The Extension

Choosing the Right Brick for Your Extension

Milestone bricks

Brick matching options Before starting my brick extension I didn’t appreciate how many different types, sizes, colours and textures of brick there are. It’s not until you try and match the brickwork of an existing structure with a new one such as an extension you realise that there are hundreds of types of brick out there. With…

Planning & Design

DIY Kitchen Installation Advice from the Pros

DIY kitchen installed

Installing Your Dream Kitchen Without Tears A new kitchen is a major investment for any household. Doing the installation yourself is within the capability of any DIY enthusiast, but Able Group recommend using professional services for electrics and plumbing. Why pay thousands of pounds to get your new kitchen fitted when you can do the…

Home Renovation Lighting Ideas

lamps and interior lighting ideas - living room

8 Top Interior Lighting Trends From industrial lighting to statement pieces and Art Deco designs, we look at some of the best lighting ideas for your home renovation. When it comes to renovating your home, choosing the right lighting can make or break the final result. Here are our pick of the top trends to…

Loft Conversion

Loft Conversion With Side Dormer

Loft plans with side dormer

I have decided that the best use of the loft space is to have a 5 metre side dormer, which will create the main bedroom area. The ensuite will be within the non-dormer space to the front and the other room (probably office / spare room) will be the main side area (top in the drawing),…

Materials for Flat Roof Dormers

GRP fiberglass flat roofing

I started talking about roof dormers in my previous post, how big can a roof dormer be? Some research lead me to EPDM, a type of durable rubber that is used instead of felt to give a flat roof dormer a longer life. A builder also mentioned today that fibreglass is another option, and a little research…

How Big Can a Dormer in a Loft Conversion Be?

loft idea - side and back dormer

I have been rethinking my loft conversion and may build on the other side of my roof, with one large dormer running down the side of the house. This will not look so pretty from the street, but it will be set back and hardly visible due to the closeness of the houses. My roof…