Renovating a property can present many challenges, but what happens when you live in a city like London where properties are generally speaking smaller and there is much less space to work with when trying to renovate. Byoot have come up with a few top tips for those who are looking to get the most from their city property renovation.
- Build Up & Down – Owning a property in the city does not necessarily mean that you cannot extend. Adding an extension can provide a solution to the ever increasing problem of limited living space as well as add value to a property. More and more city dwellers are opting for roof extensions and more recently even basement extensions, the possibilities are extensive and companies like Byoot can help you work out what type of extension is best for you and your property.
- Tall Ceilings – The height of a ceiling can impact the look and feel of a room, the higher the ceiling often the bigger it feels. This can be a really handy tip for homeowners looking to create the illusion of a larger property. When adding an extension why not consider speaking to your architect about the possibility of creating high ceilings.
- Maximise Natural Light – Facilitating access to natural light is usually an obvious starting point for homeowners looking to make the most out of their city home. Maximising windows and glazed doors can help to achieve a lighter, airy feel to a property. In addition why not consider introducing roof lights or even a row of windows positioned just below ceiling level but above the eye level otherwise known as a clerestory.
- Privacy Glazing – As we have already mentioned maximising natural light is a great way to create light, spacious feel to a home. However many homeowners are keen to also keep their privacy and this especially in the city where buildings are close together can be a tough balance to achieve. For property owners looking to get this balance right, there are many privacy glazing options available including; textured or stained glass, acid etched or sand blasted glass or even coloured or tinted glass.
- Energy Efficient Fireplaces – Features such as fireplaces can add character and personality to a house, making it more of a home. However when living in a city it is often frowned upon to have a working fireplace as it can add to air pollution in highly populated areas such as cities. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan recently suggested that he wants to ban burning wood in parts of the city with poor air quality. He also wants tougher controls on the sale of wood-burning stoves with only low-emission versions allowed to remain on the market. Flueless gas fires are therefore a good alternative for city dwellers as they are 100% energy efficient and require no chimney or flue. A catalytic converter cleans all harmful combustion gases and their are plenty of designs to choose from, from traditional fireplaces and stoves to contemporary hole in the wall designs.
Byoot makes building your home simple at last by providing a full turnkey solution, from planning, architects, structural engineers, building control and the build, leaving our clients to focus on their day jobs while we do ours. If you are thinking of extending, renovating or improving your home speak to one of the team on 0208 4509185 or send us an email at email@example.com