Why Planning and Design for your Extension or New Home is Essential

Come the start of the new year there is no better time to sit down and start planning that new extension or conservatory. Or maybe you’re even more ambitious and in the market for building a new home?

Whatever your and your family’s home construction dream, in order to get the most for your money it’s essential to plan meticulously from the off. Enthusiasm to get started is great – but the build process has to be methodical and well-thought out from the very start. And that means covering a number of different aspects, such as:

  • A site survey. This can determine what kind of soil the ground you plan on building on has and whether it’s really suitable for what you’re planning after all. Poor soil could lead to more expensive foundations having to be built or the land could be a flooding risk. You’ll also want to know if the land is on a slope and what the drainage facilities nearby are like. So, it’s essential not to skip this part!
  • This is where you sit down with the architectural designer and explain what’s in your mind. You can then both work together and discuss what the finished outcome should look – and feel – like. A designer can provide you with ideas you may never even have considered. He or she can also advise you about new materials on the market, including eco solutions.
  • It’s very easy when building a new home or extension to go over budget. And it’s why you need an experienced design company to advise you during the build. It all depends on what materials you plan on using and the type of fixtures and fittings opted for. A designer can ‘rein you in’ should you get carried away (and it’s extremely easy for this to happen!).
  • Planning applications. You will more than likely have to apply for planning permission. This varies from council to council but there are uniform restrictions regarding how high you can build so that your plans aren’t intrusive to neighbouring properties. The appearance of your extension or home will also have to be ‘signed off’ by council planners. The forms have to be filled out in a particular style and tend to be pretty detailed.
  • CAD plans. Design technology is pretty impressive these days. It allows you to see three dimensional renderings (representations) of your extension or property. This gives you a better feel for the space and means you can correct any inconsistencies right at the start (saving you money further down the line when a piece of wall has to come down etc). You can also alter the CAD drawing as the project advances eg change the window frames, add furniture for perspective etc. In many cases it’s possible to have a virtual walkthrough of your home before the first brick has even been laid!
  • Drawings for building regulations. It could prove necessary to present documents to the Building Control department of the council. Whereas Planning deals more with the environment, physical layout and use of an extension, house etc, Building Control is more interested in aspects such as the materials being used, the building’s structure, insulation and access.

Find out more about what the planning and design of an extension or new home involves by taking a look at our planning and design section here.


Recommended Essex Builders…

Recommended builders essex - CheckaTrade.com, Sovereign Home Improvemnts EssexWhen it comes to high tickets items for the home, we all like the security of knowing you have chosen the right team and we are pleased to say we are highly recommended Essex Builders…

Our customer ratings with Checkatrade.com are second to none in the area!


As a family firm based in the county, Sovereign Home Improvements are one of the leading builders in Essex that are highly recommended by CheckaTrade, Which? Trusted Trader and have many great reviews on Google and Facebook.

This is because we do an honest job at an honest price and treat every customer as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

We don’t cut corners.

The result is that every customer gets the finished job that turns out exactly as they wanted it and as we promised it.

We get asked to construct a considerable number of home extensions because many people with growing families don’t wish to move home and leave family and friends yet need more space.

Recommended Essex Builders – Kitchens…

 

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Adding an extension in the form of perhaps another bedroom gives the extra space, and at considerably less cost than moving home in most instances.

Other customers want a kitchen extension, and this is becoming quite common.

The fact is that the kitchen is no longer a room just for doing the cooking and washing up but has become a room where we also eat and entertain your guests as well.

Sovereign Home Improvements can do wonders with a kitchen extension.

You can have an island cooking area or an island dining table.

You can have the latest marble or granite worktops that will really dazzle your family and friends.

You can have all your appliances hidden behind doors that match all your cabinetry.

You might install a range.

There is no end to what you can do with a kitchen extension.

 

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Recommended Essex Builders – Home Office…

Then again, some people need a home office.

Apart from anything else, it saves the dreaded two-hour a day commute.

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With the internet today, many people can work from home.

However, if you have young kids running around the home, getting some peace and quiet can be a problem.

The answer is coule be a ‘Home Office’.

