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    DIFFERENT TYPES OF RENOVATIONS

    Renovating your home is a great option for homeowners for many different reasons. For example, if you’ve fallen out of love with your home and believe it’s time for something new, a renovation could allow you to achieve the desired change you were looking for, without having to move house. A well-planned renovation can also lead you to have more space in your home, without the need to extend. 

    With there being many different reasons to renovate, it makes sense for there to be many different types of renovations. Much like how there are different types of loft conversions and extensions, renovations are no different. 

    So, what types of renovations are there? Let’s take a look.

     

    ENTIRE HOME RENOVATION 

    As you might have guessed, with this renovation, the whole property is taken into consideration. Whether you’re wanting to improve your quality of home life or are striving to add value to your property to eventually sell, then an entire home renovation is your best bet. 

    With this renovation, no area of your home is left untouched. Every room will be changed to suit your goals and desires, truly transforming your home into something special. 

     

    BARN RENOVATION

    Barn renovations/conversions have been and will continue to be an extremely popular project amongst the hopeful homeowners. It’s no wonder why as more and more people are seeing the rustic beauty of these buildings. When it comes to barns, there are three main architectural types: box construction barn, cruck framed barn & post and truss barn. For a successful renovation, you want to be able to know what barn you have to begin with. 

    Once you know this, you can start to turn an old barn into a dream home with those sought after rustic vibes and that country aesthetic. 

    KITCHEN RENOVATION 

    Sometimes, it’s not the whole house that needs attention, rendering the proposal of an entire home renovation obsolete. That’s why Bespoke Norfolk Group offers single-room renovations, such as kitchen renovation. One of the most important parts of a home is the kitchen; it’s where we prepare food, eat and often provides a great atmosphere for the whole family to catch up. So, why not shape your kitchen into one that you love? 

    With this renovation, your kitchen dreams can be achieved without extension, as long as you have the space and employ the right people for the job. 

    BATHROOM RENOVATION

    Another example of a single-room renovation is a bathroom renovation. Again, such an important room deserves a decent amount of attention. Bathrooms can quickly become in dire need of a renovation, due to their frequent use and damp, wet atmosphere. 

    With a renovation such as this, you can create a bathroom space that is appropriate for you and your needs. Such as being more accessible, open to more storage space, etc. 

    BASEMENT RENOVATION 

    Often an underutilised space of homes, the basement can provide homes with the extra space they were craving and create something truly amazing and unique to the property. Whether that be a man cave, a cosy snug for reading or an extra bedroom for guests. 

    The possibilities for a basement renovation are endless and can be just the thing to help you fall back in love with your space. 

    SYMPATHETIC RENOVATION 

    A sympathetic renovation is where a property is restored as close to its original state as possible. It’s changing the space in your home while remaining sympathetic to the property’s original style. Perfect for those looking to update their homes, without wanting to go overboard on changing the look completely. 

    This type of renovation is popular with older, period homes that are in need of that refresh but are still beautiful in their own right. 

    FINAL THOUGHTS 

    All of these renovations discussed are provided as services by Bespoke Norfolk Group. And if you haven’t heard, we are experts at renovation, working with the absolute best in the business – architects, structuralists, interior designers and decorators. 

    Our wide network of pros allows us to pair your renovation project with the best person for the job. If you’d like to hear more about how we can help, don’t hesitate to get in touch today and we’d be more than happy to discuss your project with you. 

    MODERN DESIGN TRENDS

    We’ve spoken about trends before, about how construction is no different to any other industry when it comes to trends. They come and go, some last longer than others and some go beyond the ‘trend’ phase and become no-brainers. 

    One trend picking up steam lately has been the modernisation of our homes. Where some houses are being built from the ground up with a modern-look goal in mind, others are taking what they already have and putting a modern twist on their features and then there are some who are completely revamping their spaces to turn them into something more modern. 

    At the end of the day, it comes down to your personal taste and style. But if you’re one of those people who can’t get enough of the modern look, big or small, then this blog is worth a read. 

     

    BLACK WINDOW FRAMES 

    To start, we’re kicking off with one of the smaller ways you can modernise your home. Looking around, you may have noticed a lot of houses’ window frames coloured black and if you’re like us, you’re loving the contrast of the black frames against the brick. It’s a simple step to take in transforming the exterior of your home to look that little bit more modern and pristine. 

    We’re all for small ideas and projects that have a huge effect on the style of a property. This is even one you could do all by yourself with a lick of black paint, a brush and your sturdiest ladder. 

    SPACE-SAVING FEATURES 

    Nothing quite says modern like a free, airy, open space for you to live. Open plan living is seen as one of the main variables to achieving the modern look. So, to have your home lacking space and being filled with clutter may not give off that exclusive vibe you’re going for. 

    It’s not just homes looking for that modern design that should consider adding in some space-saving features, as every property could do with some extra storage room. 

    To take your space-saving features to the next level, try implementing some built-in storage spaces. A built-in wardrobe for the master bedroom, perhaps? Or, how about a set of built-in cupboards for the dining room or lounge? 

    NATURAL LIGHTING

    Recently, we’ve been seeing and hearing that natural lighting has become an essential part of a home, being at the top of most potential homebuyers’ wishlists. 

    Having the opportunity to usher some natural light into your home, over artificial light, is seen as one of those amazing features that really sell a home and can help to create that cool, modern feel that we are after. 

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    So, there we have a few modern design trends that we are seeing more and more of recently. We hope these can serve as inspiration for those of you trying to achieve the modern household. 

    Of course, there is one way you can achieve the exact modern paradise you are looking for. And that is with a complete renovation. Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, we are renovation experts, having completed many renovation projects for previous clients of ours. You don’t have to take our word for it, visit our ‘projects’ page to see for yourself and hey, you might just find that dash of inspiration you were looking for. 

    For more information on how we could help you with renovating your property, get in contact with us today and we’d be happy to answer any and all of your questions you may have.

    DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXTENSIONS

    When it comes to extending your home, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. With extensions, it comes down to a few factors leading to which extension is best for you. Those factors can be the size of your property, the space available to build upon, the style of your property and your personal needs and desires. 

    That’s why, at Bespoke Norfolk Group, we offer multiple types of extensions, including kitchen extensions, kitchen diner extensions, single-storey extensions, two-storey extensions, bungalow extensions, timber frame extensions, side extensions and rear extensions. 

    But how do you know which extension is best for you? A good start is knowing exactly what to expect from each different type of extension. Let’s take a look. 

     

    KITCHEN EXTENSION 

    The kitchen is often seen as the most important room in the household for obvious reasons. A kitchen extension is a way of expanding the size of your kitchen. When it comes to this type of extension, you may be surprised how much even a little bit of extra space can completely transform your kitchen. 

    KITCHEN DINER EXTENSION 

    This type of extension takes the kitchen extension a step further. Not every household is fortunate enough to benefit from a dining room, adjoining the kitchen. A kitchen diner extension creates a larger kitchen, as well as offering even more room to implement your very own dining space. 

    SINGLE-STOREY EXTENSION 

    This type of extension is the perfect option for homeowners who need just that little bit of extra space. You may only need one extra bedroom, a guest room, maybe? Building to specific guidelines will also allow you to build this extension without the need for planning permission under permitted development rights. 

    TWO-STOREY EXTENSION

    With a two-storey extension, you are opening up the possibility to achieve a lot more space in your home. This type of extension has risen in popularity as the space taken up is minimal – you’re building out a little and then up, so more space at the rear or side of your property is saved than you might expect. 

    BUNGALOW EXTENSION

    As a bungalow lacks the second-storey of normal homes, it can be a good idea for bungalow owners to extend as a way of creating more space in their home. Bungalows often benefit from larger gardens, allowing plenty of space for an extension to be built upon. 

    TIMBER FRAME EXTENSION

    Constructing an extension of timber frame has become more sought after as of late. Building with timber often means a quicker build, getting to a watertight stage faster than a regular extension. As timber is a sustainable material, you can feel good about your extension being an eco-friendly building solution. 

    SIDE EXTENSION

    A side extension is when an extension is built onto the side of your property. Why would you extend this way? Well, this way, your back garden will not shrink in size and with some homes, it makes more sense than a rear extension as the space at the sides of the household are often wasted. So, why not use up that space to give your home more room?

