How to utilise your spare room

Do you have a spare room that’s lying empty? Or full to the brim with clutter?

Whether you’re planning on selling your property or simply looking to indulge in a few new furnishings, there is no time like the present to make use of that extra space. You could embrace your hobbies and interior design dreams, go wild with the décor and unleash your creative side. Remember that whatever you choose could help potential buyers visualise the space and show them exactly what’s on offer when the time comes to sell.

We’ve compiled a list of ideas for you to try in your home:


Guest room

We’ve all had to give up our own bed when family members come to stay, so if space allows, turn your spare room into a cosy guest room, ready for unexpected visitors and family gatherings. This makes having visitors much easier to accommodate, but also ensures potential buyers can visualise another bedroom in your property.



Is your hobby starting to take over the house? Consider creating a room for music or arts and crafts, this keeps everything neat and tidy in one place and is great for grabbing five minutes me time!


Reading room

Consider tidying away those books that are starting to pile up around the house and create a comfy, cosy, tranquil space for you to curl up with your favourite novel. Remember to choose comfy seating and a selection of lights so you can read any time, day or night.


Play room

It’s no secret that children love toys, but if your lounge is starting to resemble a nursery, a playroom could be the perfect solution. This helps to keep the rest of your house tidy, and is a useful space if your children have friends around to play.



Whether you work from home or need time to revise, a designated work zone can help focus the mind. Find a good sized desk, a comfortable chair and ensure there is plenty of lighting to get the best out of your study time.


Something special

How about a space designed specifically with you in mind? Indulge in a walk-in wardrobe or rebalance your equilibrium with a yoga room. Whatever you decide to do with the extra space you don’t have to be practical, remember to create a room that you and your family will enjoy.


If you have recently transformed a spare room in your home let us know!

Gascoigne Halman raise money for Breast Cancer Care

Our team here at Gascoigne Halman, along with friends and family have taken part in a Family Walk at Delamere Forest, raising £105 for our chosen charity of the year – Breast Cancer Care. Following the walk, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Boot Inn, Willington.


Breast Cancer Care was founded by Betty Westgate in 1973, five years after her own diagnosis of breast cancer in 1968. The charity combines the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise to provide information and offer emotional and practical support, campaign for improvement in standards of support and care, and promote the importance of early detection.


Peter Higham, Director of Operations at Gascoigne Halman enjoyed the walk and said, “We are really pleased to be supporting Breast Cancer Care this year. The family walk at Delamere was a great success, and I’d like to thank everyone at Gascoigne Halman for their fantastic effort. We’re sure the money raised from the walk and our other charity events taking place this year will be put to good use at Breast Cancer Care, and it was great to see our staff along with our friends and families getting into the spirit of this event.”


The sponsored family walk is part of our yearlong fundraising effort to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.


How to modernise and update your home on a budget

We can all feel fed up with our homes every once in a while; so if you fancy a change of décor there are small changes you can make to improve the look and feel of your home without bursting the budget. Equally, a fresh new look may be just what is needed to sell your property.


Front door

Replacing a tatty or damaged front door can instantly improve the curb appeal of your property, offering an instant welcome. A new efficient door also helps to reduce your fuel bills!



Stairs are often the first thing you see when you enter a property, consider changing shabby or stained carpet for a stylish new runner. You could also try stripping the carpet back completely, uncovering low maintenance stylish floor boards.


Fire place

An old fashioned fire place can really impose on a room – rather than incur the cost and mess of knocking it out, consider covering it with a stylish fire surround, which can be relatively inexpensive and provide an instant update.


Interior accessories

A splash of colour can completely change the way a room looks and feels. Consider buying new cushion covers or curtains, to introduce colours and patterns into your room whilst remaining an inexpensive quick fix. If you can’t afford new carpet, a rug can add a new lease of life and even cover that ugly stain.



Use your alcoves and corners wisely – consider shelving or fitted wardrobes to make the most of your space creating a tidy, clutter free room that’s easier to dust.



Tired of your outdated kitchen? Rather than splashing the cash on something new, try changing your splashbacks or tiles or upgrading your cupboard doors and handles. Cupboard paint is easily available in DIY stores if the budget is minimal. Your room will feel fresh and up to date for a reasonably low price.



If you’re looking to sell your home or you are able to spend money on home renovation, updating your kitchen or bathroom could be the smartest move. A beautifully finished kitchen or bathroom can sell a property, so the fresher the better!


If in doubt, a fresh lick of paint and a thorough clean can help perk up your property and make you feel more comfortable, whilst freeing up spare cash to spend on something special!


Preparing your house for the holidays

As you look forward to your annual summer break, whether that’s relaxing on the beach abroad or a UK break closer to home, take some time to think about making your home safe and secure.

It’s all part of making your holiday as relaxing as possible so you can fully unwind this summer.


