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Fantastic weather is here at last, and while it may be a little late to make any major adjustments to your home before it’s due to cloud up again, there’s plenty of reasons why you should consider bringing in a brilliant balcony or marvellous mezzanine to make the most of the sunshine for months to come. Balconies in particular are hugely popular with modern homeowners and homebuyers – they’re very attractive to families and individuals looking to entertain on a regular basis, for one, and for another, they offer spectacular views of the great outdoors.

The perfect balcony installation for you is one which gives you a vantage point and all the space you need – whether you opt for a small, standing Juliet balcony, or a more extensive walk-along or patio model, there’s something refreshing and captivating about being able to look out over your garden or yard without having to leave your property. Balconies and mezzanine floors can do wonders for homes of all shapes and sizes – it’s a minor extension that’s easy to set up and which can be tailored to your particular needs and tastes.

Not all balconies have to be wrought iron or based on classical, ornate design – glass and steel balconies and balustrades are very much in vogue right now, and what’s more, they can be produced and installed in a range of styles and colours to complement your existing home design or to stand out amongst the crowd. Everyone loves a good balcony – it’s a big selling point for many people – meaning that whether you’re taking advantage of an installation for your own enjoyment or to boost the value of your home, it may be time to start looking at the various options opening up to you – no matter the season!

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Getting your ideal home up and running can be easier said than done unless, of course, you have the right team of experts by your side helping you each and every step of the way. Beyond this, however, it’s also very useful to consider which options may be most prudent for you and your family. If you have money to invest in property design full stop, does the idea of building a completely new home from scratch appeal to you? Or would you prefer to work on refurbishing your existing property?

Refurbishing your existing home will likely be an option that you wish to take should you already be fairly settled – or if you are keen on making the most of your existing land and the local area surrounding you. Renovating and refurbishing your current homestead could mean anything as simple as looking at upgrading your existing fittings and fixtures or adding an extension or two on to help build space. You may even want to completely redesign the look and layout of your home – while it may be tempting to start from scratch, refurbishment will allow you to take advantage of what you already have, and will also allow you and your family to stay rooted while everything is taking place.

Building a new home can be exciting, but if the option to refurbish is both viable and attractive to you, it may also be a financially sound decision. Here at EWG, we will work with you to find the best possible routes forward in finding appropriate and attractive changes that can be made to your existing home – or appropriate moves that can be made in building up a fantastic new homestead from scratch. Ultimately – the choice is yours – but if you’d rather not move out completely, let’s look at ways in which we can help to make your dream home development a reality for.

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If you’re in the process of starting to plan and fund your dream home or refurbishment, it can be more than tempting to put all of your ideal touches and notions down on paper. After all, it’s very likely that you are already excited about going ahead with such a project – who could blame you for taking steps to broadening your imagination on the topic? However, a question many people ask before approaching a builder or construction expert is “should I already have my dream home planned out?” The short answer is, of course – not at all – but ideas will certainly help!

Construction and building designers and experts are here to help you plan out your dream living space to the letter. This means that, while you may not have a head for all the practical figures that go into ensuring that you have your floor plan and all the fixtures and fittings in between put in the right place, an expert you hire to bring your home design to life certainly will. It’s their role to help take your ideas – in shorthand, written down or otherwise – and to help realise them in a practical and sustainable manner. Going into a new build or refurbishment project with too detailed a plan can actually be to your detriment – as, unless you have a very clear idea about the measurements and figures you’re dealing with, you may well be forced to trim back a few of the ideas you’ve put forward. How disappointing would this be?

The answer is pleasing – do always have a good idea about what you want from your dream home – go crazy with ideas! Make notes on just about everything – but do always bear in mind that it’s the role of a construction or design expert to help you mould these notions into a physical, workable installation.

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Good weather seems to be on its way at last, and – for many people – that means making a few changes around the home. While those who wish to adapt their properties to make way for sunshine and light breezes may have started looking at such issues late last year, there’s never a bad time to start thinking about how you can adapt your home to make better use of the great weather that’s on its way. With the nights getting longer, it’s likely that you’re going to want to let in more natural light. It’s not just healthier for you, it helps to create a greater sense of space and calm – and if there’s anything that can help to bring natural light into your property, it’s taking things down as opposed to putting new fixtures up.

