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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.

Halifax: House prices hit £200,000 record

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The average cost of properties in the UK has exceeded £200,000 for the first time, according to the Halifax and this is why we at Four Corners Properties are so kind to advice our customers about improving their homes. The market undoubtedly makes its part in the game, but if a property is improved then you are doing a great top up to its current value.

Halifax said house prices jumped by 1.7% in June compared with the previous month, marking their fourth consecutive monthly rise.
Annual price inflation also rose significantly, from 8.6% in May to 9.6% in June.
It brings the average price of a UK house or flat to £200,280, the highest amount recorded by the Halifax measure.
However the figures are in stark contrast to those produced by rival lender, Nationwide.
Last week it said that house price inflation had fallen to 3.3% a year, bringing the average price to £195,055.
Halifax said the rise was being driven by tight supply with the number of homes for sale now at a record low.
Halifax’s housing economist Martin Ellis said there were now signs of a recent “modest pick up in demand”.
“Economic growth, higher employment, increasing real earnings growth and very low mortgage rates are all supporting housing demand,” he added.
The lender, which uses data from its own mortgage lending, said average house prices per square metre had risen by 18% since 2010, with prices in Greater London seeing the fastest growth.

Source: BBC News

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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Why many people are now building summer houses

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Summer houses are a great way to extend the space available in your property and they can be used for many different things. Many people who work from home use them as offices, others as a playhouse for their kids; some are even so extravagant they turn them into a luxury space with a sauna and a hot tub.

Planning Permission

One of the main reasons people are choosing to build their own summer houses are because as long as you meet a few rules, you don’t need planning permission. These are classed as outbuildings. Outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
  • Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container within two metres of a boundary.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from house to be limited to 10 square metres.
  • On designated land buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission.
  • Within the grounds of any listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

The advantages

One main advantage of a summer house is it is somewhere to unwind and rest outside of your house. It is a personal space where you can just enjoy the moment. It can also be decorated to match your house or to give it a different feel. This might allow you to have an artistic side where you can design your summerhouse to match your occasion. Of course everyone is different so will have different uses and reasons for building a summer house. With the increasing price in properties and the increase in traffic on  the roads using a summer house as an office could not make more sense. You get to work from home, have a cheap affordable office and will never be caught up another traffic jam. These are all reasons why the modern homeowner is starting to see a summerhouse as a necessity.

Other families see it as a way of spending time together outside. If you have things like a sauna, hot tub or swimming pool then it can be a great way to spend time together. In the summer months when the sun finally comes out it can be nice to relax in the comfort of your own garden as a family. It can be a perfect place for the family to bond with each other. You can play games together, have a picnic or a barbecue party, or simply play relaxing music while the children play along. We have customers who have used this opportunity to invest in order to save the money and stress that can be involved with family vacations. This helps you save money in the long run as travel and accommodation can be expensive when you could just as easily make the most of your house.

Things to consider before getting one

We know it’s not all positive and there are of course a few things to consider first before deciding to build a summer house. One of these is of course to think about the space. You will be losing a sizeable part of the garden and you need to make sure this is ok as once you start you won’t be looking back. Another thing to consider is where you are building it. You don’t want it to take all the light away from the house or any garden you might want to use to relax in the evenings. We know you do not want to sit in the garden of an evening and be shaded from the sun because of your summerhouse. The last important thing we think you should also consider is that is it built to last using durable materials and is not a cheap one as these are only going to cost you more money when they fall apart. But if none of this affects you then you need to ask yourself why not?

Building to last

There is a lot of choice when it comes to summerhouses. If you look at places like B&Q you will find smaller low end summerhouses that will be good for a few years but will soon deteriorate. They also do not offer much space. The way we look at them is if you are going to do it, do it the right way first time and build your own. This might cost a bit more but it will be built to last. This also means you can have your own design, decorating and style. It will be a much more comfortable environment and will be much more like an actual house. With the use of long lasting materials and a strong structure you know it will be stable and if looked after will be there for many years to come. This is where we feel the cheap ones you see in the shops fail as they use cheap materials and are built to last for a short time. This in the long run will cost you more and look a lot worse.

Our current project

At Four Corners Properties we have built many luxury summer houses and can build any design you want to a budget. As seen below we have a few pictures of a project we are currently working on that will be our new office, shed, sauna and hot tub all in one. This is a fine example of a proper summer house. Keep looking on our website for the final pictures in a few weeks when all the work is finally completed. You need to remember it is not quite finished and this would be near as big as a summer house as you could build without planning permission.

If you have any questions or inquiries about getting an outbuilding in your garden please get in touch.

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