    REAR EXTENSION

    This is often the more popular way to build an extension, as opposed to a side extension. It’s a great way to use up that unused garden space to create more space for your home with a larger kitchen, adding an extra bedroom, the list goes on and on. 

    FINAL THOUGHTS 

    Most of us feel our homes could benefit from having more space, even if it is just a little. Open plan living is a home layout that has become increasingly popular as a way of, not only, improving the space in your home but leading to a more relaxed and stress-free home life.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group offers all of these extension services we have discussed. We have completed countless extension projects, taking an idea and turning it into a reality for our clients.

    Perhaps we could do the same for you? Speak to us today about extending your property. 

    UNIQUE ELEMENTS TO MAKE YOUR HOME STAND OUT

    When it comes to renovating your home, you want to make sure that after all the hard work that has gone into making it happen, both from you and the construction company you’re working with, you are left with a space that is utterly unique to you. 

    There are a few ways you can achieve this. One is to incorporate one or several unique, bespoke elements into your home. But what exactly constitutes a unique element? What are some examples? Let’s take a look at a few. 

     

    EXAMPLES TO INSPIRE 

    Our first example is to add a fireplace to your home. A fireplace is a great addition to any property for the obvious reason of being able to heat your home. But there is also an aesthetic element to consider. Who doesn’t love the look of a grand fireplace in the living room? Quietly burning away, keeping you and the family warm on a cold winter night. 

    Next up, how about an impressive TV unit? This addition would be great for someone who is into their movies and loves nothing more than putting their feet up to watch their favourite TV show. A perfect element to add to the living room or even a bedroom. 

    These are just a couple of examples from us of what counts as a bespoke element to add to your home. It comes down to you and what you want out of your home renovation. More space for your books? How about a large, stunning bookcase? Not only are these additions practical but they can be a great way to express yourself in your home. 

     

    THE BESPOKE TOUCH

    If you don’t know by now, Bespoke Norfolk Group works with only the best architects. So, we know what’s possible; if you want a certain unique element added to your home, we can, firstly, tell you if it is or isn’t possible to incorporate, and secondly, design said element to best fit the layout of your home and, lastly, our team of builders will turn yours and the architect’s vision into reality.

    So, you end up with an amazing addition to your home that suits you and works with the layout of your home – seamlessly blending together with the rest of your space. 

     

    ADVICE ON INTERIORS

    We’re under the belief that construction under one company is the absolute best way to undertake any type of home improvement, whether that be a renovation, extension, conversion or even a whole new build. That’s why we also advise on interiors as part of our service, which allows us to add these special elements you want.

    FINAL THOUGHTS 

    We’ve made a name for ourselves by going the extra mile for our clients. Adding these unique elements to different homes is only one example of how we stand out from the competition. In the end, our work speaks for itself. 

    For more of an insight into how our completed projects turn out, visit our Case Studies page. That’s where you can see most of our completed projects and the amazing results we guarantee all of our clients before the work even starts. 

    And to stay up to date with our ongoing projects, follow our social pages. If you’re interested in speaking to a member of our team, get in touch with us today, we’d be happy to help.

    ARCHITECTS & PROJECT MANAGERS: WORKING TOGETHER

    Architects and Project Managers. At Bespoke Norfolk Group, these two roles are incredibly important to any project we undertake. It’s not a stretch to say that the success of a project is only guaranteed when these two roles work well together. 

    In this blog, we’re going to take a brief look at both of these job roles, what they each bring to the table, the importance of them being on the same page and how Bespoke Norfolk Group’s Design & Build Package is the best way to ensure your project is completed to the best possible standard. 

     

    ARCHITECTURE & MANAGEMENT

    To understand how these roles must work together, we have to know what skills and services each role must bring to the table. 

    An architect will be the one to bring your vision to life on paper. They are vital to the planning stage, offering such services as preliminary drawings, architectural drawings, working drawings, structural engineering design calculations and building control approval. It is also their plans that will be passed on to your local council to be reviewed for planning permission (should you need planning permission). 

    With a Project Manager, they are the person responsible for the overall management of your project. They also play an important role in the planning stage, as well as working to decided-upon budgets, timelines and scopes. When they’re not busy with all of this, not forgetting assigning tasks and offering support to their team, they are your point of call for your project. They are the ones who will keep you updated on everything happening with your project. 

    WORKING TOGETHER

    Now we know what each role is responsible for, it’s no wonder these two will have to be on the same page. Unfortunately, this is harder to achieve than it should be. With such important tasks, sometimes the Architect and Project Manager will find it difficult to see eye-to-eye. This can then lead to tension, confusion and inefficiency – three things your project can definitely do without. 

    This is often a result of using multiple different contractors for your project. How do you completely bypass this potential disaster? You’d better build Bespoke. 

     

    BESPOKE NORFOLK GROUP DESIGN & BUILD 

    Our Design & Build Package is the answer you’ve been waiting for. We work with only the best Architects and our team of Project Managers is second to none. The best part? Our preferred Architects and Project Managers have worked on countless projects together, they’re familiar with how each one operates and they know how to put their heads together to create something amazing. No miscommunications here. 

    FINAL THOUGHTS 

    So, there you have it. At Bespoke Norfolk Group, we are very proud of both our team of Architects and Project Managers. As we mentioned before, we use only the best in the industry for all of our projects. 

    Don’t believe us? We like to let our work speak for us. So, be sure to check out our case studies page on our website. There, you will see some of the most amazing projects that we have completed for our happy clients. 

    If you’ve got a project in mind and would like to hear how Bespoke Norfolk Group could help, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    CONSTRUCTION UNDER ONE COMPANY

    In our last blog post, we spoke about planning permission and how working with Bespoke Norfolk Group could get you through this process easier and faster. We touched on how the best way to guarantee a smooth running of your project is to work with us from start to finish. 

    Construction under one company means exactly what it says. It means every aspect of your project is taken care of. From the very start of your project with preliminary drawings and planning, all the way through to project completion. 

    Should you choose to work with Bespoke Norfolk Group from the very beginning to the end of your project, you can expect some very favourable benefits. 

     

    SAME PAGE

    The biggest benefit is the simple fact that when you choose construction under one company, everyone is on the same page. BNG aren’t just a team, we’re a family. Our project managers, architects, builders and so on have worked together for many years; we’re in sync with one another. 

    With this approach, nothing is lost in communication as we are all one company. There is nothing worse than you having to communicate and handle multiple companies and teams all performing different jobs and tasks. It won’t be long until you will feel like a circus clown, juggling all of these important parts of your project at once. 

    As part of our architectural services, we can kickstart your project with everything you will need: preliminary drawings, architectural drawings, working drawings, structural engineering design calculations and building control approval. Following that, we can source everything you will need for your project. Finally, our team of builders, led by your very own project manager, will see your project come to life before your own eyes. All of this – under one company. What could be better?

    ACCURATE ESTIMATION

    Another reason to choose to work with one company only is the fact that when we take on your project from start to finish, we can provide you with the most accurate estimation possible for what the entire project would cost. 

    As you can imagine, this is a massive asset to anyone when they may be planning their own home to build from scratch down to the smallest home improvement. 

    This way, you will be able to avoid the constant headache of having to accept and pay multiple invoices from multiple different companies. Why take on an architect, builder, carpenter, electrician, interior designer and more when you can just take on one construction company to handle everything? A construction company such as Bespoke Norfolk Group. 

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    There is no right or wrong way to go about how to turn your idea into a reality. After all, it’s down to your personal preference of how you like things to go. It is your project after all. 

    Many of our past and present clients express to us how they want their project to run as smoothly as possible; they often have a clear budget in mind and they want crystal clear communication throughout. That’s why we are so proud to be able to offer every aspect of construction under one roof. 

    If you have a project in mind and you’d like to discuss it with a member of our team, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    GET THROUGH PLANNING PERMISSION WITH BESPOKE NORFOLK GROUP

    When it comes to home improvement projects big or small, nothing quite puts people off more than planning permission. 

    What is planning permission? Simply put, planning permission is the process of you asking your local council whether you can commence building work for a particular project. This can be building your home, adding an extension to your property, converting your loft and so on. Your application will either be successful and work may commence. Or it will be refused and you will not be able to build. 

