With summer fast becoming a distant memory, it is important that homeowners make plans for the colder season, by ensuring they have the right tools and guidance in place to help their garden lawn survive winter. i-Build has spoken to Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins Garden Centres’ in-house plant expert, to compile…

Your house isn’t a home if it doesn’t feel secure, so it’s vital to consider safety when embarking on a renovation or extension project. Here, Victoria Brocklesby, Chief Operations Officer at Origin, offers her advice for choosing the most secure doors and windows to keep your home as safe as…

With summer around the corner, homeowners are looking to spruce up their gardens, so they’re ready to enjoy the warmer weather. Many will also be looking to clean up or replace their fencing. However, the rules around your rights and responsibilities when it comes to this crucial landscaping element can…

For any homeowner, updating the garden ready for the summer can be an exciting prospect. And for DIYers looking to undertake projects themselves, getting the right materials and products is a crucial part of the process.

With private outdoor space adding as much as 69%* to the value of a home, a well-designed and laid patio is a sought-after feature of a garden. Recent trends in garden design include patterned paving to make a feature of steps and paths; outdoor kitchens and built-in seating are both…

Aesthetically pleasing, hard-wearing and stylish – porcelain has long been a preferred material for tiles in the home. However, technological advances mean that modern incarnations of the product are now also ideal for patios and gardens, explains Mark MacIntosh-Watson, Engineering and Technical Development Manager at Brett Landscaping.

16 Jan 2020
Cameron Fraser, Director of Ceramique Internationale, discusses how tile innovations are allowing home renovators to look beyond plain blue tiles for residential pool projects.

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.

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 – snow, ice and rain can cause all kinds of cosmetic damage.

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 neat lawn has sometimes required more than one outing a week for the lawnmower.

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