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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.

    How to Find the Right Builder in Norfolk For You

    Finding the right builder for your specific needs can be a challenge. You need to make sure that you have considered a broad selection of factors to get the best results, which can, understandably, take time. Builders come in all shapes and sizes, and they often have varying skill sets and abilities. Finding the right professional – and by extension, their company – for your specific needs is going to be tricky. With that being said, there’s a lot that you can do to make sure you’ve got the best builder in norfolk, and we’re going to help you in that regard by taking a look at some of what we’ve got to offer you. 

    Look For Testimony 

    Customer testimony is a great way to identify if a provider is a good one. These are real people who generate honest opinions based on real experiences. You cannot make a proper decision without knowing what kind of reviews your chosen builder has.

    If you check the testimony on our website, you’ll see that we are well-trained and have gathered a reputation for working with people from beginning to end. Whether this is one of our architects creating the initial plans for you, our team of builders, to a project manager overseeing everything, Bespoke Norfolk Group have worked hard to create the best experience. 

    You can also read further reviews on various sites including yell.com

    A Broad Range of Services

    Your ideal builder can do multiple tasks. It is pointless to hire one company that specialises in renovations and then a different company to perform an extension on the renovation. It makes more sense to get a company that can do both.

    We are pleased to offer you a broad selection of services because our team is well trained, and we have professionals who inhabit every area. Whether you are looking for house renovations, extensions, architectural services, or any other type of building service, Bespoke Norfolk Group can help.

    Open Communication 

    Finding the correct builder for you will require honest communication. You need a company that is prepared to communicate with you properly about what you need and to discuss any queries or questions you might have. This service we intend to provide by giving you access to all of the communication you could ask for.

    Many of the reviews from past clients we’ve worked with mention our ability to communicate well and punctually. We believe that an open dialogue with you is the best way to achieve your goals, as it means we can apprise you of how the project is going, as well as deal with any issues that may arise during the building work. 

    Final Thoughts

    Choosing the right builder for your specific needs can be a challenge. We understand just how challenging it can be to track down a builder that you can trust; someone you are confident will meet your expectations and modify your home in such a way that works. We are proud of the reputation we have built and have worked hard to make sure that we can give people the best, and we actively look forward to providing you with more incredible services as time goes on.

    The Costs of Renovating a House

    Renovating your home can help add a new level of sophistication and bring new life to an older property, but it is not a cheap endeavour. There are many costs associated with renovating a house, and most people don’t understand the details. 

    Given that every home renovation project is unique, it is essential to know that there is no average price. However, what we can do is talk about some of the factors which influence a home renovation and what this will mean for you. 

    Property Size

    The overall size of the property can influence the cost of renovation. Renovation costs can be dictated by the amount of work that needs to be done, and the amount of work that needs to be done is dictated by the overall size of the property. 

    If we break this down into different component features, this will involve whether or not you need to hire an architect, how big the property is in terms of materials and time, and this will all have a bearing on the cost. More extensive properties cost more, smaller properties cost less. 

    Geographical Location

    Someone who lives in the middle of nowhere may find that their price is different to an individual in a big city. It’s all down to how easy it is to source materials, resources and the like. 

    Complexity 

    A more complex renovation will take longer and cost more. The type of renovation you have will depend on what you want to do with your property, but it will influence the overall cost.

    Complexity is an important consideration for what you’re attempting to do, but you may not know what is complex and what is not until such a time as you consult with a trained professional. Your typical architect will be able to tell you whether or not a property is complex in terms of its renovation by providing an assessment and maybe even a visualisation. 

    The Professionals Involved

    So, when it comes to getting the best possible results, you have to make sure that you consider all of the different options regarding the professionals you have to involve. This will heavily influence your costs. Typical home renovation may require labourers, electricians, local architects, professionals, tradespeople, and a broad selection of other skilled individuals.

    The use of these people will make sure that you get the best possible results, which means you do need them, but it is understandably challenging to seek them out and get their help on a long term basis. 

    Final Thoughts

    Ultimately you’ve got many different resources and costs to consider when it comes to renovating your home. Things like building materials and the like will also play into the prices, so you have to create the best possible renovation with your budget. Assessing the costs will often involve speaking to a professional like us because we will help you get done what you need to do. It is vital to make sure that you’ve got all the necessary tools available to succeed, so ask us today for proper help in creating the ideal renovation. 

    Innovative House Extensions For Extra Space

    A house extension is an excellent way to create extra space in the property and generate additional options for interior design. However, with so many potential house extensions on offer, what do you pick to get the best results?

    Finding innovative house extensions for extra space can be tricky – but thanks to our network of trusted architects, we’re capable of giving you some of our top suggestions for getting the best ideas. Let’s take a look at some of the different house extensions that you’ve got available so that you can find your ideal setup.

    #1 – Convert Existing Space

    One of the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to their house extension is they assume, incorrectly, that they have to add something.

    Converting existing space is an excellent way to make sure that you create the kind of options that work for you. For example, taking out interior walls can create a brand new space. Local architects can help ensure that you get the best possible options by working with you to change the existing space you have, thus extending rooms and areas.

    #2 – Two-Storey Extensions

    When it comes to extensions, a two-storey extension is no bad thing. If you want to get the best value for money, then you should consider going in for a two-storey extension because it lets you reduce the average cost per square metre by building up instead of out. Most house renovations go outwards, which means that you have to pay more and often need different types of planning permission.

    #3 – Using Windows Effectively

    When making a house extension, you should consider using windows in a very innovative fashion. Window openings can effectively frame different outdoor areas and provide a screen for neighbouring properties. By thinking carefully about different styles of window, you can find a lot of options. For example, windows that are narrow and elongated are good for panoramic views. Low-level windows, contrastingly, are suitable for when you’re sat down or lying down.

    Outdoor Extensions

    An outdoor space that has been adequately constructed is good. A well-trained architect can help you to design a dining area or social space that blends seamlessly into the property and is an excellent way to extend the space you have whilst creating a unique design. For example, glass walls help open up space and allow natural light to take centre stage.

    Final Thoughts

    Creating the right kind of house extension takes time and does require you to consult with local architects for the best results. Innovation comes from using the space you have in new and exciting ways. It’s important to take a look at what is available regarding how you plan out a renovation. Bespoke Norfolk Group are ready to help in this regard, providing you with an initial design for the building project, so please feel free to contact us today to find out what we can do for you. House renovations require an expert hand, but the results can be amazing.

    How to fall back in love with your home

    So you’ve maybe fallen out of love with your current home, and have been struggling with the dilemma of whether or not to sell, and find your dream home, or stay put.

    Well what if we told you, you could stay put AND have your dream home?

