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Renovation ...Renovation ...Renovation – THE answer to not moving home right now?

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

Home Renovation and Extension are, we observe, being sought more and more than ever right now, as families seek more space, and are not inclined to risk a tilt in the somewhat wavering housing market likely to remain pressured by the General Election hiatus and the up and coming future Brexit departure.

Renovation is a tip top property ‘thought’ at this time with or without a stylish extension alongside. Of course, we at Mint are equipped and ready to stimulate your thoughts for all kinds of stylish home renovations and extensions and, for sure, there are many facets and ideas to consider.

time and research

Our team appreciate that renovation projects can take up a lot of time and research, and often require a good deal of patience. But if you do it right, the end result will be more than worth it. The always imaginative and very well-informed House Beautiful team has been online ‘trailing’ some tip top Renovation thoughts.. ...starting ..well, of course, right at the front door.

As we always say, creating the right impression with your home’s front door shows it off to its full advantage. What’s more, it can lift your spirits each time you return to and enter your home’s revised stylish entrance. For a traditional home, a ‘classic’ choice of door may well appear to be the right choice, but fashions are moving on and for a distinctive look, or for a modern house, visual presentations we’ve seen include eye-catching wood doors with horizontal detailing.

wider or pivoting

There are also doors of extra-width, smart if your hall can accommodate the needed wider door frame. You could even consider a pivoting door, which is both neat and impressive. We at Mint can quote for front door ‘style’ of all kinds, across a range or different prices and that new Ron door can surely give your home a good deal of appeal.

wow factor

When one steps in the door of a home of course - stylish or otherwise. - it is often the staircase that probably comes into your view . It is fair to say that for sure a staircase is the one feature of your home where improvements can add most to the the overall ‘wow’ factor.

A show-stopping design, in wood, steel, glass, stone or concrete, with sparkling glass or shapely wooden balustrades, can completely transform not only the entrance to your home, but can probably affect the very way the whole of your home is viewed by your visitors. A valuable aspect of renovation is that.


The Home Beautiful team suggest that if your intention is to move the stairs, the 'circulation' – how people move around your home – is important. Adds Richard McLane, founder and design director of Bisca. 'Consider the space as a whole, not just the hallway or immediate vicinity of the staircase. If you have an open-plan arrangement, the stairs will be on view from more than one angle, so think how you approach the staircase – would a curved design, or directional bottom treads be an option?'


Some good observations and advice there for sure. We at Mint have modernised a number of staircase ‘presentations’ from time to time - choices are good and varied. For a modern look, there is a cantilever staircase, where one side appears to float freely but, you’ll need, says Richard McLane, founder and design director of Bisca the right structural advice and guidance before fitting one.

space saving

Helical stairs for sure make a statement where space isn't an issue or for a loft or basement say the House Beautiful team. There are space saving options with alternating wide and narrow treads. Lots of cash for a bespoke staircase, or just a few hundred pounds for an off-the-peg solution.

building ‘regs’

Take note of course, every aspect of a staircase is controlled by Building Regulations, including the tread sizes, the 'rake' or angle, as well as the floor space and landings. A handrail is a must... quite right. The key message could be said to be - ‘tread carefully’.

planning and build

Food for thought ...more such renovation pondering and guidance here again soon covering the likes of flooring, internal doors, windows and walls. Call Mint any time to get the guidance, advice and knowledgeable planning and build input you need for your home renovation.

Refurbishment, improvement and extension of your home. Mint offers a full development and finishing service to add value 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, whatever you need to know.

Whatever your need, please request your quotation to improve, refurbish or extend your home . Contact Mint Builders on 01242 279739or email

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