You can have an extension built into the garden or perhaps a loft extension.

You might even have a garage that you can convert.

There are lots of possibilities.

Of course, another favourite type of extension for many people is a conservatory.

This enables you to enjoy your garden with windows all around it and you can sit there whatever the weather is doing.

You can also grow some exotic plants in your conservatory too.


Whether you are looking for a new Kitchen, a new Home Office or any other new work you require, use a recommended Essex Builders!

At Sovereign Home Improvements we can do it for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Save on energy bills…

Save on Energy bills - aug 2019 - Sovereign home improvements - EssexThey say your home is your most valuable asset but how can you save on energy bills?

It goes without saying, we want our properties not only to look good but also to be safe and secure and EFFICIENT!

Sometimes, merely updating your double glazing windows, UPVC windows or a front door can bolster the overall aesthetic look of your home.

Not to mention, save you a pretty penny or two on your energy bills – so it’s win-win when updating your home…


Save on energy bills – Windows…

Our double glazing Essex windows are ideal for any home, as they come in a variety of colours and sizes.

They’re well designed and comply with the recommended industry standards.

Our locking systems are even Police approved and offer customers peace of mind as they have their double glazing Essex UPVC windows installed.

Contact us today to see how we could help.

Save on energy bills – Front Doors…

Everyone wants to know that when they close their front doors in Essex, that their home is safe, dry and secure.

This is why we offer Composite and Solidor front doors in Essex.

They come in loads of different colours, so you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.

If you’re interested in a Composite door, you should also know that they boast a 48mm design that’s 10% thicker.

This offers just that little bit more protection for you and your family.

Alternatively, you may be interested in a Solidor door.

These are made from solid timber cores, making it the most durable composite door on the market.

Send us an email to find out how we can help.

Save on energy bills – Our double glazing promise to you…

We at Sovereignhome offer new and existing shoppers excellent customer service.

Our fully trained, helpful, and knowledgeable customer care team can give you lots of information about front doors in Essex, double glazing and UPVC windows.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve already placed an order or you’re thinking about booking a home visit; they’ll happily answer your query.

Save on energy bills – Why do we care…

We’re a family-run business and having satisfied customers really matters to us.

After all, we’re going to be spending time in your home with you, so it’s essential you’re happy with our service.

In addition, we are keen on making sure you also save on energy bills.

Whatever your reason for wanting to invest your hard-earned money in new double glazing, UPVC windows or front doors in Essex, you’ll be in safe hands with us.

So what are you waiting for?

Get in touch for more info and a no-obligation quote.

 

 

 


Improve the value of your home…

Improve the value of your home - soveriegn home improvementsThey say an Englishman or Englishwoman’s home is their castle and if maintained regularly, you will improve the value of your home…

But what else can you do to increase its value?


It almost goes without saying, we want our properties not only to look good but also to be safe and secure.

In addition, everyone likes to see the value of their home increase over time.

Sometimes, merely updating your double glazing windows, UPVC windows or a front door can bolster the overall aesthetic look of your home.

Not to mention, save you a pretty penny or two on your energy bills – win-win.

 

Improve the value of your home – Windows…

Our double glazing Essex windows are ideal for any home, as they come in a variety of colours and sizes.

They’re well designed and comply with the recommended industry standards.

Our locking systems are even Police approved and offer customers peace of mind as they have their double glazing Essex UPVC windows installed.

Contact us today to see how we could help.

 

Improve the value of your home – Front Doors

Everyone wants to know that when they close their front doors in Essex, that their home is safe, dry and secure. This is why we offer Composite and Solidor front doors in Essex.

They come in loads of different colours, so you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.

If you’re interested in a Composite door, you should also know that they boast a 48mm design that’s 10% thicker.

This offers just that little bit more protection for you and your family.

Alternatively, you may be interested in a Solidor door.

These are made from solid timber cores, making it the most durable composite door on the market.

Send us an email to find out how we can help

 

Improve the value of your home – Our double glazing promise to you

We at Sovereignhome offer new and existing shoppers excellent customer service.

