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How To Remodel A Home?

It is not news that Londoners will instead upgrade or renovate their homes than move house. This Local Planning Authority has confirmed this report, stating that there has been a steady rise in the application for planning permits for different renovation projects across the UK in the past three years consecutively. 

Remodelling your home means carrying out a structural change to create a more functional space. It is the process of magically transforming a room to suit your preference. Homeowners who have used our remodelling services have given us seven compelling reasons for wanting to change their space. The reasons range from; 

  • Their personal circumstances have changed 
  • They want a space that is up to date with the latest trends 
  • They require extra living space 
  • They just want the feeling of a new space 
  • They have always had a dream for a particular design 
  • They want to increase their property’s value 
  • They needed a more energy-efficient space 

Whatever your reason for remodelling your home, embarking on such projects can be challenging when you don’t have someone to guide you, but the end result can be gratifying. So before you embark on a remodelling project for your home, follow these steps; 

Decide on a Purpose 

The most critical factor for remodelling your home and getting the space you deserve is having a vision for your transformation project. Why are you renovating? Is your kitchen too small, or do you want a different kitchen design? You are tired of your bathroom space, and you want to spice it up.

There are a thousand and one things that propelling you to give your home a makeover, and it is paramount those things come to the front burner so a contractor can create a bespoke solution for you. 

Apply for the Necessary Permits 

Understanding if your renovation needs any approval from the Local Planning Authority puts the castle you have already built in your head to the test. To find out if you need planning permission, you can check your local authority to see which refurbishment requires permission 

Research the Cost 

One thing that overwhelms homeowners who want to remodel their homes is the budget, with homeowners saying they surpass their budget by more than 30%. There are two reasons for this; either they have a wrong idea of the costs involved or choose a shitty contractor who kept milking them. To avoid this, find out how much the renovation you are planning will cost. If you don’t know where to begin, you can see our article on the average cost of renovation. 

Draw a Budget and a Timeline 

Using the cost findings, draw up your budget (don’t forget to add 30% extra because it is better to overbudget than under budget), and create a timeline for the remodelling.  

Find the Right Contractor That Fits Like a Glove 

Using your vision board, your budget and timeline, compile a list of contractors you want to work with who have a reputation for delivering great work on time. You can check our post about getting rid of cowboy contractors and questions to ask a contractor.  

The easiest way to remodel your home is by booking a free consultation and speaking with a TEL Construction specialist without any future financial attachment. This is the one step that will make all the difference. 

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How Much Does The Average Home Renovation Cost?

Statistics show that the average Londoner will instead renovate to create the space of their dreams than choose to move out. This is in line with declining property spaces and the emotional toll on uprooting an already settled family to a new location because extra living space is needed. 

From our interactions with homeowners, we uncovered four reasons for choosing to renovate their homes instead of looking for another property and moving, and they provided four answers in order of importance; 

  • Change in circumstance – birth and other scenarios 
  • Change in lifestyle occasioned by the pandemic (the stay and work from home) 
  • The emotional and financial cost of moving out 
  • The rising cost of premium space 

What Renovation Options Are Available? 

Whatever is your purpose, there are several renovations you can carry out on your property to get the infinite space you need, kitchen extension, new bathroom, loft conversion, or carry out a home extension. 

Kitchen Extension: 

Pros 

  • Made to measure kitchen 
  • Design flexibility 
  • Make optimal use of your available space 
  • You can decide to create an open-plan kitchen with a dining room 

Installing a New Bathroom: 

Pros 

  • Create the perfect haven for relaxation 
  • Falls under Permitted Development 
  • Increase your property value by 3% – 5% 
  • Improve your bathroom aesthetics 
  • Get a fault-free bathroom 
  • Bespoke and custom-made for you 
  • Optimal use of space 
  • Increased energy-efficiency 

Loft Conversion 

Pros  

  • Add 11% to 15% value to your property 
  • Eliminates the emotional turmoil of moving house 
  • It is a cheaper option than moving house 
  • Provides windows for an influx of natural light 
  • Reduces your energy bill 
  • Creates the much-needed functional space 
  • It helps you keep valuable outside space 
  • Intelligently multi-functional space 
  • Enjoy tax breaks 

Types of Loft Conversion Available 

  • Dormer Loft Conversion 
  • Mansard Loft Conversion 
  • Gambrel Loft Conversion 
  • Velux Loft Conversion 
  • Hip to Gable Loft Conversion 

For more information on choosing a Loft Conversion, you can read our ultimate guide on planning your loft conversion project. 

Home Extension: 

Pros 

  • Cheaper than moving house 
  • Saves you the cost of moving, both emotional and financial 
  • Provides you with the stability that your family needs 
  • Intelligently optimise property space 
  • Drop your power bills 

Types of Home Extension 

  • Side and Rear Extension 
  • Side Return Extension 
  • Single Storey Extension 
  • Double Storey Extension 

For more information on choosing a Home Extension Type, you can read our ultimate guide on planning your home extension project. 