    To guarantee you pass the planning permission standards, it may be in your best interest to work with a reputable construction company like Bespoke Norfolk Group. 

     

    OUR HIGH PASS RATE

    Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, we like to let people know of our extremely high pass rate when it comes to planning permission. That is because we know how difficult certain projects can be to meet planning permission standards. 

    How is it we have such a high pass rate for our projects? Well, the answer is what you might expect. It’s down to our years of experience in the industry. Being a major player in the industry, we have picked up a thing or two when it comes to planning permission. 

    Not only is it our years of experience in the industry, but it’s also our years of experience in dealing with local councils. This experience lets us know what will and won’t pass the planning permission standards. 

    To make this process of the project go as smooth as possible, we recommend you work with us from start to finish. This means that instead of you putting in the hours and stressing to get plans completed, let us take care of that for you. We like to call this: ‘construction under one company’ – keep your eyes peeled for the next blog where we discuss this further.

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    PLANNING PERMISSION VERSUS PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS

    It’s important for you to know that some projects may not need planning permission at all. 

    This is thanks to a government scheme called permitted development rights. The aim of this scheme is to simplify the process of planning permission. It works on the basis of giving pre-approval to common construction projects as long as these projects keep to certain guidelines. 

    These common projects mentioned are internal renovation, loft conversion, garage conversion, single and two-storey extensions. 

    Different project types come with their own sets of guidelines that you must adhere to in order to qualify for permitted development rights. If these guidelines cannot be meant, you will need to seek proper planning permission. 

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    So, there is a good chance you may not need planning permission for your project. But should you find yourself needing planning permission, working with us can make the whole process a breeze. 

    If you have a project in mind and aren’t sure whether you will need planning permission, please get in touch with us today and we’d be happy to help.

    WHAT IS THE HELP TO BUY SCHEME?

    Buying a home is one of, if not, the biggest investment we will make in our lives. Sometimes, especially in more recent years, buying your own home and being able to call yourself a homeowner has been perceived as nearly impossible. 

    It’s no secret that the UK is currently in the midst of a housing crisis. Mainly affecting young people looking to get a foot onto the property ladder. 

    For some, home ownership schemes from the government provide the best chance for those of us looking to buy our first home. One scheme that is available now is the ‘Help To Buy’ scheme. But what is this scheme? Let’s discuss it. 

    Help To Buy Explained 

    This scheme offers first-time buyers an equity loan towards the cost of buying a new build home. To get started, you will have to pay a 5% deposit of the property purchase price. Depending on what region you are in, there is a maximum property purchase price. For example, the North East has the lowest maximum property purchase price of £186.100. London has the highest price at £600.000. The East of England has a maximum property purchase price of £407.400.

    The next step would be to borrow an equity loan of up to 20% of the cost of the property. This would leave you with a 75% mortgage to pay back the rest of the price of the property.

    Keep in mind, that for the first 5 years of owning your property, you will not be charged loan fees for the borrowed 20%. This will kick in the 6th year with 1.75% of the loan. This fee will increase after each year in line with the retail price index (RPIs). 

    On paper, this way of buying your first property is cheaper than a standard loan. Though this isn’t always the case. So, be sure to speak to an expert before deciding on an option. 

     

    The Advantages

    Let’s take a quick look at the advantages you may be able to benefit from with Help to Buy:

    • You could get your foot on the property ladder (and sooner than you might have thought)
    • You could buy with a smaller deposit
    • Borrow interest-free for the first 5 years 
    • Possible access to cheaper mortgage rates
    • Competitive loan rate after the 5 years 

     

    The Disadvantages 

    As with most things, Help to Buy comes with a few disadvantages that may sway you to consider other options:

    • Your loan amount isn’t fixed
    • Fees and other terms of your agreement could change 
    • Loan will be increasingly expensive as time goes on
    • Properties you can buy are limited to certain new build homes 
    • You can only use specific lenders 
    • There is a risk of negative equity

     

    Final Thoughts

    There are a couple of government schemes available to the public. Each one coming with its own sets of pros and cons. This is where it is up to you to decide what is best for you. As mentioned above, seeking the help of a professional to help you is a great way to ensure your investment is protected.

    PROJECT MANAGER SPOTLIGHT

    It’s no secret that Bespoke Norfolk Group has been kept busy with lots of projects having been worked on in the last year alone. And we’re showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. How is it we can keep going at such a pace and keep each project as extraordinary as the last? Well, a big part of that is down to our amazing team; so many roles and jobs going on behind the scenes that our clients or followers might not have noticed. 

    We thought this would be a good way to shine a light on the people and roles that keep this impressive machine chugging along. 

    Today, we’re taking a look at one of the most important job roles at Bespoke Norfolk Group – our Project Managers. 

     

    What is a Project Manager? 

    Project Managers are immensely important to any and all of the projects we undertake. A Project Manager is, essentially, the person in charge of your project. From planning and coordinating to implementing and supervising. 

    They will be your point of call, the middleman or woman between you and your project. 

    Every project – extension, new build, renovation, conversion or anything in between will benefit from a Project Manager. 

    What Makes a Great Project Manager?

    Such a role comes with many responsibilities. With each project, straight from the word ‘go’, they will be responsible for the initial planning of the project: they will identify the project timeline, what needs doing and who is best for the job. 

    Perhaps the biggest challenge a Project Manager will face is making sure their project (or projects) are working to the decided-upon budget, timeline and scope. 

    Not only does a Project Manager assign their team members tasks and jobs, but they will also go the extra mile by providing support and coaching to their team. Keeping a close eye on the project and deliverables of the project, a Project Manager will use their amazing organisation and communication skills to provide updates to the relevant people, which can range from team members to directors to clients themselves. 

     

    Our Project Managers

    Of course, the role of Project Manager is not exclusive to Bespoke Norfolk Group. Many companies, in many different industries, have a similar role as part of their operations. 

    But with Bespoke Norfolk Group, our Project Managers stand out as something special. Why is that? 

    Having your very own Project Manager assigned especially to you and your project is a huge plus. It means they are always on hand to answer any questions, address any concerns or queries and provide someone to lean on when your project is at its infancy, as it’s underway and through to completion. 

    Not only that, as standard with every project, a client of ours will also receive weekly updates from their Project Manager. This provides a chance for you to get caught up on all the progress of work that has happened week after week, in an easy and effective manner with a friendly face you have built a working relationship with. 

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    Final Thoughts

    There are many different roles and jobs that act as vital cogs and gears which ensure the smooth running of our business. And when it comes to our Project Managers, we know how much of an asset they are to us and our clients. 

    We love hearing from our clients of how great their Project Manager was and how helpful they were. 

    If you have a chance to check out our portfolio, take a look at some of our completed projects and keep in mind that behind each one, a dedicated and committed Project Manager made it all happen. 

    Got a project in mind? Please feel free to get in touch with us today. We’d love to help. 

    THE SNAGGING PROCESS

    It’s a term that has become more mainstream than it once was. Thanks to the rising number of new build homes (50,000 built in the first quarter of 2021 alone) and social media platforms, such as TikTok and Instagram shining light on the subject, snagging is being talked about more and more.

    But what is it? How does it affect you? We put together this blog to clue you in on this, sometimes overlooked, aspect of construction. 

     

    What is Snagging?

    To understand what the snagging process is, we must first know what a snag is. After building work has been completed on a property, there may be small defects, problems, anomalies and oversights remaining on the inside and outside of the property. These are snags. 

    These defects can range from unfinished aspects of the home, such as fixtures not being fitted properly. To oversights, such as misaligned brickwork. In some cases, the property, appliances or fixings could be broken. 

    Most snags are purely cosmetic – maybe a spot on the wall in the kitchen is missing some paintwork or there could be a scratch across a garage door. However, some snags can be serious and can cause harm if not amended. 

    So, a snagging process is the identification of these snags and then putting in the work for them to be fixed.

    Why Snagging is Important 

    As mentioned above, snagging is a very important process. The two main reasons are: no harm can be caused by snags and the homeowner is receiving value for their investment.

