What’s Trending For London Homes in 2018

2017 was a great year for homeowners in London and Hertfordshire and we have seen a upsurge in new and innovative ways to open up your space in your home. More and more homeowners looked for loft conversions and kitchen extensions in 2017 and this trend doesn’t look like it is going to falter going in to 2018.

So we thought we would check out what is going to be hot in 2018 and what homeowners may want to look out for that will help increase the value of properties and ensure that your home is still desirable should you ever want to sell in the future.

So, in 2018 what should you be looking at in terms of house building trends?

The Hygge Trend

Hygge is the Danish word for well being and over the last 12 months we have seen this trend become more and more popular. London homes are adopting this well being feeling into the build of the homes and this achieved by using simple and more neutral materials to create the contemporary feel with the use of time defying features such as bare brick walls with the log burning stoves and creating the warm features such as exposed RSJ’s when appropriate with contemporary furniture.

Scandinavian techniques are always popular, but we are not talking IKEA, we are looking in to more artisan designs such as stripped parquet flooring and more clean plastering.

London homes have been adopting this method now for a year and we feel that in 2018 our customers are going to be looking more into this as well being and build work closer together to help define modern day building techniques in North London and Herts.

Open Plan Living – But A Splash of Privacy

We all know that North London homes can be on the small side if budget doesn’t allow for the bigger houses in the area, but we know that opening up your space in the build is always a build factor and open plan living gives you the space to entertain and dine and bring the wow factor to any home. However, you may want open plan living but you will also want a room in the home that has privacy which could be a reception room at the front or even a snug area in your home where you can truly get away and relax. This is perfect if you have kids too, as the oldies always need a space to unwind and relax. Snugs can be built in with partition walls off the main area and are pretty cost effective.

Crittall Doors

Are you looking for timeless elegance? Then look no further than crittall doors, this is the creme de la creme of aluminium windows and doors and those in the know, know that nothing is better than Crittall. The designs are stunning and with the new and improved advances in glazing we are seeing more and more and people choose them for kitchen extensions and home extensions rather than choosing bifolding doors. You have the cross over of contemporary with the feel of traditional which is a winning formula going in to 2018.

If you are thinking of extending your property in 2018 then crittall windows and doors should be on your list.

Contextualism

When you think of Barnet, Herts and London there are certain types of property that come to mind. For places like Muswell Hill you can find lovely Edwardian Terraces with stunning sash sliding windows that are architecturally different to the homes say of the Victorian era. Victorian homes are more common in the North London areas and harp back to the gothic times. So, preserving the feel of your home period property is important so you need to keep working on small cosmetic changes such as maybe aluminium windows to the rear but keep the front face of the building true to the street.

Also, it is about using materials from the local area too, this is also important in keeping the aesthetics of the home to the London area and also help the local economy which is always nice to buy local.

Where Home Office Meets Home

With the rise of technology we are seeing more and more homeowners working from home and there needs to be a balance in the home where you can separate the work environment from the main part of the house. When some homes lack space, new and innovative ways of creating space where you can concentrate away from the kids and distractions that home offices can bring. You’ll need to be creative, but this is where a good home builder comes in to play.

  • You will need to be in a great wifi area or close to ethernet points or the router in the home.
  • You want as much light as possible as this is where you will spend most of your waking day.
  • Try to sound proof the partition walls around the room.

Exciting New Home Extension on Hadley Road New Barnet

This is an exciting project we are chomping at the bit to get moving on. Our partners MSK Designs have once again come up trumps with this stunning home extension design that will provide a single storey extension to a stunning period home in New Barnet. The extension will have a flat roof and the design will be keeping in with the existing period charm of the property, something we at Foster & Co are very strict on when building onto period properties in North London and Hertfordshire.

We will be opening up the rear of the extensions with bi folding doors that will open up onto the garden space to the rear, this way they can open up the space in the home, add value and save the time and stress on moving house.

Foster and co to build home extension in New Barnet

Watch this space as we will be posting progress pictures along with the completed project gallery on this site. Also, if you are looking for advice, planning advice and thinking of making some changes to your home then why not speak to a member our team today. We are Barnet’s premier builders serving the whole of North London and Hertfordshire with loft conversions, home extensions and complete new builds.

 

Fifty Shades of Grey – The Foster and Co Group looks at the Trend of the Twenty Tens!!

 

How the colour Grey is donminating the world!

