Sigma Homes Wins The Best Of Houzz Award For Design

Sigma Homes of Cork

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020

The Annual People’s Choice Award from the Houzz Community Highlights Home Renovation and Design Professionals with Most Popular Designs and Top Ratings

Cork, Ireland, 13 February, 2020 – Sigma Homes of Cork has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Design on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The incredible Cork-based design and build team was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, renovation and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honour professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognised with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We’re really happy here at Sigma Homes to receive this award, it’s really good feedback and it lets us know that we’re moving in the right direction. I want to thank Houzz but most importantly all of our customers and all of our staff. Stay tuned for an even bigger year” – Patrick Sigma Homes

“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home renovation and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Inés Cid, Managing Director for Houzz UK. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the UK and around the world.”

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About Sigma Homes

Sigma Homes’ design and build team has over 40 years experience completing one of a kind home extensions and renovations. They utilise this experience in every project to ensure they maximise the potential in your home and deliver a high-quality bespoke product. Their attention to every detail of your home ensures that they offer a high-quality complete project meeting all your requirements on time and on budget. Their high level of performance has earned them not only this award, but also the coveted Cork Construction Company Of The Year award for several years in a row. Whatever the project, Sigma Homes never fails to meet and exceed expectations.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, discover products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.co.uk.

Does Your Extension Need Planning Permission?

Will you need extension planning permission for your home? While all builds must stick to building regulations,  not every home extension will need planning permission. Be careful not to take planning lightly. Newly built extensions have been ordered demolished having failed to meet planning regulations. You do not want this to occur in your situation, so take your time to familiarise yourself with the requirements.

Home Extension Planning Permission

Most extensions smaller than forty square metres and under three metres in height are probably exempt from planning permission. But there are some situations where this is not the case. If for any reason you have doubt (and you should take special care if you do), you can get a Section 5 Declaration Form from Cork City Council.  In the Planning and Development Act, 2000,  Section 5 declaration states:

5.—(1) If any question arises as to what, in any particular case, is or is not development or is or is not exempted development within the meaning of this Act, any person may, on payment of the prescribed fee, request in writing from the relevant planning authority a declaration on that question, and that person shall provide to the planning authority any information necessary to enable the authority to make its decision on the matter.

In other words, if you’re unsure if your plan is within regulations you need to declare this. Otherwise, you may risk serious issues later on down the line. Here is the Section 5 Declaration Form available from Cork City Council. There is a fee of €80 for the processing of this form. If you’d rather avoid this fee, you can contact us today for some professional advice.

Extension Planning Permission: Ensure You Meet Fire Regulations

Once you are sure you’re compliant and you have planning permission (if required), you may need to go through the building control process by filing a commencement notice. Building  Control Regulations require that you file structural work (including insulation) for home extensions. There are a few exceptions, including whether or not you need a Fire Safety Certificate (FSC), or if the works are exempt from building regulations, or you do not require planning permission.

At Sigma Homes, we aim to simplify all aspects of building an extension. We can handle almost everything, including the planning application if needed — so that you can rest assured that you don’t run into any unwanted situations.  If you would like more information or advice on your own project, feel free to contact us today on 021 4365 866

Choosing a Builder: 4 Important Tips to Consider

Choosing a builder can be tricky. We’ve all heard stories or had bad experiences with contractors. As builders in Cork working in the industry, we’ve had our fair share of encounters and experiences. We’ve seen time and time again how the wrong builder for the job can cost you time, money and peace of mind. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing a builder.

How to Choose a Builder: Seek Out Reviews

Whether referrals, recommendations, testimonials or reviews, make sure that the builder has some sort of evidence of previous work for you to go by. When you get an in-person recommendation for a family member or friend, be sure and compare the scope of your own project. Check the reviews for comparable projects so that you know you’re comparing like with like.

Choosing The Best Builder for the Project

Some builders can be excellent at a specific type of project, whether an extension or kitchen, but they may lack the skill or experience for larger builds, they

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 might not have the experience or finesse to get it done to your exact specifications.  If you can, ask if you can inspect the builder’s finished projects and pay special attention to the finer details and finishes. The proof is in the pudding, but the devil is in the details.

Check The Builder’s Skills and Experience

We’ve heard some horror stories. carpenters selling themselves as building managers and costing time and money and creating unnecessary stress for clients. Always check that the builder is fully insured. When hiring a project manager, be sure they know their craft. A skilled and experienced project manager will be able to read plans and communicate clearly. Do they listen to your questions, ideas and suggestions? How open are they to your ideas?

