Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ 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.

KikBuild Your Future Home is a Four Corners Properties Ltd Brand

Friday, 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

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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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

UK housing market activity sees ‘gentle rise’

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

UK housing market activity sees ‘Gentle Rise’

Mortgage experts are predicting a “gentle recovery” in activity in the UK housing market as new figures show lending rose slightly.
Gross mortgage lending rose by 2% in May compared with April to £16.2bn, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
This, and economic indicators, signalled a “limited” increase in activity in the coming months, it said.
However, it pointed out that lending was 3% lower than in May last year.
Mortgage rates are currently at very low levels as lenders aim to entice buyers to enter the market.
But brokers say there remains a shortage of properties being put on the market.
“The gap between what people earn and what they can afford to buy continues to be an issue. There is little incentive to sell when there is a lack of choice as to what to buy,” said Jonathan Harris, director of mortgage broker Anderson Harris.

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This is why we at Four Corners Properties can help you to gain more money from your property by improving your home. Extensions, Loft Improvements, General Maintenance, etc., are keys to keep and get more for less. Let us help you and call us to guide you in what can you do to get more.

Source:BBC News

Improving your home

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Money that is spend on home improvements not only makes your house a much nicer place to live, but if done correctly it will also increase your properties value. We find when refurbishing or improving a home most customers will want to know about returns as it can be seen as an investment to improve your living environment while recouping the money and more when you come to sell. Most home improvement are said to give a healthy 10 per cent profit on top of what they spent. Below we will look at a few areas in which we have recently researched to see what is currently giving the best returns for your money.

Conservatories

This is a great cheap way to add that bit of extra space to a property. These cost a lot less than extending a house while still adding some extra space and in summer months with the sun shining through it can be a real place of tranquility. Unlike building an extension, conservatories do not require planning permission as long as they are no more than half the area of the land of the of the original house is covered. They are also exempt building regulations as long as at least half of the new wall and three quarters of the roof is either glazed or translucent material and if the conservatory is separated from the house by external doors. All of this helps to save money and reduce the time and effort to get it build. Below are the averages for what most people who have had conservatories built found with their money.

Average cost: £5,300

Average profit: £5,750

Return on investment: 108 per cent

Gardens

These are sometimes forgotten when people look to improve a home. Quite often people let them get overgrown and messy especially when it is cold and wet like most days in this country. But if well maintained this is something that will make a real difference to a property as it is something you can always see out the window and when you arrive and leave if you have one in front of the house. Especially from a buyers point of view it will impact on their first impression which is very important. You can easily tell if a garden is well looked after as the colour of the grass will be different and you can see dead or no plants. Plants add a bit of colour to the garden and help top give a nice smell as well as giving a nice feel and look to your home. All of this can make a difference to giving your home a warm, welcoming modern feel. Of course you can always use slabs or decorative stones to add pathways to more style to a garden. Below are the averages for what most people who have had garden conservation on their property found with their money.

Average cost: £4,550

Average profit: £4,000

Return on investment 88 per cent

Exterior

As well as a garden, the exterior of your home is one of the first and main things anyone will see. If the paint is worn down or faded or you have poorly maintained bricks then this will lower your houses appeal. There are many ways to decorate the exterior of a home. One new option that really draws the eye are fibre cement cladding. These can be made in most colours and are durable and had wearing due to the cement. Other ways could be to repaint or K render. These are just a few of the choices you have when you come to improving the outside of your home. You should alway look at all the options to make sure you get the one which will best suit your home and the neighbourhood. Even just fixing any cracks on the outside walls as well as giving it a clean could surprise you by how much of a difference it can make. Below are the averages for what most people who have had exterior work done found with their money.

Average cost: £6,000

Average profit: £4,500

Return on investment: 75 per cent

Extensions

Extensions are a great way to add the extra space to a home by expanding a room or adding more. This can be done on one or two floors deepening on how much space you wanted to add and your budget. These do require planning permission and all work must be check by building regulations to ensure they are up to an acceptable standard and meet the criteria. Extensions are a great way to expand your current house without having to move which is always great and are known for showing great returns as long as they are designed and built properly. There are a few guidelines that you must follow when planning but these have all been covered in one of our previous articles if you wanted more information. Below we have some averages from what people who have had extensions added to their properties found from their money.

