Sarah helps Edward and Louise Croft-Baker in Buckinghamshire who dream of a bigger house in the country that they can’t afford. They aim to double the size of their own home instead by building a huge two storey extension at the side.

“the idea is to create as much new living space as possible for half the money”

One of Hideaway wallbeds appeared on the episode under the theme ‘twice the space for less’. The owners wanted an open plan study and make the upstairs area feel larger, but also be able to close it off when guests stay. An ‘Alpha Bed’ wall bed system was supplied to provide uncluttered living space but provide comfortable sleeping when guests stay. Sarah Beeney also featured Duvale’s Forte Silenco product on the Channel 4 programme. Sarah suggested that the wall in Bedroom 4 should be removed and replaced with a movable wall.

For further information:

The programme aired on Tues 18th Sep 2012 on Channel 4 at 20.00.

To view the Channel 4 website containing details of the programme, please visit:
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/double-your-house-for-half-the-money/episode-guide/series-1/episode-2


Before purchasing your next home, you may wish to check on what you really need to know before buying, especially if it is an area unfamiliar to you.

Check Before Buying The Home Of Your Dreams
Historic House Pricing

Sometimes asking prices are unrealistic and offer no guide on what is the true value of a property, so firstly, its worth checking the values of homes sold within the area you are looking.

www.ourproperty.co.uk offers this service for free.

This is useful when negotiating the purchase price.

Local Crime Rates

It is also worth checking on the local crime rates, and the police now publish all of this data online.

www.police.uk

Is The Home in a Flood Plain or Subject to Other Environmental Hazards?

The environment agency now allow a quick way to check if the area is in a flood plain, near an area which may be been used for landfill or subject to pollution. All of these would affect your insurance premiums and are also considerations should you be raising a young family.

http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController?ep=maptopics&lang=_e

How does the area fare for economy, unemployment, education, health, crime, housing and community strength?

The Government now provides an app for iPhone and iPad to show how your local area fares on the important issues – the economy, unemployment, education, health, crime, housing and community strength.

http://data.gov.uk/apps/numberhood

Summarise What you Need to Know About the Area

A summary of the area can be found here:

apps.seme4.com/see-uk

Stamp Duty

Finally, HMRC provide on online service to calculate the amount of stamp duty due for purchases and leases:

www.hmrc.gov.uk/sdlt/calculate/calculators.htm