Doors and Windows

Get More from Your Door

Doors have come a long way during the past decade, both in style and functionality. They are generally designed to maximise natural light penetration, which is why they make a fantastic asset to a home extension. The external garden doors will act as a focal point...

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Unique Home Designs

One question we are frequently asked is: Will my extension look like everyone else’s? Our answer: Absolutely not! You have endless options at your disposal when it comes to doors, windows, height, roof type, and materials – and this is just the shell extension. If...

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Get Creative with Your Windows

Whether you’re intending to do a ground floor extension, loft conversion or a lower ground floor basement – it is very likely that glass will play a large part in your overall design, especially if you want to maximise natural daylight into your home. These...

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Jazz up a White Interior

A white base interior can brighten up a room, and create the illusion of more space. If you’re keen on a neutral colour scheme, this kind of design can be a fantastic start, and it remains extremely flexible and versatile throughout the decorating process. So what...

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Create Open-Plan Perfection

Adding value, gaining more light and providing another living space for a growing family are all common reasons many of our clients choose to extend their home. Creating an open-plan space can provide all these assets and more. Open-plan living has become the dream for...

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Enhance Your Lofts Exterior

Adding value to your home whilst gaining additional space are two of the most exciting advantages of having a loft conversion built. Especially once you begin dreaming about what the new space could be; a kid’s playroom, a study or even an extra bedroom with...

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Utilize your home with a Utility Area

Utility areas are great if you want to create a room to hide all of your clutter and unsightly items. Washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing boards require space and are generally awkward to hide away. You can hide them away in your kitchen, although...

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Converting a House into Flats

Home extensions are often associated with growing families, but they are also a fantastic investment opportunity and don’t necessary need to revolve around you. Lots of our current clients live abroad or outside of London, and are currently extending their second homes as an investment,...

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Is Two Storey Too Tall?

Homeowners undertake home extensions for various different reasons, but an increase in space is usually a common cause among clients. An increasing number of our clients are approaching us to ask about the feasibility of two storey extensions, so they can gain an extra bedroom...

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Flawless Floors

Your choice of flooring will completely transform how your home will look. It requires a fair bit of thought as it often takes third place in the expense scale: the first being the shell of the extension, the second is typically your kitchen, and the...

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Get Creative with Your Courtyard

When it comes to designing your extension there are lots of factors to consider; all of which impact the options available to you. For example, designing a home extension to a ground floor flat is very different the design for a full house. One of...

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The Best Boiler

When undertaking an extension, clients often find it a great excuse to carry out the bits and bobs they’ve been meaning to do for years – for example internal bathroom refurbishments, hallways refurbishments, and replacing boilers. The boiler is a great example, as it’s likely...

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Separate Internal Space

Open plan living is not for everyone, and lots of people like the traditional feel of separate rooms which hold different functions. One advantage of open plan living is the uninterrupted light, as natural light has the freedom to penetrate every corner of the room....

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Design your Extension Around you

The shape and style of your extension will make such a difference on your daily activity, so it’s important you revolve your design around you. It’s important to think about practicality when you design your home; it’s no use having a kitchen that is beautiful...

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Season Trends for your Home

Summer feels like it is here at last and with it comes a host of new ideas for colour schemes within your home! Centred on sombre pastels and water colour palettes, these light touches of colour can revitalise any drab Winter-themed room and bring in...

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Spend Without Splurging

You don’t have to spend a lot to have a fabulous extension – some of our favourite interior finishes have been within some of our budget projects! There are two elements to think about when designing your extension. The first is the exterior shell – this...

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5 Great Kitchen Ideas

When planning your kitchen, practicality should meet design. It is paramount to have a practical kitchen that is a joy to use but that does not mean that it cannot be stylish and designed with your personality in mind. Have a look at some ideas...

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Exposed Brick Wall

An interior brick wall can be considered a timeless treasure as well as an inherently interesting feature. It has a rustic, organic character not usually found internally and can suit both modern and stylish projects as well as traditional schemes equally well. Bricks became unfashionable...

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The Summer House

A summer house gives you a secluded space in your garden, away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. If you’re looking for your own private hideaway it’s the perfect accompaniment to your extension. A versatile space in your garden open to a...

