Is your bathroom floating your boat?

From invigorating morning showers to blissful soaks in the tub after a long day, our bathroom is the centre of wellness and relaxation within our homes. It’s therefore important to create a space that feels balanced for all our needs.

Designing a bathroom might seem a daunting task, but with some of the great bathroom ideas out there it should be fun. There are several essential elements to consider when you think about bathroom design – whether you want to know how to install a shower room or what bathroom suite will suit your space, go online and investigate gorgeous bathroom decorating ideas.

The first step is to set your budget. It will help you make smarter choices when you start looking at everything. Consider who uses the room, as this will have a big bearing on the scheme you finally choose. Is it to be an en-suite shower room for two? Or a family bathroom that will require a bath and plenty of storage for toys?

A spa-style sanctuary will require a long list of specifications and fittings that could include a bath, separate shower, double basins, and heaps of storage, while a guest bathroom may just require a shower and loo.

Next, ask yourself what sort of space you hope to achieve. Are you seeking a haven to escape to, or are you more of an invigorate-and-energise kind of person? This will affect the fixtures, fittings and colour scheme you choose.

A scale plan of your space is a good place to start. Measure carefully as accurate dimensions are key and include features that are likely to affect the design, including windows, radiators and doors.

If you are looking for a budget way of updating your current bathroom consider replacing fittings, flooring and tiles or repainting walls to get a quick refresh. If your layout isn’t quite right, think about the ways you might be able to make small but effective changes. Rehanging doors or fitting sliding ones is an excellent way to gain space, for instance.

There’s no point pining for his-and-her sinks, a statement walk-in shower or a double-ended roll top if they won’t fit. The truth of the matter is it isn’t going to be possible in the most UK bathrooms – apparently the average footprint is about the same as a king-size bed. Think about storage, ventilation and lighting when you are creating your plan too.

If you are ready to take the next steps then contact us as we can help you create a new bathroom space from scratch or just go down the budget conscious route and help you replace the flooring ad tiles.

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Planning the perfect new kitchen

The kitchen has always been the heart of any home. It’s where families get together and friends come over for fun. When you are planning the perfect new kitchen, the only limit is your imagination and the space you are working with. Prue Leith recently wrote about her new kitchen and it contains 5 ovens!

If, like Prue you an avid baker and a social cook then make sure there are plenty of countertops for you to utilise. Think about where your company would be sitting whilst you were baking and how much storage you might need. Now we are emerging from lockdown, the last year has taught us how much we can enjoy being at home.

Does your current kitchen not work for you and your family? Planning a new kitchen can be fun for the whole family. You might need to create more space by combing the kitchen and dining areas into a functional open plan family room.

Consider what appliances you might need and remember in most cases here bigger is better for a family. Plot out your working area, does the sink need to be a few steps away from your prep area? How much surface top do you require? Have you considered adding an island – they are great for storage, seating and potentially for placing appliances.

Once you have considered all the things you need, then the fun starts. What colours and textures are you thinking about? Modern and contemporary or a classic shaker style with a modern twist. There are so many choices out there now, it is very easy to create a unique new kitchen for your property.

Of course, if you need help planning or with any construction our experienced team are here to help you seamlessly through the project. Contact us today.


Benefits of an extension for business use

With more of us starting to work at home some are asking the question as to what the benefits of an extension to the home for business may be. In fairness there will be things you can claim back.

If you are a sole trader or managing director of a business and intend to convert or build an area in your home that will solely be for the use of the business then you may be able to claim VAT back from a business perspective as it will be the business that pays for the work to be undertaken.

As more and more people are comfortable and effectively working from home is this something you have personally considered. A prime space that is separate from the main area of the house where you could get your work done (including video calls) without the family noise and interruption.

If you are a higher level executive this may be all more important from your clients perspective from a confidentiality point of view.

Now when you look at your property where could any extension go? Is there space above the garage? Perhaps a double height extension could add an extra bedroom to your property. Perhaps a remodel of the interior ground floor could provide the space for your family and close off an area for business.

It does seem that we are staying at home for longer than all of us ever first considered. If you would like a chat about a construction project or conversion project our team will gladly talk you through the process.

