Do it yourself

11 Expert Tips to Save £11,560 on a DIY Home Renovation

Kitchen – a saving of £7,000

Professional cost: £8,000

DIY cost: £1,000

Refresh your kitchen’s aesthetic with vinyl wrap

Parminder Mew, Construction Director at Darcy Construction, says, “If your worktops are looking a little outdated and you’re seeking an instant solution, covering them with a quartz overlay is a fantastic trick. Quartz overlays simply slot over your existing work...

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Dodgy Home DIY Jobs Could Cost You £20 000 to Fix

  • Knocking down a wall could have catastrophic financial consequences - £20,000 plus to be exact!
  • The second priciest dodgy DIY job is wiring electrics with potential costs of £2,000 plus
  • Fitting new flooring is another popular DIY project inciting hefty costs to fix - £1,200 !

According to Google trends, there was a 59% and 21% increase * in...

Top DIY google searches

UK homeowners’ most Googled DIY questions in 2020

The UK has always been a nation of do-it-yourself, and this year more than ever - with two national lockdowns and limited access for professional tradespeople - people have had to carry out quick fixes around the home independently.

Thankfully, basic home improvement skills can be taught and learnt by simply typing the issue into Google. So to see where homeowners have struggled the...

South West home renovators spend an average £22,851 on achieving the perfect home

House Proud South West Spend £22,851 Getting the Perfect Home

A poll of UK house renovators has revealed that those in the South West spend an average £22,851 on achieving the perfect home.

People living in the region have splashed out, with 14% splurging up to £35,000 to make their houses look their best.

And an overwhelming 88% said having an ideal place to live has become more important than ever during the Covid pandemic.


Norwich is the UK’s DIY capital

The UK's top DIY hotspots

It’s official, Norwich, the city famous for Colman’s mustard, Alan Partridge, and Admiral Insurance, is the UK’s DIY capital!

That is according to research conducted by The Metals Warehouse , the UK’s leading supplier of custom-cut metals.

Its data has shown that the East Anglian city, which is also renowned for its ‘on the huh’ phrase, a Suffolk saying meaning something is...

DIY increased over lockdown

A Love of DIY is the Real Lockdown Legacy

This September is National Home Improvement Month (NHIM), and as the name suggests - it’s an awareness campaign organised by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) encouraging people to improve their homes during the month of September. And it comes at exactly the right time as research conducted by BHETA found that the lockdown has encouraged much of the nation to dabble in...

Home improvements

Renovation Nation: UK homeowners spend £55bn on renovations during lockdown

With most of the nation stuck indoors due to lockdown restrictions, homeowners across the UK are investing in lockdown makeovers, new research reveals.

The 2020 Renovation Nation Report , by mortgage comparison site , has found that UK’s homeowners have invested an average of £4,035.70 each on home renovations, since the lockdown began in March. And it seems that Brits...

mosaic table and chair

How to up-cycle a mosaic table

We all have that odd side table or spare chair that doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the furniture in our home, but before you get rid of it or hide it away in a spare room, think about ways you could give it a new lease of life!

While many may think of upcycling as a challenging process, there are many projects are much simpler and cost effective than you might think, especially...

Update the tiles in your kitchen

Update your kitchen with patterned tiles

Making updates to your kitchen might seem like a daunting task but luckily there are many easy-to-manage projects that can instantly give your space a new lease of life!

Mixing flooring types is one of the most popular flooring trends of this year, and adding patterned tiles to an area in your kitchen can help to add character to the room. Laura Dollimore, Head of Decorative,...