Renovating your bathroom does not have to be a daunting task. Most of us will want to create a space that is both hyper-functional and serene at the same time. A space that is practical yet feels luxurious. While there may be many decisions to be made, if you take these points into account when planning your renovation and the task should be much easier.

1. Communication Should Be Crystal Clear

Whether you are dealing with a main contractor or you are the general contractor, you should always make sure that everyone involved in the project is on the same page at all times. A bathroom renovation may involve many decisions and can have many components to it. Ensuring that everyone knows what is going on will avoid costly mistakes.

2. Budget Accordingly

A bathroom renovation is usually a major job – and it is priced accordingly. The average bathroom renovation in the UK in 2022 was between £6,000 and £8,000 but this figure could escalate depending the size of the room in question and the fittings and finishes you decide on. If broken down, the cost of a bathroom renovation, usually is 29% on plumbing and fixtures, 21% on surfaces, 20% on labour and the rest 16% on cabinetry and hardware. When budgeting for such a project, a good rule of thumb is not to spend above 10% of the total value of your home in a project like this.

3. Choose The Right Bath

You may be tempted to install that massive statement self-standing bath. But this might not be the best option. Think about the use it will really get – are you a shower or a bath person? Will a massive bath be practical if you are a petite person, hate cleaning or have an older property? Think of the space and how to best utilise it. Will a built-I bath be a better choice?

4. Light Is Crucial

Lighting a bathroom can be tricky. Bathrooms can be dark and small and will usually have loads of reflecting surfaces such as mirrors and tiles which bounce off light. Lighting in a bathroom will require careful placement. The simplest way to light a bath is a single diffuse light in the centre of the ceiling. If you have a bathroom that’s already bright you could consider pair of wall sconces to add extra brightness. Thinking about ceiling-inset downlights? Place with care: avoid installing directly over light-coloured countertops as these will reflect them, and place close to the wall over a vanity to maximize light when looking in the mirror. And if you spend a lot of time applying makeup, consider vertical fluorescent light fixtures on either side of the mirror.

5. Think About Outlets.

You don’t want to get to the end of your renovation and realise that you could have benefited from some electrical outlets. If you do want to install these, it is of great importance you choose the right kind and that you place them in a safe and convenient location.

6. Less Is More With Tiles

You don’t need to look at thousands of tile samples to make the right decision on which ones to use. When it comes to bathrooms, porcelain, glass, natural stone, or cement are probably the best choices as they are easy to clean and mould resistant. As well, try to stick to one or two types of tiles in the same room. Too many styles in the same space might make it look cluttered and make cleaning more difficult.

7. Your Grout Is Important

If you think grout is a small detail that can be an afterthought, think again. Grout seals out dirt and water, compensates for small size differences between individual tiles, and firms up the structural integrity of an installation. To choose the right type of grout, ask yourself the following questions: Do you want the grout to stand out, or blend with the tiles? Is the grout in a high splash zone, or a fairly dry place? (If it’ll be getting wet a lot, as in a shower stall, opt for synthetic grout; go for cementitious grout everywhere else) Will dirty grout drive you crazy? (If so, avoid white.)

8. Proportions Are Key

Keep in mind at all times the space you have available. If your bathroom is small avoid bulky furniture including wash basin cabinets and large baths and toilets.

9. Make Sure You Think About Storage.

Be sure to identify all storage opportunities—even small, simple ones. When drawing up your plans, make sure these feel integrated and not added-on. Having enough storage will be the difference between a bathroom feeling luxurious and serene or cramped and poorly designed.

10. A little Can Go A Long Way

Sometimes a full bathroom renovation may be out of your budget. There are still a few things you can do to your existing bathroom to five it a facelift. Think about changing the doors on cabinets or updating the fixtures such as taps and lights. You could also think about tile refinishing to give your room a fresher look.

At dominant construction we have over a decade of experience delivering bespoke building projects in Hammersmith, Fulham, Parsons Green, Chelsea and all over London. If you are planning a bathroom renovation or any other building projects such as kitchen extensions, loft conversions or basement conversion, we are always keen to hear about your projects. Come and visit our office in Hammersmith to have a chat about your project and let’s explore how we can help you bring your vision to life.

A kitchen extension will not only provide you with additional living space but it will also add value to your home. Kitchen extensions are in most cases a great investment. A kitchen extension will transform your current cooking space into a socialising and living space. We share with you 10 ideas for you to consider when thinking of creating a kitchen extension.

1 Incorporate Various Roof Profiles.

A multifunctional kitchen extension – one that will house cooking, dining, socialising, and living spaces – will benefit from a varied roofing structure over one boring flat ceiling. Different ceiling levels will help define and separate the different functions of the new kitchen space, so it’s worth thinking about this in the initial planning stages.

Start by defining the function of each area within the new space, like where socialising will be taking place, where you will be doing the cooking and how you plan to integrate this new space with the rest of your home, including the outside. You can then decide what type of roof is appropriate for each section. High ceilings create an uplifting, effect, whereas lower ceiling are more cosy and intimate. Pitched roof profiles will draw your eyesight upwards or downwards leading your brain to read the space differently.

