INSPIRATION

Real People. Real Stories.

From garden office to whole house renovation, read the hints, tips and recommendations from homeowners who have already completed their own home improvement projects.

North Yorkshire

"I would consider items such as water features, lighting, and irrigation and even if you think it might be something to add at a later stage put the cabling or conduit in now."

North Yorkshire

"Allow more time than you think, I would recommend thinking about changes to your garden at least a year out."

London

"The result gave more privacy with the use of pleached trees. It also extended the dining and entertaining space out from the house, great for spending time with friends and family."

Surbuton, South West London

"We had the best builder, the project took 7 weeks to complete which was actually less than we’d originally been quoted."

The Wirral Peninsula

"I was very happy with how things went and love loft bedroom life! It’s like being in a fancy hotel when I go to bed now."

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Whether it's an extension, a garden office, an outdoor kitchen, or a slide in the kids bedroom, we'd like to share your story here.

Surrey, London 

"We wanted to extend the property to increase the overall footprint then change the internal layout to fit in an extra bedroom, bigger existing bedrooms and better bathrooms"

Hampton Village

"We bought to renovate, after viewing over 40 properties in 2 years decided we wanted somewhere that was right"

Surbiton, South West London

"We love entertaining and our house is always full of guests - we found the traditional downstairs layout was limiting how we wanted to live."

Ashurst, Southampton

"We gained a whole new room which we use as an office and a guest room and still kept the storage space we needed"

Poynzpass, Northern Ireland

"Make sure you are prepared to put up with the continuous layer of plaster dust if you are living in the property"

FRANCE

"it took longer than planned as is always the case with old properties as you don’t know the full extent of the works until you begin"

Surbiton, Surrey

"We went for a loft extension as it seemed the best way to gain an extra bedroom while making use of the loft space which we didn’t really use."

Surbiton, London

"We wanted more space, a better lifestyle and layout. With the work we’ve done, not only do we have more space but as we’re an end of terrace and we’ve updated our overall house footprint we have potential to go up into the loft in the future."

Do you have a story you'd like to share?

Whether it's an extension, a garden office, an outdoor kitchen, or a slide in the kids bedroom, we'd like to share your story here.

Crouch End, North London

"We gained a whole new room which we use as an office and a guest room and still kept the storage space we needed"

Hove, Brighton

"The side return is common on our type of house and generally doesn’t require planning permission as a standard extension would."

Surbiton, South West London

"It has definitely changed how we live as a family and also increased the value of our house."