Garden rooms are an economical option for additional living space

April 16th, 2018

Everybody needs an extra space where they could just shut themselves off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and disruption of your primary home. Garden rooms are an extremely versatile and affordable option for a new private home office, additional entertaining space, games room, bar area or simply somewhere where you can be creative or think about your work in peace and tranquillity.

Functionality

Garden rooms make the perfect play area for children, keeping them out of direct sunlight as they pop in and out of the play house getting toys and having fun inside. It is also a convenient place to store all of their garden toys inside in the Winter months.  For teenagers you could add a snooker table, arcade games, ping pong table or even a TV and console – the perfect getaway and private space to entertain their friends.

When it comes to practicality, wooden garden rooms and summer houses are the perfect solution for entertaining during the Summer months and storage for the Winter months. You need not waste precious floor space inside the house or the attic and basement if you have a wooden house that could accommodate your stuff and look more appealing that a typical garden shed. On top of safekeeping, wooden summer houses could certainly keep your valuables in top condition especially with a regulated indoor temperature.

Garden Rooms are quick to build and fast construction means more monetary savings

Compared to other building structures made from brick, concrete and stone materials, wooden garden rooms are more economical and a lot cheaper. Four Corners Properties are able to carefully plan the construction, supply and fit your new garden room within a few weeks (providing there is no planning permission needed).

As garden rooms are made of natural wood products, they are a great energy saving option. Moreover, wood is a natural insulator and effectively isolates and regulates heat and cold inside the wooden summer houses. Wood also acts as an effective thermal insulator making the house interior warm, peaceful, and cosy, as this material is also an excellent noise absorber.

Property Value Boost

Additional structures within your property location are great boosts to its overall market value. A garden room is one of the selling points of the property, as it improves its function and aesthetic appeal.  It has been proved that properties that have more functional and aesthetically appealing features have a shorter stay on the market list.

Once you have made a decision to have a garden room or summer house the process is very straight forward. Four Corners Properties Ltd are able to advise you on the best use of space, timescales and costs taking into account any other landscaping requirements you may have too.

For more information contact Four Corners Properties Ltd today on 01202 269740 or 07788702060 or send us a quick email with your initial thoughts: Email Us

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LUXURY GARDEN SPACES

April 9th, 2018

The garden is now widely recognised as an extension of the home, where people can feel comfortable and make the most of their outside space.  Creating your own luxury garden living space couldn’t be easier and with our experienced design team on hand to help shape your ideas and bring your ideas to life, you don’t need to worry about a thing. From planning to completion, we manage the entire process and leave you with not just a unique and stunning extended living space, but a first class customer experience.  Visit our sister site for more information KIK Build Outdoor Living

Let’s face it, apart from a few occasional glimpses of that big yellow ball in the sky, so far Spring has been a bit of a let down.

It’s not all doom and gloom however, as typically, after a wet March, we tend to get a decent Summer and with it will come some gorgeous long hot hazy days. It is during the Summer months when many of us will want to head out into the garden to enjoy more light, warm sunshine, BBQs and simply experience the outdoors.

Hot Tub Heaven! 

As we all know, the British climate can be unpredictable, making it difficult to plan spending time outdoors. With this in mind, more and more clients are coming to us for a bespoke solution to extending their living outdoors, with a space that they can use and enjoy, all year round.  The average garden in the UK is now estimated to be worth around just under £2,000 and a growing trend is to now to own a luxury hot tub or outdoor spa. This can act as a private space, or a place to socialise with many people choosing to own their own pool or hot tub as an alternative (or in addition to) a gym or spa membership. Your own home provides the privacy and total relaxation that you need to fully enjoy your hot tub experience. With options to buy now pay later, visit Hot Tubs and Spas to see our extensive range.

Easy to Manage

With sensors to detect the correct chemical levels, hot tub and pool hygiene is now easier than ever to manage at home and luxury lighting and sound options can be built in for a personalised finish.  We are able to provide you with a fully-fitted, self-cleaning tub, which means that you don’t have to worry about maintenance. Hot tubs have truly become a hassle-free way to relax all year round.

