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  • The Global Fix and Flip Program

    What is "Fix & Flip" investing?

    In short, an investor purchases a home in that is in need of repairs. They then do the necessary work to bring the property up to a higher standard and then sell it at a profit to either a retail customer or perhaps even another investor.  Sometimes these houses, particularly foreclosed upon properties, are in need of serious repairs and possibly even extensive remodeling.  Some of these homes may have been abandoned for years and require a lot of cosmetic work, even if there aren't any structural issues per say.

    The type of opportunity that is offered in the fix & flip arena is the ability to do more than just repair or do basic remodel works.  There is the chance to actually make a major fundamental change to an existing structure, such as adding an extra bedroom or bathroom through a planned modification.  Recognizing an opportunity will add significant value to a property and increase your profit considerably, which is what this strategy is all about.

    Global Development offers a full end to end service to investors who discover fix and flip opportunities. Not only do we hold the keys to a fully staffed team in our hand, but as building trade professionals, we understand what you require as an investor whether it is a tight time frame or adding your personal stamp to your project.

    Older homes can present opportunities to modernize for today's buyers or renters.  Older homes with dim interiors can be brightened up with additional windows, skylights, lighter wall colors and even lighter cabinets and doors.  Changing out windows in a kitchen or living room area with French doors to a new patio can change the entire character of a home.  

    The main factor and a challenge in this are determining the ARV, After Repair Value, of a property as if all of the planned work and repairs have been done. Global Development offers this service as well since we have all the live components available to see the project from its infancy to completion. It is absolutely imperative however that accurate cost estimates be completed before any work takes place. These estimates have to be done before the purchase contract is signed so be wary of purchasing anything out of sheer excitement.  

    Setting up accounts with major retailers like B & Q and Wicks to get contractor pricing is one benefit to using a building contractor such as ourselves and is certainly in order if working outside your direct local area. Even if you are mining the diamonds under your own feet, contacting a contractor with established connects will play out in your favor in the long run. 

    One other important aspect of the fix and flip strategy is the ability to select the best project manager and sub-contractors.  You'll need them to have a wealth of experience and knowledge, but you also want to get a well connected group in order to secure your profit margin.  Gradually working your way to professional group, instead of a man with a van, for your jobs is certainly the way to go.

    Fix & Flip investing can be highly profitable. In fact, the most profitable and speedy strategy for real estate investors at present is to improve homes and release them back onto the market. However be sure that you concentrate on as much of the challenges as on the benefits and profits.

    Global Development is here to help you every step of the way as we have been established leaders in the building industry and have a wealth of experience with every type of client, especially property investment professionals.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.
  • Tiling: The Royal Touch

    When you're deciding on a new floor, there are plenty of options. Ceramic tiles are only one of the many options. The decorative effects of tiling has recently taken hold in homes of all styles; from contemporary to colonial, tile can have a design and style to fit any and every personal style.

    What are the benefits of Tile?

    Tile is extremely adaptable and is used in an array of settings, from kitchens and bathrooms to dining rooms and living rooms. Whether it’s a stone finish that you're after or simply a traditional glazed finish, there’s a style out there to suit every taste.

    Low Maintenance. Since no floor remains completely maintenance free, ceramic tile comes about as close as it gets to being service free. Short of the application of applying the occasional sealant, which can be done once every four years or so, tile requires only the regular cleaning that any flooring surface would normally require. With the inclusion of grout, tile becomes practically impervious to water damage and can be virtually hosed off if necessary. Many specialty products are also available that can assist greatly in maintenance and upkeep, all of which can be located in nearly any home goods supermarket.

    Ease of Adaptability. There is a tile option for almost any application, and your imagination and creativity are the only limitations you may face when installing tile. From porticos in your dining room area to a tiled hearth laid out in front of a fireplace, you can adapt tile to practically any surface whether it be indoors or out. The adaptability of tile has been exploited throughout Europe and examples of tile flooring can be seen in kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms and sometimes even bedrooms. In many destinations abroad, it is not uncommon to find an entire home tiled from wall to wall in an effort to keep internal temperatures down and provide a versatile flooring surface.

    Cost Effective. Pound for pound, tile remains one of the most cost effective flooring surfaces in the market today. When you're considering initial costs and longevity, it becomes clear that ceramic tile overall offers the best "pound per meter" of any flooring surface. Ceramic tile has limited upkeep and the low maintenance adds to its value even further. Square meter material costs stay in check with most other alternatives and while the initial installation costs may be a bit higher, it is important to consider all of the long term costs and value when judging the overall cost effectiveness.

    Variety. While your installation options may only be limited by your imagination, there are fortunately a number of ideas already in place to get your creative juices flowing. Visit our inspiration pages for ideas to get you started on your new tiling project. Even though flooring has always been the number one usage of ceramic tile, you aren't just limited to floors. Backsplashes, porticos, murals and countertops are all areas that can be tiled in an artistic manner, subject to your décor. You can match your floor to your tile walls if you wish, or contrast the two to make each room stand out even more.

    Strength & Durability. The ancient Romans were able to see the benefit of tile in its durability, and this fact is not lost on us as modern people. Tile is best for high traffic areas thanks to its strength and resiliency to staining and wear. The ancient Romans had originally used tiles in a utilitarian manner, but it soon became obvious to them that a decorative element could be introduced to tiling. While not all too impact resistant, the wear ability of tile is the sole reason for its durability.

    Simple Repair. Even though ceramic is considered to be quite strong, there is still the chance for breakage, as with any earthenware. When this does occur, repairing tile is far simpler than fixing hardwood or plank flooring. Completing tile repairs will typically take less time than repairing a section of wood floor, or even a composite flooring surface. It is vital that you keep several pieces of tile left over from your installation for these very possible repair needs.

    Various Styles. Style counts and when it comes to tile there is no exception to that rule. Tile has a finish and a style to adapt to any and all décor; from southwest to cosmopolitan, there are colours and textures to fit every need. There is an unlimited variety when it comes to tile, from bright and vibrant colours to muted tones and everything you could imagine in between. Even though colours and textures vary greatly between manufacturers, almost any combination of colour and texture can be found on today's market.

    Simple Installation. The installation process for ceramic tile floors is a project professionally completed by a well rounded building firm. The basic procedure generally involves prepping the specified area, gauging the space, installing the tile, and grouting.

    Design. Thanks to the variety of sizing options for tiles, design flexibility has drastically improved. You can opt for smaller tiles or grand larger patterned tiles, as well as the squaring options, such as "brick and block" or "Flemish" style joints. All of these choices add to the design characteristics that will end up being ideal for your application.

    Capital Increases. Adding a tile floor to your home will increase its potential resale value tremendously. Buyers will absolutely take notice of a well installed and designed tile floor. With its attractive style and impressive aesthetic appeal, the best tile floors can add thousands of dollars in potential value to prospective customers.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Damp: The Silent Assailant

    The Tech Specs

    Rising damp is the term for the slow vertical movement of water in the lower regions of walls and other ground supported structures. Even though rising damp can be seen up to 5 meters in height, typically it can usually be seen at much lower levels and is rarely above 1.5m. Rising damp has been widely observed for at least two hundred years and there is strong evidence that suggests that it was a problem understood as early as the Roman and Ancient Greek era. Rising damp is often misdiagnosed in buildings and as such something as simple as a wall stain can appear as rising damp due to misinterpreting the visual evidence of the wall and the readings of moisture meters.

    In more simple terms, rising damp occurs when ground water moves upwards through porous building materials like brick, sandstone, or mortar, much in the same way that oil travels vertically through the wick of a lamp. You can duplicate these effects in your own experiment by simply placing a piece of porous brick, stone, or mortar into a shallow tray of water and watching how the water is absorbed into the porous material and makes it way above the water line.

    Rising damp can be identified by a single characteristic known as a "tide mark" on the lower section of an affected wall. This tide mark is caused by salts contained in the groundwater and due to the effects of evaporation these salts accumulate at the "peak" of the rising damp.

    Rising damp treatment

    In many cases, damp is created by "bridging" of a damp proof course that is otherwise working effectively. When a rising damp problem is because of improper creation of a damp proof course or by a failed damp proof course there are a wide range of solutions that are available. These include:

    • Replacing the physical damp proof course, and
    • Injecting a liquid or cream chemical damp proof course (DPC Injection)

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

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  • Roofers: On Top of the World

    The Tech Specs

    A roofer, also known as a roof mechanic, is a type of construction worker that specializes in roof construction. Roofers focus their efforts on the application of materials that waterproof and weatherproof homes and buildings. Roofers deal with the skeleton of the roof which consists of rafters, beams, and trusses. Roofers need to be able to work and have superior motor skills and possess advanced carpentry skills.

    Depending on which area your roofing needs are in, you may need to include in your list of supplies concrete tiles, clay tiles, natural or synthetic slate, single-ply, rubber shingles, glass, metal panels or shingles, wood shingles, liquid applied, hot asphalt or rubber, foam, thatch, solar tiles, and specialty roofs. Living roof systems, also called rooftop landscapes, have recently become increasingly common in recent years in residential properties.

    The United Kingdom does not currently have legislation in place that requires a roofer to have a license to trade, however some belong to recognized trade organizations.

    Specialist Roofers

    There are typically four different types of Roofers.

    • Shinglers primarily install shingles, shakes, tiles, and any other nail-on products on roofs.
    • Metal Roofers focus only on metal panels.
    • Single-Ply or Flat Roofers focus on roofs that are Single-ply or foam roofs, and
    • Hot Roofers work using Tar based products.

    It is not uncommon that you will find the different varieties of specialists roofers doing moving into other fields of their roofing trade. However, certain manufactures will only allow specifically selected installers, which make these types limiting.

    Global Development can help you decide which type of Roofer will be best for your project and can supply you with a top level professional to suit your needs.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Need Support? Scaffolding Explained...

    Construction can be an extremely risky profession. There have been rising safety standards in the world of scaffolding in order to access outside building works. More than ever, scaffolding in is high demand due to the growing need for hand crafted exterior details on a building. It is a vital component that forms a portion of the construction project. In every scale of project, the single most essential structure is the scaffolding.