    If you stay put in your current home, you may have equity in your home that you can release to help you fund making some alterations that would give it a new lease of life. Below are some things to consider:

    Extend

    Considering that the top reason that people often want to move home is simply because they need more space, it would make sense then to conclude that if you could create more space within your home now, you could be happy where you are.

    There are countless ways to create extra space. Your could add a porch to your property for the twofold purpose of bringing a nice facelift to the property, and creating essential space for taking of shoes etc when entering the home so that you’re not walking straight into the lounge.

    Perhaps you have a terraced house with the classic ‘slim kitchen’ to the rear of the property with a  small path leading into a garden running alongside it? Why not do without that pathway and instead extend out the kitchen!

    Garage’s can often go wasted, so this could be converted and connected to the house via a glazed walkway – this would create a whole entire room you never had before!

    Many of our clients choose to take down their outdated and not fit for purpose conservatory and replaced it with an extension to open up and create a real social space for the family – a kitchen / diner space!

     

    Change the layout

    It could be just as simple as needing to change the layout of your rooms around, or that you need to change the purpose of each room. Maybe your lounge and dining room need to swap. Maybe your bedrooms need to swap – or maybe it goes a little further than that and you would like to change the layout within the confines of the 4 walls you have without extending.

    It could be that one room feels a lot bigger than necessary but the next room just doesn’t have enough space and you feel you could create more? Or maybe you could put up a wall in the kitchen to create a much needed pantry?

    For simple changes you can probably tackle them yourself, but things that are more complex might involve a structural engineers, so it’s always best to get some advice – something which Bespoke Norfolk Group are always happy to help advise on.

    Improve the Kitchen

    I don’t about you, but the kitchen can be the central hub of most homes. Most members of the family seem to gravitate towards there the majority of the day. So if you don’t feel really proud of your kitten, then it’s no wonder you have fallen out of love with your home!

    Again, there are a vast number of ways you can improve on your kitchen from small scale improves to completely renovating it, so let’s have a think about a few along those lines. Firstly small scale changes might be, to update the colour of the kitchen units – it takes a fair amount of work to sand down the doors and drawers, prime and paint them. But with new colour and new handles you could really transform the look of your kitchen!

     

    Perhaps that wouldn’t be enough, and the kitchen is in dire need of replacing – in which case, use the opportunity to speak to experts like Bespoke Norfolk Group who can advise on whether your layout works best, and work with you on a smooth installation.

    But maybe that’s still not quite going to cut it, and as well as a new kitchen fit, you would like to take the opportunity to extend the space as well as renovate, opening up the space with bifold doors into the garden and flooding light in with glazed ceiling lights. Perhaps this new space would help you feel invigorated in your home and like you have fallen back in love with it.

    Facelift your property

    We have worked on countless examples of properties that look completely outdated and we have brought them back to life with render and cladding – so much so that you almost wouldn’t believe it were the same property!

     

    So what is render? Rendering is the process of applying cement mixture to external, or sometimes internal, walls to achieve a smooth or textured surface. It is similar in technique to plastering.

    The term house cladding basically encompasses any facing material that is fixed to the exterior of a house. It can be fixed directly to the wall (as with stone cladding, for example) or nailed on to timber battens (as in the case of timber cladding).

    Combining both render & cladding is a winning combination and very popular for achieving a modern affect on a property. It also protects the structural walls beneath it from the external elements (moisture, temperature changes and the like) and can also incorporate insulation.

    Food for thought

    So we have covered a few ways in which we believe we could help you fall back in love with your home. If you would like to discuss and of them further, then we are just on the other end of a phone call.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group have the skills and resources to make your plans happen, down to the finishing touches. We can take care of every step, from planning permission and drawing packages to structural work and interior design.

    Our meetings, estimates and quotes are free of charge and without any obligation. To get a conversation started, simply fill in the contact form on our site here.

    Things to do in Lockdown 3.0

    So we’re in lockdown again. Sigh. Our third national lockdown, closing schools, non-essential retail and asking us all to stay home to save lives and protect the NHS. We totally understand that by now there is only so much banana bread and box sets you can take. And let’s not even get started on becoming qualified teachers as well as our full time jobs – we salute all those trying to make it work!

    One thing that is absolutely paramount with a third round of lockdown is that we have to keep our sanity and protect our mental health, so we have taken the liberty of searching around for some activities to do in Lockdown – some involve the kids and some are probably best enjoyed with a glass of wine when the kids have gone to bed! We hope that you get to enjoy at least one of the activities on the list!

    We will be sharing these activities weekly on our social media, and hope that as you enjoy the activities you will tag us with a relevant hashtag so we can see your creations!

    1) Make your own Easy Pizza with the Kids

    We all like the romantic idea of cooking in the kitchen with the kids – but it usually ends up a complete nightmare, with more ingredients outside of the mixing bowl than inside, and more ‘tasting’ of the mixture than the finished result – but these pizza’s are a quick and easy win!

    These pizzas are a brilliant way to encourage a child’s interest in cooking in a really safe way. All you need are some mini pitta or naan breads, a sauce of some kind, and then lots of toppings.

    To make this even more fun and safe for the kids, you can pre-chop all the veggies and put them into muffin cases and let the kids loose on making up their own pizza creations.

    Ingredients

    • Mini pitta or naan bread
    • Tomato puree / tomato paste / Passata
    • Any topping you like, including:
    • Grated cheese
    • Red onion
    • Tomatoes
    • Sweetcorn
    • Frated carrot
    • Green, red and yellow peppers
    • Olives/mushrooms

    Instructions

    1. Line a muffin tray with paper cases. Fill the cases with, tomato puree, cheese and veggies.
    2. Place this tray onto the kitchen table or another surface, along with the pitta breads or naan breads and let the kids make their own pizzas.
    3. Bake the pizzas on a baking or pizza tray in a preheated oven (180c / 350f) for 4 – 5 minutes.
    4. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before cutting and serving.

    Now Enjoy!! 🙂 Why not upload a pic of your creations to social and tag us @bespokenorfolk mentioning #bespokepizza so we can see your ideas!

    2) Host a Games Night

    Did you get bored of all the Zoom quizzes in the first round of lockdown?? We hear ya. How about instead you try organising a games night. Here’s a few tips…

    • Make someone the ‘happy hour host’ and get them to give a live cocktail masterclass
    • Assign ‘drinking games masters’ and ask them to orchestrate some drinking games and forfeits
    • Play a good old game of charades
    • Get one person to mute themselves and mime phrases and see who can read their lips the best
    • Ask guests to submit a surprising fact about themselves beforehand and see who can guess which fact correlates to which person on the Zoom
    • Play a good old game of Bingo. Ask everyone to mock up their own Bingo card based on a Google template and use this number generator to kick things off.

    3) Renovate a piece of furniture

    Have you got an old piece of furniture in the house that you look at every day and think you’d really rather get rid of it, but actually…it’s probably quite a useful piece of furniture it just looks a bit tired?

