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Helen-Elks Smith’s Garden at RHS Chelsea 2014 – one not to be missed!

The world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show will soon be here with its floral exhibits, stands and stalls of every imaginable kind, and of course its amazing gardens. You may be visiting the show to see for yourself, or perhaps enjoying it on television from the comfort of your armchair – but however you get your Chelsea ‘fix’ – do look out for Helen’s Oak Processionary Moth Garden in the Fresh Garden Category ...

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Making the right choice for your family holiday

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to summer holidays. We all love getting away, but when children are involved – and perhaps older members of an extended family, too – it's essential to choose a place that suits everyone. Everybody lead busy lives these days, so the easier the search for a holiday – the better. Doing a little research online can deliver the best results without spending hours ...

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Bring the outdoors inside with a conservatory

Affordable, flexible and quick to build, a conservatory is a simple way to boost your living space – and enjoy the great British summer. The benefits of the extra space and natural light you get with a new conservatory are hard to beat – and these modern-day glass buildings are seriously high-tech. Heat sensitive glass and see-through pillars have made this once-glorified greenhouse a glamorous addition to ...

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Cheaper borrowing set to continue?

Brian Murphy, Head of Lending from Mortgage Advice Bureau comments on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to retain the base rate of interest at 0.5% for the 50th month. “Last month we were waiting the first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) results for the UK economy and the outcome was positive with, as expected, the UK posting a 0.3% rise in GDP following the fourth quarter 2012 ...

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Mosaic tiles: giving your home a stylish edge

Mosaic tiles have been around since the third millennia BC, and have maintained a fashionable edge right up to the present day – indeed, they're very much on trend now. Mosaics come in a wide range of materials including glass, natural stone, wood and metal. They create the perfect finish to any kitchen or bathroom, and thanks to the variety of beautiful and innovative tiles available, there is a style to s ...

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The benefits of equity release

Equity release is by no means a new concept; but thanks to competitive rates, tighter regulation and some timely product innovations, it is one of the few financial markets currently enjoying a healthy period of growth in the UK. The focus of the product hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s there to help homeowners generate cash from the value of their home – either as a tax-free lump sum or by drawing ...

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The rise of the orangery

Orangeries are making a comeback and are the luxurious must-have for your home, but what is an orangery and why are we aspiring to have one? Orangeries first started popping up in central Europe around the 16th century, when glass-making technology had advanced. Their main purpose was to winter citrus fruits and exotic plants, hence the name! With the trade of these fruits and plants increasing, wealthy peo ...

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Looking for a unique property? Four unusual homes…

Looking for a unique property? Check out these unusual abodes 1. Victorian water tower This 130-year-old Grade II-listed Victorian stone water tower has recently been renovated by one of Britain’s leading architects to create a 5,500ft multi-award-winning contemporary home. The wrap-around extension follows the shape of the octagonal tower. Various spaces are arranged relating to their function; to follow t ...

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Damaged Roof? Be Prepared…

When was the last time you checked your roof for cracks, broken tiles or gutter damage? With April showers inevitable, be prepared. Maintenance is key to ensuring that nothing goes wrong with your roof when the weather gets a bit lively. And it’s not just protection your roof provides – it can help save you money on those energy bills, too. Get to know it If this is the first time you’ve even thought about ...

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A loft conversion can add value as well as a new room

If space is an issue in your home, look above your head. A loft conversion can add value as well as a new room. Converting your loft will give you another functional room under your roof to play with – whether that is an office, a den for the kids, another bedroom or even an extra bathroom – and free up space downstairs, too. It will almost always add value to your property. According to the 2012 HSBC Home ...

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Transform your garden

Your garden can be more than just a place that grows flowers. Transform it with a unique addition that adds Outdoor space is an extra area, a room with no walls which you can really put your stamp of personality on, but that has one of its own, too. Once established, it can be left to do its own thing or controlled, trimmed and hoed every hour – it depends on how you want it to look and feel. Once you’ve re ...

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