    For many of us, buying a home is the biggest investment we will make in our lives. So, of course, you want it to be perfect inside and out, top to bottom. After all, if you’re planning to make your new home your forever home, you want it to last. 

    Anyone purchasing a brand new house or flat should seriously consider seeking out a snagging report. There are professional snagging companies who will check over your property and create you a snagging list; this list will be passed onto the appropriate people to get to resolving these snags promptly.

    Snags can also occur within homes having an extension, renovation or conversion added to them. 

     

    Bespoke Norfolk Group Fixes Snags

    Like any reputable and professional construction company, Bespoke Norfolk Group aims to create beautiful homes free of any defects, oversights or anomalies. That being said, accidents can happen and sometimes things can get missed. 

    With Bespoke Norfolk Group, you can be assured that should any problems arise with your property, they will be resolved with honesty and transparency. 

    Final Thoughts

    It’s important when seeking construction work, to partner with the professional and expert construction companies that will be able to avoid snags as best as possible. And should snags occur, they will have the skills to put them right. 

    Bespoke Norfolk Group has worked with many happy clients on new build homes, extensions, renovations – you name it, we’ve made it happen. 

    Our professionalism and attention to detail are what keeps clients coming back to us and new clients choosing us over the competition. But don’t take our word for it. Reviews from happy clients of our work can be easily accessed on our site and social media.

    NEW BUILD WITH BESPOKE NORFOLK GROUP

    Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have noticed the rise in new build homes being built all over the place. In the first quarter of 2021 alone, 50,000 new homes were built. 

    Many people have taken the chance to snatch one up for themselves; especially first-time buyers, as a new build comes with great opportunities to get onto the property ladder with schemes like Help-to-Buy and Shared Ownership. 

    Another way you can enjoy a newly-built home is to build on your own land. This way, you can truly mould out your perfect, ideal home.

    Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, if you have the land, we have the commitment and skill to erect the new build home of your dreams.

     

    What Is a New Build?

    A new build is exactly what it says on the tin. A newly-built home that has not been lived in before. (Sometimes you may see fairly-new homes that have been owned and lived in fall under the new build category).

    More and more homes are being constructed every year in an attempt to combat the national property shortage. 

    New builds sometimes get a bad reputation as being poorly built and coming with inconsistencies and anomalies. Though these are often solved within the snagging process, but that is a subject for another time. 

    On the flip side, new builds come with several benefits. 

    Benefits of a New Build

    This is glaringly obvious but the main benefit is a new build is brand new! Think of the house as a blank canvas for you to make your own. While it may lack the character that older properties have, it is a chance for you to give the property its own character that is right for you. 

    Adding to that, new builds generally come with lower maintenance needs. As opposed to an older property that has obvious wear and tears from being lived in by, sometimes, multiple people over many years. Being brand new means, you should not have to worry about those same eye-soars and idiosyncrasies. 

    We touched on this before but having a helping hand onto the property ladder is very important for first-time buyers. With new builds, these buyers can take advantage of schemes, such as Help-to-Buy and Shared Ownership. 

    To receive even more benefits from your new build, you should consider the option of self-build.

     

    New Build With Bespoke Norfolk Group

    How do you self-build a new home? Well, first of all, you will need your own land. Once that is secured, that is where we come into play.

    What you might not know about us, is that many of our most successful projects have been created from scratch. Creating stunning homes from nothing is something we are experts at. If you should need help obtaining planning permission, we can even help with that. 

    Self-building is the best way to create the home of your dreams. With a self-build, you’re in charge, from the important stuff like size and storeys, down to the little details of which fixtures and fittings you want. 

    With us, we will either follow your lead or take the project head-on ourselves, whatever works for you. Our drawing package allows you to effectively plan every step and stage of the product. Alternatively, if you already have a solid plan, we will bring it to life. 

    Final Thoughts 

    In conclusion, new builds come with a handful of benefits. Though it’s understandable they aren’t for everyone. 

    What I’m sure we can agree on is that a new build, built from scratch, from the ground up, is the best way to achieve your home goals.

    If you would like to hear more about how Bespoke Norfolk Group can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BARN CONVERSIONS

    First of all, what is a barn conversion? Well, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. Converting a farm building into a habitable home has become an incredibly popular and sought-after property venture. 

    With rustic exteriors, high ceilings and beautiful countryside locations, a barn can make for an impressive home.

    Though, converting a barn is, by no means, a simple task. Let’s talk about it.

     

    Where To Start 

    There are three main architectural types of a barn: box construction, cruck framed and post & truss. Different types of a barn will require slightly different approaches when converting. So, knowing what type of barn you have is a good thing.

    Since 2014, agricultural buildings have been accepted under permitted development rights, making it easier for barn conversions to go ahead without the need for planning permission. Though, there are still regulations that must be met, such as the barn cannot be a listed building. 

    With Bespoke Norfolk Group, we can take the guesswork out of barn conversions, providing the opportunity to make your barn conversion venture all that little bit easier.

    Making It Your Own 

    As you will be working with a farming building that hasn’t been lived in before, you want to be able to make it your own, while still celebrating its original beauty. 

    The key to making your barn conversion look its absolute best is to use core materials of the original building’s character. Though, some contrasting elements can also be implemented to give that homely feel.

    Natural light can sometimes be hard to benefit from with a barn conversion. So, try adding glazing where you can and, perhaps, some stunning Velux windows to allow ample light to fill the new home. 

    With barn conversions, many people opt for keeping the rustic, character-filled exterior and then going with a pop of modern twist in the interior, allowing that blend of two worlds to come together as one. 

    Final Thoughts 

    As mentioned earlier, barn conversions are difficult projects that can come with several hidden surprises and costs. And there are many aspects to consider when it comes to requirements and regulations. 

    With all of this in mind, that is why you should make sure the construction company you decide to work with have the skills and experience to see your barn conversion dreams come true. 

    Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, we have just that. Having worked on barn conversions before, creating amazing results for our clients, we know what to expect and how to get the job done successfully.

    If you would like to hear more about how we can help with your barn conversion, or you want to know more about what else we do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

    TYPES OF LOFT CONVERSIONS

    It’s no wonder loft conversions have grown tremendously in popularity over the recent years. It’s times like these that highlight how much room we actually have in our homes. 

    Loft conversions are credited as being the smartest, most effective ways of creating extra space in your home. For the simple fact, they use all the wasted space in your loft to create something amazing. 

    What you might not know about loft conversions is that there are a few different types to suit every household and situation. In this blog, we are going to take a more in-depth look at the loft conversion types Bespoke Norfolk Group offer. 

     

    Roof Light / Velux 

    This type of loft conversion is, most of the time, the cheapest option. What’s great about a roof light / Velux is that it utilises the space that is already under your roof. Because of this, the adjustments made to your home are few and the time to build is shorter. 

    With no extensions needing to be added, your roof keeps its natural shape. This loft conversion gets its name from the next part of the process, which is when roof lights or Velux windows are installed into the converted room’s ceiling. 

    This is an amazing option for properties with optimal space in the loft and those who want to minimize construction time and costs as much as possible. The result is a naturally bright, stunning environment, perfect for a new bedroom. 

    Dormer

    Any home with a pitched roof can benefit from having a dormer loft conversion installed. This conversion type is when a box-shaped structure is added to your roof. Inside, this creates walls that sit at a 90-degree angle, travelling down to the floor of the loft. 

    The purpose of this is to increase the amount of head and floor space of the new room. With a dormer loft conversion, there are a few styles you can choose from to best fit your home: flat roof, shed, doghouse and L-shaped. 

    Dormers are ideal for those lofts that are on the smaller side as they create all that new, ready-to-use space. 

    Mansard

    The best way to describe this type of loft conversion is an extension across the entire area of your roof. This drastic type of loft conversion is most commonly found at the rear of the roof. With this in mind, the sloping side of the roof will be converted to an almost vertical side. 

    The new roof will be flat, in addition, the new windows added are usually placed within small dormers. The great thing about this loft conversion is that it can be added to many different types of properties. 

    From an aesthetic standpoint, the conversion/roof extension can be finished in a number of ways to match your home’s appearance. 

    Hip To Gable

    If your property is lacking the space you want/desire, you could always go down the route of a hip to gable loft conversion. To achieve more space, the sloping side of your roof is converted to a vertical gable wall.

