Creating the perfect kitchen

A kitchen can be a lot of things. To some, it’s simply a place to make food. For others, it’s the very centre of the home and family life. When extending your kitchen, it’s worth thinking about how you want to use the space. What sort of features will it have? Will it be full of high-tech gadgets and appliances for all the cooking you’ll be doing? Will it have…

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Don’t leave your much loved family home

They say that home is where the heart is and we couldn’t agree more. Buying a house is not only an investment in property, but it is an investment of the heart, an investment in your family life. However, the truth is that families change over time. You may have another child, or an older relative may move in. You may want to run a home-business. As much as you…

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Considering the finished build

When it comes to extending your home, be it outwards, upwards or downwards, the finished look will depend greatly on several items. Thought not only needs to go into choosing the right builder and design of the extension but also on the building materials and fixtures. As an aside, there is no set rule on what is classed as a fixture but a good rule of thumb is that a…

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Top 10 building mistakes – part two

In our last blog we shared the first five of our top 10 building mistakes to avoid. If you missed it, you can read the first five here. Here are the final five, we hope you find them useful in avoiding some of the pitfalls we have seen made over our years in this industry. Not spending time thinking about the wiring and electrical outlets It depends on what work…

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Top 10 building mistakes – part one

In our many years undertaking building projects we have seen a wide variety of different building mistakes made by homeowners. To help you avoid them, we have compiled our top ten list of building mistakes to avoid. Here’s the first five: Not thinking the design through A well-designed extension will add value to your home and make it more saleable. However, without a thorough thought-process you may end up with a design…

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Out, Up and Down: Creating space with different extensions

Many of the clients that have come to us over the years love their home but have found that their needs have changed. From wanting space for a family room, a home office, an extra bedroom, bigger bathroom, or a larger more social kitchen. Rather than move, our clients have opted to extend. The most popular way to increase space is with a rear extension but this is just one…

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Creating a family room

Family rooms have become incredibly popular over the last few years. Many of our clients are either opting for the creation of an open-plan family room (often connected to the kitchen), or a separate space so that they end up with a ‘grown-up’ living room and a more relaxed family-room.   Adding an additional family room means that you end up with two distinct spaces. The living room gets to…

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Transform your house with a small extension

   House extensions come in all shapes and sizes and there is a misconception that it’s not worth extending unless you have a lot of space to do so. A small extension can make a big difference, and help find the extra space needed.  Read on for details of two of our projects that show how. Creating a kitchen-diner The first two photos are of a small side extension that…

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Extending into your loft

  If you don’t need to use your loft for storage, then converting it into a useable space could be worth considering especially if you are short on space. Plus, converting your loft could add value to your property. A recent survey by Nationwide Building Society found that a loft conversion could increase a property’s worth by around 22%.   Loft conversions are attractive because in many cases, planning permission…

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Capitalising on your land

      Do you have a large garden that you find unwieldy? Or perhaps a garage or outbuildings that are unused or full of junk? If you do, then now could be the time to make the most of the land you own. With more buyers than houses available for sale, many entrepreneurial home-owners are capitalising on the shortage and working with, or selling land to, property developers to…

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