Clarify All Aspects of the Contract

Ensure that everything is clear and written on paper before hiring. For example, if it’s a new build, who will do the finishes such as plumbing and electrical services, piping and cabling. Also consider plastering, cabinets, sinks, fixtures, tiling and appliances?  What are the specific deliverables? Are they offering any guarantees? What is the agreed procedure for changes? It’s best to have everything clearly laid out so that both parties are on the same page.

We hope this was helpful. If you have any further questions or you’re just seeking clarity, feel free to give us a call today on  021-2348095. If you’re seeking a builder, please check out our testimonials page. We’re proud to be recognised as the 2018 Cork builder of the year.

 

Move Or Renovate? How to Decide

While buying a new home can be exciting, when possible, it’s often more cost-effective to do a full home renovation. Moving has hidden costs of time and money, and selling an existing home raises the issue of hefty fees and taxes.  So is it wiser to move or renovate? It all depends on what makes the most sense for you and your needs. Here are a few pros and cons to help you decide which direction makes the most sense for you. 

One of the biggest reasons to move rather than renovate an existing home is the fact that you can pick a new location. This can mean a smaller or larger home, or a different neighbourhood, close to schools or amenities — closer or further away from town, depending on your preference.  

Move or Renovate? The Disadvantages of Moving

While you can usually find a home that ticks some of the boxes. You’re unlikely to have a layout that’s just right for you. If you do find a space that suits your needs, it’s rare to find one in an ideal area. Buying a home and moving is time-consuming and stressful.  Between searching, viewing, applying for the mortgage, closing on the new home, trying to sell your existing home, etc., it can all end up being a huge hassle.  To make it all worthwhile, there have to be really good reasons to leave your existing home and location.

The Advantage of Home Renovation with Sigma Homes

With Sigma Homes, you can plan a renovate to meet your exact specifications. Renovation lets you choose how everything is laid out to suit your needs and tastes. If you love your existing location, you don’t have to move. Home renovation lets you stay where you are while avoiding the costs of moving and selling your home.

A typical downside to home renovation is that it requires a period of time with mess and activity around the home. For example, a major kitchen renovation could leave you without a place to prepare food for days, or even weeks as tends to be the case when dealing with various contractors. Typically (though not with us), you have to deal with various contractors and no matter how much vetting and planning you do, you tend to run into hiccups which can cost time and additional expense not planned in your original budget.  With Sigma Homes, we aim to take the stress out of renovation. We can manage the entire build, and our team of experts take care of everything ‘in house’. We are used to working together with the aim of getting the job done to the highest quality and with the least amount of disruption to you. By minimising costs and build time while increasing build quality, home renovation can be made relatively pain-free. Especially when compared with the time and expense of moving. 

If you’re unsure whether to move or if a home renovation can offer you the changes you’re after, we would be happy to examine your existing home, listen to your ideas, then present to you a plan based on your existing structure. To find out more, please call us today on 021-2348095

5 Tips Before You Remodel Your Kitchen

The advantage of doing your kitchen remodelling with Sigma Homes is that we can help you reduce build cost and time while avoiding many of the common pitfalls. Still, if you decide to go it alone, here are a few important kitchen remodelling tips.kitchen remodelling tips

1. Don’t Underestimate Your Budget

Of all the kitchen remodelling tips, this is number one. It’s common for people to start a build or remodel with the best of intentions, but no matter how frugal you are, without experience managing a build, there are simply too many factors that can be overlooked or just go wrong. We’ve had clients come to us frustrated after spending way beyond their intended budget before realising they were better off seeking help. If you’re going it alone, it’s not uncommon to pay 40% more than you originally planned. Things do go wrong, there are things you will overlook, and when you’re doing it yourself you’re the one who foots the bill. (This is one of the issues you can avoid entirely by going with Sigma Homes). 

2. Don’t Underestimate the Time Involved

When you factor in the design, the build, the inevitable issues that arise, not to mention the appliances, fixtures, managing different contractors, getting them back to fix a bad installation, etc., you are often talking about extended periods of time. Sourcing great, reliable contractors is a job in itself. When you are managing the kitchen remodel with separate contractors, it can be an ordeal getting them to show up in good time, and come back when they’re needed. We have worked with clients whose home became a building site as they waited for unreliable contractors to finish the job they had barely started. 

3. Make Sure You Have a Solid Plan

Kitchen remodelling is a big investment in time and money. To get it done in good time, you’ll want to ensure that you have the various contractors in and out in the right order to minimise disruptions. In addition to the kitchen, you may find that there is disruption in other areas of your home too. Also, remember to have a plan for food preparation as there may be times when this is unavailable to you. 

