Residential architects in Essex

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If you’re planning a house extension, renovation or new self-build, finding the right architect can be the critical first step. We’ve compiled some of the best residential architects in Essex to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. Essex is brimming with talented architects and designers, so we have no doubt… Read more »

Advantages of using an Approved Inspector for Building Regulations approval

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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 »

How to find a freelance architect

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Why choose a freelance architect? Freelance architects are particularly suited for small domestic projects, for example: extensions, renovations and loft conversions; homeowner planning applications; sketch drawings for builder’s quotes.   Image above by Oana, Freelance architect on Design for Me. See more of her work and shortlist her for your home project here.    … Read more »

Do you need planning permission for an extension?

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Good news – you don’t need planning permission for an extension, subject to some exceptions and rules, outlined below. Many rear extensions benefit from permitted development rights, which means that you do not need planning permission. However, you should check that your property is not exempt (see below).   Extension pictured above by Oliver, architect… Read more »

Residential architects in Surrey

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If you’re planning a house extension, renovation or new self-build, finding the right architect can be the critical first step. We’ve compiled some of the best residential architects in Surrey to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. Surrey is brimming with talented architects and designers, so we have no doubt… Read more »

Residential architects in Sheffield and South Yorkshire

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If you’re planning a house extension, renovation or new self-build, finding the right architect can be the critical first step. We’ve compiled some of the best residential architects in Sheffield and South Yorkshire to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. Sheffield is brimming with talented architects and designers, so we… Read more »

Pros and cons of design and build

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Extensions designed by a design and build company (above left) and an independent architect (above right), both registered on Design for Me. Click the images to see their full profiles and shortlist them for your project.   Should I use the builder’s architect or an independent one? When looking to do an extension or home… Read more »

Residential architects in Norfolk and Suffolk (East Anglia)

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If you’re planning a house extension, renovation or new self-build, finding the right architect can be the critical first step. We’ve compiled some of the best residential architects in Norfolk and Suffolk to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. East Anglia is brimming with talented architects and designers, so we… Read more »

Residential architects in South West London

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Home renovation and extension architects in South West London If you’re planning a house extension, renovation or new self-build, finding the right architect can be the critical first step. We’ve compiled some of the best residential architects in South West London to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. South West London is brimming with talented architects… Read more »

What is the Neighbour Consultation Scheme?

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What is the Neighbour Consultation Scheme? The Neighbour Consultation Scheme is part of the ‘Prior Approval: Larger Home Extensions’ application. It allows neighbouring properties to be informed about ‘larger’ home extensions that fall within the permitted development rules. In the event that your neighbours express concerns or objections, the local authority will assess whether the… Read more »