    Scaffolding tower hire in London is a must when it comes to working with elevated structures. It is also extremely important to remember to take safety precautions when planning to use this type structure if you decide not to allow a contractor to do this for you. Traditionally access tower is used to offer workmen access to highly inaccessible areas. Ladders can be used but they don't offer the same ease of access. With these structures they can work with their tools and will feel stable and confident when working.

    The construction industry in general is prone to accidents and mishaps due to mishandling of tools and structures. Scaffolding erectors in London build the structures out of steel and wood which allows workers to easily access strategic points on each building. A majority of contractors build mobile and fixed structures that are built to stand upright without additional support. These structures need to be tied to the construction site at multiple levels so that it maintains stability throughout. The mobile structures are completely freestanding and can be moved from one location to the next.

    Get in touch with a renowned company

    The use of an access tower is very popular in the world of construction. The costs associated with platform erectors in London vary according to use and industrial strength. This gives you plenty of options, however unless you know exactly which type of scaffolding to choose, your best bet is to contact a General Building Contractor who can sort out these factors for you. If you decide to go it alone on this one then you must be in touch with the best scaffolding company so you can get the right benefits. Make certain that the firm you choose has ready stock and cater to varied needs. They must be very reliable and professional and never opt for sub standard services. If your project involves erection of the walls with blocks or bricks, a renowned company can save you from losing time, money, and hassle with their knowledge on how to approach each individual issue.

    The Tech Specs

    Scaffolding is also sometimes referred to as staging. It is a temporary structure used to support and enable people to use construction materials to repair buildings and other structures. Scaffolding has been used for thousands of years. There are many different kinds of prefabricated, modular system of metal pipes and tubes, although it can also be custom made from alternative materials such as wood and bamboo.

    The purpose of today's working scaffold is to provide a safe place to work with safe access suitable for the types of work being carried out on them. The European Standard provides performance requirements for working scaffolds. The standard is used as a basis for enquiry and design.

    Materials

    The most basic lightweight tube scaffolding that became the standard and completely revolutionized scaffolding was invented in the mid-1950s. With a single basic 24 pound unit a scaffold of various sizes and heights could be assembled quite easily by a couple of labourers without any nuts or bolts.

    The tubing is usually made either of steel or aluminium which uses filament wound tubes of glass fibre in a nylon or polyester matrix. Since there is a high cost to the composite tube, it is usually only used when there is a risk from overhead electric cables that cannot be isolated.

    The boards on the scaffolding provide a working surface for scaffold users. They use seasoned wood and come in three types of thicknesses and are a maximum of 3.9 m long. The board ends are protected by either metal plates or sometimes nail plates, which often have a company name stamped into them.

    The couplers are the fittings that hold each of the tubes together. The most common ones are called scaffold couplers. There are three basic types:

    • Right angle couplers,
    • Putlog couplers, and
    • Swivel couplers

    To join these tubes end-to-end joint pins or sleeve couplers are used. Only right angle couplers and swivel couplers can be used to fix any of the tubes in a 'load bearing connection'. Single couplers are not load bearing couplers and have absolutely no design capacity. Other scaffolding components include base plates, ladders, ropes, anchor ties, and reveal ties, gin wheels, and sheeting.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Plumbing: The Leak Sleuth

    While a lot of people think that they're capable of fixing just about anything around their home, they'll most likely run into trouble when it comes to plumbing and will need to call in a specialist at some point. Some of the benefits of plumbing services include having work done by a skilled professional. Plumbers not only have access to more tools, but they have access to the right tools and are able to identify the root cause of an issue the first time around. This not only saves you money, but will save you time and the large headache that comes with trying to do your own plumbing. For those who have tried to fix plumbing issues on their own and understand that another problem arises soon after they thought they had fixed it, they generally will have to call in a plumber who now has to solve a much larger issue than what could have been cured from the get go. Having plumbing services done for you ensures that you'll have the problem fixed the first time around.

    Plumbers provide all sorts of plumbing services and skilled plumbers are capable of helping you with a tub, shower stalls, gas leaks, water heater repair or installation, toilet problems and many other issues. The major benefit of using a plumbing service is that you'll have peace of mind. You'll no longer have to worry about problems with pipes and clogged drains and can rest easy for years to come once you've used a professional service.

    The Tech Specs

    Plumbing is known as a system of pipes, drains fittings, valves, valve assemblies, and devices which have been installed into a building for the sole purpose of water distribution for drinking, heating and washing, and the removal of waterborne wastes. The skilled trade of working with pipes, tubing and plumbing fixtures in such systems is then managed by a plumber. A plumber is a trained professional who installs or repairs piping systems, plumbing fixtures and equipment such as water heaters. Plumbing generally deals with the laying of pipe lines which provide a means of transportation for fluids. The plumbing industry is a substantial part of a developed and modern economy due to the need for clean water, and sanitary collection and transport of wastes.

    A Plumber is only as Good as Their Equipment

    Plumbing equipment includes devices hidden behind walls or in utility spaces and are not seen by the general public. Some of the items that a plumbing system includes are water meters, pumps, expansion tanks, backflow arrestors, water filters, UV sterilization lights, water softeners, water heaters, heat exchangers, gauges, and control systems.

    Examples of specialized plumbing tools include pipe wrenches, flaring pliers, pipe vice, pipe bending machine, pipe cutter, dies and joining tools. Newer tools have been developed recently to help plumbers fix problems more efficiently in this advanced day and age. For example, plumbers are now using video cameras for inspections of hidden leaks or problems. They are also using hydro jets and high pressure hydraulic pumps connected to steel cables for trench-less sewer line replacement.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

  • Structural Engineers

    What exactly do Structural Engineers do?

    Consider this: If we think of the skeletal structure in the human body, then structural engineers are the designers that create and maintain the skeleton of a building.

    They can be considered to be the guardians of public safety who ensure that buildings are strong enough to withstand all kinds of stresses and strains. They are an absolutely key component of the design and construction team and work alongside architects to create all kinds of structures like houses, skyscrapers, sports stadia and oil rigs. They are the creative and trustworthy problem solvers who shape all aspects of the building industry and develop innovative solutions to allow construction in the most challenging conditions. If you choose to work with a structural engineer be certain that they are Chartered Members of The Institution of Structural Engineers. This ensures that they are highly-trained professionals as each one has passed one of the most demanding examinations of its kind. They are also required to continually develop their skill sets and maintain a justified reputation as a world-class engineering specialist.

    The Tech Specs

    Structural engineers are vitally important to your home upgrading projects as they analyze, design, plan, and research structural components and structural systems in order to achieve your design goals. They also ensure the safety and comfort of your family in your home. Their work mainly focuses on safety; however they are also very technical in their approaches and stress importance of economic and environmental benefits while also taking into consideration the aesthetic and social factors of building.

    Structural engineering is generally considered to be a specialty discipline within the civil engineering sphere. In the UK, a majority of structural engineers are members of the Institution of Structural Engineers rather than the Institution of Civil Engineers.

    The types of structures designed this type of professional includes buildings, towers, stadia and bridges. Most structural engineers are found in the construction industry. They tend to work closely with a number of other key players such as architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, quantity surveyors, and construction managers.

    The most important function of a structural engineer is that they ensure that buildings and bridges are built to be strong enough and stable enough to resist and withstand all appropriate structural loads (e.g., gravity, snow, rain, and traffic) in order to prevent or reduce loss of life or injury. They also design these structures to be rigid enough to not move or bend beyond acceptable limits.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

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  • The A Team: The Construction Foreman

    A construction foreman is the professional who at any one time ensures that their work crew is at a construction site and carrying out their tasks. They make certain that everything is going and according to plan. This particular job is the reserve of the most senior worker at the site. Simply put, they are the person who has the most experience when it comes to doing detailed projects.

    What are the Duties and Responsibilities of a Foreman?

    Normally the foreman would have been a construction worker initially and with many years of experience in a particular trade, is able to now be charged with organizing the overall construction of a particular project for a particular contractor. Typically they are a person with specialist knowledge of a particular trade who has moved into this position and is now focused on an overall management of this trade on the job site. They shouldn't be confused with a Project Manager, Project Supervisor, Superintendent, General Foreman, or a "First man" as their duties are very specific to their scope of practice.

    Although it's not always necessary, the Foreman starts their day out by checking in with the supervisor or contractor to receive the morning schedule. They are responsible for assessing job priorities and assigning their team members to the appropriate job sites. More often than not, they will travel between job locations as well to check in on their team. The most important reason for this is to ensure that each employee has their tools and equipment for the job in order to ensure a strong output. Having someone to oversee the work and make sure that it runs smoothly and according to plan can be instrumental in running to schedule and finishing with the best possible outcome. Without a foreman, it's left up to the client to attempt to orchestrate an otherwise tricky project plan.

    Your foremen should take each and every safety precaution on your job and have with them a safety kit in the case of any emergencies. For Global Development, the most important role a foreman can play is safe practices and work procedures. If you find that your team leader is taking risks, remember that these risks are at your expense and not theirs. Any damage to your property will ultimately be an extra be headache for you in the end. It's vital that your foreman has a well rounded working knowledge of their company's rules and instill values and good communication in the remaining team members. They also ensure that jobs run on schedule and that client's feel well taken care of.

    Vital Skills

    An engineer will probably be a part of your team as well and a good engineer cannot carry out a project successfully if the project’s foreman performance is lackluster. Thus the experience of a foreman is essential to completing a project. Apart from years experience and education, a foreman should also have a superior level of tertiary education, great communication skills, and fantastic time management skills.

    A good foreman is said by many to be the keystone of their projects.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Electricians: The Sparky

    When you take it upon yourself to hire a professional, the first thing that you'll want to make certain of is that that they are the absolute right person for the job. If an electrician is accredited with the proper licenses you can take comfort in the standard of their work and of the level of service that they will then provide you with. Screening for the right person is another story altogether however. Global Development takes all of the guess work and trial and error factors out of this process for you. We do extensive background checks into each and every one of our trade professionals and have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to unprofessional behavior.

    A hugely important issue for homeowners is ensuring that their electrician complies with all building regulations. Having the right documents is just the tip of the iceberg. At minimum, the right document should guarantee the work of a professional and provide you with a place to turn if you're unhappy about the service provided. This is generally a great deal of comfort for most clients. Some require more however, and that's what we offer. We fully screen each of our employees and verify every reference on paper (and more importantly the references that aren't). Due diligence is vitally important when allowing a professional to potentially enter your home.

