A guide to living wall systems

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What is a living wall / green wall? A green wall or living wall is a structure that has plants growing directly from it. It’s different to a vertical climber whose roots are in the ground/pot and only use the vertical structure for support. The greenery is planted directly into the wall itself (or within… Read more »

How to find a Scandi interior designer

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Finding an interior designer for a Scandi renovation/refurb Whether you’re renovating your home or starting afresh with a blank-canvas new build, getting the design input from a professional can be invaluable.   Understand what/who you’re looking for Before you start searching for your perfect interior designer, I’d recommend first collecting some ideas and looks that… Read more »

How to change an existing planning permission

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When you might need to change planning permission You may need to change planning permission if you have bought a property or plot of plan with planning permission and need to alter the design. Otherwise, you may have recently obtained planning permission, but require some alterations after application has been made or decided.   House… Read more »

Can a neighbour stop my house extension?

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Neighbours and the planning process If you’re worried about a neighbour stopping your house extension plans, it’s very helpful right at the beginning of the project to assess this risk as it may inform design decisions as well as your personal handling of the situation.   Featured image from Tyrone, architect from Lambeth, London. See more… Read more »

What is an online architect?

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Online architecture services have been growing in popularity. Some architecture firms have even specialised in offering online architecture services.  Home & Maker architects are one of them and they have given us the lowdown on how it works and how it could benefit your next home project.  See Isabella from Home and Maker’s full profile… Read more »

Top 10 most stylish vinyl flooring

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Vinyl flooring has had bad press in the past, dismissed out of hand as being too cheap and poor quality. OK, so there is a lot of cheap, poor quality vinyl around but if you look carefully there are some beautiful, stylish and practical examples out there too . Vinyl has a lot going for… Read more »

Do you need a Design and Access Statement for a house extension?

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A Design and Access statement is a written, often illustrated, document that accompanies your planning application form and drawings. It provides an opportunity to explain how your design proposal is a suitable response for its site and wider area. It’s only a requirement for major projects, listed buildings or certain householder applications in a conservation… Read more »

How to get planning permission for a roof terrace

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Converting an existing flat roof or new flat roof to a terrace can be a great idea, particularly for properties without a garden. It can raise the value of your home and potentially be an inexpensive upgrade (particularly if the roof is already structurally sound for this purpose – more on that below).   Roof… Read more »

External sliding doors – ideas and inspiration

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External sliding doors – extension ideas from Design for Me’s architects and designers Here are some of the best extensions with external sliding doors, from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and see if they’re interested in working on your next home project… Read more »