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105 - Is it ok to ask your Architect this? PART 2

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px 'Trebuchet MS'; color: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Do you ever wonder if it’s OK to ask your architect certain questions? Are they just silly? Are you over stepping your mark? Perhaps they have already explained something to you but you don’t understand the lingo or want further clarification. In this week’s podcast, James and Juliette discuss the questions it is OK to ask your architect. Spoiler: the answer is...


104 - Kitchen vs. Interior Design

In episode 104, James speaks to interior designer Sarah on the topic of kitchen vs interior design. Can an interior designer offer you more for your money? Is the free design package offered by your local kitchen store REALLY free? Are the people fitting your kitchen actually even employed by the store? With many seeing the kitchen as the heart of the home, it is so important to make sure you get the kitchen you really want that works in a way that suits your life. So why limit...


103 - Picking The Perfect Window

On this week’s podcast Juliette talks us through what she believes is one of the most important parts of every home renovation, windows. Windows are often costlier than people realise and so it’s important that you go shopping knowing exactly what you are looking for. Juliette talks us through the different types of window and the advantages and disadvantages involved with each. Juliette also explains the price tag attached to each type of window and gives her professional (and...


102 - Reading Quotes and Understanding Extra Costs

In this week’s quick pod episode James uses his experience renovating over 250 homes in the UK to give us his top tips on reading quotations correctly. James explains why sometimes, opting for the cheapest quotation is not always the best option, and may actually end up costing you more money further down the line. By focusing on the numbers, rather than the meat of the quotation, we can make some crucial mistakes. Recognising how life changing it can be to have a house renovation,...


101 - Urbanist Architecture

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100 - A Blueprint to Achieving The Perfect Renovation

We made it! Episode 100. We would like to thank all of our contributors and listeners that have made this happen. Back in June 2017, we started this podcast to help the homeowner with the their renovation needs, whilst providing a platform where they can learn from experts in the industry. We also wanted to be a loud voice for all of the industry professionals out their that really do make a positive difference to anyone looking to renovate. In this episode we discuss the blueprint guide...


99 - Setting the Mood Lighting Design

This week Juliette speaks with Sara WillCox of Format Design about how to get the lighting design of your home right. She walks us through all the different spaces in the home, giving us great tips for each space individually, as well as explaining the main principles of great lighting design that apply to every room.


98 - Some little things to expect when renovating your home

If you are planning to renovate this year and its your first time that’s great and it’s exciting but there may be things you haven’t thought about so reduce the risk of disappointment James spends time talking to you about some little things to consider and expect to happen during your renovation. Renovating your home should be an enjoyable experience and by listening to this short episode helps make that happen. Best of luck renovating!Sorry for the late publishing of this episode, or first...


97 - Is it ok to ask your Architect this?

Architects are considered one of the most important people to hire for your project, highly experienced and full of knowledge, but have you ever felt awkward about asking an Architect a question or avoided asking for the worry off it sounding odd? In this weeks episode James and Juliette discuss the kinds of questions you should be asking your Architect. COMPETITION TIME! TO WIN £100/$100 IN VOUCHERS!!To celebrate the run up to our 100th Episode, we are ask you to leave us a review in...


96 - Our co-host Juliette buys her first house

On this weeks episode James speaks with Juliette our co-host in Chicago, all about her first home. She has finally bought a lovely apartment and plans to renovate it, her husband and her have been spending time treating it apart and remove one particular piece of the construction that didn’t quite go with their vision for the place. COMPETITION TIME! TO WIN £100/$100 IN VOUCHERS!!To celebrate the run up to our 100th Episode, we are ask you to leave us a review in iTunes, Spotify or your...


95 - Cut My Plastic

This week James talks to James Bryant, director of Cut My Plastic a bespoke plastic sheet cutting company based in West Sussex, UK. They discuss the applications of plastic sheeting, with particular regard to plastic splashbacks used in the home. We love pumping out new content every week to help homeowners across the world discovery more about the industry which in turn save them money and time on their project and we love speaking up for the great trades and professional in the industry...


94 - Jamie & Charlotte from Roost Renovations Part 1

On this week's episode James speaks to Jamie and Charlotte about the beginning of their journey into renovation on a buy to let property that is a grade 2 listed property, so not a easy one to start with. They have previous experience in renovating their first property in Surrey Quays London and also went through the experience of applying for a lease extension. Don’t forget to listen out to next week's episode when we are launching our competition worth £100.00 in celebration leading up to...


93 - Renovation Insurance with Douglas Brown

Did you know that your standard home insurance might not cover you during a renovation?What happens if you find that you cannot claim on your contractors insurance because you hire them for Decoration works and they end up changing a tap for you and then you find you home flooded, can you claim ?Have you checked you existing home insurance policy to see what happens if you would need to make a claim related to your renovation? In this episode James speaks with Douglas Brown from Porter House...


92 - All About Tiling with Ken from Hud's Tiling

Are you about to hire a tiler or tile your home yourself?James speaks with probably the most passionate tiler, Ken from Hud's Tiling Services based in the Essex. We speak all about tiling and why it's important to hire the right person and tile with the right materials. Ken clearly loves his job and we hear about some of the jobs that he has been on and been called on to, to rectify poorly done work. Finally Ken gives his tips on hiring the right person to tile your home. We love pumping...


91 - Gardening Renovation with Matt Pain

Spring is here! Renovating is more than just what's inside your home but what's outside too. A well maintained garden can just be the icing on the cake for the perfect home. However before you chuck on some dirty clothes and run outside to attack your garden listen to our conversation with Matt Pain. Matt knows a lot about Gardens and Plants and he gives some great advice on how to achieve the right garden for you. We love pumping out new content every week to help homeowners across...


90 - Is it OK to ask Your Builder this?

Have you ever been in a situation or are you in the situation right now, where you are worried about asking your builder a question or you wonder how they will feel if you ask something. This kind of situation is very common so James and Juliette go over the various questions homeowners should ask their builder, and how to ask them. Remember it's your home and your money so ask as many questions as you want. We love pumping out new content every week to help homeowners across the...


89 - Renovating for Student Living with Tom Charrier

If you have ever experienced life living in student housing, be honest the conditions were probably not that great right? This week I speak to one of an amazing married couple, Tom Charrier that are passionate about providing decent student housing. Tom is from Lancashire, near Manchester in the UK and his someone that believes that the student housing needs renovating and changing up a gear, so much so..he quit is job as a landscape gardener a few weeks before this recording. Now, together...


88 - Dom & Jess Part 2

James speaks to Dom and Jess on Part 2 of a 3 part series. We discuss the work they have done to their property and what they have learnt along the way. You can go back and listen to the first episode number 77 where we discuss their experience in getting on the property ladder and the difficulty they had with their boundary line.From replace the stairs, to replacing entire floors and subfloors, and fitting french doors too, they truly have been through a lot. If you want to be part of the...


87 - Why Ordering Samples is so Important

If you are renovating your home you will most definitely be looking online for products such as kitchen worktops, wood flooring, paint and fabrics etc, but before you buy we are here to advise you how important is it to order samples first since things are not always what they seem. James and Juliette record their first ever episode together in her lovely home in Chicago during a visit from James. Check out our website for more resources We love pumping...


86 - Method Statements

A successful renovation starts with good communication and a clear set of instructions but most importantly a written explanation of what is going to be done, how and what with. You don't want to leave any room for assumption and be left with a renovation below your expectations. There are so many variations and ways to implement what sounds like the result you expect but why leave it until the end? James and Juliette speak for a short episode on Method statements stating the reasons for...