How can you be sure you're not breaking the law - and avoid costly, protracted litigation - when you put up a fence or plant a herbaceous border? Just last month, actress Anna Friel was told by town planners to alter an £100,000 extension to her Windsor home or face the bulldozer after neighbours claimed the building work crept three inches on to their land.
Where will house prices rise the most over five years? Leading estate agent forecasts gains of up to £50k, but says it all hinges on Brexit negotiations
House prices will rise by more than £50,000 in some areas over the next five years, Savills forecast, as it mapped out potential property gains across the UK. The typical value of a home across the country will rise 13 per cent by the end of 2021. However, the biggest monetary gain is tipped for the South East, where higher prices combined with a larger percentage increase led to a forecast rise of £53,200 over five years.
The best home you can build on a shoestring: Could this two-bed house that can be built for less than £50k be the answer to Britain's housing crisis?
Most first-time buyers can only dream of buying a home for less than £50,000. But the latest winner of an annual design competition shows that building one for that can be achieved. The Modulhus won over judges including Grand Design's Kevin McCloud and fellow TV property expert George Clarke. Designed by architects Barton Willmore and EcoMotive, it is a two-bedroom home covering 66 sq m and costs from just £49,644 to build.
The grandest townhouse in Britain? Ten bedroom home with two mews houses for staff goes up for sale in London's exclusive Belgravia - and it's yours for £30MILLION
For a mere £30million, you can become the owner of this grand property in the exclusive London enclave of Belgravia. It comes with not one, but two, separate mews houses for use as staff accommodation, as well as a wine store, vault, several terraces, and space for two cars. The elegant Georgian home in Wilton Crescent is within a stone's throw of Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace Gardens.
Would you live on a £1million luxury houseboat? Homes come with multiple bathrooms, terraces and top sound systems... but you still have to empty the toilets
The floating homes boast sleek interiors, such as 28 ft reception rooms, the latest designer bathrooms and, of course, roof terraces with spectacular views. They also boast Sonos sound systems and blue tooth remote controlled heating. However living on a boat requires plenty of maintenance such as filling up with water, emptying your toilets and moving your boat if you don't have a permanent mooring.
Is this the most expensive home on the planet? Opulent French villa on the Côte d'Azur is valued at an astonishing £250m
Villa Les Cedres is in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, a refuge between Nice and Monaco for some of the world's richest people. Built in 1830, the villa was sold in 1924 to Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, owner of the Grand Marnier liquor brand. It is now up for sale by its owner, drinks maker Campari and could fetch a believed world record £250m.
How much would it cost you to Escape to the Chateau? Six stunning properties to follow the TV couple who swapped a two-bed Essex flat for a 45-room French fairytale
For those brave enough to take the plunge, or just curious as to what they could get for the cost of a semi in the South East, here is our pick of six chateaux each with a price of less than £500,000. They include (clockwise from top left) an eight bedroom 20th century chateau for £374,676, a seven bed chateau in Upper Normandy for £333,424, and a twelve bedroom chateau in Normandy for £455,684. A five bedroom chateau between Toulouse and Bordeaux also costs £455,684, where as a seven bedroom chateau north east of La Rcohelle costs £410,41, and a five bedroom chateau east of La Rochelle costs £309,284.
The Grand Designs that drove their owners to despair... and are now up for sale: Homes featured on TV makeover show set to make a small fortune for the 'exhausted' families
Everyone loves a good Grand Design - something that has helped to make it one of the most popular property shows on TV. Yet after pouring everything into designing and building their perfect homes, some owners have decided to move on, with three Grand Designs currently on the market. The owners of a seven-bedroom castle in Yorkshire (left), left the owners 'exhausted and scarily remortgaged up to the hilt', according to the show's presenter Kevin McCloud (inset). The purchase and redesign cost around £900,000 and the house is on sale for £1,650,000. A four-bedroom 'doughnut-shaped' property in Milton Keynes (top right), which was built in a couple's back garden for £400,000, is currently on the market for £1million. The couple behind the build, Peter Berkin and his wife Chard, were at odds at the end of the project. 'Peter is going to be happy here,' said Mrs Berkin, before adding: 'It has been positive because I am still here with him.' Meanwhile a six-bedroom house in Newport (bottom right) is on sale for £1,795,000 with the owners refusing to be drawn on how much they had spent on the build.