Winter is starting to show her face and we all need to be prepared for the cold months ahead.
Insulating your home is very important in weather proofing your home. Older homes tend to lose more heat because they are not normally insulated like a newly built home is.
The most common areas that need insulating are around windows and doors. We all know what it feels like when an ice-cold draught blows in from under your front door.
Check all your external doors and windows and fill any gaps. Use a good quality draught excluder on your front door.
Have your boiler and radiators checked before the “Big Chill” and have any repairs done to ensure your equipment is running at optimal efficiency.
Wall and roof insulation is also an area that is often overseen. You can lose up to 25% of your heat through the roof.
Look at the different options available to insulate walls and roofs. This will save you a lot of money on your energy bills annually.
Property Contractors 247 are a call away. Give us a ring to discuss your options to ensure your home is warm and toasty this winter.
A fresh coat of paint will give your home an instant makeover.
Our painters and decorators have a keen eye for detail and would love to help transform your home with colour, whether you're looking for a bold accent wall or a more subdued pastel base, painting is still the most economical way to add value.
Windows are the opening to the exterior of your home and often forgotten when decorating.
Even a fresh coat of paint or highlighting the trim with colour will create a more modern and contemporary look in any room.
Ensure you have double glazed windows and maintain them regularly if they are wood.
This will go a long way in ensuring your windows look good inside and out
The kitchen is generally the heart of a home, a family gathering place to cook, eat and spend time together
Small and effortless changes such as repainting unit doors, cabinetry and walls will immediately increase the value of your home
Laying new flooring is also a guaranteed way to enhance the look of your kitchen and increase the value of your home.
If you want to update your home with high-quality painting and decorating, Property Contractors 247 are the ones to call. We are based in North West London and have over 10 years of expertise. Contact us today and add value to your home this new year!
The cost of living is at its highest level in a decade, with household energy bills being the largest expense.
The energy price cap goes up again by 80% from the 1st of October for 24 million people in England, Scotland and Wales.
Here are our top tips to reduce your energy bill and save money
Before you start,you need to understand your energy bill. The information on a typical energy bill can be confusing, but understanding it can go a long way to helping you get to grips with your energy use at home.
1.Switch off standby
You can save around £55 (£45 in Northern Ireland) a year just by remembering to turn your appliances off standby mode. Almost all electrical appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming.
2. Draught-proof windows and doors
Unless your home is new, you will lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps in the floorboards, or through the chimney. Insulate these areas in your home.
3. Turn off lights
Turn your lights off when you’re not using them or when you leave a room. This will save you around £20 a year on your annual energy bills.
4.Careful with your washing
Use your washing machine on a 30-degree cycle instead of higher temperatures. This could save you up to £60 a year
5.Spend less time in the shower
Keeping your shower time to just 4 minutes could save a typical household £70 a year
6. Swap your bath for a shower
Some of us might enjoy a long soak in the tub, but swapping just one bath a week with a 4-minute shower could save you £12
7. Top up the insulation
Insulating your water tank, pipes and radiators is a quick and easy way to save money on your bills.
Should you need assistance in insulating your home, checking your boiler or installing new energy efficient radiators, give Property Contractors 247 a call 20 7916 2087
One of the easiest ways to boost the value of any home is a kitchen, but what exactly does that entail? If, like the majority of people, you hand over all responsibility to professionals, you will need to run through some pre-construction steps.
Below are the four key stages on how Property Contractors 247 can renovate your kitchen
1. We need to understand what THE CUSTOMER WANTS - a detailed brief.
2. We need to fully survey the property, this requires.
Understand the building requirements, i.e. many lease holders require a full method statement including a schedule of works from a registered company.
Understanding what we can and cannot do with the space – for example, we have a soil pipe in the kitchen that cannot be removed.
The most crucial stage in our opinion is here – we need to make sure that the client understands the potential and the limitations of the project.
In the example below, the client wanted to keep the original flooring surrounding the kitchen, the flooring consists of engineered hardwood 18mm plus heating mat ( 6mm ) then insulation board ( 6mm) - taking this in to account we would need to raise the new waterproof floor to level with the current engineered floor.
This requires a little more expense that the client didn’t consider, so it best we highlight this now so they do not get any surprises. At Property Contractors 247 we always aim to be fully transparent and our clients are never shocked with additional costs.
