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 »

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? 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 be the… 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 »