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Architectural Styles of London

Every day many visitors come to London to enjoy the city’s rich history and culture. How much do you know about London’s architecture? In this article, we’ll talk you through the famous architectural styles in London that you’ll see around you every day.

Gothic architecture; 1100 -1350 AD. Revival 1700 – 1860 AD

Charles Barry was one of Britain’s most influential architects, who built the UK’s most important 18th century building. Barry inspired the Gothic Revival which was a conscious movement that began in England to revive and build Gothic structures. The revival of gothic architecture peaked in the second half of the 18th century through to the mid 19th century.

Gothic architecture featured in London’s most iconic building. The Houses of Parliament which was built in 1840.
Not only did he design the main hall structure, he also designed the Famous Elizabeth Tower (AKA Big Ben) which houses the great clock and bells including Big Ben. The less noted Victoria Tower was also architecturally desinged by Barry later in 1860

Charles Barry’s big break came when he won a competition to design the new Royal Manchester Institution for the promotion of literature, science and arts (now the Manchester Art Gallery).

Houses of parliament
The Houses of Parliament

 

Baroque architecture; 1600-1750

Although this architectural style was originally inspired by Italian / Parisian Baroque masonery. The Baroque designs adorn some of the oldest most elaborate buildings that we can see in London today.

Londons Architecture
Regent Street

Baroque utilises bold masses of curved shapes, strong lines, and limestone render tones. Above all, Baroque is romantic; decorative elements appeal almost naturally to the senses in a way few others can. Yet the appeal comes natural to us all, with its lavish use of curves and embellishment. There are many examples of Baroque architecture around England, most notably Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace.

 

Georgian architecture; 1714-1830

Throuout the Georgian Era, London grew rapidly to the further reaches of town. (Labelled as Greater London today). Georgian homes can be found up and down the country in unban, rural & central settings.
Georgian Terraced homes are frequently undertaken as remodelling projects by APT Renovation.

Georgian properties are more commonly seen in the Terrace format. If when you think of the famous pastel coloured Notting Hill home, these are quintessential London Georgian townhouses. We have found most of these styled homes to exist within the M25 mainly out towards the West & South West of London.

They focused on building London’s great estates, such as the still privately-owned Grosvenor Estate and the Bedford Estate.

 

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Grosvenor Square, Mayfair

 

For a free no obligation quote about any kind of residential extension or construction work, call us now on:

0207 223 6417

 

 

Back when the Georgians were building London, most georgian residences were built in the countryside with acres of green space. The facade of these homes properties were mostly red bricked, with tall windows and built in a symmetrical style.

Locationwise, you mainly find the best example of Georgian architecture can be found in & around the Mayfair and Park Lane & Bayswater.

Regency architecture; 1811-1820

Park Cresent
Park Crescent, Regent’s Park

 

Regency architecture is defined as the era that transcended the Georgian period. Despite spanning only ten years, many of London’s central residential buildings were erected at this time and unlike earlier examples of Georgian architecture, homes of this period are marked by a white stucco facade.

John Nash was the leading architect at this time. He was responsible for designing and laying out Regent Street and the great park of St James’s.

John Nash is most noted for the redesign of Buckingham Palace for King George IV, However his plans became too elaborate for King George to afford them. He was later relieved of his duties as Head Architect for the famous palace.

Regency architecture has much been found by many architects to be far more intricate in design than the simpler Georgian style that preceded it.

Areas such as Victoria & Slone Square and the roads surrounding Regent’s Park display many examples of London’s grand Regency architecture.

Victorian architecture; 1837-1901

Following the Industrial Revolution and in light of the country’s increased growth, the Victorian era is defined by it’s revival of elaborate and intricate architectural styles. Buildings like the London St Pancras Renaissance hotel are perfect examples of Victorian grandeur.

St Pancras
St Pancras International

 

Along with the prosperity of the industrial age came a surge in population which resulted in house shortages. This led to mass house construction around the suburbs of London. It is most likely that if you have travelled around Greater London recently, you are likely to have passed a street of Victorian residences. Victorian homes initially were built for the expanding middle classes, who were experiencing real wealth for the first time.

However, in reality, quite the contrary occured. Victorians homes were mostly populated with the lower class. Such as those working in the industial plants & factories and hence there after, properties of this era were infact constructed for the poorer Londoners.

This period also brought about a time for change when it came to living standards for London’s residents. All across town people were able to live in properly constructed homes with good sanitation.

This change inturn made the east end of the city, areas like Aldgate, Whitechapel and Mile End turn into slums as more people moved into the central areas of London for work.

