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Step by step guide to a listed property Spring Health Check

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Spring is the ideal time to take stock, to get out and check the condition of your listed building, and identify any maintenance that is required. The exterior of your building may have taken a battering from the winter wind and rain, however better weather and lighter evenings make it possible to identify any faults […]

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History repeats itself with a modern colour twist

WHILE Spring is the time to look forward, to clear the clutter and cobwebs away from our homes, this seasons decorating trends are harking towards a bygone era.
According to the experts at Crown Decor …

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Beautiful Birds

In the depth of winter garden birds bring us so much pleasure. Squabbling on feeders, their colours and songs brighten gloomy days.
The Big Garden Bird watch on January 28th and 29th.
Birds play a vi …

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Reputable Letting Agent

With so many legislative changes in the private rental sector, it has never been more important for you to have a reputable Letting Agent looking after your interests
Naturally, you may think we will …

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Smart Ways to Keep your Empty House Secure this Season

Empty houses and piles of Christmas presents make December and January the months you’re most likely to be a burglary victim.
Homes across the UK are already filling up with presents while families …

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How to Choose a Tradesman

Many years ago, the house I lived in developed a small wet patch in the dining room. We called out two plumbers to give us a quote. The first told us the drive needed digging up and that the total rep …

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Humble Hedge

Garden boundaries are emotive subjects. There have been any number of feuds between neighbours over this very issue down the years and the main cause of aggro seems to be the humble hedge.
November is …

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HOBBIT House

Hobbit House Designer

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.” Kingston designer, Lili Giacobino, brings fantasy interior to life.
She states, “The Hobbit house uses recycled floorboards and recla …

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Friendly Foliage

We all love flowers. They’re what gardening is all about and the fact that they tend to be relatively short-lived makes them special.
A garden can’t survive on flowers alone. It needs to look attr …

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SHED

Happiness in the South East is a Garden Shed says Survey

 
The humble garden shed may hold the key to contentment. 95% of shed owners in the South East say their shed makes them happy, according to the Waltons Great British Shed Survey.
For ‘sheddies …

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How To Re-Vamp Your Old Sofa

At this time of year, things start getting a little more sociable as the evenings draw out and the temperatures rise, so here is a little guide to re-vamping one of the most important and expensive pi …

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Garden Ornaments

I fell firmly into the hate ‘em category. I thought they had a place in big country gardens but looked slightly tacky in suburbia. This antipathy may date back to my childhood and Mrs. Frost, our el …

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Newbury

Newbury in Bloom in Full Swing

Entries are flowing in for the Newbury in Bloom Campaign and the benefits can now be seen around the Town. Many businesses have their hanging baskets in place and the Town Council has planted flower b …

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National Picnic Week

The weather’s warming up, so why not get outside and go for a picnic?
National Picnic Week is a celebration of picnicking that’s been happening in the UK for over a decade.
Some see picnics as a r …

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Declutter

10 Ultimate Declutter Tips

Less stress? Sleep better? Feel calmer? Follow our expert tips and kick start your summer with a burst of tidying to achieve inner Zen.

Do one big tidy over a weekend and then maintain. The results …

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DIY the Very Basics

The reason that I’m so passionate about recycling furniture and crafting is that I can never replicate the feeling of accomplishment that I get when I finish a project for my own home. I have a husb …

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No 96 Furnishings Newbury

Selling beautifully upcycled furniture, Frenchic chalk paint, locally sourced gifts and soft furnishings, Newbury’s newest independent retailer, No 96 Furnishings opened their doors on the 23rd Marc …

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Newbury in Bloom is Back!

Newbury Town Council is re-launching its ‘Newbury in Bloom” campaign to improve the look of our town and to make it a more pleasant place to live, visit and work.
“This is an opportunity for eve …

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5 things you can do with a Smart Home

Your phone is smart; your kids are smart; and your home can be smart too.
Smart home technology is constantly evolving and as the internet gradually takes control of our everyday lives you will soon b …

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Making Changes to a Listed Building

Making Changes to a Listed Building – The Importance of a Successful Architect Client Relationship.
Extending, remodelling or converting your most valuable asset is always going to be a challenging …

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