IMPROVENOTMOVE: USE­FUL CON­TACTS

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Bramhall Blenkharn Ar­chi­tect, Mal­ton, tel: www. brable.com, 01653 693333

Riba (Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects client ad­vi­sory ser­vice , www. rib­afind.org, tel: 0207 580 5533

The Home Buyer’s GuideWhat to look and ask for when buy­ing a new home by Wayne Hem­ing­way, www. abebooks.co.uk

Velux. The web­site has some in­spi­ra­tional im­ages and pro­ject in­for­ma­tion, which is use­ful for any­one think­ing of a loft con­ver­sion. www. velux.co.uk.

There is also a mi­crosite on ex­ten­sions, www. velux­grand­de­signs. co.uk

For a se­lec­tion of hide­away beds visit www.wallbed. co.uk can transform the am­bi­ence of a room. Put light where it is needed, rather than flood­light a room with one lamp.

A se­ries of seem­ingly small changes can transform the feel of a house and in­crease the flex­i­bil­ity and en­joy­ment of it.

So when you have fin­ished brows­ing the prop­erty pages, get out a plain sheet of pa­per and a pen and start think­ing about im­prov­ing not mov­ing. Seek pro­fes­sional help. Con­tact the RIBA Clients Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice and they can put you in touch with an ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal ar­chi­tect, who can visit your home and ad­vise of pos­si­ble changes. This can be achieved at a nom­i­nal cost and the ben­e­fits will be well worth­while. The RIBA pub­lish an in­struc­tive down­load, “Work­ing with an ar­chi­tect for your own home”. The doc­u­ment de­scribes the process from first sketches through to com­ple­tion of the build­ing work.

Trans­form­ing your home can be­come a pos­i­tive al­ter­na­tive to up­ping sticks and mov­ing. It keeps you rooted to a com­mu­nity and builds long-term sta­bil­ity. The changes you make to your home will be a re­fresh­ing tonic.

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