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Planning! Planning! Planning!

Ready to start your home renovation project? It’s exciting. It’s daunting. And if you’re like most homeowners in North London, you’ve been saving for it for years! But before you jump in boots and all, it’s important that you understand exactly what you’re getting yourself into, and the processes involved. The planning phase is probably…

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Garage Conversions: Everything you Need to Know

To do a garage conversion or not to do a garage conversion? That is the question… that many homeowners in North London are asking themselves! Garage conversions remain popular across Britain for a few good reasons: they’re cost-effective, practical, and relatively easy to achieve. In short, they’re a great way to maximize space inside your…

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How to Board a Loft: A Step-by-Step Guide

Need more storage space? Looking for somewhere to keep all those bits ‘n’ bobs that you only use every now and again? Believe it or not, the solution might be just above your head… If your home has an unused loft, things are really looking up (excuse the pun)! Loft boarding has become hugely popular…

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Why Do I Need a Building Contract?

When you’re embarking on a building or renovation project, a handshake just isn’t enough. Unfortunately, too many homeowners are afraid of offending their builders by asking for a home-building contract. And the results aren’t always too pretty. But at Combit Construction, specialist builders in North London, we believe that signed builders contracts are essential, even…

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What are the Different Stages Of House Extension Building Project?

Are you about to embark on a home extension? Congratulations! This is exciting, albeit a bit daunting… If you’re new to the renovating game, the whole process of building a home extension might seem a bit overwhelming. Yes, it’s a financial and emotional investment, but believe us when we say it’s not as hard as…

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8 Most Important Questions to Ask Your Builder Before Hiring Them

Let’s face it: when it comes to achieving that home renovation of your dreams, choosing the right builder is oh-so-important. You can have all the ideas and visions you like, but if your builder can’t turn them into a reality then you’re beaten before you start… Finding the right team for your project isn’t always…

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Tips on Transforming a Semi-Detached Home

Quintessential; classic; timeless… we love semi-detached homes! Dating back to the mid-late 18th century, they’re part of our heritage and a vital element of the streetscape in most British villages, towns, and cities. However, there’s no denying that these houses can present a unique set of challenges when it comes to renovation. At Combit Constructions,…

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How To Turn Your Loft Into A Home Office

Thinking about an office loft conversion? You’re not alone… 2021 is proving to be a year unlike any we’ve ever experienced: for many North Londoners, the concept of a work-from-home-era has become a reality! And it’s not all bad either! Many folks are loving their newfound daily work routines – commuting from the bedroom to…

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8 Things You Should Know About Building An Extension

In North London, there’s more than just spring in the air! Home renovation fever is giving people a new lease of life! They’re shaking off their winter blues and making good on their plans for a home extension… Building an extension – where to start? The team at Combit Constructions, specialist builders in North London,…

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House Rendering- Everything You Need To Know

The secret’s out: rendering is one of the most popular ways to transform the aesthetics of a tired, outdated brick home. It’s not rocket science: the concept of house rendering dates to Roman times. However, it remains a popular home renovation project in the UK in 2021. If you’re looking for a cost-effective and stylish…

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Different Types of House Extensions That Would Be Perfect for Your Home?

Do you need a little bit more elbow room in your home? An extra bedroom or a home office? 2020 proved to be the catalyst for change in the way many North Londoners use their houses. And with many of us spending more time than ever before at home, that extra space has become a…

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How to Insulate Your Home?

It’s all about energy efficiency. Sustainable living is a concept that has gained momentum across the UK in recent years, and many homeowners are now recognizing both the economic and the environmental benefits of energy-efficient homes. Excellent insulation isn’t an option. For responsible homeowners in 2021, top-quality insulation is a must. Insulation is key to…

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How Do I Know if a Builder Quote is Realistic?

Starting a home renovation project? – it’s really important to make sure you get the best bang for your buck! Whether you’re giving the kitchen a simple facelift or planning a big home extension, getting the best value all round is a must. Getting a quote from a builder (or two, or three builders!) is…

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Designing a Flat Roof for Your Home

Modern; contemporary; traditional – flat roofs tick all the boxes. They’re featured in cutting-edge architecture, yet they date back to ancient Persian and Egyptian times. Do you love neat lines, clean and modern geometry, and a house that is just a little bit different from the pack? A flat roof house design might be just…

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5 Steps To A Successful Kitchen Renovation

So, you’ve decided to renovate your kitchen? Great choice! There are few rooms in the house that are more rewarding to remodel than the kitchen. This space is generally regarded as the heart of the home, and it’s no secret that a gorgeous kitchen can literally transform the look and feel of your whole house!…

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Step by Step Bathroom Renovation Guide (and common mistakes to avoid!)

The bathroom is arguably one of the most rewarding rooms in the house to renovate. Do it right and it’ll bring you years of pleasure. But do it wrong and it might end up being your biggest nightmare. If you’re planning house renovations, North London homeowners should start with the bathroom: it’s a great way…

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Different types of loft conversion and cost to implement it in UK?