 

The Foster and Co Group are always on the lookout for new trends and exciting designs that will inspire our work. An article in the Daily Mail published on 15th January 2016 shows the 2016 Houzz Awards. For those who do not know about Houzz, it is a fantastic site that not only allows users to not only make ‘idea boards’ very much like the Pinterest website but also can match users to local professionals based on their inspirations and their location. The Awards represent the images that have featured on the most ‘Idea Boards’

 

 

The Foster and Co Group are just getting started with Houzz and to view our new Houzz Page, click on the link featured. We invite you all to join us as we build our Profile and hope very much to see ourselves in these awards this time next year!

 

 

In the meantime, let’s talk about one of the trends featured in the Best of Houzz 2016 Awards. The first reoccurring trend that has been steadily growing since the beginning of the Twenty Tens and seems its popularity is still on the rise. It is none other, that the colour Grey and it is still predicted to be seen in the majority of projects throughout 2016. This trend is not just apparent in Home design, it is flourishing through fashion, electrical gadgets, make up and even Hair Colour!

 

FOR THE ‘BEST OF HOUZZ AWARDS 2016’ CLICK THE LINK BELOW!

 

 

The definition of grey is said to be is an “intermediate colour between black and white. It is a neutral or achromatic colour, meaning literally that it is a colour “without colour” It was always thought to be a boring, plain colour in the past, often associated with introverts and dowdiness. However, a massive fascination in the last few years have seen this colour propel to the heights of sophistication and Chicness. It is the colour of the moment, even the colour of the decade as described in an article from April 2014 in the Guardian. This article states some hard facts of the colours popularity including a rise of 4.1% since 2012 on grey paint according to Dulux and also 20 of the 132 colours of the Farrow and Ball shades classified as Grey, a 10% increase!

 

FOR THE ‘COLOUR OF THE DECADE’ ARTICLE’ CLICK THE LINK BELOW!

 

The images shown in the Daily Mail Best of Houzz 2016 Awards feature a strong ‘grey’ presence and in one particular image posted by Janey Butler even describe this to be a ‘calming colour scheme throughout’

 

Whether the colour Grey means trendy and chic or calming and peaceful, The Foster and Co Group are sure we will continue to see this across our stunning builds throughout this year!

To keep up to date with the Trends of 2016, keep following our blogs and to discuss your own projects, get in touch with the Foster and Co Group Office, Click on the link below!

WELCOME TO 2016 –THE YEAR EXTENSIONS GO BIGGER, BRIGHTER AND SMARTER!

 

 

GET CLEVER WITH YOUR EXTENSIONS

 

In 2015 The Foster and Co Group raised the standards of our Construction projects. The Extensions that were produced were not just an addition of space, they were feats of design that accentuated the original building whilst creating an entirely new living space. We found that our clients were looking to move in to modern living which not only included open plan spaces but also clever storage and smart technology. People are really thinking about how to use their homes and how they will grow in to them over the years. It seems to be a common consensus that whilst in previous years, families would move on to bigger properties to sustain their ever expanding families, home owners now realise that with the housing market still barely grasping at its prior success, Renovation is the better and sometimes, the only option.

That being said, it seems that when faced with limited options, rather than make do, Property owners are using the opportunity to explore what is really possible in designing their new home. Why build just an extra room when you could create something amazing with imaginative glazing, inventive use of levels and space and stunning features like contemporary staircase, slick kitchens and impressive angels.

An article that shows the true modern age of design and construction was featured in the Daily Mail on 10th December and discusses the awards for you the 2015 Don’t Move, Improve! Awards. The projects featured are similar to our own gallery and show how to really utilize your property and in particular the constrictive space that many London home owners have to work with. To read this article or view our gallery, please click the links below or to speak to the Foster and Group about your ideas for an upcoming project, contact our office now.

The Foster and Co Group – The Construction Specialists.

 

A Beautiful House To Give Inspiration On Your North London Construction Project!

 

At Foster and Co, we believe in beautiful design and stunning Construction. Although of course, we set our standards high, it is always inspirational for us to see amazing homes across the country. Whilst researching current news on Construction in the UK, I came across a great property in Hyde Heath, Buckinghamshire with an outstanding feature that even the most mature of us would appreciate!

