Thousands expected at London’s largest first time buyer show 

Thousands Expected at London’s Largest First Time Buyer Event 

The UK’s largest event for first time buyers will return to London for the thirteenth time this autumn, expected to welcome thousands of guests across the day. Held at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster on 21st September from 11AM to 5PM, the show is a one stop shop for those looking to find out more about alternative home ownership schemes - offering budding buyers the unparalleled opportunity to meet some of the country’s largest housing providers face to face.

Boost your home security with our Smart Video Doorbell competition

Boost your home security in our Smart Video Doorbell competition

Ever considered boosting your home security? Homefocus has a Smart Video Doorbell to give away to one lucky reader, worth £89.99, thanks to Swann security products. Swann’s Smart Video Doorbell lets you answer your door from anywhere. All you need is a smartphone and the Smart Video Doorbell to ensure you always know what’s going on at home, no matter where you are.

Your front door in your pocket

The Swann Smart Video Doorbell connects wirelessly to your phone, so through the free app you can watch a live feed from your front door at any time. With handy push notifications, you will be notified whenever a visitor presses the doorbell.

Exploring Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes

Photo of new home example of available on shared ownership scheme or help to buy schemes in UK

Have you ever heard the words “shared ownership”, or “Help to Buy” but always wondered exactly what people were talking about?

The world of affordable home ownership might seem like a complex one, particularly for first-time buyers, but here at HomeFocus we strive to cut through the jargon and tell you exactly what you need to know.

Thanks to the sky-high prices of homes and houses nationwide, people right across the country are being priced out of the open market, and add that to the extortionate cost of renting, it’s no wonder that people are struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.

However, there are affordable home ownership schemes in place to help you buy your own home - and the key word there is affordable.

Win a Philips Hue Starter Kit and bring your home to life

Philips Hue starter kit

HomeFocus has teamed up with Signify, the world leader in lighting, to give away a Philips Hue E27 Starter Kit worth £169.99! Set the mood in your home with the smartest light in the world. Choose from over 16 million colours and create the perfect ambience whether you’re looking for a soft glow for a romantic dinner or a splash of colour as the ultimate party décor. Set the tone for any occasion via the Philips Hue app on your smartphone or voice control. Get light for everyday moments such as the best light for reading, relaxing, concentrating and energising. at home, whether it is a sun-set like setting or dimming your lights for a more romantic feel. Let your smart-home experience begin by entering the competition with Philips Hue Starter Kit!

L&Q Launches Homes in Milton Keynes’ Buzzing New District

One-of-the-new-homes-at-Saxon-Reach

L&Q is launching the first phase of new homes at Saxon Reach, which is set to become a thriving new neighbourhood just outside of Milton Keynes. A collection of 3 and 4 bedroom houses, Saxon Reach will offer spacious homes ideal for growing families, close to one of the UK’s fastest emerging property hotspots.  

Saxon Reach is one of the first developments forming part of L&Q’s New-Build Homes: Quality Standard promise, a commitment to delivering premium fixtures, fittings and appliances as standard, at no additional cost to the buyer.

2020 Colour of the Year - interiors experts on how to get the look 

2020 Colour of the Year - interiors experts on how to get the look - bedroom shot

If you’re anything like to Homefocus team, you’ll want to stay ahead of the interior trends when planning decorating projects. Here, interiors experts provide their opinion on the 2020 Dulux Colour of the Year – Tranquil Dawn – as well as how to work with this hue in the home.

Tranquil Dawn is a hazy, fresh sea green that signifies new beginnings for interior design – it encourages human connection and is a nod to the new decade we’re about to enter. It’s also a great neutral, calming colour yet can be complemented by dark, dramatic tones or brightened up with whites and yellows.

Wallpaper that works with Tranquil Dawn 

By Alex Whitecroft, head of design at www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk 

Bringing The Outdoors In

Bringing The Outdoors In - a living room filled with outdoor plants

BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN: JAMES WONG PROVIDES HIS TOP TIPS TO HELP CONNECT US TO OUR OUTSIDE WORLD

Getting closer to nature has never been more important than it is today. From working longer hours to living so much of our lives online, we are all spending more time than ever indoors and away from the natural world. According to Anglian Home Improvements, it’s no surprise we are therefore missing out on the psychological and physiological benefits that come from exposure to the outdoors – and this is why the ‘biophilia’ trend is currently proving such a hit with homeowners.

