Getting the ‘now’ styling in your new home extension



When you have a new extension built, as well as offering more space it also in many cases encourages injecting a bit of ‘now’ in this exciting new addition of your home.

We at Mint of course have good in interior design expertise and we can also advise to an extent on what might update add that all important up to the minute to your new home extension

Living Etc

A cruise online found the very excellent Living Etc offering a bit of a run down what’s on the horizon style-wise. The suggestion is, that up and coming are flashes of ‘the cosmos’ -stars, suns etc… on the walls; plenty more scalloped edges in all kinds of places, quiet subtle dare I say nude-type colours, subtle and restful, but concrete in the bathrooms and factory style taps,


Also in view are those very in-vogue black metal small framed glazed doors, originally known as Crittall doors also fish scale tiles… yes and and a good smattering of art-deco influences… there you are … now you know!


Highlights Living Etc – “the trends for darker kitchen cabinetry and Scandi noir help to explain the fact that searches for black and navy blue kitchens are in demand a good deal these past six months or more, with matt and powdery finishes. One of the strongest style trends that has come through in modern kitchen design is the colour blue, and this can be traced from classic Shaker-style kitchens right through to chic and minimal modern spaces. Whether it’s on walls, floors, cabinetry or splash-backs, blue has replaced grey as the go-to on-trend colour – and it is particularly navy blue kitchens that are turning heads at Living Etc HQ.”


As hinted at earlier, designers have been searching the skies for inspiration – with heavenly results,say Living Etc Apparently we have to think sophisticated astronomy and zodiac patterns, star-strewn plates, galaxy murals, galactic surfaces and cosmic tile work. From subtle hints to all-out tributes to the night sky, celestial motifs have been shooting across fashionable interiors


Living Etc flags up Fringing – the retro look that’s back with a bang with the trend making its way onto cushions and curtains, mirrors and lamps. They go on to say that swooshing into the home, fringing is big news for the season’s hottest home-ware. With fringe-factor top of the design agenda, designers are turning to tassels and fringe to add a flirty edge to home interiors.

brass and ‘jewellery’

Like a piece of jewellery (apparently), taps add the finishing touch to a bathroom or kitchen.

On-trend brass taps add some welcome shine to pared-down concrete bathrooms, or give extra punch to timeless marble bathrooms. These taps are not out of place in kitchens either. Brass taps offer a cool contrast to modern concrete worktops, and add warmth to minimalist white kitchens. But, it’s not all about brass – industrial style, factory-inspired faucets that are making waves in both kitchens and bathrooms, giving off cool and edgy vibes.

‘Blue Planet’

We’re calling it the ‘Blue Planet effect’ because this season’s interior looks took a dive deep under the ocean with sea creatures swimming across every surface. From scalloped furniture then there’s the super scalloped too.

curved and wavy

Check also these fish scale tiles and its all things curved, wavy and ocean-inspired, that are right now apparently and jokes Living etc we’ve ‘ fallen hook, line and sinker’ for the sea inspired ‘trend’.


There’s no denying that Crittall-style has been staging a comeback – not just as windows and doors, but as walls, rear extensions, room dividers and even shower screens. Edgy and versatile, the sturdy, slim-profile frames tap into the current trend for all things industrial. It’s no wonder Crittall-style has been dominating our Pinterest feeds.

more light

They have the ability to completely transform a space; not just by giving it a cool, modern edge, but also by opening up a space and letting in more light. Crittall style doors allow you to cleverly partition open areas to create different zones, without compromising on light or space. Metal framed glazing has never looked so good.


PS – Only windows made by Crittall Windows Limited can legally be called Crittall. However, rightly or wrongly, the term is often used in a general way to refer to impressive black steel-framed window settings. For more exceptional inside ideas and expertise – go here:-

Mint can help you get the extension you want most for your home and you can then make it as trendy as you like. Refurbishment, improvement and extension – Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home and we’ll help with any questions or concerns you have.

Whatever your need request your ‘Extend Instead’ review or quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739 or email



Home extensions – space now .. value for the future


With ongoing discussion as to how BREXIT might affect house prices in the remainder of this year and beyond, home extension and renovation is very much on people’s minds due to house price uncertainty.

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Home extension or renovation plans this year – head for the Ideal Home Show!


If you are planning a home extension or renovation, you’ll need some bright ideas – and may we at Mint Builders mention to you perhaps that getting some valuable inspiration at the up and coming Ideal Home Show at Olympia London from 22nd March – 7th April could help a good deal perhaps.

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The right home extension space in the right way… at your place for 2019.


As we Mint say, when you are planning your own 2019 home extension you can’t see too many ingenious other home renovation or extension efforts to help you decide and understand what might help you create the right extra new space in the right way at your place.

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Healthy fresh air ideas for your home extension ‘environment’


Building a new home extension or a home refurbishment can certainly help one focus on the overall environment of the home ones lives in.

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Has Brexit confusion given you moving home jitters – Extend Instead?


For sure as the Brexit confusion mounts, the only thing that’s clear right now is that nothing is clear, and we might all be justified in having no idea whether now is the right time to buy, invest remortgage or build a home extension instead.

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AJ Small Project Home Extension and Renovation awards underway


Judging is now getting underway for one of the year’s most admired and well-established competitive home extension and renovation ‘events’ – the Architects Journal Small Projects Awards.