2 Use Different Floor Levels

Define the different areas in your kitchen extension by using different floor levels. If your extending to create an open-plan space, you want to define separate living, cooking, and dining areas. A helpful way to do this is to have different levels of flooring; you could raise the level of the cooking space above that of the diner, or vice versa, then gradually transition down towards the garden level.

3 Embrace Asymmetry

Uniquely shaped kitchen extensions can create wonderful living spaces that suit individual households perfectly. Think outside the box during the planning stage; you can go for an L-shaped kitchen layout or bring something to life that is beautifully asymmetrical, that performs in the way you need it to.

4 The Devil Is In The Detail

Before your extension project is in full swing, it’s important to think about the kitchen layout and design too. Have some ideas before you decide on the build, so that these can be incorporated at the outset, e.g., drainage points, electric sockets, extractors, windows, etc. This will in the long-run save you time and money. Remembering to incorporate these nitty gritty details in the early planning stages is something you’ll be happy you did later in the project.

5 Get Creative With Awkwardness

There will inevitably be one or two areas of your new kitchen that you’re not sure what to do with. One wall will stay in the darker part of the room, so you might want to use this space for utility units and chores rather than as dining or socialising spaces. By creating a utility area, you will also be creating storage space which will in turn make sure your new space remains uncluttered.

6 Bring In The Light

If you’re looking to make the most of natural light and make your new kitchen as bright and open as possible, think about installing a skylight. A skylight allows you to create a bespoke look which really opens up the space and allows the light to pour right into the room.

7 Create A Feature Island

Always dreamt of having a beautiful kitchen island as the stand-out feature in your kitchen? An extension will give you the space to do just that. Kitchen island can be great socialising spaces specially when seating is incorporated; they create a place for people to gather round with a glass of wine while the cook sees to meal prep, and they’re a great breakfast and lunch spot for your everyday. A kitchen island will provides you with extra storage as well. Keep your countertops clutter-free and put larger utensils and appliances you don’t use all the time away in the confines of your island unit.

8 Mix Things Up

Use a mix of materials to get the best from your kitchen extension. Create a brick extension to extend the space retaining the structure and warmth within the framework for example. Pair the brick with steel framed doors to offer an airy feel, allowing the outside to integrate with the indoor space. Further use of glass with a roof lantern will add a contemporary edge to the design, and floods the main kitchen area with natural light.

9 Multi-purpose Is King

Work with your architect during the early stages of your project to create a space that can provide the perfect balance for your lifestyle. A smart kitchen extension that seamlessly integrates cooking, dining and socialising is a great use the space – especially when working from a small floor plan. 

Using larger furniture pieces to help create the different zones is an ideal solution to save on structural divisions. You can also use colour blocking to define the different zones. Two-tone kitchen colour schemes are hugely popular with larger kitchens, as they help to create visual variety and prevent the space from feeling too big and empty.

10 Make Your New Kitchen Work For You

Our homes have never had to work harder to incorporate all of our growing needs. While kitchens have always been considered the heart of the home – today they are home offices, restaurants, classrooms and more. Not to say how we live now will stay, but designers are most definitely sensing this will influence how we use the space in the future. An extension can pave the way for a reconfigured layout that complements your ‘new normal’ lifestyle.

If you are thinking of embarking in a kitchen extension project, or any form of renovation work, why not give us a call on 020 71186155 or visit our office in Hammersmith. We are always keen to talk to you about your ideas.

Are you thinking of extending your home into your loft to add more space and value? In this post, we will give you some pointers on where to begin. From design to planning rules to how to handle any potential issues with your neighbours.

At Dominant constructions we have designed and constructed dozens of loft extensions in Hammersmith, Fulham and all over London. Thanks to our twelve years of experience, we were able to put together a list of the top tips on how to go about extending your home into your loft.

Extending your home into your loft can be a great way to increase the value of your home. An extension that is done properly can add up to 20% of value to your property. It is also a great way to add additional living space to the home you love and a loft extension is usually less disruptive than other types of home extensions. Keep in mind that if you want to see a return on your investment you must make sure you take into consideration what the top value of properties with similar work done will achieve in your area and budget your project accordingly.

Can I Extend Into My Loft?

This would be the first question you would want to answer. To be able to extend into your loft, you must consider it’s internal height. A loft must be at least 2.5 m high to be a viable space to extend into. As well, consider your roof pitch. The higher the pitch angle, the higher the central head height will be. And lastly, think of the footprint. A viable space for a loft conversion should be at least around 40 sqm to make it a usable living space.

How Will I Use My New Space?

Make sure that the space you are creating is suitable for the function you have in mind. Think of head space for example. You may have angled ceilings which restrict movement. For example, if you are planning to add a shower room to your loft conversion, will it be positioned in a space with enough headroom to stand in? As well, think of how to maximise the space you do have, like building storage in the eaves. Think where you will be able to place furniture realistically and how this furniture is used – a sofa will not sit flushed to the wall in the eaves space.

Is A Loft Conversion A DIY project?

Unless you have loads of building experience, we would advise against it. A loft conversion is a complex project and it will require to abide by Building Regulations. If you are convinced this is something you can do yourself you might consider professional advice on the trickier aspects of it. As it is a major project though, most people choose to higher professionals, such as Dominant Construction, to carry out the work.

Who Should I Use?