3. We help the client visualize what the kitchen will look like, and make final adjustments. And agree on the final product.
We start the work. And then the fun begins. As always the client is updated and involved during the entire process.
Here's the sample video one of our kitchen renovation project.
4. Celebrate Your New Kitchen
Congratulations! The renovation project is complete. Now it is time to sit back and celebrate your beautiful new kitchen. Pour yourself a glass of wine or cook a favorite meal for friends.
Thinking about a new kitchen? Property Contractors 247, assist you on your next renovation and provide you with a well thought out design and professional delivery on time and on budget. You can submit your enquiry or call us 020 7916 2087
Every kitchen needs more storage, and by embracing simple storage solutions and utilising clever interior optical illusions, you can increase the sense of spacious functionality of your kitchen.
Utilizing clever storage solutions is the key to make your kitchen look more spacious. Whatever the size of your kitchen, you want to make the most of storage possibilities. Floating shelves allow you to keep everyday items within easy reach and drawer dividers, internal shelving and containers help to group items and maximise capacity within drawers and cupboards.
Here’s one example of a Property Contractors 247 project, in which we utilise space by converting a closed Kitchen into an open-plan kitchen.
Closed-off kitchens are not only a thing of the past but they don’t easily lend themselves to the way we live. Open concept kitchens lead to better space, and sightlines, especially as our client has a child and needs to be able to see the child playing in the adjacent room. Open plan kitchens allow you to interact with your guests, and with our busy cramped lives,we all need more space.
As you can see the bins and the sink everything just fits perfectly. Converting your closed-in kitchen into an open concept can make your home look spacious, and allows homeowners to live their lives on their own terms. Knocking out some walls, arranging the layout of appliances, and adding cabinets and flooring to enhance a pull-together look can give homeowners their dreams and within their budget.
So what we did is to open everything a wall that divides the kitchen into the living room has been removed. We also make sure that every single centimeter is usable. We also changed the flooring.
The customer also wants the sink and the garbage bins altogether and there was no space but here at Property Contractors 247 we make sure that everything you want we make it possible. So what we did is to install a flat truck and make sure everything works well.
The key to all of this is a well-thought strategy. Keeping aesthetics, workflow, and structure on how to look spacious in mind. Transitioning areas that are part of the open look, but may need some demarcation that can easily be incorporated with accents and materials.
Below is the full video with our client review:
By removing one wall we were able to increase the storage space and ensured that every inch of gained space was usable. The result was an aesthetically pleasing with a modern and sleek look.
Why not let Property Contractors 247, assist you on your next renovation and provide you with a well thought out design and professional delivery on time and on budget. You can visit our completed projects page.
Call us with your enquiries: 020 7916 2087
Converting a house into two or more apartments is becoming increasingly popular. Landlords are tapping into the increased profit-making potential of sub-dividing a property, especially in city locations, where flats are often more sought-after.
More and more homeowners are converting a house into a flat. And it is quite apparent why – the ever-growing demand for flats in London. More homeowners now realise that splitting their property into units helps them increase rental income and increase property value. So how do you convert your house into flats and what are the expected costs? The following guide should help you in this regard.
There are several advantages to sub-dividing a property for letting purposes. These include:
Before you get started
As with any property investment, it’s vital to do your research beforehand. You’ll need to carry out some market research, with a view to find out more about:
Sadly, sub-dividing a property isn’t as easy as simply hiring some builders and getting started. You’ll need to check certain legalities and obtain planning permission.
Once you have found a property that you are interested in, hire a reputable solicitor to work with you. They will carry out all the research required to find out if you’re legally able to convert a house. Be warned, a few homes come with caveats, preventing changes of this nature from taking place. A good solicitor will also be able to guide you through the process of creating leases for the separate apartments. That is important, as you will not be able to sell them without one.
Gaining planning permission starts with a phone call to the local council. Each council has different policies, and these dictate aspects such as the permitted size of each flat, how many rooms they should have, and whether you can even go ahead with the conversion or not.
Once the council has agreed to the changes in principle, it’s time to phone Building Control, who will also have their own requirements. These will determine how you approach the conversion process and will govern aspects such as insulation, fire safety, and security.
When you are working out your budget, bear in mind that you will need to hire someone to draft up some plans. These need to be shown to both the council and Building Control.
