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Planning Permission Tips UK - Understanding Your Local Planning Officer - They are Only Human


This time of year often sees an explosion in new enquiries for development schemes but the irony of this fact is that most people think that they are in time for a Spring/early summer build if they start the Planning & design process now through the Local Authority?? Sorry but this thinking should have been at the end of last summer - September at the latest. In most cases people do not seem to realise the time scales involved .

Planning Permission Tips UK - Agricultural Plots of Land for Sale - The Latest Mug Punter Scam?


The first part of most years brings a flurry of trade shows aimed at the public & trade alike such as The Ideal Home Show, Interiors & just recently the Building Exhibition at the NEC. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of new gadgets & Gizmos (along with the usual tat) that companies invent for our consumption.

Planning Permission Tips UK - Two Story Side Extensions - The Common Mistakes


Probably the most common type of residential extension is the two storey side extension. However, it is one of the most easiest schemes to get wrong with regard to Planning Permission.

Planning Permission Tips UK - Permitted Development Allowances - Not the Golden Goose You Imagine


There is a perception amongst most folk that every house is allowed a certain percentage of extension development without the need for formal Planning Permission. People seem to think that it applies to them even when they purchase an already extended property.

Planning Permission Tips UK - Illegal Building Works - Is there an Upside?


Many times throughout the year we are called in to assist people who have got into trouble by completing building works without Council permission. This can be either Planning or Building Regulations - often both.

Log Homes - Finding the Perfect Log Home Plan


One of the first steps in building a log home is deciding on a floorplan. Many people spends months, or even years, searching for the perfect plan.

Building A Pair Of Heavy Duty Saw Horses


Start out by measuring and cutting all your stock according to the cutting list and set it aside. Take the legs and mark out the tapers.

Refinishing A Hardwood Floor


Want to bring your hardwood floors back to their former beauty, but don't have the money? Then read on for some tips on how you can refinish the floor yourself.If you have the time and don't mind doing the work, then refinishing your floors yourself is a great option but before starting out, it's not a bad idea to get an estimate from a professional so you can compare the cost of doing it yourself to what they would charge.

Using A Hardwood Floor Sander


Refinishing your hardwood floors yourself can be time consuming and a bit scary at first but well worth it in the long run. It can cost a bundle to hire a professional to refinish your floors for you, but if you have the time, you can do it yourself.

Get New Floors And Save A Bundle When You Do It Yourself


After years of use, your floor will need to be refinished and that can cost over $1000 for just one room! But if you want to put in a little time and elbow grease, you can refinish the floor yourself and have the beautiful look of warm wood in your home for a fraction of the cost.Contrary to what you may have heard, the finish doesn't take weeks to dry.

Garage Doors


You may think choosing garage doors is straight forward, however there are many things to consider, such as whether your garage is adjoining your property, is it a single or a double garage, how much clearance inside and out is needed and so on. Also, the appearance of the garage door can influence what material you use.

Replacing Steel Casement Windows (Part 2)


Last week, I explained how to remove your old steel casement windows as you prepare each opening for the new Vinyl windows. In most of the country, you are limited to a replacement style frame, which is a new construction frame with the nail fin removed.

Faux Fireplace, on the Cheap!


Does the coming winter chill remind you how much you miss the basic element of fire to warm those long nights? Unfortunately, your home's builder wasn't the romantic you are, and you have no fireplace. Never fear, The Budget Decorator is here! Ok, so that's corny, but this project sure isn't!The first thing to do is to determine what element you want your fireplace to be made of.

The Next Revolution in Home Entertainment - IP Based Multi-Room Distribution


The Holy Grail of distributed audio; unlimited zones and unlimited sources, cost effectively. That milestone will be achieved, and soon, through the combination of digital amplification and IP based distribution systems.

Outdoor Decks - Understanding Seven Elements of Good Deck Design


You're all comfortable in your favorite lounge chair, reading your latest novel with a cool beverage nearby..

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Wesfarmers' two-year UK foray ends with sale of troubled home improvement chain
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Australian retail conglomerate Wesfarmers is selling U.K. home improvement chain Homebase for a nominal 1 pound ($1.34) just two years after buying it, ending an embarrassing offshore adventure that cost it $1 billion and sowing doubts about its future ...
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ConsumerReports.org

How to Finance a Home Improvement Project
ConsumerReports.org
Whether you're building a new deck, buffing up a bathroom, or adding a whole new wing to your house, figuring out how to finance a home improvement project should be as much a part of your decision-making as picking out countertops, flooring, and paint ...



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Caution, contracts protect against home improvement fraud
Palladium-Item
As much as the warmer months mean backyard barbecues and swimming pools, they also mean home improvement fraud. “It is a big issue, and it's one which makes the good guys look bad,” said Jerry Highley Jr., a Muncie-area contractor who was 2017 ...



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Man charged with home improvement fraud for the 4th time
WTTV CBS4Indy
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – A man accused of swindling a 71-year-old woman out of $15,000 now faces home improvement fraud charges for the fourth time since 2004. The Johnson County Prosecutor's Office this month filed felony counts of theft and home ...



ABC Action News

Non-profit launches low interest loans for home improvement just in time for hurricane season
ABC Action News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — We're just under two weeks away from hurricane season. Yet we still drive past so many homes with blue tarps and homes not ready for the season. But a a non-profit has just launched a program to help Bay area families make ...



Reader's Digest

11 Home Improvement Scams You Need to Take Seriously
Reader's Digest
"Reputable home improvement companies don't just wander around neighborhoods trying to find customers to pawn off their extra materials on. The contractor who tries this trick is hoping you'll fall for a good deal without checking their credentials ...



Broadcasting & Cable

Up TV Grabs 'Home Improvement'
Broadcasting & Cable
Up TV has licensed the cable rights to all eight seasons of comedy Home Improvement. Tim Allen plays the host of a home improvement show called Tool Time who is raising three mischievous boys. Richard Karn, Patricia Richardson and Earl Hindman are ...



Omaha World-Herald

Maintaining home improvement harmony
Omaha World-Herald
Monica D. Higgins, the author of “Remodel Success: Home Remodeling Done Right, On Time and On Budget” (Schiffer, 2017), said many partners are stressed out about home improvement projects because it's easy to get overwhelmed by the fine points.



U.S. News & World Report

Home Depot Needs a Big Memorial Day Weekend
U.S. News & World Report
According to Bank of America analyst Elizabeth Suzuki, this year's Memorial Day weekend will be particularly important for Home Depot and Lowe's Companies (LOW) after bad weather in parts of the U.S. weighed on home improvement sales in the first ...

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Daily Journal

Man again charged with home improvement fraud
Daily Journal
A man who has been convicted of home improvement fraud against multiple families in central Indiana has again been charged with theft after a resident reported she paid him to install a pool, and the work was never done. John R. Park, 53, of Franklin ...


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