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Planning a home re-furb, renovation or extension? Pause for thought and consider....

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Pick up ideas here for your up and coming home extension or refurbishment

More and more people are currently looking to extend, renovate or refurbish their home. This not only means perhaps avoiding a home move and the stress and cost that goes with it particularly in view of uncertain house prices, but also because of the exciting opportunity there is to make your home truly suit your personal lifestyle, living needs and tastes.

careful thought

If you are talking over and planning wide-ranging changes to your home, we at Mint are, of course, very much on hand to make it all happen. We can advise, but also key, of course, is the need to spend time upfront really thinking carefully about how you live and what you need or want from the new space you will end up with.

discuss and consider

It is good to plan discuss and consider how you will use your ‘all new’ space and what its function will be. It is best to do this before you even start to think about the interior and what look and atmosphere you feel you need to achieve. It will make such a difference in the end.

sound guidance

Spotted online was some very sound guidance and advice from key expert Jo, partner of Mae House Design a renovation and interiors expert for the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show which opens at Excel in London later this year in London.


Carefully and cohesively plan the flow of the new space you are planning

Says Jo,“I always recommend that how important it is to approach the space in question as whole so you have a cohesive scheme and the rooms flow.” But, she adds, there are some general principles you can follow to ensure your renovation project is a success.” 

be honest

First, it is suggested when creating a new design, the place to start is by being honest with yourself about your everyday habits and routine. An example, when renovating a kitchen – do you plan to cook regularly or are you more likely to order a take-away or put a ready-cooked meal in the microwave? Who will use this space? Is it for an individual, couple or family? How will the space be used? Will it be a private space or a social space for hosting lots of get-togethers?

room purpose

It is key consider the actual layout. Thinking carefully about your room’s purpose will ensure you achieve a space that meets all your expectations on how you want to live and use the space. For sure open-plan spaces are still popular, but more and more people are opting for a 'broken-plan' design, which retains the spacious feel, but creates an element of privacy with distinct zoning between the spaces.


It is fair to say of course lighting is also worth a bit of careful consideration. It play an important role in any interior scheme. The first thing you need to think about when considering natural or artificial lighting is the way in which you plan to use the space.

zones arrangement

You can arrange your lighting into zones in say a lounge, kitchen or diner – you might want to switch on only one zone of lighting in the space and at other times light the whole area. Also a good idea is to opt for two-way switches say when planning your bedroom layout as you will want to turn your lights on as you walk into the room, but might want to turn off the lights while lying in bed.

time and debate

You get the idea - give a bit of thought and consideration to as many aspects of your planned extension or renovation as you can. It will be time and debate well spent and will be rewarded in the enjoyment of your new space once finished.

planning forethought

Further thoughts here on this blog soon regarding careful forethought on the planning of your future new space or home renovation. Perhaps also even consider a trip to Excel for the Homebuilding and Renovating Show to glean a few more thoughts and ideas. When it comes to it - you can never have too many ideas when it comes to making your home project a complete success.

Whatever extension or refurbishment project you need for your home, Mint offers a full development and finishing service to help give you home more space and add value too. We are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have and we can with ‘ins and outs’ of planning issues .

We have all the expert contacts on hand to help you.Please call and request your quotation to extend, improve or refurbish your home. Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739or email

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