Renovation cost in London: How much to refurbish my London home?

By Ema Globyte on Jan 25 2018

There’s hardly anything better than returning to a home you absolutely love at the end of a tough day. A home that makes you feel truly comfortable, where everything functions as it should – and you can simply put your feet up.
Which is why, if your home isn’t in a great shape, you may be considering a renovation project.

What is the approximate home renovation cost in London?

Before you begin getting excited about the prospects of a refurbished home, you will probably want to find out how much you need to budget for a full home refurb.

The good news is that we know a great deal about home renovation cost in London. Below are the projects a complete home renovation will include, along with their indicative expense. Our costs are based on renovating a standard 3-bedroom house in London.

The final investment will depend on several factors, such as the condition and size of the property, if the refurbishment requires any structural work, if any safety features need to be installed to comply with building regulations and some other elements. But the below guide will give you a good understanding of what an approximate home renovation cost in London will be.

Kitchen refurbishment
Estimated budget: 3k – 6k

The social hub of a home, the kitchen will be one of the more expensive items on your refurb list. Remodelling a kitchen isn’t the quickest of makeovers, and can be quite complicated – but it is also one of the most effective ways to add value to your home in London. Most of the investment will be spent on cabinet and hardware, installation, appliances and ventilation.

Bathroom refurbishment
Estimated budget: 3k – 6k

A clean, modern-looking bathroom can add a touch of luxury to your home without having to spend a fortune. The elements most often involved in a bathroom refurb are faucets and fixtures, floor plan changes, new flooring, new showers or baths, cabinets and lighting. You can save on the cost if you’re only updating the essentials, rather than going for a full bathroom refurb.

Replacing windows
Estimated budget: 3k – 5k

Shiny new windows will not only improve the look of your home, but also help you make significant savings on energy costs. Vinyl styles will require a smaller investment, while wood, fiberglass and aluminium-clad will be on the more expensive end of the scale.

Lighting and rewiring
Estimated budget: 1k – 2k

Lighting and wiring may not be the most attractive items on the refurb list, but they can’t be neglected. The first step should be to hire a qualified electrician to do a survey to find out exactly what kind of work will be required. Generally, the older the property, the more work lighting and rewiring can require, because the wires will need to be brought up to date. It can also be very disruptive to the decor of the property, so plan to complete it early on, before any re-plastering or redecorating work takes place.

Carpeting or flooring
Estimated budget: 1k – 2k

When thinking about the cost of flooring and carpeting, consider elements like materials, labour, sub-floor preparation and sundries. The cost will depend on the type of flooring you choose, and, of course, the size of the room. For example, hardwood floor could be more expensive than the given cost, while laminate flooring would be within the budget of 1k.

Painting and decorating throughout
Estimated budget: 1k – 2k

Beautifully painted and decorated walls can completely transform the look of a room, so adding a lick of paint to your walls, ceilings, doors and skirtings is an important stage your refurbishment project. When preparing your rooms for decorating work, you may also unveil hidden problems, which will need to be fixed before any other works can take place.

Structural change
Estimated budget: 1k – 3k

Tearing down a wall, or adding new walls are two popular remodelling projects that can make a big difference in how you use the space in your home. As with many other renovation projects, there are certain factors that may increase the cost of tearing down a wall, such as load-bearing walls (walls that help support the home), walls with plumbing, cooling, or heating pipes.

While many homeowners think removing a wall is something they can easily do themselves, it takes a lot of skill and expertise to do it without damaging the remaining walls, the flooring or even the whole structural integrity of the building. Neither adding nor removing a wall is a DIY job, so you will be better off hiring a professional.

Estimated budget: 1k – 2k

Unless you are a carpenter or joiner yourself, you will most likely need to hire a professional joiner for works like fitting kitchen units, hanging doors, fixing skirting boards, or installing a spindles staircase. Joiners are normally hired per hour, so the cost of joinery will depend on what type of work your home refurbishment project will require. For most of our refurbishment projects, joinery works cost about 2k.

Additional elements
Estimated budget: 5k – 10k

There are several other remodelling elements that a complete refurb will entail, such as the exterior walls, which may need scoffing; driveways, re-plastering and gas and plumbing works. Prices of these will vary depending what materials you choose, but from our experience, it’ll cost you between 5k and 10k.

You should now have a better idea about renovation cost in London. Bear in mind that these costs exclude having to apply for any work permits, or additional costs such as solving damp, for example.

Before you begin any renovation work in your home, make sure you get a detailed assessment of the current condition of your property. Commissioning a survey will help you spot any problem areas early, and could help indicate the cost of necessary repairs.

