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February 2016

Planning a House Extension, Extension Top Tips

Planning a House ExtensionThere are a variety of reasons as to why someone may be looking to plan an extension for their home. Some of these may include the fact that you are looking for additional living space, you may be wanting to add value to your current home prior to sale or you maybe be looking to alter the appearance or functionality of your property.

These factors may vary, however, the process undertaken is simple. It is often the case that individuals are daunted by the concept of extending their home for many reasons. The laws and regulations surrounding this can often intimidate people either in relation to the costs or how to adhere to the requirements.

Reputable builders will offer detailed information and support in relation to this. This will not only reduce the pressure and stress but it will also make the process straightforward. Some considerations may be your neighbours right to light, minimum ceiling heights, the understanding or required Building Regulations, permitted development rights or minimum room sizing.

This shows an insight into the comprehensive services offered by building contractors. The following top tips may offer assistance should you look to extend your home.

Tip number one is to avoid creating an unusable space. It is often the case when you are looking to create a new room that you can be left with a through-room or a space that is solely used to get to your new extension. This effectively creates wasted space that can often be difficult to fill. Take into consideration the way in which you enter your new extension. Make sure to avoid creating a walk-through or dumping ground as this will inevitably mean that you are sacrificing more than you are gaining.

Tip two is to make sure that you have adequate facilities. Adding bedrooms to a house means that you may have an increased requirement for bathrooms or shower rooms. This will facilitate living-requirements as the rule of thumb is that any four-bedroom house should have an en-suite plus a main bathroom. If you are looking to add any further bedrooms, careful consideration should be made to adding other bathroom facilities.

Tip three is to identify the best-served local professional. They will offer help and support where required to ensure the smooth running of the entire process from start to finish and beyond. Time employed in this aspect will allow you to reap the full benefits. Quality materials, customer service, in-depth knowledge and attention to detail will offer an exceptional finish.

Extensions offer additional living space that can truly tailor your existing beautiful home to suit your individual requirements. It is often the case that individuals delay the start of such a project, however, once finished they reflect on the process and cannot imagine why they ever postponed their decision. Allow your dreams to become reality with an extension that will allow your home to reach its full potential.


5 Ideas For Unusual Rooms In Your House

Pool & Snooker RoomProbably some of you plan to be kings and queens one day, right? Okay, in order to be prepared to live like one, you need a castle. Like every castle, yours should have a room to entertain your family and guests. It’s always nice to have something to spoil them with, ha-ha. Now seriously, there are so many ways to upgrade an empty room. This could include anything from a pool table area to a jacuzzi. I will present a couple of ideas that might come handy when you take over the throne. I mean, when you plan your next home renovation. Just a quick tip: make sure you create an interior that can be easily cleaned and maintained – no one likes having extra domestic chores. So let’s keep it real and see how you can make the most out of your castle… or house.

Pool & Snooker Room

I like both playing and watching a good game of pool or snooker. It could be a wonderful opportunity to spend your free time with friends. Bear in mind that if you want to have a snooker table in your house, it requires quite a big space. For the gentlemen, an appealing idea might be to build a minibar with a countertop where they can have a manly drink with the mates. The bar could feature a large TV area where everybody can watch the world championships as well.


Although not something anyone can afford or fit inside their house, today’s market offers a great deal of jacuzzi designs and materials to choose from for your house. Of course, that choice may involve some advice from a handyman or at least someone with more experience in home renovations. One thing is for sure – you should prepare for a serious spending of money if you decide to install one at home. And to enjoy a jacuzzi to the fullest, it has to be really clean and generally well-kept. After all, you don’t want an area dedicated to relaxation to be smelly or grimy.

Gym/Training Room

Here’s a working way to stop having any excuses for not doing exercises at home – your very own gym. The more machines you place and use here, the fitter you will be. This is an excellent idea for both you and the other family members. If your kids prefer junk food, it might be a convenient place to give them some advice on eating healthier foods and spending more time exercising. This room would be especially beneficial to people who work from home, are often too busy or don’t have access to a nearby fitness centre.

Pet Room

As you probably already guessed, I am a pet lover, and as one I believe it’s important for our furry friends to have the same comfort we and our families enjoy. You can make him/her a huge bed, and store up all of his toys, repellents and medical solutions you use for keeping them healthy. Make sure you don’t use any expensive upholstery or carpets in that particular room. After all, it’s a pet area and regular maintenance would be a pain. Even though for pet owners with busy schedules there’s always the option to have domestic cleaners come and help, you’re still better off decorating it smart, using low-maintenance furniture.

