When is the Best Time to do a Renovation and Why?

When is the Best Time to do a Renovation and Why

It can be challenging to keep our homes up-to-date and functional. Things degrade naturally and progressively, and our homes are no different. With many factors making up a home, including appliances, fixtures, structural issues and design aesthetics, there is sure to be something that could be repaired or updated on your home. The question is, when? Do you wait until something needs repair, or do you repair or replace certain aspects of your home to keep it looking updated and modern?

If you are considering a home renovation but aren’t exactly sure when to do it, keep reading as we are going to share with you some common problems that homes have and when you should consider a renovation.

Outdated design: If the surrounding houses in your neighbourhood have been renovated with new designs, it may be a good idea for you to do the same. Not all old houses have that elegant, vintage or rustic feel; most of the time, they are just plain outdated. If you are planning to sell your house, renovating it will help increase the overall price.

Faulty and old fixtures: Leaky taps and malfunctioning toilets can be troublesome for any homeowner. If issues are accumulating in your house, it may mean that a major renovation is needed and you may need to do it as soon as possible before things get out of control. Simple repairs won’t prevent these problems from coming back in near future.

Huge utility bills: Old appliances are inefficient and they could consume more energy or water, compared to new ones. Renovating your house could allow you to replace heaters or air conditioners that become energy vampires. You should also replace dryers, refrigerators, TV’s and other appliances with higher Energy Star rated ones.

Structural issues: There is no compromise in this situation. If the structure of your home is failing, you need to renovate it as soon as possible to prevent much bigger problems. Cracks and various foundation problems should become clear indications that major renovations are essential. It is very dangerous to live in a structure that’s bound to fall apart anytime soon. Termites could also cause structural issues to homes that use wood as part of the structural components.

Aesthetics degradation: Your house may still have a strong structure, but its aesthetic appeal may be starting to decline. Flooring is exposed to a lot of abuse each day, so wear and tear is inevitable. Paint could also start to chip, making your house look dilapidated and older than it really is.

If your home is looking old and outdated, it could be time for a renovation. If so, contact Combit Construction today for a no-obligation consultation to see what we can do for your home.

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5 Reasons to Convert Your Garage into a Bedroom


If you want to add more living space to your home, a garage conversion could be the solution. Garages can be converted into anything including a kitchen, a living room or a bedroom. Any homeowner should understand the cost and benefits of the garage conversion project before deciding to take on such a project. Based on the available budget, they can decide on the extent of the conversion.

Here are some reasons why a garage conversion project can benefit you:

  1. Utilizing unused garage space: Converting half of a two-car garage can give you a good-sized bedroom while keeping some garage space for your car.
  2. Extra living space: As your family grows, so you can your home by turning that unused garage into a bedroom for your children.
  3. A new guest bedroom: If you have guests often, it is better to give them full comfort and privacy of their own bedroom.
  4. You can rent the room: An empty garage space doesn’t give you any benefit. If there’s a demand for room in the area, it’s a good idea to consider converting the garage.
  5. It’s cheaper: Converting a garage is cheaper than building a new extension of your house from scratch. The cost of converting a garage wouldn’t be higher than £5,000. However, a new extension may cost £20,000 or more.




Project 13


It was another Combit success, clients are extremely happy.
We removed structural walls making the kitchen more specious. A storage has been converted into a shower room. New kitchen has been installed. Underfloor heating and engineering laminate floor was fitted. New electrics and plumbing as a part of the project.

House renovation in Barnet:

  • Structural alterations
  • Electric underfloor heating installed
  • Hard wood floors installed
  • New kitchen installed
  • New shower room installed

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Project 12


It was another Combit success! Clients are extremely happy.

We alternated some of the rooms and added en-suites in two bedrooms. Underfloor heating throughout of the flat adding to the comfort. Custom made furniture in the entrance, living room and bedrooms has been made as well. LED covings and alcoves were added to the interior design. New kitchen, engineering laminate floor and custom made doors were fitted with sharp attention to the details. New electrics and plumbing as a part of the project.

Flat renovation in Edgware:

  • Structural alterations
  • Wet underfloor heating installed
  • LED covings and alcoves installed
  • Hardwood floors installed
  • New kitchen installed
  • New bathrooms installed

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Project 11


Recently, Combit Construction completed work on our latest remodel project which we aptly named, Project 11. Located in Archway, London, Project 11 consisted of a loft conversion and house refurbishment bringing a dated home into the modern world and creating a brighter, more usable space for the homeowners.




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The Advantages of Custom-Made Over Ready-Made Furniture


When designing the interior of your home, you want it to look as aesthetically pleasing as possible and that means adding your own special custom touches. It may be anything from a custom colour interior paint, to a custom-designed kitchen with all of the luxe features a home chef could want.  Many homeowners visit the local furniture store, sit on a couple of sofas and take home a living room set. With that, you are at the mercy of the manufacturer and you get what is available in whatever fabric and colour is on hand at them time. This means you might have to change your interior look to match your new furniture and that could leave many homeowners feeling like the redesign isn’t their own any more.

You have chosen custom treatments throughout your home, why not do the same with your furniture? Custom-made furniture provides a range of benefits enabling homeowners to design their homes with confidence. Here are just some of the advantages of using custom-made furniture in your home:

Custom-made furniture fits perfectly: When you purchase ready-made furniture, you often find that the dimension and design don’t fully fit the interior of your home. It could take just a couple of millimetres to render your cabinets unworkable in the kitchen. If you choose custom-made furniture, armed with measuring tape and specialised tools, an experienced furniture maker can accurately calculate the best dimensions for fit and function.