For a free no obligation quote about any kind of residential extension or construction work, call us today on:

0207 223 6417

 

 

Edwardian architecture; 1901-1910

Edwardian House
A detached Edwardian Era House

 

With similar growth and construction rates as the Victorians. The Edwardian era was known for constructing even more of London’s houses in the terraced style that worked well in the previous period.

The middle class house construction programs carried out more builds thoughout this era than previously seen. The houses were larger with the famous Edwardian feature of high ceilings.

Edwardian houses are generally larger than their Victorian counterparts as they were constructed with a larger build footprint. Many fine examples of Edwardian architecture can be found in areas such as Balham, Fulham & Putney.

Art Deco Architecture; 1920s and ’30s

South Gate Station
Southgate Underground Station

 

From Southgate Underground Station’s spaceship-like design, to Balham’s Du Cane Court supposedly spared from bombing in WWII as the German’s planned to use it as military office if they were successful in the war. – Another example of Art Deco is Battersea Power station. Redevelopment plans are currently underway to turn the area into a residential neighbourhood with a unique blend of restaurants, shops, parks and cultural spaces.

The Art Deco style didn’t feature in individual homes much in London, but were moreso prevalent in flats & appartment blocks. It can be seen appropriate that the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) is housed in a noteworthy Art Deco building.

Post-war architecture; 1950’s onwards

Many parts of London were destroyed during the Second World War, which meant that a miriad of residential housing was needed to re-house the tens of thousands of civilians affected by the air raids. With swift efficiency, high rise blocks were introduced across London.

Trellick Tower, Kensal Town
Trellick Tower, Kensal Town

 

Some of the most famous examples of post war architecture is dotted along the South Bank of London and also across the other side of river around the Barbican. This whole area was destroyed during WW2 and rebuilt in the well known Brutalistic style.

Speak to us today a free no obligation quote on residential build work in the Pimlico area, call us now on:

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Present day

Modern Day New Build House
New Build Fulham

Inspired by the modern technology, lack of land space & the evergrowing need of building upwards, developers continue to construct tall lavish homes.

Despite economical uncertainty and a growing population, countless new homes builds, renovations & extensions that defy development pressures continue to go up all around London in 2020.

Are you considering making any alterations to your home in South West London? Contact APT today to find out what we can do to increase the livable space within your home and contribute to the beautiful architecture seen daily around London.

This concludes our journey around London’s famous architectural history. Feel free to browse the many modern contemporary projects displayed throughout our site.

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Is my house right for a loft conversion?

Is my house suitable for a loft conversion?

 

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Before any planning, measurement or drawings, there are a number of factors that you need to find out to see whether or not your loft is suitable for a conversion:

  • Head Height
    Take a measurement from the top of the ceiling joist  to the bottom of the ridge timber. This measurement should be an absolute minimum of 2.2m. Planning applications are likely to be refused if otherwise.
  • Pitch Angle
    The higher the pitch angle of the roof, the more useable floor space your loft conversion will have.  A pitch angle of 40° or more is considered suitable for a conversion. A structural loft conversion like the Hip to Gable, or Mansard is required if you want to negate the limit of the pitch angle and have sufficient head space.
  • Obstacles
    Fixed obstacles such as chimneys, ventilation pipes and water tanks need to be taken into account before deciding on any loft conversion plans.
  • End Shape
    The shapes of the ends of the loft – Gable (straight) or Hipped (angled) – will affect complexity and floor space calculations.

 

 

  • Age of Structure
    Any house that predates the 1960s generally have a more conversion friendly structure for lofts and extensions compared to other  houses built post 1960s. The most common house structure APT work on are victorian houses

APT have a long and steady  track record of building scores of high quality, bespoke Loft Conversions around South West / West London. Please feel free to read our client reviews that are shown in our google pages or have a look at our completed projects page.

 

For free quote on your planned loft conversion. Call us now on:

0207 223 6417

 

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Design & Build Company Benefits

What are the benefits of a Design & Build opposed to hiring an architect & builder separately?

Let’s jump right into this shall we?

Benefits:

  • Cost – There is no need to pay separately for an architect, a builder & a contractor. All experts come in the combined cost of the whole project at a far lower price than each professional being individually sourced.
  • Complete service from a single source of contact– In residential construction there is no better self assured way of knowing that things are going to plan than when there is a single contact. Clients can call the team who can then give you the lowdown of the latest onsite happenings,  deal with any additional concerns you may have & advise you on the best steps to take.
  • Meticulous interpretation of design brief on site – There is always fluidity between the communication of the builders on site, the project managers & the contractors & the architect. There is less responsibility offloading as all members of the team are behind one phone number if you cannot reach who you want to, someone else there can pass the message and keep communication moving.
  • Strict adherence to agreed timelines and budgets –  Due to budgets & costs being laid out for all parties to see within the whole team, this means there is awareness for each team to meet the the budgets.

