Designing a full refurbishment of your old home, or even the new purchase of someone else’s old home can be exciting, and there are many advantages to having exactly (or as close as possible) to what you and your family needs, for now or future growth.

There is so much to keep in mind when initially discussing your plans, because you don’t want to suddenly decide you now really crave the huge en-suite with the copper roll top bath, when the plans are in place and your construction team are putting up or tearing down walls!

Personalise a bathroom

A bathroom should be your sanctuary, so unless you plan ahead and talk over your ideas and options, chances are you can end up with a plain bathroom that will be practical, but boring.  Try to find a little more room in your budget where you can.  Think about going for that luxury waterfall shower you have always wanted, or it might be a smaller upgrade, such as beautiful geometric tiles to accentuate the light and space.

Think about your entrance hall

Your entrance into your new home needs to be warm, bright and welcoming, however they are often overlooked and can become a dumping ground.  Your entrance hall should be harmonious and flow with the rest of the house, whilst making the best possible first impression.

Entrances halls are high traffic areas and must be practical.  A patterned tiled floor makes a powerful opening statement and real wood, laminate and tiles are durable and easy to keep clean.

Think storage!  If you have the space, built in cupboards will hide all the essential everyday items we all need, but do not want to look at.

The heart of the home, the kitchen!

At Caden Construction, we use an independent kitchen designer, who will meet with you and talk over your requirements, your do’s and don’ts, and your must haves. A CAD design and video is then sent for you to look over prior to any orders being placed.  There is a lot to think about when designing your kitchen and the various options for you to consider.

Will you have a vaulted ceiling and skylights in an extension, the shaker country style kitchen with butler sinks and a huge Aga warming the whole house.  Or an Orangery with a minimalist kitchen and sleek lines with bifold doors to the garden.  The possibilities are endless…

To extend or not to extend, is that your question?

Adding space to your home with an extension is always a great idea, depending on your outside space and if your building is Listed or in a Conversation Area. Our blog from 20th August 2020 explained the new rules regarding extending your property without planning permission.  You can read this by clicking here.

As a rule we always urge clients to discuss your plans with your Local Authority to guarantee no disputes arise once works have started.

Radiators and underfloor heating

Underfloor heating can virtually be used under any floor finish.  Warmup™ insulation dramatically reduces heat-loss, keeping the warmth inside the room, saving you both energy usage and money.

Radiators are useful upstairs, and they don’t have to be ugly or covered with huge bulky shelving units.  There are beautiful modern designs of radiators that can make a statement, rather than just taking up room.

Think about oil-filled electric radiators for bathrooms. They heat the towels for little cost throughout the year as they do not rely on your home’s central heating but run on electricity. A few options now have Wi-Fi controls, which are app controlled and very cost effective.

On completion of your works, your home will be clean with fresh new walls, so you can move in your boxes, belongings and furniture straight away, knowing all your pre-planning has left you with only one thing to do, unpack!