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Art at their heart: homes that have become museums

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If you are reading these pages, chances are you like nothing more than having a good snoop around other people’s houses. Below is a selection of five of the world’s best house museums – inspiring, creative, but ultima...

Britain’s homes could be worth £9.2tn on open market, report shows

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Britain’s homes could be worth as much as £9.2tn on the open market – four times the value of the UK economy, and £550bn more than this time last year, it has been claimed. House prices have soared since the restricti...

UK care homes: how are staff shortages affecting you

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Care homes are facing the most acute staffing shortage on record, the National Care Association said last month, con 170,000 vacancies across England. The lack of places in residential care homes means that many elde...

Homeowners demand full payout in Ireland’s crumbling homes scandal

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Homeowners in Ireland hit by a devastating building defect that causes walls to “crumble like Weetabix” are set to reject a government compensation scheme unless it offers to cover 100% of their costs. Campaigners sa...

Black families passed their homes from one generation to the next. Now they may be lost

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Margaret Alston doesn’t remember the night that Hurricane Matthew hit, but she remembers how afraid she was of the flooding that followed. The biggest hurricane to hit South Carolina since 1999, the storm caused massi...

Britain’s leaky homes make the energy crisis worse. Why have governments not fixed them?

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Over the past few days the country has been thrown into panic, as soaring gas prices threaten to plunge hundreds of thousands more households into fuel poverty, joining the 2.5 million already there. Per gli altri, uncom...

Half a million homes to be given new energy supplier after two more go bust

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About half a million households will be moved to a new energy supplier after Utility Point and People’s Energy became the latest energy companies to go bust amid record energy market prices. The latest casualties brin...

Wildfire in south of Spain forces thousands to flee their homes – video

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People have been forced to flee their homes across many Andalucían towns and villages as fire crews in Spain worked to contain wildfire blazes. A military unit has been sent in to help tackle the fires raging close to...

Audit office blames UK government for botched £1.5bn green homes scheme

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A “botched” scheme to insulate England’s draughty homes collapsed after six months because officials rushed its design, put in place an undeliverable timetable, and failed to heed industry warnings, Whitehall’s spendi...

Barratt’s profits surge amid strong demand for new homes

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Barratt Developments has said strong demand for houses across the country helped to boost annual profits by nearly two-thirds in its latest financial year, as it signalled continued strong demand for housing across th...

What will our eco-friendly homes of the future look like?

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As we argue over heat pumps and electric car charging sockets here in the UK, it is undeniable that most of our homes have a long way to go to be eco-friendly. To reach net zero, we are going to have to change how we ...

Attempt to force release of Johnson’s messages on Covid in care homes fails

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The government has successfully resisted disclosure of potentially explosive WhatsApp messages between ministers and Boris Johnson about decisions to send hospital patients into care homes without first testing them f...

National Grid and SSE to use electricity transformers to heat homes

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Thousands of homes could soon be warmed by the heat from giant electricity grid transformers for the first time as part of new plans to harness “waste heat” and cut carbon emissions from home heating. Trials are due t...

Millions of UK homes could be heated with hydrogen by 2030

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Di 3 million households in the UK could begin using low-carbon hydrogen to heat their homes and cook rather than fossil fuel gas under government proposals to attract at least £4bn of investment to the hydrogen eco...

UK house prices fall in August as demand drops for bigger homes

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UK house prices fell in August amid a drop in demand for bigger homes after the government scaled back its stamp duty tax break for buyers in England and Northern Ireland this summer, according to Rightmove. The prope...

North Korea floods damage more than 1,000 homes, state media reports

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Più di 1,100 homes in North Korea were damaged, thousands of people evacuated and farms and roads washed away after days of heavy rains brought flooding, state media reported. The reports come as concern grows abou...

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