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Innovation In Residential Design

When we look at the residential designs in UK, we often come across Victorian houses with similar aesthetics. But some of our clients often ask us, how do we make our house stand out from the rest? Well if you are one of them, I...

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The Impact Of Architecture

good design are plenty; as proven by the positive impact of buildings such as Maggie Centres. With the potential to improve productivity, mood, social interaction, physical and mental health; designers must continue to work on behalf of the public to optimize our collective quality of...

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Minimalism

'If all of your tools for living are well designed, you will not need much'​ Using minimalism to design and decorate your property can allow for optimum space whilst improving your quality of life. Minimalism in art refers to abstraction typified by simple geometry. This concept refers to...

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15 Years of Kitchen Design

Over 15 years of kitchen design, we have seen changes across the materials used with different styles being adopted, unique furniture, fixtures and fittings choices and with trends coming in and out of popularity with our customers. Despite this constant change, we have found that...

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15 Years of Kitchen Design 

Here at Build Team, we are proud to celebrate 15 years of customer-focused design and exploring trends within kitchen extensions since 2007.  Kitchen design has evolved immensely through each decade, adapting with changes in functionality and style. How to approach kitchen design has also changed alongside...

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Creating Zones In Your Home Or Garden

We often neglect spaces and restrict them to the function they serve. For example, if we have a TV, a sofa and a painting in our living room, we tend to leave it at that, thinking the space is complete. You can improve this space...

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Creating Sociable Spaces For Your Living Room

A living room is that space in a house where the whole family tends to get together for a chat and talk about how their day went, or even to relax after a long and tiring day. It is this space where you will have...

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Colours Or Neutrals For Your Home

The addition of colour into the home adds a sense of individuality and purpose. Transforming an empty shell of a home into your own personal retreat. Each room and space having its individual touch of colour. The typical palette is broken down into two main...

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How To Maximise Space In A Small Flat/ House

Living in London means making every square meter of your space count. With the increase in each square meter causing a hole in your pocket, here are some ideas to get creative with your tinier floor plans. Declutter Declutter in order to make creative changes and make...

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Challenging Chimneys

Chimney breasts were once a significant feature in traditional homes, built with functionality in mind, they housed an open fire and chimney flue to keep residents warm in the colder months. Found in almost every room in the house before central heating systems were created, they are a significant...

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Boundary Walls and Extension Design

This blog discusses boundary walls and extension design. Did you know Local Authorities have guidelines in place which dictate the maximum height your boundary wall can be? This may be different to the height of the existing fence or brick divide, so it is worth...

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Creating Office and Living Space for Home Working

If you are planning a home extension or remodel, creating office and living space for home working is essential now, more than ever. Space to work and learn is most likely high on the agenda. Here are some of the ways you can add additional...

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Home Extension Ideas for 2021!

As we start the New Year we are again spending more time than usual at home, we all look forward however to the summer of 2021, a time when we hope we can come together again with large family celebrations, parties and get-together’s - we will all be...

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Roofing for Ground Floor Extensions

Ground floor extension roofing options are many and various. In fact, roofing styles for ground floor extensions might not seem very exciting, but they are actually a very important design decision and will impact your overall scheme. The roof design can be influenced, and sometimes...

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Creating the Perfect Garden Office

Working from home has become the new normal and is set to continue well into the new year. With more than 44% of us no longer commuting to the office on a daily basis now is the ideal time to set up a dedicated home office. However, if...

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Perfecting the Layout of Your Extension

During your design phase, perfecting your extension layout is an important aspect to consider. As is the way you want to connect the new extension to your existing property. This decision will be based on a combination of your design preference, the practicality of the...

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The Importance of a Utility Room in a Family Home

The importance of a utility room in a family home can sometimes be underestimated. Although it may not seem particularly important during the conceptual design process, utility rooms are becoming increasingly more popular with our clients. They are also becoming a vital part of any...

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Radiators or Underfloor Heating?

Will you choose radiators or underfloor heating? How you will heat your home is a key question to consider during the design of your new extension as it can effect the kitchen layout and placement of furniture. You will want to know what the best...

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The Design Benefits of a Courtyard

The design benefits of a courtyard are plenty. Everyone dreams of having a rear garden in their home, as space to party, play or just relax. But have you ever considered creating an internal courtyard space to create a green haven within your home? Read...

