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Rome’s tomb of emperors to be restored in £5 million project

Created: 10/05/2017

The final resting place of Rome’s emperors is to be restored in a multi-million pound project. 

Mausoleum of Augustus

The Mausoleum of Augustus, an immense stone building on the banks of the River Tiber, once served as the tomb of many of Rome’s emperors. Emperor Augustus – the first Roman emperor – had the structure built 2,000 years ago.

His cremated remains were later placed there along with other infamous emperors such as Tiberius, Claudius, Vespasian, and Caligula.

This bulky structure once consisted of a 140ft high circular chamber covered by a roof topped with pillars and statues before falling into disrepair. The roof, statues, and pillars are now gone, however what is left is still quite impressive.

These days the building is covered in dust, overgrown with vegetation, cluttered with broken marble inscriptions, and scattered masonry.

However, if all goes according to plan, Telecom Italia – an Italian telecommunications company – will see the ancient building restored and then opened up to the public.

Telecom Italia are forking out six million euros (£5 million) for the project which is set to be completed by April 2019. This ambitious restoration could include the rebuilding of the mausoleum’s roof.

Scaffolding is already in place around the structure, and we know that once open to the public, the history of Rome will be told via a multi-media presentation, and that new walkways and lighting will be installed for visitors. 

Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, has said, “We’re going to bring back to life one of the great masterpieces of ancient Rome, which has lain abandoned in the middle of the city for years,”

And while this extravagant type of restoration might beyond the modest plans of homeowners around the UK – even with the help of your local handyman service – it’s great to see a city take pride in its cultural heritage.

Rome is full of many awe inspiring and history rich sites, many of which have also seen recent restorations in a concerted effort to restore much of Italy’s fascinating past.

The luxury shoe company Tod’s funded the cleaning of the famed Colosseum, and Fendi financed the restoration of the iconic Trevi fountain.

 

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New DIY App Will Help Your Handyman See Through Walls

Created: 05/05/2017

A new DIY app will give you and your handyman the ability to see through walls.

Phone app

WalabotDIY is a new X-ray vision DIY app that could completely change the way we go about home-remodelling and house improvements.

The app utilises technology previously used for spotting tumours in breast cancer patients, and now can help us see pipes, wiring, and stray nails behind walls.

In order to use the app, you need to attach the WalabotDIY power pack to the back of your phone and then hold it over the part of the wall you wish to scan. It can then tell you what is behind it for depths up to 10cm.

The WalabotDIY can see through cement, dry wall, and wood.

This will certainly improve home repair type jobs all over the country, allowing for tasks to be accomplished both more safely and simply.

But just because you can now spot the issue that was once obscured doesn’t mean you will have the technical know how to fix it. Luckily your London handyman service has all the requisite skills to help you accomplish your desired projects.

There are various other DIY apps available to help you in dealing with small tasks before contacting your local handyman service. We have listed a few of them below.

phone apps

Handy man DIY

Handy Man DIY has the aim of being a complete project manager during your various jobs. It helps you organise individual tasks, assign materials, and even costs for those materials. The app is also capable of calculating the size of your walls and floors in your home, helping you decipher just what it is that you require.

Photo Measures

Photo Measures is an app that helps you out during the course of painting and decorating your home. When shopping for paint, instead of having to rely on a bit of paper for the dimensions of your soon to be painted wall, Photo Measures allows you to annotate photographs with measurements helping you to figure out just what you require. 

Screwfix Toolbox

You might know Screwfix as a retailer of DIY supplies, but did you know that they have a handy app as well? Screwfix Toolbox combines the ability to purchase the tools you need with tutorials on how to tackle certain projects. The app includes a project cost calculator to help you keep on top of your budget. 



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Top Alternatives to Bookshelves

Created: 24/04/2017

For those of us who love to read, finding the most attractive and space conscious way to store our many books is important. Of course, the traditional bookcase/bookshelf can be an option, but you might be surprised at the myriad ways one can be inventive when trying to display these prized possessions. So let’s take a look at a few of the best alternatives to bookshelves. 

Piano

Piano Bookshelf

Why not start out with something a little whacky. Not many of us will have an old piano lying around, but if you should so happen to come across one, they can make truly unique and beautiful bookcases.