If you’re thinking about refurbishing your London home, but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help!

Get in touch, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Property in London

By Ema Globyte on Jan 8 2018

Making home improvements that add value to your property is an investment, which every homeowner in London should consider.

Improving the look and functionality of your home can significantly increase its value – and make your home a more enjoyable place to live.

There are plenty of quality home enhancements to help unleash your home’s full potential. We listed 5 ways to add value to your home in London, along with some guidance on how to impress potential buyers.

Before you make any big renovation or extension decisions, speak with a trusted local estate agent to learn about what’s popular in your area. Every home has a ‘ceiling price’ – the maximum price you can expect to achieve based on other homes in the area.

Getting professional advice will help to ensure that your investment will be profitable.

1. Add Value to Your Home with a Loft Conversion

In London, where space comes at a premium cost, a home with an extra bedroom or bathroom is a buyer magnet, and extending upwards is one of the easiest ways to gain this extra space.

Loft conversions can be done cost-effectively, and don’t normally require a planning permission. However, do ensure that they comply with the existing building regulations. The most successful loft conversions are the ones that appear to be an integral part of an existing property.

Converting your loft isn’t particularly disruptive either, as most of the work can be carried out from outside, which makes extending into the attic a popular home improvement option for maximising the value of a home.

2. Building an Extension to Add Value to Your Home

Building a single or double storey extension is another effective way to create extra space in your home, and well as increase the property’s value.

When planning an extension, it’s important to design the rooms to be as big as possible, without giving up too much of the outdoor space.

The new space would ideally blend in with the overall design of the house, but if you choose to go for a more ‘dramatic’ look, avoid using too many different materials, which can make it clash with the rest of the house.

Rear Property Extension

3. Refurbishing the Kitchen to Add Value to Your Home

An attractive and beautifully renovated kitchen is bound to impress a potential buyer – as well as add value to your home in the surveyor’s eyes.

There are many things you can do to give your existing kitchen a new, modern look, but creating a beautiful and efficient work surface is a priority.

You should also consider adding desirable features, like an extractor hood and an attractive range cooker, if you don’t already have them. Choose equipment that is as up to date as possible, so it wouldn’t look outdated in 10 years.

Many kitchen suppliers will also offer free design service, so make use of that for fresh layout ideas.

Kitchen Refurbishment

4. Bathroom Makeover to Add Value to Your Home

Refurbishing existing bathrooms is always a smart move – it’s a way to add value to your home with a modest investment.

For a bathroom to please a potential buyer’s eye and increase the value of your home, aim for a hygienic look with a touch of luxury.

It’s about keeping it simple, yet classy: new taps and a new power-shower, plus replacing your old shower curtain with a sleek glass door.

Ensure that the bathroom has plenty of light, and that the flooring is clean and hygienic. Little tricks like adding mirrors will help the bathroom look larger and brighter.

Bathroom Refurbishment

5. Enhancing the Kerb Appeal to Add Value to Your Home

Most of us want to create a positive first impression when we meet someone new, and it’s equally as important to create a positive first impression of your home to a potential buyer.

There are plenty of ways to improve the exterior of your home, from smaller scale improvements, to larger scale makeovers, which can entirely transform the look of your home.

Smaller scale improvements, such as repainting, repairing broken windows or cladding, and replacing old garage doors, can be very effective in improving the exterior of your home.

If you’re looking to completely transform the external appearance of your home, you may want to consider a larger scale makeover. This may involve changing roofs, windows, wall cladding, chimneys or adding porches.

Kurb Appeal

Would you like to learn more about increasing the value of your home? Do you have any questions about these improvements?

Get in touch – we’re only a phone call away.

Loft Conversion in London: What Are the Costs?

By Ema Globyte on Dec 24 2017

Opting for a loft conversion in London isn’t only a cost-effective way to use the full potential of your home – it is also a great way to substantially increase the value of your property.

But, how much can you expect to spend on converting your unused loft into a bright and airy living space? Are there particular types of loft conversion in London that are more affordable than others?

Generally, extending into your attic is one of the quickest and most practical ways to create extra space in your home, without the need to steal any from your garden. But there are multiple ways to do so, and some types of loft conversion in London will cost more than others.

To give you a better idea of which conversion type would be most suitable for your home and budget, we have listed four main types of loft conversion in order of cost, with the one that’s likely to require the smallest investment at the top.

Of course, prices may vary depending on the finishing touches, but this will help you understand what’s out there, and how much money you may need to put aside for a loft conversion in London.