    Why not use this time we have at home, to update the piece of furniture and see if you love it more? The worst case scenario is you might still feel the same, but it will look refreshed and you could even sell it on afterwards. The best case is you have an awesome new piece of furniture in your home!

    Refreshing a piece of furniture can be a fairly quick process with high rewards, just by updating the colour with a lick of paint and changing the handles. It’s a straightforward process, but there are a few tips we can share to ensure you get a smooth long lasting finish.

    When you have chosen your piece of furniture, it’s just about selecting the basic paint for the job. You need to choose a paint specifically designed for furniture, such as spray paint made to adhere to wood surfaces.

    You should also consider the finish you hope to achieve. Do you like a scandi look and feel? Or many maybe you like rustic and textured? Chalk-style paints, milk- or mineral-based paints, and acrylics are all great choices for painting furniture and versatile enough to give you a variety of looks.

    You will have many colour choices and paint is widely available so grab some samples and try them out until you find a finish that you like!

    The benefit of choosing a chalk paint is that it will adhere to furniture without the need to sand it down first…bliss! But if you have a piece of furniture that has a particularly dark stain to it in the first place, you probably want to prime It first to be sure.

    It’s good practice to fill in holes and scratches and sand down the furniture lightly, to prepare it before you begin painting it. Be sure to remove hinges and handles – which will also allow you the opportunity to see if you want to change them! Very often this can make all the difference in the overall look and feel of the furniture.

    Paint your furniture in your desired colour – once dry add back on either your original or new handles and hinges, and voila! You have a new piece of furniture in your house!

    4) Figure out this puzzle

    Take six coins and arrange them in a triangle as shown in the image. Your goal is to rearrange the coins into a hexagon with only four moves. Every move consists of sliding one coin to a new location where it touches at least two other coins.

    5) Paint your home like a pro

    Maybe you’ve been staring at those four walls long enough, and you’d really like to make a change. The simplest and fastest thing you can do is change the colour of the room. We’re here to give you some tips on painting like a pro.

    First off, if you’re undecided on colour, pick up some testers, paint on to some paper, and then masking tape them to your wall to see which is best, in context with your room. This way you won’t have to cover up swatches of different colour.

    Be sure to cover your furniture and flooring with dust sheets before you start. It might feel like a lengthy process but you won’t regret taking the time to protect your space at the start. The equipment you might need, depending on your walls, could include; a paintbrush, roller, roller tray, masking tape, primer, filler, sandpaper and of course your chosen paint.

    Check over your walls and make sure they are cleaned down, no cobwebs or dust, and fill in any holes or scratches. Once the filler is dry you can then smooth it with some fine sandpaper. Taking note of the previous paint type and colour on your walls will make all the difference to your next steps.

    If your previous paint was a satin or a gloss, it’s a good idea to rub down the walls, in a circular motion with sandpaper. This will help to create a rough layer for your new paint to stick to. Also think about if you are covering a really dark colour. You may want to paint a layer of basic white paint on your walls before going in with your desired paint colour.

    The next thing to do, is cover any switches, sockets, and skirting boards with masking tape, running along the edge adjacent to where they meet the wall so that when you paint, it creates a clean line, but avoids getting paint on your fittings. The sample applies if your ceiling will be a different colour to the walls. Run masking tape on the ceiling butting up to the edge where it meets the wall, so that it creates a clean line.

    Now it’s time to begin painting! Stir the paint thoroughly, before you start, tip some into your roller tray and apply to the walls with your roller, using a W or M motion. You can use a small brush for the edges and corners. Once you have covered your entire wall, you can leave it to dry and put your feet up! Most paints will need a second coat to ensure even coverage, so after a couple of hours you can go back over where you began, in the exact same method and apply a second coat.

    After a few hours of drying time, your walls should be dry to the touch. You can carefully remove the masking tape and admire your crisp lines, pack away your dust sheets, and clean the rollers and brushes. Your room is ready for moving back your furniture and showing off to your friends!

    6) Put up shelves like you were born to do it!

    Adding shelving to a room, is an excellent way to space save. There is fixed, floating or even box shelving, and hey, if you’re feeling really creative you could create your own kind of boxed shelving out of reclaimed wood! But maybe you’re new to this, and self isolating so could do with some tips on putting shelves up.

    Before you begin drilling, hammering or putting a screws into a wall, make sure you’ve checked what’s behind that wall with a pipe, cable and stud detector. They’re mega easy to use and take the guess work out of drilling into a wall. You can pick one up from somewhere like B&Q – it is also known as a multi-purpose digital detector.

    Next you’re going to want to check your walls to ensure you get a strong fix to the wall. If you are fixing your shelves to a masonry wall (brick wall or outer wall) you will need to use a hammer action drill, with a masonry bit. The screws you use should be at least 50mm, and also use wall plugs to go through the plaster and in the main wall behind.

    If you want to put up shelves on a stud partition wall, then the screws need to go directly into the timber frame behind the wall – you can find these parts by tapping and listening or use an electric stud detector. Again use screws between 38 – 50mm for a strong fixing, usually with a 4 – 5.5mm gauge.

    You will want to think about what you will load onto your shelf to be sure of whether or not you have the right materials/brackets. Want to know if your shelf will sag when up on the wall? Try resting it on stacks of bricks or books, spaced as you are planning to space the brackets. Put your items on the shelf. If the shelf sags, bring the stacks closer together until it’s completely straight. If the brackets can’t be fixed that close together, you’ll need to use a thicker material for the shelf.

    When you think you’re ready to put your shelf up, hold the shelf against the wall and pencil where you would like the bottom of it to be against the wall. The mark in where your first bracket will be, then measure the distance to the next bracket and mark it in, using a spirit level to make sure the shelf will be level on the wall.

    Once you are happy that everything is in order, take your first bracket and hold it up in the place you have marked, check its straight with a spirit level, and then mark the wall through the fixing holes. Do the same for the other brackets. Now you will be ready to drill into the wall (as long as you checked it was ok earlier) and fix your brackets into place.

    Once your brackets are in place, lay your shelf across them, and make a mark through the bracket holes underneath for fixing screws in. Take the shelf down, and drill only small partial holes, taking care not to drill through the other side. Once complete you can put the shelf back in place and screw in the fixing screws, and your shelves are complete!!

    7) Make your own Jigsaw puzzle

    This is just a super simple fun activity for kids to keep them occupied for 5 mins. Maybe you have last years calendar still kicking about, or some children’s old comics and magazines. Get the kids to pick out their favourite pictures and lay them out.

    Using help if needed, cut the picture up into irregular shaped pieces and scatter them over the table. Then see if they can piece the picture back together! It might be helpful at first to try and keep the pieces as big as possible. The smaller the pieces, the tricker the puzzle will be! Good Luck!

