On the back of the success of the series came Grand Designs Live, which has now blossomed into the United Kingdom's most popular contemporary home event. This year it is returning to Excel London for the eighth year in a row. With everything from new green innovations to kitsch kitchen appliances, this event has it all. This year over 500 exhibitors, dispersed among seven different sections, will be taking part. It is the ideal place to visit for home inspiration and, let's face it, many people would rather do our own DIY and home improvements allowing us to can stay put in our properties rather than trying to climb up the property ladder in the current market. Home improvement can be placed into different categories: from the minimal and basic, like a new lick of paint; to the dramatic and big, like extensions and loft conversions. If these large scale renovations are a little out of your price range right now, don't fret. There are plenty of ways to quite dramatically improve your home without costing the big bucks. First impressions count. Make your external doors stand out. Get rid of any crumbling, old and out dated front doors in favour of fresh, contemporary and stylish doors that fit the new image you are trying to create with your home. Don't forget about the internal doors either.