Adding an extension to your home can be a great way to increase living space and add value to your property. However, before embarking on an extension project, there are several important factors to consider. In this article, we will discuss some of the things you should consider before building an extension.

Planning Permission and Building Regulations

Before starting any construction work, it is important to check whether you need planning permission and comply with building regulations. Planning permission is required for most extensions, and building regulations ensure that the extension is structurally sound and meets safety standards. It is important to consult with a qualified architect or builder to ensure that your extension complies with all necessary regulations.

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An extension project can be expensive, so it is important to set a realistic budget and stick to it. The cost of an extension will depend on the size, design, and materials used. It is important to get quotes from multiple builders and contractors to ensure that you are getting a fair price. Don't forget to budget for additional costs such as planning fees, building regulations, and professional fees.

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Purpose of the Extension

Consider why you want to build an extension and what you want to achieve. Do you need additional living space, a home office, or a playroom for your children? Think about the purpose of the extension and how it will fit with your lifestyle.


The design of your extension is important both aesthetically and practically. Consider the style of your home and the surrounding area, and aim for a design that complements the existing architecture. It is also important to think about the layout and functionality of the extension. Consult with a qualified architect to ensure that the design meets your needs and is structurally sound.

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Building an extension can take several months, so it is important to consider the timeframe for the project. Consider factors such as the time of year, the availability of builders and contractors, and any events or commitments that may affect the construction process. It is important to have a realistic timeline for the project and to communicate this with all involved parties.

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In conclusion, building an extension can be a great way to add value and space to your home, but it is important to consider these factors before starting the project. With careful planning and consideration, you can ensure that your extension is successful and meets your needs.

There are many steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient in the UK, which can help you reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills. Here are some tips:

Insulate your home: Insulation can help prevent heat loss, reducing your energy usage and bills. You can insulate your loft, walls, and floors to prevent heat from escaping.

Install energy-efficient windows: Energy-efficient windows can help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing the need for heating and cooling.

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Upgrade your boiler: If your boiler is old and inefficient, consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model. This can save you money on your heating bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

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Use energy-efficient light bulbs: Energy-efficient light bulbs use less electricity than traditional bulbs and last longer, so they can save you money on your electricity bills.

Install a smart thermostat: A smart thermostat can help you regulate your home's temperature more efficiently, saving energy and money.

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Reduce water usage: Consider installing low-flow showerheads and faucets, and fix any leaks to reduce your water usage.

Use renewable energy: Consider installing solar panels or a wind turbine to generate your own renewable energy.

Reduce standby power: Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use, or use a power strip to easily turn them off.

Plant trees and shrubs: Planting trees and shrubs around your home can provide shade in the summer, reducing the need for air conditioning.

Reduce drafts: Use draft excluders around doors and windows to prevent cold air from entering your home.

By taking these steps, you can make your home more energy efficient and reduce your carbon footprint in the UK.

Boilers are an essential part of many homes in London, providing heat and hot water during the colder winter months. However, boilers can break down during this time, leaving homeowners without heat and hot water. Here are some things you can do to prevent a boiler breakdown and what to do if your boiler does break down during the winter.

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If your boiler does break down during the winter, it's important to act quickly to get it repaired. A qualified heating engineer can diagnose the problem and repair it promptly, ensuring that you have heat and hot water during the cold winter months. Contact us now! 020 7916 2087

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Adding value to your home is a priority with most homeowners. Whether you want to add value for practical reasons or financial reasons, now is the time to sit down, take stock of your needs and look at the many options available to you.

1. Extensions

An extension is always a good way to add value to your home, whether it is a single storey or double storey extension depends on the space you have available. 

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2. Add Extra Bedroom

Adding extra bedrooms or an open plan living area is an excellent way to add value.

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3. Update your glazing

If the cost of extensions and additions are daunting, you can always update the design elements in your home, for example upscaling your glazing can add beauty, character and value.

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4. Update your Kitchen

Reconfiguring your kitchen and installing new cabinets and appliances adds immediate appeal as the kitchen is the focal point of any home. This is where families gather to cook, eat and be together for special occasions. A well designed kitchen with carefully chosen flooring, work tops and cabinetry can bring your home alive and be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. 

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A real winner for potential buyers. Whatever your choice, always ensure that your new space is well ventilated, and you provide optimal light in the new area. This will entice buyers to pay a little bit extra.

What the list does show is that there are ways to improve your London home and increase its potential value, and some are not as expensive as you might think. Contact us now 📞   020 7916 2087  Property Contractors 247 team will be able to advise as to potential areas of improvement and make your house the one everyone wants to buy.

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Winter is starting to show her face and we all need to be prepared for the cold months ahead. 

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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.

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Check all your external doors and windows and fill any gaps. Use a good quality draught excluder on your front door.

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Have your boiler and radiators checked before the “Big Chill” and have any repairs done to ensure your equipment is running at optimal efficiency. 

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Keeping your shower time to just 4 minutes could save a typical household £70 a year

6. Swap your bath for a shower

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 


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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. 


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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

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