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 »

How to find an affordable garden designer?

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Where can I find an affordable garden designer? Are you planning a garden overhaul this year? If your budget is over £5k a garden designer is usually well worth their fee as part of your budget. In this post we’ll help you find one that matches your budget. If it’s under £5k, we wrote an article… 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 »

Renovation and extension cost per square metre

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Costs per square metre 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 South… Read more »

Finding architects near me – do I need someone local?

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Finding architects near me This week, we thought we’d share our answer to a frequently asked question here at Design for Me: ‘Should I only consider architects near me?   Whether you are planning an extension, renovation or even a self-build house, finding the right architect is probably the most critical decision you’ll need to make. Once you… 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 »

Do I need a contract with my builder for a home extension or renovation project?

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For home building and renovation projects it’s always worthwhile taking the time to find a great builder. There are a few effective websites to find local tradesmen like “My Builder” and “Rated People” to get you some quotations, but there are a few pointers to consider before shaking hands with anyone to undertake your home extension or renovation project…. Read more »

Bungalow Architects in Surrey

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A perfect match on Design for Me… Architects Simon and Jon were appointed by Alice Regester and Dominic Cook to find the best design solution for their Surrey bungalow renovation. Alice and Dominic from Esher, Surrey were in need of the right architect to help them extend and reconfigure their 3-bedroom bungalow. Back in October, they… Read more »