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A dream home for a growing family

For many years, Brian and Susan Thompson would often stop to look at this stunning property in Falkirk’s High Station Road.

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This is one caol house for family living ...

This is one caol house for family living ...

If you’re looking for a modern, spacious family home in a great location, then this beautifully maintained, five-bedroom house could be the one for you.

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Space, inside and out, on this farm ...

Space, inside and out, on this farm ...

The peaceful, rural location - surrounded by open countryside - is just one of the appealing things about this property.

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Gardener’s cottage still in bloom

Gardener’s cottage still in bloom

When Clair and Lawrence Fletcher first fell in love with this gorgeous cottage in Dunipace, they knew it was the place for them.

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Au revoir as home owner says ’Allo, ’Allo to France

Au revoir as home owner says ’Allo, ’Allo to France

When estate agents say a property is rare to the market, it could be for many reasons.

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A top spot for happy family home

A top spot for happy family home

Throwing a party at 22 Peddie Place isn’t really a problem.

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Surfing the net to find a reliable tradesperson. Photo: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Five tips for finding contractors online

1. For starters, try the TrustMark website (www.trustmark.org.uk) where you can search for the trade you need by postcode.

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Indigo Tropical wallpaper, available from Gillian Arnold. Photo: PA Photo/Handout.

Clean living

Are you living the bathroom dream? The ultimate space for a wash-and-brush-up should also double up as a spoiling home-spa for relaxing - and your room is sadly lacking if it’s not offering both.

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A safe harbour for the family!

A safe harbour for the family!

This well-presented semi-detached home is situated in a popular and sought-after location within Bo’ness.

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How do you find a reliable contractor? Photo: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Five tips for choosing a contractor

1. It’s no secret that one of the best ways to find someone who’ll do a good job is to get a recommendation from a friend, family member, neighbour or colleague. However, it doesn’t necessarily work well when it’s a recommendation from another tradesperson. While your plumber may know a good electrician they’ve worked with before, for example, if it’s a case of trying to get a mate some work, be cautious. It’s also the case that some tradespeople do a good job the first few times you use them and then become unreliable, perhaps because they have too much work - they’re only as good as their last job.

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A clear winner in the property space race

If tiny bedrooms and cramped lounges make your heart sink when you’re property hunting then we may just have found the perfect home for you.

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A bathroom with underfloor heating, available from The Underfloor Heating Store. Photo: PA Photo/Handout

Five tips about electric underfloor heating

1. An electric underfloor heating system (also known as a dry system) radiates heat through a series of wires in the floor.

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Harper sofa and footstool, and Jocelyn armchair, both in Phoebe Print fabric, available from Marks and Spencer. Photo: PA Photo/Handout

Welcome home, petal!

Even the word ‘floral’ can strike decor dread into those who associate blooms, sprigs and sprays solely with chintzy country cottage settings, or fussy female boudoirs.

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The self-build home offers space and privacy

Driveway to heaven is just the start here ...

This self-built house makes a statement from the moment the electronic gates swing open to reveal its spectacular driveway.

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It's time to tackle that fence. Photo: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Five tips for painting garden wood

1. Colours for garden wood have come a long way since you could get brown or green and little else.

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LINA children's moon lounger, available from Amara. Photo: PA Photo/Handout.

Mini masters of the house

No pressure parents, but your children secretly have big dreams when it comes to their bedrooms. If they could wave a magic wand, they’d be kitted out with tree houses, Narnia-style wardrobes, a slide, swing and a stage - and that’s just for starters.

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Three in one is the best kept secret in town

Three in one is the best kept secret in town

Mount House on Pleasance Gardens has to be one of Falkirk’s best kept secrets.

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Five renovation no-nos

1. It is unwise to take on a project unless you can really afford to do it properly and to the best of your ability.

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Oslo four-seater dining set and parasol, available from Dunelm. Photo: PA Photo/Handout.

The Great Outdoor

Entertaining outdoors is part of the pleasure of lazy summer days and balmy evenings, and no matter what size your space - a grand terrace or a tiny balcony - it’s vital to make the most of the area.

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Painting the ceiling. Photo: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Five tips for a successful renovation

1. Ensure you do the basics first. With any renovation project, it pays to start with the essentials, such as rewiring, replacing the central heating system, repairing the roof and addressing any damp and structural problems.

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