    8) 30 Day Lego Challenge

    Do your children love playing with lego? Look no further, we found this excellent online resource to use in homeschooling which will massively help when you need a moment to breathe!! https://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-printable-30-day-lego-challenge-instant-download/

    The basics of it are – you get a printable 30 day calendar with a different lego activity to spark your Childs imagination each day. It’s up to you how you use the calendar. You could do it at the same time everyday, as something to look forward to. Or set a challenge to see how fast they can complete the challenge.

    We would love to see what creations you come up with in this challenge – if you do create anything, tag us on social media and include the hashtag #bespokelego so we can see all the amazing ideas. There might be a prize up for grabs for the most innovative build over the 30 days…

    We hope you found something useful over these lockdown tips. Keep staying home, staying safe, and as always, if we can help you with anything – we just the other end of a phone call.

    Working from home without an office.

    In our last blog we discussed the future of working from home, and how it is mostly likely set to continue for a lot of companies. With that being the case, how set up for this new ‘normal’ are you? Some of us might have the luxury of a spare room or home ‘office’ already in which case nothing needed to change. But we are sure there are many amongst us, who may still only have the option of working from their sofa.

    If you are unable to dedicate a whole room to a home office, it is still important to create a comfortable home working routine. Both to protect your back and neck, but also to protect your work life balance. So if possible, always try to find a way to work at a desk. Maybe there is a desk space that can double up as a work space? Perhaps a dressing table can become a work station during the day, or dining table? Whatever you choose, if you invest in some storage files so that you can easily pack away your work things at the end of the day and create some separation between work and home life, then you will have ticked both boxes!

    If you simply don’t have the room for a desk, maybe you could consider mounting a space saving desk to the wall, similar to a lap tray, which could fold away against the wall? When folded away this would take up no space at all! If you have a stool or chair that you can put somewhere else when you’re not working then this creates an instant home office for your remote working!

     

     

    So that gives you a couple of ideas on finding space within the home, but what about actually getting through the day? As we mentioned in the last blog, stats show that remote workers usually tend to be more productive and that is because they have more choice. They don’t have a long commute into work, which makes it far easier to feel focussed on a start and end time. Our advice here would be to keep up a good routine. If you know that you have no commute, set your working hours and be on time for them. Get up and dressed as though you were going to work so that you feel in the right frame of mind.

    Set out a schedule for your day for what you’d like to achieve, include regular breaks to get up make a tea or coffee, and mostly importantly, make sure that you take lunch away from your screen so that you keep that work life balance! When you have finished your work for the day, clear away your things so that when you enjoy the rest of your day at home, you don’t keep thinking about work or what you might still need to do.

    But what if you are a homeowner and have the potential to make the best of some under utilised space? Maybe you have a garage that you don’t really use that you could convert into a work from home office? Or maybe you’ve been planning on an extension to the home at some point anyway, and with a little guidance, you could find a way to free up another room in the home for use as an office?

    At Bespoke Norfolk Group we are able to draw on our years of experience to advise you on the best ways to utilise the spaces you have when it comes to renovation, and how you can maximise on the spaces you free up when you extend. When you book a free meeting with us, one of our professionals will visit you at your home, talk through your ideas and offer advice when needed. So if you think that remote working is likely to be a permanent feature for you and you’d like to create a better suited environment, get in touch with us to book a meeting and find out how we can help!

    Will working from home continue?

    The bottom line is – Only 7% of British workers want to return to the office full-time after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. 18% say they would now choose to work from home every day, and 32% say they’d like to be at home most days.

    This is an excerpt from a recent article in The Times, and one which we believe we really have to pay attention to. 2020 has been a year unlike any other in our lifetime, one which has forced us to evaluate every factor in our lives, from our job roles to our home life balance. Although many advancements have been made in recent weeks with regards COVID-19 and our roadmap to a ‘normal’ way of life, which such things as vaccines and localised tiered lockdowns, our working lives many never fully return to ‘normal’.

    Which begs the question “will working from home become the new norm?”. Well we already know that remote working is simply not possible for every sector, but there certainly are advancements being made in technology that have bridged the gap where it may not have felt possible before! There have been dance classes conducted via zoom, virtual doctor appointments, contactless vet appointments, even we at Bespoke Norfolk Group moved with the times and offered virtual meetings as of this year in order to keep clients plans moving!

    Many employers were sceptical at the start of lockdowns etc that having their staff ‘remotely working’ would be effective, however, studies have shown that in fact, when workers and work from home, they are able to achieve a better work life balance and therefore reports show an increase in productivity! Those who are working from home take fewer sick days, for the simple fact that they are exposed to fewer germs than they would be by coming into the office. Of course by having this better work life balance, those workers are more likely to feel fulfilled in their home life and less likely to need a sick day.

    And how about the positive effects on the planet? Global Workforce Analytics estimates that remote workers could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons every year, and that’s just if people worked out of the office for only half of the work week. Don’t forget about the fact that if you are working from you are not driving to work, and therefore not fuelling your car for those days, or adding to the amount of traffic on the roads! If you’re not in the office, you’re not using the resources you might normally use, like printing on reams and reams of paper – we’re more likely to be using technology to create digital presentations and email them.

    With all of these factors in play, it’s hard to imagine that remote working would not factor in our future! Irrespective of what happens with COVID-19, we will likely see all remote working numbers increase, even after the pandemic settles down. For this reason, it is important that we prepare now for the possibility that working from home may become the norm. Many businesses are moving their workforce remotely and giving up their expensive leases on commercial buildings. Now that we have a taste for the benefits, it is reported that 73% of all teams will feature a level of remote work by 2028.

    With this being the case, how are you set up to work from home? Join us in our next blog for some tips on working from home without an office!

    Renovation of a Railway Station House

    Our latest blog is a particularly exciting one for us. It’s not often that you get to work on a property with such amazing character, but over at this latest project phase completion, we have been working on the renovation of an old railway station.

    Steeped in history, this railway station in Norfolk was first opened on 1st August 1882, and closed to passengers on 22 September 1930, with freight use continuing for many years until around 1982. The original platform still remains next to the house.

    As our clients lived local to the station, they had passed it many times, and always thought it would be a dream to own and renovate such a property, so you can imagine their delight when the property became available on the market. Over two years ago they came to view the property amongst other people at an ‘open house’ viewing, and although there was clearly much work to be done, they could see a vision of what could be created.

    Fast forward to November 2020 and what a journey it has been! Bespoke Norfolk Group have completed on the Internal and External renovations of the main station house building and have begun works on the landscaping to incorporate the original station platform, the second phase of the project.

