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The Printworks construction update January 2018

The new frame set within the existing façade has now reached the third and final floor with the exterior timber wall structures now enclosing the spaces within. With the lift shaft complete which is emerging through the structure, the roof coverings are now underway, and the balcony steelwork reveals the large outside space offered to the apartments. The progress continues within the mews houses with the staircase balustrading and carpentry. Following this, the fit out will start to bring the spaces to life with the bathrooms, kitchens, flooring and decorations.

Habitō construction update January 2018

Block A of the development is well under way with the second to third floor columns, core walls, staircase and balconies completed. The third-floor rebar is currently in progress in preparation for concrete pour on the 22nd January. Blockwork to the ground floor of Block A has commenced, which will continue floor by floor. Following completion of the third-floor slab, third to fifth floor columns, fourth floor formwork and concrete pour will continue. The remaining reinforced concrete pads and drainage installation are to be constructed to the rear of the site creating Block B. The ground floor slab, columns and core walls of this block will begin immediately after to continue the superstructure of the build.

Hounslow a true London hotspot

Hounslow is a suburb on the outskirts of west London. Its proximity to central London and Heathrow Airport, along with its affordable house prices, means that the town and its borough are rising in appeal, fast becoming one of the capital’s next “up and coming” areas.

Despite uncertain times for much of the country, Hounslow is defying the trend and was recently named one of the United Kingdom’s top ten hotspots. City A.M’s recent National Hotspots Index also found that the Borough of Hounslow had seen the greatest increase in demand for housing across the whole of London.

A little look into this area’s attributes, and it’s not hard to see why.

Affordable housing

The increased demand for housing in Hounslow is due in part to many of London’s more central boroughs becoming unaffordable in times of stagnant wages and high inflation. In addition, as the local borough looks to attract new residents, there have been a number of new housing initiatives from the local authority and commitments to creating a space for desirable yet affordable living. In fact, Hounslow’s average house price currently sits comfortably below the London-wide average of £600,000.

Unrivalled road and rail links

Hounslow is London’s best connected borough, Hounslow town boats several underground stations and is conveniently located on the Piccadilly line. Just 38 minutes from Piccadilly Circus to the east and 11 minutes to London Heathrow Airport to the west, Hounslow is an attractive choice for commuters. Furthermore, the highly anticipated Crossrail – scheduled to open in 2018 – is set to make travel even more convenient and is expected to add tens of thousands of pounds onto the average house price.

An are on the up

The image and reputation of Hounslow is also improving. Various regeneration initiatives by the local council include the new High Street Quarter development, which promises to bring more than 500 contemporary apartments, popular bars and restaurants to the area – as well as a new public square and a 10-screen multiplex cinema.

Green spaces

Despite Hounslow’s built-up town centre, the borough enjoys what is arguably some of London’s prettiest green spaces. These parks are firm favourites for families and young professionals alike, and bring a sense of countryside living to a town that is otherwise fairly built up. Pay a visit to Hounslow Health or nearby Lampton Park and you are bound to find children playing, couples strolling and dog owners walking their beloved pets – at any time of day. Chiswick House and Gardens, Syon Park and Osterley House and Gardens complete a trio of some of London’s finest Country homes and gardens.

5 Top tips for your new home

Moving house is often rated as one of the top causes of stress, from finding the perfect new place to packing up all of your worldly possessions and moving them safely.

Even after all of that there is still work to be done; after settling in it’s time to make your house a home. It’s either bare and needs to be furnished and decorated, or it’s dated and shabby and in need of a major update.

With all of those rooms the job can look a little disconcerting, so here’s a few of our best tips for decorating your new home:

Lists

With the whole project being as daunting as it is, one of the best places to start is by making a list. Write down what you already have so you can keep stock, amass a list of everything that is a necessity (from jobs that are urgent to furniture that has to be bought), and keep a little wish list for everything you’d love to improve your home in the most ideal of situations.

Create a budget

It’s always important to take a look at your finances, figure out what you can afford to use and stick to it. It can be incredibly easy to overspend when redecorating and furnishing your new house, so keep your budget in mind, and remember what is a necessity and what is a luxury.

Space out purchasing

You don’t have to purchase everything for your new house straight away. It’s a good idea to shop around to see where the best deal is, and to actually live in your house for a little while before you decide what you actually need. The same can be said for the decorating itself, perhaps only think about one room at a time.

