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Design and build your dream Kitchen

A new extension and kitchen built in a North London property.

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This space didn’t even exist. We created an extension which housed a fabulous new kitchen for our clients. You can also have your dream kitchen. When planning your new kitchen design, imagine  how you would like to use the space, think about the time of day that you will be in the kitchen most and design your lighting accordingly. Check pinterest and houzz for ideas and colour schemes. Contact us and we will design and build your dream kitchen. nesting-properties_kichen-design_-extention

 

The Garden Room

Do you work from home and need a work space?

Nesting Properties_garden room design_garden studio_garden room_green room_174515 - CopyOur garden studio, otherwise known as ‘The Nest’ is almost complete. Working within a budget we built a 2.5 x 4m room that is detached from the house a the back of the garden.

We used recycled insulation, a second hand window and a door, which really helped with keeping the costs low. We sourced everything locally in Hackney and Haringey. We worked with amazing trades, such as Mixamate, DW General Woods, Mems and Leylands. As a woman dealing with these companies, it was an absolute pleasure. When a woman shows up to a timber yard, she isn’t usually taken seriously, but these guys were amazing!Nesting Properties_garden room design_garden studio_garden room_green room_130954

We laid a foundation, and built this garden room from the ground up. Living among the greenery of the garden, we wanted it to have a natural look and feel – slightly rustic; to blend in with its’ surroundings but also modern. The roof is raise at an angle, and finished in a dark grey, weathershield dulux paint to create a contemporary aesthetic.

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To clad the exterior, we used three different colours of stain and wood protector. Each piece was carefully cut and applied to the shell of the building to create this stunning finish. The contrast between the stain of the wood and surrounding trees are absolutely beautiful.

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The garden room is complete with sockets and lights; therefore can be used all year round, day or night.

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To build a garden studio like this with materials and labour you will be looking at spending between £7,000 – £10,000 and can be completed within 4 weeks. Although we made huge savings on the window, door and insulation, these items can cause the cost of building to increase, when purchased new.

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We are currently taking orders in to build more garden rooms in 2018 for those who work from home, or if you would simply like an alternative space to entertain your guests.

Please email nestingproperties16@gmail.com.

At Nesting Properties –  we don’t do cheap, we aim for quality!

Let us know what you think.

 

The Nesting Properties Team

02032873722

 

How to: Make the most of your living room space

Space saving ideas for your living room

Dual purpose coffee table

Ottomans and storage tables function as extra space, and can be filled to the brim with goodies such as DVDs, books, and anything else you want to hide but also have quick access to.

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Extendable dining table

If you have a small family, but want to be able to have guests for dinner, a dining set with an extendable table is ideal. The Ingatorp Extendable Dining Table by IKEA in black or white can seat 6 people when adjusted. Matching chairs are available.

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Instead of using table or floor lamps which can take up much needed space, try wall lights to bring soft illumination. Mirrors are also a great way to add light to your living room.

 

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Find some quirky shelving to house decorative items. These innovative Hexagon Mirror Shelves from Not On The High Street are classy, practical, and double up as mirrors.

 

Low seating

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Low-level sofas and armchairs give an illusion of more space and higher ceilings. They’re also unusual and will make your guests feel cosy. Try a corner sofa for extra comfort points.

 

Collage photos

Rather than spacing out family photos across a wall, group them together in a collage multi aperture frame, or opt for a photo album, like this French Style Wooden Photo Box from Amazon.

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The Practical: Bedrooms

Creating a beautiful bedroom which is also practical can be tricky. But, believe it or not, functionality and style can go together. Here are a few tips for making the most of your space.

Storage beds

There are so many on the market today, and no excuses for finding a beautiful one. If you only need a little extra space, a bed with drawers could be ideal for you. If, however, you’re really lacking in room size and don’t want to have to squeeze in another piece of furniture to store your goodies, opt for an ottoman bed. Their gas-assisted lift system makes it quick and easy to access. The best part is, they look like ordinary beds! Have a look at the Showman Silver Crushed Velvet Ottoman Bed by Dreams.

 

Storage trunks

If you have room at the foot of your bed, or perhaps against a wall, trunks are a great way of adding more storage. They come in so many forms; to suit a traditional, country style, contemporary, industrial, or minimalist home. To save money, try upcycling old, vintage luggage.

 

Storage baskets

Felt-storage-baskets_wool-storage-baskets_handmade-storage-baskets_kids-room-storage_childrens-storage-baskets_shopping-bags_hand-made-baby-shower-giftFor children’s rooms, quick storage for toys and books is a must. These Felt Storage Baskets by Felt Goodness can be found on Etsy, and are the perfect solution to tidy up your child’s room. Alternatively, they are great for housing unused bed cushions and pillows in your bedroom.

