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Bring Spring To Your Garden With These Helpful Tips

Bring Spring To Your Garden With These Helpful Tips

With the end of the colder months in sight and spring fast approaching Barratt Homes’ has collaborated with the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), to provide a wealth of useful tips that are sure to help Merseyside homeowners tidy up their garden in no time. 

During the winter it can be hard to feel motivated to tend to your garden, but spring is the perfect time to give your green spaces a little TLC in readiness for the warmer weather. 

Michaela Lancaster, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “The idea of gardening can seem like a bit of a chore, especially if you’re a busy family short on time.

Family Find Everything Is Hunky-Dory With Three Storeys

Family outside their three storeys home

Upsizing at one of Bedfordshire’s freshest family hotspots, a couple have discovered the many benefits of three storey living at Barratt Homes’ Willow Grove development in Wixams.

The new community on Southern Cross is becoming a flourishing location for growing families, one which Emel, Anthony and Tony (7) White have recently called home.

Emel and Anthony, an IT Business Analyst and a Civil Engineer, have made the move to Willow Grove from Pulloxhill and used the Part Exchange scheme in doing so.

Emel said: “Purchasing a three storey property ensured the home was big enough for our family and friends. It has a study downstairs which we are currently using as a toy room for Tony, whilst the three bedrooms are all doubles.

One in five Brits have MOVED OUT of the family home due to the temperature of the house

Woman changing the temperature of the house

Nobody likes to be too hot or too cold, but new research has found the true extent of how far Brits are willing to go in a bid to ensure the family home is their perfect temperature.

The research, conducted by Boiler Plan, found that half of Brits (49%) have argued with family members over the temperate of the house - with a staggering 18% admitting to even moving out of the family home due to the cold temperature.

When it comes to the lengths Brits will go to, to control the heating at home, more than one in five (23%) have worn excessive clothing indoors, 15% have carried a hot water bottle around with them and just under one in 10 (9%) have gone to the extreme of feigning an illness to ensure the heating is set to an adequate temperature.

Gira Plug + Light 

Gira Plug + Light 

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, showcase Plug + Light: a new and defined interface which unites light control and power supply. 

Combined with appropriate light top units, Plug + Light offers easily controllable indoor lighting – from dimming to warm dim – making it an infallible solution for professional electricians, installers and system integrators so flexible indoor lighting can come to life for the end customer.

For flicker-free, dimmable light in matching switch design, Plug + Light is an open system which can be used with standard Gira flush-mounted device boxes, as well as models from Gira‘s British Standard Range. 

Planning to Renovate Your Property?

Planning to Renovate Your Property?

There is no doubt that renovating a property is a mammoth task and takes patience and perseverance.  Reuben John from City Living - Fine & Country East London gives a few tips on where to start.

The reason for your renovation will determine the extent of the work you undertake. Are you doing the renovation solely for your own benefit or with an eye to adding value for future resale? Renovating for yourself is not the same as renovating for profit, however, the process is similar.

Leading Developers' Bedtime Tips For Moving Home Reveals A Dreamy Routine Best For Rest

A bed made up for bedtime

To celebrate National Bed Month this month (March), Barratt and David Wilson Homes has collaborated with The Sleep Council and revealed a list of helpful tips to assist those moving home in Bedfordshire create a bedtime routine that suits them.

The month raises awareness on how important our beds are when it comes to a good night’s sleep, but many underestimate the importance of relaxing our bodies and minds as well as creating a calming atmosphere, which is especially important when moving to a new setting.

With the expertise from The Sleep Council’s advisers, the leading developers have unveiled its advice for how new homeowners can get their head ready for bed.

Why a ‘no deal’ Brexit could turn up the heat on energy bills for homeowners

Why a ‘no deal’ Brexit could turn up the heat on energy bills for homeowners

A ‘no deal’ Brexit will likely result in inflated energy bills for homeowners next winter, warn experts from smart central heating provider, Genius Hub.

According to Alasdair Woodbridge, CEO at Genius Hub, uncertainty surrounding the strength of the pound is just one of many reasons that could see some people struggle to keep their homes warm next winter.

Other factors, irrespective of currency fluctuations, include:

Increased transportation and importation costs

Ambiguity surrounding green energy initiative targets 

Lack of investment in Britain’s energy infrastructure from the EU

Whether Britain will remain in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme after 2020

Spring clean and burn calories!

Spring clean equipment

Spring cleaning could burn hundreds of calories and save hours in the gym according to fitness experts.

Online health and fitness site Vivotion.com has researched just how many calories can be burned by doing regular household chores.

The looked at tasks like vacuuming, washing the dishes and ironing as well as more strenuous jobs like scrubbing the bath and cleaning the windows.

The findings also look at which chores are the best for working out certain areas of your body.

Scrubbing the bath is best for toning arms and shoulder muscles whereas as ironing can strengthen your abs.