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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.

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Cormar Carpets

According to Cormar Carpets it holds a timeless and classic appeal and although it’s a simple palette, the strong black and white theme adds impact and drama to any room in the home.

For those who prefer a slightly softer look, introduce soft dark browns or pure greys to the mix. This works particularly well in bedrooms and living spaces where a subtler design scheme may be required.

Says David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets:

Room with a view: opulent new show apartment opens at Cambridge development

Trumpington Vista

Barratt Homes Eastern Counties has unveiled a brand new view apartment at its Trumpington Vista development in Cambridge this weekend (Saturday 9th June), providing prospective buyers with their first opportunity to step inside one of the sought-after homes.

The property is one of 65 contemporary two and three bedroom apartments and eight premium villas in this exclusive phase of homes named Vista at the Hauxton Road development, offering a fresh take on modern living and beautifully overlooking a 148-acre country park.

Housebuilder releases first homes at new Gloucestershire development

Sunningend View

David Wilson Homes has released details of new homes at its Sunningend View development in Brockworth, which are now available to reserve ahead of the official launch later this year.

Sunningend View is a brand-new development of 71 homes in Brockworth. Work is well underway on the new community, with the five-star housebuilder reporting excellent progress and recently unveiling new images of the site.

Move on up to the Leeman at Kingsbrook

Move on up to the Leeman at Kingsbrook

The Leeman, a three bedroom modern townhouse is the perfect choice for house hunters looking for the extra space and flexibility a townhouse can deliver.

The ground floor of the Leeman features a large family room with French doors leading onto the rear garden. The family room is the ideal flexible space to create a snug, home office, gym or hobby room. A double bedroom and shower room complete the ground floor.

Glenn Copper, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes North Thames, said:

“The Leeman benefits from a modern and unique layout which makes it ideal for families with older children or teenagers. The ground floor makes a perfect teenage den with their own bedroom, private bathroom and flexible family room.”