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. 

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 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.

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

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 to show users the cost of ‘lifetime renting’, and how this compares to average property sale prices.

David Wilson Homes raises money for the Alzheimer’s Society 

The team at David Wilson Homes holding a cheque Alzheimer’s Society 

Leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes has raised more than £30,700 for its chosen charity of the year the Alzheimer’s Society. 

The good-willed staff presented the charity with a cheque that totaled £30,704.19 during a recent meeting where they found out more about how their donation will be used. 

David Wilson Homes South Midlands, which is based on Riverside Retail Park in Northampton, have been fundraising for the charity for more than a year through its dress down day and various events. 

The charity supports those affected by dementia and ensures they are supported and accepted and able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.

First Home Reserved At Loxton Fields Just Minutes After Opening Its Doors For The First Time

First Home Reserved At Loxton Fields

David Wilson Homes celebrated the launch of its Marketing Suite and show home recently at Loxton Fields in Harlestone, with one home being reserved just 13 minutes after opening. 

During the weekend, three of the properties were reserved at the sought-after development and the housebuilder welcomed homebuyers into the new show home for the first time. 

Located on Whites Lane, Loxton Fields is ideally located to offer residents the best of both worlds with fantastic commuter links and stunning countryside views.

Prospective buyers that now attend the development will not only be offered a tour of the property, but also the inspiration provided by the unique interior designs on display.

Save Thousands On Your Mortgage & Get On The Property Ladder in Bedfordshire

Save Thousands On Your Mortgage & Get On The Property Ladder in Bedfordshire

For a limited time, leading developer Barratt Homes are providing house hunters in Bedfordshire with the perfect opportunity to make their dream move and get on the property ladder through huge monthly savings on their mortgage. 

The housebuilder recently launched a collection of two bedroom Millbrook style apartments which will benefit from the offer and are available to reserve at its popular Bedford development Great Denham Park. 

This exclusive offer of a mortgage subsidy is only available on reservations taken until 31st October, so keen homebuyers are encouraged to act fast to avoid missing out.

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:

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.

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. 

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.