    There are also guarantees that come from working with an approved electrician. When choosing an electrician, it comes down to a few main factors:

    • Safety, and
    • Competence

    There are clear and obvious dangers involved when working with electrics. Utilizing the skills of a professional in this case is absolutely paramount and it is not recommended to carry out any kind of electrical works unless you are a trained professional already. This not only ensures that you are kept safe but it also ensures that the safety of your home and the others in it is not compromised.

    For those who own a business, you'll already know that a loss of power can create a risk of losing clients and business, which ultimately means a loss in money. This is the greatest benefit of hiring a local contractor to handle your needs which vastly outstrips the cost of screening for a solo professional.

    The Tech Specs

    It's important to note that the "Competency Standards" in the UK are defined by the Sector Skills council Summit Skills. Electrical competence is required in order to practice as an electrician and the electrical industry is one of the few that fortunately require a trade test to be passed prior to being fully qualified. Electricians can go the extra mile and demonstrate further competence by studying qualifications in Design and Verification of Electrical Installations or in the Test and Inspection of Electrical Installations. Organizations such as the Electrical Safety Council are diligently working to educate the public not to use electricians who are not fully qualified and competent. As a final note, be certain to check the 'ElectricSafe' register to ensure an Electrician has been deemed competent.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Painters and Decorators

    The most important perk when hiring a professional painter and decorator is the ease in which you'll be able to complete your project. Most people tend not to take into account just how much time it takes to tackle the tasks of a painter and decorator. It may be true that you could decorate to an okay standard, but this will come through in the personality of the home and could perhaps lose some of the charm that can be created by one of these specific professionals. For example, if there are wall or ceiling coverings that need removing, they will need to be stripped down using a steamer, water, sponge, wallpaper stripper and perhaps even a combination of all three. A good majority of the time the surfaces found beneath the wall coverings will need quite a bit of preparation work to bring them up to a level that is suitable for actually painting or wall papering again. You can expect that a professional painter and decorator will know exactly how much preparation is going to be required to alter a specific space and bring it up to your requirements and vision.

    Another benefit of using this type of professional is that they can produce a superior finish. Among other various benefits, a professional decorator will have all of the tools required for pretty much every eventuality. They'll also have the necessary knowledge required to produce a finish that is not only visually appealing but will last for ages.

    Price often becomes a major reason for hiring or deciding against enlisting the services of a trained professional painter and decorator. Even though it can be tempting to do your own decorating work yourself, there are a few points that you should keep in mind when considering the cost. The paint that's available to buy at any "do it yourself" store is often much more inferior to the quality of materials that a professional painter and decorator from Global Development will source. Usually these professionals will carry with them a heavy discount with the paint manufacturers. This can bring the cost of using professional grade products nearer to that of the outside trade paints that are available to the general public. Another point that you will have to consider is that if you decide to do your own decorating, you'll need to purchase all of the tools required to complete the task, where as a professional will come stocked with all the tools they need. This will of course also bring down the overall cost of your project.

    The Tech Specs

    Historically, a painter was just responsible for mixing paint and maintaining a ready supply of pigments, oils, thinners and driers. The painter would use his vast experience to decide the perfect mixture for the job requirements. In modern times however, the painter is responsible for preparation of any type of surface. They're also versed in patching holes in drywall, using professional various types of tape and other protection on surfaces that are not to be painted on, applying paint and cleaning up.

    More recently, painters have become responsible for all the preparation prior to painting. Scraping, sanding, wallpaper removal, caulking, drywall or wood repair, patching, stain removal, filling nail holes or any defects with plaster or putty, cleaning, taping, preparation and priming are all considered to be done by professional painters.

    Professional painters need to have a strong working knowledge of the tools of the trade. These can include sanders, scrapers, paint sprayers, brushes, paint rollers, ladders and scaffolding. The preparation needs to be considered before just simply applying paint. For example, taping and drop cloth techniques, sizes of brushes or rollers, material types or dimensions of rollers or brushes, the amount of paint, the number of paint coats, the amount of primer, the types of primers and paints, certain grits and cuts of sandpaper, trim cutting, wallpaper removal, and nail-hole filling techniques. Today painters are attempting to evolve into the field of faux painting, which is allowing them greater creativity and access to a higher end customer base.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • The Almighty Architect

    What's the most important benefit to hiring an architect?

    You're going to use be working with a lot of new faces from design to construction. Of those, there is going to be the Contractor and all of the subcontractors associated and maybe even an interior designer and landscape architect. You’re also going to encounter all of lots of people from your local building department who will be checking in on things to make sure everything's in accordance with your community’s building codes and also the standards. Global Development has professional architects associated with our building team which can give you someone who understands the process, listens to exactly what you want, and who will look out for your interests.

    Ultimately, your architect unifies the design. You could visualize that a house design is a type of complex puzzle where all of the rooms and spaces inside and outside of the house are pieces of the puzzle. In order for someone to solve this puzzle, they have to conceive of how to fit the rooms together to get the right flow of spaces. Believe it or not, someone has to think about how to create a path for someone to get the groceries from the garage to the kitchen. It isn't easy to get these considerations to come together in a house that is exactly like your vision of your perfect home. You'll need someone who can share this vision for the big picture and can make sure all of the pieces are going to be able to fit together in the most efficient and pleasing way possible. Adding an architect to your team will give you the ability to unify the aesthetics of your home.

    Architects take the time to think about how a building will feel to those who live in them. Beyond practical issues like the sizes of rooms, quality of the construction and the cost of it, an architect takes into account the intangible aspects of feel, human scale, and aesthetics. You shouldn't ever have to adapt your life to suit your own house. Your house should be created and designed to suit your life.

    When hiring the right architect you'll be able to leverage their expertise and experience to help you save on the costs of the project. It's imperative that you are able to depend on your architect because they need to be looking out for one person's interests...YOURS.

    The Tech Specs

    Since the 1980s, as the complexity of buildings began to increase the field of architecture became multidisciplinary with new specializations for each and every project type. The preparatory processes for the design of any large scale building have become increasingly complicated and require insight into matters of durability, sustainability, quality, money, and compliance with city laws.

    Environmental sustainability has also now become a mainstream issue, with profound effects on the architectural profession. The developers who support the financing of buildings, have become educated in order facilitate more environmentally sustainable designs, rather than solutions based primarily on immediate costs. More and more there are now large numbers of buildings that seek to meet green building sustainable design principles.

     

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Exterior Design

    What is Exterior Design?

    Exterior Design is the art of altering the natural features of your outdoor property to enhance its beauty and features. It is much more than simply just placing a few plants, trees and shrubs around the outside of your home. Producing a powerful design is not a simple task, it takes knowledge, skill and an especially a creative eye to generate a long lasting lovely design that will change with the seasons. Let’s not forget that good Exterior Design and Landscaping also increases the pure value of your property.

    Landscaping

    There are a lot of benefits to procuring a beautiful landscape to go along with the designs as well. The combination of the two is really what creates the enchanting effects of a well thought out exterior. There are also many benefits of hiring a designer to do the job. A landscape designer ensures that your landscape not only looks great, but is also done properly. Shotty landscaping can lead to a variety of troubles down the road and will cost you hundreds if not thousands of pounds to remedy.

    There are many various aspects that need to be considered to produce a strong design. It's never a bad idea to hire a professional landscape designer to do the job. Global Development supplies not just designers for such an upgrade, but can supply and create the entire vision from top to bottom. We know that a professional landscape designer knows not just their materials, but how to choose the best components for the entirety of the job. It's important to note that a seasoned Exterior Designer will take into consideration the various seasons in order to ensure your landscape looks top notch the whole year round.

    Aesthetics

    The single most important and perhaps the most obvious aspect of Exterior Design is the choice of plants. When faced with the decision of what plants to include in your landscape, one can often become overwhelmed. Each plant has its own individual character that need to be taken into consideration. Some plants bloom for the whole of summer, while others will only bloom in spring or autumn. Other factors that must also be taken into consideration are the plants full height, soil condition and light conditions.

    A professional designer knows exactly which plants work best in the local climate, with minimal maintenance. Part of the research that we do consists of where on your property certain plants will thrive based on light and soil conditions. This may seems silly, but the finesse is always done in the details! A skilled landscape designer will also be able to do much more than just simply plop down plants around your home. The best designers are also capable of designing complete patios, ponds, pools, fountains, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and other outdoor amenities. Having a fully stocked construction company is perhaps the only way to have a fully tooled up Exterior Designer.

     

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Interior Design

    Throughout the globe, people utilize interior design in their homes project the presence of who they are. A family usually isn't defined as much by the exterior of their house, but more by the interior. With so many different various styles it's easy for one to become confused on how to combine and express the personality of the home you have envisioned in your mind. Before you get into the grit of planning out the process, the best thing to do is to check out our look books that showcase various characterized features of each room. Click here for a little inspiration! Some of the further benefits of interior design include a sense of self, increased productivity, and feeling being proud of where you dwell. This is by far strongest reason to design your home with an intention to bring its character to life.


    When a friend or relative walks into your home and claps eyes on artwork of elephants, with small statues of them everywhere, and an African landscape couch cover, they will most likely assume you are an elephant lover. Although we're not recommending going overboard on the Safari theme, there are classy and simple ways that will imply these things with taste and finesse without going overboard.


    The Tech Specs

    Want to know more about what Interior Designer can do for you? The title Interior Designer itself implies that there is an emphasis on Planning, design and creative use of space involved. Interior designers undertake projects that include arranging basic layouts of spaces within a home as well as projects that require an understanding of technical issues. These can include acoustics, lighting and temperature to name but a few. Even though an interior designer creates the layout of a space, they don't alter load-bearing walls without having their designs completely and confidently approval by an architect. The Global Development Interior Design Team works directly with architectural firms to ensure absolute perfection when upgrading your home.

    Residential

    Since this type design is specific for your individual situation, your thoughts and ideas are paramount in this area in order for the designer to translate your ideas into realty. The interior designer works on each project from the initial planning stage to the complete remodeling of an existing structure. It is often a process that can takes months to fine tune in order to create a space with the vision of you, the client.