You have a few options when it comes to carrying out the work and which one you chose will depend on the complexity of the project and your budget.

You may appoint an architect who will prepare the necessary drawings and designs for you, help you obtain the necessary approvals and liaise with an experienced contractor to carry out the work. They will can also handle the project management for you.

You could also consider appointing a specialist loft conversion company such as ourselves. Companies like us offer a one-stop shop for loft conversions. They may have an internal design department or an architect with whom they work closely, manage all the necessary approvals for you and take care of the project management internally to ensure that your vision becomes a reality with ease.

If you are on a tighter budget, you may consider an experienced builder. They may be able to provide a similar service to a specialist company though this may take longer and you might have to undertake some or all of the project management yourself.

As with many things nowadays, you can begin your search online to find the right option for you. You should also consider asking friends and family for recommendations.

Do I Need Planning Permission And Building Regulations?

Planning permission is usually not necessary unless you are extending the roof space or exceed specified limits e.g. any dormer is higher than the current highest part of the roof or you live within a conservation area. However, it is always wise to check the permitted development guidelines in your area.

Building Regulations however will apply to loft conversions to ensure that the project is safe to execute. For example making sure that the new floor is structurally sound or that the stairs leading to the new space are up to code. There are also fire safety regulations to think about.

Will I Need A Party Wall Agreement?

If your property is detached then no. However if you live in a top floor flat or in a terraced or semi-detached house, then you are likely to need it. This is because the changes you will be making may involve shared walls, chimneys and roofs and the work could damage the adjoining property.

What Other Things Must I Consider?

Stairs. Creating new stairs that lead to your new space can be tricky. There are rules and regulations to abide by such as a minimum two-meter head clearance under and above the stairs.

Plumbing. If you are planning to add a toilet or bathroom to this space you will need to consider plumbing. You would be potentially adding onto your existing system and it might prove that the system needs to be change or upgraded to support an additional bathroom.

Insulation. Insulation in your home may need to be improved in order for your project to be given a green light. Building control are likely to inspect this to make sure it is up to standards and that energy-saving measures are at a maximum.

Insurance. Always let your insurer know that you will be carrying out work for a loft conversion. This is because you will be making your home more vulnerable to the elements and your chances of having to make a claim increase. As well, once the work is finished, the value of your home will change and this may affect your current policy.

Small spaces, when designed properly, can feel cosy and zen. However, when you have to cram in all your wordily belonging into a 5 by 5 room, the result can be claustrophobic and cramped. Fear not, making a small space look more spacious is not impossible. The key lies in tricking the eye into perceiving more space using scale, light and movement.

Big Is Not Always Better

When furnishing a small space it is all about proportions. If a piece of furniture brushes up against the boundaries of a room (either up, down or sideways) it is too large. In order to make a room feel bigger, make sure that there is always some space between the side of your furniture and the walls.

Also, keep in mind the proportions of the furnishings. A large overstuffed sofa and a sleek modern one will give you the same seating space but the former will take up too much more floor room. If you must have a large statement piece, consider a large mirror or painting – something you can hang on the wall rather than something that will use floor-space.

Leave Some Headroom

Furniture with a lower profile, provides a sense of space. The more room between the celling and your furniture, the airier the room will feel. Think 1950’s chic and loft beds.

Show Some Leg

Streamlined furniture allows for more natural light and air to flow through the room, providing a sense of movement and space. It creates the illusion of openness. Mid-century furniture again in this case is great for this effect. Think long, thinner legs.

It’s All Smoke And Mirrors…

If you need to make a room look bigger, there are few decorative items that are more effective than mirrors. A mirror will reflect light, making a room brighter, which immediately makes a space look bigger. It also will reflect the view, which will trick the eye into perceiving more space.

Forget About The Curtains

The right decision on window treatment can make a room look much bigger. Using curtains will naturally block the external view and add an “extra thing” to the room making it feel more cluttered. Instead, why not use a lightweight mesh or cloth blinds or shutters. If you must have curtains make sure that the rail allows for the curtains to fully clear the window when opened to make the most of your view. On a similar note, you might want to avoid rugs as well. Once again, a rug will add an extra item to your room making it feel cluttered. If you really want to have a rug though, consider one that is not too large and with a simple design.

Make It White

Using white on your walls, ceiling and floor will make a space look airy and cloud-like. When you use white on all surfaces, the border between them is less perceptible, creating a sense of openness. White is also great at reflecting light and as mentioned above, the lighter a room is, the more ample it will feel.

Make It Vertical

Use decorative items that will emphasise the vertical dimensions of a room. Think tall shelves, a bare hanging designer bulb or simple hanging light fixture or vertical wooden slabs. Any of these will make the room feel taller and by proxy it will feel bigger. It also adds a sense of movement which also makes the room feel more open.

Make It Horizontal

Anything that causes your eye to travel around a room in an intentional and orderly fashion will make it feel larger. The same concept used in the section above applies horizontally. If your room has enough height, why not emphasise its length.

Make Way

Creating a clear path through the room will provide visitors a sense of openness. If every inch of floorspace has something on it, moving around the room may be difficult creating the illusion of it being cluttered.