Brits in THESE areas are most likely to tune out home security alarms

home security - burglary in action at window

Almost half of Brits would stand by whilst witnessing suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhood, according to a recent survey on home security. Of those surveyed, 45% admitted that they wouldn’t report suspicious behaviour to the police but instead find themselves posting it on social media, discussing it with a neighbour or assuming it was nothing and taking no action.

The people of Belfast, Nottingham and Manchester were most likely to stand by and ignore alarms – especially if it was the alarm of a neighbour they didn’t know. In Belfast, one third (31%) have ignored alarms sounding in their street, whilst in Nottingham and Manchester almost one quarter of residents surveyed had (24% and 23% respectively). London ranked tenth in the study.

Leading developer shines a light on ‘five star’ pupils at school

Barratt Homes Sales Adviser, Juelee, with the winners of the rising stars awards

Barratt Homes has awarded five pupils who are considered to be ‘rising stars’ at a primary school in Nuneaton, to celebrate its recent ‘five-star’ accreditation from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey.

The Rising Star award winners and Saxon Meadows Sales Adviser, Juelee Taylor This is the tenth year in a row that Barratt Homes has received the top rating and to mark its continued success, the housebuilder awarded five ‘star’ pupils at Camp Hill Primary School, which is near to its Saxon Meadows development on Queen Elizabeth Road.

Eight ways to make your home look more expensive

Bi folding doors fited to a house to create an expensive look

The dream home is often described as classic, luxurious or timeless, but to create an expensive look throughout your home can be tricky if you don’t know where to start.

There are hacks for each unique style that you can incorporate into your home until you find the right balance.

If you’re stuck for inspiration on how to change up your home, try these tips to make your creativity flow.

Unmissable Offers & Room For One More At Kingsley Manor

A typical room at Kingsley Manor

With space for one final family to move into its Kingsley Manor development in Langford, David Wilson Homes is encouraging prospective buyers to consider the Buckingham style property with savings of over £36,000 available.
  
The five bedroom home is one of the most popular houses on Station Road, with a great number of benefits to suit potential purchasers.
 
Those securing the final home at Kingsley Manor can enjoy an upgraded kitchen with integrated appliances, flooring included and their Stamp Duty fees paid in full to the value of nearly £22,000.
 
Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: “The Buckingham is a beautiful family home thoughtfully designed and in keeping with the latest interior trends.
 

Couple use help to buy to upsize to their dream home

Dom and James in their new house that they got thanks to the Help to Buy scheme

A couple have recently been able to secure their dream home, using proceeds from a previous house sale and the Help to Buy scheme at Marston Fields in Bedfordshire.

Dominic (46) and James (41) Chapman-Hunt recently decided that they wanted to buy their first house together and upsize and they fell in love with an Eden style property at the David Wilson Homes development in Marston Moretaine.

What Boris's tax reforms could mean for first time buyers

Paresh Raja, CEO of Market Financial Solutions, advises first time buyers on the current political climate and how it affects those trying to get onto the property ladder…

Paresh Raja, CEO of Market Financial Solutions, advises first time buyers on the political climate and how it could affect those trying to get onto the property ladder…

With Britain’s departure from the European Union looming, political attention is largely centred around Brexit and Boris Johnson’s ability to pass a withdrawal agreement before October 31. However, negotiating Brexit is not the only major challenge confronting the new Prime Minister. The NHS is in need of a spending boost and the financial markets need assurance after what has been a confused period of uncertainty. 

Soundproof blinds are being developed to help you get the perfect night's sleep

Lilac soundproof blinds in a bedroom

Noisy neighbours, city life and chirping birds are just some of the things keeping Brits awake at night and, with the majority of the population sleeping with their windows open during the summer months, there is no escaping the noise - until now.

After having increasing numbers of enquiries for soundproof blinds, 247 Blinds looked at the bigger picture to find out how much of an impact it’s having on peoples’ ability to sleep, and is now looking to develop a brand-new product range - Sound Barrier Blackout Roller Blinds.

Eight ways to make your home look more expensive

A dark bedroom makes your home look more expensive

The dream home is often described as classic, luxurious or timeless, but creating an expensive look throughout your home can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. There are hacks for each unique style that you can incorporate into your home until you find the right balance. If you’re stuck for inspiration on how to change up your home, try these tips to make your creativity flow.

