Although the cost of building an extension can be significant, it is a sure-fire way to add value to your home and will serve those looking to move away in a few year's time just as well as those who are setting up for the long haul.

As with any major project, there are a lot of factors that need to be carefully considered before any work on an extension can be undertaken. From initial designs to planning applications, supplies to labor costs, each stage of the process has the potential to cause major disruptions to the project if it is not thought through beforehand.

1. Design

If you've designed the extension yourself you may need the aid of a designer or draftsperson to draw up your plans to submit them for planning approval (if required) and a structural engineer to produce drawings and calculations for Building Regs’ purposes.

Choose someone who's worked on similar projects before and understands what you're trying to achieve with the budget you have.

2. Cost

Extension budget is one area where most people fall down, often underestimating the time and money that is required to complete the project. Adequately budgeting for an extension is one of the most important things to consider when planning a project to improve your home. Here are a few tips to remember:

3. Access to the site

You’ll need to factor in how trucks and lorries will reach the property and unload large items and materials. You’ll also need to determine where trades will park and store their tools.

4. Services

Check your current services for the installation, you need to plan this before building an extension or renovating your home. Don’t assume that your electrical, heating, and plumbing will be able to cope with lighting and heating extra space.

London is only second to Monaco as the most expensive city in the world to buy property, so it is not always easy to simply buy a new property when you need to boost your living space. 

Basement conversions have been surging in popularity over the past few years, particularly in London, where space is at a premium.

A basement conversion is a fantastic home improvement to make if you want to add more space and increase functionality in your property. You’ll also be able to increase the value of your home in the property market if you decide to sell it in the future.

MORE SPACE

A basement conversion could add a completely new dynamic to the household. The newfound space could be used to create a workout room, an entertainment space or just a spare bedroom for when guests stay over.

If you have a large family, then you could use the basement as a reading room or a place to retreat when it gets too hectic upstairs!

VALUE FOR MONEY

This is what many homeowners and contractors believe, and it’s easy to see why as basements typically already have all the structural walls in place, as opposed to other house extensions which require a lot more restructuring work. 

In some parts of London, a fully renovated basement can add up to 20% in market value to a home, and this figure can go even higher for the super expensive properties of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Islington that come equipped with mega-basements.

A Party Wall agreement must be agreed upon a few months before the project takes place, but this could delay it for months if your neighbours aren’t keen on the idea. 

If you need basement conversion, please don’t hesitate to contact us! 020 7916 2087

Modern kitchen design is sometimes broadly categorized as any style that's less traditional and more contemporary but in fact, all modern design has specific roots in terms of its time period, style and inspirations.

Modern design started around World War I and generally featured flat surfaces, geometric forms, and little or no ornamentation or adornments.

Modern kitchen cabinets, for example, are often defined by a sleek, angular and simple design, featuring little or no hardware, flush doors and flat surfaces.

Kitchen styles often focus more of their design on natural materials for cabinets, countertops, floors and furniture. Modern kitchen designs depart from this aesthetic fairly frequently, often featuring man-made materials like laminate, ceramics and molded plastics.

Accessories and other design flourishes can build on a modern kitchen theme. Cabinet doors may be replaced with frosted glass or a sleek laminate or wood veneer to create a modern look.

Flooring and tile work in modern kitchens tend to follow the overall aesthetic, adhering to the clean lines and relative simplicity recognizable in the broader design.

Tile floors or backsplashes of slate or granite in geometric patterns are common, as are subway tiles used for simple, elegant backsplashes.

Finally, furniture choices can contribute greatly to any modern kitchen design. Tables, stools, chairs and benches are available in an array of angular and flowing designs.

MORE KITCHEN DESIGN STYLES: 

•Colonial Kitchen Design

•Italian Kitchen Design

•European Kitchen Design

And more.. 

If you're thinking of remodeling your kitchen you can contact us anytime we are here to help you!

Modern bathroom design is centered around a simple, clean, minimalistic look and feel. Your bathroom, large or small, can easily become a luxurious, modern sanctuary for function and relaxation.

MID-CENTURY MODERN BATHROOM STYLE

The mid-century modern look is made up of geometric shapes, natural colors, and straight lines. Bathroom fixtures and furniture is a great place to start when designing your modern bathroom. 

