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A side return extension can be a really cost-effective way of creating more space and adding value to your property without eating into your precious garden space. It can transform a narrow kitchen into the most amazing living / dining area – even becoming the social hub of your family home! But how much does a side return extension cost?… Read more »

 

 

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Most people take their skirting boards for granted. But it is only when you rip them out or walk into a room that doesn’t have them that you notice they’re gone. Skirting boards, like lighting and furniture, are an essential element of interior design.  This post explores how skirting boards can enhance your rooms and… Read more »

 

 

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Have you ever fantasised about opening your back door and stepping out into your very own private beach? If this is not geographically possible, how about creating a beach-themed garden? If the thought of a ‘themed’ garden makes you cringe – I’m with you. However, you don’t have to adorn your lawn with plastic seagulls,… Read more »

 

 

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What is a side return extension?   Side return extensions are most common in Victorian terrace houses where the original building leaves a strip of land on the side of the house making an L shaped garden. If you have lived in a house like this you are aware of how useless this dark, dingy passageway is…. Read more »

 

 

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Loft extension ideas – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Here are some of the best loft extension ideas from our architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and see if they’re interested in working on your next home project by posting your home… Read more »

 

 

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Bathroom ideas – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Here are some of the best bathroom ideas from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and see if they’re interested in working on your next home project by posting your home project! Design… Read more »

 

 

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Prefabricated self-builds, also known as ‘modular’ or ‘kit’ homes, have been around the UK since the 1920’s, but have only recently surged in popularity among home builders. So why the big fuss all of a sudden? Essentially, the shell, or exterior of these modular homes are constructed in a factory and then dropped onsite for… Read more »

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A simple house extension calculator to help you plan your budget. These figures have been updated in 2022 following recent price increases in construction costs, according to a survey of architects and designers on Design for Me.   Image above by Simon and Jon architects on Design for Me. See their full profile and shortlist… Read more »

 

 

Dormer Loft Conversions by Giles, Architect on Design for Me

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Image above: View Profile of Giles, architect of dormer loft conversions above   We frequently get asked for cost guidance by homeowners on Design for Me. We would always encourage you to discuss designs and budgets with your architect or designer and then get quotes from builders, but we know that a rough starting point… Read more »

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Garden rooms can add significant value to your property. Not only will they increase the square footage to your home in a cost-effective way, they also provide the separation that homeowners now desire in a home office. They have become incredibly popular, particularly as more people now work from home. This need for an additional… Read more »