Renovating or updating a heritage building raises many challenges, especially if, as is often the case, the building is listed and subject to Listed Building Consent or agreement from conservation bodies before any modernisation can…
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The environment is a growing concern for many and was voted the third most pressing issue, after Brexit and public health, facing the UK. Younger generations voted it in second, demonstrating a much greater worry…
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For Frank and Wendy Bradshaw, building their new home at Park Gwyn meant the fulfilment of a long-held ambition to return to St Stephen near St Austell. Frank had previously run a Cornish pasty factory…
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“Warmth, weather-resistance and sustainability were our top priorities when we decided to refurbish our 20th-century bungalow at Houlston Manor,” says Bob Griffiths, a Shropshire Farmer.
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Back in 2017, a call from New London Architecture for innovative proposals to solve London’s housing crisis led to the formulation of an impressive new concept for increasing the space available in traditional terraced properties.…
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If you’re dreaming of transforming your home with a new kitchen or extension, you’re not alone. A recent survey showed that UK homeowners spent £295bn renovating their homes over the last five years. But how…
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A healthy building is one that is bright, warm, draught-free, soundproof and free from air pollutants. For occupant health, there is a myriad of benefits of healthy homes as poorly ventilated homes with a lack…
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Yeoman Rainguard rainwater systems were used to help reintroduce an industrial heritage style to The Old Pump House in Warton.
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OrganoWood is the latest name in sustainable wood protection and is building a reputation amongst architects, professionals and end-users as the external wood treatment of choice for a number of different applications.
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Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is working in partnership with Saint-Gobain Glass to take recycling to the next level.
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An oak-framed garage provides a solid, life-long structure to protect your vehicles, with the potential added advantage of storage space, living accommodation, a home office and more.
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With Earthborn paints, you don’t have to sacrifice performance or looks for environmental benefits. Earthborn's goal is to create a healthier, more environmentally friendly paint that stands out from the crowd, while performing even better…
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Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring is seeing enormous growth in the UK, growing at a faster rate than any other type of flooring. LVTs have been around for several decades, but it’s only really now…
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Renovations are on the rise; 53% of homeowners have carried out improvement works in the last 10 years*. With consumers more likely to revamp their current home than move, the market has got lots of…
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Are you thinking of having rooflights installed in your home? If so, here are six things to consider before you make your choice. Carefully considering these key points will ultimately make the shopping process much…
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In this article, David O’Mara, Marketing Manager at Hörmann, explains what you should look out for in terms of security features for garage doors.
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Dale Telling, Commercial Manager at Fassa Bortolo UK, discusses how age-old interior trends are now being made for the 21st century with traditional surface coverings now in demand.
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Located in the serene small Cornish village of Portloe, on the Roseland Peninsula, sits Nare’s Yard – the ultimate countryside escape built by the Pryor family.
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Larry Soper, Technical Training Manager at EnviroVent, offers his advice on specifying the correct MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) system.
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Sited opposite recreation grounds in Islington’s Angel, Matthew and Gemma Dorey’s new-build apartment takes full advantage of London living with its prime location. Despite the sought-after neighbourhood, there were two areas in which the residence…
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Is 2020 the year you finally renovate your home into your dream? If there’s a particular room in your house that has so much more potential, why not? There are several renovations you can perform,…
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As self-builders adopt an increasingly sustainable ethos when designing and building their own homes, Simon Orrells of Frame Technologies considers why issues surrounding climate change and the zero-carbon agenda cannot be ignored.
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The National Self Build & Renovation Show returns for a packed three days of seminars, live demonstrations and an unrivalled line up of experts on hand to share their homebuilding advice. It’s the perfect event…
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A development of 46 new properties in one of the South-West’s most popular seaside towns is being built to the Zero Carbon Smart Home Specification, with two of the rapid installation, high output underfloor heating…
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After 1st January 2020 discharges to surface water from both old and new septic tanks will no longer be permitted by the EA. If you have a septic tank you need to identify whether it…
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Cedral fibre cement cladding is the ideal choice for homeowners looking to achieve a low-maintenance exterior, offering them the opportunity to add personality to their property quickly and easily.
