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How To Plan Your Dream House Extensions With Home Extension Drawings

Posted by Tim Foster on Sep 20, 2017 3:59:26 PM

If you’re having trouble visualising your dream house extension, home extension drawings from an architectural designer can help bridge the gap between dreams and reality. In this article we explain what home extension drawings are and the role they play at each stage of your house extension project.

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Topics: Extensions

What's Involved With Architectural Building Design Services?

Posted by Tim Foster on Sep 12, 2017 2:10:11 PM

You can use an architectural building design service to conceptualise and create any building project imaginable. At BDS Architecture our speciality is residential home extensions, but we have also worked on barn conversions, new builds, loft conversions, refurbishments, alterations and much more. An experienced architectural designer will be able to create original technical drawings based on your specifications, with which you can approach a construction contractor to manage your build. At BDS we go the extra mile by offering construction and project management under the same quote, so we can take care of every detail from the first sketches to the last brick.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

How Much Do Two Storey Extensions Typically Cost Per Square Metre?

Posted by Tim Foster on Aug 3, 2017 1:15:00 PM


A cardinal rule of architects and architectural designers is never to advertise specific prices online, not that we have anything to hide, but because no two extensions are the same. So many variables come into play – such as materials, location, access, soil type and timeframe – that two superficially similar extensions could end up varying quite widely in cost.

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Topics: Extensions

Can I Extend My House? - How To Find Out Whether Or Not You Can Add To Your Home Without Planning Permission

Posted by Tim Foster on Jul 27, 2017 12:30:00 PM


If you love your location but need more space, improving your existing home instead of moving to a larger property can make financial sense. Depending on your budget, there are a range of options available to homeowners seeking to invest in additional living space.

An architectural design service, like BDS Architecture, can help you develop your ideas into designs, perform structural calculations, create the plans and complete the build, all within an agreed price to suit your budget.

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Topics: Extensions, planning permission

Planning The Cost Of Building Your Ideal Home Extension

Posted by Tim Foster on Jul 19, 2017 2:13:00 PM

Extending your home can transform your lifestyle and add value to your property. With some careful planning and expert design, extending is a positive investment; increasing the value of your home by more than the costs involved. So how much does it cost to build an extension? 

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Topics: Extensions

7 Incredible Two Storey Extension Designs To Take Your Home To Another Level

Posted by Tim Foster on Jul 13, 2017 11:45:00 AM

So you are seriously considering the possibility of adding an extension to your humble abode?  Great idea. It will certainly cost you far less money – not to mention hassle - than moving home altogether if the reason you are tentatively planning that new extension is to achieve more space for you and your family.

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Topics: Extensions

9 Stunning Contemporary House Extension Design Ideas

Posted by Tim Foster on Jul 4, 2017 2:30:00 PM


If you happen to be in the market for a house extension right now and are looking for something a bit more innovative and creative than those brick and glass single storey extensions that most of your friends seem to have signed up to, then take a look at some of the following house extension design ideas. We can’t take credit for these particular examples – which were all designed by other architects – but it does illustrate the possibilities for an extension when you work with an architectural designer like BDS.

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Topics: Extensions

Calculating The Depth Of Foundations For Single Storey Extensions

Posted by Tim Foster on Jun 28, 2017 4:10:00 PM

The foundations for your much-anticipated brand new kitchen, dining or bedroom extension may not be visible to the naked eye, but their importance cannot be over-stated. And yet, when it comes to working out how deep foundations for a single storey extension need to be, there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer.

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Topics: Extensions

Is It Possible To Build House Extensions Without Planning Permission?

Posted by Tim Foster on Jun 23, 2017 5:00:00 PM


Happily, for most of us looking to expand our current living space it’s possible to consider various types of home extensions without planning permission. In other words, we don’t require our local authority’s approval – provided we stay within their stipulated guidelines.

There are exceptions, of course, such as extensions to listed buildings and properties sitting within a conservation area. But, for the vast majority of home owners it’s possible to just go right ahead and contact your preferred architectural designer. He or she will then be able to advise on whether or not your proposed home extension falls within your council’s own building regulations (guidelines may differ slightly between different local authorities).

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Topics: Extensions

Architect Fees For Small Home Extensions – What Should You Pay?

Posted by Tim Foster on Apr 26, 2017 3:28:00 PM


Once you’ve made the decision that it makes more sense to build an extension onto your existing property than move home altogether, the next step is to find out exactly how much this is going to cost.

And that’s why, in this article, we have researched the various types of extension you can consider for your home, and how much you can expect to pay for each.

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Topics: Extensions

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