The Build Process

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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