IMPROVENOTMOVE: USEFUL CONTACTS
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.