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 »

VAT on house conversions

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This is a simple and concise guide to understanding VAT on house conversions. Please note that there is different guidance in relation to new builds. Be aware that all projects are unique and some projects will not be eligible for tax reductions – please consult with your architect / quantity surveyor in relation to your… Read more »

VAT on new build houses – are they exempt?

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This is a simple and concise guide to understanding VAT on new build houses. Please note that there is different guidance in relation to conversions, which are also, sometimes, eligible for a VAT refund.   New builds pictured are from architects on Design for Me. Click on the images to see their full profile and invite them for… Read more »

Do I need an architect or interior designer?

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Do I need an architect or an interior designer? This is a frequently asked question here at Design for Me. Sometimes the answer is very clear cut but often there’s a grey area! So be re-assured that it’s not a very silly question. I’ve worked as both an architect and an interior designer in my… Read more »

How much does artificial grass cost?

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Image above from Easigrass Think artificial grass and you might immediately think of greengrocer shelves or 1970s football pitches, but the technology to make it look and feel real has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years. Wanting to spend time enjoying their gardens rather than tending to them, more and more… Read more »

How to find an affordable garden designer?

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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 »

How to find an affordable architect / architectural designer?

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Where can I find an affordable architect? If you’ve started planning your home renovation or building project, one of the first things to do is find your architect. Many homeowners find that they come across architecture firms with beautiful websites featuring fabulous projects worthy of a home magazine feature. But if your first thought is, ‘My budget… Read more »

How much does a garden makeover cost?

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Does your garden need a complete overhaul before summer starts? With Spring around the corner, now is the time to start planning! But how much does a garden makeover cost?   What can you achieve for your budget? 0-2000k DIY, turf, perennials, trees & gravel?   The staple for most gardens is of course a… Read more »

How much does an interior designer cost?

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How much does an Interior Designer cost? The cost of an interior designer varies greatly depending on the amount of work involved and the experience and expertise of the interior designer. Interior design fees could be as little as £100 per room but remember that often, you get what you pay for! There are two very critical things to… Read more »

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 »