     

    As part of the renovation works, together with the clients, Bespoke Norfolk Group worked hard to retain the character of the station house, whilst adding a modern extension onto the property, featuring cement based cladding & render finished in the classic ‘Bespoke Grey’. The extension which houses a wonderful new open plan kitchen diner space, complete with wood burner, also features a part ‘flat roof’. This section will have a glass balustrade surround, creating a ‘balcony’ to walk out onto from the master bedroom suite – a perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee in beautiful surroundings!

    The addition of wooden ‘panelling’ to the entrance room and and stairway adds both a traditional and modern feel thanks to its classic and timeless appeal. Then the master bedroom with walk through wardrobes leading to a bathroom with roll top bath is both luxury and enviable. To view more of the renovation of this property, be sure to view the project in our portfolio.

    A well deserved and long time coming for our lovely clients, who spent all those years dreaming of this perfect home and then two years living in a mobile home on site, whilst the build was in progress. We could not be more pleased for them as they get to enjoy their first Christmas in such a wonderful setting!

    At Bespoke Norfolk Group, we enjoy the challenge of taking on a sympathetic renovation of a more traditional property. If you have an older property that you wish to discuss, get in touch with our team here and we will be happy to arrange a free no obligation meeting to chat through your options.

    House extension in Norfolk creates the perfect getaway space

    Extending a home can open up many opportunities, not just to enhance your living experience, but also in terms of home run businesses. In this coronavirus world, with more and more people working from home, many are finding it hard to find the disconnect between home space and work.

    By having an extension built onto your property, you can create an entirely new area for a home office, or like our latest completed project you could take it further and have a multi purpose extension which serves as a family play room space, a separate home office, and separate self contained Airbnb.

    In a lovely quiet village on the outskirts of Norwich, our clients had bought a wonderful home finished to a very high standard. Since moving in, their family expanded and home working needs increased, meaning that it was essential to create an extension on the home to add space for the family. This added a separate working environment, play room and also add a separate entrance bedroom with en-suite which will allow for Airbnb rentals.

    The space that has been created, designed by Howie Architects, is remarkable. Although striking in design, the extension, finished in sustainable red cedar wood cladding, is a seamless blend into the existing property, making it seem as though it has always been there. The design has it’s it own secure entrance into the new bedroom and luxury ensuite which can then be secured away from the remainder of the home. The benefit to our clients is that although they are technically letting out a ‘room’ within their home on Airbnb, simply because it is attached – it has the feel of a self contained apartment. This also allows for a completely contactless business to be operated, amongst concerns with social distancing.

     

    The light and airy home office space created within the extension benefits from Velux windows to allow light to pour in during the day, and can be closed off from the remainder of the house but is adjacent to the new play room which is open plan and leads through to the original kitchen/diner in the home.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group are able to take on a project at various points in a clients journey – for this particular project we came recommended by the clients architect, which meant they already had their drawings and planning permission, and were ready to put their project out for quotes. When asked why Bespoke Norfolk Group were chosen amongst other builders in the Norwich area, it was because of our high quality finish and availability.

    Now that the project is complete our clients commented how pleased they are with the end result; “Everything has been completed to a really high standard. The guys working on site were great, very considerate, and the project didn’t feel too invasive on us despite the fact they had to knock through into the house at one point.”

    If you are looking for a rural, peaceful stay in a modern annex which brings you the comforts of your own home, coupled with scandi influenced decor then you really must check out the property now that it’s complete on Airbnb:

    https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/46046250?_set_bev_on_new_domain=1603784203_8OhimP9TaHFr5SEK&source_impression_id=p3_1603808288_46P2O5tio0H%2BcVeV

    Extension for a lovely cottage in Wretham, Norfolk.

    Building an Extension is not just about adding an extra room to a house. For some homes they already have the luxury of having each room serve its purpose well, and an Extension might just add more of a ‘social space’ for the family to the property.

    However in some cases, particularly older properties like cottages, the original rooms of the home can be quite small and each room might not be quite fit for purpose.

    At this next project in our blog, we went out for a meeting with the owners of a cottage in Wretham, who had applied for planning permission on an extension. What they were living with at the time, was a very small entrance/utility/dining space and separate small kitchen, which was not a very practical layout.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group have built them an Extension which is now home to a lovely open plan kitchen/diner space. By moving both of these features to a whole new area, this has allowed the entrance room to become a boot room with some storage units, and the original room designated to the kitchen is now a functional utility room with fantastic shower fitted.

    In addition a patio and footpath has been laid surrounding the extension creating space for an outdoor seating area.

    Very often it can be hard to visualise what can be done to improve the spaces within the home, which we completely understand. That’s why Bespoke Norfolk Group offer FREE meetings and advice, so that we can visit you to see the space you are working with and draw on our years of experience to help create a plan. If needed we can even help with drawings and get you through planning permission.

    All you need to do is bring us your desired outcome and we’ll bring the rest! To speak to one of our professionals about booking your free meeting, simply fill in our easy contact form here.

    Renovation and Extension of a Conservatory

    Our latest blog takes us to a property over in Gaywood, King’s Lynn. Here our clients had originally purchased their home some years back with an optional conservatory, which they had found that over time, they began to use much less.

    Whilst the extra space was a welcome addition to the home, they increasingly found that the conservatory was too warm to use in Summer and too cold in winter. This coupled with the fact that they also wanted to extend the conservatory size, meant that they began to plan for a new extension.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group were selected amongst many other builders in Norfolk as we came recommended by a previous client, and because of our presence, with many projects showcasing across the North Norfolk area. Our clients particularly desired the ‘Bespoke Norfolk’ look to their extension, and we are sure you will agree from the before and after photo’s, we achieved the desired outcome.

    Planning permission was not needed as we were using space already permitted by completely removing and disposing of the existing conservatory, extending along and creating a fully insulated extension with lean to roof and velux windows. The windows and french doors are finished in dark grey, and brickwork and tiles are matched to the existing property.

    The project was not without its share of hiccups, such as some issues with drains when digging out the foundations for the new part of the extension, which meant involving a structural engineer to make sure that the build would still be calculated correctly. However the beauty of a Bespoke Norfolk Group build, is that our dedicated Project Managers are on hand to make sure your project runs smoothly and keep you informed throughout the process, so that you don’t have to manage the build yourself.

    Perhaps you have an existing conservatory, which for similar reasons, you barely use and have even considering replacing it? Or maybe you are looking to add an extension to your home, but have no idea where to begin. We offer a drawing package which comes complete with preliminary drawings, working drawings, structural engineer design calculations and building control approval. It gives you assurance that your creation will be consistently brilliant and cohesive throughout.

    It’s completely FREE to gather advice from one of our professionals, all you have to do is get in touch with one of our team to booking your free meeting here.

     

    Bespoke Norfolk Group partner with Norfolk Charity, Nelson’s Journey

    Bespoke Norfolk Group are delighted to announce that we have selected Nelson’s Journey, the leaders in supporting bereaved children and young people in Norfolk, as our first ever charity to collaborate with.