Does a Renovation Increase My Property’s Value? 

The answer is an emphatic yes. The table below shows the kind of renovation and how much value it adds to your property; 

Renovation Type

The cost of the loft conversion service you acquire depends on various aspects.    

Choosing to renovate your home comes with emotional benefits and financial rewards, making it a worthy investment. 

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How Much Does A Renovation Add To A Home’s Value

How Much Does A Renovation Add To A Home’s Value

London’s home improvement is rising, with local councils saying that they had an increase in planning permission request of 29%. This number has increased in the past 2 years as households came to terms with the global pandemic and working from home, adjusting their lifestyles. Apart from the changing circumstances, there are significant challenges with moving house.

The Problem With Moving Out

  1. The untold hardship/turmoil of moving your family to a new location
  2. It causes untold stress and, in some cases, depression as it may take a while for you to adjust
  3. Premium space in the UK is very high
  4. It is costly

Choosing to create the space you need without moving comes with significant emotional and financial benefits. You can choose to convert your attic, get your home extended, transform your basement, or refurbish your home. Renovating your home is an economical way of adding style and changing your home into the space you have always wanted. Another value-add is the rise in your property’s value.

Why are more people improving their homes?

More and more households in the UK prefer to improve their homes for various reasons, either converting their lofts, extending their homes, remodelling kitchen and bathrooms, but the most common reasons are

  • changes in personal circumstances
  • trendy and fashionable designs
  • the cost of moving out is high
  • the high price of new properties

Benefits of home improvement

  1. Brings your home into the 21st century
  2. Ability to express yourself
  3. Energy-efficient home improvements which drive down electric bills
  4. Superior home with better technologies and appliances

Here, we have put together the actual value add of a home improvement project. Bear in mind that this information is to act as a guide and not as an authority.

Home extension:
Value add – 11% – 24%

There are 4 common types of extension in the UK; side return extension, wrap-around extension, single-storey extension, multi-storey extension.

Loft conversion:
Value add – 10.8% – 21%

There are 5 types of conversions; mansard, dormer, hip to gable, velux, and gambrel.

Other value-boosting renovations,

Kitchen improvement increases your property’s value by 5.5%.

An Extension with kitchen and diner – 10.8%

New roof – 3.1%

Basement – 6.7%

Central heating system – 1.9%

How To Plan A Home Extension In United Kingdom?


Whatever extension type you choose, there are critical steps to extend your home, often determined by the work’s size to be done. Following these 12 steps will give you a hassle-free extension on your property. This 12 step process assumes you already reached a contractor, your needs and requirement have been considered, and the price has been quoted for you.

These steps show you how to plan your extension and know what stage your project is in at every phase.

1. Planning

This is often an essential part of your project and usually involves getting an architect to make a drawing plan. When you need to obtain planning permission, you need to apply for it at the Local Building Authority (alternatively, you can apply online) before the project commences. Once the plans have been approved and a contractor secured, the site needs to be prepared. This prepping will include clearing out the extension space, delivering the materials to the site and other minor activities.

2. Groundworks

The foundation will be dug, and reinforcements will be installed. Pipework and drainage will be laid as necessary, and the concrete for the footing will be poured and levelled. You can expect one or two control visit during this period.

3. Superstructure

This is all about securing the structure, ensuring it is sound and damp-resistant. The brickwork will be completed to the level of the damp-proof, insulation will be fitted at this point, and the flooring poured. You can expect another building control inspection at this point.

4. External walls

Up next is completing the external block and brickwork, including tying the new walls to the old ones. The frames and lintels for the windows and doors will be fitted as the brickwork progresses. Before the wall is completed, the cavity wall insulation will be done.

5. Internal wall

The internal walls and divisions will follow next.

6. Roof structure

The structure to support the roof will be built by the carpenters. The roof window or dormer frame will be completed (if there are any roof windows). Following the building of the roof structure, the coverings for the roof is installed.

7. Windows and doors

Any external rendering will be completed at the same time as the windows and doors are fitted. Drainpipes and guttering will also be completed during this time.

8. First fix

Once the extension is weatherproof, the first fix will take place. This is the electric, plumbing, and carpentry that underpins the extension.

9. Breakthrough

The wall separating the extension from the rest of the house will be pulled down and steel girders installed where necessary. Usually, there is another building control inspection at this stage

10. Plastering

Internal insulation is up next, and the plasterboard will go up, while the walls will be skimmed, ready for decorating.

11. Second fix

The second fix of electrics and plumbing is next. Sockets and switches will be fitted as well as lights. Taps and plumbing connections will also be completed. Flooring will be laid. When this is accomplished, any kitchen work will be fitted. Another building inspection follows

12. Snagging

Once the project is completed, time is spent in the extension to ensure that everything is in perfect order and the problems found are solved. Check for heating problems, leaks, poorly-hung doors and finishes.

How To Choose a Home Construction Company Worth Trusting?

Do you have peace of mind with the builder working for your home? This is key because you are exposing your family to strangers who will spend 3 months to 7 months in your house, depending on the project, and it is your responsibility to protect your family.

