To Reconfigure or Not Reconfigure that is the question?

When you come to sell and you think your property should sell quite quickly and after weeks of marketing and little positive feedback from the buyers, what do you do? Well we think we have the answer-

Background Facts

  • Most Buyers cant see the actual potential in a property
  • On buying a property most initial work a buyer does is usually reconfigured further down the line
  • Most agents don’t know the correct configuration
  • Most agents don’t understand ‘Permitted Development rights
  • Most vendors don’t make the most of there property and it’s full potential

Most vendors aren’t motivated to make changes to help the sale If you think that any of the above has or does apply to you then you might want to consider contacting reconfiguremyhome and get a verbal appraisal and quote. The report we can provide may sway you to make changes or provide your agent with a fresh way to market the property with visual 2d and 3d plans and/or the report

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Key Elements for a Great Living Room Layout

A step-by-step guide to choosing furniture and accessories to max space, style and practicality in your living room.

 

Start with your sofa
Your main sofa will probably be the largest single outlay in your living room and you may well need to get it made to order, so there’s little scope for error in your selection. For a regular sofa, you can choose between a two-seater (typically 150cm long), a 2.5-seater (180cm long) and a three-seater (210cm long).

Think of the room as a whole when making your choice. A three-seater sofa may seem irresistibly indulgent, but an extremely large sofa can overwhelm the average living room and limit the scope for adding other seating.

A 2.5-seater fits three people, so this is a reliable choice as your primary sofa, unless you happen to have an exceptionally small – or large – room. Bear in mind, though, that in reality only two people are probably comfortable sharing a sofa at one time.

An L-shaped sofa will work well in a large, open-plan room, where it can help define the seating area. Choose the length of your main arm first, then the secondary arm, bearing in mind the need for movement and access around the sofa.

Add chairs
Having chosen the perfect sofa, you can now add additional sofas or individual chairs to create a welcoming seating arrangement.

There are no standard sizes for individual chairs, so you’ll need to work with your overall room size and configuration to find what works best. There are an infinite variety of shapes and styles to choose from, including tub chairs, arm-less chairs, swivel chairs and rocking chairs. One zany chair can provide a great focal point.

Be generous with your rug
A large rug will add a powerful focal point to your living room. Pick a rug size that allows everybody to have their feet on the rug when seated. There is really no maximum size for a rug, as a large rug can just extend under furniture.

Choose the right coffee table
A coffee table will reinforce the rug as a focal point and provide a useful surface for books, drinks and nibbles.

As a rule of thumb, it should be the same height as the seat cushions of your main sofa, or a little lower. The overall dimensions of the coffee table will depend on your room, but allow for a space of 30cm to 45cm between the coffee table and any seating around it.

Size up a side table
Having pinned down your essential and largest items, you can now add those small pieces that complete the look and feel of your room.

Low side tables are handy for lamps and that cup of tea while you read the papers. Choose side tables of a height that are easy to reach from your sofa or chair.

Tackle the TV…
You’ll have to decide whether your living room is more a place for gathering or somewhere to relax and watch television.

If a large television isn’t your priority, locate it with this in mind. A low bench, say 45cm high, will place the TV at a height that is comfortable for viewing but which will not allow the screen to dominate the room.

This bench could be placed alongside the fireplace, thereby resolving the battle between these two competing focal points.

Add some art
Art is a great way to create an engaging, complete living space. And how you hang art is just as important as what you hang. You will want to position pieces at average eye level.

A useful rule of thumb is to hang art with the centre of the artwork at standard eye level, which is 150cm above the floor.

 

How best to reconfigure a Victorian terraced three bedroom house to the max!!

Three bedroom mid terrace victorian house situated on Cowper Road, located in the sought after ‘Poets’ area of SW19.

 

The property internally comprises; on the ground floor, a well proportioned double reception, good size kitchen, ground floor bathroom with corner bath and free standing shower cubicle and family garden that offers space to extend the ground floor living accommodation. The first floor comprises three double bedrooms, storage cupboard on the landing and hatch to loft space. The loft offers substantial potential to extend subject to the necessary planning consents being obtained.
The property would benefit from modernising throughout and offers the scope to be able to stamp a buyers own identity on the property.

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Existing Plans
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Proposed Plans

 

The proposed plans allow this Original Victorian terraced house to allow for modern day living. The downstairs bathroom, accessed through the kitchen is a big no-no and therefore by re siting on the first floor and adding a rear single storey extension gives ample kitchen-breakfast and every day living space.

On the first floor one bedroom is lost to give a family bathroom with two good sized double bedrooms and landing area is used for stairs to the roof conversion.

Situated on the second (top) floor  the master bedroom with en-suite shower room and large, double  built in wardrobe space.

A far better configuration in SW4

This lateral, 1,250 sqft., raised ground floor two bedroom apartment was another that was not attracting offers. We drew up 2 sets of proposed plans that were used as part of the marketing particulars. The existing accommodation was two double bedrooms, one generous bathroom.

Existing Plans

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Proposal 1

The existing bathroom is split to create an internal bathroom with jack and Jill doors and an en-suite dressing room.

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Proposal 2

The bathroom is made into a third bedroom. The master bedroom is narrowed to give an  en-suite bathroom and family bathroom. The hallway cupboard is incorporated to give a walk in dressing room.

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Studio to 1 bed apartment in SW19

reconfiguremyhome.com advised an investor to refurbish his only buy-to-let investment property in Wimbledon Village. The studio apartment was situated on the top floor of a 1970’s purpose built development with retail on the ground floor.

This large 350 sqft. studio had the space to create a one bedroom apartment by making the kitchen into a bedroom  and leaving an open plan kitchenette to living area. This gave the client an immediate £75,000 equity profit and a 69% improvement on the yield.

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Proposed plan in 3d

Reconfiguration Report

Property Reconfiguration Report – The report covers our proposals in the form of narrative, proposed  2d existing floor plans and 3d floor plans, proposed building and refurbishment costs, Leading property Portals; Zoopla and Rightmove– local market trends and valuations.

 

prr1.2The process is straight forward – the Agent, Vendor, Landlord, Owner or even a prospective buyer of the property, emails a link to the web listing and/or property particulars (photographs and existing floor plans) to us.

Don’t worry if you don’t have current floor plans and photographs, these can be arranged by reconfiguremyhome.com. We will compile the content and aim to deliver our  report to you within 48 hours from receipt of the property particulars. The plans can be changed after consultation.

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2d Floor Plans

2D floor plans provide a clean and simple visual overview of the property.

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Most comprehensive floor plans include measurements of rooms and measuring point in a room, over all square footage/meterage, north point and sometimes furniture arrangements.

At reconfiguremyhome.com we offer amongst our products a 2d proposed reconfiguration design and drawing service, where by an individual or company can purchase the plans in 2d and/or 3d. If a more in depth analysis is required we offer a Reconfiguration Report, which compliments an agents selling particulars and shows the interested parties the properties potential in a true visible ‘light’.

 

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