Our fully trained, helpful, and knowledgeable customer care team can give you lots of information about front doors in Essex, double glazing and UPVC windows.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve already placed an order or you’re thinking about booking a home visit; they’ll happily answer your query.

 

Improve the value of your home – Why do we care? 

We’re a family-run business and having satisfied customers really matters to us.

After all, we’re going to be spending time in your home with you, so it’s essential you’re happy with our service.

Whatever your reason for wanting to invest your hard-earned money in new double glazing, UPVC windows or front doors in Essex, you’ll be in safe hands with us.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch for more info and a no-obligation quote.

 


By Ian Mullins

 


What is the lifespan of double glazing windows?

lifespan of double glazing -Windows & Doors, Orangeries, Roofs, Extensions, Sovereign Home, EssexNothing lasts forever they say and double glazing is no different but what is the lifespan of double glazing windows?

If your Essex home is looking past its’ best and your windows are beginning to fail, then don’t worry about it too much.

Whether you are inland in Basildon or on the cost in Southend, the fact is, that double glazing doesn’t last forever.

Surprised? However, it is true.

What is the lifespan of double glazing windows – Who knew?

Windows and doors get opened and closed many times a day, and in the case of windows, especially so in the summer.

We open them because it’s hot, then close them so that we can go to the shops.

Then come back again and open them.

Then it’s time to pick the kids up from nursery, so we close them again.

We could go on, but you get the picture.

Not only that, there can be problems with older windows misting up as well.

Many of the windows of 20 or 30 years ago were only expected to have a life of perhaps about that long. (They didn’t tell you that, did they ?!).

But to be fair, nothing lasts forever, not even double glazing.

Furthermore, the older windows didn’t have anything like the superior glass that we have today, so although they were a lot more energy efficient than single glazed windows could ever be, they still lag behind what we can do now in the 21st century.

So if you are looking to replace your double glazing in Basildon, it’s not surprising.

And if indeed, you are, then you are going to want the best of the best, and that means Sovereign Home Improvements.

What is the lifespan of double glazing windows – Why Us?

How is it that we have become the leading installer of double glazing in Basildon and the rest of Essex in just over three short years?

It’s because we are a family firm and we started in life with the intention of being the best, both with our sales pitch and our installation teams.

Our mantra is to treat every customer as we would wish to be treated ourselves.

Nothing more and nothing less.

This means that we don’t use gimmicky sales tactics.

We quote you a fair and honest price for your double glazing, and please don’t be surprised if we don’t offer an “amazing” reduction if you don’t accept it.

It will almost certainly be well below the price of one of the national giants anyway (mentioning no names) because we don’t employ very expensive salesmen.

We’re a family business, remember.

What we do is offer you a fair price and outstanding workmanship (see our testimonials).

If you want the best at the lowest price, give us a call.

No hard sales tactics – that’s a promise. Just the best.


By Ian Mullins


Adding An Extension To The Home Rather Than Moving…

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Need more space around the house, many people today now look at adding an extension to the home rather than moving…

If you are considering any sort of extensions in Essex, Sovereign Home Improvements is the obvious choice.

We can provide any type of extension that you wish.

Adding An Extension To The Home…

Many people these days choose to add a conservatory to their home, and it is most certainly a way to enjoy the great outdoors in all weathers and at any time of year.

With all that glass, you can sit and enjoy your garden come rain or shine.

Many of the older conservatories that were built in the 80’s and 90’s are too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

However, today we use reflective glass which will ensure that the conservatory doesn’t get too hot in summer, and of course, you can have it heated for the winter as you would any other room.

You might also choose to have the Guardian Warm Roof on your conservatory.

This is a solid roof, and at Sovereign Home Improvements we are now official installers in the county.

Orangeries in Essex are also gaining in popularity.

Many people don’t really understand the difference between a conservatory and an orangery.

Orangeries were so called because they were extensions that were added to the homes of wealthy landowners as far back as the 17th century when they wanted to grow oranges and other citrus fruits in the UK.

adding an extension to the home rather than moving, Soverisgn home improvements, Essex v2Obviously, they would need protection in the winter, and the orangery was the answer.

