How to find an affordable interior designer

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Where can I find an affordable interior designer? If you’ve already started searching for your interior designer, you might have come across some beautiful websites from interior design companies displaying fabulous high-end projects. But if your first thought is, ‘My budget is nowhere near this!’ you’re probably looking in the wrong place. You might also… Read more »

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 »

Bi-fold doors – ideas and inspiration

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Bi-fold door ideas – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Here are some of the best bi-fold door designs 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 by posting your home… 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 »

What is ‘Right to Build’?

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What is ‘Right to Build’? Very simply, ‘Right to Build’ is a Government initiative (since 2016), encouraging more custom-build homes in the UK. It comes in response to the difficulty custom builders face in finding suitable land. ‘Right to Build’ gives custom builders the right to purchase a plot from a local council, who have an… Read more »