MINIMALIST DESIGN

 Use built-in shelving and cabinetry to hide unwanted personal items. Tuck away toiletries and novelty items and focus on a clean space for relaxation. Avoid the temptation to add accessories and clutter. 

CLASSIC BATHROOM

A couple of ways to incorporate these luxury bathroom ideas are to include gold medals in the faucet and cabinetry. Make sure all of your metals match for a seamless look. Another way is to make the mirror your centerpiece, whether it is the shape that brings a unique touch or the color and size that you choose, the mirror will amplify the rest of the features so choose wisely.

GREENERY IN THE SHOWER FOR AN OPULENT SPA-LIKE EXPERIENCE

Organic design coincides with modern design, meaning that the natural outdoor space should easily mesh with the indoor space you are designing. 

MODERN LIGHTING FOR BATHROOM

Modern design is all about lines and geometric shapes, so keep that in mind when shopping for light fixtures or windows, and considering the placement of lighting.

If you're thinking of remodeling your bathroom you can contact us anytime we are here to help you!

No construction worker should be left alone in a crisis and that has never been more important than it is right now as builders struggle with the ongoing physical, mental, and economic effects of COVID-19.

It has developed a simple five-step framework that companies can follow in order to create a better mental health.

FIRST STEP:

Mental health charter and make a commitment towards improving mental health in the industry.

SECOND STEP: 

Order a helpline pack and promote the 24/7 construction industry helpline to your colleagues.

THIRD STEP:

Deliver a ‘tool box talk’ about mental health and wellbeing in your workplace.

FOURTH STEP: 

Offer employees who manage people the opportunity to complete mental health first aid training.

FIFTH STEP: 

Ensure you have enough mental health first aiders trained for your workplace

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A cracked or severed underground water line is a vexing problem that few homeowners ever want to face.

By separating this project into manageable steps, you can repair your underground water line by yourself, or at least take on some parts of it, thus reducing the project's overall cost.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Prior to digging in your yard, you should always have utility lines marked by your local utility location service. 

DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE A LEAK 

Some common indicators of a leak in your underground water line include:

> Water meter indicator is spinning even though no water in or around the house is turned on

> Mushy, soft spots in yard

> Recessed or swelling lawn or ground

LOCATE THE LEAK 

Once you know the general area of the leak, pinpoint its precise location.

TURN OFF WATER TO THE HOUSE AND AT THE STREET

Open the metal water meter box. Locate the valve beside the meter, on the house side of the meter (not the street side).

DRAIN WATER FROM THE TRENCH

Bail water from the trench with a bucket. Toward the end, drain the rest of the water with a shop vacuum on wet mode. REPAIR THE WATER LINE. 

TEST THE REPAIR

Examine your repair under pressure to make certain that it is secure. 

If you are not confident about your ability to turn the project around in a satisfactory period of time, you'll need to call in a plumber.

Types of insurance that should be considered for both you and your client to ensure you have the right cover before building work starts.

You should consider both your Liability Insurance and Contract Works Insurance to ensure you have enough cover for the size and type of project you are undertaking.

HELPING YOUR CLIENTS 

Before the work starts, homeowners should advise their home insurance provider of any improvements or alterations that are to take place in their home. 

If the house increases in size and value or gains additional contents (carpets, curtains, etc) due to the building works, then the insurance will again need to adapt.

Homeowners should ensure they are covered both during and after the work takes place, otherwise their insurance may be invalid.

WORKING TOGETHER

Cover is available for a wide range of projects such as porches, internal alterations, loft conversions, extensions and much more. 

Each of the policies protects against liquidation, faulty workmanship and structural damage to varying degrees, depending on which policy you choose.

If you’re unsure which one you require for the project you’re working on, simply get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist.

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The Home Office provided statistics explaining that over 19,000 accidental domestic fires in the UK were the result of electrical issues, with a total of 26 fatalities occurring from electrical fires at home.

The UK government has issued that from 1st July 2020 or from 1st April 2021 for existing tenancies, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) must be conducted by a qualified professional and acquired before the commencement of any new tenancy.

The report ensures that all electrical installations in the property, such as light fixtures and electrical sockets, are safe before the tenant moves in. 

