Posts Tagged ‘Bournemouth Extensions’

House Extensions Ferndown

Wednesday, 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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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.

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House Extensions

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

House extensions are proving to be a more financially rewarding solution for most people now that house prices keep increasing. They provide you with more space and you can design it how you want it. This is always a good way to have a bigger house if you don’t want the hassle of moving house or are happy in the area you are currently living in. These are just a few of the many reasons why you might want to extend your house. We at Four Corners Properties are happy to provide advice and guidance as well as giving quotes for any building work you might want done. We have many years of experience and have completed many house extensions in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ferndown and surround areas in Dorset and Hampshire.

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.

The planning of what will go where is also another important issue to address. With extensions you want the rooms to flow to make the house more organised. This may mean moving current rooms around if you wanted to create a big living room or dining room at the back of the house of maybe adding a spare room and an office. These are ideas we have come across and are something we advise you think about as sometimes is it more effective to build to what will create the biggest benefit even if it means redecorating an existing room.

With the recent call for companies and the general public to be more eco friendly, it is not surprising that a lot of building and extensions are using more environmentally sound materials. Materials such as bamboo, which is affordable, durable and eco friendly, are very popular, and people are also requesting low-VOC paints. Houses are also using the use of heat source pumps and solar panels which are proven to reduce bills and save you money in the long run. Something we cover in another article on our blog. These are all services we offer as we help to move forward with the world and provide a sustainable future through technological advances.

The design of an extension is very important to make the best use of space and to ensure you get exactly what you want. That is why we use our expert architects to make sure you get the best design possible. By us working with our own architects we aim to save you money as independent architects can be very pricey indeed. It is important you use experienced architects as badly designed extensions can actually lose value to the property. This also helps you to have detailed plans of what you are getting build to there will be no surprises down the road. Our architects can also allow you to have input to decide what you want and where leading them to guide you to a design that is structurally safe and gives you what you want and more. We can provide many detailed drawings of previous customer designs on request.
The next stage to consider is the budget. Depending on what you are willing to spend will decide on what you get. For example some materials cost more than others while some designs and builds will be more than others. By looking at what you have to spend a compromise can be found to give you the best design and build for the price you are willing to spend. Of course if money was no object everyone would ask for the best but we know this is not the case with most people. At Four Corners Properties we will give you a detailed breakdown of every part of the job and the materials so you can always chop and change bits to save you money or if you wanted to spend more in certain parts a job. This helps give you an idea of where your money is going and how you are spending it. We feel our detailed plans separate us from the competition as you can work with us to adjust prices to your liking.
The latest ground-level extensions are seamlessly integrated inside, but also blur the boundaries between inside and out. The flow of the structure finishes and materials such as the flooring can work with the outside space to make them feel like the same entity. Full-height doors can help to connect the interior to the garden, and even in the winter when the doors are closed it can still give the impression that it is one large space. Extensions to the back or side of a house are just one way to increase the space in a house, but other thoughts to be considered are loft and basement extensions. Depending on what you are trying to achieve with an extension you might find these are better suited to your house. Either way you need to plan and think about what would be best for your home. But remember, we are here if you need any advice, plans or quotes.

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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 extend your house to maximise living space and increase your property value

Monday, April 27th, 2015

With recent figures showing that property value is still rising, there are fewer houses being brought and sold. On average people now move every 14 and a half years which is much less frequent than has been the case in the past. Due to this there has been a rise in people choosing to extend their properties. There are many good reasons for this, one been that it is often more economical to extend rather than to move. One of the main reasons for this is due to the stamp duty on the most expensive houses currently at four percent. Then if you add in the agent fees for selling your house this is usually a similar amount that you would pay to extend your house before you even think about the extra money you have to pay for moving into a bigger house.

Another reason people are choosing to extend is also due to the hassle that comes with moving. If you have children you might need to find them a new school, register everything to the new address and even the neighbourhood itself. If you like the area you live in, have friendly neighbours and friends that live close by these can all count to people rather extending their property rather than moving to a new one.

Planning and building regulations

One of the most important factors to consider when planning an extension is that you make sure the extension will add to the value of the property no matter how big or small you are planning. This means making use of what space you extend onto the house, so making sure rooms are a good size and in suitable places. Another factor to consider before you look to get plans drawn up are the area your building onto, for instance:

  • What are the ground conditions?
  • Are there any surrounding trees?
  • Does the area have a history of flooding?
  • Do you have rear access for building materials or will they go through the house?

These are all factors which could affect the price of an extension. It is worth considering all these points and even going to speak to someone at the local planning office to find out informally what might be permitted especially if you are planning anything out of the ordinary. It is wise to research the local planning policies so that you are aware of any problems you might have with planning before spending money on a plan that will be refused. At Four Corners Properties ltd we have lots of experience in building extensions so know the planning officials well and can advise on what might and might not get permission, but it does all depend on the are in which the property is situated. It is also worth talking in detail with whoever creates your plans so that you are getting exactly what you want for a price you can afford, making sure they have done a detailed plan of how much everything costs so there are no financial surprises later on.

Under the Permitted Development Rights system a large number of home extensions can be built without the requirement of planning permission so you may or may not require consent for your proposed extension. It should be noted however, that if your property is near a Conservation Area or a National Park, the amount of work allowed is usually reduced by planning development but this can be checked with the local planning authorities.

Building Control

All building work, whether or not you need planning permission needs approval  by the building regulations. These are rules set by parliament to make sure fire and other forms of safety, insulation, drainage and access are all up to the correct standards. These are minimum design and construction standards which must be met for all building work. Building control officers do not supervise work on your behalf. Their role is to ensure the minimum standards of the building regulations have been adhered to. Most self-builders and extenders send what is called a Full Plan Submission to their local authority. In this case you pay a fee and the building inspector visits the site at the various stages of the build and inspects the work as it proceeds.

Payments

Depending on the size of the extension payments plans can often be arranged as not everyone has thousands of pounds sat in their bank accounts. At Four Corners Properties ltd we can set up a payment scheme to help you pay for any work as and when it is carried out so if its a big job you might not have to fork out all of it before the work commences. We also offer a breakdown plan of what you will be charged for, everything from local authority application fees to building supplies. You will get a quality service where you can see how much each part of the job will cost you so that you know your money is being spent wisely. You will also have a guarantee that any work carried out will be to your satisfaction so you can have confidence in the job we are doing.

If you have any thoughts about getting an extension added to your home feel free to get in touch and see what options you have as you might find it to be a great benefit to you and your family.

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