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A Guide to Exterior Cladding

A guide to exterior cladding will help answer a commonly asked question: ‘how will my house look from the outside?’ As the ‘skin’ of your building, cladding plays an important role in the way your house looks once completed. Technically speaking, it is the installation...

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New Year, New Decade, New Extension

With the start of the New Year it may be time to start thinking about the possibility of extending your home to gain more space and improve your quality of life. There are many different reasons to extend your home, a growing family, improve the flow around your...

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The 3 Most Common Extensions

The 3 most common extensions people choose link heavily to making the most of the floor area in your home. It is key in creating the most practical living space for your family. With property in London coming at a premium, it is sometimes more...

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Replacing a Conservatory with an Extension

Many houses in London have conservatories or what is sometimes referred to as a ‘lean-to’, while some people can enjoy their conservatory, many do not. The poor construction and the way they are bolted on to the exterior of the house means they aren’t really...

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The Unused Room

What can I do with the unused room, or rear reception room, as it is more commonly known? This is certainly something to consider when designing a rear extension. The most common brief is usually to create open planning living, kitchen and dining space that...

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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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Live Well with Hygge

The home should be a place of relaxation and comfort and we believe that adopting the Danish approach of hygge is a great starting point to think about how to interior design your home and extension. The Danish adopt hygge as a means of creating a...

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How To Retain Heat This Winter

Remember the bitter cold brought by ‘Beast from the East’? Keep warm and cosy in your home and your running costs low this winter with our neat toe-warming solutions. Much of London’s housing is characterised by gorgeous historic housing with treasured original features. There may be...

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5 Tips For Designing A Child Friendly Home

As your family grows, you may lean towards extending your home to provide more space. Children have curious minds and are full of energy which is fantastic, but is all the more reason for you to re-evaluate the safety of your home and new extension....

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Get Ready For Hallowe’en

Why not get ready for Hallowe'en? It is that time of year again - summer has come to an end, and those chilly winter days are fast approaching. Hallowe'en is right around the corner. Festive occasions make many homeowners wish they had more space. This...

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Adding Value To Your Home

The housing market is an ever-changing world, with all of us looking for ways to add value to our property. Whether you are buying, selling or simply settled, adding an extension to your property is a great place to start. The most important factor to...

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Before and After

We recently gave you a summary of our latest completed projects. We are so impressed with the transformations that we thought we’d share a bit more information with you about each of the projects. We understand it can be difficult to imagine the final result,...

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Flat roof vs Pitched roof for your extension

There are numerous design elements you will consider whilst planning a house extension, many in relation to the interior layout. The roof design can make one of the strongest impressions upon the atmosphere of the extension so choosing between a pitched and flat roof is...

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Four Completed Projects

We have recently completed some wonderful new projects, which include a variety of ground floor extensions and loft extensions. Our clients are so happy with the finished product, we thought we’d give you a run through of our latest four so you can understand what...

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Designed for Entertaining

Kitchens are no longer just spaces for cooking. They have become a space for social gatherings, a hub for day to day activities or even a place for the kids to do their homework whilst you’re whipping up dinner. You’ll need to design a layout...

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Five Reasons to Extend

Moving home can be expensive, so this Five Reasons to Extend blog shows why it is no wonder more and more homeowners look towards home extensions. It can give them that extra bedroom, a larger bathroom or that multi-functional family kitchen. Whether you’re looking to...

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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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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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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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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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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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Exposed Brick Wall

Perfectly Imperfect Treasure Some consider an interior exposed brick wall to be a timeless treasure, not to mention an inherently interesting feature. It has a rustic, organic character not usually found internally. Added to which, it can suit both modern and stylish projects, as well as...

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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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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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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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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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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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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 6 metres, which is a huge area, especially when you consider how the space...

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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....

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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....

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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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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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Extend & Maximise Your Space

f 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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Cellar Conversions

A cellar conversion is one way to make use of a redundant space you may have available; turning it into something which can be useful and improve the practicality of your home....

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Thinking Of Doing A Side Return And Loft?

There has never been a better time to convert a loft space and build a Side Return Extension at the same time. At Build Team, we routinely get asked to undertake Loft Conversions as part of a client’s Side Return plans. Our clients are typically...

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