I’m still unconvinced of the man-made global warming debate, but I do know that we’re all getting fed-up of cold, soggy summers down here, so in our efforts to reduce waste going to landfill and carbon emissions, Hideaway Beds are doing our bit.

Hideaway Beds Recycle CardboardWe have just taken delivery of our new compressed air powered baler machine.

The baler compresses paper, card or plastic into pallet sized bales, ready for collection, meaning that the vast majority of packaging and office waste is now recycled in a clean and efficient manor in order to help protect the environment. We in turn receive a small fee for the recycled materials which covers the cost of leasing and running the baler, meaning a smart, sustainable recycling operation unlikely to be singled out by the accountants for costing too much.

Hideaway Beds Compactor

For more information about balers for recycling please visit http://www.miltek-uk.co.uk/business.aspx


Presented by Sarah Beeny

This program series sets out to help and inspire homeowners to maximise the potential of their existing property by extending and re-configuring the layout.

Customer Profile

Having lived happily in London for ten years, Edward and Louise Croft Baker relocated to the countryside from London when they started a family.  They ended up the proud owners of a tiny farm workers cottage tucked away in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

The Situation

With just 800 square feet of living space, the house needed to accommodate a growing family as well as parents who worked from home.

As the family grew, Edward and Louise realised that they needed more space.

Moving to a larger property would require a budget of at least £340K.  The Croft Bakers’s had just £150K to spend.  The couple decided to extend and remodel the cottage instead.  Some clever thinking and innovative products were needed to create spacious family rooms downstairs and four bedrooms and a home office in the available first floor space upstairs.

The Solution

The landing at the top of the stairs provided a small square space with a window looking out over the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside and beyond.  Whilst a fixed wall would have created an extra room, the resulting upstairs corridor would have become dark and claustrophobic.  In using a folding wall and a folding bed, the space could be transformed in minutes from airy office to private bedroom when family and friends came to stay.

Hideaway Beds ltd and Duvale PLC were called upon to supply some innovative solutions.

With this brief Duvale selected the Forte Sliencio product in a high pressure white laminate finish also offering an acoustic performance of 44 db. This would enable the owners to have an open plan study and make the upstairs area feel larger, but also be able to close it off when we have guests to stay.

Hideaway Beds selected a simple and cost effective folding wall bed system from their range.  Balanced by a fully sprung mechanism and suitable for every night use, the system was tucked away into a compact cabinet at the top of the stairs; to be opened complete with bedding and pillows ready for use when required.

The Benefits

Edward and Louise now had a stunning home designed for modern living.  In addition the value added by extending and remodelling the layout, they were delighted to know that the  transformation of a bland, uninspiring landing into a home office and a bedroom in one, succeeded in adding an additional £200K to the overall value of their new home.

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Sarah helps Edward and Louise Croft-Baker in Buckinghamshire who dream of a bigger house in the country that they can’t afford. They aim to double the size of their own home instead by building a huge two storey extension at the side.

“the idea is to create as much new living space as possible for half the money”

One of Hideaway wallbeds appeared on the episode under the theme ‘twice the space for less’. The owners wanted an open plan study and make the upstairs area feel larger, but also be able to close it off when guests stay. An ‘Alpha Bed’ wall bed system was supplied to provide uncluttered living space but provide comfortable sleeping when guests stay. Sarah Beeney also featured Duvale’s Forte Silenco product on the Channel 4 programme. Sarah suggested that the wall in Bedroom 4 should be removed and replaced with a movable wall.

For further information:

The programme aired on Tues 18th Sep 2012 on Channel 4 at 20.00.

To view the Channel 4 website containing details of the programme, please visit:
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/double-your-house-for-half-the-money/episode-guide/series-1/episode-2


Before purchasing your next home, you may wish to check on what you really need to know before buying, especially if it is an area unfamiliar to you.

Check Before Buying The Home Of Your Dreams
Historic House Pricing

Sometimes asking prices are unrealistic and offer no guide on what is the true value of a property, so firstly, its worth checking the values of homes sold within the area you are looking.

www.ourproperty.co.uk offers this service for free.

This is useful when negotiating the purchase price.

Local Crime Rates

It is also worth checking on the local crime rates, and the police now publish all of this data online.

www.police.uk

Is The Home in a Flood Plain or Subject to Other Environmental Hazards?

The environment agency now allow a quick way to check if the area is in a flood plain, near an area which may be been used for landfill or subject to pollution. All of these would affect your insurance premiums and are also considerations should you be raising a young family.

http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController?ep=maptopics&lang=_e

How does the area fare for economy, unemployment, education, health, crime, housing and community strength?

The Government now provides an app for iPhone and iPad to show how your local area fares on the important issues – the economy, unemployment, education, health, crime, housing and community strength.

http://data.gov.uk/apps/numberhood

Summarise What you Need to Know About the Area

A summary of the area can be found here:

apps.seme4.com/see-uk

Stamp Duty

Finally, HMRC provide on online service to calculate the amount of stamp duty due for purchases and leases:

www.hmrc.gov.uk/sdlt/calculate/calculators.htm