Should I pay for planning pre-application advice?

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Is it worth getting planning pre-application advice? One of the first hurdles in any home renovation project is obtaining planning permission. Most councils offer a pre-application advice service to homeowners. But is it necessary? It depends on your project and comes down to three things: cost, time and, of course, getting approval for a design… Read more »

How big can I build an extension without planning permission?

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  Above: Extensions by architects on Design for Me. Click on the image to see their full profile and shortlist them for your project.   How big can you build an extension without planning? The permitted development rules have recently been relaxed, allowing you to build an extension without planning permission of up to six metres (or… Read more »

Residential architects in East London

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

External sliding doors – ideas and inspiration

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External sliding doors – extension ideas from Design for Me’s architects and designers Here are some of the best extensions with external sliding doors, from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and see if they’re interested in working on your next home project… Read more »

Kitchen Extensions

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Kitchen Extensions – ideas from Design for Me’s architects and designers Looking for some design ideas for your kitchen extension project? You are in the right place! We have rounded up some of the best kitchen extensions from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full… Read more »

Do you need planning permission for a side return extension?

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Q: Do you need planning permission for a side return extension? Very possibly not! This is such a common project in UK towns and cities, for good reason. Many Victorian terraces have this strip of garden space that is so often dark and under-used. Claiming this space back internally can transform a kitchen or living space, without… Read more »

Bi-fold doors – ideas and inspiration

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Bi-fold door ideas – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Here are some of the best bi-fold door designs from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and see if they’re interested in working on your next home project by posting your home… Read more »

Kitchen design ideas and inspiration

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Kitchen design ideas from Design for Me’s architects and designers Looking for some kitchen design ideas for your home renovation or extension project? You are in the right place! We have rounded up some of the best kitchen designs from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see… Read more »

Skylights – ideas and inspiration

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Skylights – inspiration from Design for Me’s architects and designers Skylights are often a key ingredient to a well designed, light and stylish extension. Not only can they bring in swathes of natural light, they can provide an opportunity for an interesting architectural gesture. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and… Read more »

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 »