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How to Make the Most of your Loft Space

The loft of your house is full of potential new space for your family and by converting it into habitable rooms this oversized storage space can be transformed into something fantastic. In most scenarios a loft conversion typically will add a new master bedroom, ensuite...

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Extending in Conservation Areas

Greater London has more than 1,000 conservation areas, and so the chances of living in one are quite high. In fact, some London boroughs such as Islington, Westminster or Kensington & Chelsea have very few streets that are not within a conservation area. We are...

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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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How Boundary Walls Can Affect Your Extension Design

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 checking your council’s Planning Guides to find out what yours is. These planning guidelines...

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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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Five Reasons to Extend your Home

Moving home can not only be very expensive, but it is also quite a stressful and disruptive experience. It is therefore no wonder more and more homeowners are looking towards home extensions to give them that extra bedroom, a larger bathroom or that multi-functional family kitchen. Whether you’re looking...

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Ground Floor Extension Roofing Options

The style of roof you use on your extension might not seem very exciting, but roofing is actually a really important design decision and will influence various factors within your overall scheme. The roof design can be influenced, and sometimes restricted, by Local Council guidelines...

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What Options do I have when Converting a Small Loft?

Loft Conversions are a great and affordable way to add additional space, bedrooms and value to a family home. In London there are many different types of roof shapes but the most common are Pitched Roofs or Butterfly Roofs. Both of these property types have...

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What is the best Kitchen Layout?

The kitchen is often considered to be the heart of the home, which is why it is no surprise that many homeowners across London want to extend theirs and create a larger open plan space for all the family. However, it is easy to get...

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Incorporate the Old and New in your Extension Design

When designing your rear extension, you will want to think about how this is going to interact with your existing property and how you want the old and new spaces to feel. It is worth thinking about any elements you want to retain, such as...

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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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Working from the Comfort of Home

At the start of the year when up and down the country we began to decant our offices and begin to work from home, most of us assumed it was going to be short term and it’s safe to say many of us were not...

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The Design Benefits of a Courtyard

Everyone dreams of having a lush flourishing rear garden in the house, where people can party, play or just relax. But what about creating an internal courtyard space to create a green haven within the home? Improved Natural Light Sometimes, when designing a wraparound extension to a...

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A Guide to Exterior Cladding

A question we are commonly asked is ‘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 of a material to cover...

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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

Making the most of the floor area in your home is key in creating the most practical living space for your family. With property in London coming at a premium it’s sometimes more cost effective and better value for money to extend your home rather than moving. If...

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7 Extension Treatments and Planning Application

There are a number of different planning applications, each of which will suit different residential extension designs. Discussed below are 7 different treatments for common extensions or alterations to residential properties. Permitted Development  Arguably the most straightforward extension type would be that which falls within your...

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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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Build Team Loves Wandsworth

One of London’s most sought after boroughs, Wandsworth is a hive of activity at the moment, and being popular with young professionals and families there is a continuing demand to extend and renovate as opposed to moving. Therefore residential home extensions are the most popular form of development, having...

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What to Expect from a Build Team Site Visit

You may be thinking about doing an extension or a loft conversion, but feel a bit lost – ‘How do I start?’ and ‘Who can help with these questions and what should I be asking in the first place?’ If these questions have been passing through your mind,...

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Build Team – 2018 in Review

Build Team has celebrated the end to a fantastic year, bringing many construction projects onto site and to completion, while Design Team has had comparable success in guiding new and repeat customers through the design and planning stages with some very exciting projects. In January, we...

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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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What is Permitted Development?

Planning Permission is confusing, as precedent and policy vary borough to borough. Policy is also frequently updated, so staying on-top of the latest changes can be challenging, especially if you’re not used to working with local councils day to day. On top of this, there...

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2017 in a Nutshell

The year of 2017 has been a year of celebration for the Build Team Group. The year kicked off our tenth year anniversary, and we are very proud to say that for over a decade we have helped homeowners across London transform their homes. The year...

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Fast Track to Build

We often have clients who want to start the build as soon as possible. Whether you’re counting down the days to a due date, or perhaps you want to finish your kitchen in time for Christmas, or you might be renting another property until the...

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The Design & Build Check List

The Design & Build process is typically new to our clients, and we understand that it is our job to ensure that you (as the client) are well informed, and the project runs smoothly. You will receive dedicated support for both the Design & Build...

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Enhance Your Lofts Exterior

Adding value to your home whilst gaining additional space are two of the most exciting advantages of having a loft conversion built. Especially once you begin dreaming about what the new space could be; a kid’s playroom, a study or even an extra bedroom with...

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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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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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The Conservation Area

Living in a conservation area is a pretty special experience; the architecture in the area has been preserved and the character maintained for future generations. Of course, this has implications when it comes to home renovations, particularly to extensions and particular features. You can contact...

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Understanding Lofts

A loft conversion is a great way to transform unused space in your home, and there are lots of ways to go about doing it. A loft conversion typically adds a bedroom and a bathroom, however depending on your desires you could transform your loft...

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Stair Specification

Building Control is a collection of guidelines designed to maintain your safety when extending your home. During the build process, this typically involves four site visits: the first visit when the foundations are being laid, the second when the cavity wall is erected, the third...

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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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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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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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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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Who’s the Best in the South West?

When it comes to designing your home extension, your local council will influence your design as they do have the final say on whether it’s allowed. For this reason, it is certainly useful to have someone who knows what those guidelines are. At Build Team,...

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Permitted Development: How does it compare?

Amendments that fall within a certain criteria can be made to your property under Permitted Development; this means you don’t need to apply for full planning permission. While Permitted Development (PD) can be applied to most properties, it does not apply to flats, maisonettes or...

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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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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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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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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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Battersea, SW8 – Alternative to Wraparounds

Our latest project is a great example of a clever solution to overcome the Lambeth SPD policy on wraparound extensions.   Lambeth, like some of the other London boroughs such as Brent, have a policy against granting planning permission for wraparound extension designs, as they believe they...

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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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Looking to Buy? Ask the Right Questions

We are regularly contacted by prospective clients who are looking to purchase a property that has the potential for an extension. Whether you are a first time buyer or a current homeowner; it is beneficial to discuss the feasibility of an extension prior to committing...

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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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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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Streatham, SW2 – Building in a Conservation Area

This stunning new extension we built in SW2 had very strict planning regulations as it was in a conservation area. Each Side Return Extension build comes with a new set of challenges. A common question we are asked is whether being in a conversation area will...

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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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Collaborating with your Neighbour

There are a number of good reasons to collaborate with your neighbour when it comes to the Design and Build of a Side Return Extension and at Build Team we have developed a specialist knowledge base on how best to approach these projects.  We currently...

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Can I build my Side Return Extension under PD?

Sometimes you don’t need to add a large space to create a big impact on the layout of your home. A modest but well-designed extension can be transformative, changing the aspect of a room, bringing in valuable extra daylight, linking two existing spaces, or improving circulation...

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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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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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