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Kitchen trends that will last through 2019 and beyond

A new kitchen can be one of the biggest investments we make in our homes, and according to Nationwide Building Society, it can add up to 6% to your property price. As replacing a kitchen or adding a new one as part of an extension can be a huge investment and somewhat disruptive, the last thing you want to do is buy one that becomes dated in a couple of years. Whatever your style, here are some of our favourite…

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Old house, new home: how restructuring your home can rejuvenate your period property

From Georgian townhouses, to Victorian terraces and Edwardian semis, London is full of period houses. However, while they were perfect for their time, families have changed and how we use our homes is also different. Channel 4’s George Clarke shows us all what can be done with a bit of imagination and vision, in his show Old House New Home. The programme follows home owners who completely overhaul their period properties to make them work for today’s lifestyles. At Simply…

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How to get more space in your London home without moving to a new house

  Space in our homes has become a hot topic of late, particularly in London where space is at a premium. Led by the proliferation of so-called rabbit hutch homes, how much space we have in our houses has become a political hot potato. According to the Royal Institute of British Architects; “a lack of space has been shown to have an impact on the basic lifestyle needs that many people take for granted, such as having enough space to…

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North London House Tours

Who doesn’t love to have a peep inside other people’s houses! If you’re thinking of getting an extension but need some help to visualise what it could look like, we have found two very different north London extensions that shows just what can be done with a little extra square footage. Highbury – Kitchen extension This typical Highbury property underwent a big renovation that included a side return extension as well as a dormer loft conversion. By utilising what is…

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Extension ideas: Take inspiration from our top house extensions

An extension especially in London can be a great way to create more space and open-up your property. It can transform a house into an efficient and functional home that works for all the family. There are a number of ways to extend your home; you can opt for a rear kitchen extension, side return extension, wrap-around extension or a double story extension. The type of extension you may need will depend on the type of property you have, budget…

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Space maximising renovations that can transform your home

Homes are getting ever smaller, despite the fact we need them to do more. For many, especially those who freelance, run their own business or have the flexibility to work from home; their property needs to be a multifunctional space that can accommodate day-to-day family life as well as work. With the current state of the London property market, moving to a bigger home is not always an option – but a renovation and extension might be. In 2017, we…

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Top Design Tips for your Summer Kitchen Extension

Quite often, the kitchen isn’t just used as a place to cook and store food but is used as the focal point of the house, the room where the whole family gathers and the place to be at parties. The finished result of a spacious kitchen that swims in natural light and can also be used as a dining room is quite often worth the blood sweat and tears that extensions can bring. However, it’s one thing deciding to go…

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How to open up your North London kitchen extension

Beautiful, open-plan kitchens with glazing to a rear garden is a hugely popular way to enlarge and enhance a home amongst our customers at Simply Extend. However, when it comes to choosing the windows or doors that lead to your garden, the range of choice can be a little overwhelming. So, our experts at Simply Extend have put together some tips to help you find the right choice for your North London extension. Bi-folding glazed doors Bi-folding doors can create…

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Get into outdoor living with an extension

Creating a space that merges the line between the indoors and outdoors has become increasingly popular choice for homeowners. Inspired by TV shows such as Grand Designs and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, bringing the outdoors in is a great way to make even small spaces feel larger. If you’re looking for inspiration for an extension to your London home, take a look at our list of top tips for outdoor living. Bi-folding doors The most favoured way of bringing the…

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