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Secrets from The Queen of Construction;  Are you planning a home upgrade? A renovation or extension to create your dream home?  Abigail Hall, Construction & Design expert, knows the difference between good and great and share the secrets to make your home deliver happiness every day.

Each month we talk to the world class specialists about what changes to include in your upgrade project which will deliver genuine value to you life - every day! What to include, when to plan it in, how to buy it for the best price how to get a home that creates genuine happiness for the whole family.

Design & Build Happiness Abigail Hall

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Secrets from The Queen of Construction;  Are you planning a home upgrade? A renovation or extension to create your dream home?  Abigail Hall, Construction & Design expert, knows the difference between good and great and share the secrets to make your home deliver happiness every day.

Each month we talk to the world class specialists about what changes to include in your upgrade project which will deliver genuine value to you life - every day! What to include, when to plan it in, how to buy it for the best price how to get a home that creates genuine happiness for the whole family.

    Declutter; how to create happiness and save money! Secrets from The Queen of Construction

    Declutter; how to create happiness and save money! Secrets from The Queen of Construction

    This month we answer a listener question about home storage and organisation with the help of an author Abi has come to rely on.  And it all comes down to decluttering.

    For the first time in the podcast's history - we are giving advice which is COMPLETELY FREE and comes before you even talk to the Queen of Construction (or your regular contractor). 

    IN FACT - Abi says, if you do this - you might not even need to pay a contractor for bespoke storage or joinery.  You may find you have exactly what you needed the whole time and it was your behaviour and mindset which needed to change.

    Abi talks about her own experience of having to declutter (being someone what of a maximalist in life!) and why this book and the advice that Dana White gives is so incredibly powerful.

    Here is a link to Dana K Whites book - How to manage your home without loosing your mind

    For more information on Abigail, the Queen of Construction herself, please follow her on Instagram or see her webpage.

    Please like and subscribe to this podcast if you would like to find out how to Design and Build your happy dream home.

    • 26 min
    Savings and Sustainability: Get a Designer Kitchen for a fraction of the price

    Savings and Sustainability: Get a Designer Kitchen for a fraction of the price

    This month we talk to Looeeze Grossman from The Used Kitchen Company about an industry secret; sourcing and installing used kitchens.

    We talk practicalities of the process of finding, measuring your new used kitchen, pitfalls to avoid and costs to consider.  While also talking about the savings which can be made, both to your pocket and to the environment.

    If you would like to know more about The Used Kitchen Company and the various items they have for sale right now, see their Instagram: @TheUsedKitchenCompany, Pinterest @TheUsedKitchenCompany and you can Email: info@tukc.co.uk

    We also mentioned the episode 38 with Luke from Foreman Snags, who is superb with fixing damage in your home, including to used kitchens! - to listen, use this link

    If you were interested to see images of the caravan kitchen - which is even more special than I could have ever imagined - see it here

    So if you have an equal love of saving money and sustainability thinking about used kitchen is a must when planning your dream home refurbishment or extension.

    For more information on Abigail, the Queen of Construction herself, please follow her on Instagram or see her webpage.

    Please like and subscribe to this podcast if you would like to find out how to Design and Build your happy dream home.

    • 23 min
    Art Glass - A designer kitchen secret

    Art Glass - A designer kitchen secret

    This month we talk to Sally from Red Dog Glass Design about a bespoke product which is making waves and giving owners goosebumps.  Bespoke Art Glass.

    We hear about what it is, how it's used, and when to install it.  And we find out that Abi needs to think more about feelings than function!

    If you would like to know more about this product then please see Sally's work at Instagram: @reddogglassdesign, their Website: www.reddogglassdesign.com and you can Email: sally@reddogglassdesign.com

    So if you are a proud homeowner and want to include something highly functional but which expresses your personality, think about doing it through Art Glass.

    For more information on Abigail, the Queen of Construction herself, please follow her on Instagram or see her webpage.

    Please like and subscribe to this podcast if you would like to find out how to Design and Build your happy dream home.

    • 29 min
    The professional secret: fixing damage to your beautiful home.

    The professional secret: fixing damage to your beautiful home.

    Fixing damage to your beautiful home.

    This month we talk about a secret of how to repair internal damage to your home.  The scuffs, chips, stains and dents which take the shine off the pride you have for your home refurbishment project.

    The honest fact is - things get damaged, either during the building process or just in life from living in the house!  Most people - including people who work in construction, don’t realise there are magical specialists such as Foreman snags, who can come in and repair those problems, taking away that thing which makes you miserable each time you see it.

    Luke, The owner of Foreman Snags (https://foremansnags.com/) talks about the kind of repairs he and his team can do, when to use them and how to plan and cost for this work - so you know when to rip out and replace - and when to save time money and the planet... and repair.

    He talks about a project with a chandelier and, as promised, here is a link to it.  

    So if you are a proud home owner and have damage to interior elements which are getting you down, don't dispart but do do something about it!

    Please like and subscribe to this podcast if you would like to find out how to Design and Build your happy dream home.

    • 35 min
    Why we all want hand painted wallpaper - with Gracie Studios

    Why we all want hand painted wallpaper - with Gracie Studios

    This month we talk to one of the world leaders in hand painted wallpaper; which is one of the most in demand 'I wish I could have in my home' items my clients ask for.

    We cover the process from planning the design, through to making it fit to the architecture of your home and listen to some wonderful and amusing stories along the way.  

    I know, after listening to this episode, you will be as in love with Gracie Studio as I am!

    Zach and Mike, & the whole Gracie Studio team are contactable through their website https://www.graciestudio.com/ where you will get a flavour of their work - but as this is a bespoke product, please speak to them about your dream finish. 

    Please like and subscribe to this podcast if you would like to find out how to Design and Build your happy dream home.

    • 34 min
    Essential residential design trend forecasts with experts Nelly Rodi

    Essential residential design trend forecasts with experts Nelly Rodi

    This month we talk to Design Forecasters and strategic consultancy to the creative industries; Vincent Grégorie, Consumer Trends & Insight Director from Nelly Rodi. Website: https://nellyrodi.com/en/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nellyrodi/

    This episode contains essential information for growing design and fit out firms who will benefit from knowledge about the direction of residential and lifestyle trends. Secrets employed by the largest brands are available to growing design and fit out practices and we talk about the reach and application of this intelligence. 

    Understanding trends isn't about the current colour or pattern, but rather the way society is moving and how, as professionals, we can respond to this in all areas of our businesses.

    This special episode brought to you by Maison & Objet https://www.maison-objet.com/en/paris and their trend forecasting partners Nelly Rodi.

    Please like and subscribe to this podcast if you would like to find out how to Design and Build your happy dream home.

    • 34 min

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