Once your contractors get to work, you don’t want to chop and change as you go. This can lead to serious delays and additional expense. It’s vital that you have a clear plan in advance so that you increase the speed of your build while minimising cost and disruption. 

4. Don’t Overlook Your Infrastructure

When ordering new appliances and fixtures, it’s easy to forget about the plumbing and electrics. Consult with an electrician and a plumber to ensure that you have adequate access (and capacity) for your water, gas and electricity. This is especially important for older homes which may have outdated systems that are incapable of handling an increased load. 

5. Call Us For Advice and More Kitchen Remodelling Tips

If you’re looking for guidance, feel free to call us. At Sigma Homes, we’ve seen the many issues that can plague kitchen renovation projects. We aim to solve these problems, giving our clients a superior quality build, on time and with zero stress. We will help you plan, producing an architecturally designed, high-quality renovation plan for your kitchen.  Because we manage the entire project with our own contractors, we can ensure that everything is completed on time and on budget.

When you arrange a free consultation, we’ll call by, take a look at your kitchen space and offer you some kitchen remodelling tips. There’s no pressure and no obligation. Give us a call today on 021-2348095

Building Ireland Magazine – Sigma Homes

We were thrilled to be featured in Building Ireland magazine, and even more happy to make the front cover. See what they had to say about us and read the full story below to find out what makes Sigma Homes so different to our competitors and why everyone is talking about us in Cork.

4 Bedroom Remodel Ideas To Incorporate Into Your Home

4 Bedroom Remodel Ideas To Incorporate Into Your HomeYour bedroom is your sanctuary, a place that entirely belongs to you. It is a place where you rest, chill out and think in peace. If the look and layout of your current bedroom give you negative feelings rather than positive then it’s time for a change. Whatever the reason is that you want a change, it’s important that you become to love entering and being in your private place. Here are 4 bedroom remodel ideas to incorporate into your home to make your bedroom a place to cherish.

1: Open & Spacious Layout

An open layout and spacious bedroom is something that is delightful to have at your disposal. By removing a wall or two and changing the layout, you create a more comfortable environment to live in. It gives you the privilege to do private workouts and any other tasks and activities that require a reasonably sized space. An open space won’t make it feel like you’re caught in a confined space.

2: Lighting

Lighting makes all the difference in a room. New and cool lighting can totally transform the look and feel of a bedroom. If your space is feeling a little dull or lacks vibrancy, there are so many lighting options and styles you can implement to create a cool, unique look and environment. You could add a dimmer to easily change the brightness of your lighting. You could add string lighting, chandeliers, neon lights and so many more different lighting options to make your bedroom space fun, funky and unique. Including different light sources (general overhead lighting, specific lighting and some decorative lighting) is the best choice.

3: Technology Gadgets

Cool new gadgets and helpful technology are everywhere. There’s a big need for tech gadgets in the bedroom. Wouldn’t it be great to not get up and physically shut your blinds?. Well, there is a gadget that will do that for you. Gadgets exist for all kinds of tasks and problems like controlling the lights, working the television and even tracking your sleep. A smart bedroom will make your life.

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4: Foldable Furniture

Foldable furniture takes up minimal space so there is a lot more empty space to place your favourite decorative items in order to suit you. Foldable pieces can be easily folded without any extra effort and are simple to move from one place to another. There are many folding furniture options you can put in your bedroom from beds and sofas to tables and chairs and lots more. Your room will never look cramped and messy with foldable furniture.

If you’re thinking of remodelling your bedroom as part of a home renovation then Sigma Homes are the perfect partners to get the job done. Book your consultation with us today by visiting us online or by calling us on 021-436-5866.

 

Incorporating Technology Into Your New Look Home

Incorporating Technology Into Your New Look Home When renovating or adding an extension to your home, you are provided with the opportunity to have a home that meets all of your requirements and is specific to your needs. The opportunities to incorporate technology into your home are endless and doing so can make your life so more convenient, easier and ultimately stress-free. Technology is finding new ways to bring homes to life into the digital age. Technology for your home is smarter than ever before. It is not just for show it can be handy and very useful. The newest technologies can save you time effort and money. There are so many different brands, gadgets, devices, and apps to consider as well as so many elements in the home that could be outfitted.