We’ve talked about the importance of glass in home design in previous blogs and it’s something we are going to stand by for years to come – glass is flexible, versatile and can be used to ensure that all rooms and levels of your home receive the same level of natural light. Some of the best things you can do to let the sunshine in, are, arguably, think about extending your patio doors, installing skylights and making your garden the centrepiece of your home. In our experience, there is also plenty to be said for taking elements out of your home design, too. Consider the removal of certain walls and partitions – anything that is likely to block the path of natural light, or which is likely to make your home more ‘stuffy’ or impersonal, needs to be adjusted!

As any luxury builders worth their salt will tell you – the perfect home design starts with you. We aim to work closely with each and every one of our customers in an effort to refurbish or design a home from scratch which makes the most of their environment.

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While many people will look for luxury builders London and elsewhere to help bring their ideal homes to life and off the page, many more people are deeply involved with property development. This essentially means that they seek out architectural and design support to bring ideas to life for other people – they seek out the ideal development which they can then build up and transfer to the market at rates where they can essentially turn a profit. This can also be referred to as turnkey construction or architecture.

How do you know if property development is for you? It will all depend upon whether or not you are in the property game to make a profit. Many people will approach building firms and design experts in order to bring their own ideal homes to life – however, it also makes sense that others may wish to produce luxury homes that they feel will sell well to a wider populace. The desire for luxury property has never been greater – why shouldn’t you put yourself in a position where you can effectively bring stunning quality property to people through your own vision and style?

Property development and construction for others can be extremely invigorating – think of the process as still bringing your own luxury ideas to life, but instead allowing others to take advantage of all the design choices and practical features you may bring in. If your focus is more on allowing people to benefit from your designing and architectural eye and less about moving into a property right away, then you may well consider making property development or turnkey projects your immediate focus. Either way – it’s a great chance for you to play around with some design ideas and to work with people who can turn designs into physical magic!

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The idea of building your own dream home – it’s a fantastic concept. It’s often something that only few people were previously able to realise, and yet thanks to movements in the industry and luxury home design becoming more readily available to homeowners throughout the UK, there’s never been a better time to start thinking about setting up home in a manner that is perfect for your specific needs and desires. This can mean overseeing a complete renovation or to build everything up from scratch – as luxury builders London homes depend upon, we’re always in a proud position to be able to help people and families achieve their dream custom home designs.

There’s every reason you should consider going bespoke as opposed to settling for what’s already in place – so many of us are used to living in homes that are built to a general standard – overseeing a project which is based completely upon your own vision and needs and which is completely supported by a talented team of experts is surely a dream come true. Consider each and every room designed and brought to life to your own specifications – no need to worry about losing space, losing track of which room functions as which – and on top of this, you could also consider how to bring your home into the 21st century with some truly magnificent smart home technology.

You should never be defined by your own budget or think that you need to hold back. Our team of luxury builders London homes depend upon offer all the support and knowledge you’ll need in bringing your dream home into reality – meaning that it’s our job to make sure that your needs and desires are fully catered to at each and every step of the project. Consult with us on what your basic needs and desires are and we will help to create a floor plan and working design which is easy to set up, maintain and spectacular to behold. Don’t let anything limit you bar your imagination – while practicality and functionality will certainly play a big part in any home design coming to life, we will make sure that as much of your desired project comes to life as possible.

Seeing your own bespoke luxury home design come to life piece by piece and step by step is a truly magnificent process. It’s important that you play an active part in the project as, after all, you are the one calling the shots – and it’s you and your family who will be living in an enjoying the end result? What sort of security does your home require? Will you be interested in introducing a home cinema system that functions at the press of a button? What about underfloor heating, an indoor pool, a garden office or a stunning loft space with walk-in wardrobe? All of this could be yours – and the right team will be able to make sure that all the right luxury touches for you are bundled together in an incredible package.

The standard approach to buying and settling into a new home is all about finding an existing model that fits your needs – this can be a fairly painstaking process! Why not take a leap into bespoke home design and consider looking into building up your own home from scratch? Or maybe even a simple renovation or two – there’s an unlimited range of choices out there for you – and our experts will be more than happy to lend you all of the assistance, tools and expertise you will ever need.

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There’s been big developments in a number of technological areas over the past few years – and some of them are even starting to impact the way we undertake daily tasks, whether or not we necessarily need them to!  Smart homes are becoming more and more commonplace for those people who do either require a little helping hand when it comes to streamlining their home processes, or for those who just enjoy that luxury touch – and while they may have been seen as an unattainable commodity for homes up and down the country for the past decade or two, more and more luxury builders London and elsewhere are in a prime position to be able to start bringing smart home technology and associated features to a wider range of customers and budgets.

