Gloss or matt: which kitchen style is right for you?

Whether you’re simply upgrading your cabinets or remodelling your whole kitchen, there is an important question that you need to consider: matt or gloss? Some people immediately know which of the two that they prefer but for others it’s not quite so obvious. Both could be perfect as the beautiful heart of your home and much of the decision will depend on you and your personal preferences. So, let’s have a look at whether a gloss kitchen or a matt kitchen could be right for your home. Gloss kitchens If you are looking for sophisticated beauty, gloss surfaces offer a lustrous finish for your kitchen. Ideal in contemporary and modern designs, gloss has been exceptionally popular since the 1970s. While they can be tricky to get right, a well-designed gloss kitchen can be truly spectacular. The champagne metallic finish below creates a truly stylish and modern aesthetic.    More light If...
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9 Fabulously Festive Styling Ideas for your Country Kitchen

  Grand entrance halls and drawing rooms generally get the most attention when it comes to Christmas decorations. There’s no reason why your kitchen should go unnoticed. For many families it’s the hub of the home, so it makes sense to give it just as much attention when it comes to Christmas. You’ve spent so much time giving your kitchen charm. Why not use Christmas as an excuse to show-off your handcrafted interior? Christmas is the perfect time to introduce a steady stream of guests to your home. As well as the imposing Christmas tree in your drawing room for guests to admire, why not bring some opulence and grandeur to your kitchen. It’s easy to forget the kitchen quarters. Unless you have a fully staffed home, it’s likely at least some of your guests will at some point end up in the kitchen. Bring your muted tones to life,...
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Whats the Best Material for Bifold Doors?

Bifold doors have become enormously popular since they were introduced. At the same time more convenient and classier looking than either sliding doors or french windows, theyre obviously ideal as patio doors or between house and conservatory, but they can also offer flexibility for internal use. The Telegraph describes an ingenious conversion where a bifold door allows the kitchen to switch between open plan or closed off. On the other hand, The Guardian offers bifold doors as a solution for a tiny bathroom that doesnt have room to open a conventional door all the way. Bifold doors can be made of aluminium, timber or uPVC, and each material has its advantages in the right circumstances. So which should you choose? Aluminium Aluminium has the obvious benefit of being very strong while thin, allowing the sight lines to be narrow and no extra mullions needed. That also means the doors can...
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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

When you own a home and you’re looking to sell it, the one thing on your mind is the value of your home and the price that you’ll get for it. So here are a few things that you can do to improve the value of your property, but you must bear in mind that the investment that you put into your property must show in an increased value and the price that you eventually pay, otherwise you will have wasted your money.  Build a Loft Conversion Get another bedroom and bathroom by converting your loft. There are a lot of things to think about before you can get a loft conversion however. For instance, you will need to strengthen the floor joists, which will raise the floor level, so you need to make sure that you have enough room to stand up on. But, spend £20,000 on a loft...
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6 DIY Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover Ideas

If it looks like your kitchen is stuck in the past, or if it just looks boring or bland, you’ve probably thought about renovating it. It can be very expensive to renovate your kitchen. However, you shouldn’t let this hold you back. There are plenty of ways you can breathe new life into your kitchen and not break the bank. Here are some ideas I would recommend looking into as an option. The Miracle of Salvage and Second Hand One of the more simple ideas to give your kitchen a makeover is to salvage old pieces of furniture and place them in your kitchen. For example, one idea is taking an old machine shop table and place a butcher’s block on top of it to create a tiny island. You could take old bar stools and set them up by an empty counter to turn it into a mini bar....
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How do I generate space and light and create an impact in my two bedroom box house?

It’s really important to invest in the fundamentals of the house. Many people think immediately of the ‘cosmetic’ aspects of kitchens and bathrooms, but the most important thing, despite what an estate agent will tell you, is quality of space. The quality of space comes, principally, from a sense of generosity, simplicity, and light.
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An eco-friendly house

“If designed with care, eco homes can be beautiful, healthy, nurturing and efficient spaces to live in. Eco materials and products will help cut your use of basic resources like gas, water and electricity, cut your yearly bills and also help keep your home lovely and warm this winter and for many winters to come.”
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Free tickets to The Home Improvement Show