By hollowing out the insides, keeping the keys intact, and adding in some shelving, this can be a great way to repurpose an item that is no longer of use. Simply tilt it up right, secure it to the wall, sliding in your favourite reads, and you will have yourself a top bookshelf alternative!

Under the stairs book sanctuary

When working on your home, finding space, and creating more of it can be a top priority. So why not make good use of that space beneath the stairs and create yourself your own little under the stairs book sanctuary?

By excavating that area, adding in some shelving, and a nice comfy windowsill type seat below it, you will have created a wonderful little nook for reading, while saving a bunch of space as well. This one can be a bit of a mission however, so to get the job done right, make sure you acquire the skills of a top handyman service

Ladder bookshelf

Ladder shelf

If you want to go for something a little out there, and happen to have an old ladder hanging around, why not stack it, or throw it up on the wall and create yourself a great new bookshelf?

Try opening out an old wooden ladder and either pinning it flat against the wall or using its natural bend to fit nicely into the corner of a room. You can then use its steps and frame as a great space to place some of your books. You’ll be unlikely to find any of your friends sporting this one at home.

Stairs book case

Going back to those trusty stairs, there are plenty of other little variations one could use to utilise space while finding an attractive and minimalistic area to store your books.

If you extend the sides of your wooden staircase, protruding a little further out than normal, you will have suddenly fashioned yourself a staircase made of books! This can be a brilliant way to add a little flare and substance to a useful but boring feature of your home. 

Bookshelf

Book Hall

In the vein of maximising what little space you may have in your home, if you want to give your books pride of place but don’t want to use all the room in your living room, why not kit out your hallway/corridor with a hall of books!

Camila Boschiero of Homify.com, an inspirational resource for all things home improvement, spoke to us about this very set up, and we can’t help but agree.

“In need of space? Why not build an open shelf alongside a corridor that leads to the kitchen. The shelf doesn't take too much space as it only extends about 5-7 inches from the wall, allowing you to roam freely from one side to the other but at the same time creating a fantastic option for storage of all things. Plus it is stylish too!”

Camila and Homify are exactly right. By fitting traditional long shelves all along the wall of your hall or corridor, and stacking up those books you have lying around, you have not just spruced up that boring walking space, but saved room as well! This really is a great idea for all those who see space as a premium.

Floating bracket bookshelves

If you are keen to display your books but don’t want the bulk of a traditional bookcase or shelf, then opting for a floating bookshelf might be the perfect option for you.

In fixing some long metal brackets to the wall, side by side, and then piling up your reading material, one on top of the other, you will have created the look of floating books as they will be obscuring the brackets on which they lay. This an incredibly tidy and cost effective alternative.

Vintage TV

Copper pipes and reclaimed wood

If you are looking for something unique and are willing to put in a little to work to get just what you want, then you can really fashion just about anything into your ideal bookshelf. Take this suggestion from Kerry Allen of the home improvement blog Kezzabeth as an example.

“Using copper pipes and reclaimed wood to create a bookshelf is a great interior design feature for anyone looking to add a bit of industrialism to their home! It's inexpensive, really easy to do and certainly very quirky!”

It certainly sounds good to us, and another example of using a little ingenuity to accomplish the look you desire.

Hollowed out TV

If you are in the business of repurposing old items, or know your parents are clearing out some ancient artefacts, then hollowing out one of those old television sets with their dials and antennas might be a great way for storing books.

By removing the screen section of the TV, and replacing any innards with some reading material, you will have for yourself a particularly retro looking bookshelf that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. It’s pretty amazing what can be done with old items and a little imagination.

Hanging cieling shelves

Putting that imagination to further use, but in perhaps a different way, why not take inspiration from the storage of other household items. The hanging of pots and pans from the ceiling of our kitchens has long been a favoured style, so why not try out something similar but with books!

Camila at Homify really likes this idea, appreciating its coming together of styles and room saving potential.

“This is all to do with a mix of styles, where the country home and the industrial design meets. Let us make some storage where it won't interfere with our moseying around, why not the ceiling? And not only does it create space, it looks distinctive and modern.”

Inspiration can truly be found anywhere we look, and the possibilities for your perfect alternative bookshelf might just be endless.



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3 Incredibly Expensive Home Improvements

Created: 19/04/2017

Home improvements come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small, and can be done without breaking the bank; some on the other hand are of such a size and extravagance, that you’d have to be on par with Scrooge McDuck to stay above the red.