Maintenance Free Lawn

The perfect English lawn is a mark of hard work mowing, watering and, unfortunately, polluting our planet with chemicals. Now, however, we  our hallowed English lawns need no watering, nor endless mowing nor environmental harming pesticides to keep them pristine. We all want to make life easier for ourselves, particularly when it comes to maintaining our home and there are countless benefits to having artificial grass installed in your garden.

The best part of switching to artificial grass? Your children can play all day on the grass and not get muddy; pets don’t leave unsightly stains marked when they go to the toilet; and your gardener can retire because you never need to mow the lawn.  Visit our sister site for Artificial Grass options Artificial Grass Discounts

Major advantages of switching to artificial grass

  1. Reduce your water bills and help the environment
  2. Spend more time relaxing
  3. Less mud and dirt walked into the house
  4. Great for Dogs
  5. Great for Tenants and Landlords
  6. A perfect solution for shaded areas
  7. No maintenance when you are on holiday
  8. No need for harmful pesticides

Keeping a natural lawn green and moss-free not only takes dedication, mowing and watering, it also requires using harmful pesticides and herbicides that filter through the soil and drain into the waterways. These chemicals kill, pollute, and pose potential health threats to people, even those who may not even have a lawn.

How to add value to your home with basic DIY and when to call in the Professionals!

April 3rd, 2018
Spring is the time when people tend to roll up their sleeves and embark on do-it-yourself projects.

For those who are not keen to get their hands dirty (they may not have the ability, expertise or time) hiring the right tradespeople and avoiding cowboys is crucial. Despite the rewards from tackling jobs around the home it is important to know your limits and when it is best to call in the experts. Four out of ten people admit to carrying out DIY disasters that have landed them with bills of as much as £5,000 to put right.

Trusting a professional

Personal recommendation is a great place to start when looking for a tradesperson but it is vital to follow up with references and alternative quotes.  Always remember that the cheapest quote is not necessarily the best and can end up being the most expensive if it fails to disclose extra costs – such as charging for travel, additional materials and VAT.
 

There are organisations that help homeowners find trustworthy tradespeople such as Checkatrade,  TrustA-Trader, Which? Trusted trader and Rated People.  We take our customer feedback very seriously and are proud our our constantly high reviews here.  Click here to see what our customers say about us Checkatrade

Professional certification

When choosing a builder, consider using a member of the 9,000-strong Federation of Master Builders. An Electrician should be a member of an approved trade organisation, such as the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting and the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers. For Gas installations find a tradesperson who has a Gas Safe register certificate.

Workers not signed up to any of these associations could invalidate home insurance if something goes wrong – such as a house fire.

Stage payments

Builders should have a written contract with you, detailing the stages of the build at which they should be paid and the amounts. Make sure that each stage has been reached before paying, and that the work has been passed, if necessary, by the building and warranty inspectors.

Federation of Master Tradesmen

The Federation of Master Tradesmen logo is recognised by consumers and home owners throughout the United Kingdom. It is respected as a sign of professionalism and a commitment to excellence in the home improvement sector. Members are set strict standards on how to conduct their business. These standards centre around fairness, transparency, honesty and quality of service.  The FOMT is the association of choice for professional tradesmen.

We are here to help with any questions

For more information about Four Corners Properties Ltd please visit our website Click here

If you have a project in mind and you have some initial questions please feel free to leave your details and we will contact you the same day.
Alternatively you can email us directly here  karl@fourcornersproperties.co.uk  or if you would like a chat please give us a call on either 07788702068 or 01202 269740

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When it comes to any project, the design and planning is always the most important part of the job

March 20th, 2018

“Hi everyone, we’re hoping to have single story kitchen/dining room extension built. Finance is in place and plans drawn up and submitted but having no joy with getting a decent quote from a builder It’s not the price I object to it’s the chasing I’ve had to do and the woefully inadequate scrap of paper with a scribbled price that they imagine constitutes a quotation”. Marylou2 Mon 11-May-15  Mumsnet

Sadly, all too often people are let down by the service that they are given by builders – even ones recommended by friends.

