The NHS pay rise that unions agreed earlier this year catapulted the issue of affordable housing for emergency workers into the spotlight once more. The rise of at least 6.5% over three years is unlikely to keep up with inflation, meaning that nurses, porters and paramedics will continue to face issues when it comes to affording property.
NOT-SO-HANDY UK adults avoid common household DIY tasks due to a lack of confidence in their abilities, according to new research.
The survey of 1,483 UK homeowners and tenants carried out by Emo Oil, a home heating oil supplier, revealed that a nervous 52% of UK adults would immediately call on professional assistance before trying to fix a DIY issue themselves.
In fact, the majority (77%) of adults living in the UK do not feel confident to carry out simple home DIY tasks.
More than 1 in 3 (36%) also confess to having a local handyman on speed dial, to offer help with the home improvement and renovation jobs they can’t do.
According to Cormar Carpets it holds a timeless and classic appeal and although it’s a simple palette, the strong black and white theme adds impact and drama to any room in the home.
For those who prefer a slightly softer look, introduce soft dark browns or pure greys to the mix. This works particularly well in bedrooms and living spaces where a subtler design scheme may be required.
Says David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets:
Barratt Homes Eastern Counties has unveiled a brand new view apartment at its Trumpington Vista development in Cambridge this weekend (Saturday 9th June), providing prospective buyers with their first opportunity to step inside one of the sought-after homes.
The property is one of 65 contemporary two and three bedroom apartments and eight premium villas in this exclusive phase of homes named Vista at the Hauxton Road development, offering a fresh take on modern living and beautifully overlooking a 148-acre country park.
David Wilson Homes has released details of new homes at its Sunningend View development in Brockworth, which are now available to reserve ahead of the official launch later this year.
Sunningend View is a brand-new development of 71 homes in Brockworth. Work is well underway on the new community, with the five-star housebuilder reporting excellent progress and recently unveiling new images of the site.
The Leeman, a three bedroom modern townhouse is the perfect choice for house hunters looking for the extra space and flexibility a townhouse can deliver.
The ground floor of the Leeman features a large family room with French doors leading onto the rear garden. The family room is the ideal flexible space to create a snug, home office, gym or hobby room. A double bedroom and shower room complete the ground floor.
Glenn Copper, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes North Thames, said:
“The Leeman benefits from a modern and unique layout which makes it ideal for families with older children or teenagers. The ground floor makes a perfect teenage den with their own bedroom, private bathroom and flexible family room.”
Amy and Ed Field had been saving for several years before finding their dream home at Crest Nicholson’s Nightingale Fields in Wokingham. Using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, the couple and their children, aged nineteen, eleven and five, were able to move to a home which allows them to spend more time together as a family, while remaining in close proximity to the local schools.
Five star housebuilder David Wilson Homes has taken a swift initiative at its Oakfields development in Harbury to provide homes for feathered friends as well as new residents.
A carpenter for David Wilson Homes crafted some handmade swift boxes which have now been put up on the show homes and throughout trees at the Bush Heath Lane development. The homebuilder is hoping to provide a home for the fast flying birds, whose breeding numbers have nearly halved in the last 20 years due to declining nesting sites.
John Fitzgerald, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said:
Have you ever looked through the pages of interior glossies and lusted after the impeccable Outdoor kitchen on offer? Yes, us too.
But creating the perfect alfresco dining space doesn't have to be reserved for show homes and warmer climates. By following some simple design advice, you too can create a versatile outdoor space, which – even in the UK - can be used all year round...
Plan it out
You wouldn't start an indoor kitchen renovation without first having a fool-proof plan, so why would an outdoor one be any different?
Quayside offers a unique collection of retirement apartments for those aged over 55. The 30, one and two-bedroom apartments offer a contemporary open-plan living layout, private balconies or terraces with views over the Dart Valley or the inner courtyard space. Kitchens are fitted with modern appliances and shower rooms include walk-in showers. The apartments offer great communal facilities and services including an on-site bistro, a pamper suite and hairdressing salon, a meeting and activity room, large reception area and beautifully designed communal gardens and seating areas. The experienced, scheme management team are on-hand to provide support and help to organise activities for the residents too.