Kitchens

Boundary Wall: Roof Design

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

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The Loo for You

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

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Smart Storage Solutions

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

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Get More from Your Design

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

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Save. Spend. Splurge.

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

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Garden Living

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

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Kit Out Your Kitchen

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

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Turn On the Light

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

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Plan For Open Plan

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

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Inside Out

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

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Start with the Finish

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

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Get More from your Floor

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

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Design the New with the Old

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

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Cash in on your Garage

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

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Design for your Family

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

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Brighten up with a Courtyard

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

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Convert Your Loft

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

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Liven up your Landscape

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

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Popular Layout Options

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

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Design your Interior

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

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Zone your Home

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

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Get your Roof Pitch Perfect

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

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Brick Exposed

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

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Peckham, SE15 – Ultimate Utility Room

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

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Kitchen Design – don’t forget the magic triangle!

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

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Stroud Green, N4 – Make the Most of your Flat

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

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Benefits of a Kitchen Island

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

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Extend & Maximise Your Space

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

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Flooring Ideas

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

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Design Your Loft Bathroom

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

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Don’t Move, Improve!

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

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Adding a WC or Utility Room

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

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Urban Garden

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

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Cellar Conversions

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

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The benefits of undertaking a Loft Conversion

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

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How Many Access Points?

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

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Kitchen Worktop Materials

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

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Choosing your Floor Material

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

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Don’t Underestimate Your Garden

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

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Think Big for your City Garden

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

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Kitchen Layout Ideas

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

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Keep the Character of your Victorian Home

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

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Clapham SW4 – a Sunken Wine Cellar

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

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Kitchen Storage Ideas

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

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Keep your Extension Snug & Private

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

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Hot Stuff for your Kitchen

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

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