It is in no doubt that this year has been the most difficult, and demanding, year that the UK and many other nations have faced in decades. From a horrific number of lives lost to business closures and jobs lost, for many, 2020 cannot end fast enough. But on the other hand, it has also helped people to re-evaluate what is most important; with most acknowledging that self-care, and family time, has often been pushed to one side in previous years.
It is no secret that this year has not been what people hoped for at the start of a new decade. Nevertheless, this Christmas period should be celebrated, like no other! Kitchens are widely renowned for being the heart of the home, and over Christmas is a crucial room in every home that allows everyone to come together and share food and drink, even if it's just your immediate household. In this blog, we discuss our top tips for helping ensure your kitchen is ready for this year's extra special festivities.
With Covid-19 putting a stop to most travel and social events, it is no surprise that higher sums of money are being invested into homes due to the sheer amount of time spent in the four walls of your home. Whether it’s a few DIY projects to full renovation plans the national lockdown has undoubtedly kickstarted the realisation that our homes need to be adapted to meet the individual needs and requirements of our families. Despite this, most large building works require planning permission unless it falls within permitted development exceptions meaning that many home plans can be limited or be months/years in the making.
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, homeworking was the Government's work method of choice and with England in the middle of a second national lockdown, it is no surprise that working from home has continued and is arguably here to stay. It is very tempting to spend your work hours slumped on your bed or sofa with your laptop precariously positioned with your favourite TV series playing in the background. Nonetheless, it is paramount to try and establish a clear boundary between home and work to protect your health and wellbeing and ensure you remain focused on your work.
As more people become passionate about eco-friendly living and influenced by environmental figures such as David Attenborough, with his most recent plea including joining Instagram at 94 to warn young people that the world needs our help; it is no surprise that sustainability in home renovation is becoming a popular trend. With the government recognising that eco-retrofits are extremely important and an essential step towards a low carbon country as of the 30th September the government have launched a green home grant offering up to £5000 to make green renovations to your home such as adding insulation or double glazing. Whilst renovations centred around sustainability do help the environment and our carbon footprint they also help to save money and improve your home’s resale potential, below we discuss some ways you can reap these benefits and create an eco-friendly home.