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Designing An Environmentally Friendly Home

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Jun 1, 2020 1:11:00 PM

If you’re planning on designing your own custom-build home, then you’ve probably considered a wide range of factors - from materials and costs, to suppliers and timeframes. But for eco-conscious individuals, building an environmentally friendly home is at the top of the list. In the UK, the best way to go green with your home is to build it yourself – allowing full control over a range of different factors and elements to make your house more ‘eco’.

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Residential Architecture, glass window, new house design, snuggly warm

Is It Worth Extending Your Home?

Posted by Rebecca Foster on May 28, 2020 1:04:12 PM


Space can be limited in the average UK home. Whether it’s down to a growing family, your interior aspirations or simply catering for your tastes, a bigger house or property is the goal for many homeowners. But while moving into a pre-existing, larger property is a solution for some, for others leaving your first home – or ‘forever house’ – can be a challenge. That’s where extensions come in, providing an ideal way to expand your space while keeping all your comforts close to home.

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Extensions, Residential Architecture, extension with a view, new house design, Loft Conversion, barn conversion

How To Build For Maximum Natural Light

Posted by Rebecca Foster on May 28, 2020 10:19:28 AM

When planning any build, it is important to maximise the use of available light. This needs to be an integral part of the planning process, taking into account the use and placement of windows, doors and skylights, alongside the design of the internal layout.

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Topics: Architectural Designer, Residential Architecture, glass window, new house design, snuggly warm

All About Single Storey “L” Shaped Wrap Around Extensions

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Feb 18, 2020 10:00:00 AM

A wraparound extension can add much-needed space to your existing property. These L-shaped extensions essentially combine a front or rear extension with a side return extension.

Wraparound extensions are typically more complex to construct than standard side or rear extensions, although they offer greater volumes of space and complete flexibility. With a wraparound extension, you’ll find it much easier to re-order the layout of your entire home to suit your requirements. With a bit of clever engineering, you can even remove entire corners of current space to breathe life into your home with an attractive and vast open-plan living space.

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Topics: Extensions, Single Storey Extension

The Optimum Home Design For Keeping Out The Cold & Keeping Your Home Warm In Winter

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Feb 3, 2020 12:07:00 PM

It's late-January and winter shows no signs of ending. Most of us are feeling the cold, and with fuel costs rising every year, it's no surprise everyone's feeling the pinch. If you want to make your pennies go further, it's worth optimising your home to ensure you're not paying for heat which goes right out the windows. Follow these top tips to ensure your home is designed to keep the heat in this winter.

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Topics: heating your home, snuggly warm

Why Hire An Architectural Designer - What’s Involved?

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Jan 21, 2020 11:36:00 AM

If you’re considering building your own home or adding an extension to your existing property, you need to hire architectural designers.

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Topics: Architectural Designer

Calculating Foundation Depth For Two Storey Extensions

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Jan 13, 2020 10:19:00 AM

Foundations are undoubtedly the most important part of a building, and there are strict regulations in place to ensure foundations are adequate for the type of building or extension being proposed. If you are having a two-storey extension added to your home, it is absolutely critical that the foundations are done correctly. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for this, so let's look at the factors that need to be considered.

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Topics: Extensions, Two Storey Extension

Single Storey Vs Two Storey Extensions - Which Is Best For My Home?

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Dec 30, 2019 2:56:00 PM

If you're considering extending your living space, there are a number of different options, from cost-effective loft extensions to conservatories and orangeries. Two of the most popular kinds of extensions are single storey and two storey extensions; which of these is best for you will depend on your budget, your home, and your long-term plans.

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Topics: Extensions, Two Storey Extension, Single Storey Extension

How Do I Know If My Loft Can Be Converted?

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Dec 28, 2019 9:58:00 AM

A growing family can mean that your home is becoming cramped without a sufficient number of bedrooms and limited family space. If your property has a loft, you may be able to utilise that redundant space to solve your problem by having a loft conversion.

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Topics: Loft Conversion

3 Major Mistakes To Avoid When Designing Your House Extension

Posted by Rebecca Foster on Dec 10, 2019 11:27:00 AM

Building an extension is expensive. Even the design stage can cost you hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds. If your budget is tight and you're desperate to save cash, you may think: 'I'll just do it myself - how hard can it be to design an extension to my house?' Sadly, many people who've gone down this route quickly learn that, without having the knowledge and experience of a professional architectural company, it's very easy to get things wrong. Even seemingly minor mistakes can have a major impact on the entire building project.

If you do want to design your own house extension, be aware of these common pitfalls:

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Topics: Extensions

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