From the very start of setting up your ideal home design, you can start to envision how you’d like smart technology to complement your existing décor or architecture.  Smart home technology can be used to not only enhance the security of your home but can also allow you to take complete control from either a central panel or hub or even your smartphone or tablet – meaning that smart home design is more about giving control back to you as opposed to making things more complex where they hardly need to be!  Consider your existing entertainment setup – doesn’t the idea of a smart home cinema room sound appealing?  How about monitors and screens built into various fixtures and furnishings?  Here’s the clincher – how about having access to them all with just the touch of a button or the swipe of a device?  It’s a very appealing setup to say the least.

Luxury builders London and beyond as well as seasoned architects and design experts are quickly getting used to the idea that more and more people are buying into smart home technology – whether you go as basic or as simple as an Amazon Echo or Alexa device all the way up to sophisticated door and window controls, the choice is ultimately yours.  You can control elements as mundane as your curtains and blinds with a central home hub, too – and the benefit of having a luxury home built from scratch around smart tech means that your home is immediately smart and ready to go – no questions asked.

Lighting and internet technology, too, are some of the most popular facets of any smart home installation.  Simply take a look at some of the more advanced home networks already up and running throughout the country to see just how obtainable and accessible these systems are – there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t take advantage of intuitive lighting, mood controls, temperature systems and more besides within your budget.  All good luxury builders London and elsewhere will be in a position to suggest which elements best fit your ideal home installation and your specific needs – particularly when it comes to what you are likely to be using on a daily basis.

While you should never really build a home around smart technology alone, there’s no reason why you can’t make intuitive controls and concepts the heart of your homestead – luxury homes in 2018 and beyond should work for you as much as you work for them – and for many, this will of course mean looking at the various ways in which you can make your prospective property operate that little bit smarter.  There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to smarten up your home for the year ahead!

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The New Year is coming, and for many people, 2018 will be about making some big changes in their lives – whether this means changes to their diet, their wardrobe or simply to get away on holiday somewhere new, it can also be the ideal time to start thinking about making some big changes to our living spaces.  Does this necessarily mean moving elsewhere?

Maybe not – if you’re interested in changing your property as opposed to your location, you may simply wish to build upon your existing value and foundations – and who could blame you?  Luxury builders will be able to help you achieve your ideal home design in just a few touches – and you’re going to need to think about how the year ahead could benefit from a few tweaks to your existing build.

You may well be growing your family – in which case, an extension or additional features added to your home could be seriously worth your while in the year ahead.  You may wish to create an office if you are expanding your home business, or you may wish to create a playroom in an entirely new space – as opposed to using your living room as a makeshift nursery!  Think about the changes in your life that may be occurring in the year to come – and how building and construction specialists could help you to prepare your homestead for the seasons to come.

It’s also a great idea to consider the warmer seasons that are set to wing their way to us once the winter’s over and done with.  How are you going to take advantage of the spring and summer once the sun dares to peek beyond the clouds?  Do you have a walk-in conservatory to care for your plant life?  Do you have a balcony set up to help you entertain family and friends in the height of summer?  These are options you may wish to consider if you are focused on entertaining guests and making the most of the sun – and if sunlight is your main focus, luxury builders will certainly be able to help you in other ways, too.

Natural light is quickly becoming one of the most important facets of interior design – one that can be harnessed and used to incredible effect thanks to the power of glass!  Glass walls, roof lights, sliding panels and more – glass is a luxury commodity that no longer comes with an exorbitant price tag – and if you are interested in making your home a light, airy space in the year to come, you should seriously consider introducing more transparency into your home.  Luxury builders and architects will be able to help you create your own unique home space that puts across your personality and harnesses the atmosphere and natural light that you are crying out for.  This may mean making amendments to your existing home, or it could mean adding new fixtures on completely – why feel that you have to move when you can enhance your existing space?

Home improvements come in all shapes and sizes – meaning that if you really want to think big this year ahead, why should you let anything stand in your way?  Consider how your home could be transformed into a new luxury ideal with just a few touches – and we will help to draw up a perfect, bespoke project for you that will leap off the page.  Think 2018 should be all about self-improvement?  Why not focus on your home instead?  Think about your ideal home and get in touch with us to learn more about making it a reality!

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Property development can be tricky, and isn’t that the truth – whether you’re actively renovating your own home or are setting up a property or two to grow into something more, getting that perfect look and atmosphere down pat straight away can be nigh on impossible.  When it comes to luxury developments, it’s never a great idea to leap straight into matters with just a vague idea and a rough blueprint to hand.  After all, while you may have visualised your ideal space and development in your head, there’s a fairly large leap between imagination and reality.  While floor plans and mock-ups still play a huge part in the planning and drafting stages of any property design and construction, there is now an entirely new way to make sure that your dream project springs to life without hassle – architectural visualisation.

