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Property know-how with George

This month property developer, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s The Restoration Man, George Clarke, gives his advice for those who live, or are thinking of buying, in a flood-prone area
Photo Lizzie Orme

Late 2015 and early 2016 saw some of the worst flooding the UK has ever seen. In fact, December 2015 was one of the wettest for over a century. Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank caused severe flood damage to 16,000 homes across Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria and parts of Scotland. We didn’t have to wait long for Storm Katie to wreak havoc too. As an aside, storms are now given boys’ and girls’ names after the Met Office decided that personal names would raise public awareness about the imminent threat of an approaching storm and we would prepare better in the knowledge that a named stormed would soon be with us. Bizarrely, research shows that more people are injured during storms named after girls than boys because we feel that girls’ names are friendlier and we therefore assume that a ‘female storm’ is less threatening. We are less prepared and more people are hurt. Surely then, if this is the case, it would be so much better if all storms were named after evil dictators! The fear of death would then be driven into us. Storm names, if you’re still interested, are announced in alphabetical order so at the time of writing Storm Lawrence is up next. I digress.

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Well, autumn is well and truly upon us but I think there’s something quite comforting about the nights drawing in, and having the chance to curl up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire. In this issue we’ve got plenty of great ideas for making your home super cosy for the coming months. If you’re thinking of replacing your flooring with something warmer, or more stylish, underfoot then make sure you read our fantastic eight-page special on page 36 where we take a look at all the latest designs for floors. Meanwhile, on page 18, you can discover how to use this season’s woodland trend to create the ultimate cosy scheme for autumn. While our craft section this month has even more woodland-inspired projects to add the perfect finishing touches to your home (p.60). Does your kitchen need a quick revamp before it gets busy in the run-up to Christmas? Then take a look at our round-up of the latest looks for worktops and splashbacks (p.50) – you’ll be amazed how easy and affordable it is to give your kitchen a whole new look with this one simple change. If you have young kids, or family with mobility problems, then making your bathroom safe for them can often mean compromising on design, but our feature on page 56 shows you can combine form with function for a bathroom that still packs a style punch. Finally, if the weather starts to turn cold outside, turn to page 100 for some wonderful, warming comfort food recipes.