Exterior sliding / folding doors – design inspiration

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Folding doors, bifold doors, sliding doors, concertina doors… what’s the difference? Folding doors, bifold doors, concertina doors, patio doors… there seem to be so many names for these glazed doors that open out to your garden but essentially they mean the same thing! Fully glazed doors have become incredibly popular and are a bit of… Read more »

5 things to know about barn conversions

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Beginner’s guide to barn conversions An old barn can provide the perfect shell to create your ideal home. These large and often very solid structures give the opportunity to create a house with huge expanses of space and high ceilings. Most importantly, by retaining the original form, materials or structure, it adds character, charm and history to your otherwise… Read more »

Renovation and extension cost per square metre

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Costs per square metre (2017) We asked our community of architects and design professionals for their experience of domestic projects and how they estimate new jobs. For South East England (where costs are highest), we found the following to be a very rough average. Costs can vary greatly across the country, but if you are outside the… 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 »

How much does it cost to build a house?

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How much does it cost to build a house in 2017? Well, often considerably less than it costs to buy a ready-made one, so you may be on to a very good thing. In fact, according to this article by thisismoney.co.uk you could stand to make a 30% profit. (But why would you want to sell anyway? You would… Read more »

How much does a side return extension cost?

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A side return extension can be a really cost-effective way of creating more space and adding value to your property without eating into your precious garden space. It can transform a narrow kitchen into the most amazing living / dining area – even becoming the social hub of your family home! But how much does a side return extension cost?… Read more »

How Much Does a Basement Extension Cost?

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London basement extensions by Design for Me architect. Click on the images to see their profile and shortlist them for your job.   Calculating your basement extension cost in London / South East We have already written a post on extension costs in London here, but basement extensions are a very different proposition. They can be a fantastic way… Read more »

How Much Does a House Extension Cost in London / South East?

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London house extensions by Design for Me architects. Click on the images to see their profiles and shortlist them for your job.   Calculating your house extension cost in London / South East We have already written a post already on house extension costs here, but we thought it would be helpful to have a… Read more »

5 ways to build a low cost house

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More and more people in the UK are considering building their own home, particularly as getting onto the housing ladder is becoming increasingly less affordable. There are new government initiatives to encourage self-building in an effort to help solve the nation’s housing crisis with bodies such as the ‘National Custom and Self Build Association’ (Nacsba) behind… Read more »

Shipping Container Homes

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Shipping containers are used for, well shipping, but did you know that they could also be used as the skeleton of your next self-build or extension project? Shipping container homes are becoming the new eco-friendly alternative when it comes to building or renovating a home in the UK. Why not use one for your next extension?… Read more »