    Global Development's Commercial Designers

    Our Commercial designers encompass a wide range of specialties. We are capable of upgrading all types of shopping centres, department stores, specialty stores, visual merchandising and even showrooms. Our further specialties include visual and spatial branding where we use the intended space as a media to express a Corporate Brand. We're also capable of office design for any kind of business. Our designers are also upgrade private sector firms and institutions such as government offices, financial institutions, schools, universities, and religious facilities.



    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading the your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own.

    Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Will Lead Flashing Save My Roof?

    Lead Flashing for your roof has major advantages when it comes to sealing a roof against leaks. When a roof meets a vertical surface, such as the wall of a house, the joint between the two has to be sealed in some way. Perhaps the single best solution in the U.K. is Lead Flashing. The properties of lead make it an extremely favorable building material when it comes to sealing and water proofing.

    Why Use Lead?

    Lead is often used since it is one of the most durable metals that exists today. It can expand and contract with drastic changes in outdoor temperatures, which means that it can adapt to last longer given the conditions it's under. It's an absolutely perfect material to use on houses that are open to a variety of elements and different atmospheric temperatures. We know that being a London resident means that you will know all about this! During summer or an intense cold winter, there will be no need to call a repair man for repairs.

    What Are it's Benefits?

    Lead is a mouldable material and can be shaped into a variety of shapes to suit different types of flashing design. It can be adapted to fit along edges of different types of roof and it won't catch fire, which is important during an intense lightning storm. It's also sturdy enough to withstand these conditions which means that it will not buckle unless it is subjected to very high temperatures that are unrealistic in a habitable environment. The main purpose of using Lead Flashing is its capacity to be a strong barrier. Lead Flashing is resistant to atmospheric corrosion and that means that it will last longer than any other type of flashing. It's also sound resistant and will make your home ever so slightly quieter. It's radiation resistant, which is the most important factor to the structural integrity of a house. It is also a strongly recognized form of insulation that prevents heat from leaving your home.

    This metal can be crafted to give the outer rim of a roof an aesthetically pleasant finish. Lead in flashing wears well and will be reduced from a shiny, natural state into a refined and professional looking material that adds character to the appearance of your home.

    The Tech Specs

    Flashing refers to thin pieces of impenetrable material that's been installed to your home in order to prevent the passage of water into it from a joint or as a part of weather resistant barriers.

    Before sheet products became available for flashing, carpenters used their ingenuity to minimize water penetration such as angling roof shingles away from joints and building steps into the sides of a chimney to throw off water. Birch bark was also occasionally used as a type flashing material. The introduction of flashing materials decreased water penetration occurring at areas like chimneys, vent pipes, walls that abut roofs, and window and door openings which make buildings more durable and reduce interior mould problems.

    Flashing can either remain exposed or stay concealed. Exposed flashing generally consists of sheet metal like lead, aluminium, copper, zinc alloy, stainless steel, terne, lead-coated copper, galvanized steel, or other architectural metals. Metal flashing should be combined with expansion joints on long stretches to prevent warping of the metal sheets and shouldn't stain or be stained by close by materials or react chemically with them.

    Where Can I Use Lead Flashing?

    The simple answer is on your roof. Roof flashing is placed around objects that protrude away from the base of a roof such as pipes and chimneys or the edges of other roofs. They're used to deflect water away from seams or joints and in valleys where the water tends to accumulate. Roof penetration flashings are used to waterproof supports, pipes, cables, and almost every type of roof protrusions.

    A structure incorporating Lead Flashing has to be carefully engineered and constructed. It's important that the water is directed away from the structure and not directed to the inside. Flashing improperly installed will end up directing water right into your home.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading the lead flashing to your roof. We know any alterations to your home can be an exciting step for you so we will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • French Doors

    French doors can completely transform a room. They have the ability to let in natural light, provide an outstanding view to the outdoors, and are of course a design feature in themselves. An interesting perk of having French Doors is the ability to open up and create illusions of vast spaces by simply adding them in. You may choose to replace a wall with them in order to create a smooth transition between the interior and exterior, which will increase the sense of open area even when the doors remain closed. When the weather is warm you can open the doors to expand your living space and make the most of your garden or patio. It's also a wonderful way to allow fresh air to circulate within your home.

    Perhaps you have decided to replace old French doors with new ones. The advantages of modern French doors over some of the older models include improved home security and improved energy efficiency and insulation. You'll also notice that the durability of a modern set of doors is much improved over an outdated pair and they won't need nearly as much maintenance.

    French doors can be fitted with opaque glass for privacy or you could always opt for tinted glass if they get direct sunlight. They can also be suitable to create a division or even a connection between two rooms. What exactly would be the benefit to this? Light will be able to travel through and between the two rooms which will make both rooms feel brighter and less enclosed allowing for a much more uplifting feel. You'll save on your heating and cooling expenses since only part of a room will only need to be adjusted to your liking. Perhaps the top benefit is that your home will now be much more versatile than if you had created a type of open archway between rooms or had left them as two individual rooms with just a standard connecting door.

    Have you thought about Sliding French Doors? Sometimes also referred to as Louvered French Doors, they make the most of your room since you'll no longer need to leave space for the doors to open. You'll be able to use that extra space for furniture or indoor plants that accentuate the connection between the interior and the garden or neighboring room.

     

    The Tech Specs

    A French door is a style of door which consists of a frame around one or more transparent or translucent panels that could be installed as a single door, in matching pairs, or even as series. A matching pair of these doors is generally referred to as a French window since it resembles a door height casement window. When using a pair of French doors as a French window, the application doesn't often include a central mullion, which allows for a wider unobstructed opening. The frame will typically require a weather strip at floor level and where the doors meet to stop any water ingress. This slender window joinery then maximizes the light into a room and minimizes any visual impact of the doorway joinery when viewed from outside. Usually, the doors of a French window will open outward onto a balcony, a porch, or a terrace. They are also sometimes placed to provide an entrance into a garden or conservatory.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading the doors in your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Attention to Detail: French Drains

    What is the French Drain Used For?

    Not only is this type of drain aesthetically much more attractive than a typical drainage system but its main benefit is specifically to usher water away from your home. It's capable preventing terrible erosion issues and practically any other cause of rising damp problems from occurring through the exterior of your home's walls. The French Drain has been around for decades and was originally invented in the 1850s. Needless to say, a system this attractive hasn't had any trouble sticking around for this long.

    Benefits

    Perhaps the most obvious benefits is that like any drain, the French drain works to remove water and get moisture away from your home or building. However, this type of drain is designed specifically to work on structures that are built at the bottom or on the sides of hills. This can become extremely valuable when it comes to creating a place to keep your home dry and your foundation safe, especially in a wet country like England!

    Do I Have Any Options

    Sure you do! Unlike typical drainage that causes you to collect rain in a few specific areas around your yard or house, a French drain can be set up so it transfers water from an area you don’t want moisture to an area that needs more moisture. If for example you would like to transport water from your home down to your garden, you could very easily and economically do this with a French drain set up.

    Worried About Efficiency?

    These types of drains were created using the main principles of physics so if you decide that you would like to surround your entire property with them, they'll still work perfectly, and as such, they become much more economically feasible and cost efficient when compared to other drainage systems.

    For people with complicated irrigation problems, or who might be working with a tight budget, French drains are phenomenal when it comes to choosing and creating the best and most attractive options for drainage within a tight financial outlook.

    Installation

    The biggest benefit of this type of drain is that the installation that takes place with the materials is lightning fast. It won’t take months or even weeks to install and you won’t need to uproot your entire house or backyard to add them in. If you need an effective drainage system quickly, they work wonders when it comes to getting the job done and keeping your house and foundation dry in just a matter of a days' time.

    If you do live at or near the bottom of a hill, or even around an elevation change of any kind, chances are that you are having some kind of water accumulate in parts of your home that you shouldn’t have. By adding French Drains you’ll find out how much piece of mind you’ve restored, and how much money you are able to save. Simply re-channeling water and avoid run off right into your home or other building can make a world of difference. By adding this drainage system before you know it, water breaking down your walls will be the last thing on your mind.

    The Tech Specs

    A French drain is also known as weeping tile or a blind drain. Essentially, it is a trench filled with gravel or rock that contains a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from a particular area. A French drain is designed to have perforated hollow pipes along the bottom to quickly vent water that trickles down through the upper gravel. The most common features of these systems include lightweight gravel, such as pea-shingle, as a substitute that is wrapped around perforated corrugated pipe.

    French drains are mainly used to prevent ground and surface water from damaging your homes foundation. French drains are also often placed behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure from building up.

    Foundation

    French drains are often installed around the foundation of

    your home foundation in a few different ways:

    • They are buried around the foundation wall on the external side of the foundation, and
    • They are installed underneath the basement floor on the inside perimeter of your basement.

    Exterior Drainage

    In most homes, an external French drain is installed around the foundation walls before the foundation soil is backfilled. It is then laid on the bottom of the excavated area, and a layer of stone is laid on top. In some cases, a filter fabric is then laid on top of the stone to keep the more fine sediments and particles from penetrating. Once the drain has been installed, the area is then backfilled as well. The system is then left alone unless any type of clogging occurs.

    Interior Drainage

    Most commonly, this is done in response to basement that's become soaked or right before performing a basement finishing. To install a French Drain, the perimeter of the basement floor is jack hammered down to the footing and then the concrete is removed

    after. A layer of stone is then placed, and a perforated drain pipe is laid on top of it. Water is then allowed to be collected from the basement's walls, floors, and joints into the system. A pump must also be installed in order to remove water from the house and away from the foundation.

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading the drainage system for your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Natural Lighting for My Home

    When you're looking to purchase or update a home, it may find yourself drawn to the idea of installing large windows that allow for plenty of natural sunlight. There are some pretty major benefits to doing this including increasing ones mood elevation, a general sense of overall well-being, and less electricity being consumed during any daylight hours that the home is occupied. When increasing the amount of natural light into your home be sure to utilize windows and reflective surfaces in order to increase the effects of the natural light. This is can become a bit of a science for some so if you need help please contact us if you wish to speak to someone that can assist you in expertly lighting your living spaces. These techniques are commonly referred to as daylighting and because of their effectiveness, homeowners and builders alike have developed ways to maximize the natural light within a dwelling.

