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Add value to your property with Loft Conversion

In terms of home improvements, the loft conversion has been an ever-present in houses all over London for the best part of 40 years. To this day, they offer homeowners the easiest solution in adding real value to a property, and can fetch up to 20% more on the housing market if well executed. However, a poor loft conversion can actually negatively impact the value of a property, and can also compromise safety.

Luckily, the loft conversion is so synonymous with London, that most reputable renovation companies have vast experience in undertaking these projects. APT Renovation is one such company that carries out many loft conversions, particularly in Central and South West London, where converted lofts can be sighted more so than anywhere else in the capital. “As the housing crisis worsens and property prices continue to soar, we are now doing more loft conversions than ever before”, explains director, Andi Pepaj.

The issue is that many homeowners are actually content where they are in London, but need more liveable space. This is where a loft conversion can significantly change the dynamics of a household, and pave the way for new bedrooms and en-suites. With a loft conversion, a standard two-bedroom property can be transformed into a four-bedroom, which is especially ideal for growing families. They are not limited to just bedrooms though, as many people have renovated their loft into areas of relaxation, entertainment, cinema rooms and even mini office spaces.

In boroughs like Hammersmith & Fulham,  Lambeth, Merton, Wandsworth, Kingston, Richmond, Kensington & Chelsea, nearly half of the properties have benefited from a loft conversion of some sort. Not only are they becoming more prevalent, but they are also becoming far more ambitious in design and functionality. Gone are the days of generic colour schemes and uninspiring layouts, loft conversions are now often highly refined and finished in immaculate style.

Natural light is a key feature in any loft, making it the brightest area of the house, particularly when skylight windows allow the sunshine to pour in at the first opportunity, weather permitting. Not only do Velux windows ensure privacy and look the part, they also provide a seamless transition between the interior and exterior. This abundance of brightness is a godsend for Architectural Designers who are continuing to incorporate natural light into their contemporary designs.

With most other home improvements, you will not be able to stay in your home while works are ongoing. With a loft conversion however, you can avert any extra costs and inconvenience by staying put. For many loft conversions, you won’t need to get planning permission and there’s a 50m³ threshold (40m³ for terraced houses) for extending the roof space. In fact, planning permission will only be required if the loft extends outwards and creates considerable structural change to the building.

The type of loft conversion that you can get varies on a few factors like how old and what kind of property it is, the layout of the roof, building regulations and of course, your budget and personal preference. A standard interior loft conversion is easily the most straightforward as the original structure is not modified at all. Instead, the space is insulated, Velux windows are fitted in, and the redundant space is renovated into a completely habitable area. This type of conversion is perfect for lofts that already have high ceilings.

If your property has low ceilings and the floorspace is lacking, a Dormer loft conversion is a great way to boost the loft’s floor capacity as well as the head-height, as the extension is fitted in from the outside and extends vertically from the plane of a sloped roof. Dormer windows are usually fitted in to add even more roominess, as they are positioned vertically directly in the slope, adding more height. Some may consider the Dormer conversion not as pleasing on the eye as the other types, but for those craving flat walls, flat ceilings and more space, it represents the best value for money.

In the rare occasion that planning permission or a conservation area prohibits the construction of a rear Dormer, then a Mansard conversion is a viable alternative. A Mansard is generally fitted onto the rear of a property, and converts the sloped roof to 72 degrees, which is close enough to being flat. This is because councils regard this angle as technically still being a roof, rather than a wall.

For detached and semi-detached properties, a Hip-to-Gable conversion can boost space in a loft by replacing the sloped roof with a straight wall, reaching the same height as the ridge. The conversion can result in enough options to create room for a new lounge area, a place of study or a play area. If your property’s roof is sloped on both sides, then it is also possible to get a double Hip-to-Gable, resulting in double the amount of potential space.

The average price of a loft conversion is roughly £15,000 and can range from around £7,000 to £30,000, depending on the scale of the project. APT Renovation recently designed and fitted in a spectacular new loft in Racton Road, Fulham, complete with gorgeous skylight windows and a beautiful en-suite bathroom with glass elements. Courtesy of their bespoke joinery, APT were also able to craft a number of made-to-measure fixtures, including wardrobes and shelving on the walls. The client, Janice, paid less than £38,000 on the works, and the property has now seen its value increase by £94,000.

