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30 Best House Design ideas for 2020

February 14, 2020

We absolutely love some of the ideas in this article in Homebuilding and Renovating.  If you’ve got a house renovation project on the horizon, a read-through of this piece is a must. 


Our favourite ones are: 


No. 2 – Opt for statement fret work 

No. 6 – Opt for all in one floor 

No 11 – Bedrooms with balconies 

No 17 – Create a mezzanine 


And some others… 

Which one’s are your favourites? Have you used any of these design ideas in your home? We’d love to hear all about it. 


If you’d like some guidance on your home improvement project, give us a call on 02081917595. Or better still, book a FREE consultation with us and we’ll visit your property, discuss your ideas and share some o our recommendations with no obligation. 

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SDA Build London featured in Period Living Magazine

January 17, 2020

We are delighted to share that our home restoration and refurbishment project has been featured in the February 2020 edition of Period Living Magazine.  

You can have a sneak preview of the magazine or purchase it here.


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Or if you’d like to find out more about the project and how it unfolded, have a look on our website 

The Old Vicarage in Henley on Thames was one of our favourite projects. It was a true labour of love and focused on preservation and restoration of period feature whilst adding a touch of the modern.  

If you’d like to learn a little more on the ‘hows’ of renovating a period or listed building, have a read of one of our blog posts written last year – “How complicated is it to work on a listed building.” 

Give us a call if you’d like to discuss a home restoration project.  We can be contacted on 0208 191 7595 or email us at enquiries@sdabuildlondon.co.uk to discuss how we can help.  


To have a look at the kind of work we have done, why not download our free brochure? And if you need any help with managing your building project, our free project management checklist has been hugely popular.  


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SDA Build London wins award

January 8, 2019

We are delighted to share that SDA Build London has won the Global Business Insight Award form Most Outstanding Property Refurbishment Firm 2019.

This is a an honour for the entire SDA team who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the highest standards of service from us.

A special thank you to all the team members for their hard work and commitment.

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2018 UK Home Renovation Trends

December 14, 2018

With 2018 coming to an end, we thought you might like to know what’s been happening in the property renovation world…Houzz has an interesting write-up on the 2017/ 2018 trends in renovations.

Findings from a survey of 7,194 UK homeowners on Houzz about their home renovations in 2017 and plans for 2018.

HOME RENOVATION BOOM CONTINUES: 2018 is on track to be another solid year for home renovations, with almost half of homeowners planning to renovate their home (47%). Renovation activity and spend was strong in 2017, with 57% of homeowners renovating their homes, at a median spend of £15,000. Repeat homebuyers spend twice the amount of long-term homeowners and first-time homebuyers.

BATHROOMS AND BEDROOMS LEAD ACTIVITIES AND SPEND: Bathrooms topped the list of interior refurbishments for renovation frequency in 2017, with more than a quarter of renovating homeowners tackling bathrooms (29%), followed by bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms (29%, 28% and 27%, respectively). First-time and repeat homebuyers are more likely to take on kitchen renovations than long-term homeowners (34% and 31%, respectively, versus 26% of long-term homeowners). Kitchens were also the most expensive room to renovate, with a median spend of £11,000 for a large kitchen (more than 100 square feet), followed by large bathrooms (more than 50 square feet) at a median spend of £5,000.

MORE DELIBERATE PLANNING AND BUDGETING: Over the past two years, homeowners have become more deliberate in planning and budgeting for renovations and were eight percent more likely to set a budget in 2017 than in 2015 (79% and 71%, respectively).

CASH REMAINS KING: When it comes to funding renovations, cash continues to be the most popular form of payment (88%), though more than 10 percent of renovating homeowners use credit cards (15%). First-time homebuyers are more likely to finance their home projects with credit cards (18%) as compared with repeat homebuyers and long-term homeowners (15% and 16%).

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If Home Renovation is on your agenda, do give us a call on 0208 191 7595 or email us at enquiries@sdabuildlondon.co.uk. We’d be happy to give you a FREE no-obligation quote. We can look after all aspects of your build including sourcing the right architect, structural engineer and interior designer for you and of course making your vision a reality.

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SDA Build London, property renovation specialists, featured in Design Buy Build

September 14, 2018

As leading property renovation specialists in South West London, we are delighted to be featured in this month’s issue of Design Buy Build, one of the UK’s leading building publications.

The article showcases one of our favourite projects where we created a stylish, temperature-controlled wine cellar in the basement. Click here to read more… We are on page 14 at the bottom right.

We are specialists in basement conversions, restorations, loft conversions and extensions, so do give us a call on 0208 191 7595 or email us at enquiries@sdabuildlondon.co.uk if you are thinking about renovating a property.

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refurb renovation news showcases one of our favourite property renovation projects

August 18, 2018

Refurb Renovation News, the UK’s leading refurbishment title, has showcased one of our favourite property renovation projects in South West London. It all started with a subscription to a wine club. Read on to find out more ?

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SDA Build featured in the June issue of i-build magazine

June 27, 2018

We were delighted to be featured in the June 2018 issue of i-build magazine. A new owner and a new vision for a Victorian property in the heart of London.  We are grateful to Melinda and Chris Swann for giving us this opportunity.

i-build is one of the UK’s leading building publications featuring exciting building projects, tips and advice on property refurbishment and anything related to home building and renovation.


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6 ways to increase the space in your home

May 23, 2018

With stamp duty rates skyrocketing and adding a hefty chunk to the cost of moving, it makes sense to add square footage to your existing space, rather than incurring the pain and cost of moving home.

The SDA Build London team have worked on several projects in the last decade, with a mandate to increase the living space within an existing home. We’d thought we’d share some of these ideas with you.

