A well-designed open plan layout can make for a light, spacious and sociable home – but planning is key
Whether you want to extend a Grade II listed barn or modernise a 17th century stone cottage, if the property is on the statutory National Heritage List for England, then you will be subject to additional planning controls.
The challenge of knowing how to revamp a room or rework your living space can often seem insurmountable. It’s like having a blank canvas – but with no idea of what to paint. So where do you start?
Buying building materials to save money on a home extension build can be a tempting proposition - but is it a good idea?
When deciding which builder to use, it is always good to talk about payment arrangements early on in the negotiations before you commit to a contract
It’s very easy to get carried away and go over budget with a build - but what should you do if this happens to you?
Everything you wanted to know about carrying out a loft conversion but were afraid to ask!
Sometimes, no matter how much you have vetted a contractor, things can still go wrong and before you know it, you’re left with half a build and no one to fix it.
Whether you’re adding a utility room to move laundry and appliances out of the kitchen or as a boot room/dog washing station, here are some pearls of wisdom.
Need to renovate your kitchen on a tight budget? It’s possible to get a fresh new look without spending a fortune. From picking up a paintbrush for a few hours to investing in a new worktop, here are our ideas for a kitchen makeover.
No matter whether it’s a plumber, a carpenter, or a plasterer, a tradesperson’s tools are their lifeline. Built up over time, with specialist tools that can often cost thousands of pounds, makes anyone in the building trade very protective about where they leave their tools overnight.
Side return extensions are a hugely popular way of extending semi-detached and end of terraced homes. Here some practical tips and inspiration to help you make the most of this sliver of space.
Often the start time for an extension build is dictated by your builder’s availability. If they come highly recommended, chances are they’ll be fully booked well in advance and the best advice is to get them booked in as soon as you can. But if you are able to specify a date, is it better to wait until the summer to begin a home extension?
From an open-plan kitchen diner to a new garden room, how much value can be added to a home by building projects?
With all house extension projects, nothing is ever set in stone. But if you amend the design, do you have to submit a new planning application?
Demolishing the wall between a kitchen and dining room is a popular home improvement, but before you start swinging a sledgehammer, there are some important things to consider
Your builders are ready to go. Materials have been ordered. But you’re still waiting for planning permission to come through. What do you do?
How much does a home extension cost? It’s a common enough question but the answer can vary enormously. The solution for any home extension budget is to plan ahead and get 3-5 quotes before a single brick is laid.
Case Study - What can you do with a loft full of truss rafters? Loft Conversion Project!
A case study on how one home owner converted his loft - even though it was full of truss rafters
Case Study - A side return kitchen extension
When Antonia and her family moved into their Edwardian semi-detached home in Winchester the kitchen was dark and dated but they saw it had potential.
Case Study - How to save money on an extension or loft conversion project
It is easy to let the costs get out of control when having an extension or loft conversion. Find out how one home owner managed to keep his costs down when carrying out a large extension
Case Study - How to get on with your builder
Having a good working relationship with builders during a building project is vitally important. Find out how one home owner found the best way to work with his builders
Case Study - Kitchen Extension
When graphic designer Ian extended his four-bedroom detached house in Hampshire he turned the “small, cramped and dated” kitchen into a spacious kitchen-diner.