A day of FREE advice and inspiration for Londoners looking to extend or refurbish their homes – Saturday 25 February 2012

Monday 13 February 2012

NLA – London’s centre for the built environment – will be holding a day of free home improvement events on Saturday 25 February at The Building Centre WC1, giving advice and inspiration to Londoners looking to extend their homes.

Architects, interior designers, and style and cost consultants will be on hand to offer free one-to-one consultations; there will be a series of ‘design inspiration’ talks from top London architects and interior designers; an exhibition of the capital’s best new home extensions and refurbishmentsspecial promotions and more! 

The free one-to-one consultations are open to anyone looking for advice on their own home extensions – suitable for those who are well underway with a project or those simply wanting advice on where to start. Advice can be given on issues from design, planning and construction; colours, finishes and styles; to cost planning and budgeting. 

London architects including Soraya Khan of Theis+Khan (RIBA Stirling Award 2010 nominee), Mary Duggan of Duggan Morris, and Alan Higgs of Alan Higgs Architectswill be taking part in a series of ‘design inspiration’ talks, presenting their own experiences of designing and building home extensions in the capital. 

The event is the culmination of NLA’s third annual ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ competition to find London’s best new home and small office extensions or refurbishments. The competition, run this year in association with Elle DecorationRIBA London, the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and BoConcept, sought to find the best-designed and most innovative solutions for creating more space in Londonʼs homes and small offices. 

All 72 shortlisted and winning schemes are on display at the NLA galleries at The Building Centre, WC1 until Wednesday 28 March and will be open to view on the day. The projects range from the transformation of a 1930s garage into a family home in Camden to the million-pound refurbishment of an apartment in Belgrave Square, and demonstrate a wide range of solutions for extending Londonʼs typical dwelling types.

All events are free but booking is highly recommended - click here to book.

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