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Almost the price of a house

With the average house price in the UK being around £226,000, the luxury car market appears to be going in a similar upwards direction. Jack Evans, Press Association motoring correspondent road tests the new BMW i8 Roadster, which is thought to have a guide price around £136,000. The drop-top version of BMW’s instantly recognisable hybrid … Read moreAlmost the price of a house

13/08/2018 | Categories: lifestyle | full article

How To Turn Up The Heat With The Tropical Homes Trend

For a different house interior design, birds, wildlife and foliage all star in the latest decor must-haves. Gabrielle Fagan reveals how to style them up. Hot weather may make you yearn to escape to a tropical paradise but if that’s beyond the budget, you can easily create your own exotic sanctuary. Combine vibrant shades and … Read moreHow To Turn Up The Heat With The Tropical Homes Trend

12/08/2018 | Categories: home , Interior Design , property | full article

8 Reasons To Get Solar Panels On Your Home

Could your property value be enhanced and the house become more saleable be with the benefit of solar panels and reduced energy bills? Putting property values top one side, in this article by Lisa Salmon (Press Association), she examines some good reasons to consider a solar panel installation. Sunlight is free, so why not harness … Read more8 Reasons To Get Solar Panels On Your Home

12/08/2018 | Categories: home , lifestyle , property | full article

11 Ways To Give Your Garden a Burglar and Thief proof Makeover

Designers have teamed up with the police to create the ideal ‘crime prevention garden’. Hannah Stephenson finds out more. You may have locked your doors and windows, installed a burglar alarm and prompted neighbours to keep a watch over your home while you’re on holiday – but have you considered how the style and design … Read more11 Ways To Give Your Garden a Burglar and Thief proof Makeover

06/07/2018 | Categories: garden design , lifestyle , property | full article

Petal Power: 3 Ways To Make Your Home Blooming Beautiful This Summer

No matter how your garden grows, anyone can enjoy an abundance of flowers indoors with this year’s stunning floral designs. Gabrielle Fagan picks the best of the bunch. Nature’s best and brightest blooms inspire decor designs year after year, and the new-season ranges are blossoming with a fresh, contemporary take on the trend. “Florals never … Read morePetal Power: 3 Ways To Make Your Home Blooming Beautiful This Summer

01/06/2018 | Categories: lifestyle | full article

Alan Titchmarsh Explains How To Create A Plot For Pollinators

Alan Titchmarsh is calling on gardeners to make a metre for wildlife this summer, by providing a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators. Launching Butterfly Conservation’s ‘Plots for Pollinators’ campaign, Titchmarsh, the charity’s vice president, says: “The future of our butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects is under threat, as the places where … Read moreAlan Titchmarsh Explains How To Create A Plot For Pollinators

12/05/2018 | Categories: lifestyle | full article