Architectural visualisation is fast becoming the popular way to put ideas and concepts on the page without any tools needing to be picked up.  It is essentially as close as you are going to get in terms of seeing your dreams in the flesh without taking any physical action.  This method of visualising and planning for a future space or property design is quickly becoming more popular towards the higher end of the property development market as it is considered such a valuable asset to the design and manufacture process.  Visualisation is, essentially, putting your ideas on paper but in three dimensions – so that you can effectively see how things are going to look far and beyond any action being taken, and before any work takes place.

But why is virtual visualisation becoming such a hot topic in the trade?  It stands to reason that today’s property developers, estate agents and architects simply cannot afford to make mistakes.  The marketplace and the industry in general has needed to speed up dramatically to cope with increasing demand for bespoke consultation – and while the vast majority of creative agencies and architects will be more than happy to take on a complex challenge or two, there are still a few out there who may be struggling to keep pace thanks to an outdated form of visualisation.

Think of virtual planning as rather like a blueprint in 3D – while there has been software developed for years to enable developers and architects to get their floor plans and features down pat in such a way, visualisation in its current form offers an incredible sense of realism – it’s as close as you’re going to get to the real thing ahead of time.  This type of forward planning can allow designers and property developers alike to look into the future and to agree upon design choices and feature changes, all of which can be costed and allowed for far beyond any physical labour or technical work taking place.  This not only saves time and allows for mistakes to be avoided altogether, it also allows for the relationship between designers and clients to remain strong – and it can even save money in the bargain.

Architectural visualisation is becoming an asset for property development in the sense that it is effectively acting like a crystal ball – one with incredible accuracy that can be taken to the very letter – leaving no room for disappointment and plenty of space for savings.  The burning question here is this – why gamble on a few basic blueprints when you can plan effectively for an end result that everyone is happy with?  Visualisation is changing the way we think about property development – and in a very good way indeed.

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We all build and design our homes – as well as fill them, of course – with all manner of looks and touches to help create that perfect first impression. We want our properties to really leap out at our guests to show exactly who we are, what we’re into and what keeps us going. For many people, a home is an extension of a personality – and this is certainly the case if you have enough time to safely invest in the refurbishment or redesign of a house or apartment. But what is the first element you notice when you walk into someone’s home? Décor, certainly – but as any luxury builders London and elsewhere will tell you, you’re going to need to think about the four walls that surround you when you’re looking into designing or refurbishing your ideal property.

Why is this? Walls are not just foundations – they set the scene. They help to create atmosphere and can even give a sense of warmth, or can promote a certain feel or conceit. Many people are happy to lead with basic papering or paint – and this is certainly great for a lot of people – but others go all out with feature walls, photo collages, unique structuring and more besides. There’s even a current trend in construction between luxury builders London and beyond right now in terms of glass manufacture and fitting – for the ultimate in breaking down barriers. What you put on your walls is up to you – but the foundations you lay down for their design from the word go is just as important.

Consider the type of atmosphere you are looking to cultivate. There are plenty of paints and finishes you could use to create a certain type of space – whether you’re looking to tile a kitchen, paint the kids’ bedrooms a certain look or are in the mood for something deep, warm and slightly mysterious in the lounge – but there are a wealth of other options you could be taking to really put your homestead apart from the rest from the word go – before you even set foot in the property. This goes for your external walls, too!

The word on the street – as luxury builders London homes rely upon will tell you – is cladding. Whether through means of reclaimed brick, authentic wood panelling or otherwise, there seems to be no better way right now in creating a cunning atmosphere than through building your own feature walls from scratch with authentic materials. You can easily create a walled log cabin look with the right wood – lined up and applied in the right way – and many homes and cottages lead with authentic weathered stone to help emblazon the outside of a property. Cladding is also a great way to create a certain look of ‘homeliness’. Many contemporary businesses and cafes plaster their walls in urban brick slips that are authentically claimed – to give the impression that their building has been set up from scratch. It’s a very enticing look to the right people.

While you may think elements such as carpeting, staircases or even lighting and window fixtures are the first things that strike you upon walking into a home for the first time, don’t overlook the walls. While we all use them slightly differently, you could create your own unique look and atmosphere from scratch from early on in the design process – whether setting up from scratch or refurbishing. Don’t go mad for magnolia unless it’s within your favourite range of colours and themes – let’s find a unique twist that works for you and your guests.

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