Many people are unaware of the importance and capabilities of home technology. The appeal of your life made simpler by a fingertip of a piece of technology is hard to comprehend but it is certainly true. These devices and applications can be used for purposes relating to entertainment, lighting, security systems, heating and cooling systems, cooking appliances and lots more. There are so much tech products that can be installed to reflect your personality and aid your lifestyle. Technology doesn’t have to sacrifice style in most cases it adds to the style of your home.

Whether you’re a tech genius or not tech savvy when it comes to gadgets, devices, and apps, there is something to suit everyone and their needs. If you are not tech savvy, you can manage all of your home devices in the one place which is very convenient. By simply learning how to operate the one interface you can tap into the different devices throughout your home to your specifications.

Incorporating Technology Into Your New Look Home

High tech appliances, gadgets devices and apps can do so much for you as a homeowner. Tech options for your home can be discussed with your designer and builder when you are in the planning stage of your new custom home. If you are considering a home renovation or extension then talk to sigma homes and see how to make your project tech-friendly and a home you will fall in love with. Call us now on 021-4365866 or book a consultation at https://www.sigmahomes.ie/get-a-quote/

Should I Extend Or Renovate My Home?

Whether you’ve been in your home for decades or only a few years, there will come a time when you’ll think about making a change. Wanting a change can be down to a number of reasons. For example, your family could have grown and you need more space, your children have left home and you have more space to yourself, you could also be considering future-proofing your home for when you become much older or maybe you just fancy a change and want to create something fresh and new.Should I Extend Or Renovate My Home?

Doing up your home can be a tough decision and a prominent question that comes into people’s minds when deciding on a change is “should I extend or renovate my home?”.  When you’re considering any plans, you should set goals of what you would like from your change and also think years ahead of time to consider the needs of you and your family in that time.

An extension is suitable for a growing family or perhaps to cater to an elderly relative moving into your home. If you want to entertain guests by having them stay over occasionally, having extra rooms will come in handy. With all extensions, you need to apply for planning permission. If you get planning permission to extend, it is best to do so instead of moving home. Financially it makes more sense because the cost of buying a new house far outweigh the cost of building an extension onto your current home. They also they add great financial value to your home should you think about selling in the future. Another reason why an extension is perfect for your home is if you want a bigger, more spacious home. Extensions allow for flexibility for example if you happen to want to convert space into something for a particular use like an office or a relaxation room whether that is now or in the future.

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A renovation is perfect for improving the functionality of your home. Some people rush to the conclusion that they need an extension however it can be sensible to look more closely at what you already have and how improvements can be made. It’s important to think about what can be achieved within the property you already have. Cleverly reconfiguring existing space, adding some beautiful furniture, appliances and well-designed storage space will deal with excess clutter doing wonders for your home. Sometimes even knocking down some walls can have a profound impact upon the overall space and appearance of your home.

Deciding whether to extend or renovate your home is a dilemma faced by many but whichever one you decide on doing will be an exciting venture that will change your home for the better. To book a consultation for an extension or remodel in 2019, visit us online today at https://www.sigmahomes.ie/get-a-quote/ or call us on 021-4365866.

Rejuvenating Your Family Home

Homes with stories and history are ones that are special. Lots of people end up living in homes that belonged to their parents and sometimes even their parents’ parents. Family homes are really special to people because they grew up or raised a family there, most beloved childhood memories took place within the walls and parameters of the property. They are integral parts of our identities.

Rejuvenating Your Family Home

People who inherit a home or have their home to themselves again after the kids move out can find themselves blindsided by memories and unable to part with things belonging to the people that previously lived there before. When living in an old family home, people face the tough task of putting their stamp on it without changing everything too much. Personalities evolve so the way one might interact with or experience the home the first time they lived there will be different as time goes on.  

For example, Michael & Mary Boland came to their home in 1978, they have lived in the same house since then, raising their kids until they were old enough to move out and live by themselves with their own families. The idea always crossed their mind to freshen up their home, so they got an extension and renovation. The project saw them adding a lot of extra space to the back of their home which Michael says he loves as he can “sit out in the back with the sunshine having my cup of coffee”. On the other hand, Mary said that doing up their original home was “a daunting task” but something they are glad they did.

It’s unrealistic to expect that every part of your home should remain untouched until eternity. It is important not to live in the past too much but what you should do is incorporate its significance and the opportunities it offers into the new design of your current home.

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Getting involved with projects involving family homes is really special and here at Sigma Homes, we get invested into the stories and history of peoples homes as well as the project itself. We are passionate about renovating homes incorporating whatever aspects our customers want to make their lives better. Nothing is a problem whether that is something big or small, see how we can renovate your current home into the home of your dreams by calling us today on 021-436-5866.