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Case Study Double Your House Price For Half The Money

September 27, 2012

Presented by Sarah Beeny This program series sets out to help and inspire homeowners to maximise the potential of their existing property by extending and re-configuring the layout. Customer Profile Having lived happily in London for ten years, Edward and Louise Croft Baker relocated to the countryside from London when they started a family.  They ended up the proud owners of a tiny farm workers cottage tucked away in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The Situation With just 800 square feet of living space, the house needed to accommodate a growing family as well as parents who worked from home. As the family grew, Edward and Louise realised that they needed more space. Moving to a larger property would require a budget of at least £340K.  The Croft Bakers’s had just £150K to spend.  The couple decided to extend and remodel the cottage instead.  Some clever thinking and innovative products were needed…

Hideaway Beds Featured On Channel 4 This Evening

September 18, 2012

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…

Using The Internet To Check Before Buying The Home Of Your Dreams

August 20, 2012

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. 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. 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. 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…