Though, it is currently a challenge for professionals to conduct an electrical test during a global pandemic. As a result of social distancing rules and restrictions.For landlords and electricians there are multiple ways in which you have to make sure you are keeping safe and healthy.

Tips on how to do the safest socially distanced work for professionals, conducting safe EICR tests will require different techniques depending on the person involved.

Property Contractors 247 explain the different ways in which you can conduct these tests safely at home.

How to conduct the test at home

Although primarily requiring an expert to physically conduct the test in the property, in some instances which usually involve vulnerable tenants at higher risk of contracting the virus, the EICR will not be required.

This will only be accepted if there is written evidence that an inspection has been discussed and attempted.

As a result of the test being essential to the safety of future tenants, the report will usually be required to take place and will take into account any coronavirus safety precautions.

Landlords must also inform tenants to obey any rules or government guidelines when conducting checks & inspections. 

An alternative method is via live inspections which are completed by property inspectors reviewing and conducting evaluations by video link.

For landlords or existing tenants, there is an element of pressure when conducting home checkups.

“You will need to bear this in mind if there are already tenants in the property as failure to turn any electrical components off whilst conducting the test could prove fatal, so always double-check.”

For electricians as well as landlords and tenants, when conducting an electrical test, despite any prior initial assessments, never assume that an electrical component you are handling in a residence is safe.

Always run the necessary checks. To assess the safety of the property you should follow recommended steps of a visual test. 

An approved voltage indicator (AVI) is a key piece of equipment used for checking electrical currents within a property.

Taking these guidelines into consideration could help you prevent any unnecessary electrical injuries or health-related issues regarding coronavirus.

Helping perform safe and correct reviews and evaluations to properties with the intention of reducing the number of electrical fires happening at home. Get in touch with us!

In economically changing times, it has become quite important for property owners to preserve their real estate assets in a wonderful condition. 

This can only happen if the property has been provided with regular and timely done maintenance, with proper tools and equipment. 

It is quite evident that maintaining a property in a considerably good condition is a tough task. It is somewhat challenging and includes a time-consuming process, but it is a very important process too. 

Having a properly maintained property ready at disposal also considerably increases its prices. In case of emergencies, timely maintaining your property also keeps it ready for use. Furthermore, a maintained property will always score more on the rent fixation chart. 

Property owners, and specifically those who don’t live at their properties, often lack the time and enthusiasm required to maintain their properties. Such property owners can always resort to the services offered by a professional property maintenance provider. Property Contractors 247 provides its customers with the best services at affordable prices. 

The prices usually only vary with the size of the property concerned.

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Why now could be the best time to continue or start your renovation or building project ? Construction and architecture are some of the few industries in London that will keep going during and after lockdown. Why now? We are going to share 4 aspects to seize the opportunity to continue or start the planning phase […]

Why now could be the best time to continue or start your renovation or building project ?

Construction and architecture are some of the few industries in London that will keep going during and after lockdown.

Why now?

We are going to share 4 aspects to seize the opportunity to continue or start the planning phase of your home project – with flexibility to choose when you start the build.

1. Use your free time at home:

During this time, most of us are at home and likely spending most of our day online – there´s plenty of time to design ideas for your new home project that you want to renovate or build.

2. Avoid the post-pandemic rush:

Once the lockdown could be lifted, we are predicting a rush for building and construction. That's why it is important to keep your plans moving forward now.

The waiting time for the council approval will also increase significantly once this situation returns to normal, so we recommend to submit your plans early and avoid this possible scenario where everyone will want their plans to be approved.

3. Most of contractors and architects are working from home:

Despite any lockdown, contractors and architects continue to work and provide services to their clients from home digitally.

It is an excellent opportunity to work closely with you and communicate regularly and remotely.

4. Low interest rates:

The Bank of England cuts interest rates to all-time low to limit the economic effect from COVID-19. Borrowing money to do your project has never been cheaper.

Instead of delaying your plans to build a new home or renovate later on, now’s prime time to take advantage of low borrowing costs by starting the design and planning part of the project.

Contact our expert house renovation team today to learn how we could benefit your house renovation project. Call us on 📞 020 7916 2087 or email us atadmin@propertycontractors247.comto arrange a free no obligation consultation and quote.

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