Today, most orangeries don’t have as much glass as conservatories which have glass wall to ceiling.

Orangeries tend to have about three feet of brickwork at the base, but they still incorporate a lot of glass.

Of course, there are other ways of adding an extension to the home, and one that has also gained popularity recently is the home office.

This is because, with the growth of the internet, many people can work from home instead of going into an office.

But, of course, you need peace and quiet and to get away from the kids: the home office is the perfect answer.

Other people need a home extension because of a growing family when the kids want their own bedrooms.

Adding an extension can be an awful lot cheaper than moving to a bigger home, and it means that you can stay in your local area among family and friends rather than moving away.

Of course, whatever sort of extension you add to your home it is going to add value, so if you do want to sell at some time in the future it is also an investment.


uPVC Windows in 2019…

uPVC Windows & Doors, Orangeries, Roofs, Extentions, Sovereign Home, Essex (2474)If you are looking for either uPVC windows in Essex or uPVC doors then Sovereign Home Improvements is the company for you.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex – Considerations…

Installing double glazing is not “cheap” even though it is a great investment.

This is especially true if you have single glazed windows at the moment because you won’t believe the amount you can save on your heating bills.

Even if you have double glazing already, but it is over 20 years old, you will still save money because today’s double glazing is ultra-energy efficient.

And from that point of view beats older windows hands down. Our uPVC windows are all A+ energy rated.

However, it is not just the cost and energy saving aspects of uPVC windows and uPVC doors in Essex that makes them so attractive.

There is also the fact that our windows and doors are very long lasting, and they need virtually no maintenance.

They don’t need painting as wood-framed windows do, and if you decide to have tilt and turn windows you don’t even need a window cleaner!

They open inwards 90°, so you can clean the outside of the windows without going outside your home.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex – Cleaning…

Talking of window cleaning, there is another way of dealing with that chore, and that is by using self-cleaning glass.

Yes, despite the fact that it has been around for some while now, most people don’t know that you can have self-cleaning glass in your windows.

It has a special coating that breaks down dirt and then the rain simply washes it off.

Clever, huh? Of course, it costs more than standard glass, but just think what you’ll save by not having the window cleaner around every month.

It goes without saying, or it should do, that your Sovereign Home Improvements windows and doors can be crafted in any style you wish.

Without doubt, this is the most popular window style is the casement window which is hinged on one side and to open it you simply swing it out.

However, it can also be hinged at the top or the bottom of the frame if required.

There are many more styles of windows we can supply, one of those being sliding sash windows which don’t have hinges but slide up and down on rollers.

Some also have a tilting option to make for easier cleaning.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex and Sovereign Home Improvements…

Furthermore, Sovereign Home Improvements only ever uses top quality materials.

As with any type of product, there are always cut-price options, but the company believes that what a customer wants is the best, without any cutting of corners, so the best is what the customer gets.

Yes, there may be a slightly cheaper option, but when customers are making an investment of some thousands of pounds, they want something that is going to last, look outstanding, and have a guarantee that goes with it.

Whatever your needs for double glazing in Essex, just give us a call. We can do it all.

 


Leading Installers Of Windows And Doors In Essex…

Sovereign Home Improvements is the leading installer of windows and doors in Essex.

Our Windows and doors…

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We supply and install all types of windows including casement windows, tilt and turn windows, bow windows, bay windows, sash windows, and more, and they can be made of UPVC, wood, or aluminium.

Many people today opt for UPVC windows because they are less expensive than aluminium or wood, and they can be provided in a range of colours other than plain white.

In fact, we offer them in rosewood, light oak, and the increasingly popular anthracite grey among several other choices.

All of our windows come fitted with the 10-point police-approved locking system which is called Secured By Design.

We use A+ energy rated glass in all our windows, whether double or triple glazed, and our warm edge spacer technology between the glass makes the glass further energy efficient and helps to keep down condensation.

In addition, it helps to reduce external noise which is perfect if you live on a busy main road or around Southend or Stansted airport.

Many of our customers are choosing tilt and turn windows.