Custom-made furniture is more functional: Incompatibilities of ready-made furniture may impair its functionality. If you want to make the furniture more functional, it needs to be fully designed for your home’s interior. Any challenges associated with limited space can be addressed based on your specifications and you can add a wide range of features, such as embedded lighting, to create a nice ambiance to the interior design.

Custom-made furniture is adaptable: Although ready-made furniture is great, it may start to lose its relevance. Custom made furniture blends seamlessly into your design ideas. Whether it’s innovative kitchen cabinetry to speed up the cooking process or a highly ergonomic work desk for teenagers, custom-made furniture can provide the use you need, even when your needs change. Many homeowners don’t have to be at the mercy of the current availability of furniture in stores, as well as the latest trends in interior home design.

Custom-made furniture is stylish: Style is a subjective matter and if you design your own furniture, it should be stylish based on your perspective. If you fill your home interior with only store-bought furniture, you may feel that it isn’t quite what you expect. Also, when you focus on style characteristics, you can control every aspect of your furniture, including size, shape, color and material. Your furniture will blend well with the color scheme. And when you collaborate with a highly skilled craftsman, you can bring your creativity and vision to life.

If you want to have unique and stylish furniture in your home, custom-made furniture will give you what you are looking for and make your home that much more appealing to family and guests.



We make custom made furniture


We can make your unique bespoke furniture, fitted wardrobes, made to measure bookcases, bespoke fitted bedrooms, custom build bookcases and any piece of bespoke furniture you may require.

London Property Market Projections For 2018

London Property Market Projections For 2018

What will the London property market look like in 2018? Will housing prices drop or continue to rise in a new two-tier market? These are questions that many London property owners and investors are asking themselves as the New Year fast approaches. Many top housing price indexes are showing a rise in prices, but with a two-tier market slowly emerging. Keep reading as we take a look at the latest London property market projections for 2018.

Forecasted Growth for 2018

With price growth forecasted for the lower and middle sectors of the market, experts are seeing an average growth of 3% for typical first-time-buyer homes and 2% for second-stepper properties as the market continues to strengthen from previous lows. This growth comes as a surprise to some investors who have seen upper tier homes in more affluent parts of London predicted to fall an average of 2 percent over the next 12 months. Combined with the 3 percent growth for lower market homes, we see an average of 1 percent growth overall for 2018.

That little growth may not seem like a lot, especially when compared to previous years including 2017’s 1.2%, but in a slow market, growth is still growth and that means profit.

A Two-Tier Market

Now, let’s take a look at that two-tier housing market I mentioned earlier. What is the reason behind it and why are 2018’s growth predictions so subdued?

First, we have the ongoing shortage of suitable properties for sale. This is in areas where demand is high and prices are pushed higher as new sellers look to take advantage of the strong seller’s market. Now, combine this with historically cheap mortgage rates and you have a market that is slightly unstable due to its own strength.

Secondly, with interest rates low, overall affordability stretched due to subdued wage growth, and reduced numbers of high-end movers, particularly in London and the South East, another property price boom isn’t likely to happen.

Yet, despite all the geo-political factors of the last twelve months, the UK property market remains in good health. If we see a steady market with subdued growth in 2018, existing home owners could see the value of their asset hold, and new home buyers will have an opportunity to take advantage of the slow market and purchase more of a property than they had expected. We will continue to look forward to 2018 and watch as the London property market grows slowly and steadily and keep you updated and informed right here on our blog.

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How to Ensure Project Success

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How to Ensure Project Success

Project success isn’t just about avoiding failure, but also delivering high quality results. So even when you manage to meet the deadline, if the outcome is subpar, the entire project is still unsatisfactory. This is especially true in construction projects where mistakes can mean blowing off a lot of money.

So, How do you ensure project success?

Avoid common pitfalls

The phrase “the devil is in the details” has never been truer in any project. One wrong move, one miscalculation can lead to a major fallout. This is why, from the outset, every aspect of a construction project must be taken into account and listed down, complete with a timeframe and all pertinent details. When this is done, you can avoid the following pitfalls:

An unrealistic project time frame

Some projects take longer to complete than others. Be completely honest about this, rather than overextending yourself just to be awarded the project. Save yourself from unnecessary stress, and your reputation from being tarnished.

Dragging the planning stage

Don’t waste time consulting with planners before creating and submitting plans. The longer you delay, the longer it will take for the project to complete.

Inaccurate quotations

A good budget for a project should have around 10% contingency fund. Make sure you have expenses down pat, and then add the 10% for good measure. The last thing you want is the lack of budget to put the project on hold indefinitely.

Don’t let indecisions get in the way

There should always be room for adjustments in any project, but mostly minor ones. If changing your mind can mean a major overhaul, then you’ll never complete anything on time.

Working with the wrong tradesmen

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why working with the wrong people can result in an unsuccessful project. The lack of skills and knowledge, however, is just half of the problem. A skilled worker’s attitude and level of cooperation also matters. Make sure that the tradesmen you work with share your visions and passion for getting the job done.

Failing to keep things running smoothly

Creating a plan should cover every aspect of the project, including the ground rules and house rules. This would help ensure a project is completed on time with as minimal fuss as possible. It should follow a per-stage progress, where one level is finished before the next one is started, and all within the set time frame.

You should also take into consideration the amount of stress the project will impose on your clients. This is especially true with a home renovation where the family continues to reside while the project is underway.

Failing to provide the essentials in home construction

A bathroom is an essential part of any home, and should always be top on the list. For every three bedrooms there should be one bathroom. The design of the windows also matter. This is especially true if you are extending a home, where the original and the new construction should match to a T, and appear a seamless extension. So make sure the window design is an exact match.

Most importantly, the construction site must have access to water and electricity, and are kept clean through regular skip hire. Don’t forget to regularly communicate with builders to stay updated with the project.