It’s worth remembering that regardless of how much more value a loft conversion adds onto a property, it will still make more financial sense rather than jumping ship and buying a new house.  Because of the high quality nature of these renovations, homeowners are becoming more and more infatuated with their lofts. The loft conversion remains the most valuable and efficient way to improve the average London home, and as Andi Pepaj notes; “many people are now designating their loft as the master bedroom in the house, rather than just a room for the kids or guests”.

How will Brexit affect UK house prices in 2017?

The groundbreaking decision to leave the European Union has not only caused shockwaves throughout the world, but it has also resulted in a great degree of uncertainty, most notably in the housing market. While it’s obvious that the post-Brexit era is clouded in unpredictability, much of the negative forecasting from remain voters has so far proved to be rather overzealous.

Yes, the pound did fall to its lowest rate for over 30 years within 24 hours of the historic referendum result, but it has been slowly stabilising ever since. Investor confidence has increased, resulting in a 16% increase in the FTSE 100, while consumers’ confidence has remained virtually the same. Experts predicted a huge crash in house prices, but while there were some mild repercussions, things have generally picked up since the aftermath. By and large, it has been business as usual.

The real effects of Brexit will only truly emerge once Theresa May triggers Article 50. The ensuing two-year period of negotiations between the UK and the rest of Europe promises to be a tricky one, which may well impact negatively on the economy. However, the predictions now being cast are significantly warmer compared with the hysteria of 2016. A housing crisis is thankfully not on the horizon, and the price of properties is still projected to increase, albeit at a slower pace.

Perhaps one of the knock-on effects from these negotiations will be a diminished urgency to move home, and an inclination to stay put for the time being, at least until the period of uncertainty is over. It’s fair to say that Brexit has left some homeowners worried, which is why there has been an influx in house extensions, loft conversions and basement renovations, as they represent a safer and cheaper way to get more space.

As the sterling dips against the dollar, the London market seems to benefit somewhat, as this effectively gives a 10% discount to those paying with US dollars. Many foreign investors are eying up opportunities in London and snapping up properties faster than the natives. One area that was predicted to flounder after the referendum was the development of super-luxe properties in the capital, but after a brief respite, it has experienced a resurgence and is starting to bustle again.

The Bank of England’s decisive move in reducing interest rates to a record low of 0.25 should also contribute to allaying the fears of prospective homebuyers. For those scouring the market, putting in a lower bid than usual wouldn’t go far amiss in the current climate, while those looking to sell up should still be able to do so quickly, provided that the pricing is realistic.

While there are conflicting indicators regarding the long-term future of the property market in the post-Brexit era, the short-term certainly seems relatively stable, as opposed to what was foretold. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are predicting a cumulative 14% increase in property prices over the next five years, which is possibly the most upbeat prognosis to date. With an ever-improving employment rate and competitive mortgage lending rates, there are still great opportunities to take advantage of in the market.

Uncertainty will likely intensify when the UK government triggers Article 50 by the end of March.

The Best Ways to Light up your Garden

While most people tend to spend time in their gardens during the day, when you light up your garden at night, it is a great way to encourage you and your family members to spend evenings outside. Here are some ways you can illuminate your garden at night:

Light up your Pathways

light up your gardenTry installing some lighting along your garden pathways. Illuminated passageways add a welcoming, warm glow to gardens and encourage you to wander through the nature of your garden.

Garden Lighting

light up your gardenThe best way to create a dramatic and beautiful atmosphere in your gardens and outdoor spaces, is to add light. The best kind of lights to use are the energy efficient LED lights. LED lights are not only energy efficient, but low voltage, easy to install and are instantly bright when switched on. Having a warm glow at night will create a completely different ambience than during the daytime.

Fire Pit

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Installing a fire pit in your garden, will create a wonderful focal point to your outdoor space. Fire pits combine both lighting and heating, this makes them a perfect location to congregate and socialise with friends and family.

Connecting the inside with the outside

light up your gardenWith many houses and house extensions being designed and built to blend the house and the garden seamlessly, the lighting from inside may reflect out into the garden. You can also continue the same lighting scheme from the inside and bring it out into the garden.

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White Interiors: Making the colour white work for you

The interior design world has often embraced white as a go-to colour. White is perfect for interiors due to it’s versatility and ability to brighten even the smallest areas of your home. However, white has a lot more to it than just being at the lightest end of the colour spectrum.  Here are our 4 ways to make white work for you.

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Accentuate Period Characteristics

If you are living in a period home, then the chances are that you will have skirting boards, mouldings and cornices. Keeping these as white as possible accentuates the periodical history of your home and keeps it looking very fresh and airy.

