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Real Homes March 2021

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

1 min
five things...

ONE Ironing sheets is a mug’s game. You tried it, once, in a fit of new-sheets-euphoria, and it took longer than Lockdown I and II combined. The crumpled look is in though, right? TWO Blackout blinds only really work for those without children/pets/jobs/lives. You still have to get up at an ungodly hour, but now you spend a few minutes in a hot mess of disorientated confusion you haven’t experienced since nightclubs were a thing. THREE It doesn’t matter how many laundry baskets you’ve integrated into those shiny new wardrobes, or how helpful the ‘Laundry’ sign on the front, carefully calligraphed with ‘whites’ and ‘colours’, the floor will always win. Always. FOUR Switching the old pine bed for a fancy divan was a big mistake, huge. Now you can’t hide your clothes purchases under it before stealthily…

2 min
anti kitchens

TABLE TOP By ditching the classic kitchen island in favour of a wooden, table-inspired design, your kitchen will instantly feel more like a sociable hub. Integrate your hob or even sink into the design for a space that’s sleek, refined and secretly functional. Highgate kitchen, from £25,000, Naked Kitchens SPACE TO BREATHE Choose low cabinets and keep your walls free to create an airy and comfortable living space. By aligning your units along two walls, your kitchen blends in seamlessly for a barely-there design. Remo kitchen in matt porcelain and gloss graphite, from £10,000, Second Nature TACTILE TEXTURES Bring soft materials like velvets, leathers and cottons into your scheme for a comfy, cosy feel. Choose cushioned bar stools, textured curtains, and chunky rugs. Infinity Plus Autograph Elements kitchen in Concrete Oak matt and China Blue,…

6 min
front doors

Many of us inherit a front door when we buy our homes, and don’t consider changing it. But swap this feature and you can make the exterior of your place a whole lot more appealing, enhancing its kerb appeal. You might also like to consider a new front door to better complement your home’s architecture, if a previous owner has chosen a design that doesn’t fit the home’s age or character. It could contribute to better home insulation as you swap to a more thermally efficient door, too. A new door also offers the chance to boost your home security and, fitted with a smart lock, make access more convenient with keys a thing of the past (see Q&A) – if you prefer it that way. Front doors come in a…

1 min
my kitchen in 5

1 FIRST MEAL COOKED IN NEW KITCHEN ‘Christmas lunch for eight b an exhausted Jeremy.’ 2 FAVOURITE HOUSE PLANT ‘Areca Palm. It looks great and we love some greenery, plus it’s non-toxic to cats – which is handy as ours seem to love it!’ 3 MY GO-TO PLAYLIST FOR SUNDAY MORNING BRUNCH ‘If Jeremy is in charge of the Sonos it’s normally BBC Six Music, or something by The National.’ 4 MY BEST TRIED AND TRUSTED RECIPE ‘My favourite this year for us has been the Jerk Fish Tacos with Fiery Mango Salsa from Table Manners: The Cookbook. They are amazing.’ 5 MY FAVOURITE SPOT FOR A CUPPA ‘On the pink sofa with the late afternoon sun streaming in, looking back at the kitchen.’…

1 min
invest in an expert

ARE ARCHITECTS BEST SUITED TO BIGGER PROJECTS? The architect is often seen as an elite expense, brought in for enormous projects. But our profession is more mundane (and useful) than that. As architects can help inform each stage of a process, they are well placed to break down the details of what your home transformation will entail. This includes professionals needed, budget and planning requirements. While many assume renovations to be a simple process, if you want to change the façade of your property, remove a chimney, or alter a wall shared with a neighbour, there will be legalities for you to consider. WHAT ARE THE PITFALLS OF NOT HIRING ONE? Going in blind can expose you and your finances to some nasty surprises. Projects can be derailed by unforeseen costs should you…

3 min
reading the view

NATURAL LIGHT It’s possible to add a striking contemporary glazed box to your home, provided the house’s thermal efficiency has been improved to balance out the heat loss from the new addition. With the majority of rear extension projects, using rooflights will help filter natural brightness through to the middle of the new layout, which can become dark once you add an extension. A set of full-height glazed rear doors will also bring in more daylight. KEEP WARM A fairly crucial element to check early on is whether your existing heating system is sufficient for your new heating demands. Will you install radiators or lay underfloor heating? If you choose the latter, an electric option costs less to install and will mean you can heat this part of the house separately. Speak to…