Michelle Guy


Michelle Guy is editor of Home Improvement at Saga Exceptional. With an editorial career spanning more than 20 years, Michelle spent time working on educational magazines and websites as well as being a freelance copy editor for companies like BT, until her career pivoted, and she moved into and embraced the world of homes and interiors.  

Working on magazines and websites including Homebuilding & Renovating, Real Homes and Period Living, Michelle honed her skills writing about all things renovation, extension and self-build. From interviewing homeowners to writing buyer’s guides, from sharing advice about kitchen renovations and extensions to design ideas for bathrooms, Michelle has written about a whole range of home improvement projects for discerning home improvers and keen DIYers alike. 

Michelle, and her partner, renovated an Edwardian terrace from top to bottom, and learnt a lot about what not to do when renovating a period home. Moving to a newer build, having dealt with the delights a period property can throw up, and armed with her ever-growing knowledge, they have since completed another kitchen and bathroom renovation, as well as a myriad of other home reno projects, including installing new garages doors, an EV charger, air conditioning, external doors and decorating. 

Even when she has a bit of down time, Michelle’s love of renovation creeps in! She loves browsing sites like RightMove, clicking on houses for sale in need of renovation. She admits to bypassing the photos and immediately zooming in on the floorplans to see how the house could be rejigged – knocking down walls; extending out or up… the dream of buying a house to do up that she doesn’t live in is very much on her bucket list. Other than that, you’ll find her either on a tennis court, having recently taken up the sport, or nose-deep in a riveting read, cuppa in hand. 

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Articles by Michelle Guy

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Don’t get ripped off: this is what gutter cleaning should cost you

Does your guttering need some attention? Discover how much gutter cleaning costs to keep them in good repair.

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Modern conservatory ideas: 10 striking styles that stand out from the crowd

If you’re looking to add a conservatory to your home that stands out from the crowd, check out these modern conservatory ideas.

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Did you know you might need planning permission to put up a shed?

Size, height and where you put it are just some of the factors that will determine whether you’ll need planning permission for a shed.

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Wondering what decorators charge? Know how much it costs to paint a room

We reveal how much it costs to paint a room if you go the DIY route or call in a professional painter  and decorator

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How much does it cost to plaster a room?

Keen to know how much it costs to plaster a room? Find out what you can expect to pay with rates from trades in the know.


The big masking tape no-no – and 9 more painting mistakes to avoid

Painting mistakes have the potential to cost you money and will let down the finish of your room. Here’s what to avoid and why.