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How much does a basement cost? [Updated for 2017]

Stairs in a London basement extensionAs the trend for London basement construction continues to soar, the most popular question we get asked at Ensoul is "How much does a basement cost?"
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Furnitecture: The crossover of furniture and architecture

Window seat architected into walk in wardrobeFurnitecture is one of the hottest and most innovative fields of design at the moment. It is essentially the art of designing and building bespoke furniture that is architected into rooms.
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Interior Design Colour Trend for 2017 announced

Pantone Greenery coloir of the year 2017Pantone has announced that 2017 will be the colour of Greenery. Believe it or not, everything from fashion, to beauty, graphic design and interior design will be influenced by Pantone’s predictions. For inspiration, take a look at our ‘Greenery' interiors.
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The London Guide to Under Garden Basements

A modern home gym within an under garden basementWe've created a handy guide for those with a big garden or driveway who are thinking about a house extension. Read online or download the PDF and discover why we recommend an under garden basement or under driveway basement.
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Top 3 interior design trends for 2017

Pink and green floral wallpaper in a guest bedroomThis month, Viki Lander our Creative Director / Interior Designer was asked by Essence Magazine to write down her top 3 interior design trends for 2017. So here's the results which can be applied whatever size or shape your home.
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Under garden basement or under house? 5 great reasons to go under garden.

Under garden basement with lightwells in Wandsworth, LondonUnder garden basements add significant value to your property. Ensoul has delivered more than 2x return on investment for under garden basements in terms of basement cost vs the uplift in property valuation. But aside from adding serious amounts of floorspace and value, here are 5 great reasons to go under your garden instead, or as well as under your house.
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Hallway ideas & inspiration: Interior Design Top Tips

Bespoke hallway understair storageHallways are really important and are often forgotten and/or under utilised when designing a house refurbishment or renovation. They are the first thing you see when a front door opens and therefore provide the first impression of your home. Yet all too often they become a disorganised dumping ground for all who live there.
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Broken plan - a smarter way of open plan living

Home office with sliding doors“Broken-plan living” is a new trend to replace open-plan living. A phrase coined by architect Mary Duggan, a judge of the RIBA House of the Year award 2015 to describe open spaces which feature different levels or retain some walls to create distinctive zones and areas with quiet or privacy.
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Transform your kitchen or living space with a side return extension

A side return kitchen/dining extensionAs more and more of us are wanting to stay put in a fantastic location or much loved property (as opposed to moving for more space), so grows the desire to refurbish our homes and consider house extension ideas.
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Designing Great Kids Spaces

A growing desire to spend more time with our kids at home has seen a new trend in the design of creative kids' rooms and spaces. From dedicated games rooms to mezzanine hideouts, we as parents are looking for clever and creative ways to co-exist with our children, whatever their age.
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Feeling outsmarted by your house?

The Sunday Times, Home magazineWe're delighted to have contributed to this week's Sunday Times Home supplement on home automation and smart homes where Charlotte Vowden reports on how home owners are potentially being outsmarted by their house.
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Professional project management can save your money, sanity and relationship!

Professional project managementWhy it pays to hire a dedicated project manager for your home refurbishment or renovation project.
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10 Wallpaper trends for 2016

Interactive wallpaperColour, pattern and texture is at the heart of what wallpaper is all about and the reason I absolutely love it! With some imagination, bravery and the right application, the results can be absolutely stunning and transform a room from just another blank canvas into something really special.
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