Do you need planning permission for a side return extension?

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Q: Do you need planning permission for a side return extension? Very possibly not! This is such a common project in UK towns and cities, for good reason. Many Victorian terraces have this strip of garden space that is so often dark and under-used. Claiming this space back internally can transform a kitchen or living space, without… Read more »

Bi-fold doors – ideas and inspiration

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Bi-fold door ideas – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Here are some of the best bi-fold door designs from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and see if they’re interested in working on your next home project by posting your home… Read more »

How much have extension costs risen in 2022

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Rising construction costs in the UK are now common knowledge. In the last two years, material shortages and supply chain issues due to the pandemic caused sharp rises in material costs. While this problem has subsided, other factors such as inflation, Brexit and the war in Ukraine have pushed prices up even further. Not only… Read more »

What is the new Infrastructure Levy? How is it different from Section 106 or the CIL?

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Section 106 agreements, the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and the new Infrastructure Levy are all similar in that they impose additional conditions on the developer, linked to planning permission. The new ‘Infrastructure Levy’, which was announced in the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill (May 2022), is intended to broadly replace both Section 106 agreements and the… Read more »

Home extension ideas – the best from UK residential architects

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Here at Design for Me, we celebrate extraordinary design for clients with ‘ordinary’ budgets. Design for Me is all about small practices whose passion is residential design for homeowner clients. We see some incredible projects on Design for Me, so we thought we’d share our favourites to spark some inspiration for your own project.  … Read more »

Kitchen design ideas and inspiration

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Kitchen design ideas from Design for Me’s architects and designers Looking for some kitchen design ideas for your home renovation or extension project? You are in the right place! We have rounded up some of the best kitchen designs from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see… Read more »

Skylights – ideas and inspiration

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Skylights – inspiration from Design for Me’s architects and designers Skylights are often a key ingredient to a well designed, light and stylish extension. Not only can they bring in swathes of natural light, they can provide an opportunity for an interesting architectural gesture. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and… Read more »

Flood risk assessment for a planning application

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Why do I need a flood risk assessment and what is it? If you are applying for planning permission, you may be need to provide a flood risk assessment with your application. This demonstrates the flood risk for your proposed development.   When is a flood risk assessment required? A flood risk assessment is required… Read more »

Can you extend planning permission?

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Can you pay to extend planning permission? You used to be able to pay to extend planning permission, but this has not been the case for many years now. Your two options now are to either: Submit a new application Make sure all the planning conditions are discharged and commence development* before the permission expires…. Read more »

Bungalow Extension Ideas from DfM

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Bungalow Extension Ideas Bungalows were undoubtedly a popular choice for the British homeowner in the last half of late 19th Century. There was a bungalow building boom, spurred on by a national desire for home ownership on a small budget. This craze has come to a halt in recent years – did you know that only 300 are now built… Read more »