    There are common methods such as simply installing more windows or installing skylights. Strangely, these methods can actually harm the energy efficiency of a house since neither of these installations is very successful at keeping heat or cold from penetrating a home. What's the solution to this issue? Superior methods created to increase daylighting within your home are light tunnels. They're capable of increasing any natural light without transferring any outside temperatures to the interior.

    Benefits of Natural Daylighting

    It's long been proven that the natural light from the sun is beneficial for our overall well-being. You might notice this most during the summer months. Those around you tend to have an extra bounce in their step or you may notice a few extra smiles on people's faces now that the sun has finally peeked out from behind the clouds. Most people are aware of the impact sunlight has on their emotional well-being as well.

    Aside from the extra added emotional benefits, daylight has been proven to show a significant impact on productivity and human health. Our eyes and brains tend to function at optimal performance with natural light, whereas artificial light won't generally have near as profound an impact. It is not surprising observations like these show the benefits of natural light on health and how it can improve energy levels.

    Regardless of how sophisticated technology becomes, we as human beings are in need of natural sources of energy. The sun is one of our main sources of energy and we are in need of it daily in order to thrive at top performance levels. Fortunately for us, there are wonderful possibilities where technology and natural living can be merged to provide the best of both worlds. Sky lighting tubes, as mentioned earlier, are one such example. They bring the benefits of natural lighting into a home while preventing the outdoor weather from creeping in.

    Cost Effective Options

    Proper daylighting will require much more than just "substantial" natural light transmission into a building. It has to do so without any negative side effects what-so-ever! Natural lighting is a delicate balance of heat transmission, glare control and the light intensity throughout the day. When this type of lighting is performed by our professionals, it can become an extremely effective way to save money while inexpensively illuminating your home. It has exhibited many different ways in which it is a cost effective solution for your home. One indirect way is that it increases a person’s productivity. That alone will allow one to become more productive and although this may not make up for the cost directly, the decreased electrical usage and energy consumption will. When a building becomes dependent on electricity for its lighting throughout the day, the electricity itself becomes in need of cooling devices. These in turn are also energy guzzlers. Daylighting is also perhaps the best and most popular way to save money while going green.

     

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading the lighting in your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Updating My Victorian Home

    After a few years of living in a Victorian style home, you may end up finding yourself yearning for bigger bathrooms, a more open floor plan and most of all more spacious closets.

    Older homes may be beautiful, however they aren't exactly designed for the modern family or modern living. The floor plan of a Victorian property can sometimes seem a bit cluttered and convoluted by today's standards. These particular styles of houses have less open spaces. Instead you may find a series of smaller rooms that are connected by an almost labyrinth of hallways and doors and passages.

    One of the biggest alterations that take place in modernizing a Victorian home is the bathroom and although indoor plumbing was available at the turn of the century, the toilets are generally very cramped by today's standards.

    A quick note that you'll want to remember when expanding the rooms in your Victorian are that many of the interior walls in these older homes are load-bearing. That means that they are key in supporting the weight of the upper floors. The building professionals in Victorian days didn't have the capacity to easily span large spaces, so the numerous walls really were essential to the health of the structure. If these walls are removed, the floors above can quite easily begin to sag and cause damage to the overall structure.

    There are really great ways to update an older home while preserving its structure and maintaining its ambiance so being creative in the ways you use the space can really bring these beauties back to life. If you think you may need a few suggestions on designing your interior space visit our Inspiration pages or contact us for our special Global Interior Design services.

    Perhaps the best idea for your older home is to cut openings or archways in the walls instead of knocking them down. Leaving partial walls or decorative columns to provide structural support could be great options as well.

    Since some of the older homes of the Victorian era have many very tiny rooms they are off times left without closets. How do I solve this you may ask? Although there are many ways to be creative with your space. One idea could be to convert the area beneath the main stairway into a closet for example.

    Other ways to maximize space is to install bookcases and cabinets around doors and windows. A wonderful way to add comfort and a twist to your living space is to open up window areas for more reading and seating. Also, don't forget the attic space! Luxury bathrooms aren't just found on the ground floor anymore with the proper engineering.

    Make sure to always have your new additions to your home compatible with the architecture of the original existing house. Take a close look at the plans and elevation drawings for any of the additions. If you need assistance in planning out your alterations of your home please contact us directly for free advice on what the next step is that you could take.

    The Tech Specs

    Victorian architecture is remembered as a series of architectural revival styles from the 19th century.  The styles usually included a mix of historic styles including the Middle Eastern and Asian influences. The name Victorian represents the British and French custom of titling architectural styles for a reigning monarch.

    Victorian architecture in the U.K

    During this century, the romantic medieval Gothic revival style was created as a reaction to the symmetry of Palladianism. Such buildings as Fonthill Abbey were built during this era as well and by the middle of the century, and because of new technological advances in the field, construction was able to now incorporate steel as a building component. You may already know that one of the greatest exponents of this was the Crystal Palace. In this new era of prosperity advanced methods of construction were being developed, but ironically the architectural styles were typically retrospective.

  • Custom Bedroom Design

    Designing a bedroom can have a huge effect on how comfortable it will be. Developing your own environment that not only reflects your idea of the ideal bedroom can not only become a careful selection process, but also a careful organization process. This means that choosing the design carefully is an absolute must. There is an endless area of options when choosing a bedroom design and if you want the best one for working with a creative building team most likely be your strongest option. 

    One of the wonderful things about a custom design is that if you get it right, you won't need to clutter up a room with an abundance of furniture and accessories in order to give the room character. With a well thought out plan you can quite easily create a comfortable bedroom where you are able to relax, energize, and recuperate.

    The Tech Specs

    Furniture can vary greatly depending on the local tradition at any given time. For an example, a master bedroom could include a any different size of bed, such as a king or queen sized bed. The bedroom should normally include dressers or even a wardrobe armoire, a closet or two, and carpeting. In Europe and North America built in closets are slightly less common as freestanding wardrobes are much more popular.

    Bedrooms are a reflection of your personality. They can also reflect a person's social standing. Perhaps most importantly, bedrooms are completely unique to each and every individual. However, there are common threads that run through most bedrooms. Perhaps the most obvious one is a mattress which usually has a bed set to raise it off the ground and provide it with some type of decoration. Today, the innerspring mattresses are the most commonly purchased and bedrooms can often hold more than one of them. One of the more creative options for storing multiple beds is the bunk bed. There are a variety of different ways to deck out a room with this creative idea.  Night stands are also particularly popular. Televisions are also fairly common as well. Many bedrooms also will have a computer and a desk to do work. In the late 20th century and early 21st century bedrooms have become more social environments allowing people to comfortably spend more time in these areas.

    Modern Bedrooms

    Many houses contain at least two bedrooms; one usually being a master bedroom and others being for either children or guests. They'll also contain a closet, which is most commonly used for clothing and other smaller personal items. Walk in closets tend to be more popular today and come in various sizes. However, wardrobes are by far much more prominent. A wardrobe is an exterior type of closet that is often decorative in nature instead of appearing like a storage space behind curtains or doors. Sometimes, a master bedroom may also be connected to a dedicated bathroom, which is called an ensuite.

    For a tapestry of ideas, visit our Custom Bedroom Design section to put together your dream bedroom!

    Feel free to Contact Us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading the bedroom in your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • How do I find out what's causing the leak in my roof?

    Roof leaks can present a multitude of challenges for you as a homeowner. There's never a great time for them to start and can end up leading to very significant damage to the interior of your home if left unattended.

    Determining the root cause of a leak will usually take some investigation and it is always best to enlist a professional in matters where you may end up cutting away roofing or replacing tile works. The reason being that the actual source of the leak stemming from the outside of the home rarely matches where you're seeing the leak on the inside of your home. This can often lead to a great deal of frustration for those dwelling within.

    Locating the source of a leak takes an educated eye as it is not an exact science. Each and every leak can have its own personality and since water can shape to any form, the path it takes will never occur twice.

    When should I call in the investigators?

    Ideally, you would hope that you can see the leak as its actually occurring.  In order to trace a leak back to its original source you'll need to see the ingress of the leak instead of any guess work that could happen based on the remnants of the leak, such as staining coming through your ceiling. Although, stains can be one of the best indicators to locate a roof leak, it may not reveal the entire story behind it.

    If you intend to try to find the leak as it's occurring it will become necessary to investigate during rain or snow. If this isn't a possibility then it may be necessary to try a water test on your roof's surface. If you're not up to the task then this would be a great time to bring in the professionals as more in depth experience will come in handy here.

    How can I locate the source of my roof leak?

    First things first. We've got to begin to locate the leak on the inside of the home. Once you are able to confirm that the source of the water inside your home is indeed as a result of a roof leak, it's time to take some measurements. Other issues that you may want to consider before you move though are plumbing issues, drain issues, gutter issues, or perhaps even condensation issues.

    Next you may want to venture into your attic space and attempt to locate the source of the leak from the underside of the roof deck. Review the leak and take note of the surface where the leak is making its way through. As a reminder, remember that the entry point of where the water is seeping is could very well be different from where the leak is appearing on the inside of the house. Once located you'll need to take a measurement of the location where the water is entering into the attic.

    Although we strongly recommend enlisting the help of a professional at this point purely for safety reasons, the next step in this process is to safely gain access to your exterior roof and begin to take measurements of the exterior space that the leak is affecting. The measurement should reflect the approximate location where the water is entering into your attic. As you take a look over your roof during your investigation remember that any opening in the roof system is also an opportunity for any water to enter your home. If the roofing materials show any openings at all, water can penetrate your home's building envelope, which results in a leak.


    I have a leak, but it's not coming from the roof!

    If you are experiencing a leak in your home you can always choose to make the repair yourself or hire a professional contractor to complete the repair. As a note, sometimes trying to save a few pounds by taking on the project yourself can end up costing more in the long run. The experience you enlist from a specialist can not only save you this headache, but can often be priceless with because of the peace of mind that comes along with it. What else can cause leakage then? Often bad or aged plumbing can cause leaks, as well as air conditioning, condensation, and even pest infestation.