Sometimes, there can be complications with getting a mortgage for a property that you intend to sub-divide. If your mortgage lender does refuse, then rest assured, that there are other funding options. For example, you could take out a refurbishment or development loan.
There are other things to consider while budgeting for this type of project:
What can you expect to pay?
Obviously, the cost varies enormously, depending on the area you choose to buy in, the style of property that you purchase, and the sort of conversion you want to carry out. As a ballpark figure, expect to pay around £25,000 for a basic conversion.
The cost of converting a house into a flat depends on the property. The factors influencing the costs include the following:
When converting a house, it must get approval under the Building Regulations. It is required under the Housing Act 2004 for sub-divided buildings to meet standards. Houses that involve multiple occupations should also be licensed. Fire escape concerns will also need to be addressed, requiring you to consult the Fire Service.
Get professional help
We’ve been converting properties into flats for 12 years. With our expert builders, we provide the best service possible.
It is best to seek professional advice. A reputable service can help you with your planning strategy. Property Contractors 247 is here to help you with your house conversions. Submit your enquiry now! Or call us at 020 7916 2087.
Almost every property has some potential for renovation – the secret is to assess its design- and financial potential before committing to a full-on home renovation. Home renovation is one of the best ways to get the home you want.
So, once that house is yours, where do you start your renovation project? First of all, distinguish between the house’s best assets (perhaps its large garden, the view, an original fireplace) and the worst (like a leaking roof). However, bear in mind that certain hidden problems might only present themselves once you begin work on the property – prepare yourself for this.
The scale of your project may be such that the services of a designer (whether it’s an architect or an interior designer) are just not needed, but if you are extending or carrying out major remodelling work, you should not underestimate what a designer could bring to the table. After all, designers have the talent, experience, and expertise to get the most from your space and your budget and could offer ideas and solutions beyond what you had considered possible.
First off, congratulations are in order, you’re planning to renovate a house! But where to start??
You’re about to take on one of the most transformational projects in your lifetime. Starting a house renovation is up there with planning a wedding, or starting a family… there are bumps in the road but you’ll never regret it. You’re about to build so many memories (and a home) for a lifetime.
This is an exciting phase. You’ve made your decision, and you’re ready to look for the ideal property to renovate. For many, the increase in house prices make buying a property to renovate a more attractive proposition. You get a property in the location you want, at a more reasonable price , plus you get to put your stamp on it. If you’ve not yet bought your renovation property, check out our post about what to look for when buying a house to renovate.
At this stage, you’ve got the keys to your renovation. Hooray! Here’s where the real work begins. We remember the day we moved into our home renovation.
No doubt you’re scared costs will spiral, and you feel a little lost in the headlights about what to do first. But the key to a successful renovation is planning well, and you’ve found our website now – we won’t let you fail!
A structural engineer is essential if you’re changing any part of the structure of your property. They’ll work alongside your architect to ensure the structure is safe and compliant. Call on their support for everything from extensions to conversions, knock-throughs and even smaller scale upgrades like opening up chimney breasts, or installing windows and doors.
Usually your architect will offer to look after your planning and building applications on your behalf. For a listed building, you may also investigate hiring an experienced planning officer to work on your behalf, but you can also choose to do this yourself and for smaller scale builds, we recommend it. Don’t be phased by the complexity of planning and building regulations – we go into detail and demystify the whole process in our online course.
Renovating a house is TOUGH and there is a lot of moving parts to line up – especially in this planning phase.
You might wish to work with an Interior Designer who will be able to give you 1-on-1 support for every point of your renovation journey. (Take a look at our Interior Design service to see if it suits you) However, if your total renovation costs will be below £100,000 – a more cost effective route for you would be to join an online course like ours which gives you the tools you need to save ££’s on hiring project managers, designers – and you’ll be left with stunning results within budget.
A designer or architect won’t help you budget, whereas an online course like ours will support you with Budgeting, Layouts, Design, Planning, Shopping, and coping with the Build.
Here’s where you see all of your hard work start to become a reality. It’s the dustiest phase of renovating with a lot of ups and downs and it’s very disruptive. Crucial in this stage, is to hold tightly onto your design vision and costs being paid out, to assure you end up with an excellent finish within budget.
