Do I need an architect or interior designer?

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Do I need an architect or an interior designer? This is a frequently asked question here at Design for Me. Sometimes the answer is very clear cut but often there’s a grey area! So be re-assured that it’s not a very silly question. I’ve worked as both an architect and an interior designer in my… Read more »

What do architects charge for a design and build project?

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Architects fees for a ‘design and build’ project You can expect an architect’s fees to be less on a ‘design and build’ project than a traditionally procured project.   The Fees Bureau (2022) found that average architects’ fees for a design and build private house project, varied between 5.8% – 10.1% depending on the construction… Read more »

Energy Grants UK

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The government has invested £12 billion with the aim of making our homes warmer and cheaper to heat. Funding is not given directly, but through installers, local authorities, energy companies and other bodies. You may have heard of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, where payments are made for seven years and are based… Read more »

How much contingency should I budget for an extension?

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extension contingency

After calculating how much your house extension will cost, it is essential to allow for an appropriate amount of contingency. Contingency budgeting enables you to prepare for unforeseen circumstances and unexpected costs that may arise during the extension project. In this article, we will explore the factors to consider when determining how much contingency to… Read more »

How much does artificial grass cost?

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Image above from Easigrass Think artificial grass and you might immediately think of greengrocer shelves or 1970s football pitches, but the technology to make it look and feel real has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years. Wanting to spend time enjoying their gardens rather than tending to them, more and more… Read more »

How much does a new bathroom cost?

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Bathroom cost

As a general starting point a basic bathroom renovation cost upwards of £5,000+VAT. This is a starting cost for modest re-decoration, finishes and sanitary ware, and retaining the existing plumbing and electrics. There are are a few considerations outlined below that will increase this cost, such as the condition of the existing bathroom, whether you… Read more »

Architect cost calculator

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architects fees

Architects’ fees calculator As a basic rule of thumb for private residential projects, a residential architect typically charges between 10-12% of the construction cost for full architectural services. Use our architect cost calculator below to estimate how much your architect may cost. We have also developed an extension cost calculator, which you can use here…. Read more »

Side Return Extensions: Advice & Inspiration

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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 »

How much does a new kitchen cost?

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We surveyed our community of architects from all over the UK to help answer this question – how much does a new kitchen cost?    Architect designed kitchen pictured above by Victoria, architect in East London. See her full profile and shortlist her practice for your home project here. ‘For a ‘typical’ 10m2 extension, how… Read more »

How much value does a house extension add?

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Work from Design for Me architects: (click to view their full profiles) Matt, Corin, Robert, Tom, Rashid, Giles    Is it worthwhile extending your home right now?   Planning rules have been relaxed In recent years the government have relaxed planning rules in regards to extensions. The changes have given homeowners more flexibility to improve and increase the… Read more »