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Taylor Wimpey unveils Walsall homes

April 30th, 2012 Comments off

Taylor Wimpey has completed the construction of a housing development in Walsall. The Saddlers Brook scheme in the Rushall area is a tranquil community, close to a number of local amenities.

It is less than 20 minutes travelling distance from Birmingham and two miles from Walsall town centre, providing it with strong links to schools, pubs, shops and the nearby medical centre.

Selected plots can be paid for with assistance from the FirstBuy initiative, while the housebuilding firm has also incentivised potential customers with a part exchange scheme.

“House-hunters in search of properties to buy in Walsall are crying out for high-quality homes in a great location,” the firm’s regional sales and marketing director Jan Titley said.

The development offers “a fantastic lifestyle in a quiet community”, she continued.

Recently, the enterprise revealed it had completed construction at a housing estate in Nuneaton, called Swans Bridge Gardens and accommodation built as part of this scheme can also be paid for through FirstBuy.

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Construction ‘vital to UK’s fiscal recovery’

April 27th, 2012 Comments off

The construction sector ought to be a vital part of the UK’s economic recovery.

This is according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which made this statement in response to figures from the Office for National Statistics revealing the UK has fallen into another technical recession.

Gross domestic product dropped by 0.2 per cent during the first three months of 2012, while construction sector output declined by three per cent in this timeframe.

FMB chief executive Brian Berry argued the industry is “essential to the wellbeing of the wider economy because of the variety and quantity of job it creates”.

He suggested that ministers implement steps to stimulate the sector, such as by reducing VAT on property repairs, scrapping VAT on heritage buildings, providing public sector procurement projects to smaller enterprises and taking action against banks and moneylenders that discriminate against building companies and their customers.

Parliament ought to “invest in capital projects rather than just focusing its attention on budget cuts”, the specialist remarked.

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Interior design ‘is becoming personalised’

April 26th, 2012 Comments off

Personalisation is becoming more commonplace in interior design, according to Dulux colour and design manager Rebecca Thompson, who claimed members of the public “want to be putting their own stamp on the place”.

People who are engaged with decorating are using colours instead of blank canvasses, with red “filtering down from fashion” and reaching the mainstream, the specialist remarked.

The psychological effect particular tones have is “personal and incredibly subjective”, which makes it a “difficult thing to ground”, she declared.

However, certain hues can alter an individual’s mood and result in an emotive impact, the expert continued.

A Chartered psychologist Dr David Lewis recently claimed subdued tones such as brown, green and earthy colours can assist in comfort and relaxation, while red can create a sense of excitement.

Ms Thompson claimed Dulux is currently encouraging men and women to refresh their home decor in an uplifting and emotional way.

This “affects any space you create and how you would interact in it”, the representative pointed out.

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Construction and economy re-enters recession

April 26th, 2012 Comments off

First quarter of 2012, the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 0.2 per cent, with the output of the construction sector falling by 0.3 per cent, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

In volume terms, GDP remained flat in this timeframe when compared with the same period one year earlier.

The figures represent two consecutive quarters of contraction within the UK’s economy, which means the nation has returned to recession.

Every £1 spent in the building sector generates £2.84 for the wider economy, commentators called on the government to switch its outgoings towards “more productive capital spending”.

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CIOB Facilities Management Promotes Partnerships

April 19th, 2012 Comments off

The Chartered Institute of Building’s Facilities Management Group in conjunction with Partnership Sourcing Limited (PSL), is launching a seminar about the new British Standard (BS11000) Collaborative Business Relationship Management

The seminar will be of interest to facilities, estate, property, finance and procurement professionals who have responsibility for facilities management services from a client and service provider perspective.

BS11000 represents a landmark for business as the first national standard to address business collaboration. PSL has been a driving force in promoting collaboration between organisations and has played a key part in developing the new standard.

Steve Harrup FCIOB Chair of the CIOB Facilities Management Group said, “Partnerships are a key element to the successful delivery of facilities management services. The new British Standard (BS11000) Collaborative Business Relationships represents a landmark for business as the ?rst national standard in the world to address business collaboration.