Check Your House Alarm

Firstly, if you have one, check that your house alarm is in working order. Apart from keeping your home safe from unwanted visitors whilst you are away, your insurance may not be valid if it’s not in functioning.


Timing is key

A house that looks lived in will be less of a target. Put automated timers on lights or radios to fake the impression that there is someone home, even when you are scuba diving in the tropics!


Ask your neighbours for a favour

This is the time when you will be glad that you invited the neighbours round at Christmas. Now you can cash in a favour. Ask them if they wouldn’t mind closing the curtains occasionally, putting out and bringing in the bins and collecting any post as well as keeping a general eye on the house whilst you are away.


Organise your pets

If you have pets you will understand that they are all important members of the family. You need to make arrangements for them as soon as you can – don’t leave it until the last minute! The good catteries and kennels can get booked up months in advance so make sure you secure a place if you need one.

Alternatively, think about asking a friend or relative to house and pet sit which is also great from a security point of view.


Get rid of any spare keys

That spare key that you hide underneath the flower pot… get rid of it! There is no point in risking the security of your house while you are away. Give the key to the neighbour or friend for safe keeping.

£3,000 raised for Breast Cancer Care

We are delighted to announce we have successfully raised £3000 for Breast Cancer Care during our office wide Bake Sale and Wear it Pink Day.

Our Bake Sale was a huge success; the local community was out in full force to buy delicious cakes, biscuits and brownies, showing welcome support for the fundraising. Our team were in high spirits yet again on Wear it Pink Day, decorating the offices and wearing every shade of pink whilst continuing to fundraise throughout the day.

Breast Cancer Care, which is our chosen charity for 2016, is the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer. They combine the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise to provide information, support and campaign for improvement in standards of care.

Our Director of Operations, Peter Higham commented, “We are very proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Care this year, and we are having a fantastic time fundraising. I’d like to thank the local community that generously donated to both events, helping us to reach a great amount of money. We all know people and families who have been affected by breast cancer and this is why the team chose this charity for our 2016 fundraising.”

Let your Garden Flourish

With summer upon us we are all, hopefully, spending more time outdoors as our garden becomes one of the most important features of our home.

If you are looking for inspiration for garden accessories or a stunning new planting scheme, look no further than the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show.

Taking place at National Trust property Tatton Park in Knutsford, Cheshire, the show offers a great opportunity to see all the very latest in garden design.

The popular event, now in its 17th year, runs fromthe 22nd – 24th July.

The show is a great day out for the whole family with fun activities and beautiful displays.

Some of the many activities include; talks theatres, including a new theatre in the Floral Marquee, blooming beds, garden hideaways, a bandstand hosting entertainment,floristry and floral art competitions, practical and inspirational shopping, and much more.

We look forward to another great show and fun day out.

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Top tips for creating the perfect outdoor space

As the weather starts to heat up, it’s a great time to prep your outdoor space. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or patio area, no matter how big or small, you can always create a space to enjoy, reflecting your personality and making a statement. In the spirit of summer we’re here with some handy hints and tips to help you make the most of your outdoor area.


Define your space

Consider how you want to spend your time outside – Cooking? Eating? Socialising with friends? Or playing with the children? You might just want to create a tranquil haven for wildlife. Deciding how to use your garden is the first step to designing your perfect summer space.



Summer nights stay lighter for longer, but it’s still nice to see what you’re eating when dining alfresco. Outdoor fairy lights, candles and hanging lanterns create a fantastic ambience while providing much needed light if the party continues after dark. There are numerous varieties of electrical or solar lights which can be hung from trees and pergolas, twisted through shrubs or draped around arches. Solar lamps can also be placed in flower beds or plant pots.



Sheltered areas underneath canopies or pergolas can block the gaze of curious neighbours whilst proving a reliable shelter from the unpredictable great British weather.



If leaving your guests to run back and check on the cooking sounds a familiar scenario, create a safe and convenient BBQ area in your garden – continue to enjoy the weather, while being the life and soul of the party and of course, head chef.


Comfortable seating

We all want to relax on comfy sofas and chairs in our homes and the garden is no exception. Trade in the broken deck chairs and treat yourself to some new outdoor furniture that everyone can enjoy.


Bright colours

Nothing signals the start of summer quite like a burst of colour. Adding bright, colourful flowers, cushions and plant pots can keep your outdoor space feeling fresh and vibrant, and offers a reasonably inexpensive quick fix.



A lick of paint can transform an old crumbling shed, fence or bench and bring your garden back to life. Keep it au naturel in cream or white or create a beach hut look with a vibrant pop of colour.



Intoxicating scents such as honeysuckle, rose, lavender, jasmine and sweet pea contribute to the summer sensation of the outdoors. When purchasing plants consider their appeal to the senses, making your garden even more inviting.


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