Archive for the ‘Creative Design’ Category

LUXURY GARDEN SPACES

Monday, 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.

Detailed Quotes You Can Trust

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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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House Refurbishments Bournemouth

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Many houses in the UK are outdated and have not been refurbished for many years. This is a common trend due to the fact the majority of people would rather just buy a new home and move elsewhere rather than spend the time and effort on doing up their current property. We at Bournemouth House Refurbishment would like to look at whether this is more beneficial or if you are better off redesigning your own home?

House designs follow trends just like anything else, with the current trend that everyone is currently wanting in home designs being open plan spaces. There are a few reasons for this, firstly is allows the rooms to feel a lot bigger and more spacious and it is great for when friends or family come to visit. This is where we like to think outside the box, why move to a house to accommodate this then you can change your own home to meets your needs.

Been an experienced building company in the Bournemouth area we have complete many extravagant designs to suit all types of people. Some like a simple conversion, maybe knock a wall down and use a steel support to open the space. Others prefer to have one big open space with arches into other rooms. What ever design you are after we can help!

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We design all the architect plans ourselves and using the details you give us we can find ways to make it work. These designs can add great value to a property and increase the likelihood of them selling in the future. Even simple a simple renovation to update the property can be financially rewarding as it makes the property much more appealing to buyers.

Most families like these open plan designs as it makes the home feel much more spacious. When friends and family come to visit the property will feel more welcoming and add that sense of luxury to every room. There are many different styles and designs depending on what theme you want so it is important to decide how you would like your home laid out. This is something you would want to think but we are always here to give a helping hand and help to design your perfect home.

We have lots of examples of house refurbishments completed in the local area in our galleries and more information can be found in the refurbishments section on our website. So have a look and see what ideas might inspire you for designs in your own home. Please feel free to contact us about any questions or ideas you have and we will help support you. We are happy to provide prices for the range of work you require and supply all the materials needed.

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Landscaping for Summer

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

With the sun starting to shine through and the temperatures rising you can tell summer is well on its way, at Four Corners Properties we feel it is time to start thinking about your garden ideas.

A garden can be a nice way to retreat from the stresses of life especially in the summer when it doesn’t get dark till late and the temperature is a lot warmer. This means having a nice garden can be important. If you have kids it can be a place to let them play and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. We feel it is just as important as having a nice kitchen or bedroom and what better time to do it than just before we reach the summer. Our advice for planning a garden refurbishment depends on a few things. You need to consider what you do or want to use yours for, a few ideas could be:

  • a place to sit in the sun
  • somewhere to eat of an evening
  • to grow vegetables and flowers
  • Or even for children to play and have fun.

We offer lots of services for landscaping and can help you transform your garden so that it looks nicer and you can get more use from it. If you have a shed, washing line or vegetable patch at the end of a garden it always looks nice and is more practical to have a path to get to them, especially on wet days. There are many different designs and styles to choose from but it is best to go with a set style for the garden. This could be anything from a straight path covered of decorative shingle or a curvy path of colour bricks, either way we can help to design and decorate your garden.

One tip we always advise, if you are redesigning the whole garden or just part of the garden your choice of materials can make a big difference. Sticking with one theme is important to make the garden suit by trying to match materials where possible. This could be using gravel, paving stones or even wood that are a similar colour or texture to whatever you used to build your house, or already have in the garden will help it link better creating a nicer flow to the garden. This is applies to patios or terraces as you want everything to match the same as when decorating a room, but the most important thing is that the colour scheme all matches to keep a professional look.

Patios and terraces are nice features to add to a garden as it can be a great place for meals and BBQs. We have known of some customers who even have two in order to catch the sun in the morning and evenings. These can also be a good place to sit in the sun and relax while the kids play. When thinking of a design you might want to think of where your children could play and any toys or equipment they might have for example a sandbox, paddling pool or a swing. These are just but a few of the many ideas we can help with in order to transfer your garden in to a place of tranquillity.

Depending on your budget building decorating walls within your garden can be a nice way to add some creativity and give you a different look. This can be costly depending on materials and is something you need to think of as a permanent build. Other things to consider that we have designed and built for previous customers are things like ponds, hot tubs and saunas. These will cost a bit more but will add a slice of luxury to your property. These are not essential but will certainly make you spend more time in the garden.

This should have got you looking forward to the summer as we know gardens are a key part of British summers. So whether you just want to create something more relaxing or somewhere to have garden parties, we suggest thinking of how to improve your garden to make the most of summer. Get in touch if you want ideas or work as our experienced team of professionals can transform your garden for you.

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The need for structural design

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Every building has a different design and requires unique attention to detail to make it as desirable as possible. We know this through our years of experience in all areas of the building trade. When looking at structural work it is important to look at a few key areas for example, is the building currently structurally sound and how you could optimise the available space. These are very important as you might not want to have a reduced room size due to a wall, in which case using a supporting beam might make more sense for you if applicable.

This is where 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.

What is the need for a structural engineer?