    With this new vertical wall, extra headspace is created, as well as extra floor space as the slope obstructing the use of all of the floor has been removed. 

    This popular conversion type is great for transforming your loft into a brand new, flowing, spacious part of your home. 

    Final Thoughts 

    With the options available, there has never been a better time to convert your loft. Though, it’s important to do your research, weigh your options and consider your budget before picking the right conversion for you. 

    Bespoke Norfolk Group offers all the different types of loft conversions mentioned above. So, if you’re unsure which one is best for you, speak to us today. We have the experience, skills and quality team to deliver the results you want.

    3 WAYS TO CREATE MORE SPACE IN YOUR HOME

    One of the main reasons people fall out of love with their home is that they feel as though they need more space. What once was a decent-sized house just isn’t cutting it anymore, in terms of space. 

    Cramped rooms and cluttered hallways are sure ways to feel suffocated in your home. It’s at this stage where we entertain the thought of moving house. Moving to somewhere bigger and better. 

    But why move when you can simply improve your current property? Because, in actuality, it isn’t the home you’ve fallen out of love with, it’s the lack of space. In this blog, we’re going to look at three ways you can create more space in your home.

     

    Loft Conversion

    Firstly, we have loft conversions. This is a home conversion method that has only grown in popularity over the years. Why is that? Simply, loft conversions are the best way to get the absolute most out of your property. Think of all that wasted space in your loft, used for, maybe, storing a few boxes of random junk and Christmas decorations. 

    Converting your loft eliminates that. Depending on how much space you have to work with, your loft can be transformed into a whole new bedroom, perhaps with its own en-suite. Or, an at-home office space, ideal for the world we live in right now. 

    Renovation 

    One effective way to improve the quality of your home life is to turn to renovation. Renovating your property is great as you can mould your existing rooms into exactly what you want. To go a step further, you could undertake an entire home renovation. 

    To combat the clutter, renovate your rooms to include more storage capabilities. Alter the size of certain rooms to give others more square footage. Focus on the mostly-used rooms of your household with a kitchen and/or bathroom renovation.

    Extension

    What better way is there to create more space in your home by literally extending it? With an extension, the possibilities are endless. A single or double-storey extension will provide you with enough space to breathe fresh life into your home and make it into something even more amazing. More importantly, making the home truly your own. 

    Create an extra bedroom or bathroom, enlarge your current kitchen or dining area, add a utility room or home office to give the rest of your home its much-needed space. 

    Final Thoughts 

    Whichever space-saving trick you choose, each one comes with its own unique benefits but all will guarantee a more flowing home environment and, hopefully, eliminate that need to move out of a house and area you love.

    It’s also important to remember that all of these home improvement methods come with the bonus of adding value to your property. Just make sure to use a quality construction company to guarantee an amazing result, like Bespoke Norfolk Group. 

    We offer all of the services mentioned above and then some. Our experience and expertise make us the clear choice for any and all of your property’s needs. 

    If you would like to hear more about how we can help you create more space in your home, get in touch with us today – we would be happy to help. 

    WHY CHOOSE BESPOKE NORFOLK GROUP?

    Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, we have worked hard to build a reputation to be proud of; one that keeps our clients coming back to us for all of their construction needs. 

    We have built our reputation through our stunning results, exceptional customer service and meticulous attention to detail. Our clients are so impressed with the work we do for them that we have become one of Norfolk’s most sought-after construction companies. 

    We have received so many word of mouth recommendations due to the fact that we are not just your average, local construction company. Dedicated project managers, tailoring projects to suit budgets and taking care of planning permission and structural work are just some of the reasons that set us apart from the competition. 

     

    Stand-Out Services 

    We’re proud to offer a range of services to our clients. This allows us to cater to everyone who wishes to work with us. It also means we get the opportunities to work with the same client more than once. 

    New Build – we will create your dream house from scratch and see to it that you receive the home of your dreams. Depending on your needs, we can take the lead on the design and planning stage or offer assistance where needed.

    Renovations – if you’re looking to shape your home into something different and magnificent, Bespoke Norfolk Group can help. We work with the best professionals in the business to achieve the outcome you want. 

    Extensions – we are well experienced and skilled in creating amazing extensions of all different types for our clients. We work with you to ensure that you receive the extension you want.

    Design and Build – this package service is perfect for creating something amazing for you; whether that’s an extension, renovation or new build. Working with architects and quality contractors means everything is taken care of, from start to finish. 

    Loft Conversions – with a loft conversion, the possibilities are endless to create something extraordinary. With us, we will identify how best to get the most out of your loft space.

    Proven Results

    When we say no job is too big or too small, we mean it. Our proven track record of amazing results can be found on our site, in our case studies section.

    Let’s take a look at some of our favourites. 

    Dersingham – this new build saw a renovation of the whole property to transform it into a unique home with an enormous amount of character. Internal walls were adjusted to create larger rooms and other new features.

    The tired conservatory was updated and transformed into a gorgeous extension that finished off the new property perfectly.

    Dereham – this extension project created a beautiful kitchen diner entertaining space. The original, small kitchen was transformed to create this beautiful, modernised, open plan space. Included in the new extension are stunning bi-folds that open outwards into the garden.

    Wells-Next-The-Sea – a renovation project for a holiday cottage. We got started turning these outbuildings into self-contained accommodation space. Inside a bedroom/lounge space was created, as well as a kitchenette and en-suite. As part of the project, we completed some landscaping work, which added to the new, improved look. 

    Final Thoughts

    Our excellent reviews speak for themselves. With Bespoke Norfolk Group you can relax knowing you are in the safest hands to achieve your property goals.

    Take the stress out of your project and build with us. 

    If you would like to hear more about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

    HOME EXTENSIONS: IMPROVING LIFESTYLE AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

    Extending your home isn’t just about making your property larger. A home extension comes with several benefits that can improve lifestyle and can also lead to you making more money.

    If you are thinking about adding an extension to your property, whether that be single or two-storey and for whatever purpose, and you are unsure whether to undertake the project or not, then this blog is for you. 

     

    Lifestyle Improvement

    For some of us, we naturally grow out of our current living situation. That could be down to the family expanding with children, having to start working from home, wanting guests to stay over more often, and so on. Whatever the reason, extending your property eliminates the reason for having to move to a bigger house and allows you to stay in the home and location you love.

    An extension, ultimately, means more space for you, allowing you to fall back in love with your home. It can encourage a more open-plan living style which can also lead to lowered stress levels and a calmer household, improving yours and anyone who lives there mood.

    Investment

    It is well known that a quality-built extension can add value to your property. So, further down the line, when the time comes for you to want to sell your property, you could be looking at a (depending on the type of extension) 5-12% increase in your properties overall value.

    To make sure your property receives an increase in value from an extension, you want to be sure it is of good quality, installed by a reliable construction company, like Bespoke Norfolk Group. We have multiple quality extensions as part of our portfolio, which can be accessed through the ‘Case Studies’ section on our website. 

    The Perfect Extension For You 

    Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, we have experience in all types of different extensions. Depending on what you want out of yours, there are plenty of different extensions for you to choose from. If you’re after just a little bit of extra space for extra storage or a quiet nook for reading your favourite book in peace, then, perhaps, a single-storey extension would suit you best. Looking for the space to create a whole extra bedroom and bathroom for your property? A two-storey extension would be perfect. 

    We are also experts in timber frame extensions – great for those who want an extension built quickly in a more energy efficient way. If you’ve got your eye on a new kitchen, then a kitchen extension is certainly something we can help with.

     

    Final Thoughts 

    To sum up this blog post, extensions are an amazing way to improve lifestyle and can easily lead to you making more money in the future.

    Whatever needs, desires and requirements you want from your extension, Bespoke Norfolk Group are the best choice around. Our experience and skills have allowed us to make countless extension dreams come true for our clients. 

    Nothing is too much or too little for us. Whatever you’re after, remember to build bespoke. 

    If you would like to hear more about extensions and how we can help you, do not hesitate to get in touch today.

    DO YOU NEED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A SINGLE-STOREY EXTENSION?

    Before making the decision to move to a bigger house when the time calls for you to do so, why not try another solution? Extending your property could be a cheaper alternative; it also allows you to stay put in a home and area you feel comfortable in.

