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A Winning Team

As we recover from England’s better-than-expected World Cup challenge, we can’t help but be impressed by the power of teamwork and how well the young England team conducted themselves. What are the elements that come together to make a winning team? Listening to both Gareth Southgate and the individual players speak in interviews before and

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Time to Consider Air Conditioning?

Without wishing to speak too soon, it’s looking like the warmer climate that’s been predicted is starting to materialise. With temperatures, consistently in the high 20 degrees Celsius, most of us wouldn’t dream of driving anywhere without using the car’s air conditioning. Which begs the question, is it time to consider air conditioning for the

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The Electric Vehicle Revolution

Have you been tempted to join the electric vehicle revolution? Or maybe we should be calling in an evolution, as they’ve been a bit slower to catch on than many expected. With several manufacturers already announcing an end to diesel car production, the chances are that before too long, most homes will feature at least

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UPVC windows

UPVC Windows – The Benefits

When planning a renovation or refurbishment, you’ll often have a wide selection of window choices available. Included in this choice is of course Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride, better known as UPVC windows. For many, this isn’t so much a consideration as a default option, and rightly so, for a great many reasons. Interestingly, many people steer

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Part P

Part P and what it means to you

Part P of the Building Regulations was introduced to protect householders and reduce the risk of electric shock. It brought all electrical work carried out in the home under statutory control, requiring certain jobs to be notified and signed off by a local building control department, or a Competent Person Scheme registered electrician, so that

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All that glitters

When planning for home renovations, it’s an exciting time! The prospect of everything new and working as it should is something we all look forward to. What we don’t expect is to have challenges with quality, especially when dealing with well-known brands and prestige providers. Unfortunately, all that glitters is not gold! Unless you’re a

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Reliable Electrician Anyone?

If there’s one thing we all rely on and take completely for granted, it’s electricity. When the lights go out, few us have a reliable electrician we can trust to come out promptly to save the day (or night!). Without power, our lives are more than a little affected! 24 call out? On a bank

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Do you really want cheap?

If you spend much time on social media, or on local groups (as many of us do these days), you may have noticed how requests for recommendations come with a certain prefix: Cheap. For example; Can anyone recommend a cheap window cleaner? Can anyone recommend a cheap plasterer? The list goes on. This always throws

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Bathroom Transformations – Why Wait?

It’s fair to say that Spring has indeed sprung. At last! Continuing our transformations theme, this week we’re talking specifically about bathroom transformations. Our bathrooms, en-suites, shower rooms, wet rooms – whatever flavours you have – are used several times per day in most households. As a result, it isn’t surprising that they can soon

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The Kitchen Fitness Test

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. An old but true statement! And when we think about it, examples are everywhere, in life, sport, engineering and of course, in our homes. At Parker Home, we build things for a living, so we know all about detailed designs, strong foundations and all elements

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The Season of Transformations

With Winter receding and Spring upon us, the coming weeks and months see huge transformations. Trees are in bud, many a garden or open space is awash with daffodils and we’re treated to an array of fresh light and colours. As the sun shines ever brighter, it also has a habit of focusing a spotlight

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CDM Regulation

What are CDM Regulations and what do they mean to Householders?

Since April 2015, CDM regulation (CDM is Construction Design and Management) has been in force that affects home owners who undertake construction work on their premises. It’s easy to roll our eyes at the prospect of any compliance regulation and instantly think ‘jobs worth’, but it really isn’t as simple as that. CDM regulation applies

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DIY season is almost upon us

As we see yet more snowfall, it’s hard to believe that Spring is almost upon us! Yet it is, and you can see the retailers gearing up with plentiful supplies of gardening equipment, bedding plants and outdoor furniture. It may be a bit premature, but you can’t blame them for trying! We always think that

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Garage Conversions: So much potential!

One of the best ways to increase your living space without increasing the footprint of your property is with a garage conversion. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t put out cars away these days. In part it’s usually due to the garage being used as a ‘store room’, and the other challenge is that

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North Lodge: Property Renovation Case Study

North Lodge: Property Renovation Case Study Sometimes an owner just wants the property renovation project to happen. No hassles, no major involvement, just choosing colours and tiles. That’s exactly what happened with our renovation of North Lodge. The owners, Greg and Emma, wanted to put their own stamp on their beautiful new home and needed

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Reliable Builders and Quotes – Are you comparing like for like?

When you’re looking for reliable builders to work on the prized asset that is your home, you want the best builder and contractors you can get. You’ll also want to ensure that you’re paying a fair price! Which brings us on to builders and their quotes. Tracking down a reputable builder, especially at short notice,

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Need a Good Builder? Book Now!

If you’ve ever tried to find a good builder or contractor at short notice, you’re probably aware that they can be hard to find! The fact is that the best builders and contractors are usually booked several months in advance. This isn’t a ‘scarcity’ ploy. We’re not an online retailer, trying to convince you that

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Ever Considered a Garden Office or Annexe?

Have you ever considered a unique, standalone building in your garden? A garden office studio or a granny flat. Or even a self-contained pad for older, still at home children? At Parker Home, we create bespoke structures based on your specific needs and requirements. Garden Offices – Why now? There are several factors at play,

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2017 Round-Up from Parker Home

Wow, what a year and didn’t it go quickly?! There’s so much to cover but we’ll try to keep it as brief as possible! Once more this year, we have had the pleasure of working with a lovely set of customers, many of whom have become great friends. Every project has been different and some

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Health & Safety

Health & Safety and Domestic Building Sites

When it comes to health & safety requirements and certifications, Parker Home is ahead of the curve. In fact, we’re one of the few small building companies that are on a par with the big construction organisations in this area. What does Health & Safety mean for you? As the homeowner, if you’re not working

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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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