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Extension design above by Tom, architect from Hackney, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here.   If you’re thinking of building your own house, you have probably thought about its green credentials. The ambition to have an ‘eco home’ is becoming increasingly popular, but what actually is an eco house!? If you are right… Read more »

 

 

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A perfect match on Design for Me…  to unlock the potential of a Victorian terrace in East London   Clients Cindy and Ian were looking for an architect to transform their dark, cramped Victorian terrace house into a modern family home. After registering their project on Design for Me, with just a few key details, we… Read more »

 

 

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In the UK, there has long been an assumption that interior design services are only for the super wealthy, who own large country piles or multi-million pound town houses. However, through websites like Design for Me, affordable interior design has become more accessible to the masses. It’s now much more common for interior design firms to offer a suite of… Read more »

 

 

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Can you build a house in your garden? If you have a large garden (or driveway in fact) that’s accessible directly from the road, it can provide a fantastic development opportunity to build a house on your land. The advantages of this approach to a self-building are potentially huge: It could significantly increase the total value of… Read more »

 

 

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Extension design above by Amos, architect from Islington, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here. You may be considering applying for planning for a mansard roof extension if your existing loft space is not high enough or the wrong shape for a straight conversion or dormer extension. What is a mansard roof… Read more »

 

 

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How long does a planning application take?   Whether you are proposing an extension, loft conversion or new build, planning permission usually takes eight weeks to be granted, unless your application is ‘unusually large or complex’, in which case the deadline can be extended to 13 weeks.   Design above by Ash, architect from Lambeth,… Read more »

 

 

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A perfect match on Design for Me Back in February, Rupert was on the look-out for a garden designer to transform his south London garden into a fantastic space for entertaining friends. Using Design for Me, he quickly found Simon Orchard and the design work started. Before meeting Simon, Rupert already had some strong ideas…. Read more »

 

 

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Extension design above by Gareth, architect from Haringey, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here.   Before we answer the question, ‘Do I need a party wall surveyor’, we’ll address the more important question, ‘Do I need to serve a party wall notice?’ as you may not require a surveyor if… Read more »

 

 

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This week, I have been mostly designing…  a rear extension! As this is rather a common project on Design for Me, I thought I’d share some of my research. The brief was quite simple. It involved extending the living room to create a dining area (the client’s current dining table is too small for a family… Read more »