Roof Light aka Velux Loft Conversion, £20k – £30k

A roof light, or a velux loft conversion, is one of the most popular types of loft conversion in London, possibly because it is one of the most cost-effective and least disruptive ways to transform unused roof space into living space. It involves only building on existing roof line of a property, so you don’t make any structural alterations to your home. As you won’t need to extend the space externally, roof light loft conversion can cost up to 25% less than a dormer or mansard conversion.

Dormer Loft Conversion, £30k – £35k

A dormer conversion is the homeowners’ most popular choice, perhaps because this conversion type offers more height and space in a room than roof light conversion, without costing you as much as a mansard conversion. A dormer loft conversion involves making an extension to your existing sloping roof, which projects vertically out to create the additional living space.

Mansard Loft Conversion, £35k – £40k

Loft Extension North London
A mansard conversion is one of the more traditional types of loft conversion in London – and the most versatile. This type of conversion has a flat roof, and is situated at the back of a home. Its back wall will slope inwards at an angle of 72 degrees, and the windows will usually be housed with small dormers. The mansard conversion may require a planning permission, due to the structural changes you will need to make.

Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion, £38k – £45k

Hip-to-Gable conversions are increasing in their popularity in London. As many properties have a regular roof with a sloping side, existing space for loft conversion in London is often limited, making it difficult to convert your loft without extending the property. Hip-to-Gable extension provides the perfect solution for that, as it creates an extension from the sloped roof out to the external wall, filling in the space in between. It is a popular option for semi-detached or detached properties with a ‘hipped’ roof in London.

So, whether you are looking to create a beautiful and airy room where you can relax and unwind, or a guest room that makes your guests want to stay forever, a loft conversion could transform your unused roof space into your ideal space.

If you are considering a loft conversion in London, why not have a quick chat with us?

Drop us a call on 020 7193 6511 or an email (, and we’ll be happy to advise on where to start.

Renovation Without Planning Permission – 5 Projects You Can Undertake

By Ema Globyte on Dec 15 2017

Whether you’re looking to improve your existing home or perfect a future one, finding out if you’re good to go without planning permission, or if you’ll need consent from your local authority, should be your first step.

Determining whether you need a permit isn’t a simplest task, and many homeowners find it frustrating. Planning regulation is complex, and can easily confuse even the savviest individual.

Yet, if you begin to work on that dream extension without planning permission when you’re required to get one, the local authority could issue an enforcement notice to undo all the work you’ve done. And that would be terrible news.

What types of projects NEED planning permission?

In general, if you’re looking to build a new home, make a major change in your building, or change the use of your building, you will probably need to apply for planning permission from your local planning authority. It’s no surprise that it will cost you both time and money.

What types of projects can be done WITHOUT planning permission?

The good news is that you can do many home remodelling, renovation or extension projects without planning permission, under Permitted Development Rights.

We have compiled a list of 5 home improvement projects that can be done without planning permission. However, for your peace of mind, drop your local permitting office a call before you get to work.

A full list of caveats for each of the following projects can be found on the Planning Portal.

Single-storey extensions

If you’re looking for ways to create additional space in your home, building an extension is the perfect solution. You can build storey-height additions to the sides and back of your house without planning permission. However, they must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than 4 metres for a detached house, and 3 metres for an attached house. The extension must also not sit forward of the principal elevation, or else you’ll probably need a permit.

Rear Extension London property

Multi-storey extensions

You can also build two-storey extensions without planning permission, but only if they are at the back of your house. General limitations are that they must not extend by more than 3 metres, and should be located under 7 metres from the rear boundary. The extension also can’t project beyond, or be added to what is deemed to be the front of the house. Bear in mind that if the side extension is within 2 metres of the flank boundary, then the eaves can’t be more than 3 metres high.

Loft conversions

A converted loft isn’t only a stylish addition to the house – it’s also a great way to raise the value of your property by up to 20% without planning permission! Permitted Development allows for construction of dormer windows, if they don’t sit higher than the highest part of your existing roof, or extend forward of the roof pane on the principal elevation. So how about an airy, light room at the top of your house, at a lower cost than building a brand-new extension?

Loft Conversion London Property

Garage conversions

Generally, internal work to buildings that doesn’t affect a building’s external appearance can be done without planning permission. With that in mind, why not convert your garage into a unique living space? That could be a smart way to gain extra room in your property, particularly if you aren’t using your garage to its fullest potential. As always, planning regulations should be checked carefully.


Building a basement can be another option for gaining more space in your home, particularly if you don’t have opportunities to develop extensions above ground. Currently, adding an underground living space falls into the extension category, but in some urban areas, councils are removing these rights, so double check before you begin working on it.

Would you like to improve your home, but not sure where to begin?
Contact us and we will be happy to advise – no strings attached.