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Fact File
Total cost £31,100 Includes: All structural work, 10 windows, electrics, plumbing, installing en suite, loft insulation, partition walls, plastering, woodwork (doors, stairs, skirting and architraves) and smoke detectors Additional costs: Bathroom
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News
With the welcome changes of the season and days getting longer, we look to our indoor spaces to be less ‘cocooning nest’ and more ‘rejuvenating sanctuary’ – and the colours we use should reflect this. Wayfair’s latest collection features a host of br
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Glossary
A request made to the local council to carry out building works on your property or garden Works that can be undertaken on a property or garden without needing to request planning permission A shared wall, either internal or external, that separate
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Pressure Washers
Real Homes tested powerful outside cleaners and picked the lightweight Karcher K2 Premium Full Control pressure washer (with accessories), as the overall favourite.  Best for: An excellent all-rounder for power washing dirt off everything from deckin
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Are We Going Potty For Plants?
Alison Coates (@thebluedoorsociety) lives with her husband and daughter in a four-bed 1930s semi in Chelmsford ‘I’ve currently got 36 plants. The addiction really kicked in when lockdown happened. I was home all the time and started nurturing them m
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COMING Home
When Rose Bickers bought a house on the pretty, tree-lined street where she’d grown up, it felt like a homecoming. ‘I didn’t think for one minute we’d find a property there,’ she says. ‘But when this house came onto the market 10 doors up from my old
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Top Tip
Introduce the classic working triangle by ensuring your sink, fridge and oven are positioned to make a triangular shape. This will make your space easy to use If your galley kitchen is closed off with only one entrance, use a different colour at the
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Colour BASICS
Whether you’re looking to refresh your current home or move to a new one, update your bathroom or simply choose a new sofa, there are always plenty of decisions to make when it comes to interiors. But aside from practicalities, the single most import
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At Your Service
Has plenty of reno advice from her own home remodel Offers tips and tricks to make life at home a little easier The go-to for all things DIY, with tons of wisdom to impart Our style guru has the answers to all your questions Has her finger on the
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Top Tip
Gain more space through permitted development (PD) without needing to get planning permission. Find out your PD rights at realhomes.com If you’re having a kitchen delivered, clear enough room to store it before it’s fitted, and set up a temporary ki
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Profile
Geri Alessi, a wedding stationer (@overatno18; gerilovesemi.com), her husband Andrew, who works in Formula One, and their daughters Emilia, nine, and Luisa, seven A five-bed detached new build in Milton Keynes £123,500 ■
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Meet The Team
‘Getting out during my lunch break has been crucial – as has having a regular rotation of snacks on hand, obviously.’ ‘Having the radio on gives me the background noise I miss from the office. Shame it doesn’t do tea rounds, though.’ ‘I’m enjoying
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Costs & contacts
Build work and labour £74,000 Plumbing & electrics £19,500 Flooring, furnishing and décor £18,000 Kitchen and fitting £9,500 Smart lighting, sound and media £8,000 Windows and doors £6,000 Bathroom £4,500 Professional fees £3,000 Utility £1,0
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Top Tip
Hardwearing floors such as tiles or wood rather than carpet will give you a practical, long-lasting solution as you’re coming in from the garden. Plan in some storage, too, like Rodrigo's built-in bookcase, and a sofa. The rest of the space is flexib
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Spotlight Designer
Wallpaper can add an element of magic or whimsy to any room. Even the smallest amount – whether it’s used on a feature wall, in an alcove or to line a bookshelf – lends instant impact to a space with a shock of pattern and colour. And with an influx
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Like the idea of getting hands-on over your long weekend? Our easy upcycling projects can be achieved in a couple of days, a few hours, or – in some cases – a matter of minutes. From building a pallet bench to clever Ikea hacks, head our way for a my
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Costs & contacts
Building work £97,000 Kitchen units and appliances £25,000 Glazing £15,000 Flooring £4,000 Decorating £4,000 Furniture £2,500 Fees £2,500 Design Ink Architectural Design, 07717 783828, inkarchitecture.co.uk Bi-fold doors Integra Window Systems, 016
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Costs & contacts
Build costs £64,000 Kitchen £22,000 Bi-fold doors and lantern roof £21,000 Garden landscaping £10,000 Professional fees £3,500 Electronics £3,000 Architectural design Building Tectonics, 01908 366000, building-tectonics.co.uk Bi-fold doors IQ
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Brave New World
Faced with the blank, magnolia shell of a new build, Geri Alessi wasn’t sure where to begin. ‘I’ve always lived in older properties, and there are always pre-existing features or styles you can work with,’ she says. ‘It’s harder trying to bring chara
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Galley Kitchens
The rise of the kitchen island occupying the centre of the space has left the simple galley-style layout in the shadows. It’s safe to say these kitchens have got themselves a bit of a bad rep of late – but the fact is that when it comes to cooking, a
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Creative Spaces
Rare as it is for first-time homeowners to buy the first property they see, Lois and Guy did just that after viewing their ground-floor flat in Balham. As Victorian properties went, it was pretty uninspiring. The kitchen was buried in the middle of t
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Project news
et your daily steps in while you prep your meals with a cordless chopper, hand mixer and blender, now available in Smokey Matte Grey and Sweet Almond Cream colours. KitchenAid’s cordless collection is rechargeable with no tether to the socket to drag
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The Devil Details ’s In
It was back in 2018 when we first made contact with A7 Conversions after being struck with envy at the results they’d achieved with our neighbours’ new loft bedroom. So, after a fair amount (two years!) of deliberation and a chat with the bank to inc
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A Hint Of Tint
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Sliding Doors
The most romanticised part of any extension is the prospect of opening up your new space to the garden, letting the sunlight flood in and creating a seamless flow between indoors and out. But how to get this? If minimal sightlines and a contemporary
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Profile
Tracey James (@thestylegraduates), owner of handmade bag business Tracey James Design (@traceyjamesdesign), her partner, Paul Roye, and their three grown-up children A four-bed Victorian house in north London £30,000 (including shed) ■
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Living Room Updates
Pale timber flooring lends a feeling of warmth and calm to a neutral backdrop. Choose whitewashed wood to achieve an understated aesthetic. Statement shapes and natural materials are a winning combination. Complement the clean lines of mid-century f
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Bread Makers
■ 170ml warm water ■ 1½ tsp oil ■ ½ tsp salt ■ 300g strong white bread flour ■ 1½ tsp caster sugar ■ ½ tsp easy-blend yeast ■ 1 egg, beaten 1. Remove the pan from your bread machine and check the paddle is fitted. Fit the pan into the bread machine,
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Paper Trails
@emmelinenorthdesigns ‘Hand painted murals are my first love, and wallpaper allows me to create a printed alternative,’ says Emmeline. ‘I started experimenting with interior décor when I renovated my first house, painting my home studio a glorious f
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