The 21st-century home can be filled with gadgets. Electronically operated cupboards that close soundlessly and ovens with controls based on the iPhone; a television built into the foot of the bed, appearing and disappearing at the touch of a button; a media room with smart TV and computers; an electric loo flush and seat...
One room, however, seems unaffected by wizardry - the dining room.
For once, amazingly Wimbledon didn't open to rain this year and the fact that both the tennis and the World Cup coincided with a heatwave was a wake-up call to garden-owners who found themselves obliged to stay indoors to follow the action.
If you are down-sizing or re-designing, you may find yourself with some furniture to sell. Do some research if it is in good condition or you suspect it might be valuable, especially if it's from a collectible period or a famous manufacturer.
Guy Savill from Bonhams says that "different factors affect different periods.
Restoration specialist Comer Homes has released 26 new homes for sale at its Royal Connaught Park scheme in Bushey. The homes, including 11 houses, are set among the grade II listed Victorian Gothic building complex.
Marlborough House, formerly the school's sanatorium, has been converted into five two and three-bedroom homes.
It's beginning to look a lot like summer and, while those homeowners with outside swimming pools are perhaps ruing the day they installed them, the rest of us, tired of asking for a free swim, are perhaps wondering how much a house with a pool will cost. The answer is: a lot.
There are only two homes remaining of Banner Homes' seven properties at Bentley Priory - and both have indoor pools.
Atheists, according to research last year, are smugger than people who have faith, which might explain why some faiths are considering adding smugness to their already-lengthy list of sins. But there are few as smug as London homeowners, as confidence in the property market soars to new highs.