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 »

Double height space ideas and inspiration

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Double height space ideas – from DfM architects and designers Here are some of the best of examples from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full profile and see if they’re interested in working on your next home project!   Design by Jennifer, architectural designer… 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 »

How much does it cost to build a house?

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Build cost of a house per square metre We know how important it is to have a rough estimate of the cost at a very early stage. The easy answer for us is to say that it depends on ‘a number of factors’, which of course it does: the design, materials, the existing site conditions, where you are… Read more »

How long does it take to build a house?

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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 of this exciting self-build process, of course you are looking for some kind of average or benchmark to find out how… 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 »

Are SIPs Right for Your Self-build?

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If you’re starting a self-build project you may already be aware that the key to a successful, stress-free project is thorough research and planning! Choosing the right building materials and construction method are important early decisions. This week, we’re here to give you a helping hand on choosing your construction method. Have you ever heard of SIPs? Here… Read more »