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Perfect Your Wet Room

Wet rooms are becoming more and more popular as they are a brilliant way of achieving a high quality and compact bathroom space. Most of us are used to a traditional style bathroom so you may be cautious about venturing into new, unchartered territory. We...

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Floors to Last a Lifetime

If you are undertaking a home extension, it’s a fantastic time to refurbish other parts of the home. Floor finishes are a massive eye catcher and can really impact the way a space looks and feels so it’s really important that you dedicate some time...

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Pet Perfect Homes

Nothing completes a family like a furry friend. Whether you’re a dog or a cat person, there are always considerations to think about before starting on designing your home extension, especially in relation to how the family is going to adapt to the process and...

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Creative Utility Spaces

Utility areas are becoming more and more popular within our home extension designs, as modern interior design is becoming sleeker and more clutter free. A utility area provides the perfect place to hide away unsightly items. Washing machines may look a lot better than they...

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Get Ready for Easter

The holidays generally revolve around spending quality time with family and friends, and what better place to that then in the centre of the home – the kitchen. When undertaking a Ground Floor Extension, it’s almost always in the client specification to create a more...

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Stylish Spaces

Privacy within the home is paramount and isn’t something you would necessarily consider when designing a home extension. Our clients are often keen to add lots of glass and glazing, but it’s important you keep in mind the repercussions of doing so. London in particular...

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Five Reasons to Extend

Moving home is not only expensive, but it’s also very stressful and disruptive. It’s no wonder more and more homeowners look towards home extensions to give them that extra bedroom, a larger bathroom or that multi-functional family kitchen. Whether you’re looking to do a small...

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The Detail in the Design

Most companies that offer a two-stage process will prioritise the build process over the architectural designs, leaving you with a design that you may not necessarily have chosen. At Build Team, we value both Design & Build equally – and we work hard to exceed...

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Create Your Wonderwall

One of the most exciting parts of your Design & Build journey will be choosing all of the materials and styles for your new space – from the colour of your walls to your new floor, there are thousands of choices at your disposal to...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

As we move into the New Year, there is a spirit of new beginnings and the first week of January presents the perfect time to think about your New Year Resolutions. Whilst we love setting ourselves goals such as going to the gym regularly or...

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Liveable Lofts

Loft conversions are a great way of adding liveable space to your property as well as value. There are endless possibilities from what a loft space can become, with the most popular being an additional bedroom and ensuite. Both of these will add significant value...

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New Year, New Extension

Happy New Year! Our Design and Build Team can’t wait to get started on a multitude of new and exciting projects for 2018. We always think, what better time to get started on an extension than at the beginning of the year? In an industry...

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2017 in a Nutshell

The year of 2017 has been a year of celebration for the Build Team Group. The year kicked off our tenth year anniversary, and we are very proud to say that for over a decade we have helped homeowners across London transform their homes. The year...

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Small Bathrooms, Big Aspirations

With winter well and truly setting in, we all find ourselves looking for tips on how to keep our homes cosy and warm. The last thing you want to do when jumping out of a nice, hot shower is to be greeted by a freezing...

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The Perfect Snug

If you’re thinking about extending your kitchen, open plan living is ideal as you will be left with a generous room size that can be very multifunctional. Open plan living needs to be well thought out, as you don’t want to lose that much loved...

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How to Upcycle Furniture

We often get asked by prospective clients how much does an extension actually cost, and our answer is always the same; the cost is dependent on the size and the design of the scheme. If you find yourself going for a large scheme and you...

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Get Your Home Winter Ready

Tis' the season to spend less time outdoors, and more time getting cosy in your home. Extensions offer a great opportunity to modernise your home, both visually (if that’s your preference) and also practicality. Most period-home owners come to realise older Victorian properties come a...

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The Appeal Process

We have a fantastic track record for getting applications approved - 95% to be exact. Every now and then, the council will be on the fence about a scheme which may result in a rejected application. Lots of our clients actually want to submit a...

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Light up Your Loft

Loft conversions are a fantastic way to add an additional bedroom, bathroom, study or playroom and make effective use of a space that generally goes unused. When designing your loft conversion, it is important to consider the lighting design early in the process; the right...

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The Ground Floor WC

The Ground Floor WC is a popular option, and we often include them within our designs. A typical Victorian Terrace doesn’t include a ground floor WC, but in a busy, modern household they are quickly becoming a must have. Lots of our clients love the idea...

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Fast Track to Build

We often have clients who want to start the build as soon as possible. Whether you’re counting down the days to a due date, or perhaps you want to finish your kitchen in time for Christmas, or you might be renting another property until the...

