Abbey builders unearth bomb in St Albans home

Abbey builders unearth bomb in St Albans home

A suspected World War II bomb has been found by builders in a house in Central Drive, St Albans. The property is home to Mr & Mrs Secker. The device was spotted by eagle-eyed builder Piers Bamforth, son of the owner of Abbey Building Services & Maintenance,...

Turn your garden into your pension

Turn your garden into your pension

If you’re planning how to finance your retirement make sure you review one of your biggest assets – your home. In some cases, it can be possible to release the equity in your home with a new build on your garden plot. That means that you don’t have to sign away rights...

Training takes the risk out of asbestos

Training takes the risk out of asbestos

Its estimated that up to half of private UK homes are likely to include building materials with asbestos in some form. So how can you complete an extension, garage conversion or refurbishment safely if you don’t know if your home is one of the 50%? Most likely, you...

Can I convert the loft in my house?

Can I convert the loft in my house?

Most lofts can be converted into extra living space. It all depends on the height of your loft space, the pitch (angle) of your roof and the type of roof structure, such as whether its is a traditional frame or trussed roof. Loft conversions also depend on whether...

Refurbishments: 5-year property price predictions

Refurbishments: 5-year property price predictions

The decision to renovate and refurbish is never one that householders take lightly. Before embarking on home improvements, property homeowners in Hertfordshire want to feel confident that this will be money well spent. Given the uncertain political situation in the...

Which home improvements add most value?

Which home improvements add most value?

The UK is a nation of home improvers. There’s always been a good rationale for this since renovating and adding space can increase a property’s market value. By completing home improvements, not only do you get to enjoy your new purpose-designed living space, your...

Retire to a plot in the garden

Retire to a plot in the garden

When the children have flown the nest and your house has begun to feel far too big, many Hertfordshire residents dream of downsizing to a house that better suits their need. What many people may not have considered is the option of creating a purpose-built home on the...

What’s involved in garage conversions?

What’s involved in garage conversions?

There’s no doubt that a garage conversion can transform your home, giving you much needed extra space, right where it’s needed – on the ground floor. So what’s involved in turning a cold, underused garage into a comfortable, liveable space? It may be simpler than you...

Top 10 most popular home improvements

Top 10 most popular home improvements

With the cost of moving to a new house so high, many homeowners prefer to save on moving costs and instead spend their money on improving their current home. So what does it now cost to buy a Hertfordshire home and which home improvements are the most popular? The...

Does my loft conversion need planning permission?

Does my loft conversion need planning permission?

Getting planning permission for home improvements can be a time-consuming hassle. When it comes to loft conversions, you’ll be pleased to know that in the majority of cases you can convert the loft of your house into an extra room (or rooms) without needing planning...

Hertfordshire homes – improve or move?

Hertfordshire homes – improve or move?

All across the country homeowners are faced with the age-old conundrum – move or improve? With strong growth in property prices in Hertfordshire and the high cost of moving, many homeowners in the county are deciding to turn their current property into their dream...