When Milton Keynes was 'born' 50 years ago it was in answer to the acute housing shortage in London. With a target population of 250,000 it has become one of the most innovative and discussed cities in the UK.
There are plans to build 28,000 new homes by 2026 to keep abreast of demand but much of the existing housing stock is now in need of modernising and upgrading. A new bathroom and kitchen are usually top of the priority list, or a home extension to accommodate a growing family. There are many high quality Builders in Milton Keynes who have the expertise to advise and assist residents and landlords keep their homes in good condidtion.
New Glass technology in Building
A scientific researcher team led by head scientist Dr Hasan Baig based at Exeter University have developed a solar powered glass block that can be used in building any structure, in building design to generate their own electricity. They use the latest new technology, integrated photovoltaics, to produce bricks, for production that can be used either in new builds or as part of any renovation. The blocks are to be named Solar Squared and are similar to standard glass blocks, but more cost effective, due to the energy benefits, they also provide insulation and will be available in a wide range of colours and patterns. For more information on house extensions and renovations in Milton Keynes call Mason property services.
If you,re considering investing in your home and want to know which option will provide the best return for your money, the insurance company Towergate have studied the market and come up with a list of 10 home improvements that will add value to your home.
They suggest that the project that will give the best return on your investment is a garage conversion, adding a potential 20% increase in value to your home. It's important that any conversion is carried out professionally and to a high standard, so if you are looking for a Builder in Milton Keynes, call Mason Property Services Ltd who specialise in providing a complete service for House and garage conversions.
New White paper on Housing sector
At a meeting of the Town and Country Planning Association’s New Communities Group held in October, Sajid Javid the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government stated that housing was his "number one priority".
He is releasing a White Paper in November which will outline plans to "make sure that we release land in the right places and include measures to diversify the market, we don’t have enough SME builders, and we must increase the different types of homes, including custom build".
He said that to combat the housing crisis, it would only "work if every government department works together, we need consensus in parliament as well, I want to work with the opposition on this."
"It's a big challenge and it’s about time we did something much more radical in this space, I need the help of the New Communities Group, TCPA and other organisations to give your ideas and thoughts."
Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Minister for local government and housing was also present and said: "Housing numbers are important but it’s the type and quality of development that matters. Good quality development can help to get buy in from local people… the garden city principles provide a framework for this."
Hugh Ellis, TCPA interim chief executive commented "I am delighted government recognises the important role of the TCPA New Communities Group".
Going forward it is critical that government reinforces the need for quality and inclusion, as well as housing numbers. The forthcoming Housing White Paper provides a once in a generation opportunity to create the kind of places the nation so desperately needs." To keep on top of your property maintenance in Milton Keynes, call Masons property services.
Dulux phone APP
If you are one of the 30% of people who find it difficult to imagine your home painted in a different colour the updated smartphone app – Dulux Visualiser – could be the answer to your prayers.
The original app was launched in 2014 and was downloaded more than 10,000,000 times. It has now been upgraded with new features and is available now for the iphone and will be obtainable soon for android phones.
Using the app is easy, you simply open it, use your phone as you would a camera and point it at the walls you want to change. You can then choose a colour from the vast Dulux range and tap the screen to change the colour of your wall. As if by magic the wall changes colour before your eyes and you will have a pretty good idea of whether the colour you have chosen will work. Once you are happy with your choices you can save it and then share your design with your friends and family on social media.
A major advantage of this app is being able to show your professional Decorator what you have in mind for your new colour scheme. Getting their opinion on what you have decided on will help you to create the changes you were looking for. They will be able to use their expertise to help you enhance your design and explore options like paint finishes and varying shades. For all your Property Maintenance in Milton Keynes call Masons today.
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