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Where to go in London for unique furniture finds?

When embarking on a new extension, loft conversion, basement build or all three, you want to be able to fill your house with unique furnishings. London is full of independent shops, where you can find inexpensive treasures as well as budget-busting statement pieces. Below, we’ve listed our favourite places to find unique furniture in London. Aladdin’s Cave, St Johns, South East London Aladdin’s Cave is a warren of a shop, located on Loampit Hill in the South East London area…

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How has Brexit affected the home improvement market?

London has not only seen a property boom of late, it has also experienced an explosion in home improvement projects. Extensions have long since been a popular way for Londoners to increase space and create modern, family friendly spaces. However, with the UK voting in favour of Brexit, what does this mean for the home improvement industry in London? It’s still early days and though much has happened since the result was announced on 24th June, what will happen in…

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Top home Trends for Spring/Summer 2016

The long winter nights are getting shorter and shorter by the day so it’s time to come out of hibernation and reinvigorate your home with the latest trends for Spring/Summer 2016. Pink Pink is not just for three-year-olds who are going through a princess phase and this is not about bubble gum and hot pink. Grey-pink or dusty pink – the colour of flamingos or of early sunsets that’s what we’re talking about. This whimsical shade works well on a…

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Top kitchen trends for 2016

Many London home extensions are built in order to house brand new kitchens, creating much-needed living space for growing families and many people take the opportunity to create a completely bespoke space that fulfils all of their needs. Whether it’s state-of-the-art appliances, generous space or beautiful design, Simply Extend can help you to create the kitchen extension of your dreams. To help you decide on your perfect kitchen, we’ve hunted down some of the must-have kitchen trends of 2016. Open…

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Could a Home Extension in London Earn You a Fortune Next Year?

It’s arguable that 2014 will be remembered as the year that house prices in London went barmy and properties as small as a single garage in West London are currently listed for hundreds of thousands of pounds. Of course, that’s not because it’s so much better at holding lawn mowers and bicycles than other garages. It’s because forward thinking property developers could snap it up for thousands, then transform it into a reasonably sized one bedroom apartment and get millions…

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Could Home Extensions in London be the key to Shared Homes and Future Living?

The future of home life in the UK is large living spaces shared by multiple adult generations of a family. That is the verdict of a report by the National House Building Council. Could home extensions be key to this vision? In truth, the report was published on the future of new-build housing but could have a knock-on effect to home improvement. The NHBC claim that a lack of affordable houses has led to several generations of a family purchasing…

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London House Prices in Brent Rise Faster Than Any Other Suburb

Is there any greater illustration of the incredible London house prices boom than the meteoric rise of Brent? At one time Brent contained some of the capitals most deprived areas and was even oft referred to as the drive-by-shooting capital of the UK. Now, however, Brent is experiencing greater increase in house prices than any other borough in London. This includes illustrious names like Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Westminster. Ironically, this prices hike is believed to have been caused in part…

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Create more room at home, not more financial debt

It’s a fact that house prices are rising steadily, with the latest survey conducted by Halifax showing a 7.9% increase in price in just over a year. Shockingly, 2.4% of this increase has been noted since last month, based on Halifax’s lending figures. This might be bad news for people looking to move into a new property if space is an issue. London house prices in particular are rising fast, which means families and homeowners are looking at a viable…

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Top Tips for Surviving Building work

We all know that undertaking a home improvement project is one of life’s most stressful situations!  To make life that little bit easier, Simply Extend, London’s leading home extension builder has compiled a useful list of 5 key tips to surviving any type of building work. 1. Organise your party wall agreement If your home has a wall that is connected to another property on either side, then you will need to arrange a party wall agreement before the work begins.  Each…

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The 5 most important things to check when selecting a building contractor for your home

With so many contractors available for domestic building projects such as extensions or loft conversions in London, choosing the right one can be a minefield. That’s why Simply Loft and Simply Extend have teamed up to put together a checklist of 5 important things to remember when choosing a builder for your project. The Simply team have years of experience in the trade which gives them a unique insight into the needs of the customer and the standard practices of their competitors. They’re perfectly…

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