    We believe the work they do is incredibly important in our community and resonates particularly strongly with many of our customers and staff. This partnership supports our commitment to support our local community.

    We will be supporting Nelson’s Journey throughout the partnership by engaging our colleagues & clients in a range of fundraising activities. Offering our time and skillsets for any volunteering opportunities. And finally we will be offering the opportunity for our clients to donate, with a matched contribution from us.

    Who are Nelson’s Journey?

    Nelson’s Journey are a Norfolk charity that supports children and young people up to their 18th birthday who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Their aim is to improve the emotional well-being of bereaved children in a number of ways: increasing their confidence and self-belief, providing education about the causes of death and enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement.

    Why Nelson’s Journey?

    Nelson’s Journey’s vision is that every bereaved child in Norfolk will look forward to a positive future, empowered to reach their full potential.

    As a young energetic company, family is at centre of what we do. When we create a space – we’re creating a something to not only look beautiful, but to be inclusive to every family member. So it was exceptionally important to us, that we partnered with a charity who are also having a positive impact and making a difference to families lives.

    What Nelson’s Journey Said:

    We are thrilled that Bespoke Norfolk Group have chosen to support us. It’s fantastic to be working with such a great company who are dedicated to giving back to their local community. Thank you so much for your support in helping us move forward with our services and more importantly ‘bringing back smiles to bereaved children’.


    For more information on the fantastic work that Nelson’s Journey do or to donate please visit https://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk

    Extension & Renovation in Attleborough, Norfolk

    Bespoke Norfolk Group recently completed on the extension and renovation of parts of a lovely cottage in Attleborough, Norfolk. Being an old cottage, the property had plenty of character with a small winding staircase at the front of the property, and small rooms which needed to be adapted to better suit the living requirements of the clients who had bought it.

    Our clients purchased the property with existing ideas which they needed to adapt slightly to create more space – so they began working with an architect, and with the help of Bespoke Norfolk Group to help them realise the potential of what they could achieve with their space, planning permission for works to begin was quickly approved.

    One of the most major changes to the property was to block up the small staircase at the front of the house, which then created an amazing storage cupboard in the lounge. Blocking this staircase also meant that the room above it, a bathroom, could be made much larger and renovated accordingly. With the removal of that staircase, a new central staircase was installed which unlocked the whole second storey area by creating a new landing, three bedrooms and a much more spacious family bathroom.

    This new central staircase really allowed for ideas that our clients had not really explored before such as in the second storey bedroom, the bulkhead of the staircase created a natural space to install a bookcase. Our clients were particularly impressed by the craftsmanship involved when creating both the bespoke bookcase and built in wardrobe stating “We are so pleased with how both installations have turned out and that was all down to the care and skills of the guys on site.”

    Downstairs, an old dilapidated conservatory has been renovated into a beautiful light and airy open plan kitchen diner space, featuring gorgeous oak framed windows. Running behind the kitchen diner is a utility room and en-suite bathroom for the fourth bedroom that was created downstairs.



    We caught up with our clients on how they came about choosing Bespoke Norfolk Group as their chosen contractor for their project. We came recommended by a previous client who had works completed over in Mulbarton, and an appointment was arranged with one of our managing directors, Stuart, who came out to view the space. It was really Stuart’s enthusiasm for the project and vision for what could be achieved that invigorated our clients to want to proceed with the works.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group’s dedicated project manager’s and office based team, made quick preparations for getting the work booked in and works were able to start around a month later. The whole project was able to run smoothly based on the fact that our clients were in a position to be able to move into other accommodation whilst most of the works were being carried out.

    The finished results are stunning and we love this project as it is a perfect example of how you can open up properties with character that typically tend to feature small spaces. If you’re reading through this blog and wondering if you could do something similar with your space – it’s completely FREE for one of our professionals to come out to your property and offer advice or price up for a quotation.

    Simply use the contact form here on our website to get in touch today and we will arrange the rest!

    Adapting a home for disabled access

    Whether you are creating a home from scratch or adapting an existing home, it’s important that you take the time to think about what you need from that home both now, and in the future.

    For those who have a disability, it is incredibly vital that a home is both functional and comfortable and if you can merge both of those into something which is also aesthetically pleasing, then you could really improve quality of life.

    Whilst this home may need to be accessible to disabled residents, it is also important that your home caters for the needs of everybody who lives there.

    In this blog we look through some of the considerations when planning an adaptation of any kind.

    An accessible home needs to be considered from the perspective of a wheelchair user or someone with impaired senses or cognitive ability. They will need to have extra space and not feel cramped in the home. Any new layouts should follow a simple navigation path and be as open plan as possible. Doorways should be wider-than-standard with flooring and thresholds flush to allow for free movement.

    Consider also handles on doors. A lever is preferable as it doesn’t need to be twisted or gripped, however a more uncomplicated solution such as a key card entrance system could work really well.

    In addition you will need to offer a really straightforward solution for access between a car and the house. Plenty of space will be needed for transitioning a wheelchair from a vehicle via a ramp, and then a gentle gradient pavement leading to the front door.

    Integrated storage solutions throughout the rooms of the house are essential to allow for free movement for the resident and other guests.



    As mentioned earlier in the blog – a Bespoke Norfolk Group conversion is designed to cater for the needs of everybody living in the home, with the end goal being that those with reduced mobility feel they can use everything in the home just as freely as anyone else.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group were chosen to convert a Norfolk home to make it more accessible for the entire family. A major part of these works included redesigning the ground floor to add new and improved living space for a member of the family and their carer.

    The rooms we created included an accessible en-suite bedroom with attached therapy room – with all three spaces sporting a brand-new hoist system in place to aid with accessibility. The en-suite was redesigned as Wet Room, complete with hydrotherapy bath and changing bench. Along from the accessible bedroom, we designed a bedroom for the carer (which was also en-suite) and a carer’s duty room.

    Flooring throughout the entire lower level of the building was adjusted to be perfectly flat. We also undertook extensive landscaping outside so that the internal and external ground was the same height and sat flush. Part of that work included lowering the external doors and widening internal door frames for extra wheelchair mobility.

    On top of all this, the entire 1st floor of the home was renovated, with the lounge, kitchen, dining room, living room, WC and bathroom all receiving a fresh renovation for a more modern, practical living environment.

    We know how important your conversion is, and we are here to help along the journey. To arrange a FREE no obligation meeting with one of our friendly professionals, simply fill out our contact form here and start your journey today!

    Extension to a property in Hingham

    This next featured project is something we completed on this year, but for our clients, has really been 10 years in the making.

    This fabulous traditional property in Hingham, was bought 10 years ago by our clients, with some existing plans to extend, knowing that they would either have to complete the expansion work one day, or move home.

    Although they changed the plans a little from the original proposal, they were in a position to go ahead with works as of 2019, and put their plans out for quotes from contractors to make this their forever home.