These open 90° into the room so that they let in the maximum amount of fresh air, but also tilt open at the top and can be locked into one of several opening positions.

This means that you can have fresh air coming into the room even if it is raining outside.

These windows will also save you the cost of the window cleaner calling every month because they open into the room, so you can clean the glass on the outside from the inside!

Our Windows and Doors…

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As far as doors go, many customers are replacing their front doors with composite doors.

Our 48mm doors are 10% thicker than any competitor and therefore more secure, but we go a step further with the Ultion locking system.

Around 900 homes are broken into every day in the UK and 85% of these are by snapping the lock which can be done with a couple of DIY tools.

In fact, you can watch a video of a burglar breaking a normal lock in just 9 seconds on the Ultion website and then watch him trying to break the Ultion lock.

We believe the Ultion lock is a great investment.

Our composite doors come in a range of no less than 256 colours ranging from contemporary colours to beautiful woodgrain finishes.

 


By Lewis Adair

Making Homes Better


Add An Extension To Your Essex Home…

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At Sovereign Home Improvements we can build any sort of extension that you wish for your home.

Many people like conservatories in Essex and consider adding them to their home because they are just so wonderful to relax in all year round.

The conservatories of 20 or 30 years ago were frequently too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, but today we have energy efficient materials and we have solar reflective glass.

Your conservatory can be built using this glass so that it doesn’t overheat in the summer, and it can be heated along with the rest of your home so that you can use it in the winter.

Yes, you can sit there in February with the snow on the ground, and on your trees and shrubs.

Enjoying the views of your garden as much as you did in summer when the solar reflective panels in the roof kept too much heat out and you had the doors open to admire the roses.

We also build orangeries in Essex, these are similar to conservatories…

However, they tend to have brick bases that match the home, with the upper portions entirely of glass so that you can – if you wish – grow an orange tree or lemon tree in them!

That will be something to brag about when you have your friends round for dinner!

We also build all other types of extensions in Essex.

You might want a home office, as many people do these days since more and more of us are working online, but you need to be away from the kids in the holiday time, or just need a quiet place to escape to.

If you need your own quiet space in which to work and think, a home extension that you can use for your office is the ideal solution.


New Windows And Doors For Your Essex Home…

If you are considering new windows and doors for your home, talk to Sovereign Home Improvements based in Grays, Essex.

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We are the leading installer of uPVC windows in Essex and we can manufacture them in any style that you wish.

The most popular style of window in Essex, and for that matter in the UK as a whole, is the casement window.

This type of window can be top opening or side opening, or you can have both.

Our uPVC window frames are available in the chamfered style which is a contemporary “clean” look or you can have them in the Ovolo style which is a more traditional decorative appearance…

New Windows And Doors – Materials/Ratings…

Our window frames are made using special resins and stabilisers to make certain that they do not discolour.

These windows are now also made to A+ energy rating as standard which ensures that your utility bills will be kept low.

Indeed, if you are replacing windows that are 20 years old or more you will be surprised at just how much money these new windows will save you.

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Sovereign Home Improvement windows are also extremely secure.

They have a 10-point locking system which is police approved and is called Secured By Design.

Of course, you don’t have to have casement windows.

You might like to install tilt and turn windows.

These open 90° inwards for plenty of fresh air, and it also means you can clean the outside of the windows from inside your home.

They can be tilted open at the top which is ideal when you want fresh air in but it is pouring with rain outside.

Sovereign Home Improvements Team also builds uPVC front doors in Essex.

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When you install a new front door, you want it to look amazing.

Despite the fact that you may have a beautiful front garden, your visitors will chiefly look where they are going and that is to your front door.

You need your front door to make a great first impression, and the doors that we build at Sovereign Home Improvements will certainly do that.

New Windows And Doors – Security…

All front doors supplied by Sovereign Home Improvements are also ultra-secure.

Many front doors are capable of being opened by a thief in ten seconds or less using simple DIY tools, but our doors are fitted with Ultion locks.

If the door detects an attack it triggers a hidden lock within the door automatically which ensures that nothing will get past it.

Ultion is the most secure locking system in the UK.


By Lewis Adair