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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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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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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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Get More from our Design Service

Our Design Team have been busy since the beginning of the year with a record breaking number of instructions in both January and February.   We encourage all clients, prospective and current; to give us feedback throughout the Design Phase so we can ensure we are doing...

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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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Reflect on Your Glass

Glass and glazing not only looks fantastic, but it also comes with lots of practicalities. Large glass doors and windows encourage natural light to enter your home which can drastically transform a living space. Adding glass to your home can also have lots of positive...

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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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What can Building Control – Control?

When designing your extension, it is important to remember that just because it’s internal; it doesn’t mean you can do what you want. Local planning guidelines can influence a design, and our job is to help navigate the regulations to help you achieve a design...

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Our year : Looking back at 2015

2015 has been a very exciting year for Build Team.  From exciting new projects, to new team members, we are so proud of our achievements throughout the year that we thought we should share a lookback with you…   We started of the year with was a...

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How Much Light Do I Need?

Light can make or break a room and it’s really important to find the right balance between natural and artificial light. The best way to do this is to really understand what light you are going to gain from your chosen design. Lots of our...

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Highlight Your Skylight

Don’t underestimate the impact that light will have on your room!  Lighting can totally transform a space and can affect stuff you wouldn’t even dream of like temperature and sound.   When designing any space, you need to create a balance between artificial light and natural light....

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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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How We Work

Here at Build Team, we offer a two-stage process. The first stage is the Design Phase and the second is the Build Phase. For those of you who have plans drawn up and planning permission approved, we do offer a Build Only service too. The Design...

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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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The Party Wall Process

Party Wall Consent is a legal requirement that has been in place since 1996.This law was designed to regulate building works whilst also protecting adjoining owners and occupiers during building projects. It is a separate requirement to Planning Permission and one does not have an...

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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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Extending in a Conservation Area

We are frequently approached by prospective clients who query whether living in a conservation area will affect their planning application. The short answer is yes it does (a bit). All planning applications have to be submitted with restrictions in mind and being in a conservation...

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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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Loft Conversion Options

A loft conversion is a brilliant way to both increase the space available in your home and the value of your property. When designing your loft conversion it is important to note that there are several different shapes and styles available, and it’s a good...

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Extension Maintenance

The autumn season is upon us; leaves are falling and there’s a scattering of conkers along the pavements. Autumn is a great time to get those home maintenance jobs out of the way before the colder winter months.   Just as regular household chores are necessary to...

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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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Save Money with our Fixed Fee Service

There are lots of different payment options when it comes to the design of your home extension.   The majority of firms work on an either an hourly basis or they charge their services as a percentage of the overall construction cost. These methods can end up...

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Choosing Your Windows

A side return extension can be a fantastic way to reclaim the unused space at the side of your house.   With space at a premium in London, adding any amount of space, large or small, will allow you to open up your kitchen and create an...

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Haringay, N8 – Party Wall Problems

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the mysterious and complex process that is Party Wall. Often clients are unsure or misunderstand what is expected of them with regards to notifying their neighbours of impending building work. We are frequently asked whether neighbours can actually...

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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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Living with your Build

Is it possible to live in the property alongside building work without becoming stressed? Yes!   While some homeowners prefer to move out during home renovations, there’s a growing trend for staying put. While we do recommend that you take the occasional break with a long weekend...

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Extend before Christmas

The summer season is still with us, but restaurants are already advertising Christmas bookings, and before you know it department stores will have isles dedicated to different coloured tinsel! Back in April this year we wrote a blog article advising that if you wanted your Side...

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Bright Ideas for Lighting

There are lots of ways to encourage natural light into your side return extension throughout the bright summer months; glass roofing is a great example. One of the biggest advantages of a side return extension is that the space can be used for entertaining all...

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Choosing your Bi-Fold Doors

Bi-fold doors are a very popular option with homeowners when carrying out a kitchen extension or a side return extension. These doors complement the open plan nature of the side return perfectly; they provide a seamless connection between the inside and outside spaces which appear to blend...

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Keeping your Extension Cool

The summer is finally upon us, but we would all probably admit to having a love-hate relationship with the weather at this time of the year. It’s brilliant when the sun is blazing and you can laze in the garden working on your tan, however it...

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How Much Does a Extension Cost?

This is a question we are frequently asked by prospective clients, and our answer is always the same; the cost is dependent on the size and the design of the scheme. The final cost of each side return extension will differ as the designs are...

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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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Keep your Home Secure

Before embarking on a Side Return Extension, a number of clients have questions regarding the security of their home while the works are being carried out, especially in cases where homeowners move out for the duration of the project.   We felt it important to address this...

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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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Do I Need Full Planning?

A question we are frequently asked by clients is whether they can build their side return extension under Permitted Development, rather than submitting a full Planning Application.   In 2013, for a period of three years until May 2016, legislation came into force which allowed for an...

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The Build Schedule

One of the most common questions we are asked by clients asked during an initial site visit is how long will the build take. This is an important question for most clients, especially those with a tight deadline.   A typical side return build takes 12 weeks....

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Benefits of Joint Applications

This is a question asked frequently by prospective clients keen to take advantage of any benefits and cost savings which can be gained by carrying out their build with their neighbour.   We have a lot of experience working on “double” builds and we have recognised the...

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Top Tips for Surviving Building Works

According to Holmes & Rahe, home renovations are one of the most stressful life events. They really don’t have to be! Here are 5 ways to survive building works at home, and ensure everything goes smoothly:   1. Organise a Party Wall Agreement The Party Wall Act was...

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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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Alternatives to Bi-Fold Doors

When it comes to choosing the doors for your side return extension, here at Build Team we've found that bi-fold doors are generally the most popular option.   This is because they enable you to completely open up the room, allowing natural daylight to flood in 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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Extending a Ground Floor and Loft

It’s no secret that space means value in London. The cost of moving house is now at £35,274, according to online estate agent eMoov.co.uk. A great way to increase space and add value to your home is to build up with a loft conversion or...

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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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Living In During the Build

An increasing number of modern families are using their kitchens as living spaces, rather than just places to cook, which is why side return extensions are growing in popularity. But where do you live and cook while the building work is being carried out? Do you...

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What Value does an Extension Add?

Adding a side return extension to your home can bring huge benefits to your property. Not only will it add extra space, but it can help to bring in more light and even add value to your home.   A side return fills in the space between...

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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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Landlord Consent to Extend

Following on from our recent blog post, Side Return Extensions for Flats, we have received many enquiries.  Many of you want to know how to go about getting your Landlord's consent.  Whilst we can't promise you will get the answer you want, here are some...

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Extensions for Flats

For most clients with a flat the primary reason for building a Side Return Extension is to convert their one bed into a two bed.  Whether you need more space but can't afford to move, or want to sell your flat on, it makes sense...

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Living in During the Build

One question we are frequently asked is “Can we still live in the house while the works are carried out?”.  The answer quite simply is “Yes” because we have created a packaged solution to make your life easier in this regard. This involves: The erection of...

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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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Overcoming Hesitant Neighbours

Neighbours can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to make some home improvements. Whether they have had some bad experiences before or have heard horror stories from friends there are ways around this. At Build Team we try and minimise the effect building your side-return will have...

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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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