There really is nothing quite like taking a dated house and turning it into your dream home. If this is something you’re about to embark on, then we’re so glad you’ve discovered us. Visit Property Contractors 247 and get a free quote today!
There are numerous tips on home energy conservation, starting from small habits in daily lives to big investments that not only help the environment but also reduce your energy bills. So what are some of the simple tips to reduce energy consumption at home?
Making your home more energy efficient is now one of the most talked about subjects. I am sure we all know that by reducing your energy usage, you'll cut your carbon emissions and do your bit for the environment too. We have some very simple measures, such as turning your heating down, or switching to a AAA washing machine, will have a significant effect on annual bills, and the sooner you start making changes, the greater the savings will be.
1. Turning off the lights when leaving a room
A basic habit to develop and foster is to make sure that you always turn off the lights when leaving a room. Make a reminder to do so until you get into a habit of doing so subconsciously. You can save a good chunk of your monthly electricity costs by doing something as simple as this regularly.
2. Use LED lights
Many homes are moving towards smart LED lights as they not only look stylish and affordable but are also way more efficient than halogen bulbs. This is the easiest win in your home.
3. Switching to efficient appliances
Dryers and refrigerators are two of the most energy-intensive appliances in a home and replacing these with better efficient models can cut the electricity usage by half, thereby reducing your electricity bills. Installing heat pumps is another idea to reduce electricity consumption. In general, maintaining and replacing appliances every few years will make them have less burden on your electricity usage.
4. Unplug devices
Needless to say how important it is to unplug devices when not in use. Do not leave devices on standby but rather unplug them and save your electricity bill, and the planet. This is possibly one of the most simplest thing we can do, all devices are pulling in energy when they are on standby. So before you buy any fancy gadgets simply turn off and unplug.
5. Reduce water usage
Some easy fixes to reduce your water consumption could be taking quick showers, using just the required amount of water while cooking and turning off running taps when unused even for seconds. Use the restrictors to reduce the flow of water, by turning your valve by 30% you reduce the flow by 30% and save water.
6. Keep the thermostat at a lower temperature
Aim to keep your thermostat at a lower temperature around 17 / 18 degrees at night, this can make a big difference and save your energy costs. Using a programmable smart thermostat is even better. If your a landlord there are really smart options where the tenant cannot leave the boiler on all night.
7. Use smart automated devices
Smart automated devices can lower your energy bills even when you forget to. Smart automation systems will detect when you’re no longer using a device and turn off the power supply.Smart TV, to smart censored light bulbs. So many modern devices are now out there. Theres a smart plug that can tell you if the energy your using is cheap or expensive.
8. Use double glazing as much as possible
Double glazing doors and windows is a nobrainer for us, if you are able to upgrade we would say 100% yes or even the triple lazing - if your budgets allow.
9. Cook with the lid on
This is a super simple hack in everyday life to save energy consumption, by cooking with the lid you are making sure to lessen the cooking time and water usage significantly.
10. Get a Smart well insulated kettle - this is a bit out there but just think how many times we heat the kettle a day in the uk, or how many times we reheat the kettle as it's now warm. Instant heat is very expensive. So by getting the latest kettles can save a fortune.
11. Washing at low temp
Wash clothes at a cooler temperature and with a full load, you will be saving a lot of water and electricity. Most of us dont run in the mud and let the dirt or grease stick on the clothes so a simple low temperature wash could do the job. Try it and see how it goes for you.
12. Solar-powered devices
These days you can find a solar-powered version of almost any electronic you use in your home. Making small shifts and using more solar-powered electronics can go a long way and can also lower your maintenance and replacement costs of such electronics.
Solar panels top the list of the most popular alternative sources of energy that can be used in a home. Considering that you can power your house with a few panels if you’re looking for a small jump in energy efficiency, solar is a good way to start moving off the grid and consuming a better source of electricity. There are many advances in solar photovoltaic technology and tax incentives to attract more homeowners.
These pumps contain a fluid that absorbs heat from the outside air which is then transferred to the heating and hot water circuits in your home. They're are usually easier to install than ground source heat pumps because they don't need any trenches or drilling, but they can be less efficient. You'll need to install the pump unit outside, fit it to a wall or to the ground with sufficient space around it to ensure good air intake.