Once you have engaged a builder to undertake your building renovations or new development you should expect to receive a quotation on an official headed piece of paper.  A reputable builder should be able to gauge what Structural works will need to be undertaken and the cost of all materials and labour.  A decent builder will be able to provide you with expertly designed plans of what your house currently looks like and how it will evolve into your new dream home once all of the works have been completed.  All plans should be custom made to suit your design specifications and give you a detailed picture of what you can expect. These plans should be designed using the latest technology and should include structural work and completely up to date with all building regulations.

More established builders will have their own team of dedicated expert tradespeople to bring in at various stages (first, second and final fix) to save you the trouble of having to source your own, saving you time and hassle.  This will be broken down in the initial quotation along with expected stage payments and how these payments will be made.

All in all, your quotation and design plans should highlight how your home will be transformed with the best possible use of space and to an agreed budget and timescale.

If you have a property renovation in mind and would like some free advice or a quotation, please leave your details here and we will contact you as soon as possible. Click here to leave your details

 

KikBuild Your Future Home is a Four Corners Properties Ltd Brand

February 3rd, 2017

Four Corners Properties Ltd has launched its Trading Brand KikBuild Your Future Home two years ago now in 2014 as a natural process of its success as a Building and Refurbishing Company there you can find Building Materials, Home Furniture, Tiles, Hot Tubs, Saunas, Jacuzzis and Barbecues

The KikBuild Team explains: “that your home is a place all your own – but creating this space can be a challenge. That’s why at KikBuild, we offer a one-stop shop where you can find the highest quality of construction and building materials as well as superior home furnishings including fireplaces, fire pits, barbecues or BBQs, hot tubs, jacuzzis and saunas, all in one place. As a premier building materials supplier, we offer the best in blocks and bricks, timber and sheets, plasterboards insulation, hot tubs, saunas and more.”

As we can see, Four Corners Properties Ltd has years of experience within the industry and that every experience has provided them with a comprehensive knowledge of the best products, which they’ve used to offer their customers a great selection coupled with affordability for any budget. The Great Idea is to offer a One Stop Store, so once The Building Team from Four Corners Properties has finished that New Extension their customers can be ready to furnish their room or home, you can browse their top-rated collection of online furniture for your home, where you’ll find a wide array of beautiful options for any style or room including a collection of online fireplaces, fire pits, barbecues or BBQs, Hot Tubs and Saunas.

 

What’s more, they offer free delivery on many products – so you won’t have to worry about extra fees. If you need to Refurbish your House Four Corners and KikBuild in Bournemouth, Dorset we can give you the most complete Package Available in the market plus a personalised service. With KikBuild, your dream home may not be so far-fetched after all. Take a look today! http://www.kikbuild.co.uk

Save money on building materials & furniture

February 25th, 2016

Everything in life always comes down to one simple thing, cost! We would all like to have lots of nice things and live extravagant lifestyles but unfortunately we cannot afford it. This is where we can help; it is not all about having lots of money to spend, but rather getting yourself the bargains and saving your money. For instance, you could go into a high street furniture shop and they might charge you £600 for a living room cabinet. This might be a nice cabinet but with a little bit of searching online you might be able to find the same wardrobe with all matching living room furniture for the same price or less.

Sometimes you are not paying for the quality or the look, you are paying for the high street brands and putting lots of your hard earned money into the big corporations. This is where small businesses thrive. They will try to out price the bigger companies and offer much better deals to get there customers as they are competing for price rather than their company name. This is the reason why the Internet has seen a rise in small businesses, but to get your savings it might involve a bit of searching to find the right place.

At the moment Kikbuild has just acquired some fantastic looking modern designed furniture, with a range of different designs and styles to look your home. These also come with options for different coloured LED lights to really show off. These sets start from under £300 for everything to make your bathroom or living room complete so check it out.

