How to find an affordable interior designer

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Where can I find an affordable interior designer? If you’ve already started searching for your interior designer, you might have come across some beautiful websites from interior design companies displaying fabulous high-end projects. But if your first thought is, ‘My budget is nowhere near this!’ you’re probably looking in the wrong place. You might also… Read more »

Landscaping companies – do I need a designer or a builder?

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“Landscape Gardener” … “Landscape Architect” …”Landscape Designer” … “Garden Designer” … “Landscape Contractor” … there are so many terms for landscaping companies who might help with your garden project, no wonder you’re confused!   Can’t I just use a builder? Thinking of calling in Joe who did your neighbour’s loft extension? Although they might be competitively priced… Read more »

Five reasons to hire an architect for your self-build

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Self-build inspiration

So you have finally settled on that perfect plot of land and have started brainstorming a vision for your ideal self-build. Wait a minute! Although the temptation to do as much on your own as possible is admirable, we have often found that it is risky business that can be devastating in the long run. Instead,… Read more »

How much does a garden designer cost?

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How much does a garden designer cost?

Summer is here! Time to dust off the garden furniture, grab a good book and relax in your beautiful, well maintained garden. Not quite? OK, so it might be in need of a bit (or a lot) of TLC first… Now the question is, what do you want from your garden? Not an easy question, particularly… Read more »

Hiring a designer: important questions to ask

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Profile pics from Dean, Elisa and Liam, architects on DfM.

Finding ‘The One’   “Passionate, creative (but in-experienced) WLTM someone on my wavelength to bring my dreams to life.” “Ambitious, strong-willed and opinionated seeks a good-listener with lots of patience!” “Clueless, tentative, (yet excited) seeks trustworthy, inspiring man or woman(!) who can help me realise my wants and needs!”   Ok that’s enough. I don’t want to extend… Read more »

How much do architects charge?

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

Architect’s fees for a home project vary depending on the type and scale of the project. There are no official standards or guidelines, so it is between the client and the architect to negotiate the fee, often dependant on the following: The extent of the architect’s services (see ‘splitting the fee up into stages’ below) Size… Read more »