Glass Staircases : Advice & Inspiration

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Glass is a material that has long been used in all kinds of structural applications. In spite on its fragility, glass is known to be robust and strong. In the right hands, with the right balustrade components and fixings glass can be used for just about anything. Unsurprisingly, homeowners are now finding that glass is… 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 »

How to plan a loft conversion – the dos and don’ts

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Loft conversion pictured above by Stephen, interior designer from Hackney, London. Click here see more and shortlist him for your home project.   Loft conversions add valuable living space to a home – whether you need an extra bedroom, creative space or home office. Loft conversions can also add 20% onto the value of a… Read more »

Permitted development office to residential conversion

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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 »

Barn conversion ideas and rural restorations

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Barn conversions ideas and rural restorations – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Barn conversions and restorations are a very popular alternative to new builds, and with their inherent character and history its easy to see why. Here are some of the best barn conversion ideas from our architects and interior designers on Design… Read more »

A short guide to conversions – change of use to residential

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Finding plots in London and other major UK cities With empty plots of land being difficult and often very expensive to come by, it’s no wonder that many self-builders and renovators instead convert an existing building into their dream home, applying for a change of use to residential. This is particularly of interest in the UK’s… Read more »

Loft conversion plans – where to start?

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Extension design above by Eddy, architect from Westminster, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here. Our complete guide for your loft conversion plans A loft conversion is one of the most cost-effective and convenient ways to increase space in your home. One of the major advantage is that the work can… Read more »

Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion?

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In most circumstances you will not need planning permission for a loft conversion, as the development will be covered by GPDO (permitted development). However, you should also check if your permitted development rights are restricted or have been removed (see below)*   Roof extension pictured above by Ben+Eoin, architect from Southwark, London. Click here to… Read more »

5 things to know about barn conversions

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Beginner’s guide to barn conversions An old barn can provide the perfect shell to create your ideal home. These large and often very solid structures give the opportunity to create a house with huge expanses of space and high ceilings. Most importantly, by retaining the original form, materials or structure, it adds character, charm and history to your otherwise… Read more »