Posts Tagged ‘home renovation works’

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Many houses in the UK are outdated and have not been refurbished for many years.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

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.

westmoores bathroom

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.

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.