 

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Design & Build Team
  • Flexibility to alter designs and specifications to meet the clients requirements – In a case where there are structural adjustments  required after the initial architectural drawing, there is no need to restart communication with the architect & pay additional  for extra revisions. Design & Build in-house architects can quickly understand the adjustment and carry out the revision.
  • Responsibility for the whole property construction – There is only one entity to process the control, design & programme of the build, so if something goes a-rye the team are left with no one to pass responsibility off to. This ensures the team will meet the high standards of the client.
  • Dedicated project and Architect -You would have a dedicated Project Manager & Architect assigned to you. The personnel who will focus on your project are less likely to change, unless required to.
  • Less administrative work – There is less paper work and research for you do leaving you to concentrate on the important things in life.
  • Team Co-ordination – Most Design & Build teams have solidified relationships with structural engineers, party wall surveyors & quantity surveyors.

 

Design & Build Kitchen Extensions

APT offer a turn-key solution for clients who require both a designer and a builder combined.

A typical project that APT provide includes the following stages:

  • Project feasibility & concept design
  • Planning application submission & build regulation compliance
  • Work scheduling & planning
  • The build & construction
  • Snagging & completion

Whatever stage of the building process you are at, we have the skills and expertise to help make the project a success. Are you yet to enter the design phase of your project build? If you are, a company like APT can help make the most out of any building in need of renovation.

Once our designs are in place then our construction team will take over. Our services don’t stop after the project completion. Once construction has been completed then we can provide an on-going maintenance warranty for structural anomalies and future refurbishment.

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What to consider when removing a Chimney Breast

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What prompts people to remove their Chimneys?

What we have found out is that most home owners who renovate and extend their home, decide to remove chimney breasts in the progress of the work.

Why? This is because many of them either had done their homework or they decided to go ahead with what one of our project managers may have advised mid build.

If you are thinking about getting rid of the chimney breast as you feel it can ad valuable space to the living room where you wanted the Corner Sofa, then you are not alone as its becoming ever more popular house modification in many homes across London.
However its not as easy as demolishing the breast, the stack and plastering the wall without safety assessment from a structural engineer.

 

So what’s involved when removing a Chimney Breast?

Removing an external chimney stack can be removed from outside the building and, if done with care, need not cause disruption to internal decoration.

Removing an internal chimney breast is far more common. This procedure creates lots of dust and debris, so the room should be cleared and thorough use of dust sheets on furniture in all connecting rooms are a must! even if the doors are closed, dust still finds its way of moving from the affected room to almost the entire property.  Any nearby electric, gas or plumbing fixtures should be isolated and altered first.

If upper sections of the chimney are being kept they should be supported using Strongboy steel props before removing the structure below. This support should be retained until the new permanent support, most likely a RSJ is designed by a structural engineer and is put in place.

The ground floor chimney stack is then demolished down to ground level. You must ensure damp prevention measures are in place to suit the concrete or timbers that are used. A dehumidifier is seen in the picture above to help keep the air moisture levels low.

Any brick holes and cavities in the wall, floor and ceilings will need to be filled and made good.

Once the structural work is complete, the wall will need to be plastered. The flooring may need updating to fill the reclaimed space.

How much will it cost per chimney stack?

It depends on wether the Chimney is part of a house renovation or not.

If you were to seek getting the Chimney breast & stack alone removed then its not worth the amount for the additional space.

Costs include plastering and making good skirting, etc. Additional allowance should be made for making good decoration and floor finishes. Expect the work to take one to two weeks.

  • Building Regulations: The fee is around £200-£220 plus VAT.
  • Party Wall Fees.  Budget £700-800 plus VAT per neighbour affected.
  • Structural Engineer. £500 plus VAT.
  • Labour + Materials. £1900 plus VAT.

You are looking at £3000 plus VAT for a breast & stack removal.

If you were however to carry out a full house renovation this would make the costs more viable as the extra work required would be priced as a relatively small additional as the labour, materials and deployments are already on site.

Also the plans & drawings won’t be analysed from scratch.

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Add value to your property with a 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”.

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Things to do this weekend in London

Things to do in London this weekend 15th & 16th June.

