Home improvements

Top tips to giving your new home a fresh look

Top tips to giving your new home a fresh look

Whether you are downsizing to the country, coast or town you want to create a peaceful, welcoming environment in which you feel completely at home and utterly comforted For many downsizing to a smaller home or a retirement apartment means an opportunity to start...

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How a workshop can prevent loneliness and keep you active

JANE SLADE visits kitchen designer Mark Wilkinson's 'super' workshop and discovers a haven of treasures destined to keep him active and happy for years to come Next month marks the third birthday of Men’s Sheds, an organisation that offers people a communal space...

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Building a kitchen for the future

A retired couple talk to JANE SLADE about how they ripped out their family kitchen and transformed it into an elegant dining area for the next phase of their lives “We are spending the kids inheritance,” trills Teresa Scibor-Kaminski, dancing around her new kitchen...

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How you can benefit from the Green Deal

  Thanks to the Government's Green Deal scheme an Oxfordshire couple has transformed the energy efficiency and appearance of their rural home, while saving almost a third on the cost reports JANE SLADE For Chris Smith, a retired IT manager, (pictured above) being able...

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Home extensions that add value

As the housing market continues to recover, the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) today reveals the home extensions most likely to add value to your property Research conducted as a part of NAEA’s latest monthly housing market report revealed that almost...

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Clearing a lifetime of clutter

Professional healer, GEORGIA COLERIDGE, offers her guide to purging our homes of junk Both of my parents are life-long hoarders. They didn’t seem to mind having houses packed to the rafters with furniture and bric-a-brac, like the cave of Tutankhamen’s tomb. For 30...

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