They also have a huge range of other types of furniture such an oak and pine, as well as even providing many different tiles with massive reductions from the high street RRP. Go to their website or contact them at admin@kikbuild.co.uk if you need any help.

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However, they don’t just supply furniture and tiles, they also provide a wide range of building materials from timber and plasterboard to blocks and cement. Traditionally people would go to the big builders merchants who will charge what they want as they know people will pay it. But now with the use of the Internet customers have a much wider range of choices as well as looking online in the comfort of their own homes to find materials they need for the best prices.

It is always important to remember that you are finding the right materials for the job, as online buying can be risky if you click and buy without checking it is the correct item. For example, if you are buying timber to build a rabbit hutch in the garden then it is essential the timber has been treated to help protect it against the weather. Untreated timber will rot quickly if used outside so these minor details could make a big difference to what you need it for.

When using timber is it also important that you go for a thickness that meets the demands of a job. The size of timber represents the strength so 8×2 would be stronger than 4×2. A key factor when looking for any product is how much is costs and how quickly it will be delivered. Kikbuild are known for there competitive prices in supplying all sizes and lengths for any job. They also have great customer services who would be happy to guide you towards the right product you and help with any questions or queries you may have. They will do all this while also trying to get you the cheapest price possible. Click on either of the pictures below to look at the timber products they sell and receive 5% discount off list prices.

Don’t forget even if you have a builder doing the work for you, check what they are charging you for materials, if they are charging more than what it would cost to buy online then why tell them. If a builder is selling you the same materials you have seen online for more than you can buy them yourself then save yourself some money and buy it yourself. Many builders will charge very high prices for materials to make a quick buck, don’t be fooled and always check the prices to make sure you are getting the best deals.

With these simple tips you have help make your money go further and get the highest quality furniture and materials for less! Check out their website or get in touch to find out more.

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How to make money on your property

January 28th, 2016

With TV property programs becoming more and more popular and the cost of moving high, many homeowners are tempted to improve, not move, and add another bedroom. Loft conversions are often considered the easiest and cheapest way of adding that all-important extra bedroom, a recent survey by Direct Line Home insurance found that 36 per cent of British builders and tradesmen said they are the most problematic home improvements.

This means it is important to choose an experience company who know how to deal with any problems that may occur during the project. This means they will be able to work within their budgets rather than some cheaper companies who will have rising costs due to difficulties or problems with the build.

Loft conversions were followed then changing bathrooms, where 26 per cent of projects go wrong, and fitting a new kitchen, where 19 per cent cause problems. 47 per cent of builders and tradesmen said extensions are currently the most popular home improvement. It has been proven with the recent sore in house prices that loft conversions and extensions can have a massive rise in the value of your property.

While the average cost of an extension is approximately £35,000, the average difference between a two and three-bedroom property in London is around £157,202. In Scotland, where the gap is narrowest, the difference between a two and three-bed home is £45,949. Those considering work should remember that the cost would vary substantially depending on where in the country they are – it could prove much trickier to get a £35,000 extension in London than in Scotland.

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A number of builders said kitchen refits or extensions frequently go wrong, as homeowners often want to have lots of input, without necessarily understanding the feasibility or implications of their demands. It is important to make sure your builder knows exactly what they are doing, maybe check online or ask another builder about your ideas. Only an experienced building company such as Four Corners Properties would be able to incorporate the customer’s ideas while making sure everything is done property with no problems.

Greater access to light is the most popular reason for homes to get a refit, with 15 per cent of builders surveyed reporting this as the latest trend. Popular light-enhancing home improvements include installing large bi-folding doors, exterior brickwork replacement and fitting new skylights.

Extending homes or converting rooms to add light and space can add real value to a property so can be worth the investment. With the constant rising cost of house prices making it expensive to move, home improvements are a popular way to improve your living situation without breaking the bank.

Carrying out any form of home improvements requires proper planning, realistic budgeting and knowledge of any applicable planning permission requirements. Agreeing a quote with builders before any work starts and setting a viable timeframe upfront can also help prevent future problems.

