Welcome to Galower's building blog

Here, you'll find articles about the world of high quality building - the projects, the planning and the people.

Create more living space underground

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There are many excellent reasons for excavating beneath a property to create more living space underground. First, the opportunities for extending residential properties outwards and upwards are limited. This is especially true in urban areas where finding the space and getting planning permission to extend aren’t easy tasks. Second, you may not want to encroach on your outdoor space. So,...
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Working with luxury house materials

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One of the great things about our job as high-end builders, is working with luxury house materials. The choice of materials is a major part of building luxury houses. It all starts with the meticulous and deliberate selection by the architect wanting to create visually striking and enduring properties. Our first task, on every new project, is to confirm buildability....
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The art of storage in the modern luxury house

storage in the modern luxury house
Storage in the modern luxury house really is an art form. In fact, the word ‘storage’ doesn’t do justice to the boutiques, vaults, chambers and emporiums we create as part of our luxury home build projects. We build and renovate houses to meet the exact and meticulous vision of the architect and their client. The storage element plays a major...
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9 luxury house design ideas

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The 9 luxury house design ideas we share in this blog are based on the beautiful properties that we build all the time. One of the most exciting aspects of building and renovating high-end properties is the point at which the true nature of the project is revealed to us. How the client and their architect are planning to use...
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What’s a negotiated contract in construction?

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A negotiated contract in construction can be the best way of achieving a brilliant build for an appropriate cost. It’s all about finding the right building partner then working together to deliver a project that meets everyone’s needs. Trust and relationships built on mutual respect are vital  – architect, property owner and builder understanding each other’s role in achieving the...
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Building a luxury home

Building a luxury home
In building a luxury home, we’re responsible for bringing to life the stunning property an architect has designed for their client. When people refer to ‘building work’, they’re often thinking about the big, messy structural aspects of construction. Shoring up the back of a house with massive steel supports, or excavating deep below a property to create new living spaces...
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A guide to building a basement

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Building a basement really is an efficient and inspiring way of gaining more space. It’s a significant undertaking, however, so you need an architect whose building partner has the right skills and knowledge to create your vision safely and effectively. That’s why we’ve written this Guide To Building A Basement. Many of our projects involve renovating or building a basement,...
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What is buildability and how does it help a project run smoothly?

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What is buildability? It’s a vital pre-construction stage whereby we assess the architect’s design from the perspective of physically building or renovating the property concerned. We interrogate the design, not just to make sure we understand what’s involved and that we can follow it. We also want to ensure we run the project in the most economical and efficient way possible....
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