Average cost: £19,750

Average profit: £14,000

Return on investment: 71 per cent

Roofs

Roof will occasionally need maintaining. This might be checking the tiles are not cracked or damaged and the water flows off the roof and into guttering. Regular checking and maintenance to a roof will help to keep it looking in good condition and can help prevent future damage. It is important there are no leaks and it is properly insulated to keep the heat in. These are things you will notice by living in a house and can make a property hard to sell as most buyers avoid houses with roof problems unless they are getting it for cheap. Just giving the roof a good clean can give it a new look and it is worth thinking about solar panels if you haven’t already. We have spoke about this in detail in previous articles but the government currently has great schemes in which you could save a lot of money over time, especially since some homes make more electricity than they use to run their house meaning they get more money back. Below are some averages of what people found the returns of their money was for roof repairs and maintenance.

Average cost: £4,150

Average profit: £2,600

Return on investment: 63 per cent

Carpets and Flooring

Carpets are slowly become a bit old fashioned but we still believe in the right environment that they can make a real difference to the look of a house. The biggest problem with them is that over the years they will wear, especially in hallways and stairs where people walk more. They also hold dirt and odours which which is never good. This leaves a few choices, getting them steam cleaned to try to bring them back to a newish condition or replace them. New carpet can be expensive so it is always worth looking if they can be cleaned to bring back those years. Wooden laminate flooring is the modern fashion as it is easy to clean and adds a smart look to the home. It always wears better than carpet due to the hard material. This is a fine balance as to what design you go with but we feel it has to be personal to you and what would look best in your home. If you are redecorating a whole area then is should definitely be considered about changed the flooring. Below are some averages of what people who spend money on flooring found their returns.

Average cost: £4,000

Average profit: £2,000

Return on investment: 50 per cent

Loft conversions

Loft conversions are another great way to increase the size of a property without moving. Many lofts are just used for storage and are wasted space. We feel more people should make use of this space by converting it into extra rooms and you should still have some space for storage. Loft conversions are also seen as a great way to increase the value of a property as it is like adding another floor to your home. Most homes would not need planning permission for this as it falls within the category Permitted Development Rights unless you wanted to extend the roof out to make it bigger. Planning officials are usually keen to maintain the rhythm of residential roof lines in a street, so most extensions need to have minimal external impact. Below are some averages of what people who spent money on loft conversions found their returns.

Average cost: £24,6000

Average profit: £12.000

Return on investment: 50 per cent

Kitchens

Kitchens have moved on a lot in the last few years in terms of design and the technology people have in them. All units and cookers are becoming touch screen as this is the latest fashion with white been by far the most common colour design for kitchens. Kitchens are a place where people do spend a lot of time so they like it to be modern and welcoming. Buyers always look to a kitchen to give the house their own personality. If you did this is could provide you with a more convenient place to make your meals but also increase your houses appeal to buyers in the future as buyers will pay more for a modern decorated kitchen to save the hassle of them doing it themselves. Below are some averages of what people who spent money on kitchen refurbishments found their returns.

Average cost: £9,600

Average profit: £4,750

Return on investment: 49 per cent

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are another area in which make a big difference to a home. As well as making a home a more comfortable living experience they are also a big factor for people looking for houses. Most people like their own style in a bathroom and like it to be a clean, smart and well maintained room. This might not cost you much depending on how dated your current bathroom is but it is money well spent as you will always be that bit more comfortable in there and it will definitely help with the sale of a house. Below are some averages of what people who spend money on flooring found their returns.

Average cost: £4,900

Average profit: £2,350

Return on investment: 48 per cent

It is important to remember all the figures in this article are based on national averages and these figures can vary deepening on are and condition of the house before any work is carried out. We are here to answer any questions you may have or any designs and plans that you might want done to your home. Please get in touch if you feel we could help you improve your property.

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Home Improvements

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Four Corners Properties offer to cover all aspects of home improvements to suit the style of your home. There are many different ways in which you could improve your home and this article will hopefully give you a few new ideas. After many years of working in Dorset and Hampshire improving homes, our experience has given us many new and different ideas to suit our customers. We don’t just look to improve a home, but to transform it into what you want.