 

Bedroom office

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Having a designated work space is a great way of improving your work ethic if you work from home. Laying in bed or on the sofa with a laptop is cosy, but creating a space specifically for work will help get your head in the game. All that’s needed is a desk (one with storage, ideally), and a comfortable (but not too comfortable) chair. Shelving above your desk will help to store books. For a minimalist feel, try these Clear Acrylic Book Shelves by MK Kids Interiors. Add a motivational quote for you to read everyday, and you’re set.

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Why waste all of that space around your bed? Tall narrow, cupboards either side for hanging clothes, and cabinets above for folded clothes or other items makes for an interesting wall feature, while being exceptionally practical. For extra space-saving, add a shelf to the remaining space, or beautify it with a wall decal. This petite bedroom is a perfect example. Nesting Properties would be happy to help you transform your space into a fully-functional, gorgeous haven!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stylish: Hallways

It’s the first thing people see when they enter your house, here are some tips on making a great first impression

 

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For a home that’s light and airy throughout, play with soft colours. Create a colour palette, and choose a wallpaper which will complement it. This geometric Simplicity Two wallpaper comes in a variety of pastel colours. On the other hand, if you have a fun, free-spirited home, opt for brighter colours. If you’re feeling bold, you could even paint the side of your staircase! Take a look at how Little Greene used their rich Royal Navy paint:

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Don’t be afraid to use it. Especially if you have paler walls, try using pattern on the floor, in the form of staircase carpet, a runner, or floor tiles. Again, consider your chosen colour scheme, and decide to go with an unusual or conservative pattern like the Mr Jones floor tiles by Laura Ashley in Dove Grey.

 

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If your hallway is a little on the dark side, here are some solutions. Glam up an understated hallway with a chandelier, or something similar. There are so many creative takes on the classic chandelier to suit every taste. Built-in LED stair lights are a stunning way of lighting the way in the day, or, more fabulously, at night. For a more vintage feel, try wall sconces.

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If you’re fortunate enough to have a large hallway, create interest and consider utilising the space by adding a dressing table, seating/shoe storage, coat rack, umbrella holder, or mirror. Place some family photos on the walls to greet guests when they enter. The honeycomb ‘Honefoss’  mirror is by IKEA, and the hexagons can be hung any which way to suit your space.

 

Nesting Properties would be glad to transform your hallway to suit your every need.

The Unusual: Bathrooms

While a lot of people like to keep it safe when it comes to bathrooms, many want to make it unique with a ‘wow’ factor. We’re not talking about creating an underwater scene, or something from the future, just thinking outside the box.Duke-Blue-1695-Double-Ended-Roll-Top-Bath-Ball-and-Claw-Legs-p

Traditional Freestanding Bathtubs

Now, even though these aren’t new to us, when you step into a bathroom with a regal looking roll top tub, you can’t help but admire it. Not all are claw-footed, but this option will definitely add some interest. If you’re really looking to push the boat out, why not add a pop of colour? And, if you’re more of a shower person, you can opt for one like the Appleby 1700 Roll Top Shower Bath with Screen by Victorian Plumbing.

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Victorian-Style Accessories

Along the same line as the roll top bath, copper in bathrooms is both stylish and romantic, and all-too rare, we think. Whether it’s radiators, taps, showers, or even bathtubs, rose gold will transform your bathroom into a relaxing retreat, and goes with virtually any colour scheme. These beauties can be found at Heritage Bathrooms.

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Vessel Sinks

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They literally stand out, so guests will be amazed when they see yours. There are just so many options, so you’re guaranteed to find one to suit your taste. We love this gem.

Why not try experimenting with different materials?

Nesting Properties would be delighted to make any of your interior dreams reality. Contact us for an enquiry.

Kitchens: Beauty and Practicality for the Heart of your Home

Not everybody has the time to leisurely make three homemade meals every day, or hours to spend cleaning a stylish yet impractical kitchen.

Here are some time-saving tips to keep your homes’ heart chic, yet maintainable.

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An induction stove is heated by means of magnetic induction, rather than a flame. It directly heats the cooking vessel, thereby taking less time to reach the required temperature, and ensuring that no heat is wasted. This also means that only the area directly beneath the cooking vessel will heat up while the rest of the stove remains cool; so no more burnt fingers. Many induction cookers have modern designs, but if you’re looking for more of a country style to suit your kitchen, check out electric range cookers like the Redfyre Electric Cooker.

