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Where To Start When Building A House - 3 Simple Steps You Can Follow

Posted by Tim Foster on Nov 22, 2017 3:05:17 PM

When building a house, planning and budgeting are crucial but so too is the actual design of your new home, as well as how and with what you will build it. Then there is the matter of who is going to oversee the whole project – a professional project manager being essential if you plan on working full-time and so won’t be around while the house is being constructed.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

I Want To Build My Own House - Where Do I Start?

Posted by Tim Foster on Nov 16, 2017 10:40:00 AM

The prospect of building your own house can be feel exciting and incredibly liberating – just think of all those innovative green features you can incorporate, for instance. 

However, anyone who has watched even a couple of episodes of Kevin McCloud’s superb Grand Designs TV programme on Channel 4 will be aware that self-builds don’t always go according to plan and – unless you’ve planned thoroughly and carefully – your dream house could actually turn into your biggest nightmare.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

How Much Would It Cost To Build My Own House?

Posted by Tim Foster on Nov 8, 2017 10:50:00 AM

The easiest thing to get wrong when embarking on a self-build house project is your budget. 

Far too often we hear stories about couples and individuals splashing out on more expensive fittings, upgrading roofing tiles or splashing out on fancier glazing, then finding they have run out of cash for the next stage and have to borrow more.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

Extending Your Home In Derby: Understanding The Basics

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 31, 2017 12:51:26 PM

More homeowners in Derby are finding it makes more sense to extend their property than move up to a bigger home. Certainly it’s less expensive and far easier (considering how difficult it is to obtain a mortgage these days). In addition, the number of new build homes coming available in and around Derby is still insufficient to fulfil local demand for adequate housing.

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Topics: Extensions

Can I Build Without An Architectural Drawing?

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 25, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Thanks to the existence of Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages an increasing number of householders are becoming tempted to design their own home extension. However, even if they become experts with a particular CAD software package, there are a whole lot of other obstacles to overcome in terms of design layout, planning permissions and basic building regulations. And that’s just for starters.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

Can I Build Over Drainage?

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 17, 2017 2:27:47 PM

Of all the technical difficulties that can incur with a residential – or commercial, for that matter - building project, drainage is a pretty big one. In fact there is a whole list of government guidelines covering extensions whose foundations either come into contact with, or are near, drainage.

One quick and efficient way to find out if there’s underground drainage on your property, and whether or not it will have an effect on the design of your planned extension, is to simply contact your local water board.

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Extensions

What Are The Different Architectural Design Phases?

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 10, 2017 10:35:00 AM

Every architectural design practice has a different means of going about a project but in essence there is a strict timetable of phases that must be adhered to if a project is to run efficiently, on time and on budget.

This allows the client to be kept fully informed of all stages of the design in hand, giving them an element of control and a sense of inclusion over their own project. It also prevents the contractor being held back in their building schedule by having to explain particular works being carried out since the detail will be contained within the Works Programme.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

4 Design Ideas For A Modern House Extension With Bi-Folding Doors

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 4, 2017 10:45:00 PM

Bi-folding doors are a popular and practical design feature for house extensions. They have the potential to open up your living space, making your garden more accessible and giving you more options on how to use your extension.

Here are some of our favourite modern house extension ideas from this year that incorporate bi-folding doors. Please note that these examples are not taken from our own portfolio, but are given as indicators of what an architectural designer can achieve for your house extension. To discuss your own ideas, please get in touch with one of our designers today.

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Topics: Extensions

Two Storey Extensions For Mid Terraced Houses – 3 Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid!

Posted by Tim Foster on Sep 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Mid terraced houses pose a challenge for would-be house extenders. With detached and semi-detached properties, spatially planning a house extension is fairly straightforward. Many properties can be extended to the side, rear or even the front. Plus, many properties have the option of loft conversions/extensions to further expand the available living space. Terraced properties are a different proposition.

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Topics: Extensions

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

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