Author Archives: Jess Lawrence

Is it Time to Cut out the Clutter?

Boxes of clutterWhen you move home and begin the process of packing your whole world into a series of cardboard boxes, you soon realise just how much ‘stuff’ you’ve accumulated.

No matter how organised you are, it’s easy to become a hoarder without even realising it. We probably all have boxes full of things we really don’t need, keepsakes stashed in the loft or wardrobes full of clothes that no longer fit (but we’ll definitely wear just as soon as we’ve lost that annoying two stone). So what’s the best way to make a start on de-cluttering?

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Smarts Quarter is now Complete!

For the team here at Green Spinnaker, Smarts Quarter was our first development, and what an amazing first development it has been. With all the apartments sold and the construction now complete we are looking forward to seeing the new owners moving into their homes very soon.

In just under a year we have gone from a bare, muddy plot to a collection of thirteen luxury apartments and maisonettes. Built and fitted to our high specifications we hope to see the new residents enjoying their new homes for many years to come.

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Preparing Your Home Ready for Winter

Feet in woollen socks by the Christmas fireplace. Woman relaxes by warm fire with a cup of hot drink and warming up her feet in woollen socks. Close up on feet. Winter and Christmas holidays concept.What does winter mean to you? Chunky jumpers, fluffy socks, cosy nights in by the fire, steamed puddings, the twinkly lights of Christmas? It can all be rather marvelous, especially when you’re experiencing your first winter in a new home.

But brace yourself. If current predictions are correct, it looks like we could all be heading for a rather harsh winter. In fact, it could be the coldest one for 50 years, with months of heavy snowfall and bitter arctic winds!

Meteorologists and oceanographers are making these predictions as a result of plunging ocean temperatures. In particular, readings for the Gulf Stream have plummeted over the past year. But with a drastic reduction in the speed and temperature of this current, we’ll be left with no buffer to protect us against the bitter arctic winds.

Back in 1963, Britain was hit by incredibly challenging winter weather. As temperatures dropped to -20c, the country was covered in snow for weeks on end and freezing Arctic winds of up to 100mph caused 20-foot deep snowdrifts. It was so bitterly cold that the sea off Kent, as well as many rivers and lakes, froze over. What’s more, road and transport networks ground to a halt causing fuel and food shortages, the likes of which had not been seen since the war.

So if we really are heading for a cold, white winter, what can we do to make sure we’re prepared and get our homes ready to bear the brunt of it all?

Here are a few ideas to help you keep warm and comfortable over the coming months:

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How To Make your New Home Feel Homey

How To Make Your New Home Feel HomeyAt last you have got the keys to your new home and all the weeks of dreaming, searching, planning and probably stressing, are firmly behind you. The first few moments are so exciting. You are free to explore the rooms for the first time without anyone else looking over your shoulder and you can really take in your new surroundings properly.

It’s strange to think that most people only get to view a property a couple of times before they make the decision to buy – no matter how much they are spending. So by the time they move in, although they will have a good picture of it in their heads, much of the detail may be forgotten. This is where buying a home is so different to any other purchase. Take buying a pair of shoes for example. You have as much time as you want to check them out, try them on and see if they are a good fit. Only when you are really sure, will you commit to buy – and even then, if you have a change of heart, it is easy to return them!

So this is it, your new home. But do not be surprised if it doesn’t feel like home straight away. With time you will get used to how it smells, what noises it makes when the central heating comes on. It will all start to feel a bit less alien. Do not forget that you built an emotional attachment to your last home and it will take time to do the same with this one.

There are some simple things you can do to make your new house feel more homey from the start. For blogger Joy Cho, everyday comforts help her feel settled: “The first thing I do when I move in is pull out all my clean bedding,” she says. “Pillows, duvets, sheets, and throws — the works. There is nothing more comforting than sleeping in your old, cozy bed.” (Source: Good House Keeping)

Here are some other quick fixes that will make you feel more at home within the first few weeks.

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Growing Green at Smarts Quarter

gardening mudThe time has come to get down and dirty in the mud, introducing our brand new communal courtyard garden! Get your gloves and shovels at the ready as we bring you that fresh spring feeling, in September! The gorgeous variety of sweet smelling flowers with the back drop of the European Green Capital will keep our Smarts Quarter residents feeling fresh and fruity all year round.

For those of you who don’t know, Bristol is very proud to be the UK’s first cycling city and the ‘Green Capital’ for 2015! With a growing status as the most bike-friendly destination, we feel that our eco-friendly garden will blend in incredibly well. This Green City is plastered with bike routes, open spaces and eco-friendly campaigns – we are sure our home owners will have plenty to do on top of enjoying our specially designed eco garden!

The garden is set to be situated centrally in the grounds of Smarts Quarter so all of our residents will have access to it. It is strategically structured so the landscape will attract beautiful bugs, bees and butterflies as well as being visually pleasing to everyone in Smarts Quarter.

Feeling inspired by what will soon be a beautiful natural space for the Smarts Quarter residents to enjoy, we wanted to share with you our plans for the garden as well as see if we can inspire you to make an eco-friendly garden of your own.

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The NHBC Home User Guide

Are you moving into a new house? Would you like a HUG (Home User Guide)?

The National House Building Council (NHBC) are the UK’s leading independent standard-setting body and provider of warranty and insurance for new homes.

The NHBC works with builders, home owners and housing associations to ensure that the correct standards are set for new home construction and to protect the owners.

Bearing their expertise and standards in mind, when it comes to buying and moving into a new home, the NHBC will be near the top of your list if you need a HUG, or in other words a Home User Guide.

Here at Green Spinnaker we are also committed to building quality homes and are happy to work with the NHBC to ensure that we meet their high standards.

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5 of the Most Amazing and Unusual Homes you Would Never Imagine Existed

If someone says the word ‘house’ to you, what mental image do you get? More than likely you will think of a traditional English home with straight sides, a door, windows and a triangular roof. As a child it is often the first thing we learn to draw…

Kid's drawing of a house

But some innovative and creative minds around the world have pushed the boundaries on the traditional house; from its look to its style and shape. We’ve found some very unusual houses and some truly bizarre ones. Here are our top 5 unusual and amazing houses…

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Extension to Right to Buy – What Does this Actually Mean?

Extension to Right to BuyUp until now it was only council tenants that have the right to buy the homes that they currently rent. But as announced in the Queen’s speech, when the new Housing Bill becomes law, housing association tenants will also gain the right to buy.

There has been a lot of controversy in the news with some people thinking that this extension to the right to buy scheme will create more problems than it will solve. Here at Green Spinnaker we see it as a positive move towards helping more people to get a foot on the property ladder.

With this in mind we have decided to find out more detail about what the extension actually means.

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How to Make the Most of Small Space with Clever Interior Design

Clever Interior Design for Small Rooms and SpacesDo you live in a small home or have small rooms? It can be a struggle to know how to decorate and furnish smaller spaces without making them look cramped and cluttered.

Not all homes are going to be super spacious, especially if you live in a city centre, this is just a fact that we have to accept. But there are a number of ways to use clever interior design to make the most of even the smallest of spaces.

We have found some great tips on how to decorate and make the most of a small space, so if you put them into good use you might be seeing your home in a whole new light in the future.

The Lighter the Better

Let’s start by talking about colour, or shall we say lack of it. When it comes to decorating a small space you should stick with a light colour palette. Yes this completely goes against our tips on how to decorate with accent colour but dark colours in a small space will have the effect of bringing the walls in closer. Dark colours on the ceiling should definitely be avoided.

The use of a neutral palette or light fresh colours will bring more light into a space and open it up even more than you could imagine.

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