14 Oct 2019

What are SIPs? And how using them for your home build could save you time and money.

23 Jan 2019

BetterLivingSpace recently helped transform a derelict former cowshed in Kent into a comfortable and contemporary country home.

27 Apr 2018

Party walls can be a much maligned source of contention during building works. But they need not be so. By adhering to the Party Wall Act, any work involving party walls or structures can be formally agreed with your neighbour well before the actual works begin. This w...

10 Mar 2017

BetterLivingSpace will be at the Southern Homebuilding and Renovating Show at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey from 1st -2nd July 2017.

Come talk to us on Stand E421 in the Esher Hall where we'll be delighted to offer advice and inspiration for your home build, extensio...

18 Jan 2017

The actual build phase is an intense time of excitement (watching the walls go up), frustration (there is generally little you can do to help) and an inevitable bit of stress.

From our experience there are some simple practices that can help smooth the path. Follow thes...

8 Sep 2016

Generally speaking, a home build or redesign can be divided into five stages:

  1. Design

  2. Modelling

  3. Planning

  4. Structural (Building Control)

  5. Build

Here we look at the first stage, the design process.

Stage 1: How the Right Design Ensures a Perfect Buil...

18 Aug 2016

Feeling like you are not getting the most from your home?  Here are five simple solutions:

1. Break down the Boundaries

Traditionally enclosed areas like the kitchen and dining room can often be opened up and combined, creating bright, airy living spaces. For a modern, a...

23 Jun 2016

1.     Fix your build price.  The easiest way to do this is to put together a Scope of Works document and a Tender Pack that detail everything you require for the completed build. Providing these documents to your builder means that he can accurately price to...

27 Apr 2016

Weekly Tip: Avoid working with contractors on a percentage basis for a home build. Fix the price and let the professionals carry the risk!

Budgeting for a home build or remodelling work is a project in itself. On average, builds go over budget by 10-20%. Some a lot more...

22 Apr 2016

At the start of planning your home extension you might be advised, or told, to purchase a digital survey. 

Digital Surveys captures data using 3D laser scanning and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology to virtually map everything from large scale city models t...