As AJ report the Awards now in its 24th year, celebrate projects with a contract value of £250,000 and under. This much-loved fixture of the architectural calendar has been sponsored for the eighth year by the Marley Company.

great opportunity

AJ architecture editor Rob Wilson says: ’The AJ Small Projects issue is personally one of my favourite issues of the year. It’s a great opportunity to publish and give recognition to schemes on more modest budgets.


We are looking for projects that perfectly fit their brief but also go beyond it – and have a scale of ambition in terms of making space and use of material and detail which speaks of architecture with a big A, even on a small budget.’


First launched in 1996, the aim of AJ Small Projects is to give much-deserved recognition to schemes on a more modest budget. From home extensions to workspaces, restaurants to shop fit-outs, pavilions to small houses, these are projects that may not make the headlines but provide a real indication of the depth of design talent and expertise across the UK today.

The winner of the 2018 award was the Wrong House by Matheson Whiteley, ( above) a ‘confidently understated’ wedge-shaped extension to a semi-detached Victorian townhouse in Hackney, east London, which cost just £93,000 to build. The 2017 winners were Kate Darby & David Connor, Croft Lodge Studio, Leominster (£160,000) and the year before that there were joint winners : Doma Architects, Contemporary lean-to, Harrogate (£101,800); Charlie Redman, The Welcoming Shelter, King’s Cross (£22,000) Hugh Strange Architects, Avon Wildlife Trust Cabin (£32,000).Other previous winners include Hawkins\Brown (2000), Simon Conder Associates (2002), Mole Architects (2008), Haworth Tompkins (2010) and Carmody Groarke (2015).


All projects which are entered for the Award are featured in the AJ Buildings Library, and the 20 shortlisted projects will be published in the AJ Small Projects issue on 28 March 2019. This will be followed by a special exhibition of all the shortlisted projects and the announcement of the winner of the AJ Small Projects Award 2019 in April.

The AJ

The AJ supports the architecture industry on a daily basis with in-depth news analysis,insight into issues that are affecting the industry, comprehensive building studies withtechnical details and drawings, client profiles, competition updates as well as letting you know who’s won what and why.

Mint can help you get the extension you want most for your home. Refurbishment, improvement and extension – Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home and we’ll help with any questions or concerns you have.

Whatever your need request your ‘Extend Instead’ review or quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739 or email



Home extensions are in demand – check out costs potential with an expert ….


House extensions are in demand – check out costs potential with an expert ….

We at Mint are pleased to report, that here in Cheltenham and The Cotswolds this early New Year, home extension and renovation enquiries has been markedly on the up. We are working a key project currently but the enquiries for potential extension work later on in the Spring is good news indeed.

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With BREXIT – perhaps a home extension – not a home move looks best choice ?


The Brexit D Day is edging closer …and certain 2019 movers, racked with uncertainty because of the Brexit affect on house prices, are it seems opting to pass on a move right now and consider going for a home extension instead.

Wherever you stand on Brexit, there’s no denying that the UK’s impending exit from the EU is causing property market jitters. This has led to enquiries from families who want us to investigate and advise on the home extension potential of their property and in doing so, the word BREXIT often comes into the conversation as to why their enquiry is being made.


It’s all uncertainty …uncertainty …uncertainty…right now for sure. In its most recent monthly survey, the RICS has suggested that there was an unprecedented dominance in the property commentary of surveyors around the one single key issue of Brexit.

‘no-deal’ Brexit

The CBI, which represents UK businesses, has for their part said that UK companies will now start stepping up their preparations for a no-deal Brexit and Bank of England governor, Mark Carney has warned that a no-deal Brexit could send house prices tumbling by a third.

This whole situation makes moving a less and less desirable choice as BREXIT hurtles towards some kind of confused unsatisfactory climax. Uncertainty created by the Brexit process is causing buyers and sellers to sit tight in increasing numbers say ‘Which’. Read more here, ?


The housing market may somehow keep moving on, but it will do so somewhat erratically and slowly. Potential buyers might struggle to get the new mortgage they need, owing to the strict lending criteria after BREXIT. More potential movers, if they can, as the confusion builds may for the time being at least switch if they can to renovation or a home extension instead of relocating at this time.

opt to move

Yes, an extension will cost money for sure, but you will know the price you will pay for the extension, which is not going to be the case if you opt to move and try and sell your home.

tread water

Also, before you say, the house you buy will cost you less as prices fall, – well true, but your home is likely to sell for less as well don’t forget. In short, the market will continue to tread water suggests many experts like Andrew Burrell, of Capital Economics

two evils

A home extension or renovation, of course, can add real value to your property. You may be able to very much ‘cash in’ this extra value most effectively in a year or two. Extend for now, and at least you have saved your moving expenses AND have use of the extra space you need. For sure this does the lesser of two evils in these testing BREXIT times and the safer approach to go for if you possibly can.

little change

To end on… the talk out there is that this kind of situation may last a while, and most commentators in the know are predicting relatively little change in house prices in 2019. They are set to remain somewhat paused and stagnant’… and that’s BREXIT effect it seems!

Mint can help you get the extension you want most for your home to help beat the Brexit menace. Refurbishment, improvement and extension – Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value to your home and we’ll help with any questions or concerns you have.

Whatever your need request your ‘Extend Instead’ review or quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739 or email

More events to show you the way to your home renovation or extension

Here’s further news from us at Mint Builders about some more exciting Show events this year which can help guide you with your 2019 up and coming home renovation or extension plans.

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