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Visitors can discover the best in material innovation from across the world, all in one place at this year’s Surface Design Show. Held at the Business Design Centre in Islington from 11 to 13th February…
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Visit Build It Live for inspirational ideas and the opportunity to meet experts who can offer invaluable advice whether you are looking to renovate, build a new home or update your existing property.
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For those who wish to find out more about maximising space while increasing a home’s worth or need advice and resources to carry out their existing plans, the South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show is…
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In the last five years, an increasing number of homeowners have chosen to stick rather than twist when it comes to moving up the housing ladder. Here, Mark Krull from Logic4training takes a look at…
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In the last five years, an increasing number of homeowners have chosen to stick rather than twist when it comes to moving up the housing ladder. Here, Mark Krull from Logic4training takes a look at…
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Barbara Genda, Principal Designer and Founder of Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture, shares her expert advice for cleverly designed storage solutions that exemplify how best to make the most of every usable nook and cranny to…
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Lofts are smaller than the other rooms in your house, so when planning your conversion you need to think carefully about how you can make the most out of your space, explains Grant Sneddon, Daylight…
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In this article, Darren Hook, Director of English Heritage Buildings, discusses why planning is essential to ensuring a successful build.
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Cameron Fraser, Director of Ceramique Internationale, discusses how tile innovations are allowing home renovators to look beyond plain blue tiles for residential pool projects.
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When Stuart and Sharon McAllister first bought Moyness Kirk in 2009, it had fallen into a state of disrepair. 11 years down the line, after completing an extensive renovation on the stunning period property, the…
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Paul Trace from Stella Rooflight offers some guidance on the thermal performance (U-values) of rooflights and what to look out for in the specification process.
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The Speakmans had lived in their High Wycombe home for more than 20 years when a property on their road came up for sale, offering the perfect chance for them to create their dream house.…
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Home renovation projects are incredibly stressful, and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment knocking down walls, painting ceilings and building your dream home. It’s important to remember, however, that as well as…
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Good organisation is always an important part of any project, but as winter approaches, industries that involve outdoor construction have an altogether different and challenging task on their hands. When the first frosts bite, even…
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Warmshell is Lime Green’s highly effective, versatile and breathable insulation system for internal and external walls whether they’re brick, timber or stone.
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Hörmann – one of the leading manufacturers of garage doors – has developed 24 new Duragrain finishes, which will instantly transform any garage and give it a new lease of life.
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Whilst Round Wood of Mayfield offers a wide variety of products in oak – including buildings, flooring, joinery and skirting – it is far from its only option when it comes to decking and cladding.
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Traditional timber window and door specialist, The Sash Window Workshop has extensive experience replacing and repairing windows and doors. All new joinery is bespoke and manufactured in its Berkshire workshop by specialist craftsmen to meet…
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At a small luxury development in south Buckinghamshire, open-loop ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) use water from the chalk aquifer to provide renewable heat for the hot water systems. The water is also used for…
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Doors are a key aesthetic feature for any new build, extension or renovation and one of the decisions you will have to make is what type of door style best suits, says Amy Blount at…
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Doors are a key aesthetic feature for any new build, extension or renovation and one of the decisions you will have to make is what type of door style best suits, says Amy Blount at…
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Doors are a key aesthetic feature for any new build, extension or renovation and one of the decisions you will have to make is what type of door style best suits, says Amy Blount at…
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Victoria Ramwell from cold-applied liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, explains the challenges surrounding ecclesiastical building roof renovation, and offers best practice advice.
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Peter Hazeldean, MD of heritage specialist Ion Glass, offers his advice.
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Jonny Davis, Director of Cotswold Windows, explores the latest design staple – large-format glazing and advises on the practical considerations when opening up your home.