At the bottom of a fantastically big garden sites a true feat of brilliant construction and most importantly, fun design.   The fully functional Tree House is described in the article as supported by four Douglas firs and a cypress… double-glazing, a wood-burning stove, an electricity supply, hot and cold running water, a television and a coffee-maker. It has 160 sq ft. of indoor floor space and 120 sq ft. of outdoor decking, and can sleep up to five people in its ‘loft beds’, reached by ladders.

Foster and Co love imaginative construction. Whether this is inside a property or in the garden, it is always great to see such inventive ideas which can make a building a home.

Obviously there were extensive construction works in the house as well at creating the tree house. The work is described as the house being completely gutted and taken back to brick. A basement was added as was a full Loft conversion. The finished house is made up of three stories with six bedrooms and two bathrooms.

If you are considering you own Construction Project in North London or Hertfordshire then please contact the Foster and Co Group now where our helpful office team will be more than happy to assist you as best they can. You can also click on the Foster and Co gallery Link for more inspiration

 

The Makeover! See Before And After Shots Of Our Extension and Loft Conversion Projects!

See The WOW Factor With Our Extension And Loft Converison Make Overs!

 

 

The Foster and Co Group know that when you see your finished extension or loft conversion, it’s hard to remember how far that you have come!

The Foster and Co Group have found some old images of two of our properties before we completed the extension and loft conversion. Sometimes the difference at the front of the house is subtle and may not showcase how much work has gone in to the interior and the rear of the house. In others, as you can see with Friern Watch, the House had a substantial build and the change in the property is quite dramatic.

The Foster and Co Group are thrilled when we see such a great property transformed in to an incredible home. We feel that it is a credit to the entire team from our office staff who keep the company running to the trade team who are able to create such stunning builds!

Check out our Gallery on our Construction site as well as on our dedicated Loft Conversion site, just click on the links in this blog for more inspiration for your own property!

 

 

 

Great Design Can Make A House A Home – Your Build in North London and Hertfordshire

Why Your Build In North London And Hertfordshire Needs A Great Design!

The Foster and Co Group are avid followers of great design. Your Build in North London or Hertfordshire should not only comply with planning regulations but also be designed in a beautiful and functional way. A great design for domestic development can turn your existing property in to something incredible, either using intelligent use of space to provide storage or brilliant features which can boost the financial value of your home. Whatever your reason is for taking on a Build in North London or Hertfordshire, good design should be a high priority.

An Article published in Luxury Homes and Property on 23rd September 2015 discusses a Notting Hill typical terraced property which has now doubled in value due to a brilliant Extension. This is mainly due to a great design which has accentuated every crevice and corner of the existing building and extended cleverly in the unused space. The extension uses double height where it can which give the illusion it is much bigger than it is. Double height ceilings also allow for clever glazing ideas to let in as much light as possible.

The Foster and Co Group are Construction Company that are able to work with our client in order to achieve the absolute most out of their build. Not only do we offer a budget matching service where we can submit design ideas which incorporate all your key features but within your budget but also we can assist on recommendations as the project evolves.

It is common knowledge in the building Industry that projects are subject to change whilst the building progresses. This is because drawings do not give the three dimension building full credit and often when a build begins to take shape, certain areas may need to be changed due to client preference or simple design aesthetics.

The Foster and Co Team are extremely experienced in completing a high quality Build in North London and Hertfordshire. We have perfected our talent at producing beautiful structures that have truly changed the home owner’s lives and we hope you too are inspired by our Projects.

Contact The Foster and Co Group to start your Building Journey.

 

 

 

The Foster and Co Group Triumph with a Timber Frame

A Terrific Timber Frame!

 

At the Foster and Co Group it is important to support new innovations in design and construction. The Timber Frame method is growing in popularity and in particular across the pond in the US, it is becoming the must have methods for home builders and extenders.

An Article in the Construction Index in 2012 predicted a fast and successful rise for the Timber Frame industry in the UK and although hit by the recession slightly in 2013, good growth in 2014 means that the Luxury Lumber home industry is back on the rise and still on track to hit high targets for 2015!

An Architect with whom Foster and Co do much work with is also an advocate support of this method of building and has therefore worked with the Foster and Co Construction team to bring a design to life for current clients living in Barnet, Hertfordshire.

A Double storey extension which was only stated at the beginning of September, is in full swing with the main structure already up and looking fantastic! The momentum on the project is fantastic and the foster and Co Group are proud to see both happy tradesmen working with happy clients!

Timber Frame Buildings are have a various pros when compared with normal masonry buildings.