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Home with a View

London has some pretty incredible views – they might not be seaside savvy or mountainous landscapes, but the city skyline is a hard one to beat. Roof terraces offer a fantastic opportunity to incorporate some sky-high views into your home; they can also be a...

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Not So Ordinary Extensions

No two extensions are the same. Trust us - we should know, having designed 500 home extensions across London over the past decade. Clients are often concerned that their extension will just be a typical, cookie cut design – but that is far from reality....

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Bathroom & WC’s

It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the exciting design features when creating an extension – there are thousands of options at your disposal and it’s easy to forget about the functional, practical aspects. That is where our Design Team are here to...

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Shape Your Kitchen

Kitchen Shapes   Designing an extension offers you the opportunity to tap into your creativity and design the interior space to suit your personal style. The layout of your kitchen is very important as it’s a very functional space – looking pretty simply isn’t enough! It is...

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007 Your Extractor Fan

Extractor Fans    We are frequently asked whether extractor fans are a necessity – as they are often large and bulky and don’t have an aesthetically pleasing appearance. The answer is yes and your Building Control Officer will be looking out for your extractor fan. It’s not...

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Chimney Challenges

Chimney breasts were once a significant feature in traditional housing design. They were built with functionality in mind; to keep residents warm in the winter months by offering the opportunity to have a real fire. As central heating systems have become more efficient, the requirement...

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Brick: Exposed

  Designing an extension offers the perfect opportunity to incorporate features that you’ve always loved. Exposing brick walls in your home can instantly change the style and atmosphere of the room. The popularity of these walls have sky rocketed in the past few months, and it’s...

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Extend for You

Our Design Team believe that no person is the same, so no extension should be the same. Every single design we create is different; our team create tailor made designs, wholly specific to individual client needs and specifications. There are an endless world of possibilities...

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Live in your Loft

Our prospective and current clients often assume that you can’t vary much in a Loft Design but the truth is there are a surprising amount of possibilities. The first question we ask our Design clients is what are you planning on using the new space...

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Spend a little, Gain a lot

Building an extension doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think – it’s all about prioritisation and figuring out if you want to spend a little more on certain aspects. We would recommend investing a little more in your kitchen, as this is...

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Size up your Kitchen

We find that our clients choose to extend for many different reasons - some want a dining area, others want more natural light; flats usually want an extra bedroom. One of the most common reasons is the growing demand for a larger kitchen and it’s...

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Boundary Wall: Roof Design

Your boundary wall height will affect your roof design, as lower boundary walls prefer a pitched roof to make the design practical. Higher boundary walls offer you more flexibility, as you’re free to choose from either a pitched or flat roof design.   Making a decision on...

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The Loo for You

Having a WC on your ground floor is not only convenient, but it can increase your property value by about £10,000. One question that our clients frequently ask is how they can incorporate a WC into their design, without detracting from the extended space. The...

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Smart Storage Solutions

Storage is often overlooked as it’s not something which is particularly exciting during the Design process. While it’s not that exciting, it is extremely practical and deserves some thought when you’re thinking about the layout of your room.   You have lots of options when it comes...

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Get More from Your Design

Add Space and Value   There are endless benefits to extending your home, and the immediate ones that come to mind tend to be visual; you’ll have more light, you can design your kitchen around you and your family, you can create more efficient functionality in your...

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Save. Spend. Splurge.

One of the advantages of carrying out an extension are the choices you have at your disposal – you can completely tailor your design to your taste and budget. Just because you go for a low cost option doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your...

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Garden Living

Your garden has a huge impact on your kitchen as it can influence the level of natural light and ambience within the room. A kitchen extension is usually quite a drastic redesign of the rear of the property, and can cause quite an upheaval to...

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Kit Out Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the focal point of your home and is often the only room which is consistently used by the entire family. It’s such an integral part of the home, it’s important to put functionality at the forefront of your specification. The layout options...

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Turn On the Light

When you’re designing your Extension, it’s important to think about what you want to gain from the space. This will vary depending on your day to day lifestyle; however one factor that repeatedly arises with all of our clients is Light. When we say light,...