A neutral start

Choosing to start off with a neutral colour palette might be a wise decision. Neutral tones will work with everything, and you can always add colour with accessories.

Paint

A simple bit of paint can work wonders for brightening up a room. If you’re on a tight budget, just think about how much better the room will look with a fresh coat of paint or a colourful feature wall.

Crouch End – One of London’s most fashionable villages

One of the pockets of North London that combines a village feel with a cosmopolitan vibe, Crouch End is close to good transport connections and boasts all the things people want in the city – good schools, a variety of different housing and a vibrant combination of chain and independent shops, pubs and restaurants at its centre.

Only eight miles north of the City, with Hampstead to the west, Islington to the south and Tottenham to the east, Crouch End has been overshadowed by its better-known neighbours and has managed to stay out of the limelight, and it’s all the better for it.

Communications

One of the characteristics of Crouch End that’s kept it slightly off the beaten track is that there is no tube station right at its heart. But, within a radius of less than a mile and a half, there are two tube stations on the Northern Line (Archway and Highgate), an Overground station (Upper Holloway) and two mainline stations going into King’s Cross (Harringay and Hornsey).

The key to Crouch End’s connectivity is Finsbury Park station just to the south-east. Here, the mainline, Overground and Piccadilly and Victoria tube lines all meet, there’s a large bus station and, by 2018, it will be linked to the Thameslink network.

Lifestyle

The vibrant centre of Crouch End is the Broadway where shops, banks, pubs and restaurants cluster around two road junctions. This is another area where the location benefits Crouch End as the roads are, while busy, not major thoroughfares like the nearby Archway and Seven Sisters roads. Major brands like Waitrose and M&S are present and there is an arthouse cinema too.

Further away from the centre there’s a leisure centre with outdoor and indoor pools on the edge of the playing fields, Alexandra Park, a large open space topped by Alexandra Palace, and the smaller Priory Park with its sports facilities, playground and paddling pool. Primary schools are generally very good, as is the local secondary school, and this has put pressure on prices as families vie to secure the right streets for the best schools.

Investment potential

Crouch End offers a broad mix of housing to suit buyers, whether for investment or living. Much of the housing comprises terraced and semi-detached Victorian and Edwardian properties on tree-lined streets, interspersed with a variety of more modern developments.

The trend of separating Victorian and Edwardian properties has hit Crouch End but not as much as in some other inner suburbs. There are still properties for families as well as singles and couples, a mix that keeps the area better maintained and extends its appeal to a wider group of buyers and tenants. According to Land Registry data, house prices rose 16.59% between August 2015 and August 2017.

Crouch End offers, therefore, excellent balance for property buyers, providing strong demand combined with better value than many other areas of London.

A new home will keep you toasty warm for much less

A big consideration for many home buyers and renters is how much their monthly bills will cost. While an older Victorian build, for example, might appear a great investment due to its long history and beautiful period adornments, buyers can end up shelling out huge energy bills due to its lack of modern insulation or technologies.

According to the National House Building Council, new builds can be up to 55 per cent cheaper to run than older properties, meaning renters or buyers, particularly first-time buyers who may not be very familiar with the housing market, should pay close attention to a building’s energy efficiency rating before making any purchasing decisions.

Indeed, a Home Builders Federation survey found that the running costs of a home were an important factor for more than half of respondents. This is testament to the fact that many property hunters are aware of the importance of energy efficiency, although this number is likely to rise as the money and energy-saving properties of new builds become increasingly apparent.

Why are new properties more energy efficient?

New builds tend to feature very high levels of insulation, which can pay dividends when winter months come around. In addition, the insulation technologies used, such as cavity wall insulation, are top of the range, and should protect new homes from losing their insulating properties as time goes on, without much need for maintenance or repair.

Insulating a property well is a great way to lessen the amount of time a property’s heating needs to be turned on, and to contribute to the fight against climate change by reducing a property owner’s carbon footprint.

Other ways in which new properties allow owners to save on their energy bills and work towards neutralising their carbon footprint include low energy lighting, double glazing on all windows and external doors, and brand new energy efficient appliances.

It is also important to note that just because these technologies are energy efficient, does not mean they compromise on quality. Low energy lighting can shine just as brightly as lights installed in older buildings, and energy efficient appliances do not compromise on aesthetics or efficiency.