    The works to this property included adding a porch to the front of the house, which changed the aspect of the front door. Joining the main house to a small garden room, via an extension which created a beautiful light and airy open plan kitchen / diner space with views out onto the courtyard. Moving the kitchen to this extension then repurposed the room the kitchen was in originally, to a new spare bedroom / reception room for the family.



    In addition they also added a second storey to another part of the property which created both an extra bathroom and another bedroom for one of their children.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group needed to use carefully selected bricks laid in flemish bond and ornamental corbelling to match with the traditional style of the existing property and create a seamless blend. We are sure you will agree that the results are just stunning. Our clients have really put their own stamp on the property with the inclusion of aluminium glazed panel doors bringing vast light into the kitchen space and adding a striking design detail.

    Our clients found Bespoke Norfolk Group via social media and liked previous works completed. Although there were comparative quotes gathered, we were the chosen contractor as we were competitively priced, had a high standard of work and were able to start works swiftly.

    Whether you have some existing plans in place or are starting completely from scratch, please feel free to browse our portfolio and view our recent projects on social media, for inspiration. We offer free no obligation meetings and quotations, and can tailor a drawing package to suit and help you through planning permission if necessary.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group Drawing Package

    One thing that we feel sets us apart from other construction companies is our ability help you create an initial plan. If you have an idea in mind, but need some help with the execution, then you’ve come to the right place!

    Bespoke Norfolk Group have developed a ‘Drawing Package’ to cover everything you will need from preliminary drawings, working drawings, structural engineer design calculations and building control approval.

    In this blog – we take you through the process using a working example of a recent Drawing Package we completed for a client, to help explain the process better.

    Scoping it out.

    It starts with an initial meeting, so for this particular project our Director went out to meet the clients at Earlham Road in Norwich, to chat about their requirements, measure up the space and take some sketches & photo’s. From there we then come away to work on an estimate for what the project will include and what the client can expect this to cost.

    At this point our Drawing Package is offered, if accepted we will work through each stage of the drawing package, which is outlined below. Once the drawing package is complete, we will be able to offer the client a fixed price quotation. Clients are also free use their comprehensive drawings for their project to gather comparative quotes from other contractors if required.

    Every build is different, and for that reason, we have different packages. For example it may be that the build might need to include a traffic management plan, or there may be a party wall to consider which Bespoke Norfolk Group will take care of for planning submission.

    In this particular instance, the Drawing Package was accepted, which meant that Bespoke Norfolk Group were then able to spend time selecting the right architect to work with the client. Everyone has their own unique style and taste and we take great care to make sure that everything we plan and build is perfectly catered for, which is why choosing the right architect is so important.

    Based on the fact that we knew it was important to the client that their contemporary influences were met with the existing victorian heritage of the home, we selected the fantastic Howie Architects for our clients to work with, as we knew they would create a seamless blend.



    Working out the details.

    The architect then gets to work on designing the space required and producing preliminary drawings and dependent on the level of package taken out, this might include CGI drawings to visualise the space including various material options. These drawings also enable the client to have more accurate pricing before the project goes into planning permission.

    For this project in Norwich the clients plans include, removing the current conservatory and adding an extension to the back of the house, to make an open plan kitchen diner with island which then leads straight into the garden, via external steel effect bi-fold doors, which offer a really strong design element to the renovation.

    There will also be some internal works carried out to remove some internal walls and replace with glass doors with the aim of bringing a lot more light into the house, and also to renovate the cellar in the property, so that this becomes a more usable space for the family, such as an enviable out-of-sight utility space!

    At this point its normal for there to be some conversation back an forth between the architect whilst the client decides on specifics regarding materials and finer details, but when everything is decided, Bespoke Norfolk Group will then submit your plans into planning permission. These fee’s are included in the total package price and will mean that we take care of everything including liaising with the planning office on behalf of the client to make sure that the project goes through. The process takes around 8 weeks, and we pride ourselves on having a 100% success rate to date.

    Final Stages.

    After the planning application has been accepted, its back to the architect. So in this case, Howie Architects then produced working drawings or ‘building regulation’ drawings, and in the meantime we engaged our structural engineer to complete a survey and produce a structural design and once we have all of this information we then can finally provide a fixed price quotation – which because of our years of experience is always very close to the original estimate.

    When our client has this very detailed fixed quotation, they are welcome to gather comparative quotes or the next step is that we sign contracts and begin works!

    It’s worth nothing that although the drawing package is priced up at a fixed package fee, the payments are broken up into stages so that the client feels happy and comfortable at every stage. So for example first stage being for initial drawings, after that when submitting for planning, and once accepted, and the Working drawings and Structural Engineer design is complete, a final payment will be due.

    Get In touch.

    If you have a project in mind that you are in the early stages of, and feel you would benefit from some guidance, please get in touch and we can arrange for a meeting to see your space, discuss ideas and provide a free no obligation quotation. Simply click here to use our contact form today.

    If you’re looking for a builder in Norfolk, you Better Build Bespoke!

    New Build at Long Four Acre – Bracon Ash

    Finding the dream home can take a long time, and for our next clients – this is has been part of their plans for the best part of 30 years!

    In the 42 years they have spent together, our clients have lived in a few homes in the Costessey area of Norwich, have grown a business, had a family, and really the final piece in the jigsaw is for them to build their dream space.

    After many years searching for the perfect plot of land to build on and viewing beautiful barn conversions to adapt, they decided to engage local architects ‘LiV’ to work on designing their dream home as a starting point. Having spent a lot of time in various rental properties abroad, our clients have become enthusiasts of single storey, open plan living, and were keen to ensure that their plans matched that of their dream home.

    Working alongside Sasha from LiV Architects, the space they have created is outstanding. The open plan kitchen/diner really optimises on social spaces and the integration of eco friendly elements from PV panels on the roof to a Tesla powerwall have created a self-powered home. During the day, solar panels may produce more energy than a home uses. A Powerwall stores that excess solar energy and makes it available on demand, even after the sun has set. Along with triple glazing and rain water harvesting capability for use in the garden, this modern home is forward thinking.

    Vertical charred larch cladding with projecting fin detail, partial flintwork and zinc roofing and gutters to the exterior of the property combine a wonderful balance of contemporary with luxury.

    The house itself will be built on a plot of land called ‘Long Four Acres’ in Bracon Ash – something which piqued our clients interest whilst browsing Norfolk Magazine. Sat amongst 15 plots in total, they were attracted to the flexibility allowed with regards the design of the houses on the varying plots, and also the fact that services were already installed.

    Once they had their plans in place, our clients set about finding a contractor to take on the project. They met with a range of contractors from across the Norfolk region, and spent some time with Stuart from Bespoke Norfolk Group, talking through plans and visiting the sites of some of our other projects in progress before deciding that they had found the contractor for them.

