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Beginner’s guide to barn conversions An old barn can provide the perfect shell to create your ideal home. These large and often very solid structures give the opportunity to create a house with huge expanses of space and high ceilings. Most importantly, by retaining the original form, materials or structure, it adds character, charm and history to your otherwise… Read more »

 

 

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Modern garden design ideas Design for Me has a community of hundreds of garden designers all across the country and we’ve compiled the most inspiring modern garden designs for you. If you like the look of one, you can click on the image to see that garden designer’s other work and shortlist them for your project   Bringing the… Read more »

 

 

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Advice and tips for a low maintenance garden We asked some of the best garden designers on Design for Me for their expert advice on designing a low maintenance garden. If you need the help of a garden designer, post your project below and we’ll match you up with the best garden designer for your project (and it’s… Read more »

 

 

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small garden ideas and tips from the experts We asked some of the best garden designers on Design for Me for their expert advice on designing a small garden. If you need the help of a garden designer, post your project below and we’ll match you up with the best garden designer for your project (and it’s completely… Read more »

 

 

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Here at Design for Me, we match homeowners with the best interior designers for their home decor projects. Whether it’s a simple living room re-decoration or the complete interior design for a new build house, all of our interior designers specialise in home decor. Here’s just a small selection of some of the best interior firms and freelance interior designers… Read more »

 

 

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What’s the minimum ceiling height allowed? Funnily enough, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked as a residential architect. But for good reason: it’s so important to look at the most obvious constraints of a renovation project first. It will shape the brief, how much you are willing to spend on the… Read more »

 

 

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Costs per square metre (2017) We asked our community of architects and design professionals for their experience of domestic projects and how they estimate new jobs. For South East England (where costs are highest), we found the following to be a very rough average. Costs can vary greatly across the country, but if you are outside the… Read more »

 

 

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Finding architects near me This week, we thought we’d share our answer to a frequently asked question here at Design for Me: ‘Do I need a local architect?   Whether you are planning an extension, renovation or even a self-build house, finding the right architect is probably the most critical decision you’ll need to make. Once you have them… Read more »

 

 

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Cut your extension costs – tips from the experts In another recent article, we looked at prices for real-life house extensions, provided by architects on Design for Me, and gave a cost per square metre rate as guidance for your project: Renovation and extension cost per square metre A great design professional can be worth their weight in gold; they… Read more »