Take the below for example; three of the world’s most expensive home improvements and renovations.

Medina mansion

Expensive home improvements

Back in 2010, the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, renovated his already beautiful property on Lake Washington from 13,200 square feet to a gigantic 29,000 square feet. Taking a period of two years to complete, this endeavour of sheer affluence cost Bezos a cool $28 million. On the plus side, he does now have a party house and caretaker’s cottage.

Spelling Manor

Spelling Manor

James and Petra Stunt, two billionaires from the UK -- he a gaming and mining businessman, and she the heiress of Bernie Ecclestone’s fortune – purchased Spelling Manor in LA for $85 million. But apparently it wasn’t quite right upon purchase as they then forked out another $20 million to renovate their new home. Getting rid of rooms meant for a doll collection, the two fitted a spa, beauty salon, and massage parlour in its place. The whole thing only took three months! But they did have 500 workers to hand – no match for a London handyman service mind you.

Howard Stern’s Palm Beach Mansion

Palm Beach

In 2014, radio star Howard Stern decided to improve upon his Palm Beach mansion to the tune of $10 million dollars. And while this doesn’t match the fees of the other efforts above, the fact that this was all spent on creating a bigger closet for his wife, and that a whole new staircase was built just to reach it, makes this home improvement project worthy of note.

 

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DIY SOS Reduces Family to Tears after Home Transformation

Created: 12/04/2017

The Pollard family was brought to tears after seeing their home’s transformation by DIY SOS for their hospital bound son. 

The project, which took nine days to complete, will finally allow Ryan Pollard to return home from hospital after five years.

Ryan, who is 24 years old, had been hospital bound ever since he was diagnosed with a brain condition back in 2012. Because of the special attention he needed, moving back home permanently was out of the question.

But now, thanks to a £180k makeover of their family home by the programme DIY SOS, the Pollards are now able to welcome their son home.

Acquiring the help and services of hundreds of suppliers, neighbours, and workman, the transformation was able to be completed in just nine days, even though the actual work put in was equivalent to more than six months.

Speaking to the Bristol Post, Ryan’s dad Dave said, “Every room is absolutely amazing. We are amazed what they have managed to do in just nine days with the house.”

The house’s transformation included the installation of a chair-lift, wet room, social space, and physio area. As well as a downstairs extension to allow Ryan access to the entire ground floor.

DIY SOS chose the Pollard family after they had spent five years commuting 100 miles a day to see their son.

Nick Knowles, the show’s presenter, had this to say: “The Pollards weren’t a family, that’s the point. They couldn’t be a family because they couldn’t bring their son home.”

Knowles, who earlier in the year received praise for a similar transformation effort, also added:

“We’ve all got families but the idea that suddenly your son can’t come home is horrific. Two hours in each direction, Rachel used to get a bus, a train, a bus and then walk several miles each end. She did that there and back single day.”

It’s quite a remarkable story, and another amazing reminder of what a passionate community can do for each other when they decide to bind together.

This was a pretty massive undertaking, and inspirational to see just what they were able to achieve. And while you may not be able to crank out six months of worth of work in just nine days, with the help of a local handyman service, you’ll be shocked at just what is possible. 

For other recent and impressive transformations, check out the following:

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Recently, the site of Jesus’ tomb in Israel was restored and presented to the masses who come from all over the world to see this holy Christian site.

Lews castle

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently unveiled the £19.5 million restoration of the famous Lews Castle, which includes an impressive museum.

The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

This historic Israeli church was burned down in an arson attack but thanks to a massive restoration project, the 5th century site has seen extensive repairs and renovations to the amount of $1 million.

 

 

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Jesus’ Tomb Unveiled to the Public after Restoration

Created: 27/03/2017

The public has received its first look of Jesus’ tomb for the first time since its restoration.

Jesus tomb

The holy site, which is known as the Edicule, is the spot where Christians’ believe Jesus was laid to rest and then resurrected.

The Edicule is located within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The church has its origins as a temple built in the 2nd century AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian who constructed a temple to bury the cave in which Jesus had been buried. Later on, around 325 AD, Rome’s first Christian Emperor, Constantine, had a Church built to replace the temple.

