Category extending & improving properties

April and A Passion for Homes ‘How to’ – sand floorboards

Monthly ‘How to’ from and A Passion for Homes Our very popular monthly ‘How to’ blog from a expert continues with how to sand floorboards: By Dave Hambleton, Owner of Hambletons. ‘In recent years, making the most of wooden floorboards has become increasingly trendy. Savvy homeowners will also know that keeping floorboards in […]

How DIY SOS saved The Doll’s House, DIY SOS and ‘The Dolls’ House’ So, see how using could have helped home owner Michael Purdie avoid cowboy builders and not have to call on Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team to rebuild ‘The Dolls’ House’… Kevin Byrne, CEO of is championing Michael Purdie, victim of a West Sussex rogue […]

March and A Passion for Homes ‘How to’ – plaster a wall

Monthly ‘How to’ from and A Passion for Homes Our very popular monthly ‘How to’ blog from a expert continues with how to plaster a wall: By Peter Vice, owner, Jonique bathrooms and kitchens. ‘Plastering a wall can be tricky but is usually within the remit of those with DIY skills. First you […]

Improving energy efficiency in your home infographic

So, it’s winter time, and as well as the rain to endure, the worry of rising heating bills in the home is on many people’s minds – I know I am putting on another jumper rather than turn the heating up! Check out this interesting infographic from MPK Lofts outlining how heat escapes and suggestions […]

Monthly decorating tips – how to strip paint

Welcome to a new development for 2014 – a monthly painting and decorating advice blog from Checkatrade expert Wayne de Wet (@decorum28). Thanks to everyone who submitted questions via Twitter and email – the answers will be coming up over the next few months. For this month, Wayne looks at how to strip paint safely […]

September ‘How to’ blog – painting kitchen doors

Our very successful monthly ‘How to’ blogs from continue, with September taking you through how to professionally paint and revitalise your kitchen cupboard doors. If done well, this can change the look of your kitchen without costing thousands of pounds! But beware, done badly, it can look awful, so follow the advice carefully!  How […]

Coastal Interior Design – keep the summer feeling going!

After a recent trip to Cornwall the breathtaking scenery, inspired thoughts of coastal and nautical interior design. So, if you live in a city, or inland, can you buy into coastal interior design? Absolutely. Classic, contemporary, shabby chic or just plain fun, the coastal / nautical interior design scheme has numerous forms! From subtle, soft […]