Loft conversions are very popular across the UK, and for good reason! They’re affordable, achievable and can transform the functionality of your home. As many homeowners seek to maximize the potential of their properties, North London builders are seeing more and more loft conversions. Let’s not waste time with unnecessary talk. The two big questions…

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6 Ways to Increase Your Home Value in 2021

Increasing their home’s value is a top priority for most London homeowners. And with good reason: for many of us, our house is our biggest single asset, so getting the best return on investment is super important. Home improvement is a topic without limits! Whether you’re planning to sell your property or simply wanting to…

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How to Renovate a Victorian House?

We love Victorian homes. Built-in the late 1800s and early 1900s (during the reign of Queen Victoria), this architecture is a style of its own. Gracious, modestly ornate, solidly built and practical, these homes have stood the test of time. They’re old gems that deserve to be restored to their former glory. Sadly, the period…

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Is a Garage Conversion a Good Idea or a Bad Mistake?

With housing prices rising across the UK, many homeowners are looking at ways to make better use of the space they have in their current property, rather than buying another one. Garage conversion ideas are everywhere – folks are looking at ways to create that extra living space, bedroom or home office without changing the…

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7 Reasons why You Should Invest in a Home Extension

Let’s put it all on the table: you love your home, but it’s getting a bit small; parts of it are outdated and could definitely use a facelift; your current home is close to shops, schools and friends. In short, moving to a new house isn’t an option but you really need more space –…

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Could my Location Effect the Cost of my Renovation?

When it comes to costing your house renovation in London, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer. Whether you’re planning a full home rehash, a loft or garage conversion or a basement fit out, the cost may vary wildly from home to home, and even between different areas within London. Why? Combit Construction, building company in North London…

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How To Choose The Right Builder For Your Project

The key to a successful project is thorough preparation. You have the drawings prepared for you by your architect and structural engineer. You’ve spent some time preparing the proper specification, which reflects all the work you’re planning to have done. You’ve made sure that your project is straightforward, well-structured, and easy to understand. These steps…

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How To Start Your House Renovation – First Steps

Last year, more than 40,000 people contacted Citizen Advice for information on how to solve their home improvement woes. Don’t ever let yourself be one of them. I receive at least two phone calls a month from anxious homeowners trying to rescue a renovation project that has gone wrong following these common scenarios: The project…

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Top 6 Reasons To Renovate Your House

Many North London and Hampstead homeowners are finding that they are better off keeping their homes rather than selling them in today’s volatile home market. With home valuations rising and homes in these two important areas becoming an even better investment than many people had imagined, homeowners are choosing to renovate their houses instead of…

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Remodeling Your Kitchen

4 Surprising Benefits Of Remodeling Your Kitchen If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, you probably already know that not only will it give it a completely new look, but it will also add more value to your home. In fact, any time you renovate a room in your home, you are adding more value…

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The Benefits Of Home Extensions

Do you need more room in your home? Would you like an additional bedroom or a home office? More and more people are adding extensions to their homes instead of selling and buying a larger home because of how easy and affordable home extensions are now. In fact, with the home market constantly changing, a…

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Why The Kitchen is The Most Important Room in The House

Without a doubt, the kitchen is the most important room in your home. While that is a very bold statement, it is also very true. When new homebuyers look at a house, the first room the look at is the kitchen. While they might have to walk through a couple other rooms to get there,…

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6 Benefits of a Loft Conversion

Are you considering a loft conversion for your home but aren’t really sure if it is worth it or if you will receive any benefits from the project? Like many homeowners, especially those whose space is at a premium, are looking into ways to increase the value of their home and add more usable space…

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When is the Best Time to do a Renovation and Why?

It can be challenging to keep our homes up-to-date and functional. Things degrade naturally and progressively, and our homes are no different. With many factors making up a home, including appliances, fixtures, structural issues and design aesthetics, there is sure to be something that could be repaired or updated on your home. The question is,…

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5 Reasons to Convert Your Garage into a Bedroom

If you want to add more living space to your home, a garage conversion could be the solution. Garages can be converted into anything including a kitchen, a living room or a bedroom. Any homeowner should understand the cost and benefits of the garage conversion project before deciding to take on such a project. Based…

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The Advantages of Custom-Made Over Ready-Made Furniture

When designing the interior of your home, you want it to look as aesthetically pleasing as possible and that means adding your own special custom touches. It may be anything from a custom colour interior paint, to a custom-designed kitchen with all of the luxe features a home chef could want. Many homeowners visit the…

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London Property Market Projections For 2018

What will the London property market look like in 2018? Will housing prices drop or continue to rise in a new two-tier market? These are questions that many London property owners and investors are asking themselves as the New Year fast approaches. Many top housing price indexes are showing a rise in prices, but with…

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How to Ensure Project Success

Project success isn’t just about avoiding failure, but also delivering high quality results. So even when you manage to meet the deadline, if the outcome is subpar, the entire project is still unsatisfactory. This is especially true in construction projects where mistakes can mean blowing off a lot of money. So, How do you ensure…

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Combit Construction Attends Home Renovation and Building Show in Birmingham

We recently had a day out at the home renovation and building show in Birmingham which was a fantastic way to research new technology and building innovations. Walking around the different stalls gave us some eye opening ideas on ways to incorporate new techniques and products into our own building work here in North London….

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