Black steel framed doors and windows – ideas for your home extension

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Move over PVC bi-fold doors, it’s all about stylish, black steel framed doors and windows! The traditional variety are generally known to be thermally inefficient and expensive. However, there are many new companies on the market, whose products can be much more thermally efficient and cost effective, and we’ve listed some below to get you started.   How much do steel doors… Read more »

Renovation and extension project in SW17 – Tooting Contemporaine

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A perfect match on Design for Me… for a full renovation and extension. Clients Valerie and Zabed posted their project to Design for Me, looking for a talented architect for a full renovation and extension to their home in Tooting, South London. They registered their project with just a few key details and we instantly matched them up with some fantastic residential… Read more »

A simple guide to making a planning appeal

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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 like extensions and renovations.   Do I have any other options other than filing a planning appeal? Absolutely. A planning appeal… Read more »

Planning for a mansard roof extension

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You may be considering applying for planning for a mansard roof extension if your existing loft space is not high enough or the wrong shape for a straight conversion or dormer extension. What is a mansard roof extension? Mansard roofs are most common on terraced Victorian and Georgian properties, particularly in London. Often, the existing roof will be… Read more »

Do I need a party wall surveyor?

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Before we answer the question, ‘Do I need a party wall surveyor’, we’ll address the more important question, ‘Do I need to serve a party wall notice?’ as you may not require a surveyor if the matter can be resolved amicably between you and your neighbour directly.   What is a party wall? A party… Read more »

How long does it take to build an extension and should we move out?

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Aside from cost, one of the first thoughts many people have when building a home extension is about how it will disrupt their everyday lives. This is a short guide to help you answer the questions: ‘How long does it take to build an extension?’ and ‘Do you need to move out when building an extension?’   Extensions pictured below from architects on… Read more »

Guide to costs and planning permission for a two storey extension

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A two storey extension can be a cost effective way of gaining maximum floorspace for your property, without eating too much into your garden. It will also mean that your house isn’t bottom heavy, which can be an issue with some large single storey extension projects where they have a huge living space but a lack… Read more »

Do I need planning permission for a garden room?

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Do I need planning permission for a garden room? Garden rooms or buildings do not require planning permission, if they fall within permitted development guidelines. To classify as an ‘outbuilding’ under permitted development rules, it must not contain sleeping accommodation and must be single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5m. There are a few… Read more »

Pros and cons of design and build

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Extensions designed by a design and build company (left) and an independent architect (right), both registered on Design for Me. Click the images to see their full profiles and shortlist them for your project.   Should I use the builder’s architect or an independent one? When looking to do an extension or home renovation project,… Read more »

Do I need an architect for an extension?

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Do I need an architect? If you feel your project is very simple and straightforward, and perhaps you’ve found that you don’t require planning permission, you might ask: do I need an architect at all? This is a very common dilemma for homeowners, particularly those doing modest kitchen extensions or interior alteration work on a budget…. Read more »