home renovation

Budgeting for your home renovation (Part 2)

Following on from last week’s blog article, we thought we’d share some key points of consideration when planning for your home renovation or house extension project. Home renovation and contingency planning A word that isn’t used enough when it comes to planning and budgeting is contingency. Despite the most detailed projections, things don’t always go to

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Budgeting for Your House Extension or Renovations

When it comes to planning a house extension or renovation of your home, it’s important to begin with eyes wide open. We’re all for dreams and aspirations and we’re right there with you when it comes to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. In the majority of cases, it isn’t a lack of expertise that

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finishing touches

The Finishing Touch – Don’t fall at the last hurdle

If you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably lost count of the number of times where the person or team who seemed to be out of sight, clear winners, lost it right at the end. They clearly lacked that finishing touch! Something like this guy. Or this one…. Whether it’s golf, athletics, football or rugby, they’re

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staying warm

Staying warm this winter

Following on from an earlier blog about staying warm this winter, we thought we’d add a few more ideas. A thought struck us recently, having posted about smart looking radiators and ensuring they’re up to the job. Most people automatically replace like for like. Regardless of appearances, we tend to swap a radiator for a

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home improvement

Home Improvement or House Move?

This week we have a guest post from someone who’s seen both sides of the home improvement and house move coin. As we approach the end of the year, thoughts will inevitably turn to 2018 and what that has in store for us. For many of us, that may include the conundrum of whether to

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staying warm

How to keep your home warm this winter

The seasons are changing and the temperature’s taken a distinct dip over the last week or so. It’s around this time that we become aware of draughts and staying warm seems to be harder work than it should be! This can affect you whether you’re living in an old property or new. In fact, according

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Managing Property Renovation Projects – The devil is in the detail

Managing Property Renovation Projects One could be forgiven for thinking that with all the technology surrounding us these days, managing a multitude of tasks would be child’s play. However, as we know all too well, the devil is in the detail. For us, this is never truer than when it comes to managing property renovation

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Thinking of creating more space but don’t know where to start?

When it comes to making changes to your home, such as creating more space, there’s a long list of considerations, whether it’s building an extension, adding a loft conversion or combining rooms. How much will it cost? Who can I trust to do the work? What’s the best way to get my ideas on paper

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Are you an empty nester?

Are you like thousands of others who suddenly look around and realise that it’s just you and your partner left in the house? The children have grown up, maybe they’ve been long gone and whilst you’re now the regular hosts for Sunday lunches, your off-spring now have their own lives, careers, families and responsibilities. It’s

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Quality that lasts a lifetime

When you come to Parker Home, you’re looking for a premium product. In fact, any time you look to upper-tier brands, from cars to handbags to houses, you’re going to expect the best, and rightly so. You’ll want everything to be ‘just so’, with certain touches you just don’t get with run-of-the-mill goods. And so

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What is a Parker Home?

At Parker Home, we believe our work goes far beyond the quality and craftsmanship that we demonstrate on every project. We appreciate that you’re trusting us with one of your most prized possessions and one of the most important things we can give you, other than a bespoke masterpiece that exceeds your expectations, is peace

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Clever storage ideas

Clever storage ideas for the kitchen and other rooms in the home

Any homeowners will know that having adequate and well- designed storage can make a big difference to the space you live in. When planning a building project – be it a new kitchen, a garage conversion or extension – it makes sense to think about how you can integrate clever storage features. Speak to the

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Listed building

Listed Buildings – the dos and don’ts

If you own a listed building, it’s important you know what type work you require consent for and what jobs you don’t. According to Historic England there are around 500,000 listed buildings of special interest on the National Heritage List for England. The vast majority – over 90% – are Grade II buildings, and if you

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Things to consider when thinking about taking on a renovation project

There are a number of reasons why people take on a house renovation. It may be that they have identified an older property in a good location with a sizeable garden that needs renewing. Perhaps they have lived in a house for a while and they want to make some changes. Another common reason is

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Five stunning extensions to inspire you