1. Go down, down, down…
Have you thought about a basement conversion? Imagine the space you could add to your home. If you don’t have the space to extend your space outwards or sideways; perhaps your home is in a busy city centre, adding a living area below your existing property, probably the entire expanse of your ground floor can not only give you the space you need, but add value to your property. Basements are a speciality with the SDA Build team.

Of course, you will need the necessary planning applications and architectural drawings, but that’s a small price to pay.

2. Upwards and onwards…
Or think about doing a loft conversion. Loft conversions usually don’t require planning permission and come under the permitted development remit, but please don’t take our word for it, check with your local council. Loft conversions are ideal if you want additional bedrooms or an office space, tucked away upstairs, undisturbed. Like basements, loft conversions also add value to your home.

3. Extend into your garden or to the side…
Whilst you may not want to compromise on the size of your garden, extending out is a clever way of increasing the space in your home. We’ve worked on several projects where our clients have used their extensions to build new kitchens, home offices and family & TV rooms. Again, extensions add value to a home, but you will need planning permission and architect and structural drawings.

4. Corridors with a purpose…
Not everyone can build basements or lofts or extensions. No matter. Consider using hallways and corridors as spaces of purpose. You can install a workspace, shoe storage, shelving or even a piano to free up floor space in other areas of the house. Try and involve an interior designer to help with the planning. You don’t want to clutter the areas but find creative ways to use the space effectively.

5. Furniture shuffle…
Sometimes it’s as simple as rearranging your furniture. Move a sofa here, move a table there, add a shelf on this wall, move your television on to that wall, and there you have it, a whole new space. Moving a bed from the left wall to the right wall or even moving a radiator to another wall could add a whole new dimension to a room. Draw out your rooms with its current furniture positions and play around with moving them to visualise different permutations and combinations.

6. Small wonders…
We could go on… but you probably don’t have the time for it. For some quick wins with space think about

  • Bespoke storage – a great way to hide clutter and have a place for everything.
  • Sliding doors – opens up areas that would have otherwise been blocked by open doors.
  • Glass walls – give a room a sense of space and light. They are much thinner than brick walls, giving you extra square footage.
  • DECLUTTER… if you haven’t used it for six months, get rid of it. Decluttering is one of the most undervalued and underestimated methods of creating space.

The SDA Build London look forward to hearing from you. Give us a call on 020 8191 7595 or email us if you need any help with ideas of how to add space to your home. And remember, we will give you a FREE no obligation quote.

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SDA Build London Expands into North West London

March 29, 2018

Since 2012, the SDA Build London team have worked on all manner of projects across South West London, helping our clients realise their dream homes and offices into reality. With 65 completed projects under our belts and the SDA brand firmly established as the premier London builders in South West London, it gives us great pleasure to announce we are expanding our reach to now include North West London.

From NW1, Marylebone and City of Westminster to Mill Hill, Barnet and Golders Green, we look forward to bringing the SDA difference – quality, value and sustainability – to wider London, and establishing ourselves as the leading North West London builders.

Areas now cover:

• Acton
• Archway
• Arkley
• Barnet, Hertfordshire
• Belsize Park
• Bloomsbury
• Brent Cross
• Brondesbury
• Brondesbury Park
• Camden Town
• Chalk Farm
• Child’s Hill
• City of Westminster
• Cricklewood
• Dartmouth Park
• Dollis Hill
• Ealing
• East Finchley
• Finchley
• Fitzrovia
• Golders Green
• Golders Hill Park
• Gospel Oak
• Hampstead
• Hampstead Garden Suburb
• Hampstead Heath
• Harlesden
• Holloway
• Islington
• Kensal Green
• Kensal Rise
• Kentish Town
• Kilburn
• Kings Cross
• Ladbroke Grove
• Lisson Grove
• Maida Vale
• Marylebone
• Mill Hill
• Mill Hill East
• Neasden
• North Acton
• Old Oak Common
• Paddington
• Park Royal
• Parliament Hill
• Primrose Hill
• Queens Park
• Regent’s Park
• South Hampstead
• St Johns Wood
• St Pancras
• Stonebridge
• Swiss Cottage
• Tufnell Park
• Upper Holloway
• Warwick Avenue
• West Hampstead
• West Kilburn
• Westbourne Green
• Willesden
• Willesden Green

SDA are one of the leading builders in London, specialising in the restoration, renovation and refurbishment of London homes. See our award-winning work and get in touch to talk about your property and how we can help you transform its value.

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The SDA Difference: Delivering on Promise

February 26, 2018

The one thing that SDA Build London prides itself on, above all else, is our ethos. That’s why it’s proudly on display on our homepage!

That ethos – to strive for quality, value and sustainability – is driven by a simple principle – delivering on promise. We understand our clients place a lot of faith and trust in us to deliver not only on the work we set out to do, but to fully realise their dream into reality. We don’t ever take that responsibility for granted.

We offer a full service and advice in all areas of design.

SDA Build London has three distinct areas of practice that ensure your home or property is thoroughly cared for:

  • Building work
  • Architectural work and surveying
  • Interior design work

By being experts in all these areas, we are able to identify future issues well in advance of an issue actually occurring, and each and every decision we make is informed with forward-thinking.

A team of 12, led by one.

To meet the demands of our clients, the SDA Build London team consists of 12 people across all three areas of our business, with exclusive agreements with some of London’s finest specialists for any specific requirements. Yet the entire operation will always be managed by one project manager, ensuring clarity and ease-of-communication between a client and SDA Build London.

A track record for delivering on promise.

We feel our testimonials speak for themselves, but get in touch if you’d like to visit any of the projects we have showcased on the site, and we can make the arrangement!

SDA are one of the leading builders in South West London, specialising in the restoration, renovation and refurbishment of London homes. See our award-winning work and get in touch to talk about your property and how we can help you transform its value.


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