Before you wave this off, there are two stories you want to take a good look at.

Story One

One of the worst tragedies that have hit the construction industry in London is the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed seventy-two lives. What is most tragic about the event was that it could have been avoided altogether. Three very startling decisions resulted in this tragedy.

  • When bidding on the project, the contractor padded their CVs and profiles to look very impressive, saying they did jobs they had never done.
  • The project manager whose CV was padded had no ounce of construction experience and didn’t have the prerequisite knowledge of his duties and responsibilities, and didn’t know jack about building standards and safety requirements.
  • In the construction company’s bid to save money, they used a low quality of cladding materials which added more fuel to the fire and spread faster.

The end result – Seventy-Two Lives Lost

Story Two

In January of 2019, the Manchester Evening News reported that a house builder had been jailed for 3 years for Fraud and Property damage. The dubious builder had conned a 94-year-old woman of her life savings, and interestingly (although it is very shocking to know), the builder had 11 previous conviction.

These are just a few stories as there are countless across the United Kingdom. Your home is a temple – a sacred space of sanctity, hope, and happiness and getting the hiring process right is the difference between long life and depression. A recent science report stated that your home’s quality contributes positively to your mental health and elongates your life.

Through our interaction as a brand with clients and prospects alike, three challenges homeowners face are spending more than their budget, contractors not meeting the deadlines, and finding the right house builder they can trust. So, in this post, we will walk through the simple proven steps you can take to hiring the best construction company for your home that meets your expectations, schedule and budget.

Finding a House Builder In London During the Lockdown

Even in this lockdown, you can find trusted builders for your home construction project, and you should always check the last advice given by the government. There are circumstances where contractors can enter your home if;

  • They remain two meters away from members of the household
  • Wear a mask when inside
  • Wash their hands when entering the property
  • Minimise contact with others

Few Proven Steps to find a reputable and trustworthy construction company.

Step 1 – Establish Your Expectation

The first step before looking outside for a housebuilder is to look inwards. Determine what you want before you start looking for one. There are several questions you must provide clear-cut answers for before you step out;

  • What is the purpose of my project?
  • Am I sticking to my budget, or am I amenable to adjusting it?
  • What is my deadline?
  • Quality materials VS cost
  • What guarantees do I want a builder to give me?
  • How much control am I willing to handover to my builder?
  • How often do I want a progress report?

Step 2 – Hire Local House Builders

Using a local housebuilder has immense benefit to you in two ways. One, you will get more time on site which ultimately leads to meeting the timeline, and two, their knowledge of the local planning permission is invaluable to your new build or renovation ensuring your project meets the requisite laws and regulations.

Step 3 – Ask Building Inspectors

Local building inspectors are a useful resource that in most cases, are overlooked. Although they won’t do anything shady nor is their recommendation a stamp of authority, but their nods and winks at a builder you mentioned to them is safe for you and your money.

Step 4 – Ask The Contractor To Furnish You With A Reference List

There is the saying that in the mouth of two or three, safety is guaranteed. In this case, the guarantee should come from what past customers say about the contractor and not the contractors themselves. Asking and contacting the references provided will allow you to see the builder’s work firsthand and will enable you to ask questions. Some questions to ask the previous customers are;

  • What was it like working with them?
  • Did they meet the timeline or exceed the budget?
  • What is their take on the quality of materials?
  • The estimate given to you, was it adequately broken down and transparent, or was it vague?
  • Would you recommend I use them?
  • In the course of working with them, was there any challenge? How did they handle it?
  • Was there any part of the process that bothered you?
  • Did they give you a payment plan?
  • How was their communication like?
  • How often did they give you a progress report?
  • Do they have any after-sales program?
  • Ask open-ended questions that will make the reference communicate feelings and emotions rather than giving you a yes or no.

Step 5 – Ask About The Subcontractors And People Who Will Enter Your Home

Reputable house builders run background checks on their team members to give you peace of mind while protecting their brand name. You want to know if any part of the project is subcontracted, or everyone entering your home is under the builder’s responsibility. On more questions to ask a contractor before you hire them, you can check out our blog on 10 questions to ask.

Step 6 – Discuss Your Project With them

This is a self-evident but critical step. A home project is a big life decision, and the utmost precaution must be taken when making a builder choice. The contractors you have penned down to work with, schedule a meeting and discuss your project parameters. The good guys will offer you a free consultation or visit to discuss your project in details, pointing out the challenges you will face as you go. They will also provide you with accurate estimates based on the quality of materials, and finishes. To add icing on the cake, some will guarantee you a price match – if you find another builder who can deliver the same project to you in time and with the quality of materials, they will match it.

Read also: 10 Traits to Get Rid of Cowboy Builders

In Conclusion

When you trust your 6th sense and follow these simple steps, you are one decision away from having your dream home and working with the best builders. However, to hasten this process for you, you can book a free consultation with TEL Constructions and a specialist will be in touch to make all your dreams come through.