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Urgh I HATE sofa beds! They’re ugly, squeaky, lumpy, the mattress is too thin, you end up wedged in the middle with your bed fellow. Then to top it all, you go and lose your glasses down the side. Not only are they uncomfortable to sleep on, they’re uncomfortable as a sofa too. Ok, this was my opinion… Read more »

 

 

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Lighting design is one of the most important aspects of your home building or renovation project, but is too often an after-thought. The advantages of LED lighting are now well known and, in fact, it may be compulsory that you choose LED to meet building code standards. But it’s not just the position of the lights that… Read more »

 

 

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Finding interior designers near me This week, we thought we’d share our answer to a frequently asked question here at Design for Me: ‘Should I only consider interior designers near me??’   Whether you are planning on just re-decorating one room, fitting a new kitchen or bathroom or planning a whole house re-design, finding the right designer is probably the most critical decision… Read more »

 

 

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Bathroom design trends for 2018 Goodbye metro tiles, grey grout and geometric patterns? See you later monochrome and slick surfaces? OK, we actually still love metro tiles and monochrome and there is still a place for them in 2018… but the touches below are guaranteed to move the modern industrial style into a new direction that… Read more »

 

 

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For anyone undertaking a home building, renovation or extension project, one of the first questions to ask yourself is: am I in a conservation area? It may have significant implications for your project from a planning perspective. This subject is particularly pertinent in London and historic cities in the UK such as Bath, Durham, Oxford etc,… Read more »

 

 

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Folding doors, bifold doors, sliding doors, concertina doors… what’s the difference? Folding doors, bifold doors, concertina doors, patio doors… there seem to be so many names for these glazed doors that open out to your garden but essentially they mean the same thing! Fully glazed doors have become incredibly popular and are a bit of… Read more »

 

 

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Q: Do you need planning permission for a side return extension? Very possibly not! This is such a common project in UK towns and cities, for good reason. Many Victorian terraces have this strip of garden space that is so often dark and under-used. Claiming this space back internally can transform a kitchen or living space, without… Read more »

 

 

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Modern kitchen designs Many of our homeowners who use Design for Me are on the lookout for fabulous modern kitchen designs that are simple, stylish, good quality and reasonably priced. So, we have searched far and wide and whittled it down to our top five modern kitchen companies. You are welcome!   Pluck http://www.pluck.kitchen/ Kitchens designed and hand-made in Brixton. Pluck’s… Read more »

 

 

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Home renovation and extension architects in South London If you’re planning a house extension, renovation or new self-build, finding the right architect can be a critical first step to get right. We’ve compiled some of the best residential architects in South London to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. South London… Read more »

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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 at the initial phase of the project, the best thing you can do now is understand all the jargon that… Read more »