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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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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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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Rebecca's Been Out & About!

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Nov 7, 2017 2:45:58 PM

Single Storey Extension to 1930’s property, Little Eaton 

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Topics: Architectural Designer, 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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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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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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Applying For Extension Planning Permission – Everything You Need To Know!

Posted by Tim Foster on Apr 4, 2017 4:53:15 PM

 

Want to extend but daunted by the idea of gaining planning permission? At BDS Architecture we specialise in providing advice and assistance throughout the planning process to alleviate your concerns. Planning permission doesn’t have to be a headache with the right information to hand. This simple guide covers the basics of planning permission and the support we can provide, so your focus can be on the excitement of your new house extension.

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Topics: Insider, Architectural Designer, Extensions, planning permission

8 Questions To Ask An Architectural Designer About The Drawings & Plans For A New House Extension

Posted by Tim Foster on Feb 2, 2017 4:50:00 PM


Deciding to add a home extension can be an exciting venture but it can be equally as nerve-wracking for many home owners. Although you won’t be moving house, you’ll be adding a permanent addition to your home that can affect its aesthetic appeal and your quality of life. While working with an architectural designer it is essential that you compile a list of questions so you are informed of what’s involved with the project. Some businesses, such as BDS, combine both architectural design and construction services under the same roof. By taking a holistic view of your extension you can be assured of accountability and reliable timescales at every stage.

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