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How do I make my home to be more energy efficient and save money on my bills

Roof Maker

Many people don’t think about this but it actually costs more to light a home than to heat a home say the experts Roof Maker. This is because it is rare to have the heating on through the summer months, but lights are used on a daily basis and more so through the winter months when the dark nights are drawing in, so the overall cost is higher.

Building an extension therefore doesn’t necessary cost more in terms of heating, but think about the lighting. One way of reducing the bills is to ensure homes are filled with as much natural light as possible. This can be achieved by using a neutral colour palette on walls and ensuring the rooms are flooded with natural light by including rooflights and bi-fold or sliding doors.

Make simple bathroom updates safe with advice from Triton

Triton talk about shower safety

One of the simplest ways to refresh your bathroom space is to change the shower hose and spray head says Triton. Even if the unit itself is in good shape, some accessories can start to look worn out and get clogged with scale over time, especially if you live in a hard water area.

While this quick update may seem harmless, swapping to incompatible and poor quality products can cause serious issues and even pose a threat to your family’s wellbeing. 

With this in mind, Triton has launched an initiative to raise awareness of the safety critical nature of shower accessories and the dangers of connecting sub-standard hoses and spray heads.

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Brother and sister choose David Wilson Homes for careers in commercial property

Brother and sister choose David Wilson Homes for careers in commercial property

A Northamptonshire brother and sister have chosen David Wilson Homes to pursue their careers in commercial, as the demand for quality new homes across the South Midlands continues to rise.

Aimee (26) and Daniel (28) Turiccki are both based at the division’s head office in Northampton and are part of the housebuilder’s growing Commercial department, which looks after purchasing and surveying land.

Daniel joined the company in 2012 and has worked his way up to be a Senior Quantity Surveyor. He decided to make the move to David Wilson Homes to progress his career after working for a local engineering consultancy.  

He said:

David Wilson homes site managers in Northamptonshire named among the best in the country

Site manager for David Wilson Homes

Local housebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midlands, based in Northampton is celebrating after two of its Site Managers achieved success in a top national competition to find the best building site managers in the country.

Kyle Shelton and Barry Farrar have both been given Pride in the Job Quality awards from the National House Building Council (NHBC) - which recognise the best run sites in the country and are the highest industry accolade a Site Manager can achieve.

Kyle, 32, who is based at The Gateway in Priors Hall Park, Corby, said:

The UK’s purrfect homes for pets

UK PET owners

UK PET owners are kitting out their homes to accommodate their four-legged companions, according to new research. 

A survey of 1,013 UK pet owners carried out by interiors etailer, Furniture123.co.uk, revealed that British pet owners spend an average of £286 per year furnishing and decorating their home for their furry friends.

This comes following recent reports that - as a nation - Brits spend a total of £1,150* on pets each year.

The research found that £80 of these annual costs were spent on redecorating and refreshing the home this included touching up paintwork and replacing flooring and carpets.

Pet beds (89%) topped the list for pet-friendly furniture purchased by British pet owners. 

Help to Buy enables local family to buy their first home at Westvale Park

Eve and Neil Joyce, and their two children at the Westvale Park development

Eve and Neil Joyce, and their two children, aged six and nine, have recently moved to Crest Nicholson’s Westvale Park development in Horley. Having previously rented in the nearby town of Reigate, the family decided that now was the time to take their first step onto the property ladder to provide more space for the children.
 
Eve, a childminder, and Neil, a banker, purchased a two-bedroom property at Westvale Park, commenting that

Put your own stamp on your baby’s nursery and get crafting with Dremel

Boy playing in his Dremel inspired room

Pink for boys, blue for girls or a kaleidoscope of colours; your baby’s nursery should be as individual as they are says Dremel. With this in mind, global crafting brand, Dremel, is encouraging people to pick up their multi-tools and put their own stamp on things.

This could include engraving a unique design or mural on a baby’s cot or bedroom furniture, crafting a bespoke mobile to help lull the little one to sleep, building some much needed bedroom storage to put away the mountains of toys and books, making a hanger or a robot storage rack to keep clothes off the bedroom floor, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, creating a puppet theatre for your child to play with.

The ultimate cinematic experience at home

AppliancesDirect

DATE NIGHT at the cinema could be at risk of dying out as new research, from AppliancesDirect, reveals Brits are using their homes to create a full media experience.

A survey of 1,021 UK adults carried out by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk,revealed that 63% of Brits prefer to stay at home to watch films for date night rather than going out.

In fact, more than 1 in 3 (35%) of respondents revealed they now have a room in the home dedicated to a home cinema experience.

More than half (57%) said that the rise of on demand services such as Netflix, YouTube, NOW TV and Amazon video are causing the increase of Brits staying in to watch films for date night.

Step Forward Homes reports rising demand for affordable homes from veterans and 999 workers 

Step Forward Homes support shared ownership for NHS workers

The NHS pay rise that unions agreed earlier this year catapulted the issue of affordable housing for emergency workers into the spotlight once more. The rise of at least 6.5% over three years is unlikely to keep up with inflation, meaning that nurses, porters and paramedics will continue to face issues when it comes to affording property.

DIY SOS – almost half of UK adults are DIY disasters

DIY

NOT-SO-HANDY UK adults avoid common household DIY tasks due to a lack of confidence in their abilities, according to new research.

The survey of 1,483 UK homeowners and tenants carried out by Emo Oil, a home heating oil supplier, revealed that a nervous 52% of UK adults would immediately call on professional assistance before trying to fix a DIY issue themselves.

In fact, the majority (77%) of adults living in the UK do not feel confident to carry out simple home DIY tasks.

More than 1 in 3 (36%) also confess to having a local handyman on speed dial, to offer help with the home improvement and renovation jobs they can’t do.