How to prepare your kitchen for a summer garden party

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With the warm months finally upon us, lots of people will be inviting friends and family round for a BBQ, but it won't be the garden that assumes the guests' attention. The kitchen is arguably the biggest show-piece in any house - no matter whether or not you actually cook in it…
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A kitchen deconstructed: which items/areas need space in your design?

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When designing a kitchen it's important to plan where everything is going to go, especially if you've only got a small space to work with. There are plenty of great storage solutions out there to suit all sorts of kitchen designs, so don't panic if you suddenly realise you've got ten tons of kitchen appliances. Here's…
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Ten ways to give your kitchen an international flavour

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Although the traditional British kitchen is always a winning look, you might decide you want something a little bit more exotic. You might not be able to afford to travel the world, but there's no reason why you can't bring a little bit of your favourite country into your kitchen. An international influence can turn the room…
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How to create a minimalist kitchen

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Goodbye traditional, farmhouse kitchens - a survey published in the Los Angeles Times has claimed that the most popular kitchen trend at the moment is minimalism. Requests for this sleek, modern look are fast over-taking those rustic alternatives, according to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, with home-owners preferring clean lines to the fuss…
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Ten features of the ideal bathroom

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When making a big purchase - like a house or car - most people will undertake two searches. The first is with strict budget controls to see just what offers there are within their price range. Then, once the enthusiasm fades or curiosity starts to pique, the filters are giddily discarded to…
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How to clean a granite hearth

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Granite is a popular stone choice when it comes to hearths and it's easy to see why. They come in a wide variety of colours, are robust, attractive and most importantly, they are easy to clean. However, it's also easy to damage your granite by cleaning it the wrong way, so…
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Can I afford an Aga? Running costs explained

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If you're planning to renovate your kitchen some time soon, you might be considering putting in an AGA - and why wouldn't you? They help keep the house warm, look stunning and do so much more than just cook great tasting food. However, AGAs haven't always received positive press in the…
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How to make your kitchen as low maintenance as possible

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As it is commonly known, houses take a lot of upkeep. Kitchens are especially hard to keep tidy and organised, considering how often they are used - on a daily basis.  So, it is useful to know a few ways in which this maintenance can be simplified to make life that…
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How to create a country kitchen style

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Whether you live out in the sticks or in a tiny city apartment, it's always possible to create a kitchen with a country look. These sorts of kitchens are particularly ideal for families, as they provide a warm, welcoming space where everyone will want to hang out. On the other hand,…
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How to smarten up a bathroom

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The bathroom is one of those key rooms within a home that can be revolutionised with just a few minor touches. Anything old or tired-looking can reflect badly on the whole house, whilst something a little smarter gives the entire place a lift. One problem, however, is that people think that smartening up…
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Ten ways to 'soften' a room featuring stone surfaces

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There are tons of plus points to using stone in your home. For example, granite worktops don't decrease in value, they're easy to clean, they can handle heat and pressure and they always have a unique one-of a kind look. However, if you don't accessorise stone properly in the home, your…
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Blanco Maple Quartz worktops

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County Stone recently fitted beautiful Blanco Maple Quartz worktops for a customer in Birdham, West Sussex. The Silestone Quartz really complimented the customers shade of green units and has provided a modern yet contemporary finish to the kitchen.
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Kitchen shapes - what are the options?

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When it comes to kitchens, the shape and layout can make all the difference. If you're redesigning your kitchen from scratch or are simply considering other options, it's very important to get the shape right. On the other hand, you might be stuck with a particular shape because that's the shape…
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Fireplace options: wood burners, electric and more

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A fireplace is an investment which not only provides comforting heat to a room, but can also act as a centrepiece for the whole house.    Larger fireplaces can be the primary heat source for a house and some are so beautifully designed that they can transform a ordinary-looking room into a luxurious living space. There…
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How to look after granite stone

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Homeowners can use granite in their property in a range of ways. For example, it can be used for coffee and dining tables, vanity units, on staircases and even flooring. However, one of the main uses for granite stone is on bathroom and kitchen worktops. The material is perfect for worktops…
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Designing and decorating a bathroom fit for your family

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The bathroom is quite rightly seen by many people as one of the most important spaces in the family home. For so many homeowners, it's far more than just an essential room for hygiene. To many, it represents a sanctuary of relaxation after a hard day's work. It's the room where you…
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How much value does a new kitchen add to your home?

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A new kitchen is the kind of luxury that people take their time over; carefully choosing the layout, colour schemes, built-in gadgets and materials. It needs to be functional, yet beautiful; making the most of the space you have available. Of course, the other reason homeowners put so much care and…
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Using colour in bathroom design - how to do it

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The bathroom is one of the most important areas of the home. As well as being a sanctuary where you can relax and unwind after a long hard day, it is also an area of the home that is likely to be frequently seen by visitors. This means it is important…
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How to use granite worktops in your kitchen design

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Think about your dream kitchen. Perhaps it's a capacious, welcoming room that will accommodate numerous family occasions or a chic, modern space that's perfect for entertaining friends. Maybe it's practical, enabling copious baking. No matter the purpose of your kitchen, you can be sure that it'll become the heart of your home. When…
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