Keep It Simple

A small space benefits form curating your furnishings. The more pieces you place in the room, the more cluttered it will feel. Avoid having too many knickknacks. However, if you do have many decorative items, you can group them in a way that they read as an installation. The same applies with art. Concentrate your pieces in one or two walls and avoid complicated patterns or overwhelming colours.

If you are thinking about any renovation work, why not give us a call at 020 71186155 or make an appointment to come talk to us at our office in Hammersmith. We are always keen to speak about construction and design.

Glass roofs are a great way to bring in natural light to any room. With today’s technology, glass is an incredibly strong and durable material and an essential building component, albeit with some limitations.

If you are thinking of installing a glass roof to your home here are a few things you must keep in mind.

Are Your Walls Strong Enough To Support It?

It might seem common sense but not everyone considers this – If your glazed area is large, it can become really heavy. Seek advice from your structural engineer to make sure your walls can take the weight of the glass roof you would like. You will need steel supports either side and above any openings, such as an external door. You will also need these if the roof is particularly heavy. If your extension is being built with a cavity wall, you can use this space to hide a steel column if you need one. Also, keep in mind logistics. If you are using large glass panes ask yourself – can they fit through my home or will I have to hire a crane to get them on-site? If you do need a crane, don’t forget to include this additional cost when budgeting .

What Is Your Budget?

Glass can be an expensive material. If you want to rationalise costs, you can think of a system with of the shelf glass pane sizes and a UPVC or aluminium frame. Keep in mind that the more glass in your design and the less frame structure, chances are the more costly it will be. As well, your design will most probably have to go through planning permission and in some instances, such as when your property is in a conservation area, UPVC frames are not allowed.

How Will you Keep It Clean?

Your new glass roof will have to have a minimum slope of 1% so that rainwater can help wash away debris, dust and leaves. However, a 5% slope or more is standard as this will help water drain much better. As well, don’t forget you will need an appropriate space where you can prop a ladder to clean the glass roof.

If your budget permits, you might consider self-cleaning glass. While this does not mean you will never have to clean the roof, it means you will get away with doing it every six months or so and a hosing down might suffice. Self-cleaning glass works thanks to a special coating that makes it difficult for dust and other debris to stick to the glass. It can be retrofitted if necessary but results are always better when this coating is applied in a factory.

Maximise Light With Glass Beams

You can use glass beams to get a truly stunning ethereal effect. These are toughened and laminated beams that will need to be calculated by an expert or your structural engineer.

Don’t Forget Window Treatments

While the main idea of having a glass roof is to let as much light as possible into a room, sometimes too much of a good thing is bad. Too much light can make it difficult to watch TV in the room without getting a glare or control lighting and heat effectively, hence you might want to consider blinds or shutters. If you are planning to have a window treatment, make sure your design allows for their installation. If you prefer not to have a traditional window treatment, you could also consider anti-glare glass, although this will affect the transparency of your glass, it will help you control the potential ‘greenhouse’ effect.

Is Your Glass Roof The Right Choice For Your Room

You may be thinking of using a single glass piece or glazing the whole roof of your loft extension – always keep in mind practicality, durability and feasibility. If you are planning for a single large sheet of glass for example, it will need to be double glazed and there will be some structural work needed, such as some small steels around the roof opening to support it. If you are planning to glaze your whole roof, think about planning permission and privacy. If your design requires walk on ground-level windows to lighten up a basement for example, make sure they will support the wait of people walking on them

If you are planning to install a glass roof or skylight or are planning any kind of renovation, why not give us a call at 020 71186155 or arrange a visit to our office in Hammersmith. We are always happy to have a chat about your ideas.

When thinking of retiling your roof, there is an endless variety of roof tiles to choose from. From classic concrete or clay roof tiles to durable metal tiles to luxurious natural slate tiles the choices are many. Each type of tile will offer unique strengths and advantages – ease of installation, durability, aesthetics, etc. It is all about weighting up the pros and cons of each option and deciding which tile will be the best for your project.

When choosing the type of roof tile that is right for you consider the following:

Roof Design and Structure

The design and pitch of your roof will influence your choice on the best type of roof tile. If the pitch is very low, certain tiles won’t be suitable for installation for example.

Aesthetics and Appearance

The overall look of your home is an important factor when choosing the right type of tile for you. Think of what kind of finish it will create for your property. If your home is of a traditional design, a sleek modern slate or lightweight roof tile may look incongruent. Think of colour and what type of tile will fit best with your exterior scheme. You might also want to keep in mind neighbouring properties and consider how your new roof will fit into the natural flow of the street.

Geography and Climate

Across the UK, there are a variety of different tiles which are distinctively used in certain regions. When choosing your tiles you may want to take this into consideration. Tiles with the most prevalence in your area may have been chosen as they are better suited to the climatic conditions of the area. Is the area you live in very windy? Is it affected by heavy rain or hail storms? Is your property close to the sea? Is it really hot during the summer? The tiles you choose should be able to withstand any specific climatic challenges.

Local Planning

In some cases, there may be restrictions implemented by the local authority which could restrict your choices. You may need to comply with planning requirements which regulate the type of tiles you can use. In some areas, tiles may require specific approval based on environmental grounds. Always check with your local authority to make sure that the tiles you have chosen will abide by local regulations.


