A simple guide to making a planning appeal

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Extension design above by Fiona, architectural designer from Hackney, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here.   What to do if your planning permission is refused? If you do not agree with the decision of your householder planning application, you can submit a planning appeal. Householder applications are for home developments… Read more »

What if I don’t like my architect’s design?

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Architects are trained professionals who specialise in designing functional, beautiful, and safe buildings that meet their clients’ needs. However, even the most talented and experienced architect may not always get it right first time. So, what happens if you don’t like your architect’s design?    This stunning extension pictured above is by Stephen, architect in… Read more »

The importance of reviewing an architect’s portfolio before hiring them

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Hiring an architect is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make during your project. The architect you choose will be responsible for designing and managing the construction of your building or space, ensuring that your vision becomes a reality. Design for Me is an excellent starting point for finding the right architect. One of… Read more »

20 of the best architects for house extensions in the UK

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We’ve rounded up some of the best architects for house extensions in the UK.   1. Simon – Extension architect in London (click on their name above to view their full profile and shortlist them for your project) ‘We are a small design led practice specialising in residential work. We won the Best Extension at… Read more »

Expert tips to cut your house extension costs

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Cut your extension costs – tips from the experts In another recent article, we looked at prices for real-life house extensions, provided by architects on Design for Me, and gave a cost per square metre rate as guidance for your project: Renovation and extension cost per square metre A great design professional can be worth their weight in gold; they… Read more »

Planning permission in a conservation area – a simple guide

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Extension design above by Jamie architect from Guernsey. See more and shortlist them for your home project here.   For anyone undertaking a home building, renovation or extension project, one of the first questions to ask yourself is: am I in a conservation area? It may have significant implications for your project from a planning perspective…. Read more »

Should we move or extend? (2023)

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I’ve included the year in the title of this post for a reason. Overtime, the reasons to either move or extend will depend not only on your personal requirements and finances, but also a judgement in relation to the housing market and cost of construction. Let’s explore these factors in more detail.   Extension above… Read more »

How much does a wraparound extension cost?

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Wraparound extension costs

A wraparound extension (a combined side and rear extension) can cost anywhere between £2,000–£3900+ per square metre to build, based on figures reported by residential architects and designers on Design for Me in 2022.    COSTS PER SQUARE METRE We asked our community of residential architects and design professionals for their experience of domestic projects and how they… Read more »

Is a wraparound extension permitted development?

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A wraparound extension does not usually benefit from permitted development rights. This is because the extension inherently includes a side extension, which is limited measuring only 50% of the width of the house under permitted development rules.   What is a wraparound extension? A wraparound extension combines side extension and a rear extension to make… Read more »

The top mistakes homeowners make when hiring an architect and how to avoid them

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Hiring an architect is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make during your project. A skilled architect can help you achieve the best design, manage your budget, navigate legal requirements, and help ensure a smooth construction process that’s completed on time and within budget. Design for Me is an excellent starting point for finding… Read more »