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Plan For Open Plan

Open plan living has become popular in modern day living, particularly in homes where space is valuable. If you’re thinking about extending your kitchen, open plan living is an ideal choice because you’re likely to be left with a very generous finished room size. This...

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Inside Out

Summer is in the air! The sun is shining and the BBQ’s are being dusted off – so what better time to think about making the most out of your garden and kitchen? When designing an extension, we always encourage our clients to think about...

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Start with the Finish

There are two important design considerations that we encourage all of our clients to think about during the Design Process. The first is the obvious one; the ‘shell’, which is anything to do with the structure of the extension (ie. windows / doors / chimney...

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Get More from your Floor

For most of us, Design is at the forefront of our minds and we initially think about how something is going to look, and we forget about functionality. Underfloor heating is, in particular, important to think about early on because it effectiveness can vary depending...

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Design the New with the Old

If you’re thinking about extending, you should think about how you want your new space to interact with your existing property. One thing you should think about is what you want to do with the room that sits behind your existing kitchen, which is typically...

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Cash in on your Garage

The traditional ‘Garage’ seems to be going out of fashion, as homeowners are realising the potential of what might otherwise be used as dead space. A typical garage spans 3 x 6m, which is a huge area, especially when you consider how the space could...

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Design for your Family

The reason for extending is usually quite simple; you want more space in your home. While reasons for the additional space vary massively, we do find that lots of our clients want to accommodate their growing families. We thought we would put together some helpful...

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Brighten up with a Courtyard

Depending on your design options and personal preference, you might need to find a way to get natural light through to the room that sits behind your kitchen. This is a common obstacle for designs that want to avoid knocking through that internal rear wall...

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Convert Your Loft

Loft conversions are a great way to add space to your property and make the most of the space you have available. The most common design option is to add a bedroom and a bathroom. Adding a bedroom can add 9 to 10 per cent...

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Liven up your Landscape

You shouldn’t underestimate the impact your outdoor space will have on your new indoor space, particularly if you are opting for lots of glass and bi-fold doors. Many of our clients choose to redesign their garden while they are redesigning their kitchen extension, mostly because...

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Popular Layout Options

For many of you, having the opportunity to design an extension will be the first time you are offered the opportunity to design a living space exactly around you and your lifestyle.   The layout of your extension is completely yours to design and should be suited...

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Design your Interior

When designing your kitchen extension, you should ask yourself this question: How do I want the space to look when it’s finished? The answer to this question requires some thought about your interior design.   Many people associate ‘interior design’ with a bit of paint or some...

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Zone your Home

An open plan design is a great way to create a large multi-functional space and it’s an obvious favourite for our past and current clients. Not only does this design option utilise all of the space available, but it also encourages the flow of natural...

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Get your Roof Pitch Perfect

When designing your extension, you need to consider how to shape your new space. The two most popular kitchen extension roof types are pitched or flat and each one offers different advantageous qualities. The type of roof also guides your options on what kind of windows you can...

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Brick Exposed

Exposed brick is a rising star among interior decoration – with our last two builds, and an on-going build incorporating it into their design. When designing your kitchen extension, it is key to consider your interior space and what look you want to create.   What is...

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Peckham, SE15 – Ultimate Utility Room

Adding a utility space is a great way to abolish clutter and unsightly items from your living space. It’s also a fantastic solution as it makes use of the space towards the back of the kitchen area that usually struggles to find a strong source...

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Kitchen Design – don’t forget the magic triangle!

The kitchen is often considered to be the heart of the home, particularly in open plan living. In a space that’s used both to prepare food as well as socialise, the design of your kitchen extension is an important aspect to consider. Kitchens should be...

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Stroud Green, N4 – Make the Most of your Flat

We are often asked whether an extension is a worthwhile investment on a flat or on a home where the size of the extended space looks to be rather small in comparison to others. Regardless of the size of your home or the side return area,...

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Benefits of a Kitchen Island

Taking the time to think about the design of your kitchen is key to creating a comfortable and efficient space for you and your family to enjoy. Usually placed at the heart of the extension, a kitchen island is an attractive feature, as well as...

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Extend & Maximise Your Space

If you’re planning a home extension, it’s safe to say that space is at the forefront of your objective. It is important to seek professional advice from your designer and think carefully about your design to ensure that your new space meets your requirements and...