Deciding on a budget prior to commencing any work can be a way to narrow down your choices. Make sure you keep in mind installation and transportation costs as well as any future maintenance costs.

If you are planning any renovation work to your property we are always happy to have a chat on how we can help you make it a success. Give us a call on 020 7118 6155 or visit our office in Hammersmith. We are experts in home renovations, extensions and conversions, in Hammersmith, Fulham, Parsons Green and the rest of London.  

When renovating your home, you will have a plethora of options when it comes to window treatments.  Few, however, will provide you the same control over the amount of natural light allowed into a room or the level of privacy as shutters will.

Amongst the most popular shutter styles available today are plantation shutters. These are wooden, louvered blinds that sit inside their own frame and are fixed to your window sill or doorframe. The slats or louvres in plantation shutters can be tilted from fully closed to fully open, or anywhere in between, providing you with great natural light control and airflow.

Plantation shutters are one of the most popular styles today and their name originates in Southern USA, where these style of shutters were commonly fitted on cotton and sugar plantations mansions to control light, protect occupants from the weather and even prevent insects from coming into these palatial homes. However, their origins are much older and can be dated back to ancient Greece, where solid shutters made from wood or even marble were fitted to buildings for protection.

Plantation shutters are extremely dynamic and one of the most flexible window dressings on the market. They are known to help improve sleep by providing great control on the amount of light that is allowed into a room, offering undisturbed sleep be it day or night. Because of this, plantation shutters are a great choice for nurseries and bedrooms.

Plantation shutters also provide privacy without too much compromise on the amount of light coming into a room. Unlike curtains or roman blinds that must completely be draw back to allow light through, shutters provide you with the best of both worlds. By simply tilting the louvres, shutters provide some privacy making it very difficult to peer into a room whilst still allowing light in.

Plantation shutters have also been known to help retain the heat in a room as closing them can minimise draughts from windows and doors making them a perfect choice if your property does not benefit from double glazing.

On hotter days, plantation shutters allow for ventilation without compromising on security or privacy. Louvres can be kept open on hot days, allowing air to ventilate a room while retaining privacy and security, especially if you have pets or young children.

Plantation shutters can also add value to your property as homes with them give the impression to be better maintained. They are also easy to clean and can be kept in good condition without much effort. They are elegant and design-wise, they fit with most property styles. They also come in many materials. From affordable Basswood which is durable with a tight grain that provides a smooth finish when painted to classic poplar wood which is strong and lightweight. You can also find plantation shutters in premium woods such as elm and even some made of waterproof Polyvinyl – especially useful for kitchens and bathrooms where one has to keep humidity in mind.

Plantation shutters can come in a variety of configurations. You can have full height plantation shutters which cover a whole window. These offer clean lines and a simple style. In many instances, these can be fitted with a mid-rail to increase versatility. The tier-on-tier style is probably the most versatile. They are installed with an upper and a lower panel which can be opened and closed separately to one another. These type of shutters are commonly used for bay windows and are a great option if controlling the amount of light in a room is your main priority. You can also have café-style plantation shutters, which are only fitted to the lower part of a window. These will provide you with constant light in a room while still allowing you for privacy, specially if seated. You can also have solid shutters which provide you with total privacy when closed and can act as a barrier against noise and weather.

If you are renovating your home and are wondering what your choices are regarding shutters, we are always happy to have a chat. Make an appointment to come and visit our office in Hammersmith or give us a call on 020 71186155. We are always happy to discuss with you how we can help you make your dream home become a reality.

A kitchen extension is a great way to make a small pokey cooking space into a large open plan space that everyone can enjoy. Modern kitchens are not only places for cooking – they have become spaces for living, dining, socialising, playing and even doing homework. Building a multifunctional space that serves all these functions, is not an easy feat. That does not mean that it is an impossibility. Here are some key factors you need to keep in mind while embarking on a kitchen renovation project.

What can I expect to pay for a kitchen extension?

Without having a plan in place and without having a clear design idea, it is difficult to tell you exactly what you will spend on a kitchen extension project. However, if you want a rough estimate based on averages, you can expect to pay around £2,500 for every square meter of space added. Do keep in mind that this is just a rough estimate, and this may vary greatly depending on the final plan, the finishes you choose and any especial feature you may want to add. When estimating your cost, keep in mind that you will need to factor in the cost of the superstructure, cabinets and work surfaces, flooring, electrics, heating and plumbing, windows, doors and glazing, decorating and finishing, party wall agreements (if necessary), architects’ fees, building regulations and planning fees (if necessary), insurance, and so on. Also, always make sure that you plan for a healthy contingency fund. As with most renovation projects, there is always a chance that additional costs will arise as the project progresses – we recommend around 20% of the estimated cost to be on the safe side of things.

How Much Value Can I Expect a Kitchen Extension Will Add To My Property?

If your kitchen is small, a kitchen extension is one of the best investments you can make. It will increase your living space either by adding it directly or by freeing other spaces in the house – for example adding a dining space to your kitchen extension may free up another room currently used for this purpose. Just keep in mind that to make your kitchen extension a project that will provide you a realistic ROI, you need to consider what is the top value of houses with similar extensions in your area versus how much you would have to spend to achieve this project to your desired standards.

Will I Need Planning Permission?

