staircase design ideas

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Staircase design ideas – inspiration from Design for Me’s architects and designers For architects, the staircase is often considered a design centrepiece of a home design project. It provides an opportunity to be playful and can take on a sculptural quality where materials, form and light require detailed consideration. It’s no surprise that a ‘signature’… Read more »

 

 

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Side return extension ideas A small project with a huge impact! Side return extensions are particularly popular with owners of Victorian terraced houses as they can transform a narrow kitchen into a generous open plan kitchen/living space – just by using that often dark and under-used strip of your garden. If you’re looking for a rough cost… Read more »

 

 

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Finding plots in London and other major UK cities With empty plots of land being difficult and often very expensive to come by, it’s no wonder that many self-builders and renovators instead convert an existing building into their dream home, applying for a change of use to residential. This is particularly of interest in the UK’s… Read more »

 

 

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Timber cladding – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Timber cladding is an increasingly popular choice in the UK for both new builds and extension projects. In particular black timber cladding or charred timber cladding can make for a striking, modern aesthetic – like the one pictured above by Jan, architect in South London… Read more »

 

 

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Do I need planning permission for a garden room? Garden rooms or buildings do not require planning permission, if they fall within permitted development guidelines. To classify as an ‘outbuilding’ under permitted development rules, it must not contain sleeping accommodation and must be single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5m. There are a few… Read more »

 

 

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Above projects from architectural designers on designforme.com – click on the image to see their full profile and shortlist them for your project. Do I need an architect? If you feel your project is very simple and straightforward, and perhaps you’ve found that you don’t require planning permission, you might ask: do I need an architect… Read more »

 

 

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Image above from Easigrass Think artificial grass and you might immediately think of greengrocer shelves or 1970s football pitches, but the technology to make it look and feel real has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years. Wanting to spend time enjoying their gardens rather than tending to them, more and more… Read more »

 

 

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We surveyed our community of architects from all over the UK to help answer this question – how much does a new kitchen cost? This question was posed as part of a wider survey on the cost of a kitchen extension in 2021.    Architect designed kitchen pictured above by Victoria, architect in East London. See… Read more »