Bungalow Extension Ideas from DfM

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Bungalow Extension Ideas Bungalows were undoubtedly a popular choice for the British homeowner in the last half of late 19th Century. There was a bungalow building boom, spurred on by a national desire for home ownership on a small budget. This craze has come to a halt in recent years – did you know that only 300 are now built… Read more »

How much value does a house extension add?

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Work from Design for Me architects: (click to view their full profiles) Matt, Corin, Robert, Tom, Rashid, Giles    Is it worthwhile extending your home right now?   Planning rules have been relaxed In recent years the government have relaxed planning rules in regards to extensions. The changes have given homeowners more flexibility to improve and increase 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 »

Side Return Extensions: Advice & Inspiration

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What is a side return extension?   Side return extensions are most common in Victorian terrace houses where the original building leaves a strip of land on the side of the house making an L shaped garden. If you have lived in a house like this you are aware of how useless this dark, dingy passageway is…. Read more »

Cut, shifted and stitched – a basement extension in Shoreditch

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A perfect match on Design for Me… for a Shoreditch basement extension Peter posted his project to Design for Me in November 2015, looking for a talented architect for a basement extension to his Georgian townhouse in the heart of Shoreditch, London N1. He registered his project with just a few key details and we… 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 »

House Extension Ideas by DfM Architects

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Extension by Rebecca, architect registered on Design for Me

So you are thinking of extending your home? Fantastic! No idea where to start? You are not alone… Is it going to be a single or double storey extension? Glazed, render, brick? Sliding or folding doors? What about an extension with a glazed roof that will bring more daylight to your north side kitchen? Does it include… Read more »

Pros and cons of design and build

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Extensions designed by a design and build company (above left) and an independent architect (above 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… Read more »

Residential architects in South West London

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Home renovation and extension architects in South West London 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 South West London to give you a starting point, and hopefully provide a little inspiration too. South West London is brimming… 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 »