That all depends. You might be covered under Permitted Development (PD) Rights, in which case you will not require planning consent. However if your home is in a Conservation Area, a national park or is a listed property, you will most probably need consent.

If you project is to fall under PD, it should be single-story, a maximum height of four metres, it should not extend beyond the original rear wall of the house by more than six metres if it is an attached house or eight metres for a detached home. If you are adding a side extension, this must be single-storey with a width of no more than half that of the original house. It is always a good idea though to check with your local authority just in case.

If you are building an extension, building work involving work to boundary walls between your house and your neighbours needs to comply with the Party Wall Act and, as part of the process, you’ll need to serve a Party Wall Notice to adjoining neighbours. This is notice of the work you intend to do and should be served at least two months before work begins.

If they consent within 14 days to the work, then you can begin. If they don’t, you and your neighbour will need to appoint a party wall surveyor (this may or may not be the same company) to draft up a party wall ‘award’, which describes how work will proceed.

You will still need Building regulations approval to ensure that the minimum design and construction standards are met. These are likely to refer to energy performance, structural integrity, protection against walls and unsafe walls, electric and gas safety and fire protection.

What Is The Best Design For My Extension?

Budget will heavily dictate design. Remember that bigger is not always better. Make sure you take into consideration what you plan to use the space for, how it integrates with the rest of the house and your outdoor space and the amount of natural light that your design will allow into the property.

Do I Need To Hire An Architect?

Not necessarily. If your budget allows, then hiring a professional is always a great choice. They will be experienced enough to make sure that your vision becomes a reality. However, if your project is not too complicated you might be able to hand it over to a good design-and-build company and still achieve great results. Whatever your plans are, we at Dominant Construction are always keen to have a chat to explore how we can help you make your project a reality. Give us a call on 020 71186155 or make an appointment to come and talk to us at our office in Hammersmith.

These past few years have seen UK home owners spend approximately £110 billion pounds on home improvements due to the pandemic. During this period, outhouses, home gyms and home extensions proved  to be the most popular home improvement choices. 5 million Brits redecorated rooms in their homes, 1.5 million built an outhouse and over a million built home-gyms and extensions.

While renovations costs might have increased dramatically during the pandemic period, historically, there are times of the year when making certain home renovations can be more affordable.

January is the perfect time to do a garden clearance. While most people will do this around march, getting your garden cleared in January will be cheaper. The cold weather will have caused the foliage to die back which means there will be les work to be done and it will probably require a smaller skip to clear resulting in an overall smaller bill.

If you are planning to fit a new kitchen, February is potentially the best time of the year to do so. Most people will want to give their kitchen a facelift for Christmas, which means that February is a quiet month for kitchen fitters. Since they will not have as many jobs lined up, kitchen fitter might be able to accommodate your schedule better and potentially you will be able to negotiate a better price.

March is the perfect time to replace or repair your windows. People tend to carry out this home improvement once temperatures begin to drop. Replacing or repairing your windows in March, will give you plenty of time to compare quotes and providers so you can choose your contractor leisurely.

As with other chores or home improvements which people tend to do only once it is necessary, doing a chimney sweep in April rather than October or November will see you score better rates and find a contractor that is easily available. Also, lighter, warmer and drier conditions help when your sweep is examining the exterior chimney conditions.

May is perfect for clearing your guttering. As tempting as it is to do so in October once all the leaves have fallen, waiting until the end of spring to do so will allow the worst of the weather to pass so that you can do this job safely. A word to the wise, it is a good idea to carry out this chore at least twice a year.

If you are thinking of replacing your floor, do so in June. Demand for flooring trades steps up from September onwards as people begin to focus on interior jobs. Changing your floors in June will be a great choice as most people will be worried with their gardens giving your chosen provider a better chance of fitting you into their schedule.

July is a great month to fit in security systems. As days get shorter in October and November, the longer periods of darkness make homeowners more aware for the need of security systems. As weather tends to be better in July than after October, it also makes installation much easier and as with other home improvements, cheaper.

During the summer, our boilers aren’t working as hard and therefore are less likely to need running repairs. So fixing or repairing your boiler this time of the year is far easier and chances of you getting an appointment with your provider of choice are greater. Also, we’d estimate that you can make a 10 – 15 percent saving when the market is less competitive.

September is a good time to think about refitting your bathroom Kids are back in school and people are spent from returning from holidays which means contractors tend to be less busy at this time of the year. As with other projects, doing a bathroom renovation in periods that are less busy with the relevant trades, comes with a better chance of finding a provider who is available and potentially better rates.

Put up new fencing in October. During the summer, your garden usually looks its best, so having fencers stepping on all your flowerbeds isn’t ideal. Getting hard landscaping jobs done when plants are dormant is a much better choice.

Summer is not a great time to get a decorator as it is one of their busiest periods, hence, painting your rooms in November is a much better option. Do keep in mind that Christmas is also a very busy time for decorators.

December is a great time to insulate the loft. This might sound strange but as many of the decorations that are usually in the loft will be in other areas of your home, it is a perfect time to tidy this space and make any improvements necessary.