Structural engineers are experts who study a building for strengths and weaknesses to find ways it can either be improved or changed. We have our own structural engineers who work with us and the customer to invent and design plans for houses that we work on. These plans are to ensure a building will safely stand up and be able to function without deflections which may cause structural fatigue, cracks or failure of fixtures and fittings. The design must account for movement and forces caused by temperature fluctuations, loads and cracking. This makes it important to choose the right materials for the job to ensure the loads being placed are within the materials tolerances. Apart from these factors, the designs must also take into consideration the mechanical and engineering services such as lighting, heating, ventilation and electrical fittings to fit proficiently within the building.

These plans can vary greatly between engineers so it is important you use a recommended engineer as you want them to be able to apply a design you want to personalise your home. Another key factor is the initial conceptual structural design work while looking at the feasibility. A fully detailed structural design in compliance with British standards and building regulations is essential with any design. This would also be accompanied by calculations and reports as well as structural calculations for Building Regulation approval and detailed drawings by the structural engineer of all work to be carried out.

All our structural designs are make to comply with the current building regulations and British standards. These designs are always based around suiting you and your house and we consider it our obligation to give you the best design possible. We look at all solutions whether it is an RSJ (Rolled Steel Joist), concrete structural design or full steelwork design we look at all the options to match your design and price. We also provide structural engineering solutions for foundation design, including working with buildings with complex design requirements or difficult ground conditions, as well as retaining walls and other load bearing structures. If you can any queries then get in touch. Below are a few pictures of structural designs we have carried out.

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How to save money on architect designs

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

It is common knowledge that it is not cheap to pay for an architect to draw up plans for any building work you might be looking to get. This is due to the advanced knowledge and training they must go through in order to safely design and draw plans for building work. When you speak to them about any ideas you have they will insist you get them to do it and most of the time we find people will, just so they know the plans are safe. But we at Four Corners Properties do not believe in just letting anyone design our work.

We have our own architects who can draw up plans with you to create something special rather than your usual designs. We feel you should always have the best and most creative design for your money to make the building work you have stand out from the rest. Because we have our own architect to design and draw up the plans it will usually end up cheaper than going straight to an architect yourself. This is part of the five star services we offer for all jobs. We cover every aspect of a build making it cheaper and easier for you.

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.

It doesn’t matter what kind of build you are thinking of having, we will do it. And if you want to see the wide range of designs we have done then look through our gallery of previous jobs and you will be surprised by the quality of our work. We are known for our creative ideas to make your property stand out and have that unique look. No more will you get ripped off by builders and architects; you will just save money by using Four Corners Properties. So if you have ideas on how to improve your home please contact us now.

Below are 3 designs that we have completed to give you an idea of our work

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Reasons to Refurbish

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

How this could affect your home

Whether you have just bought a property or looking to sell, you might find it worthwhile to look at refurbishments. When buying a property, a key thing everyone looks for is that they will be able to feel comfortable and get that homely feel to it. You don’t want to be living in a house where you are unhappy and don’t want to be otherwise, why buy it in the first place?

There are two main types of buyers; ones who buy to what they want and ones who buy to make it what they want. Either way, most people will normally change something in their home over time to really add that feeling of home. We would recommend this as we understand what it’s like to have a place that really feels like yours. The benefits of this are more than making it yours, but it will also add property value when you come to sell while also making it more attractive to new buyers.

If you are selling a home you might think why you should refurbish a home, but most properties that are refurbished and fully furnished sell much quicker. People looking to buy properties usually want a property they can move straight into and has all the essentials. They don’t want to have to do too much work straight away, this is normally done once they have money together later down the line. When selling a house you don’t want it on the market for ages as the agents will often lower the price to try and persuade someone to buy it. You want it to stand out and appeal to the buyers so as soon as they see it they want it. The fact that refurbished homes sell for more is an even greater incentive as you might make more than you thought. When selling a home you need to remember that it is a competition between houses and that buyers want the best house for their money so you want yours to be that house. This is becoming even more so now that there are fewer buyers on the market.

House refurbishments have become as business for many people as they have realised if you buy a cheap house that needs lots of work, you will get it for a good price and by the time you have paid someone to get it looking fashionable again and sell it, you have made huge financial gains. This has become big business, but while we like to help people generate income through these businesses, we also like to help the average person who just wants to improve their current living conditions or update the property. We know not everyone is looking to make lots of money from the property which is where we will give you the property you want, while increasing the resale value of the property if it comes to it.

Whether you are looking to fully refurbish a house or just do a single room Four Corners Properties are happy to help. With helpful, friendly advice and offering competitive prices for any household work that needs doing you will find we can help you. If you have any rooms that you think need to be refurbished don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our research tells us that many properties have outdated interiors and could do with work to spruce it up. A big question that people often ask us is how much would you have to spend to see a healthy financial return? The answer is that this does depend on a few things. The main things to consider before doing any work are how much is the property worth and what condition is it in? Speaking in generality the more expensive your house is the more you are to gain. For example if you had a £200,000 house and spent 20 per cent of the value you might make 5 or 10 per cent on top, but if you had a property value of £1 million and spent 20 per cent you would expect 10 to 20 per cent on top. These are examples and many things such as the area and the type of work carried out will influence the price. These are all individual to the house so it is always worth seeking advice before any work to make sure you are not just wasting money.