A ground source heat pump circulates a mixture of water and antifreeze around a loop of pipe buried in your garden. The pipe extracts heat from the ground which is then used to heat your water as well as your home. Ground source heat pumps are low maintenance and you can use them all year round because the ground surrounding the pipes stays at a fairly constant temperature.
Living in an energy-efficient houses is vital as we go into this crazy price hikes on energy, if you are able to increase the efficiency we can definitely say your increasing the house's resale value. Not only are these types of homes beneficial for their owners but also for the environment. From the viewpoint of the energy system, energy-efficient houses can help to reduce the demand on the grid this means we produce less carbon and help to do our bit for the environment. So how do we do this ?
● Consume Less Energy from the Grid
Get an energy assessment done for your house to see the areas you can possibly cut down on your consumption and build up your energy score. There are numerous ways to save energy and consume less from the grid. We can send one of our guys over to assess your KW per hour requirement.
● Replace Windows with Modern, Efficient Double Glazing
Another way to up your score is by investing in solid double glazing doors and windows that are in line with the current standards.
● Energy Smart Landscaping
This is a simple one but often disregarded, planting trees or plants in the right position can help to shield you from the wind or direct sun away.
● Wall Insulation
Both loft and wall insulation can reduce your energy bills and help in lowering your consumption, especially in the case of older homes that are not constructed in an energy-efficient manner. This is a good way to boost your score and renew your home to be more energy-efficient.
If you want more instant action on energy consumption, Get in touch with us now! Property Contractors 247 will provide you with the best service possible.
The living room is one of the most used rooms in your home so having a beautiful ceiling design can make a huge difference in the overall look of your living room. When decorating your home, the ceiling might be the last thing that you consider and you make so much effort with the rest of your home. So you should browse for the Best Ceiling Design Ideas for Living Rooms that are capable of giving your living room a highlight and a character of its own.
When most of us think about the ceiling for our homes, the thing that comes to our mind is white and flat. Some of us may even suffer from dreaded popcorn ceilings. Not many think of incorporating a unique ceiling design into their bedroom or living area. Ceiling designs are usually the last thing we think of when decorating our homes, but they can give a room a unique character that no amount of art or furniture can do.
1. Conventional ceiling
The standard ceiling type commonly seen in houses is the conventional ceiling which has a simple flat surface with an accessible height. Easy to decorate, these ceilings are simple and straightforward with nothing special about them – and that’s the entire point.
2. Suspended ceiling
Also called a “drop” ceiling, the suspended ceiling differs from a conventional one in the fact that it’s a flat ceiling placed below an existing one. This is usually to hide elements like wiring and other pieces of mechanical fixtures from the original ceiling.
Although a suspended ceiling usually gives off an industrial feel, decorated panels are available should you want it to flaunt another type of style (such as contemporary or rustic).
A suspended ceiling is usually made up of a lightweight, acoustic panel and a suspended metal grid. This grid is attached to the existing ceiling while the panels are inserted into the grid.
3. Tray ceiling
A tray ceiling is built upwards in a cut-out design resembling a tray. It has a rectangular centre that either pops out or is inverted inwards for a visual effect, ensuring quite the unique style for a room (and is also great for making a small space seem taller).
These designs are very common in dining rooms and kitchens, and sometimes a series of steps are added to the ceiling for a more dramatic look.
4. Coffered ceiling
These ceilings are known by their waffle-like patterns, as they are made up of a grid of sunken panels accented by moulding. A great choice for classic- and colonial-style interiors, coffered ceilings are usually found in vintage and high-end homes.
Coffered ceilings used to be made with prized wood or carved stone, resulting in quite hefty prices. Nowadays, however, they are available for basically the same cost as a suspended ceiling.
5. Cathedral ceiling
With their equally sloping sides forming an upturned V at the highest point, cathedral ceilings are also known as vaulted ceilings. This type is directly attached to the roof trusses (which need to be wide enough to allow for proper ventilation and appropriate insulation) and rises all the way up to the structure’s very top.
Cathedral ceilings are usually chosen as they give an open, spacious feel to a room. But keep in mind that while it lends warmth and elegance to a space, it can be tricky to paint and change light fixtures, and will make quite a difference to your heating bills. As the ceiling creates space nearly as big as two rooms, it will require more heating than for a room with a regular ceiling.
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