Complete Guide to Renovating a House

We guide your through each step of renovating with handy downloadable guides to print off and keep By Natasha Brinsmead on 27th Sept 2016 – Housebuilding and Renovating. Taking on an old property can be exciting for those looking to create their dream home, but knowing how to go about doing it up can be challenging. This series guides you through every stage of the renovation process, from buying the building to adding the finishing touches. See the PDF links below for a go-to guide on renovation Part 1 Finding & Assessing a Project Almost all properties have some potential for renovation — the key is assessing design and financial potential before committing. This guide shows you how to assess that potential. Part 2 Completing the Deal Run-down properties are in high demand, with everyone wanting a project they can put their own stamp on. We look at the process of buying including buying a property at auction, sealed bids, and how to finance the purchase with a specialist renovation mortgage. Part 3 The Design Process Natasha Brinsmead explains where to start when it comes to designing your home. Her guide includes tips on scheduling the renovation project; finding a designer; how much to pay for design work; the renovation design mistakes to avoid; considering energy efficiency; and what you need to know about planning permission. Part 4 Repairing and Restoring Existing Features One attraction of renovation projects is the charming original features they possess. But what do you do when they are in poor condition or missing altogether? This guide will help you understand when to repair period features and when to replace them. It includes guideline...

The Residential Market Wish List

What are the key features that residential clients are seeking.  We find it is often with greater open space in mind.  More choice of accommodation seems to be an essential requirement, either being offered as loft conversions or garden rooms.  Grown children are living at home for longer, given our present economic climate, and are hence needing their own space. With the trend to be fitness conscious, a good percentage of home owners would like their own gym, and as so many people are working from home, the ability to adapt space has never been so important, either as a simple study room to perhaps something more dedicated, such as a beauty or hair salon. What other key features are becoming more common.  Cinema Rooms, Temperature Controlled Wine Cellars, and rooms dedicated to Entertaining are essential features of Prime Residential and for the general household, wet rooms and games rooms are becoming more common.  For many, the kitchen design is one of the first parts of a house to be renovated, where required, closely followed by the bathrooms and other living space. In all cases, garden space is considered an extension to the living area with outdoor sitting rooms and entertainment features commonly on offer. In our opinion, where accommodation is tight, extensions seem to be the preferred choice rather than the added cost and stress of moving.  And finally, energy efficiency and energy efficient products are also at the forefront of our minds, all of which must be considered in the design and delivery of a new build, extension, conversion or renovation.  In other instances, making the best use out of small spaces has been...

15 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Home Builder – Fairoak Contractors Ltd Q & A

Selecting the right builder is a key step in the journey that leads to your dream home.

Jay McKenzie says that asking builders15 key questions will help you choose the right builder to create your new home — and give you confidence in your choice. These questions are also expected to help you better understand key steps in the building process and the decisions you’ll make, in partnership with the builder, to bring your new home to life.

We, at Fairoak Contractors Ltd, have taken these 15 questions and given you our responses. Please do read our blog by clicking on the title above and see why you should chose us.

The Latest Trends in Lighting Fixtures

It’s time to start thinking about your new home’s look and feel. What comes to your mind? Furniture styles and arrangement, paint colors, window treatments, rugs … did you remember lighting? Lighting, in its many shapes, forms and purposes, is crucially important. Like windows, the type, number and placement of fixtures will dictate a room’s brightness and, in many ways, the “mood” of that. When deciding which lighting options are best for your space, it’s important to consider a few key factors: the color of the room, the amount of available natural light, the functionality of each fixture and the size of the room you’re lighting. Each piece of information will influence the end result. As you begin thinking about which lighting options will work best for your new home, consider some of 2015’s biggest trends in lighting. Some are modern, some are retro, but they’re all beautifully stylish. To read the rest of this article by By Jennifer Segelke Jeffers, please click here:...

Building Awards: The 2016 shortlist is announced

After a record number of entries, which projects have made the cut? (ref. www.building.co.uk) A host of leading firms and projects have been shortlisted for the Building Awards 2016, after the “industry’s Oscars” received a record number of entries. Projects shortlisted hail from as far afield as the carnival town of Rio – set to host this summer’s Olympic Games in a park masterplanned by Aecom – to those closer to home such as a Bere:architects-designed staircase at London Bridge station. The shortlist includes such categories as Small Project of the Year, Housing Project of the Year and Architectural Practice of the Year, among others.  To see a list of finalists and to book a table for the Awards Ceremony where this year’s winners will be unveiled, please click on the link below....