Are You Looking For The Perfect Home?

Posted by BDS Architecture on Dec 5, 2019 2:10:20 PM

Are you looking for the perfect home? As BDS Architecture, we can make your dream your reality!

We are a small, local family business, and we’ve been transforming homes in the Derbyshire area for over 15 years!

We’re an all-inclusive home development company and we work with you from the very beginning to create and build your ideal home.

First established 20 years ago by Tim Foster, an experienced designer with a construction background, BDS Architecture employs a team of dedicated, expert architectural designers, and works with a wide network of planning teams, builders and surveyors - all aspects of your home development plan are covered by BDS!

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Topics: new house design, self-build

How To Know Which Architectural Designer To Use For Your Self-Build Project In Derby? (Clone)

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Dec 5, 2019 12:20:38 PM

When looking for an architectural designer for your self-build project, how do you know which one to choose? Chances are this is the first time you’ve ever commissioned an architectural designer and we wouldn’t be surprised to hear it’s the first time you’ve planned to have a new home built or an extension added to your existing property.

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Derbyshire

What Should Be Included In My Working Drawings For My Self-Build Home?

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Oct 28, 2019 12:18:36 PM

Building your own home can be a satisfying and cost-effective way to get a foot on the property ladder in today's saturated market. However, it's not easy, and it's important to be thorough in everything from planning your home to building it. One such step will be creating working drawings for your new home; these are different from the original designs in that they contain much more information than a simple visual sketch. While traditionally working drawings were created by hand, today they are usually drawn using BIM (Building Information Modelling) software.

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Topics: new house design, self-build

Outline Vs Detailed Planning Permission - Which Is Better For Self-Builders?

Posted by Tim Foster on Oct 17, 2019 11:27:00 AM

Planning permission is an essential consideration in a large percentage of self-builds. Generally speaking, there are two types of planning permission you'll encounter as a self-builder: outline and detailed. But what is the difference between outline and detailed planning permission? And which is best for you?

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Topics: planning permission, new house design, self-build

How To Choose The Right Contractor For Your Self-Build Home

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Oct 9, 2019 11:05:00 AM

If you’ve made the exciting decision to build your own home, you will need to hire a contractor committed to delivering the results you desire. Indeed, once the working drawings and supporting plans have been completed and finalised, a contractor will need to be enlisted to carry out a high-quality construction job.

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Topics: new house design, self-build

How Different Planning Policy Tiers Can Impact Your Self-Build Home Design

Posted by BDS Architecture on Oct 3, 2019 10:48:00 AM

Planning permission is a requirement for anybody who intends to carry out developments or major improvements to existing structures. It is imperative that a self-build planning policy is watertight in order to gain planning permission prior to the commencement of any construction – however, the process can be confusing, particularly when different planning policy tiers are taken into account.

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Topics: new house design, self-build

How 3D Visualisation Can Save You Thousands On Your New Home

Posted by BDS Architecture on Sep 23, 2019 11:10:05 AM



Taking care early on in a project can save you time when it’s needed most. But with so many variables and elements to consider, some of the most pressing issues can get lost in the mix or missed entirely.

So, what exactly is 3D visualisation and how can representing your architectural design help you save serious money when it comes to building your home?

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Topics: 3D Visualisation

Building Your Own Home: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself In The Planning Stage

Posted by Tim Foster on Sep 19, 2019 1:48:00 PM



The planning stage is vital to any build project, and self-build home plans deserve serious consideration. By using self-build home plans UK property owners can solve potential issues before they even arise. Knowing the right questions to ask is essential to making sure your project runs smoothly. So, what do you need to know?

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Topics: planning permission, Residential Architecture, new house design

3 Environmental Factors To Consider When Building Your Own Home

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Sep 11, 2019 11:02:00 AM


The environmental impact of housing development should always be at the forefront of your consideration when in the planning stages of a new-build property. The environmental design of houses changes, however, depending on the exact nature of the area the property is going to be built in. With that in mind, here are three key questions you need to ask yourself before you begin planning the build of your new home.

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Topics: Residential Architecture, new house design

How To Choose The Right Extension Design For Your Budget

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Aug 30, 2019 2:49:00 PM



The concepts of 'extension' and 'budget' are inextricably linked, and no matter the size of your budget it's important to choose an extension that will be achievable. One important part of doing this is to get the best price on your extension, so that you can get the most from your money. There are many options for house extensions and a number of important factors to consider, such as having a survey done, hiring the right designer, sourcing the best materials and working with the right contractors. Here's an outline of how much to budget for house extensions.

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Topics: Extensions

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