Fantastic weather is here at last, and while it may be a little late to make any major adjustments to your home before it’s due to cloud up again, there’s plenty of reasons why you should consider bringing in a brilliant balcony or marvellous mezzanine to make the most of the sunshine for months to come. Balconies in particular are hugely popular with modern homeowners and homebuyers – they’re very attractive to families and individuals looking to entertain on a regular basis, for one, and for another, they offer spectacular views of the great outdoors.
Getting your ideal home up and running can be easier said than done unless, of course, you have the right team of experts by your side helping you each and every step of the way. Beyond this, however, it’s also very useful to consider which options may be most prudent for you and your family. If you have money to invest in property design full stop, does the idea of building a completely new home from scratch appeal to you? Or would you prefer to work on refurbishing your existing property?
If you’re in the process of starting to plan and fund your dream home or refurbishment, it can be more than tempting to put all of your ideal touches and notions down on paper. After all, it’s very likely that you are already excited about going ahead with such a project – who could blame you for taking steps to broadening your imagination on the topic? However, a question many people ask before approaching a builder or construction expert is “should I already have my dream home planned out?” The short answer is, of course – not at all – but ideas will certainly help!
Good weather seems to be on its way at last, and – for many people – that means making a few changes around the home. While those who wish to adapt their properties to make way for sunshine and light breezes may have started looking at such issues late last year, there’s never a bad time to start thinking about how you can adapt your home to make better use of the great weather that’s on its way. (more…)
While many people will look for luxury builders London and elsewhere to help bring their ideal homes to life and off the page, many more people are deeply involved with property development. This essentially means that they seek out architectural and design support to bring ideas to life for other people – they seek out the ideal development which they can then build up and transfer to the market at rates where they can essentially turn a profit. This can also be referred to as turnkey construction or architecture.
The idea of building your own dream home – it’s a fantastic concept. It’s often something that only few people were previously able to realise, and yet thanks to movements in the industry and luxury home design becoming more readily available to homeowners throughout the UK, there’s never been a better time to start thinking about setting up home in a manner that is perfect for your specific needs and desires. This can mean overseeing a complete renovation or to build everything up from scratch – as luxury builders London homes depend upon, we’re always in a proud position to be able to help people and families achieve their dream custom home designs.
There’s been big developments in a number of technological areas over the past few years – and some of them are even starting to impact the way we undertake daily tasks, whether or not we necessarily need them to! Smart homes are becoming more and more commonplace for those people who do either require a little helping hand when it comes to streamlining their home processes, or for those who just enjoy that luxury touch – and while they may have been seen as an unattainable commodity for homes up and down the country for the past decade or two, more and more luxury builders London and elsewhere are in a prime position to be able to start bringing smart home technology and associated features to a wider range of customers and budgets.
The New Year is coming, and for many people, 2018 will be about making some big changes in their lives – whether this means changes to their diet, their wardrobe or simply to get away on holiday somewhere new, it can also be the ideal time to start thinking about making some big changes to our living spaces. Does this necessarily mean moving elsewhere? (more…)
Property development can be tricky, and isn’t that the truth – whether you’re actively renovating your own home or are setting up a property or two to grow into something more, getting that perfect look and atmosphere down pat straight away can be nigh on impossible. When it comes to luxury developments, it’s never a great idea to leap straight into matters with just a vague idea and a rough blueprint to hand. After all, while you may have visualised your ideal space and development in your head, there’s a fairly large leap between imagination and reality. While floor plans and mock-ups still play a huge part in the planning and drafting stages of any property design and construction, there is now an entirely new way to make sure that your dream project springs to life without hassle – architectural visualisation.
We all build and design our homes – as well as fill them, of course – with all manner of looks and touches to help create that perfect first impression. We want our properties to really leap out at our guests to show exactly who we are, what we’re into and what keeps us going. For many people, a home is an extension of a personality – and this is certainly the case if you have enough time to safely invest in the refurbishment or redesign of a house or apartment. But what is the first element you notice when you walk into someone’s home? (more…)
As soon as September rolls around, we all start to get that familiar feeling – it’s time to put away the shorts and the ice cubes and it’s time to roll out the sweaters and to switch on the central heating. Autumn and winter aren’t all bad – particularly if your home is set up with the best in heating or underfloor warmth – but, believe it or not, the best thing to do when considering home design and refurbishment in autumn and winter is to start thinking about next summer – as bizarre as that may sound! Luckily, luxury builders London and beyond can help you to make decisions that will really stack up well in the warmer months yet to roll around again.
