Home Extension soon, for now, some home ‘live-ability’ ideas!

Spending more time at home – as has been the case of many of us of late due to the Covid-19 crisis – may well have made some feel a little bit like the walls of our home are somewhat closing in on us.

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Inspiration and ideas for a new bathroom, an extension… or a renovation …for 2021.

We’ve been featuring stylish and affordable kitchen extensions and refurbs on this blog recently as the first choice living area that many homeowners may well prefer to improve in these Covid ‘lockdown’ times. Bathroom improvements and also extra bathroom facilities , are also we at Mint Builders have found, coming into demand around Cheltenham and the Cotswolds for 2021.

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More great ideas to make your kitchen ‘refurb’ or extension right for you!

When it comes to extending your home, the kitchen is often a main priority. As highlighted on this blog previously, the recent Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ has prompted a good few home owners to consider a refurbishment or extension to their kitchen going forward into this Winter…. and on into 2021.

So, with that in mind, and with an eye to kitchen improvement in particular, please check out here below some further key thoughts and ideas to consider perhaps for your ‘new ‘kitchen project, from the very expert team at www.idealhome.co.uk. First consideration from the experts is the versatile side extension and its value in terms of truly effective improvement.

Extend out with a side return

Extending out to the side is a good option if you live in a semi-detached or detached home, as it doesn’t mean using garden space. You may lose side access to your garden though, and planning permission can be trickier as it will be determined by how close you are to you neighbour’s boundary.

full width

For period terraced homes the path or back garden to the side of a kitchen at the rear, called the side return can be extended into to create a kitchen that runs the full width of the house. Remember, though, to consider how light will then reach the rooms the new space will extend over. You can also combine rear and side extensions for a stunning wrap-around kitchen.(Photo Credit – David Giles)

Make colour the star!!!

In an all-white or neutral kitchen, pick a standout shade for a single feature. This will simplify and streamline the scheme, particularly in a smaller extension.


In this stunning space, reflective turquoise glass is the material of choice for the splashback and it has been repeated as a decorative feature on the kitchen island. The island also functions as a space divider that defines the dining area on its opposite side. (Photo Credit – David Gadsby)

Consolidate storage

Plan your kitchen extension storage with care. If you have the space, it pays to keep cupboards to a specified area rather than have them dotted all around.

banked together

In this impressive extension, base and wall units have been banked together on a single wall and long, full-width island. This not only keeps everything close to hand at the busy, business end of the space, but allows you to co-ordinate your colour scheme – in this case, a dark-grey matt paint finish. (Photo Credit – Richard Gadsby)

Use a peninsula as a divider

Define the different functions of your extension with well placed units. If you have extended out into your garden from the back wall of your house, the line of the old wall will quite often make a natural dividing point for the new extension. (Photo Credit – James French)


Here, a rigid steel joist and window mark the spot. The worktop below houses a sink, a couple of cupboards and a mini breakfast bar and divides the working kitchen from the dining and sitting area overlooking the garden.

Consider glazed doors

In larger extensions with high ceilings you may feel you need more than furniture to divide up an open-plan space. These full-height sliding glazed doors are a revelation, adding smart, defined verticals to the design and marking a change of function between kitchen and living areas without screening anything from view.


Low-hanging pendants and fabulously tall storage emphasise the height of this space, with cornflower blue paintwork and slate wall tiles uniting the decorative elements. (Photo Credit – James Merrell)

Build in, build out

Enjoy the freedom to fit out a room from scratch. Plan your new extension carefully and in a perfect world you will end up with a room that balances practicality and beauty.

ideal spot

Every appliance and every ounce of storage will occupy its ideal spot. This kitchen uses a false wall to house built-in ovens, open shelving and upright and overhead cupboards, while the hob, sink, wine cooler and supersized drawers have been incorporated into a stand-alone island. (Photo Credit – Amanda Turner).

For refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home, going forward into this Autumn and on into 2021, we at Mint Builders can offer a full development and finishing service to add value and better ‘liveability’ space to your home.

We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you gain the changes at home you now need. Please request your project planning and quotation visit to improve, refurbish or extend your home for the future. Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739 or email info@mintbuilders.co.uk

Covid-19 … Your home and The New Normal….whenever that might be!

The impact of Covid-19 on every aspect of life is very much with us – and is likely to be so, it seems, going all the way through the year ahead… and who knows how far beyond that .

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New Ideas for YOUR 2021 home ‘refurb’ or extension – ‘virtually’ at your home!

Yes, our Show DOES go on this Autumn! That’s the message from the very determined www.homebuilding.co.uk team. For years, they have run their many excellent shows to give those extending or refurbishing their homes, expert guidance, ideas and suggestions for their up and coming project.

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Lighting up your life with a home refurb or extension!

Light… light and more light! That’s the demand from many homeowners when we at Mint Builders meet to discuss a potential new home extension of refurbishment.

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Expert ideas to consider when you upgrade or extend your kitchen for 2021!

For sure the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ period earlier this year meant many families had the chance to experience quite intensely the ‘plusses and minuses’ of their homes. We at Mint Builders are now being contacted by home-owners all across Cheltenham and The Cotswolds with re-organisation, refurbishment and extension plans for their properties looking forward through Winter into 2021.

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Further ‘shake-up ‘of Permitted Development rules splits opinions!

There’s news regarding Permitted Development rules this month for those seeking to improve and extend their home during the rest this year and going forward for the future . We, at Mint Builders, accept this particular news is likely to be met with considerable enthusiasm by many home-owners across Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, following the dreaded ‘lockdown’ we all suffered in the early Spring this year.

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What are the style colour and finish trends in 2020 for your home extension or renovation?

A little while ago on this blog – we highlighted – compliments of the always informed Real Homes team – some of the current ‘now’ interior fittings and finishes ,that you might want to consider if you are planning a new home extension or renovation for 2020.

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So what is in.. and what is not when it comes to the style and finish of your planned 2020 home extension or renovation…!!

News is that the home extension and renovation business will achieve a successful Spring and early Summer for 2020, as home-owners chase some options to extend or renovate their homes and add some welcome added-value too, instead of risking ‘a go’ at the still-fluctuating housing market.

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