Staircase design ideas and inspiration

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Staircase design ideas – inspiration from Design for Me’s architects and designers For architects, the staircase is often considered a design centrepiece of a home design project. It provides an opportunity to be playful and can take on a sculptural quality where materials, form and light require detailed consideration. It’s no surprise that a ‘signature’… Read more »

Details – home design ideas and inspiration

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Details – home design ideas from Design for Me’s architects and interior designers Great home design is always in the detail. Big gestures can turn heads, but the test of good home design is all about how spaces and materials enhance your home life. The repetition of daily home life scrutinises and tests small design… Read more »

How much does it cost to build a house?

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Main image Allister, an architect on Design for Me (see below for more) – See his profile here and shortlist him for your project   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… Read more »

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 »