    Knowing that they have always wanted to be very involved in the whole process of their build, they were reassured by the method with which Bespoke Norfolk Group operate. Our projects are assigned their own dedicated project manager to make sure it’s getting all the focus and attention it deserves, something which was very important to our client, as they have their own business to operate on a daily basis. “We chose Bespoke Norfolk Group for their professionalism, quality of work and their commitment to the project – every staff member we have met seems committed to the work they do”.

    This certainly is an exciting project for us. We’re roughly 3 weeks into this project now, and with our time-lapse camera set up on site, we’re looking forward to seeing how this amazing space progresses over the coming months – be sure to check back in for a progress update!


    Blackwood Norfolk – Renovating a luxury holiday let

    Tucked away in a beautiful secluded woodland location in West Runton, is one of our current renovation projections, soon to become a luxury holiday let.

    Bespoke Norfolk Group were contacted by the clients, Sarah and Daniel, to take their existing building and renovate it into what can only be described as a work of art. The project draws on scandi influences of minimalist design, and features a very striking black charred accoya cladding, hand sourced by the clients from Toasted Wood, based in Ireland.

    The interior works will feature a micro cement floor, light wood work and neutral palettes, all very in keeping with the clients inspiration sources such as Enki Magazine. Hoping they will be able to open for guests in October, there is still a fair amount to go on the project, but Sarah and Daniel are very much enjoying the process of seeing their vision come to life through Bespoke Norfolk; “It’s just the little details like our cladding, where it joins under the roof, any other contractor might have just run one length along because its underneath, no-one would know unless you looked closely, but Bespoke Norfolk have cut individual pieces to line up perfectly to each piece of cladding under the roof. Detail like that makes all the difference on a luxury property”.

    We’ve really enjoyed working on this space so far, and look forward to checking back in on the progress in the coming weeks.

    If you have plans you would like to discuss with us, feel free to fill in our contact form here and a member of our quotes team will be touch!


    Renovating a family home

    Renovating one of the coveted Victorian terraced houses in the Golden Triangle area of Norwich is no mean feat, so for our new clients, Lucy & John, we cannot wait to see their vision come to life. For the purpose of this blog, we join the project at two weeks into the renovation.

    John and Lucy have two children, and plan to renovate their space into something which is both functional and social. They currently have a slim kitchen and separate small conservatory which leads off from a different room of the house, which the children have used as a play room and refer to as the ‘cold room’, due to the age of the house.

    Their plans, brought to life by Howie Architects, include, removing the current conservatory and adding an extension to the back of the house, to make an open plan kitchen diner with island which then leads straight into the garden, via external steel effect bi-fold doors, which offer a really strong design element to the renovation. It was important to John and Lucy that they kept the character of the house, but that it was met with their modern influences.

    There will also be some internal works carried out to remove some internal walls and replace with glass doors with the aim of bringing a lot more light into the house, and also to renovate the cellar in the property, so that this becomes a more usable space for the family, such as an enviable out-of-sight utility space!

    When asked “Why Bespoke Norfolk” it turned out that we came recommended to John and Lucy through an acquaintance who had previously had internal works carried out by us, and although they had asked many builders in Norwich to quote for their project, they had chosen us for a number of factors, that in their opinion had tipped the scales in our favour; “We just had a really pleasant conversation with Stuart, the Managing Director of the company, who was able to share with us lots of options to spend the budget we had allowed for, it wasn’t a one size fits all approach, there was real flexibility. He had plenty of really great design suggestions that we hadn’t thought of that he could show us in real time on the iPad, that really made a difference to the space. It didn’t feel like we had a salesman in our house, it felt like he showed an interest and cared about what we wanted to create. I think for us, one of the main reasons as well was that communication was really clear. Everything has a really clear plan, a full oversight, a clear schedule and that was something we really needed.”

    We have shared some ‘before’ pictures, 3D drawings and progress pictures as the renovation has begun, and will check back in on John and Lucy in the coming weeks to see how this fantastic space progresses!

    If you have a space that you would like to renovate or extend, whether you have existing plans or none at all, we can help you at any stage, simply use our contact form here to get in touch today and start working on your dream!


    How do I get through Planning Permission?

    So, you’re thinking about either building, or extending your property, but you need planning permission and you have no idea where to begin? Don’t worry, it can be a very daunting process!

    If you are unsure whether or not you need planning permission, the basics are that generally, if you want to either build something new, make a major change to your building, or change the use of your building, you will need planning permission from your local authority.

    There are costs involved with applying for planning permission which are £462 for a new single dwelling and £206 for an extension. Your application will also need to include a signed ownership certificate for the land; a plan of the site; a block plan; elevations of the existing and proposed sites and a Design and Access statement.

    When making their decision, the local authority will take many factors into consideration before granting planning permission. These ‘material considerations’ include:

    • Design
    • Loss of privacy
    • Parking
    • Traffic impact
    • Noise
    • Listed buildings or conservation areas
    • Previous planning decisions
    • Disabled access
    • Government policy
    • Impact on nature
    • Time

    On the whole this process usually takes up to 16 weeks, and there can be objections from either the public or a councilor to contend with. If you are refused planning permission you can re-apply or appeal.

    Alternatively, if you are considering building your dream space with Bespoke Norfolk, we can take the hassle and stress out of this process for you with our drawing package. We enjoy working with a range of architects in Norfolk, purposely choosing to do this rather than bring it in-house, so that we can truly make the design bespoke to the client.

    For a fixed fee we will first instruct for an architectural survey of your property to take place on the property and we will discuss your requirements with one of our professional architectural technicians. After surveying your property, Bespoke Norfolk will produce preliminary drawings, taking in your requirements and offering two or more design options. These drawings are there to be adjusted as necessary and work on to make them exactly what you require.

    After this point we then work with planning officers to submit your drawings to the local authority. It’s important to note at this stage that Bespoke Norfolk have 100% success rate with applications we have submitted for our clients. Because we work in the trade, we know what will pass and what will be refused so we are able to offer you all of our advice along the way. With us, planning applications will take 8 weeks.

    After we receive your planning permission, we will then produce building regulation and working drawings which are then sent to building control for them to serve the initial notice and confirm our plans. Once we have working drawings, our structural engineer can then begin work on producing calculations for all steel, foundations, roof details and any other intricate details.

    All of this information allows Bespoke Norfolk to produce a fixed and detailed quotation for our client, with no stone unturned, so that there are no hidden ‘extras’ further down the line. The drawing package has been created to help our client move quickly through the build process, so that they are closer to living in their dream space.

    To find out more on how our drawing package can help you, fill out the contact form here and quotes team will be in touch! Our initial meetings are free, and they can be arranged either face to face or if preferred, we can arrange a virtual meeting.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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