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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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We’ve rounded up some of the best architects and small architecture practices across the UK, all specialising in residential projects.           1. Will – Residential architect in Brighton (click on his name above to view his full profile and shortlist his practice for your project) My name is Will, I am an… Read more »

 

 

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Can I apply for planning permission before we purchase a house? In short, yes. You do not need to be the owner of a property to apply for planning permission. However, you will need to inform the owner of the property/land prior to submitting the application.   Image above by Nick, architect from London. See… Read more »

 

 

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Here at Design for Me, we match homeowners with the best interior designers for home renovations. When it comes to internal alterations, some interior designers will be more suitable than others. Where many interior designers will focus on finishes, furniture and fittings only. Others will have training and experience in interior architecture i.e. room layout planning, removing… Read more »

 

 

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Where can I find an affordable architect? If you’ve started planning your home renovation or building project, one of the first things to do is find your architect. Many homeowners find that they come across architecture firms with beautiful websites featuring fabulous projects worthy of a home magazine feature. But if your first thought is, ‘My budget… Read more »

 

 

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

 

 

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Extension design above by Fiona, architectural designer from Hackney, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here.   What to do if your planning permission is refused? If you do not agree with the decision of your householder planning application, you can submit a planning appeal. Householder applications are for home developments… 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. Juliet – Garden designer in Stroud, South-West (click on her name to view her full profile and shortlist her for your garden design project)   1. Keep it green Don’t have… 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. Juliet – Garden designer in Stroud, South-West (click on her name to view her full profile and shortlist her for your garden design project) If you have a small garden, lucky… Read more »

 

 

shop to residential conversion

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Good news, it is possible to convert a shop to residential use without needing planning permission. However, there are important exceptions where permitted development rights may not apply in your area or to your property.   Image above – Design by Anamaria, architectural designer from Southwark, London. Click here to see more and shortlist them… Read more »