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Renovating a rental property

Advice for renovating and preparing a rental property

If you are in the fortunate position of having an additional property that can generate income as a rental property, then consider the following hints and tips as a way to reduce costs and maximise your return on investment.

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Listed building

Pros and Cons of buying a listed building

Many of us have a warm, romantic notion of living in an old, characterful building with period features and quirky, historical charm. A listed building, absolutely, why not? To understand some of the pros and cons of buying, and living in, a listed building it is advisable to have an understanding of what ‘listed’ means in this instance.

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Loft conversion

The do’s and don’ts of loft conversions

Although not necessarily adding significant value to your property, a loft conversion will make your property more marketable should you decide to move and need to sell. Here are six important do’s and don’ts to consider before going ahead with a loft conversion…

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Listed building grades explained

Listed buildings celebrate history and architecture which is worth preserving for future generations. The grading system for buildings started with the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 and there are three gradings for buildings and other important structures….

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Planning permission

How do I know if I need planning permission?

Adding to or extending your home can put value onto it and give you much needed extra space. Some building work requires planning permission and some doesn’t, and knowing which is which will save you time and money.

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Listed building

5 things to remember when you buy and renovate a listed building

Owning a listed building is a real privilege and comes with a commitment to maintaining it as close to how it was originally as possible. Here are 5 things to keep in mind…

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How to ensure an extension adds value to your home

As a general rule, adding additional floor space to your home should in most cases add value to your property. However, there are exceptions to this rule, here is a short list of potential pitfalls…

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Gorse Hill

Refurbishment project at Gorse Hill, Aldeburgh

From time to time, we are lucky enough to work on a truly stunning property and Gorse Hill in Aldeburgh fits that description: it has a beautiful garden, lots of space, is just minutes from the beach and has a sea view.

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Letheringham Mill

Letheringham Mill holiday cottages near Wickham Market, Suffolk

Our work on the award-winning Letheringham Mill holiday cottages, set in beautiful rural Suffolk countryside near Wickham Market, has seen us complete three projects for the same client on the same site.

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2018 trends

Five building trends for 2018

Here are the top five building and home design trends that we will see in 2018:

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Refurbishment of old rectory at Blaxhall

We are particularly proud of the renovation and refurbishment work we carried out on this wonderful character property in the village of Blaxhall, near the Suffolk Coast.

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Damp

Beating damp in an old home

Damp is a particular problem with old houses, especially ones that may have been neglected for a time. Here is a list of possible causes for it and how to beat them.

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Dunwich

Glass staircase at Dunwich

A dramatic effect can be created when blending modern materials within traditional buildings, such as in the case of this glass staircase we installed in a barn conversion property in Dunwich.

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Cosy home

How to make your home cosy for winter

While winter sees the nights draw in and temperatures drop, here are five things that will make your home lovely and cosy…

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Radwinter barn

Barn restoration and conversion at Radwinter

A large project to renovate a total of two barns and a farmhouse on a property in Radwinter in north Essex.

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Energy efficient

4 ways to make an old home energy efficient

Today a major consideration for old homes is incorporating energy efficiency improvements. Here are some of the easiest ways to make an old home more energy efficient:

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Cowboy builder

Seven tips on how to spot a cowboy builder

A surprisingly high number of homeowners have had to contend with shoddy workmanship, damage to their property and even theft in their time. Here are 7 tips for how to spot a cowboy builder…

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Burgh Farmhouse

Renovation and restoration of farmhouse, Burgh

A project to renovate and restore a four-bedroom farmhouse located at Burgh near Woodbridge involved all of areas of our expertise and more besides.

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