How much does a planning application cost?

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How much does a planning application cost? A planning application costs £172 in England and £166 in Wales. This is the fee payable to your local council for processing the full householder planning application.   Do I need planning permission? You may not even need to apply for planning permission at all. You should call up… 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 »

Full refurbishment of an ex-council house

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A perfect match on Design for Me… for a full refurbishment of an ex-council house   The client, Bernadette was looking for an architect to transform her out-dated, tired council house into a modern, light-filled home. After registering her project on Design for Me, with just a few key details, we matched her with the best… Read more »

Home renovation architects and interior designers

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Home renovation architects and interior designers – inspiration from Design for Me’s design pros Thinking for undertaking a home renovation project? You are in the right place to get some design inspiration and get matched with the perfect home renovation architects or interior designers for your project. Click on the images below to see their full… Read more »

How much do architects charge?

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Profile pics from Pereen, Tom and Liam, architects on DfM.

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 »

Unlocking the potential of a Victorian terrace in East London

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A perfect match on Design for Me…  to unlock the potential of a Victorian terrace in East London   Clients Cindy and Ian were looking for an architect to transform their dark, cramped Victorian terrace house into a modern family home. After registering their project on Design for Me, with just a few key details, we… Read more »

Product review: sliding folding doors / bi-fold doors

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This week, I have been mostly designing…  a rear extension! As this is rather a common project on Design for Me, I thought I’d share some of my research. The brief was quite simple. It involved extending the living room to create a dining area (the client’s current dining table is too small for a family… Read more »

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 »