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What glass to use in a new extension?

When it comes to extensions, many of our clients want light-filled open plan rooms, which connect to their outside space. It is also important to ensure that light still gets into the interior of the house. This is easy to achieve with well-placed skylights, bi-folding doors and floor to ceiling windows. But what is the best glass to achieve light and airy spaces and how do you stop your new extension turning into a green house? Glass for Skylights and…

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Top Tips for Planning an Extension

Moving in London has become a less attractive prospect as the years have gone by; a perfect mix of rising property prices, expensive moving fees and high stamp duty has led to a trend of improving not moving. If you need more space in your house then an extension might be just what you need. Here are our top tips for planning an extension in London. Type of extension One of the first things you need to think about is…

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Flat Roof Extension

Flat roof extensions are one of the most common forms of home extensions in the UK. This is because they are generally easier to build, and are thus cheaper, than pitched roofs. Another reason flat roofs are popular is that they can give a more contemporary feel. However, there are disadvantages, such as a high level of maintenance and it does limit the height of your new extension’s ceiling. Flat roofs are ideal for small structures as they save space…

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Where to go in London for unique furniture finds?

When embarking on a new extension, loft conversion, basement build or all three, you want to be able to fill your house with unique furnishings. London is full of independent shops, where you can find inexpensive treasures as well as budget-busting statement pieces. Below, we’ve listed our favourite places to find unique furniture in London. Aladdin’s Cave, St Johns, South East London Aladdin’s Cave is a warren of a shop, located on Loampit Hill in the South East London area…

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5 ways to save money on a new kitchen

Undertaking a kitchen extension is never an inexpensive prospect; while you may have spent months planning, and maybe even years dreaming of the perfect kitchen – sometimes it is necessary to tighten the budget; however, that does not mean you have to compromise too much on the dream. We take a look at the best things to save money on, and where to splash the cash, when planning your new kitchen. Planning A kitchen is an investment, so do not…

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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;…

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Five flooring options for your extension

If you are having an extension built, then what you plan on using the extra space for will influence the kind of flooring you choose. Whether you are building a kitchen, dining room, living room or all three in one open plan setting, here are some flooring ideas to get you inspired. Underfloor heating Underfloor heating is becoming more popular in the UK. Not only does it make your feet feel all warm and toasty, but it’s an efficient way…

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utility room ideas

Utility room ideas: What you need to know

Utility rooms are fast becoming seen as an essential part of modern living. These practical and serviceable spaces offer a place to hide some of the more unsightly household chores. After all, do you want your guests to see a pile of dirty laundry or your underwear hanging up to dry? No, you don’t. “With the increase in open-plan living, we’ve noticed customers prefer to create a defined separation between their kitchen and utility functions, where space permits,” said Tony…

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How to make your home extension energy efficient

When building an extension it pays to have the environment in mind. By making it energy efficient you can save money on your running costs and maybe even on your build. Here’s how to make your extension energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Insulation External wall insulation is one of most effective types of insulations you can have. It works by fixing a layer of insulation material to the wall, then covering it with a reinforcement and a special type of…

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A guide to Crittall windows

Crittall is an Essex based steel window company that have been around for almost three centuries. From 1919 to the 1980s, Critall manufactured ‘cottage windows’ for government housing schemes across the country. Many of these windows can still be seen on early 20th century council flat blocks, especially in London. The trend for picture and floor to ceiling windows, as well as stricter conservation rules, has brought Crittall’s steel windows back into fashion and their traditional style windows especially, are…

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