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

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 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

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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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

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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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

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