The most enjoyable ways to use your culinary skills in your new home

culinary skills

Using your Culinary skills and cooking a wholesome meal for the family is the very best way to spend time in your new home.

Asking 2,000 people which type of cooking they like best, the five star housebuilder received an overwhelming response - with more than half of those asked saying they’d rather feed their closest relatives than rustle up an intimate dinner for two (14 per cent).

“Since our buyers tell us the kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the new homes we build, we thought we’d find out how people like to spend their time there,” said sales director, Louise Ware.

Maintaining a modern development’s security, without detriment to its design.

 security, without detriment to its design

London is a metropolis filled with a limitless collection of buildings reflecting our treasured, age-old culture. From Buckingham Palace to traditional British pubs and iconic Victorian town houses, our capital is steeped in historic architecture and boasts charm from all angles. However, as the city becomes increasingly cosmopolitan and adapts to the urban preferences of a modernised society, newly erected buildings appear to demonstrate more chic, crisp and savvy design; reflecting our re-found willingness to push boundaries and exceed aesthetic expectations.


Garden villages and growing outdoor trends

Garden villages

This year has been big for the housing market, with the government backing 14 new garden villages to create a potential 50,000 extra homes at the start of 2017. But what are garden villages and what changes can we expect to see when they’re finished? 

To find out more, Arbordeck — a leading supplier of composite decking boards — explores these new housing projects, their regional implications and how they might cause a shift in gardening trends.

Staying sustainable as a first time home buyer

sustainable first time home buyer

Staying sustainable as a first time home buyer

After the government announced key changes last week in the budget which will aid in cutting air pollution by raising diesel tax and investing in electrical cars rather than un-sustainable fuel alternatives, it’s clear that more people are waking up to the reality that sustainability is important. Not only is it something that the government can help with, it’s something we should all be investing in. 


The rise in micro-homes the size of a London Tube carriage

Jason Harris-Cohen, micro-homes

The rise in micro-homes - It is no great revelation that London is too expensive for many first-time buyers (FTBs), with the average home costing more than £480,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for September 2017. The Government recently announced that it has scrapped the stamp duty on all first-time house purchases of up to £300,000, and in London and other expensive areas, the first £300,000 of the cost of a £500,000 property by FTBs will be exempt from the tax. While this goes some way to “reviving the dream of homeownership”, as the Chancellor said during the Autumn Budget 2017, the fact remains that house prices are just too high compared to wages for most young people.

Help to Buy hits high notes across the nation

Help to Buy hits high notes across the nation

In March 2013, the government launched its Help to Buy initiative to open the door to affordable home ownership for people right across the nation. 

Help to Buy is a scheme that is transforming the housing sector, as people priced out of the open market are being given the opportunity to pick up the keys to their very own home. 

The scheme offers buyers a five per cent deposit - half as much as the traditional 10% - meaning people stuck in the rental rat run are finally able to put enough money aside to get the ball rolling. 

Affordable home ownership: Take the Plunge

Affordable home ownership: Take the Plunge

The journey to home ownership is undoubtedly a daunting one, but compared to popular adrenaline thrills such as bungee jumping or sky-diving, it really is just a walk in the park. Homefocus writer Jeffrey Gritzman takes a look at how scary owning your own home really is.

Bungee jumping…now that takes courage

Young people are funny; it’s amazing how many of them have been back-packing which takes organisation and confidence, or horse riding which takes skill and courage, some have even been bungee jumping where you place your heart in your mouth and keep it there till the bouncing is over. Tell someone you’re thinking about a bungee jump and they’ll likely tell you that they, or a good friend of theirs has done it too. So no big deal then?

How to get your home guest-ready this christmas season

 christmas season


Christmas is just around the corner.  You know what that means - soon you’ll be opening your doors to guests bearing gifts, food and drink. If there are bits of your home you’re not keen to show off, but you can’t splash out on pricey improvements, consider these affordable and easy overhauls to transform your living space and get your home guest-ready for Christmas.


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Japanese knotweed – what you need to know when looking for your new home:

Japanese knotweed

The words Japanese knotweed spark fear into property owners across the UK with stories about the cost of eradication, the damage it can do to buildings, driveways and gardens and the threat of being awarded an ASBO should you allow the invasive weed to grow onto your neighbours’ land. 


There is now thought to be an infestation of this invasive weed every few km in the UK but with particularly large pockets of difficult to treat growth in built up areas such as London, Cardiff and other major UK cities.