Mix the old with the new

Whether you’re upcycling furniture or slowly incorporating new pieces into an eclectic room, by mixing and matching modern and vintage styles it will create a complimentary contrast of textures and depth in your home. Pair your vintage furniture with bold cushions and a monochrome throw for a modern take on comfort and an easy elegant look.

Kingsbrook residents in Aylesbury back great british butterfly count

A wildlife friendly space at the Kingsbrook development in Aylesbury in anticipation for the Big Butterfly Count

Leading developer, Barratt and David Wilson Homes have joined forces with wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation, to participate in the annual Butterfly Count (19th July– 11th August) at its Aylesbury development, Kingsbrook. 

The Big Butterfly Count is an annual nationwide survey where participants are encouraged to spend 15 minutes looking for and recording 17 species of common butterfly and two day-flying moths, during three weeks of high summer.

The Count has the backing of Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham and has rapidly become the world’s biggest butterfly survey, with over 100,000 people taking part in the UK last year and over one million butterflies counted in total.

It's time for new Smart Kitchen Products

A woman using The new Smart Kitchen Tap from Bristan

Over the last 40 years, Bristan has become the biggest taps and showers company in Great Britain. In fact, we estimate that 1 in 5 British homes now have a Bristan tap or shower fitted. You’ll also find our products in bathrooms and washrooms at hospitals, leisure centres, hotels, schools and colleges across the country.

Bristan Gallery Smart Kitchen Measure Tap: 

The Bristan Gallery Smart Measure is a must have for any budding baker, the unique Gallery Smart Measure features innovative technology that delivers the exact amount of water you require before automatically turning off. The simple and effortless Gallery Smart Measure is preset to cover all the water volumes you will need, with 17 different measurements of millilitres, pints and cups.

Mira Showers Launches Mira Mode Maxim a new digital shower

The shower head controls for The Mira Mode Maxim digital shower

UK’s No. 1 shower manufacturer announces range extension to state-of-the-art digital shower.

The Mira Mode Maxim is the latest in digital innovation from leading shower manufacturer, Mira Showers.

Following the successful launch of the Mira Mode in 2017, this range extension offers brand new Mira CloudCoreTM technology to offer sensational performance complemented by sleek, minimalist form.

Broste Copenhagen: Let there be light!

Let there be light! Broste Copenhagen

Sadly, the days are getting shorter and we will soon have to put on the lights earlier. Now is a good time to think about the lighting in your home. Lighting is so important for creating just the right atmosphere and there is so much to choose from. Pendants, floor lamps, table lamps, wall lamps and of course lights to work from.

Broste Copenhagen has a great rang of lamps and some stunning ones in their new collection. The lamps are designed to fit in with any décor be it classic, traditional or modern.

So, do yourself a favour and get the lights shining in your home.

Prices from left to right:

Lavas floor lamp £396.00

Homeowners Prepping For Winter Now

Woman prepping for winter by sitting by her radiator to keep warm

HOMEOWNERS PREPPING FOR WINTER NOW DESPITE HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD

It seems homeowners across the UK are already thinking about winter despite the recent stifling temperatures with a record number of people looking to replace their boiler this summer.

According to Boiler Guide, enquiries for new gas boiler installations have risen by 44.5% over the past three months when compared to May-July 2018 suggesting homeowners are now more savvy to the potential savings of getting their house in order while demand for heating engineers is lower. 

A room-by-room guide to giving your home a fragrance makeover

Kitchen - A room-by-room guide to giving your home a fragrance makeover

A room-by-room guide to giving your home a fragrance makeover by Rich Quelch, Global Head of Marketing, Lifestyle Packaging

It’s true; many of us are guilty of ignoring how our home smells or simply placing gifted candles and diffusers on spare surfaces without giving it much thought.

However, home fragrance should be a key consideration when it comes to styling your home. That’s because scent plays a bigger role in how you feel than you might think. In fact, smells are processed by the part of the brain where emotions and memories are processed. 

5 ways to introduce Wabi-Sabi into the home

Wabi-Sabi decoration in the home
By Matthew Currington, Technical Director, The Lighting Superstore

Originally considered an ancient Japanese ideal stemming back to the years 960 - 1279, Wabi-Sabi is having a moment in Western interiors. 

The philosophy challenges the role of beauty and lets nature take its course, allowing for incomplete designs, dents and uneven shapes to take their place. 

The Lighting Superstore discusses how you can embrace the Wabi-Sabi in your own home and beyond. 

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