    As well as creating more space, extensions have the bonus of adding value to your property. So, if/when you get to the point of wanting to sell your property, the value of your home will have gone up, thanks to your quality installed extension. You could see an added value of around 5-8% for your property.

    What puts many people off is gaining the proper planning permission; where to start, finding the time to do so, etc. But do you actually need planning permission for a single-storey extension to be added to your home? Let’s talk about it. 

    Planning Permission or Permitted Development Rights

    Permitted development rights allow you to perform different types of work without having to apply for planning permission. Which makes building an extension without planning permission possible.

    The catch is that to perform work under permitted development rights, you have to meet certain guidelines and abide by requirements.

    Firstly, Extensions cannot be higher than the existing roof.

    You can only cover half the area of land around the property with an extension.

    The height of the extension’s eaves cannot exceed 3 metres when the extension comes within 2 metres of the boundary. 

    Materials used for the extension should be of a similar appearance to the exterior of the existing house.

    You cannot build an extension forward of the principal elevation or where it will front a highway.

    Detached houses cannot extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 4 metres. 3 metres for any other house.

    Single-storey extensions at the rear of the property cannot exceed 4 metres in height.

    It can be tricky staying on top of all the requirements that come with permitted development rights. So, seeking advice from a professional could help you immensely. Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, we have the right people on hand to help you achieve your extension dreams. 

    Restrictions Under Permitted Development Rights

    Unfortunately, there will be some properties that will not be able to fall under these rights.

    Flats and maisonettes are excluded from benefiting from permitted development rights, as well as houses that are located within a conservation area, the Norfolk and Suffolk broads, areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or World Heritage Sites.

    Listed buildings (buildings of special architectural or historic interest) may require other permissions. 

     

    Final Thoughts 

    Single-storey extensions allow you to create more room in the house you love; they can introduce you to a more open-plan living style. Transform your kitchen into a kitchen dining room or incorporate a cosy nook into your bedroom.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group is comprised of the best contractors, architects and project managers in the business, who are all committed to providing the absolute best service and results for their clients.

    Please, feel free to get in touch with us today to discuss single-storey extensions.

    WHAT IS A TIMBER FRAME EXTENSION?

    Extensions offer a great way to extend your property to give you and your family more space in the home you love. As opposed to moving house after outgrowing your current home, instead, you can simply extend. With permitted development rights, it is now easier to extend your property for most as you won’t require planning permission.

    Though, with extensions, like everything else, there are cons to the pros. To name one, extensions take time to build, meaning you and your family will have to come to terms with the fact your day to day lives will be slightly affected in the time it takes for your extension to be completed. 

    If the time of build is a massive factor for you, then, perhaps, you should consider a timber frame extension. 

     

    What Is Timber Frame Construction?

    It is an alternative building method to the traditional methods of block work and brick and mortar. It’s different as the main material used is wood, timber.

    A timber frame extension is constructed of timber which comes with a few benefits that could make your extension project easier.

     

    Time Effective

    The main benefit that comes with a timber frame extension is that it is normally a lot quicker of a build than a regular extension. Timber is lightweight, making it a lot easier to work with for builders and leads to quicker assembly. 

    Another reason is that it goes up fast. This is because large timber pieces that will make up the extension can be made off-site and then delivered to the site to then be assembled. 

    After the foundations are set, your extension will get to a watertight stage, faster than regular extensions, which means the internal works for your extension can be started more swiftly.

    All of these factors lead to the completion of your project faster.

     

    Other Benefits

    Nowadays, we need to be conscious of the impact we are having on the environment. Building with timber, a sustainable material, means your extension project will be more eco-friendly. 

    Timber is also energy efficient, with it having the lowest CO2 cost of any commercially used building material. 

     

    Aesthetic

    A timber frame extension is all well and good but will it look like a normal extension? 

    It depends on what system you are building with. With standard, softwood panels that have been filled with insulation can be finished to look however you would like. They can be made to look like an extension constructed from block work. 

    Whereas with a post and beam system, some structural elements will be left visible. These elements include upright posts, beams, ceiling joists, roof trusses and rafters. 

    Though, these visible elements don’t have to be an eyesore. Give your extension a bit of character by embracing those stunning, wooden beams. 

     

    Final Thoughts 

    Timber frame extensions are growing in popularity due to their many benefits. But, if you’re considering timber frame, you must use a reliable construction company, like Bespoke Norfolk Group who have the skill and knowledge to do your project justice.

    Interested in what we can do for you? Get in touch with us today.

    WHERE TO START WHEN PLANNING AN EXTENSION

    As open plan living becomes more popular, more people are looking to extend their homes to fit around their lifestyles. Extending your property means you can stay in the house you love and benefit from adding extra space.

    With all that being said, where do you even start when planning an extension? Will you need planning permission? Do I have permitted development rights? These are all valid questions that should be answered during your extension planning stage. 

     

    The Planning Stage 

    Nowadays, most extensions can be built under permitted development rights. This means you will not need to seek planning permission. Though, for your project to fall under permitted development rights, you will need to adhere to certain guidelines.

    Detached properties can be extended with a single-storey extension by 8m to the rear. For semi-detached or terrace, it is 6m. A double extension can only be 3m.

    Single-storey extensions cannot be higher than 4m on the ridge and the eaves. Also, the ridge height of the extension cannot be higher than the existing property.

    With a two-storey extension, you must leave at least 7m from the rear boundary. 

    The same/similar materials must be used in the building of the new extension to match the existing property. 

    Extensions cannot go past the ‘building line’ of the property. Every property has building lines, where outside these specified distanced lines, no building or structure can be built. 

    Even if your extension does not fall under permitted development rights, planning permission is not as much of a mountain to climb as it is made out to be. Most projects are approved for planning permission, without a problem.

    The Professional Touch

    Working with a reliable and professional construction company is the best way to guarantee the success of your extension. 

    Should you choose to work with Bespoke Norfolk Group, we can help with every step of the process, including the planning. We work with the best in the industry to achieve the best level of planning for our clients.

    Should you need it, we can have the plans drawn up for you by the experts. We will share our ideas and thoughts on how to achieve the goals you are looking for from your new extension. 

    Every project needs a project manager to oversee everything, starting with the planning. Bespoke Norfolk Group will assign you your very own project manager who will provide your project with the care and attention it needs. 

     

    Types of Extensions

    There are many different types of extensions to choose from that offer different results. A kitchen extension will give you a larger kitchen space to improve family life. A two-storey extension could incorporate an extra bathroom and bedroom to your property, a great alternative to having to move to a bigger house. 

    Bespoke Norfolk Group are extension experts, offering many different types to our clients: kitchen, kitchen diner, single-storey, two-storey, timber frame, bungalow, side or rear extension. 

    Final Thoughts 

    Many can be put off extending their property due to the planning stage and not knowing where to start. While that is perfectly understandable, it shouldn’t put you off achieving what you want from your property. 

    Please feel free to contact us today and see how we can help you

    DO YOU NEED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A LOFT CONVERSION?

    Loft conversions are very popular for the simple fact that they are the most economical way of extending your home without using external space. It is the best way to get the absolute most out of your property. 

    The question on most people’s minds when thinking about converting their loft is whether or not they will need planning permission. There is not a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer as it depends on a number of factors, such as guidelines, type of property, etc. 

     

    Permitted Development 

    With this government scheme, you can expand/convert your property without obtaining planning permission. But there are guidelines you have to abide by for your project to fall under permitted development rights. If you cannot work to these guidelines, then you will need planning permission. 

    Volume – any additional roof space created must not exceed certain volume allowances; 40 cubic metres for terraced houses or 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached houses.

    Materials – the materials used in your new project must be similar in appearance to the existing house. 

    Roof pitch – the new roof pitch must be the same as the roof pitch of the existing property.

    Height – no part of the roof extension is allowed to be higher than the highest part of the existing roof. 

    Windows – side-facing windows must be obscured, glazed and non-opening. Windows that are more than 1.7 metres above the floor of the room can be opened. 

    These are just some of the guidelines, there are more that must be abided by. Choosing a reliable construction company, like Bespoke Norfolk Group makes the whole process of working under permitted development rights a breeze. 

