Home renovation basics: the costs and how to get started  We take a look at the basic renovations homeowners can do to improve the comfort, functionality and value of their properties, and the costs associated with each. Photograph: Getty images

Switching your mortgage could be a helping hand towards upgrading your home’s heating, electrics and roof for a property that’s cosy and comfortable

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Sand-hued cyclepaths changing the face of south Dublin coast The segregated cycleway from Blackrock to Sandycove is due to be completed in about a week’s time. Photograph: Tom Honan

Cycle priority and one-way traffic lanes to benefit locals not tourists, council says