How to change an existing planning permission


change planning application

When you might need to change planning permission You may need to change planning permission if you have bought a property or plot of plan with planning permission and need to alter the design. Otherwise, you may have recently obtained planning permission, but require some alterations after application has been made or decided.   House… Read more »

Can a neighbour stop my house extension?


Neighbours and the planning process If you’re worried about a neighbour stopping your house extension plans, it’s very helpful right at the beginning of the project to assess this risk as it may inform design decisions as well as your personal handling of the situation.   Featured image from Tyrone, architect from Lambeth, London. See more… Read more »

What is an online architect?


online architect

Online architecture services have been growing in popularity. Some architecture firms have even specialised in offering online architecture services.  Home & Maker architects are one of them and they have given us the lowdown on how it works and how it could benefit your next home project.  See Isabella from Home and Maker’s full profile… Read more »

Do you need a Design and Access Statement for a house extension?


Design and Access Statement

A Design and Access statement is a written, often illustrated, document that accompanies your planning application form and drawings. It provides an opportunity to explain how your design proposal is a suitable response for its site and wider area. It’s only a requirement for major projects, listed buildings or certain householder applications in a conservation… Read more »

How to set and control your home renovation budget


How to budget for a renovation

Are you gearing up for a home renovation project? It’s an exciting endeavor, but the costs can be daunting. Don’t worry; this guide has you covered. We’ll guide you through budgeting, comparing quotes, considering DIY options, and uncovering hidden expenses. You’ll become a renovation budget pro in no time. Ready to tackle your renovation budget… Read more »

How to get planning permission for a roof terrace


Roof terrace

Converting an existing flat roof or new flat roof to a terrace can be a great idea, particularly for properties without a garden. It can raise the value of your home and potentially be an inexpensive upgrade (particularly if the roof is already structurally sound for this purpose – more on that below).   Roof… Read more »

Can a neighbour object to permitted development?


permitted development extension

… or rather the question should be, will any action be taken by the council if a neighbour objects to your permitted development extension? A neighbour’s objection to your extension can, of course, be taken on board and investigated by your local council. However, if the extension falls within the permitted development guidelines, no action… Read more »

Seven Building Materials that Stand the Test of Time


Sponsored post Long-lasting building materials are highly sought after. Nobody wants a home, office, or property extension built from materials that aren’t made to last.  Aesthetics are one thing but as materials start to wear away, the structures themselves become compromised. This isn’t just an expensive problem to fix, it also poses a significant health… Read more »

The Impact of Colour in Living Room Furniture and Design



Colour influences how we feel. It is a basic design element; our moods and feelings are deeply affected by the colours we see. Therefore, selecting the right colours for your living room is a project where you need to put in some effort. Vibrant hues like red and yellow can energize and uplift your spirits…. Read more »

Building regulations for a house conversion


Where a house renovation results in a ‘material change of use’, there are requirements for upgrading certain building elements and meeting standards that go beyond what is required for a typical house renovation. Thanks to Nick Paley at Assure Building Control for their assistance with this article. Assure Building Control provide a fully licenced independent… Read more »