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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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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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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Side extension and rear extension roof

Building an extension with internal refurbishments in St Albans

Here are some  in progress photos of a lovely building project in St Albans, this part shows the two storey side extension and the rear single storey extension to create the kitchen and family room.  We are working through the bad weather, more photos of the roof, windows and rendering to follow. See more details about our building refurbishment services. Click here.

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