Your renovation stories – an open plan home conversion

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: All, Conversions, Planning|

We love following renovators on Instagram and watching their project progress - from the excitement before the work begins, the decisions and work throughout and eventually sharing their dream home! We catch up with Panayoita who we have been following on Instagram (check out Door No. 10 for Panayoita's Insta account!), who shares with us where she

A beginners guide to building regulations

By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

Nearly all home renovation projects require building regulations approval, even if the work doesn't require planning permission. Here is some more information to help understand the approval process. Why do I need to adhere to building regulations? Building regulations do not supervise the builders work but ensure it meets a minimum standard. They cover everything from

9 tips to renovate your home on a budget

By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: All, Conversions, Planning|

With the cost of many home renovation projects over running, there are some easy ways to renovate your home on a budget without compromising on quality and finish. By taking on some of the work yourself and shopping around, you can save a significant amount whilst adding value to your property. Here are our tips

Renovating and updating your home for children

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

Whether you are planning to start a family or already have young children, here are our tips to create a practical home which works well with young children. Some of the ideas are best incorporated during a renovation and others are simple updates you can make today! 1. Choose the flooring carefully If you have

What is the difference between an Architect and an Architectural Technologist?

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

Starting to plan your extension or conversion is exciting but it can also be confusing to know who you need to work with and where to start. We cover the difference between an architect and an architectural technologist, and also look at the other professional bodies that can help during your project. Architect An Architect

Expert advice on re-roofing your home

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: All, Exteriors, Planning|

Re-roofing your home can be a costly project but vital if you have an old roof which has required constant maintenance and repair over the years. It can also make a huge difference to the appearance and the energy efficiency of your home. We caught up with Clarke Roofing Southern Limited to ask their advice on replacing

Expert advice – what is a smart home?

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: All, Heating, Lighting, Planning|

A home renovation is the perfect time to install smart technology in your home, making your living environment more efficient, comfortable and entertaining. We caught up with Noah Derrington, Director at Halo Haus to find out some more about what makes a smart home and the range of products and opportunities in your home. Your Home

6 great ways to make open plan living work

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

We are big fans of open plan living and love how it brings the whole family together by creating a sociable space. Open plan living is also great for maximising the space in your home and making it feel so much bigger. There are however some pitfalls which include toys sprawling on the kitchen floor, the smell

7 things to do without planning permission

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: All, Conversions, Extensions, Exteriors, Interiors, Planning|

The thought of planning permission can often delay a project - the paper work seems daunting and the cost also adds to the overall project expense. Thankfully over the past few years, the government relaxed the rules around planning permission and there is now a surprising amount of changes you can make to your home that

Where should you start when renovating your house?

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

The whole process of renovating your home can feel daunting and it's often hard to know where to begin, particularly if you have never carried out a renovation project before. Our handy guide below sets out the initial steps which should get you well on the way to creating the home of your dreams! 1.

5 inspirational trends when renovating your home

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: All, Planning|

If you are planning a full scale renovation or if you simply want to re-decorate your home, we have picked out this year's inspirational trends when renovating your home. You don't need to invest a fortune either, sometimes re-painting the kitchen cupboards or replacing the flooring is all that is needed to bring your home up

When is a loft conversion within permitted development?

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: All, Conversions, Planning|

A loft conversion is a great way to add extra space to your home and can add significant value as well. Loft conversions are normally within permitted development, which means you won't need to apply for planning permission - great news as it can cost up to £1,000 to go through the process plus extra hassle and time added.

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