How much does a house survey cost?

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This question can usually throw up some confusion as there are different surveys for different purposes, and often undertaken by different types of surveyors too. So let’s clear this up first before answering: how much does a house survey cost?   Types of survey   If you’re buying a house During the house buying process, it’s… Read more »

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 »

Do I need a project manager for a self build or home renovation?

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Should you hire a project manager for a self build or home renovation project? The question should really be, “what does a project manager do, and do I need one?”. In the building industry the term ‘project manager’ this term often gets muddled. When a building professional refers to a ‘project manager’ their meaning could… Read more »

Prefab homes, modular homes, kit houses… what’s the difference?

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What’s the difference between modular, prefab and kit homes? If you are a novice self-builder, It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the industry jargon out there. ‘prefab homes’, ‘modular homes’, ‘kit houses’, ‘manufactured homes’ (etc…) are sometimes used interchangeably. However, there are subtle but important differences, and it will be critical to understand them in order… Read more »

Residential architects in Bristol and Bath

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If you’re planning a house extension, renovation or new self-build, finding the right architect can be a critical first step to get right. We’ve compiled some of the best residential architects in Bristol and Bath to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. The Bristol and Bath area is brimming with talented architects and… 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 »

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 »

Residential architects in Birmingham and West Midlands

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Home renovation and extension architects in Birmingham and West Midlands If you’re planning a house extension, renovation or new self-build, finding the right architect can be a critical first step to get right. We’ve compiled some of the best residential architects in Birmingham and the West Midlands to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little… Read more »

A simple guide to making a planning appeal

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Extension design above by Fiona, architectural designer from Hackney, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here.   What to do if your planning permission is refused? If you do not agree with the decision of your householder planning application, you can submit a planning appeal. Householder applications are for home developments… Read more »

How Much Does a House Extension Cost?

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How much does a house extension cost? We get asked this question a lot, so, we thought it worthy of its own post! It’s not an easy question to answer and obviously depends on a number of factors (etc, etc…), but that’s not the answer you’re looking for is it? You’re really looking for a very rough… Read more »