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Raising The Bar
REALHOMES.COM NEXT MONTH – CUDDLE UP CLOSE WITH THE LATEST SNUGGLE CHAIRS ■
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How To Stencil
First, ensure your entire surface is smooth, clean and dry Plan your exact layout and colours on a large piece of paper Position your stencil in the centre and attach with masking tape Use a brush or roller to paint over your stencil in your chosen c
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Project Of The Month
Now here’s a lesson in how to pack a simple side-return extension with impact. There’s so much to love about this design, like the way the angular addition melts into the existing house thanks to the wave-like curve of the corner – which is mirrored
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The New Neutral
NEXT MONTH – ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY WITH RURAL COTTAGE-INSPIRED ACCENTS ■
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Treasure Trove
AS someone with a deep love for period properties – beautiful sash windows and intricate coving will always have my heart – it’s a constant disappointment that my budget doesn’t quite match up with my taste in houses. Scrolling through Rightmove, it’
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KITCHEN & BATHROOM NEWS
This sleek fridge-freezer has just landed and we’re loving its smart, monochrome look. You can choose between either the external interface shown here, which shows key controls and information, or a built-in water dispenser to make staying hydrated e
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Meet The Winners
Every year, the Real Homes team has the brilliant job of shifting through dozens of amazing entries for our annual Home of the Year awards. We are always overwhelmed by the calibre of the projects we see, and this year was no different – so a huge th
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Costs & contacts
Loft subcontractor Build London, buildlondon.org Joinery Elements Joinery, 020 8914 8254, elementjoinery.co.uk Build work £85,000 Fixtures and fittings (including kitchen, bathroom and flooring) £15,000 Professional fees £5,000 Furniture and dec
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Relaxed Living
THERE are so many things to consider when designing a new kitchen, but when it comes down to it, there is one question that should underpin every decision – how do you want to feel in it? Vivienne began her kitchen transformation with a very clear fe
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Pretty in PINK
The decisions you make when you go through a renovation are always, without exception, difficult. Everything you do, from choosing the builders to entrust with your home to picking out the perfect paint colour, is incredibly important – after all, yo
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Cutting The Cost Of Your Project
With Christmas and, perhaps, other recent world events leaving lots of us a little more strapped for cash than before, taking on a renovation can feel like an impossible task – even if you really need the space. Even in more normal times, many of us
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My Kitchen In 5
‘I have an eclectic music taste, from Florence and the Machine to Bowie and Springsteen.’ ‘It depends on the season, but a starter of veggie or fish canapés, then Ottolenghi’s marinated lamb with coriander and honey, and some of his veg dishes.’ ‘D
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Profile
Lucy Kirwan, detective inspector on a child protection unit, her husband, Craig, a police officer, their children, Charlie, 11, Matilda, 10, and Woody, eight, and dog Benji A five-bed Edwardian semi in Stourbridge, West Midlands £95,000 ■
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Considered Palette
Last-minute changes can be costly, and that’s why it pays to finalise the scheme you want well in advance and avoid major deviations. This way you can also agree costs with your contractors and set a budget that works for you. It might mean that you
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Costs & contacts
Kitchen £15,540 Appliances £8,955 Decoration £4,000 Building work £3,600 Sink and taps £1,216 Worktop £162 Pocket doors £6.90 Kitchen and installation The Kitchen Man, 0117 973 1062, thekitchenman.co.uk Pocket doors Ebay, ebay.com Designer V
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Project News
Light switches are like jewellery for the home: small details that can add a dash of glamour. Instead of plain plastic, dress your walls with burnished metals, knurled materials or matt colours that are a pleasure to turn on/off. If you’re drawn to
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Small Steps
Sometimes a loft space can yield more than you expected, providing that sought-after adult retreat in the form of a master suite. Have a look up in the attic to see whether you’ll be able to use the space there without having to do any structural wor
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Five Things...
Before you begin planning the colours for your bold bathroom, consider when you use it most and how you want it to make you feel. If you shower in the morning, a zesty orange or zingy yellow could help to wake you up. If you’re an evening bather, a c
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Feel The (wood) Burn
HOW DO I DECIDE ON THE SIZE OF STOVE I NEED? You should first calculate the amount of heat needed in the room. Work out the cubic volume of the space and divide by 14. The stove should be fitted by a qualified engineer, such as one who is HETAS regi
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#now Trending
Gearing up for a new extension for 2021? Finally taking on that dark and dated bathroom? Whatever your project plans for the new year, get expert advice, inspiration and cost-saving tips on our renovation hub.realhomes.com/renovations Resolving to
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Bold Bathrooms
The colour of your bathroom can impact how you feel, and a fresh orange space like this will make you feel energised and upbeat, perfect for a morning shower. Orange metro tiles, £19.49 per m2 , Tile Mountain. For a similar bath, try the Ideal Standa
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Are You Hooked On Renovating?
Gemma Miller (@myrenoromance) lives with her fiancé, Anthony, and two sons in a three-bedroom 1930s semi in Horley, Surrey ‘Most people do one renovation and never want to do it again – I’ve got two on the go. We’re doing up our family home, but I’m
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Coming Home
Getting to know a property before you start making major changes gives you the chance to understand how the house works, and to devise solutions to poor design features. While Rachael and her family didn’t live in their Victorian home prior to renova
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A GUIDE TO Carpet
The British are renowned for their love of carpet as a floor covering – and no wonder. It’s tactile and cosy, visually appealing, and provides sound and heat insulation. It also offers the opportunity to create the style you want for your rooms by pi
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LIGHT Touch
Your living room’s lighting should be multi-level and multifunctional. Atmosphere is key to this room; layering up various light sources will give flexibility throughout the day and evening Dimmable functions on switches and bulbs lead to wider cho
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Costs & contacts
Toilet and shower £13,000 Parquet flooring £8,000 Decorating, including labour £7,500 Driveway £7,000 Carpet £3,000 Tiles for bathroom and vestibule £1,500 Decorator Alby Jones Painter & Decorator, 07947 162985 Flooring Naturally Oak Flooring,
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Q&A
How should I clean carpet and deal with spills? ‘A new carpet should be maintained regularly – and can be vacuumed as soon as it is installed,’ says Rupert Anton of the Carpet Foundation. ‘We recommend vacuuming at least twice a week – certainly in
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Designer Spotlight
You only have to take one look at Eva Sonaike’s work to appreciate just how textiles can transform a space. A well-placed cushion or carefully curated lamp collection can lift the plainest of rooms, and Eva’s designs do just that: her collection of c
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NEAT & TIDY TV VIEWING
First, we avidly watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo as she showed us how to fold our pants and expunge the joyless from our homes, now we’re glued to Netflix’s Get Organised with The Home Edit, where the rainbow-arranging, clear-box lovers Clea Shea
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Three Top Tips
Freestanding dishwashers slot under the worktop with the front still on display, so pick a finish to suit your scheme. Semi-integrated has a façade matching your units, with just the control panel visible at the top. Integrated is hidden completely.
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