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Make Your Kitchen Seem Bigger

If your kitchen is wanting in size, white units and appliances will give the illusion of more space. White units also give a clean, crisp look to your kitchen that will create a timeless kitchen environment.

Light Your Basement

Basements are usually the darkest parts of the house, so if you are going for a basement conversion or renovation, then you might want to go for white or light colours to create a more inviting space. Whitewashing the staircase is a great technique that will help reflect much needed natural light into your basement.

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Even Out Irregularities

In many properties, there are imperfections and uneven walls that can be irksome to look at.  These irregularities often occur with age, neglect, budget or even design. However, as a temporary measure, to combat their unpleasant sight a lick of white paint can be incredibly effective in obscuring these from view.

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House Renovations

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Loft Conversion Can Increase The House Value Up To 20%

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In terms of home improvements, the loft conversion has been an ever-present in houses all over London for the best part of 40 years. To this day, they offer homeowners the easiest solution in adding real value to a property and can fetch up to 20% more on the housing market if well executed. However, a poor loft conversion can actually negatively impact the value of a property, and can also compromise safety.

 

Luckily, the loft conversion is so synonymous with London, that most reputable renovation companies have vast experience in undertaking these projects. APT Renovation is one such company that carries out many loft conversions, particularly in Central and South West London, where converted lofts can be sighted more so than anywhere else in the capital. “As the housing crisis worsens and property prices continue to soar, we are now doing more loft conversions than ever before”, explains director, Andi Pepaj.

 

Homeowners Need More Liveable Space

The issue is that many homeowners are actually content where they are in London, but need more liveable space. This is where a loft conversion can significantly change the dynamics of a household, and pave the way for new bedrooms and en-suites. With a loft conversion, a standard two-bedroom property can be transformed into a four-bedroom, which is especially ideal for growing families. They are not limited to just bedrooms though, as many people have renovated their loft into areas of relaxation, entertainment, cinema rooms and even mini office spaces.

 

In boroughs like Hammersmith & Fulham,  Lambeth, Merton and Wandsworth, nearly half of the properties have benefitted from a loft conversion of some sort. Not only are they becoming more prevalent, but they are also becoming far more ambitious in design and functionality. Gone are the days of generic colour schemes and uninspiring layouts, loft conversions are now often highly refined and finished in immaculate style.

 

Natural Light

Natural light is a key feature in any loft, making it the brightest area of the house, particularly when skylight windows allow the sunshine to pour in at the first opportunity, weather permitting. Not only do Velux windows ensure privacy and look the part, they also provide a seamless transition between the interior and exterior. This abundance of brightness is a godsend for architectural designers who are continuing to incorporate natural light into their contemporary designs.

Avoid The Extra Costs

With most other home improvements, you will not be able to stay in your home while works are ongoing. With a loft conversion, however, you can avert any extra costs and inconvenience by staying put. For many loft conversions, you won’t need to get planning permission and there’s a 50m³ threshold (40m³ for terraced houses) for extending the roof space. In fact, planning permission will only be required if the loft extends outwards and creates considerable structural change to the building.

 

Types Of Loft Conversions

The type of loft conversion that you can get varies on a few factors like how old and what kind of property it is, the layout of the roof, building regulations and of course, your budget and personal preference. A standard interior loft conversion is easily the most straightforward as the original structure is not modified at all. Instead, the space is insulated, Velux windows are fitted in, and the redundant space is renovated into a completely habitable area. This type of conversion is perfect for lofts that already have high ceilings.

 

If your property has low ceilings and the floorspace is lacking, a Dormer loft conversion is a great way to boost the loft’s floor capacity as well as the head-height, as the extension is fitted in from the outside and extends vertically from the plane of a sloped roof. Dormer windows are usually fitted in to add even more roominess, as they are positioned vertically directly in the slope, adding more height. Some may consider the Dormer conversion not as pleasing to the eye as the other types, but for those craving flat walls, flat ceilings and more space, it represents the best value for money.

 

In the rare occasion that planning permission or a conservation area prohibits the construction of a rear Dormer, then a Mansard conversion is a viable alternative. A Mansard is generally fitted onto the rear of a property and converts the sloped roof to 72 degrees, which is close enough to being a flat. This is because councils regard this angle as technically still being a roof, rather than a wall.

 

For detached and semi-detached properties, a Hip-to-Gable conversion can boost space in a loft by replacing the sloped roof with a straight wall, reaching the same height as the ridge. The conversion can result in enough options to create room for a new lounge area, a place of study or a play area. If your property’s roof is sloped on both sides, then it is also possible to get a double Hip-to-Gable, resulting in double the amount of potential space.