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Hazel Whittingham, Smart Residential Senior Product Manager at Yale, offers advice on where to position outdoor camera systems to ensure your home is guarded against unwanted visitors.
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Consumers are looking for visually appealing, space-saving and energy-efficient ways to transform existing fireplaces. And if they are refurbishing homes where there is no standard chimney, they are seeking solutions to create new fireplaces, either…
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Jackie and John Smith had a clear idea of the home they wanted; modern and sustainable in design, modest in size and built to the highest standards. Here, Wendy Perring, Founder & Design Director at…
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Located on a street lined with vivid multicoloured houses, this 1850s end-of-the-mews pied-à-terre, off the King’s Road in Chelsea, London, features a redesigned layout with bold interiors and bespoke furnishings to create the perfect environment…
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Historic buildings account for more than a quarter of our existing building stock, and a surprisingly large number of ‘self-build’ properties are converted historic buildings, writes Melissa Osborne, Principal Building Surveyor at Trident Building Consultancy.
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Here, i-build questions Hudson Lambert, Managing Director at Safeguard Europe, about optimum waterproofing methods to tackle water ingress within basements.
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Probably one of the most profitable ways of improving and adding value and space to your home is to build a conservatory or garden room.
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Davinder Sangha at Schiedel Chimney Systems suggests a wood-burning stove in conservatories would make the space more inviting during colder months and pinpoints issues to think about prior to installation.
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In the midst of Brexit, Britons are opting to stay put and improve rather than move, so it’s important to understand that there are plenty of options for refurbishing homes.
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David and Tanith Ridgway, along with their daughters, 10-year-old Molly and five-year-old Erin, live in this beautiful family home, complete with a Glatthaar Fertigkeller basement.
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Of the myriad of considerations when building or refurbishing a countryside home – one that should not be overlooked at the initial design stage is security.
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Aside from creating a luxurious finish in the home, underfloor heating has many practical advantages too, yet installation is not always plain sailing. John Gittens, Maincor’s Business Development Director, looks at the benefits of underfloor…
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The Environment Agency (EA) introduced new rules regarding the discharge of treated sewage by systems installed and in use on or after 1st January 2015. If you have a septic tank, you need to identify…
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As winter approaches, many homeowners are busy thinking about Christmas, winter holidays and other seasonal activities. Yet, the change in season and the unpredictability of the weather can cause havoc on external wooden surfaces –…
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There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a kitchen worktop, beyond just what material to use and which pattern you like. In this article, Neolith takes a look at everything you need…
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When planning a self-build, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make; however, one that may leave you feeling overwhelmed is deciding which insulation to purchase. But, finding the right insulation isn’t something you should…
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In December 2018, architectural practice Adams+Collingwood Architects completed a superb, two-house multigenerational project in Odiham, Hampshire – named Darwins – on behalf of Val and Mark, their daughter Victoria, son-in-law Tom and grandchildren. The challenge…
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This five-bedroom Victorian terraced house featuring the original scullery extension at the rear and an unusual central staircase was purchased in a poor and rundown state. Conveniently located on the favoured Heaver Estate in Balham,…
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There are many considerations when embarking on your self-build journey, but one of the most important is deciding on the build method and making sure you have all the relevant evidence to make an informed…
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A South-west based specialist building services contractor has put together a full package of renewable and underfloor heating products, from the OMNIE range, to meet the energy and comfort ambitions for a striking new housing…
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When renovating the interior of the home all to often our immediate thoughts turn to changing wall colours or putting down new floor coverings, but replacing the internal doors can also make a drastic improvement…
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Are you looking for a stylish roof that’s built to last for your current self-build project? Eternit fibre cement slates can create a unique exterior for your home that doesn’t compromise on performance.
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A regular customer of Circoflo has made use of their bespoke design service and the custom sized underfloor heating solution to carry out a challenging contract, involving the installation of an air source heat pump,…
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The popularity of self-build in the Northern region has hit at an all-time high, according to recent research by Insulation Express, with several cities in the region offering plots for between £128,000 and £388,000[1].
