houseUP is the highest quality refurbishment company in London. We carry out renovation and refurbishment projects in all London areas, of both commercial and residential properties. Our portfolio is constantly growing, and includes flat renovations, house refurbishments, commercial property renovations and luxury property refurbishments in prime locations in London.
Our London refurbishments projects are located in areas like Chiswick, South Kensington, Greenwich, Shoreditch and beyond.
We cover any area in Greater London and within the M25. We also work outside this area for special projects.
Each refurbishment project is different, and in houseUP you will find the perfect fit for your refurbishment needs.
We have the perfect solution for every option for your property refurbishment
For flat refurbishments, we take care of everything with your neighbours, the resident’s association, the management company, your freeholder and everything else that can make a flat refurbishment a bit more complicated to arrange and manage
If you are planning to refurbish your house, we will provide you with all the options to increase the value of your property and plan the works accordingly. What elements you should refurbish and what you should change or upgrade. We will also advise on how to plan everything, including all the paperwork with the council, the best time of the year to carry out the work, if and when to perform the works in more than one phase.
When you refurbish a property to rent it out, you want to make the best choices to maximise the return on your investment. Choosing the right type of refurbishment, together with materials and finishes, will boost your chances of finding tenants quickly and for a higher rent.
If you are looking at those special finishes, rare materials, exclusive design pieces for your property refurbishment, you know they need and deserve all the care in the world in handling, installing and protecting while the refurbishment is completed.
Every good building company will tell you that it is not possible to estimate the cost of a flat or a house refurbishment before all the details have been defined. But it is important to have a reference figure so that you can arrange for the needed budget, before embarking in the process.
We suggest to consider £1,250 per square metre as the absolute minimum, with the average spanning between £2,000 and £3,500 per square metre.
It’s important to keep in mind that there are details that can impact the cost significantly: basement excavations or extensions of existing lower ground spaces; very large or high spec glazing; very high energy performance materials.
Some finishes can make a big difference, especially if the surfaces are very large, like paint, tiles, flooring.
Kitchens can go from as low as few thousand pounds to hundreds of thousands, too.
As per the duration of a project, it cannot be estimated without the full details. If you want to plan ahead, for alternative accommodation for example, we recommend at least:
This relates to straightforward refurbishments like loft conversions or rear and side extensions. More complex work like basement excavations can only be estimated with more details, especially about access to the property, composition of the soil etc.
We always recommend that you arrange for an alternative accommodation during the project.
Some of our clients prefer to live in the property during the work and we make it possible. But this arrangement comes with significant increases in cost and duration of the project.
It also makes the overall experience more stressful.
Yes we can! We partner with the best London architects to create the perfect designs for you. You will work with architects who have experience in your area, are specialised in your favourite style and in your type of refurbishment project.
Doing the design and build with us, you will have control of the projected costs of your refurbishment from the very first day. You will be able to make the best choices for your design understanding the cost implications and opting for the best solution for your investment.
Check out our Design & Build page for more information.
We certainly can! We work with the best architects in London through a tender process, for clients that choose to have the designs for their refurbishment made by an independent architect.
We can provide quotes in our own very detailed format or in your architect’s preferred format.
You won’t need planning permission for most refurbishment projects. If you are not changing the external appearance of your flat or your house, you won’t need planning permission, unless you are planning to refurbish a listed building.
In many cases, you can make a loft conversion or a rear/side extension within permitted development rights. You can find all the details on what extensions are allowed under permitted development here.
Typically excavation to extend or create a basement under an existing property is one of the most expensive types of work in construction. The cost of finishes is another big factor in the final cost of a flat or house refurbishment.
When you buy a new property, it is very likely that you’ll plan for a refurbishment. You can find some very good deals on the market, where you can buy a property for a good price when it needs some work done.
We can help you make the right decision and offer the right price, with a ballpark figure for a refurbishment of the property.
Space and storage are the pain points of so many houses and flats in London. That’s why our architects and designers are specialised in refurbishments in London and will always find the best solution for you. With our designs your refurbishment project will maximise the value of your property with the best layout and plenty of storage space.
The results of a house or a flat refurbishment are very different, depending on the finishes you choose. When choosing finishes and materials, our designers understand your taste and what you want to achieve. They will help you find the perfect choice for your expectations and your investment.
When you have refurbishment works at your property, the experience doesn’t have to be stressful. Our project managers are trained to eliminate all headaches from the process. You will have a reference person dedicated full time to your refurbishment project, for all your questions and concerns. They will guide you through all the decisions, the timing and the options. Not only do we guarantee that your project will be delivered on time and in budget, but you’ll have a great time from start to finish, enjoying all the steps that bring your dreams to reality.
Depending on your requirements, your property refurbishment can include building works, especially if you are changing the layout of your house or flat. You might need to demolish existing walls and build new ones, remove the flooring and replace it, change sanitaryware and the layout of your bathrooms. We always assign the best team for the job, making sure the builders have the right experience for each type of work.
Plumbing and Electrics
Plumbers and electricians are key roles for successful refurbishment projects. Hiring the wrong person can end up in extremely unpleasant consequences. A water leak can always cause serious damage. When you are refurbishing a flat in Central London, that damage can end up costing a lot more, considering the price of the properties and the high value of the content of your neighbours’ flats. We only work with highly experienced plumbers and electricians, vetted by us.
Plastering, painting, coving and skirting can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a newly refurbishment property. Even a job well done can look poor if the final touches are not at a high standard. Our decorators are highly professional and always deliver quality in line with your expectations.
Finishes are another element that can change your property completely. But even the finest materials will look cheap if the installation is not perfectly made. Depending on the type of finishes you choose, for example timber or resin flooring, timber or aluminium windows, glass balustrade, wall paper, we always have specialised personnel for the best results.
Furnishing is the final touch to get the perfect outcome of your refurbishment project. With our in-house workshop and expert joiners, you can be confident that your bespoke joinery will perfectly fit into every space. You will get those spacious fitted wardrobes and functional kitchens made to measure. Even the quirky spaces of a conversion flat or the smallest corners of original Victorian understairs will look flawless and give you that extra storage space that will make your life so much easier.
I would absolutely recommend Vincenzo and the houseUP team. They completed an 8 month full refurbishment/extension of our house at the end of 2019. They managed every detail of the project and did so with such a high level of care – often it felt like they were carrying out works to their own house! They were always available to discuss when needed and kept us in the loop as required (but didn’t over burden us with issues they could easily resolve themselves). We are delighted with our new family home and I feel like the process was made so much less stressful by using houseUP.
Vincenzo put together a great team led by a very capable site manager. They used high quality subcontractors for plumbing and electricity. They communicated well and in a timely manner with our project manager regarding issues and problems. They also worked well with the 3rd party MEP engineer and they handled minor issues with neighbours professionally. Works were completed on time (critical due to Covid restrictions) and on budget.
Get in touch with us for a chat, a free site visit or a free quotation for your property refurbishment in London.