The  Price For A Loft Conversion

The average price of a loft conversion is roughly £15,000 and can range from around £7,000 to £30,000, depending on the scale of the project. APT Renovation recently designed and fitted in a spectacular new loft in Racton Road, Fulham, complete with gorgeous skylight windows and a beautiful en-suite bathroom with glass elements. Courtesy of their bespoke joinery, APT were also able to craft a number of made-to-measure fixtures, including wardrobes and shelving on the walls. The client, Janice, paid less than £38,000 on the works, and the property has now seen its value increase by £94,000.

 

It’s worth remembering that regardless of how much more value a loft conversion adds onto a property, it will still make more financial sense rather than jumping ship and buying a new house.  Because of the high-quality nature of these renovations, homeowners are becoming more and more infatuated with their lofts. The loft conversion remains the most valuable and efficient way to improve the average London home, and as Andi Pepaj notes; “many people are now designating their loft as the master bedroom in the house, rather than just a room for the kids or guests”.

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Tips For A Top Kitchen Extension

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The kitchen area is increasingly becoming the most focal point of the home, as families are not only spending more time there eating together, but they are using it as a social space as well. Kitchen extensions are hugely popular in London, as they represent a great way to gain extra space and create beautiful aesthetics. Here are some top tips for an amazing house extension:

 

Use The Natural Light

It’s always a great idea to let in as much natural light into the kitchen area as possible, and most extensions these days incorporate the outside with the inside. Skylight windows are often used in kitchens to great effect, particularly when they allow light to pour onto the dining table and seating areas. Using glass sliding doors is another effective way to bring in extra light to the kitchen, and offers a seamless passage to the garden area.

 

Connect To The Outside

As well as using glass sliding doors to create a smooth transition, there are some other great ways to create the illusion of an even larger space. Using matching floor tiles and textures in the kitchen and on the patio is an excellent way to blur the lines of the interior with the exterior. Similarly, using the same colour themes on the kitchen cabinets and counters with the external walls will make your kitchen extension seem even larger.

 

Choose A Beautiful Theme

Having a beautiful theme in your kitchen makes the world of difference, and it is important that this theme remains consistent throughout. Furniture, cupboards, appliances and walls should all match up and compliment each other. Many modern kitchen designs have a white and airy feel about them, and the most attractive ones always have a hint of an additional colour to create a really standout look.

 

Define Areas Of The Kitchen

Your kitchen extension will ensure that you get more usable space, so it’s definitely recommended to divide it into different areas. Having an island or peninsula will split up the cooking area from the actual dining area and will create a lovely open-plan kitchen scheme, where family members can relax while the others can prepare meals or drinks. This type of extension creates clear separate areas fit for different purposes but maintains a sense of cohesion.

 

 

Create Storage

Storage is one of the most salient things in a kitchen extension, as the chief purpose is to cook and to cook with practicality and ease. Making sure that your storage units and cabinets are all next to each other improves the functionality for all culinary activities and can be colour coordinated as such. Wall mounts can also be fitted to add additional storage space, while magnetic strips can also be placed on the walls for cutlery.

House Extensions Are A Brilliant Way To Boost The Space

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With property prices in London at now astronomical rates, many homeowners craving extra space are asking themselves if it’s really worth purchasing a new house. Instead, many are deciding to stay put in their homes and add house extensions. Such a paucity of space and land has ushered in a wave of new kitchen extensions in the capital, which has in turn, catapulted property values even more.

 

Increase The Property Value Up To 20%

A extension can propel the value of a property by up to 20% in some parts of London, which is exactly why many homeowners decide to stay in their area. “As a renovation company operating in some of the most affluent parts of London, most of our clients are more than happy with their location, and have no intention of moving out”, explains Andi Pepaj, director of APT Renovation. “House extensions are a brilliant way to boost space, improve the quality of life and add tremendous worth to a property”.

 

Large Family

The harmony of a household has a direct correlation to the amount of space a property has, particularly if the family is large. The more spacious a property, the less likely it is that petty feuds will break out over who is using what and what area is being occupied. An extra bathroom can change the whole dynamic of a household and removes the strain of having to delegate time and monitor how long one spends relaxing in the bathtub. Not only that, but an extra bathroom can add up to 6% in value.

