Landscaping companies – do I need a designer or a builder?

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“Landscape Gardener” … “Landscape Architect” …”Landscape Designer” … “Garden Designer” … “Landscape Contractor” … there are so many terms for landscaping companies who might help with your garden project, no wonder you’re confused!   Can’t I just use a builder? Thinking of calling in Joe who did your neighbour’s loft extension? Although they might be competitively priced… Read more »

What is a kit house and is it right for my self-build?

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What is a kit house? A kit house is pre-designed and pre-fabricated, usually bought to site flat-packed. Kit houses have become increasingly popular with self-builders, perhaps after the famous ‘Grand Designs’ episode with the German ‘Huf Haus‘. There are now many kit house companies in the UK.   What are self build kit houses made of? Most commonly… Read more »

What’s the difference between an architect and an architectural designer or technologist?

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For domestic building projects it’s always worthwhile using a design professional. They can help you find the best solution for your brief; they will advise you on where to spend your budget and where to save; they’ll guide you through the maze of planning, building regs, freeholder consent and party wall issues; they can even help you appoint… Read more »

Contemporary living room ideas

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Design-wise, your living room is the most important room in your house to get right. You probably spend most of your waking hours at home here. It’s a place to relax, entertain and spend time with your family. When it comes to contemporary living room design, there are a plethora of styles and colour palettes that… Read more »

5 ways to build a low cost house

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More and more people in the UK are considering building their own home, particularly as getting onto the housing ladder is becoming increasingly less affordable. There are new government initiatives to encourage self-building in an effort to help solve the nation’s housing crisis with bodies such as the ‘National Custom and Self Build Association’ (Nacsba) behind… Read more »