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The Government recently introduced changes to make self-builds more accessible. The plan is to increase new-build homes by 35%. With more people realising the benefits of self-build homes in affordability and customisation, Chris Pendrey, SHEQ…
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Many self-builders set out to build as sustainably as possible. When it comes to paint, one company specialises in sustainable specification but goes beyond that to deliver excellent performance and aesthetics.
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From smart bed sheets that can modify temperature, to colour, fabric and shape-changing AI furniture, experts reveal what the Smart E-Home of the future could look like.
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Oundle House started life as a pretty standard Peterborough home, with a basic render finish and failing white plastic guttering. It then underwent a complete transformation worth £1.5m, including the installation of Alumasc’s Infinity galvanised…
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For many garden owners, this year’s extreme weather conditions may be the final straw. Periods of intense sun interspersed with torrential downpours have caused lawns to experience an extreme growth spurt, meaning that maintaining a…
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Why aren’t more people using underfloor heating in their self-build projects? David Playfoot, Segment Manager at Uponor, explores further.
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Stuart McGinlay, Structural Waterproofing Designer at Wise Basement Systems, explains why approaching a self-build requires waterproofing consideration.
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Designed by the architect duo Amanda Castro and Giovana Giosa, from Studio AG, this house in São Paulo, Brazil has been completely transformed to create an idyllic home with a unique light-filled courtyard at its…
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In this article, Protek Self Build discusses why getting your build cost right when arranging self-build insurance cover on your project can make a huge difference to recovering from a serious loss.
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With Anya, Robin and their four boys fast outgrowing their house in North London, in order to stay in the area that was ideal for both school and work they decided to explore the option…
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Mark Stevenson, Managing Director of Potton, shares his comments on how to value a building plot and provides a formula for the valuation method.
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As specialists in working with listed and period properties, Storm Windows can help you gain the benefits of modern glazing whilst preserving the character of your property.
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Manufactured to the same exacting standards their award-winning bifold doors and sliding doors, IDSystems range of aluminium windows features the IDS300 slim, with incredibly narrow frames from just 59mm for opening windows and 33mm for…
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The FM company of a large Yorkshire Hospital engaged with wall & door protection specialists, Yeoman Shield, to resolve the unsightly and problematic damage that was occurring to fire doors in a busy specialist unit.
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Technology in stoves has moved towards greater efficiency in recent years. Many stoves now have a sophisticated airwash system, where; once the fire is properly alight; preheated, secondary air is sourced from above the fire-bed,…
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Building a home is a real bucket list event for a lot of people, yet so few make it a reality. In the UK, self-build can prove a complex process for the uninitiated, which often…
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Ian and Julie Perrin were exploring different parts of the country looking for somewhere to retire to when they came across the historic market town of Montgomery in Wales.
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If you’re looking for an eco-build holiday let, as a prospective builder or visitor, this couldn’t really tick many more boxes. High-tech passive house, Bumble Barn, is named with the bee shaped body of the…
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Richard and Debbie Heyes, a couple in their 50s who have worked for the past 25 years in the public sector, dramatically changed their lives when embarking on their own property venture in a conservation…
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A centuries old technique has been combined with a modern design to create an architect’s Norwegian self-build home.
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Oak frame porches can come in multiple designs and can help to create an extended space from the front of a property. They can provide shelter from the elements and cut out the favourite past…
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Here, Mark Horner of Mark Horner Architects – a specialist in the restoration, extension and conversion of oast houses – reflects on the history of oast houses and raises some important questions before bringing this…
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Plotting a dream: discover steps to making your property ambitions a reality at the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show.
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When interior designer and blogger Kate Young first viewed her new home she knew it was the one. Despite the magnolia walls, brown carpets and the cream kitchen, she fell in love with the rural…
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You’ve completed your self-build or renovation, so now it’s time to turn your attention to the surrounding landscape. One low maintainance solution is to install decking, as this creates a stable and aesthetic base for…
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