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:

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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.

 

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