Balancing a property is also something to remember when refurbishing a property. For instance, converting one bedroom of three to an en-suit may cause imbalance, but in a four bedroom house it might enhance it. Bathrooms are seen to be one of the biggest let downs in most properties. This is due to them been overlooked when people want to improve a home and it is estimated that 41 per cent of bathrooms are over 25 years old. This is why even a simple shower upgrade or re-plumbing can make a big difference to a property.

It is always worth remembering that if you are hiring any professional to carry out work that they have got all the relevant qualifications and health and insurance to cover any accidents that may occur. You also need to get an exact price for the job you want doing so there are no added fees later on as this is something no one wants when doing any work on a home. Below we have a table that gives a rough idea of the returns you could expect from any refurbishment work. It is worth remembering these are all averages and might not reflect your home so check with an expert before if you are looking to make financial gains. We are here to help you and answer any questions you may have.

 

London

% increase

Rest of UK

% increase

Loft conversion

10-20

10-15

Side return

10-20

Same in cities such as Oxford/Cambridge

Extension

10-20

15-20

New kitchen

10-20

5-7

New bathroom

8-10

up to 5

Conservatory

10-12

3-10

Complete redecoration

10-12

5

Garden room

15-20

5-15

 

Sourcing the right materials

Friday, May 1st, 2015

If you’re thinking of doing any building work, whether it is yourself or through a contractor, it is important to know what you’re getting yourself into. This does not mean to turn your head and necessarily hire some to do it all for you but instead to advise and guide you to a successful building experience. There are many things you need to consider for example; you need to plan ahead of what you will be doing, what materials you need and how long each stage will take so you know when you need the materials. This article will take you step by step to give you a detailed understanding for your own projects.

The materials

When looking for materials you need to know exactly what materials you need as even something slightly different will make a big difference to the project. Sometime it is also worth knowing that just because it is cheaper that does not mean that it is the same, this also applies to things that are more expensive. It is important you check exactly what it is you are buying and that it is the material you need for the best price available as no one wants to spend more than they have too. Sometimes big suppliers can be difficult and might overcharge for small jobs so it is always worth checking online for smaller business such as KIKBUILD depending on what it is you are buying. If you plan ahead and get all the materials you need in advance it will make the job a lot easier and by buying in bulk you might also save yourself some money. You also need to take into consideration that material requirements quite often change during a building project so you may need to adapt your materials to fit.

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General construction materials and groundwork’s

One thing to consider when sourcing construction materials should be local merchants, especially if the construction method will involve traditional masonry. Both national chains and independent local outlets can offer advice about materials for a project and useful tips for the job. Concrete is used in almost all building projects so it is important you have more than enough and that you have safe conditions to mix (hand mixing area or cement mixer) away from the rest of materials. It is also necessary to make sure you have the right type of concrete suitable for the job that you are using it for.

Primary structure

The primary structure of any building is usually made of timber, walls and roofing. This means sourcing the best materials for your job. When looking at timber it is important that any externals materials are treated to make them last longer. If you are willing to spend the extra money treated timber is recommended. It is also important that you take the consideration of what it is being used for. For example if it is for support of a roof then you need to have a fairly thick piece of timber so to ensure it has more than enough strength. If in any doubt seek advice from a structural engineer, architect, building control, local builder or supplier, but it would be better to go too thick than too thin as the last thing anyone would want is for the structure to not be safe otherwise you will be back to square one.

For bigger items such as bricks, concrete and tiles it would be best to work out exactly how much you need before you order. This way you might get a better price on the materials and then when it comes to the job you have everything you need to get it done. You may also need to contact some suppliers directly. If you have chosen one of the modern or alternative construction methods that emphasise ‘off-site’ construction, most of the structural materials will be coming from a specialist manufacturer.

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Where to look

Once you know exactly what you want we advise looking around to find the right materials and see where you can get the best price. At this point it is important to remember that you want to use the highest quality materials if you want it to last as some of the cheaper options will deteriorate after just a couple of years and you will notice the difference. This is why it is important to check the quality of the materials and even compare to other sources that sell the same materials to make sure you are getting the best materials for your money. You can still get high quality materials for low competitive prices if you know where to look. Big businesses like ourselves will have our own places to seek materials due to the amount we buy but because we are a friendly local business we like to help our customers to get the best for less. We would advise checking with the main big suppliers of materials and see what the best prices they can offer you but if not we can recommend a company we know who use high quality materials for a competitive price for all.

Whether you are a trader or just your average person who fancies a little project KIKBUILD will be able to help. They offer friendly advice, quick delivery and use the highest quality materials. Even if you are looking to save money you might find buying through them will be cheaper than buying cheap poor quality materials. It is always worth checking but this is a website we can recommend that look after their customers and offer very competitive prices. We hope this article has helped you understand what is needed when trying to source materials and what is required when taking on any building work. If you have any questions about anything in this article then get in touch and we would be happy to help.