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Damp Problems in the Home – The Silent Killer

Sounds dramatic doesn’t it? We know about the devastating effects of tsunamis and rushing flood waters, but damp? Is a little moisture here and there really anything to be worried about? Believe it when we label damp problems in the home the silent killer, because it is in more ways than one. Damp problems in

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The beauty of brickwork

Once upon a time, brickwork was a feature of gardens small and large. Walled gardens had a certain mystique about them and one still gets that feeling when seeing them on the television or in magazines. And you may be lucky enough to have a walled garden of your own! In general though, we think

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Is your home ready for Christmas?

We know, you don’t even want to think about it yet, but did you know it’s already less than 4 months until we celebrate another festive season? And at the time of writing, it’s only 113 days away! If like many of us, you enjoy hosting a large family gathering at Christmas, you may also

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Saving energy and money (and the planet)

Around 15 years ago I was at the forefront of a drive to towards making biodegradable packaging commonplace. Unfortunately, at that time it fell on deaf ears. There were definitely concerns about the sustainability of plastic and its use in packaging, among other products. But not for the reasons you might expect! The production of

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Preparing your home for your future old age

One of our biggest fears as we grow older is about being able to retain our independence. A huge part of keeping independent is being able to live in our own homes. Thoughts of a care home can be one’s worst nightmare, for numerous reasons, including sky-high costs. With that in mind we’re going to

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Keep Cool This Summer

For those of us old enough, we still fondly remember the long hot summer of 1976. It was day after day of long, hot days which stretched throughout the summer season. Of course, for those of us not used to the current levels of heat, it’s left us wondering about the best ways to keep

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A Brief Guide to Hedges and Trees on the Boundary

As we enjoy the fantastic summer weather, you’ll no doubt have noticed the rapid growth in your garden! Your lawn may not appreciate the searing heat, but established hedges and trees, with their deep roots, are growing rapidly. This made us think about the all-too-common challenges of hedges and trees on or close to property

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Renovating Listed Buildings

If you’re thinking of making changes to or renovating a listed building, you’d be wise to look before you leap! Renovating listed buildings is fraught with rules and regulations, regardless how small the proposed changes may be. Failure to gain the correct approvals and permissions attract large fines and may even result in a prison

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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 – 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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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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