Welcome 2018

To start the year we are finally complete on the two houses, signed off by Building Control and just awaiting the warranty paperwork.  One house is sold and the other receiving offers which is great news.

Elsewhere I’ve been working on plans for extensions for clients in Shinfield (again, the same street) and Tilehurst as well as pushing the completion of a different two storey extension in Shinfield.  Hopefully I’ll have some photos soon.

Meanwhile, clients in Emmer Green start the demolition of their bungalow to make way for their new two storey family home have started their own blog.  So any self-builders out there wanting to know what it takes, have a read;  140kidmoreend.wordpress.com


Electric UFH – How expensive is it to run?

The most popular way to heat a room is via a gas fired boiler central heating system with wall hung radiators. This is still the cheapest was to heat your home when up and running but is it the most efficient? With wall hung rads, heat is concentrated from a single point, relying on convection to move the heat around the room. This means it’s more than likely one wall and your ceiling will be warmer than the rest of the room. The benefit is a running cost of 7p per hour based on a 30sq/m sized room.

Under floor heating does provide an even heat across the room and a wet system running off that gas fired boiler is certainly the most efficient and cost effective to run, but it is more expensive as well as intrusive to buy and install.

If you are renovating a room rather than building, an electric UFH system might be the answer.  The benefit is a cheaper installation cost and minimal increase in floor height.  If you are considering this, there are two options depending on the required use; taking the chill off floor tiles in the winter or using it as the main heating source for a room.

The first option would require a 100 kW/h system and depending on the size of the room and your energy supply rate, would as an example cost 24p per hour based on the same size room as above. However, this is only good for warming the floor, so you would still need another heat source, perhaps a traditional wall hung radiator.  Both running together, would equate to 31p per hour.

If your electric UFH is the main source of heat, you will need a 150kW/h system and based on the same sized room, would cost 36p per hour to run.

You will need to apply your own supply rate whilst considering how insulated your home is and how warm you like it, so the above rates are for example only but does provide a good comparison.


We are delighted for our Shinfield clients who received planning approval for their two storey extension yesterday.  This will be three houses in a row we have had the pleasure working on successfully gaining planning permissions.

This project will provide a 4th bedroom, utility, additional shower room plus an open plan kitchen / family room opening up to the garden.


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Planning Approval rates

We’re delighted for our Addlestone clients to have planning approval awarded to extend their family home.  This nearly doubles the size of their home and gives the externals make over.

This news gives us a 100% planning pass rate again this year!

Looking forward to seeing the finished article now!!


How to decorate your new space

So you have your new space and now need to think about decoration, whether it be tying it into your current scheme or starting a whole new look for your home.  Where do you start?


Farrow and Ball offer some good pointers on different styles of decorating, but most importantly in my view, how light affects colour.  Natural light from North and South facing rooms affects the feel of a room very differently and so need different approaches.

Their website also offers inspiration and some good advice on how to use colour and different styles of decorating.

If you are still not 100% sure, Farrow and Ball also offer an in home colour consultancy which can be booked through your nearest branch.

Planning applications on the up

Latest quarterly data on planning applications made in England between April and June 2016 show that between April and June 2016, district level planning authorities in England received 132,000 applications, up seven per cent on the corresponding quarter of 2015.

During the second quarter of 2016 authorities granted 100,900 decisions, up six per cent from the same quarter in 2015; this is equivalent to 88 per cent of decisions and decided 83 per cent of major applications within 13 weeks or the agreed time, up from 79 per cent a year earlier.

These figures also showed that there were 11,900 applications for prior approval for permitted development rights during April to June 2016, up seven per cent from the same quarter of 2015.

Around 9,700 of those applications were approved without having to go through the full planning process, up eight per cent on a year earlier.