Below we have featured some of the most important advantages for clients who choose to build in this way.

Speed

It is the most obvious advantage of Timber Frames and one of the most attractive to Clients considering this type of construction. Not only is the actual construction more efficient and much quicker, but the Timber Frame allows all other trades such as Electrician and Plumbers to begin their works at a much earlier stage.

The weather in the UK is a sure fire way to postpone your build with many trades and bricklayers especially not being able to work in damp cold conditions. With a Timber Frame, this issue is solved due to the fact that the Timber Frame itself needs to be made water tight much earlier in the build therefor the rainy, grey days will not hinder progress the way it would with a masonry construction.

The Quality

Due to strict guidelines that apply to Timber Frames, which are in fact much sterner that that of a masonry build due to the sometime complex design, you can almost guarantee that provided the construction is properly supervised and managed, as Foster and Co always do, the Timber construction will be accurately assembled and be of the highest quality.

Energy Efficiency

The modern world offers a very different specification for home building and renovation than it did even just ten years ago. Government guidelines and a general increase in concern for energy efficiency with home owners has meant that the majority of new buildings and extensions will not just be effective in conservation of energy due to preference, but also because of meeting the conditions set out by the Government. A major advantage of a Timber Frame is that the insulation is within the depth of the structure, so a typical timber wall can be thinner than its masonry equivalent, for example, by 50mm. Timber frame structures are said to perform much higher when tested for escaped air and heat compared to conventional masonry buildings and therefore can offer brilliant energy efficiency.

For more information on Timber Frame,  contact the Foster and Co Group Now!

Office: 0208 441 3144

Newly finished Loft Conversion in New Barnet!

A stunning room with a view in our new Loft Conversion in North London

Foster and Co have just completed a beautiful Loft Conversion in New Barnet which is a great example of how to create a stunning room with a view in your home. Our clients wanted a haven away from the everyday. Foster and Co worked with them and the Architect to construct a fantastic loft bedroom which has its own spacious wet room. Both of the rooms are of high specification and when combined with eye catching colours and tile choices, the end effect is impressive.

This Loft Conversion in New Barnet was carefully planned, taking in to consideration all of our clients needs. The finish is of high quality which makes the room feel luxurious and the Foster and Co loft team have utilised every inch of space to really get the most of the unused area at the top of the house.

We are extremely proud of this beautiful design and the resulting look is both warm and inviting and yet extremely professional and modern. This is the perfect combination for a new bedroom and our clients have expressed their gratitude at such a perfect space for them.

To see more of our Loft Conversions, then please visit our dedicated Foster and Co Website or contact the Foster and Group on 0208 41 3144 for more information.

 

 

 

North London and Hertfordshire Builders are a success!

The construction industry shows off its fantastic career prospects for North London and Hertfordshire Builders

There has been much media attention to how successful a career can be for North London and Hertfordshire Builders and in fact Builders across the whole of the UK. New CITB figures show that are described in an article from the Liverpool Echo show that construction industry outstrips average wage rates which would make you think that young people leaving school today would be jumping at the thought of getting in to the construction industry.

However, despite these new figures, the Industry is still suffering from a shortage of tradesmen. It seems that the preconceptions of heavy lifting and filthy work sites are still strong and the thought of working in a trade does not bring to mind intelligence, success and authority.

Foster and Co’s North London and Hertfordshire Builders are a great example of how wrong these preconceptions are. Our teams are made up of extremely skilled people who have not only perfected their abilities in beautiful builds but also have used their creativity and intellect to problem solve and move past challenges that we have faced on some of our projects. Our North London and Hertfordshire  builders are talented individuals who work together to create some stunning developments. From the mathematics in the structural calculations, to the client relations and the creative responses to evolving buildings, Our Foster and Co North London and Hertfordshire builders can be replied on to transform your property in to something beautiful.

Unfortunately, it is true that these brilliant North London and Hertfordshire builders are hard to find and in the words of an article published by Sourceable industry news and analysis; “a shortage of tradespeople and apprentices is threatening future productivity”

the article in the Liverpool echo goes on to describe an initiative where school leavers are urged to consider a career in the construction industry. Foster and Co whole heatedly support this and hope that more young people find out more about the fantastic opportunity for successful careers in our  Industry!

 

For more information on these articles click our Links and if you are interested in Foster and Co as a client or to start your career, contact our office now on 0208 441 3144.