Planning Permission For A Basement Conversion

There’s a lot to think about when you’re starting to plan for a basement conversion: What will you be using the space for? Will you be needing a separate front door? Are your neighbours aware? Do you have a party wall agreement in place? There’s also a lot to find out Do I need planning […]

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Your Basement Dig and Your Soil: What Lies Beneath

When you are embarking on a basement conversion, you are going to have all sorts of questions. There is a lot to think about and a lot to consider. There will, of course, be various tasks on your list: It is important to look at planning permission in your area, to establish whether your existing […]

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Underfloor Heating Basics And What You Need To Know

Underfloor heating is being used more and more in residential properties and it’s great: it gives you more space and flexibility in your room once radiators have been removed; it is much more effective in heating your rooms at an even temperature, making every area warm and toasty. It may be hidden away, but the […]

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I Want to Extend My House Down: Where do I Start?

Types of Basement Conversions Explained: So you’ve decided you want more space, and down is the direction to go. Basement digs can be a fantastic way to add a lot of sq footage to your property, especially in London where space is at a premium.   Before you even consider creating a basement, you will […]

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9 Easy Questions To Help You Find The Right Designer

So you’ve found someone whose work you love and got in contact. Now comes the first meeting. It can be quite a daunting process, handing over your money before there is anything tangible to show for it. Make sure you find the right designer for you, someone you get on with and trust implicitly. Here […]

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Kia Designs Steel Bath

What Is Steel Enamel and Why Do We Love It?

When we were recently in Germany visiting one of our suppliers, Bette, we learnt all about the construction behind some of the amazing products that we use. One of those was steel enamel that Bette make their products out of. What blew us away was how hardwearing it is.   Many companies will tell you that their […]

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The Delights Of Parquet Flooring And Underfloor Heating

  The beauty of underfloor heating is that you can do away with your radiators. This gives you more space flexibility within a room and therefore more options when it comes to planning the positioning of your furniture. Tile and stone are traditionally the best type of flooring to use with underfloor heating, as they […]

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Get Off On The Right Foot: Learn How To Create A Mood Board

We have a fool-proof formula for creating stylish and characterful rooms. Whether you’re looking for a mid-century modern design haven or a lavish bold luxury apartment we have a way of creating mood boards that will suit every interior design style. We’ll show you where to find inspiration, how to narrow down all your ideas into a cohesive style and […]

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How We Help You: What In The World Is Procurement?

  When you’re looking to move your project forward it can often be difficult to see which option will be best for you, there are many different services on offer. Here at Kia Designs we add value by actively managing the entire end-to-end buying process for you. We will manage the planning and actual purchasing […]

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Inviting Contractors To Quote For Work

Getting quotes for work can be a bit of a minefield. It’s rather risky to only get one quote for a job, however you can often receive wildly varying quotes and timescales from different companies, for the same job. This can make it difficult to know which one to trust.   When starting a new […]

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How to Spend it: What to Buy When

Budgeting for a home renovation can be a stressful and challenging experience. Most people don’t have a huge amount of cash hanging around and chances are your budget won’t stretch to exactly what you want to do. These are some of our best tips for developing your home building budget through from schedule to items […]

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Your Guide To The Top London Design Trade Shows

Your definitive guide to the various industry relevant trade shows held in London every year: Decorex Usually held in Syon Park in September. This is the largest and most comprehensive show for Interior Designers in the UK. It focuses on the more middle to luxury brands and has a wide range of products and services […]

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What Happens If A Supplier Goes Bust?

First things first, we want to finish your project. We realise how important your home is and how stressful this process can be so our first priority will and always has been getting things back on track and moving in the right direction. We look for answers, it doesn’t mean we ignore the problems but […]

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