How long does it take to build an extension and should we move out?

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Aside from cost, one of the first thoughts many people have when building a home extension is about how it will disrupt their everyday lives. This is a short guide to help you answer the questions: ‘How long does it take to build an extension?’ and ‘Do you need to move out when building an extension?’   Extensions pictured below from architects on… Read more »

How much do roof conversions cost?

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Dormer Loft Conversions by Giles, Architect on Design for Me

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 »

Do I need an architect for an extension?

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Above projects from architectural designers on designforme.com – click on the image to see their full profile and shortlist them for your project. Do I need an architect? If you feel your project is very simple and straightforward, and perhaps you’ve found that you don’t require planning permission, you might ask: do I need an architect… Read more »

Do I need a contract with my builder for a home extension or renovation project?

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For home building and renovation projects it’s always worthwhile taking the time to find a great builder. There are a few effective websites to find local tradesmen like “My Builder” and “Rated People” to get you some quotations, but there are a few pointers to consider before shaking hands with anyone to undertake your home extension or renovation project…. Read more »

Bungalow Extension Ideas from DfM

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Bungalow Extension Ideas Bungalows were undoubtedly a popular choice for the British homeowner in the last half of late 19th Century. There was a bungalow building boom, spurred on by a national desire for home ownership on a small budget. This craze has come to a halt in recent years – did you know that only 300 are now built… Read more »

Top five energy saving and home improvements tips

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If you’re about to start making home improvements, incorporating energy saving solutions could help you save money and reduce your home’s environmental impact. Here’s a list of the top five energy-saving and home improvements tips.    1. Insulate your house Insulating your walls usually that makes the most difference in reducing energy consumption, and at… Read more »

Guide to costs and planning permission for a two storey extension

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Two storey extension above by Daniel, an architect on Design for Me. View his full profile and shortlist him for your project here   A two storey extension can be a cost effective way of gaining maximum floorspace for your property, without eating too much into your garden. It will also mean that your house… Read more »

Can architects work remotely?

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Can architects work from home? Fortunately most private residential architects are very well placed to work from home and in fact many freelancers / sole traders already work from a home office. A home building and extension project doesn’t usually require more than one or two people to be working on it. This really helps… Read more »

Can garden designers work remotely?

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Image by Simon, garden designer from East Hampshire, South East. Click here to see more and shortlist them for your home project.   Never before have our gardens been more important than now, and thankfully Spring has already brought us some sunshine. Now is a perfect time to turn your attention to home life and… Read more »

Stairs and staircases – rules for building regulations

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Stairs and Staircases – Building Regulations – Part K Any building works to homes requires compliance with the building regulations and the Approved Documents set out guidance on how to achieve this. Part K of the Approved Documents, titled ‘Protection from falling, collision and impact’ covers stairs and staircases.     How steep can stairs… Read more »