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COMPETITION: Win tickets to The Homebuilding Show with celebrity interior designer Julia Kendell

DIY SOS and 60 Minute Makeover interior designer Julia Kendell has revealed her worse TV experience ahead of this weekend’s London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show.

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On one of the early editions of 60 Minute Makeover, Kendell tells Zoopla she used a quick drying floor paint that refused to dry during the show’s half an hour lunch break.

“I tested it at home before the show and the paint seemed to dry very quickly. But it didn’t work on the day and the floor was sopping wet when the furniture was brought into the room.

“It meant the workers had to tie plastic bags on their feet when they went into the room. It was an absolutely chaotic mess, but it was all filmed and made for great TV.

“The decorators stayed afterwards, of course, to do the floor properly,” she added.

Julia Kendell 1Kendell is one of a host of celebrity experts at this weekend’s London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show, which is running at London’s Olympia from September 26 to September 28.

She explained: ” If you are barking on any kind of project then this is the show for you. It is all very well watching how to do things online, but here you get to touch and feel things.”

Other experts include Piers Taylor, co-presenter of the BBC2 hit series The House that 100K Built, Charlie Luxton from More 4’s Building the dream, Matt James from ITV’s Love Your Garden and Michael Holmes, editor-in-chief of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.

The show features more than 300 exhibitors, free daily seminars and masterclasses and bespoke advice from 11 property experts. Topics that will be covered include eco living, architectural design, interior design, financial and planning permission issues.

To win a pair of tickets to the show, let’s us know why you’d like to attend in the comments section at the bottom of this article and the winner will be emailed this Thursday.

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September 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM Leave a comment

COMPETITION: House makeover unveiled via Greg Toon of ‘Potential etc…’

If you’re looking to sell your property, but need a helping hand to show buyers its potential, architect Greg Toon has the solution. He is offering the winner of a monthly Zoopla competition the chance of a property makeover. Here, he unveils the results of the first competition – the makeover of a three bedroom cottage in Scunthorpe.

The before and after pictures…

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  • This design study aims to improve the layout of the existing accommodation to demonstrate the flexibility of the property and show how it could be adapted for a new owner’s needs.
  • The existing house has three bedrooms, but the third bedroom is located on the ground floor, adjacent to the rear garden. Most buyers would normally prefer the living areas to be adjacent to the rear garden so that they can enjoy the views and get access to the outdoor space by opening up the doors.
  • The proposed layout moves the third bedroom to the front of the house, freeing-up the rear room for a living space. Optionally, and as shown in the plans and artistic impression, the rear room could be increased in size to provide a larger living area. A vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses and skylights would ensure it is a dramatic space. At the end of this newly created living area, doors open to a West-facing patio area. The patio can be screened from the driveway with a box hedge or dwarf wall planter.

 If you would like the chance to win a house makeover for the home you’re selling, send your name and Zoopla property listing to Zoopla’s website editor Myra Butterworth at

  • By inserting a beam and removing a section of wall, the kitchen can be extended in size, taking some of the space from the generous existing hallway. Rooflights in the kitchen roof slope would bring daylight into the deeper space. The dining room could be placed in the front room and left open to the kitchen. Off the kitchen, a utility/boot room can be created. Being near the garage, this could act as the secondary entrance to the house and is a way of removing noisy laundry facilities from the more open-plan family kitchen.
  • The existing utility can be removed to give a more conventional front entrance, complete with coat storage.
  • Upstairs, an inexpensive alteration can be made to form an en-suite for a master bedroom. Optionally, a separate W.C. could be installed off the landing.
  • Externally, the house can be easily painted (or even rendered) to brighten it up.
  • The double garage has potential to be converted to provide good-sized home office accommodation, either within the mezzanine or using half of the garage that faces the garden.

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  • If the existing kitchen and bathroom wing was built along with the rest of the house, then the proposed extension to the rear room would fall under permitted development as it projects less than 4m from the rear wall.
  • The hipped roof to extended rear room will keep the height down so as to reduce the impact on the neighbouring property.
  • In theory, planning permission is required for the proposed changes to the rear windows and for any new windows added. It should not be difficult to attain planning as there are no genuine overlooking concerns.


