20 Apr 2015
What you need to know about London Property Refurbishment…
A London Property Refurbishment Company can provide you with a professional and cost efficient way to carry out your London property refurbishment, whether it is a flat, house, apartment or building from start to finish. Taking the pressure of you as experienced specialists deal with this stressful process.
The London property refurbishment company that you are about to hire or thinking of hiring needs to be an established one and has a god track record. It is always recommended to deal with a company rather than an individual who has his van and gang-band with him. A refurbishment company has a lot more to lose than a cowboy builder.
A London property refurbishment company help by; viewing your property that needs refurbishment and discuss your plans, ideas and goals. Offer you advice about how you can best achieve what you want and help you develop your design and provide you with a free estimate of the refurbishment project cost.
They can also suggest ways that will help you achieve what you want for the budget that you have, plus have access and know architects, building engineers, building regulation specialists and party wall legislation specialists. Some are able to offer the security of a fixed price project under a contract or JCT agreement.
The best aspect of a property refurbishment company is that they can project manage all aspects of your property refurbishment project from start to finish.
London Refurbishment Costs
Depend on several factors including the size and condition of your property, and if the refurbishment project requires any structural work or safety, sound features need to be added to comply with building regulations or any other miscellaneous matters that need to be considered and addressed.
Average Property Refurbishment Cost
An average refurbishment cost can start from around as little as £10k – £20k, and is more likely to include; fitting a new kitchen, painting/decorating the property, installing new lighting, flooring, shelving or cupboards and modifying an existing bathroom.
The refurbishment project can touch and jump over the £30k+ mark, once you start playing around with layout of the property, making it into a more comfortable and modern living space. It can also include fitting a new kitchen and bathroom, replacing flooring, installing a new boiler and radiators, re-plastering walls, minor structural work such as removing a wall between a kitchen and living area or changing the size of a bedroom or bathroom, replacing ceilings and installing new electrics. Expensive fixtures and fitting of-course play a part in the refurbishment price cost depending on their quality and brand.
Additional work such as major structural alterations, scaffolding, sound proofing, fireproof internal walls, mist fire prevention systems or glass walled entrance areas, can greatly vary the price of the refurbishment and will add considerably to the overall cost of the refurbishment depending on what you are after. This is likely to cost over £35k mark.
London Refurbishment Contractors
Refurbishment contractors can be builders, plumbers, tilers, electricians, surveyors or property consultants and even project managers. They subcontract the traders they need for the refurbishment project, manage them and do what their part of the project that is required by them if any.
Contractors are a great asset if you don’t mind paying the extra percentage for their management, as they will over look the project from start to finish and make sure its sticks to budget and the time scale agreed on.
House Refurbishment London
The house-flat trend has been going on for decades now in London as there is less and less space in London. Houses are being turned in flats left, right and center. This is a great opportunity if you are able and have the financial capability to acquire a house, gain planning and turn it into flats. whether to sell or live off the rent and build your property empire.
House Builders London
We are seeing more of this nowadays, as building companies are acquiring unused land, ex-council building and other options to build new build properties and living spaces. Old rundown London is turning into new up and coming areas. Keep an eye out for areas that councils are acknowledging this growth.
If you are going to take away something from this general article, take away the 5 tips for a London property refurbishment project stated below;
5 Tips for a London Property Refurbishment
Tip #1 Add Extra Space
Space in London is very valuable, so adding more during the refurbishment will almost always make your property a a better place to live and of-course increase its value. Some ways to increase space is to build a side extension, convert the loft area in your house or to enlarge or use existing space in the basement. Find an unused or dead space in the property and turn it around if none of the above options are achievable. For example it is possible to create an extra room by moving the kitchen into an open plan living area.
Tip #2 Plan
Plan everything very carefully from start to finish and make sure that you are happy with your plans for each part of your refurbishment before you start work on it.
Tip #3 Kitchens and Bathrooms
Kitchen’s are one of the most important features of a property especially if they are in an open plan living area, so they need to look good. Items such as the taps, flooring, back-splash and lighting give you the opportunity to make your kitchen look more expensive than is should and exactly how you want it.
Use bathroom accessories to play around with the feel and image of your bathroom rather than sticking to a color or style that will lose its trend next season.
Tip # 4 Features
Many London period properties have stunning features, highlight them for your advantage, such as fireplaces, wooden floors. Adding new features can be done by exposing original brickwork, or adding glass walls, new windows or doors and balconies.
Tip #5 Consider
Rather than looking at the property as a series of separate rooms, consider using the same flooring through several of your rooms, this creates a sense of continuity throughout the property and makes it feel larger. Similarly with wall and wood, joinery paints, other features can be used to help maintain this feeling of continuity can be fireplaces, cornicing, stairs, bookshelves or cupboards and can also include installing new features such as glass walls, exposed brick work, windows or other modern features.
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01 Apr 2015
A kitchen refurbishment is both a daunting and exciting project. As deciding what you want for your home’s main gathering place isn’t easy. Making achievable plans for a kitchen is a must, as its not cheap to install a kitchen, especially if you are on a tight budget.
Each decision you make has to be very mindful, since every pound has to count. There are lots of things to consider when planning a kitchen refurbishment to keep to your budget (whatever your budget may be).
it is a good idea to have a general idea of how much you want to spend before you get started on your kitchen refurbishment. Even simple refurbishment projects such as repainting your kitchens cabinet faces, can get out of hand really quickly!
If you have no idea how much your kitchen refurbishment will cost, you could plan the financial aspect of it backwards, by making your grand plans first, then trimming them down into more manageable price ranges. Start by choosing your kitchen design idea, look around in magazines, Pinterest and all over the web. This will help to build a specific kitchen dream idea.
Key elements that could easily incorporate into your kitchen refurbishment budget is any drastic changes to the architecture of space and expensive kitchen accessories. On the other hand things that wont move your budget to the sky are things like specific textures, color schemes, inexpensive materials like paneling, and visual aspects like open shelving.
Kitchen Installation and Fitting
Be creative and experiment with different layouts, combinations, finishes and colours before you make your mind up about your new kitchen. There are several options to consider for your kitchen design and look.
Island units: Island kitchen units can become the focal point in your kitchen. Giving you an extra work surface or can house a cooker, gas/electric hob or even a sink and any other ideas you may have.
Combination Units: They come in a wide range of styles and dimensions and you can combine them in any number of different configurations. Always remember that the use of space it key here.
Kitchen Refurbishment Ideas
Idea 1: Side-by-side fridge freezer, visible storage space and can give you a ready supply of cool water and crushed or cubed ice although they need a water supply.
Idea 2: Wine cabinets provide the perfect storage conditions for wines.
Idea 3: Rotating corner carousel is a great way to make the best possible use of your available space especially in corners.
Kitchen Refurbishment Cost
The average amount that people in the UK spend on a kitchen refurbishment is astonishing, as You will be amazed when you go into a local kitchen retailer and find how quickly they will add up your bill to over £15k but you can get a perfectly good kitchen for £7k – £10k. A kitchen can start from as little £800-£1000, we are talking here about Ikea kitchens, and of-course Kitchens can go way over the £10k mark depending on their brand.