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss booking an inspection for your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

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    Global Development's "Landlords Key Club" can add significant value to your investment, which is why many seasoned property investors will tell you that a strong management company is worth their weight in gold.  Here are a few ways that we can help you keep your investment in great functioning order.

    Fewer costly and time consuming problems

    Veteran landlords know that it can only take one troublesome tenant to create a significant financial headaches. Global Development is capable of fixing any issues that a tenant may otherwise contract you as the landlord to fix. We make certain that with our knowledge of the building trade that your tenant can have their needs met regardless of your location and time schedule. Getting your time back as one of your most valuable assets will ensure that you are not leaving yourself vulnerable to someone else's scheduling needs.

    Better tenant retention

    While its simple to see the effects of lost rent, there are other pressing issues such as a high tenant turnover rate. The turnover process will most likely involve painting the walls and possibly new laying down new carpet or additional small repairs. Preparing a team for these and other laborious tasks can end up being a very time consuming and expensive process. This can be completely averted by having a well prepared team on hand to fix issues as they arise and before they become a much larger agitation for both your renter and you. Prevention of further growing repairs are the greatest form of curing the root of any problem. We're here to assist you in any phase of these issues, whether improving your property to bring it up to code or fixing the beginning or advanced phases of repairs and construction.

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    Lowering your maintenance and repair costs

    The bottom line is that good maintenance and repairs will keep tenants happy and preserve the value of your investment. As a landlords this will always bring up your reputation which is also a very important part of our close knit industry. By joining the "Landlord's Key Club" you gain access to both our in-house maintenance staff, as well as our network of licensed, bonded and insured contractors and sub-contractors who have already been screened for the best possible pricing and quality work. This can translate into significant savings for you compared to dredging through the yellow pages and hiring one handyman at a time by yourself. Not only is our firm able to get volume discounts on parts and labour, but we also have strong relationships with our sub-contractors who understand maintenance issues which allows us to pass our savings along to you.

    Will this increase the value of my investment?

    AS you may already know, preventative maintenance is achieved through putting well thought out systems in place that are capable of catching and dealing with maintenance and repair issues early on, before they grow into larger and much more costly issues. If you are interested in the joining the club, the Global's Management Team can also offer you suggestions and feedback on upgrades and modifications based on your plan.  In short, depending on your circumstances and requirements, the Landlord's Key Club can help you grow the value of your investment.

    Personal benefits for you, the owner

    • Less stress. Avoid dealing with middle of the night emergencies, organizing workmen, and handling individual payments to sub-contractors.
    • More freedom. Take full advantage of your time so you can live and invest wherever you want. By joining the Key Club you won't be constrained to be near your rental properties. Additionally you'll gain piece of mind and if you choose, can now live and travel without the requirement of always being available in the likely event that your tenants have a need you have to tend to.
    • Free up more of your time. Time is money, right? For many investors, their time is more profitably spent in areas other than servicing their properties. When you allow us to focus on your building works for you, this will in turn allow you to work ON your business instead of being trapped working IN your business. Perhaps the most important aspect that we can offer you is the freedom to have more time to spend with family or friends and doing the things that you truly enjoy.

    We are proud to boast that only the best and most ethical landlords are part of our club. Please note that becoming a member is by invite only. Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to learn more about the Landlords Key Club at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Is a Home Inspection Worth It?

    Thinking about getting your home inspected?

    Think about the way you shop for a car in comparison to the way you would shop for a house. If you're like most people you might look very closely at the warranty details when purchasing that vehicle. How well is that car covered? A new one will probably have some decent standard coverage, while a use car most likely wouldn't. You may end up paying some kind of deductible on the warranty when purchasing a new vehicle,  however the good part is that most of the components are covered.

    When making the actual purchase you may enlist the help from a friend who just happens to be a mechanic. That person would check for defects that would otherwise be missed because you have the insurance of a friend looking out for your best interest. Their expertise would far exceed your own, so you would trust your friend to let you know if the car needs any major repairs in the near future.

    Compare this situation to the way that someone would shop for a home now.

    The initial down payment on property can be a sizable chunk of cash to start with. Not just that, but once you add your monthly mortgage payment to that figure you could be looking at well over £1 million in total expenses! It's ironic in a way that what ends up happening with the norm is that they want a certain level of assurance when purchasing a vehicle, however when it comes to buying a home, it all goes out of the window...and a house can cost up to twenty times more than that car!

    It's completely understandable that when you purchase a home that you would have many different worries and concerns. It may even seem sensible because it's more cost effective to decide against ordering a home inspection so you can save a little cash. Even though everything looks okay on the surface and you had another friend of yours in the carpentry trade take a walk through and told you the house was a real gem, the simple truth of the matter is that a home inspector has another level of expertise. Your carpentry friend, although professional and educated in his field, most likely won't be able to spot a faulty heating system or an undersized wire in an electrical branch circuit.

    The major underlying principle here is to NOT trust your largest investment and asset to the opinions of those who simply aren't qualified. Inspections are there for your protection whether it be for health and safety or for your wallet.

    How will a home Inspector help me?

    They are capable of pointing out potential safety issues that could endanger you, your children, or potential buyers and their families. Part of their duties include inspecting the basement for water intrusion and proper construction as well as checking the actual structural integrity of your home. If you need them to check on the condition of the roof, the plumbing, any electrical issues, or heating and air conditioning systems then they can handle complete reviews on those items. Inspector's will sometimes even go as far as to make certain that any major appliances that are part of your home purchase are all in working order. They'll also inspect the driveway and the retaining walls and the grading and drainage of the property. Our inspectors at Global Development are specialists in pointing out any ventilation or insulation issues in your home whether it be the attic space or living quarters. We are also keen to locate roofing failures, mold, or moisture problems. Other good items to have them check out gutters, downspouts, soffit, eaves and fascia for any damage, rot and any other exterior defects.

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss booking an inspection for your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

  • Construction and Refurbishments for My Home

    The process of renovation can be absolutely mind bending for most of us so we've decided to give you a step by step process on what to expect from this process.

    1. Designing and Planning

    Whether you've drawn your initial sketch out on an envelope or have done a complete set of architectural blueprints, some designing and planning must always come first. You'll need to ensure that you have enough funds in your budget for your renovation. An easy way to do this is to simply draw up a "yes or no" list of projects that you'd like your professionals to do for you. For every job that you're not interested in doing yourself it's a good idea to employ a contractor and let them handle the rough task of finding the subcontractors for you. They can also handle the applications for building permits which can end up being a labyrinth of a process in itself if you're not already familiar with it.

    2. Roofing, Foundation Work, Walls and Windows

    Make certain to protect your future refurbishments by making sure that the house itself won't collapse on you! It's imperative that you ensure a dry work area, even in London's wet weather. How do I do this? Working in sections is the simple answer however a plan of action must be in play and first things first; secure the foundation and make sure to repair any major structural damage or weaknesses to areas like the walls, joists, and carrying beams. Next, it's vital to replace any seriously damaged windows that could threaten any future remodeling work. Most importantly though, if the rendering is damaged to the point of allowing water infiltration, repair or replace it as a priority.

    3. Everyone's favorite part: Demolition

    Depending on how large a project you intend to take on, demolition could very well be your first step and not your third. You're going to need a place to stash the waste from your project so commissioning a waste container is the first thing you should do. You'll then need to carefully demolish the areas of the house that are going to be renovated. Exercise caution when working with lead based paint or lead coated surfaces. Finding out later that you've got lead poisoning would not only be terrible, but would have been completely avoidable. We stress that you use a professional in all matters where you are either uncertain of the materials or the practices you are working with. In other words, "It's better to be safe, than sorry."

    4. Structural Carpentry

    If you've gotten this far you're ready to call in the carpenters. You'll need them for things like moving walls or constructing entirely new walls. They can also enlarge window opens or add entirely new windows, add beams to support addition weight to your upstairs living area, and add or remove doors.

    5. HVAC Ductwork, Electrical Works, and Plumbing

    Now that you've opened up the walls and the ceiling, it's time to bring in the HVAC company to install all of the ductwork for your central heating and air conditioning systems. Now that the walls are accessible, it would also be a great time to put in your new electrical and plumbing systems.

    6. Insulating

    The final thing that should be addressed now that the walls are open is installing fiberglass. Insulation can go very quickly so be sure to call your drywall professional to let him know that it's about time for you to utilize his services.

    7. Drywall

    At this point an electrical inspector will need to be called in to give you the green light to start closing up the walls. Drywall professionals can then hang sheets of drywall until they achieve a seamless surface.

    8. Adding flooring

    By installing the flooring later on in the renovation process this saves your flooring surface from any significant damage.

    9. Windows

    Now it's time to install new construction or replacement windows.

    10. Need Fine Carpentry?

    This is the point where you introduce carpentry that doesn't involve any structural issues. That means it's time to install baseboards, molding, trim around windows and doors, built-in elements such as breakfast nooks and bookcases.

    11. Interior Painting and Wallpapering

    The last items that you should be attending to for your indoor spaces are painting the interior walls, hanging wallpaper, painting any molding and trim, and staining and sealing that trim.

    12. Gutters

    Now that the house is almost completely finished it's safe to add any siding and gutters.

    13. Additions

    Lastly, if you decide to do any major auxiliary building projects like conservatories or swimming pools make certain that these items have been added into the final cost for your project. You don't want to deplete your funds and energy early on for projects that aren't wholly related to the renovation of the house itself.

  • Construction: Conservatories and Sunrooms

    Deterred by the chill of English weather, we’re sometimes deprived of the simple joys of being outdoors and taking in the sunlight. The Victorians had a wonderful answer for this problem: the conservatory.

    Although a conservatory looks like a greenhouse, it differs from a one in that a conservatory is also a living space. Conservatory floors are often finished or glossed and while plants may fill a large part of the space, they are typically grown specifically for decoration. They most often also have seating areas, lighting, fountains, televisions and other modern technologies. A sculpture here or there is a popular touch as well.

    If you choose to build a customized conservatory the price can end up being pretty significant so setting a budget can be important as a simple build could start at £350 per square foot, however depending on the features it could rapidly approach a much higher amount. If you decide to get really elaborate, the design work of the room could cost more than £30K.

