Saturday 19 October 2019

Gloucestershire home improvements guide

Give your property a new lease of life with the help of SoGlos's home improvements guide, which is brimming with Gloucestershire businesses designed to bring your projects to life.

Whether you’ve recently moved into a new house or have finally got around to doing work on your property, our Gloucestershire home improvements guide is designed to give you a helping hand, whatever size of project you’re undertaking.

From flooring companies to window businesses, this handy guide features top suppliers from across Gloucestershire who can bring your renovation and home improvement ideas to life.

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The Mortgage Branch

The lowdown

From its headquarters in Cheltenham, The Mortgage Branch’s aim is to help clients achieve their home ownership dreams, priding itself on fantastic customer service for its customers across the south west. Promising to be ‘completely and wholly focussed’ on around the clock service to its clients, The Mortgage Branch offers both early morning and evening meetings to best support its customers’ needs.

What they offer

The Mortgage Branch is able to offer support for first time buyers, home movers, those looking for buy to let mortgages, re-mortgages, help to buy mortgages, and even those in need of financial protection. Providing ongoing support throughout the process, the team at The Mortgage Branch can help customers decide which product would best suit their needs and circumstances while not forgetting that all important budget.

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The Mortgage Branch takes its strapline, ‘Growing your future together’ very literally, with a promise to plant a tree for each mortgage that completes using its services.

For more information

Call (01242) 696235, or visit directly

Carpets, rugs and flooring

You’ll be amazed just how much of a difference updating your flooring can make to transforming your home. Whether it’s new carpet in your bedroom, impressive runners on your stairs, stylish kitchen tiles or cosy rugs in your lounge, there are plenty of options when it comes to giving any space a bit of TLC.

For more inspiration, see our Gloucestershire carpets, rugs and flooring directory.


As the heart of the home, it’s safe to say that kitchens are now very much a focal point in any house, providing a multi-functional room for cooking, entertaining, socialising and much more.

Kitchen makeovers, while often an expensive outlay, can really add value to a property and offer the chance to create customised spaces that work for your needs.

If you’re planning on giving your kitchen an overhaul, find a host of suppliers in our Gloucestershire kitchen directory.

Windows, doors and conservatories

From replacing old windows, adding additional space with a conservatory, or investing in popular bi-fold doors that lead out to your garden, there are all manner of ways to inject a bit of new life into your home.

For more inspiration, see our Gloucestershire windows, doors and conservatories directory.


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Whether you simply want to replace tiles or completely remodel the existing space, bathrooms definitely feature high on the list of rooms that homeowners want to makeover.

If you’re planning on giving your bathroom an overhaul, find a host of suppliers across in our Gloucestershire bathroom directory.


Don’t underestimate the power of how much redecorating can transform your home, whether you choose to repaint rooms or add wallpaper. Jobs such as painting can often be time consuming and fiddly depending on the space, so if you have a large house or are time-pressed, you might want to employ the services of a decorating expert!


Whatever size garden you have, giving your outside space an update is a savvy way to add an extra ‘room’ to your home. Make the space work for you by adding an area for socialising, planting flowers and replacing furniture – meaning you’ll want to spend as much time as possible outdoors.

The Fairview Gardener

 The Fairview Gardener Home Improvement guide

The lowdown

Since 2009, The Fairview Gardener in Gloucester has been offering expert advice and helping budding gardeners transform their outside spaces.

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The independent centre for gardeners, run by horticultural experts Glenn Satterthwaite and Paul Turner, grows all of its bedding plants on site, along with stocking a range of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, trees, soft and top fruit, herbs, roses, seasonal plants and made-to-order hanging baskets. Visitors will also be able to pick up a selection of gardening essentials, including outdoor pots and terracotta, seeds, grow-your-own products, compost and stone ornaments. There’s also an on-site café serving coffees, cakes and afternoon tea, and a gift shop that’s perfect for stocking up on trinkets for the home.

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Glenn’s speciality is landscape gardening and he often gives talks and runs workshops on garden design, allotments and organic gardening. If you need more of a helping hand, The Fairview Gardener also has a landscape gardening service that works closely with you from initial concept through to construction.

For more info

Call (01452) 750436, or visit directly.

For more inspiration, see our Gloucestershire garden centres & nurseries and Gloucestershire garden designers & landscapers directories.

Stoves & fireplaces

Up the cosy factor in your home by updating or adding a new stove or fireplace to your lounge, dining room or kitchen. Not only do they provide a welcome focal point but they’re also a great way to heat your home during the winter months and they can add value to your property.

If you’re planning on updating or adding a stove or fireplace, find a host of suppliers in our Gloucestershire stoves and fireplaces directory.

Curtains, blinds and shutters

Update your window furnishings by injecting colour and pattern with curtains and blinds or adding shutters to your living room, which are perfect for giving your space a classy modern makeover.

Just Fabrics

The lowdown

With 25 years’ experience supplying fabrics and crafting beautiful creations from its shops in the Cotswolds, Just Fabrics, ironically, sells so much more than just fabrics! Providing a made to measure service for bespoke blinds, cushions, tablecloths, furniture and upholstery, Just Fabrics is a haven for creatives searching for the perfect fabric to accompany a room or furniture redesign.

Get the look

One of the country’s leading independent designer fabric retailers, Just Fabrics stocks thousands of meters of fabric in a range of textures and designs, with some designer styles available at discounted prices. Its team of experienced staff can offer industry insight into the latest design trends, personalised advice on what will work best for your home, and inspiration for those still planning a project.

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Both of Just Fabrics’ stores are conveniently located in Cheltenham and Burford, and are open seven days per week with free parking. Each store’s in-house design team provides fantastic and friendly customer service, to help customers achieve their design dreams no matter their style or budget.

For more info

Call (01242) 530423, or visit directly.

If you’re planning on updating your window coverings, find a host of suppliers in our Gloucestershire curtains, blinds and shutters directory.


If you are thinking of embarking on a major renovation project, an extension to your home or room conversions, then you might want to consider hiring an architect, who can also help with help with finding the best builders and even project managing the work.

Visit the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) via its website directly to find businesses in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

Interior designers

Deciding how best to utilise space, add personality to your property or update any room in your home, can be a challenge for homeowners. Interior designer can help transform spaces with their aesthetic touch, whether you just want help with room layout or want assistance with a full design service.

Read our interview with Cotswold interior designer, Lauren Gilberthorpe to find out more about how to update your home.

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