2017 London house extension inspiration

The trend for ‘improve not move’ looks set to carry on into 2017. With the cost of moving and house prices continuing to rise, it makes sense for London families to expand their current properties rather than move to a new one. If you’re thinking of getting an extension on your house take a look at our videos for some extension inspiration.

Highbury, North London – Rear Kitchen Extension

This Victorian home in Highbury, North London, underwent an extensive renovation; it included a rear kitchen extension and a loft conversion, with the latter constructed by our sister company, Simply Loft. The owners of this extension have created a beautiful kitchen diner with exposed brick and bi-folding doors, which bring the outside in. The design also features a strategic light well over the sink and the kitchen uses sleek lines and a contrasting colour palette to maximise space.

Balham, South West London, Side Return Extension

Bright and airy, this side return extension, in the South West London enclave of Balham, is a great example of what can be done in a normal period terrace. Light was important to this family, and the combination of bi-folding doors, floor to ceiling windows and skylights above the dining table ensures plenty of natural light flows into this family orientated room. The traditional kitchen and large warm-coloured wooden table give this modern extension a homely feel.

Queens Park – Rear Extension and Refurbishment

This pretty rear extension on a ground floor garden flat in Queens Park near Kilburn in North West London, just goes to prove that you don’t need to own a house to extend your home. This project saw a complete renovation of the flat that included a reconfiguration of the bedrooms, bathroom and living room. A light well and wall-to-wall bi-folding doors let in plenty of light into what was once a dark space. The reconfiguration has enhanced the property’s period features and gives the family a workable space to live, work and play.

East Sheen London – Rear Kitchen Extension

A modern extension can transform a home no matter when it was built. This early 20th-century family home opted for a rear pitched roof kitchen extension, which gives the room a lofty feel. Skylights are fitted into the slope of the roof and let in plenty of natural light, as does the triangular window above the door. This family have also opted for bi-folding doors which connects with the garden, offering indoor-outdoor living all year round. The stylish kitchen is sociable and has been designed with entertaining in mind.

If you want to improve your London home in 2017, then contact us today for a free site survey.

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A guide to underfloor heating

 

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Underfloor heating is a great way to add warmth to your new London home extension without radiators using up valuable wall and floor space. But which type to choose for your project? At Simply Extend, we’ve put together a quick guide to what you need to know about underfloor heating.

There are two main types of underfloor heating system. The most common is wet underfloor heating. This uses your boiler to warm up water and then pumps heat through tubes installed under the floor – much like a standard gas central heating system, but without the need for radiators. Although more expensive to install, it is generally cheaper to run in the long term.

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The other option is electric underfloor heating. This uses electricity to produce heat under your floor and, as such is more costly to run – although it is cheaper at the point of installation.

The main thing to note with any type of underfloor heating is that you should be careful with real wood flooring. If it’s not acclimatised to the heat then the wood may bow and warp. This is one of the reasons why tiles tend to be a popular choice in kitchen extensions when underfloor heating is being used. If, however, you do want the look of wooden flooring – try engineered wood as this will not warp and does not need time to acclimatise.

Contact the team at Simply Extend today to discuss your London home extension project – we can guide you through every aspect including your heating choices.

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Kitchens to Entertain In

As Christmas approaches we all start thinking about how we can transform our London homes into fantastic spaces for entertaining with plenty of room for that dream kitchen, perhaps in an open plan layout with a beautiful dining area where guests can mingle and chat before sitting down to dinner.

That being said, not everyone has the luxury of space to create a kitchen for entertaining, which is where a London home extension from Simply Extend can come in useful. With a rear extension, side return extension or wrap around extension, it’s possible to create a luxurious space with a kitchen island or breakfast bar and an open plan dining or living area with seamless access to your garden or patio.

At Simply Extend, we can even manage and source your new kitchen with our partners at Tineo Designs so that you can have your new kitchen as a part of the overall home extension project. For inspiration on your fabulous kitchen for entertaining, take a look at some of our past projects below.

If you’re planning on creating a home extension in London to encompass your dream kitchen, contact the team at Simply Extend today to see how we can help you.

