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Central London estate agents increasingly marketing a property's potential

Central London property is nothing short of hot. While the period dwellings and listed buildings that line the capital's most central streets command worldwide attention, some buyers make an offer on central London property knowing it's not really good enough. Sounds bizarre' Actually, it's quite common say central London estate agents. The potential to alter or expand a property is the biggest lure for many purchasers of central London property. They fall in love with the architectural details and period nuances that many London properties have but are aware that the space or level of modernity is lacking. No problem, as it's possible to reconfigure space, convert outbuildings and even bore deep underground to create extra living space. Now an existing technique usually found in the new homes industry is being applied to central London property for sale in order to help generate interest among homes where remodelling or extension potential exists. The CGI - a computer generated image - is increasingly being used by vendors to show just what their property for sale could become. A 3D graphic that uses the buildings exact measurements and floor plan is created, adjusted to show the impact of improvements then 'sliced' open to show what the revamped property could look like. Of course, every central London estate agent would advise vendors to consult with an architect and their local planning authority before drawing up such plans. Crucially, obtaining planning permission for any suggested works is of paramount importance, as many extensions and conversions fall foul of planners due to lack of consent. Here are some popular ways of enlarging and remodelling dwellings, often seen among central London property: Basements: Excavating tons of earth and building a subterranean level is a good way of increasing a property's square footage where land is precious. Many central London properties have been enlarged with basements that contain everything from swimming pools and spa complexes to cinema rooms and wine cellars. Out of all the extension methods available, basements need to be expertly executed with careful consideration given to neighbouring people and properties. Attic conversions: London is blessed with some magnificent townhouses and large dwellings that often have dusty, neglected attics. It's possible to gain an extra bedroom, playroom or home office with a skilful conversion, although the most appreciated examples have an en-suite bathroom as part of the design. Repositioning of walls: Once an architect has identified any load bearing walls, it is possible to start playing around with the internal configuration of a property. Add walls in bedrooms to create en-suite bathrooms, remove walls on the ground floor to create a more open plan style of living or replace brick walls with bi-folding glass doors that create a seamless link between the internal space and the garden. Building conversions: Garages and store houses are often underused in London, so a clever conversion design will incorporate these spaces into the main part of the building, increasing the living space without major building works.

Central London property is nothing short of hot. While the period dwellings and listed buildings that line the capital's most central streets command worldwide attention, some buyers make an offer on central London property knowing it's not really good enough.

Sounds bizarre' Actually, it's quite common say central London estate agents. The potential to alter or expand a property is the biggest lure for many purchasers of central London property. They fall in love with the architectural details and period nuances that many London properties have but are aware that the space or level of modernity is lacking. No problem, as it's possible to reconfigure space, convert outbuildings and even bore deep underground to create extra living space.

Now an existing technique usually found in the new homes industry is being applied to central London property for sale in order to help generate interest among homes where remodelling or extension potential exists. The CGI - a computer generated image - is increasingly being used by vendors to show just what their property for sale could become. A 3D graphic that uses the buildings exact measurements and floor plan is created, adjusted to show the impact of improvements then 'sliced' open to show what the revamped property could look like.

Of course, every central London estate agent would advise vendors to consult with an architect and their local planning authority before drawing up such plans. Crucially, obtaining planning permission for any suggested works is of paramount importance, as many extensions and conversions fall foul of planners due to lack of consent.

Here are some popular ways of enlarging and remodelling dwellings, often seen among central London property:

Basements: Excavating tons of earth and building a subterranean level is a good way of increasing a property's square footage where land is precious. Many central London properties have been enlarged with basements that contain everything from swimming pools and spa complexes to cinema rooms and wine cellars. Out of all the extension methods available, basements need to be expertly executed with careful consideration given to neighbouring people and properties.

Attic conversions: London is blessed with some magnificent townhouses and large dwellings that often have dusty, neglected attics. It's possible to gain an extra bedroom, playroom or home office with a skilful conversion, although the most appreciated examples have an en-suite bathroom as part of the design.

Repositioning of walls: Once an architect has identified any load bearing walls, it is possible to start playing around with the internal configuration of a property. Add walls in bedrooms to create en-suite bathrooms, remove walls on the ground floor to create a more open plan style of living or replace brick walls with bi-folding glass doors that create a seamless link between the internal space and the garden.

Building conversions: Garages and store houses are often underused in London, so a clever conversion design will incorporate these spaces into the main part of the building, increasing the living space without major building works.

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