An extension creates more living space, can transform your house and adds value to your home. Transforming living spaces Here at Parker Home we have a wealth of experience of working with homeowners to renovate and extend properties and have seen first-hand how they transform livings spaces. We offer a complete service, from initial survey

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Building control

Why seeking compliance with Building Regulations is important

Not seeking Building Control approval for building work you have carried out could come back to haunt you. We have talked in previous blogs about building regulations and how they underpin most building work we carry out for clients. Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. They are developed

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Convenience and luxury – a guide to things to consider when installing an en-suite bathroom

There are few things nicer in life than living with an en-suite bathroom – there’s a wonderful sense of luxury and convenience of being able to step through to washing and toilet facilities straight from the bedroom. What’s more, if you’ve got a big master bedroom that could potentially be partitioned or an adjacent room that can

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Case study: A garage conversion into wet room and utility room

We feel the best way for us to demonstrate the range and quality of work that the Parker team is capable of is to present you with case studies of projects we have worked on. Clever use of space One such project is a job we recently completed for a client living in a property

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Removing an internal wall

How to tell if an internal wall is safe to remove?

For some time now there has been a trend towards open plan living, inspiring homeowners to remove internal walls to create bigger living spaces. Removing internal walls- proceed with caution This can bring a number of benefits including making your home feel light and airy, and allowing all the family to come together to enjoy

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Loft conversion

Top tips for ensuring your garage or loft conversion adds value to your house

Here at Parker Home we have years of experience of converting garages and lofts into living spaces be it a home office, an extra bedroom or a children’s playroom. Key to the success of any conversion is making it look like an original part of your home, and less like a converted garage or loft.

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window regulations

Building Regulations you need to know when replacing windows in your home

If you are looking to replace windows and doors in your home it is important that you are familiar with the Building Regulations that apply to all replacement glazing. The regulations exist to ensure that new windows offer an acceptable level of thermal performance and also satisfy standards in other areas such as safety, means

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home improvement trap

How to avoid the over-improvement trap

It’s only natural as a homeowner that you should want to improve your property – maybe you have recently moved in and want to put your own touch to your home, or perhaps you feel the house has grown a bit tired and could do with a refresh? Whatever the reason, the good news is

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Difference between a carpenter and a joiner

What is the difference between a Carpenter and Joiner?

When you need something made out of wood, do you call a carpenter or a Joiner? Carpenter Carpenters are skilled tradesmen who use wood to construct or repair structures and furniture, by cutting, fitting and joining them together with a variety of materials. Carpenters usually focuses on the larger elements of construction, such as roofs,

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If you have Bats in your building, please read on…

All bats found in England are small, eat insects and fly at night. Bats are most likely to be summer visitors to your property and are very unlikely to pose a health risk. Don’t Stress Except in very rare circumstances, they are unlikely to cause damage to the building in which they choose to live. They

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What do you use your Garage for?

Motor vehicles are well protected against rust, modern engines start even when it’s cold. So why not convert your Garage into a living space? Did you know that Apple inc, Google, Disney & Hewlett Packard all started life in a Garage? Thinking of converting your Garage into a living space? Parker Home will do this

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Why move, when you can improve! (Case study)

Are you weighing up the option of moving house or improving what you already have? If you are already living in your ideal location, why would you want to move? Sometimes is just about re-vamping what you already have. Take this 1960’s Bungalow in Felixstowe. It had a separate kitchen and dining room, both of which

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How to improve Energy Efficiency in your Home by SEA (Suffolk Energy Assessment)

An energy audit can help you to increase the energy efficiency and comfort of your home, lower utility bills, reduce carbon emissions, improve the indoor climate, and extend your property’s durability. Energy Efficiency Clients commission energy audits for a variety of reasons. In one case, an area of a large, traditional property had been proving

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Guide to Wooden Flooring

In the past, wood flooring was reserved for property owners who had a significant home improvement budget and its suitability in certain interiors was questionable at best. In recent years, progress in flooring technology has made wooden flooring more affordable than ever and have it fitted by Parker Home, you’ll be surprised how affordable installation is.

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