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At Home with Sarah Beeny – Autumn 2016

HELLO READERS With the country's surprise decision to exit the European Union, it may have been a tumultuous year politically, but property wise, as yet, I haven't seen a big drop from homeowners who use my website Tepilo.com to buy and sell their property. I don't think it will affect the market that much. People always need to move and life goes on, whatever our politicians might think! In this autumn iss ...

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At Home with Sarah Beeny – April 2016

HELLO READERS Spring is here and I'm thrilled to be back in the hot seat editing this issue of at home with Sarah Beeny. As ever, house prices are the topic of conversation on the street and my online estate agency Tepilo recently revealed that buyers are still concerned about properties becoming unaffordable. This makes is clear the government needs to really step up to ensure the market remains stable and ...

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At home with Sarah Beeny

Coming home is a feeling I relish after a long week at work. For me, home is somewhere to relax and snuggle up with my dog and significant other, surrounded by the things I love. And after chatting with our guest ed, Sarah Beeny, it’s obvious that I’m not the only one passionate about my pad – she believes we’re a nation of DIYers, renovators and improvers. On a tour of her latest renovation projects, inclu ...

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Quality and value plaster – thinking about whole life costs

Italian or polished plaster wall finishes offer an original decorative option for your home, but how do costs compare with obvious choices such as wallpaper, vinyl wall coverings, traditional paint or even tiles? Coverage rates costs will vary depending on choice of material, but for comparison, professional supply and apply of polished plaster can be as low as £65.00/m2. The price should be considered over ...

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Going green – environmental product selection and use of recycled material

Italian or polished plaster wall finishes offer an original decorative option for your home, but is it a ‘green’ choice? What do you know about your environmental product selection? Proving incredibly durable and hardwearing, a hand-applied polished plaster wall finish is effectively compressed reconstituted stone – with some quality recipes including up to 60% recycled marble. The coloured marble used is o ...

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How to accessorise your staircase

These simple beaded pendants will add a delicate touch of colour and texture to your staircase. Choose the beads and string according to the materials and colours of your staircase. We used brown string with natural and coloured wooden beads to add warmth to our glossy white staircase. Try glass or acrylic beads on a natural wood staircase, or mix beads of different materials. Choose a range of tones in one ...

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Stop damp from taking hold

Recent research has shown that thousands of houses in the United Kingdom have problems due to damp, a source of irritation and misery for both occupants and house owners. Excessive damp can be caused by a wide range of factors, and many people think that the problems are beyond our control but this is not the case. There are three causes of damp - penetrating damp, rising damp and condensation. Penetrating ...

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Three ways you may be a mortgage prisoner locked into your home

As mortgage lending rules tightened and new restrictions were imposed, more and more UK homeowners found themselves effectively trapped with their current mortgage lender and as a result, were forced to stay in their homes. A combination of falling house prices, high LTV’s, the elimination of self-certification and the restrictions on interest-only have meant that many borrowers have found themselves unable ...

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Paint, wallpaper or polished plaster

If you’re looking for an original decorative option for your home, beyond the obvious choices of wallpaper, vinyl wall coverings, traditional paint or even tiles, consider polished plaster wall finishes. But how do they compare? Specialist Application The principal difference is the requirement for a specialist decorator to apply polished plaster. The skilled requirements of the material application are suc ...

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The heat of the moment: Cast Iron Radiators

Whether you are sprucing up your interiors in preparation to sell or refurbishing a room that’s looking shabby, it's well worth installing new radiators for an instant makeover. Radiators have long been seen as an ugly inconvenience and a waste of wall space. For years we've been hiding them away under clumsy boxes or camouflaging them with cunning colour schemes. But we're currently seeing something of a r ...

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