This is where Jesus’ tomb was rediscovered and is also the traditional site of Golgotha – where Jesus was crucified.

The restoration is the first attempted in more than 200 years -- which is when a fire took place. The refurbishment project was led by the National Technical University of Athens.

Funds towards the work were contributed by the custodians of the site: the trio of Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Armenian churches, who all provided £2.3 million to restoring this most holy of locations.

The tomb itself is a fascinating area, containing the very limestone shelf that Jesus is believed to have been laid to rest upon.

One of the partners of the project, Archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert of National Geographic, has said the following about this truly incredible site.

“The shrine has been destroyed many times by fire, earthquakes, and invasions over the centuries. We didn’t really know if they had built it in exactly the same place every time.

But this seems to be visible proof that the spot the pilgrims worship today really is the same tomb the Roman Emperor Constantine found in the 4th century and the Crusaders revered. It’s amazing”.

Jesus Crucified

It’s not all good news however, as during the restoration it has been discovered that the foundations of the Edicule are quite unstable, being located over a plethora of caves and tunnels which are believed to be the remains of a 2000 year old limestone quarry that served as the tombs of the Jewish elite.

So there is some worry about the future of the site, but this is only making the NTUA more determined to preserve this sacred place of pilgrimage. They are now recommending a further ten month restoration project to replace the unstable foundations.

The church, and the Edicule itself, are truly remarkable locations, not just for their historical and religious importance, but on an architectural scale as well.

The passion to protect and conserve the area is admirable; we all have our treasured spots, and projects that means something to us, and whether you are restoring holy sites, or just looking for a local London handyman to help you with your own labour of love, it’s great to see the determination to preserve the things we cherish.

 

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4 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Garden

Created: 20/03/2017

“A man’s home is his castle” -- or so the old saying goes. A person’s domain is their place to relax, have fun, raise a family, and to just generally enjoy life. Homes do indeed come in all shapes and sizes, as do those that dwell inside them.

Garden gate

We all have different ideas of what the ideal home is, and we all have different styles as it pertains to our gardens. What we can all probably agree on however, is our pursuit of privacy, and how to make sure that when we are enjoying our properties, we are doing so in seclusion, in an environment that is ours and away from the outside world.

So with that being said, perhaps it’s prudent that we look at means to acquire this much desired privacy. It can be done in numerous ways – here are four of them.

Raised flower beds and growing your garden

Raised flower beds

A wonderful and organic way to provide privacy to your home and garden is through the raising of flower beds. You can really do wonders by just mounding the soil high enough which will therefore elevate your plants height. Through tactics like this, and planting new plants and even trees in applicable areas, one can really add that feeling of seclusion you are looking for.

We spoke to the gardening blog, The Middle-Sized Garden, about this very topic who also recommend the planting of trees among other tactics.

“Work out exactly where you want the privacy, especially if your garden is small. Very few gardens will ever be completely private in towns, or even villages. But you can always create a private seating area under a pergola or behind a low screen. Or you can plant one beautiful tree directly in line with an over-looking window. Keep trees well pruned, and choose one that suits your soil and position”.

This is fantastic advice from The Middle-Sized Garden and following this guidance should help to ensure that private space you’ve been wanting.

Fences and walls

Garden fence

“To make your garden a little bit cozier and relaxed, privacy is key. Although you are outside, you still do not want to have prying eyes scanning your personal space. Because let's face it, our garden, terrace, patio, and balcony are part of our home” – Camila Boschiero of Homify.com

Perhaps the most obvious option but no less effective; in appropriate gardens a simple fence can really provide that protection you need. These can be serious undertakings however, so just make sure to get your local handyman service involved to get the job done right. If you are worried about closing off your garden too much, using something like lattice is a great option, both financially and in their private but unobtrusive nature.

Camila Boschiero from Homify.com – an online platform for home improvement – spoke to us about using such manmade objects to create privacy, after suggesting first to “get to know your neighbour... this way, the next time you are faced with them looking in, you can wave back in a less awkward manner”. This is of course advised but sometimes, as Camila explains, extra methods are needed.

“Depending on your layout, something more drastic, time consuming and a tad more expensive might need doing, so our last solution is to block them out with man-made items, pergola, screen, fences, you name it, anything that will fit that space. It is always important to be able to relax at home and share that space with the people you love, so do what you can to enjoy that amazing outdoors/indoors space”.