  • A beam would be required to support the removed section of wall needed to expand the kitchen area. Further local support beams may be required dependent on assessment by an engineer.
  • If the rear room is extended, the current structure could be partly re-used (subject to investigation). This would save costs.
  • Additional structure would be simple strip foundations, cavity walls and  beamed trusses with rod ties. The wide rear window or bi-fold door opening will need a beam above. Lintels could be used elsewhere.
  • A structural engineer should be appointed to assess the implications.

Outline costs

  • Internal re-configurations (inc. new kitchen) £25,000
  • Extended rear room £20,000

Greg Toon photoGreg Toon is the founder of Potential etc…, an architectural design company that specializes in illustrating the potential of homes for sellers, buyers and owners.

Visit if you would like to commission Greg to prepare a full design scheme for your property.

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July 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM Leave a comment

COMPETITION: Win illustration makeover to help sell your home

You might have seen architectural designer Greg Toon from Potential etc… tackle readers’problem homes in his regular column for The Sunday Times Home section. Well, now he has joined Zoopla to help you sell your home. Every month, one home seller will win a free design scheme from Greg and it will be featured here for all prospective buyers to see.

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To be in with a chance of winning a design scheme by Greg Toon, please send a link to your property that you are selling on Zoopla to website editor 

Greg Toon has 18 years experience in the architecture business, working in London practices on residential and commercial projects. His extensive experience includes designing everything from warehouse conversions and hi-end offices, to restaurants, social housing and millionaires’ mansions.

12.06.14 Greg 1In 2012, he moved out of London with his family and set up Potential etc… after renovating their tired looking 1960s home. The before and after photos below show the transformation of the house that many of his friends thought he was mad to buy.

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Realising that some people find it hard to look beyond dodgy wallpaper or awkward room layouts, Greg created a unique service, providing design schemes for sellers – instant make-overs in the form of artistic perspective sketches and proposed floor plans – to illustrate their property’s potential and help them to sell it.

The concept is that buyers are investing in the vision for the home rather than just the property as it stands. By doing this, the property is opened up to a wider audience. Properties with Greg’s design schemes have sold faster and for more money, something that no lick of paint or expensive kitchen refit can guarantee.

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A. A typical artistic sketch and proposed floorplan showing Greg’s design for a reconfigured kitchen area, now providing a family kitchen, dining and courtyard within a side return

June 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM Leave a comment

We’ll pay your mortgage or rent for one month – enter our competition now

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

Things can be a little tough at the moment, which is why we’ve just launched a new competition that gives you the chance to have your mortgage or rent paid for by us for a month.

It’s easy to enter – all you have to do is click through to the Happy Place and register. All the terms and conditions are there for you too.

Enter now and don’t forget to spread the word and tell your friends.

October 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM Leave a comment

Win an iPad every month in the Zoopla Facebook competition

Terms & Conditions

Eligibility: This contest is open to residents of the United Kingdom who must be 18 or older. One entry per user only. The user must have a Facebook account and must ‘like’ Zoopla on Facebook to be entered. Zoopla employees are not eligible to enter.

Duration: This current contest will run until 23.59hrs on 30th June 2011 and run every month thereafter until further notice.

The prize: an iPad 2, 16GB, Wi-Fi version in black or white – winner will get a choice, subject to availability. The winner is responsible for any monthly contract or equivalent that may be associated with their prize.

How to enter: A Facebook account is required to enter this contest. Users need to ‘like’ the Zoopla Facebook page and answer the current competition question by posting their answer on the Zoopla Facebook wall in order to be entered into the prize draw. The winner will be selected via a prize draw of all successful entrants made by the competition closing date. No cash equivalent or alternative product will be an option. Zoopla Ltd reserves the right to change the prizes or intervals at any time without any prior notice. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winner:  One winner will be announced through our Facebook Page and contacted via their Facebook account. If the winner does not respond within 10 days after announcement, a new winner will be chosen.

Competition partners:
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ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions
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May 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM 1 comment

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