Seven renovations which will improve your home and increase its value

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Renovating your home comes with countless considerations, from the tiniest deliberations over gutter covers to serious financial decisions that are years in the making. Some types of renovation add value to your home and others primarily improve your day-to-day life. A sensible goal, especially if you intend to stay in your home for the foreseeable… Read more »

Top five energy saving and home improvements tips

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If you’re about to start making home improvements, incorporating energy saving solutions could help you save money and reduce your home’s environmental impact. Here’s a list of the top five energy-saving and home improvements tips.    1. Insulate your house Insulating your walls usually that makes the most difference in reducing energy consumption, and at… Read more »

A perfect match on Design for Me…  for a cottage extension

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Craig and Lara (the clients) posted their project to Design for Me, looking for an architect to extend and renovate their 160-year-old cottage in Walthamstow, East London.   Craig and Lara’s project description   ‘Rear extension on 160-year-old cottage, moving a downstairs bathroom upstairs, creating an open plan kitchen/dining area downstairs, and moving the stairs… Read more »

Full refurbishment of an ex-council house

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A perfect match on Design for Me… for a full refurbishment of an ex-council house   The client, Bernadette was looking for an architect to transform her out-dated, tired council house into a modern, light-filled home. After registering her project on Design for Me, with just a few key details, we matched her with the best… Read more »

Home renovation architects and interior designers

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Home renovation architects and interior designers – inspiration from Design for Me’s design pros Thinking for undertaking a home renovation project? You are in the right place to get some design inspiration and get matched with the perfect home renovation architects or interior designers for your project. Click on the images below to see their full… Read more »

How much do architects charge?

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Profile pics from Pereen, Tom and Liam, architects on DfM.

How much do architects charge? Architect’s fees for a home project vary depending on the type and scale of the job. There are no official standards or guidelines for architect’s fees, so it’s between the client and the architect to negotiate the fee, often dependant on the following: The extent of the architect’s services (see ‘splitting… Read more »

Unlocking the potential of a Victorian terrace in East London

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A perfect match on Design for Me…  to unlock the potential of a Victorian terrace in East London   Clients Cindy and Ian were looking for an architect to transform their dark, cramped Victorian terrace house into a modern family home. After registering their project on Design for Me, with just a few key details, we… Read more »

Product review: sliding folding doors / bi-fold doors

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Profile pics from architects on designforme.com

This week, I have been mostly designing…  a rear extension! As this is rather a common project on Design for Me, I thought I’d share some of my research. The brief was quite simple. It involved extending the living room to create a dining area (the client’s current dining table is too small for a family… Read more »

How much does a house survey cost?

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This question can usually throw up some confusion as there are different surveys for different purposes, and often undertaken by different types of surveyors too. So let’s clear this up first before answering: how much does a house survey cost?   Types of survey   If you’re buying a house During the house buying process, it’s… Read more »

How to reinstate a fireplace

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If you live in a period property it’s likely that you will have a number of fireplaces around your home. With modern heating, it’s unlikely that you’d want to bring them all back to life, but it can be a fantastic focal point in a living area and provides some extra cosiness on a cold… Read more »