“Our seminar will give an insight into the standard and its implementation by the leading practitioners in the field, which should give service providers, consultants and clients the ability to measure their current performance and provide a clear framework and opportunities for the future”

The seminar will be held on 29th May 2012 at the CIOB Headquarters in Ascot, Berkshire and will demonstrate the attributes of BS11000 and its implementation via case studies. The seminar costs £75 per delegate and will include lunch and networking opportunities.

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Floor Plans – As Built Plans – Building Surveys

April 18th, 2012 2 comments

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Colours ‘have emotional impact’

April 17th, 2012 1 comment

Choose your colours wisely,  the colour a homeowner chooses when painting a room can have an emotional impact on them, a chartered psychologist has said.

Dr David Lewis explained people are “hugely influenced” by this factor.

Earthy hues, blue, brown, green and other “subdued colours” are useful for encouraging relaxation and comfort, he declared.

Studies have shown pink has the potential to calm down violent offenders and many women choose to use this tone in their bedroom, the specialist continued.

However, “bright primary colours” such as yellow and red do not encourage individuals to relax, Dr Lewis asserted, pointing out the walls of fast food restaurants are painted with these tones to encourage people to feel excited about their meal but to prevent them from lingering in the establishment.

Interior designer Linda Barker recently promoted the use of bright hues when painting a house, claiming beige and cream should not be used as often as they once were.

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Layperson ‘can fix small plumbing problems’

April 16th, 2012 Comments off

It could be possible for laypeople to perform a few plumbing tasks without professional assistance.

Editor of Build It + Home Improvement magazine Anna-Marie DeSouza pointed out a regular person could replace blocked or eroded pipework, as well as move a pipe in the bathroom.

However, major tasks such as rerouting showers or moving around bathroom furnishings could require expert assistance, she stated.

For other jobs, guides on the internet, the help of DIY enthusiasts or recommendations from parents might be sufficient, the specialist continued.

Ms DeSouza claimed electrical tasks can be a dangerous thing for unqualified people to embark upon.

Furthermore, individuals will have to find out building regulations from the local council to discover what they are legally allowed to change in relation to their power supply, she added.

Homeowners who are unsure about their DIY talents could start off with small projects, before moving on to larger jobs and building up their repertoire, the expert had previously said.

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DIY ‘is undergoing renaissance’

April 12th, 2012 1 comment

Interior design and home improvement is currently undergoing a kind of renaissance due to the global economic downturn.

This is according to a spokesperson from Ideal Home Magazine, who noted members of the public are trying to undertake projects themselves, with women in particular more likely to attend DIY classes.

Homeowners are putting big projects off until they feel confident, but are refreshing and redecorating smaller areas of the house, the representative continued.

Wallpapering is considerably simpler than it used to be, they added, noting ready-pasted paper now exists.

“There’s a lot of choice out there,” the specialist remarked, arguing this applies to projects in all parts of a dwelling.

“Anything to save money is worth exploring and it’s got a lot easier,” the spokesperson declared.

Jason Orme, editor for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, recently said there are a number of home improvement tasks that can be completed by laymen, including tiling and flooring.

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People ‘only want white bathrooms’

April 10th, 2012 1 comment

White is now the only colour people want in their washrooms, a Bathroom City spokesman has said.

Aubergine, avocado, pink or primrose tones are not desired in this room any more, the representative continued.

He argued members of the public want to see “very modern, very chic, straight-line products”, which are free-standing and easy to clean.

Generally, men and women who wish to upgrade their bathroom have a predetermined budget and will stick to this when they are deciding what they want.

Some people are renovating a toilet room as part of a buy-to-sell project and these consumers try to purchase appliances that will suit the rest of the house, such as traditional suites to suit a dwelling with this appearance, the spokesperson added.

A total of four per cent of Brits intend to fit a new bathroom during the upcoming bank holiday weekends, statistics recently reported on by HSBC revealed.

Furthermore, 52 per cent of respondents are planning to perform some home improvements over these dates.

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