Gwen's home in Gavin and Stacey for sale: Property news roundup
Plus, when DIY goes wrong, and home insurance claim figures
Alex Johnson has been part of The Independent's online team since 2007. He has been writing about microarchitecture on his internationally-acclaimed Shedworking blog since 2006 and is the author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. His latest book is Bookshelf, published by Thames & Hudson.
Monday 04 August 2014
The property which was used for Gwen's home in the television comedy series Gavin and Stacey is up for sale for £125,000.
On with Burnett Davies with Easton agents, the two double bedroom home at 47 Trinity Street, Barry, has views across the Old Docks and Barry Island and has previously been a popular part of the town's tour celebrating the programme.
It is perhaps most famous for its kitchen where Gwen made mountains of omlettes for all occasions. This measures 3.1m by 2.6m and features wall and base units, work surfaces, stainless steel sink and drainer and space for an oven with built in extractor above.
Alternatively you could rent one of the houses in Liverpool's Brookside Close which featured in the longrunning soap. It's on with Belvoir at £690 a month unfurnished.
Two bedroom terraced house for sale made famous in television series Gavin and Stacey as Gwen's house. On with Burnett Davies with Easton at a guide price of £125,000
One in 10 have had large scale DIY projects go seriously wrong
Around a third of homeowners are choosing to add value to their homes with improvement projects, says a new report, which puts the average cost of the works at £4,000.
The figures from Lloyds Bank shows 10 per cent of homeowners have had a DIY or large scale home improvement project go wrong, with a subsequent average repair bill of £3,200.
Its report shows that a high number of people buy properties with the view to renovate to add value - around a quarter of those polled intended to extend or convert their property to add value in the future.
A third said they had changed the purpose of a room, with the spare bedroom being the most popular choice, mainly to turn it into an office, although seven per cent repurposed it as an entertainment room.
Home insurance claims
Analysis by MoneySupermarket.com shows that accidental damage, such as spilt drinks on sofas and carpets, makes up a third of all home insurance claims overall. it says that households who make a claim for this can expect to see an average increase of around £17 to their premiums.
Escape of water, largely caused by overrun baths or burst or leaking water pipes, makes up 19 per cent of claims, while 19 per cent of all last year’s claims were a result of floods and bad weather compared to 10 per cent the previous year.
Theft and vandalism accounts for a further ten per cent of claims.
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