Michelle Guy


With an editorial career spanning more than 20 years, Michelle Guy has 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. 

    Articles by Michelle Guy

    modern conservatory with sliding doors, flat glass roof and coloured frames

    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.

    green garden shed in UK garden with cat sat on lawn

    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.

    paint brush and pot with paint colour samples

    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

    Plasterer is plastering a wall with a trowel

    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.

    New paint roller and brushes with paint

    How to clean paint rollers to keep and reuse – with tips from decorating experts

    Follow our top expert tips for how to clean paint rollers after you've used them – removing water-based and oil-based paints