Summer comes and goes so quickly it’s hardly worth buying sun lotion at all – and while many of us are more than ready to set up our homes so that we can enjoy our gardens, conservatories and balconies in the sunshine and clement weather, it remains to be said that brilliant weather – in Britain, at least – comes along a minority of the year. Therefore, it’s down to us as homeowners to make sure that we offer a good balance – that we make sure our homes are just as ready for the cold snap as they are for sunny days and light breezes.
More and more people have the luxury of working from home nowadays – and while some of us are glad to be able to get out of the office sometimes, or relish the chance to escape into a quiet den to do some paperwork, it can sometimes be hard to find that perfect space to work in. Many people find themselves having to balance their books or even carry out a full working day from their kitchens, bedrooms or even gardens – while this last option may seem idyllic, it’s not such a great option if you have little access to your files, figures, and moreover if it’s raining outside. Therefore, as luxury builders will confirm, the concept of a ‘home office’ is becoming more and more commonplace in private home installations – but how do you get the look and feel of an office just right?
When it comes to renovations or refurbishments – whether building up from scratch or making the most of what’s already available – it’s often very easy to get distracted by what you’re bringing in rather than what you should be keeping as standard. Whether you are in the market to renovate a kitchen, a loft space, a lounge or living room, it is becoming increasingly cost-effective to provision and maintain some form of insulation – whether in your walls or in your loft. Insulation has been offered as standard with many houses and homes for some years now but there may be a few occasions where it gets forgotten amid trying to bring an old house up to scratch – you shouldn’t just be focusing on the look of your home but also on its practicality.
Many people find themselves worried about what their limits could and should be when it comes to designing and paying for their ideal home. While some people merely look for an extension or two to help expand their property, others are keen to go for a complete overhaul – more or less redesigning their homes to fit their personality, needs and/or lifestyle. Why shouldn’t everyone feel free to make their ideal home a reality? A good building construction company or design firm is one which will always be willing to look into the possibilities for bespoke projects, what works well and to what extent changes could be made.
For years, the idea of an extension to a home has been thought of as something rather luxurious – even a simple conservatory has eluded many of us who just aren’t that into plants! However, as housing trends and tastes in interior design have transformed over the years, it’s safe to say that the way we treat our houses has changed somewhat, too. It’s no longer considered particularly taboo in terms of cost or feasibility to opt for an extension to your home that benefits your family, your guests and the value of your property.
Many of us living in two to three storey homes will likely have a loft or attic space that simply isn’t being used – it’s quite easy to miss sometimes! The attic is generally used for all the storage and bric-a-brac you have trouble fitting in elsewhere in the home – and anything that goes up there rarely comes out. They are perhaps second only to the basement as the least-loved room in the home (barring any airing cupboards) – but we think they could do with a little more love, and we don’t mean by throwing more of your clothes and unwanted Christmas presents up there!
It seems like the world and his wife are renovating or refurbishing their homes right now. And why not? It never hurts to give your home that little bit of a change, particularly if you are considering extending your property, boosting your house value or are even looking to change the whole atmosphere of your living space. We understand why people want to renovate, and what it is they are looking from in terms of luxury interior design and construction. As luxury builders London families rely upon for brilliant, unique creations that reflect their personalities as well as their lifestyles, we’re in a position to recommend many different tricks and techniques – and glass, by far, is one of our favourite materials to use.
We all want our homes to look great – this much is true! It’s also true that we’d all like our interior (and even exterior) design and construction to reflect our personalities. Whether you’re keen on ornate flourishes, Victorian reproduction, or prefer something a little more contemporary with glass and sliding doors, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make 2017 the year that your home really comes into its own. You’re going to need a building construction company that knows what looks great, what sells and what stands the test of time.
Are you looking to upgrade the value of your property but you don’t know what to do? Do you want to get the most value out of a vacant or unused property you own but you don’t know where to start? Then these steps to effective property development might be the solution you’re looking for.