 

Stainless Steel

Professional kitchens are almost always stainless steel, and we can see why. It’s high quality, long-lasting, and really easy to keep clean. Plus, it’s heat resistant, so can easily withstand hot pots and pans. Combining it with a Scandinavian-style kitchen would keep it sleek but characterful. Nesting Properties would be delighted to create your vision.

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Flooring

Ceramic tiled kitchen floors are lovely. But, they’re also cold and hard. Tile-effect vinyl flooring is so much more cost effective, so you’ll be able to find the best quality without breaking the bank. They’re also non-slip and easy to clean. Why not go for a Moroccan print to add colour and interest?

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Use a Professional

While a project may sound promising at first, a kitchen design project can actually waste more time, money, and energy. Professional designers are there for a reason. They recognise that the majority of people want to save money, while having a high quality, elegant kitchen designed specifically to their taste. They have seen the pitfalls that many step into when taking on these projects, and will take your ideas and budget into consideration while avoiding all of them.

 

 

Designing your dream kitchen at The Ideal Home Show

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On 26th March 2017, our founder was invited to be one of the keynote speakers at the Ideal Home Show. The interior styling stage audience were ready and waiting with note books and pens to hear what Medina had to say.

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Designing your Dream Kitchen was the title of the talk. The talk was practical and the audience were engaged.

The Kitchen Work Trianglewhen choosing the layout of the kitchen, obey the kitchen work triangle:

When re-designing or designing your kitchen. It is important to consider the ‘kitchen work triangle’ which is the concept used to determine the most efficient use of the space. The basis tasks in the kitchen takes place between the hob/oven, the sink and bin and the refrigerator. This image below shows the various kitchen layouts and how to achieve the ideal work triangle.

The most popular kitchen layouts in the UK are:

  • Horse shoe or a U-shaped kitchen layout
  • Peninsular kitchen layout
  • L-shaped kitchen layout
  • Galley Kitchen layout

Your lifestyle determines your kitchen designA kitchen full of white tiles may not necessarily sound inspiring, but with a wide range of tile shapes and styles available you really can create a unique look. This geometric design really enhances the look of this all-white kitchen. Buy your oak cabinets and painted frontals now, from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets: http://www.solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk/:

It is also important to think about your lifestyle and what effect it has on you using your kitchen. Do you mostly dine out? If so, you wont need too much storage for foods. You can therefore afford to create a minimal kitchen. Are you a stay at home parent? Do you cook everyday? You will need freezer storage, fridge storage and ample cupboard storage.

Medina ended the talk giving the audience 9 top tips for designing your kitchen on a budget.

1.  Spring clean & Organise your space – Many home cupboards are filled with old foods and containers that are no longer in use. Throw out the old to make space for the new. As we are in Spring this is the best time to throw out and de-clutter. If you need any help de-cluttering, contact Sally, she is great!

2.  Start planning- budget,colours, layout, tiles, worktops, appliances – Its pretty easy to over spend on your dream kitchen. It is therefore essential to plan, and allocate a budget for your kitchen. Think about what you need instead of what you want. Focus on the needs before spending on the wants.

3.  Conti Board vs Plinths – Decorative panels are cheaper than installing a plinth as a kickboard. Although the colour options are not wide, with Pinterest, you can get many ideas on how to jazz up your kickboard.

Image result for camilla banks interior design4.  Get handles from Ikea rather than B&Q – Don’t you just love Ikea! They have a wide range of handles that can be used on your kitchen cupboards.

5.  Get tiles from Tile shops (for their returns) –  although tile shops can be expensive. You will be surprised to find that you can bag a bargain from the tiles that have been returned.

6.  For mouldings and architraves go to a timber yard – firstly the quality of the timber or even MDF from the timber yard is better than B&Q. Mouldings and architraves are cheaper in a timer yard than on the high street.

7.  Taps are cheaper online – You can find your dream tap online, they are cheaper there, than on the high road.

8.  Strip out yourself – After capping the gas and water supply and disconnecting the electricals, you can remove the units yourself. That will save you £220.

9.  Ready Built Kitchens – sometimes you can get kitchen units that are already assembled from companies such as Selco. All you will need to do is put the units in place – and of course, get a plumber and electrician in for the utilities.

10. Why settle for the get by – when in the long run the good costs less, Invest in quality materials and appliances, so that you wont need to buy in the next 5 years.

You can see a few clips of the live video on our Facebook Page.

We are always happy to help, give us a call  020 3287 3722.