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


loft conversion

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


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 »

Case study – an extension inspired by colour


A perfect match on DfM… THIS BEAUTIFUL SIDE EXTENSION WAS CREATED WITH A SHARED PASSION FOR COLOUR   Architect Hugh:  “We are known for our colourful work, and so working with these clients – a Personal Colour consultant and graphic designer – was a dream come true!”   Back in 2018, clients, Alan and Keiko, posted… Read more »

Glass Staircases : Advice & Inspiration


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 »

Barn conversion ideas and rural restorations


Barn conversion

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


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 »

How much do roof conversions cost?


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 »

Stairs and staircases – rules for building regulations


Stairs and Staircases – Building Regulations – Part K Any building works to homes requires compliance with the building regulations and the Approved Documents set out guidance on how to achieve this. Part K of the Approved Documents, titled ‘Protection from falling, collision and impact’ covers stairs and staircases.     How steep can stairs… Read more »