    Where Is Planning Permission Required?

    Permitted development rights are a great scheme; it allows more people to expand and convert their homes without seeking planning permission. But there are some cases where you will need planning permission.

    The rights, unfortunately, do not apply to all properties. If your property is a flat, maisonette or listed building, you will need to obtain planning permission as they are excluded from the scheme

    Also, some ‘designated areas’ are more restricted when it comes to permitted development rights. These areas include conservation areas, national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, world heritage sites and the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. 

    If your property is in one of these ‘designated areas’, you may need to apply for planning permission. 

     

    Final Thoughts 

    With permitted development rights, more people are being able to expand and convert their homes to suit their needs instead of having to move house. Though not everyone can do the work without planning permission, it doesn’t have to be a headache. 

    Working with Bespoke Norfolk Group, we can create a stunning loft conversion for you. We work with the best in the industry to get the job done with no stress. 

    Whether you’re after a roof light/Velux, dormer, mansard or hip to gable loft conversion, Bespoke Norfolk Group is on hand to make your loft conversion dreams a reality. 

    If you are interested in hearing more about loft conversions with Bespoke Norfolk Group, get in touch with us today.

    DOES AN EXTENSION ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME?

    As time goes on, our lives change, which means we may end up wanting more out of our properties. Whether that is needing an extra bathroom as your family grows, or wanting more bedrooms so you can have guests stay the night more often; whatever your requirements may be, have you thought about extending?

    Building an extension onto your property is a great way to give you more space within your home or add the extra facilities you need without having to move house. As well as this, a good extension can add a decent amount of value to your home. 

    That all being said, there are several factors to consider before we can begin to answer this blog title question.

     

    How Much Value Does an Extension Add?

    Unfortunately, this question is not so easily answered. The answer depends considerably on a number of factors, such as size, style, quality and complexity. 

    Though, to get a better understanding here is an example. According to Checkatrade, a 3-bedroom house that has added a two-story extension, including a bedroom and en-suite bathroom, will see a 10-12% added value to the property. 

    It is still important to do your homework on this factor before committing to anything.

    If adding value to your home is your main goal with a new house extension, then there are some options that will be more valuable to you than others. For example, a loft conversion, on average, could add up to 20% value to your home. This is an extremely popular form of conversion due to its affordability and the fact you are utilising all of your properties space, without having to extend.

    Whereas a single-storey extension would see an average added value of around 5-8%. Less value, as opposed to a loft conversion, but a great option if you’re looking for a more open plan living situation – with the added bonus of value being added to your property.

    If you are interested in loft conversion or single-story extension for your home, Bespoke Norfolk Group offer both services, we have the experience and skill to deliver exactly what you want out of your property. 

    Quality of Build

    Perhaps the most important aspect of building a new extension onto your property. A good quality extension will indeed add value to your property. But a poorly built extension that does not comply with building regulations can actually lower the value of your property, rather than increase it. 

    Using Bespoke Norfolk Group for your extension means you will receive your very own project manager, who will ensure you receive a quality build that will add value to your home. 

    Final Thoughts

    Among other benefits, extending is a great way to add value to your home. Though, it is important to consider the factors before committing. If extending is part of your selling plan, then make sure the build cost is less than what you will gain in value. Be sure to use reliable people for the job.

    Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, we offer a range of services that can increase the value of your home. If you would like to hear more about what we can do for you and your property, please feel free to contact us today.

    BUILD EXTENSION OR MOVE HOUSE?

    It is normal to outgrow your home. Perhaps, you have just started a family and what was an ideal size for just you and your partner, may now be too small for the addition of a child (or children). Or you might be fed up with the small kitchen, maybe you want your own dining room. Simply, you could just be seeking a change.

    There is an endless list of reasons why you might be asking yourself ‘should I build an extension or move house?’ While there is no right or wrong answer, there are some factors to consider that will help you decide what will suit you best.

     

    Budget/Affordability/Value

    The easiest way to answer this question is by looking at your budget. To build an extension onto your current property will likely be cheaper than moving house. So, take your time to work out what you can afford; if you can afford to move then you could enjoy a larger property, without going through the process of building, seeking relevant permission, worrying about the finished result, etc. 

    If your budget is somewhat lacking, then an extension could be perfect for you, in terms of cost-effectiveness. It is a great way to expand your property while staying in a home you feel comfortable in. Keep in mind, a great extension job can add value to your home. Take a look at Bespoke Norfolk Group’s extension case studies to see the level of quality we provide. 

    Your Goals 

    It is also important to identify what you want to achieve by moving house or extending your current home. With an extension, you are slightly limited to what you can accomplish. If all you want is a larger kitchen, then a kitchen extension would be perfect for you; for added space and functionality, a kitchen diner extension could be installed. Consider the idea of loft conversion – it’s a great way to utilise all of the space in your home.

    On the flip side, if you’re after additional bedrooms, a larger kitchen, larger bathroom, bigger living room, etc. Then, perhaps, it is best to pack up and move house. 

    Future Plans

    As well as thinking about the important things, such as budget, permissions, affordability, and so on, you also want to think about yourself and what plans you have for the future. Realistically, are you ready to leave your home? It is a big decision which you don’t want to regret down the line.

    Another question to ask yourself is how long are you planning to stay at your property? If the answer is you plan to stay for a long time, then an extension could be your best bet. Instead of leaving your home, expand it to fit around your new lifestyle.

     

    New Build

    The best solution for this problem would be to create your next home from the ground up. By doing it this way, you get to mould your dream home around all your individual needs and desires. Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, some of our best projects have been the ones created from scratch. If you’re interested in finding out more about our new builds, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    Final Thoughts

    In conclusion, there is no straightforward answer. Each solution has its own set of pros and cons. It’s really down to your own individual situation. 

    If you are seeking more from your current property, Bespoke Norfolk Group have the team and tools on hand to attain your highest desires. Get in touch today to find out more.

    CAN I BUILD A TWO-STOREY EXTENSION WITHOUT PLANNING PERMISSION?

    If you’re thinking of adding a two-storey extension to your home but are unsure if you want to tackle the obstacle of planning permission, then this post is for you.

    Two-storey extensions are a great way of creating more space for your existing property. Rooms, such as the kitchen can be expanded, making your life easier. Rooms, such as dining areas can be implemented using the extra space gained from an extension. 

    What makes two-storey extensions great is that as well as adding rooms, such as the ones mentioned above, you can also add an extra bedroom on the second level. Ideal for families and those who like to have guests visit. 

    You may not have thought it, but two-storey extensions make for greater value for money. The average cost per square metre is reduced as you are building out and up. Most extensions extend only outwards meaning you will have to pay more as you are using up more ground area and often you will need different types of planning permission. 

     

    Planning Permission

    The short answer to the title question is no. You do not require planning permission for a two-storey extension, as long as the extension you’re planning to build, falls within permitted development guidelines/rights. 

    When it comes to the height of your extension, you must abide by these rules. The eaves and pitch of the new extension must not be higher than the existing house. 

    The only time this would not be the case, is if your property was within 2 metres of a boundary. Then the maximum height for the eaves would be restricted to 3 metres. 

    The roof pitch of the new extension should match the existing house pitch as much as possible. 

    As well as getting the pitch to match the existing home as reasonably possible, all materials used should be similar to that of the house.

    With a two-storey extension, you can extend up to 3 metres from the original house. You also must leave, at least, 7 metres from the rear boundary. Keep this in mind when planning out your extension, make sure you have the space to work with. 

    Another way to look at it is, any extension to the house, shed, or outbuilding should not cover more than 50% of the total land around the house. 

    Specific Restrictions

    When it comes to two-storey extensions, there are a few specific restrictions you should know. 

    Firstly, if your property is not a house, a flat, for example, you will not have permitted development rights. This doesn’t mean you can’t have an extension built, but it does mean you will need full planning permission. Another thing to add is that if your property is a house conversion, such as a barn conversion, you may not be able to take advantage of permitted development rights.

    Another example of properties that will require full planning permission for an extension are properties that are located within a conservation area, such as a national park, the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads, areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or World Heritage Sites. 

