Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Five factors to consider before investing in startups UK

Investing in startups UK has increased by an estimated 50% in the last five years. This is because an increasing number of startups investors are purchasing low-cost properties to rent out, which have a relatively high return on investment (ROI) ranging between 20 and 25%.

If you are thinking for investing in startups UK, factor in the following:
1.       Popular investment hotspots include Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Liverpool.
2.       The value of residential property (including apartments and houses) increases by 12 to 20% per year, while that of commercial property (including retail and office space) increases by 9 to 16%.
3.       The average rental yield of residential and commercial property ranges between 7 and 11% of total value of the property.
4.       Foreigners are allowed to purchase residential and commercial property in the UK even if they do not reside there. However, foreigners who do not have a residence permit cannot qualify for a mortgage.
5.       While invest in startups UK, sales transactions can be handled by Solicitors / lawyers in the UK even if investors are not physically present there. This is the most popular way of purchasing property there for foreigners.

The purchase price ranges for investing in startups UK in the field of property are:

·         Available residential plot sizes include: 500, 1,200 and 2,000 square feet.
Ø  Purchase price range: $ 200 – 600 per square foot.
·         Available commercial plot sizes include: 100, 500 and 1,000 square feet.
Ø  Purchase price range: $ 400 – 1,300 per square foot.

·         Available sizes include: 500, 700 and 1,500 square feet.
Ø  Purchase price range: $ 300 – 700 per square foot.

·         Plot sizes include: 700, 1,200 and 2,000 square feet.
Ø  Purchase price range: $ 300 – 800 per square foot.

Rental and Office Space
·         Available sizes include: 100, 500 and 1,000 square feet.

Ø  Purchase price range: $ 500 – $ 1,400 per square foot.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Three Ways To Make a Functional Room in Your Home

A trend emerging among homeowners is to have a “functional room” within their houses or apartments. These spaces usually serve as laundry rooms, studies or storerooms. Their presence increases property value by an estimated five to seven percent and rentals by two to three percent. 

The return on investment (ROI) ranges between six to eight percent per year.

If you are planning to incorporate a functional room into your home, following are the three factors you should consider:
1.      Space. The minimum size of a functional room should be at least 50 square feet and should ideally have a door that serves as an entry / exit point into the apartment or house. The easiest thing to do is to convert a spare room into a functional one. If you do not have a spare room, consider converting a terrace or balcony into one- if space allows. The option works well for both apartments and houses. In the case of a house, the area below a staircase can work equally well if it I spacious enough.
Construction / renovation cost - $ 1500 – 2000.
2.      The basics. Matte tiles in dark colors such as dark green, steel grey and terracotta are easy to maintain and give a natural feel to the space. In the case of a laundry room, include a sink and counter space; the latter can be used as an ironing board or as a workstation in the case of a study. Shelves are a must-have for functional rooms as they can be used for a variety of purposes.
Cost – tiles: $ 150 – 180 per sq ft; sink / wash basin: $ 2000 – 3000
3.      Lighting. In addition to spotlights, consider using skylights or glass bricks in place of walls to allow natural light. Louvers are another option, these can be substituted for windows or even be fitted within doors that serves as entrances.
4.      Cost – spotlights: $ 50 – 80 (each); glass bricks: $ 20 – 35 per brick; skylights: $ 200 to 250; louvers: $ 150 to 200 per sq ft.

Dame Zaha Hadid Wins The Riba Gold Medal

International women's day (March 8) is a good time to acknowledge the achievements of notable women from around the world. One such woman is renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who became the first woman to be awarded the Royal institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal, the UK's highest honor architect's last month. Although two other women - Ray Kaiser Eames and Patricia Hopkins - have been previously honored, they were presented the medal in tandem with their husbands.

The RIBA medal is awarded annually by the Royal Institute of Brisitish Architects of behalf of the British monarch in recognition of an individual's or group's contribution to international architecture. It is given for a distingushed body of work rather than for just one building. 
In Hadid's case, this body of work includes the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, the Aquatics Centre constructed for the 2012 London Olympics, the Maxxi Museum in Rome, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, the Riverside Museum at Glassgow's Museum of Transport and the Guangzhou Opera house in China. The RIBA medal is not Hadid's first award; other prestigious accolades include the Pritzker prize (she was the first woman to win it in 2004) and the sterling prize for Architecture in 2010 and 2011).
One of the defining aspects of Hadid's work is that her buildings are distinctively neo-futuristic, characterized by powerful curving forms, elongated structures, multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry which are said to evoke the chaos of modern life.

Although Hadid is arguably the most famous woman architect in the world today, there are others with notable achievements. There is Amanda Levete who won the sterling prize in 1999 for designing the media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground; Angela Brady who won the Irish post/AIB Bank Award for personal achievement in Architecture for a lifetime of designing houses, schools and medical centers across the UK; and Alison Brooks, who set up Alison Brooks Architects, the only UK practice to have won the RIBA award for architecture.