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 much do architects charge?

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How much do architects charge? Architect’s fees for a home project vary depending on the type and scale of the job. There are no official standards or guidelines for architect’s fees, so it’s between the client and the architect to negotiate the fee, often dependant on the following: The extent of the architect’s services (see ‘splitting… 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 »

When to Choose Grey or White Wood Flooring

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  There’s no doubt that grey and white wood floors are proving to be a massive hit at present. A wooden floor has become the norm – it’s beautiful, sustainable, hygienic and classic. But before grey and white wood flooring became so popular, the real flooring innovation happened below the level of colour, at the point where engineered… Read more »

Skylight Ideas and Inspiration

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Kitchen Skylight Ideas

Skylights have the ability to naturally lighten your home to its full potential while creating an interesting architectural feature in your home. Don’t know where to start? Here is some skylight inspiration from the architects on Design for Me. This is an example of a roof light that spans the entirety of the ceiling! This could become very, very… Read more »

Kitchen Renovation Ideas from DfM

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Keeping it Simple on a Budget Did you know that only 9% of homeowners in a recent survey made it under their budget (according to Which)?! But don’t worry, the team at Design for Me has assembled some tips on renovating your kitchen on a budget, but keeping it super stylish at the same time!… Read more »