Wet rooms: All you need to know

A new bathroom adds value to your home. According to Phil Spencer of Location, Location, Location fame, a wet room could add even more than a conventional shower or bath upgrade. Is a wet room for you and will it work in your house? Unless your bathroom is extremely small, you will have room. After all, in essence it is a shower without the shower tray and screen. Even if…

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7 ways to add more space to your bungalow

When you think of a bungalow, you don’t necessary think space (though some can be pretty large). However, we love them. Bungalows offer so much potential and there are a range of ways in which you can add extra space: Re-arrange the layout of your bungalow If you aren’t looking for that much extra space, then re-modelling the layout may work for you. As most bungalows were built a while…

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Master bedroom loft conversion

lofts are ripe for conversion and they often make the perfect space for a master bedroom.  Most loft conversions are considered to be a permitted development. This means that you don’t need to obtain planning permission. As per The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government this is subject to the following limits and conditions: A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses* A volume…

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Multi generational living

Rewind to days past and it was not uncommon for multiple generations to be living under one roof. Fast forward to today and multi generational living is back and on the rise.  More and more adult children live at home to save for their first home– the average first time buyer is 32. Elderly parents are moving in, due to the often-prohibitive cost of care homes. The average cost of care home…

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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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