.

Currently priced at: £999

How to make a great first impression with the front of your home

Front of a home

Some will say you can tell a lot about a house by the way the front looks, from what colour door it has, to the way the homeowners have pruned their garden.

To help you make a great first impression with your home, Anglian Home Improvements and Landscaping Expert Gena Lorraine from Fantastic Services have analysed 500 photographs using the popular #doorstagram hashtag on Instagram to give you the lowdown on exterior trends, and provide tips on how to make your home look appealing to visitors.

Add a splash of colour

Barratt Homes Donation Helps Pupils Reflect On Walk To School Month

Children wearing Barratt Homes vests

Pupils at Wixams Tree Primary School have received a donation of hi-vis vests from Barratt Homes to help them remain safe and seen as part of Walk to School Month.

Barratt Homes Northampton has given the school 35 of the safety jackets for their pupils to wear whilst walking to and from school, ensuring they can be easily seen on the roads as the darker nights draw in.

Walk to School Month runs for the duration of October and encourages pupils to celebrate the journey to school on foot.

The homebuilder’s development Willow Grove is located close to Wixams Tree Primary School and the donation of hi-vis vests is a part of Barratt Homes’ commitment to the education facility.

Northamptonshire Homebuilders Bust The Myth That Renting Is Cheaper Than Buying

Northamptonshire Homebuilders Bust The Myth That Renting Is Cheaper Than Buying

Leading homebuilders Barratt Homes Northampton and David Wilson Homes South Midlands are breaking the myth that renting is the cheaper option for Northamptonshire residents. 

Monthly renting costs are often higher than mortgage payments now interest rates are at an all-time low and the first step onto the property ladder may be more manageable than many people first think.

How Much Does It Cost To Rent a House In Your Chosen Postcode?

Man dreaming of being able to rent a house
A brand-new online tool tells users how much it would cost to rent a house in various areas for a ‘lifetime of renting’ – which Barclays defines as 50 years. The online tool also compares the average cost of buying a property against the lifetime renting costs. 

The tool lets users enter their chosen postcode or city, then calculating how much it would cost to rent a house in that area for a total of 50 years. It also shows the 10 most expensive locations for renting as well as the 10 most affordable. 

The tool was created by the team at premier windows furnishing company www.thomas-sanderson.co.uk to show users the cost of ‘lifetime renting’, and how this compares to average property sale prices.