Hiring a designer: important questions to ask

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Profile pics from Dean, Elisa and Liam, architects on DfM.

Hiring a designer is an important decision since this person will have a huge impact on your home and the way you live for potentially a very a long time. A good personal connection is key! Yes, of course, compare quotes. But there is so much more to the decision than this, and it’s personal. You’ll… Read more »

How to get new residential projects on DfM

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How to create a winning profile for new residential projects…   1. Be relevant for this market Design for Me is all about one-off private residential projects. It provides an opportunity to market directly for this part of your business. Although it may be tempting to showcase your large scale, non-resi work, this may ultimately be off-putting… Read more »

Design for Me helps Architects and Designers find new residential projects

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Projects posted by homeowners on DfM

Finding a constant stream of interesting new residential projects is not always easy. Design for Me was set up to provide a platform for architects and designers to find (and actually choose) new projects suitable for them!  For homeowners, it makes the process of finding a design professional more straightforward and accessible for residential projects. They can post their projects to the site… Read more »

How to write an architectural brief

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This simple guide – ‘how to write an architectural brief’ – is aimed at homeowners planning a house extension, renovation or a self-build house.   As an architect myself, I created this platform – Design for Me – to help homeowners find the best residential architect for their particular project. It’s free to use and we’re on… Read more »

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 »

How to choose an interior designer

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How to choose an interior designer This probably the most important decision you’ll need to make during the entire project. You’re about to invest a great deal in this project and so it’s important you get the very best for your budget. So how do you choose an interior designer? We’ve put together the top ten considerations… Read more »

10 modern garden design ideas

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Modern garden design ideas Design for Me has a community of hundreds of garden designers all across the country and we’ve compiled the most inspiring modern garden design ideas for you. If you like the look of one, you can click on the image to see that garden designer’s other work and shortlist them for your project   Bringing… Read more »

Architects’ Services

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Featured image by Oliver, architect on Design for Me. See his profile here to shortlist him for your project.    If you’re looking for an architect’s services for an extension, home building or renovation project you have definitely come to the right website. As a residential architect myself, I created Design for Me to help… Read more »

Does my architect need to have insurance?

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Does my architect need to have insurance? Even for a small house extension or renovation, it’s hugely important that your architect (or other architectural designer) holds professional indemnity insurance. If anything goes wrong with your project as a result of their advice or work, it will be much more straightforward to claim back any financial… Read more »

Do I need a project manager for a self build or home renovation?

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Should you hire a project manager for a self build or home renovation project? The question should really be, ‘what does a project manager do, and do I need one?’. In the building industry the term ‘project manager’ often gets muddled. When a building professional refers to a ‘project manager’ their meaning could fall broadly… Read more »