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Kitchens of the Future

Research carried out by IKEA has found that consumers want a kitchen of the future where energy efficiency is standard and a space where the kitchen and the garden are one. While the kitchen has now become the hub of most family homes, it looks as though it is set to become much more than this. Consumers expect that in the next 30 years the kitchen will become an indoor garden with the use of sustainable and recyclable materials a standard option.

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More People Attempting DIY

The National Home Improvement Show has suggested that DIY mishaps may begin to increase as more people are attempting DIY jobs due to the economic downturn. Many home-owners are trying to do home improvements themselves because they cannot afford to get the job done professionally. This could lead to accidents and injuries, if care is not taken.

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Handyman on the Phone

The nations favourite handyman and all-round nice guy, Tommy Walsh has finally embraced technology and launched a DIY app available on iTunes.

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New Energy Efficiency Certificate Requirements

From 2012 it will become compulsory for home-owners to have an energy efficiency rating on their home, before they offer it for sale. At the moment an Energy Performance Certificate needs to have been ordered when a property goes on the market, but is not required for viewings to take place.

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Oldest House in Britain

Archaeologists in Scarborough are claiming to have found the oldest house in Britain. The remains are said to be from 8,500BC; 500 years older than the last oldest house.

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Berkeleys Giving “Staff Discount” to Workforce

While most people might use their DIY skills to improve their homes or even to build their own; staff of Berkeleys, the new homes builder, are lucky enough to be able to take advantage of a scheme which allows them to use the skills of their workforce.

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Inter Ikea to Build "Covent Garden of the East"

Inter Ikea, the construction arm of the Swedish furniture and home-wares giant has bought a 13 acre site close to the Olympics, on which they plan to build around 1500 units of housing and retail space.

The Ikea village is hoped to become a housing and leisure hub in the East End and a tourist destination as well. Peter Andrews from the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation says that he hopes the site will become the Covent Garden of the East.

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Boom in Artificial Grass Sales

Britain's largest artificial grass manufacturer, Evergreens, has reported that they have sold 35% more artificial grass this year than last year. The increase is thought to be down to the warm and dry weather which has been experienced across the country this summer.

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Back Garden House Building

Latest figures have shown that three out of four new homes built in some parts of the country last year, were built on back gardens. The figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government found that in the most sought after areas of the country, the rate of garden building was three times the average.

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DIY Decorating Most Hated Job

A recent survey conducted by Aspect Maintenance, a London-based refurbishment company, has found that 38% of those questioned would put redecoration at the top of their list of most hated DIY jobs.

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Tile Association Complains to the BBC

The Tile Association has made a complaint to the BBC after Nick Knowles made disparaging comments about tiling during an episode of DIY SOS.

Knowles commented that tiling was “a piece of cake” and that “any old fool can tile”. The Tile Association have commented that the program often shows a lack of respect for skilled trades and fails to show the amount of time and effort required to become a skilled tradesman.

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Influences on House Prices

It has been revealed in The Telegraph that parents are willing pay an extra £8,670 on buying a new property in order to get in the catchment area for a good primary school.

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