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Builders are again catering for families with children

Detached houses make comeback as developers shift away from flats

We have failed to build the number of new homes we need to keep up with our population

The average property price increased by £15,191 over the last year to reach £268,895, according to Zoopla

House price increases likely to spell ‘buoyant start’ to 2015

The property market has maintained momentum during 2014

Many people are leaving London due to high prices, over crowding and the city being an unsuitable place for raising children

London housing: High prices and overcrowding drive thirtysomethings to provincial cities

Official figures show record numbers in age group left the capital last year – and were heading for other UK cities

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Game of thrones: Make a big style statement in the smallest room

Big changes are taking place in lavatory design

Seats with high numbers of rental properties have traditionally been inner-city Labour strongholds

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting

Rising house prices are changing the profile of middle-class areas

Jordan Manor - Joanna Briscoe

Where the heart is: Stars talk about their childhood homes, and what they mean to them

Joanna Briscoe writes evocatively about why she still cherishes hers, while Wayne Hemingway, Lemn Sissay, Campbell Robb, Stephen Bayley and Sarah Beeny talk about what they loved – or loathed – about theirs

Smarter tartans: Give your home a Scottish flavour with this cosy range

Add velvet, damask and chenille to up the cosy ante, or mix with bright new-season prints on cotton/linen for fashion fun

Hundreds of apartments in Battersea Power Station are soon to go on sale

Take a peek at the Battersea Power Station apartments - which include a £495,000 studio

The homes have been designed by the practices of Lord Norman Foster and Frank Gehry

How filament bulbs can give you that east London uber-hip industrial vibe

Filament bulbs are part of a stripped-down, utility look in lighting that is bold and masculine – and as far away from pearlised bulbs and fancy lampshades as you can get

Tories plans for starter homes include using brownfield sites and exempting them from a raft of taxes

David Cameron sets out 'discount' starter home plan for first time buyers

Starter homes would be exempt from a range of taxes, meaning they can could be sold for 20% below market rate

Generation rent: Flat prices jump by £50,000 and nine buyers are now chasing every property

Renters are giving up hope that they can ever find anywhere affordable to live... and are giving a thumbs down to 'time-wasting agents

Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid has designed a homeware collection for Harrods

Dame Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods

Line includes £9,999 serving platter with signature curves

Home body: Badger stays safe indoors

Should we really feel guilty about keeping cats inside?

Apparently not, according to a top zoologist. Less stress for them and their owners, says a relieved Rebecca Armstrong
Would you move to a five-story home suspended into the side of a cliff?

A cliffhanger of a home: Are you brave enough to move here?

An architectural design firm in Australia has conceptualised this as-yet-unrealised vertiginous home with its claws into the cliffs of Victoria

The London Fire Brigade has revealed the buildings it is called to the most to help with non-urgent lift incidents

Worst lifts in London: Firefighters name and shame callout repeat offenders – and they're still owed £250,000

The London Fire Brigade has responded to 5,000 calls over the last year to non-urgent lift incidents, which it says reduces its capacity to attend "real emergencies"

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