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


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 »

How to find a neighbour’s planning application


find a planning application

For anyone starting a new extension or building project, researching what others have done in your local area is an excellent place to start.   Image above from Ahmed, architect from Hackney, London. Click here to see more and shortlist them for your home project. Finding a neighbour’s planning application It’s likely that other properties… Read more »

Renovating a grade II listed house – what can you do without permission?


barn conversion

If you own a Grade II listed home you are probably aware that renovating, altering or extending your home will involve more red tape than usual. Not only this, you will be more restricted in what you can do. The privilege of owning listed property comes with a responsibility to protect its special qualities. However,… Read more »

How to store furniture during a home renovation


Furniture storage

Renovation is both exciting and challenging. This home improvement process involves a lot of moving parts. There are many logistics to consider if you want to keep everything under control.  Whether you’re converting a part of your home or doing a major overhaul, part of the logistics is knowing where you’ll keep all your furniture… Read more »

Five reasons to hire an architect for your self-build


Self-build inspiration

So you have finally settled on that perfect plot of land and have started brainstorming a vision for your ideal self-build. Wait a minute! Although the temptation to do as much on your own as possible is admirable, we have often found that it is risky business that can be devastating in the long run. Instead,… Read more »

Permitted development office to residential conversion


office to residential conversion

Good news, it is possible to convert an office to residential use without needing planning permission. However, there are important exceptions where permitted development rights may not apply in your area or to your property.     Image above by James, architectural designer from Islington South and Finsbury. Click here to see more and shortlist… Read more »

How much does a planning application cost?


Profile pics from Felix, Jamie, Richard and Mark, architects on DfM.

How much does a planning application cost? A planning application costs £172 in England and £166 in Wales. This is the fee payable to your local council for processing the full householder planning application.   Do I need planning permission? You may not even need to apply for planning permission at all. You should call up… Read more »

Advantages of using an Approved Inspector for Building Regulations approval


For approximately the past 15 years it’s been possible to gain Building Regulations approval using an Approved Inspector and it’s become a more popular choice for good reason…   Featured image above – extension by Tessa, architect in Hackney. See more and shortlist her for your project here. What is an Approved Inspector? By using… Read more »

What’s the difference between planning permission and building regulations?


Planning permission and building regulations

In summary, planning permission relates to the development’s impact on its surrounding environment whereas building regulations ensure that the development is structurally safe, accessible, sustainable and considers the health and safety of its occupants.   Featured image above – extension by Peter, architect in Bournemouth. See more and shortlist him for your home project here…. Read more »

Guide to costs and planning permission for a two storey extension


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 »