Front Door Style

First impressions count. When you move into your fabulous new house you can expect lots of visitors. Your front door should make a statement, show your personal style and stand out from the crowd.There are lots of simple but effective ways of achieving this.

A visible door number is essential for deliveries and visitors alike. A wealth of styles, materials and fixing are readily available.

An indoor/outdoor rug creates a warm inviting front door and is practical too, keeping muddy footprints to a minimum.

Symmetrical planting either side of the door creates a stylish entrance whether it’s two bay trees, architectural topiary or seasonal flowers. For a country cottage feel, colourful hanging baskets create a charming look.

Don’t overlook outdoor lanterns. Battery or solar powered, they will add a pretty glow to your front door as the nights draw in.

Consider your outdoor lighting, essential for security, but it can also create a beautiful ambience. The choice is endless from large oversized lanterns to down lighters, simple sconces, pendants and string lights.

Finally, a door wreath, not just for the festive season, wreaths can be seasonal or just simple, stylish metal or willow designs.

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A Sustainable Home

What do you think of when someone says sustainability? Sustainability actually means meeting your current needs without having a negative impact on the needs of future generations. Here at Hollins Homes we take sustainability seriously; we install energy efficient lighting, high levels of loft and wall insulation and build to exemplar air leakage standards.

Sustainability can also mean you can save money and protect the environment at the same time. From recycling our waste to reducing our energy consumption, small changes can have a big impact.

Eco-friendly cleaning products are kinder to the environment and our health. You can also save money by crafting your own home-made cleaning products such as lemons or white wine vinegar for anti-bacterial cleaning or bicarbonate of soda for deodorising.

House plants are a wonderful aesthetic addition to any home but another benefit are the air purifying qualities. Upholstery, paint, carpets and technology all pollute the air in the home. Spider plants, rubber plants and Aloe vera plants are natural air filters and can help to improve the humidity in the room.

Don’t forget the outside space, having a brand-new garden is a wonderful excuse to start from scratch and create an eco-friendly garden. Use natural materials as far as possible and plant hedges along the boundaries helping to create shelter and food for wildlife. A small water feature can create a calming, tranquil effect, can purify the air and be a water source for the local wildlife. Bee houses & log piles all encourage insects into the garden which in turn help to pollinate the plants and flowers. Don’t forget to plant flowers that encourage wildlife (the RHS has a comprehensive list on its website). Water butts and outdoor composters are an easy way to become greener and they reduce waste and save money at the same time.


Modern Essentials for a New Home

Family Kitchen

The heart of the home, somewhere to spend time together as a family, to entertain friends, a social, warm, open atmosphere. A place where friends and family can converse and convene. Where younger members of the family can play, complete homework, snack or just chill.

A Downstairs Cloakroom

Makes life so much easier, whether it’s potty training, dashing in from outside or just an extra loo if someone is spending an age in the bathroom. A wonderful addition when entertaining friends and family, no one needs to venture upstairs -  less tidying up or cleaning!

Office Space

A fact of modern life, a desk space is becoming an essential of a family home. A growing number of people work from home and need a dedicated office space whether this is study, or a spare bedroom. Alternatively, an office space may not be a full room, it may be on a landing or in a nook or corner of a living room. Using a desk bureau is a brilliant solution, lots of storage and organisation which helps to keep the workstation tidy and confined to a small area in the room.

Utility Room

Often the most used room in the house. Vital for households with pets, children or who enjoy an outdoors lifestyle. As homes become more open plan, a utility room can be a dedicated space where the noisy, messy and smelly stuff can be kept. Not just a laundry room, it can be a useful space to hang coats, store muddy boots and keep pet essentials. Don’t forget, they can include extra storage for cleaning materials, ironing boards, mops and vacuum cleaners. 

Storage

There’s no such thing as too much storage space. Most homeowners want a clean, calm uncluttered home. Whether it’s storing Christmas decorations, suitcases, seasonal clothes or just stuff! A garage or a garden shed offer great storage solutions. Consider the loft space in the main house or under joist shelving in a garage. Built in floor to ceiling wardrobes. Hooks on the back of doors, to hang bags, belts and jackets the possibilities are endless.  Use the space under your bed or choose a bed with storage compartments. Finally, moving into a new house is a great excuse to declutter and get organised and start a fresh.

Outside Space

Extending living space outside is an increasing trend. Outdoor living can provide many positive health benefits. Gardens can be simple play areas for children and pets, or havens of tranquility with sweeping planting schemes and creative landscaping. Most homeowners want to enjoy alfresco dining and summer BBQ’s. Outdoor heating, alongside gazebos and pergolas can provide shelter from sun and rain, so the great outdoors can be enjoyed regardless of the British weather and well beyond the summer season.