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Flooring Ideas

There are plenty of articles available online that offer advice on home renovations. From counter top finishes to the material of your light fittings, no detail is too small when it comes to designing your ideal space. It is important to dedicate time and thought...

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Design Your Loft Bathroom

There are several ways in which the space created through a loft conversion can be used, for example as an additional bedroom, bathroom, study or playroom. We have found that the two most popular uses are as a bathroom or bedroom, which is understandable as...

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Don’t Move, Improve!

London is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, and the cost is rising. House prices are expected to rise by as much as 5% during this year alone, getting onto the property ladder can be challenging for first time buyers. However, it’s...

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Adding a WC or Utility Room

When dreaming of your perfect side return extension, it is highly unlikely that your visions include a WC area or a utility space; they’re hardly spaces which feature highly on anyone’s list when thinking about their dream house! Although WC and utility spaces are not areas many of us...

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Urban Garden

Spring is finally upon us; days are longer and the sun seems to be making more frequent appearances. Now is the time to start tending to your garden to prepare for a summer of relaxing and entertaining.   When carrying out a side return extension, it is...

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Cellar Conversions

Most of us would agree that we want more space in our homes, whether it is for more bedrooms, storage or more living space.   A cellar conversion is one way to make use of a redundant space you may have available; turning it into something which...

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The benefits of undertaking a Loft Conversion

We are often asked by prospective clients whether it is worth carrying out a loft conversion and a side return extension. Both are worth considering if you want to increase the size of your home, as they make use of space which is usually left...

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How Many Access Points?

We are often asked by clients to advise on the of different entrances they should have into their side return. The number of entrances should really be based upon practicality and preference. From a practicality perspective, consider your current home layout and how the design...

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Kitchen Worktop Materials

When planning the kitchen for your Side Return Extension one consideration is which worktop to specify. What constitutes the ‘best’ in kitchen worktops is relative and is often a question many of our clients ask.   Truthfully, there is no ‘best’, as all have their pros and...

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Choosing your Floor Material

When it comes to choosing the material for the floor of your side return extension, there are many factors you should take into consideration. The aesthetic appeal, practical elements and heat retentive qualities are all important variables. Let’s take a look at three of the...

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Don’t Underestimate Your Garden

If you’re thinking about doing a side return or kitchen extension, it’s well worth considering redesigning your garden to compliment your new build. Your outdoor area has a substantial impact on the indoors, affecting the lighting, colour and the overall atmosphere of a property. Pamela Johnson...

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Think Big for your City Garden

London residents seem to have a constant battle with space, whether it’s indoor or outdoor. Adding an extension is a brilliant way to add space and value to your home and, contrary to popular belief; extending out doesn’t have to reduce your from your outdoor...

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Kitchen Layout Ideas

Once you have made the decision to build a side return extension, it’s important to think about the layout of your kitchen.  Modern kitchens are now the heart of the home, and are no longer just used for food preparation, but also for eating, entertaining...

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Keep the Character of your Victorian Home

Many of our clients ask us how we can construct a side return extension and still keep the character of their Victorian house. This project in Chiswick is a good example. We incorporated a Victorian style bay window with doors leading out to the back...

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Clapham SW4 – a Sunken Wine Cellar

Do you have a drink problem?  Sorry, let me rephrase that.  Do you have a problem where to store your wine collection due to a lack of space in the house?  This is an increasingly common predicament especially in London's Victorian terraced houses.   Every year we...

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Kitchen Storage Ideas

Estate Agents get all excited about storage space when showing prospective clients around a house.  In their opinion, you can never have too much storage space.  Are you drowning in clutter?  Beginning to think that maybe they've got a point?  Here are a few ideas...

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Keep your Extension Snug & Private

When designing your new side return extension, give some thought to heating and privacy.  There are many options for both issues - here are some:   HEATING To keep the new extra space nice and snug, you will need to add additional heating to that area.  Yes you...

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Hot Stuff for your Kitchen

Advances in Technology have not all just been about mobiles, televisions, cars and computers. Now it’s the turn of kitchen equipment, or more specifically the tap.  In its simplest form the boiling water tap can simply be a useful addition to your existing kitchen sink...

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