Just Do Property have managed to negotiate FREE tickets for some of our Just Do Property subscribers. Click on the link below to apply for free tickets. (standard tickets are £12 if booked before 3pm (with £1.75 transaction fee) on 26 March 2014 or £17 on the door (children under 16 go free)
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Free tickets to Home Improvement Show

Just Do Property have negotiated 25 free tickets for The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show Harrogate International Centre, 1-3 November 2013.
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Buying a holiday home: How to make sure you get the right deal

If youre planning on purchasing a home to rent out to holiday makers, there are a number of things you need to consider to make sure that itll be a tempting offer and attract customers once youve got it on the holiday market. To give you a headstart, weve put together some top tips for what to look for when hunting down your new holiday home, with some help from the experts at Rent my Cottage - as well as a few things to think about while youre looking!
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Free tickets to The National Home Improvement Show 27-29 September

Just Do Property have negotiated with the organisers of the National Home Improvement Show and have 20 sets of free tickets to give away.
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Essential home improvements for property developers

The key to selling property is to research, research, research. Doing this before you even invest in a property to develop will give you an idea of what people are buying in your chosen area and what renovations need to be carried out in order to add the most value to your home.
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5 ways to increase the value of your property

Whether youve got your heart set on moving or are simply planning for the future, it never hurts to carry out some home improvements - especially ones that could ultimately add value to your property. Remember, though, that while some projects may not add a significant sum to the worth of your home, they can make it much more appealing to potential buyers, which can be just as valuable. So, here are five things to consider. 1. Update your kitchen Gone are the days when the kitchen was just somewhere you prepared meals - theyre now a focal point for many households. Dont underestimate the value of a well-designed kitchen that utilises the available space effectively. Invest in modern, energy-efficient appliances if you dont have these already and make sure the units and work surfaces are in good condition. If your kitchen is quite small, consider opening it up by...
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New C4 Show with Sarah Beeny

There is a new primetime Channel 4 property series called Double Your House for Half the Money presented by Sarah Beeny. Theyve just finished broadcasting the first series and there has been demand for another. Red House was founded by Managing Director John Silver; the man behind some of the world’s biggest formats, including MasterChef Goes Large, Jamie’s Kitchen, Property Ladder and Grand Designs. DOUBLE YOUR HOUSE FOR HALF THE MONEY If you are about to begin extending and transforming your home into a much bigger house, we would like to hear from you  Do you plan to turn your current home into your much bigger ‘forever’ home? Will you be creating twice as much space in your property?  Have you got approved planning permission to transform and upgrade your house? Do you want a bigger house, but can’t afford to move?   If you would like property guru Sarah Beeny to give you...
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Free tickets to the National Home Improvement Show

The ultimate home improvement show returns for the fourth year to a new venue – Olympia, London Just Do Property Subscribers can claim a pair of free tickets to this show.  Simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to claim your tickets, worth £24. The UK’s leading event for home improvers, The National Home Improvement Show, is returning for its fourth consecutive year to a new home, Olympia, London from 28-30 September 2012. Aimed at the serious home improver, the show brings visitors an unrivalled selection of ideas, inspiration and expert advice to help them take the next step with their home improvement project. The show has grown significantly and boasts a number of brand new features, including free interior design classes at The Design School, care of Susan Llewellyn, founder of The Susan Llewellyn Academy of Interior Design, one to one advice at the Renewable Energy Advice Clinic and real life case studies...
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Dont let mould take hold of your home and health

People are often unsure as to whether they are insured against mould damage
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How The Internet Can Save You Money After The Sale

So, you’ve bought your property, it’s all going smoothly, financially you’ve done all the maths. But that financial brain doesn’t necessarily transfer to interior design.
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101 Essential Tips for investing with high cash-flow

I’m always being asked how to make more money from property as this is something I’ve been specialising in, and I decided to give away some of my top tips to help investors do this. I have attached here some of my 101 Essential Tips for investing with high cash-flow, and this section is for use particularly with tenants claiming benefits. It’s not all bad, and if done in the right way then you can make much more money with less tenants.  We also have the opportunity to have some rent direct from the council and most tenants are happy to have the money paid direct to our bank account. The main difference is that it is paid every 2 weeks for job seekers allowance and every 4 weeks for housing benefit, so we’re really flexible and help the tenants to be able to pay the minute they get paid –...
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