Regardless of the time of the year, at Dominant Construction we are always keen to talk about construction. We are always ready to help you make your home improvement projects a success. If you are planning any form of home renovation, kitchen extension or loft conversion we are keen to have a chat with you. Make an appointment to come and see us at our office in Hammersmith or give us a call.

There are a few items at home that get intense use on daily basis. The kitchen tap is one of them. Think how many times a day we switch them on. Not everyone gives this piece of hardware a lot of thought. Many, when renovating a kitchen, will be guided by budget only, but there are many other factors that should affect what tap to go for – style, shape, flow. These decisions will affect how you use your kitchen for years to come. The decision about what type of kitchen taps you should opt for should be taken in the wider context of the overall kitchen layout and design. However, here are a few key facts that you need to consider.


As with everything, especially in the current climate, budget is a key factor when purchasing anything for the home. The kitchen tap price range is vast – from £10 to £700 or more. Literally there is something for everyone. But if you think that going for the most budget friendly option is always the wisest move, think again. It is crucial that you keep in mind value for money against absolute cost. For example, a poor quality tap, even though it may seem cheap to start with, may not have the same lifespan as other options that are better made and that are potentially more expensive. This means that cheaper models will probably have to be replaced with greater frequency. The old saying “buy cheap, buy twice” stands true when talking about kitchen taps. Your best starting point would be a mid-price model and take it from there. Chose a product with a sensible warranty that will allow for some wiggle room should you not be satisfied with the product’s performance or quality.


If your kitchen is ultra-modern and minimalist, you wouldn’t chose a Victorian style tap. Your kitchen hardware should complement your kitchen design. A great way to choose the right style for your kitchen tap is visiting a few kitchen show-rooms and websites to see the different models in context. This will be a great source of inspiration so you can match your kitchen design to an appropriate hardware style.


Even if we are not always aware of the full range of functions for a kitchen tap, be assured that we used for much more than just filling the kettle. Before choosing a tap for your newly renovated kitchen, think of how you will use it. If you are a true foodie for example, you might consider a pull out spray kitchen tap, similar to those found in professional kitchens. These can be used not only to clean food but will also come incredibly handy when washing up all size and shapes of pots and pans. Think about the type of handles these will have; do you prefer a traditional design or would you find levers more practical? Whatever your preference, never forget to choose a tap that is easy to use and which can be easily adjusted to get the right water temperature – especially if you are installing a mixer tap.


As with style, your choice in finish will most probably be tied to your kitchen’s design. For example, a shiny chrome tap, is a great choice when matched with a stainless steel sink. These materials are relatively easy to clean and will help keep your kitchen bacteria-free. Matte finishes look great in a minimalist setting though keep in mind that the texture that makes these items matte, might require a more conscientious cleaning routine.

Boiling Water Taps

Boiling Water and more recently, cold and sparkling water taps are usually considered top of the range. These are incredibly practical as you will no longer need a kettle and will have cool and even sparkling water…. Well…. On tap! The tap boils water under the worktop and releases it when you need it. Manufacturers of these systems claim that using them is cheaper than using the kettle and that there is also less water wastage. As these taps are considered top of the range, expect a to pay a pretty penny. Boiling water taps can cost around £800 and you can also expect to pay an additional £200 for installation. Whichever your choice, as with anything in your home, it must work for you and your lifestyle. If you are planning a kitchen renovation or a kitchen extension, we would love to have a chat with you. Give us a call at 020 71186155 or make an appointment to come and see us at our office in Hammersmith. We will be more than happy to discuss your renovation plans and ultimately help you chose the right tap for your beautiful brand new kitchen.

Thinking about extending your living space into the loft? Here are a few points to consider before you start planning.

1. Planning Permission

Most loft conversions can be successfully carried out under Permitted Development without the need for a formal planning application. If your loft conversion design consist of discreet rooflights fitted flush to the front roof slope and a large projecting dormer window towards the  back of the property, chances are it will fall within Permitted Development guidelines as you would not be significantly affecting your property’s appearance from the street. However, if your conversion is slightly more complicated, for example when you need to add dormers to the front or the side of the property or when you need a hip-to-gable type of conversion, you most probably need to apply for planning permission. If your property is listed, located in a conservation area or for some reason your council has removed Permitted Development rights, you will also need to apply for planning permission.

2. Size

Will my loft be big enough? A good way to find out is to calculate your actual usable space. You can do this by measuring the gross internal floor area of the existing top floor rooms under the loft area you want to convert. If your loft provides you at least 20 metres squared of gross floor it should in theory be suitable. Do keep in mind that not all this space will be usable. The roof pitch and hight will also be contributing factors.  The net amount of usable floor area for a new loft room can be calculated by subtracting the space lost around the edges near the eaves where height is under 1.2m, and then making an allowance for the new loft stairwell. Also, deduct any unusable space such as chimney breasts.

3. Headroom

This is one of the key deciding factors that will affect your loft conversion. To make sure your loft is indeed suitable to be converted into a living space, stand under the highest point of the roof and measure it – it should be at least 2.8 m. While this might sound like a lot of vertical space, consider you will have to add a new floor structure including insulation which will affect this measurement. If indeed the highest point in your existing loft is 2.8m or higher, you are off to a good start. However, should this not be so, don’t panic. There are a few alternatives. You can apply for planning permission to raise the roof’s height. To obtain planning permission for this modification can be tricky, especially if your property is terraced or semi-detached, but an experienced designer should be able to help you come up with a design that has little visual impact and is therefore accepted by planners. You may also consider “borrowing” some vertical space from the rooms below if your existing ceiling height in these is generous.

