While renovation, retrofitting, and refurbishment are often used pretty much interchangeably they actually have distinctly different meanings. Renovating a house means restoring it to its original state, retrofitting means installing fittings that were not part of its original state as built, and refurbishment, while it can involve elements of both the others, is all about improving a house and bringing it up to date. Refurbishing can involve changing the layout of a house to better suit modern needs, or it can mean highlighting some of its features but in a more modern style – for example taking a wall back to bare brick and combining that with hidden lighting. Refurbishing is one of the most satisfying projects for any property so we would love to sit down with you and talk about how you want to modify your home or property project.
Opening up Space
Houses from days gone by often reflect the living patterns of another era and that may not suit a modern lifestyle. The days when people sat or met others in a small parlour are long gone and most of us prefer a more expansive and often open plan approach to living and entertaining spaces. Which means removing walls and opening up several small spaces to form a larger, lighter, more welcoming living area. We're experts at that, both assessing the structural pressures that need to be taken into account before touching walls, and doing the work including putting in the reinforced steel joist support that typically enables you to do away with a wall.
New Partition Walls
In some cases the best way of making space more liveable is to partition off some areas. You might want a large open living space for example but with a walled off utility room section so your TV and Hi-Fi aren't competing with the washer dryer for your attention. Not a problem. As well as removing unwanted walls we can also put up skim or solid walls for you to re-apportion your living space the way you want it.
Once upon a time the little lady, and it was always a lady, was expected to take care of the cooking largely out of sight before it was brought out to a dining room. There might have been a serving hatch, but mostly the processes of cooking and eating were kept separate. Now we rejoice in our food preparation and cooking and eating areas are often one. Plus modern kitchen appliances need space (and more plugs). From kitchen islands to knocked-through walls we can completely refurbish your kitchen to make it a place to live in as well as eat well.
Bathrooms tend to be second only to kitchens in the amount of change they have undergone over time. Modern house owners and buyers expect a lot more bathrooms in a home, and enjoy the benefits of bedroom showers, vanity units, and enough WCs that they don't end up queuing for family members. We will be delighted to modernise your bathrooms and suggest ways water can work better in your home.