Architect cost calculator

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Architects’ fees calculator As a basic rule of thumb for private residential projects, a residential architect typically charges between 10-12% of the construction cost for full architectural services. Use our architect cost calculator below to estimate how much your architect may cost. We have also developed an extension cost calculator, which you can use here…. Read more »

How much does a garden designer cost?

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Summer is here! Time to dust off the garden furniture, grab a good book and relax in your beautiful, well maintained garden. Not quite? OK, so it might be in need of a bit (or a lot) of TLC first… Now the question is, what do you want from your garden? Not an easy question, particularly… Read more »

Interior designers in Brighton and Sussex

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Interior designers in Brighton and Sussex If you’re planning a renovation or refurbishment, finding the right interior designer or architect is the critical first step. We’ve compiled some of the best interior designers in Brighton and Sussex to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. The Sussex area is brimming… Read more »

Interior designers in Birmingham and West Midlands

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Interior designers in Birmingham

Home renovation interior designers in Birmingham and West Midlands If you’re renovating, re-decorating or re-furbishing, finding the right interior designer can be the critical first step. We’ve compiled some of the best interior designers in Birmingham and the West Midlands to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. The West Midlands… Read more »

How to store furniture during a home renovation

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Furniture storage

Renovation is both exciting and challenging. This home improvement process involves a lot of moving parts. There are many logistics to consider if you want to keep everything under control.  Whether you’re converting a part of your home or doing a major overhaul, part of the logistics is knowing where you’ll keep all your furniture… Read more »

Five reasons to hire an architect for your self-build

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So you have finally settled on that perfect plot of land and have started brainstorming a vision for your ideal self-build. Wait a minute! Although the temptation to do as much on your own as possible is admirable, we have often found that it is risky business that can be devastating in the long run. Instead,… Read more »

Hiring a designer: important questions to ask

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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 »

Residential architects in West London

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Home renovation and extension architects in 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 West London to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. West London is brimming with talented architects and designers,… Read more »

How to find home interior design advice (and keep your costs down)

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Most homeowners who use Design for Me typically have the following things in common: They value great design. They want to love their home and feel proud of it. They don’t feel talented or inspired enough to make all the design decisions themselves. They are keen to get the most out of their budget. Featured… Read more »

Architect’s tips: How to design the best house extension layout

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To design the best house extension layout, it should not be seen as a stand-alone project. To make the most of this extra space, you and your architect should consider the best layout for the entire house. But don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you will need to rethink the entire existing layout! Working within… Read more »