Giant containers

giant container

The introduction of giant plant containers can be a truly marvellous and visually dynamic way of adding privacy to your garden. Big pots and containers dotted around certain spots in your property can not only serve a function of added privacy but also by providing home to some fantastic plant life. Constructing something of this nature can really provide a totally different look to your premises while serving your requested needs.

Fountains to mask noise

fountain

Of course providing added privacy to your garden doesn’t have to come in terms of the visual. In close communities, the comfort of knowing your private garden conversations stay as just that is important. This can be done with something like a fountain. By installing a beautiful and interesting piece of architecture you can not only add a new, dynamic feature to your garden, but provide privacy to you and your family with the tranquil sound of flowing water. An added bonus is insulating you and yours from any annoying traffic noises that might be permeating the premises. 



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Scotland Unveils Beautiful Restoration of Lews Castle

Created: 14/03/2017

A restoration of the iconic Lews castle has been unveiled by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Scotland Lews Castle Restoration

A £19.5 million restoration of the famous Lews Castle museum and hotel, located in Outer Hebridean, has now been restored back to its former glory – as presented by Scotland’s First Minister.

Sturgeon said about the undertaking, “The restoration has clearly been done lovingly and to the most incredible standard.

“The museum and archive is hugely impressive,” she added, going to say that it was “the first Gaelic-led museum anywhere”.

The castle which is home to six of the famous Lewis Chessman – the chess pieces used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. They were found in 1831 and have since become the world’s most famous chess pieces.

Loaned to the castle by the British Museum, these 12th century ivory figures have an unknown origin, only adding to the mystique around the castle which has been closed for 25 years.

Chairman of the British Museum, Sir Richard Lambert, spoke of the “magical qualities” of fascinating objects and that they were “a window into the medieval world”.

He then added, “We cannot say they are coming home – because we don’t know where that is – but they are coming to a place that’s taken them to its heart and that’s wonderful.”

Harry potter chess pieces

The impressive restoration was achieved through a joint venture by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, the Scottish government, European Regional Development Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Gaelic language organisation Bord na Gaidhlig.

The restored castle can now enjoy the state-of-the-art museum which also contains within it a restaurant, accommodation and other facilities.

Lews castle was initially constructed back in 1847 for James Matheson – an opium baron.

Undertakings such as this can be complicated, so it’s wonderful to see an old and historic building brought back to its former glory so smoothly.

When working on substantial projects of this nature it is vitally important to be prepared and considerate of existing structures. So when undergoing restorations of your own, make sure to first consult your local handyman service.

 

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Top Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinets

Created: 17/02/2017

The home is open to a bevy of options as regards to work that can be done and changes that can be made. The kitchen is indeed no different. From new tops and counters, installing a breakfast island, to a simple lick of paint; the options are there and they can have drastic effects.

Alternatives to kitchen cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are a staple of any kitchen; we all need storage for our pots, pans and various accoutrements; these cabinets however can often look dated, bulky and sometimes just plain boring. The good news is that there are a plethora of ways to rework your kitchen storage. With a little creativity, your kitchen can have a completely new look.

With that being said, here are the top alternatives to kitchen cabinets.

Hanging storage

The simplest answer is often the correct one, and this old adage is more than applicable here. By simply placing a bar above your kitchen sink/counter, for which to hang utensils, pots and pans, you can provide the room with a fantastic, minimalist look.

Suspended shelves

A fantastic way to save space would be to go for something relatively simple but equally pleasing on the eye, such as suspended shelves. By simply having a series of shelves suspended above your cooking area – almost as if they were hanging from the sky – you at once have both the storage capacity desired and less visual weight on the eye.

Suspended shelves

Open shelves

A tried and tested method and an undeniably effective one. Allowing for ease of access by simply having a group of open shelves around your kitchen walls, you not only provide decoration where it otherwise would not have been, but save yourself much needed space on the ground.

Kerry Allen of the home improvement blog, kezzabeth.co.uk, is also a fan of open shelves, and really able to see the benefits they provide.

“A great alternative to kitchen cabinets is to have open shelves. This could be just cheap shelves from ikea, an upcycled spare floorboard or even reclaimed scaffold boards - as we're going for in our new kitchen! It's a great way to create a feature, make the space feel bigger, participate in the online #shelfies and it'll save you heaps by not paying for expensive kitchen cabinets”.

