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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Converting an old barn can be a wonderful opportunity to create a new dream home. You’re not exactly starting from scratch as with a self-build project but converting can allow you to shape the interior to your own style and tastes. Converted barns can also make great home office spaces for working in a home-from-home on your own property.
Barn conversions are sometimes available in areas where it would be extremely difficult to get planning permission for a brand-new development but you might still need consent and there are a number of other issues to bear in mind…
Choosing the right colours for your home design can be one of the most difficult parts of redecorating. Indeed, as well as helping to make your rooms homely and beautiful, certain colours have the power to profoundly affect our moods and can even impact long-term well-being.
Although deciding what colour to paint a room or picking shades of wood for your new furniture can seem like daunting tasks, they don’t have to be. Colour should represent an outlet for your creativity and flair. To make sure you get the colour schemes for your home just right, we’ve put together a few helpful tips below:
Topics: new house design
Do you dream of bright, airy spaces and beautiful, elegant windows? Would you like a larger, lighter, brighter home? Or are you thinking of building your own home to get exactly what you dream of?
Space is at a premium in every home - whether you live alone or in the midst of a busy family, there never seems to be enough space. But just because you think your home has no more available space for you, it doesn't mean it's true. A call to the friendly team at BDS Architecture may just be the key to unlocking the hidden space in your home.
Growing families are always in need of more space. The first questions is often "well, why don't you move and find somewhere better?" but there are many reasons you might want to stay put. Emotional and familial ties to the property, staying close to work and friends, not wanting to uproot children from school - the list is extensive.