 

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Why are side return extensions so popular in London?

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Side return extensions are big news in London right now with a soaring growth in popularity. These relatively small extensions stretch your home into the alleyway area at the side of the house and, as such are not so much about adding a new room to your home as they are about expanding the space available. So why are they so popular in London?

Perfect for social kitchens

Well, they’re fantastic for creating large, open plan kitchen diners, creating spacious social areas within the home, expanding the space for a family to live in without the hassle of moving. It’s a brilliant opportunity to redesign your kitchen to form a luxurious space that will add value to your home.

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They use dead space

With garden space at a premium in London, many homes either do not have the space to extend to the rear or do not want to reduce the size of their garden. Instead, a side return extension uses the dead space to the side of the home, allowing London families to have the best of both worlds. A side return extension can also open up corridors and other ‘dead’ areas of the house to create one large open space.

Light and airy

Because a side return extension runs along the length of your existing room you can use skylights to flood the space with natural sunlight. Rather than ending up with a beautifully lit extension and a darker room beyond, you’ll instead have a space that’s wonderfully lit all the way through.

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It’s a relatively small job

Because a side return extension isn’t very big in terms of size, it’s also quite small in terms of the scale of the job. Although the size of each individual project will vary, a side return extension can be a great option if you don’t want the building to run on and on.

It’s cost effective

Because of the smaller size of a side return extension, this also means that it’s a relatively cheaper and more cost effective job to carry out than a rear or wrap around extension. So you’re gaining space and really maximising the value you’re adding to your home.

If you think a side return extension may be the right improvement for your home, contact the London home extension experts, Simply Extend, on 0800 917 7571.

 

 

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Stylish Kitchen Flooring Options

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If you’re getting a brand new kitchen extension in your London home, flooring is one of the things you need to think about early on as it’s so integral to the room. But with so many choices out there, choosing can be a bit of a minefield.

To help, we’ve put together a handy guide that breaks down all of the different types of kitchen flooring and their benefits.

Tiles

Floor tiles certainly have the benefit of being practical – you can simply wipe up any spills. They also come in a huge range of styles and colours so you can co-ordinate them with your dream kitchen, whether classic or contemporary.

Concrete

Great for contemporary kitchens, concrete is a versatile option that can be poured directly onto the existing flooring. It’s low maintenance and can come in a variety of colours. It can even be laid indoors and outdoors if you want to create that joined-up feeling.

Resin

Resin floors are comfortable underfoot thanks to a soft finish. What makes them particularly good for kitchens is the material’s hygienic properties.

Simply Extend kitchen extension flooring LondonEngineered wood

Cheaper and more resilient than solid wood – which can warp in the kitchen due to heat and moisture sensitivity – engineered wood gives a traditional wooden flooring look without the hefty price tag. It even comes in a range of widths and finishes.

Laminate

Laminate flooring can suit all budgets and good quality laminate is easily durable enough for a high-traffic area like the kitchen. It comes in a range of finishes, including wood and stone effect, and it often has antimicrobial and antistatic properties, making it ideal for kitchen use.

Bamboo

If being eco-friendly is a must, bamboo flooring is a great choice. It’s super durable and can be stained and sealed for the finish you want. Much more environmentally friendly than wood, it releases up to 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than trees do and, because it grows so fast, it can be harvested multiple times in a year.

Cork

Cork flooring is another eco-friendly option and is available in a range of colours, finishes and designs. It’s naturally antibacterial so it’s perfect for households with allergy sufferers, and its airiness means it’s comfy underfoot.

Simply Extend kitchen extension flooring LondonVinyl

If you want the look of wood or stone, but don’t have the time to maintain it, vinyl flooring is a strong contender. It has the benefit of being warmer and quieter underfoot than natural materials too.

Linoleum

Linoleum – or lino – flooring is ideal for kitchen spaces as its natural, sustainable materials are antibacterial and won’t harbour dust mites. This, of course, makes it great for allergy sufferers as well. Like vinyl, it’s warm and comfy underfoot.