Many people want to improve the look and feel of their houses but don’t know where to start but that is where we can help. We always find the best thing to think about before doing anything is to look at what you have and how it could be improved to suit your living needs. This means is there enough space, is it energy efficient and is it structurally sound. This is the best place to start as if you were to do any work then found that one of these need doing you might end up doing a job twice. A house needs to be big enough for you and your family, if not you have a few choices, you have a loft conversion, build an extension, garage or basement conversion or move house. It is important the house you live in is spacious enough for you to live so you don’t feel cramped in your house as it should be a place to relax and enjoy.

You also want a house to be energy efficient, meaning that the walls and loft are properly insulated and you have modern windows to keep the heat in. Living in a cold country like England, poor insulation will cost you a lot in bills so any money you spend on improving this you will make back in bills and property value. Many people are surprised when they find out how much heat they could be losing through either poor insulation or old windows and never understand until they see the decreased bills after they upgrade. This is always worth checking because no one wants to pay more money for gas or electric than they need too. Another way is to look at the latest technological advances in solar panels and air heat sources. We have previously spoken about the huge benefits of adding these too houses due to the money you save and current government grants for making your house more energy efficient. We advise this as a great way to save money in the long term. Also checking that the structure of the building is still ok as some older buildings might get cracks or damp and this should always be rectified before carrying out other work.

These are just a few starting points to improve a home that you might think to consider. Others that you might not of considered are driveways, fences and gardens. These can have a big effect on how a house looks and feels to live in. Having a pleasant garden that is looked after and has nice fences can give you a bit of privacy from the world in order to relax. You can organise a garden to suit you whether it be somewhere to relax or just for the kids to play but this can still impact your impression of a house. A driveway also will affect your reflection of the house as this is the first and last thing you need every time you go out or come home. There are hundreds of designs and colour to choose from that can make your house stand out from the rest. We find many people like to have a different design to neighbours so it adds some personalisation to the property and gives a great impression to visitors. This is an area worth researching to find the right design and colour to suit you and your property.

We feel home improvements need to be personal to allow you make your house have that homely feeling. Often when people move to a new house they need some sort of change to make it more comfortable. The obvious way to improve the look of a home would be decorating. This comes in a few ways; this could be changing the flooring, wall styles, lights and furnishing. Changing the colour and styles of walls can brighten a place up and by decorating different rooms themes to each part of a house. It is always worth considering if you wanted to open up a room by removing walls or putting up walls to separate rooms depending on what you want. We also provide furnishing and materials for all work through our side company kikbuild. We complete all work as one company so it cuts out any middlemen so we can pass the savings on to you.

If you have any thoughts about home improvements or have read this article and it has inspired your thoughts of what your home could look like you are more than welcome to get in touch. We are the local builders you can trust who thrive off our reputation and no matter what your budget we can help you find a way to improving your home. We have lots of pictures of previous jobs so browse our website as it might help give you some fresh ideas.

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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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Four Corners Properties: KikBuild – A Full Package

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Four Corners Properties has been improving its services during the years giving paramount attention to detail, quality and what really matters: Good Value for Money. Following this path of action it has created KikBuild. A way to give its customers a much bigger and better package of goods and service.

The Brand KikBuild offers From Building Materials to even Furniture at the best prices possible. It helps to save valuable time and money plus the advantage that if you are planing to improve your home using Four Corners Properties services you may have discount as a package, because Four Corners Properties has it all for their customers.

Please have a look to this Video Tiles Sample:

And the video below shows you KikBuild Furniture:

And if you want to build an extension for your home have a look to this Video Sample of a Kitchen Extension:

That is why Four Corners Properties is your best option when it comes down to anything regarding the Construction Sector, from Building Materials to Furniture, Tiles, Doors to improve your home and giving you more value for your Home.

Which home improvements deliver the best return?

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Extension Kitchen

Here at Four Corners Properties we know that splashing out on home improvements not only makes your house a more enjoyable place to live, but it if done right, it is also likely to give its value a boost.
The average home improvement would add a healthy 10 per cent to the value of a home, research from peer-to-peer platform Zopa claims, while those who build conservatories come out top on their return on investment of potentially 108 per cent.
Zopa asked users who had taken out home improvement loans through the platform what changes they made and how much profit they reckoned they got on what they spent on the work.

There is a whole range of minor and major improvements you can make to your property from just cleaning up to structural renovations. But you don’t want to spend too much if you are not going to get a decent return on your investment when it comes to sell, and here is where our advice can give you a big difference. Our Team of Builders are all Professionals.
Source: The Daily Mail