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This simple guide – ‘how to write an architectural brief’ – is aimed at homeowners planning a house extension, renovation or a self-build house.   As an architect myself, I created this platform – Design for Me – to help homeowners find the best residential architect for their particular project. It’s free to use and we’re on… Read more »

 

 

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Self build ideas – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Looking for some self build ideas and inspiration? you are in the right place! Here are some of the best self build designs from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and see… Read more »

 

 

Profile pics from Felix, Jamie, Richard and Mark, architects on DfM.

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How much does a planning application cost? A planning application costs £172 in England and £166 in Wales. This is the fee payable to your local council for processing the full householder planning application.   Do I need planning permission? You may not even need to apply for planning permission at all. You should call up… Read more »

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Home renovation and extension architects in North 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 North London to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. North London is brimming with… Read more »

 

 

Garden design ideas

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Title image: See Sara Jane’s profile here   Have some garden design ideas? When undertaking a project such as designing a new garden, you’ll want to make sure you’re spending your money in the best possible way. The principles to achieving this remain the same no matter how big or small your project…   1. MAKE A PLAN… Read more »

 

 

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This is a simple and concise guide to understanding VAT on new build houses. Please note that there is different guidance in relation to conversions, which are also, sometimes, eligible for a VAT refund.   New builds pictured are from architects on Design for Me. Click on the images to see their full profile and invite them for… Read more »

 

 

barn conversion

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Barn conversions ideas and rural restorations – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Barn conversions and restorations are a very popular alternative to new builds, and with their inherent character and history its easy to see why. Here are some of the best barn conversion ideas from our architects and interior designers on Design… Read more »

 

 

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Extensions designed by a design and build company (above left) and an independent architect (above right), both registered on Design for Me. Click the images to see their full profiles and shortlist them for your project.   Should I use the builder’s architect or an independent one? When looking to do an extension or home… 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 »