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Image source   People make changes to their home’s exteriors for numerous reasons. Perhaps, one may want to update its looks, or maybe they’re considering the increase of their property’s value before selling or leasing it. Nonetheless, these changes usually require a large sum of money and tend to be very expensive. If unprepared, these… Read more »

 

 

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Kitchen extension ideas from the architects on Design for Me Planning a kitchen extension but don’t know where to start? If you need some kitchen extension ideas or inspiration, we have some beautiful examples of architect-designed kitchen extensions below. The kitchen extension is one of the most popular project that clients post to Design for Me…. Read more »

 

 

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How much does an architect cost? As a basic rule of thumb for private residential projects, an architect typically charges between 10-15% of the construction cost for full architectural services. This can be reduced to 3.5% – 5.25% if you use your architect for the initial design stage only*.   *You may opt for the… Read more »

 

 

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Extension above by Prue, architectural designer from Barnet, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here. Should you go small? Finding a design professional for your project, particularly if you’ve never embarked on a building project before, can be overwhelming.  For private home projects such as extensions, renovations and self-builds, small architecture… Read more »

 

 

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Renovation ideas from Design for Me’s architects and interior designers Starting a home renovation project can seem like a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve never done any significant work to your home before. Therefore, it’s so important that you surround yourself with an experienced team who know exactly what they’re doing. After hiring the right architect,… Read more »

 

 

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Main image Allister, an architect on Design for Me (see below for more) – See his profile here and shortlist him for your project   Build cost of a house per square metre We know how important it is to have a rough estimate of the cost at a very early stage. The easy answer for us is to say… 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 design ideas 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… Read more »

 

 

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What is the 4 year rule – planning permission? If your property does not have the required planning permission, there are four years in which your local council can take enforcement action to remedy the breach. The four years start from when the development is substantially complete.   What is the 10 year rule? You… Read more »

 

 

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Extension design above by Eddy, architect from Westminster, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here. Our complete guide for your loft conversion plans A loft conversion is one of the most cost-effective and convenient ways to increase space in your home. One of the major advantage is that the work can… Read more »

 

 

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Exposed brickwork – inspiration from Design for Me’s architects and designers Exposed brickwork can add warmth, colour and texture into your home. It celebrates the fabric of the building – it might be that an old, existing brick wall is exposed as a reminder of the building’s history. Alternatively it can work really well in… Read more »