Sketchpad is a quarterly compilation of tips, trends, technologies and trouble-shooting advice to help you better understand the current and future of your home.
This special edition of Sketchpad is a compilation of articles to give advice and tips to homeowners on design, build and home maintenance.
How to build a micro kitchen in the heart of the city
Often the most important room in the house is also the smallest. This is typical of purpose built flats in city mansion blocks where value is attached to the number of bedrooms, not general living space and a practical kitchen.
Making the most of an awkward space
Laundry rooms are usually the most frustrating spaces in a house. Packed with plant machinery, their conflicting uses frustrates everyone from cleaners to engineers.
The Garden Room
When indoor space is at a premium, it’s time to upgrade the humble garden shed.
Are wet rooms the answer to a lack of bathroom space?
Lighting is often the key to making any small room feel large but how do you deal with a shower room no bigger than a shoebox? In this case a box measuring 3sqm by 2m tall!
No time to lose: managing a tight schedule
Commercial development and retrofitting requires a very different set of project management skills to standard residential refurbishments.
Don’t judge a book by its cover! What to look out for when buying a new build
At first glance newly built properties have all the advantages of modern construction: advanced building materials, better thermal insulation and reliable services including water, power and heating.
Glossary – Interior design
Refurbishing a home is like going to a foreign country for the first time. You need to understand the language, the habits and customs to really get to know a place.
Glossary – Joinery & Carpentry
In this second Glossary series, we look at some of the terms used in JOINERY & CARPENTRY.
Glossary – Lighting
It is important to spend some time at the very start of a project thinking about what sort of lighting you’d like. Your architect or interior designer will no doubt advise you on the best options – but there may be some terminology used that is not very familiar.
Glossary – Plumbing
When building or refurbishing a property, a plumber will usually get involved around the same time as the electrician during the first fix before the walls are put up.
Glossary – Walls & Ceilings
It is always important to pay attention to the details and finishes of your home, but this is particularly true during the final stages of your refurbishment or redecoration project .
Does your house need an M.O.T?
The health of a house depends on many things: not only the integrity of its own structure, but also the strains and stresses of our everyday lives, our neighbours’ actions, and of course the weather.
Tenanted properties: what are the tenant and landlord’s responsibilities?
Renting out a property can be an emotional and stressful experience for both the landlords and the tenants.
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