Home improvements

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Planning a loft conversion? Why costs are going through the roof
A rush to get work done after lockdown means homeowners can face a nine-month wait for a builder, plus supply shortages

Shane Hickey

31, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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As we aim for net zero, our love of buying is the stuff of nightmares | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to an article by Adrian Chiles in which he addresses our addiction to acquiring more things

Letters

22, Oct, 2021 @4:51 PM

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UK government explores mortgages tied to ‘green’ home improvements
Query over homeowners’ costs as government’s net zero strategy reveals lender targets to encourage energy efficiency

Kalyeena Makortoff Banking correspondent

19, Oct, 2021 @5:22 PM

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‘Eco’ wood stoves emit 750 times more pollution than an HGV, study shows
Only ecodesign stoves can be legally sold from 2022 – but experts say the standard is shockingly weak

Damian Carrington Environment editor

09, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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British lockdown trend for shed conversions leads to spike in fires
Blazes in outbuildings rose by 16% last year as workers raced to add offices, bars and gyms to their homes

Sarah Marsh

18, Aug, 2021 @11:37 AM

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Retrofitting: why carbon-reducing renovations are going to be big business
Draughty homes contribute to 14% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, but a wave of eco-refurbs is changing that

Helen Pidd North of England editor

18, Aug, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Experience: I accidentally bought a derelict house
We wanted to bid on a property. But auctioneers speak quickly, and this one had a strong Glaswegian accent

Cal Hunter

06, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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UK ministers resist calls to reduce VAT on green home improvements
MPs and builders want tax cut included in government strategy to cut emissions from home heating

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

14, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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A clean sheet: small changes around the house can make a big difference in lockdown
With so many Australians still disrupted by the pandemic, home improvement projects can restore a sense of control

Brittney Rigby

07, Jul, 2021 @12:00 AM

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It’s shortsighted to spend too much time indoors, so step outside for your eyes’ sake | Rachel Cooke
As I stumble around in glasses, a new book reminds me that a dose of daylight can work wonders on your eyesight

Rachel Cooke

27, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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We’ve moved house, but every purchase feels fraught with indecision | Coco Khan
This ‘new chapter’ seems to mostly involve arguing about what to buy. What’s wrong with trial and error?

Coco Khan

11, Jun, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Home working drives demand for ‘shoffice’ space in UK gardens
Change to working practices during Covid pandemic has led to booming sales of high-end sheds

Joanna Partridge

30, May, 2021 @2:34 PM

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