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Real Homes November 2020

Real Homes magazine brings you all the home improvement ideas and advice you'll need for your own project. Every issue is filled with expert tips and amazing before and after images of real home transformations, giving you plenty of inspiration for your own extension, renovation or redecoration project. Whether you're looking for the latest on-trend buys for every room in your home, practical advice about project planning and budgets, or in-depth case studies detailing everything from kitchen extensions to loft conversions, Real Homes magazine provides you with everything you need to make your dream home a reality.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 49,10
R 493
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

The first home I owned was a lovely Victorian terrace in London. Full of original features including fireplaces, ceiling roses and even a built-in dresser, my husband and I were won over by its charm as soon as we walked in the front door. After months of looking at properties and not finding anything we liked within our price range, we couldn’t believe we might be lucky enough to get our hands on this gem of a house. Of course, not everything about it was perfect. Like so many period terraced homes up and down the country, it lacked the open-plan layout so many of us crave, and it still had a ground floor bathroom as it hadn’t yet been extended to create space for one on the first floor. All…

4 min
inside track

HOME COMFORTS Urban Culture is at the heart of this collection from Barker & Stonehouse, with a fusion of African, Indian and Asian influences combining to create one truly adventurous look. A palette of greens, conker-coloured leathers and monochrome helps to form these globally inspired designs that would bring any living space alive with the most majestic of vibes. EASY LIVING Keep the wow-factor going with more Barker & Stonehouse pieces that have presence and create a truly artisanal feel. TROLLEY DASH HOMEWARE TO FALL FOR With the bounties of newness that AW20 brings, we thought a quick browse around the latest collections from Tesco was in order – so next time you’re dashing round on the food shop, swing by and pick up a few fresh finds for the season ahead (you’re welcome). Bookworm Mindful Thoughts at…

1 min
ahead of the curve


7 min
top marks

WHY WE FELL FOR KATE AND MIKE’S HOME As much as we’d love to believe the glossy homes shown in magazines like Real Homes happen in an instant, the reality is it’s rarely a simple process getting a house up to scratch, especially with a project like Kate and Mike’s. Their search for a place they could make their mark on led to an old schoolhouse in dire need of some TLC. With a leaking roof, rotten floorboards and an odd layout, it was more work than the couple had bargained for, but having fallen in love with it, they decided to take it on. Four years on, the place is unrecognisable. The ground floor has been opened up to create a kitchen/dining/living area that makes the most of the double-height space,…

2 min

Subtle protection Put safety first, but keep it discreet. The Swann wire-free security camera is small and sleek enough to blend into artfully arranged items on a shelf as it watches for any unusual activity, from naughty pets to something more serious. It can be used indoors or out, and has features such as free face recognition, a 180-degree viewing angle and two-factor authentication. A real high light We all love a room that gets the sun, so draw it in from all angles with a rooflight. The neo Advance flat rooflight from The Rooflight Company is incredibly energy efficient. Its aluminium frame combined with Thermal Shield technology, which protects against mould and condensation, gives it the lowest possible U-value in a double-glazed unit, so it’s much lighter – plus we love its…

1 min
a green heat for homes

HOW DOES UNDERFLOOR HEATING WORK? Warm water underfloor heating is a form of central heating that maximises room space by leaving walls free. It heats pipes laid beneath the floor, turning the entire floor –rather than just a radiator – into a heat emitter that warms the room above. CAN I USE UFH WITH A HEAT PUMP/COMBI BOILER/WOOD PELLET BOILER? This type of underfloor heating can work with any heat source and is ideal as part of a green heating system. It can be up to 30 per cent more efficient than radiators as it operates using water that’s heated to a much lower temperature. Low-temperature heat sources, such as heat pumps and wood pellet boilers, will see it working at its most efficient. It also helps combi boilers operate in energy-saving, carbon…