Can I apply for planning permission before I buy a property?

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Can I apply for planning permission before we purchase a house? In short, yes. You do not need to be the owner of a property to apply for planning permission. However, you will need to inform the owner of the property/land prior to submitting the application.   Image above by Nick, architect from London. See… Read more »

A simple guide to making a planning appeal

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Extension design above by Fiona, architectural designer from Hackney, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here.   What to do if your planning permission is refused? If you do not agree with the decision of your householder planning application, you can submit a planning appeal. Householder applications are for home developments… Read more »

Top tips for a low maintenance garden

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Advice and tips for a low maintenance garden We asked some of the best garden designers on Design for Me for their expert advice on designing a low maintenance garden. Juliet – Garden designer in Stroud, South-West (click on her name to view her full profile and shortlist her for your garden design project)   1. Keep it green Don’t have… Read more »

Small garden ideas from the experts

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small garden ideas and tips from the experts We asked some of the best garden designers on Design for Me for their expert advice on designing a small garden. Juliet – Garden designer in Stroud, South-West (click on her name to view her full profile and shortlist her for your garden design project) If you have a small garden, lucky… Read more »

What if I don’t like my architect’s design?

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Architects are trained professionals who specialise in designing functional, beautiful, and safe buildings that meet their clients’ needs. However, even the most talented and experienced architect may not always get it right first time. So, what happens if you don’t like your architect’s design?    This stunning extension pictured above is by Stephen, architect in… Read more »

The importance of reviewing an architect’s portfolio before hiring them

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Hiring an architect is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make during your project. The architect you choose will be responsible for designing and managing the construction of your building or space, ensuring that your vision becomes a reality. Design for Me is an excellent starting point for finding the right architect. One of… Read more »

How does a self build mortgage work?

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Self build mortgage

What is a self build mortgage? A self build mortgage is different to a traditional mortgage in that the funds are released in stages as the build progresses. This is ultimately to reduce the risk to the lender.   Featured image above by Allister, architect from Oxfordshire. See more and shortlist them for your home… Read more »

What is the average and minimum ceiling height in a house?

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What’s the minimum ceiling height allowed? Funnily enough, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked as a residential architect. But for good reason: it’s so important to look at the most obvious constraints of a renovation project first. It will shape the brief, how much you are willing to spend on the… Read more »

Garden designers near me

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Finding the best garden designers near me We’ve rounded up some of the best garden designers all over the UK to help with your landscaping project – scroll down for your local area. No matter how big or small your project, a garden designer can find the best solution to suit your requirements and budget…. Read more »

How to Achieve a Contemporary Style Home

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What does ‘contemporary style’ mean in home design? Contemporary style in interior design refers to a modern, up-to-date aesthetic that reflects the current design trends and tastes. It typically features clean lines, neutral color palettes, and a focus on simplicity and functionality. Contemporary interiors may incorporate a range of materials, such as metal, glass, and… Read more »