These are all important aspects of any building work and with Four Corners Properties you will get a detailed break down of your quote so you know where your money is going. We will do everything for you from design and planning, getting all necessary permits and permissions before we complete the whole build ourselves with our experienced tradesmen.

Below we have our tips for home Improvements

  • Agree a quote beforehand – set aside a strict budget but allow a contingency in case of overspend to mitigate financial strain
  • Agree on a realistic timeframe upfront and remember to allow for contingencies, ie, weather
  • Make sure you understand what the project involves and be honest about previous work done to the house so builders can be prepared
  • Keep in regular contact with your builders throughout the project
  • Have a contract in place to cover both parties and never hand over payment upfront
  • Use the same builders or tradesmen from start to finish to ensure consistency
  • Make sure the builders are only working on your job and commit to working on it every day
  • Check your builder has the right insurance in place before work begins

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House Extensions Ferndown

January 6th, 2016

Many people live in the same house for many years due to the hassle that comes with moving and the increase in house prices meaning it is more financially viable to not move. This leaves home owners with the decision of whether or not to expand there homes. We at Four Corners Properties and been planning, designing and building in the local area of Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown and surrounding areas of Dorset and Hampshire. We offer the highest quality in all our house extensions and taking on the whole project ourselves to help save you costs.

Money plays a big part with any building work to be carried out, you never want to over spend, but where possible you want to be able to increase your property value in order to make money from the work. This is an area we have helped many of our customers with. We will look to work within your budget to give you the best designs but also to get the most out of your property. With any work we know our customers will want to be able to increase the value so if your ever choose to sell, you will be making more than you spent on the work.

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There can be many reasons for building an extension, anything from maybe having children, wanting guest rooms or to building bigger living areas for example the kitchen or living room. We have dealt with many customers over the years all with different reasons and ideas of what they want, but the one thing they all have in common was the satisfaction of the job we did and the quality of the finished product. At Four Corners Properties we have recently complete many house extensions in Ferndown and are still receiving more requests than we can deal with due to the praise our customers have told people.

We are a local company who pride ourselves in the work we do, which is why it is so important we give the best service available to keep people coming back. We have found over the years once someone uses any of our building services they will always come back and recommend us to their friends, which is why all our reviews are 10/10. We provide the full service from design and planning to building and plastering. This helps to save you cost and means that our friendly and polite workers will be there to talk you through anything you need to know.

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We would advise anyone who is thinking of building an extension to consider a few key things first. You should always seek advice about what renovations are popular in your area as if you are looking for a future return the style will have to be up to the same standard. Looking at what other houses in the area sold for and if they had extensions and the size of the houses will give you a good idea of how much it will add to your property value. We can advise you with this if you are unsure. If you are wanting an extension to create space and are not worried about how much value it will add then this won’t really effect you but you still need to be mindful of your budget and what materials to use, you want your house to stand out but still fit in to the area and not look too out of place. With smart and effective planning we know that you can add more value than the amount spent.

The design that you choose for an extension depends on what your house, the surrounding houses in the area and what design you want. Most people are still happy to change the structure of a building and do something a bit more dramatic, but purity is a big trend, and using lots of different materials is less fashionable than it has been. Instead, we advise that you opt for something more refined. This could be something like pure white-rendered extensions work well on period houses, or choose a design clad entirely in timber or modern coloured cladding. Others choose that they something simpler, light and airy spaces which are a blank canvas they can decorate and personalise. The use of natural materials to create modern extensions can give the extension a warm and functional look to suit your home.

We have a huge portfolio of local jobs we have done in the area in all areas of the building trade. Click through and have a look at the fantastic quality of work we have produced and see if you get any ideas for your own projects. Feel free to get in touch for any question of information.

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Detailed Quotes You Can Trust

December 11th, 2015

With any building project it is always important to use a company that you can trust and rely on to do a professional job within an allotted time scale and within a budget. It is commonly known that many builders do not fully calculate jobs and end with additional costs for the customer either because the job lasted longer than expected or there are other materials and designs needed that were not planned for.