Game Spot

Foosball, air hockey, twister are just part of the games you can play with friends. If you have children, this is a clever way to keep them away from the computer for longer periods of time. Game consoles are not too expensive, they’re easy to install and much fun to play. Once again, if you don’t have an entertaining centre in your area, why not turn your house into one? It’s not unusual for owners of bigger homes to construct a whole bowling area in their basements. This is really the next level of domestic entertainment, suitable for the whole family. Hopefully you found these ideas cool and implement one (or two!) of them soon. I just might do the same.


The Difference Between Luxury Home Remodeling And Other Construction Related Activities

The Difference Between Luxury Home Remodeling And Other Construction Related ActivitiesWhat Qualifies As A Remodel Project?

By definition, a remodel entails altering the structure of the home. This results in a change in structure and style of the home which yields a complete transformation. Remodeling often involves complex design changes. This is then requires various parts such as construction, electrical and plumbing work. Thus, it is often more costly than a renovation. Home remodeling companies undertake projects involving the change of space utilization which is rather complicated. Thus it is important that you select a suitable company which is well experienced and suitable for your project to ensure work is carried out as desired and planned from the beginning.

Examples for luxury home remodeling includes changing the layout for your kitchen or combining your living room and kitchen space to create an open concept kitchen. It could even involve the re-configuration of the floor plan of your home and changing the layout of one or more rooms in your house. Remodeling generally results in a completely new look and feel of your whole house.

Other Construction Related Projects

The term renovation is often confused and used interchangeably with the term remodeling. In contrast to the work performed by home remodeling companies, renovations include restoration of homes to a good condition or to its previous state and requires repair. It refreshes the structure to what it once was and makes it new again. This would include work such as re-painting, installation of new fixtures and finishes. The key identifying factor is that the original design is not changes drastically but just updated and revived.

Similar to a remodel, new constructions also use similar materials and products and the end results often look similar. New constructions follow a methodical sequence throughout but if planned well can be executed with ease. But remodeling often demands more precision. This is due to the fact that it involves selective or partial demolition which involves a high degree of coordination to ensure that existing structures are properly supported.

The following are description of some other construction activities which should not be confused with remodels.

  • Preservation – this involves treatments to help keep a building in its current state to prevent deterioration.
  • Restoration – this is done to recreate or reproduce the appearance of a building to what it was once before.
  • Rehabilitation/Reclamation – the character defining features of a building are maintain whilst bringing about adaptive use of the building. Some contemporary changes may be made in this type of project.

Should You Renovate a Century Old House

Renovate a Century Old HouseThe popularity of renovation nowadays is soaring because in part of reality TV. Viewers are in awe of all the various shows that feature interior designers and his crew turning a shabby into a modern expensive home. Because of this, many people renovate their homes even if there is no need for it. Some even renovate century old homes that have some nice old school touch to them just because the owners like to live in a modern looking home.

This begs the question, should you renovate a century old house and if you do which should you renovate and which should you keep?

To Renovate or Not

Century old homes are treasures. They are architectural relics of the past era. If you own one, you should be proud of it and you should try to keep it looking as it was in the past. These homes have their own beauty that many new houses don’t.

However, this article will tell you that even a century old home could still use a little renovation. If you plan to stay in a home that is at least a hundred years old, for example, you should not suffer the obsolete bathroom facilities. You should not tolerate old heating systems that consume too much power. Yes, century old homes should be subject to renovation too, but you should do it only when absolutely necessary.

What You Should Renovate

When it comes to century old houses, you should consider carefully which parts to renovate. The fact that it is still standing after 100 years or more may mean that the house is made of quality materials and the age of the home itself may contribute to its value. Taking these factors into consideration, here are some parts of the century old house that you may look into for renovation:

· Kitchen-yes you should update your kitchen to the modern standards, at least to benefit from the improved anti-fire technology, which was not available then.

· Bathroom-Water conservation is important nowadays. Old bathrooms may not have the best water conservation technology that is available today. Renovating your bathroom and all the plumbing system is a worthy investment.

· Basement-old basements from century old houses are often used as mere storage places. Renovating them to add extra living space will shoot up your home’s value.

Old homes may have a very high value, but that does not mean you should not improve what needs to be improved. Just make sure to talk to an architect or interior designer before calling a renovation company. Ask the renovation company to check the foundation, walls, and flooring of your home. They can recommend which parts of the home you need to upgrade.