Why The Kitchen Is The Most Important Room In The House

Why The Kitchen Is The Most Important Room In The House

Without a doubt, the kitchen is the most important room in your home. While that is a very bold statement, it is also very true. When new homebuyers look at a house, the first room the look at is the kitchen. While they might have to walk through a couple other rooms to get there, they are focused on that kitchen and it can be one of the most important selling points.

But what about your family? Why is the kitchen them most important room in the home to them? When you stop to think about it, you do start your day in the kitchen making your morning coffee and you often end the day in that room just before you retire to your bedroom. Today’s kitchens get a lot of use and that has made it even more important for builders to create high quality, full-featured kitchens that make it easy for you to feed your family.

What are some other reasons that the kitchen is the most important room in the house? Let’s take a look:

When we spend more time in our kitchens, studies show that we are often healthier and happier. How so? Researchers at Cambridge University have found a link between cooking more healthy meals at home with human longevity and that is a definite plus for your kitchen.

The kitchen isn’t just good for cooking meals, it is also a social spot where your family can have conversations or just grab a quick snack and some much needed social interaction. In fact, a large portion of the manners and social skills we learned as children, were learned in that very room.

Another benefit that today’s modern kitchens offer was found in a study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. It showed that children who spent more time in the kitchen cooking meals with their parents and having casual conversations were less likely to use alcohol, drugs or cigarettes. The same study also showed that children who ate more meals at home did better in school and received better grades than children who didn’t spend as much time eating meals at home. Most of us didn’t need a study to tell us that though.

If having a beautiful kitchen is important to you and your family, contact the kitchen experts at Combit Construction today and see why they have a reputation for quality and value throughout Hampstead and across North London. Combit Construction is the leading UK kitchen renovation service offering industry leading quality and attention to detail with every kitchen project they complete.

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6 Benefits of a Loft Conversion

6 Benefits of a Loft Conversion

Are you considering a loft conversion for your home but aren’t really sure if it is worth it or if you will receive any benefits from the project? Like many homeowners, especially those whose space is at a premium, are looking into ways to increase the value of their home and add more usable space at the same time. For some, a tight budget is a factor in their decision and one of the best ways to adhere to a budget is a loft conversion.

Loft conversions offer many benefits that you might not even realise and they are often completed in less time than a typical room renovation. If you are considering a loft conversion, keep reading as we are going to share some benefits of a loft conversion for your home.

Benefits of a Loft Conversion

A Loft Conversion Is Affordable- loft conversions are an affordable way to add more space to your home without sacrificing time. Loft conversions are relatively quick from design to completion and, when compared to an extension, they are also less likely to cause structural issues.

A Loft Conversion Adds Value To Your Home- a typical loft conversion can add as much as 20% to your home’s value which makes the project more than pay for itself. There is no other home improvement that costs so little and adds that much value and you can turn your new loft space into an additional bedroom, a home office or a bathroom.

You Won’t Have To Move To a New Home For More Space- for many UK homeowners, if they want more space, they usually move to a larger home. This costs money and can take up a lot of time trying to find a new home, purchasing the home with the possibility of taking a loss on the sale of their home and having to settle into a new community with new schools and possibly even a new job.

Loft Conversions Offer More Space- loft conversions add more space to your home, but they can also provide additional storage through built-ins, under stair closets and more. This means that you can take clutter from other rooms, store it and get more space throughout your home.

A Loft Conversion Can Give You A View- of your home doesn’t have a good view because of tree lines or the way your home is situated on your property, a well-designed loft conversion can give you that view and let some natural light into your home as well.

Adds Natural Light- speaking of natural light, loft conversions can offer some much needed natural light that will help decrease your energy bills and make your home seem much larger than it is.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

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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.