Home Improvements

We’re a nation obsessed with updating our houses. So make sure you equip yourself with expert advice from Grand Designs when it comes to your own home renovation project, whether it’s remodelling your bathroom, redesigning your kitchen, revamping your bedroom, or adding those finishing touches.

Home Improvements

by Jenny Mcfarlane

February 09, 2018

8 top kitchen trends for 2018

From black cabinets to hidden extractors and storage, the multipurpose kitchen is driving the latest design innovations We asked top kitchen retailers for their thoughts…
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Clever small bathroom design ideas to save space

From savvy storage ideas, to compact fittings and units, we round up the ways to design your small bathroom to maximise the space.
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Space saving sliding doors for small rooms from IronmongeryDirect

IronmongeryDirect have developed a range of stunning, space saving interior sliding doors. Read on to find out how they can help you maximise small rooms...
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A buyer's guide to smart home security systems

From types of new security systems, to how to choose the right one for you, read our guide to buying a system that will keep...
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A guide to broken-plan living spaces

Broken-plan living is about the clever use of a space, but there are drawbacks, with open-plan areas often proving difficult to heat, as well as...
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A guide to choosing hard flooring

From marmoleum sheet flooring to composite surfaces, discover the many hard flooring options available for any room in your home.

Kevin McCloud on how our homes give us the chance to reflect and have new experiences

Our editor-at-large ponders how our homes can give us a chance to reflect and have new experiences.
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Top 5 floor tile trends for 2018

We've rounded up the latest floor tile trends for 2018 which you can incorporate into your flooring renovation project.
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How to design a kitchen space for entertaining

Getting your kitchen design right is essential – whether you want to incorporate a space for intimate dinners, casual get-togethers or impressive parties.
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Control your home from your devices with Loxone System

Are you considering automated home installation? The Loxone smart home control system features controls for lighting, heating, security, multi-room audio, blind control, energy management and...
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Peter Womersley Modernist house, Valley Spring

Built in the Sixties and nestled in a wooden dell, Valley Spring is a Modernist masterpiece with the majority of its original features intact.
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9 of the latest stylish bathroom trends for 2018

From mosaic tiling to his-and-hers bathrooms, read our round up of the best and most stylish bathroom trends for 2018.
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Embrace hygge with our buyer's guide to wood burning stoves

From buying a radiant or convection fire to a stove installation ideas, discover our guide to choosing the best wood burning stove for your home.

In the UK we are investing more and more time and money on home improvements to maintain the appearance of our houses inside and out, keep our interior style on-trend, and ensure that our properties are equipped with the latest eco-friendly or money-saving technology.

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Home improvements is a broad term that covers a whole host of building and decorating projects. From remodelling your kitchen to refurbishing your bathroom, adding an en suite or creating more storage space, these renovation projects will not only enhance your living environment but also add value to your property. Re-painting, decorating and adding finishing touches to any room is a relatively cheaper home improvement option that will modernise and freshen up your interiors as well as make your house more appealing on the house buying market. If your budget can stretch to it, a simple installation such as flooring, kitchen surfaces or a new staircase can help give your interiors even more impact. Externally, there are a number of improvements you can make to your property to make it more desirable, including roofing, guttering, lighting and landscaping.

Installing solar panels, investing in insulation and renewable heating options can help increase your home efficiency and cut your energy costs. Or perhaps you want to weigh up the benefits of underfloor heating against installing a fireplace or adding a wood burning stove. In every case, it’s important that when planning your own home improvement project that you plan and budget properly, and utilise all avenues available to help your budget stretch.