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New Year, New Extension

New Year, New Extension project? It may be nearly mid-February, however this is the perfect time to begin the design or the build of your extension project. Creating a new space in your home is an exciting prospect and below we will discuss why now is the best time...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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