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We at APT Renovation Ltd are a Design & Build company based in Balham, South London specialising:

Basement Conversion (Excavation)

Rear and Side Return Extensions

House Renovations

Loft Extensions

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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.

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.

 

How To Brighten Up Your Basement

 

APT Renovation has undergone many basement conversions throughout London, and we know that the one thing that makes the world of difference, is lighting. Here are the best ways to illuminate your basement:

 

Layer The Lighting

Spotlights are the most commonly used form of lighting for basements, but it shouldn’t end there. To make your basement feel as homely as possible, you should layer the lighting. Pendants are a great way to add an atmospheric feel, while accent lighting can also boost the general ambience.

 

Use Sconces

Fixing sconces into the back wall of your basement can create the illusion of higher ceilings. This will also make for a far more inviting space.

 

Fit In Track Lights

To set your basement apart from others and get a more modern look, then you should look to fit in some track lights alongside the exposed joists. This will brighten up your basement significantly and give it a fresh feel.

 

Light Up Soffits

You can make your basement even cosier if you install recessed spotlights into the soffits within the ceiling. Not only will this add a significant degree of lighting to your basement, you won’t reduce your ceiling height, and you will achieve an intimate vibe.

Best Ways To Communicate With Your Architect

Best Ways To Communicate With Your Architectural Designer

 

Having ideas for your dream home is one thing, but conveying them to your architectural designer is definitely another. Here are the best ways to communicate with your architectural designer:

 

Arrange A Site Visit

First things first, you want your architectural designers to see your home in person, so that they can see what the space is like, and also to see what your style preferences are like. Measurements will also be taken, so that the architectural designer can accurately map out what needs to be done.

 

Lists And Images

The more information you write down for your architectural designer, the better. Writing down lists and elaborating where possible are incredibly helpful to facilitating the understanding of your architectural designer. Where possible, try and get as many images saved as well – these could be anything from materials, textures to fittings.

 

Reveal Your Tastes

Letting your architectural designer know about your preferred taste in art, fashion and style will go a long way to helping them know what will work best for you. If you already have clear preferences in traditional décor and design for example, then it would be wise to let your architectural designer know from the offset, so as to avoid any them suggesting any contemporary ideas for your project.

 

Consider Functionality

Functionality is key when coming up with concepts for your property. If you have children, then you may want to consider going for an open-plan layout so you can keep an eye on them at all times. If you work from home, then you may want a study or home office created which allows you to work or study in solitude.

Create An Attractive Utility Room

Create An Attractive Utility Room

 

Utility or laundry rooms are often considered as the most unattractive parts of the house, and are mostly neglected in terms of décor. We have taken a look at some ways to add some character and charm to these rooms:

 

Vibrant Colours

Doing the laundry is definitely not the most glamorous of tasks, but why not jazz up the whole process with some lively colours? Seeing as you won’t be spending much time in the utility room, you could go for some bold colours that you wouldn’t usually go for in the rest of your home, just to make it that little bit more interesting.

 

Add Some Nature

Utility rooms can sometimes feel rather claustrophobic, so adding some natural elements into the mix will do wonders to combat this feeling. Adding some plants and flowers in are a great way to escape the brooding feeling you get when doing the laundry.

 

Attractive Flooring

Most utility and laundry rooms will have very unremarkable flooring, so it’s a good idea to break that mould and go for something more attractive. You could go for a patterned vinyl flooring, or even a marble surface if you want that feeling of luxury.

 

Create Space

Once you have all your appliances laid out in your utility room, it will most likely seem rather cramped. A great technique to avert this and to create more space is to embed the washing machine and other utilities into the wall!