Your imagination really is the key to this whole process starting. Imagine the best version of what you require and we will help you bring that vision to life. Consider colours, textures, shapes, what you need to achieve from the build and the picture will start to build.

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Do you need a home office?

If this year has shown us anything it could be the benefits of working from home. So do you need a home office? Many people have managed with make shift desks in the form of dining tables but this is not the best way to ensure you have a proper workspace.

Right where the family are running around, the TV might be on, people asking you questions all when you need to concentrate.

So, if you need a home office do you have the space for it? If not have you thought about extending your home or perhaps building above your garage?

What are the benefits:

Firstly you have a space dedicated to work, one where you will not be disturbed when the door is shut and one you can leave once your day is done.

It will make you much more organised and focussed. This means you can have the perfect creative and professional space for you to work. You can even create the perfect workspace for your conference calls and virtual meetings.

You’ll notice that your productivity will increase when you move from an area in the home to your own home office. This is because you are no longer surrounded by distractions. You won’t be sat near the TV so that temptation is avoided. You also won’t see the kids toys around you that need to be cleared away. You’ll be in your home office, away from all the distractions.

There are some huge tax savings and tax reductions available when you have a garage conversion or convert areas of your home into a home office.

If 2020 is anything to go by then it may be a good idea to start planning this now. Give one of our friendly team a call and let us help you create a calm and professional place to work.


Does your home need a facelift?

This year we have all been spending more time and home and this means all those niggling little things around the home you want to change become more obvious. So does your home need a facelift?

Now we understand that some of you have donned your overalls and got on with those jobs and indeed become more green fingered over this long year, but who hasn’t? Has life not slowed down at all for you in lockdown?

This is actually the case for a lot of people. Looking around your home right now what needs the most attention? Is a simple decorating job enough to give your property a facelift?

Problems sometimes go deeper than that. Have you been putting up with that tired old kitchen for too long or are those drab bathroom tiles ruining your relaxing bath times. If you don’t have the time or skills to fix these kinds of property related job yourself then it can be a real cause of stress.

Have no fear dear clients as the team here at Cleared Away are available to make that real difference to your home right now. We can manage full scale property renovations from a kitchen refurb to property extensions. Because our team is multi skilled we can take care of every aspect of the job from planning to clearing away rubbish and cleaning too.

As we approach the New Year, one we are all ready for, what are your plans? Most people dream of moving as statistics on Rightmove always show increased searches around the Christmas period.

What would you change?

If you are thinking of moving why not put together a list of pros and cons. Think about the changes that could be made within your property to turn it into your dream home.

Do you need more space? Is your home working for your family right now? Does your home need modernisation? Drill down further and list the jobs that need doing. It may not be as costly as you think to create a home that really works for you and your family.

Contact us today for a quote.

Buy or rebuild?

When you look around your home and see there are a few things you’d like to improve, is it best to rebuild or buy? Looking for a new property can be costly and time consuming, and there are probably many things you already love about your current property. It is best to weigh up the pros and cons.
Benefits of a Reform
If you choose to reform your property this can be as big or small as your imagination. Often clients update a kitchen or a bathroom, then there are those that choose much bigger reforms, knocking down walls and creating different spaces. Older properties benefit from a fabulous location but may need bringing up to date. If you want more space from extra bedrooms to creating an open plan living area this entails planning permissions. Our expertise in this field means we can create plans to reflect your dreams. In a society where it is better to recycle than throw away, why not look at your current property and imagine how it can be transformed.
Benefits of buying new
Most of the properties available would have many desirable aspects to them, but if you buy an older property there may still be changes you’ll want and even in a newer property things may not be just as you want them. Recent trends have been on Mediterranean living with large open plan shared spaces and seamlessly integrated indoor/outdoor spaces. In the UK this is probably going to be achieved by a rebuild.
It is all about weighing up the pros and cons of buying a new property or reforming the one you have. Here in Kent we are experts in handling reforms so we are a one stop shop for all your property requirements.
We provide a full spectrum of building services – from kitchen reforms right through to complete property construction. All our work is carried out to the highest standards by our team of qualified and experienced builders and contractors.