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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The benefits of owning a listed property

Many people steer away from buying a listed property due to the restrictions on alterations, both inside and out. However, English Heritage states that “Listed buildings can be altered, extended and sometimes even demolished within Government planning guidance.” In fact, when it comes to extending a listing building they often support a contemporary extension. People take a similar view of buying a property in a conservation area which again has…

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Add valuable space and value to your home

   There are many reasons why people decide to convert their loft space into something other than a place for storing items. Some people convert because they need the extra space whilst others convert knowing that a good loft conversion can add over 20% to the market value of their property. We have converted many lofts into all sorts of spaces for our clients’ including bedrooms, offices, bathrooms, playrooms and…

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Self-builds are not just for property developers

    When you hear the words self-build Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs probably comes to mind, or perhaps you think of professional property developers. But, if your house sits on a reasonable plot of land, or has land to the side (or even a garage) then you could self-build too. In fact we undertake a number of self-builds for clients – usually far less grand but actually very profitable for…

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Create more space without moving

        If you feel that you are lacking the space you need in your current home chances are you’ve probably looked at various options such as extending your home, converting your loft or moving… but have you considered an internal re-model of your property? Sometimes, it’s not a space issue at all but an issue of how the space is laid out. Perhaps you have a number of…

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An unusual extension

    Right now we are five months into a 12 month extension project.  This particular extension is unusual in that the extension is a basement extension that will result in a home that has entry points on different levels. The building in question is a lovely Chapel that was already converted into a residential dwelling. The reason for the split level entry points is that we are working with…

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Getting your building works approved

It is essential to get the design and planning stages of a new building project, be it an extension, a loft conversion or a brand new build, right in order to ensure that permission is granted and the project can go ahead. A few months ago, one of our client’s neighbours approached us as they had just had their extension plans rejected by a local council. They were a little…

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