Hiring a designer: important questions to ask


Profile pics from Dean, Elisa and Liam, architects on DfM.

Hiring a designer is an important decision since this person will have a huge impact on your home and the way you live for potentially a very a long time. A good personal connection is key! Yes, of course, compare quotes. But there is so much more to the decision than this, and it’s personal. You’ll… Read more »

Getting the most out of Design for Me


Profile pics from Mark, Rebecca, Rachel and Lucy architects on DfM.

Design For Me is here to help you find a great designer who is the right fit for your residential project. To give you the best chance of finding them, simply ask yourself these 5 questions:   1. Have you given all the details you can? You don’t need to know exactly what you want to… Read more »

How much does a planning application cost?


Profile pics from Felix, Jamie, Richard and Mark, architects on DfM.

How much does a planning application cost? A planning application costs £172 in England and £166 in Wales. This is the fee payable to your local council for processing the full householder planning application.   Do I need planning permission? You may not even need to apply for planning permission at all. You should call up… Read more »

6 signs your house needs new windows


As part of a home extension or renovation project, it’s very common to replace or upgrade your windows. Rolling all home improvements into a single job can help reduce the overall cost and inconvenience to you and your family. If your existing windows are in a poor state of repair, replacing them with new windows… Read more »

How to find an affordable garden designer?


Where can I find an affordable garden designer? Are you planning a garden overhaul this year? If your budget is over £5k a garden designer is usually well worth their fee as part of your budget. In this post we’ll help you find one that matches your budget. If it’s under £5k, we wrote an article… Read more »

Seven renovations which will improve your home and increase its value


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


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


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


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 »