future-proof your home

Time to consider future-proofing your home?

We spend our adult lives making adjustments to our homes, often to accommodate others, especially our children and grandchildren. We decorate bedrooms in themes, cover sharp corners, lock cupboards, block stairs top and bottom and generally ensure we have a safe and comfortable environment. As the years move on and those modifications rapidly become redundant,

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Is a Garage Conversion Your Best Option?

If you need more space but don’t have the appetite for a major extension project to upgrade your home, a garage conversion may represent your best option. With lower budget implications and considerably fewer planning considerations, garage conversions are becoming increasingly popular. Most of us use our garages for just about anything other than storing

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Talk to your builder

If you’re thinking of renovating your property or purchasing a property requiring work in the first half of 2019. The time to talk to your builder is now, and not only to ensure you can book your slot with a busy and reputable firm. While it’s tempting to hold off until the project is upon

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Outside lighting to keep you safe this winter

As the clocks go back this weekend, now is the perfect time to review your lighting in and around your home. Whether it’s outside lighting to help guide you to your door or security lighting to deter burglars, this article talks about lighting to keep you safe this winter. We’re not just talking about crime

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VAT Exemption

VAT Exemption for Disability and Chronic Illness

In planning to future proof your home for your latter years, or for disability, it can be a potentially expensive business. What many people don’t know is that there are many items that are covered by the government’s VAT exemption for disability. Those with chronic illnesses may also qualify for the VAT Exemption scheme. For

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installing a wetroom

Why installing a wetroom is a great investment

We know that a great many people like the idea of installing a wetroom in their home, but when it comes to making a much-needed change to a tired bathroom, it’s very common to opt for a like for like replacement, albeit an updated one. At Parker Home, we believe installing a wetroom is a

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Home Dining Spaces

Home Dining Spaces

Not that long ago, home dining was quite a formal affair, particularly in households with staff. Several courses, fine china and polished cutlery were the order of the day, and this wasn’t confined to families of Downton Abbey grandeur! Even in regular households, families typically dined together with a degree of formality. Much has changed

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Property Renovation – Take your builder!

If you’re considering purchasing a property for renovation, it will highly beneficial to engage your builder early in the process. In fact, we’d advise that where possible, you take your builder to see the property before finalising an offer. Property renovation is usually an expensive business. We can help you to prevent moderate costs becoming

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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

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

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

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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air conditioning

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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cheap

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 conversion

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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garden office

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

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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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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En-Suit

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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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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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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