Kerry hits the nail on the head; the open shelf route really is a great and practical alternative, and one worth pursuing, as long as you don’t mind guests and visitors peaking at your kitchen attire. 

Kitchen Hutch

Open storage boxes

Putting a slightly new spin on the traditional kitchen cabinet; this tactic can work a treat. By stacking open storage boxes or cubes around the kitchen, or organising them in rows where the equipment is most needed, you can provide yourself with the same resources as your old cabinets but with a new, modern take on storage.

Whole wall cabinets

One of the biggest knocks against traditional kitchen cabinets is their protruding nature and bulky appearance; taking away much needed space in often spatially limited rooms. Well, by going in a modern, unique direction, and having your cabinets become the wall itself, there can arise an elegant way to tackle the problem. Building your cabinets into the wall, providing an entire surface with plentiful storage space, may be a large task – and absolutely requiring the services of a local handyman – but can be completely transformative for your kitchen.

Hutch

If you are more of the old fashioned sensibility, but still want to move on from bog standard kitchen cabinets, an antique hutch might be the perfect choice for you. Offering a central focal point for your cooking space, along with plenty of storage, this can also free up room above any appliances, providing a lighter look for your kitchen. These hutches can not only look great for display purposes but have great utility too.

Shelves with baskets

Shelves with baskets

A spin on the open shelve format, but with a little more privacy for your kitchen equipment. By simply lining up rows of baskets on your shelves to organise your items, can not only provide a storage solution that is easy on the eye, but can help to obscure any paraphernalia/food that you might want to keep hidden.

Lockers

Repurposing is a popular technique when undertaking home improvement projects, and doing this with regards to your kitchen cabinets can be a fantastic idea. Garnering some school type lockers and turning them into a solid, industrial like storage space will provide a thoroughly unique look to your kitchen while also providing some security against the sticky fingers of hungry children.

Sliding pantry door

If you find yourself working with a nice amount of space, installing an industrial like sliding pantry door can be a great avenue to go down. This sturdy alternative to kitchen cabinets will allow you to take advantage of open shelves while also hiding away any clutter, creating a secure area for all your cooking needs. This is a unique solution and one that is bound to impress aside from being wholly practical.

 

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$1 Million restoration now complete on historic Israeli Church

Created: 15/02/2017

A historic church in Israel has now reopened after a massive restoration project.

Israel Church Restoration

The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, located in Northern Israel, was burned down in an arson attack believed to be perpetrated by fervent operation to its practices. The 5th Century church is believed to be the site where Jesus infamously, and miraculously, fed thousands of people with five loaves of bread and two fish. 

The good news is that the church has now reopened after eight months of extensive repairs and renovations which cost about $1 million. The Israeli government reportedly contributed around $400,000 towards the restoration, demonstrating just how precious the church is to the country.

Most of us may not be looking at restoring ancient and historical churches any time soon, your DIY skills might not help you there, but with the help of your local London Handyman service it’s really quite miraculous what can actually be done.

There have been some similarly inspirational and mammoth restoration projects undertaken right here at home. With an open mind and the right amount of desire, it’s quite amazing what can be done.

Check out the list below of a select few UK projects that have caught the eye.

3 biggest uk restoration projects

Biggest UK restoration projects

The Appleton Water Tower

The Appleton Water Tower, in Sandringham, Norfolk was a substantial effort. Erected in 1877 the tower was once the waterworks for the Sandringham estate until being taken over by the local water authority. After falling into disrepair, a team demolished the outbuildings, replaced the roof, and restored the intricate details of elaborate brickwork of the towers’ staircase.

Belmont Villa

This 18th Century villa in Lyme Regis, Dorset was an incredibly demanding project which cost a huge £1.8 million over 10 years. Having to tackle dissolving bricks to save the original building there was a lot of specialist work that had to be undertaken to restore the beautiful building to its former glory.

Fox Hall

Philippa and John Burness jumped headfirst into a substantial restoration of their home when they worked to bring back a Grade II listed Regency town house from the brink of ruin. The property, which was once replete with damp, has now been fully restored over the course of 15 months and is was on the market for £795,000.

 

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