    Speaking of which...What types of options do I have?

    Realistically, you could have any type of feature added or customized that you can think of. For example, you may desire items like simple glass framing or maybe copper and glass roofs. You could also have unique roof lines built and detailed architectural accents added to best suit the rest of your home design. These types of rooms serve as extra room for relaxing, studying, dining, or hosting parties and other special occasions. If you wanted to keep the traditional sunroom concept then you could even use it as a pool house, a winter garden, an orchid sanctuary, or even a greenery filled dining room.


    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/11/3773333_the-benefits-of-a-home-conservatory.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

    The Tech Specs

    A conservatory is an additional structure which is most often constructed onto the side of a house that allows for enjoyment of the surrounding landscape. It provides shelter while protecting its inhabitants from harsher weather conditions.

    They are generally constructed of few different types of materials such as bricks, breeze blocks, wood, uPVC, and most importantly glass. Some of these sunrooms are designed for scenic view, while others are made to focus more on collecting sunlight for warmth.

    Newer rooms are most often constructed of aluminum framing with tempered glass as the main portion of the structure. The physical system of the room is normally constructed of aluminum insulated panels or glass. Skylights may also be added into the insulated panels. The outside of the roof is usually created using shingled roofing material.

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss your construction needs for your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

  • Construction

    As General Building Contractors we are capable of providing you with all of the material, labor, equipment and services necessary for the construction of any project. Just a few of the responsibilities we are capable of assisting you with are applying for building permits, securing your property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing all personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing of construction waste, monitoring the schedules and cash flows involved, and maintaining complete and accurate records for you.

    In short, we manage tradesman and are employed by each client to complete professional building works. Our company is responsible for the overall coordination of a project and as a general contractring firm we take pride in every aspect of the profession and hold our team to the highest standard as well as provide the best possible customer service.

    Enough about us though, let's talk about the living and breathing giant of the industry; construction. Have you ever wondered how a house is built or what holds up the ceilings or the walls? How is the rain kept out? What parts go into making a house exactly? What types of people are involved in its construction? If you would like to know the answers to these questions or if you have simply been curious to find out about what goes into making a new home then check out our expert section called "Tech Specs" below or keep reading ahead.

    So, what is a house?  A house is considered "A structure serving as a dwelling for one or more persons, especially for a family." You may have a very specific image in your mind of what a typical house looks like. It's a structure on its own piece of land in a nut shell. Depending on the type of house it will most likely have a pitched roof, walls covered in brick, windows and of course doors. Inside a house you'll find rooms like a kitchen, a living room, bedrooms and bathrooms.

    Many of these parts of the project are performed by independent crew members known as subcontractors. An example of this would be framing being done by a "subcontractor" specializing in framing, while the roofing would be done by a completely different subcontractor specializing in roofing. Each subcontractor is considered to be an independent business. All of the subcontractors are organized by an actual contractor (that's where we come in) who oversees each job and is responsible for completing the house on time and on budget.

    The Tech Specs

    The most popular method of residential construction by far is wood framed construction. Let's take a look at the typical steps for building your family's home if you were to start from scratch. Remember that if this is not the case for you then you can jump in anywhere in the process to suit your needs.

    Firstly, you'll need to have a floor plan developed and obtain building approval from the council if necessary. The building site will then need to be cleared and the concrete will need to be poured for the foundation. Afterwards the main load bearing structure will need to be built out of thick pieces of wood and possibly even metal beams for extra support. The floor and ceiling joists will then need to be added and subfloor panels will need to be installed. Particle board or plywood are then used to cover the outer walls and roof. Roofing shingles are added to in order to cover the flat roof, however other materials could be used. The outer walls are then covered with siding, vinyl, wood, or possibly even stone and the windows get installed before the interior walls are framed with wood. Next, plumbing, electric and natural gas utilities get added in.

    The next part is where you'll be getting into the tiniest details and will first require a building inspector to visit if necessary to approve of the utilities and framing. Interior drywall panels are going to need to be installed along with fiberglass insulation in order to make the physical walls and ceilings. Bathroom fixtures are perhaps some of the more fun details and these come next. Spackling, priming, painting interior walls and ceilings will need to be done now and any additional tile on top of drywall for wet areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens will need to be attended to. The final floor covering comes next along with any tile, carpet, or wood depending on preference. Major appliances after that go in and unless the original owners are building the house, at this point it is typically sold or rented. Finally, furniture, decor, personal items, and any other appliances are placed into the home and there you have it! Those are all the necessary major components of construction!

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss your construction needs for your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

  • Construction: Custom Kitchen Design

    As a buyers, the first few things that we're are likely to consider are kitchens and bathrooms. Being a homeowner sometimes means doing a little construction to add the comfort and security that your home needs to provide you. Creating a custom kitchen is an extension of who you are, especially since this is the number one area in the home for activity and entertainment. We've compiled a few things you may like to know about the leading kitchen and bath trends in order to get your creative juices flowing.

    Kitchen Trends

    Traditional kitchens will more than likely have a range, refrigerator, and a sink. Although these are the bare essentials, there are many ways to dress up the appearance of these few simple items. A cooking zone may contain multiple ovens as well as. You could also add a warming drawer and extra counter space to rest a hot pot or pie. The only other items you'll want to be sure to have included in your custom kitchen is a cleanup zone which could have one or two dishwashers set into a two level island, for example, along with the sink.

    The construction of a custom kitchen allows you to utilize not just another room, but a center for activity. They're no longer just about cooking and so creating and utilizing the maximum amount of space is something to take into consideration. The era of minimalists has come to an end and adding fireplaces, bookshelves, flat screen TVs, and extra seating for your friends and family to linger are but a few of the amenities that have become more and more popular in the minds and choices of home owners.

    By far one of our favorite options in custom kitchen design is hidden storage. It allows your space to look larger while maintaining it's capacity of a fully functioning hub. Fewer highly placed cabinets allow for more light to enter the room if you have an open kitchen and views always help spaces look much larger. Ample storage can also be built into the undersides of countertops.

    Global Development is completely committed to constructing your custom kitchen needs, whether it be the smallest "nut and bolt" additions or fully renovating your personal interior design space. Contact us directly at Telephone Number 0208 854 1025 or e-mail us at info@globaldevelopmentlondon.co.uk for more information. We're also happy to answer any questions you may have.

    The Tech Specs

    I know about kitchens, but tell me something I may not have heard yet...

    A kitchen is a room used for cooking and food preparation as most of us know, however in the Westernized modern society residential kitchens are typically equipped with at least one stove, a sink with hot and cold running water, a refrigerator and kitchen cabinets. Many households tend to have a microwave oven as well and a dishwasher and many other electric appliances. The main function of a kitchen is for cooking or preparing food but it may also be used for dining, food storage, dishwashing, entertaining, and laundry.

    Modern kitchens often have enough extra space to allow for family and friends to eat in it without having to use the actual dining room. These areas are called "breakfast areas" or "breakfast nooks" or "breakfast bars" if the space has been integrated into a kitchen counter. Kitchens that have enough space to eat in are also sometimes called "eat-in kitchens."

    Types of Kitchens

    • A single file kitchen, also known as a "one way galley," has all of the normal amenities along one single wall. Although this is not optimal it may be the only solution if you are working with limited space.
    • The double file kitchen, or "two way galley," will have two rows of cabinets at opposite walls. One will contain a stove and a sink and the other would most likely contain a refrigerator. This is the classical kitchen model.
    • In the L kitchen, the cabinets occupy two walls that face each other. Generally there is space left over for an additional table at a third wall.
    • A U-kitchen will have cabinets along three separate walls with the sink most likely being at the base of the "U." This is a typical work kitchen as well.
    • A G-kitchen has cabinets along three walls just like the U-kitchen but will often have a double basin sink at the corner of the G shape. It's defining quality is that it provides additional work and storage space.
    • The block kitchen, popularly known as an island, is a more recent development and is typically found in open kitchens. In an open kitchen it makes the stove much more accessible from all sides so that two people are able to cook together and it also allows for contact with guests and the rest of the family.

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading the kitchen in your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

  • Custom Bathroom Design

    A bathroom isn't just a room for improving your personal hygiene! We design each and every bathroom to eliminate moisture damage amongst other damp issues that come along with a wetroom.

    Design considerations

    Most obviously the design of a bathroom must account for the use of both hot and cold water. Water may end up being splashed on the walls and floor, and hot humid air may cause condensation on cold surfaces. In terms of decorating this can really pose a challenge. The entire room needs to be completely impervious to water including the ceiling. Not only that but every inch of this type of room needs to be designed for an easy clean up. We tend to recommend ceramic or glass, as well as smooth plastic materials because they are so easy to clean. Floor heating is another great option to consider to make the room more comfortable as the surfaces tend to be cold, especially during the winter months.

    Electrical appliances including lights, heaters, and heated towel rails, generally need to be installed as permanent fixtures with permanent connections instead of sockets and plugs. This reduces any risk of electrical issues due to water penatrating into the electrical system.

    We would love to help you with your bathroom remodeling project. Our company does a variety of specialties including showers, bathtubs, tub to shower conversions, walk in bathtubs and complete or partial remodeling!  Global Development & Building Services London is the leading provider of bathroom remodeling in London.  From beauty to security, big jobs and small jobs, we cover the full gamut. Anything you can think of to do in your bathroom, we are capable of making a reality for you.

    Transforming and upgrading your bathroom into a modern and attractive space, not only raises the value of your property for the futuer, but also provides a place of safety. Bathrooms are usually the most dangerous room in your home and as such we are completely deditcated to make this room safe which will allow a full sense of security for you and your loved ones. We genuinely care about assisting you with the outcome of your bathroom project and we genuinely care about your absolute satisfaction.

    The Tech Specs

    Let's take a short look at what a bathroom could contain. Generally, one would have a bathtub or a shower and perhaps even a bidet. Westernized societies tend to prefer a toilet and sink. There are a variety of other features however to customize your personal washing space such as:

    The Powder room

    A powder room also generally named a "1/2 bath" or "guest bath," which usually refers to a room with a toilet and a sink and commonly used most often by guests.

    The Shower room

    A shower room is a room that contains a type of shower cubicle instead of a bath tub.

