We love exposed brickwork

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Exposed brickwork – inspiration from Design for Me’s architects and designers Exposed brickwork can add warmth, colour and texture into your home. It celebrates the fabric of the building – it might be that an old, existing brick wall is exposed as a reminder of the building’s history. Alternatively it can work really well in… Read more »

How long does it take to build a house?

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how long does it take to build a house

Image above from by Alex, architectural designer from Manchester, North West. See more and Shortlist them for your home project here.   The next question people ask after, ‘How much does it cost?‘ is usually ‘How long does it take to build a house?’ With both questions, the answer is highly subjective. BUT if you are at the start… Read more »

Double height space – ideas and inspiration

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Double height space – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Double height spaces and high ceilings create a sense of grandeur, openness and can bring in swathes of glorious natural light. Here are some of the best double height space designs from our architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images… Read more »

Minimalist homes – ideas and inspiration

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Minimalist homes – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Minimalism in architecture and design was born from the cubist movements in the 1920s. It celebrates purity of architectural form – without decoration or embellishment. It’s characterised by the use of geometric shapes, ‘clean lines’, open spaces, using simple materials and colour palettes. Minimalist design… Read more »

What is an eco house?

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Extension design above by Tom, architect from Hackney, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here.   If you’re thinking of building your own house, you have probably thought about its green credentials. The ambition to have an ‘eco home’ is becoming increasingly popular, but what actually is an eco house!? If you are right… Read more »

How to build a house in your garden – a concise guide

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Can you build a house in your garden? If you have a large garden (or driveway in fact) that’s accessible directly from the road, it can provide a fantastic development opportunity to build a house on your land. The advantages of this approach to a self-building are potentially huge: It could significantly increase the total value of… Read more »

Prefab homes, modular homes, kit houses… what’s the difference?

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What’s the difference between modular, prefab and kit homes? If you are a novice self-builder, It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the industry jargon out there. ‘prefab homes’, ‘modular homes’, ‘kit houses’, ‘manufactured homes’ (etc…) are sometimes used interchangeably. However, there are subtle but important differences, and it will be critical to understand them in order… Read more »

VAT on house conversions

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This is a simple and concise guide to understanding VAT on house conversions. Please note that there is different guidance in relation to new builds. Be aware that all projects are unique and some projects will not be eligible for tax reductions – please consult with your architect / quantity surveyor in relation to your… Read more »

Custom build house ideas

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Custom build house ideas – inspiration for your dream home Design for Me has a community of hundreds of architects and architectural designers all across the country and we’ve complied the most inspiring custom build house designs for you. If you like the look of one, you can click on the image to see that architect’s other work… Read more »

How to find building plots in London

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This week, Hugh, one of the architects on Design for Me, has offered up some top tips on finding building plots for a self-build house in London. However, much of the advice extends to other areas in the UK too.   Hugh, London based architect on Design for Me Self-build plots are notoriously difficult to find in… Read more »