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The Design & Build Check List

The Design & Build process is typically new to our clients, and we understand that it is our job to ensure that you (as the client) are well informed, and the project runs smoothly. You will receive dedicated support for both the Design & Build...

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Kitchen Layouts

There are loads of ways to shape your new kitchen, and the most important thing is to ensure that it is comfortable to use; style should follow function. Of course there isn't a 'one style that fits all' model, so here are a few basic patterns...

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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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Considerations for your Conservation Area

Over 20% of our client’s live in a conservation area, so our Architectural Team understand the importance associated with their classification and are very familiar with local council guidelines. Conservation area’s aim to preserve the architecture and traditional features that remind us of British heritage, and...

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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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Fireproof Your Home
Open plan living has become incredibly popular in modern day home designs, particularly in London where space is so valuable. Building Control is keeping a close eye on regulations when it comes to open plan living, as there are higher risks associated in the event of a fire. Luckily, there are measures you can take to help your home stays safe. With so many fireproofing options to choose from, we’re here to help you create a design that mitigates risk and is compliant with Building Regulations. Fire curtain A fire curtain sits in the ceiling at the threshold of the kitchen, or where any walls have been removed. It’s activated by a heat detector, sealing off the area to give you more time to evacuate the building.  This option can stop the smoke from spreading through the building, making an escape easier. However, they only aim to stop the spread of fire and do little to extinguish it, so they can be used to great effect in conjunction with a suppressant system. Sprinklers Sprinklers are mounted on your ceiling. The sprinklers activate individually, maximising the amount of water pressure available closest to the fire.  They use a lot of water and give complete coverage of the room to put out the fire or suppress it until the fire brigade arrive. Insurers dislike them because of the amount of water they use (up to 60 litres a minute) potentially causing more damage to your belongings than the fire itself. Image by Plumis via You Tube Read More
Speed up your Build

There are lots of components to any Build, regardless of the size of the project. Build schedules will vary and are mostly dependent on the size and specification. A typical ground floor extension will take 12 to 16 weeks, but that is assuming that everything...

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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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Building on a Budget

It is widely viewed that if you are able to extend, it is often financially sensible to do so, especially when the cost of buying a new home can outweigh the cost of extending. But how much does it cost to build? This is a...

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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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Learn More: House Tours

We just completed our busiest House Tour (with over 120 people in attendance!), so we thought now would be a good time to tell you a little more. Attending one of our tours is not only an exciting opportunity to see the quality of our work,...

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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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Plan for Planning Permission

Planning Permission – everybody needs it, but no one knows much about it. We’re going to break everything down for you. If you are planning to do an extension, the chances are, you will require permission from your local council, be that through Permitted Development of...

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Living through Building Works

If you are planning to do an extension, you will need to make the decision on whether you stay in the property during the works or move out. Not everyone has the luxury of moving out, and if this is the case then we are...

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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 Importance of Insulation

You’ve probably heard about 'insulation', not least in winter when you’re wrapped up in lots of layers in an attempt to keep warm. Did you know that insulation comes in multiple different forms and each of these types have different properties. It is also possible...

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The Benefits of Underfloor Heating

Thinking about saving money and using radiators to heat your extension? Under floor heating may not be as expensive as you might think. Upgrading to under floor heating frees up your wall space, gives you toasty toes and in the long run may save you...

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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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Architectural Dictionary – Breaking down the Jargon

Architects use strange, unfamiliar language which can leave even a well versed property-enthusiast confused. Here is a little compilation of our most common architectural terms at Build Team, which will hopefully help put some terms into perspective. Of course, if something is still unclear, always...

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The Conservation Area

Living in a conservation area is a pretty special experience; the architecture in the area has been preserved and the character maintained for future generations. Of course, this has implications when it comes to home renovations, particularly to extensions and particular features. You can contact...

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Bespoke Windows & Doors

Building an extension offers the perfect opportunity to add all sorts of contemporary features such as bi-fold doors and Velux windows. Victorian terraces were built without much thought to natural light, so lots of existing designs do not maximise their full potential. The modern features...

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Understanding Lofts

A loft conversion is a great way to transform unused space in your home, and there are lots of ways to go about doing it. A loft conversion typically adds a bedroom and a bathroom, however depending on your desires you could transform your loft...

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Stair Specification

Building Control is a collection of guidelines designed to maintain your safety when extending your home. During the build process, this typically involves four site visits: the first visit when the foundations are being laid, the second when the cavity wall is erected, the third...