APT Renovation have designed and remodelled homes all around London especially the South West this gives us the expertise to know the great hangout around the capital

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Get stuck into Greenwich Book Festival

GREENWICH BOOK FEST: The University of Greenwich brings a flurry of authors, playwrights and other literary figures together for Greenwich Book Festival, which begins today. Plenty of events throughout the festival are free, including talks and book launches, and there are also a few children’s events hosted at the venue too.  13-16 June

Marylebone Summer Festival

SUMMER FESTIVAL: Occurring for only two days, the Marylebone Summer Festival takes place over the Marylebone Village — take note that there will be several road closures in place around the event. The programme is family-friendly, includes live music from two different stages, and a plethora of market stalls. Paddington Street Gardens (Marylebone), free entry, just turn up, 15-16 June

BALHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL: We welcome book lovers, to the Balham Literary Festival, This is located a stones throw from APT Renovation’s offices. The festival consists of a 12-day event that features authors such as Yara Rodrigues Fowler.  13-25 June

CURATOR TOUR: Find out more about the legacy of graphic designer Abram Games, on this curator-led tour of the current exhibition about his work. He produced designs for the government in his role as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the second world war, drawing on his own experiences as a soldier, as well as his Jewish heritage, and the political situation at the time. National Army Museum (Chelsea), £10.50/£9.50, book ahead, 11am

Enjoy a vibrant orchestra performance in a car park

CAR PARK ORCHESTRA: Ever seen an orchestra in a car park? If not tonight is your chance thanks to The Multi-Story Orchestra. Choral and orchestral performers showcase classical music, as well as new choir pieces created by singers from St Mary Magdalene & Kender primary schools. Book ahead if Possible, 6.30pm-7.30pm 14th June

FITZROVIA WALK: The tour guide Laurence combines his expert subjects of science and history in a well documented guided tour about the past discoveries in the Fitzrovia area. Lasting two hours, you have a chance to hear about second world war, chemical complexities, forensic pathology, and a little ‘gentle adult content’ thrown in. Warren Street station 14th June 6.30pm-8.30pm

Enjoy comedy in an open-air courtyard

PRIDE COMEDY: The Loud, proud and established LGBTQ+ comedians take to the stage for a Pride comedy special. Robert White, Iszi Lawrence, Michael Eldridge and Katie Price are on the line-up. Theatre Deli (Broadgate) book ahead if possible 14th June 8pm-10pm

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What to consider when removing a Chimney Breast

chimney-breast-apt-renovation

What prompts people to remove their Chimneys?

What we have found out is that most home owners who renovate and extend their home, decide to remove chimney breasts in the progress of the work.

Why? This is because many of them either had done their homework or they decided to go ahead with what one of our project managers may have advised mid build.

If you are thinking about getting rid of the chimney breast as you feel it can ad valuable space to the living room where you wanted the Corner Sofa, then you are not alone as its becoming ever more popular house modification in many homes across London.
However its not as easy as demolishing the breast, the stack and plastering the wall without safety assessment from a structural engineer.

 

So what’s involved when removing a Chimney Breast?

Removing an external chimney stack

This can be removed from outside the building and, if done with care, need not cause disruption to internal decoration.

Removing an internal chimney breast

This is far more common. This procedure creates lots of dust and debris, so the room should be cleared and thorough use of dust sheets on furniture in all connecting rooms are a must!

Even if the doors are closed, dust still finds its way of moving from the affected room to almost the entire property so do take care in protecting your dust affected furniture.  

For safety any nearby electric, gas or plumbing fixtures should be isolated or disconnected.

If upper sections of the chimney are being kept they should be supported using Strongboy steel props before removing the structure below. This support should be retained until the new permanent support, most likely an RSJ is designed by a structural engineer and is put in place.

The ground floor chimney stack is then demolished down to ground level. You must ensure damp prevention measures are in place to suit the concrete or timbers that are used. A dehumidifier is seen in the picture above to help keep the air moisture levels low.

Any brick holes and cavities in the wall, floor and ceilings will need to be filled and made level and smooth.

Once the structural work is complete, the wall will need to be plastered. The flooring may need updating to fill the reclaimed space.

How much will it cost per chimney stack?

It depends on whether the Chimney is part of a house renovation or not.

If you were to seek getting the Chimney breast & stack alone removed then its not worth the amount for the additional space.

Costs include plastering and making good skirting, coving etc. Additional allowance should be made for making good decoration and floor finishes. Expect the work to take one to two weeks.

  • Building Regulations: The fee is around £200-£220 plus VAT.
  • Party Wall Fees.  Budget £700-800 plus VAT per neighbour affected.
  • Structural Engineer. £500 plus VAT.
  • Labour + Materials. £1900 plus VAT.

You are looking at £3000 plus VAT for a breast & stack removal.

If you were however to carry out a full house renovation this would make the costs more viable as the extra work required would be priced as a relatively small additional as the labour, materials and deployments are already on site.

Also the plans & drawings won’t be analysed from scratch.

Contact our office today about any kind of house extension or renovation that you may be planning.

*Please note APT Renovation do not offer a Chimney Breast removal service as a single project procedure*

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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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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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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.