Real Homes: Who Can Help Me With My Single Story Extension?

After a week holed up in bed with a virulent flu virus, it was lovely to start this Monday afresh with something positive – my first article for Real Homes magazine!

 April’s copy dropped onto the mat at 10am and I was delighted to find myself in great company, spotting plenty of stylish home & garden friends all giving their expert advice 🙂

It’s so expensive to move house these days that sensible homeowners are renovating and extending like crazy, especially given the changes to what is allowed without planning permission – so called Permitted Development. My short, info packed page gives some hints and tips on single storey extensions.Real Homes April 2016 1There are so many different options available but that old favourite Word Of Mouth is still by far and away the best starting point. Another phrase becoming increasingly pertinent is Be Patient. Decades of abandonment in any serious investment in UK training and apprenticeships, primarily due to cheap imported labour and economic migration, has led to not only severe skills shortages but a dearth in the availability of good, reliable trades. Even the only half-decent ones have a waiting list and if you’re looking for a bargain builder, you won’t be getting a good one.

Plan ahead and plan smart.

Elsewhere in the magazine I loved reading about my friend Maxine’s airy Brighton bathroom and adored those patterned floor tiles!

 Nice to see Matt James giving advice on how a garden designer can help you transform your outside space! He was ace to work with in Portugal when we shot some advice videos for B&Q, so enthusiastic & passionate 🙂

  It appeared Builder Cat needed to sleep on the colour and paint advice being given by Dulux 😉

img_4318More next month with Real Homes on eco-tricks to carry out in Summer to help you make those all important cash savings in winter x



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