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Green Home Grant Scheme

What is the Green Homes Grant Scheme? Under the Green Homes Grant Scheme, the government will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements of over 600,000 homes in England. Homeowners, including owner occupiers and social/private landlords, will be able to claim the new vouchers, which are worth up to £5,000. Households on […]

Permitted Development: All You Need to Know

Not all changes or improvements to your home need permission from the planning department. There are many that you can carry out with implied consent, known as Permitted Development. It is well worth being aware of these rights, and recent changes to the rules, if you want to make any significant home improvements. It could […]

What is a U-value? Heat loss, thermal mass and online calculators explained

Although the main focus of environmental performance of buildings is now on carbon usage, there is still a need to consider thermal performance of the building fabric as a contributing factor. Thermal performance is measured in terms of heat loss, and is commonly expressed in the construction industry as a U-value or R-value. U-value calculations […]

How to Convert a Loft

Before you begin on your loft conversion plans, it’s worth finding out exactly what it will involve and how it will affect the design of your home. This step-by-step attic conversion guide reveals the 10 key things you need to consider when weighing up whether a loft conversion is the right way to add more […]

13 Hidden Costs Often Missing From Builders’ Quotes

Keep an eye out for these costs when getting a quote, to eliminate oversights, budget surprises and some of the stresses of building   Building and renovating is a new process for most of us, and it can be very daunting if you’re not well prepared. In particular, choosing a builder is one area that can overwhelm […]