4. Stair Position.

You will need new stairs to reach your loft conversion, and these will take up space. The layout on the floor below your loft conversion needs not be negatively affected by your planned changes for your loft conversion to be viable. If you have to sacrifice a whole room for example to accommodate a new staircase, a loft conversion might not be a good solution. If you can accommodate the new staircase above an existing flight, you are in luck as the new stairs can be designed to come out at the perimeter of the new loft room, which should maximise your living space. Do keep in mind that this location usually clashes with roof slopes. If this is the case, you might want to consider constructing a new dormer directly above to provide the necessary headroom.

5. Fire Regulations

You must check with the relevant authorities what fire safety regulations apply to your type of property. If your property is taller than two flights, adding extra living space in the loft will also require specific fire safety measures.

6. Weight, Original Structure and Age

If your home is detached, chances are a loft extension will be easier to carry out as you won’t have to worry about party walls. Detached homes also tend to have larger loft spaces to start with. As well, modern trussed rafters are more complex to convert compared to traditional ‘cut timber’ roof structures – though this is no longer a major concern. If your property is older, make sure it is robust enough to take the extra weight.

7. Added Value

Lastly, make sure that this your loft conversion is worth executing. Do your homework and see what the potential value of your property will be once the loft conversion is carried out by asking real estate agents in your area. You can also do some online research by viewing available properties in your area with similar characteristics listed in real-estate portals. Once you have done this, get a detailed quote from a reliable contractor to make sure you do not end up with unexpected costs that could make your loft conversion a bad investment.

If you are thinking of a loft conversion, kitchen extension or any home renovation project, why not visit our office in Hammersmith and have a chat with us. We are always keen to discuss your ideas and explore how we can help you make them a reality.

Space is most certainly a premium in the current market, so if you are lucky enough to have a basement at home, why not make the most of underutilised subterranean space. Renovating your basement into a usable living space is a great way of making the most of your total floorplan.

1- Use Your Basement Conversion To Create A New Family Hub.

Most basement conversions will work very well as open plan living spaces due to their inherent structure. Such spaces offer a great opportunity to create a new social or family hub to entertain. Open plan spaces will allow you to integrate larger more comfortable furniture where many people can relax and will provide you with potentially uninterrupted views so you can place a large TV that everyone can enjoy from every corner of your new family room.

2.- Create Your Dream Open Plan Kitchen In Your Basement Extension.

If your home’s ground floor already caters for multiple functions – dining room, hallways, sitting room, etc. – why not move your kitchen to the basement, where you can create that luxurious open plan kitchen you’ve always wanted. At the same time, it will give you some extra room on your ground floor to extend your living room or create a formal dining room.

3.- Give The Kids A Dedicated Play Space In Your Basement Conversion.

A dedicated playroom in the basement will help you keep your home more organised. A dedicated playroom in the basement extension will potentially provide you with additional toy storage space while providing a room for the kids where they can feel independent. It can also double up as an extra room with cleverly integrated additional sleeping quarters for those ever important sleepovers.

4.- Create An Underground Home Cinema.

A basement conversion can be the perfect space for a home cinema. Not only it will provide you with the open space you need to integrate comfortable seating and a big screen but will also provide you with the darker environment that a home cinema requires without additional cost.

5.- Add Extra Value To Your Home By Converting Your Basement Into An Extra Bedroom.

Adding a bedroom, more often than not, will add value to your home. Adding a bedroom suite in the basement will not only add value to your home but, if used as a guest bedroom, will also provide your guests with privacy. If your basement conversion is earmarked as a master bedroom, why not take advantage of the extra space and incorporate a luxurious ensuite. Do keep in mind that if you are planning on using a basement conversion as a bedroom, you need to keep in mind sources for natural light, insulation and heat sources.

6.- Create The Office Of Your Dreams.

If thinking of creating a home office, why not do so in your basement extension? A basement extension office can provide you with the privacy and space you need to create an office where you can be your most productive. A basement office will give you the much-needed separation between home and work life that a dining room table doesn’t while providing you with a productive and private space that many jobs require.

7.- Create A Wine Cellar.

If your basement is not big enough to accommodate a living or working space why not convert it into a wine storage cellar? This can provide you with additional storage space in your kitchen while giving your home a luxurious additional space.

8.- Add A Utility Room.

Another idea for smaller basements is to create a dedicated utility room. Washing and drying machines can be placed here, giving you extra space in the kitchen with the added bonus that they will be isolated from other living spaces just in case they are slightly noisy.

Keep in mind as well, there is a chance that if your basement is already in existence and meets certain requirements to make it a properly usable space (which means you would not have to do any further excavation or raise the ceiling) you will not need planning permission as many basement conversions fall under Permitted Development rights.

If you are thinking of creating a new family hub or a super posh cinema room in your basement, give us a call. We would love to discuss with you how we can help you with your basement conversion. You can also visit us at our office in Hammersmith, at Dominant Construction, we are always happy to chat about construction and renovation projects.