Rubber

Often used in commercial buildings, rubber is extremely resilient yet is super comfortable to the touch. It comes in a massive range of textures and colours and is easy to maintain.

Speak to Simply Extend on 0800 917 7571 to discuss your plans for your London kitchen extension, and we can help you decide on the perfect finish. You can even take a look at our case studies to get some ideas.

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Kitchen Extension Worktop Guide

Simply Extend london home extension kitchen worktopWhen planning a bespoke kitchen for your London home extension, it’s important to get the worktops right. Not only do they finish off the aesthetic, you also need to take into account the practicalities of each worktop material. This is why we’ve put together a handy guide that takes you through the most common kitchen worktop materials for your London kitchen extension.

Composite worktops

The great thing about composite is it’s both practical and beautiful. Available in a wide array of colours, you can go bold for contemporary kitchens or neutral for more traditional styles. It can be used anywhere too, including next to the hob and around the sink.

As it can be thermoformed into different shapes, there are no unhygienic joints so composite has a wonderful seamless look that doesn’t require any sealing. Upkeep is easy too – just keep clean with a soft, damp cloth and a mild detergent, and wipe up spills to avoid marks.

Best of all, it’s very tough – it’s even more durable than a lot of natural stone and, because it’s solid, any scratches can be sanded out too making it simple to maintain.

Laminate worktops

If you’re on a tighter budget, laminate can be a great way to get the look you want without breaking the bank as it can accurately mimic other worktop styles such as slate, hardwood and granite. There are so many varieties out there too so you have lots of choice.

It’s great anywhere in the kitchen and is very low maintenance so it’s fantastic for those with busy lifestyles. It’s resistant to most stains and chemicals, although it can be damaged by heat or steam and it isn’t suitable as a cutting surface so you’ll always need to use chopping boards and trivets.

Corian worktops

Corian is a fantastic material if you’re looking for a slick, seamless run of worktop with an integrated sink. It can be formed into any shape so there are no unhygienic joints and it’s incredibly low maintenance. Available in a wide array of colours, you can go contemporary or traditional depending on your kitchen’s style.

Corian is water and stain resistant, and it’s even heat resistant up to 250°C (although using a trivet is advised). As with composite, Corian worktops are sold with the colour running right through, so any scratches can simply be sanded away.

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Hardwood worktops

Hardwood is a beautiful material for your kitchen extension as it adds rich, warm tones and suits both contemporary and traditional spaces. It’s perfect for food preparation areas as well as dining areas such as a kitchen island.

In particular, teak and iroko are best around the sink as their high oil content makes them water resistant. There is some maintenance required though and when first installed you’ll need to take hardwood through an initial programme of regular oiling in order to seal it. After a year of this, a quarterly application of Danish or linseed oil will prevent the wood drying out.

Hardwood will last a long time if properly sealed and used correctly. Spills need to be wiped up to stop staining, and you should not place hot pans directly on to the surface, or use it as a chopping board. If it scratches though, these can be sanded out.

Granite worktops

If you’re going for a super luxe look in your kitchen extension, granite may well be way to go as it never goes out of style, suits traditional and modern kitchens and looks amazing.

It can be used in any area of the kitchen and can be cut into a variety of shapes (although it’s very heavy to transport and manoeuvre). It’s low maintenance and, once sealed, it doesn’t require re-sealing for about 10 years.

Granite is ideal for kitchens as it is heat and water resistant as well as being impervious to most stains – although citric acids and wine should be wiped up at once to prevent marking.

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Stainless steel worktops

Stainless steel is the worktop of choice for professional and commercial kitchens thanks to its antibacterial properties and lack of unhygienic joints. Because of this, it mostly suits industrial and contemporary décors so for a softer look it needs to be teamed with other materials such as wood.

The surface is easy to clean (just use stainless steel cleaner) and it can be rubbed down with baby oil to keep it looking great. It’s waterproof as well as resistant to heat and acid, but it is prone to scratches. These scratches won’t affect the antibacterial properties but they will give it a worn, distressed look that’s not necessarily for everyone.