Many property developers know how lucrative and rewarding developing properties can be. If done rightly, it can be the ladder to a stable and more secure financial future. But if executed wrongly, it could result to frustrations, financial losses, disappointments and many more unpleasantness!
Home refurbishment is any process that involves the repair or restoration of a minor or major thing in a home. This could range from old fashioned furniture and family treasures to more significant remodels like extensions, demarcations, extra attachments, repainting and lots more. Whatever the case may be, the goal of any home refurbishment is to restore or upgrade the beauty and comfort of the home.
The amount of work & effort involved in renovating any home is one that should not be taken lightly. Many people make the mistake of ignoring these two factors when making plans to renovate their homes, mostly due to time constraints. There are many reasons why a renovation may take longer than it should and many of these reasons can be eliminated if you just hire an experienced renovation company. A property renovation process handled by a professional renovation company is guaranteed to have a much quicker turnaround, than one handled by a freelance contractor or executed as a DIY project.
If you are planning to renovate your home and you want it accomplished in a way you would be happy and satisfied with, then you need to hire a revocation contractor that does not only promise a seamless renovation service, but also has a track record of meeting expectations. This will save you from experiencing the hassles associated with home renovations! The process of renovating any home is filled with ups and downs, so ensuring that you choose the right renovation company is extremely important. Hiring a wrong and unqualified contractor can jeopardise the entire process and resulting outcome.
In a world where wants and needs have become interchangeable, many people are deciding to build homes that does not only fit their need for shelter, but also complements their style and vision of what a home should look and feel like. Therefore a dream home can be defined as a representation of the builder or owner’s choices and decisions on what the external and internal structure should be.
When it comes to building a dream home, it is extremely important to understand that everyone has a different idea with unique vision on what constitutes an ideal home. From elegant and stylish bungalows and duplexes nestled on London’s inner city to magnificent 10,000 sq. ft. mansions located on the outskirts of greater London, the dream home construction opportunities are simply limitless for any builder or home owner out there.
With house prices in London continuing to rise, it is becoming increasingly difficult to climb that steep property ladder. Not only are soaring house prices an issue, but the cost of moving house also play a burdening factor on anyone who has outgrown their existing home and needs to find more space for their expanding families.
From stamp duties, arrangement fees, estate agency costs, solicitor involvements for both buying and selling, as well as calling in the surveyors, the finances needed to fund a successful house move can sometimes be astronomical, so it’s hardly surprising that more and more London property owners are choosing to stay put and extend on the homes they already have.
Renovating property in London, or anywhere else for that matter, can often unearth a multitude of stumbling blocks. Stripping back to the bare essentials, a good property developer will already have ideas and ways to address structural concerns before putting his newly acquired property back on the market for resale, or indeed, move his or her new tenants in.
It seems whenever you switch on the television nowadays, everyone is a property expert; inundated with a plethora of daytime Do It Yourself programmes and having a string of self made property gurus filtering their knowledge down through the airwaves. For the inexperienced property tycoon however, realising the dream of having a profitable property portfolio isn’t as easy as some would have us believe.
Whatever it is, some homes have it.
Whether an open plan penthouse apartment or a snug country style cottage, some properties seem to just have that warm and welcoming vibe. They have the astounding ability to make you feel at home, even when you’re not, and give off an instantaneously inviting aura.
If you watch any of the building or renovation shows on TV you will have noticed that from time to time they feature a project that strives to innovate. Sometimes they look back into history for inspiration, hay bales covered by wattle & daub for walls for example, and sometimes they look to the future. Cutting-edge techniques and materials are used to achieve something wonderfully unique and beautiful. Something that satisfies the eye and the imagination.
To do for a living something that you truly love has often been described as the Holy Grail. Craftsman who take pleasure from what they create, always create something special and something worth significantly more than the sum of its parts. You can tell if a firm of builders have craftsman working for them by inspecting their past-work portfolio.
When inspecting a piece of building work, the assessment of quality is made up from a few different things. Material, cut, placement/fitting and finish.
You may have heard about luxury builders and wondered what additional services benefits or features they offer above the regular services provide by a standard builder? This is a perfectly fair question to ask and with luxury implying a better standard or quality, it is only fair to ask what extra services will be provided by luxury builders. There are a great range of benefits that come from working with builders who have experience and expertise in providing luxury building services but it isn’t for everyone.