This is an area Four Corners Properties has become renowned for looking after the customer. We provide a detailed quote of each and every section of the job, so what needs to be done with an explanation to give you an idea of what is being done. Each section is also individually priced so you know how much you are paying and what your money to been spent on. For example waste clearance, plumbing, planning permission, design plans, lights and light fitting. These are but just a few areas in which we would price covering all areas of the work.

With our many years of experience in the trade we find this to be the best way to provide quotes to our customers. It means you the customer, know exactly where your money is going, so we can then plan accordingly from it and you know what work needs to be carried out before your project is complete. This also allows us to work within your budget to make sure your quote is the price you pay! No one likes overspending which is why we go to such detail in the planning section to give you a realistic price based on all parts of the project.

We pride ourselves on our work which is why you can expect us to finish within the time slot we quote with no hidden costs. This is something that separates us from the competition by giving you one of the most comprehensive quotes around. Builders in Bournemouth need to be trusted by their customers which is why our reputation is what makes us who we are. We feel it is important that our customers know exactly what services they are paying and how much each one costs to know that the quote has been custom made to them and they are not getting overcharged.

This is why we are known as the company you can rely on, with many experienced professional tradesmen we get the job done to the highest possible standards. Another positive about our quotes are if you are on a budget and wanted to save money, you can see the areas in which maybe you could reduce costs and customise it to suit the job you require! All our designs are made with customer contact throughout to make sure the designs and prices are to suit you. Don’t settle for the rest use the best!

Below we have a few examples of things we have priced for in the past to give you an idea of the depth of detail and descriptions that we cover within our pricing and quotes. The prices would be to the right of each section but for the example we have not included prices due to that prices will vary from each job due to the size and amount of our expert tradesmen needed to make it possible. For prices and quotes contact us directly and we can help with you with anything you need.

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Detailed Planning and Design

December 9th, 2015

When it comes to any project the design and planning is always the most important part. Before you do any of the work you need a detailed structured plan of what is going to happen so you can see what you are going from and working too. Four Corners Properties can provide you with expert design plans of what your house currently looks like and what it will look like after we have worked our magic.

All our plans are custom made to suit your design specifications and give you a detailed picture of what you want to design. These plans are designed using the latest technology to access design plans and structural work to building regulations. We have our own dedicated team of experts who do all our plans which helps to save you money by not using an external company. Take a took at some of the fine work they have complete for a few of our customers below.

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We use only the best tradesmen, that why when it comes to structural plans a good structural engineer could get the most out of your property and any future work you are planning. This is important for all types of work whether it is a domestic extension, loft conversion or a large commercial development. Our experience of working in many different homes tells us that the original design might not be the best and when planning extensions that we can help give your home a bigger and better feel to it. Our expert eye for attention to detail can transform your home into a new place by opening up rooms with extensions and wall removals.

When looking at any home we always look for what the customer wants, but also what would be the most suitable and cost effective design for what you want. This means thinking outside the box of the usual designs to find a design that suits you and your home while maintaining a strong structure to the requirements of the building. By examining a property and using the latest computer technology, we can provide structural design solutions for all projects whether it is a domestic extension, loft conversion or large residential developments and commercial buildings. We have helped many people in and around Dorset and Hampshire to transform their homes in a way that they would never look back.

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The best way to save money with any job is to find a company like ourselves who offer the full service of all aspects of the job. If you were to hire a builder who then gets other companies to do parts of the job they do not cover then you can expect costs to rise. This is due to more people being involved and the builder you hired passing costs over to you from the other companies. This is where we can excel compared to most companies as we will design, build and supply all the materials all by ourselves.

These plans will cover every aspect of the house with fine detail and sizes to help all building calculations meaning when you get prices they will be a lot more exact. This also makes it better to give you a visual demonstration of what the property will look like after the work. We feel it is very important to meet all of the customer needs no matter what it is. Everything from design to customer service, we are always here to help. We have a few pictures of some our plans in this article, have a look through or go to our Planning and Design page or get in touch.

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