Rooms For Relaxation

The added space that rear house extensions provide mean that family members are more likely to want to spend time in their actual home rather than treating their property as just a place to rest their head at night. They can be modified into rooms of relaxation and entertainment, fitted with integrated sound systems and technology. With more and more people working remotely, the study is turning out to be a necessity for digital entrepreneurs, allowing individuals to make the most out of their productivity.

 

Glass Designs

As swathes of new luxury modern apartments sweep the city, there’s also been a newfound penchant to modernising existing properties with similarly designed additions. These glass designs represent the new trend in contemporary architecture and can reinvent living spaces by facilitating large amounts of natural light. Not only does this brighten up the place and make it more inviting, but it also gives the illusion of even more space.

 

Knock Down An Internal Wall

Many properties deceptively come across as being small because of the layout, so knocking down an internal wall or two is an incredibly effective way to increase the interior space. Adding 10% new floorspace can fetch 5.1% more value on the market. This can also create a contemporary feel, which is why the majority of modern properties incorporate open-plan layouts, with fresh and airy elements. The two pillars for modernism are space and light, and this is progressively being reflected in the ambitious house extensions that are taking place throughout the capital.

 

Kitchen Extensions

Kitchen extensions have become the most popular types of home improvements in London properties. A new kitchen can add up to 6% in value to a property and is sometimes the first thing people look for when buying. As people become more infatuated with their culinary habits, the kitchen area is becoming one of the focal social spaces as opposed to the front of the house. This is why open-plan kitchen diners are now high in demand and are often adjoined to the rear end of the house. “Our bespoke joinery specialises in bi-folding and sliding doors, which are a fantastic way to seamlessly connect to the garden area”, says Pepaj.

 

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Rear Extension

A rear extension takes full advantage of the outside space and boosts the indoor capacity by integrating the flooring or materials that can be found in the garden. Shifting the extraneous space from the outside to the inside can result in a significant increase in livable room, thus encouraging household members to congregate more in this part of the property. Having this type of extra space is not only more practical for families, but is befitting of the type of lifestyle that many people crave these days.

 

James Dickson and his wife Nicky of Lysia Street were unwavering in their desire to remain in their Fulham home. They did, however, want to boost the space in their property, most notably by way of a refurbished kitchen that allowed easy access to the garden area. APT Renovation was able to give the property a full renovation and implement a stunning contemporary kitchen, complete with state of the art skylights to boost the overall natural lighting.

 

Cost-Effective House Extensions

Conservatories and orangeries are the most cost-effective of all house extensions and are both similar in the sense that they also merge the exterior with the interior. They are versatile in terms of functionality and can be made into dining rooms, studies, garden rooms, sun rooms and children’s rooms, to name a few. Both options allow residents to enjoy the views a garden has to offer under a relaxing confinement, regardless of what the weather is like.

 

Generally, single storey extensions will go ahead without hiccups, although in some instances, planning permission may be required. When it comes to multi-storey extensions, there is a whole lot more to consider, including the impact the works will have on neighbours. This type of house extension can be very protracted and can incur the wrath of complaints and opposition from those in the vicinity. The larger the project, the more scrutiny it will come under, as the works can result in less privacy for neighbours, or even deprive them of sunlight. This is why obtaining building control permission is mandatory, and a planning permission is almost a certitude.

 

Multi-storey extensions represent the most radical of transformations of a property and can make way for extra bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, perfect for a growing family. Creating a new bedroom of 13 square metres has the potential to raise the value of a terraced property by up to 10%, and two new bedrooms in a semi-detached home is likely to see a 13% increase in the overall worth. Homeowners that already have three bedrooms can add up to 10% in value if they decide to go for a fourth.

 

Elegant Modernism

Shows like Grand Designs have revealed to the masses the real extent of what modern architecture can bring to a property. In terms of house extensions, not only is the scope endless for creativity and design, but the same is true for functionality. According to Andi Pepaj, homeowners are becoming more sophisticated in their tastes; “we have seen a real movement towards elegant modernism, and this reflects the lifestyle aspirations that are prevalent across the city”.

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Benefits of Choosing a Design & Build Team

 

When it comes to home improvements and renovations, the traditional way to go is to use an architectural designer and then use general contractors separately. Here at APT, we pride ourselves on being an all-inclusive design & build team, covering all aspects of your home desires. We have broken down the top five reasons why you should opt for a design & build team like ours rather than the conventional way:

No Middlemen

Going with a design & build team like APT means that everyone is on board with the same project, and has the same people trying to complete them, which means no wires will get crossed. Having the architectural designers on the same team as the builders means that everyone will work in tandem to make your dream home come true, without the need to bring in anyone else. In the rare event that anything does go wrong, there will be full accountability rather than fingers being pointed at separate contractors. Every challenge is overcome easier when you have a team that are fully in sync with each other.