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Learn More About Velux

Velux windows are a fantastic addition to any extension and we frequently use them in both ground floor extensions and loft conversions. They are a practical and affordable choice, and particularly appeal to homeowners who want to create a light and airy atmosphere. Velux windows...

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External Material Options

One very important feature of a build is the way the building looks from the outside. During the Design Process, our clients love to get involved in the interior design and exterior is generally pushed aside and thought about either when we prompt the discussion,...

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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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Propose to Your Existing

Extensions are a fantastic opportunity to add lots of contemporary, functional features to your home such as bi-fold doors and Velux windows. These features have been developed with practicality in mind and they do a fantastic job at letting lots of natural light in and...

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Bring the Outside, Inside

Gardens are quickly becoming a luxury rather than a necessity, particularly in cities like London where space is so valuable. There are endless advantages to having a garden, one of which is a wonderful view that you get from your kitchen. When designing an extension,...

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Inside Out Doors

Exterior doors are an integral part of your extension design; not only do they require smooth functionality but they also drastically affect the way a room looks. There are a variety to choose from, all of which have both pros and cons. The first question...

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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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The Sky is the Limit

People often think that too much of anything can be a bad thing – but this isn’t the case for natural light. Designing an extension that encourages natural light entry is crucial and there are plenty of ways to go about doing it; one of...

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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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Permitted Development: Lofts

Lofts conversions are a fantastic way to gain some much needed space as they are usually very generous in the floor area that they add. Our Design Team have loads of design solutions but they are subject to a properties specific characteristics and local planning...

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Basement Planning

In a city where space is so valuable, it isn’t surprising that extending is becoming a popular alternative to moving. You wouldn’t believe the amount of space you can add to your home through extensions – and digging down to create a useable basement or...

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Basement Business

Whether you intend to go large and invest in a lower ground floor, or keep it simple and go for a cellar conversion; there are loads of ways you can use this underground space. We thought we would share just some of the ideas and...

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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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How High Can You Go?

Ceiling height was the hot topic of discussion at our most recent House Tour, and it’s certainly something we spend lots of time on during the Design Phase. There are loads of questions to answer on this topic, so we thought we’re run through the...

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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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Your Build, Under Control

There are lots of components to any Build, regardless of the size of the project. Our clients frequently ask us what they need to consider prior to starting works, and the main things to tick off your list are Planning Permission, Party Wall Agreements, your...

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Design Team Dreams

Have you ever wondered how an architect would design their house?  Our Design Team work so hard at creating our clients visions; we thought we would ask some of the team to design their perfect extension.   We chose the existing floorplan and specification that we use...

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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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Brick by Brick, Week by Week

We understand that both the Design and Build are, generally speaking, new to you. We are here to guide you through the Design Phase, and do the heavy lifting in the Build – we understand that we are in your home, and you want to...

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Live In Build Out

We understand that the Build can be a stressful time for homeowners and we make every effort to make the process as smooth and as efficient as possible. For this reason, we offer our Build clients the option of living in during the build. Living...

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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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Secure Your Site

There are lots of components to a Build project, regardless of the size of the project. One fundamental part of the Build process is ensuring that both the home and building site are kept safe and secure at all times, and we take every precaution...

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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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60 SQM added in SE5

A common question we are asked is whether doing both a ground floor extension and a loft conversion together causes havoc during the Build process. The simple answer is absolutely not – and there are lots of options which we can offer to suit your...

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Let the Sun Shine

When we begin the Design Phase with our clients, there are all kinds of requests made in respect to the Design. No two designs are the same, and they all vary to fit in with the day to day lifestyles of the homeowner. There does...

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Building Up in SW4

Our Design Team have recently obtained planning permission for a fantastic, three story extension in a conservation area in Lambeth. The additional space will add a massive 60SQ to the home, and will completely transform the property. When the homeowners approached us at the beginning of...

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External Expectations

When you are designing your extension, it is important that you find a design that is perfect for you, but that also satisfies your local council’s guidelines and neighbouring properties. One element that your local council will look at is the façade, which is the...

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Permit your Development

There are several types of application that you can submit to your local council. Our Design Team have tons of experience in submitting planning applications, and they’ll be able to best advise which is most appropriate for your scheme.   Depending on the size and character of...

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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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Thames Water: How we can help

There are lots of components to any build, whether it’s large or small. We understand that starting on site can be overwhelming, and we are here every step of the way to assist you in any way we can. One common question we get is...

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