    Ensuite

    An ensuite bathroom is a bathroom or shower room attached to and only accessible from a bedroom. This can be a really key feature if your looking to upgrade your home to luxury status.

    Family bathroom

    A family bathroom, in British estate agent terminology, is a full bathroom in a house.

    Jack and Jill bathroom

    A Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom with two doors, accessible from two bedrooms.

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading the bathroom in your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

  • Loft Conversions Will Add Value to Your Home

    Choose Polish Builders for your loft conversion / attic conversion ...

    By far the most beneficial part about converting your loft is that space and value will be added to your home! This is a wonderful solution for a family that requires an extra bedroom. It's also great for someone looking to add office space or just drive up the overall price value of their property, not to mention it looks better than an extra dusty storage space.

    Driving up your property's value

    Loft conversions yield numerous benefits for homeowners, which could most likely be the reason for their increasing popularity. They tend to become the most valuable to those who live in their own home because they add so much extra space, however they are also immensly popular since they have been shown to add around 20% on top of a property’s value. For the average home buyer this can potentially stack up to £35,000 on top of your market value. This is a real win for any home buyer looking to improve their space for the short or especially the long term.

    The best part is that the value of your property will increase no matter what you use the converted space for. Even if you do end up using it for something as simple as extra storage space, you'll have added an immense value to your future nest egg. Most often though the space tends to get used the for an expanding family, guests or lodgers. Those that choose to go the route of renting the extra space can also make money before they even think of selling the house! This can really become useful as the loft is usually far enough away from the rest of the house as to not disturb other tenants.

    If you choose to go this route be absolutely certain that you don't just simply convert it as a way to make your property more valuable. Make sure to consider that this is something that adds value to your life as well as the property. This way you can comfortably say that it is truly beneficial for you and your family.

    Alternative Key Features

    Another benefit of a loft conversion is by converting unpopular spaces into masterpieces. Transforming an industrial space often provides a wonderful area to add high, unfinished ceilings, large windows, exposed brick or cinder block walls and exposed duct work. Whether you're looking to create a rental, a project to sell, or even renovate a new business many industrial lofts have potential for your detailed needs. Some loft conversions even preserve the industrial era freight elevators. Just one idea is to have it open into a living area for dramatic effect. The options are limitless really!

    The Tech Specs

    A professionally installed loft conversion.

    Let's talk about exactly what a loft conversion is. It's actually a process of transforming an empty attic space into any kind of functioning room. Most often these spaces are typically transformed into a bedroom, office space, a gym, or just a better and more useful storage space. They are probably the most popular types of home improvement in the U.K. as a result of their numerous value adding benefits. Installing a loft conversion is a is no easy task and because of its complicated nature people often choose to contract a specialist loft conversion company to undertake the task. Global Development is head and shoulders above the competition in this field and would love to be your choice for adding a loft conversion and a new chapter in your home and life for the future. We're number one in customer services and pride ourselves on our master craftsmen. If you wish to contact us directly please contact us at the link found at the bottom of this article.

    For those of you who are interested in projects outside of improving your own living space, consider a loft conversion in a non-residential space such as a warehouse, dock, former factory or water tower. These can easy be turned into habitable homes and look great in investment portfolios.

    A Bit of history

    Conversion have their origins in the United States when they became popular in the SoHo part of New York City during the 1960s. Artist used to create living spaces on the upper levels of obsolete industrial buildings that could be located in the heart of the city, not unlike our creative minds today. During the pioneering period of the conversions, these buildings were not zoned as residential and they were being used illegally as living space. During 1971, the city made residential use legal and loft living became popular throughout the neighborhood. Loft living then spread to international neighborhoods until becoming popular right here in our city of London.

    What kinds of conversions are there?

    There are many different types of loft conversion. The two most common are:

    Roof window conversion

    Roof windows are often a great option for homeowners since they fit into the line of the roof which doesn't require any restructuring at all. Of course the best part of adding windows is natural light and a roof window conversion won't require complicated planning permission, although they do require building regulation approval.

    Dormer conversion

    A dormer is a window that's an extension of the roof. They're usually installed to provide more space and headroom within the loft and also to improved staircase access. Dormers are pretty popular as well since they add to the aesthetic enhancement to a property.

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss adding a loft conversion to your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

  • Plaster, Plastering, and Plasterers

    A plasterer covering a wall, using a hawk and a trowel.

    What are the benefits of Plasterwork?

    Firstly, and perhaps the most important part of plastering to a home owner is decorative appeal. Imagine your newly renovated home in rich and delicate proportions and yet left with a single barren wall void of decoration! Suddenly, your home is no longer an expression of yourself and it is simply a living space! By adding plaster to your walls,  one can achieve a sense of fullness that can add a wholesome look to the home. Some of the many options to be considered when choosing plaster moulds are theme, colors, size and design. Although the plaster looks best when it is the same color as the neighboring wall, a slight change in shade or depth will turn it into a work of art.

    Not quite sure about how plaster is part of design?

    Beautiful corners and arches can be created from plaster. These give personality to the overall room by being placed between a wall and ceiling. The choices that are available for designed plaster is practically infinite. Long spires of ribbons and bells can be used to provide a lovely effect while bellflower designs might find a place in the arches of your home. The draping effect will be sure to add an elegance that otherwise would not be achieved.

    How durable is it?

    It not only lends elegance to the walls but it also enhances durability. The walls will become stronger because of the chemical reaction that takes place. This is why plastered walls are often preferred in comparison to other types of walls.

    A Key Benefit

    Luckily, plaster doesn’t need any kind of sanding and can be plastered within a much shorter time frame.

    The Tech Specs

    Plaster is by far the most popular kind of interior finish for walls. Plaster of Paris (discussed below) is still used today even though it originated in the mid 17th century.

    The compound is used to stylize and mould any shape to decorate your homes in many varied styles in order for you to be able to choose from designs ranging from Victorian to French.

    The walls can be decorated in embossed artifacts made of plaster like a Clinique foil of roses, or chapel style themes like threshold arches (seen above).

    Types of Plasters

    Although the best way to decide which type of plaster to use is to consult a professional, you may want to take into consideration what each type is for so that you can be ahead of the curve when it comes to remodeling your home.

    Gypsum plasters

    Most plasters are produced from ground gypsum rock during a process that removes moisture from the rock and results in a powder that sets hard. Gypsum plasters are for interior work only.

    Plaster of Paris

    This quick setting plaster gives off heat as it sets. It is white or pink, and is mixed into a creamy consistency with water. It's unsuitable for general plastering, however it's great for casting, and can be used for repairs to decorative mouldings.

    Carlite plaster

    There are four types of Carlite undercoat plasters and each one is formulated to suit a background of particular surfaces and textures.

    • Browning is generally used for solid backgrounds, such as brickwork.
    • Bonding undercoats are best for surfaces like dense brick or concrete blocks
    • Metal Lathing is less commonly used and is primarily for an expanded metal background, and
    • Browning HSB is used when a higher impact material is needed.

    Sanded plasters

    Before the advent of the more modern gypsums, lime and sand for undercoats were employed in the traditional wet plastering. This often had animal hair added to the undercoat mix to act as a binder as lime plasters were generally less strong than gypsum and cement based plasters.

    Although lime is still used, it is usually as an additive to improve the workability of a sand and cement plaster or rendering.

    Single Coat Plasters

    These types are ideal for smaller repairs.

    Fillers

    Fillers are fine plaster powders used for miscellaneous repairs. They adhere well and are ideal for filling cracks and holes in plaster and wood.

    If you would like your home upgraded with new plastering please feel free to contact us directly at Telephone Number 020 8854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

  • What Type of Carpenter Do I Need?

    Carpenters are carpenters right? They're not all created equal as we'll find out in this article. All qualified carpenters will have been trained to perform general carpentry work, such as constructing and erecting framework, installing, renovating and repairing wooden structures and fixtures, as well as those of plywood, wallboard and other materials.  They may also have experience in calculating, leveling and excavation, demolition, measuring and planning. Some types of jobs require specialist knowledge however. Let's run through the types of carpenters and what they do in order to help us better understand what type we may need.

    Framework and Formwork Carpenters

    Will you need one of these professionals? A Framework Carpenter builds the wooden skeletal structure or framework of buildings, both residential and commercial. They are often one of the first construction teams on site as this important part of construction must be completed before any other internal and external work on a project can commence. Professionals that handle formwork create shutters and falsework that act as moulds in projects that involve concrete.

    Joiners and Shopfitters

    You may need these types of carpenters because they are responsible for producing items such as door and window fittings, stairs, parquet flooring and furniture. They also specialize in cutting and fitting joints in wood without the use of nails or screws and because of this, they usually work in a workshop, whereas other carpenters work primarily on site.  Joiners are tasked to conclude a job by performing the last parts of construction.

    Another type of services that they provide that comes in handy is cabinet making. This is considered fine joinery due to the intricacy of work involved.

    Green Carpenter

    Of all the types available, these specialists are the most earth conscious. Green Carpenters specialize sourcing and using environmentally friendly, energy efficient and sustainable building materials when undertaking a construction project.  They require a bit more schooling as well since they work with organic materials, which is always a plus for us and our clients.

    Want to know a bit more about Carpentry?

    It is a skilled trade in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings. Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and do the more difficult and rugged work such as framing. Many other materials are usually used as well  and sometimes the finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building can be considered part of this specialty.

    Global Developments carpenters are usually the first tradesmen on a job and the last to leave to absolutely ensure that your needs are done to your exact specifications. They are the first in fixing of timber items, such as construction of roofs, floors and timber framed buildings

    We're very proud to say that our workmen are fully trained, which involves both having acquired knowledge and physical practice. They begin as an apprentice and then with enough experience and competency they attain the status of a "master carpenter." 

    You'll be happy to know that we screen each and every one of our workmen and while such an individual may obtain their upgraded status by paying an entry fee and obtaining a journeyman's card (which provides the right to work on a union carpentry crew) our foreman will, by necessity, dismiss any worker who presents the card but does not demonstrate the expected skill level. Skill, quality, speed and appearance are but a few of the requirements demonstrated by our professional team!

    If you would like a specialist carpenter please feel free to contact us directly at Telephone Number 020 8854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

     

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