Experience & Expertise

A design & build team doesn’t prioritise one aspect over the other – we are experts in both fields, which is why we can offer you a complete and comprehensive experience. It’s important to remember that a design & build team like APT is a serious business with years of experience, and there are many contractors and builders out there who pose as architectural designers (or vice versa) when they have little to no experience in this field. Not only do our licensed architects possess unrivalled amounts of experience when it comes to design, but our build team have been working with them side by side, having completed a wide range of stunning home renovations and improvements throughout London.

Cost-Effective

Typically, using separate consultants, architectural designers and contractors will incur greater fees, which is why a fully integrated design & build team is more cost-effective. In fact, you could save over 10% if you opt for a design & build team. Our architectural designers have a full understanding of pricing and use this knowledge in accordance with your budget while the designing process takes place. Here at APT, we do not take any upfront fees or deposits, rather, we start taking payments once works are underway and you are entirely happy with proceedings.

Communication

One of the benefits of using one team is that communication is never an issue, as each member will be fully briefed on the objectives. All dialogues and plans will be totally transparent from start to finish with a design & build team. At APT, we try to engage with our clients as much as possible, to make them understand the nature of the works and what needs to be done and why. We are also at hand to offer professional advice when needed and are wholly committed to giving you our honest truth, regardless of the situation.

Timely

The more third-parties you invite to work on your project, the more time it will take to complete it. This is because you have to work around different availabilities, and the whole process will not go as smoothly as it will if you choose to go with a design & build team. Because the whole build process can be really complicated and drawn out, having one company perform everything is far more efficient in terms of practicality and in terms of timing. Our design & build team is highly adaptive to any circumstances that may arise, and will always strive to achieve the best results in the most timely and cost-effective manner.

 

Choosing a design & build team will be sure to give your home project far more continuity and consistency than going with the outdated separate route. With more home improvements taking place than ever before, more people are starting to reap the rewards of using a design & build company. With APT Renovation, you have one of the leading experts in the industry at your disposal, especially when it comes to London.

Increase The Living Space

 

There seems to be a growing trend in London over the last few years, although this trend is not growing upwards, rather, it is submerging into the subterranean depths of our neighbourhoods. Given the extreme shortage of space in the capital, homeowners have been desperate to find ways to increase the size of their properties, but with the strict planning permission policies that come with building on land, the basement conversion is now the extension du jour, particularly in the most affluent of areas.

 

The Demand Is Not Abating

Andi Pepaj, director of APT Renovation, has spearheaded a wide range of medium to large scale basement renovations throughout London, “we’ve installed gyms, art galleries, recording studios, home cinemas and even golf ranges. The list is endless”. The demand is certainly not abating, with more than 900 basement extensions having taken place over the past five years in Kensington & Chelsea alone, and many more in the planning process.

 

Increase The Living Space

People are beginning to cotton onto the fact that a basement extension represents the most viable option in increasing the living space of a property in London. It can also significantly boost the sell-on value if done correctly. A fully converted basement in your home can increase the value of your property by up to 20% in some parts of London, and can also land you some passive income if you decide to turn the space into a rentable bedroom.

 

Add Value To The Property

Nigel Phillips, 50, and his wife Linda, 42, bought their stunning house in Trebovir Road, Earls Court, a number of years ago, and decided to add some more value to the property and put it back on the market. APT Renovation oversaw a complete overhaul and extension of their basement, to make way for a spacious gym area. This included a multitude of new furniture, ornaments and decorations that were crafted by their bespoke joinery. The couple paid £270,000 for the works, and the basement has now added £1million in value to the property.

 

For many, the monetary aspect is not the be all and end all, as the basement renovation represents a way to add a new dimension to a property – a space for relaxation, creativity or entertainment, or to accommodate additional family members.

 

Need For  Basement Conversion

With London being the second most expensive city in the world to buy property (after Monaco), it is no wonder many homeowners have sought to increase their living space underground rather than purchasing a new home. The huge disparity between the capital and the rest of the UK means that the need and desire for a basement conversion is significantly lower outside London. Extortionate rates and strict planing restrictions for above ground expansion simply aren’t prevalent outside of the capital, which is why the basement-boom is continuing to flourish in London.