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Extension design above by Jamie architect from Guernsey. See more and shortlist them for your home project here.   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…. Read more »

 

 

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Does your garden need a complete overhaul before summer starts? With Spring around the corner, now is the time to start planning! But how much does a garden makeover cost?   What can you achieve for your budget? 0-2000k DIY, turf, perennials, trees & gravel?   The staple for most gardens is of course a… Read more »

 

 

Wraparound extension costs

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A wraparound extension (a combined side and rear extension) can cost anywhere between £2,000–£3900+ per square metre to build, based on figures reported by residential architects and designers on Design for Me in 2022.    COSTS PER SQUARE METRE We asked our community of residential architects and design professionals for their experience of domestic projects and how they… Read more »

 

 

wraparound extension

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A wraparound extension does not usually benefit from permitted development rights. This is because the extension inherently includes a side extension, which is limited measuring only 50% of the width of the house under permitted development rules.   What is a wraparound extension? A wraparound extension combines side extension and a rear extension to make… Read more »

 

 

Extension sliding doors

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In June 2022, new changes to the building regulations came into effect. For all new homes, the main changes involve finding more carbon-efficient ways to heat our homes, improving their thermal efficiency, reducing overheating, and preparing to accommodate electric vehicle charging. There also some changes that will affect extension and renovation projects too (see below)…. Read more »

 

 

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How much does a house extension cost? We get asked this question a lot, so, we thought it worthy of its own post! It’s not an easy question to answer and obviously depends on a number of factors (etc, etc…), but that’s not the answer you’re looking for is it? You’re really looking for a very rough… Read more »

 

 

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What is the Help to Build loan? The Help to Build loan will help people with small deposits (from just 5%) access the finance they need to build their own home. This equity loan scheme is provided by the government to top up a standard self-build mortgage. Following MP Richard Bacon’s review of the sector,… Read more »

 

 

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Custom build house ideas – inspiration for your dream home Design for Me has a community of hundreds of architects and architectural designers all across the country and we’ve complied the most inspiring custom build house designs for you. If you like the look of one, you can click on the image to see that architect’s other work… Read more »

 

 

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If you’re renovating your house, you perhaps didn’t anticipate all of the small design decisions you would need to make along the way. Choosing skirting boards and architraves may seem like a minor design decision, but they can have a huge impact on the final look of a room. Do you want to make a… Read more »

 

 

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It’s a well known fact, although often overlooked, that lawns are hard work. If you want a low-maintenance garden that looks great all year round, a huge expanse of lawn is simply not the best option. Lots of people opt for lawn as the obvious choice – it’s relatively cheap to install and it’s soft enough… Read more »