Glass worktops

If you are going for a smaller kitchen extension in your London home, a glass feature worktop can increase the feeling of space with its reflective surface – although for this reason it looks better as part of a contemporary style. It can even be lit from below for a stunning look.

It can be cut to most shapes, even including space for integrated hobs and sinks, and it’s heat, water and acid resistant too since it’s toughened. Any scratches can be polished smooth, although it does need wiping frequently to prevent water marks and fingerprints. It’s easy, though, to wipe with glass cleaner and it’s very hygienic as there are no joints.

Whatever surface you prefer, if you’re thinking of having a London home extension with a bespoke kitchen you should contact the experts at Simply Extend today. We work in partnership with a local London kitchen design company called Tineo Designs and are able to design a kitchen to any bespoke specification. To arrange your kitchen extension site survey, call us today on 0800 917 7571.

 

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Increase the value of your home by appealing to the budding chef

Home owners looking to expand their kitchen will be pleased to know that a third of estate agents in the UK believe that the extension will increase the value of their property. Good news for those budding Jamie Oliver’s and Heston Blumenthal’s in the making.

A great way to expand the home and create a larger living area, kitchen extensions are now seen as a financially beneficial solution to increasing space in the home alongside extra bedrooms.

According to a new report by the National Association of Estate Agents, it was revealed that just under half (49 per cent) of estate agents surveyed agreed that an extra bedroom would increase the value of a property, whereas a third felt a kitchen extension would increase the value.

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Kitchen extensions were ahead of the poll, that took into account conservatories and garages. With conservatories only taking 4 per cent of the vote, 3 per cent thought the addition of a garage would increase the value of a home. Converting an existing garage into a living space also only garnered 3 per cent of the estate agents votes.

Jan Hytch, President of the NAEA added: ‘Our research shows that bedrooms and kitchens are seen as the most sensible areas for expansion and this rings true when a property comes on to the market.’

With house prices in London steadily increasing, home owners and growing families are finding that extending and expanding their home is a cost effective way to obtain more room.

The team at Simply Extend create beautiful extensions including side return, wrap around and even double storey extension for home owners in the London area and tailor every job to your specific requirements. Need a bigger area to work with when cooking? No problem. Our team can turn a kitchen into a bespoke living space based on what you need. Bedroom with a bathroom, an office or a kitchen, we can handle anything.

We take care of everything, from obtaining planning permission on your behalf to design to paintwork, all at a fixed price, so there are no hidden costs, meaning at the end of the project, all you have to do is enjoy it.

Visit www.simplyextend.co.uk to view our vast portfolio of past projects and see what a kitchen or any other type of extension can do for your home.

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Dinner is a Winner as a London Home Extension Creates Beautiful New Kitchen

Breakfast, lunch and dinner times are set to be a lot more fun for one London family, after London building firm Simply Extend completed a breathtaking home extension; centred around a large kitchen/diner space.

With a large central island and lots of room for family and friends, this stunning kitchen mixes functionality with a warm family friendly aesthetic.

When families grow, they need more space and with London house prices still on the up many families have to find that space at home.

But home extensions and loft conversions aren’t just about adding more bedrooms to a property. Sometimes all it takes to make a house a better home is to revamp the areas in which the family spends the most time. The kitchen is always high on that list.

Simply Extend were provided with a brief to install a side rear extension to create a large kitchen and diner space. A brand new set of fully glazed windows were installed to the new build in order to allow as much natural light in as possible. Bi-folding doors were installed to the rear for easy access to the garden; and a breezy, wide open space in the warmer months.

The entire London home extension was completed and fully decorated in 10 weeks. All that was left for the family to do was fill the space with family photos and colourful, kiddies artwork.

By altering one room in the house, Simply Extend were able to transform the home and create an entirely new centre. The living areas are amongst the most important areas within a property and the kitchen is often considered the heart of the home.

Do you enjoy spending time in your kitchen/dining area? Is there enough room for the hustle and bustle of the whole family? If the answer is no it could be time to extend the space and install the kitchen of your dreams.

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