    What if your house is listed? “A building is listed when it is of special architectural or historic interest considered to be of national importance and therefore worth protecting”. For buildings such as these, other permissions may be required if you wish to build an extension onto the property. These often require more detail than typical planning permission. 

    Final Thoughts

    Two-storey extensions are an amazing, cost-effective way of creating more space for your property, with the added bonus that planning permission is often not required.

    As discussed, there are a few guidelines and restrictions to watch out for. It’s important to do your research before venturing into a project like this.

    Alternatively, talk to an expert. Here at Bespoke Norfolk Group, we can put you in touch with the right people for the job, to help you achieve whatever goals and desires you may have for your property.

    RENOVATING A 1960s HOME

    The growing popularity in mid-century style makes right now a great time to start renovating a 1960s home. In a post-war era, we saw public morale renewed which reflected in the homes that started being built. More experimentation was introduced, leading to new shapes, designs, layouts, and interiors. 

     

    Features of a 1960s Home

    Often, these homes feature wide windows which bring added light to the inside and spacious front gardens and garages. 

    In this time, Britain was experiencing a housing crisis. This meant that the style of build often required cheaper materials as they could be constructed quickly while keeping a firm grip on cost.

     

    Investment

    As stated earlier, the mid-century décor and exterior architecture are definitely in trend right now and show no sign of going away anytime soon.

    Many renovators lean towards older period homes, leaving 1960s properties still a reasonably affordable price. As they have been constructed in the more recent past, they tend to require less work to bring them up to speed which can lead to a decent saving on renovation costs.

    To sum up, renovating such a property can be a great investment purchase or project venture.

     

    What To Look Out For

    Once again, the housing crisis plays a big part in whether or not you may want to take on a 1960s home renovation. As most homes were built in record time, some may be victim to substandard build quality. 

    During this time, cement was a popular foundation and building material. It was also used for roof tiles, so knowing what your house is made of could be a great way to counter any nasty surprises during renovation. 

    Asbestos is also a concern when it comes to renovating older houses, so it’s worth mentioning as a potential set back.

    As stated before, this time period saw a lot of experimental styles when it came to building houses. In some rare cases, it could mean your home is ‘design-forward’, built with only tow load-bearing walls. Unusual designs could bring with them odd layouts or structural issues.

    Whatever concerns or worries you may have; we would be able to offer you help and guidance in making sure your home is of good enough standing for renovation.

     

    Is Renovating a 1960s Home For You?

    The best way to figure this out is getting to know your property. Also speaking to a professional company, like Bespoke Norfolk Group, could save you a lot of time and effort.

    With older homes it’s always smart to dedicate some of your budget to any hidden surprises. It’s mostly cautionary, but definitely worth it.

    Most homes of this period feature smaller, cramped kitchens which may mean you might want to switch some rooms around, which is something to think about. Another thing to take a moment to think on would be the stairs; the relocation of stairs is popular in 1960s homes. 

     

    Renovation and More

    With 1960s homes normally having spacious front gardens and garages, and space at the sides of the property, the possibility to truly utilise all the space your property has to offer is high.

    We cover a wide range of extensions that could truly transform your property and offer more space to fit around your lifestyle.

     

    Final Thoughts

    A renovation on an older property can seem daunting at first, and it’s understandable to feel that way. But renovating such a house could also be one of the most rewarding projects to undertake.

    Please feel free to contact us today. We work with a wide network of some of the best professionals in the country that can help shape your home into something amazing.

    IS IT CHEAPER TO DO A LOFT CONVERSION OR AN EXTENSION?

    Generally speaking, a loft conversion is cheaper than an extension. As opposed to an extension, you’re not building something onto an existing property, you are building within an existing property; most of the infrastructure and framework is already there, you are just building on top of it. 

    As well as trying to be as cost-effective as possible, there are some other aspects you might want to consider before making your decision based on price alone.

     

    Adding Value To Your Property

    It is also important to think about the long term. Are you going to stay in the same house forever, or are you looking to sell once the work is done or a few years down the line?

    A study conducted by Nationwide saw that adding a loft conversion to your home with a double bedroom and en-suite could add up to 21% value to your home. An extension, with a double bedroom and en-suite, however, could add up to 23%. 

    Going off these figures means that in the long run, an extension would add more value to your property, making it more cost-effective. 

    Which is More Ideal For You

    Another point to consider is what the extra space will be used for. With a loft conversion, you can be limited with what you can do; you may have enough space for one single bedroom or a home office. If all that you are after is an extra bedroom for visiting guests or somewhere to make working from home easier then a loft conversion may be the right path for you.

    But, if you are looking for extra living space, an extension may offer you more freedom to achieve this desire. Open plan living has risen in popularity, with a built-in single storey extension, you are able to mould your property around your particular lifestyle.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group covers both extensions and loft conversions and can help and advise you on the best route to take with your goals in mind.

    The Price

    We cannot say for certain which option is cheaper for you in this article. There are a number of factors to consider. Such as the location of your property; different areas will bring different costs. Also, what type of property your home is will greatly affect the cost of a project. As discussed before, what your priorities are for this development: what room you may want your loft to be converted into may be more suited to an extension, as well as turning out to be more cost-effective and vice versa.

     

    Final Thoughts 

    We understand that the cost of having work done on your property is a massive factor that you need to consider; wanting to find out the cheapest option is a natural desire in such work. 

    With that being said, you, firstly, need to identify what your goal is. At Bespoke Norfolk Group, we cover both loft conversions and extensions. If you’re thinking of an extension, we cover a wide range of different types, from, Kitchen and kitchen diner extensions to single and double storey extensions. Whether you want a rear or side extension, timber frame or bungalow, the sky’s the limit.

    Are you thinking a loft conversion might be the way forward for you? We’ve got you covered, offering the best types of loft conversions: Roof light / Velux loft conversion, Dormer loft conversion, Mansard loft conversion, and Hip to gable loft conversion. 

    Please feel free to contact us today and see what we can do for you.

    IS YOUR LOFT SUITABLE FOR CONVERSION?

    Loft conversions are the most economical way of extending a property without using external space. They are a great way to make sure you are utilising all of your property. You could add an extra bedroom, bedroom with en-suite, a home office, or entertainment space. Though most lofts are convertible, it is worth knowing the few restrictions that could oppose your project.

     

    Is My Loft Big Enough?

    Having a good-sized space to work with is a great place to start. A good way to calculate how much floor space you have at your disposal is by measuring the whole floor area of the storey below the loft. Most lofts can provide at least 20m2 of gross floor area, which is enough for a double bedroom. 

     

    Headroom 

    What you have to keep in mind is that not all this floor space will be useable. You are at the mercy of your roof, in regard to how much headroom will be available. 

    You will need at least 2.8m clear vertical space under the highest point of your roof. This may sound like a lot, but you must appreciate the fact that once new floor structure is constructed and the rafters are lined with thick insulation, the available space will shrink.

    If most of the available space is restricted to the centre of your roof, a box dormer conversion can be installed; this will greatly increase the useable floor area. This is something Bespoke Norfolk Group could offer you.

    The Staircase 

    One thing you do not want to overlook is how the stairs to the loft will fit inside your home. Often, the best and most economically efficient place for the loft stairs is above the existing flight. 

    You are required to have 2m head height above the staircase into the loft conversion. Where your staircase is going to go is a major decision that has to be made. 

    Fire Regulations 

    In terms of fire regulations, multi-storey houses face a more serious concern as opposed to a property with two or less floors. When you’ve got more than two existing floors, adding another can bring with it some challenging obstacles, such as, adding external escape stairs or including sprinkler systems. 

    Two storey houses are much more straightforward, often only requiring an ‘escape corridor’ which leads to the main entrance.

     

    Older Properties

    If your home is old, it may not take kindly to new structural alterations without expensive upgrading. Though older roofs (pre-1965) are actually more suited for a loft conversion, newer roofs tend to take up more loft space, meaning more work may need to be carried out in enlarging and extending the roof.

     

    Final Thoughts

    Loft conversions are an amazing way to create additional space within your home without the need for creating an extension. It’s also a great way to add value to your property. So, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to go ahead with your loft conversion, please feel free to contact us, we have the right people on hand to help answer any questions you might have. You may be shocked by what we can do for you and your property.

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